The newly elected Johannesburg executive mayor Geoff Makhubo announce a team of men and women who will take the City of Johannesburg to the ‘next level’.
The embattled mayor said this they did with the understanding that the challenges they face as a City are many and varied.
Service delivery has almost ground to a halt
“Service delivery has almost ground to a halt and the finances of the City are not in a good state. The team we announced today will carry forward our commitment to serve all the residents of Johannesburg, from all our Regions, A to G.
Unfortunately, time is not on our side. Eighteen months is not a long time. So, we have to get down to work immediately. People of Johannesburg deserve services.
The City has been failing to pay service providers on time while conditional grants which were meant for provision of basic services to the residents were not spent.”
Makhubo’s plan and way forward
According to Makhubo, the City need to be cleaned, waste must be collected regularly in suburbs and townships.
The City must urgently arrest the uncontrolled land invasions
He added, “The inner cities of Randburg, Roodepoort, Midrand, Lenasia and Johannesburg requires serious attention. The City must urgently arrest the uncontrolled land invasions that have mushroomed especially in the North and South of Johannesburg.
We must go back to basics such as fixing roads, grass cutting, repairing potholes, traffic lights and general maintenance.
Hostels and informal settlements require serious attention.
To achieve all these things, partnerships are critical. We have already extended our hand to work with all other political parties for the good of our residents. Partnerships with civil society, churches, SMME’s and residents of Johannesburg will be enhanced. The Integrated Development Plan processes will be improved.
We have the people of Johannesburg at heart as we announce capable women and men to lead the City’s departments and entities.”
The New MMC’s for the City of Johannesburg are as follows:
1. Finance: Jolidee Matongo
2. Health and Social Development: Eunice Mgcina
3. Environment, Infrastructure Services: Mpho Moerane
4. Corporate and Shared Services: Loyiso Masuku
5. Public Safety: Mally Mokoena
6. Economic Development: Lloyd Philips (PA)
7. Community Development: Margret Arnolds (AIC)
8. Development Planning: Jay Maharaj (COPE)
9. Transport: Nonhlanhla Makhuba (IFP)
10. Housing: Mlungisi Mabaso (IFP)
This team will be officially sworn in on Tuesday and will be expected to hit the ground running.