Media Statement by the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille
The City of Cape Town is committed to building a well-run city that upholds good governance practices, transparency, and creates the space for residents to make a meaningful contribution to our programme of action in government.
This means complying with legislatives requirements that compel all municipalities to have clearly defined goals, targets and deliverables to meet the needs of residents we serve.
However, it goes beyond this.
It means doing our best to ensure that everything we do in government fulfils the commitments we made to the voters.
This is clearly illustrated in our approach to the formulation and adoption of the City’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) which is our blueprint for governance and delivery.
In order to ensure that we deliver on the mandate the people of Cape Town gave us, we embarked on a rigorous process of translating our manifesto into our programme of action in government soon after assuming office.
The outcome of this process was an IDP which is a clear, concise and reader-friendly.
The five pillars which were the basis of our offer to the voters of Cape Town; safe city, opportunity city, caring city, inclusive city and well-run city, have been translated in the IDP into 5 Strategic Focus Areas (SFAs). These SFAs have been broken into objectives managed by a lead directorate.
In line with our commitment to participatory democracy, we undertook an extensive public participation process to allow all Capetonians from different parts of the metro to engage with this plan.
I was joined by the Mayoral Committee in 9 town hall meetings in communities ranging from Atlantis, to Gugulethu where residents were able to make their inputs on the IDP.
We held public meetings at all our sub-councils; distributed 920 000 inserts in community papers; approximately 700 000 inserts in bills and thousands of pamphlets in municipal buildings.
And for the first time in the City’s history, we used social media to consult the public, ultimately reaching an unprecedented 1 million people using these methods.
We consolidated the contributions we received during the public participation process to compile the final IDP document that was adopted by council.
All councillors have engaged with the final IDP, whether at public meetings, in caucus or in portfolio committee meetings.
The outcome of this process was the translation of our electoral promises into a living government strategy, thereby making Cape Town one of the few, if any, municipalities where there is a discernible link between the electoral commitments made and the actual programme of governance and delivery.
Today, we are launching the next phase of the IDP public interaction process with the unveiling of a video that shows how our programme of action is being rolled out throughout the metro.
This is another creative way of driving participative democracy, in that it allows residents to understand in a clear and graphic fashion how this government is delivering on its electoral mandate.
We will be distributing copies of the DVD to ward committees; sub-councils; and the private sector and others.
In addition to this, the video will be displayed at walk-in centres in municipal facilities.
The video can also be accessed directly through Youtube
or the City’s Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/cctecomm
Viewers of the video will have the option of providing their input. The City will be monitoring these inputs for consideration in our on-going efforts to enhance our programme of action where necessary.
It is my sincere wish that this video is widely viewed in order to help ensure that the connection between citizens and government is a strong one.