Cape Town electricity surcharge

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The new increases range from 8.88% to 13.37%.

The impact on the electricity tariff hike will apply to residents who own a prepaid meter in a house worth more than R1 million; or have a credit meter regardless of property value.

Residents who fall into that category are expected to pay a new, fixed R150 a month, no matter how much electricity they use.

They will then pay a rate of about R1.8532 per kWh for the first 600 units a month and R2.1032/kWh after that.

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No I do not
Wont be able to afford it. Simple!
No I do not
I do not agree with the COCT abusing their position by introducing another income stream. No wonder people who can afford it are getting off the grid. We save water - we are penalized. We save electricity and have to endure blackouts but we continue to pay for their incompetence.
No I do not
We are already paying increased electricity rates and this surcharge is not to our advantage!
No I do not
What is it with the Cape Town municipality and burdening the already kneeling tax payer? You are making the living conditions for the poor/unemployed so much worse. Instead of just increasing rates and taxes why don't you put those magnificent salaries to use and think of a solution that won't cripple your support base?
No I do not
A R50 surcharge for the average household is acceptable, but those who are unemployed cannot afford this. I have seen people living off R5 per day on electricity just to survive, so how can they even afford a surcharge? We need to think out of the box to generate affordable energy for the people of our country. We need to make this work otherwise future generations will continue to live in poverty because the current generation can't even afford it.