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City chips away at vandalism<p>The City of Cape Town's Social Services Directorate is counting the cost of continual vandalism and theft at some of its most crucial service centres.  </p><p>Since July last year, libraries and clinics have submitted 118 insurance claims between them, totalling nearly R800 000 – largely as a result of theft, malicious damage to property, and burglaries. Of the claims at clinics, only 12% were the result of accidental damage like burst geysers and pipes.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1166px;" /><figcaption> <p> Eikendal Library. </p> </figcaption> </figure></span><p> 'Vandalism of community facilities is problematic for a number of reasons. Not only does it disrupt vital services to some of the most vulnerable individuals in a community, but it also has an impact on staff and community morale. It leaves the City in the position where we have to stall new developments and improvements planned for our clinics and libraries because we're having to divert funds to fix and replace vandalised or stolen infrastructure.</p><p>'At our libraries, the theft of cables and computers can often leave a community without access to SmartCape services, and therefore the worldwide web, for months. The delay in regaining connection is particularly long in cases where the Telkom cables are stolen. Many people rely on our library computers and free internet service to look for jobs and for correspondence learning, and the lack of connection has a massive impact on their lives. We are rolling out broadband infrastructure to our libraries as quickly as possible in the hope that it will reduce the risk of cable theft in future,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>City Health has submitted 60 claims between July 2016 and 7 April 2017 at 31 facilities, totalling just under R400 000. During the same period last year, the Department submitted 104 claims for over R750 000. Nyanga Clinic has accounted for 11 of the claims.</p><p>The City's Library and Information Services Department has submitted 58 claims, totalling nearly R380 000 thus far this financial year. Delft Library has amassed 10 claims in the current financial year, and while Hanover Park Library has only submitted three claims, these amounted to R130 000. This compared to 115 claims totalling R671 107, 53 in 2015/16 and 208 claims totalling R1 439 454, 40 in 2014/15.</p> <span>​<figure class="figure-credits left"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1225px;" /><figcaption> Eikendal Library. </figcaption> </figure> </span>'The statistics offer a glimmer of hope that our constant appeals to the public to report suspicious behaviour are not in vain, but there is a long road still to walk. The City spends millions every year on security measures at facilities. We've also recently piloted a project in Nyanga and Gugulethu where 50 neighbourhood watch members and eight auxiliary law enforcement officers have been employed as facility protection officers. This initiative creates a visible presence around high-risk facilities and the people employed know the area well and have a vested interest in safeguarding their communities. The project is achieving amazing results, with not a single facility vandalised in this area since the start thereof. <p>'These results bode well for the expansion of this project to other areas going forward in the coming financial year. Recreation and Parks Department staff at the Gugulethu Sports Complex told me that the deployment of the facility protection officers has completely changed the atmosphere at the venue and their focus can now be on running programmes with the youth and not looking over their shoulder at the front door to see whether criminals are sneaking in. </p><p>'However, ultimately we cannot build the safe and inclusive city envisioned in the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan without the cooperation of residents. Many communities know who the thieves and vandals are, but turn a blind eye. I challenge residents to out these individuals who are robbing their children of access to medical care and young people from access to learning materials and ultimately, a better future. The City also has an informant reward policy that allows us to pay R1 000 to anyone who provides information that results in the successful prosecution of these criminals,' added Alderman Smith.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2017-04-27T22:00:00Z1
Implementation strategy for Integrated Public Transport Network plan paves way for new MyCiTi trunk routes <p>The IPTN plan was adopted by Council in June 2014. This document consists of a package of medium- and long-term plans aimed at establishing a fully integrated public transport system in Cape Town by the year 2032. Apart from new MyCiTi trunk routes to be implemented, the IPTN plan also includes other modes of public transport such as new rail corridors, the need for park-and-ride facilities at rail stations, and the upgrade of existing public transport interchanges to significantly improve access and mobility within the city. <br> <br>‘The implementation strategy was approved by Council yesterday, and prioritises the roll-out of five new MyCiTi corridor routes as well as the Blue Downs rail corridor within the next 15 years. This strategy underpins the City’s new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) which identifies dense and transit-oriented growth and development and efficient, integrated public transport as key priorities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.