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Interview: Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town

Patricia de Lille
Photo: City of Cape Town

What have been your biggest challenges in you first term in office?

The wheels turned too slowly in government. We had to inject some urgency by changing the methodology of planning so that we could speed up delivery.

There was a silo mentality and we adopted a transversal management plan where we integrate our work across departments.

In terms of maintenance of old infrastructure and building new infrastructure–we had to share our capital budget between new projects (60 percent of our capital budget) and maintenance of old infrastructure (40 percent of the budget)

I also established a strategic policy, monitoring and evaluation unit in my office to monitor the administration and track our delivery and progress more effectively.

There was also a disconnect between creating investment and new development and this led to establishing a trade and investment desk in my office to act as a one-stop shop for investors and developers looking to invest in Cape Town. We also repealed more than 270 outdated policies and by-laws so that we could move from a ‘red tape’ to a ‘red carpet’ approach.

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