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GOOD submits PAIA application on CPT’s failed Winter Readiness Programme

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The GOOD SG has confirmed that it has submitted a PAIA application for answers regarding the City of Cape Town’s Winter Readiness plan’s false promise of service delivery.

The Secretary-General (SG) of GOOD, Brett Herron issued a statement on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, confirming that the party has submitted a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to find out the truth about Cape Town’s Winter Readiness Programme. Herron wrote that in March 2021, the city made its noise about its annual Winter Readiness Programme focused on the clearing of storm water systems, particularly in flood prone areas.

Herron noted that this year, the programme does not appear to exist and that the city had omitted to mention in March that its labour-intensive storm water clearing contract had lapsed in 2020 and was never renewed. Herron further stated that two weeks ago, GOOD was informed that a report had emerged at various sub-councils, indicating that the programme could not be implemented due to implementation constraints.

The SG noted that according to the report, “The program has had to implemented on an ad-hoc basis by internal depot teams”, and the norm was for the program to be implemented by contracted services via the labour-intensive tender reported to have expired in June 2020. GOOD confirmed its submission of a PAIA application.

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