Kouga registers indigent households for free basic services

AUGUST 1, 2014

The Kouga Local Municipality recently embarked on a campaign to register all indigent households in its area for service assistance. Dubbed the Equitable Share Drive, the outreach targeted households with a combined, gross monthly income of R2 700 or less.

This saw the local municipality visiting the poor communities of Oyster Bay, Kruisfontein, Thornhill, Loerie, KwaNomzamo in Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Hankey and Patensie from the 26th of May to the 12th of June.

At the launch of the drive, Kouga Local Municipality Mayor, Booi Koerat, said, “Equitable share is basically the term used by Government to refer to free basic services.

“In our country there are many households whose income is so small that they cannot afford basic services such as water and electricity.

“As part of our commitment to uplifting the poorest of the poor, Government launched the equitable shares programme to give these households access to a certain amount of free basic services.”

He said that a state pension is used as a measure and households with a verified gross monthly income of less than twice the state pension qualified for equitable shares.

Mayor Koerat said that the free basic services includes 50kwh electricity, 6kl water, monthly refuse collection, sewerage services (based on 6kl water) and an extra R85 000 on the value of property for rates.

Applicants were required to personally complete the application form and supply documents such as a valid ID document (husband and wife), proof of income (bank statement, payslip, pension card) and a sworn affidavit if unemployed.