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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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%.


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2019-06-24 16:43:47 +02:00
For this country to operate as a democracy, everyone needs to play their part. How can the government allow Soweto to not pay electricity or have prepaid meters installed, but we must
pay our accounts timeously or we get cut off that month. How has Soweto got a bill of R18 billion outstanding and nobody is jumping up or down, except Soweto residents when asked to have prepaid meters fitted? Emigration figures are going to skyrocket next year, when it becomes clear that the ANC are pandering to their voters, and Cyril has his hands tied.
2019-06-03 10:19:55 +02:00
The current inflation as indicated by Government is around 4.5%, yet your increases are 3 times higher?
This is not acceptable.
We the ratepayers cannot be made to pay for the municipalities ineptude.
2019-05-30 21:16:29 +02:00
I am a 78 year old State Pensioner and receive a pension of R 1800.00/month, my 72 year old wife receives R 1750.00/month. Our current Utilities Bill is approx R 3000.00/month. We already need to take on" Casual" work to exist. The proposed increase will be an extra R 600.00/month and I have no way of affording the increase.
2019-05-29 07:20:27 +02:00
We not getting a proper service city is dirty paying for people to steel paying salaries people not at work pay huge wage bill for no service delivery we so that officials can steel
2019-05-28 20:55:56 +02:00
Bullshit. Why must we pay for the thieving mayors new "nkandla" homestead. Jack up services and the condition of the city before you want more money for the current "DUSTBIN"
2019-05-28 12:47:57 +02:00
As a pensioner the increase in property rates & taxes and electricity charges are way above what I can afford on my pension which does not increase proportionately if at all!
2019-05-28 10:39:03 +02:00
The city must improve internal efficiency and service delivery before expecting the public to fund more wasteful expenditure.

We don't need dinners, celebrations, banners, advertising and all the other wasteful expenditure that happens.

Public servants should be people who are dedicated to just that - PUBLIC SERVICE - not public robbery and self-enrichment.
2019-05-28 08:32:51 +02:00
The current inflation is around 4.5% yet your increases are 3 times higher?
This is not acceptable.
We the ratepayers cannot be made to pay for the municipalities ineptude.
2019-05-27 16:41:11 +02:00
The massive increases are beyond ridiculous. Most citizens of SA are struggling to make ends meet as it is & this is going to further intensify their problems of even putting food on the table. Get rid of the dishonest powers that be ,in with those that will make a,(real) change for every SA
2019-05-27 07:10:47 +02:00
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)


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.



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