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.

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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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2018-08-31 22:45:10 +02:00
Lily
I oppose the high tarriffs strongly
2018-08-30 12:07:39 +02:00
Darren
My Rates bill has doubled in a few months.

Water - In October 2017 it was R4.00 per KL for the first 4 KL. thereafter R15.57 per KL
August it is R28.90 per KL from the first drop, not to mention the basic cost of R56.00
This equates to roughly a 700% increase per KL. How is this legal? I cannot fathom the thinking behind these hikes. The water situation is more stable now than it has been in 3 years yet we are paying more now than ever. DA is going to lose CT in the next election, will have to vote for FF or something... I have half the mind to just not pay the rates at all.
2018-08-27 17:42:20 +02:00
Barbara
I have seen my response with regard to service delivery. The old age pension and grants for children is a burning issue that has been neglected. While citizens are working and pushing up production in the country they do not get paid a livable wage. When they become senior citizens they are further driven into the throes of poverty. Old age pension and child grants need to be urgently addressed. A country is judged by the manner in which it takes care of its senior citizens.
2018-08-25 10:48:32 +02:00
Bradley
This is ridiculous. The fact that my rates account has doubled over the last month adds to my belief that the City of Cape Town are trying recover their losses at the expense of the consumer due to the water restrictions that have led to a shortfall in municipal revenue. This is a gross manipulation of rate payers and I am sick of the citys attempt to Rob the consumer simply because they can. I read that rates have increased 500%since July 2018. Can you tell me if any of the rate payers got a 500%pay increase. City of Cape Town, You are a bunch of thieves.
2018-08-25 10:47:58 +02:00
Keith
I believe that the salary increases for executive directors on the COCT have been set at 17%. This is outrageous and should be scrapped. The salaries are already obscenly high and should at the very least be frozen if not reduced.
2018-08-24 20:31:16 +02:00
Kathleen
Hello I think the rates overall are way too high.
Perhaps instead of getting a 17% salary bump, COCT's so called leaders could lead from the front and actually put that money into services and innovating those services so that they actually work for those who pay for them.
I do not see why I should have to listen to rusty trains on rusty tracks stopping and starting outside my house, hourly, every day.
I do not see why, when I discard the equivalent of a checker's packet of household waste every two/three weeks, I should have to pay for a huge garbage bin's worth which I never fill.
I do not understand why, despite extensive communication with my local MP and the relevant service providers, I still have to put myself in jeopardy and risk injury from speeding cars because I live on a road where there is no pavement for the section I use daily and cars refuse to slow down- despite the roadhumps and speed signs recommending 30 k/hr. I do not see why you can't adopt proven methods used in the UK, Denmark and elsewhere - like glow in dark paint to paint lines which show up as 3D and slow traffic down on White Road, Rondebosch. I'm sure this could be extensively to benefit many communities and save lives and reduce the impact on health services and improve workplaces and GDP.

When they have answered these questions perhaps I'd be willing to fork out extra. Till then, I'm sorry find it elsewhere- stop driving to work, don't by that second car, don't use huge expensive cars and carpool! Drop your salaries and your overvalued sense of your self.
2018-08-24 09:04:22 +02:00
rushaa
with the ever rising cost of living and the increasing tariffs for water and sewerage, a new fixed charge is placing much more strain on rate payers. many people are unable to even keep up with payments for water and struggle to keep on the lights, these charges will only have a negative effect.
2018-08-17 08:33:47 +02:00
Barbara.
I think the people of South Africa have paid enough money into the coffers of COCT. All we read about is the "Golden hand shake " that people receive for doing NOTHING. We have paid enough rates and taxes over the years.
2018-08-16 12:22:53 +02:00
Yolande
Why must we pay so much money while goverment and city of cape town departments are spending money on things that is not needed.
Start spending the money so that the people of cape town can have cheaper tarrifs on our water and electricity
2018-08-15 15:23:02 +02:00
Hilde
Daylight robbery on the already suffering taxpayers - No MORE!
CITY OF CAPE TOWN BUDGET

DOCUMENTS

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