A DIRECT TRANSLATION OF THE CHAIRPERSON’S SPEECH IS RECORDED HEREUNDER. THE SPEECH IS DOCUMENTED IN THE OFFICIAL MINUTE AS ANNEXURE A: 26 AUGUST 2021
Good Morning, Goeie Morê, Namaste, Molweni, Subcouncil 18 Alderman/Councillors, Manager, Officials, members of Public, invited guests and media if present.
I trust that you are all staying safe.
City’s vaccination vans make inroads
The country’s vaccination campaign has experienced numerous shifts and changes, and this flexibility is necessary, considering the mammoth task we have at hand and I am sure that the numbers will increase even more as we go along.
The latest vaccination data indicates that just over 1 million people have registered in the metropole. While most of the eight health sub-districts in the city have registrations in excess of 100 000.
The success of our vaccination campaign does not rest on government’s shoulders alone. It needs to be a collective effort, and we need community champions to help spread the message that the vaccines are our best shot at life beyond this pandemic.
City’s Phase 2 humanitarian relief programme in full swing
The ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect vulnerable communities, households and individuals. The City, as part of its wider response management initiatives to the pandemic, granted the Urban Management Directorate a total of R25 million in the 2020/21 financial year to implement a humanitarian food relief programme.
While local government may not have the core delivery mandate for social relief, the City is playing its part to assist vulnerable residents who are withstanding the worst of this pandemic.
The City of Cape Town is taking a whole of society approach to assist our most vulnerable residents during these difficult times and all our Councillors are in the field to assist their communities
City pumps R82m into Retreat sewer system upgrade
The City’s Water and Sanitation Department has officially launched its new Retreat pump station, which boasts state-of-the-art design and equipment, including a screening mechanism to stop dumped objects and materials from blocking the system and creating sewer overflows/spills. The plant has been operating since June, and during this time, there has been a significant reduction in sewer blockages and overflows in the area.
The four-year journey, from planning to completion and all the vandalism and violence, with two excavators destroyed beyond repair. Extra measures have been put in place to secure the facility to the highest degree possible, as pump stations have been increasingly targeted with theft and vandalism in recent months.
This pump station services approximately 16 000 households, in areas such as Sea Winds, Lavender Hill, Coniston Park, Elfindale, part of Retreat, Zerilda Park and Sand River.
Residents are reminded to only flush human waste, toilet paper and greywater. Any other items such as wet wipes, rubble, rags, fats from cooking, feminine hygiene products, will block the sewer pipeline and damage infrastructure, which results in overflows and sewer spills at affected pump stations. Let’s work together to address and reduce sewer overflows so our communities can enjoy healthy environments.
CONSTRUCTION OF NON-MOTORISED TRANSPORT (NMT) FACILITIES, GRASSY PARK
The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate hereby advises residents, pedestrians and road users that construction of non-motorised transport facilities will take place along a number of roads in Grassy Park. The objective of this project is to create a safe and convenient environment for commuters, pedestrians and cyclists while at the same time ensuring universal access and design for special needs users as to achieve more effective non-motorized mobility.
Work will take place Monday to Friday (07:30 – 17:00) from 02 August 2021 for a period of 15 months, weather permitting.
I would like to applaud the youth aged 18- 35 for their interest and high rates of registration to be vaccinated. This interest not only helps us create a safe City but also brings us closer to the end of the pandemic.
May we continue to serve our communities and bring services closer to our communities.
I thank you.
Ald Shanen Rossouw
Chairperson, Subcouncil 18
In response to the Chairperson’s Report:
Cllr G Gordon concurred with Ald S Rossouw with regards to the on-going sewer blockages across the City of Cape Town and requested that the Administration assist with a flyer that could be distributed in communities in Subcouncil 18 precinct.
Subsequent to the SC18 skype meeting, the Administration circulated the flyer to all Councillors as requested.