In an effort to become a pro-poor government, the City of Johannesburg has handed over more than 5 000 title deeds to its residents.
Addressing his second State of the City, Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba on Wednesday announced multibillion-rand backlogs, progress in awarding title deeds and new projects to create employment.
“We have delivered 5 145 title deeds to the residents of Johannesburg, giving over 5 200 of poorest residents the dignity of home ownership,” said Mayor Mashaba.
Mashaba highlighted the City’s progress in maintaining the roads and infrastructure, improving service delivery and creating opportunities for investment.
The road network has been a priority of this government. The City has repaired 181 000 potholes across the City and resurfaced 520km of roads.
On the water network, Mayor Mashaba said that, in the 2016/17 financial year, the City’s real losses amounted to 107 billion litres of water lost through its ageing network.
Mayor Mashaba also announced that 12 properties have already been released and developers were coming forward with proposals that meet these expectations, while another 71 will be released soon.
Last year, the City began the process of releasing derelict city-owned buildings for the purpose of developing quality low-cost housing for our residents.
“I am also pleased to tell you that we have extended operating hours at a total of 13 clinics in our City, offering after-hours health care to the communities of Zandspruit., Doornkop, Protea North, Dobsonville Gardens, Slovoville, Nancefield, Turffontein and Doorfontein, to name a few,” said Mayor Mashaba.
The City recorded over 87 000 patient visits at these clinics during the extended hours, and a resulting decline in waiting times during ordinary hours of operation.
The City of Joburg have also extended the operating hours of 11 libraries so that more people can have access to a safe place to learn, study, read or prepare to enter the job market.
The mayor said the City launched Operation Buya Mthetho, a multi-disciplinary law enforcement unit, to conduct raids throughout the City to address violations of by-laws, environmental health and building codes and the illegal consumption of services.
In few months, Operation Buya Mthetho has brought in a total of R341 million. The K9 Narcotics Unit, which was launched at the end of 2016, continues to grow from strength to strength. To date, the unit has achieved 1 193 arrests, recovering 123 illegal firearms, 136kg of drugs and over 1 000 hijacked vehicles.