Pretoria – The City of Tshwane and eThekwini top the list of the country’s 257 municipalities which provide free water to some of their residents.
Similarly, Prince Albert and Swellendam in the Western Cape are the two smaller municipalities in the country providing maximum free basic water to their residents.
This was revealed by Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke when he released the annual 2018 non-financial census of municipalities in Pretoria yesterday.
The report focused on the minimum amount of basic levels of services provided on a day-to-day basis and is sufficient to cater for the needs of poor households.
These include 6kl of water free per household per month, 50kw of free electricity per household, subsidised sewerage and sanitation, as well as subsidised solid waste management.
Maluleke, however, said municipalities in the country used different mechanisms to determine if their ratepayers qualify for free basic services.
“The free basic services to consumer units decreased in all four services between 2017 and 2018 financial years. The breakdown of figures in the provision of free basic services by municipalities show that 661275 fewer consumer units received free basic water in 2018 compared to 2017.
“Also, 600815 fewer consumer units received free basic sewerage and sanitation in 2018 compared to 2017, while 246349 fewer consumers received free electricity in 2018 compared 2017, and 160 970 fewer consumers received free solid waste management in 2018,” Risenga said.
He also said in 2018, there