HOW IS THE CITY SPENDING YOUR MONEY?

THE CAPE TOWN BUDGET PROJECT

The Cape Town Budget Project aims to make the City of Cape Town’s budget more accessible and understandable to citizens. It is focused on the Capital Budget – money being spent on infrastructure and large projects like water and sanitation. This website is a collaboration between Ndifuna Ukwazi, Code for South Africa, The International Budget Partnership and Hannah Williams as a former School of Data fellow.

TOTAL BUDGET:

R37,5 BILLION


84,6%
The Operating Budget: for the day to day running expenses of the city, such as general expenses, salaries & wages, repairs & maintenance.
R31,7 BILLION


15,4%
The Capital Budget for building infrastructure and large projects for water, sanitation, electricity, solid waste, housing, transport, roads and stormwater projects.
R5,8 BILLION

The CAPITAL BUDGET is made up of:

Compliance & Auxiliary Services:
R9,4 MILLION

0,2%

Social & Early Childhood Development:
R11,2 MILLION

0,2%

City Health:
R11,7 MILLION

0,2%

City Manager:
R15 MILLION

0,3%

Tourism, Events &
Economic Development:

R41 MILLION

0,7%

Finance:
R88,5 MILLION

1,5%

Safety & Security:
R99,3 MILLION

1,7%

Energy, Environmental
& Spatial Planning:

R121,3 MILLION

2,1%

Community Services:
R150 MILLION

2,6%

Corporate Services:
R418 MILLION

7,2%

Human Settlements:
R438 MILLION

7,6%

Transport:
R1,4 BILLION

24%

UTILITY
SERVICES:

R3 BILLION

51,7%

The UTILITIES SERVICES Budget is made up of:

Utility Services
Support:

R140 THOUSAND

0,005%

Solid Waste Management:
R297 MILLION

9,9%

Electricity:
R1,4 BILLION

47,4%

Water & Sanitation:
R1,3 BILLION

42,7%

Some facts about sanitation in Cape Town:

There are Almost

130 000
informal structures in informal settlements in Cape Town
8%
of Cape Town households have no access to sanitation on site.
That's about 1 in 12

Over

48 000
households in Cape Town use the bucket toilet system.
That's about 1 in 22
35,7%
of Cape Town households live below the poverty line of less than R 3 500 per month.
That's a bit more than 1 in 3.

WHERE IS THE CAPITAL BUDGET BEING SPENT?


52%
Multiward projects: no detail is provided for these projects, but we’re working on finding out exactly where they are being implemented and what areas benefit.
R3 BILLION


11%
Corporate Infrastructure: money for projects for city administration like purchase of office furniture, computers or vehicles.
R617 MILLION


37%
Ward-specific Projects: capital projects specifically implemented in a ward or sub-council. These projects are included on the map below.
R2 BILLION

Interactive Map

The map below shows how the ward specific project budget is distributed across Cape Town, so note that this only shows 37% of the total capital budget.

In the budget released by the city about R48 Million is specified as sub-council projects. We have taken these projects and split them into their relevant wards to include them on the map. A sub-council is group of wards.

USING THE MAP

  • Type in your street and suburb to find out which ward you live in
  • Click on a ward to see how much is being spent on which projects
  • Turn map layers on and off using the layer selector at the top right

Top 10 Major Capital Projects Planned 2015-18

Project Total Budget Department Ward Project ID
1 IRT: Ph 2A Wetton-Lansdowne Corridor R1,2 BILLION Transport, Infrastructure Multi-Ward C13.10101
2 Dark Fibre Broadband Infrastructure R543 MILLION Corporate Services, Information Systems & Technology Corporate Infrastructure C10.16621
3 Zandvliet WWTW-Extension R493 MILLION Utility Services, Water & Sanitation 109 C10.86033-F3
4 IRT: Fare Collection R267 MILLION Transport, Contract Operations Multi-Ward C11.10124-F4
5 Construction of new Head Office R209 MILLION Utility Services, Water & Sanitation Multi-Ward C12.86074
6 Roads & Stormwater Rehabilitation R200 MILLION Transport, Infrastructure Multi-Ward CPX.0002943
7 Meter Replacement Programme R190 MILLION Utility Services, Water & Sanitation Multi-Ward CPX.0001938-F1
8 Roads & Stormwater Rehabilitation R186 MILLION Transport, Infrastructure Multi-Ward CPX.0002315
9 Borchards Quarry WWTW R186 MILLION Transport, Infrastructure Multi-Ward CPX.0002315
10 Meter Replacement Programme R175 MILLION Utility Services, Water & Sanitation Multi-Ward C16.86030-F11