Ward Committee’s failure to launch

Ward Committee’s failure to launch
City Struggles
Cape Argus, 6th March 2013

Clayton Barnes

THE CITY of Cape Town is the only municipality in the province struggling to get its ward committee system fully operational.

This is mainly due to alack of interest and community organisations not being registered on their subcouncil database, say officials.

The city appeared before the province’s local government standing committee yesterday to explain why it was failing to “fully implement” ward committees. They replaced the ward forum system in 2011 and are supposed to meet at least six times a year.

All public participation processes in the city are routed via ward committees.

Members were paid R500 a month for “out of pocket expenses” but take-up had been slow, said Keith Miller, manager of the city’s subcouncils.

Of the city’s 111 wards, only 16 committees were “fully functional”.

Cope MPL Mbulelo Ncedana said he was shocked that so few members had signed up in Nyanga and Philippi.

ANC MPL Pierre Uys said an information drive was needed to make residents aware of the new committee structure.

He said ward committees were a “critical link” between residents and the city council.


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