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Speech by the City's Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full council meeting on 29 March 2017<p>​Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom.</p><p>Mr Speaker, </p><p>I would like to ask for a moment of silence for the victims of the devastating Imizamo Yethu fire and fires in other areas, <br>Councillor Cynthia Classen who lost her battle with cancer, <br>The City’s Municipal Valuer, Emil Weichardt,<br>The two staff members from the Water and Sanitation Management Department, Zandisile Zanaye and Nonkqubela Hlutani, who died in a car accident on their way to work at Borcherds Quarry,<br>Lunga Masiza, one of the team leaders at the Transport Information Centre who was killed on Sunday night in a hijacking near his house,<br>Iconic actor Joe Mafela, <br>Judge Essa Moosa and struggle lawyer, Ramesh Vassen.</p><p>Thank you.</p><p>Mr Speaker, two weeks ago a devastating fire ripped through Imizamo Yethu, displacing more than 2 000 families. </p><p>A total of 35 people were also displaced after a broke out in Bonteheuwel on Saturday night, where seven backyard structures were destroyed. </p><p>Five people, including an 18-month-old baby were hospitalised and we ask councillors to keep them in their thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery. </p><p>The Bontehuewel Community Centre was opened to provide shelter for the affected residents who received various forms of relief, while their kits were issued yesterday for them to start rebuilding their structures.  </p><p>Following the tragic Imizamo Yethu fire, the City’s teams were out there immediately to respond to the fire and provide relief to affected residents and I thank them for working around the clock to respond to the disaster.</p><p>I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Capetonians and the many organisations for opening their hearts to assist in the many ways they have to alleviate the impact of the fire. </p><p>I also want to thank all councillors and City officials who assisted in this disaster. They went beyond the call of duty and I deeply appreciate their dedication. </p><p>Last Wednesday I inspected the rebuilding process and engaged with community members in Imizamo Yethu. </p><p>The City was ready to begin the process of super-blocking and issuing the emergency housing kits last Monday 20 March 2017, but due to the high number of structures already erected on the land, we were prevented from doing so. </p><p>During the community meeting last Wednesday 22 March 2017, the residents of Madiba Square who had already erected structures agreed to remove them so that we could commence with the super-blocking project.</p><p>We have created jobs through the Expanded Public Works Programme for residents from Imizamo Yethu to help fellow residents who requested assistance with dismantling and rebuilding. </p><p>In February 2017, a housing project to provide opportunities for 956 families started and by June 2018, the first residents will be able to move in. </p><p>The current plan is that half of the development will be duplexes and the other half will be Council rental stock units. </p><p>When I meet with the community for a public meeting next week, I am going to ask them to reconsider the plan to change it so that we can build densely in order to accommodate more families in this development. </p><p>In the meantime, the super-blocking provides for blocks separated by roads and pedestrian/service corridors, with electricity and communal taps and toilets provided per block. </p><p>We are using all resources possible to make sure that the people of Imizamo Yethu can start rebuilding their lives.</p><p>Mr Speaker, another important issue is that we are in the midst of a water crisis and I want to thank all residents, businesses, and government departments who are doing their utmost to save water. </p><p>As of this week, we are currently sitting with 17,3% useable water in our dams and we simply must do more to get our collective daily water usage to the target of 700 million litres per day.</p><p>Most consumers are doing their part, but there are still those whose consumption is far too high and we are engaging with them to reduce their consumption drastically and to please check for leaks on their private property and have them repaired immediately.</p><p>Earlier this month, using my delegations, I declared a local disaster in terms of Section 55 of the Disaster Management Act. </p><p>The declaration allows the City to invoke emergency procurement procedures if required to expedite the emergency and accelerated water resource schemes. </p><p>The declaration of a disaster is an essential step to assist in the management and control of the current severe drought and resulting water crisis. </p><p>Active assistance is required from both provincial and national government spheres to manage the situation effectively and to protect the well-being of our communities and the economy. </p><p>This would include technical assistance, funding, and prioritising any regulatory approvals that may be required to implement mitigation measures without delay. </p><p>Using the declaration, the City is now considering the construction of various small-scale emergency water supply schemes to increase supplies in the short-term. </p><p>The emergency supply schemes include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Emergency drilling of boreholes into the Table Mountain Group Aquifer, with a yield of approximately 2 million litres per day</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">A small-scale desalination package plant, located along Cape Town’s north-western coastline, with a yield of approximately 2 million litres per day</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Intensifying the City’s Pressure Management and Water Demand Management Programmes to further reduce water demand</div></li></ul><p>In the event that there is another winter of below average rainfall, the City will be expanding and accelerating the abovementioned emergency schemes even further. </p><p>The capital costs of the emergency schemes are currently estimated at R315 million over three financial years (2016/17 to 2018/19). </p><p>The City’s Water and Sanitation Management Department will be funding these projects primarily via internal reprioritisation. </p><p>I have given an instruction that we simply must do everything we can to start implementing these new schemes in the current financial year already and find the budget to do so in order to augment our water supplies as soon as possible.