Cape Town Draft Residential Service Costs 1July 2017

What will you be paying for water and electricity from 1 July 2017 in Cape Town?  The City of Cape Town has just advertised its draft service charges for domestic / residential consumers for the 2017 /18 financial year.  The full list of service fees for residential and commercial customers can be viewed at http: www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay. Note that if the link does not work then type it in.  The proposed service charges are open for comments which need to be addressed to the City Manager at email address: city.manager@capetown.gov.za  Once approved the charges will come into effect on 1 July 2017.

The table below provides a summary of the charges for water, sewage, electricity and refuse removal for residential / domestic customers.  Specific points of interest are the new charges for water.  Domestic users no longer get 6 kiloliters of free water and the charge for sewage (waste water treatment) starts at 1kl and not at 4.2kl as in the 2016/ 17 fee structure.  No doubt these water related fees are the result of the need to invest in a range of expensive additional sources of potable water for Cape Town.

In its drive to meet cost of supply objectives and to provide subsidies only to households that meet the `indigent’ criteria, all residential properties valued above R400 000 but on the subsidized Lifeline Electricity tariff will be shifted to the Domestic Tariff.  This could result in a doubling or more of your electricity costs. 

Note also that an electricity service/ availability fee is proposed for residential properties valued at over R1 million. (August 2017 update: While this fee has been postponed and will not be implemented in 2017 /18 it remains on the system for future implementation.) This fee is part of a new Home User Tariff and amounts to R8.21 per day or R246 per 30 day month, irrespective of whether you are at home or away.  The electricity service fee is designed to pay for maintaining, upgrading and growing the City’s electricity supply network.  This `fee’ was included in the Energy or kWh charge.  However as citizens buy less electricity in response to the increasing cost per unit and are also becoming more energy efficient and installing alternatives such as solar geysers, PV, wood stoves etc so the City is loosing its traditional revenue from electricity sales.

Click on link to open an easy to read Table of Residential service costs including a comparison with the current 2016/17 fees.   2017 -18 draft service costs

or work your way through the Table of draft service costs below.

Service Units / Amount 2016 /17 Tariff

incl Vat per kl

Units / Amount 2017 /18 Tariff incl Vat per kl
Water Domestic (non – indigent) Per month Per month
Step 1 Less than 6 kls R 0.00 0 -6kl R4.56
Step 2 6 – 10.5kls R15.68 6 – 10.5kls R17.75
Step 3 10.5kls – 20kl R20.02 10.5kls – 20kl R24.93
Step 4 20kl – 35kl R32.65 20kl – 35kl R41.53
Step 5 35kl – 50kl R49.83 35kl – 50kl R70.29
Step 6 Above 50kl R93.39 Above 50kl R238.59
Sanitation Domestic (non – indigent) Per month
Step 1 0 – 4.2kl R0.00 0 – 4.2kl R4.39
Step 2 4.2kl – 7.35kl R13.24 4.2kl – 7.35kl R14.98
Step 3 7.35kl -14kl R23.39 7.35kl -14kl R29.10
Step 4 14kl – 24.5kl R28.15 14kl – 24.5kl R39.17
Step 5 24.5kl – 35kl R36.48 24.5kl – 35kl R51.51
Electricity Per month
Lifeline (subsidized tariff for qualifying customers who use less than 450kwhs) Block 1:

0- 350kWhs

(60 free kWhs)

R1.10 Block 1:

0- 350kWhs

R1.16
Block 2: 350 + (25 free kWhs under 450kWhs per month) R3.06 Block 2: 350 + R2.34
Domestic

 

Block 1:

0- 600kWhs

R1.87 Block 1:

0- 600kWhs

R1.92
Block 2:

600kWhs +

R2.28 Block 2:

600kWhs +

R2.34
Home User

 Properties over R1million. Implementation Postponed but still on system!

Daily service fee Daily service fee R8.21
Block 1:

0- 600kWhs

Block 1:

0- 600kWhs

R1.51
Block 2:

600kWhs +

Block 2:

600kWhs +

R2.34
Solid Waste 240 ltr bin R1.28 240 ltr bin R1.36

Kim Kruyshaar

Cape Town – Mayoral committee member for finance Johan van der Merwe responds to the many objections and complaints  about high electricity prices in Cape Town expressed in the press and online media. Read more at: https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/city-responds-to-false-electricity-tariff-information-10619378

 

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137 Responses to Cape Town Draft Residential Service Costs 1July 2017

  1. Karen Gray-Kilfoil April 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Nice one thanks Kim!

    • Les Lancaster May 13, 2017 at 8:00 am #

      This is once again CT taxing the few of us that pay taxes to support those who do not. The DA is becoming as bad as the ANC in ripping off the working class who are battling to make ends meet.

      • munier June 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

        I completely agree 100% they are robbing us .its not like they can use the extra money and go purchase more water.doing exactly what eskom did and filling their pockets .when will SA tax payers stand up.

    • Johan May 14, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      This is discrimination and against the law. The law says NEVER will anybody or group be discriminated again in South Africa.

    • Elzet May 15, 2017 at 8:36 am #

      We object as well.

