Tariff hike won't solve load shedding, Eskom!
Johannesburg - The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has rejected Eskom's request for a tariff increase.
Eskom suggested that increasing the price they charge households and businesses for electricity could solve the current load shedding crisis faced in South Africa.
Load shedding occurs when too many people need electricity at the same time and Eskom cannot cope with the supply of it. When the load is too heavy for Eskom to cope with, it sheds certain areas of electricity, resulting in a power outage. Depending on how severe the need for electricity is, Eskom will load shed in three stages, with the third stage being the most critical.
Yesterday, Nersa scolded Eskom saying internal issues were the cause of load shedding and not the cost consumers pay for electricity.
Eskom has said in the past that the machines and turbines used to create electricity are in need of repair and they need money to fix it.,
Critics of Eskom have accused them of spending money carelessly and of draining consumers pockets by hiking up tariffs instead of cutting down on wasteful expenditure.
To learn more about load shedding, watch the video from Eskom.