City to appeal directive on Masiphumelele clean-up

The City of Cape Town says it will appeal a directive from Western Cape government to clean-up the hazardous Masiphumelele Wetland.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, says the City has developed a working plan to enhance service delivery in Masiphumelele.

The City will be appealing the second directive because we believe we are trying to improve the living conditions of the residents in Masiphumelele.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

Limberg explains that the Masiphumelele Noordhoek Action Plan Matrix is monitored by all spheres of government.

She says the City has been providing feedback on service delivery in Masi, where many residents have lamented the lack of safe and hygienic living conditions.

The directive insinuates that we are not delivering on the action items, when we are. We are able to provide legitimate that we are complying with the requirements, as per the Matrix plan.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

Limberg claims that the City spends about R1 million every four months for cleaning services in the township.

Read: City not tracking progress of Masi wetlands clean-up, says community leader

Meanwhile, community leader Tshepo Moletsane says the City has not been monitoring the clean up of environmental degradation in the area.

However, Limberg argues that City officials conduct regular site visits and have embarked on awareness campaigns in the community.

She adds that City officials have photographic evidence of the work they carry out.

According to Limberg, the City provides the following services:

  • a seven day door-to-door refuse collection
  • repairs and maintenance teams in weekly basis
  • cleaning of storm water canals on a daily basis

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