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City encourages residents to apply for R4,7bn social relief<span><p></p></span><p>The cost of the City's social package for the 2022/23 financial year amounts to R4,7 billion, and includes R2,3 billion for indigent relief and R1,45 billion for rates relief. The City had provided R3,3bn in financial relief in the 2021/22 financial year.</p><p>'The City has a comprehensive package of social assistance available. We encourage residents to make use of the financial support on offer. Importantly, those who qualify or have qualified in the past must remember that they need to apply every year for the benefit, except if they are pensioners. Pensioners may apply to renew their benefit every three years. <br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'Through this indigent campaign, we are able to bring services to the community and provide beneficiaries with personal assistance by taking them through the registration process and capturing their information accurately. Residents are also reminded that the debt write off incentive is still available. With these engagements, we want to ensure that all qualifying residents successfully apply for the various forms of assistance that are on offer. Help is available,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Siseko Mbandezi.</p><p>The campaign drive will be going to different areas across the city to inform residents about the indigent relief available to qualifying homeowners as well as to facilitate the registration and application process. The aim of this awareness campaign is to encourage as many qualifying residents as possible across the metro to apply for this financial assistance.</p><p>The City has a comprehensive indigent policy and also a rebate system for pensioners. Currently, more than 40% of Cape Town's residents benefit from some level of financial rates and services relief.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>The indigent support package empowers vulnerable residents by helping them with municipal accounts, debt arrangements and alleviating the financial burden in these tough economic times. Over the coming weeks, areas across the city will be visited to encourage qualifying residents to register for the help that is on offer.</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. Residents may also contact their ward councillor or subcouncil office to apply.</p><p><strong>Applicants will need:</strong></p><ul><li>proof of identification (ID book/card or passport)</li><li>a bank statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that they do not have a bank account</li><li>a bond statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that they do not have a bond account</li><li>a copy of the estate documents if the applicant has inherited his or her house</li></ul><p><strong>If you are employed, please also include:</strong></p><ul><li>your latest salary/wage pays slip or a letter from an employer stating your income</li><li>a sworn affidavit if you are self-employed stating how much you earn per month</li><li>proof if you receive a disability grant, maintenance grant or pension</li></ul><p><strong>If you are unemployed, please also include the following in your application:</strong></p><ul><li>a sworn affidavit stating that you are unemployed</li><li>a sworn affidavit stating that you have no other source of income</li></ul><p><strong>Useful contacts and information</strong></p><p><strong>For rates or services relief</strong></p><ul><li>Visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or a City customer office.</li><li>Email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </li></ul><p><strong>Pensioner rates relief</strong></p><ul><li>Pensioners 60 years or older and people who receive social grants earning no more than R17 500 may qualify for a rates rebate of between 10% and 100%. They are invited to go to the nearest City customer care office or send an email to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</li><li>For more information on how to apply for pensioner support: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </li></ul><p><strong>For payment arrangements</strong></p><ul><li>Visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</li><li>Email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-09-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#cf492c62-a733-46a8-b415-e4d2fe27c129;L0|#0cf492c62-a733-46a8-b415-e4d2fe27c129|Indigend households;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#191b1b12-4267-46d3-a6e7-02be3df25e7a;L0|#0191b1b12-4267-46d3-a6e7-02be3df25e7a|budget10

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