Johannesburg - Fewer South Africans heated up their homes
last year compared to 2009, probably because of a spike in electricity prices,
the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Thursday.
Researcher Catherine Schulze said the number of households
using electricity for heating dropped from 50.7% in 2009 to 45.6% in 2010,
according to the SA Development Index for 2011.
Schulze said this was probably because of an increase in electricity
prices. South Africans would rather use their electricity for lighting and
"So, heating... apparently there's no money for it
which is why it's so low," said Schulze.
SAIRR research manager Lucy Holborn said another factor was
a rise in the number of households.
"Demand for services is exceeding supply," said
The SAIRR released the second update for 2011 of the SA
Development Index. South Africans were hit by a 31% hike in electricity prices
in 2009/2010 and a further 24.8% increase for 2010/2011.