Windhoek residents to pay more for tariffs

30 Jun 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUN (NAMPA) – The Windhoek Municipality Thursday nigh announced a 13 per cent increase in the tariff for water consumption.
Chairperson of its management committee, Matheus Amadhila announced this at the monthly council meeting when he tabled the City of Windhoek (CoW)’s budget estimates for 2017/2018.
Amadhila said the national water supplier, NamWater, has received approval from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to increase bulk water supply tariffs by 13 per cent for the current financial year.
This, according to him, has prompted the council to adjust its tariffs for water and other services with effect from 01 July as a measure to ensure a sustainable supply of services to residents.
“We don’t have control over tariff increases on water and electricity, as this rests mainly with the bulk suppliers and the approving authorities,” he remarked.
Other tariffs adjustments are: basic water which increased by 7 per cent, sewerage (7 per cent), property tax tariff (15 per cent), and refuse removal (10 per cent).
The “availability charge” for services will increase by 5 per cent, informal settlement refuse removal tariff by 10 per cent, the solid waste management tariff by 10 per cent and the tariff for supply of semi-purified water by 25 per cent.
This means low income households will spend N.dollars 70 on average water consumption, while middle income households will spend N.dollars 190 on average and high income households, N.dollars 427.
The proposed 10 per cent increase in electricity tariff is awaiting approval from the Electricity Control Board.
Strategic Executive in the Finance Department, George Esterhuizen said at a media conference on Friday some of the contributing factors to the increases are the high unemployment rate which is estimated at 37 per cent amongst the youth, high bulk costs from NamPower and NamWater, and pressure put on the City by urbanisation complicated by lack of funding from central government.