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COUNCIL SPEECH BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE AT THE FULL COUNCIL MEETING ON 25 APRIL 2018To date the City has received more than 24 900 comments of which approximately 80% are water, electricity and rates tariff objections.<p>Mr Speaker, can we have a moment of silence for the Mother of our Nation, Mama Winnie Mandela; Zola Skweyiya; Cllr Henry Davids; real estate business leader Pam Golding; and others who lost their lives this past month.  </p><p>Thank you.</p><p>Good morning, goeiedag, molweni, as-salaamu ailaykum, shalom.</p><p>I would like to give a special welcome the community representatives from Lavender Hill, Imizamo Yethu, Strand and Mfuleni in the gallery today.</p><p>I would like to start by addressing Council on a very important process which is currently underway - the public participation into the City’s draft budget. </p><p>There is currently just over a week left for residents to submit their comments and objections before the 4 May 2018 deadline and before the finalisation the budget. </p><p>To date the City has received more than 24 900 comments of which approximately 80% are water, electricity and rates tariff objections.</p><p>The public participation unit is currently capturing and categorising the comment for Council to consider. There are also hundreds of objections being posted on social media sites. </p><p>Also as part of the public participation process, the City has conducted more than 20 public focus group meetings between 10 and 19 April 2018. These meetings were held in subcouncils and were facilitated by the councillors assigned to that subcouncil. </p><p>The public comment period is vital since, in the past, the final budget has often changed from the draft version that was tabled based on comments received from the public. I want to encourage people to give input so that we can hear their concerns. </p><p>Mr Speaker, unfortunately for reasons known to all of us, there has been some dangerous politicking with the draft budget. </p><p>Some councillors have released and made statements about the draft budget undermining the legislative process and various processes which take place every year before the draft budget is tabled. </p><p>It is pertinent for me to address this in the chamber in front of all councillors to state that the draft budget is tabled by me as the Executive Mayor in terms of the law. </p><p>It is not ‘the Mayor’s’ or ‘De Lille’s’ draft budget as some have tried to term it to drive a certain narrative. I do not set the tariffs, these come from the relevant line departments such as the water or electricity department and are supported by Mayco members.</p><p>The draft budget and tariff increases must still go before subcouncils. </p><p>The draft budget also goes through the budget steering committee. The establishment of the budget steering committee is prescribed in the MFMA in section 4 of the Municipal Budget Reporting Regulations.</p><p>There were various meetings held about the draft budget between November and December which were attended by myself, the Deputy Mayor, Mayco members, the City Manager and Executive Directors.  </p><p>These minutes are certainly available and I want these minutes to become part of the Council record.</p><p>The Mayco members and EDs sitting in this chamber must be honest and acknowledge that they were part of these meetings and that they have oversight over the directorates and the budget process so it is wrong to call this the Mayor’s draft budget alone. </p><p>I also want to remind councillors of the amendments to the Executive Mayor’s delegated powers on 19 January this year where, in terms of the budget processes and related matters, the Council designates the powers and functions exercised and performed by the Executive Mayor together with the members of the Mayoral Committee, and with the concurrence of a majority of the Mayoral Committee. </p><p>I want to include that resolution of Council as part of the minutes of this meeting. </p><p>The draft budget should therefore not be used as a political football.</p><p>In dealing with the draft budget, we are all meant to be diligent and honest in our work to drive progress with service delivery plans as set out in the Integrated Development Plan and our commitments made for this five-year term. </p><p>If councillors do not understand the draft budget, the onus is on them to ask for explanations but it is wrong to plead ignorance and say the Mayor set the draft budget and the tariffs. </p><p>Councillors must also take note of the underspend of various budgets and various departments.</p><p>I had a meeting with the Acting City Manager and all the Executive Directors about the underspend. </p><p>Our current capital spend at that stage was 47.3% compared to 53.1% last year. </p><p>If you add the underspend from New Water Programme then the actual capital underspend is 39.3%.</p><p>I have linked the underspend of the capital budget to the proposed tariff increase and called a special meeting with the Executive Management Team on 19 April 2018 to discuss the underspend. </p><p>I have requested that they reduce the 26.9% water tariff increase and asked that the City uses the unspent money of this financial year to cover the losses for the next financial year.</p><p>I am waiting for a report from the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer about how much the reduction in the tariff will be. </p><p>Mr Speaker, speaking of the draft budget, our continued commitment to pro-poor spending and helping those who need it most is clear in the draft budget.