<br> <br>In terms of the implementation strategy, the roll-out of the following corridors are prioritised:</p><ul><li>T11 MyCiTi corridor connecting Wynberg and Khayelitsha</li><li>T12 MyCiTi corridor connecting Mitchells Plain and Claremont</li><li>T17 MyCiTi corridor connecting Khayelitsha and Century City</li><li>D12 MyCiTi route or Klipfontein Road corridor connecting Mitchells Plain and the Cape Town central business district (CBD)</li><li>T13 MyCiTi route or Symphony Way corridor connecting Mitchells Plain and Durbanville</li><li>Blue Downs rail corridor – a double-track rail link of approximately 9 km between Nolungile station in Khayelitsha and the Kuils River station with three new stations in between, namely Mfuleni, Blue Downs and Wimbledon</li></ul><ul>‘We want to have the five new MyCiTi corridors fully operational by 2032. This may sound far off, but the scale and reach of these routes is significantly bigger in comparison with the existing MyCiTi network. In fact, the five new corridors will serve at least five times the passengers that are currently traveling on the existing MyCiTi routes. It will connect some of the most disadvantaged communities to five major destinations – the Cape Town CBD, Bellville, Claremont, Wynberg and Century City.</ul><p>‘As such, the roll-out of these trunk routes will accelerate our efforts to create a more equal society based on integrated communities, economic inclusion, and access to opportunities – the main pillars of the City’s ODTP,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> <br>All of the City’s public transport plans revolve around and complement the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Framework which was adopted by Council in March 2016. <br> <br>‘The TOD Strategic Framework is the City’s long-term development strategy. It prescribes how new developments across Cape Town should happen and how new and existing public infrastructure should be utilised to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, the high cost of public transport, and urbanisation, while also stimulating economic growth,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> <br>Thus, in determining which MyCiTi routes to prioritise, the Transport and Urban Development Authority specifically considered areas where:</p><ul><li>the most residents would benefit from the roll-out – thus, the number of passengers to board the bus on a week day. The routes with the highest number of potential passengers were favoured</li><li>the time passengers would save by travelling in a MyCiTi bus on a dedicated bus rapid transit route (red road), as opposed to using public transport in mixed traffic. The routes with the highest time savings were favoured</li><li>the percentage of low-income households the routes would serve. Routes serving a higher number of lower-income households are prioritised so that the City can improve access to affordable public transport to those who need it most</li><li>integration opportunities along a route where commuters have easy access to other modes of transport such as rail</li><li>those currently travelling in private cars could shift to public transport such as the MyCiTi service, to travel to work and other destinations</li></ul><p>‘In terms of the abovementioned analysis, the five MyCiTi trunk routes that we are prioritising have scored the highest. In fact, the T11 and T12 routes – Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service – showed exceptional results, confirming the urgency to roll out these routes as soon as possible,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> <br>The TDA also took the capital and operational costs for each route into consideration during the prioritisation exercise, including:</p><ul><li>the estimated cost of the infrastructure and fleet needed for each route</li><li>total annual operational cost for each route</li><li>revenue/cost ratio per route<br> </li>‘The ranking of the routes remained the same, even after the financial assessment of each route was completed. Thus, the roll-out of these five MyCiTi trunk routes also makes financial sense,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> <br>Apart from the trunk routes, scheduled feeder services will be provided by buses in areas where there is a high demand for the MyCiTi service and where the MyCiTi stations and rail stations are not within walking distance. Unscheduled feeder services will be provided by minibus-taxis in areas where the demand is lower.<br> <br>‘We also plan to provide quality bus services in other areas where the MyCiTi trunk service is not being rolled out as yet, or where the commuter demand is lower. The scheduling, fares, ticketing, efficiency and quality will be of the same standard as the MyCiTi service,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> <br>The National Treasury has, through the conditional Public Transport Network Grant, allocated R1,4 billion and R1,6 billion respectively for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years to the City for the provision of public transport infrastructure.<br> <br>‘Given the available funding and taking into account the estimated construction costs and time it would take to complete the infrastructure for the MyCiTi trunk routes, we can only build one corridor at a time. We thus have to implement the prioritised trunk routes in sequence, starting with the T11 and T12,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> <br>It will take at least 15 years to plan and construct the infrastructure needed to implement the five new MyCiTi corridors.<br> <br>‘We will have to maintain and improve the existing facilities and operations while we incrementally roll out the MyCiTi trunk routes. As such, we will upgrade several public transport interchanges which are currently being used by minibus-taxis and buses, and provide new park-and-ride facilities at MyCiTi stations and rail stations,’ said Councillor Herron.<br> <br>Another five MyCiTi trunk routes are planned: the T15 between Strandfontein and the Cape Town CBD; the T14 between Westlake and Bellville; the T16 between Eerste River and Blouberg; the T19 between Kraaifontein and Century City; and the T10 between Gordon’s Bay and Retreat. These routes, however, will be implemented only after 2032.<br> </ul><p><strong>End</strong><br></p><p> </p>2017-04-26T22:00:00Z1
