City Power MD Sicelo Xulu brushes aside doubts that smart metering will solve Johannesburg’s problem of billing estimates, saying the utility will continue to invest in new technologies to reduce inefficiencies.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 06:47

SAPOA welcomes 8% annual Eskom increase

The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) welcomes the approval by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) of the 8% annual increase for electricity. 

Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:08

Nersa grants Eskom 8% tariff hike

The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) has granted power parastatal Eskom an 8% tariff increase over the course of the next five years of the Multi-Year Price Determination period 2013/14 to 2017/18 (MYPD3).

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:13

Cutting Energy Bills With LED Lights

PROVIDER of energy-saving solutions to the market, Rawlyn LED Lights, has assisted voestalpine VAE SA to reduce its annual energy bill significantly

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:53

Solar Capital Wins R13b Energy Deal

Cape Town renewable energy company Solar Capital won a R13 billion South African energy deal to supply the South African energy grid with electricity generated from a 75 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm being developed in the Northern Cape.

Friday, 01 February 2013 07:44

Eskom public hearings kick off in Gauteng

The tariff increase was necessary to maintain revenue as well as to cover operating costs and the financial stability of Eskom.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 08:54

Eskom tarrifs' not for small business

"Businesses are leaving the zoned business areas and starting to trade in the residential areas illegally to survive," he told a hearing of the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) in Bloemfontein. Boshoff pays millions for his monthly electricity bill from the Mangaung metro.

Construction IndustryHe said small and medium-size businesses could no longer afford to pay high electricity costs in formal, zoned business areas. Malls and office blocks were starting to empty as businesses were closing down or moving to areas where they could pay residential tariffs. Boshoff said electricity increases of 16 percent per annum over the next five years would cripple South Africa's commercial property market, and specifically the Bloemfontein area further. He said Eskom's proposal did not include the municipalities' increase. "These municipalities are not managing their resources properly and as a result, they need to supplement their income with huge increases in their electricity tariffs to create more income."

Boshoff was supported by Louis Diedericks from Utility Management for Africa, which managed large properties for clients. "The high costs for businesses in central South Africa are not sustainable. You cannot kill the goose who lays the golden egg," Diedericks said.

Friday, 18 January 2013 08:18

ESKOM underfire in Capetown and Beyond

The City of Cape Town, trade unions and a host of civil society organisations opposed Eskom’s request for an average annual increase of 16 percent over five years at Nersa’s hearings on Eskom’s tariff application.

Friday, 21 December 2012 02:13

Work on solar projects begins in SA

New solar power projects will generate local construction jobs and deliver clean, reliable energy to the community.

The rising charges for utilities such as electricity, rates and water are pressing hard on both residential and commercial property owners

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