Next week, from Monday to Thursday, the EQS drive will focus on Ward One, with Sea Vista residents invited to visit the community hall to re-register or register for services.

Free basic services are available to households with a combined gross monthly income of two times the state pension (about R3400) or less.

Those who are registered, receive 50kwh electricity plus the basic charge for free, 12kl water plus the basic charge for free, free refuse removal and free sewerage (based on 12kl water consumption). They also do not pay the Environmental Management Fee (EMF) levy and rates for an additional R85 000 on their properties.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality would be conducting the Equitable Shares (EQS) drive from February to June 2018 so as to ensure that all qualifying residents receive free basic services.

All applicants are required to complete the application form personally. The following documents must also be supplied:

  • Municipal account and prepaid meter number
  • ID document (husband and wife)
  • Proof of income (bank statement, pay slip or pension card)
  • Sworn affidavit if unemployed
  • Proof of usufruct (if owner is deceased, a letter of authority and death certificate).

The EQS drive will continue until June when all the wards have been captured.