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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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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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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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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Customers pay more for less

So now we have this interesting situation. In 2007, the price paid per kWh in the City of Cape Town was 52 cents per kWh and now we pay R1.72 per kWh. But back in 2007, South Africans enjoyed access to 42 GW of power, but now we have access to about 32 GW of power. We are paying more because we should have more, but the South African government and our electricity provider cannot find a way to bring us the additional electricity we are paying for, but which we don’t have.

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Crank up old machine for new tricks

Change Eskom to be the independent system market operator, buying and selling electricity across the grid, from its own power stations and from private producers, and allow people to choose from whom they wish to buy electricity.

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Let’s work together

THE Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance congratulates South Africa on a successful election. The people have spoken and given the ANC a national mandate to govern, in the Western Cape, the DA was chosen by the people to govern and ensure a better life for its citizens.

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Don’t look to police or NGOs to fix city’s crime, social ills

A lack of social workers and psychologists based in schools and communities to identify problem households and abuses denies children protection. With only “one psychologist for over 50 schools in Mitchells Plain, while some model C schools had one per school” is inexcusable.

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Those who sabotage agricultural land for gain must be billed

Mayor Patricia de Lille’s only response to the PHA community however is shocking. It seems that she is only interested in trying to politicise the suffering, while ignoring what could become an environmental disaster under her watch. On September 30, the alliance noted in the mayor’s newsletter “Cape Town This Week: Cape Town’s water supply allows the City to maintain high levels of service delivery” how she espoused all the virtues of Cape Town and it’s water infrastructure, and boasted about the 100 years of infrastructure we enjoy.

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Approved eco-estate raises ire

A controversial eco-estate, at the foot of the Hottentot’s Holland Mountains near Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, has received environmental approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP), despite numerous objections received during the public participation process.

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New zoning scheme could damage character of Cape Town

The city’s announcement of the new Integrated Zone Scheme (CTZS), effective as of Friday (1st March 2013), is meant to rid the metro of apartheid-style planning policy, cut red tape and contain urban sprawl. Some of this is true, but it is also likely to bring with it problems that could radically change the character of the city and undermine its sustainability. These have been largely ignored by planners despite their having been pointed out often.

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