City of Cape town extends deadline to register for rates rebates till 31 October 2012.   Senior citizens who are 60 years or older, as well as recipients of a disability grant or pension, could qualify for rates rebates ranging from 10% to 100%.

“In keeping with the City of Cape Town’s  commitment to building a Caring City, the deadline for applying for special rates rebates has been extended until 31 October 2012. This will assist residents who need assistance in paying their monthly municipal accounts,“ says Alderman Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Finance.  

 The upper limit of total household income for these two categories has also been raised from R10 000 to R10 500 per month. This year the City of Cape Town has amended the definition of household income to discount donations from family members.

 In addition, all property owners with a total household income of R3 000 or less per month may apply to be registered as indigent, and may qualify for a 100% rates and refuse rebate. Their arrears may also be written off once during occupation of the property.

 “Apart from the full rates rebate on households earning R3 000 or less per month or whose residential properties are valued at R200 000 or less, the City has added an indigent category for people who have an income greater than

R3 000 and not more than R4 000 per  month, to apply for a 50% rates rebate,” says Alderman Neilson.

 “We call on community leaders to assist potential beneficiaries in registering for this financial assistance. The rebates are for the current financial year and remain valid until the end of June next year.

 “To date, some 11 100 people have registered, but we know that there are many more who can take advantage of this financial lifeline,” says Alderman Neilson.

 According to Trevor Blake, the City’s Director: Revenue, residents who registered for financial relief in the past need to re-register to prove that the circumstances that enabled them to benefit from the policy still apply.

 “Rebates are also available to bona-fide non-government organisations, public benefit organisations, health and welfare institutions, educational institutions, historical monuments, charitable institutions, sporting bodies, cultural institutions, youth development organisations and animal protection organisations,” he says.

 For more information on how to apply for the rebates, please call the City of Cape Town Call Centre on 0860 103 089 or visit your nearest municipal office.

 Issued by: Integrated Strategic Communication and Branding Department, City of Cape Town

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