City approves four new Special Rating Areas in Cape Town<p>​Property owners in Northpine, Marconi Beam, Beaconvale, and Penzance Estate identified the need to take ownership of their area and assist the City in ensuring well-maintained and sustainable local environments that are conducive to vibrant and caring communities.</p><p>Following Council approval yesterday, four new SRAs have been established, namely the Northpine City Improvement District, the Montague Gardens-Marconi Beam Improvement District, the Penzance Estate Special Rating Area, and the Beaconvale Improvement District.</p><p>The City’s requirements for the application process for these SRAs included an urban management survey which was carried out in all four areas. Based on the results of these surveys, it was clear that these areas are well-developed with good infrastructure, but are showing signs of urban decay and require intervention.</p><p>These SRAs are clearly defined by geographical areas where the property owners will contribute additional rates to fund further services. This will mostly include urban management issues, such as additional public safety measures, cleaning services, maintenance of infrastructure, upgrading of the environment, and social services.</p><p>‘Once these SRAs are operational, the individual property owners will enjoy the collective benefits of an enhancement of their areas, along with a shared sense of communal pride, safety and social responsibility. In the end, these all translate into a tangible boost in property values and capital investments. To me, this is illustrates the true value of a partnership and joint service delivery initiative, as well as the benefits of focused attention – key tenets of the City’s new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.</p><p>‘The Northpine City Improvement District application was truly motivating as it depicts true active citizenship, where residential property owners from a previously disadvantaged residential area identified the need to take ownership of their local neighbourhood and assist the City. The Northpine Steering Committee was very active and diligent in the application process and received overwhelming support from the community. Residents were most concerned about public safety, the state of the public areas, and the general beautification of their neighbourhood as a whole and as a City we look forward to addressing these needs and making progress possible together,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.</p><p>Marconi Beam in Montague Gardens is one of Cape Town’s most modern and well planned industrial areas, with a mix of high-grade industrial property and commercial and retail space. The establishment of this SRA is the preferred way to enhance the strategic importance of Montague Gardens, which is located close to transport corridors and has the potential to attract and retain investment as well as provide employment to the local and surrounding residential areas. Montague Gardens is also the gateway to the rapid urban and economic growth of the West Coast Region.</p><p>The Beaconvale Improvement District is an important SRA for the cental region of the City as it will discourage businesses from closing or migrating to other areas. There is a local desire in Beaconvale to establish and maintain a safe, clean and well managed industrial area which will attract new investment – benefits which the established improvement districts in adjacent areas such as Elsies River, Epping Industria, Parow Industria, and the Voortrekker Road Corridor are already experiencing.</p><p>With the approval of the mentioned applications, Cape Town now has 39 established Special Rating Areas.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2017-04-26T22:00:00Z1
Speech by the City's Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille, at the full council meeting on 26 April 2017<p>Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.</p><p>Mr Speaker, I would like to call for a moment of silence for Pan-Africanist Congress stalwart, Philip Kgosana, the fire victims, and the people who died on our roads over the Easter holiday period. Thank you.</p><p>I would also like to use this opportunity to congratulate Cape Town City FC on their win against Kaizer Chiefs at the Cape Town Stadium last night in what was a gripping display of top quality football. </p><p>Mr Speaker, last week an unsung hero in the struggle against apartheid, Philip Kgosana, died. </p><p>As an unassuming, valiant fighter in the struggle, Kgosana dedicated his life to the political cause. </p><p>He earned his name in our country’s history books when he led 30 000 African demonstrators on a march from Langa to the Cape Town CBD on 30 March 1960 following the Sharpeville massacre. </p><p>In recognition of his contribution to our country, the City is currently processing a proposal to rename De Waal Drive after Philip Kgosana. </p><p>This proposal will serve before the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee in May and will be followed by a public participation process. </p><p>I was honoured to have known and stood alongside Kgosana during the darkest days of apartheid and drew from his determination as we fought together to realise freedom, justice, and equality for the people of our country.