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City of Joburg mum on increased tariffs

The city was still receiving comments from the public, and couldn't speak about the increase in tariffs.

FILE: There are reports the city is proposing that water goes up by between 11 and 17 percent and sewage costs by a whopping 15 percent. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg on Monday refused to confirm or deny whether it has proposed steep increases in water, sewerage and electricity costs as the tariffs still needed to be tabled in council.

The Star newspaper is reporting that the City is proposing that power prices rise by 12,9 percent, that water goes up by between 11 and 17 percent, rates by six percent and sewage costs by a whopping 15 percent,.

The City of Joburg's Stanley Maphologela said the City was still receiving comments from the public, and thus couldn't speak about them at this stage.

"We might actually now take the proposed increases to the public, through a public participation process. And once all those matters or people's comments are taken into account that's when now the city come and consolidate everything."

The final rates are expected to come into effect in July.