CITY OF CAPE TOWN 16 APRIL 2021

 MEDIA RELEASE

The City of Cape Town’s draft Budget for the 2021/22 financial year has been tabled for public participation and the City has extended the comment period until 03 May 2021.  The City has hosted a number of area-based community meetings thus far, which give residents the chance to engage on the budget while ensuring that all Covid-19 safety precautions are in place.

Members of the public now have the opportunity to have their say, and to submit their comments to the City until 30 April 2021. Covid-19 has led to the City tweaking the way it engages with its residents in order to reduce risk and prevent the spread of Covid-19. Apart from communicating on the draft Budget via social media, telephone, WhatsApp, through mailers, media releases and the City’s website, a limited number of engagements at Subcouncil level and other forums are also being undertaken.

The City is making every effort to bring the draft budget to the people, residents and ratepayers as it is incredibly important that they scrutinise and comment on the budget, so that they can be a part of the City’s efforts in providing the best service to residents across the metro. We especially thank our ward and PR councillors for continuing to be our public and City ambassadors, and helping to inform our residents about City matters in an accurate, inclusive and responsible manner.

‘One of the highlights of this year’s budget is the proposed R3,4 billion available to help qualifying residents with rates and services relief. We also continue to do our best to protect residents and ratepayers as much as possible from rising costs, especially from Eskom’s massive price increase. This has resulted in extensive budget cuts. Most notably, some R460 million has been cut from staffing and contracting services, while safeguarding basic service provision as far as possible.

‘In addition, Water Management Device meter installations are proposed to be phased out. Registered indigent customers will be able to use a determined volume of water per month at no charge. Should they exceed this limit for two consecutive months, and not reduce usage despite warning notices, the property will be placed on a trickle-flow supply.

‘Looking ahead over the medium term, this Budget was prepared with the intention of keeping rates and service charges to the bare minimum to assist already struggling residents, communities and businesses,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Alderman Ian Neilson.

‘The City relies on residents to provide us with their inputs and insights on the draft budget. The City is an accountable and responsive government, and public inputs assists us to improve where required and keeps us on our toes. Once the public participation process is completed and the public’s input has been considered, it will then be taken to Council for debate and adoption in May 2021,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

Public participation: comment by 03 May 2021

Covid-19 has an impact on the public participation process.

To view the Tabled Budget please visit: www.capetown.gov.za/budget or go to your nearest sub­council office or library for a copy of the budget.

Community-based organisation (CBO) representatives may contact their subcouncil managers for further details on their respective area-based community meetings.

Written comments

By email: Budget.Comments@capetown.gov.za

Through your Ward Councillor / Subcouncil offices

Verbal inputs

Phone: 0800 212 176

For assistance to comment in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, please phone 0800 212 176

Visit www.capetown.gov.za/HaveYourSay for more information.

For more on the budget and tariffs, please visit www.capetown.gov.za/budget