Dear Ward 102 Stakeholder
22 August 2016 was a momentous day in Johannesburg. It was the day that various Political parties stood together, against the ANC, and voted a DA Mayor to run Johannesburg.
The past 34 days have been extremely busy! There has been an increased amount of meetings both related to the Ward and the greater City. An expected increase in expectation of delivery outcomes from residents and businesses alike, delivery which in most instances did not happen during the previous political term(s), due to a lack of political will power of the then City governing party. However, let's be frank. The delivery expectations that currently exist, will likely not be met in the days, weeks or months to come. The City was left to ruin for too long and it will take time to resuscitate it. However, I can promise you that everything possible will be done by the current Mayoral Executive to speed up the delivery outcomes across the City.
Just some of the inherited issues
- an increase in the amount of billing queries and the late receipt of statements
- the metered services contract that was not renewed, and so your bills will have estimated water and power readings for about another 2 months as this matter is ironed out.
- swimming pools whose maintenance was not completed in winter, and so now could not open in early September.
- lack of attention to the maintenance at public facilities such as sports complexes, libraries, community centres due to a maintenance contract not having been signed for around many, many months.
- lack of street light poles, due to a supply contract for such not having being signed for over a year.
- the Randburg Walk in Centre upgrade having started months and months ago, but not having been completed for unknown reasons.
- the delayed response to electrical outages due to the promised decentralisation of the City Power stores which never happened.
- the Joburg Water and City Power call centre under capacitated and mismanaged.
- the lack of a quick turnaround time when emailing email@example.com due to total mismanagement in the email support unit.
- a City website in complete shambles and left badly updated the entire last term of office.
- the continued City Power contractor abuse related to meter changes and audits.
- the understaffed Randburg Clinic.
- a lack of JMPD by-law enforcement
- tens and tens of fire trucks left at the workshop un-repaired.
This list goes on and on.
What can be said of a DA run City of Johannesburg is that things are changing
- the Mayoral team lead by each Member of the Mayoral Committee have already met with their department heads and City entities to understand their departments, entities and challenges. Some Officials continue to be ANC aligned and may work against a DA led administration.
- wasteful expenditure and mismanagement have been reported in business units in the City, which will require further investigation and action taking.
- many officials within the City have already had a positive change of attitude and are more than ever, now willing to assist resolve issues. They are more responsive to calls, messages and requests for help!
- the Emergency services fire department have already released 18 vehicles to fire stations that were stuck in the workshop pre election. Many of the fire fighters themselves are excited for the new DA led administration!
- the Mayor has said that the tender process will be open and transparent.
- the Mayor's office under Mayor Herman Mashaba has appointed a Chief of Staff and is filling other support vacancies.
- emails sent to the Mayor, are being responded to and allocated to relevant City departments.
- a Billing Indaba will be held to understand the billing system challenges that the City is experiencing
- a huge push to improve the Inner City has commenced.
- an advert for a new City Manager has been placed in the relevant newspapers and the process should be completed in the coming months.
- the process for the appointment of Ward Committee has already started.
- an institutional review and skills audit will take place for the Mayoral Executive to better understand the City and its employees.
These are just some of the changes, of many not listed, thus far.
In closing, many stakeholders remain frustrated that some things have not immediately 'changed'.
Our Executive Team lead by the Mayor needs grace and time to ensure that the City gets back in the fast lane and out of the sick bay. Soon, Joburg will be that World Class African City that we have all longed for.
Ward website: www.ward102.co.za
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