The eThekwini Municipalities Executive Committee (EXCO) has agreed to
cut its electricity tariffs by 3%, following public hearings on the
budget and a review of expenditure requirements. The Municipality had
initially proposed a 28% electricity hike in the 2010/2011 budget, but
later announced that it intended increasing electricity tariffs by
In a presentation to EXCO, Deputy City Manager in the Treasury
Cluster, Krish Kumar said the decision to decrease the price of
electricity had been accepted by the National Energy Regulator of
Executive Committee member Nomvuzo Shabalala welcomed the move saying
the high electricity tariff was one of the major concerns raised
during recent public consultations. She described the 3% cut in the
price of electricity as good news to the public.
The decrease from 28% is indeed a positive response to cries from
members of the public about the high price of electricity, she said.
In addition the Council is exploring the possibility of rolling out
solar heating on a mass basis which would ultimately save residential
consumers as much as 30% on their electricity bills.
Kumar said the Municipality would be making renewed calls to Province
for housing subsidies. He said although the Municipality had intended
scaling down from 16 000 to 13 000 the number of units it built per
year, this would be taken up with Province and the target accordingly
The reduction of our annual targets to 13 000 was another area of
concern during the (budget) hearings, high level negotiations are
therefore continuing with Province with the view to negotiating
increased subsidies and accelerating the housing delivery programme.
Kumar said outstanding hostel debt was another cause for concern. Our
Housing and Hostels working group are reviewing debt collection
procedures and are finalising plans to improve collection rates,
decrease water and electricity consumption, remove illegal residents
and improve access control he said.
EXCO agreed to make representation to Provincial and National
Government regarding unfunded mandates presently undertaken by the
Municipality with a view to securing funding for these services.
The eThekwini Municipality currently provides additional services such
as libraries, primary health services, museums and housing.
Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo said whilst the Municipality had a choice of
discontinuing the provision of these services, there were
implications. If you look at libraries, health care or even housing,
you realise that these are all very important services which need to
be delivered, Naidoo said.
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