The City has invited qualifying residents with outstanding debt, to apply for a debt write off, before the end of the month. The outstanding debt must be older than 1 July 2018.
The City has written off more than R2 billion in old debt, but residents must enter into a payment arrangement for their more recent debt.
City bosses says this initiative is paying off, as over 60 400 customers have entered into payment arrangements, boosting the culture of payment in the metro and resulting in the recovery of debt that may otherwise have been forgone.
The Mayoral Committee Member for Finance Siseko Mbandezi says debt management is a carefully managed process and all debt management actions are in place to protect the municipality’s sustainability and stability so that we continue to offer excellent services.
The City has evaluated many cases according to their individual circumstances and the policies the City has in place. Thus far, in the current financial year, the City has assisted residents with no-interest payment arrangements to the value of approximately R1,3 billion.
We want to encourage all residents who find themselves in a difficult financial position to approach us for assistance. The City’s debt management is a carefully managed process and all debt management actions are in place to protect the municipality’s sustainability and stability so that we continue to offer world-class services.
Our debt write-off incentive has been carefully budgeted and planned for and its aim is to write off the old debt of those who qualify, and to encourage the payment of current debts.
This creates more certainty and thus sustainability and ensures that the City is healthy enough to provide services to residents, which is our core mandate. All income from rates and services goes to service delivery. The sustainability requirements are well managed and very carefully considered.
Our debt management is lauded as the best in the country, and is one of the reasons why Cape Town consistently scores the highest in the Ratings Afrika Municipal Financial Sustainability Index. Our high municipal account payment ratio of 98% is testament to the City’s debt management practices. I would like to thank residents for paying their municipal accounts and for making it possible to deliver excellent services.
More about the debt write-off incentive:
- Customers are required to enter into a debt payment arrangement.
- Outstanding debt older than 1 July 2018 will then be written off.
- This incentive is available until 30 June 2022.
- After this date, in terms of recent amendments to the City’s Credit Control and Debt Collection Policy, historic debt may still be written off, but this will be at the sole discretion of the City Manager, and also contingent on a payment arrangement.
- Customers are encouraged to visit a Contact Centre to enter into a payment arrangement to benefit from this incentive.
- A condition of the payment arrangement is that the debt which is written-off will be reinstated if customers default on their instalment plans.
Debt write-off incentive
For rates or services relief
Visit: https://bit.ly/applyrelief or a City customer office.
Pensioner rates relief:
- Pensioners 60 years or older and people who receive social grants earning not more than R17 500 may qualify for a rates rebate of between 10% and 100%.
- They are invited to go to the nearest City customer care office or send an email to email@example.com. For more information on how to apply for pensioner support: https://bit.ly/applyseniorsupport
Rental housing relief:
- If you are renting a community residential unit from the City, you may also apply for additional financial support if you are struggling to pay your rent and qualify for rental housing relief.
- Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre: 021 444 0333 or WhatsApp: 063 299 9927
For payment arrangements:
Businesses in financial hardship due to the economic pressure from the Covid-19 lockdown can approach the City for relief based on the merits of each application.