Locals engage with City

2017-04-25 06:00

Hangberg residents had an opportunity to engage with officials of the City of Cape Town and voice their concerns at a City-organised event last week.

More than 400 residents attended the meeting.

Suzette Little, Mayco member (North), was out in Hangberg at the first meeting of many planned as part of her roadshow for her area.

It was an opportunity for her to meet residents and learn first-hand what concerns the residents of Hangberg have.

Little told residents about the City’s organisational development and transformation plan (ODTP), saying: “It is no longer business as usual at the City. Through the City’s ODTP, we are enhancing service delivery by bringing local government closer to our communities. Our area-based service delivery model allows for more focused attention.

“That is the main reason for our visit today, which is the first of many such engagement sessions with our residents. I am reaching out to all our stakeholders in Hangberg to work with me to further uplift and improve this area. I cannot do it alone, so let us all commit to working together to transform the lives of the residents of this community.”

Residents were upbeat and made use of the chance to apply for indigent grants, raise water and sanitation issues, and discuss their rental arrears with City representatives at the meeting.

Area-based service delivery included all the services provided by the City, such as basic services, roads infrastructure, health services, and sports and recreational services, she said.

“We have a lot of work to do to improve the living conditions of our vulnerable residents and to redress the imbalances of the past.

“Therefore we want our residents to know that this new area-based service delivery model will bring the office of the mayor closer to those who need it most,” added Little.

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