Before the Chairperson read out his report, the Subcouncil Manager, Goodman Rorwana reported that the 2018/19 Draft Budget Public Participation Meeting that was scheduled for tonight, 19 April 2018 in Macassar is postponed due to the national bus strike and could not transport the community to the venue. The quote that was received of R45 000 was too much and could not arrange alternative measures because of too little time and based on this it was decided to postpone it and this could also pose a threat to the community. He appealed to the Cllrs to inform the broader community of the postponement.
The meeting for the draft budget presentation scheduled for Thursday 19th April has been postponed due to the bus strike. The new date will be communicated very shortly.
1. Extract from Mayor’s Budget speech-including details of relief for residents, reminder of Public Participation Meeting, 19 April, 19h00 at Macassar New Civic.
2. City prepares for winter risks
3. City to spend R2.1 billion on new housing opportunities over next 3 financial years
4. City to spend R850-million on services to Informal Settlements and Backyarders
5. City opens new Public Emergency Centre in Goodwood-save the number!
6. Taxi Enforcement ongoing
EXTRACTS FROM BUDGET SPEECH BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE 28 MARCH 2018
Total of R49,1 billion with R39,8 billion on the operating budget and R9,2 billion for capital expenditure. Significantly higher than previous financial years where the capital budget was in the region of R6 billion. R9,8 billion which earmarked for water and electricity bulk purchases from the Department of Water and Sanitation and Eskom, respectively. Some of the most significant projects will receive the following allocations:
• R253 million for the dark fibre broadband infrastructure
• R135 million for electrification
• R5 million for CCTV installations
• R21 million for cemetery developments
• R9 million for the Dunoon library construction
• R10 million for the Manenberg Integrated Project
• R12 million for Sport and Recreation facilities upgrades
• R240 million for congestion relief projects
• R105 million for land acquisition
• R90 million for the Paardevlei Transit Orientated Development project
• R90 million for roads rehabilitation works
Total repairs and maintenance allocation for the 2018/19 financial year amounts to R3,9 billion to ensure that we optimally preserve our infrastructure. Basic social package rebates, to the value of R2,7-billion, are based on property values and are as follows:
• Properties valued at R100 000 and below qualify for 100% rates and refuse removal rebates. These residents also receive 10 500 litres of free water and 7 350 litres of free sanitation.
• In properties valued above R100 000 and below R150 000, these residents get a 100% rates rebate, 75% off refuse removal charges, 10 500 litres of free water and 7 350 litres of free sanitation.
o Properties valued between R150 000 and R400 000 all receive 10 500 litres of free water, 7 350 litres of free sanitation and between 50% and 25% off their refuse removal charges.
o There is also relief with electricity charges for consumers on the Lifeline tariff where consumption is on average 250 units per month, and these residents receive 60 units free per month.
o Where consumption is between 250 and 450 units, these households will receive 25 units free each month.
The following rates rebates are also granted to residents based on their gross monthly household income:
Income Bracket Rebate percentage
Above R4 000 – R5 000 75%
Above R5 000 – R5 500
Above R5 500 – R6 000 25%
As a further example of our commitment to helping the most vulnerable, senior citizens and disabled persons’ rates rebate is granted to qualifying applicants where the monthly household income is below R15 000. These households qualify for 100% rates rebate where the monthly income is up to R4 000 and rates rebates are available at various ranges for household income up to R15 000. Social package for indigent relief amounts to R2,9 billion with R1,47 billion allocated to indigent relief and R1,49 billion to rates rebates.
The City is embarking on a campaign to encourage more potential indigent beneficiaries to apply and see if they qualify for this assistance. The indigent grant is available to South African residents and homeowners with a total household income of R6 000 or less. Please visit your nearest municipal walk-in centre and complete an application to be eligible for the benefits.
You will need:
• proof of identification (ID book/card)
• a bank statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that you do not have a bank account
• a bond statement for the last three months or a sworn affidavit stating that you do not have a bond account
• a copy of the estate documents if you have inherited your house
If you are employed, please also include the following in your application:
• latest salary/wage payslip or a letter from an employer stating your income
• if you are self-employed, a sworn affidavit stating how much you earn per month
• proof if you receive a disability grant, maintenance grant or pension
• If you are unemployed, please also include the following in your application:
• a sworn affidavit stating that you are unemployed
• a sworn affidavit stating that you have no other source of income
• If you know of someone who might potentially qualify for assistance, please direct them to visit:
The following tariff increases are being proposed:
The City’s Water and Sanitation Department is also proposing the introduction of a fixed charge for water based on the water meter size as well as seven restriction level tariffs.
