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Accountability Roadshow in Area East to report on progress to residents<p>This week I hosted the first two of four Accountability Roadshows where we are going to residents to report back on the progress that the City of Cape Town has made over the last 7 years. </p><p>Accountability is one of the values of this City administration and it is important for us as public representatives to constantly reach out to residents to inform them of projects and progress coming to their communities.</p><p>Our visits this week will be to the four quadrants in the City. On Tuesday night, along with councillors from Area Central, I was at the Elsies River Civic Centre to provide an overview of the successes achieved over the first term (2011 – 2016) as well as upcoming projects in the respective areas. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:962px;" /> </figure><p>This evening, 27 September 2018 from 19:00 to 20:30, we are taking the Accountability Roadshow to the Hoofweg School Hall in West Bank to speak to residents about projects in Area East.</p><p>Area East includes: Kuils River, Blackheath, Blue Downs, Eerste River, Khayelitsha, Macassar, Somerset West, Strand, Gordon's Bay and Sir Lowry's Pass. </p><p>Area Central includes: Bellville, Parow, Ravensmead, Belhar, Goodwood, Elsies River, Epping, Bonteheuwel, Kalksteenfontein, Bishop Lavis, Cape Town International Airport, Delft, Athlone, Hanover Park, Manenberg, Gugulethu and Nyanga</p><p>As an administration, we are aware that housing remains one of the biggest challenges for our people; and the City has committed to ensuring that qualifying residents are provided with housing opportunities as we have done over the last seven years.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:701px;" /> </figure><p>For example, between 2012 and 2018, a total of 21 951 top structures and 20 337 serviced sites were provided to the residents of Cape Town. That means more than 42 288 families have benefitted from these housing opportunities delivered by this administration.  </p><p>In the recently concluded 2017/18 financial year, the City, for the first time in its 18-year history as a metro government, exceeded its housing delivery target by 62%.</p><p>The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) built 3 100 more housing opportunities than initially planned for the financial year that ended on 30 June 2018.</p><p>Given the dire need for housing in the City, TDA will spend R2,1 billion on the development of new housing opportunities over the next three financial years, with R590 million being budgeted for 2018/19 alone. </p><p>The 2018/19 budget is allocated to 36 housing developments which are either in the planning phase, already under way, or in the process of being finalised.</p><p>Many of these projects will benefit residents from communities in Area East and Area Central. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:852px;" /> </figure>​​<p>As important as it is to build houses for qualifying residents, it is also vital that we ensure that the beneficiaries can claim ownership of those houses. It is for this reason that the City has ramped up the handover of title deeds. We have issued over 16 000 title deeds since 2011.</p><p>In Area East alone, we handed out 717 historical title deeds in the 2017/18 financial year while Area Central has issued more than 500 since November 2017.</p><p>Ensuring that residents who have previously been denied the right to own property have ownership of their homes has been one of the hallmarks of this caring city as we look to redress and correct the wrongs of the apartheid government. </p><p>Equally important has been our work to get our residents who have previously been without electricity connected to the grid. Since 2012, the City has established 18 681 new electricity connections across the metro and more than 3 000 of them have been in Area Central.</p><p>In Area East, approximately 2 000 households had electricity boxes connected for the first time in that period. </p><p>For the current financial year (2018/19), we have set aside R113 million to ensure that more families in the metro have access to electricity. </p><p>In the current budget we have several exciting projects for Area Central, including: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">R113,7 million for the Bellville Waste Water Treatment Works extension</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R26 million for road rehabilitation in Bonteheuwel and Uitsig</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R20 million for the Belhar CBD housing development</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R14 million for rehabilitation of Gugulethu concrete roads </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R20 million for road rehabilitation in Heideveld</div></li></ul><p>For Area East some of the key budget items include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">R500 million for the Zanvliet water reuse plant</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R31 million for the Langverwacht Road: Amandel – Zewenwacht road upgrade</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R30 million for installation of bulk services at Forest Village in Blue Downs</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R28,5 million for the Kalkfontein informal settlement upgrade project</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R19,8 million for the Mfuleni extension 2 development</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R18,6 million for electrification in various areas</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">R18 million for the Beacon Valley housing project</div></li></ul><p>There is still a lot to do to bring greater parity of services and this is why we established the area-based service delivery model to make sure that the services of all 10 City departments are delivered in each area across the city.</p><p>I am working until my last day in office to build a more inclusive Cape Town that provides opportunities to all its residents, redresses the imbalances of our past and gives all Capetonians access to equal opportunities.</p><p><strong>Reminder of this evening’s Accountability Roadshow in Area East: </strong></p><p><strong>Date: 27 September 2018 </strong><br><strong>Time: 19:00 - 20:30</strong><br><strong>Venue: Hoofweg School Hall, Beaver Street, West Bank</strong></p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-09-26T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#d4bd06ef-2a0d-437a-9f6d-08a1dd79c22a;L0|#0d4bd06ef-2a0d-437a-9f6d-08a1dd79c22a|accountability1

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