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Mayoral Pop-Up Office makes second stop to serve community of Eerste Rivier <p>​As promised last week, I took my office to the community of Eerste Rivier (Ward 14) this morning where I hosted the second Mayoral Pop-Up Office.</p><p>I was joined by Mayco member for Area East, Cllr Anda Ntsodo, Ward Councillor Roelof Mare and Subcouncil Chairperson, Councillor Chantal Cerfontein, for a walkabout in Eerste Rivier before tending to residents at the Pop-Up Office.</p><p>The Pop-Up Office is one of the City of Cape Town’s new innovative programmes to make government more accessible, responsive, and visible to all its residents. I sat down with residents who came to talk to me about their concerns and I shared information about the City’s services that are available to them.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></figure>​​ <p>The Pop-Up Office concept gives full effect to the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s (ODTP) goal of building a customer-centric administration that is responsive to the needs of our residents. The City is steadfast in its commitment to serve the residents of this great city and to provide quality services to all.</p><p>This initiative is however not just about taking my office to the community but is aimed at proactively looking at areas to see what interventions and improvements we can implement instead of waiting for people to complain.</p><p>I was really inspired when I visited the Joy Vineyard Church which does wonderful work taking care of the vulnerable in society. The church runs a feeding scheme and has a tutoring programme in place that provides extra mathematical classes for school children in the area.</p><p>The City is grateful for organisations such as these and would like to connect with more organisations in all areas to collaborate on ideas and programmes that will uplift communities through positive interventions that will help us build a caring city.</p><p>Councillors Ntsodo, Mare, Cerfontein and the subcouncil have been at the heart of service delivery in Eerste Rivier, Blackheath and surrounding areas.​</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></figure>​​ <p>​​Some of the projects that are being undertaken are for the upgrade of several roads in the ward including Langverwacht Road in Kuilsriver and Buttskop Road in Blackheath.</p><p>The City has also set aside funding for the upgrade of four parks including Impala Park in Kleinvlei, Rusdaal Park, Dennemere and Duiker Park among others.</p><p>In the last financial year, CCTV cameras to the value of R200 000 were installed in the ward to ensure safety while an amount R200 000 has been set aside to fit more cameras in the coming financial year.</p><p>These projects go hand-in-hand with support provided to neighbourhood watch groups who do amazing work patrolling their areas.</p><p>The City has provided support worth R100 000 for equipment such as reflective vests, two-way radios and bicycles to assist the residents in keeping our streets safe. This kind of collaboration is how we are making progress possible together with residents.</p><p>As it is Youth Month, I was also impressed that the ward has a youth empowerment programme where 20 young people from various areas within the ward are receiving Level 3 first-aid training.</p><p>I’m also happy to report that, following our Pop-Up Office engagement in Athlone last week, the rubbish along Vygieskraal was removed immediately. The City has also ordered refuse bins for a block of flats in Kewtown and we have resolved a payment issue of EPWP workers stationed in the area.</p><p>The City is working to resolve other issues raised by residents at last week’s visit.</p><p>During our engagements with residents, councillors and City officials also distributed forms with the City’s contact details so that residents are informed of the correct channels to address their complaints to. This is in line with our commitment to being a more accessible and responsive administration.</p><p>In the coming weeks, we will take the Mayoral Pop-Up Office to areas across the city. It will create a direct line for residents and communities to engage with myself, Mayco members, councillors and officials from the City of Cape Town.</p><p>I encourage residents to keep connecting with their Area Mayco members, ward councillors and subcouncil offices on a regular basis so that they can be informed of developments in their wards and can work with us to build safe and inclusive communities.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p>2018-06-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#b22cedbd-b086-448f-aab7-27e999339af9;L0|#0b22cedbd-b086-448f-aab7-27e999339af9|Eerste River;GP0|#ef5c961c-3d1f-4897-af01-e49d85bb61f5;L0|#0ef5c961c-3d1f-4897-af01-e49d85bb61f5|organisational development and transformation plan1


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