This August, each of the City of Cape Town's 23 subcouncils will meet to discuss the City's new ward forum mechanism, which will enable ordinary residents to better participate in local government decision-making. These ward forums could be made of up 'sectoral' or 'geographical' interests, or both.
At the August meetings, councillors will also discuss the Draft Informal Trading By-Law, and the Draft Operational Drug and Alcohol Strategy (2007-2010).
Everyone is invited to attend these meetings. For details of the date, venue and contact person for your subcouncil, click on the advertisement here (in English
).Seating is limited at each subcouncil meeting venue, so if you want to sure of a chair, book your place with the relevant contact person.
A subcouncil is made up of a group of wards that adjoin each other. Each subcouncil is made up of between 3 to 7 wards. Each subcouncil is made up of its ward councillors and proportional representation councillors, as well as a chairperson, a full-time subcouncil manager and three clerical staff. The manager and staff members are not political appointments (in other words, no-one votes for them).
The main purpose of a subcouncil is to bring local government closer to its people, through:
- dealing with references from the relevant portfolio committees about policies, by-laws and regulations.
- organising public participation processes for the City's policies and legislation, such as by-laws and the City's Five Year Plan (Integrated Development Plan, or IDP).
- issuing licences for health facilities and liquor outlets, for example; and compiles and monitors capital and operational spending of ward allocations in its area;
- making recommendations to the full Council on matters affecting that area.
Subcouncils meet once a month, or more often if there is an urgent matter that needs attention.
Watch the local press, or visit CityNews online (www.capetown.gov.za
), to find out about the September (and following) subcouncil meetings.