City property owners who are more than 60 years old or disabled and whose current monthly income is R7000 or less have little more than a week to register for a rates rebate.
The rebate on a sliding scale of 10-100% is available to registered homeowners whose total household income is R7 000 a month or less, where the occupants are aged 60 years or more, or if they are the recipients of a disability pension/grant.
The deadline for applying for this rates rebate is 30 September 2008.
"At a time of world wide recession when more and more people are facing the re-possession of essentials which anchor their lives such as homes and vehicles, when rising prices of fuel, electricity and food are forcing all but the very rich to cut back on necessities, the City of Cape Town is implementing compassionate policies that will bring some measure of financial relief," says Councillor Ian Neilson, Mayoral Committee Member for Finance.
"The City wants to register everyone who qualifies for the rates rebate, so that the relief measures we have put in place can restore their dignity and take away the corrosive fear of impending poverty,". "We call on community organisations to encourage potential candidates to register with the City," he said.
Neilson pointed out, however, that everyone who qualifies for the rates rebate will have to re-register annually and prove that the circumstances which enabled them to benefit from the policy, still apply.
Various rates rebates are also available to bona fide farming operations, non-government organisations, public benefit organisations, religious organisations, health and welfare institutions, educational institutions, historical monuments, charitable institutions, sporting bodies, cultural institutions, youth development organisations and animal protection organisations.
For more information, please call 0860 103 089 or visit your nearest municipal cash office.
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719
CLLR IAN NEILSON
TEL: 021 400 1306 CELL: 083 306 6730
DIRECTOR: REVENUE SERVICES
TEL: 021 400 3575 CELL: 084 433 5727