Eish-kom! Cost of electricity to increase by almost 10%

South Africans will now pay 9.41% more for electricity in 2019/20. The announcement was made by the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) chairperson Jacob Modise on Thursday.

Eskom had applied for hikes of 17.1% for 2019/20, 15.4% for 2020/21 and 15.5% for 2021/22.

Speaking on the John Maytham Show, consumer journalist, Wendy Knowler said South Africans need to focus on what they can control which is saving electricity.

She says that with winter approaching, people should rather go for oil heaters which consume less electricity as compared to bar heaters.

It is all about equipping yourself with the knowledge in every aspects is terms of home appliances, making very wise decisions knowing what appliance consumes how much energy.

Wendy Knowler - Consumer Journalist

I encourage people to save a lot because the rest is beyond us.

Wendy Knowler - Consumer Journalist

The power utility issued a statement saying that there is a high risk of rotational load-shedding today, but it will only be implemented if absolutely necessary.

Eskom said while it did not cut the power on Wednesday, the system is still tight and vulnerable.

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