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City takes budget to Khayelitsha residents<p>On Thursday 20 April 2017, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, presented the draft budget to Khayelitsha residents and addressed their various questions and suggestions. Over 200 residents attended and were able to formally submit their comments via suggestion boxes. </p><p>The public participation process for the draft budget ended on 21 April 2017. Once the input from residents has been collated and considered, only then is the draft budget taken to Council for debate and adoption in May 2017. </p><p>‘It is no longer business as usual at the City of Cape Town. In line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, we are doing more to take services directly to our residents. With the draft budget, we are trying to get as many residents involved in the public participation process as possible by hosting these public meetings and finding out what residents want and need. By stepping up our engagement with residents, especially those who are vulnerable, we are bringing local government closer to our communities,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.</p><p>During the engagements at the Khayelitsha Training Centre, there was a productive discussion around concerns raised by residents – for example informal trading and early childhood development, with the United Khayelitsha Informal Traders’ Association and various Early Childhood Development centre owners being in attendance. Both groups enjoyed having the opportunity to interact directly with relevant City line departments. </p><p>Councillor Ntsodo also took the opportunity to appeal to residents, local councillors, and contractors in the area to work together by reporting any illegal activity, such as bribery or corruption. <br> <br>‘Any such illegal activities cannot be tolerated as they will ultimately starve Khayelitsha of essential municipal services which this region so desperately needs. My office has an open-door policy for all residents of Khayelitsha in terms of service delivery assistance and information. We will continue to aggressively tackle any factors preventing effective service delivery in Khayelitsha. Our ultimate aim is to create conditions conducive to economic growth and job creation but in order to achieve this we need all community stakeholders on board with our vision,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.</p>2017-04-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#796a2f21-c55a-40da-9aab-0d965b382e9a;L0|#0796a2f21-c55a-40da-9aab-0d965b382e9a|draft budget;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#52067ea8-f5f1-4932-89ca-f948312f8164;L0|#052067ea8-f5f1-4932-89ca-f948312f8164|Khayelitsha;GPP|#335f4547-2e97-4fef-8dfb-be42e0eedc06;GP0|#2d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173;L0|#02d9d26f8-fc9c-42a9-8fb2-4688d58c4173|Public participation1

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