City of Tshwane Executive Mayor Councillor Steven Mokgalapa has announced tariff hikes for all property rates to increase by 6%, which will come into effect on the 1st of July this year. Mokgalapa was tabling the City’s budget speech in Pretoria on Wednesday and highlighted that Tshwane residents will have to dig deeper into their pockets to service their utility bills.
Mokgalapa says, the aim is to make sure that the city’s tariffs are affordable to residents also adding however, that ESKOM and Rand Water increases are not within the city’s control.
Electricity prices are expected to increase by 12% while sanitation will hike by 8%. Mokgalapa added that water tariffs would be increased by 8% while the bulk purchase tariff would go up by 10% from Rand Water.
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa published the Municipal Tariff Guideline Increase of 13.07%, “The City has accordingly budgeted for a revenue increase of 12% and these figures will most likely be factored in when we do the midterm review.” Mokgalapa said.
The refuse tariff structure has since been amended which means that waste removal and city cleansing will be discounted.
“A single tariff structure with a tariff increase of 6% has been applied in the 2019/20 Medium Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF),” Mokgalapa added.
Moreover Mokgalapa said he was aware that the budget comes during hard economic times in the country, but this budget is pro-poor mentioning that it impresses on the 28 000 City employees to deliver to Tshwane residents without excuses.