Jo’burg residents face tariff hikes

The municipality has approved increases for water, waste removal, electricity and property rates.

The City of Johannesburg has approved increases for water, waste removal, electricity and property rates. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg has approved all domestic tariff increases for water, waste removal and electricity.

The municipality says property rates will go up five percent, while electricity will increase by just over seven percent.

Water and sewerage tariffs will be hiked by 8,9 percent.

According to the council's budget, waste removal services will be increased by six percent for domestic customers, and eight percent for businesses and commercial customers.

Finance MMC Geoffrey Makhubo on Tuesday presented Johannesburg's budget of R47,1 billion for the 2014/2015 financial year.

"The more electricity a consumer uses, the more they pay," he said. "The aim is to reduce electricity usage. The proposed average tariff increase for electricity is 7,05 percent."

He says water also needs to be conserved.

This will allow the municipality to do more for the poor and indigent, Makhubo said.

He adds the hikes will ensure the city remains a competitive and attractive city to invest in.