Cape Town’s electricity tariffs have been formulated in accordance with the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act and Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act as well as guidelines established by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa.
There are two possible tariffs available for the City’s residential electricity consumers. The tariffs are applicable irrespective of whether supplies are metered by credit or prepayment meters.
The Domestic Tariff is a two block inclining block tariff and is applicable to customers who receive more than 450 kWh per month on average (as calculated using a twelve month average), including any free basic electricity that may be applicable.
Block 1 (0-600 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 125.00 c/kWh plus VAT = 142.50 c/kWh, and Block 2 (all electricity received over 600 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 152.00c/kWh plus VAT = 173.28 c/kWh.
There is no service charge applicable to this tariff, nor is there any free basic electricity supplied on this tariff.
The Lifeline Tariff is a special, highly subsidised two block inclining block tariff aimed at existing consumers who receive on average 450 kWh or less per month (as calculated using a twelve month average). This tariff includes any free basic electricity that may be applicable, or any prospective consumers who receive on average 450 kWh or less per month (as calculated using a twelve month average) AND have a prepaid meter AND have a municipal property valuation of less than R300 000.
Any consumer who qualifies for an indigent rebate in terms of the Debt Collection and Credit Control Policy, as well as any consumer who qualifies for a pensioner or disabled rebate in terms of the Rates Policy of the City will not have to comply with the property valuation criteria, but will still have to meet the 450 kWh per month average and the prepaid meter requirements.
Block 1 (0-350 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 79.70 c/kWh plus VAT = 90.86 c/kWh. This block also includes any Free Basic Electricity that may apply. Block 2 (above 350 kWh per calendar month) has an energy charge of 185.00 c/kWh plus VAT = 210.90 c/kWh. Note that the figures for both tariffs apply per calendar month, and not per purchase.
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