Electricity tariffs to top Joburg's budget

The budget is expected to focus on some of the commitments made by Mayor Parks Tau earlier this month

The Johannesburg skyline. Picture: Aki Anastasiou.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg's annual budget will be announced this morning with the focus e xpected to be on electricity tariffs and the city's roads.

The budget is expected to focus on some of the commitments made by Mayor Parks Tau earlier this month during his state of the province address.

The Mayor offered free WiFi to some parts of the city, youth employment in detail and upgrading of the city's major highways.

Tau had announced that the capacity assessment of the M1, M2 and Soweto highways will begin soon, which are set to be upgraded to the standard of Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme.

And electricity costs are bound to be one of the issues that interest resident since the announcement of Johannesburg's smart meters, which are aimed at reducing load shedding by implementing load limiting, which means some will still have electricity during the national power cuts.

The budget allocation speech will be delivered by MMC for finance Geoffrey Makhubo.