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2. Choice of Strategic Goals

Moderator: Leon Fourie

Specific suggestions i.r.o. each Strategic Goal made at SMAF meeting of 6 December 2016

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Specific suggestions i.r.o. each Strategic Goal made at SMAF meeting of 6 December 2016

2016/12/13 10:10 AM CAT (edited)

Strategic Goal 1 (PEOPLE)

  • What about rehabilitation centres for school dropouts due to drug usage?
  • Rehabilitation centre for drug abuse.
  • Municipality can do awareness campaigns, e.g. drugs.
  • Opening commentary states "Key point is how change will be made" but the document does not say how or what.
  • What are the plans to secure water for small scale farmers?
  • How will the physical space of low income communities be improved?
  • Food security not mentioned - why?
  • Municipality to put greater support behind the only form of agriculture that has ever ensured household food security and that is the home garden.
  • Enhance RSEP roll out to all towns.
  • Greater law enforcement.
  • Specific, measurable goals would be helpful for us to evaluate the effectiveness of implementation.
  • We should give more attention to disabled people - the house they are staying in.
  • More affordable places for the aged / disabled.
  • Improve the lives of the disabled people in our community / who are living in RDP houses.
  • The Municipality should help or take over the neighbourhood watches in the different towns so that they can be better equipped and problems can be better pointed out to Law Enforcement.
  • The long waiting period for subsidised housing causes more backyard dwellers.
  • Education / skills development for local economy needs starting with children.
  • Quality of life can be improved if policing is more effective through the execution of by-laws.
  • Implement by-laws much more seriously to curb alcohol trafficking to unlicensed shebeens.
  • Social development: Municipality must look at the smaller towns that have no recreational facilities for children during the school holidays.
  • Skateboard park for the youth.
  • More recreational opportunities for the youth.
  • Swimming pool for growing population west of the N7.
  • Agricultural resources like ground water should not be dominated by e.g. large scale commercial farmers but shared with others.
  • Specific targets relating to number of trees, parks, gardens (using water wise techniques) to be established in informal and low income communities.
  • Encourage and work with the SAPS to elect and enforce a good CPF, and encourage municipal and CPF collaboration.
  • Municipal Law Enforcement working in small areas (towns) should not live in those towns as they are often afraid to confront criminals because the criminals know where they live and intimidate them. Rotate them regularly.
  • Municipal Law Enforcement: Use smaller police stations in small areas as municipal courts. They can deal with by-law infringements and fines.
  • Encourage smaller communities to set up resident community forums or associations themselves to better address issues facing them on a daily basis. Those small committees can then liaise together and tabulate issues, which can then be presented to the Municipality in a structured way. Not all people have access to technology (email / internet) so in those communities boxes can be placed at each community member's house and at strategic places where residents can drop off letters detailing issues affecting them. This way the Municipality knows what affects the average person and the various committees (residents) can work together in an area to help solve each other's problems, thereby also promoting intercultural communication.
  • Unlock off-grid RE development and rooftop PV - for improved livelihoods.
  • Attach conditions to qualify for social grants, e.g. effective parenting classes to collect child grant.
  • Create / improve in-work-place crèche facilities so that sufficient mother-child contact can take place (<1 year old).
  • Age 0-1: focus to build self-esteem - babies need interaction with mothers (face to face).

Strategic Goal 2 (ECONOMY)

  • Farmers: A strategic environmental assessment would reduce red tape and clarify opportunities.
  • No explanation of how small farmers will be supported to gain an increase in supplier opportunities.
  • Small scale farmers have the greatest potential to contribute to food security. Numerous organisations are working towards this but with limited support from municipal officials.
  • Aid to small farmers.
  • Reduce industrialisation that promises jobs but delivers profits to a few.
  • Increase support to micro enterprise development focussing on skills training and entrepreneurship.
  • Green economy support - tourism, agriculture, etc.
  • Ensure preservation of ecosystem services / consider cumulative impacts.
  • Expand industrial sites.
  • Facilitate access to Operation Phakisa (Operation Phakisa is an initiative of the SA government to address issues highlighted in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 such as poverty, unemployment and inequality).
  • Service sites for informal business "stalletjies". Type of different "stalletjies" to be controlled. Also to be paid for.
  • All fine and well to encourage outside business by providing industrial areas BUT there must be a condition that only LOCALS (minimum 5 years residency) can be employed.
  • Business internships for the youth.
  • Only space for economy to grow is amongst the youth. Greater efforts to skill and inspire the youth is essential.
  • Develop a Swartland youth business forum.
  • Encourage, promote and support more home-based business by means of not only skills development, but by municipal concessions based on a points system as an incentive.
  • Invite new investors to the Swartland area.
  • New business should be able to start easier - concessions for electricity, property tax.
  • Small business development and capacity building.
  • Financial support for SMME's.
  • Small business particularly BEE companies.
  • Business forum to help small BEE companies.
  • Train entrepreneurs.
  • Increase support (in the form of skills, mentorship and opportunity) to SMME's.
  • Support informal business through skills development, working for yourself and trading.
  • Limit hawkers to general market area.
  • Improve entry-level opportunities e.g. alien cleaning to enable impoverished persons to create skills / improve their financial status sufficiently to enter the economy.

Strategic Goal 3 (ENVIRONMENT)

  • Market our available infrastructure.
  • Attract investors to the Swartland.
  • Formalise conservation areas together with National and Provincial Government.
  • Improve general traffic flow and parking.
  • Conduct more youth activities
  • Integrate environment into all strategic goals - overall theme.
  • Protect farm land, set criteria for land use changes e.g. sand mining.
  • Business centre redevelopment.
  • Seek agriparks benefits.
  • Strategic objectives do not place enough emphasis on ecosystem services.
  • What does "sustainability of natural ecosystems improved" mean. And how is it done?
  • Cheaper Gap housing for middle income groups.
  • Develop businesses around improving the natural environment and increasing biodiversity.
  • Are there any plans to build a Green Economy?
  • Rainfall is more often the result of trees (transpiration) rather than removing trees to save water. We should be planting water wise forests.
  • Greater attention should be given to the securing of the natural environment - waterways, green spaces, parks, trees, food gardens.
  • Toxic waste disposal system / policy.
  • Stop illegal liquor selling and drug merchants.

Strategic Goal 4 (INSTITUTIONS)

  • Streamline staff structure effectively.
  • Critical need for an English language school for Gr 1-12.
  • Indoor sports complex.
  • Expand schools.
  • Ward committees and councillors must give feedback, be more visible.
  • Creative ways of engaging poor and marginalised e.g. competitions, radio phone-ins, to ensure effective wards and councillors.
  • More legalised crèches.
  • SDF: Land use - minimise environmental damage in the long term.

Strategic Goal 5 (SERVICES)

  • Off-grid electricity options? Alternatives.
  • Integration of services e.g. waste and energy, water and energy.
  • Limit shebeen licencing.
  • More opportunities for Gap housing.
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