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2008-02-26: Inner City (Region F) launches 24hour "operation restore human dignity"

Johannesburg's Inner City is a major economic generator in South Africa providing approximately 12% of national employment. With over 1 million people living, working and playing in the Inner City – the heart and soul of the city remains a priority for the Executive Mayor Clr Amos Masondo.

The Inner City Regeneration Charter was formally adopted by a wide range of representatives and the City on the 9 November 2007. The Charter includes specific outcomes and commitments on Urban Management, Safety and Security including continuous integrated block by block operations by multi-disciplinary teams of by-law enforcement and service delivery specialists.

To date numerous blitzes have taken place in all four quadrants of the Inner City, as well as in the peripheral areas (Rosettenville, Turffontein). These have focused on major by-law infringements, building control, safety and security, illegal liquor outlets, illegal street trading and health and safety infringements.

This Friday (29 February 2008) Region F will be undertaking the longest and largest operation yet. The twenty four hour 'Operation Restore Human Dignity' will be taking place throughout the Inner City and surrounding areas and will involve clean-up (street sweeping, removal of illegal structures), by-law enforcement and infrastructure support by Johannesburg Roads Agency, JHB Water, City Power.

The multidisciplinary operation involves a wide range of stakeholders including:

Joburg Water
Human Development (Social Services)
City power
Environmental Health
By- Laws
SAPS – JHB Central
Home Affairs Board
City Safety
The Gauteng Liquor Board
JMPD – Traffic Management
Region F Officials and Urban Inspectors
In addition five contractors have been appointed to assist with the clean-up these contractors will be utilising at least 40% local labour thus reducing levels of unemployment in the targeted communities.

"The support of all our Stakeholders is vital to the success of this operation, and we believe that education and awareness of all communities around the Cities by-laws will play a major role in ensuring the long term sustainability of the area" said Shaun O'Shea Manager Stakeholder Management.

"The continued revival of the Inner City is important to the growth and development of the City Of Johannesburg and will require the commitment and support of all role-players"

Operation Restore Human Dignity is the first of many such multi-disciplinary operations aimed at ensuring that the citizens of the Inner City live in a safe, clean and economically viable environment.