Consumers face 12.2% electricity tariff hike

RESIDENTS and businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay will bear the brunt of Eskom’s national power crisis with a steep hike in the electricity tariff set to come into effect on July 1.

The 12.2% increase is expected to be implemented by the municipality every year for the next three financial years.

This is because Eskom will be charging the municipality 14.24% more for electricity.

Further increases of 9.5% for property rates, 13% for water, 12% for sanitation and 11% for refuse have also been proposed by the municipality.

However, ratepayers still have a chance to have their say when the draft budget and Integrated Development Plan goes out for public participation next month.

-Rochelle de Kock 

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