Councillor Carl Pophaim has been named as Cape Town’s new Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements.
He replaces Malusi Booi, who was fired in April 2023 after fraud and corruption allegations were levelled against him.
Pophaim has been a member of the City’s Portfolio Committee for Human Settlements for nearly five years.
Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says he has a lot of confidence in him.
“Carl is a young and talented councillor who has distinguished himself in the Human Settlements portfolio and is also a past junior mayor of Cape Town. I am excited about the value he will bring to this portfolio – especially the important work we are doing to enable micro-developers and to release city-owned land to deliver much more affordable housing across the city. He has the energy to get things done and the proven mettle from his experience in both the Human Settlements and Planning Appeals committees”.
Meanwhile, opposition parties have welcomed the appointment of Pophaim as the new Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements.
The ANC’s Banele Majingo says they will support Pophaim as long as he works hard to address the challenges of Human Settlement in the Metro.
“We look forward to working with him, not only to develop closer relations between our communities but also to concert our efforts in the cause of delivering houses for our people and spending the grants. We urge Pophaim to ensure that, no monies are returned to National Treasury”.
Meanwhile, the Good Party’s Suzette Little says she hopes Pophaim will bring fresh perspectives to address issues in this complex directorate.
“We are optimistic that the appointment will open new opportunities for exploration of housing opportunities and that existing housing projects in the pipeline will be dusted off and materialised. This is a key portfolio and we owe it to the City of Cape Town residents to deliver on our promises made”.