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Council offers relief to low-income residential ratepayers

by City of Cape Town
19 Jun 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has urged pensioners, people with disabilities and other property owners battling to afford their monthly rates, water and electricity bills to register for additional indigent support. They will also need to renew their application every 12 months.



To qualify for the additional indigent support:
  • the total household income of applicants should not be more than R1740 (double the National state pension) per month.
  • it must be a residential property
  • the applicant must be the registered owner of the property
  • may not own more than one property
  • must be a full-time occupant of the property
  • must enter into an arrangement to pay their monthly accounts and an affordable additional amount towards their arrears
"No restrictions/disconnections and/or legal steps will be taken against any debtor who has registered as indigent and who sticks to the arrangements," says Trevor Blake, the City's Manager: Debt Management.

Those whose income is between R1 741 and R5 000 or less a month, can apply for a rates rebate on a sliding scale, depending on their monthly household income," says Blake.

According to Blake, the City Council has increased its help to low income households by providing bigger rates rebates in addition to free allocated basic services.

As from 1 July, those who have qualified for additional indigent support will not pay any rates on their property irrespective of the municipal valuation. In addition, all properties with a municipal valuation of R88 000 or less will also not pay rates.

All improved residential properties valued at R199 000 or less automatically qualify for a R30 indigent grant towards their rates and services account.

All households receive the first 6 000 litres of water free each month. To help families save water costs, the City can decide to install a water flow management system.

Residents charged at the electricity domestic 2 tariff and purchasing less than 400kWh of electricity per month on average over the 12 months, up to May/June, will receive 50kWh of electricity free per month.

Properties with a municipal valuation of R100 000 or less will receive free refuse removal, between R100 001 and R150 000 will receive a 75% rebate, between R150 001 and R250 000 will receive a 50% rebate and between R250 001 and R300 000 will receive a 25% rebate.

To apply for additional indigent support, please call in at your nearest Customer Care Contact Centre or Housing Office or phone 086 010 3089.

END

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 226/2007
18 JUNE 2007


ISSUED BY:
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 2201

MEDIA QUERIES:
DEREK HARRIS
DIRECTOR: REVENUE
FINANCE DIRECTORATE
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 2270
CELL: 084 630 7386

TREVOR BLAKE
MANAGER: DEBT MANAGEMENT
FINANCE DIRECTORATE
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3475


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