3,700 pensioners and other low-income earners benefiting from subsidized electricity tariffs

WALVIS BAY: A total of 3 700 pensioners and other low-income earners in the Erongo Region are benefiting from subsidised electricity tariffs by the Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor (Erongo RED) company.

Half of the 3 700 beneficiaries live in Swakopmund, and the rest in Walvis Bay and Henties Bay.

These beneficiaries will receive no tariff increase in the 2014/15 financial year, while other users will receive an average increase of 10.2 per cent.

The Erongo RED Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Robert Kahimise announced this during a media briefing on electricity tariff increments at Walvis Bay on Friday.

He said that segment of the community have enjoyed cheaper electricity tariffs at N.dollar 1.20 per kilo watt per hour, and they also received pre-paid meters at no cost.

Kahimise revealed that the company’s social tariffs scheme, through which the pensioners benefit, was introduced in 2012, and is aimed at making electricity affordable to them.

The company spends N.dollars 10 million a year to subsidise electricity for this segment of customers.