Johannesburg – Deputy Minister for the Presidency Pinky Kekana has urged residents of Delft in the Western Cape to stand up and be counted in the next census to help the government better plan service delivery.
Kekana visited the area yesterday to raise awareness about the 2022 census. She explained to residents how this will ensure the government has the information needed to plan services proportional to population.
“Every SONA as a government we run outreach programs just to hear feelings and get feedback from people on what the president should focus on. But SONA is also coupled with the 2022 census and one of the areas we focus on is Delft, which came into existence in 1989 and at that time it [was a population of 25 000].
“Today, we are addressing the region of more than 100,000 inhabitants. And then it comes down to the planning part: do we provide services to them? Did we anticipate this growth? Certainly, the census becomes relevant. The household count will help us to say now that Delft has a hospital, is it able to provide services to all of our residents? »
Located on the outskirts of Cape Town, not far from Cape Town International Airport, Delft is a diverse township that is also known for several government projects, including the N2 Gateway human settlements project.
When Kekana arrived at the police station in Delft, she spoke to the census volunteers before interacting with the residents of the nearby hospital, shopping center and then was to visit the residents of Symphony, which is the part core of the N2 Gateway pilot project.
Speaking to the media later, Kekana explained the importance of residents’ participation in the upcoming census.
“You were with us in the hospital, people are queuing outside. And you know the winter rains in Cape Town are rainy, how will that be as we enter winter?
“Now the #GetCounted will also help us plan accordingly to say that the fact that Delft has grown exponentially means that the hospital alone will not be able to serve these people.
“The only police station that is there, of course, we are aware of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, the shrinking tax office and other realities. But there are other realities of growing communities in the region.
“People are leaving agricultural areas and coming to where there are job opportunities. There is only one mall, and they even say that many people have even given up looking for a job. So, the counting process will also help us get authentic information that will help us plan accordingly. So the timing for us for the census will also respond to the challenges.
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