STATEMENT BY THE CITY'S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
This week, I will dedicate my time to host mass community meetings to account to residents for the work the City promised to deliver.
The Accountability Roadshow will take place on the following dates:
1. Date: 25 September 2018
Time: 19:00 -20:30
Venue: Elsies River Civic Centre
2. Date: 27 September 2018
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Venue: Hoofweg School Hall, Beaver Street, West Bank
3. Date: 29 September 2018
Time: 15:00 -16:30
Venue: Lotus River Multi-Purpose Centre, 5th Avenue
4. Date: 30 September 2018
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Venue: Banqueting Hall, Cape Town Civic Centre
In 2011, at my first inauguration as Executive Mayor, I told residents that I was determined to 'work tirelessly, day and night, to live up to this vote of confidence to ensure that we do justice to the hopes, dreams and aspirations of all the citizens of our great city.'
I said: 'Now that you have lent us your vote, you must hold us to account.'
As the outgoing Mayor, I am here to account for the progress the City has made. As the Mayor, I always believe we must serve the people and not wait to be served.
The City is continuously implementing its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and committing all its employees to build a caring, inclusive, opportunity, well-run and safe city.
There is still a lot to do to bring greater parity of service and this is why we established the area-based service delivery model to make sure the services of all 10 City departments land in each area across the city. For this reason, I will visit each of the four areas this week.
The City is working to actively address the imbalances created by apartheid through redress and reconciliation, and by creating an enabling environment to stimulate job creation and address inequality.
I am working until my last day in office to build a more inclusive Cape Town that provides opportunities to all its residents, redresses the imbalances of our past and gives all Capetonians access to equal opportunities.
Over the past seven years, the City has attracted more investment and supported catalyst industries by encouraging entrepreneurship and skills training so our residents are ready to be employed. I championed programmes like Women for Change and Women at Work that encourage collaboration with residents and gender parity in the workplace, respectively.
More women are leading teams in boardrooms, mechanical workshops and building roads � all these jobs were previously dominated by men. I am a firm believer in investing in our young people and the City also launched the #YouthStartCT initiative to support young start-ups and entrepreneurs and expanded connectivity and jobseeker programmes across the city � offering free MyCiTi rides.
During my term as Mayor we have also significantly raised Cape Town's international profile through our hard work and, between 2012 and this year, the City received over 30 international awards. These accolades include recognition for the City's water demand management programme, our transit-orientated development strategy, attracting foreign direct investment, growing the digital economy, attracting tourism, events and conferences and as the home to the best airport in Africa.
Through our dedicated Air Access team, we have attracted more direct flights to Cape Town and our record of clean governance and sound infrastructure has secured more investment in our city. In 2016, Cape Town was ranked at number 21 globally for our foreign direct investment strategy by the Financial Times, the only African city to appear on the list.
The City has championed clean governance and led by example for all the other metros in the country. Between 2006 and 2010/11, the City received unqualified audit opinions with findings from the Auditor-General. During my tenure the City received four consecutive clean audit opinions between 2012 and 2016, the only municipality in the country to do so. Last year, we went back to an unqualified opinion with findings. No metro in South Africa received a clean audit last year.
During my tenure the City brought electricity, water and sanitation to thousands of residents in informal settlements and to those living in backyards. We restored the dignity of thousands of our residents by providing housing opportunities, retrofitting ceilings of government-subsidised houses built between 1994 and 2005 without ceilings, improved Council housing and handed over thousands of title deeds. More Capetonians have a sense of belonging in their lives because of these efforts.
I am also very proud of the City's projects aimed at creating a more compact, integrated city that brought residents closer to their places of work with the expansion of the MyCiTi service, especially to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, and soon it will be heading to the Metro South-east, connecting 1,4 million residents.
I am also proud of our digital inclusion project where we have rolled out more than 890 km of fibre optic cables and connected over 300 City-owned buildings with Wi-Fi that is accessible to our residents.
As Mayor, I am working full-out, putting the residents first and ensuring that the City keeps to the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and commitments made in the manifestos before I was elected as Mayor in 2011 and again in 2016.
I encourage residents to keep holding the City accountable. Over the next few days I will be sharing our success stories in the four areas across Cape Town and will report back to residents about what we have specifically delivered in their communities.
Source: City of Cape Town