Joburg financially sound, boasts mayor

2012-03-22 16:27

Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg is financially sound but will need to spend R100bn on improving and developing the city over the next 10 years, mayor Parks Tau said on Thursday.

"Today we can say with much confidence that our institution and entities are much stronger and our financial position is sound," Tau said in a state of the city address prepared for delivery.

More people than ever before have access to basic services such as water and sanitation, electricity and waste removal, he said.

Over 30 000 households in informal settlements have access to basic water through communal standpipes and over 30 000 households are provided with access to basic sanitation.

Tau said there is 98% coverage for basic water and 91% for basic sanitation.

The city has 50 clinics where anti-retrovirals are available.

Soweto is being upgraded to the extent that its facilities are hosting international events, and inner city housing close to work has proved to be successfull, the mayor said.

Massive expansion

With a population estimated at 3.8 million people, the city needs massive development and expansion of its socioeconomic infrastructure, as well as work on its basic services such as water reticulation systems and waste treatment plants.

Tau acknowledged complaints about billing and customer services.

"We share their concerns. Therefore, billing and customer services remain one of our top focus areas in ensuring that we regain the trust and confidence of our residents," he said.

"It is not acceptable for people to wait long periods of time to have calls answered, or have calls dropped when they eventually get through."

Tau said part of the city's improvement plans includes a change in the city's billing and revenue collection service and an improvement of the quality of customers' interaction with the city.

At least R100bn would be spent on improving the city, he said.

Plans include an economic node in Lanseria, the R1.2bn Oasis in Soweto initiative which would incorporate townhouses, offices and retail space, and a retail development in Alexandra.

Through the Johannesburg metro police department, at least 10 police officers per ward would be deployed around the city to prevent crime.

Tau said an "ambitious" social assistance programme would be run with non-goverment bodies for poor people and a skills audit of city employees would be conducted.

  • IAnon - 2012-03-22 17:09

    Really? It's taken you 18y to supply 30000 households in informal settlements with basic water through communal standpipes? What an achievement -

      Patrick Starkey - 2013-07-24 14:27

      The bank balance may look OK, but I have spent a large portion of the last 25 years driving around this city. And it is literally falling apart. Especially the roads.

  • Dave - 2012-03-22 17:10

    @Gary, one word says it all.

  • valkyriaza - 2012-03-22 17:16

    Just do the correct municipal readings and send it on time. Whilst at it, stop charhing those who pay for their services extra so you can provide services to the townships. We already get taxed for it, stop trying to scheme us.

  • David - 2012-03-22 17:34

    There is nothing mentally sound in that statement.

  • bzengetwa - 2012-03-22 18:08

    OK i wana know do these politician read our comment. I think city of jozi should ask for assistance from city of cape town.

      Hendrik - 2012-03-23 15:43

      I recall not too long ago that a group of attorneys that handle house transfers took Joburg council to court, or at least wanted to. Reason was the impossible delay to issue clearance certificates.(We won't even here bother with the mess that is even if issued. The seller still gets an account for months or years thereafter) Then late last year sometime there was a news item about clearance certificates in Cape Town. A city official apologiesed for some or other delay that was caused by I think it was a computer network problem. THAT is not the interesting part. He then went on to say that within 2 weeks they will have caught up the backlog and be "back to normal" where clearance certificates are issued WITHIN 5 DAYS!!!! We can only dream about such in Jozi, the "world class city"

  • Nigel - 2012-03-23 08:09

    more lies to delay the DA taking over the city, lol

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