Looking at the Charter update report on deliverables due by the end of December 2007, it would appear that some of the planned work has moved along reasonably well. There are some Charter projects that have no information provided in the report regarding progress, probably meaning that no action has been embarked on by the responsible departments or maybe just no information has been supplied to the Inner City Programme Manager. These include the increase in visible policing, an enforcement regime for informal trading, supplementary incentives to the UDZ, etc. There are other projects that are marked as running ‘late‘ such as some of the informal trading projects, including
Why an independent body? This arises from concern expressed on a number of occasions throughout the pre-Summit period, that the Council, being both player and referee, needed a ‘third umpire’ to whom the progress reports could be referred for verification. One document stated that there would be a “neutral and independent specialist tasked with assembling evidence of the progress achieved.” Why is this so important? Well, during the pre-summit period there was a great deal of skepticism over the Charter process. Many felt that the process would end up as just another Council talk-shop that would gloss over issues to make everyone feel warm and fuzzy. I would think that would be the last thing in the Executive Mayor’s mind. But then why? Is it because no-one believes Council reports? No, but there is a great deal of skepticism about the gap between nice words said in public by Council officials and some politicians and the state of play on the ground. In other words, what is the gap between official reporting to placate the politicians and reality?
The other mutterings that I’ve become aware of relate to the issue of partnership. Having given a great deal of personal time during the pre-summit process to outline the problems and suggest some solutions, it would appear as if certain sectors of the private sector have not been involved in the determination of the solutions. In other words, what was perceived in many non-council quarters was that this would be an opportunity to start a true partnership between public and private sectors and not one of sitting on the sidelines and simply being told that “it’s all been taken care of!” For example, the Charter states that by March 2008 the City of
At the moment I would restrict my Easter egg presentation to one very large Pesach Bunny to the Inner City Programme Manager for the Report and her ability to smooth even the most ruffled of feathers (and look so good whilst doing it!). If rabbits aren’t kosher, then trade that in for the largest box of Godiva chocolates available!
According to advertisements and reports in the media, the city is apparently investigating the feasibility of establishing another airport. The four existing airports which service the city because of their close proximity are outside its metropolitan boundaries, viz international status OR Tambo and Lanseria and regional status
But then maybe it is a genuine attempt to provide pilots with blackout flying experience! No chocolates, maybe some licorice!
I see the Charter Report states that the city has come to some agreement with the Provincial authorities regarding the future of the Rissik Street Post Office. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone shared this with the public who have been so concerned over the building, with a great deal of reason, for such a long time. I first wrote about the RPO seven years ago and all that has happened has been more and more deterioration! It would also be equally pleasant to learn the details of the Provincial Government Precinct now that confirmation has been made in media that nothing is to be demolished and refurbishing of the existing buildings ‘has already started’. I hope that those concerned will remember that these are mostly heritage buildings whose retention has been hard fought for and that demolition is not the only issue that is covered in the National Heritage Resources Act. There is also the whole issue of alterations and additions and it would be worth the while of those concerned checking their legal limitations before we have another debacle.
We trust that the same care that went into the restoration of the old South African Reserve Bank building on the corner of Fox and Simmonds will be accorded these buildings.
Chocolate spectacle boxes for those involved in the ‘secret’ Rissik Street Post Office and GPGP discussions so that they can keep their rose-tinted spectacles in but a large box of
Of major concern is the apparent collapse of progress in the public sector development of
Some good news, if you can classify it as that! It was reported in last night’s Star that The Master-Card Worldwide Insight Reporton urbanisation and environmental challeges (don’t ask!) ranked
The Rand Steam Laundry
No chocolates for Imperial, just black bread and water for an awfully long time!