Private schools don’t have to pay huge municipal rates after high court win
Up until now, Durban had them in the same category as profit-making businesses even though the law forbids this
Fifteen private schools in Durban are breathing a huge sigh of relief after the high court ordered the eThekwini municipality not to charge them the same tariff for municipal rates that they charge businesses and commercial properties.
The schools, represented by the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa), have been embroiled in a nine-year legal battle with the municipality after it classified them as “schools not for gain” and placed them in the same category as business and commercial properties.
Isasa argued that the schools were public benefit organisations providing education and that the municipality should charge them 25% of the rate that they charged residential properties...