</p><p>With more than R3 billion set aside for indigent relief with rates and other rebates, we have embarked on a campaign to encourage all qualifying beneficiaries to apply.  </p><p>As a caring City, we are encouraging the most vulnerable in our society to make use of the financial assistance on offer.</p><p>Many residents are struggling to cope and are not aware that there is help available to them.</p><p>At the end of March there were only around 3 200 property owners registered on the City’s Indigent Register.</p><p>We believe there are many more property owners who are eligible and the aim of this campaign is to increase awareness and encourage more applications. </p><p>Everyone who meets the criteria to register as an indigent should do so, because every bit of help makes a difference especially during these tough economic times.</p><p>Mr Speaker, while we offer help to the most vulnerable, a key objective is also to build an opportunity City and contribute to economic growth and job creation. </p><p>Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting one of the City’s 22 job centres.</p><p>These centres have been established to train and connect job seekers with employers across the metro.</p><p>In December the City embarked on its first outcomes-based workforce development programme to improve residents’ access to employment opportunities. </p><p>Lulaway runs the three-year programme on behalf of the City.</p><p>The company has been appointed to train job seekers by identifying, preparing and placing them in education, training and ultimately securing permanent work opportunities. These employment opportunities must be with big business and SMMEs across the city.</p><p>Over the next three years the City’s programme will run skills assessments of 30 000 unemployed residents, provide work-readiness skills training to 6 000 participants, and place 4 050 candidates in job opportunities. </p><p>This programme speaks to our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s goals to enhance economic inclusion and provide access to opportunities.</p><p>When speaking to some of the job seekers yesterday I was inspired by the hope they had for the future. </p><p>By instilling hope in our young people we can be sure that they will continue the work of building a more prosperous city.</p><p>Mr Speaker, in our goal to build a more prosperous city, in March 2016, Council adopted the Transit Orientated Development (TOD) strategic framework.</p><p>The TOD strategic framework signaled a new approach to integrated spatial and transport planning to accelerate our efforts to eradicate the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and assist us in building a more equitable and inclusive city.</p><p>The TOD policy document prescribes how new developments across Cape Town should happen and how existing public infrastructure should be transformed to deal with apartheid spatial inequality, the high cost of public transport, and urbanisation while also stimulating economic growth.</p><p>The City has identified five projects in Bellville, Philippi East, Athlone, Paardevlei, and the Cape Town central business district (CBD) where we will either invest in the improvement of existing public transport infrastructure or provide new public transport infrastructure.</p><p>The TOD projects’ goals are to ignite urban renewal, economic growth, and job creation in these areas. The investment will take place over the next five years using the TOD principles.</p><p>In the majority of these projects the City will make the first significant investment which must serve as a catalyst for further investment and development by the private sector. </p><p>I would like to update Council on the progress of the five TOD projects.</p><p>In terms of the Philippi project, this is currently in the concept/feasibility stage and is progressing according to plan. The baseline report, the project plan and a draft business case report have all been completed. The draft terms of reference for the professional team has also been completed. </p><p>The Bellville project is progressing according to plan with the formulation of a transportation-based structuring plan for the greater Bellville node. This is to be finalized by June 2018 and will ensure that the Public Transport Interchange including the rail station will be incorporated in the overall development proposals.</p><p>On the Athlone Power Station site, the technical draft development framework and Transport Impact Assessment is complete and has been submitted for City administration comment. The line department comments will be incorporated into the draft development framework before finalisation for public comment.</p><p>With the Paardevlei TOD project, the final environmental impact report for Precinct 2 is being finalized for submission to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. Professional services have been appointed to prepare a masterplan for the greater site as well as for the precinct.</p><p>On the Foreshore Freeway project, the City’s Executive Management Team has been briefed and the City is currently processing objections to the announcement of the qualifying bidder (MDA).