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FF Plus and community oppose Buffalo City’s new fixed service charge for power supply

The FF Plus in the Buffalo City Metro Council is siding with the community and ratepayers’ associations in opposing the new power grid and service charge which came into effect with the commencement of the new financial year on 1 July.

In terms of it, power consumers now must pay a fixed service charge for power supply and maintenance of the power grid on top of the 12,07% tariff hike.

Residents with prepaid power meters will have to pay a fixed service charge of R376 per month and residents with conventional power meters R660 per month.

The FF Plus insisted in an official letter to the Municipal Manager, Mxolisi Yawa, that the fixed service charge needs to be reconsidered seeing as residents cannot afford the additional financial burden.

Less affluent households will bear the brunt of it and will have no choice but to cut back on other expenses just to keep their lights on.

The party also pointed out that a proper public participation process was not followed, and residents and ratepayers’ associations were not consulted regarding the new fixed service charge.

Moreover, it is not financially viable to burden residents with extra charges in an attempt to make up for the Metro’s revenue shortfalls.

The Metro should focus on increasing its collection rate by cracking down on non-payers rather than further exploiting loyal taxpayers.

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