</p><p>We are in a crisis which is not going away. Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and the country is in the midst of a drought due to the impacts of climate change with reduced annual average rainfall. </p><p>So we simply have to look at several ways to augment our water supplies, such as treating wastewater for drinking purposes. </p><p>Mr Speaker, earlier we reflected on the loss of lives and I often say that people tend to only appreciate the good qualities of people when they are no more.</p><p>In 2015, the City of Cape Town took a decision to honour a Freeman of the City, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Mama Leah Tutu in their lifetimes. </p><p>We are honouring them as a token of our appreciation for all the work that they have done to build a better South Africa, as a son and daughter of our soil.</p><p>Alongside our beloved former president Nelson Mandela, we now have a new installation of the Arch mounted on the Civic Centre. </p><p>As a man of peace and deeply rooted in spirituality, the Arch stood at the heart of the struggle for human rights in this country and has worked unceasingly to build a non-racial society where all people of this Rainbow Nation can become equal claimants.</p><p>It is our hope that the new artwork of the Arch will be a daily reminder of the sacrifices which have been made for our freedom and that it encourages us to claim our rights with conviction and give life to the values enshrined in the Constitution.</p><p>Mr Speaker, </p><p>We also continue to honour our Tata Madiba with the recommendation from the Naming Committee to commence the public participation for the proposed Mandela statue and exhibition at the City Hall.</p><p>It is proposed that a statue be installed on the balcony at the City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address as a free man, following his release from prison. </p><p>In honouring those who fought in the Struggle and reversing the legacy of our unjust past, it is not just about gestures, it is about action. And we are continuing our work in redress and restitution. </p><p>In February 2017, we hosted a ceremonial signing between the City and the Regional Land Claims Commission to transfer six hectares of land for the Ladies Mile restitution claimants in Constantia.</p><p>In 1961 when Constantia was declared as being for whites only in terms of the Group Areas Act, eight families had homes and businesses on land which was cruelly taken from them.</p><p>Since 2011, we have assisted in the transfer of 14 properties from the City for restitution purposes in areas such as Somerset West, Simon’s Town, Milnerton, Claremont and Dido Valley. </p><p>As part of our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP), we are committed to dealing with the legacy of apartheid spatial planning. </p><p>As a further demonstration of our commitment to redress, we have also started a process where we will make history in finding a solution to the unfinished freeways on the foreshore. </p><p>Earlier this month, we opened the Foreshore Freeway Precinct exhibition following our call to the private sector to find solutions to the unfinished freeways that would alleviate congestion and provide affordable housing in the city centre. </p><p>When I became the mayor in 2011, I pledged to do something about the unfinished bridges as a legacy project and not leave the area unchanged for another 50 years.</p><p>The ODTP has led to the establishment of a new directorate, the Transport and Urban Development Authority, whose key role is to drive urban development and align it with transport investment. </p><p>The Foreshore Freeway Precinct Project is one of the five transit-oriented development (TOD) projects we have identified in the city which will see economic and residential development located closer to transport corridors.</p><p>The TOD strategic framework will reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and redress the injustices of the past by stopping long travelling distances and urban sprawl as we bring people closer to residential and work opportunities. </p><p>We received six ideas which made it through the initial assessment phase. </p><p>We will leverage City-owned land and release it to the private sector for development which again, I will stress, must include affordable housing. </p><p>In leveraging City assets, the City will be the catalyst investor in these projects to create a ‘crowding in’ effect by the private sector.</p><p>The excuse by any government that they do not have the resources to deal with apartheid spatial planning is unacceptable. </p><p>This is the beginning where we are starting with the TOD projects in the CBD and we will follow this approach with four other developments in Paardevlei, Athlone, Bellville and Philippi where residents will be part of how we redesign Cape Town. </p><p>Mr Speaker, </p><p>A key part of accelerating all the work we do is our exciting Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which is in full swing. </p><p>We have restructured and realigned the organisation in order to enhance service delivery, bring greater parity of services, and be more customer-focused so that we exceed the expectations of residents.