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Council Speech by the City's Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan PlatoCouncil Speech by the City's Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato<p>Speaker, councillors, city officials, guests, members of the public and media, good morning.</p><p>As we enter the last days of Women’s Month, I want to make a call to all parents in our communities – the role you play in raising a young man, to be respectful of women, cannot be understated. </p><p>Nobody can replace the role that you play, as a parent, a guardian, an aunt or uncle, an older brother, sister or cousin, ouma or oupa. As the adult in the room, you have a responsibility to make sure that children are raised right. Because nobody is born a rapist. Nobody is born a murderer. They make these  choices because of a lack of the right values and a moral compass. We need to show our children love and support, and make sure they know how to behave from a very young age. You cannot outsource this responsibility, it is on you to get it right, and I am pleading with all parents to please pay attention to your important role. For every child raised right, there will be one less perpetrator of violence in our communities.</p><p>With the month of August drawing to a close we will soon be welcoming the first day of Spring, and hopefully some warmer days in the coming months. </p><p>Continuing with my ‘back to basics’ programme you will be seeing me in your local parks over the coming weeks, making sure that the parks have been properly maintained, the fences are not broken and where needed, we will be planting trees. </p><p>If you are not happy with the state of your park, let us know because Councillor Zahid Badroodien, as part of his Community Services portfolio, has just launched the Park Buddies programme, which is part of the Expanded Public Works Programme. The City’s Recreation and Parks Department has invested more than R2,7 million to deploy Park Buddies to various parks across the city that are in, or close to communities where they live.</p><p>We want to increase awareness and appreciation for the many community parks across our city, so part of the duties of the Park Buddies will be to keep the park tidy, ensure that play equipment is correctly used and to report any broken or defective play equipment.</p><p>Like with many other services that we are working hard to put right, including the N2 MyCiTi route serving the communities of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain and our plans to deliver social housing, I have watched the previous failed politicians who worked in this city, go into overdrive to try and shift the blame from themselves. No amount of propaganda can hide your failures, the people of this city know where the fault lies and they know who is putting it right. No housing sites have been cancelled, no matter how many times you say it. </p><p>The MyCiTi contract for the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain route was so legally flawed that our lawyers were astounded it was allowed to continue as it was, for so long. We have no interest in responding to every new piece of propaganda from these attention seekers as we have a lot of work to do to repair the damage they have left behind. </p><p>We follow due process in this administration, and sometimes it takes longer than we would like, but we are bound by legislation and we need to respect that. Another example of how we are cleaning house came yesterday when the former Executive Director for Transport resigned after being found guilty in a disciplinary hearing.  </p><p>But back to the business of today -  where we will be addressing the August adjustment budget. The Municipal Finance Management Act provides for an adjustments budget, as municipalities are not always able to spend the funds allocated to them during a particular period, for various reasons, including unforeseen administrative delays, or challenges from a community, or not being able to get the necessary items from a supplier in time.</p><p>The August Adjustments Budget mainly provides for roll-overs of carry-over commitments from the 2018/19 financial year. </p><p>The roll-over of funds is an important financial management tool provided for in legislation, which allows the organisation to optimally utilise its funds.</p><p>Sometimes unforeseen delays in the delivery process may slow down planned spending and this adjustments budget allows us to make sure those funds are still spent.</p><p>Speaker, with some much needed and very welcomed winter rains having fallen across the Cape over recent weeks taking our dams to over 80% capacity, we have unfortunately also seen an increase in potholes on our roads. This is an unfortunate reality that we have to contend with, but I will be joining our Roads Department next month, going to various communities to make sure the potholes are repaired. Residents are advised to please log a service request on our website, as many of you already have done, so that we know where in your community we need to send our teams.  You can also send a WhatsApp to 063 407 3699, or contact our Customer Call Centre on 0860 103 089.</p><p>We know that you want the basics to be done right, and that is exactly what we will be doing – including revitalising our parks after the drought and continuing our clean-up campaign across the metro. </p><p>But back to the rainfall I mentioned earlier. Cape Town and its four million people displayed incredible resilience in navigating the major drought during 2017/2018.  Today, however, our dams are over 81% full - due to both continued water savings by Capetonians and the increased rainfall we have enjoyed this winter. What Cape Town achieved is lauded across the world, and something we must continue to remind ourselves of as a team triumph. Our success is a result of government, business, civil society organisations and households all working together. </p><p>The drought shock taught all of us many lessons which will be useful as we prepare for other shock events that may affect our city in the future.  Climate change, urbanisation, rapid technological change and globalisation mean that cities are not islands.  We are often impacted on by events outside of our control. That is why we must build resilience, a guiding principle of our Integrated Development Plan. </p><p>Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what types of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.  </p><p>Today, before Council is the Cape Town Resilience Strategy, and I want to thank our officials for working on this, and engaging with the many other forward-thinking cities across the world who have adopted similar strategies. </p><p>If approved by Council, we will become only the third city in Africa to have a city resilience strategy. I hope that it can be a catalyst for greater collaboration across households, communities and institutions to build collective responses to the current and future social, environmental and economic challenges we face.</p><p>I am also pleased to announce the renewal of our relationship with the ‘Partnership for Healthy Cities’ programme led by former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Since the launch of the Partnership for Healthy Cities in 2017, 54 Mayors across the world have committed to take action to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, which cause 80% of deaths worldwide. It is critically important that we focus our resources on proven solutions. This partnership will continue through 2020, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the World Health Organisation and Vital Strategies. The partnership will empower more local leaders to strengthen their NCD and injury prevention policies.</p><p>Which brings me to another important item - I have saved the best for last. Later today, the motion to approve the renaming of Keizergracht to Hanover Street will be tabled. I am looking forward to seeing this Council undo one of the many injustices of the Apartheid regime and provide the community of District Six, as well as many families and households across the Cape Metro with a reason to celebrate and relive the fond memories that they still have of life on Hanover Street. I want to thank all the NGOs, community organisations and interested people for submitting their views and taking part in this important process. I also want to thank Councillor Marian Nieuwoudt, and the Executive Director Ossie Asmal and his team for overseeing this process with such professionalism.</p><p>Councillors, I hope you are advertising the new round of ward-based meetings within your communities. I have already attended several of these meetings and engaged with residents across our Metro. We will continue these meetings and make sure the public have an opportunity to discuss any concerns, or share their ideas with us on how we can improve service delivery – because providing the best possible services to our residents is the reason why we are all here.</p><p>Speaker, I would just like to address the latest piece of misinformation doing the rounds in recent days. The South African Human Rights Commission has falsely claimed that the City failed to provide alternative accommodation to the residents of a private eviction in the Kraaifontein area. The City has offered to assist the evicted residents with alternative accommodation, twice, even though they are on private and not council land. Unfortunately, except for one family, the residents refused both our offers. This is a private eviction on private land, but we are trying to help. Unfortunately, we cannot help those who refuse our assistance. </p><p>Thank you.  </p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2019-08-21T22:00:00Z1
Statement By The City's Mayoral Committee Member For Economic Opportunities And Asset Management, Alderman James VosStatement By The City's Mayoral Committee Member For Economic Opportunities And Asset Management, Alderman James Vos<p>Earlier today, together with my team from the City’s Enterprise and Investment Department and our strategic business partner GreenCape, we conducted a site visit to Ukubuya, a new investor in the Atlantis industrial area. Ukubuya is converting alien biomass into a renewable energy source that will be used for industrial heating applications. <br> <br>With assistance from the Atlantis Investment Facilitation Office, located within the City’s Department of Enterprise and Investment, Ukubanya made the decision to set-up their operation in the industrial area. The company has also submitted an application to move their operations to the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at a later stage. The total value of the investment into Cape Town is estimated to be approximately R200 million over the next few years. In addition, this will lead to new jobs being created as well, over the same period.</p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure><p>Ukubuya’s carbon-neutral briquettes can potentially replace coal and paraffin and effectively reduce the impact of carbon tax and other environmental costs associated with the use of fossil fuels.</p><p>As a City, our role is to create the conditions conducive to do business that will lead to job creation. Four years ago, the City and Provincial Government applied to the National Department of Trade and Industry for the Special Economic Zone designation in Atlantis, in order to attract more investment into the area. The declaration of Atlantis as an SEZ in October last year, has afforded our dedicated investment facilitation team the opportunity to promote Atlantis in close collaboration with Wesgro and Green Cape. It has also enabled the City to demonstrate to the residents and surrounding areas that government is serious about economic and social development, and job creation in the area.</p><p><span></span> </p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure><p> </p><p>The City’s land and infrastructure is the backbone of the SEZ. A total land area of 118,6 hectares will make up the Atlantis SEZ. In addition, from the incentives coming from the Department of Trade and Industry, the incentives provided by the City to attract investment include fast-tracking of land use and building plans, a reduced electricity tariff, providing exemption from application fees for land and building plans and development contribution discounts to new investment and expansion of existing investment that meet employment targets.</p><p>The City is an instrumental stakeholder in the SEZ. As the local authority and landowner, the City has played a vital role, from the roll-out of infrastructure such as the MyCiTi bus route, fibre internet and electricity upgrades to softer support in skills, enterprise development, and business incubation in support of the SEZ.</p><p><span></span> </p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure>These efforts have also meant that countless jobs have been retained and many more new jobs are created by new investors coming into the area. We will do all we can to create a climate that is conducive to job creation.<p> </p><p>For more information on opportunities in Atlantis, please contact the Atlantis Investment Facilitation Office, via email: <a href=""><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span></a>, or on the telephone number <strong>021 444 2831</strong>.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2019-08-21T22:00:00Z1
