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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

AGM Report by Ward 54 Councillor Nicola Jowell

At the Camps Bay and Clifton Ratepayers Association AGM held at the Rotunda last night, (Monday, 23 November 2020), Councillor Jowell thanked the community of Camps Bay and Clifton, demonstrating that as a collective it can make changes which have a resounding effect. She thanked our residents for protecting themselves and their families by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, by washing their hands, and for being Covid-19 cautious. 

She said that service delivery by the City of Cape Town has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, a compliance-orientated framework and unionised staff, and she thanked residents who have waited patiently. Despite these obstacles, she is seeing departments trying to get on top of backlogs. She highlighted shortcomings, i.e. Kloof Road, affected by the fire earlier this year and the heavy winter rain; the Parks Department still dealing with trees which came down in the winter storms, which has affected lawn mowing and park maintenance; the sub-station on Kloof Road is on the list for fire drainage and gutter problem repair; fence railings at Bali Bay, Clifton, and the Glen Country Club will be repaired in the next few weeks; and infrastructure work is being done by the Water Department, previously on Hely Hutchinson and currently on Geneva Drive, affecting traffic coming down the street, and expected to continue until February. Councillor Jowell encouraged residents to use the City’s C3 Fault reporting system to report any issues, and to alert her with a reference number should the faults not be dealt with timeously. 

The Solid Waste Department has developed a Summer Plan, which includes additional street cleaners, working in three daily shifts, including a late night one. She expressed disappointment at the state of the beaches on busy days. She thanked Chris von Ulmenstein for picking up litter herself, with a paid helper, and with organised monthly community clean-ups. 

She saluted the Camps Bay CSI Community Stewards initiative, set to enhance the visitor experience on Victoria Road. 

Councillor Jowell was thanked for the hard work which she and her office does for Camps Bay.


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