Editorials
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11 May 2021
7:42 am

City milks us with absurd ‘levies’

Editorials

The council is planning a surcharge on prepaid electricity which, claim critics, will effectively double the cost of electricity.

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One would have thought that, as we head towards municipal elections, the City of Joburg would try not to antagonise the goose it squeezes for the golden eggs which keep the city running… the long-suffering ratepayers. Yet, with two new absurd “levies” – which are nothing more than taxes by stealth – our municipal apparatchiks are doing just that. The council is planning a surcharge on prepaid electricity which, claim critics, will effectively double the cost of electricity. And, not content with that, there is a proposal for a “recycling” surcharge, which is supposed to compensate the municipality for the...