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Pensioners urged to reapply for rebates by 30 September 2018

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PENSIONERS TO RE-APPLY FOR RATES REBATE - BY 30 SEPTEMBER 2018

The City of Johannesburg advises all pensioners that the current validity period for pensioners rebate came to an end on 30 June 2018 (being the end of the 2013 General Valuation Roll).

All qualifying pensioners are urged to submit new applications for the period starting 1 July 2018 (being the beginning of the 2018 General Valuation Roll).

The period for the granting of pensioners rebates, coincides with the implementation of the 2018 General Valuation Roll (normally four years, unless extended). The property value threshold and criteria for qualifying income levels have changed as well. All these changes necessitate the resubmission of the new applications.

Pensioners currently receiving a rebate are requested to submit their applications not later than 30 September 2018. Adjustments (backdated rebate benefits) will be done on all accounts where applications are received between 1 July 2018 and 30 September 2018. Applications received after 30 September 2018 will be treated as new applications for the rebate.

Pensioners must reapply to qualify for the rebate by filling in a form available at any of the City Customer Service Centres or downloaded from the City’s website (see below).

Application forms can be obtained from:

  • Any City’s nearest Customer Service Centre, or
  • The City’s website (www.joburg.org.za), or
  • Email your Ward Councilor and provide your e-mail address.

Application forms can be submitted as follows:

  • At your nearest Customer Service Centre, or
  • E-mailed to: rebates@joburg.org.za
  • Mailed to: Rates & Taxes (Rebates), P.O. Box 5000, Johannesburg, 2000

The form should then be submitted along with the following documentation:

  • Certified copy of you South African ID
  • Certified copy of your pension card
  • Proof of income / bank statement; and
  • Certified application form by Commissioner of Oaths.

To qualify for a pensioner's rebate:

  • Property owners must be 60 years of age and older and in the case of dual ownership, at least one of the owners must be 60 years or older.
  • Pensioners must own the property and personally occupy the property
  • The property value as stated in the 2018 General Valuation Roll must not exceed R2 500 000.

The approved property rebates are:

  • Overall property rates for 2018/2019 financial year remain unchanged.
  • Residential property rebate threshold increased from R200 000 to R350 000. This means the first R350 000 of the value of all residential property is exempted from rating.
  • Pensioner property rebate threshold increased from R2 000 000 to R2 500 000.
  • 100% rebate for pensioner owners whose gross monthly household income is lower than R14 991 and who reside in a property value not more than R2 500 000.
  • 50% rebate for pensioner owners whose gross monthly income is higher than R14 991 but lower than R15 846.00, who reside in a property value not more than R2 500 000.
  • Pensioners aged 70, irrespective of income who own and who reside in a property not more than R2, 5 million will qualify for a 100% rebate.
  • Pensioners on a National Security Grant qualify for a 100% rebate.
  • The property rebate threshold for persons who qualify for the City's Expanded Social Package will increase from R450 000 to R500 000.

The City is pushing more to ensure that the less fortunate residents, the poor and especially pensioners are shielded from the rising cost of living and weak economy.

The City will use its resources to ensure that a significant number of struggling pensioners and the vulnerable can still afford to stay in their homes.

Kgamanyane Stan Maphologela

Spokesperson: Group Finance Department

Phone: 011 358 3420    

Fax: 011 358 3639                        

Email: stanmapho@joburg.org.za

Interview scheduling, media queries and documentation:

Selma Lloyd                    

Email: selmal@joburg.org.za

Author: Kgamanyane Stan Maphologela: City of Joburg

Submitted 23 Aug 18 / Views 1150