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Rural Indigent Registration Campaign

Rural Indigent Registration Campaign

In an attempt to improve the lives of the citizens of the Metro, Buffalo City Metro is embarking in the Rural Indigent Registration Campaign roadshows from 19 September 2017 to 10 November 2017.

The first Rural Indigent Registration Campaign kicked off on Tuesday 19 September in Mzintshana covering Pirie Trust, Nakani, Nomgwadla and Mzintshane areas.

The aim for the roadshows is to give the underprivileged citizens access to free water and electricity.

As of 30 June 2017 The consumers that are receiving Indigent Subsidy are approximately 60 000.

The Metro has identified more than 40 locations that will be part of the Registration Campaign as part of its mandate of improving the lives of the citizens of the City and truly living up to its A City Hard at Work mission.

Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is undertaking the campaign in the first quarter of the new financial year 2017/18 which aims to register all rural indigent consumers so as to ensure that indigent consumers benefit from the free basic services offered by council.

The main aim of the Metro is to cover rural areas within its jurisdiction including the recently demarcated areas to BCMM.

Indigent subsidy and who benefits from it?

It is a citizen of the Metro and must earn less than R3.200 per month, the person must be a pensioner, must be an account holder, must own and be staying at the house, should not own more than one fixed property and lastly the value of a property must not exceed R120 000.

The criteria for applying for the subsidy is that community members must get an indigent application form from a nearest municipal office and take it to their ward councilor to sign and submit it with these supporting documents:

  • ID copy and affidavit;
  • Proof of income if employed and earning less than the threshold income (Threshold income must not exceed R3.200 (Household income);
  • Proof of pension if you are a pensioner and
  • When the applicant gets approved they receive an equivalent R652.90 towards their account, which translates to six kilolitres of water and free 50 units of electricity once a month. 

In the rural areas applicants receive free electricity from Eskom and the Metro pays at a lesser price.

The Indigent Subsidy is funded from an equitable share from National Treasury. BCMM provides indigent subsidy to its indigent consumers through the billing of their accounts and free tokens in respect of electricity which is equivalent to 50Kwh. 

 



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