The eThekwini Municipality has proposed increasing the tariff for water by 9,9 percent and electricity by 12 percent plus a three percent surcharge, according to a special draft rates-budget supplement of the Metro ezasegagasini newspaper published today.
In a report tabled for the consideration of the city council’s executive committee on Tuesday, City Manager Michael Sutcliffe proposed an increase in the electricity tariff to offset a bulk tariff increase from Eskom of 15,2 percent.
The 12 percent increase would also be needed to cover the staff salary increase, to hire more skilled staff, and to roll out new infrastructure.
The three percent surcharge will make up for a shortfall in income expected because of lower energy sales due to load shedding, Sutcliffe said.
Residents who use less than 150kWh will continue to receive the first 50kWh free. This benefits about 58 000 residents. The first 6kl of water used by residents will also remain free to households. About 280 000 households use 6kl or less water.