#KnysnaRises: Fire victims given property rates lifeline waiver

2017-09-04 10:02 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Continuing to rise like a phoenix from the flames, Knysna is pushing against the odds to flourish once again - following devastating fires earlier in this year.  

Said to be the worst fires the country has ever seen, owners of properties that were completely destroyed by the Knysna fires, earlier this year, have now been exempt from property rates for the next 12 months.

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This was confirmed by the Knysna Municipality, which held a Special Council meeting to consider waiving the rates of 564 households in the region.

According to the Council, the fires which took place in June destroyed billions of rands of the built environment in Knysna, and has had a traumatic impact on the people’s lives and the economy.

Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies says the decision was based on the trauma experienced by the victims and the local economy.

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"The waiving of these rates affords affected residents respite from paying property rates for the 2017/18 financial year,” says Bouw-Spies.

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With the contribution by the Knysna Council valued at R16.5-million, Bouw-Spies says, the municipality to date has also spent over approximately R7.5-million to restore electricity and water services, provide waivers to demolition and planning applications and support numerous relief efforts. 

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