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By Heart FM News

The price of water in Cape Town is set to rise by nearly 27% from July.

Mayor Patricia de Lille proposed the dramatic jump in charges during her budget speech in front of the City Council on Wednesday.

The increase will be mirrored in charges for sanitation.

The budget also sets out above-inflation increases for other services.

Those increases are as follows:

  • Rates 7.2 %
  • Electricity 8.1 %
  • Refuse 5.7 %
  • Water 26.9 %
  • Sanitation 26.9 %

The City is also looking at other changes to the way water is priced. De Lille says, “the Water and Sanitation Department is also proposing the introduction of a fixed charge for water based on the water meter size, as well as seven restriction level tariffs.”

But the mayor had even more bad news for residents. She says that for properties valued over R1 million, “the Electricity Department (wants to introduce) a fixed service charge of R150 per month.”

Given that all of these services – except for rates – attract VAT, which goes up by 1% on Sunday, most residents are going to have to dig a lot deeper into their pockets to meet the new charges.