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The City of Cape Town will shortly commence with a public participation process during which residents and interested parties will be asked to propose names for the four areas that were recently created in line with the City’s new area-based service delivery model. Read more below:

The City’s Naming and Nomination Committee has recommended to Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, that the City undertake a public participation process requesting residents to submit naming proposals for the four new City areas that are currently being referred to as Area North, South, East and Central.

‘On 24 August 2016 the City Council adopted the Organisational Development and Transformational Plan, or ODTP. The ODTP introduces a new regime where the City strives to be more proactive and customer-centric. It presents a systemic change which consolidates the City’s efforts in providing a focused and area-based method of service delivery which will make it easier to monitor our response to local issues and needs. With this new operating model, the City has been divided into four geographical areas for planning, coordination and service delivery purposes. We would now like to name these areas to make them more personal to the residents working and living there,’ said the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, Councillor Brett Herron.Three potential themes have been identified for the naming proposals.

‘The first option is to name the areas after geographical features such as mountains or rivers; the second option is to use nature as a theme – such as animals, plants and habitats; and the third option is to base the names on oceans or areas, such as coastal or peninsula. We want to avoid referring to the areas in terms of north, south and so on because these names do not give one a sense of place,’ said Councillor Herron.

The ODTP is intended to take local government to the next level.

‘Thus, the naming of these areas will also serve a symbolic purpose – indicating that we have embarked on a new path where we strive to build a greater connection between the City and the residents we serve,’ said Councillor Herron.

The proposal conforms with the City’s Naming Policy.

‘Once the mayor has approved this recommendation, the City’s Public Participation Unit will commence with the process of requesting comment and input from residents and interested and affected parties in each of the four areas,’ said Councillor Herron.

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