COCT BUDGET

The City of Cape Town has asked for your input on the proposed tariff increases in the draft budget. Please use the form below to add your name and comment.

If you object or support the budget, please give a reason why. Should you be at a loss for words, read the summary, live input or documents below the form. Feel free to copy and paste into the message area provided. If you don’t take any action, your inaction will be regarded as tacit agreement.  Closing date is 4 May 2018.

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SUMMARY

WATER

The proposed tariff increase is 26.96%. Effective from 1 July 2018.

This budget adds to the already steep Level 6b increases from which we are only now receiving bills. The current Level 6b increases represented a 500% plus increase in water tariffs. These new increases, effective from 1 July 2018, will increase your water bill by an additional 83% .

SANITATION

The proposed tariff increase is 26.96%. This increase is instituted against an already unfair calculation of sewerage bills. In most cases sewerage is calculated to be 70% of water consumption. Water saving efforts have drastically reduced the amount of sewerage going to the municipality as most water is reused as grey water in gardens. It is therefore questionable whether 70% of our water ends up in the sewerage system.

ELECTRICITY

The proposed tariff increase is 8.14%. This is almost 3% higher than the approved NERSA increase awarded earlier this year. In addition, a flat levy of R150 per month is added to accounts for properties worth more than R1 million. This represents a 150% increase electricity on some accounts and is disguised by a small discount in the electricity tariff for Home Users. We are of the opinion this discount will fall away in time.

RATES

The proposed increase is 7,2% which is substantially above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%

REFUSE

The proposed increase is 5,7% and is also above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%.

POINTS TO NOTE

  1. The additional water and electricity levies must be scrapped.
  2. Water and electricity tariffs should be consumption based
  3. What guarantee is there that the water and electricity Levies will not be substantially increased over time?
  4. If the Levies stay there needs to be a cap.
  5. Tariff increases should be linked to the current inflation rate of 4.33%
  6. It is irrational to have a water levy and a 26,96% increase on top of the Level 6b tariff hike.
  7. It is irrational to have steep electricity increases after NERSA set the increase at 5.23% in December 2017
  8. Increases should be realistically linked to the annual inflation rate.

LIVE FEED OF COMMENTS SENT

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2018-04-21 05:41:27 +02:00
Riana
I rent a house and barely get by. I live alone but still get penalise on value of house. Thousands of people rent homes and get penalise then on water and electricity if you can afford or not.
With the new budget we will not be able to make ends meet. Check usage and not house value because we all rent and cannot even afford to buy. Why safe if you know it will not help. Please help us.
2018-04-21 04:28:48 +02:00
Bilal
I do not agree with the new water levy, the increase in the water tariff and the increase in the sanitation tariff. You have already put up the water tariff by over 500% recently, you cannot in a space if a few months out it up again and also now include a fixed levy.

Cut out the corruption and administration, you are already bleeding us dry with income tax, VAT, fuel levy, RAF levy. We paying more of our salary in taxes than we receiving ourselves after paying all these taxes.
2018-04-21 04:27:07 +02:00
Helga
Its just not on. The City of Cape Town are already charging us rediculously high rates and taxes.
It should not be for COCT to just up our water tariffs because they could not plan ahead.
Get the funds from Goverment or other funding. We have spent R1000's on buying water tanks and other water saving devices.
You are killing us buy always just throwing it to the end user!!
2018-04-21 04:13:43 +02:00
Liam
No to increases. I object to any and all increases.
2018-04-21 02:42:01 +02:00
Nelson Sousa
I object to the increase in tariffs that the city proposes on our municipal bills. Why should we as paying citizens have to pay the short fall due to the mismanagement , incompetence and corruption of the municipal officials?
2018-04-21 01:54:03 +02:00
Jan
There is no reason other than sqandered funds to justify rates increases above the inflation rates. Capital expenditure must be done with long term loans. Electricity tarriffs must increase with the exact ESKOM increase on the amount paid to ESKOM, plus perhaps inflation rate on the full amount. The City council is losing money on the lower water consumption, but that is a water matter and must be addressed as such, otherwise budget creep will see tax
2018-04-21 01:53:22 +02:00
Jessica
We keep paying but where is the money going to? There's barely service now, why should we pay more for an already crippled system!? All this added fines and taxes to the water thus far has yielded no plans or solutions from COCT. What then do they want more money for other than the DA's 2019 campaign coffers!
2018-04-21 01:50:53 +02:00
Clayton
This is killing our pockets!!!!! We implemented water saving methods which cost us a good penny. Now this?
Insane. I'm rather feeling discouraged .
2018-04-21 00:49:21 +02:00
ZAAHID
I think that the City of Cape Town is mis managed therfore today we are sitiring with a water crisis. D A is namely the biggest problem and the cause of all the people suffering. Its unfair that all of us should be paying for extra for a basic neccesery which cannot even be provided properly by The City of Cape Town. Disgraced by the ignorance and heartless as no sympathy is shown towards the people Battling to put food on their tables.
2018-04-21 00:23:42 +02:00
John
Proposed increases insane compared to salary increae vs living costs.... 🙁
CITY OF CAPE TOWN BUDGET

DOCUMENTS

Download the Draft Budget 2018/19