A warm welcome to Councillors, Subcouncil 5 Manager, and interpreter, Municipal officials from the various directorates, Subcouncil staff, and a special welcome to all Community Representatives and Community Members and Ward Committee Members.
Last month I have announced the Councillor of the year award for 2018 Cllr Michelle Adonis, I want to thank all the Councillors who supported the decision. The support on social media was overwhelming with many positive inspiring comments from residents from Ward 13. Many officials and Councillors also commented positively. Besides the certificate of recognition handed over to Cllr Michelle Adonis last month, a trophy in the form of a shield has been procured with an engraved plate of the recipient of the award, which will become a yearly award and be displayed in the Council Chamber. The trophy shield will be handed over to Cllr Michelle Adonis at the next sitting of the Subcouncil.
Thank you to Hillary for making it possible for us to have a seamless transition to receiving our agenda electronically and also making an index page available to all Councillors and I hope that you all received the message from Hillary to fully charge your laptop in the event of a power outage.
I acknowledged the correspondence received from the Bonteheuwel Library complemented.
I would like to quote from a correspondence dated 01 February 2019, which was received by Subcouncil 5 from the Bonteheuwel Library Staff complementing Subcouncil Staff and Ward 50 Cllr Angus Mckenzie and I quote:
“Good afternoon Everyone
The staff at Bonteheuwel Library wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your continuous help and support. Anthony thank you for organising the PA System. Allison thank so much for organising the Gazebos and for always assisting us when and where you can. Councillor Mckenzie, thank you for donating your time this morning at our World Read Aloud Day program and for spending time with the children in our community. Our children need to be constantly reminded of the importance of reading and their role in the community. Thank you for encouraging and motivating the children and setting an example by reading a story to them. You have set the tone for the year by helping us run a successful program this morning. We are grateful to have partnered with you.
Thanks and regards, Jacqueline Victor, Assistant Librarian, Bonteheuwel Library”
Illegal dumping has been one of our focussed areas and a lot has happened the past month relating to interventions from Subcouncil, Officials and members of the Public. A wholesaler in Ward 20 was fined 5000 rand for dumping of dairy products on an open field next to Voorbrug High School, thank you to Solid Waste for their prompt response and action, in particular Mrs Cheryl Manuel (By-law Enforcement Coordinator: Solid Waste).
Bonteheuwel, Ward 31 Alderman Theresa Thompson received a complaint regarding a scrapyard and the blockage it caused due to the accumulation of collected scrap on the roadway blocking vehicular movement, within one day the matter was attended to, a fine of 5000 rand was issued. Subsequent to the action taken by Solid Waste Law Enforcement, we have visited the scrapyard, spoke to the operators and had a meeting with the relevant municipal departments, and what came out of these engagements were serious challenges with regards the scrapyards in general; impact on the business operators and the impact of such scrapyards on the character of the area; health nuisances caused on the surrounding residents, which requires the Subcouncil to address these concerns holistically.
I have requested the Subcouncil Manager to convene an urgent meeting with all the stakeholders in order for the Subcouncil to address the concerns and challenges, which in itself contributes to the illegal dumping of unwanted waste by these scrapyard operators.
On 18 February 2019, we had a Ward 24 public meeting for Areas 36, 37, 23 and 24 in Delft, together with the Ward Councillor, Cllr Asa Abrahams, in a packed Mandela Peace Park in The Hague. Thank you to the Subcouncil Staff and officials present. The main purpose of the meeting was to engage the Community regarding the high levels of illegal dumping in Areas 36, 37, 23 and 24 in Delft, Ward 24. All the suggestions from the meeting will be further processed with regards the feasibility of it.
One of the critical issues raised in that particular meeting was the escalating crime situation in this part of Delft, in particular and generally in Delft, and the call for an additional police station for Delft (this is a matter which Subcouncil will take up on behalf of the Communities of Delft, this item will be on the agenda of the inaugural meeting of the Delft NST ACT scheduled for 21 February 2019).
45 EPWP opportunities were created by the Department of Solid Waste Management, and job seekers were already contacted for an interview. A further 15 EPWP opportunities will be created via Ward Allocation funding made available by Councillor Asa Abrahams. There was an article on the front page of the Tygerburger of huge scale dumping of household refuse on a vacant land in Ward 13, which is a recurring problem. A meeting has been convened with the surrounding residents to assist and another follow up meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 23 February 2019. Cllr Michelle Adonis contacted the reporter and requested a follow up article on the matter and provided before and after photos of the vacant land in question.
