The National Energy Regulator has agreed to Eskom recouping costs of R7.8bn from its previous price period, exacerbating upcoming rate increases.
On the cards is the building of 1.5-million homes for the elderly, poor and child-headed households.
The power utility says load shedding may worsen this winter as it battles with electricity outages attributed to its antiquated power stations.
The power parastatal has employed external consultant Mike Rossouw to help solve its myriad problems.
Mike Rossouw is expected to introduce some much needed realism at Eskom, with a more customer-centric approach.
The nearly R1-billion budget is in addition to the multibillion-rand nuclear plans SA is considering rolling out as part of its electricity road map.
The national energy regulator says consumers will be considered when it reviews Eskom's proposal for another electricity price hike.
Eskom has warned that its R7-billion profit will not be enough to meet its revenue shortfall over the next five years and keep the lights on.
A report has shown that top executives at JSE-listed firms got salary increases well above inflation plus other perks last year.
The national department of transport has insisted that Gauteng has no authority to review the province's controversial e-tolling system.