Sewerage claim of R22m added to City of Joburg’s woes

In the press:
Saturday Star, 9 September 2022

The City of Joburg is once again being taken to court by the residential housing industry over billing issues, this time along with its water supplier Johannesburg Water, regarding problematic sewerage charges.

Backbilling and a disputed change in the sewerage tariff structure of many inner city residential buildings has sent thousands of residents’ accounts soaring, resulting in a sewerage claim amounting to about R22 million. Similar issues are behind a court application already in place against COJ over a refuse-removal bill of R21m.
Read the full article HERE.

Listen to Thabiso Kotane in conversation with Angela Rivers on 98.7 Power Drive HERE

Thabiso Kotane speaks to Angela Rivers, MD of the Johannesburg Property Owners and Managers Association (JPOMA) about billing issues in the City of Johannesburg. The City of Joburg (CoJ) is racking up huge legal costs by failing to address billing issues raised by residents timeously, before they reach the courts. It routinely opposes applications, which it then loses with costs – which are paid out of revenue squeezed out of ratepayers. This is a vicious cycle that results in a further burden of unfair tariff increases that residents have no choice but to shoulder, according to the Johannesburg Property Owners and Managers Association (JPOMA).

PUBLISHED: Wednesday 14 September 2022