The vacant land in Rosewood Road next to Modderdam High School is a recurring problem in terms of illegal dumping, which belongs to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), where scrap collectors dump their unwanted waste. The Subcouncil will engage the WCED on all their sites in Subcouncil 5 where illegal dumping is occurring. On the day of our visit we caught one of the residents dumping on the land, and the registration and photos were forwarded to Solid Waste Law Enforcement for action.
We have similar incidents of illegal dumping in Ward 50; adjacent to Bonteheuwel High School, Camellia Road, Boundary Road Primary School, the land adjacent looks like an informal settlement, Teak and Taaibos Roads. Subcouncil Manager please arrange an urgent walk about in Ward 50.
Since the election of the new Ward Councillor of Ward 31, a lot has happened and there was an increase in visits to her office, which will now be officially at Subcouncil 5 Governance and the following is planned in Ward 31:
1. Wellness Day in Golden Gate on 27 February 2019 (in partnership with Social Development), which will result in a Roadshow around Ward 31;
2. Soccer Tournament in Golden Gate on 21, 23 and 24 March 2019;
3. Social Development Seniors Sports Day on 27 March 2019 – where 100 x seniors from Ward 31 will be invited;
4. Women for Change where 20 x Women from Ward 31 will be involved;
5. Social Cohesion where 3 – 4 persons from each area of Ward 31 will be part of, i.e. Valhalla park, Nooitgedacht, Montana, Charlesville, Montevideo, Golden Gate and Bonteheuwel.
6. Upgrade of Pampas Park.
The following public meetings will take place in Subcouncil 5:
• 21 February 2019, Ward Councillor feedback meeting in Golden Gate starting 19:00 pm at the Golden Gate Community Hall;
• 24 February 2019 at 14:00 pm, Valhalla Park Housing Development feedback meeting with beneficiaries for Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Kalksteenfontein, Valhalla Park and residential areas in Subcouncil 4. All the relevant Ward and PR Councillors to attend the scheduled meeting;
• 26 February 2019, a public feedback meeting Bonteheuwel (Wards 31 and 50) at the Bonteheuwel Civic centre starting 18:00 pm regarding the Bonteheuwel Infill Housing Project, which is on the Subcouncil agenda today;
• 25 February 2019, a feedback meeting in Agste Laan regarding the informal settlements upgrade project starting 16:00 pm at the Nooitgedacht Civic Centre;
• 7 March 2019, public feedback meeting for Ward 13 at The Hague Civic Centre at 18:00 6 pm;
• Meeting scheduled for Eindhoven Ward 20 for 3 March 2019;
• 21 February 2019, Delft Community Police Forum meeting starting 18:00 pm at the Delft Police station. All Delft Councillors to attend.
Flowing out of our MURP meeting held on 14 February 2019, a walk-about was done on the Bonteheuwel Precinct CBD and the CBD was found to be in an unacceptable state, which required urgent intervention. My office reported the matter to Environmental Health the same day. An urgent meeting is scheduled for this week with the MURP Manager, Subcouncil Manager and Ward Councillor: Cllr Angus Mckenzie to discuss how to proceed to address these unacceptable conditions in the CBD.
VHP Belhar Pentech
Van Horsten Property (VHP) Belhar has joined forces with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and the City of Cape Town in assisting the young people of Belhar and Delft with a programme whereby they can learn skills in the field of Carpentry, Painting and Plastering. They are also equipped with a crash course in Health and Safety resting construction as well as the basic level 1 first aid course to get them going.
These courses are for young people between the ages of 18 – 35, the reasoning for this project is to uplift the community and an attempt at alleviating poverty within the area.
The respective courses of Carpentry, Painting and Plastering began on 21 January 2019 with Carpentry hosting 14 students, Painting hosting 7 students and Plastering hosting 14 students.
All students are provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a tool box based on whichever field they have chosen, which is sponsored by the City of Cape Town, as well as a stipend of R 2000 every fortnight.
The project which runs for 12 months is split into two sections, the first 6 months and then the last 6 months; at completion of this 12-month period of theory and practical work, the students are handed and awarded with two certificates in their respective fields. One for attendance and the other for competency, the competency certificate will be granted upon passing all the theoretical and practical assessments, once they have passed they will be qualified NQF Level 3 in their respective fields. The project is overseen by Councillor Michelle Adonis and Councillor Courtney Van Wyk.