</p><p>Mr Speaker, in the coming months, we will also see the unfolding of a plan to honour the father of our nation, former President Nelson Mandela. </p><p>The public participation for proposed Madiba statue and exhibition at City Hall commenced earlier this month and comments, input and recommendations may be submitted until 21 May 2017.</p><p>The proposed project – the installation of a statue of the late President Mandela and a permanent exhibition at the City Hall – forms part of the National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative of the National Heritage Council and the National Department of Tourism.</p><p>It is proposed that a statue be installed on the balcony at the City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address following his release from the then Victor Verster Prison on 11 February 1990. </p><p>The proposed project will be a joint effort between the City and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Sport Department.</p><p>Mr Speaker, the hot weather over the past two weeks has sent our dam levels into further decline due to the high rate of evaporation and people using more water on the hotter days. </p><p>I would like to thank the many residents and businesses who are making every effort to save water, but we have to do more to save more water consistently, regardless of weather patterns. </p><p>The drought situation is not going to be alleviated any time soon as the impacts of climate change, with reduced annual average rainfall, are harshly being felt.</p><p>As of this week our dams are at 23,3% storage levels, and with the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 13,3%. </p><p>We have now lowered the collective usage weekly target to 600 million litres per week as the dams decline even further. </p><p>Stricter water restrictions could also be on the cards soon, subject to due process. </p><p>For now, the City asks residents to stop using municipal water for all outside use and that those who are able to do so invest in greywater and rainwater harvesting, among others, for all non-potable uses. </p><p>Similarly, the City is currently looking at ways to create a greater culture of water-harvesting in all of our operations. </p><p>The City continues to accelerate its emergency water schemes in accordance with the disaster declaration.</p><p>The exploratory phase of a pilot project for the extraction of water from the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) is expected to begin near the end of June 2017.  </p><p>At this stage, the foreseen yield is approximately two million litres per day. </p><p>This is because we are taking a precautionary approach to determine the sustainable yield of the TMGA and to prevent over-abstraction and environmental damage. </p><p>The City is also continuing with extensive pressure-reduction programmes to reduce the flow of water and water losses through leakage in the pipework of the distribution system. </p><p>The regulation of supply is under way in the central, southern and eastern suburbs and within the next week it will be expanded to the northern suburbs. </p><p>In the coming weeks, the City will also be hosting a number of water and resilience-related events, including a briefing with the businesses in the city on 9 May. </p><p>Mr Speaker, the drought has had an impact on all broad range of activities and in order to minimise the impact of the crisis on sport and sport development, the City and the South African Football Association (SAFA) are working together to tackle the soccer season under drought conditions.  </p><p>The City and SAFA will work together to manage the various playing fields and ensure that they are used in a manner that mitigates further damage as a result of the drought. </p><p>SAFA has been very positive about finding a solution with the City and we thank them for their willingness to proactively tackle the impending crisis we are experiencing at our grass fields. </p><p>Mr Speaker, on the point of sport facilities, on 31 March the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of the City against WBHO in stadium collusion case. </p><p>In the case against a number of construction companies that colluded in respect of the construction of the Cape Town Stadium, the City is claiming more than R500 million in damages from the construction companies. </p><p>The judgment relates to an objection by WBHO that the City could not rely on admissions made by other construction companies to prove its claim against WBHO. </p><p>The court dismissed WBHO’s objection and ordered it to pay the City’s legal costs. </p><p>This judgment paves the way for the City to recover the amount of damages that it has suffered as a result of the collusion by the construction companies. </p><p>Recently, the National Government entered into settlement agreements with the various construction companies in respect of damages that arose from the collusion. </p><p>This settlement agreement entered into does not come close to compensating the public for the damages that were suffered as a result of the collusion by the construction companies. </p><p>This is exactly why the City of Cape Town decided to pursue the matter independently and refused to rely on national government for proper recourse. </p><p>We are committed to continuing to pursue the claim, in order to recover the monies owed to the people of Cape Town. </p><p>Mr Speaker, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP), we are positioning Cape Town as a forward-thinking, globally competitive business destination. </p><p>The findings of latest State of the Central City report affirm growth in investor confidence in Cape Town.</p><p>Last week the latest State of the Central City Report by the Central City Improvement District (CCID) revealed that investor confidence has grown over the last five years, and Cape Town is the second biggest contributor to the National GDP. </p><p>About R16,2 billion of investment has been pumped into Cape Town since 2012, and just under R4,4 billion in property investment was completed.