City of Joburg

City of Joburg residents must prepare for tough times. Photo: City of Joburg/ Facebook

Why is the City of Joburg INCREASING tariffs?

Electricity, water, property rates, refuse and sanitation will be increasing after the City of Joburg implemented new tariffs.

City of Joburg

City of Joburg residents must prepare for tough times. Photo: City of Joburg/ Facebook

From 1 July 2023, City of Joburg residents need to brace themselves for new tariffs.


Yesterday, Wednesday, 28 June, City of Joburg MMC for Finance, Councillor Dada Morero, announced that the City will implement new tariffs for key services.

These included electricity, water, property rates, refuse and sanitation.

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This ultimately meant the residents have to dig a little deeper into their pockets in order to meet the new demand.

The reason for the increase, Morero said the City is trying hard to protect its residents from the rising costs of services through its balanced tariff structure.

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Also, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) approved an increase for the City of Joburg.

In March 2023, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) made a decision on Eskom‘s Retail Tariff and Structural Adjustment (ERTSA) application, approving an average tariff increase of 18.65% for Eskom’s standard tariff customers and an 18.49% increase for municipalities.

For that reason, the tariffs shot up for key services as follows:

  • Electricity: 14.97 %
  • Property Rates: 2%
  • Water: 9.3%
  • Sanitation: 9.3
  • Refuse: 7%

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Morero also clarified that the tariff will be applicable to generators of electricity who may want to service customers embedded within the City Power area of supply but will be charged to their respective end customers.

“The tariff will also be applicable to customers who self-generate electricity for use at a location elsewhere on the City Power electricity distribution network.
Third-party generators who would like to supply a customer/s within the City Power network will be required to apply for third-party access to our network infrastructure.
Though City Power is obliged to give such generators ‘third party’ access to its network at a reasonable charge for services rendered or ‘wheeling services’, it will be subject to compliance with our safety requirements,” he explained.

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