Mixed reaction to water tariff drop

We have learnt to adapt to the restrictions but to be penalised for saving water is unacceptable. It is unfortunate that the taxpayer has no recourse and the city government knows this and therefore abuses its authority

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July sees R485 million increase in debt owed to City

It is the very same situation with the water and electricity tariffs. The City mismanages, we pay. People are struggling out there, and they simply can’t pay these extreme prices. We simply can’t.

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Visions for City’s future

Public participation has become a mere tick-box process to legitimise the excesses of local government.

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City coins it from punitive water tariffs

City of Cape Town is laughing all the way to the bank, as its punitive water tariffs continue to swell City coffers It raked in close to R1 billion in the last financial year and now a further R210 million for water and R42m for sanitation has been over-recovered in July alone.

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Callous City squeezing life out of overburdened residents

The above-inflation increases add to residents’ economic woes. The insensitive increases indicate that the City has not taken into account the affordability of its rates and levies.

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City is playing valuation games

Speculative property market used to garner rates and taxes. This has prompted economists and civic organisations to warn that overburdened ratepayers are being taxed out of their homes.

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City of Cape Town: Councillor Remuneration and allowances 2017/18

COUNCILLOR SALARIES, ALLOWANCES AND BENEFITS CITY OF CAPE TOWN 2017/2018

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Shocking increase to Water and Sanitation charges

Bearing in mind that this level of consumer, using between 1kl and 6kl per month are at the very heart of the water saving efforts, it is absolutely shocking that these water saving champions have been targeted for punitive tariff increases in the region of 500%, far more than any other consumptive level.

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City bracing for Day Zero

“People are realising that this is a real crisis and that the prospect of having to queue for water is real,”

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GCTCA: Objection to the City of Cape Town proposed Drought Charge

The city’s need for this abnormal charge, as communicated, is to undertake emergency works. This need arises from years of neglect and inactivity on the part of the City of Cape Town, as the city was fully aware and warned several years ago by credible sources that climate change and declining rainfall would become a reality.

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Statement: Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance on timing of Public Participation

City of Cape Town, in its proposals for a drought levy, called for community inputs between 5th December 2017 and 12 January 2018.  They have also called for comment on a proposed Draft Water Amendment By-law between 12 December 2017 and 8th January 2018.

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Statement: Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance on the City’s plan to levy a water surcharge on property

It is with absolute dismay that the GCTCA noted the announcement that the City of Cape Town levy property owners with a drought charge to fund income shortfall as a result of water saving.

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Tribute to a great fighter and activist for the environment in both its natural and built forms

She would be remembered “for her tireless efforts to save our natural and architectural heritage for future generations.

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GCTCA Annual General Meeting : Sat 23 September

The GCTCA will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23rd September. Besides the normal agenda items, the other subject under discussion will be the water crisis.

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What is government doing about Cape Town’s water crisis?

There are a number of projects underway, but it’s not yet clear if it’s enough. For a city that relies on historically wet winters, these figures are daunting. What is more, the future looks drier.

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Appeal for book funding: Nuclear? No Thanks!

This is the product of a lifetime in opposing nuclear power policy not only in South Africa, but also on the African Continent, and further afield. The author began his unofficial and largely unpaid career in opposing nuclear power as General Secretary of Koeberg Alert in the 1980s.

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