RESIDENTS who struggle to afford basic services have been invited to register for equitable shares (service subsidies) with Kouga Municipality.The municipality’s Equitable Shares Drive kicked off this week and will continue till March 9. Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said equitable shares were available to households with a combined gross monthly income of R3 000 or less.Households who are registered for equitable shares receive: Free 50kwh electricity plus basic charge Free 12kl water plus basic charge Free monthly refuse, sewerage (based on 12kl water) and the Environmental Management Fee levy Free additional R85 000 on the value of their property for rates.The communities of Sea Vista, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis and Oyster Bay were visited on Monday and Tuesday this week.The outreach was at the Katrien Felix Hall in Thornhill yesterday (February 15) and will continue at the Loerie Community Hall today, February 16.On Monday, February 20, the programme moves to the Dan Sandi Hall at Ramaphosa Village, Patensie.On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 and 22, the outreach will be at the Vusumzi Landu Hall in Hankey. Weston will be visited on February 27, with registration taking place at the Alec Ntantiso Hall. The programme runs from 08:30 to 15:00.The full schedule is available on the municipality’s website and on municipal noticeboards. The Mayor said new applicants and current beneficiaries had to be present in person so as to complete the application form themselves. Residents are further asked to bring along their prepaid electricity cards, as well as the following documents: Valid ID Document (husband and wife) Proof of income Sworn affidavit if unemployed Proof of usufruct.