South African consumers will now pay 7 percent more for electricity, with fuel prices and passenger commuting costs also set to rise. The City of Windhoek has too announced a 9.2 percent increase in its electricity prices, due to inflation and 13, 22 percent in bulk electricity purchase tariffs.

The new tariff took effect on Tuesday this week, with Jo’burg households paying 7 percent more for power than previous prices. Ten other municipalities in Buffalo City and Tshwane in the Eastern Cape and Cape Town have requested the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to increase tariffs between 7.63 and 12.11 percent. Cape Town’s proposed 7.63 percent would offset its fall in energy sales.

Tshwane’s proposed 9.20 percent will contribute toward “aligning tariffs to Nersa benchmarks”. Rural households are not exempt from the increases. Residents of Mpofana and Abaqulusi, in KwaZulu-Natal and Tswelopele, in the Free State, were waiting to hear if they had to pay electricity tariff increases of between 8 percent and 15 percent.

The price increases are intended to protect revenue, fund a smart metering pilot project, cover high distribution losses, and contribute to costs of maintenance and improvement of electricity infrastructure.

The price of petrol will increase by 20 cents per litre, bringing the cost of petrol to R14.30 per litre. The price of diesel will increase by 13 cents per litre to R12.90 per litre.

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