DA blasts uMngeni’s push for 17,8% increase in electricity tariff

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uMngeni Mayor Sizwe Sokhela.
uMngeni Mayor Sizwe Sokhela.

Residents in uMngeni who are not direct Eskom customers will have to pay the municipality 17,8% more to keep the lights on.

The recommendation, which forms part of the municipality’s draft budget for the 2021/2022 financial year, has been criticised by the DA. Caucus leader Janis Holmes said: “Disappointingly, uMngeni will be passing the entire National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)-approved 17,8% electricity tariff increase on to customers, who are already financially constrained from the devastating effects of Covid-19 lockdowns.”

uMngeni meanwhile hopes it can improve the amount of income it gets from supplying electricity by targeting illegal connections and people who don’t pay their accounts.

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