De Lille admits CPT is plagued by service inequalities

Patricia de Lill insists access to services will improve the city’s inequality rate.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille addresses members of the media at the civic centre on 6 September 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape is still plagued by inequalities like other urban centres countrywide, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille admitted on Thursday.

But she insists her administration on improving the situation is working by ensuring all Capetonians have access to services.

De Lille and her deputy Ian Nielsen outlined the city's spending budget on the poor on Thursday.

In recent months sporadic and often violent protests have highlighted sluggish service delivery in the Western Cape.

De Lille said every effort is being made to ensure Capetonians have access to services.

R10 billion of the city's R18 billion budget focuses on service delivery.

The mayor noted that over 60,000 taps and nearly 20,000 new electricity connections were installed in informal settlements since 2006.

De Lille conceded a lot still has to be done.

"South Africa still remains the most unequal country in the world. Therefore, Cape Town, like any other city in South Africa, has to deal with these major challenges."

A task team aimed at identifying and addressing the needs of those in informal settlements has also been set up.