Matjhabeng says rates hikes above board

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SABRINA DEAN – The Matjhabeng Local Municipality intends laying to rest an outcry over an alleged illegal tariff increase during a briefing by Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of SA today.

Spokesperson Kgojane Matutle says there is a total of R2.6-billion debt owed to the municipality by rate payers. He says the rate hike is in line with Eskom and that claims by a rate payers association that the tariff hike process was not approved by council and Nersa are untrue.

"Everything went throug all the normal processes," he says.

Matutle says the municipality applied to Nersa for an electricity tariff, which was approved and then passed by council. "That’s why we were surprised that rate payers were going out telling people that everything was illegal and that council did not approve," he says.

He says today’s briefing will deal with clarifying the process of implementing electricity tariffs, as well as addressing the contentious winter and summer tariff variations.