  2. Brigitte Taylor April 10, 2017 at 6:33 am #

    Life is expensive enough without these proposed increases. We try our very best to use water and electricity sparingly. We take very short showers and catch what we can in buckets to water outside. We buy bottled water to drink and cook with. We can’t afford a grey water system. We don’t own a tumble dryer and don’t use the oven to save on electricity and we only have energy saving light bulbs. My pool has a blanket to stop evaporation but level is still low and green.. we don’t use the pump… all this to save and get by! And now to hear we’ll be slapped with increases again! We pay our taxes and to read about all the corruption and mismanagement of our money we cough up every month is nauseating! SA in junk status will push cost of living even higher and then you people want to put us under extra strain? Enough is enough! I oppose the proposed increase in July 2017.

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

      The city needs to put genuine public participation systems in place to account for the how and where of its spend. Increasing fees is not sustainable in these times of slow economic growth and Junk Status. At the same time new technology is enabling affluent households – who can best afford to pay higher fees – to opt out by going off grid and possibly even `off tap’. These are the very citizens who can best afford to pay higher fees. It is time to open the discussion around a mix of solutions. Please send your objections to the City Manager. I am an independent energy auditor and posted the new tariffs for info. Questions and objections need to be addressed to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017

      • Leonard Moss May 12, 2017 at 7:48 am #

        I object to this tariff increase, I am a widower with a son and a freelancer.

      • David Geoffrey Jackson May 16, 2017 at 9:24 am #

        Most of the affluent consumers have worked hard to get where they are, so the obvious solution is to go off the grid should they be charged exorbitant fees. No rocket science here !

    • Saliem Hendrocks May 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

      I oppose tariff increases Mr S Hendricks

    • Michelle Jones-Phillipson May 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

      No ways is this acceptable. Please I am a single aged woman who is having to share my home with strangers to try and make ends meet. Doing contractural work to survive. Please do not do this to us. I do voluntary work helping our underresourced children.

    • Armand May 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

      I object, find another way to run your systems more efficiently. Throwing money at each problem only delays it. There are fundamental management issues it seems and we are already paying so much for electricity, yet the price just keeps going up.

      Your historical behaviour indicates that no sure solution will come from this new pricing scheme, so I have no confidence to give you more money.

      I object

      • Linda Erlank May 30, 2017 at 10:18 am #

        strongly opposed as I have been saving more than ever on both water and electricity.

        • admin May 30, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

          Have you heard the good news that the Mayor de Lille announced today that the service fee would not be implemented in this budget. The City received over 1000 complaints. De Lille said the City is sensitive to and listens to the concerns of its citizens.

  3. Des Rodel April 10, 2017 at 6:59 am #

    Object to astronomical daily service fee ….

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      Please send your objections to the City Manager. I am an independent energy auditor and posted the new tariffs for info. Questions and objections need to be addressed to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017

      • Gert Engelbrecht May 14, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

        done!!

        • Gert Engelbrecht May 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm #

          strongly opposed as I have been saving more than ever on both water and electricity. email sent to council

    • Andre Diederichs May 9, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      I ama pensionerand,this,day fee irrespective of a tual electricity I use is a seroius worry.I am all agsinst it.

  4. Chris Knight April 10, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    How do I oppose this? The city encourages citizens to be more energy efficient, and then when they are we all get penalised? How is that right?

    I oppose this in the strongest terms!

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

      Please send your objections to the City Manager. I am an independent energy auditor and posted the new tariffs for info. Questions and objections need to be addressed to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017

  5. L Laubser April 10, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    I live on my own & am a pensioner already psying R500 per month electricity, how am i going to afford the new tariff. I have no idea why i am on Domestic & have repeatedly phoned to ask for an explanation with no joy. May i have an explanation? Thank you.

  6. Jon Mantel April 10, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    If the city wanta to charge us more for electricty and water because we are becoming more efficient and saving then they need to provide monthly or quarterly detailed reports on exactly where the full sum of collected money is being spent on improving our water and electricity supplies. Charging us more to line pockets and increase revenues for other uses is immoral and unethical.
    We demand transparency and accountability.

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      Agree. The city needs to put genuine public participation systems in place to account for the how and where of its spend. We also need to be aware however that RSA is the country in the world with the highest gap between rich and poor and has high urbanisation rates with the result that a large amount of money needs to go to providing essential services to those in need. While central gov does provide funds for new services for poorer citizens, these funds are typically far short of what is needed for new serviced residential areas and houses. and if I understand it correctly, the central Gov funds does not pay for ongoing maintenance needs in subsidized residential areas. Those funds need to come from the city coffers – which are strained. It is time to open the discussion around solutions.

  7. Jesimine Naidoo April 10, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Dear City Management,

    I note the aforementioned proposal with concern. My definition of being gainfully employed is me being a responsible citizen by being both responsible and accountable to my country her people and her requirements of me.

    I do not object to paying rates and taxes it is after all my duty to contribute to a well run and managed city. Where I do however strongly object is to my hard work and bank balance being the constant target and “whipping boy” of every man and his dogs ever increasing need to look after their own piece of the pie.

    I don’t think this is thought through enough. It’s very easy to keep dipping into the same pond of resources. ..when however do you break the back of those resources? When do you give back to us?

    I respect that the marginalised and poor needs to be assisted I have no objection to that except to say if they are not paying or contributing the way we are expected to then you should allocate a specific amount of electricity and water alloted per household i. e. No unlimited access.

    Secondly you should start taking a drive through areas (I live in Heathfield) and look at home owners who look after their properties as such uplifting the appearances of neighbourhoods as such contributing to a well run city and incentivize this action by offering a rates rebate to those residents. Hopefully this will encourage others to follow suite.