</p><p>Phase 1 of the ODTP focused on restructuring the top-level management. This affected all executive directors, directors and management positions. </p><p>This process has now been concluded and all new and existing critical vacancies on the managerial structure have been filled. </p><p>We are now in Phase 2 and we are engaging with the unions through briefing sessions to keep them updated on our activities. </p><p>There is a wealth of information in the next edition of Contact and it is imperative that all councillors and staff familiarise themselves with ODTP in its entirety so that we can all work together to bring these values and new direction to life. </p><p>Our area-based mayoral committee members are also starting their ODTP roadshows to engage directly with residents on what ODTP means and how it will enhance service delivery – not just in terms of basic services in utilities, but services across all departments. </p><p>Last week, the Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, took the services to the people of Mfuleni where residents got a glimpse into the City’s new way of working. This week he did the same in Khayelitsha, with a service delivery expo.</p><p>At the expos, City officials demonstrate how we are ready to assist with all manner of services in various City departments.  </p><p>These ODTP service delivery roadshows will take place across the city. At the heart of this plan is the goal to transform the work of this organisation in order to transform lives. </p><p>I will be joining the Mayor’s area representatives as we go to more communities in the coming weeks to inform them how we plan to deliver on our commitments.</p><p>ODTP as a first in the country means no more business as usual. We are stepping up our work in every way and taking local government to the next level. </p><p>Mr Speaker, earlier I spoke about the impacts of climate change, such as drought. </p><p>The City of Cape Town has been ranked as one of the top five cities in the world out of 533 cities for demonstrating leadership in our climate disclosure where we measure and disclose our energy and climate action data annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). </p><p>This achievement saw Cape Town joining over 500 cities, 100 state and regional governments, and 5 800 companies who are now measuring and disclosing climate action data on an annual basis in order to manage emissions, build resilience, and protect themselves from the growing impacts of climate change.</p><p>Of the 533 cities from around the world that disclosed to CDP in 2016, Cape Town scored the highest in its region and was awarded with an InFocus Report.</p><p>Cape Town is determined to continue leading the way through our range of projects to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. </p><p>Also before Council today is another step in our process to move ahead with a Green Bond. </p><p>As part of our efforts to prioritise climate action projects to protect residents against the impacts of climate change, the City of Cape Town is in the process of issuing a bond which it will accredit through the Climate Bonds Initiative’s Standard.</p><p>This third-party accreditation will enable us to market the bond as a true Green Bond.</p><p>The projects to be funded by the Green Bond are a mix of adaptation and mitigation initiatives, all of which are aligned with the City’s Climate Change Strategy. </p><p>The projects include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">procurement of electric buses</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">energy-efficiency in buildings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">water management initiatives – including water meter installations and replacements, water pressure management, and the upgrade of reservoirs</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">sewage effluent treatment</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">rehabilitation and protection of coastal structures</div></li></ul><p>While the projects which have been earmarked for funding only represent a subset of the activities that the City delivers in this space, the fact that the City can raise a bond of this magnitude demonstrates that we are serious about delivering projects and programmes to address climate change and finding innovative ways to diversify our project financing mix.</p><p>We are hopeful that the investor response will be favourable, given our strong credit rating (national scale credit rating of Aaa.za) and our credibility in delivering meaningful initiatives to enhance the sustainability of our city.</p><p>The City intends to raise the Green Bond during July 2017 and requires Council’s approval to update the Programme Memorandum in relation to the Domestic Medium-Term Note in order to comply with the JSE’s Debt Listing Requirements prior to following a process in terms of Section 46 of the Municipal Financial Management Act. </p><p>A report on the update of the Domestic Medium-Term Note programme in order to issue a Green Bond is before Council for approval today.  </p><p>Mr Speaker,</p><p>In closing, we are leading on a number of fronts and people are doing good work, but there is still far too much to do and I know we can do so much better. </p><p>I am appealing to all councillors and staff to work with us as we take our beautiful city to even greater heights.</p><p>Thank you, baie dankie, shukran, enkosi.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br> </p>2017-03-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#e73b8136-98e9-4bfd-9ccd-f72a83520761;L0|#0e73b8136-98e9-4bfd-9ccd-f72a83520761|council meeting;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor;GP0|#fa6421c1-1a7f-46a3-aadd-56ed295c4435;L0|#0fa6421c1-1a7f-46a3-aadd-56ed295c4435|ODTP1

 

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