I quote from the Ward Councillor: Ward 50 – Cllr Angus Mckenzie:
“2 years ago I met Aneesa Seale an aspiring baker with big dreams of opening her own Coffee Shop but also opening Bontheuwel’s very first coffee shop.
Over the past 2 years I worked closely with Aneesa assisting from a marketing and publicity point view.
I also introduced her to Minister Alan Winde Economic Affairs who also gave guidance and support.
3 weeks ago Aneesa took the plunge and opened Bonteheuwels very first Coffee Shop.
Her shop has been packed on a daily basis has experienced a 50 / 50 split on local visitors vs returning visitors from outside of Bonteheuwel.
Her shop serves breakfast, lunch and supper as well as some of the most amazing cakes and coffees including milkshakes.
As Ward Councillors it is critically important to assist local entrepreneurs as far as possible. This support has led to her employing 6 young people from Bonteheuwel already.
Subcouncil Manager to request a report from the Manager: Area Economic Development on the plans for Subcouncil 5 local economic development.
Neighbourhood Safety Team (NST) Area Coordinating Team
The inaugural meeting for the establishment of the NST: Area Coordinating Team is scheduled for tomorrow, 21 February 2019 at 09:30 am in the Subcouncil 5 Council Chamber where internal and external stakeholders were invited namely, Department of Social Development and ECD, Directorate of Safety and Security, WCED, Western Cape Government: Department of Community Safety; SAPS, Delft CPF, Delft Chambers of Business, Department of Local Area Economic Development, Department of Electricity Generation and Distribution, Department of Solid Waste Management, EPWP Office, and Sustainable Livelihoods.
Stage 4 load shedding has started
With the resumption of Eskom’s load-shedding across South Africa, the City encourages its residents to plan ahead and to follow a few simple tips to ensure that they stay connected, healthy and safe:
• Communication: Ensure that your cell phone, laptop, tablet and radio are always fully charged when power is available. This will allow you to be able to communicate with friends and family during load-shedding;
• Transport: Make sure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank as most petrol stations are unable to pump fuel during power outages;
• Cash: Keep some cash on you as ATMs cannot operate without electricity;
• Security and safety: Backup batteries for electrically operated gates, garage doors and security systems should be kept in a good working condition and be able to last through periods of load-shedding. Store temporary lighting such as battery-powered torches, gas lamps and candles in places where they will be easy to find in the dark;
• Eating: If you do not have a gas stove, prepare meals before the power is scheduled to be switched off. Boil water in your kettle and keep it in thermos flasks for hot drinks. You can also use an insulating cover on teapots, pots and pans to keep drinks and meals warm;
• Medication: Most medication requiring refrigeration can be kept in a closed fridge for several hours without spoiling, but you should check with your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt;
• Traffic lights: Intersections with traffic lights that are not working because of load-shedding should be treated as four-way-stops. The motorists who stops first may proceed first if the way is clear and safe to do so. Please stay calm and follow defensive driving techniques.
Please note that Eskom is the lead authority in this matter.
Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,6% over the past week to 57,4% of storage capacity.
The average water consumption has increased by 19 million litres per day to 633 million litres per day.
While we remain within our allocated allowance of 650 million litres per day, we need to exercise caution and continue with water-wise behaviour.
Residents are reminded that Level 3 water restrictions are in place, which includes the following, among others:
• Daily usage of 105 litres per person per day in total irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere;
• Washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats with municipal drinking water is only allowed if using a bucket. Washing with non-drinking water or cleaning with waterless products or dry steam cleaning processes is strongly encouraged;
• You are encouraged to flush toilets with greywater, rainwater or other non-drinking water;
• Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms regarding water usage per car washed and recycle or reuse a minimum of 50% of water used;
• No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation.
On the agenda to today:
• REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY OF INSTALLING CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION CAMERAS IN DELFT.
This report emanated from the Chairperson’s Report (05SUB 3\9\2018) and I want to thank Mr. Barry Schuller (Directorate: Safety and Security) for doing the feasibility in such a short period of time with concrete proposals, which we welcome. This matter is also on the agenda of the inaugural meeting tomorrow, 21 February 2019, for the establishment of the NST ACT.
• PROGRESS ON THE SALE OF SALEABLE RENTAL UNITS.
