budget increases

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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2019-05-27 07:10:47 +02:00
Robyn
Any increase will be completely crazy as I am battling to pay your current high rates, I am a single mother of 3 children and spend more money monthly on rates water and electricity than my bond repayment and school fees. I will not be able to pay anything more, the services are constantly interrupted (weekly we have either no water or no electricity) and an increase is completely unjustified on this basis (and criminal to cover the misappropriation of our hard earned money)
2019-05-27 01:42:21 +02:00
Farzana
Everything in this beautiful country has been ruined by the very incompetent people in power.Yet,they seize to see that the only difference they are making is giving themselves more power & literally crippling the lame man that is crying out,helplessly.Tariff increase for what,might I ask?I clearly do not see any betterment of services ,infact it just worsens.Employment level is still at a point of strangulation leading to grave ills in ethekwini.......Just STOP skinning the rate-payers,take accountability. LIVE & LET LIVE!!!
We can no longer be paying da penalty for a corrupt,rogue government that sweeps injustices beneath the carpet.HELL NO!!!!!!
2019-05-26 21:01:05 +02:00
Ian
To increase our power rates.by 800-1000rand more .on top of what we are already paying..and we are paying just below 2000rand.each month..for a two bedroom flat 2 abdults and a toddler..we simple don't have it in our budget..and extra 1000rand .more..on top of scrapping to pay 2000rand.every month.we are single income family..to find another 1000rand.we would have but less food for home by 1/2..and take our toddler out of grade 000 so we could afford to the increase.1000rand. but why should we sacrifice our diet and health of our selfes and toddler and sacrifice our toddlers education in grade 000...just to keep the local municipality of ethekwini/Durban
Happy..it will never.happen..deal with all the corruption. Thief's of stolen million and other billions.money laundering...and once all those missing and stolen money's are found and repaid back...the money problem shortage will be relieved..the tax payer that does pay .has paid his taxes...the rates payer that does pay his monthly bill..Don't Abuse and waste those hard earned moneys..
2019-05-26 20:27:56 +02:00
Sharon
After making terrible decision, causing weeks of unrest, no service delivery, and poor asset management, we will not pay more than the constantly high prices of rates, water, sanitation, and electricity. Enough is enough
2019-05-26 19:33:59 +02:00
Roger
As pensioners our financiers are so stretched that we would be unable to pay for any increases.
2019-05-26 19:02:34 +02:00
Ragini
We are already paying exorbitant amounts and not getting service delivery. Out crematorium has not been fixed for the last 6 years like really. Our people in Chatsworth are being sidelined yet combined we pay the highest rates in the Ethekweni region
2019-05-26 11:14:23 +02:00
Moosa
We can no longer afford these tariff increases. The cost of living is very high and many people are unemployed, living in extreme poverty. Please don't increase tariffs this year.
2019-05-26 10:10:24 +02:00
Gail
These increases are far too high and unaffordable for most residents.
Many pensioners don't receive an annual increase and can't keep up with rising costs.
2019-05-26 01:10:14 +02:00
Reneé
Why must we pay for poor management, it's not our problem but we are being penalized..... Absolute bullshit!
2019-05-26 01:00:25 +02:00
Catherine
Any increase will be completely crazy as I am battling to pay your high rates, I am a single mother of 2 children and spend more money monthly on rates water and electricity than my bond repayment and school fees. I will not be able to pay anything more, the services are constantly interrupted (weekly we have either no water or no electricity) and an increase is completely unjustified on this basis (and criminal to cover the misappropriation of our hard earned money)

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