Power hike scare for entrepreneurs

31/05/2009. BusinesswomanTshidi Tsoaela from Mayberry in Alberton says the increase in tarrifs will affect her Laundry business negatively. PIC: VATHISWA RUSELO. 31/05/2009. © SOWETAN
31/05/2009. BusinesswomanTshidi Tsoaela from Mayberry in Alberton says the increase in tarrifs will affect her Laundry business negatively. PIC: VATHISWA RUSELO. 31/05/2009. © SOWETAN

ENTREPRENEUR Tshidi Tsoaela has just ventured into laundry and computer-driven businesses in Alberton on the East Rand.

ENTREPRENEUR Tshidi Tsoaela has just ventured into laundry and computer-driven businesses in Alberton on the East Rand.

Just three months into the business, Eskom has applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to increase electricity tariffs by 34percent.

The increase could force Tsoaela and businesses in general to increase prices. "I will be in a fix. I have just started my businesses and I'm still trying to get a customer base," she said.

Tsoaela runs a dry-cleaning service at the Mayberrypark g centre. She has an internet café - it also has computer games - next door .

The only recourse Tsoaela has - and any member of the public - is to make a submission to the regulator to oppose Eskom's application. The deadline for submissions on Eskom.interimprice2009@nersa.org.za is today.

The National Consumer Forum also says the increases are too high . The forum 's Thami Bolani says a 34percent hike will undermine consumers' rights to basic needs such as electricity.

The electricity subcommittee meeting to make recommendations to the regulator will sit on June 17.

The regulator would then decide on June 25 on Eskom's application for an interim price increase.

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