Eskom price hike

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Eskom price hike: Cape Town mayor rejects 20,5% proposed April increase

Hill-Lewis rejected the proposed increase as “unfair, unaffordable and unjustified.” He recommended an increase in line with inflation.

Eskom price hike

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Eskom recently confirmed that it has applied for a 20,5 percent price increase for the 2022 – 2023 financial year, meaning that South Africans could face a steep hike in prices as soon as 1 April 2022.

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said, on Thursday, 13 January, that he wrote to Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter and asked him to “formally withdraw” the application.


Hill-Lewis said Capetonians “simply cannot afford this increase.” He called the proposed price hike “unfair, unaffordable and unjustified.”

“Like the majority of South Africans, many Capetonians are struggling to make ends meet. The pandemic and national lockdown led to the closure of hundreds of businesses in our City and the loss of thousands of jobs.

“Our residents are faltering under the burden of the rising costs of energy, fuel, food, and basic consumer goods,” said the mayor.

Hill-Lewis said recommended that the price increase application should be revised in line with inflation – the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is currently stated at 5,5 percent.

“The price of electricity has risen by 307% over the past 13 years, far exceeding inflation. Despite paying more for power, South Africans have experienced an unreliable electricity supply — 2020 and 2021 were two of the worst load-shedding years on record,” said the mayor.

The public has until Friday, 14 January, to make comments on the matter to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

The law requires NERSA to present the next financial year’s price determination to Parliament no later than 15 March. The City of Cape Town said this means there’s ample time for Eskom to “urgently revise its application.”