If you earn R4000 or less a month, you qualify for 100% rates relief. If you earn between R4 000 and R6 000, you may qualify for between 25% and 75% indigent rates relief.
If your property has a municipal valuation of R200 000 and less, you will not pay rates after being granted indigent rates relief, and if your property has a municipal value of more than R200 000, you will not pay rates on the first R200 000.
There is also a R50 discount per month granted to owners of residential property valued between R400 001 and R750 000, provided that no other indigent relief is received.
Furthermore, the City offers rates rebates of between 10% and 100% to qualifying senior citizens (60 years and older) and disabled persons (any age and receiving a disability/pensions grant), with a total household income of R15 000 and less per month.
Rates income is absolutely vital for the City’s financial sustainability. It also makes it possible for us to keep on assisting our most vulnerable people, to pay for repair and maintenance of infrastructure and for shared services which stretch across communities, such as street and traffic lights and fire services. However, we also bear in mind the financial pressure that many people are under.
To see if you qualify for assistance and which documentation you need, go to http://www.capetown.gov.za/ and search for “Application for Indigent Rates Relief” in the document downloads section or collect the form from your nearest walk-in centre. If you have already applied for rates relief as a senior citizen or disabled person, it will be cancelled and replaced with the indigent support rates rebate. Please also find out whether you can benefit from rebates offered on basic services.
Rates are not for profit and the City only collects what it requires for the Cape Town municipality to operate efficiently. A calculation is made to see what income is required to cover the necessary costs, and that is the total amount for rates - no more and no less.
* Councillor Johan van der Merwe, Mayoral committee member for finance.
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