Cape Town – Municipalities across South Africa have been lashed in a new report by NGO SA Cities Network. Releasing the “people’s guide” to its State of City Finances report, the network said the key focus was the impact on consumers of increased electricity and water tariffs, amid all-round rising costs.
Among key findings are that most lower-income households pay a greater share of their income towards tariffs than those with higher incomes; and that the cost of all service packages increased in all cities, except Nelson Mandela Bay and Mangaung. Cape Town hiked all its service package costs at well above the average growth for the nine cities. The increase was driven by higher water charges combined with the abolition of the free 6kl for non-indigent households.