Subcouncil resolution details
Agenda item no
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
The Chairperson, Cllr Van der Merwe addressed the Subcouncil as follows:
Subcouncil Manager and his staff
Members of the Public
Members of the Media
I want to welcome you all to this meeting and hope that we can have a fruitful and productive meeting.
In an overview of the new Urban Management Directorate that was tabled at the first Portfolio Committee of Urban Management, the functions of Subcouncils were stipulated as follow:
• Identify and analyse needs analysis.
• Develop Ward-base and Subcouncils plans.
• Monitor and oversee Ward Allocation Budget expenditure.
• Establish, training and ensure effective functioning of Ward Committees.
• Maintain Community Organisations Database.
Subcouncils must also serve the residents by engaging with them on municipal issues.
The Urban Management Committee exercises oversight in respect of the following functional areas:
• Urban Management
• Area Management
• Public Participation
• Informal Trading
• Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programmes
• City Improvement Districts
• Area Economic Development
• Expanded Public Works Programme and Community Development Workers (EPWP)
• Councillor Support
Council approved the Adjustment Budget for the 2018/19 financial year at 31 January 2019.
As part of the above-mentioned budget, the following amounts of money were allocated:
• Grass Cutting and Overgrown Areas - R20m
• Area Cleaning/Dumping - R20m
• Road markings and Signage -R8m
Subcouncils were requested to put forward their additional Budget requirements to address requests/complaints within these specific areas.
Subcouncil 21 put the following proposal forward after liaising with City Parks and Solid Waste:
Mowing : Parks, greenbelts and road reserves : R1,624m
Dumping: Parks, greenbelts and road reserves : R1,600m
Additional money was also asked for Signage in Developed and Underdeveloped Public Open Spaces in Ward 108.
As at 15 February 2019, 75,9% of the Ward Allocations were spent and committed. This is the highest percentage of all the Subcouncils. I want to thank the Subcouncil Manager and his staff, as well as all the officials of the line departments for achieving this.
If one looks at Actual percentage spent as at 15 February 2019, only 50% was spent, which is a big concern to me.
At our Activity Day, which took place yesterday, we dealt with the projects that are behind. I want to urge everybody which is involved in projects to take the expenditure seriously, and to consult with us if there are problems in spending the allocations.
I will monitor the spending of Ward Allocations very closely.
DRAFT WATER STRATEGY OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN
On today’s agenda is a late item regarding the Draft Water Strategy of the City of Cape Town. This document is now out for Public Participation till the 15th of March 2019.
After the recent critical drought, this proposed Strategy is of the utmost importance.
A special Activity Day will be held on 7 March 2019, where all Councillors and Ward Committee members can discuss the document.
DUMPING SITE: WESBANK
We also received some good news during February. Alderman Grant Twigg, the Mayco Member for Urban Management has approved a dumping site at Wesbank.
We are very thankful for that. A business plan will now need to be formulated.
In closure, I want to thank everybody for their commitment and hard work to keep this Subcouncil moving forward.
Colleagues, let’s work together and keep focussing on our daily task in striving to Excellent Service Delivery in Subcouncil 21.
I thank you.
Councillor Johannes van der Merwe
Chairperson: Subcouncil 21”