Cape Town residents' opportunity to have a say on rates and tariffs increases

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  • The City of Cape Town's budget will be issued for public comment, so residents can give input before the final approved budget.
  • The proposed annual budget for 2021/22 is R56.48 billion.
  • According to the City, rates and tariffs increases "have been kept to a minimum"

The City of Cape Town's 2021/22 proposed adjustment budget has been approved for public participation. The budget was tabled during a virtual sitting on Wednesday.

It will be issued for public comment, so residents can give input before the final budget is approved.

Mayor Dan Plato said: "The current Covid-19 global pandemic has placed a huge strain on our residents and on the City's capacity to deliver financially sustainable services."

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He said, until such time when the country reaches herd immunity, through the rollout of an effective global vaccination programme, it anticipates that it will continue to operate within the constraints of some form of lockdown imposed by the national government.

"Having experienced the economic fallout from this crisis, and how it has impacted on the income levels of businesses and residents, we have placed significant emphasis on ensuring that this budget does not impose further economic hardship on residents and businesses," he said. 

The proposed annual budget for 2021/22 is R56.48 billion, of which R48 billion is allocated to the operational budget, and R8.4 billion to the capital budget.

According to the City, proposed rates and tariffs increases "have been kept to a minimum" - with a 4.5% increase for rates, 5% increase for water and sanitation, 3.5% increase for refuse removal, and the electricity tariff will be increased by 13%.

"We need to ensure that we can deliver these services as cost-effectively as possible."

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During his council address, Plato said the City will continue to pursue actions to mitigate service delivery costs, including a concerted effort to minimise the incidence of unlawful land occupation and vandalism. 

"While these phenomena call for an effective application of the rule of law, they also require that we ensure sufficient and proactive protection of land and infrastructure as well as double-down on our efforts to create opportunities for well-located and serviced settlements," Plato said.

The budget will be tabled at the end of May.

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