The mayoral candidate of the Democratic Alliance Patricia De Lille has reassured the people of Cape Town of a better and greater approach towards procurement of privately-owned lands in order to improve service delivery if the people vote for the party in the forth coming municipal election.
Patricia De Lille who was speaking while presenting the DA’s Cape Town manifesto ahead of the election, said the party will not fail the people but will be dedicated towards ensuring an improved standard of living for the people.
She stressed that in most cases, the municipality is unable to provide facilities to some informal settlements because they are built on privately-owned property. She also added that the city recently purchased a plot in Klipheuwel and land in Driftsands, which was classified as a nature reserve.
“We have finally convinced them to deproclaim it from a nature reserve so that we can build. So, [for the] people in Los Angeles and Driftsands, we’re also going to build there,” she added as she warned communities, saying those who’ve been waiting longer for services will be first in line.
More to this, De Lille said the party will remain committed to the needs of the poor through cross-subsidization against popular claim by its oppositions that the city under the DA’s leadership was prioritizing the needs of the rich over the poor.
“It just shows you how stupid people are. The fact is that we are charging rich people up to R30 000 a month to live in their houses on the Atlantic seaboard so we can cross-subsidize services for the poor,”
“Those who are perpetuating this myth that the DA cares more about rich people than poor people are those people who are anti-transformation,” she said as she takes a swipe at ANC leader in the city council Tony Ehrenreich.
Speaking further on the uproar over a planned R1.5bn beachfront development in Clifton, De Lille claimed it stemmed from residents who did not want to see apartheid-era spatial planning redressed
The successful bidder would have to commit to building rental units worth R60 million for people who worked on the Atlantic seaboard, De Lille said.
“People don’t want us to buy housing for poor people closer to the city, that’s why there’s resistance.”
She however assured that if DA returned to office after the August elections, it would be committed to stopping urban sprawl that moved the working classes further away from transport junctions and their places of work.
“We, as a city, will concentrate our development in poorer areas,” she said.