    In conclusion stop antagonising willing and hard working residents by taxing us continuously (by saying this I am not for a minute being unsympathetic or disrespectful to those who cannot make the contribution ) I am.merely drawing your attention to the fact that I am sure there are better ways if thought through correctly.

    Kind Regards

    Jesimine Langley Naidoo
    0829492019

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 9:57 am #

      Hi Jesimine, Please send your objections to the City Manager at city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017. I am an independent energy auditor and posted the new tariffs for info. I feel very strongly that while the City and many Metros in the country are battling to provide services to a growing urban population that is also getting poorer they are simply not involving citizens in the discussions about how to have functional and affordable services. Simply putting up prices is unsustinable. City managers need to start real discussions with communities about service provision. SO please address your objections to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017

  8. Gizelle Dobbin April 10, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    I strongly object to this tariff!

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      Please send your objections to the City Manager. I am an independent energy auditor and posted the new tariffs for info. Questions and objections need to be addressed to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017

  9. Karen April 10, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    A country in junk status, the average working class battling already, and now this – Cape Town really, think before you implement this – you are going to destroy those who are already having to foot the bill for the majority!

  10. Leilah April 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    The city is charging people for saving money?!

  11. Brad April 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    You guys are just forcing a national strike of note.
    Your government has spent all your resoures but you’ll rather put pressure on us clients to make up for the loss…
    We are getting gatvol & when this trike happens, it’s going to affect the likes of electricity, water, tax & every other government & council service, that you guys could’ve avoided by planning ahead months ago already!
    This is a heads up. Use it or ignore it – your choice!

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Brad, please address your objections and enough is enough to the City. I am an independent energy auditor and posted the new tariffs for info. Questions and objections need to be addressed to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017

  12. Brad April 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    Why wasn’t water transported down in tankers from up north, Free State, Gauteng, etc…
    Now we must because you haven’t planned ahead or done your jobs properly..? Feeling disgusted!

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 9:43 am #

      the cost of transporting water would be unaffordable. Better to become water efficient as most of us have and now the City is waking up too. They have applied for disaster management funds from Central Gov to bring forward the implementation of new water projects. And as Climate Change is a critical issue for Cape Town we all need to live more sustainably in terms of energy, water and waste. The authorities are typically reactive and we need a pro-active approach.

      • concerned Citizens May 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

        The City knew about this problem for years from when the City became a United City. The days when Mayor Peter Marais went to see the dams when they were below 20%. What have the fat cat Rmillions a year City Officials done about it from then to now.

  13. Elizabeth Thiart April 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

    we were TOLD TO SAVE electricity when south Africa was on load shedding, by getting alternatives such as led lights, solars etc. which we have done. Now we have to pay even
    if we don’t use electricity being away because of City is not getting enough money in due to electricity savings of the public?
    I give up, I really do.

  14. Ben Latham April 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    I wholeheartedly OBJECT to these increases!

  15. Rudolf Kay April 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    http: http://www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay does not exist.

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 9:36 am #

      type it in rather than clicking on link. sorry! not sure why the link won’t work even after I `relinked’ the url.

  16. Paul April 10, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    This is just slightly unfair, in that owners of more expensive properties are nailed at every turn. Most of the time, it’s a property that wasn’t purchased with intent to buy expensive, but the valuation increases pushes the price up, and the costs of maintaining the property.
    Having bought a property of lets say R500 000 ten years ago, now, due to whatever reason coming in at R1m plus, the additional expenses weren’t because the person bought as expensive property.
    Selling said property to buy a cheaper one also doesn’t seem fair either, what with having to uproot life entirely.
    This part of it should seriously be relooked at.

  17. J Crous April 11, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    I object to the prpised addition of the new ad hoc levying of R246 monthly fee for the provision of existing Electricity fee. This is an ad hoc and disingenious way of robbing the rate payer for no existing services.
    I object to the decrease in Kl of sewerage fee, aother way of ripping off e nation.
    CoCT is guilty of dereliction of duty to plan ahead for years now of improving and providing sufficient water storage for a burgeoning city.
    I am a pensioner and can no longer afford this daylight robbery. It started with charging us for seweeage for a long existing service. Nothing new was added.

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 9:32 am #

      Please send your objections to the City Manager. I am an independent energy auditor and posted the new tariffs for info. Questions and objections need to be addressed to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017

      • Fred smith August 1, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

        Im a police officer and deal daily with corruption and fraud casesand have come across that more and more ppl are resorting to illegal connections even in our upper class areas…so in retrospect…the City is digging a hole for themselves.
        Honourable taxpayers are now G@t,,l …I guess the saying is true…if u cant beat them,join them.

        • admin August 4, 2017 at 9:48 am #

          PLEASE REPORT ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS. electricity consumers can’t afford to subsidize people who cheat. the City does have processes for people who are financially challenged to apply for service fee rebates. In the City phone the law enforcement head office at 0800 222 771 or the electricity dept on 021 596 1999 or in ESKOM areas report illegal electricity connections to 08600 37566 or 0800 112 722 or report electricity theft to Operation Khanyisa by sending an SMS to Crime Line on 32211. The service is anonymous and costs R1 per SMS.

  18. Friedel Maritz April 11, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    This is extortion

  19. M.E.Meder April 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    On the electricity availability fee, does that mean that kWh tariffs will be adjusted downwards to exclude this previously included component?
    On the water tariff I assume the heavy increase is to fund infrastructure development to increase portable water to obviate recognizing climate change and population increase of 12% over last five years – what are these projects?

