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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today the City of Cape Town reached another milestone in its efforts to provide service delivery for fire-affected residents with the electrification of two areas in Imizamo Yethu.

In line with the objectives of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to enhance service delivery, the City installed new electricity connections in the Disa Temporary Relocation Area (TRA) and the Petersen/Pipe Track area.

The City is establishing new connections for 355 families who will now be connected to the municipality’s electricity grid.

The majority of the families had their power switched on today, while the work on other properties will be completed over this coming weekend.

The City employed 18 residents from both the Disa TRA and the Pipe Track/Petersen area through the Expanded Public Works Programme to assist in the completion of the electrification project.

The City is making progress in electrifying several sections of the area as part of the super-blocking process. In August this year, we also switched on the electricity in the first section of the fire-affected area in Madiba Square.This work forms part of the broader super-blocking project to deliver services such as water, sanitation, electricity, wider pathways and roads in the fire-affected area.

The progress being made in Imizamo Yethu illustrates our commitment to improving safety and the quality of life of residents as a caring city.

This milestone has been achieved as a result of months of collaboration between residents, community leaders and the City to deliver services to the fire-affected residents in Imizamo Yethu.

Notwithstanding many challenges, progress has been made, together.

I thank the community leaders and residents who have worked side by side with us and I hope we can continue building stronger relations in the interest of improving the lives of the people of Imizamo Yethu.

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