Service delivery agent

2017-02-09 06:01
 Councillor Anda Ntsodo addressing the constiutency of Khayelitsha. On the left is Alderman Clifford Sitonga. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

Councillor Anda Ntsodo addressing the constiutency of Khayelitsha. On the left is Alderman Clifford Sitonga. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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New mini-mayor for the East Area Anda Ntsodo hit the ground running when he faced community members at a packed Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School hall in Kuyasa on Saturday.

Councillor Ntsodo is one of four dubbed mini-mayors by the press, who were chosen by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to serve in the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP), which seeks to address apartheid spatial planning and improve the consultative process between the city council and the residents of Cape Town.

He will serve areas such as Kuils River, Blue Downs, Mfuleni, Macassar, Khayelitsha, Eerste River, Somerset West, Strand and Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Other mini-mayors are Councillor Siya Mamkeli, Councillor Eddie Andrews and Councillor Suzette Little.

On Saturday, Ntsodo was accompanied by Khayelitsha sub-council chairman Patrick Mngxunyeni, Alderman Clifford Sitonga and councillors Philiswa Marmaan, Vuyokazi Matanzima and Reynold Simbeku.

He said the ODTP was step “towards bringing the Mayor’s office to the people.”

“ Our objective is to now aggressively enhance service delivery and step-up our engagement with residents, especially the poor,” he said.

He added that the City was implementing ODTP in order to improve service delivery to all residents and reverse the legacy of Apartheid spatial planning and improve local government in terms of how they worked.

“The City has spent more than 67% of our budget in the poorer areas as confirmed by the National Treasury, who noted that the City was generous in its provision of free basic services.

“I will, however, be the first to admit that a lot more has to be done to improve the living conditions of the poor and to redress the imbalances of the past,” he said to the applause of those in attendance.

During the question and answer session, Ntsodo told the public that as he was accountable for service delivery in these areas, that people must approach him.

“I will be the face of the caring city, the eyes and ears of the safe and inclusive city, and the hands and feet of the well-run and opportunity city,”said.

He urged the community to play its part . “I cannot deliver on my mandate by myself. I am asking you to work with me. Let’s learn to engage more, face to face, and not through the media or on the streets,” he added.

Supporting Ntsodo’s words was sub-council 10 manager , Alderman Mandlenkosi Clifford Sitonga who touched on the importance of the city’s database programme.

“People must constantly renew their particulars on all data bases that have to do with the city and government ,” he said.

Sitonga said the database process negated the role of “gatekeepers who use lists to hire families and relatives or hand over houses”.

One community leader, Mawethu Ndude, welcomed the arrival of Ntsodo and his delegation.

“I hope your presence is not limited to visits like these, we want to see councillors all the times so that we can nip problems in the bud,” said Ndude.

Philiswa Marman-Faba, Utilities Energy Service Committee member, told residents to contact her office on areas like water and sanitation, energy and human settlements.

She said service delivery should be prioritised. She took the opportunities call for people to use water sparingly. Ms Marman-Faba said she will start engaging car-washes and those who sell meat along the road.

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