Subcouncil crawls forward on empty

2015-05-06 09:34
A call has been made for organisations in Subcouncil 19 to join the ward committees. 


A call has been made for organisations in Subcouncil 19 to join the ward committees. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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Community organisations in the South Peninsula subcouncil, which includes Vrygrond, Lavender Hill and Strandfontein, are being called for input.

At the monthly subcouncil meeting, dwindling attendance at the meetings was raised as a concern.

According to the City of Cape Town’s website, ward committees are made up of ten representatives of various community organisations who meet with the ward councillor to discuss local issues. These include civic-based organisations, faith-based organisations, education, youth and sports.

Speaking after the meeting, subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase explained many had resigned from the committees due to other obligations while others had just not attended meetings.

“We are struggling to make quorum and we need more organisations to come forward. The ward committees are a platform for organisations and interested groups to raise their concerns and receive regular updates,” she says.

Purchase further explains the committee members are responsible for sharing information with their organisations.

To be a part of the committee, organisations are required to register with the subcouncil.

According to the rules for the election and establishment of ward committees, the ward councillor is the chairperson and determines the composition of the committee based on the list of registered organisations.

Councillors have to ensure that it fairly reflects ward demographics and the subcouncil has to endorse the ward councillor’s proposal.

Purchase explains that depending on the interest from organisations, the composition can be adjusted.

“Once we have assessed who is willing to participate we can find a way to accommodate them,” she explains.

Political parties may not be elected onto the ward committee

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