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Joburg ratepayers can have debt cut by 50%

The City of Johannesburg has approved an improved Debt Rehabilitation Programme that includes additional debt relief measures for ratepayers amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme aimed at affording amnesty to property owners whose municipal accounts are in arrears, is set to come into effect from 1 May 2021 when they can apply for the relief programme. 

Johannesburg MMC for Finance, Jolidee Matongo said that the improved programme will see qualifying ratepayers receive immediate relief through a 50% debt write off. 

“The City encourages qualifying residents and entities, who have been financially strained, particularly as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, to take the offered relief to update their municipal accounts,” said Matongo.

Matongo said the programme’s new relief measures have also been extended to benefit small businesses, places of worship and non-profit organisations with a gross revenue income of not more than R3 Million.

“The main condition of the relief programme is for property owners who have been assisted through the programme to update their municipal accounts to remain complaint throughout the term of their respective agreements with the City,” said Matongo. 

Matongo added that residents have until 31 July 2021 to apply to be part of the programme.

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