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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

As part of this administration’s commitment to building a caring city and of providing assistance to residents who need it most, the Mayor’s Special Fund paid out R533 360 to various organisations and individuals between April and June 2017.

The fund, which was set up to offer funding and support to charitable causes in Cape Town, has also provided assistance to families in need who were not able to afford the funeral costs to bury their children. With an annual budget of R2 million in the 2016/17 financial year, the Fund supported 52 schools, various organisations and individuals between April and June 2017.

The Mayoral Committee yesterday 19 September 2017 noted the Final Quarter report for the 2016/17 financial year on the Mayor’s Special Fund .

Some of the highlights of the funds dispersed during the three-month period include:

R50 000 donation to Ikapa United Football Club as a contribution toward their participation in the Dallas Cup, Texas, United States
the Cape Winds T/A Cape Flats Football Academy received R50 000 in support of their football tournament
R5 000 donation to the Muslim Hands Trust as a contribution towards the organisation’s fundraising initiative
R5 000 to Siphosethu Fanti of Arts Africa who was selected to take part in the International Talent Showcase Arts convention in the United States
R7 000 as a contribution towards law student Nikita Ernstzen for the procurement of textbooks.
We are committed to providing assistance to organisations that are championing charitable causes and supporting Capetonians who are achieving amazing feats and representing the city in other parts of the country and the world.

This week I was also paid a special visit by one of the beneficiaries of the Special Fund, Jayde van der Byl from Blikkiesdorp who is going to Germany to represent our city and his country at the City Mission Educational Service’s Seventh International soccer tour.

He is a true ambassador for Cape Town and the Mayor’s Fund assisted with Jayde’s travel costs. The fund is there to assist talented individuals like Jayde who are the pride of our city to ensure that they get the opportunities and exposure they need to take their talents to a professional level.

Following the recent Mayoral Golf Day earlier this month R620 000 was raised to support the special fund for the 2017/18 financial year.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would also like to thank the various organisations and corporations that have donated to the Mayor’s Special Fund for their generosity.

Their kindness helps to ensure that those in need are not deprived of opportunities because they lack funding. It ensures that we continue to make progress possible together.

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