Joburg rates tariffs hike by 6.2%, electricity 2.2%

The City of Joburg MMC for Finance, Dr Rabelani Dagada delivered his budget in the new Johannesburg council building.

This is the first budget in the City's history that will be tabled by a coalition government.

Dagada announced that the rates tariffs will go up by 6.2% and electricity by 2.2%.

EWN reporter, Gia Nicolaides says Dagada said that almost 85% of the City's revenue is dependent on rates.

He said that they are unapologetically pro-poor, they need to protect the poor, increase revenue and speed up service delivery.

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

The EFF questioned Mayor Herman Mashaba as well as Dagada at the start of the meeting trying to get clarity on the salary increase of Chief of Staff Michael Beaumont.

The EFF claims that Beaumont received an increase amounting to 38%, after the first month of his employment when he was still on probation.

They are demanding that it be reversed.

They wanted Herman Mashaba to address this issue chanting "pay back the money".

Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter

Former Mayco member on finance, ANC Geoffrey Makhubo, says this new budget is not very different to what they had planned and called it a regression.

He says the DA-led government budget decreased by R3 billion, channeling the money to salaries which show an 11% increase.

Makhubo says Dagada's statement that they are going to take away free basic water from people in Saxonwold is anti-poor, as there are people staying in nearby communities earning below the threshold that are in need of free water.

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