As a health precaution in light of COVID-19, the City of Cape Town will temporarily suspend new water restrictions for those who are in arrears with their municipal accounts and facing debt management actions. This is an extraordinary decision taken during an extraordinary time.

“Other debt management mechanisms such as those performed via electricity disconnections or deductions from electricity prepayments will continue,” the City said in a statement.

“The City urges customers to accept this temporary action in good faith and to continue to use water sparingly and only for health and hygiene purposes,” it added.

At the same time, customers must continue to pay for services to ensure the City remains financially healthy and is able to provide the necessary services especially during a time of crisis.

“A careful balance is needed as it can be reasonably expected the City’s finances could become strained as measures are implemented to help manage the crisis. Customers should also remain mindful of water consumption during Cape Town’s drought conditions and continued rainfall unpredictability while ensuring appropriate personal hygiene measures are adhered to,” it said.

The City will communicate further as more interventions and decisions are taken.

For more information, see: http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Financial-relief-and-rebates/Individuals/Apply-for-indigent-rates-relief

Numerous resources have been made available to members of the public regarding COVID-19. These include:

– The NICD Hotline on 0800 029 999 operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day

– The Western Cape Provincial Government Hotline on 021 928 4102

 https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 https://www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/health

 www.nicd.ac.za

– WhatsApp:  0600 123 456

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.