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Cape Town's drought levy up for public participation

The City of Cape Town held a full council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the possibilities of a drought levy and what it would entail.

Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, Xanthea Limberg says by now everyone is aware of the severity of the water problems in Cape Town.

As a result of people saving water, she explains that the City is not receiving the necessary income that it needs to fund the new water augmentation scheme and the maintenance of the existing water service delivery department functions.

Read: ACDP caucus against proposed drought levy in Cape Town

We are introducing a drought charge to allow the water services department to be sustained so that operations can run smoothly. But, more importantly, this drought charge will be going to fund the new water augmentation scheme.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

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It is not going to be a permanent charge. It will be of a temporary nature, based on rainfall and dam behavior. We are envisioning that it won't be implemented for more than three winters.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

If we receive adequate rainfall, obviously we will no longer implement this particular charge.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

The drought charge proposal is now available for public participation from 6 December 6 until 12 January. Council will make a decision at the end of January based on public participation responses and if it is approved it will be implemented by 1 February 2018.

According to Limberg, the format of the charge is based on property valuations and is estimated at about 10% of the current rates portion of your municipal account bill.

So whatever your rates portion is, it's going to be 10% of that added on. For properties worth R600 000 we talking about an additional R35 and it escalates depending on your property value.

Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy

To hear more of how the drought charge works, listen below:


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