A 5% reduction would equate to 6 000 gigawatt hours a year and would cost less than new power plants.
The underlying foundation of the country's economy is that electricity has been cheap, readily available and abundant, writes Dirk de Vos.
South African power utility Eskom's proposed tariff hikes could be the death knell for the mining industry, auditing firm BDO warned on Wednesday.
Electricity parastatal Eskom's revised tariff increase proposal will not help growth in the country, the ANC said on Wednesday.
Opposition parties on Tuesday rejected Eskom's proposed 35% tariff increase, saying it did little to "dampen concerns" about the effects of inflation.
Eskom's tariff increases will harm the economy so an alternative is needed, writes Lloyd Gedye.
South Africa could have the world's most expensive electricity if Eskom gets its tariff increases, an economist said on Thursday.
Eskom denied reports by Radio 702 on Wednesday that it was considering dropping its proposed tariff increase by 10% from 45%.
Many residents of Soweto don't fret about electricity cut-offs, they simply call the 'technician'.
Eskom has been battling to keep the lights on. Now it wants to shoot them out.
Eskom's request for further tariff hikes has economists concerned that the spike will place further pressure on consumer price inflation.
Electricity parastatal Eskom's latest proposed tariff hike will administer "a serious shock to the economy" next year, Busa said on Wednesday.
Cosatu said on Tuesday it is extremely angry at what it called Eskom's "outrageous and insensitive" request for a 45% a year electricity tariff hike.
Many South Africans are cutting down on electricity consumption after Eskom was granted a 31% tariff hike, a survey has found.