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

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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.

FAIL­URES

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.

FAIL­URES

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.

FAIL­URES

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.

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