Page 12 People’s Post Grassy Park
Tuesday 10 April 2012
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Cape Town would like your comments once again
FIVE-YEAR PLAN (IDP) 2012/13 - 2016/17
During September and October 2011 we asked you to tell us how you wanted to shape the plan for Cape Town for the next five years. We heard you Cape Town and now we bring an overview of your new draft five-year plan (Integrated Development Plan [IDP]). The IDP is the plan that informs the draft budget and operations of the City over the next five years. We are proud that the IDP has reached over one million people in an extensive public participation process. This is proof that the IDP is a plan of the people of Cape Town. The City listens when the people have their say. For ease of reference the plan has been divided into five strategic areas (or pillars): the opportunity city, the safe city, the caring city, the inclusive city and the well-run city. These work together to provide a holistic plan for the City.
Pillar 1 – The opportunity city Creation of a setting to attract large events and business • Be active in the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Programme • Attract major sports and other events such as the jazz festival • Negotiate with international companies which can unlock opportunities for the local businesses • Create a small business centre for those wanting to start a business and • Sharpen our planning and business processes to support and encourage development Provision and maintenance of our equipment and infrastructure • Create a telecommunications web to give services like the internet anywhere in the city • Know where and in what condition our equipment are and ensure that they keep working and • Implement the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) that will create immediate job opportunities Continue working toward an effective public transport system • Plan with all the necessary partners to create a united service, including rail • Keep our roads and transport systems running smoothly and • Expand the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) programme to include communities
Pillar 2 – The safe city Increase in the capacity of our policing and emergency services • Businesses and other interested groups can fund security services for their specific areas • Provide reserve forces for both the law enforcement and fire and rescue services and • Strengthen existing neighbourhood watches by giving dedicated support Quick gathering and using of information to ensure faster and effective response • Provide every patrol vehicle with equipment to process information Prevention of crime • Provide neighbourhood safety officers to assist the community and • Expand the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) programme Training and development of staff and partnering with communities • Expand and train neighbourhood watches • Provide assistance and equipment to prevent crime and disorder • Partner with communities to increase fire and emergency services and • Make the public aware of how to avoid the risk of disasters
Effective use and unlocking of City-owned land • Bring much needed opportunities to local and previously disadvantaged communities and • Expand the Bellville Velodrome and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to attract events Roll-out of an apprenticeship programme • Create opportunities in the water, sanitation, electricity, storm water, solid waste, refuse removal and roads departments
Pillar 3 – The caring city Making social services available to all who need it • Partner with communities to assist with managing of community facilities • Assist early childhood centres to provide care while building more centres • Assist those living on the streets to reunite with their families or assist them with training to find jobs • Provide skills training to the youth making them employable • Continue the fight against drug and alcohol abuse together with our partners and • Implement gender-based activities Using our resources better • Care for the natural environment • Look at other sources of energy • Reduce our waste • Improve the quality of our beaches and rivers
Pillar 4 – The inclusive city Establishment of a responsive administration • Answer all queries and complaints • Emergency 24/7 call centre for electricity and water problems City facilities and services for all • Plan, build and manage facilities where needed • Develop and maintain the natural and cultural heritage sites and • Provide free-call lines to the City’s call centre installed at Council buildings in specific disadvantaged and outlying areas
Making sure we have enough drinking water • Reduce water loss by fixing leaks • Use rain, borehole and bath water to wet our gardens Provision of basic services to all • Increased the number of taps and toilets in informal settlements to a minimum service level Provision of more housing using different methods • Upgrade of informal settlements • Upgrade Council rental units • Transfer title deeds to rightful beneficiaries • Investigate utilisation of unused school land • Identify and develop housing within existing neighbourhoods • Investigate transfer of rental units to identified beneficiaries and • Give services to those living in the backyards of City rental units
Pillar 5 – The well-run city A transparent and corruption-free government • Provide a toll-free 24/7 hotline for reporting fraud An effective administration • Ensure skilled staff are in the right posts Financial controls • Make sure we have the necessary cash flow • Manage the tariffs and • Ensure you are billed correctly
Keeping our environment healthy • Keep our stormwater drains, rivers and streams clean • Provide clean and healthy drinking water • Ensure all businesses and food outlets provide their services in a healthy environment • Have adequate facilities to ensure dignified burial or cremation of our loved ones and • Achieve and maintain clean air in the city Effective health care services • Deliver primary health care and other services at clinics and community health centres • Provide HIV/Aids and TB treatment and support and • Operate and support outpatient substance abuse treatment centres
On 28 March 2012 Council approved the draft 2012/13 – 2016/17 IDP for public comment. The draft IDP plan is available for comment from 30 March to 30 April 2012 and can be viewed at municipal administrative buildings, subcouncil offices and all municipal libraries or on our website www.capetown.gov.za/en/idp. Your comments can be submitted to your local subcouncil office or e-mailed to the IDP office. For more information send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 400 9808. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER