While I agree with you that R5/kWh is extortion at average South African salaries I think that with each price increase people will hopefully actually bother with insulating their house, it’s walls, the windows, the geyser and invest in more energy efficient fridges and washing machines. I mean why heat the outside air in winter or run a crazy inefficient fridge.Yes, they always run at a loss, they're not there to make money, it's just amazing that it's only a problem now (even after jacking the price up 1000%) and not over the last 100 years. Average salary in europe is R35000 per month and you can get paid feeding into the grid.
So, go fly a kite instead of defending the indefensible.
Obviously if available cash is the issue buying energy efficient appliances and insulating your house or geyser and pipes is a something that won’t happen anyway.
Unfortunately price increases will hurt the most for people who can afford the least. Maybe at some point government will provide some sort of cash incentive to scrap ancient appliances to buy more efficient newer ones…time will tell.
FYI City of Johannesburg and Cape Town both pay you to feed into the grid it’s just that’s it’s at a fraction of the price of what you pay for electricity. Most of Europe is exactly the same in this regard.