The public is once again urged to not just stop paying their accounts, but to contact the municipality in order to make arrangements to settle the arrears. In the absence of any formal arrangements, or if these arrangements are not honoured, debt collection processes will apply and customers who are in arrears with their municipal accounts and who have not made arrangements with the Municipality will thus have their supply of electricity, water and other municipal services, suspended, restricted or disconnected. Interest will be payable on all outstanding amounts.

Auxiliary on electricity purchases will also apply. In applying for a payment arrangement your information could assist the administration with assessing whether you possibly qualify for indigent support and if the application is successful, you could receive an indigent subsidy.

The Overstrand Municipal Mayoral Committee approved the Amendment of the Overstrand Municipality By-law on Municipal Land Use Planning, Adoption of the Overstrand Municipality Land Use Scheme and Overlay Zones and incorporation of the Land Use Scheme and Overlay Zones into the said by-law on 24 June 2020. Further please note that the aforementioned documentation was published in the Provincial Gazette on 7 August 2020 and will now be implemented in the Overstrand Municipality.

Digital Copies of the Overstrand Municipality By-law on Municipal Land Use Planning, Land Use Scheme and Overlay Zones can be obtained from the Municipal website at the following address: https://www.overstrand.gov.za/en/documents/town-planning/by-laws/overstrand-municipality-amendment-by-law-on-municipal-land-use-planning-2020

Overstrand Municipality advises all ratepayers, who found themselves in financial stress as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, that Council approved the following relief measures to ease the detrimental financial effect of the lockdown on the local economy:

1.    TEMPORARY EXTEND THE LAST DATE ON WHICH APPLICATIONS MAY BE RECEIVED FROM RETIRED AND DISABLED PERSONS FOR SPECIAL REBATES

Pensioners and disabled persons have until 30 November 2020 to submit their applications for a rebate on property rates to Overstrand's Rates and Data Control Office.

This will afford ratepayers more time to acquire and submit the necessary documentation required for the approval of applications.

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During a virtual Council meeting held on Wednesday 29 July 2020, council approved the request from both the Kleinmond Special Rating Area (KSRA) and the Onrus-Vermont Special Rating Area (OVSRA) to postpone the implementation of the Special Rating Area with one year.

The first additional monthly levy for the KSRA and OVSRA will now be payable from 1 July 2021.

KSRA

Kleinmond Spacial Special Rating Area (KSRA) includes all properties in the area within the boundaries of Kleinmond, being the eastern boundary of Heuningkloof, the coastline as the southern boundary, the western boundary of Palmiet and the informal settlement, and the mountain as northern boundary.

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Pensioners and disabled persons have until 30 November 2020 to submit their applications for a rebate on property rates to Overstrand's Rates and Data Control Office.

The decision to temporarily extend the last receipt date for applications for rebates from 30 September 2020 to 30 November 2020 was made during a virtual Council meeting held on Wednesday 29 July 2020, to afford ratepayers more time to acquire and submit the necessary documentation required for the approval of applications.

Retired and Disabled persons qualify for special rebates on property rates, according to their total gross monthly household income.

A rebate will be considered if:

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