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 9:29 am #

      Yes the energy fee below 600kWhs consumed permonth is lower. See the table in the article.

      I am an independent energy / water auditor and can’t speak for the city. I have heard that the city has applied for disaster relief funding which with our higher water fees aims to bring forward new potable water projects including harvesting from the Table Mnt Aquifer, a pipeline from Berg to increase water supply to -I think the Wemmershoek dam – improved water managemnt and leak detection, higher use of recycled water and possible small scale desalination. Desalination is tricky one hugely expensive and only needed during droughts – but the plant needs to be maintained whether in use or not. also new desalination technology breakthroughs are being tested world wide so – perhaps not a good time to build desalination plants using older energy hungry technology. Note that all the new options – including pipelines and aquifer extraction will result in higher ongoing water costs to maintain these facilities.

  20. Patricia Fox April 12, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    As usual South Africans are being hit with yet another charge and increase that they can ill afford as the government did not make provision for the development of more residential areas. I would like to know how it was decided to choose properties from the R1m mark? These days, that’s the average cost of a home. Do you think that because a person buys a house for R1m that they are financially well-off? Think again. We bought our house in 1991 at a cost of R122 500.00, we did not pay R1m for it, we would never be able to afford that now. My husband is 73 years old, a senior citizen, he receives a government grant and I will be applying for mine in September 2017. What provision has been made for senior citizens or residents that already qualify for the rates rebate like we do because of our low income? We cannot afford this increase in electricity and water. Please, you need to re-think this whole issue.

    • admin April 17, 2017 at 9:18 am #

      Questions and objections need to be addressed to the city.manager@capetown.gov.za by 21 APRIL 2017. the city also has provision for a senior citizens rebate. The requirements for a senior citizen or disabled persons rebate (including Lifeline electricity) are as follows:

      A combined household income of less than R15 000 per month.

      Over 60 years of age or are registered as a disabled person.

      Use of less than 450 kWh per month on average, including any free electricity.

      Requirements of the value of the property and a pre-paid meter are waived.

      You need to apply each year for the rebate and to stay on the Lifeline tariff. This is because both the household income and the rebate conditions may change. Forms can be downloaded at: http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Financial-relief-and-rebates/Individuals/Apply-for-senior-citizen-support

  21. Sharyn Dabbs April 12, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    With increasing costs of fuel, the junk status downgrade, it appears we will not be able to afford to live if our costs increase to such a extent. You will be taxing us to death.

  22. Tina Schilling April 12, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Hi there.. I am a committee member if a large ratepayers association and I am attempting to share the actual link in full to the Facebook group… are you able to give full link to me that gives full details in City website… thank you for your informative condensed version.. live… but I am having residents coming thru to me after I posted yr post asking for the direct city link… many thanks

  23. Keith Porter April 12, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    On the face of it, and without studying the full detail It seems totally unfair to all Senior Citizens of our Community. I must assume that there are very few properties in our area that are valued less than R1 million. Bearing in mind that many pensions who get their monthly pension from SASSA etc. are really struggling to make ends meet. To burden them with another huge fee such as that proposed, is going to affect them negatively.
    I beg the authorities to rethink this over. Charge those who can perhaps afford it!

  24. Mike Speake April 13, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    The daily electricity service fee is an obscene amount – R 250 pm ?! How in hell’s name am I going to be able to afford this? I am a 74 year old pensioner living on a fixed income. The only ‘sin’ I am committing is that my house is worth more than R 1 million, so therefore you choose to bleed me dry financially. You have taken away my free 25 kW hours, now the free water, and now this. Your reasons are very vague too. R 8.64 PER DAY IS TOO MUCH AND SURELY UNJUSTIFIED!

  25. Lize May 9, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    This is simply rediculous, taxes and fees are charged left right and centre and this is a public service for which we already pay our government. If less was lost through corruption, sufficient fees would be available to look after the people living in his country. To continue draining the pockets of the people is NOT sustainable or the best solution.

  26. Theresa Adendorff May 9, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Ridiculous!! Please CoCT, you are not serious.

  27. Jolene Fourie May 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    This is unacceptable!! We work very hard for our money and property we own. And now we must pay more, and more!! If the government use our hard earned tax money better, these so called tariffs would never have been even brought up

  28. Jolene Fourie May 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    This is unacceptable!! We have worked very hard to earn our money and property. If the government use our hard earned tax money better then this so-called tariffs would never have been mentioned. Very unhappy about this…

  29. dg May 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    The city or who ever came up with this should stop looking for new ways to rob the tax payers .if u think ppl with houses worth more than 1 million rand are rich enough to pay that you are very much mistaken they just hard working responsible tax payers.so stop robbing us blind and spend your time stoping corruption in the country and we will have more than enough money to go around and then our bills could start geting less and not more.

  30. Clinton May 11, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    Is this approach only happening in the western cape or nationally.I feel that it should be implemented around the country if it’s to fair to all

    • admin May 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

      Quite a few municipalities charge a service fee. To do a real comparison one needs to look at the kWh charge and the service fee together. but just for example ESKOM charges R160 per month on its Home Power 1, Joburg City Power charges account holders R540 per month, Bitou charges R338 per month. These are a bit random but show Cape Town is not unique.

