This year 3000 residents of informal settlements in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu made submissions on Cape Town's draft budget for 2016/17.
The City’s spending on sanitation in informal settlements is irrational and unjustifiable. Two thirds of toilets in informal settlements are temporary services meant for emergency environments, yet the majority of informal settlements have existed for longer than 15 years. Just R 15 million is allocated for capital spending for long term sanitation infrastructure. This is 1% of the water and sanitation capital budget.
In 2015, the City of Cape Town tried to silence residents of informal settlements by misrepresenting their submissions. Zukiswa Qezo was one of the 3000 residents that made a submission this year after being silenced last year. This is her story.
Asithandile Xakatugaga also made a submission. Here he explains what he needs from the budget and how difficult it is not to have access to a decent toilet.
On 25 May 2016, Mayor Patricia de Lille will table the final budget. Will she listen? Will she fix Cape Town's unfair budget?
Watch our short film on the struggle for a fair, equal and just budget.
For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Film and audio-slideshows produced by Chronicle. Cover photo by David Harrison.