</p><p>Mr Speaker, these projects are set to bring great benefit to our residents linking them to economic and housing opportunities that are located close to public transport. Our goal is to create a compact and well-connected city and get rid of apartheid spatial planning that has put so many people far away from opportunities. </p><p>Mr Speaker, as we know, there have been numerous protests over housing and land invasions in various communities. </p><p>Over the past three months I have held more than 25 community engagements with community leaders from areas including Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Hanover Park, Philippi, Vrygrond, Hangberg, Langa and Imizamo Yethu. </p><p>Through these direct engagements with communities we have managed to unblock and ensure accelerated housing delivery and provision of basic services to the most vulnerable. </p><p>In Strand we have been able to ensure the electrification of nine informal settlements of which 3 are to be electrified in this financial year. We are also overseeing the Morkel’s Cottage project yielding 562 housing opportunities. </p><p>In Langa we have ensured that a long-term plan for the hostels transformation is in place and we will drive the project to replace the old sewer line that is to be upgraded within the next few weeks. </p><p>Through our engagements in Nkanini in Khayelitsha we have unblocked a project which will yield more than 8 000 serviced sites. </p><p>In terms of land invasions in Philippi, Gugulethu and Vrygrond, my office has assisted City officials to stabilise these volatile situations and we have initiated forums to hold further engagements to address the issues in these communities. </p><p>I want to appeal to councillors to strengthen their relationships with elected community structures and to have regular meetings about issues and developments in their wards so that we avoid tensions boiling over and causing unnecessary disruptions to the broader community.</p><p>Mr Speaker, finally, I would like to update Council on the process that has been followed in the review of the Municipal Spatial Development Framework (MSDF) before Council today.</p><p>The MSDF team worked closely with the City’s Public Participation Unit and area managers to develop an extensive public commenting period and approach.</p><p>The MSDF document was available online; at all libraries and subcouncil offices allowing for comments to be submitted either online or in hard copy. </p><p>A series of engagements were designed to cater specifically for the needs and interests of different stakeholders such as the business fraternity, the broader public sector, built environment practitioners and local residents. </p><p>The comments that were received highlighted concerns from stakeholders and, in some cases, challenged the thinking and assisted in improving and refining our final draft product.  </p><p>One significant change that was made as a direct result of the comments received from the citizens of Cape Town relates to the increased protection afforded to the remainder of the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA). </p><p>We were also encouraged by the support received for the private and public sector. </p><p>The South African Association of Consulting Professional Planners welcomed the simplified spatial transformation areas.</p><p>The Provincial Department of Environment Affairs and Development Planning also recognized the MSDF’s dedication towards the spatial transformation agenda through the introduction of spatial transformation areas and their associated investment rationale as a unique approach to growth management. </p><p>They also considered the draft to be compliant with the prevailing legislative requirements.</p><p>Mr Speaker, we would like to thank all stakeholders for their input into this important document which will guide us to realise a more inclusive city with greater access to opportunities.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi.</p><p><br><strong>End </strong></p>2018-04-24T22:00:00Z1
Cut in City’s USDG funding impacts roads, housing projectsNational Treasury’s unilateral decision to cut the City’s Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) funding by R176 million for the current financial year, which comes to an end on 30 June 2018<p>​I strongly disapprove of the National Treasury’s unilateral decision to cut the City’s Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) funding by R176 million for the current financial year, which comes to an end on 30 June 2018. </p><p>The cut will have a knock-on effect on several of the projects that the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) is currently implementing across Cape Town. It will hamper our efforts to provide much-needed infrastructure improvements to those in need, and has forced us to postpone some of our projects.</p><p>I want to state categorically that the reduction in our USDG funding has nothing to do with the TDA’s spending performance to date. </p><p>The National Government has made this decision a month before the start of the current financial year:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">We were informed in June 2017 already of National Government’s intention of withholding R278 million of our USDG allocation for the current financial year which commenced on 1 July 2017</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">In November 2017 we received another notification that R175,8 million of our USDG funding will be withheld</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Then, on 12 March 2018, we received written confirmation that our USDG funding will be cut by R176 million</div></li></ul><p>The USDG funding is used to provide bulk infrastructure for services – that is water, electricity, and sanitation, as well as roads – for integrated human settlement developments. USDG funding is vital to the City’s efforts in addressing our housing deficit and the upgrading of informal settlements.