by City Of Cape Town

CT introduces measures to maximise delivery

Infrastructure

CT introduces measures to maximise delivery
CT introduces measures to maximise delivery

The City of Cape Town introduced a number of austerity measures into the 2013/2014 draft budget, tabled before Council on 27 March 2013, as part of its commitment to financial integrity. The cost-cutting measures include a R103 million reduction in the general expenses category, which includes reduced spending in travel, office furnishings, excessive catering, public relations projects and the use of consultants, amongst others. The City has also reduced the number of vacancies on its staff budget, saving it a further R46 million.

“Whilst many other government departments around the country – on both a national and local scale – reportedly spend significant amounts from the national purse on unnecessary items, the City of Cape Town will continue looking at ways to minimise spending. In these challenging economic times we, who have been mandated to spend public money, must do everything to be as prudent as we possibly can,” says the Acting Executive Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

Further measures will be taken to save costs. The National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ Government Notice of December 2012 affords certain benefits to councillors. However, the City will not utilise the following benefits:

•    An official residence complete with furnishings for the Executive Mayor;

•    The sole use of a Council vehicle for the Executive Deputy Mayor; and

•    The sole use of a Council vehicle for the Speaker.

“The City of Cape Town is committed to spending our financial resources to deliver to the residents of Cape Town. We will continue to focus on making good on our electoral promises and not on taking advantage of all provisions set aside for those who serve the public. We must, at all times, remember that the money received from the people of our city must go towards improving the lives of communities across our city,” says Alderman Neilson.

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