A leaf out of Zille’s book

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

I WAS in the Western Cape re­cently. There is a bi-weekly pro­gramme on the ra­dio dur­ing which mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille and Pre­mier He­len Zille make them­selves avail­able for two hours to an­swer ques­tions to try to solve ser­vice de­liv­ery prob­lems from the com­mu­nity.

Any mat­ter that can­not be solved im­me­di­ately is taken care of within a few days. That cer­tainly helps to build a strong bond be­tween the lead­er­ship and the com­mu­nity. Many peo­ple phone in to say a “big thank you”.

I met a fam­ily with wa­ter and elec­tric­ity prob­lems. Not only was the com­plaint at­tended to promptly, the ser­vice provider even phoned back to check “if ev­ery­thing was okay”.

The Western Cape is very ac­tive in turn­ing the city “green”. Trees are be­ing planted and I was in­formed that if you need a tree planted out­side your prop­erty, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will pro­vide and plant the trees free of charge.

The only con­di­tion is that you look af­ter them.

A few years ago, the pres­i­dent had a hot­line whereby cit­i­zens could phone to com­plain about ser­vice de­liv­ery and other prob­lems.

I do not know if the ser­vice ex­ists any more – we do not hear any­thing about it. If what is hap­pen­ing is pro­duc­ing good re­sults in the Western Cape, other prov­inces should feel free to do like­wise.

The spilling of fae­ces at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port and mu­nic­i­pal build­ings, by an ANC coun­cil­lor and his mates, was de­spi­ca­ble. They are de­mand­ing bricked flush toi­lets. That can­not be done in an in­for­mal set­tle­ment.

I am shocked the ANC gov­ern­ment has done noth­ing to dis­cour­age this kind of be­hav­iour.

Just one thing about the Western Cape: do not go there in Au­gust. The rain pours, the wind howls and it is bit­terly cold.

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