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City of Cape Town

13 April 2018

The City of Cape Town draft Budget 2018-2019 comment period is open

Dear Cape Town residents and businesses

The draft Budget 2018-2019 is available for comment until 16:30 on Friday, 4 May 2018.

A budget of R 49.1 billion will be spent in the metropolitan area to ensure that services are maintained, improved and expanded, that capital projects are rolled out and that the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is implemented.

The effect of the unprecedented and continuing drought is a strong theme and has influenced many factors, including tariff increases and reviews in tariff structure.

2016-2017 Budget highlights: Created 45 370 EPWP job opportunities; invested R 3.7 billion (2015/16: R 3.3 billion) in repairs and maintenance; installed 1 747 subsidised electricity connections; provided 676 new taps and 2 085 new toilets to informal settlements; achieved 69,86% employment rate of people from employment equity target groups at the highest levels of management.

Highlights from Annexure A:

  • An allowance of R 76 million for indigent relief.
  • Introduction of a fixed service charge for both water and electricity.
  • Planned capital expenditure includes R 5 billion for Informal Settlements, Water & Waste. Services, R 1.7 billion for the Transport & Urban Development Authority and R 1.1 billion for Energy.
  • Simplifying the steps of the water and electricity tariff from six to four.

The proposed average rates and tariff increases for 2018-19 are shown the table below.

Important things to remember:

  • The City does not make any profit on the sale of water or electricity.
  • The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) approved an average percentage price increase of 5.23% to Eskom for the 2018-19 financial year, which translates to a 7.32% increase for municipalities.

Frequently asked questions:

In April showers you may see the Brocken Spectre from Lion's Head or Table Mt


Continued savings must remain part of our long-term strategy to avoid Day Zero (if it doesn't happen now then it will in 2019)


 Water usage spikes by 5% to 542 million litres per day

As at Monday 16 April 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 542 million litres of water per day. This is up from an average of 516 million litres last week. Dam levels have declined a further 0,5% to 20,9%  

Full report on City Council Info page of this website. 

(You can also read the presentation about the Water crisis in a PDF at the bottom of the City Council Info page.)



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Emergency Numbers

NB When writing to CIBRA about Planning or Conservation matters, please ensure that the SUBJECT LINE contains:

(1) the STREET address of the property which is the subject of the application.
(2) either of the words "Conservation" or "Planning", as applicable 
(3) that you KEEP the SAME SUBJECT LINE throughout the process.
Watershed ruling for Cape Town’s rivers, floodplains and wetlands regarding the Disa River at Hout Bay on our Water& environment Page, and on the Security page is a useful checklist for how to report a case to SAPS.