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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2019-03-22 21:11:40 +02:00
I could understand if the rates etc were in keeping with inflation, but anything above this points to bad management and infrastructure. For all the apartheid government's faults, these kind of increases were unheard of, the country was well run then. Today people can't afford these increases. I.e. they will not be able to afford food, therefore they will die. Is this what the anc government want to be known for?!
2019-02-03 09:12:31 +02:00
People cannot these increases anymore - especially pensioners lile us. Rather root out corruption and theft of ratepayers funds.

2019-01-31 08:39:18 +02:00
The services we receive from ethekweni is of a very poor standard currently the bills are basically unaffordable so the increase will make it worst off , basically the cost of living is so high were some can't afford a decent meal so how are they going to afford the redicoulos increase by ethekweni ,the corrupt officials are looking,the mayor is on a carefree spendings spree but the citizens of this has to pay for all their wrong doings ,not very fair to the people.
2019-01-20 15:01:25 +02:00
I think the increases are outrageous.Currently we are paying so many different taxes eg.VAT,Fuel Levy,Paye etc.This is definately affecting the the major part of our population.People are getting poor every day.
Definately a no no to these increases.
Increases to be below inflation
2019-01-07 10:52:32 +02:00
I'm horrified as I can't afford the present tariffs, let alone increases. Please seek innovative ways to be more efficient. Israel could help. Just ask.
2018-12-23 12:40:54 +02:00
These increases are outrages, Ethekweni will just send more people into poverty who can’t afford to pay all these hefty increases.
Also this will mean businesses will have to cut more jobs because they will have to increase the prices of their products, which means less sales and less income to keep their full work forces.

Higher tariffs means:
Higher production cost
= less sales
= less income
= more jobless workers
= less taxpayers
= more destitute people looking for assistance from government
= higher taxes asked by government.... and on and on and on.
It’s a visious circle and it look like municipalities do not have the know how, how to solve the problems.
There are to many dead wood in municipalities that take a salary home and live in luxuary on the paxpayers money. These dead wood need to be removed to streamline the workings of the municipalities and make it a number 1 business that serve the citizens and care about them.
The higher the serve cost on services delivered to the citizens, the less people will be able to afford to pay for services supplied.
That means less income for the municipalities.
2018-11-29 11:13:48 +02:00
No to these increases
2018-10-31 18:18:38 +02:00
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
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
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!


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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