Session held for indigent relief

2018-06-26 06:01
More than 400 residents attended the information session in Tafelsig last week.

More than 400 residents attended the information session in Tafelsig last week.

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More than 400 residents attended a recent information session hosted by the City of Cape Town.

The event, held on Thursday 21 June at the Tusong Centre was aimed at registering qualifying individuals as indigent residents in order to allow them to apply for indigent relief.

The indigent support package empowers vulnerable residents by helping them with municipal bills, debt arrangements and alleviating the financial burden in the current tough economic times.

The registration drive was well attended with many homeowners successfully registered as indigent residents. In the City’s budget for the 2018/19 financial year, nearly R3bn has been set aside to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents.

Of the 400, around 148 residents supplied information and documentation that is undergoing an approval process, says ward 82 councillor Sheval Arendse.

“The process in short is that we will scrutinize all the documents received on the day. If there is missing information, we will follow up with the individuals. The approval process is dependant on the installation of water management devices and pre-paid electricity metres where applicable,” says Arendse.

“The process also included the settling of above metres before the monies could be considered for a write off.”

The indigence status will be for a period of one year for people younger than 60 years and three years for those older than 60 years.

However, the change in valuation of the property disrupts the period mentioned.

The social package includes almost R1.5bn for indigent relief and approximately R1.5bn in rates rebates.

Residents who live in properties valued at R100 000 and below qualify for 100% rates rebates and refuse removal relief.

Apart from property value, the City also uses household income as a factor to determine which residents qualify for assistance.

For instance, where the gross monthly household income is R4000 or below, these households can get a 100% rates rebate and receive the same benefits as if their properties were valued below R100 000.

There are also various levels of assistance available where the household income is below R6000 per month. Residents are encouraged to visit their nearest municipal walk-in centre and complete an application form to see if they are eligible for the benefits. You may also contact your ward councillor or sub council office to apply.

Arendse says the session was a success with various questions surrounding water, title deeds, ownership in the case of divorce and death and housing waiting lists.

Applications can also be done online.

You will need proof of identification (ID book/card), a bank statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that they do not have a bank account, a bond statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that they do not have a bond account, a copy of the estate documents if the applicant has inherited his or her house and if you are employed also add your latest salary/wage payslip or a letter from an employer stating your income, a sworn affidavit if you are self-employed, stating how much you earn per month and proof if you receive a disability grant, maintenance grant or pension.

If you are unemployed, also include a sworn affidavit stating that you are unemployed and a sworn affidavit stating that you have no other source of income.

V Visit the City’s website and search for the indigent grant information: www.capetown.gov.za

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