Mayor to ‘pop-up’ every week

Mayor Patricia de Lille is to pop-up in a different suburb of the city of Cape Town over the coming weeks.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille continues to “pop-up” in the community. This is a part of her campaign – launched soon after she challenged her ousting as mayor by the DA in court – to connect with the people of the city through opening up a pop-up office in a public place. On Tuesday she plans to “pop-up” In Eerste Rivier, a suburb of the city

Mayor de Lille’s office says the “mayoral pop-up” office aims to make government more accessible, responsive and visible. Her spokesperson said that “it will be a direct line for residents and communities to engage with the Mayor, Mayco members, councillors and officials from the City of Cape Town”.

The pop-up office “gives full effect to the city’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s goal of building a more customer-centric administration,” her spokesperson reported. The concept is also a demonstration of the City’s commitment to continue providing quality services to all residents, the spokesman said.

The pop-up is to occur between 11 a.m. and noon at Shoprite in Plain Street, Eerste River.

Prior to the pop-up office affair, the mayor will interact with residents in the area. The mayor will be present at Little Ones Daycare, corner of Norman Road and Rodney Street, Eerste River.

Last Wednesday De Lille took her office to the community of Athlone where she hosted the first Mayoral Pop-Up Office along with ward Councillor Rashid Adams and the sub-council chairperson, Councillor George March.

De Lille herself reported that “this initiative is however not just about taking my office to the area but is aimed at proactively looking at areas to see what interventions and improvements we can implement instead of waiting for people to complain”.

The mayor said last week that in the coming weeks “we will take the Mayoral Pop-Up Office to areas across the city. I hope to hold a Pop-Up Office in a different community each week. It will create a direct line for residents and communities to engage with myself, Mayco members, councillors and officials from the City of Cape Town”.

Meanwhile, De Lille is expected to continue in her post as Mayor of Cape Town until the end of June – at least. Last week, the argument as to whether the Democratic Alliance acted unlawfully in sacking her was put to the Western Cape High Court.

A verdict on the matter is expected at the end of June.

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