The purpose of this circular is to provide guidance on the implementation and the roll-out of the Once-Off Gratuity (OOG) payment to eligible non-returning Councillors (Cllrs) post the 2021 Local Government Elections (“LGEs”).
The OOG was paid to eligible non-returning Cllrs post the 2011 and the 2016 LGEs. Pursuant to engagements with various stakeholders1, the payment model that will be used to pay beneficiaries of the OOG post the 2021 LGEs is based on the model that was implemented post the 2016 LGEs.
The main purpose of the OOG is to assist non-returning Cllrs to adjust to circumstances as they no longer find themselves in office, and to assist them to meet already entered-into financial commitments. As funds were appropriated by the National Treasury for this purpose and transferred to the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) for further processing, all OOG payments will be made directly from the DCoG to beneficiaries.
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