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MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today as a clear demonstration of the City’s commitment to pro-poor spending and to being a responsive administration, we launched the City’s indigent relief application campaign to encourage as many potential qualifying beneficiaries to apply for financial assistance.

In the City’s Tabled (draft) budget for the 2018/19 financial year, which is currently open for public participation, nearly R3 billion has been set aside to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents.

As a caring city, we are encouraging the most vulnerable in our society to make use of the financial assistance on offer to those who need it most. Many residents are struggling to cope and are not aware that there is help available to them.

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

The indigent support package empowers vulnerable residents by helping them with municipal bills, debt arrangements and alleviating the financial burden in these tough economic times. In doing so we enable vulnerable residents to take care of the other needs of their loved ones.

There are many pensioners, single parents, unemployed and disabled residents who are struggling and the City understands the daily battle for many households to make ends meet.

There is no need to rake up debt or to skip on any of the other needs of your children and family when help is available.

We encourage residents who meet the criteria to register for indigent support to apply for this relief because every bit of help makes a difference.

Residents who live in properties valued at R100 000 and below qualify for 100% rates rebates and refuse removal relief. These residents also receive 10 500 litres of free water and 7 350 litres of free sanitation removal.

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 R4 000 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 R6 000 per month.

Residents may 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 subcouncil office to apply.

Applicants 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

If you are employed, please also:

· include your latest salary/wage payslip or a letter from an employer stating your income

· include a sworn affidavit if you are self-employed stating how much you earn per month

· proof if you receive a disability grant, maintenance grant or pension

If you are unemployed, please also include the following in your application:

· a sworn affidavit stating that you are unemployed

· a sworn affidavit stating that you have no other source of income

‘We would like to sincerely thank our on-the-ground recruiters that are taking beneficiaries through the registration process. Their commitment will enable qualifying residents to successfully apply for indigent relief. Our most vulnerable residents are often faced with many pressures and often struggle – not only to provide for themselves but for their families.

‘Applying for a grant will not only benefit them, but the people they care for as well. These individuals do so much and we want to enable them to do even more. We can all do more with a little help,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

If you know of someone who might potentially qualify for assistance, please direct them to visit: http://www.capetown.gov.za/local%20and%20communities/financial-relief-and-rebates/our-approach-to-financial-support/indigent-grants

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