Sub-council focused on service delivery plan

Sub-council 6 chairwoman Rose Rau.

The effective roll-out of the City of Cape Town’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (OTDP) will be one of the key focus areas for Sub-council 6.

At the first sub-council meeting of the year, at the Bellville council chambers, Chairwoman Rose Rau said she was confident the new system would meet residents’ expectations.

On Wednesday August 24, the City council adopted the ODTP.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the plan will reverse the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, modernise government, improve service delivery, and become more customer-centric.

In a statement, Ms De Lille said the plan promoted area-specific projects and performance management to bring equal levels of service to all neighbourhoods.

“We now have to aggressively enhance service delivery and our connection with customers, especially the poor,” she said.

The plan divides the city into four clusters, each with its own “mini-mayor”, director and an oversight committee.

The four “mini-mayors” will be Suzette Little for the northern areas, Anda Ntsondo for the eastern areas, Eddie Andrews for the southern areas and Siyabuelela Mamkei for the central area.

The central cluster will be based at the Bellville municipal offices. Areas included in this cluster are Goodwood, Epping, Parow, Bellville, Delft, Manenberg, Gugulethu and Athlone.

Ms Rau said the councillors would meet yesterday, Wednesday January 18, to discuss the plans for the ward, which need to be put together in a business plan.

“We are committed to the roll -out of the ODTP and I believe that we will make a difference, together,” she said.

Also at the meeting, outstanding matters from Ward 3 were raised. The ward was previously part of Sub-council 3, but was incorporated into Sub-council 6 during municipal boundary changes last year.

Ward 3 councillor Brendan van der Merwe touched on various issues, including: road safety at the intersection of La Belle/Midmar roads; plans for a long-distance bus terminus; monthly updates from rent-a-cops; the parking problems in Groenvallei and fencing along the railway line in Labiance, which now falls under Ward 9 councillor Mercia Kleinsmith.

The councillors also praised the work done by the Triangle Industrial City Improvement District, Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement (VRCID) District and the Parow Industria Improvement District Association during the 2015 and 2016 financial year.

Ward 2 councillor Leonore van der Walt said she was amazed by what the VRCID had achieved in Voortrekker Road.

“I pass this road every day and can see the difference, there is hardly any trash along the road,” she said.

Mr Van der Merwe said the Triangle Industrial City Improvement District, had brought down crime in Stikland’s industrial area.