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