Mixed reaction to water tariff drop

We have learnt to adapt to the restrictions but to be penalised for saving water is unacceptable. It is unfortunate that the taxpayer has no recourse and the city government knows this and therefore abuses its authority

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July sees R485 million increase in debt owed to City

It is the very same situation with the water and electricity tariffs. The City mismanages, we pay. People are struggling out there, and they simply can’t pay these extreme prices. We simply can’t.

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Visions for City’s future

Public participation has become a mere tick-box process to legitimise the excesses of local government.

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City coins it from punitive water tariffs

City of Cape Town is laughing all the way to the bank, as its punitive water tariffs continue to swell City coffers It raked in close to R1 billion in the last financial year and now a further R210 million for water and R42m for sanitation has been over-recovered in July alone.

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City is playing valuation games

Speculative property market used to garner rates and taxes. This has prompted economists and civic organisations to warn that overburdened ratepayers are being taxed out of their homes.

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City of Cape Town: Councillor Remuneration and allowances 2017/18

COUNCILLOR SALARIES, ALLOWANCES AND BENEFITS CITY OF CAPE TOWN 2017/2018

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Statement: Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance on the City’s plan to levy a water surcharge on property

It is with absolute dismay that the GCTCA noted the announcement that the City of Cape Town levy property owners with a drought charge to fund income shortfall as a result of water saving.

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This YouTube doccie might put you off that Camps Bay swim this summer

Every day, the famous Camps Bay region in Cape Town, South Africa, is discharging million of litres of untreated waste-water into our marine reserve. This is creating some serious and growing problems, for the vulnerable sea-life, for us water-users and soon for beach-goers too.

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Chairman’s address : GCTCA AGM 22 OCTOBER 2016 + Video

Never before has the need for civil society vigilance been greater than in this interesting times we live in. We have a constitutional democracy. But what does it mean when the democratic space in local government is fast shrinking and it appears that there has been “state capture” at our local government level.

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Suspicion over bid to save stadium

I am concerned that the City wants to cover up its wastage, and protect themselves from the blame of misspending. It’s going to be difficult to make the stadium commercially viable, and at the end of the day, the ratepayers will still foot the bill no matter how you look at it.

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Update on City of Cape Town stink story

It has been over a year since the City of Cape Town asked for comments from the public as part of the public participation process during its permit application to be allowed to continue discharging untreated effluent into our coastal waters and MPA’s. We have had no feedback or answers to our queries and objections, nor have we been advised as to whether or not the permit was granted and if so under what conditions.

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City of Cape Town ‘bulldozing’ through developments

Civic organisations from across the city are becoming increasingly concerned at the cosy relationship between the City of Cape Town and private developers, saying inappropriate developments were being bulldozed through with objections routinely ignored.

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Cape Town’s ‘not so grand’ centralisation scheme

The City, which works for its corporate citizens, providing them with a “red tape to red carpet” special service that us mere mortals can only dream of, is implementing a massive growth strategy to increase square metres of office, conference, hotel and private living space in the central business district (CBD) and close to it.This makes the land in the CBD much more valuable, making billions for the property developers and hundreds of millions in additional rates annually for the City.

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New nuke build: EIA problematic and flawed

Becker concludes, “The GIBB consultants have a legal responsibility to put all the pertinent facts before the decision makers in a complete, unbiased and quantified way in the EIA report. Failing to do so can lead to criminal prosecution in their personal capacities.” There is concern from stakeholders that GIBB is trying to push through this flawed EIA with only token public participation.

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GCTCA Annual Chairman’s Report August 2015

It would appear that the voice of the ratepayer is being silenced by the new municipal bylaw on planning (MBL). Regulation will allow developments to be approved without consultation with the ratepayers and community. A closer study of the MBL reveal quite wide ranging powers given to the City to exclude public participation, e.g the City can decide whom it feels would be appropriate to consult. This means it could bypass the local ratepayer and civic organisations thus denying organised community structures a voice.

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Epidemiology expert comments on Cape Town sewer debacle

It may be in the interests of the Dept. of Environmental Affairs as well as the City of Cape Town to note that, in the face of this obviously unsatisfactory public participation process with its hidden crucial information, both organisations will share the ethical blame in the event that environmental damage occurs, if not the legal liability.

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