Dear Residents and Stakeholders
2017 has finally arrived!
However, let’s not forget 2016 just yet.
To run a ward requires constant attention and oversight to ensure delivery of services. A Ward is like a puzzle, every piece an important one. Thank you to the following for assisting during 2016
2016 was a momentous year in the City of Johannesburg with the DA taking control of the City. This was and is no easy feat, a challenge that will exist for many months and years to come. As you may know, the DA was voted by a majority of Councillors to run a coalition government on the 23rd of August 2016.
Many will say well, you have been in power for around 132 days, why are we not seeing any difference? Well, to put it bluntly, the DA has inherited a mess in terms of processes, wasteful expenditure, lack of service delivery and major corruption. You name it, the Executive has had to deal with it. Further to this an ANC aligned budget, way of thinking and staff morale has also been inherited. All this will take time to change. To say that no change has been achieved would be wrong. You only need to read the Mayor’s 100-day speech to get an inkling as to the change!
The current Council operates on an ANC aligned budget until 1 July 2017, with a minor adjustment budget allowed to be passed in a full Council sitting, by the end of February 2017.
Ward 102 is somewhat unique in that it has a number of functions operating from it including 2 taxi ranks, the largest sports complex in the City, one of the largest “all in one” municipal offices including an account query centre, a license renewal office, a learners license testing centre, a health clinic, a library, the South African Revenue Services office, as well as the Randburg CBD.
Whilst much has been achieved, there is still much to be done.
I am acutely aware of some basic service delivery issues not being addressed adequately such as grass cutting in parks and along main arterial roads, the reinstatement of tar and curbing, tree pruning and much else.
Each service delivery issue raised is escalated where necessary and appropriate. Please continue to remember 2 things: We are still in an ANC aligned budget period (until 1 July 2017) and we still have some officials that struggle with the new administrative motto of “Service with Pride”, (we also have MANY amazing officials who do their best to deliver in difficult circumstances). It will take time, we will all just need to be a little patient, however difficult that may be.
For Ward 102, many issues were on the radar of the City however such was under the previous administration. I am hopeful that with a new administration, new thinking and new energy, more will be achieved in the medium to long term.
Top of mind issues that will need to receive attention include, but are not limited to
In closing, I would like to encourage every resident to continue to Look and Log any issue they see and if such issue(s) are not resolved in a reasonable time, then escalate such to the relevant Ward Councillor, in an appropriate manner. Taking into account the above, hurling written abuse and making threatening phone calls will not help assist in making Johannesburg work.
If you feel that you need to escalate issues to the City Executive, you are welcome too. The Executive Mayors Office can be contacted by emailExecutiveMayor@joburg.org.za.
Wishing you a productive 2017!
Ward website: www.ward102.co.za
Link to City Mayor, Herman Mashaba’s 100 day speech: http://www.joburg.org.za/images/stories/2016/nov/pdf/Mayors%20100%20Days%20Speech%20Extract.pdf
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