City of Jozi to seize R300 000 worth of property from Luthuli House

After the ANC brought an urgent application to the South Gauteng High Court, in September last year, in a desperate effort to table a motion of no confidence against Mayor, Herman Mashaba the Court struck the ANC’s application from the roll and awarded costs in favour of the City as a result of their application being “devoid of urgency”.

The ANC has failed to pay over R300 000 in legal fees owed to the City and its residents, and On 5 June 2018, the City of Johannesburg obtained a writ of execution against the party.

It was unfortunate that Court’s time and taxpayer’s money had to be used to prove that the ANC’s baseless accusations were nothing more than a smokescreen to regain control of the City by any means possible, but more concerning is the ANC’s failure to respect the Court order which instructed the them to pay for the City’s legal costs.

Should the ANC fail to honour this payment by Friday, 15 June 2018, the City has instructed its lawyers to proceed with the execution of the court order, which will result in R300 000 worth of property being seized from the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, by the Sheriff of the High Court.

– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

DA to table a pro-poor budget in Johannesburg today

Today the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, will table a pro-poor budget which is committed to improving the lives of poor residents in the City and increasing service delivery to the people of Johannesburg.

The DA-led government in Johannesburg have inherited a massive service delivery backlog from the ANC and we have committed ourselves to put the people of Johannesburg first in our efforts to restore good governance and services.

The DA is confident that our coalition partners will put politics aside and support the people’s budget. Political grandstanding will not put the people first or solve the massive challenges facing the City.

Mayor Mashaba’s has worked hard to ensure that his budget is inclusive of poor and marginalised residents and rejuvenates service delivery in the City. Some of the main pro-poor budget allocations include:

  1. Pro-poor delivery
  • Next year’s housing budget will be the largest ever in the City’s history at over R1.142 billion.
  • R12.5 million for the rollout of 3 Mobile Clinics.
  • R1.1 billion will be spent over the next 3 years to tar gravel roads in informal settlements.
  • In 2018/19 the City will be extending the operating hours at another 13 clinics, bringing the number to 26.
  1. Infrastructure investment
  • Over R1,2 billion on roads including; R250 million for road rehabilitation/reconstruction, R226 million for stormwater upgrades, R181 million on bridges.
  • City Power has received R1 billion which will be used to upgrade key substations across the City and bring stability to the network.
  • Over R900 million on the water network, expected to reduce the number of pipe bursts by 6 000 in 2018/19.
  1. Visible service delivery
  • The City has doubled its budget for grass cutting and tree pruning from R107 million to R207 million in 2018/19.
  • R45 million will be spent to install new public lighting across the City with the budget for street light repairs going from R1.6 million to R21 million in 2018/19.
  • An additional R40 million has been allocated for road markings.
  1. Public safety and substance abuse
  • R12.5 million on three more Community Substance Abuse Treatment Centres to bring the total to 9.
  • R10 million for traffic calming measures.

By voting to pass this budget, together we can get to work and deliver long overdue services to those who need it most and continue to improve the lives of the residents of Johannesburg.

Over 6000 Jozi households to receive electricity for the first time

In 2015, the residents of Slovo Park took the City to court for its failure to provide services to them after, what was then, 21 years of democracy.

The judgement stated: “For all of this time they have lived in deplorable conditions, they have no access to electricity, shack fires break out at a rate of 1 every 2 months and are often fatal and ambulances refuse to collect the sick from Slovo Park because the roads are not formally demarcated, do not appear on a map, are not signposted and as a result individual residents cannot be located.”

I made a promise to the people of Slovo Park that our government will bring electricity to their homes. This is part of our pro-poor agenda to uplift those communities that cannot help themselves.

– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

On the 19th of February this year, the residents of Slovo Park, for the first time, awoke to the sounds of the City installing electricity and roads in their community.

In addition, a total of 3734 informal households in Slovo Park will be electrified by the first week of June 2018, and a total of 3000 RDP homes in Elias Motsoaledi will be connected to electricity towards the end of June 2018.

This matter is not only about service delivery. It is about bringing dignity to our people.

– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

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DA-led Jozi: 20% of new developments should be set aside for inclusionary housing

The City of Johannesburg recently proposed that at least 20% in all residential developments over ten units be set aside for inclusionary housing.

The draft policy is designed to provide rental housing at affordable prices for low income earners. It provides that inclusionary units have to be on the same site as the development.

These units would be available to residents with a total monthly household income of not more than R7 000 and the rent plus levies may not exceed R2 100 per month or 30% of the household income.

This kind of innovative policy would be a step in the right direction for inclusionary housing in South Africa, particularly in city centres, where housing is often over-priced and unattainable for low to medium income earners.

You can read more about the draft policy here 

 

 

Herman Mashaba transforming Jozi’s inner city

Since taking over the City of Johannesburg, Mayor Herman Mashaba has committed his administration to transforming Johannesburg’s inner city to make it a prosperous, inclusive and safe place for residents to live and work.

So far, under Mayor Mashaba’s leadership, the City has made massive inroads into the scourge of property hijackings in the inner city. A total of 29 successful operations have resulted in the return of 24 properties back to their rightful owners, 530 suspects arrested, and 84 hijacked buildings raided.

Criminals must know that they might run but there is no place for them to hide in Johannesburg.

The City will not leave any stone unturned when dealing with criminal activities within its area of jurisdiction and we will continue to intensify the raids at these bad and hijacked properties with the assistance of the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies.

– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

The transformation in the City of Johannesburg has begun.

 

Budget cuts don’t reflect our service and spending performance

The decision by the National Treasury and Department of Human Settlements to cut the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) to the tune of R540 million in the DA-run metros of Cape Town and Johannesburg has nothing do with poor spending performance as earlier reported.
The USDG funding is used to upgrade informal settlements and services with the aim to eradicate the housing deficit by placing more focus on metros as the centres of economic growth. It is important to emphasise that USDG funding is used for service upgrades in informal areas too, not just housing.
Both the City of Cape Town and the City of Johannesburg submitted detailed plans showing how the funds would be spent in the current financial year.
It is disappointing that this crucial grant has now been taken away before the City of Cape and Johannesburg could execute their plans on how they intended to spend this money for improving the quality of life of residents who still don’t have the dignity of owning a home.
In  the City of Cape Town particularly, the decision to withhold R176 million of the USDG had nothing to do with the City’s spending performance. The City received a notification in June of a proposal to withhold R278 million of its USDG allocation, which was way before the commencement of the City’s financial year.
Further, in November 2017 the City received another notification of a proposal to withhold R175, 8 million of its USDG.
The City of Johannesburg was given 14 days in which to respond to the notice to withdraw this vital funding. The City submitted an extensive motivation detailing how the remaining budget would be fully allocated and spent in the current year and motivated how spending would improve for the remainder of the financial year.
The City of Johannesburg has improved its USDG expenditure quarter on quarter in the current financial year and even improved expenditure performance compared to previous financial years. That should have been an indication to Treasury of the City’s ability to spend grant funding.
Both the City of Cape Town and Johannesburg have demonstrated that they have fully allocated their USDG funding and that they have plans in place to fully spend it.
The DA believes that these cuts are an overreach given that both metros have detailed plans indicating how they would fully utilise the allocated budgets. The National Treasury and the Department of Human Settlements should have given both metros the opportunity to put those plans into action.
It’s worrisome that the City of Johannesburg’s spending trends have been impacted on severely by suspensions and or dismissals initiated upon discovering the levels of corruption there.
This decision by the National Treasury to cut these crucial grants to the metros of Johannesburg and Cape Town will only serve to hurt the poor more.
The grant cuts are unfortunate and will severely impact the capacity of these metros to deliver much-needed housing to people.
The DA holds our governments to a high standard. We expect nothing less than putting the people who rely on our governments first by delivering clean and efficient service delivery and will continue to do so.

