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City of Joburg accused of changing property ratings


Gladwin explained that rates charges are based on the rating categorisation the municipal valuer puts on the property. The valuer must follow the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, which, she said, is "quite strict and any deviation from that procedure will render the imposition of the charge unlawful".

The city's rates department – or any other city official in rates or billing – had no lawful authority to decide rating categories. -  Click for the full article