A direct translation of the Acting Chairperson’s speech is recorded hereunder. The speech is documented in the Official Minute as Annexure A
Good Morning, Goeie Morê, Molweni, Salaam, Namaste. Alderman, Councillors, Manager, Officials, Staff, Members of the Public, Media and Invited Guests.
Firstly, I would like to thank all officials for having numerous engagements with our communities around the various housing opportunities that the City and Provincial Government offers.
It is important for the public to understand that affordable housing can mean either subsidized rental – called Social Housing – or affordable ownership. The Financial Linked Individual Subsidy programme, FLIPS, determined by national government, is a programme that provides a subsidy to potential beneficiaries who are able to obtain a home loan to cover the rest of the property’s purchase price.
I will be requesting that these FLISP information sessions continue throughout the Subcouncil boundaries.
SERVICE DELIVERY CONCERNS
Subcouncil 18 will be starting a Solid Waste Drive. This will be an on-going programme to clean up the areas within Subcouncil 18 and we kindly request the assistance of the relevant departments. A list of hotspots was submitted the Mayoral Committee member, Ald Twigg which was in turn submitted to the Solid Waste Department for them to undertake the work with the additional R20m funding granted to them in the Adjustment Budget. This funding was allocated to address dumping across the areas in the City and to eventually start a pilot project to generate income through recycling at an identified hotspot in an area.
VISION FOR THE DRIVE
In addition to this, I would like the Solid Waste Education Department to have awareness drives at schools, arranged for discussion during the Assembly and by attending Councillors public meetings. The objective would be to get everyone involved in cleaning their areas to eradicate dumping. I would need assistance from the Solid Waste department to supply the Subcouncil with the necessary cleaning equipment that the schools and community members can sign out from the Ward offices of Councillors and together with the Cllrs, community members, ward clerks, Solid Waste EPWP, use this equipment to clean our areas.
I will be including the legal scrapyards, officials, pupils, parents and other members of the public in this drive. We will divide the Wards into smaller clusters and the community will be responsible for their cluster.
I would also like to request that Cllrs identify open spaces in close proximity to the drop off sites in Retreat and Parkwood for a recycling project. We receive numerous complaints regarding residential properties being used for recycling which is a serious health risk. Cllrs are to compile a list of all illegal scrap and recycling yards in your Wards for future engagements with the owners to inform them where the alternative spots would be and for Law Enforcement to issue them with notices and have these facilities closed down.
Councillors, let us look with greater detail at where we are with our respective Ward Allocation Projects and interact with the project managers as much as possible. Our role is also to ensure that line departments implement our projects timeously and way before June 2019. At present our Ward Allocation spend is at 43,8% and our commitments at 73,9%.
OUTREACH FOR HIGH WATER ARREAR ACCOUNTS
Subcouncil 18 communicated a high water arrear drive across its wards to the Water and Sanitation and Revenue Services line departments.
While we continuously receive good cooperation from Revenue Services, Water and Sanitation officials refuse to commit to our programme even though, they are the lead department to clarify the angst or ire in our communities affected.
I have raised concern about the attitude of the Water and Sanitation staff with the Director, and she in turn raised it with the senior line official in Water and Sanitation and copied in the Mayoral Committee Member and acting ED to express her concern about the fact that his officials had not pitched nor had he first responded to her request.
Cllr Gordon and I held our first outreaches and experienced the snub by these officials which we will take further as there are several other planned interventions happening right through to April 2019. As Councillors, we are tired of fielding complaints with no help from the Water and Sanitation line officials, but this will change.
COMMENT ON THE CAPE TOWN DRAFT WATER SUPPLY
The City of Cape Town’s Draft Water Strategy is open for public comments and recommendations. The primary purpose of this strategy is to ensure that our city is more resilient to future droughts. The draft strategy outlines the City’s plan to ensure greater water security over the next 10 years and a move towards being a more water-sensitive city in the next 20 years, namely, by 2040. It aims to achieve this through five commitments and an eight-point plan to translate strategy into action.
The commitments are:
•Safe access to water and sanitation
•Wise use of water
•Sufficient, reliable water from diverse sources
•Shared benefits from regional water sources
•A water-sensitive city
•Residents are invited to submit comments, recommendations and input to the municipality from 15 February 2019 to 15 March 2019 on the City of Cape Town website, www.cityofcapetown.gov.za alternatively Written submissions can be submitted at Subcouncil offices.
Dam Levels decrease by 1,4%
The comments on the draft water supply is critical to protect our most precious resource and have resilience measures in place for the next couple of years.
Water Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,4% over the past week to 56,0% of storage capacity.
The average water consumption has decreased by 23 million litres per day to 610 million litres per day.
While communities remain within the 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 grey water, 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
•Washing 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
•Watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00 for a maximum of one hour per property and only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed
•Borehole/well point water must be used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation. Borehole/well point water users are strongly encouraged to follow the same watering times as applicable to municipal drinking water use, detailed above
I urge the communities to engage with their Ward Cllrs office to stay informed of upcoming engagements regarding the housing developments and any other services that will be coming to our Subcouncil.
I thank you
The Chairperson's report elicited the following questions and comments:
•Cllr G Gordon, stated that the community is aware of the illegal dumping challenges in the ward and highlighted Habitat for humanity and TDAO initiatives in New Horizons to address the dumping ;
•Cllr G Gordon, stated that the high water utility accounts remains a challenge for community members and that the outreach interventions must be more customer centric to communities at grass root level ;
•Cllr C Williams, supported the illegal dumping initiatives at schools in order to promote and raise awareness amongst scholars ;
•Cllr C Williams, supported Cllr G Gordon’s sentiments that communities struggle with high water utility accounts and was of the view that the Debt management policy must be reviewed to assist communities.