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Residents unhappy about proposed tariff hikes for Germiston


Germiston residents are hot under the collar about a possible sharp spike in tariffs levied by the Ekurhuleni Metro.

The proposed tariff hikes, as contained in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Metro's budget, were announced to residents at a meeting of The People’s Voice organisation.

The People’s Voice is a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) that helps to cut grass, keep parks clean and provide social aid to those in need.

The organisation had invited the FF Plus to come and explain the Integrated Development Plan.

During the meeting, residents also indicated that they are concerned about the power problem, water shortages and potholes.

The FF Plus encouraged residents to send their comments and suggestions regarding the IDP to the Metro. The deadline for submissions is 26 April.

According to the IDP, households with a property valued at R500 000, electricity consumption of 500 kWh and 30 kl water consumption will pay R2 827,54 in the new 2023/24 financial year. At present, the amount such households pay is R2 520,42.

A household with a property valued at R700 000, electricity consumption of 1 000 kWh and 30 kl water consumption will pay R5 486,14. At present, a similar household pays R4 889,50.

Projects proposed in the IDP for Germiston include, among other things, the rehabilitation of Leondale Primary School, a new parallel-medium school and upgrading the roof of Elsburg High School.

The FF Plus takes note of the planned upgrades to the two schools in Germiston and will keep a watchful eye on the execution of the programmes.






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