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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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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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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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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Budget Blues for city ratepayers

Cape Town should be run as a proper business and this is what we the shareholders (ratepayers) demand.

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Cape Town rates and tariff increases excessive – Cape Chamber

City’s 27 000 staff are earning an average of R30 000 a month in salaries and benefits, well above private sector norms.

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In grip of mediocrity

We were recently warned to be alert on that stretch of the road and that seems to be the response of our law enforcers. All the time it is about “the community must be alert”, “the community must assist the police” and “the community must do more to ensure their safety”.

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GCTCA responds to city’s exorbitant proposed tariff increases

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) hereby vigorously objects to the exorbitant proposed increases and demands that it be reduced to be in line with the current inflation rate of less than 5%. We also suggest that in view of the already approved Eskom increase, the City of Cape Town should REDUCE its CURRENT 10% SURCHARGE on electricity to alleviate the heavy impact thereof on its residents.

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Massive city power increase would be grossly unfair

But the city has never chosen to increase tariffs by the cents amount Eskom has given it, and rather increased tariffs by the same or a higher percentage. This is grossly unfair.

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GCTCA comments on the proposed withdrawal of the 2001 Peninsula Urban Edge Study

We appreciate the pressures that the City is under to cope with the unrelenting influx of persons wishing to live in the metropole and the blandishments offered by unscrupulous developers in terms of increased rates revenue that the City will garner from every new upmarket housing development. However, it is the duty of the custodians of this beautiful part of Earth to safeguard its natural assets for the countless generations to come.

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Centralised decisions destroying the City’s natural resources

The current Cape Town structure and the power vested solely in the position of the executive mayor and Mayco (her mayoral committee) has embraced this form of government, with its dictatorial, centralised control.

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Red Alert on Public Open Space

The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government are supposed to be the guardians of our public open space – note the description PUBLIC open space – but they don’t care about the public. They act as if public open space were their very own property, to do with what they wish and sell it off as they please, to fill the city’s coffers.

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Civic Alliance appeals to Public Protector on City’s Budget

The GCTCA has today appealed to the Public Protector, on behalf of the residents and ratepayers of Cape Town, for protection of their rights to meaningfully participate in and to be heard on the City of Cape Town’s proposed budget for 2012/13.

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City of Cape Town rejects budget appeal

“The Mayor’s right of response in section 23(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act is not a delegated authority subject to appeal in terms of section 62 of the Municipal Systems Act, and accordingly no such appeal will be entertained.”

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GCTCA officially appeals approval of City of Cape Town Budget 2012/2013

“Public participation in local government matters is a value enshrined by the Constitution in terms of section 152(1)(e) of the Constitution.”

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Criticism of R30bn draft city budget

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA), a residents’ and ratepayers’ body, also rejected the budget, saying the city chose not to engage it over its written objections and concerns presented to its management.

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