Whk electricity tariff to increase by 13 per cent

28 Jun 2013 08:30
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek (CoW) on Thursday announced that the electricity tariff will increase by 13 per cent as from 01 July 2013.
The rate will be subject to the approval of the Electricity Control Board (ECB), the Chairperson of the CoW's Management Committee, Moses Shiikwa said while tabling the CoW budget estimates of the 2013/2014 financial year during the monthly City Council meeting on Thursday.
Shiikwa said the proposed tariff increases will affect the average low income household by 9,36 per cent, which is equivalent to N.dollars 52,64. The average middle income household will be affected by an increase of 8,61 per cent (N.dollars 120,37), and average high income household by 7,81 per cent (N.dollars 252,52).
The basic water tariff, sewerage tariff, water consumption tariff, and property tax tariff will increase by 15 per cent.
The household refuse removal tariff and solid waste management tariff will also increase by 15 per cent, while the availability charge for services and informal settlement refusal tariff shall increase by five per cent.
?We do clearly understand the difficulties experienced in terms of affordability of services. However, we were left with no option but to consider the tariff adjustments and do trust that you will bear with us whilst we investigate options to make the service more affordable,? Shiikwa said.