Cape Town residents encouraged to apply for financial assistance

Western Cape Minister of Infrastructure, Tertuis Simmers, together with City of Cape Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Malusi Booi, met with the UN Habitat Executive Director Ms Maimunah Moh’d Sharif during her stay in Cape Town.

She was scheduled to see various human settlement projects in Cape Town, in the provincial Government’s efforts and achievements in providing housing opportunities, and facilitating the upgrading of informal settlements, as a means to address poverty, shelter, basic services, and incremental human settlement development through community participation.

Her plans alight with the City of Cape Town’s effort to provide financial assistance, this includes rental housing relief, available for those struggling to pay rent. Recently the city launched its indigent benefits and rates relief campaign drive, to assist residents with their applications for the indigent grant and other forms of support.

With the cost of the City's social package for the 2022/23 financial year amounting to R4,7 billion. This also includes R2,3 billion for indigent relief and R1,45 billion for rates relief.

The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Siseko Mbandezi, said that the City has been rolling out its indigent benefits and rates relief campaign drive in communities across the metro. The city also said that they have upcoming events on 20 October 2022, at Hillcrest Community Hall, Blue Downs Way.

'We are here to help and this campaign drive will ensure that we reach residents directly to assist those most in need. Our officials are ready to help with all registration processes, assisting with the forms and required documentation, and capturing information accurately, said Mbandezi.

Meanwhile the City also announced that its strong annual payment ratio of more than 97% shows that most residents continue to pay their accounts.


by Everngelista Muza


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