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Here’s why your electricity bill has doubled or tripled over the past month in Cape Town
Posted by on Jul 30th, 2014

Have you checked your electricity bill lately…you should coz you may be in for a rather kak surprise. Someone asked me yesterday to do some digging into abnormally high electricity bills in Cape Town so i asked and a fair amount of people responded saying their bill suddenly doubled or tripled over the past few months? And i’m not talking just a little more than normal because it’s winter and you have your lights on longer or maybe running a heater. I’m talking like a substantial amount. I sent a message to my mate Ryan O’Connor at 94.5Kfm and they were flooded with complaints.

It finally led to the Cape Argus doing some digging and apparently there are 4 main reasons electricity bills have increased way above normal.


So here’s basically why your bill is so high this winter.

  • Eskom increased the price it charged the City of Cape Town by approximately 8 percent on July 1
  • the City of Cape Town also increased electricity rates across the board by an average of 7.63 percent on July 1
  • also as of July 1, the city moved many customers between its two residential tariffs, the “lifeline tariff” and the “domestic tariff”. The “lifeline tariff” is a subsidised tariff intended to protect the poor from the recent price rises. These customers qualify for free basic electricity – 60 free units a month for those who use less than 250 units a month, and 25 free units for those who use 250 to 450 units a month
  • every July 1, the city also moves households between the “lifeline tariff” and the “domestic tariff”, depending on whether their average monthly unit usage is above or below 450 units. This is typically calculated between May 1 and April 30, but it can vary

That’s a summary of the findings from the Cape Argus, but here’s more on how they calculate who gets what tarriff

“the city has introduced a property value threshold – only customers whose homes are worth R300 000 or less, or who are pensioners or indigent in terms of city policies, now qualify for the “lifeline tariff”. Thus, any customer whose home is worth more than R300 000 will have been moved to the “domestic tariff” on July1.

But this applies only to customers with a “credit meter” – those who do not have a prepaid meter.” [iol]

Now you know.

If that still doesn’t explain it then go read the full article HERE.

Also stop using your plug-in sex toys.

[thanks @panascape]

July 07, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Ouch!! I should imagine this will really sting people! Not cool

Reesie says:
July 07, 2014 at 3:49 pm

This City does NOT work for you :(

Robyn says:
July 07, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Well, while I used to try and keep my electricity usage lower than 400kWh per month, so as to benefit from the Lifeline tarrifs, now that I’ve been moved off it there’s no advantage for me, so, stuff it. Next time they ask us to “decrease usage” at 18:00 at night…. I won’t be doing that.

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