City of Cape Town responds to Cape Chamber of Commerce claims

This past week Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Geoff Jacobs accused the Cape Town City Council of being a "disabling force" to business due to the bureaucracy and explained the chambers sentiments to Kineo Kammies on Thursday.

Mayoral Committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos now talks to Kieno and responds to accusations made by Jacobs.

He says the reduction of bureaucracy starts with shifting the thinking within the organisation.

Read: Cape Chamber of Commerce: Why City of Cape Town a disabling force for business

He refers to "issues constraining growth".

Certainly, it's my business to help unlock and streamline where possible.

James Vos, Mayco member for Economic Opportunities - City of Cape Town

My department is in a process of rolling out the I Mean Business Project which looks at processes, systems and culture within the administration and how we can reform to align the administration with our business-friendly offering.

James Vos, Mayco member for Economic Opportunities - City of Cape Town

In his interview, Jacobs also accused the City of taking too long to approve projects, taking between 4 - 8 for some projects to be approved, hampering business development within the city.

Vos tells Kieno that Jacobs should provide specifics for projects that are stuck in the system so that they can be dealt with in a swift manner.

We have assisted various big developments in a short space of time.

James Vos, Mayco member for Economic Opportunities - City of Cape Town

So if there are issues that have taken 8 years certainly they should be referred to my office so that my one-stop shop can help facilitate through private sector and intergovernmental projects coordination.

James Vos, Mayco member for Economic Opportunities - City of Cape Town

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