Services in Cape Town continue unhindered

Services in Cape Town continue unhindered

16 October 2002

Services are continuing unhindered in the City of Cape Town, said the ANC and the New National Party after their meeting with the City Manager On Tuesday. Refuse collection, cleansing, water and electricity services have not been interrupted at all. There has been widespread support from many in the administration. `We have the commitment of senior staff to keep their eyes on the ball and to ensure that their departments continue to perform their duties.

The ANC and the NNP formed a joint management team to oversee the day-to-day running of Council. This team is meeting daily with the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager to ensure that the administration functions smoothly over this transition period and that there are no interruptions to service delivery. They will also take emergency decisions if the need arises. The team consists of George Mellet, David Erleigh, Gawa Samuels, Gavin Paulse, Peter Gabriel, Thozama Mlanjeni, Danile Landingwe, Clifford Sithonga and Saleem Mowzer.

Far from being in limbo, the city is more focused on service delivery now than at any time during the last two years of DA rule. The ANC and NNP further announced that tenders for vital works and development will proceed during the transition period:

  • R20m for development in wards (as part of the ward allocations)
  • The extension of current contracts for security at public transport interchanges
  • The completion of the housing development project in Kuils River (that was started in 1996 but abandoned by the DA Oostenberg municipality)
  • The reduction in the bulk water tariffs from 01 October 2002 (from 138,97 c/k to 129,49 c/k)
  • The construction of an underground link at the Old Power Station site (to facilitate development around the Convention Centre)
  • The construction of civil engineering services for flood relief at Mfuleni
  • The Lourens River Flood alleviation scheme
  • he tender report of the Helderberg 132/11kv sub-station
  • The tender for bulk printing

The ANC and NNP called on ratepayers and residents to report any disruption of services. `We are committed to ensure that services to our communities continue unhindered. Where officials and workers are not carrying out their duties, please report this urgently.`