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City reaches out to Philippi residents through indigent relief application drive<p>​The community event in Philippi focused on registering qualifying individuals in the community 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 these tough economic times. The registration drive was well attended with many homeowners being successfully registered as indigent residents.<br> <br>‘Through this indigent campaign we are able to bring services to the community and provide residents with personal assistance by taking beneficiaries through the registration process and capturing their information accurately. We want to ensure that all qualifying residents at these engagements successfully apply for the indigent grant,’ said Acting Executive Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.</p><p>As a caring City, we are encouraging these residents to make use of the financial support on offer. </p><p>‘Applying for a grant will not only benefit them, but also 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 City of Cape Town Councillor Johan van der Merwe.<br> <br>In the City’s tabled (draft) budget for the 2018/19 financial year, nearly R3 billion has been set aside to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents. This is as a clear demonstration of the City’s commitment to pro-poor spending and to being a responsive administration. The proposed social package includes almost R1,5 billion for indigent relief and approximately R1,5 billion in rates rebates. <br> <br>Residents who live in properties valued at R100 000 and below qualify for 100% rates rebates and refuse removal relief.</p><p>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.</p><p>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 subcouncil office to apply. <br> <br><strong>Applicants will need:</strong> </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">proof of identification (ID book/card)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a bank statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that they do not have a bank account</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a bond statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that they do not have a bond account</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a copy of the estate documents if the applicant has inherited his or her house</div></li></ul><p> <br><strong>If you are employed, please also: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">include your latest salary/wage payslip or a letter from an employer stating your income</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">include a sworn affidavit if you are self-employed stating how much you earn per month</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">proof if you receive a disability grant, maintenance grant or pension</div></li></ul><p> <br><strong>If you are unemployed, please also include the following in your application:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">a sworn affidavit stating that you are unemployed</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a sworn affidavit stating that you have no other source of income</div></li></ul><p> <br></p><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy light-blue bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info fastfact">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><p> <b></b><strong>If you know of someone who might potentially qualify for assistance, please direct them to visit:</strong></p><p><strong> </strong><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p></div></div>​​<p><br><br> <br>The City plans to host a number of these community outreach events across the metro in the weeks to come, and will include the Eerste River, Atlantis, Gugulethu, Tafelsig and Khayelisha areas.<br> <br>Please see below for details of the venues and dates for the upcoming community events:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>​Area </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>​Date</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>​Venue</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>​Street address</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Area East</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​17 May 2018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Eerste River Multipurpose Centre </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Cnr of Bobs Way and Beverly Avenue, Eerste River</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Area North</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​29 May 2018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Saxonsea Primary School Hall</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​207 Grosvenor Ave, Saxonsea, Cape Town, 7349</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Area Central</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​7 June 2018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Ikwezi Sport and Recreation Centre</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Y 2, Gugulethu, Cape Town</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Area South</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​21 June 2018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Nelson Mandela Centre (Thusong Centre)  </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​AZ Berman Drive, Tafelsig</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Area East</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​28 June 2018</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Thusong Hall </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Cnr Walter Sisulu and Steve Biko Roads, Khayelitsha<br> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2018-05-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#bc6fe76e-7245-4d5b-b8a1-65f73b3b5273;L0|#0bc6fe76e-7245-4d5b-b8a1-65f73b3b5273|indigent grant;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#366cd86b-6607-44bd-bfaf-c690e15d90fb;L0|#0366cd86b-6607-44bd-bfaf-c690e15d90fb|Philippi1

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