Electricity will cost 6.9% more for JHB residents from today

The City of Johannesburg's new municipal tariffs for the 2016/2017 financial year come into effect today.

FILE: Stolen transformer on homemade electricity pole in Protea South, Soweto. Locals call this a spider web. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg's new municipal tariffs for the 2016/2017 financial year are set to come into effect today.

Electricity will cost 6.9 percent more and other increases such as water, refuse collection and property rates will also rise.

From today, Johannesburg residents will pay more for municipal rates and taxes with water and sewerage tariffs increasing by more than 13 percent.

Waste removal will increase by an average of six percent while property rates go up by nearly six percent.

This comes despite tight economic constraints, which the city tried to balance out with its debt obligations.

While electricity goes up by 6.9 percent, it's lower than the recommendations from National Energy Regulator of South Africa.