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City urges residents to connect with their Subcouncils<p>​</p><p>‘The Subcouncils as a whole exist to make sure that the issues affecting the various neighbourhoods across Cape Town are heard by the line departments and are dealt with. As a first point of contact, I encourage residents to connect with their Ward Councillor or Subcouncil to ensure that they receive important notices from the various City Departments, which often have urgent communication that needs to get out to residents as developments occur on the ground. Residents should also familiarise themselves with their Subcouncil and ward as a few changes were made to some of the Subcouncil boundaries earlier this year,’ said that City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</p><p>The subcouncil facilitates communication between City departments and the wards. Residents can approach the Subcouncils with City related queries and for assistance with:</p><p>• Registering on the job seekers list, where Subcouncil staff can assist them with accessing and getting onto the database</p><p>• Registering as a City Vendor, where Subcouncil staff can assist individuals with the registration process. </p><p>• Registering a Community Organisation on the Subcouncil database to receive important City notices relevant to their neighbourhood </p><p>The City’s easy look-up tool has a comprehensive database of all 21 Subcouncils and contact details via the following link: <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family">https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family</a> and home/Meet-the-City/city-council/find-your-councillor-ward-or-subcouncil</p><p>Subcouncils have the power to act on behalf of Council via the System of Delegations and they have the authority to make decisions on a range of municipal matters.</p><p>These may include service delivery requests, building and planning applications, fault reporting and other matters, such as:<br>• Receiving and responding to residents’ complaints and enquiries<br>• Making recommendations to Council on matters affecting their area<br>• Commenting on liquor licence applications<br>• Supervising the expenditure of ward allocation budgets (funds that the City allocates to wards in every subcouncil for local municipal projects)<br>• Ensuring that by-laws and policy matters are referred to the community for comment<br>• Maintaining an up-to-date database of community organisations in the area.<br>• Managing Subcouncil meetings which take place once a month, or whenever an urgent issue arises and needs immediate attention. Decisions are made through a majority vote by the subcouncil committee.</p><p>‘Public participation is a vital aspect of Subcouncil work, we therefore recommend that residents attend these meetings which are held on a monthly basis at the Subcouncil offices and other municipal buildings across the city. These are opportunities for residents to receive information on issues affecting their communities directly from the City. Our website has an updated calendar of these meetings. Alternatively, residents can approach their councillors or Subcouncil offices for details,’ said Alderman Uys.</p><p>Within each Subcouncil there are registered community-based organisations which are voluntary associations representing common interests. Each Subcouncil maintains a database of these community-based organisations in its own area. These groups are very important to the City for communication and consultation purpose as they assist in ensuring that important information reaches the right groups within each neighbourhood and that the City receives feedback from groups that have an invested interest on the issues presented.<br>‘I would like to call on community organisations to please come register or perhaps even re-register to ensure that they are mandated to speak on behalf of their communities about issues affecting them and that they receive all relevant communication they may need. Please ensure that your contact details are updated on the Subcouncil database, this will ensure that all communication between various governing bodies and the organisation is as efficient as possible, allowing community representatives to channel accurate information to their communities,’ said Alderman Uys.  <br>Registered community-based organisations fall within one of the ward committee sectors, which include:<br>•             arts and culture;<br>•             business;<br>•             civic-based;<br>•             designated vulnerable groups;<br>•             education;<br>•             environment;<br>•             faith-based;<br>•             safety and security;<br>•             sports;  <br>•             youth</p><p>For more about ward allocation projects under way within each Subcouncil residents can visit: <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Meet-the-City/city-council/wards">https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Meet-the-City/city-council/wards</a></p><p>For more information on the role of Subcouncils and how it can be of assistance to communities see this link: <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Work%20and%20business/Meet-the-city/City-council/Subcouncils">https://www.capetown.gov.za/Work%20and%20business/Meet-the-city/City-council/Subcouncils</a><br>For detailed maps of the 21 City of Cape Town Subcouncils see this link: <a href="https://web1.capetown.gov.za/web1/BigFilesAccess/DownloadBigFile.aspx?file=e6b5f806-9605-4372-b9cf-85f4a3240d39">https://web1.capetown.gov.za/web1/BigFilesAccess/DownloadBigFile.aspx?file=e6b5f806-9605-4372-b9cf-85f4a3240d39</a></p><p><br>End</p>2022-06-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4f7896e6-1115-412b-9364-a30f89da1b3a;L0|#04f7896e6-1115-412b-9364-a30f89da1b3a|sub councils;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#66a8bffe-45f0-4e06-8bbf-3c4f60f7f372;L0|#066a8bffe-45f0-4e06-8bbf-3c4f60f7f372|ward10

 

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