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The lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions this year were dra­matic, re­sult­ing in the ANC los­ing three met­ros to the DA, in coali­tion with other op­po­si­tion par­ties. looks at what has changed in the first 100 days of four of the coun­try’s top met­ros: City of Jo­han­nesbu

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Mashaba filled key va­cant posts within a rea­son­able time, in­clud­ing the ap­point­ment of the City’s new man­ager, Dr Ndi­vho Lukhwareni.

Be­tween Au­gust and Novem­ber, the City in­creased its rev­enue col­lec­tion rates from 90% to 98% – a good in­di­ca­tor of ef­fi­ciency. Mashaba says he dou­bled the clean­ing shifts of Pik­itup in the in­ner city, in­clud­ing a night shift.

Mashaba says there is now a mas­sive pres­ence of Metro Po­lice in the in­ner city to man­age traf­fic flows, en­force by­laws and pro­vide vis­i­ble polic­ing.

Mashaba says he pro­vided sup­port to 2 895 small and medium-sized en­ter­prises. This is 1 000 more than what the ANC achieved in the pre­ced­ing three months. The City also has seven new small busi­ness hubs un­der his watch.

FAIL­URES

Mashaba must watch his words. On the day he was elected mayor, he made sex­ist re­marks, sug­gest­ing that women slept their way to se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions in the City. This week, he also made xeno­pho­bic state­ments, call­ing the for­eign­ers “in my city” crim­i­nals.

De­spite his vows to clean up the city, it re­mains filthy, es­pe­cially in the CBD and at busy trans­port nodes.

There was al­ways a price the DA was go­ing to pay af­ter ac­cept­ing to gov­ern via a coali­tion with the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers. He has had to pull back on plans to pri­va­tise some units.

The clo­sure of the Food Bank at the Joburg Mar­ket should have been fol­lowed up with a plan of ac­tion by the City to con­tinue pro­vid­ing food to poor house­holds. The same goes for the can­cel­la­tion of the lo­cal bak­eries project, which cre­ated em­ploy­ment and pro­vided ac­cess to bread at 50% less than the nor­mal re­tail price.

Trol­lip had set his govern­ment a goal to save R100 mil­lion in the first 100 days of of­fice. A coun­cil spokesper­son says they have saved R200 mil­lion in the set time frame.

The ap­point­ment of Yolande Faro as the City’s new head of the Metro Po­lice. The post had been va­cant for years un­der the ANC’s lead­er­ship.

The launch of an anti-cor­rup­tion hot­line, which has al­ready re­ceived al­most 50 tip-offs, re­sult­ing in 38 in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

174 out of 179 crit­i­cal va­can­cies have now been ad­ver­tised, and 56 have al­ready been filled. Most are in ser­vice de­liv­ery roles and in in­fra­struc­ture.

The mayor has banned busi­ness- and first­class travel, and pre­vented the pur­chase of lux­ury ve­hi­cles cost­ing more than R500 000.

FAIL­URES

The swear­ing in of 50 Metro Po­lice of­fi­cers. Only 13 were sworn in within the 100 days.

Wa­ter losses have con­tin­ued and have led to wa­ter re­stric­tions. Wa­ter lev­els are cur­rently be­low 30% in the Bay.

Trol­lip has been crit­i­cised for im­ple­ment­ing wa­ter and elec­tric­ity cuts – the re­sult of an in­ten­si­fied credit con­trol pol­icy. The clean­ing of the City is still a chal­lenge.

Launch­ing a What­sApp app for re­port­ing wa­ter leaks or short­ages and elec­tric­ity prob­lems.

The re­launch of an anti-cor­rup­tion pro­gramme to stop the il­le­gal sale of posts and ten­ders, in­clud­ing an 0800 tip-off line.

The elec­tion of ward com­mit­tees through­out the City, de­spite a dis­puted out­come in Ward 5 and a fail­ure to elect in Gle­be­lands Hos­tel.

The de­vel­op­ment of a pol­icy on mil­i­tary veter­ans across the spec­trum, in­clud­ing hous­ing, so­cial welfare and job cre­ation. Prob­ing cor­rup­tion in pro­cure­ment and ten­ders across city de­part­ments.

FAIL­URES

Sort­ing out the Dur­ban Trans­port bus de­ba­cle, which has crip­pled the city’s bus ser­vice. Vi­o­lence at Gle­be­lands Hos­tel con­tin­ues un­abated.

Re­solv­ing the hous­ing back­log, which sparks reg­u­lar ser­vice de­liv­ery protests in the city’s town­ships and mas­sive shack­lands. The fail­ure to make key ap­point­ments at deputy city man­ager and di­rec­tor level. Ad­dress­ing the lack of de­vel­op­ment around the Wema and KwaMashu hos­tels.

Msi­manga has moved to ex­tri­cate Tsh­wane from the “fatally flawed” con­tract, signed in 2013 with PEU Cap­i­tal Part­ners, in­volv­ing elec­tric­ity smart me­ters. Msi­manga filed le­gal pa­pers, as­sert­ing that the deal en­tered into by the for­mer ANC ad­min­is­tra­tion was ir­reg­u­lar and ir­ra­tional, and must be de­clared un­law­ful and set aside on that ba­sis.

In Oc­to­ber, Msi­manga launched the con­struc­tion project of high-rise dwellings in Mamelodi East, worth over R35 mil­lion. The con­struc­tion fol­lows on from the build­ing of 74 houses, which were handed over in Septem­ber.

In Septem­ber, Msi­manga launched the open ten­der sys­tem. Ten­der bid ad­ju­di­ca­tion meet­ings are now open, so that the award­ing of ten­ders can be trans­par­ent.

Msi­manga has laid the first charges of cor­rup­tion and fraud against se­nior of­fi­cials of the pre­vi­ous Tsh­wane ad­min­is­tra­tion, based on two foren­sic re­ports com­mis­sioned by the City.

To cut costs, he in­tro­duced an im­me­di­ate stop to all pur­chases or leas­ing of lux­ury cars for politi­cians and se­nior of­fi­cials.

FAIL­URES

In­de­ci­sive­ness. Even this week, Msi­manga was still try­ing to warn res­i­dents of Tsh­wane that il­le­gal land in­va­sions would not be tol­er­ated. He said the same thing just a week af­ter he was in­au­gu­rated in Au­gust.

Sim­i­lar to his com­ments on the land in­va­sions, Msi­manga has re­peat­edly spo­ken out strongly against de­struc­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery protests, but has not acted much. Msi­manga is yet to fill the cru­cial po­si­tion of City man­ager. Re­ports by Setumo Stone, Nosipiwo Manona and Paddy Harper. This is the first of two spe­cial re­ports

PHOTO: JAB­U­LANI LANGA

ZANDILE GUMEDE

PHOTO: SAM­SON RATSWANA

SOLLY MSI­MANGA

PHOTO: JABU KUMALO

HER­MAN MASHABA

PHOTO: THEO JEPTHA

ATHOL TROL­LIP

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