City of Windhoek hikes tariffs from 1 July

City of Windhoek hikes tariffs from 1 July

Windhoek residents will have to dig deeper into their pockets for basic services as from 1 July.
The City of Windhoek has announced an increase in municipal tariffs during the council's 2017/18 Budget.
Speaking at a media conference, Strategic Executive of Finance, George Esterhuizen says the increase is to ensure that the municipal services are efficiently and effectively rendered to the residents.
The refuse removal service will increase by 7%, water consumption by 13%, and property tax by 15%.
The cost of semi-purified water will go up by 25%.
Solid waste management removal at household and informal settlement levels is increasing by 10%, and availability charge for services will be 5% higher.
Electricity will likewise, cost 10% more, if approved by the Electricity Control Board.
The City estimates that its increases will impact on the average income category, to the extent that low-income household will be worse off by N$70.36 cents,
An average middle-income household will spend N$190 more, and the average high-income household will pay N$427 more to the City.
The City said it has no control over the increases on water and electricity tariffs, as those are mainly controlled by bulk suppliers and approved by local authorities.