The increases are well above the inflation rate with electricity up by 13% and water by 9.9%, depending on consumption which is on a stepped tariff, meaning the more you use the more you pay.
Tariffs for property rates remain at 5.5%, after massive increases were announced earlier this year in respect of the new valuation roll. Refuse goes up by 7%, depending on the property’s size.
Member of the mayoral committee for finance, Funzela Ngobeni, said during the 2019/2020 budget speech that the city had been forced to increase the cost of electricity and water, as these were supplied by Eskom and Rand Water which dictate the prices.
“This budget was the culmination of hundreds of hours of administrative fiscal modelling and priority-setting, which demonstrated a balancing act of service provision in a climate where our resource costs continue to escalate.