There has been an outcry from electricity users across the country following an upsurge in ‘motlakase’ costs in the last three months.
For most ordinary users, the 200kwh determined to be the average monthly usage for ‘low income’ households is suddenly not enough to last until the next pay day, while for others consumption has almost doubled.
This, however, is nothing out of the ordinary, according to Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) CEO Dr. Stefan Schwarzfischer.
Responding to a questionnaire sent to him, the CEO revealed the electricity tariffs were increased by 10% across all customer categories effective 1st April 2018.
It is the second time in as many years BPC have increased the charges on power, following a 7.5% increase in April 2017 on households consuming up to 200kwh a month (those consuming more than 200kwh were subject to a 10% increase).
“Subsequent to the increase, there has been no other tariff increase,” stressed the German national, who was appointed BPC CEO in October 2016.