City of Cape Town electricity tariffs

The cost of electricity

We bill you based on a three-tier tariff system comprising of the Lifeline tariff, the Domestic tariff and the Home User tariff. Continue reading to find out how this works for residential and commercial properties.

Residential electricity tariffs

The tariff that applies to you is determined by:

  • your monthly usage (calculated on a 12-month average);
  • the value of your property;
  • the type of electricity meter you have;
  • and whether you are registered for receiving a rates rebate.

The 2020/21 residential electricity tariffs are in effect from 1 July 2020 for customers in the City of Cape Town supply area. For Eskom tariffs, please refer to the Eskom website.

The three tariffs and their respective costs and benefits are listed below:

Lifeline tariff

The Lifeline tariff is a special, highly subsidised tariff intended to provide relief to prepaid customers with limited means. The monthly costs apply as follows:

  • 0 – 60 or 25 kWh: Free basic electricity allocation (depending on average consumption)
  • >60 or 25 – 350 kWh: 125,89 c/kWh (excl. VAT) or 144,77 c/kWh (incl. VAT)
  • >350 – 450 kWh: 253,83 c/kWh (excl. VAT) or 291,90 c/kWh (incl. VAT)

If you exceed the monthly limit of 450 kWh, you will be moved to the Domestic or Home User tariff. No service charge applies to the Lifeline tariff.

The following qualifying criteria apply to this tariff:

  • Your monthly electricity usage (calculated on a 12-month average) must be below 450 kWh. This usage includes any free basic electricity allocation
  • Your municipal property valuation must be less than R400 000
  • A prepaid electricity meter must be installed

If you qualify for an indigent rebate or a pensioner or disabled rebate, you are exempted from the municipal property valuation criterion, but you will still need to keep your usage below 450 kWh per month. Certain old age homes run by public benefit organisations may also qualify for the Lifeline tariff.

Please note that the Lifeline tariff is not applied automatically. To qualify, you will need to apply for the correct electricity connection in order to receive the benefit.

Units received (kWh)2019/202020/21% increase
60R0,00R0,00Unchanged
150R124,29R130,294.83%
250R262,39R275,064.83%
350R448,83R470,504.83%
450R727,29R762,404.83%
600R1 144,98R1200,254.83%

Domestic tariff

The Domestic tariff applies to you if you have a prepaid meter installed and receive more than 450 kWh per month (calculated on a 12-month average). The monthly costs apply as follows:

  • 0 – 600 kWh: 208,75 c/kWh (excl. VAT) or 240,06 c/kWh (incl. VAT)
  • >600 kWh: 253,83 c/kWh (excl. VAT) or 291,90 c/kWh (incl. VAT)

No service charge applies to this tariff. There is also no free basic electricity allocation on this tariff.

The following qualifying criteria apply to this tariff:

  • Your municipal property valuation is between R400 000 and R1 000 000
  • A prepaid electricity meter must be installed
  • Your monthly electricity usage is above 450 kWh
Units received (kWh)2019/202020/21% increase
250R572,50R600,154,83%
450R1 030,50R1080,274,83%
600R1 374,00R440,364,83%
800R1 930,92R2024,164,83%
1 000R2 487,84R607,964,83%
1 500R3 880,14R4067,464,83%

Home User tariff

The Home User tariff applies to you if you do not qualify for the Lifeline or Domestic tariff. The monthly costs apply as follows:

  • 0 – 600 kWh: 183,93 c/kWh (excl. VAT) or 211,52 c/kWh (incl. VAT)
  • >600 kWh: 253,83 c/kWh (excl. VAT) or 291,90 c/kWh (incl. VAT)
  • Monthly Home User service charge of R148,88 (excl. VAT) or R171,21 (incl. VAT)

HOME USER CHARGE

The Home User charge is a monthly service charge that applies to all customers on the Home User tariff only. The charge will appear as a separate line item on your rates account. The monthly charge for 2020/21 is R148,88 (excl. VAT) or R171,21 (incl. VAT). This charge is being used to cover the cost of maintaining the electricity network. To offset this cost, customers will pay less per unit of electricity for the first 600 kWh of usage per month.

No free basic electricity allocation applies for the Home User tariff.

The following criteria apply to this tariff:

  • Your municipal property valuation is R1 000 000 and above
  • A credit meter is installed
Units received (kWh)2019/202020/21% increase
250R667,77R700,014.83%
450R1 071,33R1123,054.83%
600R1 374,00R1440,334.83%
800R1 930,92R2024,134.83%
1 000R2 487,84R2607,934.83%
1 500R3 880,14R4067,434.83%

Further information on tariffs

Find out how you can save electricity.

BUYING PREPAID ELECTRICITY

Purchase electricity once a month, and only buy as much as you need. You are billed on total monthly usage, so there is no saving if you purchase smaller amounts or in bulk. Your electricity charges are based on what tariff you are on.


Find out more about the best way to buy prepaid electricity and visit our Buy prepaid electricity page.

Commercial electricity tariffs

Commercial electricity tariffs are charged according to power usage.

As a commercial or industrial electricity customer, the following tariffs apply:

  • Small Power User 1 (high consumption)
  • Small Power User 2 (low consumption)
  • Either the Large Power User LV tariff (limited to customers already on that tariff as of 30 June 2016), or Large User LV Time-of-Use tariff (for all new customers from 1 July 2016)
  • Either the Large Power User MV tariff or the MV Time-of-Use tariff (limited to customers already on that tariff as at 30 June 2016), or the Large User MV Time-of-Use tariff (for all new customers from 1 July 2016)
  • High Voltage Time-of-Use (where appropriate)
  • Atlantis Time-of-Use (only relevant in the Atlantis Industrial Area)

You will be charged a service and energy charge on all tariffs, as well as a demand charge for commercial tariffs other than the Small Power User tariffs. Aside from the amount of power you consume, you may also be charged according to when you use power – this is called Time-of-Use.