The City of Johannesburg urges residents to register for ESP benefits

The MMC for Health and Social Development Mpho Phalatse. Photo: Supplied


The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has urged residents in Roodepoort to enquire about how they can register for Expanded Social Package (ESP) benefits. The city said it is also hosting a series of workshops across many CoJ areas to educate community members about the programme.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, councillor Mpho Phalatse, said the ESP is a basket of benefits provided to indigent or low-income residents within the city’s boundaries. The programme was designed to assist and provide aid to vulnerable citizens based on their level of poverty.

“The Expanded Social Package targets vulnerable residents such as those who are unemployed, persons with disabilities, displaced people, senior citizens, women, youth and children.

These benefits are provided at no cost at all. All residents need to do is prove that they are in need of any form of assistance from the city and we will help them in any way possible. We are here to serve,” she said.

The benefits are offered to qualifying citizens on a six-month basis. To qualify for the ESP benefits, Mpho said one must be a South African citizen living within the CoJ’s boundaries. The applicant must also earn a monthly income that does not exceed R5 308,20 per month.

“Upon registration, individuals could further qualify for referral to other initiatives and intervention programmes that are provided by other CoJ departments. It is important for all qualifying people to register for this programme as it one of the many ways that the city strives to improve living conditions for them,” she concluded.

The following documents will be required for registration:

• Proof of income, SASSA card and latest three months’ bank statements

• Identity document

• CoJ Rates and Taxes Account

• City Power Account/ prepaid Meter Card or Meter Number

• Eskom account/ prepaid Electricity Card or Meter Number

• Joburg Water account

The City also announced in April, that indigent households registered on the City’s Expanded Social Package (ESP) programme would be eligible to receive up to 15 kilolitres of free water each month, depending on the band they qualify for. The higher a person’s score, the poorer the city considers that person to be. The poverty score is therefore based on individual circumstances and the circumstances present in the area in which they live.

To register for the Expanded Social Package, visit your nearest municipal office or Revenue Customer Service Centre, or contact the Department of Social Development on 011 407 6688/ 6751.

Residents of Roodepoort can visit the old municipal offices at 62 Berlandina Street, Roodepoort, 1724 to register.

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