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Speech by the City's Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille, at full council meeting on 26 January 2017<br><span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Note to editors: </h4><p>The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the first full Council meeting for the year today, 26 January 2017.</p></div></div></span><div><p>Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.</p><p>I would like to welcome all councillors back after recess. I am very pleased that you have all returned safely.</p><p>Can we please have a moment of silence for all those who lost their lives on the roads during the festive season and for the legendary jazz icon, Mama Thandi Klaasen, who lost her life last week. </p><p>I would also like to take a moment to remember Steven Otter who died so tragically before Christmas. He was the City’s Head of Community Engagement for transport projects, but also a great friend to many of us. Everyone who worked with Stevovo has fond memories of him.</p><p>Thank you.</p><p>Mr Speaker, today we have some new faces here in the front.</p><p>I want to congratulate and welcome Cllr Raelene Arendse, our new Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, as well as Cllr Stuart Diamond, our new Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management. </p><p>Welcome back to the rest of the Mayoral Committee who have remained the same and will oversee the other portfolios according to the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP).</p><p>We now also have four area-based mayoral committee members – mini-mayors to oversee all services delivered across the city. </p><p>I look forward to seeing their leadership and impact on bringing greater parity of services in terms of service delivery. </p><p>I want to welcome back all the staff as well.</p><p>We are very appreciative of the City staff who worked so hard over the festive season. </p><p>The City was working on a skeleton staff, but essential services were always available. Their efforts made sure that the City continued to run over the holidays.</p><p>I am also so grateful to our firefighters who continue to work tirelessly to keep us safe from the destruction of fires.</p><p>Every day they leave their loved ones and risk their lives to keep us safe. </p><p>Since December 2016, they have attended to 3 166 different types of fire.  </p><p>I note that the Simon’s Town community is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the people or person suspected of starting the fires in the area. </p><p>I am equally interested in the cause of fires that have affected the whole city.</p><p>I would therefore like to extend a reward of R25 000 for information which leads to the apprehension of any person initiating or aiding the spread the fires that have affected the city.</p><p>Unfortunately, most fires are still being caused by carelessness or are being set deliberately. </p><p>Last year was a very long year but I trust that we are all back recharged and ready for the year ahead.</p><p>Mr Speaker, perhaps the most important item on the agenda today besides the adjustments budget is the implementation Level 3B water restrictions. </p><p>We are in the midst of a severe drought. Dam levels are far too low – at 40,4% as of Monday, yet our collective usage has not dropped. </p><p>Since it is difficult to extract the last 10%, this means we only have 30% of the dams left to use. </p><p>I want to thank those who have adhered to the restrictions.</p><p>Those residents who have not heeded our call to save water and reduce their consumption have seen an increase in their water bills.</p><p>We have received an additional R254 million from water sales due to sales volumes being higher than anticipated and the impact of the implemented 20% (Level 2) water restrictions on consumption patterns. </p><p>But we can’t use this money to buy more water. Because of your abuse, we will all suffer. </p><p>Make no mistake, this is a serious situation that we must all work together to address urgently.</p><p>Saving water is not optional. </p><p>We ALL have to save water now to ensure that we have water over the long term. </p><p>Today we need to consider implementing Level 3B water restrictions because we are not reaching the intended water savings. </p><p>The City’s Area-Based Mayoral Committee Members and the Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services Directorate will be working along with peace officers, law enforcement officers, and councillors to help make sure we reach the usage targets.</p><p>In consultation, they will devise a plan that will include door-to-door visits, issuing more fines where applicable, installing water restriction devices if usage on properties continues to be high, and focusing strongly on education and awareness. </p><p>We know who the 20 000 residents are that continue to ignore water restrictions. </p><p>It is some of them who contributed to the high consumption which resulted in the R250 million water sales increase. </p><p>We are going to approach them to ask that they cooperate. </p><p>We are also going to consider limiting their usage in some way.