Free ser­vices for the poor­est

Vuk'uzenzele - - Local Government -

mu­nic­i­pal poli­cies help al­le­vi­ate poverty by pro­vid­ing free ba­sic ser­vices to peo­ple un­able to sup­port them­selves. The poor­est house­holds – the un­em­ployed, peo­ple liv­ing on grants and chil­dren – ben­e­fit from free wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, sewage and san­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

To ac­cess th­ese ser­vices, known as Ex­panded So­cial Pack­ages, house­holds have to reg­is­ter with their mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Child-headed house­holds au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify, and peo­ple re­ceiv­ing so­cial grants will re­quire a means test.

To reg­is­ter, you need to pro­vide doc­u­ments show­ing: • Monthly in­come of the house­hold is not more than two state pen­sions.

• You do not own any other prop­erty be­sides your res­i­dence.

• You must be at least 18 years old and a South African cit­i­zen.

Af­ter sub­mit­ting the doc­u­ments, you will be vis­ited by mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees and a so­cial worker for an as­sess­ment.

House­holds are en­ti­tled to: • 6 000 litres of wa­ter per house­hold of eight peo­ple per month

• 50 kWh of elec­tric­ity per

month

• Ba­sic san­i­ta­tion ser­vices

(Im­age: GCIS)

To ac­cess free ba­sic ser­vices, child-headed and poor house­holds have to reg­is­ter with their mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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