Residents confront BCC over billing system

Bulawayo residents, Friday, confronted the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) over its billing system calling for its abolishment.

The residents through the Bulawayo Progress Residents Association (BPRA) want the local authority to revise its billing methodology with some residents complaining of receiving high water bills.

The petition containing the residents’ grievances was delivered to all the council’s revenue halls.

“Residents are also concerned by the faulty billing system which has seen residents receiving exorbitant rates based on inaccurate estimates. The undersigned residents here-by implore Bulawayo City Councillors and Bulawayo City Council management to revisit their figures and billing methodology,” read the petition.

In an interview with CITE, BPRA youth representative in ward 13, Dylan Khanye said young people were part of delivering the petition to the revenue halls around the city as they are also ratepayers.

“The imposed USD component by the city council affects us as young people because almost most youths are unemployed and survive on different hustles. We don’t get that kind of foreign currency and this will affect us because we will end up paying US$70 a room as landlords are also surviving on this,” said Khanye.

He added that most young people stay with old people who now depend on them.

“Some of us are taking care of our grandparents and they are dependent on us and that is why it is important for us to join such initiatives,” Khanye.

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