100 DAYS OF THREE CITY METROS
Having monitored changes made by the heads of four of SA’s top metros last week, City Press continues with this assignment. This week’s metros are Ekurhuleni, Buffalo City and Cape Town City
Ekurhuleni under Mzwandile Masina ACHIEVEMENTS
Increased the bursary scheme for deserving students from R10 million to R100 million;
Launched the e-Verification system for capturing indigent applications;
Released land to accredited churches;
Improved recreational facilities;
Handed out 292 houses and 280 title deeds; and
Acquired the house of late liberation struggle icon Chris Hani for heritage purposes.
Did not speak out against people being appointed to posts for which they are not qualified last month, when Metro Police Chief Bafana Mahlabe resigned as a legal case was opened examining his fitness to hold office;
He should follow the examples of the City of Johannesburg and Tshwane, and open up the tender process;
His failure to address the confusion regarding delays in the paperwork regarding the purchase of Chris Hani’s old house. This could taint the otherwise noble initiative of the Chris Hani Museum; and
There have been numerous complaints by residents about the municipality’s call centre – calls are dropped and, on the odd occasion when they are answered, incorrect information is provided.
City of Cape Town under Patricia de Lille ACHIEVEMENTS
She initiated the Invest Cape Town initiative, launched last month to promote the profile of Cape Town as a leading business destination;
This week, she announced that a new electric bus manufacturing plant would open in Cape Town in 2018 and “create much-needed jobs”; and
A plan for area-based service delivery should be finalised at month end.
The city was caught in a cadre deployment scandal after it hired “poo thrower” Loyiso Nkohla, who had swapped his ANC membership and campaigned for the DA in the municipal polls. This was reversed at the insistence of DA leader Mmusi Maimane;
Financial losses on the stadium continue to be a failure. The City is entering into a three-year Sevens rugby deal, which will also signal a longterm loss; and
The MyCiti bus service continues to run at a loss – but the City counters that public transport systems worldwide are subsidised.
Buffalo City under Xola Pakati ACHIEVEMENTS
Identified challenges in communities and engaged in mayoral imbizos to establish community priorities in terms of service delivery;
While road infrastructure remains a challenge, he has been maintaining and resurfacing roads in the city. Adopted a Metro Growth Plan as the municipality’s compass for development and services; and Has targeted the unemployment crisis, which currently sits at 35%; Thanks to his adherence to finance management guidelines, the city is in second position in the country, after the City of Cape Town.
He has been slow to rectify the municipality’s flawed billing system and encourage regular payments;
Litter remains a problem, despite anti-litter campaigns and the introduction of a recycling programme; and
Critical senior posts, such as that of City Manager, have yet to be filled.