Pensioners urged to register for indigent benefits

In celebrating the legacy of world icon Nelson Mandela, Emfuleni Local Municipality hosted and participated in several events on Mandela Day, [18th July].

Municipal officials led by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, Councillor Dimakatso Malisa gathered at the Rhoda Yende Community Hall in Sharpeville where they hosted the elderly to a thanksgiving lunch.

Councillor Malisa led speakers in sharing information with elderly members of the community who packed the hall.

She was joined by other invited stakeholders for the event, including Rand Water and the South African Social Security Agency [SASSA].

The Member of Mayoral Committee explained how the municipality's indigent registration process works and the benefits thereof.

This was after pensioners in attendance complained about calls and SMSs from Emfuleni reminding them about their unpaid municipal accounts.

"It is important that our pensioners register on our indigent database so they are exempted from paying municipal accounts and receive free basic water and electricity," she said.

Councillor Madisa also reminded pensioners about the need to renew their indigent registration every year.

She also reminded pensioners that they don’t automatically qualify for indigent benefits solely on the basis of their age; they must visit municipal offices to register as indigents.

Following interactive discussions, the day ended with lunch served to the senior citizens and all stakeholders promised to return with solutions to all matters raised.

World renowned Mandela would have turned 100 this year.

By Matshidiso Rammone


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