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​The Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr Mpho Phalatse gave a high-level presentation to the people of Region C in Roodepoort on Saturday, 30 April 2022 at Cosmo City Multipurpose Hall where Integrated Development Plan (IDP) public participation meeting took place.

She was accompanied by Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs), Speaker of Council, ward Councilors and City officials.

In her presentation, the mayor provided an overview of the draft IDP 2022-27 and Budget 2022/23 -24/25.  She said the total budget is about R77 billion where R69.4 billion will be an operational budget. 

“As a multi-party government, we will ensure service delivery is high on our agenda.  We aim to direct most important priorities to communities” she assured the residents.   

With most of the youth present raising frustration and losing hope in job employment, MMC for Economic Development Cllr Mbundu urged the youth to visit Opportunity Centres, with one in every Region.

“These are single points of contact for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and job seekers, playing a significant role in the reduction of unemployment. We offer full business support for pre-start, start-up, and existing businesses,” said Cllr Mbundu.

Other residents raised service delivery issues such as high levels of crimes/drugs, cable theft, lack of basic services, lack of security at recreation centres, mushrooming foreign national churches at most street corners, councillors not holding meetings with communities as well as requests to extend clinics working hours. Currently, only Princess clinic has extended hours, closing at 18h00 weekly.  

Ms Nomsa Msomi, a resident of ward 97, Honeydew posed a question to the MMC for Environment, Infrastructure and Services Cllr Michael Sun. She asked if the City could consider putting traffic lights on solar systems, especially during load shedding. Cllr Sun responded that those will be discussions in the coming Energy Indaba to take place in the City.  “It is where academics, service providers and experts will be providing solutions to the current and future energy challenges,” he added. 

The MMC for Health and Social Development Cllr Ashley Sauls I announced that two clinics are in line to be built in the region in the next financial year, adding to the forty existing clinics.  Also, the City is looking into extending hours at some of the clinics.

Lastly was the MMC for Public Safety Cllr David Tembe, who assured residents that another 1500 JMPD police will be deployed in the City. The idea is to have all street corners in the Region with a police officer to curb crime, enforce by-laws and traffic regulations in the next financial year.  This will also serve as job creation.  

“Together with MMC Belinda Echeozonjoku, for Development Planning, we will be visiting all the churches mushrooming in the area to ensure their compliance to City’s by-laws,” said Cllr Tembe.

“Please alert the City immediately when you suspect any illegal building taking place so the inspectors can stop the builder at once” added Cllr Echeozonjoku.

All residents have until 9 May at 16h00 to make input/comments to IDP and the City’s budget by emailing or completing the form distributed at the meeting.

Written by Thembelihle Radebe