Ensuring a sustainable future
Cape Town’s new integrated development plan is up for public comment, writes Anna-marie Smith
THE launch of the city’s first five-year integrated development plan (IDP) goes back to 2000, and since the election of the city’s new council in May this year a new fiveyear plan that is subject to annual review, and running from July 2012 to June 2017, had to be produced.
In her announcement of the new IPD to Parliament last week, Patricia de Lille, executive mayor of Cape Town, said:”The city’s mission remains, as articulated in the IPD, to create the economic environment in which investment is increased and jobs can be created. Only by making those choices now and putting the measures in place to give meaning to our strategy can we say we are doing our part as local government and become a city-driver of growth and change.”
Through consultation with residents the city arrived at five focus areas, which was addressed in the overall construction of the plan.
Public participation is invited by the city, emphasising that the plan affects not only the central city but every suburban area and resident whose needs have been identified. Because it shapes the city’s entire budget, the process requires public input and the city has undertaken to host a number of public meetings over the next month to address plans and priorities. Additional meetings will be hosted by subcouncils for residents in suburban areas, at shopping malls and corporations.
The city says its new five-year plan will build on its current strengths while concentrating on the five pillars of strategic focus outlined, to become a city of opportunity, of safety, caring, inclusivity and a well-run city.
For the purposes of public participation the city has published a questionnaire listing 23 objectives to be completed in order of priority. This document has appeared in the print media and was distributed at public amenities such as clinics, libraries, housing and traffic offices, and can also be submitted via the city’s website and by e-mail or sms before October 21.
The city also published dates of a number of public meetings over the next month to be addressed by de Lille and Ian Neilson, deputy executive mayor.
The list of objectives states that to become a city of opportunity Cape Town has to become a sound vehicle of economic growth and investment that will attract both local and foreign investment, with the ultimate goal of creating job opportunities and building the city. It would have to provide and maintain economic and social infrastructure to lead economic development. Essential to this growth would be providing effective transport to bring mobility to those benefiting from job creation. Funding for training and skills development programmes would have to be used to the full, while the city’s assets must be used to drive growth and development.
To become a safe city, additional staff and resources in safety and emergency services are to be provided and additional service to more vulnerable communities. Improving police efficiency and emergency services through training and technology will be prioritised through city partnerships.
Once basic services such as electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal have been provided to all citizens including the most needy, the city will become a caring city. The plan stipulates the provision of social services to all residents, innovative human settlements for increased access, transfers of rental housing to qualifying beneficiaries, improved services for informal and backyard settlements, effective pollution management and control programmes, effective primary healthcare and substance abuse services.
The inclusivity objective is aimed at communities forming relationships to find unity in diversity and a partnership with government, who will promote a sustainable environment, communication with residents about their needs and the provision of facilities.
In fulfilling the fifth and possibly one of the most important strategic focus areas, the well-run City of Cape Town will be a city where “local government is free from corruption, transparent, receptive to the needs of its citizens and working towards a better future’. A well-run city will “establish an efficient and productive administration that prioritises delivery and ensures financial prudence with clean audits by the auditor-general”.