  31. M. M. Tolken May 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    I strongly object to these tariffs

  32. W Fredericks May 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    This is shocking given the dire need for a resource that’s already stretching us to the max. We are struggling with basic needs being met. I APPOSE this! Please STOP.We cannot afford this

  33. mandy scanlen May 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    This is unacceptable. We are already living in the most expensive city in the country and how much more do we have to pay for the inefficiency and bad money management of government and parastatals? I can barely afford to live on the current rates. I safe water and have followed all the rules pertaining to water saving how much more can you possibly charge us? This is totally unacceptable

  34. Bonny Stevens May 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    They ripping us off, just because they can. No compassion, thats why the poor damage everything in the name off service delivery.

  35. Riëtte May 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi Admin

    I wonder why we don’t see anything a boutique this in the media?

    Now is the time to stop paying taxes and also start ‘We Demand!!’ actions.

  36. Louise Barry May 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    I share the same feelings as everyone who has submitted comments above. I would further like to add that developers have been permitted by the Council to demolish one building on a property and add 4 or 5 new dwellings in the same space: more households needing electricity (and water!!). In other circumstances, tall blocks of flats have been built – same problem with electricity and water. I don’t believe that the Council’s current problem with a lack of funds would have existed had proper planning for the larger number of dwellings and developments all around CT been in place. Has the Council seen the latest research on how middle income earners are finding it difficult to make ends meet these days? I think this idea is unfair and ridiculous and I am very disappointed in the DA.

  37. Concerned May 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    I object to these ridiculous measures. Escom has been mismanaged for many years now to make a few individuals super rich. Whose pockets will be lined this time? What are the real reasons behind this? I don’t believe that this money will be used in a honest way to do upgrades as indicated.

  38. Pieter May 12, 2017 at 6:23 am #

    I refuse to pay more until all the illegal connections to electricity are sorted out and until the city shows wgphat they are doing to reduce their enormous budget based on taxpayer income.

  39. Darren May 12, 2017 at 7:04 am #

    I object to paying new daily tariff, where are we supposed to find this extra money, and just so that at the end of the year they can pay them selves huge bonuses. I’m sorry people we need to do more to keep our government under control.

  40. Christo botha May 12, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    No ways!

  41. disgusted May 12, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    How in heavens Name! Its enough water restrictions have influenced ones expenses , now daily tarrifs. I am a single unemployed mother, saving wherever I can on water, using the washing machine water to wash car, water garden even do hand washing, I bare use my stove, the geyser is barely on, I even boil water to wash dishes because the geyser uses to much. All im doing is trying to save now u want daily tariff!
    I OBJECT!

  42. Jamie May 12, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    I object. We already pay so much for electricity.
    City.manager@capetown.gov.za

  43. Sean Nefdt May 12, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    I object vehemently to the proposed increases

  44. mark May 12, 2017 at 8:33 am #

    I strongly object

  45. Patrick Klerck May 12, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    I object to these measures, it’s too easy to just increase payments yet little is done to curb or prevent illegal connections and water supplies.
    Council must man up and do the right thing instead of wasting ratepayers money for crap like street and road name changing.

  46. Donna Podems May 12, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    I would like to see the City of Cape Town engage with a plan that provides a clear analysis of the problem, how what interventions will address the problems and the provide solutions to this. It seems as though the City has one answer to all problems, increase the money.

    Believe it or not, there are other options and the reason we pay people to hold government posts is so that they will think through these options.

  47. Mahmood May 12, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    It’s all about how much the city can take from us.

    They should cut more on wastefull spend

  48. j May 12, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    The guptas wants a new plane

  49. berena May 12, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    you Eskom are disgusting all those price hike the past were for what ? Whoever makes these decisions you will get exactly what you deserve …there are people that are really suffering …but your greed does not allow you to care .Greed is a deadly sin…

  50. Judi Baumgarten May 12, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    I VERY STRONGLY oppose these increases. Think of pensioners who are already struggling and who probably bought their properties years ago. Their properties have improved in value and now exceed R1 milllion and as a consequence they are lumbered with ANOTHER additional cost. They have to live somewhere – selling isn’t an option. The city really needs to re-look at this.

  51. Jamey Lee May 12, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    I appose this increase

  52. Marlene May 12, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    This is blatant extortion from the taxpayer! The extent of mismanagement in Government is mindblowing, and they expect the taxpayer to foot the bill for everything. We work and earn solely to support these idiots who does absolutely nothing but reap massive personal financial rewards while the masses who categorically vote for them.
    They cannot deliver anything, but very good at collecting other people’s hard earned money!

  53. Janine May 12, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    This is ludicrous! I object completely!

  54. Lorraine Theron May 12, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    No! No! No! No!

  55. Julie May 12, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    Appalling- sent an objective to the city manager. Thank you for highlighting this to us.

  56. felicia de villiers May 12, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Maybe we all should switch our electricity box off and go back burning lanterns.Why should we pay more just because we live in a different area. We don’t receive flavoured water out of our taps. While we using water sparingly the rural Township are waisting water and don’t pay a dime. Just so ridiculous unfair.

  57. Gordons bay Resident May 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Enough is enough…we barely are keeping head above water. Don’t become like the ANC government and tax us to the breaking point.

  58. B Hayter May 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

    We pensioners are struggling with basic needs being met. I object !! Please STOP.We cannot afford this

  59. Willemien du Preez May 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    I oppose tariff increases

  60. J de Jongh May 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    I objet this is ridiculous

  61. Claire Berthold May 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    Object!!!! Maybe if you could manage turning off all the street lights in broad daylight we would not be in this predicament!

