Explainer: What is the R200 surcharge on Joburg electrical bills?

Explainer: What is the R200 surcharge on Joburg electrical bills?

Joburg residents are going to balk at their electricity bill this month, after a R200 surcharge has been added alongside a municipal rates increase. This charge affects homes valued at over R350 000 and is set to affect millions residing in the region.

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Energy provider City Power has introduced a R200 surcharge for electricity users in the Gauteng province.

The cash-strapped service has yet to explain the reason for the new charge, along side a rates increase that will see pre-paid users paying 66% more for only 300 kilowatts per hour every month.

This usage is on the lower side of the consumption scale, with the new rates seemingly punishing those who sparingly use electricity,. reports The South African.

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This new rate will come into effect this month, along with the increased tarriff rates. Although the petrol price is set to decline, five other increases are set to take their toll on Mzansi's pockets:

  • Water (9.9%)
  • Property rates (5.5%)
  • Refuse removal (7%)
  • Rea Vaya bus fares (7%)

The City of Tshwane has also attempted to implement the R200 fee, but has been taken to court by AfriForum.

The lobby group says that the increases will see the municipality exceeding NERSA's recommended 13.8% increase for all municipalities.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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