NERSA 19 November 2012.
MUNICIPAL TARIFF GUIDELINE, BENCHMARKS AND PROPOSED TIMELINES FOR MUNICIPAL TARIFF APPROVAL PROCESS FOR THE 2013/14 FINANCIAL YEAR
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA or ‘the Energy
Regulator’) is the regulatory authority over the energy sector in South Africa and
its mandate includes the regulation of the electricity supply industry. In terms of
section 4(ii) of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006) (‘the
ERA’), the Energy Regulator must regulate electricity prices and tariffs.
The Energy Regulator approves an annual percentage guideline increase which
is issued to municipalities prior to them preparing their tariff adjustment
applications. This assists municipalities in preparing their budgets so that they
can submit tariff applications to NERSA on time. This guideline does not preclude
a distributor from the legal obligation to apply to the Energy Regulator for tariff
increases before implementation. NERSA also reviews the tariff benchmarks and
recommends new benchmarks to be used in the evaluation of the municipal tariff
Comments on the consultation paper should be sent to: Ms Tabisa Nkopo at the
National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Kulawula House, 526 Madiba
Street (formerly Vermeulen Street), Arcadia, Pretoria. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the submission of comments is
10 December 2012.
After the consolidation of all the comments from stakeholders, NERSA will hold
a public hearing in February 2013. NERSA wishes to state that the success of
this process will depend on robust stakeholder participation.