  62. Melany Brown May 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    We are over 60 my husband and I and are still working and running our business from home. We have in fact put our home on the market as everything is getting too expensive. From all directions we are being squeezed for more money, this extra tariff is totally unfair, added to which is the proposal that the SABC charge us for an extra TV licence/s per smart phone or tablet. What next.
    We are very responsible with our usage of water (account very seldom over R4) and electricity.
    This extra Escom tariff is not acceptable, especially for the over 60’s.
    Is this to give Brian Molefe his ‘golden-handshake’ now or when he does leave Escom for the 2nd time!!!!
    Quite frankly this is a disgrace, and over and above this are the incredibly silly comments Madam Zille said about ‘colonialism” on Twitter.
    DA will not get my vote ever again.

    • admin May 14, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

      The electricity service fee has been proposed by the City to pay for the electricity infrastructure in the City: that is electricity substations and power lines. It has nothing to do with the Molefe golden handshake. That said, I believe that the one size fits all fee of R8.21 per day or R246 per 30day month is inequitable as people who use the least electricity will be hardest hit. consumers over 600units kWhs per month won’t notice the increase.

  63. Bella May 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Step one. Fire Zuma and his cronies. Step 2 use the billions the country will save on grey water systems for all toilets. Step 3. Watch economy grow and dam levels being sustained.

  64. FC May 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    I object!!!

  65. Toffar May 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    This is absolutely crazy and undemocratic. We will always remain to be consumed alive by a system where the people shall NOT govern. We cannot pay for crooks who are at the helm of parastatals and get MEGA handshakes of R30m after 10 months’ Service. Let’s institute a moratorium!

  66. Brian W. May 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    I concur with most all of the above.
    As a pensioner I cannot see my way clear to afford this increase. which amounts to another form of taxation on top of VAT, PAYE, Duties, Levies, Rates, etc. What is being done to bring those to book for misappropriating state and Parastatal funds and in so doing making sure that legal costs do not come out of state funds. I fall in to the category by virtue of an appreciated property value but that does not mean I have invested at current market value. It is coming to the point where we will have to sell our properties to cover taxes and monthly expenses.

    After delivering to the local economy for 40 years of working life am being forced to go out and find another source of income!!!

    We are frugal with water and electricity resources and live according to our means. Are we getting an equitable distribution from the national government

  67. Maria May 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    I’m saying no !!!! to an electricity and water tariff on 1st July. This is disgusting!!!!!. Why must I be punished for a country going into junk status. I didn’t cause it. This house that I’m being punished for still belongs to the bank I’m paying it off. I’m saving water and have put systems in place to safe electricity which I’m still paying off. No please please I’m already depressed. My adult children are without work because the one is mentally ill and the others can’t find a proper job. I’m a pensioner and have to work, for that I’m taxed out of my witty. You you want me to commit suicide? Because I see no future in this dark South Africa. I detest unfairness grossly

  68. Nora Bosman May 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    I think this is absolutely crazy!!! I am a pensioner and our monies just cant and wont stretch that far. Everything is going up and nothing is stable anymore…..people steal money in Eskom on travel and allowances or just take and now we must make up the shortfall. Stop buying Gupta coal and wasting money time and energy. Give us an incentive to put up solar that can feed into the cape town grid. Stop givong golfen hand shakes to CEOs that are not performing!!!

  69. Joy Truscott May 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    Not okay – we say NO NO NO

  70. G Ben May 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    I am strongly opposed to the City implementing these tariffs

    Don’t reward hard work with more work. We have all done our bit to accommodate the Cities bid to save electricity and water.

    We all frown on racism and sexism but the City has no shame milking those who own houses over a million. That’s class discrimination.

    Please refrain from autocratic ideologies in a democratic society. The city needs to work on its public participation process.

  71. P.E.C.A EXCO May 12, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    we should put an end to complacency our no should be our no and our yes should be our yes South African citizens has a responsibility to the constitution government does all the changes because they can we need to participate and lead government on legislation and policy for the betterment of all south Africans. this is our duty how is another story this is just a part of it NO to unreasonable increases of any sort with out proper deliberation from communities.
    All The Very Best to Action

  72. Steve Zimri May 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    How ridiculous is this intended increases. The fact that they are targeting people living in a certain category of valuation is grossly unfair. Especially the elderly and pensioners. These are people who contributed for years diligently to the City and Country through hard Labour. They amassed assets through the years through tool with sweat and sacrifice. The city fathers probe that they are grossly incompetent in managing the affairs of Cape Town. Traffic congestion, crime, poverty, social development efficiencies, water shortages, over development, etc are all because of lack of proper forward planning. These are all old men and women who lack insight, vision for the future and real courage to deliver to the people. They are more interested in party politics than serving the people. NOW THEY EANT TO TAX US TO DEATH AND UNFAIRLY.

  73. S.AHMED May 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    I object this is bull shit

  74. M Luff May 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    As pensioners we are already struggling with the high tariffs imposed on us and absolutely object to this. The problem has been created by mismanagement and the tax payers have had enough of footing the bill for the gravy train.

  75. Ashraf joolay May 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

    What a rip-off,disgusting,come the next elections you will be removed most definitely, enough is enough,the steal carries on unhindered,it is time to respond to all the grabbers,this is a prejudice wreaking of day light robbery,no different to the powers that be,this has to stop now,gatvol like the rest of the paying minorities.

  76. A.Gurnell May 12, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    We are pensioners from Zimbabwe and are not prepared to pay more !

