Eskom has confirmed that it has an on-going dispute with the SA Revenue Services (SARS) over its tax rebate on diesel purchases.
Energy experts say Eskom has become reliant on its open-cycle gas turbines as primary energy generators, which are powered by diesel.
Eskom is currently implementing Stages 3 and 4 rolling blackouts.
Eskom’s Spokesperson is Sikonathi Mantshantsha says, “Yes, there is a dispute with SARS on the amount of rebate that Eskom should be getting because it buys diesel at the wholesale price rather than the retail price that you and I pay at the pumps which does include other taxes.”
“For the wholesale price, Eskom believes it is entitled to a certain amount of money. I do not want to divulge the amount at this point, lest I be wrong. Yes, there is a dispute and a discussion going on with SARS,” Mantshatsha adds.
Mantshantsha on SAfm’s Sunrise show:
VIDEO: Energy analyst Chris Yelland weighs in on Eskom’s woes:
Source: SABC News (sabcnews.com)