Eskom’s ‘business-as-usual’ tariff application comes under fire

The “business as usual” stance adopted by Eskom in its application for a 19.9% increase in tariffs for 2018/19 came under sustained attack during the Gauteng leg of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) public hearings on Thursday. Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz kicked off the hearings with an appeal for the utility’s application for allowable revenue of R219.5-billion to be reviewed on its merits, rather than the “negative information that currently drives public opinion” about the utility.