Electricity to cost CT residents 10% more from July

Mayor Patricia de Lille’s proposed 2015/2016 budget was approved at the Civic Centre yesterday.

FILE: Councillors also approved a R245 million emergency plan in case of complete electricity blackouts. Picture: Freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - Capetonians will pay 10 percent more for electricity from July after council voted in favour of Mayor Patricia de Lille's budget for the upcoming financial year.

Councillors also approved a R245 million emergency plan in case of complete electricity blackouts.

De Lille tabled her proposed 2015/2016 budget during a council sitting on Friday.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) majority voted in favour of the mayor's R38 billion budget despite objecting voices from the opposition benches in council.

Her budget included a 10 percent electricity tariff increase and an 11 percent hike for water.

De Lille spent most of the day defending the budget against accusations that it was unfair to the poor.

"Those people in the rich areas, they don't want nothing from us. They've got their own money. We're not spending there; you don't have any proof, if you do then show us."

But African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Xolani Sotashe was not convinced, saying the mayor was full of empty promises.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) was not happy with the tariff increases, while the Congress of the People (Cope) questioned the spending in poor communities.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) wanted more money spent on the war on gangs and drugs.