City responds to SJC stunt
Yesterday's conduct by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), where they deliberately engaged in an illegal protest as part of an obvious publicity stunt, is perplexing to the City for a number of reasons.
The City has had extensive engagements with the SJC over the last two years. This as a result of a genuine desire to co-operate wherever possible.
The Executive Mayor has provided two possible dates for a meeting to discuss their latest demands, but they have yet to respond. It is therefore puzzling that they state that the Mayor is unwilling to engage.
The SJC also choose to ignore the fact that the Cape Town leads the country in terms of the provision of sanitation. The National Department of Water Affairs has found that the City provides 100% access to adequate sanitation. This high level of service provision is underscored by the results of the Census.
The City has, over the last 10 years, experienced the second highest rate of urbanisation in South Africa. As such, there will always be challenges related to the provision of sanitation, especially as a result of the peculiarities of the geography of the city and high levels of density. Despite these challenges, we continue to provide a range of high quality services.