How the DA plans to fix Joburg

Newly elected executive mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba says that the Democratic Alliance’s vision for the city is centred around a promise to create jobs, deliver better services and eliminate corruption.

Mashaba called for patience however, stating that there are no short cuts.

“It is going to take time to correct the mismanagement and decay that has resulted in worsening service delivery.

“We need to start from basics and step by step build a city we can all be proud of,” he said.

The new mayor said that the biggest challenge facing the city is the soaring unemployment confronting over 800,000 people. “Job creation will be the number one priority of the new administration.

“We understand that the actual role of local government in job-creation, is to create an enabling environment for businesses to establish themselves, flourish, and thereby create permanent jobs,” Mashaba said.

The DA lead for Joburg said that small business development would be the focus of his term in office. “Small businesses will be my best friends,” Mashaba said.

“I want Johannesburg to be a city that empowers young entrepreneurs so they are given every opportunity to succeed,” he said.

Mashaba stressed that days of requiring a political party’s membership card to get an Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) job are over.

“One of our top priorities is to professionalise the public service by hiring the very best people to run a city that attracts investment and creates jobs.

“We will conduct a skills audit of the City of Joburg’s employees to ensure that all are properly qualified for the roles they are in,” Mashaba said.

“Residents have been plagued by a civil service that has offered lackluster and frankly, disgraceful service. Civil servants need to understand that they are there to serve the people of Johannesburg and not the other way around,” the major added.

This administration will prioritise the upgrading of informal settlements and townships such as Zandspruit and Alexandra. “We will work tirelessly to provide decent services and help lift people out of poverty,” he said.

“As of last night, corruption has been declared public enemy number one in the City of Johannesburg.”

The DA would also conduct a full forensic audit of the City’s finances and administrative structures. This will include all tenders currently awarded.

Mashaba stressed that no single party holds a majority in the Johannesburg City Council.

“The people have chosen a diverse group of parties to lead them. The new administration has partners and I thank them for their support. I especially thank the EFF for placing their trust in me to lead this City,” he said.

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