City speeds up service delivery

2017-04-06 06:02
Anda Ntsodo, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, helping out municipal workers with collecting bins after the dialogue event, at Andile Msizi Hall, on Tuesday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Anda Ntsodo, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, helping out municipal workers with collecting bins after the dialogue event, at Andile Msizi Hall, on Tuesday, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Projects which have been put on hold in Khayelitsha are set to resume and the wheel of service delivery is set to run even faster.

This was announced by Councillor Anda Ntsodo, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, during a community dialogue session, which focused on service delivery.

The dialogue, which was attended by residents from different sections of the area was held at Andile Msizi Hall, in Site B, Khayelitsha, last Tuesday.

Ntsodo was accompanied by councillors from different Wards in Sub-council 9, 10, and 24.

“This initiative is in accordance with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) – a process which we are implementing that will transform the work of this organisation in order to transform lives. The City wants to ignite hope through this transformation. The City is conducting a roadshow across the metro to bring attention to the key changes that the ODTP will bring.”

Residents utilised the opportunity given to them during the dialogue to raise grievances related waiting too long for houses, and the database of the city for those who are seeking jobs that sees the same residents being employed over and over again, and areas which have no electricity regardless of the promises that were made, including rats that terrorise them in the informal settlements and other burning issues in their areas.

Mandisa Nzulu of TR Section complained that a project to allocate in their RDP houses was stopped and that no explanation was given.

Nzulu said some residents have been on the waiting list for over 25 years.

Another resident complained about Community Work Programme (CWP) which he said is not benefiting residents equally and suggested that it should operate under the City of Cape Town.

Ntsodo promised the residents that service delivery will be improved and that they are going to work together with street committees and all structures in communities.

“We need to stop talking and start action. We want to produce results. Service delivery should be rolled out to people. We are going to ensure that all projects that were stopped are resuming. We have already started issuing title deeds to rightful owners of houses in Khayelitsha. The rate of unemployment is very high in Khayelitsha. Over 70 percent of residents are unemployed. Our nation should be taught to be employers not employees,” Ntsodo said.

He also said the city has put aside a budget of R1.1 million under mayoral job creation programme. He said the money will be a new fund that will supplement the budged from national government for CWP.

Ntsodo said they are planning to put CWP under his office to ensure that the grievances of lack of fairness in employing residents are addressed. All departments under the City of Cape Town were present during the dialog as part of bringing services closer to residents.

Councillor Pheliswa Faba-Marman, Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor, appealed to residents to save water.

“We are in trouble with the shortage of water.

Our dams are getting dry. We need to ensure that there are no water leaks. There are 350 car washes in Khayelitsha alone, but only three of them are registered.”

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