SPEECH: CITY ADJUSTMENTS BUDGET 2014/15

When the CCT’s draft budget was debated a few months ago, the ACDP tabled a motion that sought to redirect R181 million of draft Capex funding away from the unnecessary building of a new Head Office for Water and Sanitation department, that alternative rental premises be sought in 2015/16 and that the R181 million be used to fund much needed and urgent capex programmes, including:

  • An additional R20 million for the upgrading of City clinics
  • And additional R23 million for the purchasing of additional vehicles and equipment for Fire, Traffic, Law Enforcement and Metro police
  • An additional R20 million for the construction of new ECD centres
  • An additional R60 million for Informal Settlements sanitation installation, and
  • An additional R20 million for housing projects and upgrades

…among several others.

This the DA rejected, amidst a flurry of lame excuses on a claimed technicality that the funding sources I proposed weren’t “compliant.”

Yet in the intervening period, and given the draft Adjustment Budget before council today, it is evident that HAD the DA wanted to effect such worthy changes to the budget, and cancel such an unworthy, wasteful and extravagant capex build on an unnecessary Head Office, it would have resolved whatever technicality it falsely claimed existed at the time and brought it before council today.  Yet no such proposal appears in the Adjustment Budget today. Notwithstanding that the claimed technicalities never existed in the first place – and that officials of finance will confirm such, stressing anonymity, it is clear that the DA are prioritising luxury for the service providers over basic service provision to the most needy and vulnerable within our communities.

It is clear that the DA are no longer merely rejecting the motion on a technicality, but rejecting the substantive motion itself.

How can a new Head Office, with all the trappings of sophistication, luxury and technology be more important than the building of ECD centres for our children, than building more City clinics for the poorest of the poor needing health services, than providing basic sanitation for our people living in appalling, inhumane, degrading and unhealthy informal settlements and improving safety and security to benefit all Capetonians?

The DA is clearly not a government that cares for the most needy and most vulnerable among us.

MOTION

On behalf of the ACDP I move that the Medium Term Capex (v1, p31) proposal that R181m be spent on a new Head Office for Water and Sanitation, be cancelled and alternatives/ alternative premises sought.

And that the R181m reserved for that Capex project be allocated to the following:

  • Upgrades to clinics identified by City Health            – additional R20m (to R55m)
  • Fire vehicles replacement                                            – additional R6m (to R15m)
  • Traffic services vehicles                                                – additional R5m (to R22m)
  • Traffic services equipment                                           – additional R2m
  • Law enforcement and security services vehicles     – additional R6m (to R15m)
  • Law enforcement equipment                                       – additional R2m                    –
  • Metro Police services replacement of vehicles         – additional R2m (to R5m)
  • Construction of new ECD centres                                – additional R20m (to R42m)
  • Upgrade to City Hall                                                       – additional R8m (to R20m)
  • Upgrade of Good Hope Centre                                     – additional R10m (to R15m)
  • Informal settlements sanitation installation            – additional R60m (to R120m)
  • Hartleyvale stadium                                                       – additional R10m
  • Capex investment in renewable energy products    – additional R10m
  • Housing projects and upgrades                                    – additional R20d

Total:  R181m

Moved by:  Cllr G Haskin (ACDP)            Seconded by:  Cllr Dudley

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