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Councillor Zahid Badroodien: Mayoral Committee Member for Water<h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Vision statement</h2> <span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" /><figcaption> <p> <b>Councillor Zahid Badroodien</b><br>Water</p> </figcaption> </figure></span> <p>​​​​​​​The City of Cape Town has successfully averted and bounced back from a three-year drought - the worst on record. Our relationship with residents across the city strengthened significantly and together we moved with a unified sense of purpose to avoid Day Zero. At the same time, our relationship with water has matured so that we now appreciate not only its value but its important role in our growing city.</p><p>Now, as we pursue our objective of becoming a Water Sensitive City by 2040, our focus must transition to not only protecting our water sources and using this precious resource responsibly; but making sure residents also have access to dignified sanitation services and improved water quality standards in water bodies and channels across the city. </p><p>By ensuring a high level of fiscal responsibility, we will invest in our water and sanitation infrastructure and expand our commitment to repairs and maintenance of infrastructure across communities. We will make sure that our sewage reduction plan restores dignity to our most vulnerable communities. </p><p>Simultaneously, by adopting a transversal, whole-of-government approach, we recommit ourselves to tackling water pollution head-on. We will ensure our recreational water bodies are protected and that water quality standards are strictly enforced and adhered to. </p><p>Together, through mutual respect and strategic partnerships, we will emphasise and actively promote a public education drive that will entrench our inseparable relationship with water. At the same time we call upon all residents to actively protect our infrastructure that is essential in sustaining life and dignity in all communities.  </p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Biography</h2><p>A graduate of Stellenbosch University, Dr Zahid Badroodien, holds a medical degree (MBChB) as well as a certificate in ‘Challenges in Global Health’ from Utrecht University. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. </p><p>In service to the City of Cape Town, in his first term, Dr Badroodien, served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Communities Development Portfolio Committee (2016-2018) going on to become a Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Services and Health (2018-2021). Under his political leadership, the City ensured its readiness to respond to the health impact of the global pandemic. </p><p>Now, serving his second term, Councillor Badroodien, will serve as the political principal of the Water and Sanitation Directorate. Here, he will focus on restoring dignity in our communities by reducing sewer overflows especially in vulnerable areas, increasing infrastructure investment and maintenance, ensuring continued excellence of the quality of our water by prioritising the national Blue Drop and Green Drop programmes.</p><p>Dr Badroodien was appointed Publicity Ambassador for the International Peace Youth Group and Youth Ambassador for the International Kindness Campaign by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. </p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Projects and departments​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>Increasing urbanisation, climate change, ageing infrastructure and reduced revenue are key challenges to meeting the social and economic needs of the city. Within this context, the Water and Waste Directorate has achieved the national standards for provision of basic services and has made significant progress in improving on its own high standards.</p><p>The Water and Waste Directorate is committed to ensuring sustainable municipal infrastructure and services (Water and Sanitation) that will enable economic development. We will provide equitable access to basic services for all the residents of Cape Town. Additionally, we will provide basic services (Water and Sanitation) to residents of informal settlements, where possible, to support the human settlements programme. In order to achieve this, the directorate is structured into the following clusters:</p><ul><li>Bulk Services</li><li>Distribution Services</li><li>Commercial Services</li><li>Technical Services</li></ul><p> Key projects led by these clusters include:</p><ul><li>Reducing sewer spills across communities</li><li>Improving pump station performance</li><li>Ongoing Blue Drop and Green Drop compliance</li><li>Improving overall inland water quality</li></ul><p> </p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Contact</h2><h4>Councillor Zahid Badroodien</h4><p> Mayoral Committee Member: Water </p><p> <em>Telephone:</em><br><a><em>021 444 7666</em></a> / <a>8448</a></p><p> <em>Email:</em><br><a href=""><em></em></a><em> </em></p>GP0|#84b35495-67ca-45ea-89c2-007ff8e48134;L0|#084b35495-67ca-45ea-89c2-007ff8e48134|Water and Waste;GTSet|#dc1a8a1b-0357-45bc-b768-7d9a89c8ef94;GPP|#f4549dd9-3a23-45c5-994b-69f9f60a7a69Cllr Zahid Badroodien is the Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste.0





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