# Thread: WTF, my prepaid electricity costs went up by 27.5%???

1. ## WTF, my prepaid electricity costs went up by 27.5%???

On 2012-06-06 I paid R 1,000 for 797.0kWh = 125.47 cents/unit VAT incl.
On 2012-07-02 I paid R 1,000 for 725.5kWh = 137.83 cents/unit
On 2012-07-23 I paid R 1,200 for 750.9kWh = 159.80 cents/unit

That is, as well as I can calculate, a roughly 27.5% increase in energy cost over the course of less than 2 months, and my wallet is hurting. I know that the City of Cape Town did increase tariffs at the beginning of July, but that doesn't explain why I've had to endure TWO increases.

According to the City's website, there is an additional surcharge if you use >= 1,500 kWh/month - but I know I don't fall into that bracket. So that's not the reason.

Anyone able to advise why the double increase? I buy my electricity through www.ibuy.co.za if that is any help.

2. With electricity the more you buy the more you pay, AFAIK in your case you bought units in the same billing period, i would guess if you bought units on the 2nd of august, you would get the same rate as what you paid on 02 July

3. Originally Posted by isie
With electricity the more you buy the more you pay, AFAIK in your case you bought units in the same billing period, i would guess if you bought units on the 2nd of august, you would get the same rate as what you paid on 02 July
^^^^^
That!

4. I paid 60cent last week and now I pay 99cent this week. It's definitely not a case of my usage being upped, because I've been buying R50 a week for the last year. Now I'm likely going to start paying R80-R100 a week. As a student, this is bull**** and it hits my pocket pretty hard.

5. I can confirm the prices are much higher than expected.
1 Jun I got 290.50 units for R200.00 +free 50 units making it R1.4525 per unit in my area
1 Aug I got 191.9 for R250 making it R0.7676

soo.. W T F?? 53% increase??

edit: fix the 1 Jul to 1 Aug

6. Viva Africa, where the middle class are raped by corruption!

7. The determine the pricing by rolling dice every month.

8. Originally Posted by wily me
Viva Africa, where the middle class are raped by corruption!
You mean earth.

Originally Posted by The_Assimilator
On 2012-06-06 I paid R 1,000 for 797.0kWh = 125.47 cents/unit VAT incl.
On 2012-07-02 I paid R 1,000 for 725.5kWh = 137.83 cents/unit
On 2012-07-23 I paid R 1,200 for 750.9kWh = 159.80 cents/unit

That is, as well as I can calculate, a roughly 27.5% increase in energy cost over the course of less than 2 months, and my wallet is hurting. I know that the City of Cape Town did increase tariffs at the beginning of July, but that doesn't explain why I've had to endure TWO increases.

According to the City's website, there is an additional surcharge if you use >= 1,500 kWh/month - but I know I don't fall into that bracket. So that's not the reason.

Anyone able to advise why the double increase? I buy my electricity through www.ibuy.co.za if that is any help.
Usage over 600kWh is 159.81c per unit.

Cape Town Rates

9. The page you're looking at is from 2010.

10. Originally Posted by noxibox
Usage over 600kWh is R159.81 per unit.
I think you meant R1.5981 per unit.
At R159 per kWh you'd pay a solar PV installation off within a year.

I decided not to go prepaid until I'm forced too.
So far Tshwane are billing me correctly if I send in my own meter readings every month.

11. Originally Posted by Paul_S
I think you meant R1.5981 per unit.
Meant 159.81c, which is how they quote the prices.

12. We are getting free electricity. The council has not sent our entire complex a bill for about 2 years now. They closed our account for some reason no one is able to explain and the meter is now broken. Have umpteen reference numbers as we would very much like to pay and know where we stand but the council does not seem interested in our money. Our managing agent still bills us at around 99c per unit (will go up with the next bill) and keeps the money aside in case City of JHB ever gets their act together but who knows, perhaps we will get it all for free. I know for a fact that if 3 years passes they can no longer pursue the debt legally. That is what I am hoping for.

13. Originally Posted by Cius
I know for a fact that if 3 years passes they can no longer pursue the debt legally.
It doesn't apply to rates, so quite possibly doesn't for electricity either.

14. Originally Posted by Cius
We are getting free electricity. The council has not sent our entire complex a bill for about 2 years now. They closed our account for some reason no one is able to explain and the meter is now broken. Have umpteen reference numbers as we would very much like to pay and know where we stand but the council does not seem interested in our money. Our managing agent still bills us at around 99c per unit (will go up with the next bill) and keeps the money aside in case City of JHB ever gets their act together but who knows, perhaps we will get it all for free. I know for a fact that if 3 years passes they can no longer pursue the debt legally. That is what I am hoping for.
City of Joburg. A world class African ****-hole.

15. Originally Posted by wily me
Viva Africa, where the middle class are raped by corruption!
Ja, it's actually sad that when a government gives it's people free electricity (free internet), the leader is branded as a tyrant and dictator.

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