Durban ratepayers owe R1.9bn

2012-09-03 09:19

Durban -  Durban rate payers owe the eThekwini municipality R1.9bn in unpaid rates as of June this year, the Mercury reported on Monday.

Business in the city owed R417m with Durban Chamber of Commerce CEO Andrew Layman saying last year's July 1 increase might be the reason businesses were defaulting in their payments.

"If the values of their properties were steeply increased and the rate bill was then unexpectedly large, in some cases more than double what they paid before, they may not have the cash to pay," Layman was quoted as saying in the Mercury.

Government departments were the biggest debtors, owing the city R410m.

The Ingonyama Trust which owes 32% of all land in KwaZulu-Natal reportedly owed R285m.

The trust chaired by King Goodwill Zwelithini consists of traditional land, including the major townships of Umlazi, KwaMashu and Inanda.

The trust was in a legal dispute with the municipality over whether it was required to pay rates.

Durban reportedly charges the highest rates in the country, more than Johannesburg or Cape Town.

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  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-09-03 09:46

    Phew!!! "Owning 32% of all land in KZN" Seems like no further land in KZN needs to be re-distributed since targets have already been met????? - 2012-09-03 11:45

      Ha, I'm the King. I don't pay rates. It's a western concept that is foreign to me. Driver, bring my BMW to the front of the kraal, I'm late for my golf game.

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-11-22 17:09


  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-09-03 09:53

    The legacy of Mr. Sutcliff continues. The city thinks their land is on par with Beverley Hills or the Seychelles. The city has inflated prices of land so that they can charge high rates to make money, grossly unfair for the rate payer.

  • james.m.wood.773 - 2012-09-03 09:57

    I live just down the road from this ingonyama trust board building, it's a brand new building with ultra modern finishes and they leave their lights on all night and now they can't afford to pay their rates, the poor poor king who gets supported by tax payers and what exactly is it that he does?

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-09-03 10:52

    Why are the property owners staying in what was called reserve/trust land are not paying rates and taxes? I think also the owners of RDP houses?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-03 11:25

    Why is this king receiving millions of rand of tax payers money, and how much does he charge his subjects in rentals.... all so very fishy it swims like a Shark.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-03 11:28

    Good make the municipality sing, dance and pass around a collection plate, Durban's rate are the highest in the country and Durban offers the least in return. The municipalities rates assessment is also a pie in the sky thumb suck with their "experts" making it up as they go along. A house with a resale value of R350 000.00 gets valued and rated at a million rand? legislated extortion is the name of the game

  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-03 11:49

    It's true Durban has the highest rates in SA - absolute nonsense. It's all politics, non ANC voters basically pay all the rates, so they can hike them as much as they like and all we can do is take it.

  • braamc - 2012-09-03 12:31

    How unusual, this useless ANC government and then the bunch of traditional owning the bulk. We want for free

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-09-03 13:18

    Another - free mentality. The king is doing excactly what the anc want's it to do. I wonder who is going to screem at who for their money, bank? investors? If the municipality wanted to take ANY action against the king, it would have done it a LONG time ago. The municipality is just as guilty. That is how they play the "corruption" game. Forcing everyone to have a finger in the pie.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-03 21:25

    so slowly you all begin to see how these traditional royals have stolen everything from you so surreptitiously 'pretending' to be democratic but in actual fact so far from democratic that it is terrifying AND your votes have placed them all into strategic positions in state organs and pillars with zuma flooding it even worse that you might never recover from the destruction of your futures. Time to open your minds to reality and save your families futures NOW, even of it does mean turning your backs against the anc and what they have become as imposters

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