The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) says Nersa must reject Eskom’s new tariff proposal and impose strict eco-social conditions.
The non-governmental organisation says the energy regulator should insist that Eskom install cheap renewable energy sources.
Nersa started with the provincial hearings today to determine how much it should allow Eskom to increase electricity tariffs.
The power utility applied for a price increase of more than 20% for the 2022/2023 financial year, which starts in April.
Coordinator for the alliance Desmond D’Sa says, “Those that are making a huge profit that use a lot of energy, that is where they need to go and recover the money. Secondly, we are providing electricity to our neighbouring countries who are not paying a cent, yet you are forcing South Africans and disconnecting South Africans out of the electricity grid.
I think there’s a need to have a balance here and that they not going to be able to recover the money from Soweto or any big township, it’s going to be very difficult. The pricing model that they are using is not workable, they need to find a new way of making sure they work with the people on the ground to ensure that adjust transition is done.”
Alliance’s Desmond D’Sa gives reasons for their refusal to accept the increase:
Nersa held virtual public hearings with relevant stakeholders to determine how much more consumers are prepared to pay for electricity.