INTRODUCTION HOW PROPERTY RATES ARE CHARGED In terms of the Act a consumer’s liability for property rates is determined by two factors, the first of which is the municipal property valuation and the second of which is the rating categorization that the property is put into by the municipality. The rating categorization must be one
By Chantelle Gladwin-Wood, Partner and Maike Gohl, Senior Associate Introduction Our offices have taken note of an alarming increase in the number of SMS’s sent to clients by the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality (“COJ”) advising that that their services would be disconnected without notice, due to an alleged breach of the payment terms of
Introduction This article canvases what a consumer can do to protect himself[1] when a municipality is charging him according to “actual” readings for electricity or water consumption, but where the readings used by the municipality are clearly not ‘actuals’ and thus cannot be true and proper readings.   Actuals versus Estimates                                                                                                                                                            There are two types