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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2018-08-16 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!
2018-08-14 20:58:19 +02:00
M.hanief
2018-08-14 20:57:11 +02:00
M.hanief
We are being charge for the cape town citys mistakes we should not vote rong again y does cape pay more then other provinces 4 services
2018-08-14 17:04:02 +02:00
Sue
Water - increase is okay. Water is too cheap - but the cost should increase exponentially so that those using it for basic living are not charged too much, but those using it as a luxury pay for that luxury.

Rates - increase is too high. It should ONLY increase according to inflation rate.

Refuse - WAY too high! I'm paying for all the lazy people who do NO recycling! I have about 1 small bin load a week and yet have to pay soooo much!!! Unfair! People who recycle should gain benefits for recycling their garbage - not pay the same as everyone else.
2018-08-13 20:00:20 +02:00
Renee
I totaly disagree all the increases.
These fixed electricity and water charges are exactly that, fixed and levied irrespective of any basis of usage of these services.

I have reduced both electricity and water usage over the years and taken significant steps in introducing water and electricity saving techniques at great expense to me. I therefore find it illogical and extremely unfair for the city of cape town to now impose these punitive taxes and charges in an attempt to recuperate costs and budget deficits brought about by the disastrous planning by the City of Cape Town. They say you get what you vote for - I didn't vote for this!!
2018-08-13 10:30:55 +02:00
Jean
Why does the Cape Town City Council think it is entitled to charge me for a service it doesn't provide? I walk to the shops to buy electricity for my prepaid meter every second month. I haven't used a electric heater in years, no electric blanket, very little cooking, and a solar heater that only heats my water once a day. Yet of the R800 I spend on electricity the council is now helping itself to an additional R130.44 per month for doing absolutely fokoll beside track my purchases.

Along with the fee for saving their ass by saving water this is "pay either way" criminality. I suggest a class action law suit against the Cape Town City Council to sue for damages...
2018-08-07 11:37:48 +02:00
Adiela
No, No, No to all the increases.
2018-08-07 11:34:32 +02:00
Michael
These fixed electricity and water charges are exactly that, fixed and levied irrespective of any basis of usage of these services.

I have reduced both electricity and water usage over the years and taken significant steps in introducing water and electricity saving techniques at great expense to me. I therefore find it illogical and extremely unfair for the city of cape town to now impose these punitive taxes and charges in an attempt to recuperate costs and budget deficits brought about by the disastrous planning by the City of Cape Town. They say you get what you vote for - I didn't vote for this, so I will definitely be changing my upcoming vote!!!!!
2018-08-06 08:11:43 +02:00
Raymond
How is it possible that people who earn big bucks sit around in parliament decide to add a fix cost as they see fit that will dent the pocket of the poorer class. That R100 for a 20mm pipe could be the difference of my family going to bed without a meal for a few days. I have been a DA voter since I was 18 but going forward I am rather going to use the voting day to go work and put food on the table than voting for a DA party that takes food of my table. Clearly you guys are Ill-advised if you think people will keep voting for you at the rate you going. You will lose the grip on Western Cape... time will tell.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN BUDGET

DOCUMENTS

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