</p><p>While we are pleased with these findings, which reaffirm that our efforts in executing our Economic Growth Strategy are paying off, we will not rest on our laurels. </p><p>We remain committed to building an opportunity city that is open for business so that we can continue to attract investment and alleviate poverty by providing much-needed jobs for the people of our city.</p><p>As the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, said: ‘For cities to truly thrive, they need to think global and act global when it comes to growing the economy’.</p><p>This is the approach that I took to the local economy early on in my first term as the Executive Mayor of Cape Town. </p><p>It was the basis of the City’s 2012 Economic Growth Strategy, which has several key intervention areas at the core of the City’s investment attraction efforts. </p><p>We have aggressively promoted Cape Town as a safe investment location, both nationally and internationally, underpinned by our clean governance record of receiving four clean audits consecutively. </p><p>We are now the tech start-up capital of Africa as well as the continent’s green energy hub. </p><p>Speaking of the clean audits, we have our clean audit awards for the City and the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the Chamber today. </p><p>Last week, the City also won an award for the Most Innovative Stand at the World Travel Market Africa. </p><p>Mr Speaker, while we are working hard on attracting major investment into the city, we are also stepping up our efforts to support the growth of small to medium local businesses. </p><p>Small emerging businesses will be given a boost with the City’s initiative to give them a chance to gain the necessary experience and to grow their financial standing. </p><p>The City of Cape Town’s community-based supplier programme, which applies to bids of less than R30 000, aims to establish less onerous requirements in the procurement process. </p><p>Strong oversight over the spending of public money on goods and services will still apply. </p><p>This initiative is set to make a positive contribution to job creation. </p><p>The City has established a central supplier database walk-in centre at its Cape Town Civic Centre offices which helps potential suppliers who are interested in registering. </p><p>Vendors are welcome to visit the walk-in centre for more information. </p><p>The City will also be concentrating on driving education and awareness about this initiative over the coming weeks. </p><p>A community-based project refers to bids for goods and services which are allocated in a specific ward. </p><p>Subcouncil managers will identify and confirm the locality and domicile of all community-based suppliers within their jurisdiction and will invite them to submit their application to become vendors.</p><p>It is foreseen that procurement of general services, such as area cleaning, general maintenance, laundry services, waste removal, and the provision of hygienic services and other general services, will be especially suitable to these emerging micro-enterprises. </p><p>Examples of such bids already include a maintenance service provider which is being used in First Avenue Park in Lotus River and a cleaning contract in parks in Nyanga.<br>  <br>We have been looking at how we can assist such small emerging businesses to develop and to gain experience so that they are equipped on all levels to one day tender for larger projects. </p><p>This community-based supplier initiative is a tangible example of our new ODTP, which entails removing some of the operational silos and red tape that often characterise government operations and finding ways of igniting hope by enabling opportunities and services in a more localised, area-based manner. </p><p>Mr Speaker, we are bringing progress across the city as last month Council approved the sale of 29 City-owned properties in Atlantis.</p><p>The release of these large open tracts of commercial property to the market and the recent commercial investment of over R1 billion are catalysts for much-needed economic growth in the region. </p><p>Additionally, we are working to have Atlantis declared a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), with a particular focus on green technology manufacturing. </p><p>Once the area is declared a SEZ, it will further increase the attractiveness of Atlantis as a place to invest in green technology manufacturing as green technology investors will receive even more benefits, such as a 15% tax break.</p><p>Mr Speaker, as we take the city to greater heights, we cannot forget about our young people, who are not just our future, they also play an important role right now in shaping our city. </p><p>Next month, we will be hosting a competition where we want to hear from young people and get their ideas and input on how we can improve the city.</p><p>A call for essays from Grade 11 pupils will be done via social media (the City and the mayor’s accounts) and posters in libraries across Cape Town.</p><p>Pupils will submit essays via email using our SmartCape facilities at our libraries.</p><p>A panel of judges will read all submissions and select the top six and later the two winning essays will be selected. </p><p>The two pupils who write the best essays will win an opportunity to job shadow me during the school holidays.</p><p>It is my hope that we will find great ideas from our young people so that they can play a greater role building a world-class city.</p><p>There are many positive things happening in Cape Town.</p><p>I want to especially highlight the Manenberg Integrated Park where about 18 months ago with the Western Cape Government, we announced that we had a new vision for this area.