Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
7 Aug 2021
5:40 am

Electricity hike too high for residents, but not enough to save Eskom

Reitumetse Makwea

According to energy expert Clyde Mallinson, many households might not be able to afford electricity at all in 2035, if the yearly increases continued at this rate.

Soweto residents protest outside Eskom's Megawatt Park head office at Sunninghill in Johannesburg on 9 June 2021, in demand of power that was switched off for three months. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Covid has had an extreme effect on income poverty across the country and many consumers can’t keep up with the recent double blow of electricity and petrol price hikes. Johannesburg residents faced steeply increased costs of both water and lights last month. City Power increased residential prepaid tariffs by 14.59%. According to energy expert Clyde Mallinson, many households might not be able to afford electricity at all in 2035, if the yearly increases continued at this rate. “The bottom line is that, as a percentage of household income, as of July, I don’t think people can continue to buy electricity,...