</p><p>Given the cut, and as is evident from the TDA’s adjustments budget for 2017/18, we had to postpone some of the planned projects to future years, or had to slow down work on projects that are currently underway.</p><p>To summarise, the TDA’s USDG funding for 2017/18 has been reduced from R1 666 224 038 to R1 562 428 134, amounting to a reduction of R103 795 904 or 6,2%. The cut has an impact on our current budget for:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">asset management and maintenance – a reduction of R989 385</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">the rehabilitation of roads and stormwater infrastructure, and the provision of new roads for housing developments – a reduction of R55,7 million; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">the planning and implementation of housing projects – a reduction of R47 million  </div></li></ul><p>Despite these cuts, we will not cancel any USDG-funded project.</p><p>We remain committed to using our USDG funding allocation for the purpose it was intended – to construct the infrastructure needed to improve the quality of life of Cape Town’s poorest households.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-04-24T22:00:00Z1
City pursues new spatial form through growth and investment in urban coreCouncil today, 25 April 2018, approved the City’s revised Municipal Spatial Development Framework (MSDF) which pursues a new spatial form for Cape Town<p>Council today, 25 April 2018, approved the City’s revised Municipal Spatial Development Framework (MSDF) which pursues a new spatial form for Cape Town. The MSDF provides policy certainty to private and public developers, and prioritises public expenditure on an Urban Inner Core. It further seeks to curb urban sprawl by focusing on inward growth and transit-oriented development accompanied by higher densities and land-use diversification.</p><p>The revised MSDF is intended to transform Cape Town’s spatial form by bringing people closer to jobs, and jobs closer to people. </p><p>It pursues a progressive vision for Cape Town, and is perhaps one of the most profound policy documents that this Council has had to consider, and subsequently approved, to date.</p><p>The revised MSDF can be described as the City’s antidote to the Group Areas Act used by the apartheid government to evict people of colour from well-located areas, such as the inner city and District Six, to far-flung locations on the outskirts of Cape Town. </p><p>The very purpose of the MSDF is to reverse the legacy of separate development by promoting integration, inclusivity, and by providing housing opportunities on well-located land where lower-income households will have better and easier access to economic opportunities.</p><p>Going forward, the revised MSDF is the City’s main policy document to guide and inform long-term planning and development in Cape Town. As from today, all new development decisions and approvals must comply with the revised MSDF and the local district plans to flow from this development framework.</p><p>The MSDF’s key objective is to pursue a new spatial form that will ensure that Cape Town becomes a city that is more equitable, liveable, sustainable, resilient and efficient. The MSDF also seeks to undo the separate development patterns put in place by the apartheid government which still shape Cape Town’s urban form to this day with disparate, largely segregated informal settlements and urban nodes.</p><p>It is imperative that we counter the creation of new low-income communities and other developments on the outskirts of Cape Town, while at the same time offering greater protection to conservation areas and agricultural assets such as the Philippi Horticultural Area.</p><p>The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA)</p><p>The revised MSDF identifies the PHA as a unique area that requires a special focus within our spatial planning policies and frameworks. </p><p>In particular, we recognised that we needed to provide policy certainty around the future of the PHA. As such, the MSDF states clearly that the remainder of the PHA consisting of about 2 100 ha should be protected, given the role it plays in resilience and food security for Cape Town.</p><p>During the public consultation process on the then still proposed MSDF, the City received substantial comment on the future of the PHA. Following on from the input received, the City included policy guidance in the MSDF to protect the PHA as a highly valuable urban agricultural area, elevating its status to that of a protected natural environment and conservation area where no further development will be allowed.</p><p>Furthermore, the revised MSDF only allows for incremental development in the areas surrounding the PHA. This relates mainly to the southernmost area of the PHA where land use rights were already granted prior to the now revised and adopted MSDF. It is anticipated that the incremental development will provide a buffer to further encroachment. It is important to note that areas identified for incremental development are not a priority for the City going forward, meaning that the City will keep on servicing existing developments and maintaining existing infrastructure. New infrastructure would, however, need to be sequenced on the basis that the infrastructure requirement of the prioritised Urban Inner Core has been met.