WA­TER FEE CRI­SIS

Pretoria News - - Opinion - MUHAM­MAD OMAR | Dur­ban

THE on­go­ing dis­as­ter at Ugu Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, re­gard­ing wa­ter ac­counts in ar­rears, comes as no sur­prise and se­ri­ous in­tro­spec­tion is needed.

I was shocked to hear that in Umz­into the res­i­dents have to fork out a ba­sic charge of R156.81 for wa­ter plus a san­i­ta­tion charge of R269.16 plus VAT, to­talling R485.60 ev­ery month, be­fore us­age and con­sump­tion.

Can­celling of an ac­count does not seem to be per­mit­ted and, if you live in a “ru­ral” area own­ing a palace, your tar­iffs are dif­fer­ent to that of an In­dian or maybe former white area. This dis­crep­ancy needs to be ad­dressed and the Ugu ba­sic tar­iffs need to be uni­form for all res­i­den­tial and busi­ness users, with a vol­ume-based charge.

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