Pay­ment dates not ideal for pen­sion­ers

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Roland Solomon of Blair­gowrie writes: The City of Jo­han­nes­burg must be com­pli­mented for plan­ning to in­tro­duce re­al­is­tic and more con­sis­tent power me­ter read­ings. Be­fore, we never knew where we stood – billing could range from 15-day read­ings to as many as 50-odd.

In the past few months, the pay­ment date has been the first of each month and this has been ideal for many pen­sion­ers I know – in­clud­ing my­self. Now, un­der a new scheme, we can choose to pay by the 15th or 28th.

Who­ever dreamt up these dates did not take into con­sid­er­a­tion that many funds only pay out pen­sions on the last day of the month.

We pen­sion­ers have so many codes, dates etc – busi­ness and med­i­cal – to re­mem­ber these days, and our mem­o­ries are not what they were, oth­er­wise 15th would be an op­tion for those re­ceiv­ing pen­sions on the last day of the month.

Would the city please con­sider chang­ing pay­ment dates to the 15th of a month and to the 1st of ev­ery month in­stead of the 28th? It would be less stress­ful for many pen­sion­ers.

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