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2015-04-30 14:46
Portland High School played host to the Monthly report back meeting on Thursday 16 April. About 50 residents attended.  

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Portland High School played host to the Monthly report back meeting on Thursday 16 April. About 50 residents attended. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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It is now time for the residents of ward 78 to have their say on the proposed budget for the 2015/16 financial year.

For the year starting Wednesday 1 July R700 000 has been allocated per ward.

Eddie Andrews, ward councillor for Beacon Valley, Portlands and Westridge, presented the budget at a recent meeting.

“This budget has been tabled in March and has now been circulated for public comment. Residents have been asked to comment before the final draft can be tabled for consideration in May. Once the budget has been accepted, the projects listed will be the projects for the year,” Andrews said.

For the next financial year the proposed budget makes provision for R225 000 to upgrade two parks in the ward.

These parks are situated in Hockey Street, Beacon Valley and Constantia Way, Portlands. The money will go toward landscaping and maintenance and the installation of a water point, should it be necessary.

The budget also provisionally sets aside R40 000 for speed bumps in Spriggs Street, Westridge and R28 000 for computers and books for the Westridge library.

Should the budget be approved, the year ahead will also have youth development as a focus area.

Youngsters will be taken to a nature conservation camp to learn about nature and how to protect the environment. The trip is estimated to cost R80 000.

Capacity building workshops will also require R117 000 for upskilling youth and women on life, in partnership with various NGOs.

Further skills development has been budgeted for with R120 000 going toward entrepreneurial training.

So far 10 students have been enrolled to learn about hairstyling.

This financial year, Andrews hopes to expand the training project to mechanics and food technology.

A further R30 000 will be spent on Neighbourhood Watch kits and R20 000 will be spent equipping those who are actively looking after their street parks. Andrews encouraged this behaviour.

“We are grateful for the residents who take the time to look after the [public spaces] because the bylaw prohibits watering between 10:00 and 16:00 and this is when the parks department works,” Andrews said.

The kit will include a hose pipe, sheers, a rake, broom and spade.

Andrews said it would only be made available to the residents who are in a group and not to individuals.

Lastly, R35 000 will be spent on a women’s day event.

Andrews said the events budget was used for honouring a different group every year.

“This year we will be honouring single mothers and 300 women are invited to the event. If you know of a single mother and you would like her to be part of the event, email me with the details and a short motivation,” Andrews said.

The meeting also gave residents the opportunity to raise their concerns.

With discussion focused on mainly Portlands concerns, the issues raised were shebeens, safety and security, broken drain covers, water management devices and second-hand traders.

Andrews encouraged residents to continue complaining to the City of Cape Town and keep reference numbers so that officials know whom to deal with and which buildings are problematic.


To be part of any of the budget comment processes, visit the subcouncil offices in Lentegeur or visit the public library. For more information phone Andrews’s office on 021 444 8699

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