  77. Tricia May 13, 2017 at 5:22 am #

    Please everyone be sure to repost to the city manager not just leave comments here. Let’s start by asking for an extended period of public participation.

  78. M C Clark May 13, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    I also wish to object to the council’s proposed monthly electricity charge. The public is generally under financial pressure and this additional fee could, in some cases, push some individuals over their monthly budgets. I see it as just another way to “milk” the ratepayers.

  79. Moutie May 13, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    why the electricity increase to law abiding citizens. indecent nd unwelcome nd should be treated with the contempt it deserves!

  80. Louie D Fourie May 13, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    I object in the strongest terms to these ridiculous proposals. Escom has been mismanaged to an extent that formed part of attempted state capture to make a few individuals super rich, puke !! Sick and tired of being ripped off on every possible platform of local and state control. I have never opposed aid to the less privileged but these proposals I now consider as greed. Being “raped” around every corner of infrastructure is not funny anymore. Golden handshakes every 5 mins to morons that has basically collapsed national interests sucks!
    NO! NO! NO! to any additional extra levies or whatever of any kind !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. Charles Schoeman May 13, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    I object to this punitive service charge. The money for the maintenance of the City’s electricity infrastructure needs to come out of the taxes that we are paying and the budget that gets allocated from there.
    Better management!

  82. Barry Pedersen May 13, 2017 at 11:49 am #

    I object another scam for the government

  83. Tony May 14, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    The council should manage themselves better . Then they will not have to charge us more .
    I object to this new charge .
    Maybe we should all not pay our rates account .
    Council wants to make up for the loss of income due to use saving on electricity .
    They should cut their own expenses .
    Are there not councils out there who have nor paid Escom .
    Is this not a crime ? Theft ?
    Or is crime ok now ?

  84. Donald May 14, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    This is nonsense. We need to take a stand now and look after our own interests and money.

  85. Duncan Dawson May 14, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    I object to this astronomical increase. You now seem to be joining with ANC tactics & trying to drive us into the ground. Shame on you!!!

  86. Ronnie D May 16, 2017 at 6:09 am #

    So in effect my whole increase at work will go straight to your increases which is utterly crap. You pleaded for Cape Town to save on water and electricity now that we have complied you want to screw us again cause you loosing money…Your mentality sucks…

  87. Carl May 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    No!! I am completely against this tariff and again,the City who supposedly works for you, tries to put one over on you!! Geezzzz how abt tariff implementation for everyone in the WP,not just the middle class. Water and electricity are readily available to too many people who don’t pay a cent towards it!!!!
    This has got to stop!!

  88. A. Walker May 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    We strongly object to new tariff. It is a rip-off!!!! Whats Next??

  89. diulu kabongo May 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    I honestly have to object to this. We are already feeling the pinch with the economic outlook. The city should not create problems where there are none.

  90. Crispin May 20, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    So far we have done our bit to help mitigate the consequences or draft. However, the city can not put more burdens on us who pay taxes by increasing fees. Life is very expensive in these difficult times. And the economy is slowing down. We objet to any increase in any fees.

  91. L A Scott-Turner May 24, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    I strongly Object to this new Tariff.
    This is another form of Extortion which should never be Tolerated.
    We are all doing our utmost to save Water and Energy but to simply allow the so called Powers the right to levy this is against my Personal Principals
    I SAY NO !!

  92. Nur May 29, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Reading all these comments and struggling with how do we get real solutions. I don’t have an answer but what I do find frustrating is the punitive measures for achieving in South Africa is always thrown at us. I do believe that government should look at making basic utilities like water and electricity more affordable. I’m not sure how they achieve this but what comes to mind is “why not try and tofu do these two basic utilities cheaper”. I would like to see a plan which tells me it will take us a certain period maybe 3 to 5 years and all the money that’s been thrown at this problem will result in a cheaper more reliable system where the citizens will reap the reward of the investment. I get that the poor needs to be looked after but with economic situation is is a sustainable thinking? we the middle class is bearing the brunt because we do not have the tools or the financial freedom to work smarter I.e. Installing and putting in additional saving equipment. Alternatively let’s all sacrifice and find a way to get off the grid and decrease the municipalities income? Apologies for the long message

  93. Roo May 30, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

    How many more ways does the bureaucracy, be it ANC or DA, wish to punish the citizens of SA?

    Govt wastes BILLIONS and think they can just recoup it through increased rates and taxes.

    What are they doing for us in return??

    Where is the climate conducive to economic growth that at least creates an environment where we can sustain ourselves. Not even Thrive – just Survive.

    A consumer ‘s pockets are only So deep. It’s one thing to punish wastefulness. Its another to infringe on someone’s basic rights afforded by the constitution – and we are all afforded those rights. Not just the Poor. But those who have exerted themselves to escape poverty a well.

    Why should they be punished?

    I’m SICK of this. Everywhere you turn the layman is being fleeced – by the big corporates and government alike.

    So I oppose the tariff hikes. I support education, awareness and punishing intentional I waste because I can afford it attitude.

    • admin May 31, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      You will be pleased to know that Mayor De Lille announced yesterday: As a result of the widespread input from the public, we have listened and a decision has been made not to implement the home-user tariff. This means that consumers in properties above the value of R1 million will remain on the Domestic Tariff. There was great concern about the implementation of this charge, with over 1 000 comments received and we have listened.
      I have advised the Energy Directorate to delay the implementation of this tariff
      .

