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Today I was meant to visit Nomzamo in Strand where the City of Cape Town is electrifying several informal settlements in the area.

This morning I was made aware of a canal blockade in the area and as a result I had to call an emergency meeting with senior City officials to resolve the matter.

In this regard, a team from the Transport and Urban Development Authority have been dispatched to Nomzamo to investigate and assess what work needs to be done. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, 16 April 2018.

I wish to convey my apologies to the media colleagues and residents who were eager to attend the site visit.

The City is committed to ensuring concerns raised by residents are attended to immediately.I am also pleased by the significant progress being made to connect the residents of Nomzamo to the electricity grid.

The contractor has already installed critical infrastructure including electricity poles and stays.

The City is establishing 2 148 new electricity connections in Siyanyanzele, a section of Pholile and Simanyene.

In 2016, we promised the residents of Nomzamo that they would be provided with electricity.

After negotiations with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), they granted the City permission to provide electricity on its land.

We are now delivering on that promise to the residents on Nomzamo.

City staff and the contractor are working to ensure that the electrification of these three areas is completed by the end of 2017/18 financial year. The full project is due for completion at the end of the year.

Altogether, the City will be electrifying nine informal settlements in Nomzamo. Work on the six other areas will start in the 2018/19 financial year which commences in July.

This will take the total number of connections to 4 255 when the project is concluded. The City has invested just over R32 million to ensure that this development is a reality.

This project underscores the City’s commitment to enhancing service delivery as intended by the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

The significant progress made so far is as a result of great collaboration between the various players, including the community leaders, and I would like to thank those involved in making it happen.

I have urged the community to work with subcouncil officials and the councillors to ensure the full implement of the development plan within the projected timelines.

I have also stressed to the residents the importance of protecting this project and ensuring that the contractors are allowed to work without hindrance. This is the community’s project and we need their continued support to make it a resounding success.

From the City’s side, we are committed to working with residents to ensuring that these projects are a success and improve the lives of the intended beneficiaries.

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