The Electricity Department is also proposing moving domestic customers to the home user tariff where properties are valued at above R1 million as well as introducing a fixed service charge of R150 per month for these properties.
Major projects in Area East for the 2018/19 financial year:
• R500 million for the Zanvliet water reuse plant
• R31 million for the Langverwacht Road: Amandel – Zewenwacht road upgrade
• R30 million for installation of bulk services at Forest Village in Blue Downs
• R28,5 million for the Kalkfontein informal settlement upgrade project
• R19,8 million for the Mfuleni extension 2 development
• R18,6 million for electrification in various areas
• R18 million for the Beacon Valley housing project
In closing, as we embark on the public participation process, I urge residents to get involved and have their say and submit their comments.
City prepares for winter risks
The City of Cape Town’s Flooding and Storms Task Team has completed its annual flood risk assessment – a key element of the City’s winter readiness plan. Although Cape Town is in the midst of a drought and winter rainfall patterns cannot be predicted with certainty, flooding is a known hazard in the city and a number of departments are working hard to mitigate the impact of such incidents in the coming months.
To mitigate the impact of severe weather episodes, a number of City departments participate in the annual winter readiness preparations under the banner of the Flooding and Storms Task Team, chaired by the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre. This year, the task team has identified the following risks relating to the hazard of flooding:
• 29 informal settlements – most situated along the N2 strip and Khayelitsha – are considered high-risk because of their location.
• Some of these are situated in wetlands, ponds and natural water-courses and will need to be relocated to higher ground.
• Parts of the N1, N2 and R300 highways have also been identified as flood risks. Roadworks to mitigate these risks are under way.
• Mountain slopes in the Helderberg, South Peninsula and Table Mountain range that have been stripped of stabilizing vegetation by fires are a risk for flooding or mudslides.
‘Some tips for private homeowners include:
• Clearing gutters of debris like leaves
• Ensuring that roofs and chimneys are waterproofed
• Trimming tree branches that could potentially fall and cause damage or injury
• Having chimneys and fireplaces cleaned as accumulated debris could pose a fire hazard
• Ensuring that personal and building insurance is up to date
Residents can find more information about flood awareness and mitigation measures on the City’s website:
In addition, we urge the public to keep the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre’s number on hand in case of emergency. They can dial 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON
City to spend R2,1 billion on new housing opportunities over the next three financial years
The Transport and Urban Development Authority’s draft budget for the next financial year (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019) amounts to R5,34 billion. The City will spend R585 million on new housing developments across Cape Town, and the expenditure on public transport will exceed R1,5 billion.
The City of Cape Town’s draft budget for the 2018/19 financial year was tabled at Council on 28 March 2018, and is now available for public comment.
The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority’s (TDA) draft operating budget for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 amounts to R3,6 billion, and the draft capital budget amounts to R1,74 billion. The bulk of the capital expenditure will be spent on new housing developments, public transport infrastructure related to the roll-out of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, and new roads to relieve traffic congestion. Most of these capital projects are located within the city’s urban inner core.
The urban inner core includes areas adjacent to the N1, N2, N7, and M5 highways; along the R27 to the north and Main Road to the south; along major arterials linking the Metro South-east with Bellville and Kuils River; and the Cape Town International Airport.
This is in line with the City’s Built Environment Performance Plan which states that the City will prioritise public investment and incentivise private investment at public transport nodes and corridors within the city’s urban inner core. As such, the City will implement dense and transit-oriented development (TOD) by promoting higher residential densities and mixed-land use patterns, as well as regulatory reform, in support of spatial transformation.
Given the dire need for housing – be it for affordable, inclusionary, social, emergency or state-subsidised Breaking New Ground housing – the TDA proposes to spend R2,1 billion on the development of new housing opportunities over the next three financial years, with R585 million being budgeted for 2018/19 alone.
The bulk of these housing opportunities will be developed on well-located land close to public transport services and job opportunities. As such, the TDA proposes to spend R105 million on the acquisition of land in the next financial year.
The draft capital budget provides a list of 36 housing developments which are either in the planning phase, already underway, or in the process of being finalised. These projects are situated in Nyanga, Atlantis, Heideveld, Fisantekraal, Grassy Park, Somerset West, Scottsdene, Hangberg, Durbanville, Bardale, Belhar, Delft, Gugulethu, Manenberg, Strand, Blue Downs, Dido Valley in Simon’s Town, Macassar, Harare, Imizamo Yethu, Valhalla Park, Masiphumelele, Brown’s Farms, Beacon Valley, Salt River, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Langa, Vrygrond, Retreat, and Ottery, among others.
