It is an old tactic of the City to schedule important Public Participation (PP) processes during the period that residents and ratepayers are least likely to respond or participate.

This PP is no different. They have had plenty of time to get this going.

We as  a ratepayers organisation do not believe that enough thought has gone into the proposal and options for a number of reasons and we will be providing our comments.

That being said, please see below and click on the links to find more information. To summise:

The drought charge is based on your property value and will be calculated at between 10% and 11% of the rates portion of your municipal account.

The charge will affect owners of residential properties, valued at more than R400 000, and business properties, valued at more than R50 000.

They will raise 1bln a year for the next 3 years to June 2021.

To become effective 1 February 2018.

“Comment” period is from 5th December to 12 January 2018.

Additionally, there will be tariff increases (double digit ones.)

Subject to approval from the Minister of Finance for an exemption from the Municipal Finance Management Act.

Vulnerable people (Pensioners and indigent) are protected. The drought charge is a taxation based on the City’s Property Rates Policy. This provides the support for this category of residents.

Your municipal account contains your valuation information and the valuation roll is also to be found on

Comments to be sent to

Drought charge FAQ’s

CoCT drought (water) charge- 8 Dec2017