The time has come for Patricia De Lille to be appointed as Cape Town's ceremonial mayor only and to appoint a City Manager with teeth to run the city.
Third tier government is notorious for sheltered employment and work stations without pressure. We need someone to seriously monitor all departments and strategically insert a boot into underperforming staff; Someone who can take each department one by one and give them deadlines to get work off their desks (property zoning, transfers, rates, etc.)
Someone who can go into vehicle licensing offices and find out why there are only two people on the tills during prime time.
Someone to remind clerks who have been there a few years that time is only one factor, experience and studying are others. De Lille will do fine cultivating our sister cities and being nice to visiting dignitaries - she is not great at running a city this size.