She said her household budget has been negatively affected by recent price hikes: “A lot of things have shifted, we can't even afford to buy the things we used to enjoy buying, and the cost of living has gone way too high. Everything is going up.”
Lesedi Dimapo from Midrand said she thought the coldest winter week was to blame for her high electricity bill.
“I already can’t keep up with a lot of needs, this puts unnecessary pressure,” said Dimapo.
“We used to spend about R800 or less per month. This month when we loaded the R800, it only lasted for two weeks. But whether we’re angry or not we still have to pay.”
New tariffs explained
Mangena explained that City Power's prepaid tariff is based on the inclining block tariff methodology.
The tariff applicable increases as the actual monthly consumption exceeds the respective threshold for block 1, block 2 and block 3 of 350kWh, 500kWh and any usage above 500kWh.
To simplify it, he used an example of a customer, “Mandisa Maseko from Mondeor”.
Last financial year she used to pay R773.12 for the same 500kWh. From July she will pay R885.90, which is an extra R112.78 for the same 500kWh. Like other customers consuming 500kWh per month or less, she is paying an average of R1.7718/kWh compared to R1.5462/kWh for the previous financial year.