The same matter which was raised by the Bonteheuwel Ratepayers and Tenants Association (BRATA) was discussed yesterday in a meeting with them and there was an agreement to provide a full brief on the processes and challenges, which will culminate in a joint visit to some of these saleable units to assess the current state of these units. Currently there are 2181 saleable units remaining in Subcouncil 5 (Bishop Lavis: 554; Bonteheuwel: 598; and Valhalla Park: 1029) This is one of the objectives of the IDP, of transferring ownership of all saleable City Rental Stock.
• BONTEHEUWEL INFILL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.
This project is within the design and planning phase, and it is on track. A public meeting is scheduled for 26 February 2019 starting at 18:00 pm at the Bonteheuwel Civic Centre, pamphlets have been developed and is ready for distribution with the assistance of the Women for Change and the Community Development Workers (CDW). The only relevant pamphlet will be the one distributed by the Subcouncil. An official media communication will be issued by the Subcouncil Chairperson as contained in the Councils System of Delegation: Part 6.
• PROGRESSIVE EXPENDITURE REPORT
I am happy with the progress and measures implemented by the Subcouncil 5 Manager to deal with the balances of unspent 2018/2019 Ward Allocation project funds.
The following is an indication, per Ward, of the progress of the Ward allocation projects:
Ward 13 - 74%
Ward 20 – 65 %
Ward 24 – 59 %
Ward 31 – 57%
Ward 50 – 59 %
Ward 106 – 54 %
• REPORT ON SERVICE REQUESTS
On page 69 of the agenda there is no reflection of the statistics for service requests logged by the Subcouncil 5 Office comparative to the amount of visits to the office. There was a total of 1124 visits to the Subcouncil office during the month of January 2019 and I would like to request that the report for the next Subcouncil 5 meeting indicate the number of service requests logged by Subcouncil 5.
The total number of visits to all the Ward offices and the Subcouncil 5 office is 4371 for the month of January 2019, I request that the report for next Subcouncil 5 meeting include a breakdown per Ward of the issues dealt with during the visits to the offices.
• OUTSTANDING REPORTS, WHICH ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA AND WHICH WERE REPORTED TO THE CITY MANAGER AND WHICH WILL BE MOVED TO MATTERS RECEIVING ATTENTION:
• REPORT ON SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR ADDRESSING POTHOLES IN THE SUBCOUNCIL 5 AREA
• REQUEST FROM SUBCOUNCIL 5 TO UPGRADE AND IMPROVE THE CONDITION OF DELFT MAIN ROAD
• SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR SIDEWALKS IN DELFT
• MULTIWARD PROJECTS RELATED TO ROAD REHABILITATION IN SUBCOUNCIL 5 AREA
• REPORT ON THE STATUS ON THE DECOMMISSIONING OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGES IN DELFT
• PROGRESS REPORT REGARDING THE PROJECT CPX.0008977-F1: DELFT SEWER UPGRADING
Water and Waste
• NUMBER OF STOLEN BINS CONFISCATED/RECOVERED IN SUBCOUNCIL 5 AREA
Safety and Security - Law Enforcement
Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi.
Requests emanating from the Chairperson’s report (05SUB 3/2/2019):
i) Subcouncil Manager to convene an urgent meeting with all relevant stakeholders in order to address the concerns and challenges related to scrapyards in the Subcouncil 5 area;
ii) Subcouncil Manager to convene an urgent walk-about in Ward 50 in order to address the reoccurring incidents of illegal dumping in the area;
iii) Subcouncil Manager to request a report from the Manager: Area Economic Development on the plans for local economic development in the Subcouncil 5 area;
iv) The Subcouncil will ensure that the next report on Service Requests includes the number of service requests logged by the Subcouncil and all Ward Offices comparative to the amount of visitors received; also including a breakdown per Ward of the issues dealt with during these visits to the offices.
In terms of Section 21.3 of the Rules of Order for Subcouncil Meetings of the City of Cape Town, the Chairperson permitted the members to respond to the Chairperson’s report.
