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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2018-06-21 08:02:54 +02:00
Mogamat
Please do not allow the gov to abuse their power.
2018-06-21 06:27:55 +02:00
Llewellyn
We are living in a modern age where sanitation and electricity has become basic but still essential needs for all human beings , It pains me that we as the people are being targeted with tarrif and Rate increases when we are already subject to VAT/TAX increases and not to mention the ridiculous ever rising fuel price.please City of CT consider your residents consider Caoe Town.
2018-06-20 14:03:17 +02:00
Catharina
This budget is rediculous they never ever consider the PEOPLE
2018-06-18 16:51:44 +02:00
Odette
I highly disagree with all the tariff increases. Management of the city's services has been so poor. They should be held accountable.
2018-06-18 13:57:23 +02:00
Annette
the individual cannot continue to be burdened with rise in costs of ALL the above.

money has been mismanaged why should the general population suffer for incompetence.

one problem I see is that South Africa has a policy to rob Peter to pay Paul. To keep milking the so called rich will lead to everyone being poor.

everyone should pay for services . when people receive things for free there is a wrong expectation and they do not value what they receive. This leads to abusive use

CoCT needs to spread the burden of expenses and learn to curb unnecessary expenses. better management is needed
2018-06-17 21:49:36 +02:00
Sandra
I really can't afford the proposed increases as I am a pensioner on a very limited fixed income. I do my very best to use as little water as possible and ditto for electricity. If only the manufacturers would cut down on the packaging there would be less refuse. As for sewage - are you really taxing us for being creatures of nature?
2018-06-16 13:52:52 +02:00
Muhammad
I most definitely object to the increases on all items ticked above, I'm a pensioner and cannot afford anymore increases.
2018-06-15 10:50:16 +02:00
Jeneane
It's unrealistic and completely unreasonable increases on too many things us ratepayers are bound to pay.
All these increases could put households in dire financial difficulty, to which the City of Cape Town feels no responsibility for.
People are classed and are held responsible under durest to pay for eg. Water at increased tariffs while people who live in informal settlements, etc. pay R0 for anything, yet many of them own homes in the Eastern Cape, ect. thus allowing them to put pressure on CT rate payers to cover what they exempted from paying. Get prepaid water solutions for such areas as all water consumers should pay for water to equally split the cost of water consumption.
2018-06-15 09:42:13 +02:00
Joanne
The proposed tariff increases on water, sanitation, electricity, rates and refuse are excessive. Please explain why this is the only way for us to proceed as a city. I don't think you have managed to do that to any understandable extent.
2018-06-15 09:14:44 +02:00
Harriet
How are we as citizens of cape town able to afford these increases on minimum wage.We barely can cope after vat increase and fuel increases.This is unacceptable for us while the people making this decisions fill their pockets.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN BUDGET

DOCUMENTS

Download the Draft Budget 2018/19