1 May 2014

In line with Eskom’s increase, eThekwini Electricity has proposed an overall average tariff increase of 7.39%. In an effort to keep electricity costs affordable to customers, eThekwini has implemented internal optimisation strategies to reduce expenditure. By “doing More with Less”, eThekwini Electricity was able to pass a 6.80% increase to the residential customer base raising the cost of energy from 107.98 c/kWh to 115.32 c/kWh. Business customers can expect to pay 7.70% more for energy purchased in the next financial year.

As living expenses continue to increase, eThekwini Electricity feels more obligated to protect the indigent customer category. Indigent customers that consume less than 150 kWh per month, can expect to get the first 65 kWh free, thereafter pay 82.58 c/kWh up to 150 kWh. This equates to an increase of 5.80% when compared to the current rate of 78.05 c/kWh. The energy rate for credit and prepaid remains the same (Whether you are on credit or prepaid it costs the same for residential customers).

All of the tariff increases are subject to the approval of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) and eThekwini Municipal Council.

The table below highlights the financial impact of the 6.80% increase on residential consumption ranging from 150 kWh to 1500 kWh (Note all prices are excl. VAT)

kWh Consumption per month​ ​Current Cost Per Month ​Cost Per Month after 6.80% Increase
​150 R161, 97​ R172, 98​
​300 ​R323, 94 ​R345, 69
​600 ​R647, 88 ​R691, 92
​1000 ​R1079, 80 ​R1153, 20
​1250 ​R1349, 75 R1441, 50​
​1500 ​R1619, 70 ​R1729, 80
 
As we head towards winter, with a declining reserve margin; we must take cognisance of our electricity use to avert the risk of load shedding. A collective reduction in load will make a difference.
Use what you need. It’s your city. It starts with you.

For a full breakdown of the proposed tariffs, visit: http://www.durban.gov.za/City_Services/electricity/Tariffs/Pages/Proposed-Tariffs.aspx