Waste management Another major challenge that the

Public safety During the first two phases of the

Municipality continues to deal with is illegal dumping and littering. In the past financial year, 35 illegal dumping hotspots were identified and various initiatives were implemented to reduce illegal dumping. In 2022/23, a total of

Drakenstein Smart Safety Network (DSSN) project, capital spending of R2.4 million was invested, which included the renovation of the DSSN’s central control room and the expansion of smart technology. The DSSN project is a partnership between Drakenstein Municipality, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety, the South African Police Service (SAPS), community- based safety organisations (neighbourhood and farm watches) and the private sector (security companies). The DSSN provides a platform to work together and share information on safety and security incidents and threats in real time, using cutting-edge technology. The next phase of the project, which will be rolled out in 2022/23, will focus on employing additional technology and communication equipment with safety partners. It will include the installation of CCTV cameras, security beams, alarms, security lights and licence plate recognition (LPR) cameras at a cost of approximately R1.3 million. In addition, the Municipality will spend R222.5 million of its operational budget (7.73%) on public safety. “We have over 40 CCTV and LPR cameras monitoring all entrances to our city and providing valuable information to our municipal control room at 60 Breda Street in Paarl,” said Alderman Poole. Sport facilities, parks and cemeteries In 2022/23, a combined R9.4 million of the capital budget will be spent on sport, parks and cemeteries infrastructure. A further R139 million (4.83%) of the Municipality’s operational budget has been allocated to community and social services, community parks (including nurseries), recreational facilities, and sports grounds and stadiums. For all the budget particulars, click here .

R7.65 million will be spent on purchasing street refuse bins to combat littering; building mini drop-off facilities

in high-density and informal areas to provide a disposal facility in communities; constructing organic waste diversion infrastructure to comply with new waste legislation and on purchasing International Organisation for Standardisation containers to transport waste between the Paarl Refuse Transfer Station and disposal facilities. The Municipality will also spend a further R146 million (5.07%) of its operational budget on waste management. Human settlements Alderman Poole emphasised that housing remains a national and provincial government competence. “National housing legislation prescribes that a municipality must perform this function on behalf of National Government with financial assistance from the national fiscus.” With its grant allocation of R47 million for the new financial year, Drakenstein Municipality will service sites in Fairyland, Siyahlala, Carterville, and complete the planning for Mbekweni Erf 557, Saron, Paarl East and Simondium. In addition, R3.2 million will be spent on improving access to basic services; R10.8 million on providing basic services at Schoongezicht; and R3 million on maintaining ageing municipal rental stock. A further R114 million (3.95%) of the Municipality’s operational budget has been allocated to human settlements.


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