The City of Tshwane Municipality has proposed an increase for water, electricity and property rates tariffs amongst others.
City of Tshwane MMC for Finance, Ald Peter Sutton presented the R44.9 billion budget on Thursday, 19 May 2021 for the 2022/23 financial year.
CITY OF TSHWANE PROPOSED TARIFF INCREASES
Sutton said the City of Tshwane’s 2022/23 financial year budget is geared towards maintaining financial stability to advance service delivery and drive critical infrastructure investment.
“This budget also represents the collective strategic priorities of our multiparty coalition government.
“We need to be frank about our service delivery shortfalls and work towards addressing them by improving service delivery levels to a point where residents can start seeing the difference,” he said
Proposed tariff increases:
- A 6% increase for property rates
- A 6% increase for refuse removal
- A 7,47% tariff increase for electricity effective 1 July 2022 for domestic, commercial and industrial customers.
- Water tariffs will increase by 9%
- Sanitation charges will also increase by 9%
Fines for illegal connections and electricity theft have been increased to R200 000 for individual or household accounts and R10 million for business accounts. Sutton said criminal charges will also be laid, and lost income pursued.
OTHER KEY TAKES FROM THE BUDGET
- A budget of R10 million has been allocated to the City of Tshwane’s Cable Theft Unit to further capacitate them with technology and tools in the fight against cable theft.
- Roll out of prepaid meters will be fast tracked and an additional R70 million has been allocated for this project in the next financial year.
- The Water and Sanitation Department has been allocated an operational budget of R5,4 billion for the 2022/23 financial year to effectively carry out its work.
- R25 million has been allocated towards the rehabilitation of Centurion Lake. This allocation will go a long way to restore life in the polluted lake and prevent further risk of flooding during heavy rainfall, reportedly.
- Informal trading sector: An allocation of R7 million has been provisioned to finalise Phase 2 of the Marabastad trading and marketing stalls.
- R8 million towards the maintenance of the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market. An additional allocation of R10 million will go towards upgrading and extending market facilities.
- An allocation of R143 million will go towards roads and stormwater infrastructure construction in Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Soshanguve, Refilwe, Ekangala and Rayton.