</p><p>Water-saving pamphlets are on the desks of all councillors and I urge you all to assist us in getting this message to the communities you serve. </p><p>Mr Speaker, as the City, we remain committed to:</p><p></p><ul><li>improving response times for repairing pipe bursts</li><li>promoting the use of treated effluent (recycled water) or borehole water instead of drinking water for irrigation purposes</li><li>offering plumbing repairs for indigent households free of charge</li></ul><p>So residents have the assurance that we are playing our part to save water as well.</p><p>Mr Speaker, as we all know, on 24 August 2016, Council adopted the ODTP which serves as the blueprint for building a more sustainable, responsive, and effective organisation and which will help take local government to the next level.</p><p>We now have an Area-Based Management Directorate which is responsible for transversal management and ensuring that all services in all 10 directorates in the City are operational, functional and measureable in line with the five strategic pillars within four demarcated geographical areas.</p><p>Area-based service delivery is not just about basic services like water, electricity and sanitation. It includes all services rendered by the City including the following directorates:</p><p></p><ul><li>Transport and Urban Development</li><li>Energy</li><li>Assets and Facilities Management </li><li>Corporate Services</li><li>Finance Informal Settlements, </li><li>Water and Waste Services</li><li>Safety and Social Services</li></ul><p>All the executive directors have been appointed except the ED for Energy, as the candidate didn’t accept the City’s employment offer. </p><p>Dr Gisela Kaiser is acting in that capacity for the moment. </p><p>I will be exploring all avenues before making a new recommendation at the next Council meeting in March. </p><p>We are all part of the same team that is going to bring about greater parity of services to the people of Cape Town. </p><p>I know that change is difficult for those who don’t want transformation. </p><p>The ANC, for instance, did not vote in favour of the ODTP when it was brought before Council on 24 August 2016. </p><p>It’s difficult for them to comprehend a government that has a plan, because they didn’t even have an electoral manifesto. </p><p>This is why the voters didn’t take them seriously on election day.</p><p>The ODTP was part of the manifesto that we presented to the people of the city and they gave us the mandate to formalise these changes. </p><p>The implementation of the ODTP serves to formalise the many changes that came into effect over the last five years. </p><p>For instance, the Transit-Orientated Development Plan was adopted by Council in January 2016. This aligns with the strategies and deliverables of the Transport and Urban Development Authority Directorate to address apartheid spatial planning. </p><p>Another example is how, over the past five years, the City has changed the methodology of planning, adopting processes such as the Transversal Management System, to break down the silo approach in the various departments and ensure greater integration of services and collaboration between City departments. </p><p>Another key system that we have implemented is the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Programme which facilitates upfront planning while measuring and monitoring the progress of our plans and projects. </p><p>The PPM Programme ensures alignment between the City’s strategic objectives, good governance practices, planning and delivery of projects.</p><p>A major achievement here is that no item will go onto the budget unless all planning and feasibility studies have been concluded. </p><p>Two weeks ago we received a gold award in recognition of the quality of the PPM Programme in the SAP Quality Awards 2017 for the Africa Market Unit.</p><p>So we are being given the assurance and validation that our systems are of an international standard. </p><p>We have also recently received international recognition for our foreign direct investment strategies. </p><p>Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times, has listed Cape Town as one of the top cities worldwide in their Global Cities of the Future winners 2016/17 for FDI strategy. </p><p>Cape Town has been ranked 21st for its FDI strategy in the Global Cities of the Future winners 2016/17.</p><p>Cape Town is the only African city listed in this category by FDI Intelligence.</p><p>This proves that the City’s 2012 Economic Growth Strategy, which has several key intervention areas at the core of the City’s investment attraction efforts, is paying off. </p><p>These awards are the result of changes that we have already implemented, which have culminated into the ODTP.</p><p>For the next five years, we will be getting on with providing the best services and taking government to the next level. </p><p>Mr Speaker, as a caring government, we have prioritised making provision to assist indigent residents, especially the elderly. </p><p>Because of our country’s history, the majority of older people are unable to provide for their old age through secure retirement benefits. </p><p>This is despite the fact that the infrastructure and comforts which we enjoy today were built by their hands. </p><p>It is one of the main reasons why we believe that older people deserve assistance from the City.</p><p>The City's indigent grant policy for rental/selling schemes is based on a sliding scale and residents pay a portion of their monthly income.