All the lucky Matsapha Ratepayers received their prizes from the Pay Your Rates and Win Competition. The awarding giving ceremony was held yesterday on the 17th of July, following the draw which took place last week on the 10th of July 2019. This was the second time that the Pay Your Rates Competition was held, which required rate payers to pay their rates in full by 30th of June 2019.
The lucky winners walked away with great prizes such as (1st prize) laptop; (2nd prize) annual DSTV Premium Subscription; (3rd Prize) Fridge and consolation prizes including shopping vouchers; fuel vouchers, to name a few. The Matsapha Chairperson, Councillor Alice Russo graced the event along with Councillor Olga Figuereido and Matsapha Town Council Management. The Chairperson in her remarks repeatedly thanked all the ratepayers for complying and paying their rates in full. She added that this was evidence that all the ratepayers that paid their rates were aware that the money paid goes into developing the town’s infrastructure and service delivery contributing towards the town’s overall development.
The draw was attended by the media and representative from the Rate Payers Association, Dr Comfort Shongwe, who was facilitating the process managed to draw out 26 names from the bucket. The winners drawn out were a combination of both Industrial and residential ratepayers.
Council has 1.8 million ratepayers and out of that group 400 rate payers were able to pay their rates in full by the 30th of June. Matsapha Town Council Town Clerk, Lucky Sukati, in last week’s event expressed how pleased he was by the number of people that were able to pay their rates in full. In his remarks Sukati reminded the rate payers of the significant contribution the rates collection have on the town’s development. By the 30th of June 2019 Matsapha Town Council has collected E15 578 583 from Private Rates which shows a great improvement from last year’s collection of E 11 989 352. During the closing remarks of the prize awarding ceremony, Sukati encouraged ratepayers to continue paying rates and motivating others to ensure town’s development.