En­sur­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture

Cape Town’s new in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment plan is up for pub­lic com­ment, writes Anna-marie Smith

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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”.

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