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JHB consumers face steep municipal rate increases

The council is proposing an electricity hike of 12,19 percent and water rates could increase by 11-17 percent.

FILE: The document stating the new proposals for municipal rates paints a bleak picture, with consumers already struggling to pay their bills. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg on Wednesday proposed all municipal rates increase above inflation as of 1 July.

The council is proposing an electricity hike of over 12 percent, depending on the time of use; and water rates to increase between 11 and 17 percent.

The document stating the new proposals for municipal rates paints a bleak picture, with consumers already struggling to pay their bills.

Democratic Alliance councillor Tim Truluck said these were the highest increases that he has experienced.

"Electricity is across the board 12,29 percent which is going to hit the low-end user as well as the high end user. Normally there are steps so that the poor households will pay a lesser of an increase than the wealthy households."

Sewage rates will increase by a huge 15 percent, while municipal bus fares will increase by 6 and 7 percent excluding special discounts.

On Monday, the city had 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.