Electricity tariffs up 30%

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by NCHIDZI SMARTS
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 12:00

The Government has approved an average electricity tariff increase of 30 percent across the board, effective 1 May 2010. Early this year, the cash-strapped Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) approached Cabinet for a tariff adjustment after a rise in maintenance costs and the need to invest in energy resources. Following the increase, electricity consumers will be hit hard in the pocket by the electricity bill as the new 12 percent value added tax (VAT) charge has taken effect from April 1, and the introduction of the 5 thebe per kwh Electrification Levy.

Making the announcement, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Ponatshego Kedikilwe said the interest was in energy conservation, which means under the new structure those who use less power would [continue reading]

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