</p><p>In October 2016, the National Government increased pensions from R1 415 per month to R1 510 per month.</p><p>This small increase pushed the elderly into higher indigent grant income categories, meaning that they need to pay the City more in rent. </p><p>For the first time in the history of the City, today we request that the indigent grant tabled for both Human Settlements and Property Management be adjusted to take into account the impact on the City's elderly residents of the recent increase to State pensions. </p><p>We have been getting on with assisting the elderly through programmes like home-based carers, the Healthy Living Active Ageing Programme, the annual Cape Town Games for Older Persons, and the Women in Rental Stock Programme which has a focus on caring for the elderly. </p><p>I appeal to Council to support of the City’s indigent grant tables being adjusted accordingly.</p><p>Also as part of our caring city initiatives, yesterday it was announced by our Transport and Urban Development Authority that the second phase of our ceiling retrofit and water-proofing programme is kicking off on 1 February. </p><p>During Phase 1, the City invested R83 million for some 4 550 ceilings that were installed in various areas, such as Eureka, Kalkfontein, Broadlands (Strand), Lwandle, Vrygrond and Wesbank. This included fixing roof leaks and installing safer ceiling lighting.</p><p>In Phase 2, approximately 3 451 households in Macassar, Chris Nissen, Gordon’s Bay, Heinz Park, Phumlani, Silver City and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village will benefit.</p><p>R60 million has been earmarked for this phase.</p><p>We all know that the old RDP houses which were constructed by National Government before 2004 were built without roofs and water-proofing. </p><p>We continue with this project and in so doing continue to redress the imbalances of the past. </p><p>Mr Speaker, I now want to turn to the annual review. </p><p>We have the 2015/16 annual performance review before Council today and we certainly have a lot to be proud of.  </p><p>Councillors, especially those on the opposition benches, must please take the time to read this document so that they can see how their usual attacks and lies have been exposed by facts and proof. </p><p>We truly achieved many milestones during the 2015/16 financial year. Some of these include:</p><p>We have received 13 unqualified audit opinions, as well as four clean audits from the Auditor-General. </p><p>There has been an investment of R22 billion in infrastructure, with R9 billion of that amount funded from the City’s own cash flow. </p><p>We spent an additional R3 billion on repairs and maintenance. </p><p>We were the first and only municipality to compile our Municipal Planning By-law and be fully prepared for the implementation of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act. </p><p>By the end of the 2015/16 financial year, we had installed almost 790 km of fibre-optic cabling. </p><p>A total of 301 City-owned buildings are connected to that network, including libraries, clinics, event venues and cash offices. </p><p>We have 215 Wi-Fi access points and 65 SmartCape Wi-Fi zones being used by more than 250 000 people every day. </p><p>By 2015 we installed over 46 000 solar water heaters in the metro which have contributed R830 million to the economy, creating 1 300 jobs. </p><p>We exceeded our emergency response target of arriving on scene within 14 minutes in at least 75% of emergencies. </p><p>We installed CCTV cameras in Hanover Park, Manenberg, Athlone, Bellville and Langa.</p><p>We spent 90,4% of our Urban Settlements Development Grant funding in all directorates.</p><p>By June 2016, over 148 100 historic title deeds had been registered. </p><p>Since the 2006/7 financial year, the City has increased the provision of toilets by more than 250%.</p><p>We issued 219 000 purchase orders to vendors who complied with broad-based black economic empowerment legislation to the value of R13,96 billion (92% of total purchase orders). </p><p>We also created 45 902 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) job opportunities, bringing the total number of EPWP opportunities to 170 000 since 2011. </p><p>These are just some of the highlights listed in the report.</p><p>It proves that we have always spent the bulk of resources on the poor and that we are providing the best bouquet of services in the country. </p><p>That is why the electorate awarded us with 66,6% of the vote.</p><p>There is a lot of work ahead of us, and I am looking forward to working with all councillors and staff to push the boundaries of traditional governance even further in 2017.</p><p>I thank you.</p><p>God bless.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p></div>2017-01-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#8b03f782-9eb6-455f-82e9-6429b6354cf9;L0|#08b03f782-9eb6-455f-82e9-6429b6354cf9|SpeechesGP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#da4d6418-6b72-42af-93bf-02f108193161;L0|#0da4d6418-6b72-42af-93bf-02f108193161|Level 3b Water restrictions;GPP|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;GP0|#fa6421c1-1a7f-46a3-aadd-56ed295c4435;L0|#0fa6421c1-1a7f-46a3-aadd-56ed295c4435|ODTP1

 

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