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If you were getting huge electricity and water bill, here is why.

The question that many families have is why South Africans are paying huge water and electricity bills as compared to other countries? Our production cost of electricity and water is highly tenderized to fleece the local municipalities and Eskom by overcharging.

The price of coal for example was announced that Eskom's agreement to amend the Duhva Coal Supply Agreement would adjust the coal price to R550 per ton, with effect from 1 June 2021. That's 32% higher than the previous price of R416/ton. Compare that to Zambia which is getting its coal at R264/ton.

More so on Friday, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane released a report on the billing problems at the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

The city stands accused of erroneously overbilling its customers either by a poorly programmed system or by misreading the meter values for waters bills. In one instance a customer, one E Van Wyk, was slapped with a bill of more than R1.6 million due to the erroneous updating of new meters on the City's system.

Customers rarely check these billing errors and sometimes pay more than what they are supposed to pay. It's the responsibility of every customer to make sure that correct figures are recorded and if they suspect any error then it's properly investigated.

Sources: https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/public-protector-reveals-why-tshwane-residents-got-such-massive-water-and-electricity-bills-20211016

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