To The Poor (ATTP) programme is set for an overhaul as Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipality has taken a decision to conduct a verification process to ascertain
if all the beneficiaries are deserving and indeed cannot afford to pay for
has come to the attention of the Municipality that a number of residents who can
pay for services are receiving ATTP. This actually reduces the Institution’s
ability, in the long term, to provide free services to indigent residents due to
the massive financial strain it creates.
verification process is being rolled out to ensure that only deserving
recipients who legitimately cannot pay for services are benefiting from the
decision was taken at a Mayoral Committee meeting held today, February 8, 2017
at the City Hall Council Chambers.
the ATTP policy applies to all residents whose properties are valued at less
than R100 000, irrespective of the household income.
has led to a financial burden on the municipality from residents who in fact are
not legitimate ATTP beneficiaries as they do not meet the requirements, but are
still receiving free services.
Mayoral Committee agreed to also accommodate property owners who have properties
that are valued at more than R100 000, if they meet the ATTP criteria.
we took over as the new government we made a commitment to be a pro-poor
government and deliver basic services to deserving households. We remain
committed to providing basic services to the poor, but we also need to take into
account the fact that some families are benefitting from the ATTP while they can
afford to pay for services rendered,” Executive Mayor Athol Trollip
mayor said people could no longer take advantage of free basic services when
they could afford to pay. As such, the municipality will stop providing free
services to those residents who do not meet ATTP criteria, which will be
determined through a verification process.
proper analysis of each beneficiary status will be conducted to verify if the
individual is in a position to pay for municipal services rendered. No services
will be interrupted until the verification process has been completed and the
municipality is satisfied with the outcome,” Trollip said.
by the office of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Councillor Athol Trollip.