</p><p><strong>Curbing urban sprawl</strong></p><p>Going forward, urban development in Cape Town – be it formal or informal – must happen in such a way that it does not compromise the City’s ability to respond to fiscal constraints and environmental challenges.</p><p>Coupled with worsening traffic congestion, urban sprawl exacerbates the costs of renewing existing infrastructure and the provision of bulk infrastructure for roads, water, electricity and sanitation. Urban sprawl counters the delivery of affordable housing and undermines the sustainability of public transport.</p><p>Currently Cape Town’s lower-income households carry the burden of our city’s unsustainable urban form. The majority of these households live on the outskirts of Cape Town and spend nearly half of their monthly income on transport to get to work and school. They are living in dense, under-serviced, predominantly informal areas and travel long distances to sparsely populated, well-serviced areas of Cape Town where jobs and services are located.</p><p>A new development regime prioritises expenditure on the Urban Inner Core</p><p>The MSDF has been revised to pursue a new development regime that will free the city from the lingering effects of apartheid spatial planning in the long-term. </p><p>The new MSDF identifies areas suitable for urban development and catalytic interventions to achieve spatial transformation; areas where the impact of development must be managed; and areas not suited for urban development. It guides decision-making on the nature, form, scale and location of urban development, land use, the maintenance and development of infrastructure, and the protection of environmental resources.</p><p>Simply put, the new MSDF will guide public and private investment decisions that will affect Cape Town’s future spatial structure. For example, the MSDF is the principal policy tool when the City evaluates applications for new or enhanced land use rights, and the Municipal Planning Tribunal’s decisions on land development applications are also based on the MSDF. </p><p>Four spatial transformation areas</p><p>In future, the City will manage urban growth and development in accordance with the following four primary areas:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">an Urban Inner Core where public investment is prioritised, and where private sector investment is incentivised. Broadly speaking, the Urban Inner Core includes Cape Town’s existing industrial and commercial areas such as the areas adjacent to the N1, N2, N7, and M5 highways; along the R27 to the north and Main Road to the south; along major arterials linking the Metro-south East with Bellville and Kuils River; and the Cape Town International Airport.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Incremental growth and consolidation areas where the City will keep on servicing existing developments and maintaining existing infrastructure. However, new developments in these areas will be subject to infrastructure capacity.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Discouraged growth areas where the City will not make any investments, which may include protected areas where we have natural and agricultural assets; and areas that do not contribute to spatial transformation, inward growth, or transit-oriented development; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Critical natural asset areas that contribute significantly to Cape Town’s future resilience and/or are protected by legislation. These include protected natural environments and conservation areas.</div></li></ul><p>The City will prioritise development and public expenditure within the Urban Inner Core. This area will be the focus of incentives and regulatory reform in support of spatial transformation. The purpose is to unlock development to create large-scale economic opportunities within close proximity to areas of social need. </p><p>Higher densities and inward growth</p><p>We are confident that we have ample developable land within the city. </p><p>Based on the current expansion of the urban footprint, our studies show that there is enough developable land within the Urban Inner Core and consolidation zones to satisfy the present rate of expansion of the City for at least a decade. </p><p>The MSDF will thus not constrain the availability of land for urban development; but by directing future investment and growth inwards rather that outwards, we will achieve a more efficient, integrated, and sustainable city.</p><p>It is a long-term priority to increase city-wide densities and to reduce the average cost of public transport. Thus, the emphasis on inward growth is vital as we need to achieve larger-scale efficiencies for the provision of bulk infrastructure and public transport.</p><p>This means we will target densification in specific locations and along priority transport corridors. At the same time, we have to deter developments on the periphery as the cost of maintaining infrastructure and the provision of services is unsustainable in these locations.