Drakenstein Municipality has extended the cut-off date for households previously registered as indigent but no longer regarded as indigent following a vetting process, to lodge their appeals.
Earlier this year, the Municipality vetted its current registered indigent household database to verify which households still qualify for the Municipality’s indigent subsidy. The vetting, done by an independent external service provider, showed that approximately 4 600 households are no longer indigent and would be required to re-apply for indigent status.
The Municipality communicated directly with these households a month ago, informing them of the non-renewal of their indigent status, applicable from 1 July 2021 onwards, and giving them the opportunity to appeal the decision. To date, only 250 households adhered to the request, and 157 households’ indigent status was reaffirmed and they were re-registered.
The Municipality calls on the remainder of these affected households to lodge appeals, should they wish to do so, before 13 July 2021. If not, they will automatically forfeit their indigent subsidies and free electricity units as from the 15th of July.
Affected indigent consumers can contact the Municipality on 080 131 3553 toll free, or visit its offices in Paarl, Paarl East, Wellington, Mbekweni, Saron or Gouda. All COVID-19 safety and health protocols are in place at these buildings.