From 1 July 2021, Joburg occupants will pay 2% more for property rates, power rates will go up by 14.59%, water and sterilization by 6.8% and shelter up by 4.3%.
JOHANNESBURG – The City of Johannesburg on Thursday said exactly that as it was aware of the intense monetary environment and pressure on residents, its rates and assessment increments increases effectively one week from now were directed by expanding operating costs
Electricity rates are now up by 14.59%, followed by sanitation and water tariffs by 6.8%. Refusal removal rates are up by 4.3% whole property rate increased by 2%.
The high power climb is connected to the energy controller Nersa giving Eskom the go-ahead to charge clients and municipality more.
City Power’s Frank Hinda said: “We’re also on the receiving end as far as this is concerned. We’re cushioning the customer given that our increase from Eskom is higher.”
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods of Johannesburg residents. This has seen many people struggling to keep up with their municipal accounts as you would all have seen. This has subsequently affected the collection of municipal rates and taxes that are a source of revenue for continued service delivery.”
Hinda said he understood that the 14.59% power climb passed on to clients would hit residents pockets hard given the current monetary environment.
The average electricity user – prepaid or conventional – consuming 800 kilowatt-hours a month – can expect to fork out somewhere in the range R200 and R260 more a month.