</p><p>As such, the MSDF pursues:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">the regeneration of underperforming inner-city business nodes such as Salt River, Maitland, Goodwood, Parow, Athlone, and Bellville </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">infill development of large underutilised land within the city</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">in-situ residential intensification within well-located but traditionally low-density suburbs through second and third dwellings and cluster housing</div></li></ul><p>In August 2016 Council adopted the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which prioritises redress through targeted investment based on transit-oriented development. Transport networks are critical to Cape Town’s spatial transformation and the MSDF has been adapted to mirror this focus which must assist us in alleviating poverty and inequality, while at the same time improving the City’s efficiency and fiscal resilience. </p><p>It goes without saying that new housing opportunities must be developed on well-located land close to public transport, job opportunities, and social amenities.</p><p>Thus, the MSDF seeks to curb urban sprawl, support fiscal prudence, lower carbon emissions for a more efficient urban form, as well as clearly identify no-go areas for development in order to protect the City’s critical natural areas and assets, and to maximise the intensity and diversity of latent land use rights and vacant land.</p><p>The MSDF conveys the City’s investment priorities and rationale, and sets the scene for how we intend doing more with less by being smarter about where we invest public money.</p><p>View a map of the consolidated spatial plan concept: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-04-24T22:00:00Z1
City’s CCTV spend zooms in on R16 million<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU) is increasing the funding and footprint of its closed-circuit television network across the metro. </p><p>Camera installations for the 2017/18 financial year are being finalised. By the end of June 2018, the SSU will have overseen the installation of new CCTV infrastructure in 41 wards through ward allocation funding totalling R6 170 666. This is in addition to R9,5 million made available through the Integrated City Development Grant and the Safety and Security Directorate for installations in Kraaifontein, Wallacedene and Bokmakierie in Athlone.</p><p>This is a marked increase on the previous financial year, when the City spent R11 870 770 on CCTV installations. An amount of R4 786 520 was provided from ward allocation funding for installations in 25 wards. The remainder was allocated for installations in Goodwood, Kewtown, Bridgetown and Gatesville through Integrated City Development Grant funding and amounted to R7 084 250.</p><span><p>​​​​​​‘We’ve seen an increase in ward allocation funding for several years now as more councillors recognise the value of CCTV installations to help safeguard the communities they serve. It is important to acknowledge their contribution to extending our footprint; given the many competing priorities within the Safety and Security Directorate, we would not have been able to fund the CCTV expansion at the same rate without the ward allocations,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:802px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p> </p><p>All CCTV installation costs vary according to the requirements for the site, especially related to the infrastructure that is available in the area to relay the images to the CCTV control centre. One CCTV site can cost between R250 000 to R350 000. </p><p>The new installations have taken the City’s overall CCTV network to a total of 1 544 cameras. These include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Freeway Management System: 239</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Integrated Rapid Transit System: 711</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Metro Police Strategic Surveillance Unit: 594</div></li></ul><p>In addition, more than 513  private camera installations have already been registered with the City.</p><p>In the first nine months of the current financial year (July – March), the CCTV system detected 10 646 incidents of which 3 332 were crime-related, resulting in 152 arrests for various offences including robbery, drug possession, smash-and-grab crimes, burglary and more.</p><p>The CCTV footage is stored in data centres across the city and is available to the South African Police Service should they need it for investigation purposes. In recent months, the City has also started using CCTV cameras in conjunction with its ShotSpotter gunshot detection system to help identify suspects in shooting incidents in the areas where the ShotSpotter system is deployed. More information on that initiative is <a href="">available here</a>.<br><br>‘There is no doubt about the crucial role that CCTV plays in crime prevention and detection, which is why the City continues to invest in the technology. That said, it is not without challenges. Often, there are simply not enough resources to respond timeously to incidents detected by camera operators, whether by our own staff or the South African Police Service. </p><p>‘Cable theft is another ongoing concern that has affected our ability to keep all cameras on, all the time. We do however have functionality rates of approximately 90%, which is on par with best practice internationally. We have started experimenting with wireless technology, but the quality is not as good as fibre optic cables, nor is it as reliable. We also need the justice system to crack down on cable thieves. Our national policies and related legislation recognise the crippling impact that cable theft has on the economy and communities, but it means little without follow-through by the criminal justice system,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-04-23T22:00:00Z1





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