Last day to object to tariff rises

2013-02-08 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents have until today to submit their objections to the Msunduzi Municipality’s proposed tariff increases.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi told The Witness yesterday that the proposed increases were posted on the municipality’s website: “We are advertising the proposed increases for comment.”

The municipality has proposed the following increases:18% for electricity, 10% for water, 5,5% for sewage; 5,5% for rates.

Nkosi said the proposals would be discussed in public hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness said the 18% increase proposed for electricity was “outrageous”.

“It’s more than three times the value of inflation. Electricity is business’s main expense.

“This is going to close businesses down and will lead to job losses,” she declared.

The proposed increase was ridiculous in the current economic climate.

“It’s just not sustainable. Business needs a sustainable municipality, and municipality needs a sustainable business base. We have to look after each other,” Veness said.

The Witness reported last week that the public would be consulted about the proposals at different times in at least the next two months.

The council must pass the budget with the final revised rates and tariff changes before May 31.

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