The current construction of the Sir Lowry’s Pass Fire Station is being allocated a major cash injection.
The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate has received additional funding through the adjustment budget, which was approved by council on Thursday 31 January.
In a statement released by City mayor, Dan Plato said the following: “When I was elected mayor in November 2018, I committed to visiting our communities and hearing first-hand what they wanted from the City of Cape Town. The response was not unexpected due to the limitations placed on this city by National Government. As the City of Cape Town, however, I believe there is more that we can do to increase safety in our communities, and that is why we are allocated an additional R165 million to the Safety and Security Directorate in our annual adjustments budget.”
An additional R2,6 million will go towards the completion of the Sir Lowry’s Pass Fire Station, which is being built in Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, next to the new extension of Onverwacht Road. Previously, construction of the building worked out to approximately R16 million.
The placing of this new addition is attributed to the idea that it will cut down response times when fire services are needed in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and surrounding areas, and make it easier for firefighters to assist the communities of Lwandle.
A larger crew will man the new fire station and two medical staff will be on duty at all times. Medical care and trauma counselling will also be available to the community at the new facility.
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for Safety and Security, Mzwakhe Nqavashe, visited the site in December, and told DistrictMail last month it would be completed by the end of the current financial year (“New fire station to cut response time”, Thursday 10 January).
Furthermore, Plato said the additional funds would be used to increase visible policing in vulnerable communities, and more funds invested in capital projects such as fire stations.
“This is just the start of our efforts to increase safety levels in our communities,” Plato said. “I want to see even more budget allocated to our enforcement agencies and rescue services in the next financial year, and the public will get to have their say when we publish our annual budget in March this year.” He said staff in the Safety and Security Directorate provided an invaluable contribution to safety, despite trying circumstances.
“In the previous financial year they contended with an unprecedented increase in land invasions and protest action,” said Plato, “worked tirelessly to patrol the streets amid ongoing violence, worked non-stop to plan for the potential impact of one of the worst droughts on record as well as an increase in attacks on staff.”
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