New City Structure Aims to Accelerate Service Delivery

The City of Cape Town’s Council earlier today, 13 December 2018, repealed the Constitution of the Transport for Cape Town (TCT) By-law of 2013, and the Constitution of the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) By-law of 2016. Read more below:

Following on from the repeal of the two by-laws, the City’s governance structure will be amended. The new governance structure will be based on and informed by the lessons learnt over the past two years. Ultimately, these changes are aimed at accelerating and improving service delivery across the board.

The City Council has, over the past three years, adopted progressive policies to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, to spatially transform Cape Town, to provide housing on well-located land close to work opportunities and public transport, and to spend the bulk of its capital budget in areas where the public money will benefit the most people, in particular the most vulnerable in our society.

The City administration is bound by these policies and must implement them accordingly.

Thus, despite the imminent new governance structure, the policies remain and the City will keep on pursuing the ideals, deliverables, and strategies as set out by the policies, key among which:

1.    The Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategic Framework which was adopted by Council in March 2016

The TOD Strategic Framework is the City’s long-term development strategy. It prescribes how new developments across Cape Town should happen and how existing public infrastructure should be transformed to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning, the high cost of public transport, and urbanisation while also stimulating economic growth.

The strategic framework seeks to optimise the location of future residential areas for all income groups in relation to economic and work opportunities. This will hold substantial benefits for lower-income households that currently spend up to 45% of their monthly household income on transport and have to travel between 45 km and 70 km every day to get to work opportunities.

The TOD Strategic Framework is a bold commitment to transform our spatial reality over the next few decades. It is a new approach to integrated spatial and transport planning that prioritises more efficient land-use with increased densities and mixed uses. It prioritises the right development in the right locations with public transport and access as the determining factors.

The TOD Strategic Framework pursues the objective of providing affordable housing on well-located land close to public transport, work opportunities, schools, social amenities and social services.

2.    The revised Municipal Spatial Development Framework (MSDF) which was adopted by Council in April 2018.

The MSDF’s key objectives are to pursue a new spatial form that will ensure that Cape Town becomes more equitable, liveable, sustainable, resilient and efficient. It is aimed at countering the creation of new low-income communities and other developments on the outskirts of Cape Town, while at the same time offering greater protection to conservation areas, places and areas of significant heritage value, and agricultural assets.

3.    The 2018/19 Built Environment Performance Plan (BEPP) directs where the City is to spent its capital budget in the current financial year – these are the investments in major capital projects and interventions to address the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.

Broadly speaking, the BEPP reflects the City’s strategic intent over this period. It directs the City’s capital investment to projects which aim to transform Cape Town’s spatial reality through the creation of public transport corridors and the delivery of affordable housing on well-located land close to job opportunities.

It is important to reiterate that policies are not linked to individuals, nor to a specific governance structure or a specific City directorate.

These are long-term approved plans that bound the administration and the City’s budget to certain outputs and deliverables. As such, all of the City directorates and officials are guided by and will work as a collective in realising these policies.

The City is focused on and committed to addressing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and the delivery of social housing and affordable housing opportunities on well-located land close to public transport and jobs.

We are committed to directing our resources where it is needed most and where it will have the biggest impact in pursuing equality, equity, and spatial justice for all who live in Cape Town.

The above we distributed by the City of Cape Town Media Office Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Team Neighbourly

Cover Image Credit: Pawel Czerwinski