Mayor on a roll with delivery

2018-06-28 06:03
Mayor Patricia de Lille and Mayco member (East) Anda Ntsodo arriving at the pop-up office.

Mayor Patricia de Lille and Mayco member (East) Anda Ntsodo arriving at the pop-up office.

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In a bid to bring the government closer to the people, the City of Cape Town hosted a Mayoral Pop-Up Office in Khayelitsha recently.

Mayor Patricia de Lille was accompanied by Mayco member (East) Anda Ntsodo; ward 98 councillor Anele Gabuza, ward 92 councillor Xolisa Peter and sub-council 10 chairperson and ward 94 councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni.

This is the third time in as many weeks that the Mayoral Pop-Up Office has visited communities to foster relationships with the residents.

The Pop-Up Office is one of the mayor’s new initiatives to make government more accessible, responsive, and visible to all its residents.

“It has been enlightening to listen to residents’ views and concerns about service delivery, as well as their ideas on how the City can improve services to the community,” said De Lille.

“I believe it is always vital to engage with residents and share information about the City’s services face-to-face.”

She added that the City will remain committed to ensuring the best quality of service for all its residents.

“We also want to ensure that the administration looks at communities to see what interventions and improvements we can implement proactively instead of waiting for people to complain,” De Lille said.

“In Khayelitsha, for the 2018/19 financial year, we have committed a budget to prioritise the electrification of informal settlements, the building of infrastructure for the roll-out of the MyCiTi service to Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha, as well as for a housing development in Harare.”

For the current financial year, ward 94 has just completed the construction of sidewalks in the F Section to the value of R665 000.

The ward leadership also ran an Expanded Public Works Programme where 35 residents were employed to cleanse several areas and provided support worth R35 000 to neighbourhood watch groups.

“In ward 98, the City is busy installing CCTV cameras worth R200 000 to assist us in keeping the area under surveillance and safe.

“Gabuza has also been providing support to Educare Centres in the area as well as Early Childhood Development programmes,” De Lille offered.

“Under the leadership of Peter in ward 92, the City has spent R250 000 upgrading two recreational parks in Ilitha Park. We also recognise that lighting is an issue in some communities in Khayelitsha and we are addressing that by erecting street lights in Iliitha.”

During their visit to Khayelitsha Mall for the Pop-Up Office, City officials were also on hand to distribute leaflets with the City’s contact details so that residents are informed of the correct channels to approach for complaints.

She concluded: “I encourage residents to keep connecting with their area-based Mayco members, ward councillors and subcouncil offices on a regular basis so that they can be informed of developments in their wards and work with us to build safe and inclusive communities­.”

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