The City of Cape Town “continues to bring financial relief to vulnerable residents” through its indigent grants and urges all eligible residents across the metro to apply for the grants available to them, the city said on Sunday.
The city made provision for a social package of rebates and free basic services to indigent residents and pensioners each year, mayoral committee member for finance Johan van der Merwe said.
The indigent grant formed part of the city’s credit control and debt collection policy and was designed to assist struggling individuals, pensioners, businesses, people with disabilities, sports clubs, and non-profit organisations to continue to receive their basic city services such as water and refuse collection.
“We would like to remind our residents of the indigent grants available to them, especially during these tough economic times. We realise that qualifying individuals aren’t always aware of their rights and eligibility for grants, and want to ensure that residents who do qualify are receiving the financial assistance they need.
“The indigent grant is available to our tenants who rent a home from the city as well. If they are struggling to make monthly rental payments the grant could help cover part of their costs,” Van der Merwe said.
Residents needed to meet various criteria to be considered for indigent support, relating to the resident’s monthly salary, employment status, whether they were a senior citizen or a person with a disability, and whether they were a full-time occupant of their home.
“Depending on the resident’s circumstances, if their property valuation is of R400,000 or less, and if they qualify for the grant, it is possible for some applicants to receive a 100 percent rebate on their property rates and to receive other basic services for free,” he said.
For homeowners to apply for an indigent grant, they first needed to register as an indigent with the city. On application, qualifying residents needed to provide the identity documents of all those who lived on the property, their latest municipal account, proof of income, and expenses (including wage and pension receipts), as well as bank statements for the past three months.
Residents under the age of 60 had to reapply for the grant each year, while those over 60 only had to apply once every three years within the general valuation cycle.
For more information on indigent grants and financial relief, residents should visit any one of the city walk-in centres or their nearest housing office, or contact the city’s call centre on 0860-103-089, Van der Merwe said.
– African News Agency (ANA)