I would like to ask for a moment’s silence for the people who lost their lives on the roads over the Easter weekend.
Good morning, goeie môre, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.
Mr Speaker, just over a week ago we celebrated Human Rights Day on 21 March 2016.On this day, we remember those who laid down their lives during the tragic Sharpeville Massacre.
We must also endeavour to take the time to reflect on the ways in which we can, and must, pick up the baton which has been passed onto us by the generations before us.
There is work for all of this in undoing the legacy of our unjust past.
Mr Speaker, last year, on Human Rights Day I launched the City of Cape Town’s Inclusive City Campaign under the banner of: ‘Don’t let racists speak for you’.
The Inclusive City Campaign is one of the ways in which the City of Cape Town is working towards a society built on reconciliation and empowered by knowledge of constitutional rights.
On 29 February 2016 we launched the second phase of the Inclusive City Campaign.
This year we are taking the campaign to the communities across Cape Town.
I look forward to hearing feedback about the dialogues happening across the rest of our city.
Mr Speaker, undoing the legacy of apartheid also means addressing the spatial planning we have inherited.
It entails looking at ways in which we can use our mandate and competencies to bring life to the freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
Before Council today is the Transit-Orientated Development Strategic Framework, which was adopted by the Mayoral Committee on 15 March 2016.
This developmental tool will enable residents to have easier access to work opportunities, will lower travel costs, and will decrease congestion on our roads.
Through this kind of redress, we will be able to build a more inclusive city, ensuring that all new developments are strategically located near public transport and/or near economic hubs.
We would like to build more integrated developments such as Delft, Pelican Park and Muizenberg.
Because of increased investment into the city, and more people moving here to access opportunities, we have become the most congested city in the country.
This warranted the announcement of our R750 million Congestion Relief Programme which we unveiled in November 2015.
We have already started actualising this plan, with the R60 million upgrade of the R300/Bottelary interchange in Kuils River.
Construction commenced three weeks ago.
Mr Speaker, the lack of jobs across the country is another barrier which still keeps some in, and others locked out, of the economy and away from opportunities.
This has been especially demoralising for the youth, who are eager to start contributing to the growth of our country and industries.
Our Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has launched the #YouthStartCT Entrepreneural Challenge.
Through a partnership with the Seed Academy, 100 start-ups will get the opportunity to receive training and development and mentoring.
We encourage young people who have innovative ideas for creating employment in their communities to visit the City’s website or social media channels for more information before the competition deadline on 15 April 2016.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, and they are encouraged to access the internet at our SmartCape Facilities at their local library.
We have over 100 SmartCape facilities, the newest of which can be found at the world-class R78 million library in Kuyasa.
We partnered with the Carnegie Corporation to make this investment into the lives of the Khayelitsha community.
We are incredibly pleased that this partnership has enabled us to bring residents that much closer to their ambitions and dreams.
Mr Speaker, as we build, there are unfortunately those with political agendas who wish to destroy.
It has been disappointing to watch as protestors linked to an illegal land grab in Dunoon vandalised a MyCiTi station on Potsdam Road, and another MyCiTi station in Phoenix station in Joe Slovo, both in five days.
We have repeatedly stated that we respect and encourage people to use their democratic right to protest, but this kind of behaviour is unacceptable.
We need people to understand that you hurt your neighbour the most when you damage facilities intended for the use of the broader community.
Indeed, such actions usually disproportionately affect the poor.
In many cases, disrupting public transport results in taking food out of the mouths of entire families because residents are prevented from getting to work.
Similarly, the Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Incremental Development Area also incurred R1,65 million worth of damage when it was petrol bombed a few weeks earlier.
Those beneficiaries must now also wait even longer, when so many of them have waited decades for their opportunity.
Today we send an uncompromising message to those who have been involved in the spate of vandalism which has taken place across Dunoon: you will not stop us from delivering services.
We will not let you take us backwards when so many of us are working together for a better future.
We remain relentlessly committed to delivering on the mandate which has been given to us to serve the people of Cape Town.
An example of this commitment is in Valhalla Park, where we recently celebrated the start of a R43 million housing development with a sod-turning.
Despite constant attempts to invade the land, and even threats from gangsters, we were able to protect this land earmarked for 777 vulnerable families.
We will not go back into the ways of the past where some go out of their way to deprive others of their rights.
We lose hundreds of millions of rands on repairing vandalism every year.
Communities are urged to report vandals to their nearest police station so that they can be held accountable.
Mr Speaker, this morning, we will put forward the draft budget.
We remain confident in all that we have achieved in the last five years in government, and we look forward to completing the work that we still have left to do.
I would like to end my address this morning by acknowledging the brave efforts of Law Enforcement officers who foiled an armed robbery in Bonteheuwel on Tuesday morning.
They will now be receiving commendation certificates and pins, whilst Acting Executive Director for Safety and Security, Chief Wayne Le Roux, gives us more details on the incident.
Let us continue to make progress possible, together. Laat ons vooruitgang moointlik maak, tesame. Senza inkqubela yenzeke, Sisonke.
I thank you.