Starting from July, municipal councillors will receive a pay hike in line with a national agreement according to Cape Town’s City statement budget presentation.
An increase of 6.25% for staff included in the 2020/21 budget as per Bargaining Council agreement.
This increase is applicable nationally to all municipalities.
Don Plato, Mayor of Cape Town said: “Councillors in Cape Town will receive only 4% cost of living increase this year compared to 6% in other metros.”
He urged on all councillors to donate back-pay of their cost of living increase into the Mayor’s Special Fund for purposes of food relief initiatives.
Speaking to council, Plato said:”We know that many have already lost their jobs or fallen on hard times. That’s why we are expanding indigent relief to persons earning R7,000 per month or less and increasing the rates discount for many in this category.”
Those residents with property value of R300,000 or household income below R4,500, will get a 100% property and refuse rebate, 10,5 kilolitres of free water, 7,35% kilolitres of sanitation, as well as up to 60 kilowatt hours of free electricity.
Many more interest-free payment options have been made available for struggling residents of the City who have fallen behind on their rates according to Plato.
The last message of encouragement from City’s leaders is, [
hold out, hold on, hold onto your courage] we’ll get through these tough times.”