</p><p>Manenberg was identified as one of the areas to be part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme because we felt the need for urgent redress there.</p><p>The Manenberg Integrated Park project is aimed at upgrading Marico Park and linking it to the Greens sports fields.</p><p>The City of Cape Town has set aside R15,7 million for this project and work is expected to be complete by July 2018.</p><p>This is part of a more than R73,9 million investment that has been made in Manenberg through the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme thus far.</p><p>Some capital projects include:</p><ul><li>Floodlights on the Manenberg field for R4 million</li><li>Elsieskraal park upgrade at a cost of R3,4 million</li><li>Sport facilities worth R10 million</li><li>Reconstruction of concrete roads at a cost of R19 million</li><li>Non-motorised transport projects to the value of R18 million</li></ul><p>Mr Speaker, we are making progress in rebuilding the lives and homes of the families who were affected by the devastating fire in Imizamo Yethu last month.</p><p>While we are busy with this work, we are pleased that the Transport and Urban Development Authority is in the final month of a R40 million project to redesign, reconstruct and upgrade of up to 31 roads in Imizamo Yethu, Ocean View and Kommetjie in the far south.</p><p>The project commenced in June 2015 and should be completed by the end of May this year, if all goes as planned.</p><p>Furthermore, approximately 45 residents from Ocean View and Imizamo Yethu benefited from temporary work opportunities that were created as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme during the construction of these roads.</p><p>Elsewhere, we are also pleased to announce that community consultations for the upgrade of the Agste Laan informal settlement have been concluded and that the contractors have begun their site preparations. </p><p>The R50,8 million upgrade to transform the lives of these residents will go a long way towards creating a sense of place in the community, with its formalised layout and community-friendly design. </p><p>If construction is able to proceed as planned, the site should be completed by the end of 2018. Constant cooperation from the beneficiaries will be of paramount importance. </p><p>The formalised layout will allow the City to provide an enhanced level of basic services. </p><p>Each of the 580 residential plots will have access to its own toilet and metered water and electricity connections. </p><p>The redesign will also allow for the provision of public lighting. This could not be done previously due to the density of the structures. </p><p>As part of the upgrade, formal erven will be created, which can be transferred with title deeds to qualifying beneficiaries.</p><p>The progressive realisation of tenure is one of the key thrusts of the City’s new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan and our Integrated Human Settlements Framework. </p><p>Mr Speaker, unfortunately it is not all good news in our work to deliver to residents as a housing project in Valhalla Park is currently being blocked where gangsters have gone on site, threatening the contractor demanding a security fee. </p><p>It is absolutely unacceptable that criminal elements are blocking service delivery to residents and using this as an opportunity to extort money from our service providers.</p><p>We are working hard to address this as a matter of urgency to allow the contractor to continue with their work safely.</p><p>Mr Speaker, another very positive programme that was really a heart-warming experience for me is when I joined some of the ‘community mothers’ who are part of the City of Cape Town’s Women in Rental Stock Programme in Kewtown.</p><p>These women are rolling up their sleeves to help us build safe, caring communities.</p><p>As tenants in the rental stock, they have been employed to tackle social issues and make a difference in their communities.</p><p>Since the launch of the pilot project in July 2016, 787 women have been recruited, trained, and deployed in nine areas to help uplift City-owned rental stock areas through addressing environmental and socio-economic challenges.</p><p>So far Women in Rental Stock teams have been deployed to Athlone, Hanover Park, Lotus River, Lavender Hill, Manenberg, Uitsig, Ravensmead, Ocean View and Macassar.</p><p>The women are employed through the Expanded Public Works Programme and are tasked with:</p><ul><li>identifying and helping to address safety concerns in their environment</li><li>logging service requests related to the upkeep of their buildings and surrounding streets, including littering, dumping, and graffiti removal</li><li>providing home-based care services to the elderly</li></ul><p>Mr Speaker in closing, I am pleased to end on this note of us having hosted another successful Cape Town Games for Older Persons. </p><p>I enjoyed my race and my time with our senior citizens, the mothers and fathers of our city. </p><p>We have a dedicated programme for older people so that we can encourage them to lead healthy and active lifestyles.</p><p>As part of this programme, we have more than 270 home-based carers who provide home-based companionship and non-medical care. </p><p>They are working very hard all over the city in areas like Lwandle, Lavender Hill and Hanover Park. </p><p>In the next financial year we will be reintroducing this programme to continue getting on with building a caring city and making progress possible together.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, enkosi, shukran.</p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-04-25T22:00:00Z1




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