Mayor pops in at Jim se Bos

2018-09-18 06:01

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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille took her pop-up office to Mitchell’s Plain on Thursday 6 September in an effort to engage face-to-face with residents on matters of service delivery.

This was the eighth pop-up office and De Lille was joined by ward 78 councillor and Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews, and ward 43 councillor and subcouncil 23 chairperson Elton Jansen.

Since the start of the innovative concept three months ago, they have visited various communities and dealt with more than 200 individual complaints ranging from housing queries to water billing and refuse collection­.

The officials started their day at the home of Pastor Cecil Isaacs to thank them for their work in the community (“New lease for kitchen”, People’s Post, 11 September).

“Our journey also took us to the site of a pipeline housing project which is currently in the beginning stages. The City is currently in the process of appointing consultants who will lead the early phase of this development. The project can deliver approximately 4500 mixed-use units, with about 1000 of those allocated for social housing,” says de Lille in a statement.

The City previously said the project is set to commence early next year (“Thousand new houses to be built”, People’s Post, 1 May).

“Civil construction is anticipated to begin in February next year,” says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development. “Breaking New Ground (BNG) housing is planned for this development. BNG housing is state-subsidised housing intended for beneficiaries who are registered on the City’s housing database and who have a monthly income of less than R3500.”

At this stage the proposed budget for the housing project is around R310m. No date for the completion or commencement of the housing project has been provided.

“There will be an intensive public participation process to get residents to be involved in the decisions to be taken in the community. We have encouraged residents to engage with Jansen, who is also Subcouncil 23 chairperson, for more information on the upcoming housing project,” says De Lille­.

The pop-up office was held in Jim se Bos informal settlement.

“We also communicated good news with regard to electrification of the informal settlement. Jim se Bos is on private property, meaning the City could not provide services on the land but on the periphery of the settlement. Following engagements with the landowner, Abe Parker, the City has been granted permission to install electricity infrastructure for the residents,” says De Lille. “We are really excited to be able to provide this service to the community of Jim se Bos as we have had constant engagements with the leadership about improving the conditions of residents in the area.”

Another project is the installation of CCTV Cameras in Strandfontein to improve safety. The ward has also allocated R250 000 towards the installation of floodlights at the Strandfontein Sports Field and R150 000 for upgrades to a park in San Remo.

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