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Tariff hikes on rates, electricity, water and refuse announced by SA metros

Metros all across the country increased tariffs on electricity, water, refuse and rates, asking consumers to pay more for services.

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South African households are set to feel the pinch more severely than they already have been during the COVID-19 pandemic, with major South African metros announcing increases to 2021 tariffs, with electricity, water, refuse and rates set to undergo price hikes. 

The increases come at a time when the average South African household finds itself under severe financial pressure, with the nationwide lockdown having severely impacted earnings. 

How much are tariffs increasing by? 

Here’s how much more you can expect to pay on a monthly basis: 

Cape Town: 

  • Rates: +4%
  • Electricity: +4.8%
  • Water: +4.5%
  • Refuse: 3.5%


  • Rates: 4.9%
  • Electricity: 8.1%
  • Water: 8.6%
  • Refuse: 5.2%

Please see amendments to Johannesburg tariff increases in this article’s footer.


  • Rates: 7.5%
  • Electricity: 6.6%
  • Water: 15% (sanitation +11%)
  • Refuse: 7.5%


  • Rates: 6.9%
  • Electricity: 6.9%
  • Water: 9.9%
  • Refuse: 9.9%


  • Rates: /
  • Electricity: 6.23%
  • Water: 6.6%
  • Refuse: 6%

Cape Town tariff increases ‘conservative’ 

City of Cape Town’s chief financial officer, Kevin Jacoby, said that the rate increases in the Mother City are “conservative” and said that the City is dependent on 70% of monthly payments for repurposing through investment back into the city in terms of basic services. 

“The City is dependent on the income from rates and services to fund the delivery of water, sanitation, electricity, clinics, traffic lights and fire service, among others,” he said. 

“The City would have preferred to have no rates and tariff increases this year because of the COVID-19 economic impact on the people of Cape Town, but as it is, the cost of providing services outpaces the income we get from rates and tariffs.”

During the public participation process of the City’s 2020/21 budget, 

27.15% of the comments received were objections to the increase of water and electricity tariffs.

Tshwane delay report on 2021 budget  

After a shambolic saga earlier this year in which the Tshwane Executive Council was placed under administration before being reconvened, the metro has delayed it’s 2021 budget announcement. 

Officials in the metro blamed the delay on the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked for more time to consult over the proposed budget document. 

The Organisation Against Tax Abuse (OUTA) said that this was a perfect opportunity for Tshwane’s Executive Council to ensure that the budget that  is ultimately put forward is fair and accounts for the negligence that has occurred spanning many years. 

“The lack of maintenance is reaching unacceptable levels, with electricity outages, broken traffic lights, the lack of pointsmen, potholes, exposed electricity boxes, sewage running down the streets,” said Julius Kleynhans, Outa Strategy and Development Executive.

“The money wasted on salary increases over the last decade could have addressed the backlog in maintenance and repairs on infrastructure.”


Since the release of the City of Johannesburg’s 2021 budget on Thursday afternoon, several revisions to the tariff hikes have been announced.

The following tariff hikes apply to the Johannesburg metro:

  • Rates: 4%;
  • Electricity: 6.6%;
  • Water: 6.23%.