Among key findings are that most lower-income households pay a greater share of their income towards tariffs than those with higher incomes; and that the cost of all service packages increased in all cities, except Nelson Mandela Bay and Mangaung. Cape Town hiked all its service package costs at well above the average growth for the nine cities. The increase was driven by higher water charges combined with the abolition of the free 6kl for non-indigent households.
The report said metros had three primary means of sourcing income: revenue generated independently via taxes and services; the local government equitable share (a share of national revenue allocated to municipalities to subsidise indigent households); and grants from the national and provincial government....
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