The following salient points were noted:
i) Cllr A Mckenzie thanked the Chairperson for his report and noted with concern the poor condition of certain roads within the Subcouncil 5 area, and he indicated that another report has been commissioned for submission at the next Transport Portfolio Committee meeting to be held on 7 March 2019;
ii) Cllr A Arnolds thanked the Chairperson for his report and congratulated Cllr M Adonis on her achievement of the Councillor of the Year Award for 2018; furthermore, he urged the Subcouncil, inter alia, to develop local businessmen and businesswomen in conjunction with the Department: Area Central - Area Economic Development Central; to address the challenge of EPWP work opportunities that only have short-term benefits with creating opportunities for further growth and development; and finally, to drive a campaign for the establishment of Youth Development Desks per Ward in the Subcouncil 5 area in order to assist the youth in respect of their challenges;
iii) The Chairperson responded to Cllr A Arnolds and indicated that the Subcouncil will examine the challenges regarding EPWP work opportunities; he agreed with the sentiments of establishing Youth Development Desks; and he reiterated that the report requested from the Department: Area Central – Area Economic Development Central will address the need for local area economic development;
iv) Cllr D Cottee thanked the Chairperson for his report and reiterated the concern regarding scrapyards, with specific reference to scrapyards allegedly operating from Council CRU’s and he urged the Subcouncil to ensure that all relevant line departments address the matter; he also raised his concern regarding the perceived trend that service requests are only resolved when members or officials intervene, and not when reference numbers are generated;
v) The Chairperson responded to Cllr D Cottee and indicated that the concern regarding scrapyards will be addressed in the planned course of engagement with all relevant stakeholders; he noted with concern the perceived trend relating to how service requests are handled and he emphasised the need to follow-up on outstanding service requests; he also indicated that a report has been requested for the Department: HOTTS in order to identify service delivery needs within Council CRU’s;
vi) Cllr X Ndongeni thanked the Chairperson for his report and urged the community to assist the City of Cape Town to keep their environment clean in order to resolve the problem of illegal dumping; furthermore, he urged the Subcouncil, inter alia, to drive the implementation of a previous request for public awareness campaigns to address sewerage blockages in the Subcouncil 5 area; to submit a request for signage to be erected in the Delft area regarding the pending sewer upgrading project; and finally, he enquired about a previous request for a site visit to Delft in respect of the project: CPX.0008977-F1 – Delft Sewer Upgrading in order to address unresolved sewer blockages/overflows;
vii) The Chairperson responded to Cllr X Ndongeni and noted with appreciation the request for awareness campaigns to address sewerage blockages in the Subcouncil 5 area; he indicated that a report on the sandy areas of Delft has been requested; and that the site visit will be arranged in respect of the project: CPX.0008977-F1 – Delft Sewer Upgrading in order to address unresolved sewer blockages/overflows;
viii) Cllr M Adonis thanked the Chairperson for his report and recommended that the Department of Water and Sanitation be invited to the inaugural meeting of the Delft NST ACT scheduled for 21 February 2019 due to the safety risk that officials also face when responding to service requests after hours; furthermore, she urged the Subcouncil, inter alia, to engage Ward Committee Members for support in driving public participation and service delivery initiatives; to resolve the issue of scrapyards that are a major contributor to illegal dumping; and finally, to support the proposal of Cllr A Arnolds and to consider utilizing the Subcouncil 5 Reading Room Facilities as possible locations to establish Youth Development Desks;
ix) The Chairperson responded to Cllr M Adonis and indicated his support of the sentiments raised by Cllr M Adonis.
Requests emanating from the Chairperson’s report (05SUB 3/2/2019) in terms of Section 21.3 of the Rules of Order for Subcouncil Meetings of the City of Cape Town:
i) The Subcouncil will examine the challenge of EPWP work opportunities that only have short-term benefits with creating opportunities for further growth and development;
ii) The Subcouncil will drive a campaign for the establishment of Youth Development Desks per Ward in the Subcouncil 5 area in order to assist the youth in respect of their challenges, and due consideration will be given for the possibility of utilizing the Subcouncil 5 Reading Room Facilities in this regard;
iii) The Subcouncil will request the Department of Water and Sanitation to drive the implementation of a public awareness campaign to address sewerage blockages in the Subcouncil 5 area;
iv) The Subcouncil will arrange a site visit to Delft in respect of the project: CPX.0008977-F1 – Delft Sewer Upgrading in order to address unresolved sewer blockages/overflows;
v) The Subcouncil will invite the Department of Water and Sanitation be invited to the inaugural meeting of the Delft NST ACT scheduled for 21 February 2019 in order to address the safety risk that officials face when responding to service requests after hours;
vi) The Subcouncil will engage Ward Committee Members for support in driving public participation and service delivery initiatives.