Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 10 February 2010
Notification 2-days ago by Buffalo City Municipality of punitive water tariffs was apparently released by accident (read ‘Water Tariff to increase 5-fold’ – 08 Feb 2010)
According to city spokesperson, Keith Ngesi, “The memo was accidentally moved to the public domain without council approval. This was an accident, a mistake that our mayor is apologising for. Consumers need to get at least a month’s notice before new tariffs are applied.”
Nceba Ncunyana, who signed the memo that indicated 01 February as the start date for the punitive tariff, said on radio that the issue was very sensitive but declined to explain the premature announcement.