The City of Johannesburg Urges Pensioners to Reapply For Property Rates Rebates

The City has issued a call to all pensioners who own residential properties, urging them to apply or reapply for pensioner rebate benefits by Saturday, 30 September. The current benefits will expire on Friday, 30 June. Pensioners have an excellent opportunity to benefit from the recently approved property rates, as the City has approved a mere 2% increase in property rates. The implementation of these new tariffs will take effect on Saturday, 1 July.

Kgamanyane Maphologela, the spokesperson for the City’s Finance Department says all rebate applications received by Saturday, 30 September will be backdated to Saturday, 1 July.

Maphologela says the City has approved property rebates for different categories of pensioners, which will significantly alleviate financial burdens faced by this vulnerable group.

Here are the categories of rebates available for pensioners:

Pensioners between the ages of 60 and 69:

Pensioners with a gross monthly household income below R11.904 and a property value up to R1.5 million (inclusive of the residential threshold value) qualify for 100% rates rebate up to the market value of R1.5 million.

Rates will be levied on the remaining balance above R1.5 million.

Pensioners with a gross monthly household income ranging from R11,904.01 to R20,404, and a property value up to R1.5 million (inclusive of the residential threshold value) qualify for 100% rates rebate up to the market value of R1.5 million.

Rates will be levied on the remaining balance above R1.5 million.

Pensioners aged 70 and above:

Income levels are not taken into consideration.

Pensioners in this category qualify for 100% rates rebate up to a market value of R2 million (inclusive of the residential threshold value). Rates will be levied on the remaining balance above R2 million.

To complete the application process, pensioners will need to submit the following documents:‚Äč

Certified copy of their ID

3-months bank statements

Proof of income OR

Certified copy (back and front) of their SASSA Card and

SARS income tax certificate

Pensioners can submit completed applications, along with the required supporting documentation, to the following email addresses: rebates@joburg.org.za or ratescomments@joburg.org.za.

Pensioner rebate application forms can be obtained:

From the City’s website www.joburg.org.za, under the rebate’s icon or at any Walk-in Customer Service Centre.