DA-led Jozi allocates R50m for electrification of Slovo Park Informal Settlement

For years the people of Slovo Park Informal Settlement have knocked on government’s door, seeking help; asking for government to bring light to their community. Instead, they were forced to accept an empty slogan of a so-called World class African City when for many of them that was but a distant dream.
The previous ANC administration was happy to spend R340 million on a new state of the art council chamber when it could not electrify informal settlements, issue title deeds, or lift a finger to combat the rampant drug abuse in our communities.
From the beginning of its term, the DA-led administration embarked on a project to cut wasteful expenditure that resulted in a saving of close to R500 million by cutting spending, self-promoting advertising, marketing and unnecessary international trips.
These savings will be redirected into critical service delivery areas such as maintenance of traffic lights and street lights, repairing potholes, upgrading informal settlement such as this one and making sure key City departments are able to deliver quality services to all our residents.
The City has allocated R50 million to electrify Slovo Park, which involves upgrading the Nancefield substation as a source of power supply in the area. With this project, the DA-led administration will help the residents of Slovo Park to begin to put behind years of suffering.

This is part of our pro-poor agenda to uplift those communities that cannot help themselves. In helping communities such as Slovo Park, we also steer its people away from illegal electricity connections.
– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

Click here to read the full statement.
 

Mayor Mashaba opens first ever Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre

This week, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba opened the first ever Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre in Tladi, Soweto as part of the City’s war against substance abuse.
Mayor Mashaba, told the residents of Soweto that there should be no place for drug peddlers in Johannesburg communities and that the treatment centre would be there to help the community give hope to those who are addicted to drugs and other substances.

If it is not stopped immediately, the spread of drugs will choke and suppress the development of our communities
– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

In addition, the City will in this financial year open other community-based substance abuse treatment centres in Westbury Clinic, Riverpark Clinic in Alexandra, Joubert Park Clinic and the Eldorado Park Extension 9 Clinic.
The Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centres are an effort by the City to address the scourge of drugs in Johannesburg’s most vulnerable communities. These centres will compliment services rendered by both private and state-owned rehabilitation centres, which tend to be inaccessible and unaffordable to indigent residents. These centres will work with individuals, families, and communities to ensure an integrated approach.
You can read the full statement here

6 hijacked properties handed back to owners in DA-led Jozi

Six properties that were in the hands of hijackers have been handed back to their rightful owners in DA-led Jozi. It is alleged that one of the properties, situated in Forest Hill, was hijacked five years ago, with the other five properties hijacked between four and eight months ago.
This brings the total number of hijacked properties that have been handed back to their owners to 18.
The hand-over of the properties follows months of investigations by the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service department, working together with the South African Police Service.

The City will not leave any stone unturned when dealing with criminal activities within its area of jurisdiction and we will continue to intensify the raids at these bad and hijacked properties with the assistance of the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies.
– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

About 300 buildings are confirmed as hijacked in the City, with an audit of some 500 bad buildings conducted. 24 of the 500 bad buildings belong to the City and 15 property hijackers have been arrested.

I am happy that we are not only conducting the raids on hijacked and bad properties, but we are also arresting those that are involved in the hijackings and handing over properties to the rightful owners.
– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

349 title deeds delivered to the residents of Pennyville

This past Saturday, 334 title deeds were handed out to beneficiaries of state-subsidised housing in Pennyville, with a further 15 new recipients receiving their title deeds on Monday.

The dignity of living within a home, let alone the ownership of one, is not felt by many of our residents due to the mismanagement and inaction of past administrations.
That is why this administration has dedicated itself to speeding up the delivery of title deeds so that beneficiaries have legal ownership of the property where they reside.
– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba

The Housing Department has further committed itself to ensuring that all completed housing units are allocated by the end of 2017/18 financial year.
During the tabling of the 2017/18 Budget, it was announced that the City has allocated an operating budget of R152 million and a multi-year capital budget of R1.9 billion to fund the Johannesburg Social Housing Company’s (JOSHCO) purchase of buildings within the inner city. The City has over the past three months made 12 buildings available for the purpose of creating low cost quality housing within the inner city by working with the private sector.

Breaking from the past, we are doing business unusual. We are committed to reversing these circumstances, realising our residents’ constitutional right to housing and improving the overall welfare. We will fighting striving for the decent lives which all our residents deserve.
– Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba