Have your say on the City’s budget
The City of Cape Town has made R3,4 billion available to help qualifying residents with rates and services relief as part of its Tabled Budget for 2021/22. The City continues to protect its residents and ratepayers as much as possible from rising costs, especially from Eskom’s massive price increase and to do this, extensive budget cuts have been made, most notably some R460 million has been cut on staffing and contracting services, while safeguarding basic service provision. The City encourages residents to comment on the Tabled Budget by 23 April 2021. Read more below:
- R8,4 billion strong capital budget to help boost local economic recovery to improve lives and livelihoods.
- No performance bonuses for senior staff and management.
- No provision for cost-of-living salary increases for staff.
- The R683 million in savings achieved over the last budget period will be used to offset the continued additional Covid-19 costs.
The City has also achieved its 17th unqualified audit as per the Auditor-General.
Covid-19, weak economy, Eskom impact
‘The Covid-19 crisis, Eskom’s steep electricity increase of 15,06%, a very slow economic recovery and the general state of the national economy as well as the national government purse, are some of the biggest factors impacting the City’s R56,4 billion budget.
‘Looking ahead over the medium term, this Budget was prepared with the intention of keeping rates and service charges to the bare minimum to assist already struggling residents, communities and businesses. This, through profound cost cutting, savings and using internal funds to cushion residents. The City’s electricity tariff is proposed to increase with 13,5% from 1 July 2021. This is directly as a result of Eskom’s steep price increases. The City has done its utmost to absorb these increases, however, over the years, we have already made our energy operations very efficient, so there is not too much room for manoeuvre and the City can’t wholly absorb such high increases, bearing in mind that 65% of the City’s tariff income is used to buy bulk power from Eskom.
For more on the budget and tariffs, please visit www.capetown.gov.za/budget
Public participation: comment by 23 April 2021
Covid-19 has an impact on the public participation process.
To view the Tabled Budget please visit: www.capetown.gov.za/budget or go to your nearest subcouncil office or library for a copy of the budget.
By email: Budget.Comments@capetown.gov.za
Through your Ward Councillor / Subcouncil offices
Phone: 0800 212 176
For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176
Visit www.capetown.gov.za/HaveYourSay for more information.
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town
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