Mayor makes last stop

2018-10-09 06:01
City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille rounded off her Accountability Roadshow in Lotus River last week.

City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille rounded off her Accountability Roadshow in Lotus River last week.

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City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wrapped up the last of her “Accountability Roadshows” last Monday 1 October.

It was the final stop on the mass community meetings tour which started last week in each of the four areas of the city.

The roadshows were initiated to report back to residents on progress made by the City over the last seven years.

“Accountability is one of the core values of the City administration and it is important for public representatives to constantly reach out to residents to inform them of projects and progress coming to their communities,” says De Lille.

De Lille, along with councillors and Mayco members, hosted residents from across the other three areas covered by the City.

She thanked all Cape Town residents for their contribution and saving water during the drought.

She maintains that there is still a lot of work to be done.

She acknowledged that housing remains a big challenge. “The City has committed to ensuring that qualifying residents are provided with housing opportunities, as we have done over the last seven years,” De Lille says.

The City says that nearly 22 000 top structures and over 20 000 serviced sites have been provided to the residents of Cape Town since 2012, which, they say, means more than 42 200 families have benefited from the housing opportunities delivered by the administration.

“In the past financial year, for the first time in its 18-year history as a metro government, we exceeded our housing delivery target by 62%. The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) exceeded its housing delivery target by 3100 opportunities for the 2017/18 financial year.

Given the dire need for housing in the city, TDA will spend R2.1bn on new housing opportunities over the next three financial years, with R590m being budgeted for 2018/19 alone,” says De Lille.

The 2018/19 budget is allocated to 36 housing developments which are either in the planning phase, already underway, or in the process of being finalised.

“We have upcoming housing projects in Grassy Park, Dido Valley, Brown’s Farm, Strandfontein, Vrygrond, Retreat, Ottery, Pelican Park and Philippi, among others,” confirms De Lille, saying that 789 historical title deeds were handed out in the southern suburbs in the last financial year.

“We have also made good progress in connecting more residents to the electricity grid. In Area South alone, we have ensured that 10 166 families have electricity for the first time,” she says.

For the current financial year, R113m has been set aside for more families to access electricity.

“As the outgoing mayor, I am here to account for the progress we have made. I became the mayor to serve people and not be served.”

De Lille says the roadshows will not be her last engagement with residents as her mayoral pop-up office still has a few areas to visit.

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