SPYL commends Govt for postponement of electricity tariff increase

The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has commended the government for postponing the implementation of a planned electricity tariff increase to June next year.

In a media statement issued on Friday, SPYL spokesperson Moses Shikerete said the cancellation of the 8% electricity tariff hike brings relief and hope to Namibians.

“The SPYL and its entire membership appreciates the great gesture,” he said.

The Electricity Control Board on Thursday noted that the decision comes after the government made N$365 million available for the 2024/25 financial year.

Shikerete said the SPYL hopes tariffs remain affordable for all Namibians. The move to cancel the planned tariff increase means consumers will continue paying the current average tariff of N$1,98 per kilowatt-hour, instead of the planned N$2,14 per kilowatt-hour, until the end of June next year.

“We express our sincere thanks to the leadership of the government of Namibia and Swapo for listening to the concerns of the people and taking decisive action to alleviate the burden on households and businesses across the country.”

According to Shikerete, southern Africa is currently experiencing serious power supply issues that are affecting many countries in the Southern African Development Community region, including Namibia.

“As a country, we appreciate our neighbours for a continued collaboration in finding a long standing solution for the future of power supply in our region and beyond,” he said.

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