City of Windhoek tariffs up, up, up

01 Jul 2015 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) on Tuesday announced that the electricity tariff could increase by 9.8 per cent if approved by theElectricity Control Board (ECB); one of many increases in the costs of delivering basic services in Namibia’s capital city.
The chairperson of the CoW's Management Committee, Moses Shiikwa said this when he tabled the CoW’s budget estimates for the 2015/2016 financial year during the monthly City Council meeting on Tuesday.
He said the proposed tariff increases will affect the average low-income household by 11 per cent, which is equivalent to N.dollars 74.10 while it will affect the average middle-income household by 10 per cent (N.dollars 163.70).
The average high-income household’s monthly bill will also increase by 10 per cent, or N.dollars 377.78.
Shiikwa further indicated that the basic water tariff will increase by 10 per cent; water consumption tariff shall be increased with 10 per cent; while the sewerage tariff will increase with 17.5 per cent, and the property tax tariff by nine per cent.
The household refuse removal tariff and solid waste management tariffs will increase with 10 per cent each, while the availability charge for services and informal settlement refuse removal tariffs will increase by five per cent each.
Shiikwa said the Management Committee has consulted the Khomas Regional Council as prescribed in the Local Authorities Act on 25 June 2015 and they have approved the budget estimates.
This year’s budget estimates was tabled under the theme ‘We stay committed to providing municipal services.
“Rightfully, you will note from the estimates that a considerable allocation is made towards basic services with emphasis on water,” the councillor said.