The municipal tariff increases are as follows: hiring of halls, temporary use of land, temporary advertisement of posters, pamphlets, advertising signs, on premises signs will increase by 8%, domestic waste collection, graves and cemeteries, refuse removal, sewer, property tax, agricultural will increase by 6%, water will increase by 8.5%, proposed sundry tariff will increase by 6%, museum: LED & tourism will increase by 6%, swimming pool & hiring of stadiums will increase by 10%, library services both in rural & urban areas will increase by 6%, disposal of waste tariffs for non-residents will increase by 6%, sale of refuse bins will increase by 6%, trading licenses for hawkers structure will increase by 6%, firefighting & funeral escorts.
On proposed electricity tariffs, ESKOM has applied for an electricity tariff increase of 7, 32%. The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) is still considering the increase of ESKOM before a guideline increase for municipalities will be announced.
(NERSA) is the regulatory authority over the energy sector in South Africa and its mandate includes the regulation of the electricity supply industry. In terms of section 4(ii) of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006) (‘the ERA’), the Energy Regulator must regulate electricity prices and tariffs.
The Energy Regulator approves a percentage guideline increase and reviews the municipal tariff benchmarks, on an annual basis. The guideline increase assists the municipalities in the preparation of their budgets and tariff adjustment applications.
The municipal Chief Whip Cllr Mankopane Mike Rapatsa who was the Acting Mayor emphasised that residents must pay services so that the municipality must ensure that it remains financially sustainable in order to provide the services and maintenance that is required.
“We have to do this, but also have a responsibility to ensure that municipal services are provided affordable to all communities,” said Rapatsa.
Rapatsa said the municipality has taken into consideration inputs from all the consultations and “we would want to assure all the communities that they would be able to contribute to the sustainable provision of services.
Rapatsa mentioned the issue of Mahwelereng water debt which is over 500 million. He indicated that there is there is plan to bring that matter to rest and it will suit both parties.
Issued by: Malesela Selokela: Divisional Head Communications
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