Tshwane plan to ease plight of the poor

Mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga

The city of Tshwane has reiterated the pledge to support qualifying residents with a basket of free basic services.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, delivering his Budget speech on Thursday at a special council meeting at the Sammy Marks council chambers, said the poor needed the city’s support.

“Many residents cannot afford basic services and need to be supported by the city. “Although there is an indigency programme in place, too many qualifying residents are not registered to receive this support,” he said.

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In terms of the policy, beneficiaries need to be re-evaluated every 24 months to verify their economic and social position.

Depending on the outcome, qualifying beneficiaries will be re-registered.

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The city embarked on the indigent programme evaluation roadshows in September last year after it was established that non-qualifying government officials and households were illegally benefiting from a programme meant to assist the most vulnerable.

The evaluation roadshows also provided an opportunity to market the indigency programme in communities, encouraging qualifying residents to register to receive the free basket of free basic services.

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