Subcouncil resolution details
Agenda item no
Monday, February 18, 2019
The Chairperson, Cllr Patricia Francke, addressed the meeting as follows:
“Good morning Councillors, Subcouncil Manager, officials, members of the public and press. Welcome to our Subcouncil meeting today.
I would like to start off by saying how pleased I am with various projects and events that are taking place in Subcouncil 19.
We have had a very successful International Wetlands Day celebration in Masiphumelele on Friday, 15 February. A partnership has been formed between SANParks, the Friends of the Masiphumelele Wetlands and Subcouncil 19 to ensure that the message reaches all Masiphumelele residents regarding looking after their wetlands. The event ran smoothly with City Health officials who did an educational talk and SANParks who did a presentation on preserving the wetlands. A clean-up also took place around the wetlands and all attendees took part in this exercise.
On Saturday, 16th February 2019 MAYCO Member, Cllr. Malusi Booi hosted a public meeting at the Masiphumelele community hall. The purpose of this meeting was to address the concerns of the Masiphumelele community regarding the electricity installation, encroachment and health issues pertaining to the wetlands area.
The Neighbourhood Farm urban food gardens are running smoothly. A public meeting was held at the Ocean View Multi-Purpose hall on Saturday, 9th February 2019. This meeting was well attended and the aim was to reach out to the community and encourage them to become urban farmers in their area. A 12-month internship was offered to those who are keen gardeners and they will receive training in becoming urban farmers. Ocean View residents who are unemployed and who are interested in this internship may speak to the Subcouncil staff for more details pertaining to this project.
More site visits and open days will soon take place in Subcouncil 19 with staff doing more drive-arounds within the Subcouncil to identify places and spaces that need attention in terms of service delivery. We will be looking out for illegal dumping sites, areas that require better road markings, overgrown spaces and so on. All problem areas will be logged by the Subcouncil in order for us to keep good service delivery going. The TDA department will be hosting an open day on 8th March 2019 between 2:00pm and 6:00pm at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre. This will allow residents to walk in and learn more about the Far South Transport Plan.
We are in the process of engaging with the Economic Development department who will meet with the Ocean View residents regarding hosting a regular market day for the community. We are also engaging with the City Parks department regarding maintenance work that the Ocean View community would like to do at the Ocean View cemetery. These engagements will take place during this week.
A vagrant clean-up was held in the Fish Hoek/Simons Town area on 15 January 2019. Nine hotspots were visited and this operation was very successful. The areas that were searched include Fish Hoek station, Bay Bazaar, Fish Hoek civic centre and library, Lekkerwater Road, Ou Kaapseweg and Glencairn. I would like to thank our Law Enforcement officials for doing regular patrols and operations and for making a difference in keeping our area clean.
I would also like to report that our road works are progressing and I have received comments from residents that they are very pleased with less congestion on our roads during the last week.
The past few weeks have been very challenging for all Capetonians due to the load shedding process. It has been very difficult for businesses, schools, offices and households to cope during this time. At this stage we will not be experiencing any load shedding until further notice. We trust that this matter will be resolved in due course and that we will be relieved from this crisis.
I would like to urge all residents to keep saving water. We have done very well so far and most Capetonians are in the habit of using water sparingly. It is very pleasing to see that we are still using water sparingly and I hope that we will continue with this good practice.
Yesterday I attended a celebration at the Dutch Reformed church in Ocean View. We celebrated ordinary residents who offer up their time to provide counselling sessions to drug addicts and their families. I would like to say that these ordinary people are doing such and extraordinary work by offering up their time to help those in need. May they continue their good work and I hope that they know what an impact they are making in other people’s lives.
Finally, I would like to say that the voter’s registration weekend that took place on 26th and 27th January 2019, went very well. I am pleased to report that more youth came forward to register. This is very encouraging and I hope that all our residents will make use of the opportunity to vote on 8th May 2019.
I thank you.”
Cllr Patricia Francke
Chairperson: Subcouncil 19