The Mayor of Mbombela Town (CoM), Sibongile Makhushe, has released the names of those who will benefit from indigent municipal politics.
Makhushe said the policy was meant to guide the national initiative towards improving the lives of indigents and providing access to free basic services.
“The burden of applying for the indigent subsidy falls on the consumer who cannot afford to pay the full municipal rates for services. On the 2022 list, we have prioritized families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and all disadvantaged races. The application will remain open on the municipal website and in all of our regional offices, where special staff will deal with applicants,” she said.
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Applicants must be CoM residents and 18 years of age or older. The total joint gross household income of all occupants or dependents of the same household must be less than two state pension subsidy incomes. The applicant must also be the owner or tenant receiving municipal services registered as an account holder in the municipal financial system. This does not apply to registered household account holders in informal settlements and rural areas where no accounts are reported. The applicant must have only one property address.
As for child-headed households, even if they are under 18, they can apply for destitute assistance. All households requesting free basic electricity must have electricity connected to homes. Makhuse also encouraged CoM residents who meet the criteria to go to the nearest municipal service center and speak to the relevant official.
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Meanwhile, Ken Robertson of FF Plus welcomed the confirmation by Mbombela Council that the list of people in need who depend on government aid in Mbombela town (Hazyview, Skukuza, White River, Mbombela and Barberton) included all races.
“The policy foundation is designed to help needy households obtain subsidies for service costs to help alleviate poverty. To date, this policy only applied to previously disadvantaged people in need. A crumbling economy does not select its victims based on race and the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular, has forced people from various financial backgrounds to their knees,” Robertson said.
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