Ekurhuleni electricity charges and tariffs explained

Ekurhuleni Electricity Charges and Tariffs, prepaid and postpaid including free units.
Here we explain the differences between post-paid and pre-paid electricity as well as tariff A and B, in Ekurhuleni.
One unit consumed is the same as one kilowatt hour (KWH)
The information provided below is gathered from the 2021/2022 Ekurhuleni Tariff Tables.
Here is the link to the Ekurhuleni Tariff structure on their website.

We don’t sell electricity.
For general queries about your meter or its consumption contact
Ekhureleni on 0860 543 000,
we cannot assist you with that.

The short version

With post-paid, you use electricity and you pay for your usage at the end of the month, or thereabouts.
With pre-paid, you pay-as-you-go.

The cost of electricity is the same in each payment scheme.

The longer version

There are two different tariffs and they are each applied in a different way.

Tariff A (Post-paid and Pre-paid)

The cost per electrical unit will increase as more electricity is consumed.
This tariff will suit low usage customers.
(This tariff does not charge a fee for the first 100 units consumed.)

Between zero units, and 100 units, you will pay
R0.00 per unit.
Between 100 and 600 units you will pay
R1.82 per unit.
Between 600 and 700 units you will pay
R3.09 per unit.
Above 700 units you will pay R8.73 per unit.

These prices include 15% Vat

Tariff B (Post-paid and Pre-paid)

The cost of electricity in tariff B does not increase with usage.
This tariff will suit users who use more that 819 units in one month.

The cost is R2.69 per unit no matter the consumption.

These prices include 15% Vat

Additional Charge – Tariff B only
(Post-paid and Pre-paid)

  • On post-paid as well as pre – paid there is a fixed monthly charge of R59.80 per month per point of supply.
  • On post – paid your monthly account includes this charge.
  • On Pre – paid this charge will be deducted off of you first monthly purchase
  • These prices include 15% Vat

Here is an easy to read explanation table of electricity costs as circulated by the Independent Ratepayers Association of SA.

Tariffs Ekhureleni
Tariff A and B costs in Ekhureleni

Pre-paid electricity meters

There are two categories of pre-paid metersPrepaid meter

Primary meters

Primary meters are installed at your electrical point of supply from the municipality.
Municipality appointed electricians will install these meters.
All queries regarding the installation of primary meters should be addressed directly to your local municipal offices.

Secondary meters

The point of supply to a sub-distribution board is where the secondary meters are installed.
Secondary meters will record the amount of electricity consumed by the sub-distribution board
Secondary meters are not a municipal function and are installed by private electrical contractors.

The private electrical contractors mentioned here are usually the same company that re-sell you the electricity via tokens.

why am i using so much electricity?

Is winter causing you to use more electricity than normal? Are you using more units than before?
Contact us for to come to your property and do an evaluation of the electricity usage in your home.

Your fee includes an evaluation of all aspects of electricity usage in your home. Also, if we can find any ways to bring down your electricity consumption, then this will be brought to your attention. 

To book an appointment contact us on WhatsApp or call on 0721234267.

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How can I save electricity?

There are many ways to save on electricity.
We have a section dedicated to this.
You can click on the link below to start saving today.
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Frequently asked questions

Q. Is it true that we use less electricity by ironing in the morning instead of the evening?
A. No, the usage is the same no matter when you use the iron. There may be a very small difference in cost between the two times when heating up the iron.

Q. Is there cost per unit difference between primary and secondary meters?
A. The cost per unit at the first meter is set by your municipality.
The cost per unit at the secondary meter is set by that meter supplier.

Q. Is switching off the geyser advisable, especially in winter tariffs?
A. There is little to no cost saving when switching off your geyser. However, you will eventually rupture your circuit breaker and also run the risk of contracting Legionnaires disease.

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