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South African cities rally against Eskom price hike

Johannesburg has joined Cape Town in opposing plans by South Africa’s national electricity company to raise electricity costs to more than three times the current rate of inflation.

The objection from the country’s two largest cities adds to the general public outrage over Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd’s proposal. to increase its expenses by 21%.

The utility says the move is necessary to help it service its 392 billion rand ($26 billion) debt and pay for the maintenance needed to ensure adequate supply to the country.

Both cities are led by mayors from the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s largest opposition party.

Mpho Phalatse, DA mayor of Johannesburg, will file an objection with South Africa’s national energy regulator on Friday, his office said in a statement.

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