During his budget speech on Wednesday, Cape Town Executive Mayor Dan Plato announced an increase in the cost of water and electricity from July 2021.
Mayor Plato said the city has cut its expenditures in an effort to keep the price hikes as low as possible. The increases will look like this:
- The electricity tariff will be increased by 13.48%;
- The water and sanitation tariffs will increase by 5%;
- The refuse removal tariff will increase by 3.5%;
- The average increase for rates is 4.5%.
Plato said, “as the impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic continue to be felt by all, we have taken measures to provide relief to struggling residents. As of 30 April 2021, we have written off outstanding debts of residents to the value of R295 million, with a proposal on tomorrow’s council agenda to write off a further R4 billion in outstanding debt from residents from previous years.”
Mayor Plato said the city will also be allocating R3,35 billion for rates relief for the 2021/22 financial year which includes R1,99 billion for indigent relief and R1,35 billion in rates rebates.