Residents urged to apply for rebates

2018-05-02 06:00

WARD 32 councillor Rooksanah Ahmed has pleaded with residents who earn under R4000, or are on social grants to pay a visit to her office in order for her to aid these residents in their application for utility rebates.

Ahmed has also questioned how those in the low income bracket are to survive with these increases in living costs when the social grant has only increased by five percent.

“Electricity is up six percent, rates are up six percent, water is up by 14, 3 % while the grant money that these indigents receive is only up by five percent,” said Ahmed.

Sitting in her municipal office surrounded by residents who all have queries regarding various tariffs,
Ahmed said that every day indigents flood to her office with complaints of mismanagement and negligence on the municipality’s part.

“Some of these residents pay their lights and water bill as soon as they collect their grants and then they are left with barely anything. They don’t know that they qualify for a rebate on their fees,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed urged all those who are currently not receiving this rebate to make sure they visit her office before the end of May in order for her to help them.

Ahmed said that this rebate would go a long way in helping those who desperately need every cent to count. “I am appealing to all the unemployed, pensioners and those who earn under R4 000 to come to my office and apply for the indigent rebate,” said Ahmed. Those who need assistance can call Ahmed’s office at 033 397 2162 or go to the premises at the Civic Centre in Northdale.

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