The City of Cape Town says it will continue to provide assistance to qualifying residents who cannot afford to pay their rates and services and has urged them to come forward to receive relief.Neilson said in the current financial year, the City had made close to R3bn available to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents, adding that the proposed funding for social assistance in the next financial year was currently being discussed as part of the budget process. "The funds form part of the city's indigent grant which was established to assist struggling individuals, pensioners, businesses, people with disabilities, sports clubs, and non-profit organisations (NPOs) to continue to receive their basic city services such as water and refuse collection. MEC for finance in the province, Ian Neilson, said it was detrimental to the City's finances when people ignored their debt. Disconnection 'a last resort'He said those who had the means to pay but refused to do so needed to realise that their decision had a marked impact on the sustainability of the City. "This only occurs if residents have ignored all the notices sent to them and they have not made any attempt to obtain assistance from the City." visit this website to apply.