Rural residents get break on tariff hike

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Good news for those living in the Zululand sistrict municipality is that there will be no tariff increases for residents in the new financial year.

District mayor Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, pictured above , said the executive committee of her district municipality had turned down the tariff increase for water and sanitation because most of northern KwaZulu-Natal residents were poor, unemployed and staying in deep rural areas.

"We have taken this important decision in order to limit the effects of cross-subsidisation by local businesses, as well as the impact of the global recession and of the credit crunch," said KaMagwaza-Msibi.

She added that the decision not to increase the tariffs would benefit residents of Ulundi, Nongoma, Edumbe and Pongola.