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CT conducts service delivery hearings

Cape Town officials will look to get to the root cause of service delivery protests in the city.

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 - Public hearings will be held in a bid to get to the root cause of service delivery problems in townships, the City of Cape Town announced on Tuesday.

Eight hearings will be held across the municipality, with the first session taking place in Philippi on Tuesday evening.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille launched the "Know Your Community, Know Your Contractor" campaign.

She said the hearings will focus on public feedback to address service delivery issues.

De Lille listed several problems during the launch.

The mayor said vandalism was one of the core problems slowing the pace of delivery.

She said more that R13 million has been spent on repairs during this financial year alone.

De Lille will take to several informal settlements in Cape Town to educate residents about the proper channels to follow in order to report service delivery issues.

She also acknowledged that many contractors have fallen short on their duties of producing utility services, but hopes the campaign will be the pill that will provide relief to this headache.