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City of Johannesburg – Pensioner Rebates

Last updated on:  3 January 2019

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You’ve Earned It has obtained this information off the relevant government website.

YEI is not liable for any outdated information that may be reflected on the government department’s website.



Pensioner Rebates for Rates in Johannesburg

Johannesburg’s Property Rates Policy provides a varying degree of rebates for many pensioners who have reached the age of 60 or older. According to the City of Johannesburg website, the following applies:

To qualify for a pensioner’s rebate:
• Property owners must be 60 years of age and older and in the case of dual ownership, at least one of the owners must be 60 years or older.
• Pensioners must own the property and personally occupy the property
• The property value as stated in the 2018 General Valuation Roll must not exceed R2 500 000.
The approved property rebates are:
• Overall property rates for 2018/2019 financial year remain unchanged.
• Residential property rebate threshold increased from R200 000 to R350 000. This means the first R350 000 of the value of all residential property is exempted from rating.
• Pensioner property rebate threshold increased from R2 000 000 to R2 500 000.
• 100% rebate for pensioner owners whose gross monthly household income is lower than R14 991 and who reside in a property value not more than R2 500 000.
• 50% rebate for pensioner owners whose gross monthly income is higher than R14 991 but lower than R15 846.00, who reside in a property value not more than R2 500 000.
• Pensioners aged 70, irrespective of income who own and who reside in a property not more than R2, 5 million will qualify for a 100% rebate.
• Pensioners on a National Security Grant qualify for a 100% rebate.
• The property rebate threshold for persons who qualify for the City’s Expanded Social Package will increase from R450 000 to R500 000.


How to register for your pensioners’ or Senior Citizen Rebates


Step 1

Applicants must complete a  a Pensioners’ Rebate Form available  from one the Customer Service Centres or from the City’s website www.joburg.org.za

Step 2

Submit your forms along with the following evidence to the Customer Service Centres

  • Certified copy of your ID
  • Certified copy of your pension card
  • Copy of your Municipal Statement


 Who is billed for rates?

  • The owner of the freehold property and the owner of one or more units owned in terms of the Sectional Titles Act.
  • Pensioners who live in Sectional Title properties
  • Pensioners who own Sectional Title, benefit from the rebates that Council offers to pensioners. This rebate is in addition to the 20% rebate that is offered to Sectional Title Unit owners.
  • The pensioner rebate is valid for two years only. A fresh application is required at the expiry of the two year period.


It is important to contact the City of Johannesburg directly
via their website
or call their help line at 0860-JOBURG or 0860 562 874
regarding any queries you might have,
and to ensure that the information is  up to date.



Please note: 

YEI is unable to respond to any queries regarding
COJ rates rebates for pensioners.
Please contact City Of Johannesburg directly as detailed above


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  • Yvonne Walker
    May 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Are similar rebates offered to pensioners in Tshwane?

    • Marilynh
      May 17, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Dear Yvonne, we are in the process of compiling similar articles for other Municipalities throughout South Africa, keep an eye on our website for updates. In the interim I would suggest you either go to their website at http://www.tshwane.gov.za/Pages/default.aspx or go to their Customer Service Centre to enquire. Angela (YEI staffer)

  • Dimakatso Letoaba
    June 2, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Awaiting for that in Tshwane

  • Avril Wood
    September 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Good day

    I applied for Pensioners Rebate at the end of June 2018, my forms were handed in at Belim in Glenvista where the COJ and DA were assisting pensioners.
    To date I have not received a rebate or any correspondence from COJ.
    My account No: 501 555 229 –

  • Rene Rupping
    September 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    How often must a pensioner apply for the rebate?
    Thank you.

  • susan wentzel
    October 23, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Hi Avril, I also have applied twice and nothing… i was just googling someone or some where that can help

  • Desi O'Neale
    November 30, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Hi All,

    I do consultancy work and will not mind assisting, by enquiring on your behalf.
    Kindly drop me a whatsapp if you are interested.
    0610570058 whatsapp

  • Marilynh
    January 7, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Hi everyone – please note that YEI is unable to assist with rates rebates for pensioners. You do need to contact your local municipality in this regard.


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