Every year the City of Cape Town produces a draft budget the size of a packing crate. While the public is invited to make submissions on how the city’s money gets spent, the sheer size of the document alone makes engagement daunting. NGOs have done the work, however, and they say Cape Town’s 201516 budget reveals that proportionally far too little is being spent on infrastructure in informal settlements. The City of Cape Town begs to differ.
“The City of Cape Town’s proposed budget for the 201516 year once again underscores our commitment to redress and to improving the lives of our poorer residents,” ran a recent statement from the City’s mayoral committee member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg. “This is particularly clear in the allocation made for water and sanitation services.”
Activists from the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and Ndifuna Ukwazi are far from convinced. At a meeting on Tuesday hosted by the International Budget Partnership – an NGO supporting public participation in government budgets – their concerns were laid out.
The City says its budget is 67% pro-poor. Activists are calling the City’s budget “unfair”.
“It’s not as if the City is having to shrink…
Source : Daily Maverick