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The municipality of eThekwini 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 water tariff increase is 15% for domestic and 15.5% for business.

SANITATION The proposed sanitation tariff increase is 9.9%.

ELECTRICITY The proposed electricity municipal tariff increase is 6.84% over and above Eskom’s upcoming 30% increase.

RATES The proposed rates increase (average) is 6,9% which is substantially above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%

REFUSE The proposed refuse tariff increase is 9,9% and is also above the current annual inflation rate of around 4.4%.

LIVE FEED OF COMMENTS SENT

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2018-11-29 11:13:48 +02:00
Marlene
No to these increases
2018-10-31 18:18:38 +02:00
Imraan
We in reservoir hills pay the highest rates for services that are poor street lamps not working etc
2018-10-30 06:58:32 +02:00
Aubrey
All these increases are brought about due to the gross incompetence of the the officials running the city , particularly the mayor Gumede. She spends money as though there is no tomorrow. The whole lot are corrupt.
2018-10-07 20:43:02 +02:00
Christelle
I am apposed to the increases. We are not even receiving decent services now.
We are working to pay rates and taxes with no income left over.

Cleanup our city and then ask for more money!
2018-10-01 15:40:29 +02:00
Robert
Rates have increased enormously over the past few years - to the extent that they have become unaffordable to many. This will result in increased house sales and less and subsequent decrease in house values and consequential decrease in income from rates. Reduce rates now to avoid this.
Also having a R3 million cap on old age allowance is ridiculous as house prices have (according to the municipality) increased enormously, but no increase in pensioner limits, and no increase in the allowance. All at a time when pensions increase much lower than inflation.
Without firm financial control now SOuth Africa will become like another Zimbabwe.
2018-09-19 08:03:48 +02:00
Msebenzi
The services in the Ethekwini Municipality have deteriorated. The township communities are worst hit with refuse, litter everywhere. We have citizens who are above the law, who build their businesses in areas demarcated for residence purposes and nothing is done about them. I would really be amazed if Ethekwini Municipality gets a clean audit this current financial year. The patience of the people is slowly waning and if nothing is done to address the services concern, the municipality faces serious protest from its citizens. The billing is in dysfunctional.

2018-09-18 21:46:05 +02:00
Ayanda
I'm also opposing these tariff increases, we going to end up working to pay Tariffs and Taxes ? back to slavery straight
2018-09-13 07:57:10 +02:00
Bheki Jethro
I don't agree with the new tariffs
2018-09-01 08:23:21 +02:00
Jameel
We are barely surviving financially as our economy is in crisis because of poor governance. Unemployment is on the increase and crime is out of control in this municipality.

We are already paying too much for essential services every month for lights and water but I would like to particularly mention the electricity account.

It is ridiculous to pay such huge amounts when there are so many that have illegal connections and don't pay anything.

NOT PLEASED at all and when the new tariff increases come into play it will make the whole situation much worse. These new increases are way above what they should be and we get no extra service at all.

I believe that if the department was managed correctly from the beginning we wouldn't be in this predicament now!
Definitely not the consumer's fault!
I object to the new budget.
2018-08-28 15:40:00 +02:00
Simbine
Oppose tariff increases. Our city is filthy ,people who are getting free services let their tap running through our roads and destroy everything when they protest and don't get prosecuted,worse meters are not read we are just charged huge amounts. I have family of four, who are working from Monday to Friday, cook once a day, do washing once every weekend but pay estimation of +_ R4000 every months, the meter reading is sent through telephone but does not reflect. You call to enquire nobody picks up the phone or reply to the emails. People must stop being lazy and do their jobs if they fail ,there's lots of unemployed people who will love to work.

POINTS TO NOTE

The 2018/19 financial year’s Medium Term budget, which was approved by Council, is a consolidated budget of R45.8 billion which has been developed with an overall planning framework and includes programmes and projects to achieve the City’s strategic objectives.

The tabled report states that despite increasingly challenging circumstances, service delivery will continue to be sustained through this budget by reprioritising expenditure to ensure that key objectives are achieved.

The operating budget, which funds the continued provision of services provided by the municipality, has increased from R37.2 billion in the 2017/18 financial year to R38.7 billion in the 2018/19 financial year, R41.7 billion in the 2019/20 financial year and R45.2 billion in the 2020/21 financial year respectively.

The growth of the operating budget is mainly due to repairs and maintenance of infrastructure, cost of addressing service delivery backlogs, cost of bulk purchases namely water and electricity, impact of capital spending on operating expenditure and employee related costs as a result of filling vacancies and provision for salary increases.

Capital expenditure is budgeted to rise to R7 billion in the 2018/19 financial year, and thereafter to R7.7 billion by 2020/21. R17.3 billion (approximately 79 percent) is allocated to meeting infrastructure and household service needs and backlogs over the medium term.

Child-headed households, disability grantees and the medically boarded are exempt from paying rates on the first R460 000 of their property value. Residential properties valued up to R230 000 will be exempt from paying rates. All other properties valued above R230 000, the first R120 000 of rates will be charged.

Regarding pensioners property value – the maximum limit of R4 million provided that for those properties above R2 million, the monthly income from a pensions fund/SASSA does not exceed R7 000 per annum.

eThekwini-tariffs

DOCUMENTS

Download the Draft Budget 2018/19

Download Notice 177