Electricity in Bela-Bela is 99% more expensive

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The latest electricity tariffs passed on to Bela-Bela residents, business people and companies, this coming year is a major concern.

The Bela-Bela Municipality replaced the old block tariff system with a new system for the 2016/2017 financial year. Residents will now have a basic rate, a capacity rate (rand per unit), and a consumer rate (a number of kilowatt units used).

The amount of units of prepaid electricity meters is currently R7,44 per unit for a normal household. A household that has a prepaid meter of 40 amps, will pay an additional fee of R297,60 per month, while people with a meter of 60 amps will pay R446,40 and people with an 80 amps meter will pay R595,20. The basic fee of R35 and a number of kilowatt units are purchased at R1,02, are still included. This means an increase of between 70 and 99% for these households.

Households with a paid 20 amp meter have no basic or capacity charge, but will pay R1,37 per kilowatt unit. These households especially in the townships and that of registered users get a monthly six kl of water and 70 kWh of electricity free.

Business Premises usage rates amounted to R13,71 per amp with a kilowatt unit of R1,19 and a basic additional fee of R50 for a single-phase electrical power breaker. This means that a business with a 60 amp meter outside their standard electricity rates, will have to pay R822.60 more for a pre-paid meter. Many companies use meters with a larger circuit breaker, and it will work out more expensive per month.

Households with a phase three circuit breaker have a basic tariff of R75. Farms have a basic rate amount of R150, R13,71 per amp and R1,19 per kilowatt unit. Industrial properties covered by the low-voltage users, have a basic rate of R1 158.95, R155,10 per kilovolt-amp (kVA) and pay R1,05 per kilowatt unit. Industries in the average consumer category will pay R2 707.95 basically, R141 per kVA and R1.01 per kilowatt unit.

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