Applications still available for affordable housing opportunities in Blue DownsApplications still available for affordable housing opportunities in Blue Downs<p>Caption: (L to R): Councillor Malusi Booi and Councillor Malusi Booi with the City’s newly appointed Executive Director, Human Settlements Directorate, Nolwandle Gqiba. </p><p>Over the past three weeks, the City’s Human Settlements Directorate’s Call Centre has fielded more than 1 022 calls and received more than 511 WhatsApp messages relating to the City’s call to take up affordable housing opportunities in Fairdale, Blue Downs.</p><p>This follows Council’s recent approval for the transfer of the 219 residential serviced plots in Blue Downs for Gap housing opportunities at discounted market value rates to qualifying beneficiaries.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1774px;" /></figure> <p>​‘It has been encouraging to see the growing interest from members of the public in the City’s initiative to avail these well-located plots in a sought-after area in Blue Downs. These properties have been offered at a discounted market value rate to qualifying beneficiaries who are up for the adventure of building their own homes with the help of a commercial bank loan and the Finance Linked Housing Subsidy (FLISP).</p><p>‘For this reason, I decided to visit the call centre today. It was great to engage with members of the public telephonically and with City staff to get first-hand experience about the queries that are coming in regarding this project.</p><p>‘Residents are reminded and encouraged to apply for this opportunity if they are registered on the City’s Housing Database, have not previously benefited from a government subsidy and have a monthly income of between R9 000 and R22 000, among other criteria.</p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /></figure><p>‘The aim of this initiative is to afford this specific target group the opportunity with getting a foot in the property market. This is because the City recognises the growing need for housing opportunities for individuals who earn too much to receive a State-subsidised home but too little to participate fully in the private property industry, given the increasing property prices,’ said Councillor Booi.</p><ul><li>Beneficiaries only qualify if they have not previously owned a property.</li><li>They must be able to obtain an approved housing loan or bond from a commercial bank and qualify for the FLISP with the Western Cape Government for the house.</li><li>Current City or social housing tenants, as well as single individuals with financial dependents, who meet the criteria, can also apply.</li></ul><p>Furthermore, the City currently provides various housing opportunities, according to specific target income groups, as prescribed by applicable legislation, including free State-subsidised Breaking New Ground houses as well as social housing and land restitution projects.</p><p>The plots range between 160 m2 and 350 m2 in size and are valued at approximately R105 000 (excluding VAT). The market value was determined by the City’s valuers.</p><p>‘It was important for the City’s Human Settlements Directorate to ensure that the sale price of the properties was affordable to the beneficiaries. For this reason, the purchase prices will be based on a sliding scale of discounted rates, depending on the qualifying beneficiary’s monthly income. This means that properties could be sold to the beneficiaries for between approximately R25 000 and R63 000. The sale will be secured once a bank loan is approved and the full payment is made to the transferring attorney within six months of signing the deed of sale.</p><p>‘Furthermore, the deed of sale will include conditions that no informal dwellings can be built on the property and that the property cannot be sold within the first five years, from the date that it is purchased from the City,’ said Councillor Booi.</p><p>All legal processes for the transfer of these properties for gap housing purposes, including public participation, have been followed.</p><p>‘Owning property will give the beneficiary and their family a sense of security and it will become a financial asset. We therefore encourage beneficiaries who meet the criteria to apply should they be interested in this opportunity to own a plot of land and build their home.</p><p>‘Going forward, the City aims to make more land available in different areas across Cape Town to qualifying beneficiaries to purchase for Gap housing opportunities. Residents are reminded that there are various Gap housing projects in different areas, including projects with completed houses, not only vacant land,’ said Councillor Booi.     </p><p>Application forms may be collected and returned with applicable documentation at the following housing offices:</p><ul><li>Kuils River Municipal Offices, corner of Carinus Street and Van Riebeeck Road</li><li>City Housing Kiosk, Concourse Level, Cape Town Civic Centre, Hertzog Boulevard</li></ul><p>The application form can also be <a href="">downloaded from the City’s website</a>.</p><p>Should residents have further queries, they may call <strong>021 444 0333</strong> or the City’s Call Centre on <strong>0860 103 089</strong>, via WhatsApp: <strong>063 299 9927</strong> or email <a href=""></a></p><p> <br> <strong>End</strong></p>2019-08-20T22:00:00Z1
Former Executive Director: Transport, resignsFormer Executive Director: Transport, resigns<p>​Ms Melissa Whitehead, the former Executive Director: Transport, was found guilty in a disciplinary hearing and resigned today, 21 August 2019. </p><p>Ms Whitehead submitted her resignation to the City Manager, with immediate effect, subsequent to this verdict being delivered. Ms Whitehead was also facing another, unrelated disciplinary hearing that related to a tender for electric buses.  </p><p>The City will now proceed to declare a vacancy for the position of Executive Director: Transport, to the Council.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p>2019-08-20T22:00:00Z1







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