A total of R371 million has been allocated for the construction and upgrade of public transport interchanges in the inner city, Bellville, Retreat, and Somerset West; and for new minibus-taxi facilities in Dunoon, Masiphumelele and Makhaza from 2018/19 until 2020/21.
As far as congestion relief is concerned, the TDA has allocated R481 million over the next three financial years for the construction of new road infrastructure to address traffic congestion. Some of the projects that are already under way are the dualling of Kommetjie Road in the Far South; Belhar Main Road and Erica Drive in Belhar, and Langverwacht Road in Kuils River.
The high costs of transport and long travel distances for low-income communities to their places of employment within the urban core are an apartheid legacy which we must reverse.
We also need to densify because the demand for housing is increasing rapidly. Although our population increased by 7% between 2011 and 2016, the number of households increased by 18% because households are getting smaller. We need smaller houses and we must change our spatial form to ensure resource efficiency and sustainability.
We need more housing opportunities close to where people work, more work opportunities close to where people live, and more affordable housing for all.
Informal settlement upgrades, backyarder services to top R850 million mark
The City of Cape Town proposes to spend more than R850 million over the medium term (between the 2018/19 to 20/21 financial years) on informal settlements upgrades and backyarder services. This is reflected in the City’s Draft Budget which is currently open for public participation.
As part of the City’s drive to transform living conditions in informal settlements, some R713 million is earmarked to be spent by the City’s Informal Settlements and Backyarder Department on backyarder service provision and the informal settlements upgrade programme over the next three years. At the same time, R150 million is expected to be spent on electricity services to backyard dwellers by the City’s Electricity Services Department.
The mainstreaming of basic service delivery to informal settlements and backyard dwellers, and achieving excellence in basic service delivery in general, are pillars of the City’s transformational priorities in accordance with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.
The roll-out of the City’s backyarder and upgrade programmes are absolutely dependent on the cooperation of the communities involved and the support from the beneficiaries and other partners.
City’s new Public Emergency Communication Centre opens in Goodwood
The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate officially opened the new premises of the Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) in Goodwood on 27 March. The state-of-the-art facility features the latest technology courtesy of the Emergency Policing and Incident Command (EPIC) system.
The Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) is home to 68 highly trained emergency communicators working on a shift basis. They are able to communicate in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa and more than 80% of calls are answered within 10 seconds.
The PECC first started operating as the centralised hub for emergency calls to City emergency services on 1 August 2000. Call takers are also able to reroute calls to external agencies like Metro Emergency Medical Services and the South African Police Service. The state-of-the-art facility also features the latest technology courtesy of the Emergency Policing and Incident Command (EPIC) system. Epic provides integrated call-taking and dispatching across all of the City’s emergency services.
Project EPIC is an integrated communication platform that is designed to ensure that all Safety and Security departments function optimally and that they are able to provide improved service delivery to Cape Town’s residents and visitors to our city. While the PECC has used a number of technological platforms over the years, EPIC is the first to provide integrated call-taking and dispatching across all of the City’s emergency services. A selection of staff also has police, fire and EMS backgrounds which enables them to put their skills in these fields to good use in the emergency communication environment.
The PECC can be contacted for all life- or property-threatening emergencies by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.
Taxi enforcement statistics paint a grim picture
With an average of 269 vehicle impounds a month and nearly 45 000 fines issued in the first quarter of this year, it is evident that enforcement alone will not get minibus-taxi operators to toe the line.
The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service issued nearly 45 000 fines to taxi operators in just over three months since the beginning of 2018. As of 9 April 2018, officers had issued 44 937 fines to taxi drivers across the metropole for a range of contraventions, including:
Moving violations 9 560
Unlicensed driver 8 695
Overloading 6 143
Not wearing a safety belt 4 211
Not displaying vehicle licence disc 1 948
Unlicensed motor vehicle 1 597
The Traffic Service has also impounded 2 426 public transport vehicles since July 2017 – an average of 269 a month. Of these, 71% of drivers did not have an operating licence and the rest were operating in contravention of their operating licences.
In spite of the enforcement efforts designed to create a safer city as outlined in the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, many motorists simply refuse to pay their outstanding fines. Currently, the top 100 public transport ‘warrant dodgers’ have amassed more than 2 800 outstanding warrants amounting to R3 339 360.
FOR INFORMATION: STUART PRINGLE