  94. Randall July 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi Admin
    We’re staying in Atlantis with house value under 400k.
    Our Lifeline was taken away last year in May 2016.
    If we buy R50 electricity we only receive 18.6units which work out to R2.7 per unit.
    This is more expensive then the new prices.

    • admin July 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      R2.70 excl VAT per kWh was the cost on the City of CT Lifeline tariff for consumption over 350kWhs. Under 350kWs per month the kWh charge was R0.97 per kWh with 60 free units. As of 1 July 2017 you will pay R2.05 excl VAT per kWh on lifeline – a significant decrease. If you are using consistently more than 450kWhs of electricity per month irrespective of the value of your property then you will be shifted to the domestic Tariff which is R1.69 excl VAT per kWh for consumption up to 600kWhs per month. Alternatively,Some parts of CT get electricity from ESKOM and I do not know what criteria ESKOM uses for LIFELINE.

  95. Del Loubser July 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

    Typical, shooting us in the back. We are desperately trying to save electricity, using energy saving bulbs, we have installed a solar geyser, seldom use the electric oven, use gas plates. The same with water, we have acquired a Jo-Jo tank to collect water, recylce washing machine water for cistern, washing floors etc. Have installed a water/electricity saving shower head, have shorter showers.
    Now after endeavouring to assist the City Of Cape Town in their energy/water crises, we are also obviously reaping the benefits of our efforts financially, even though it involves a lot of discomfort, time and physical work. Instead of being rewarded for our efforts, we are now being penalised with elevated costs to cover the resultant revenue shortfall.
    So now after all our saving efforts to help the government our efforts are being used against up.

    • admin July 24, 2017 at 11:19 am #

      the proposed residential service fee for electricity is not being implemented in the 2017 /18 financial year due to the extent of public opposition. However it is still on the system – so look out for the 2018 /19 draft tariffs that are likely to be advertised for comment in April 2018. Our family has also made radical changes to the way we use water and electricity – like you reusing grey water, installing rain tanks, solar geyser etc. We also recycle & compost to reduce our waste footprint. We simply see this are living responsibly. That said we are not in favour of one size fits all service fees that do not acknowledge homes that use communal resources efficiently.

  96. Sharon August 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    So I have just calculated that my electricity increased by over 130% in July. Seriously? Is this even legal? I rent a bachelor flat in CT, have the geyser on for 1 hour a day for a lukewarm batch, heat a 2 min microwave meal & have a bedside lamp on (energy saving bulb), and that costs over R800 p/month? One person consciously trying not to use any electricity? This is pure EXTORTION!!! Had the opportunity to leave SA 20 years ago, yet was always the one trying to express some form of hope – I was wrong. All we have is rampant Crime and Corruption…

    • admin August 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      hi Sharon, Yes it is a shocker – you have been moved to the Domestic tariff from the subsidized Lifeline tariff. This happened to all households with property values over R400 000. There has been a phased shift of properties over 4 years off the subsidized tariff to the Domestic one. this applies to properties where the owners are not registered as indigent or in need of rebates. Don’t know why the City did not have the courtesy to send notices in our rates accounts to effected households explaining the significant increase. They did advertise it in the papers – but not easy to find amidst all the other bad news.

      That said, R800 per month at the unit cost of R1.93 including VAT gives you 414 units /kiloWatt hours. this seems high for the usage you describe. Electricity thieves are electric heaters and geysers. Check that your geyser temperature is set to 55degrees, that it is properly insulated and that the the timer is working correctly. Lastly do you buy electricity directly from a Municipal prepaid vendor or from a private meter vendor because the latter charge more than City rates.

  97. Jon Bhagssa August 27, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    Once again the suffering middle class are being worked over and taken for a ride by an uncaring municipality. I am a pensioner and my pre-paid electricity has increased by 150% and now I will have to pay for water as well. The DA is shooting itself in the foot; I won’t be voting for them in future.

    • admin August 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm #

      Agree that the City has really shot itself in the foot by not informing us properly about the residential tariff restructuring. It was advertised in the newspaper – but each household shifted from Lifeline should have received notification of why and grounds for appeal. The City does make provision for pensioners who meet the income requirement and poorer households to benefit from the subsidized Lifeline Tariff. People hardest hit are those who fall just outside these criterion.

  98. Rob October 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    i would like to know how the City is managing the amount of water the Port of Cape Town uses. A vessel fills up, pays the bill and leaves. It is is not managed by the Western Cape Government but we supply it even though we have a water crisis.

    So I would to know how Local Government is managing the water crisis and really want to know if vessels have restrictions on the amount of water that they can fill? I have witnessed the Water Division being negligent by allowing vessels to stock up with as much water as they want. The shocker here is that they leave the vessels unattended so when they have their water, it is used to clean decks etc. So how is that being responsible to the residents of Cape Town?

    What is the point of raising the tariffs and having restrictions but nothing is being said for the Port of Cape Town. These ports should have had their own desalination plants for supplying vessels but I am sure the only thing they have in mind is money not strategy… So if anyone is to blame, it would be those in office both in the harbour and the City of Cape Town.

    Notification of tariff increases usually are advertised on previous bills so my question is why is the City of Cape Town not being transparent and open. We all know that the cost of making more water available is going to be high but I would like to know who the Local Government has not made the provisions for the influx of people into the Western Cape, why have they not taken the necessary planning for this?

    Where does this end? Its so easy to say that water is wasted but how much could have been saved if the City of Cape Town made prior arrangements. Its easy to blame it on the weather patterns but its also not the first year that we see a water crisis in South Africa either!!

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