Mashaba urges unity and focus on 10-point plan
NEW City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba, in a letter to all employees, has appealed to city staff to put aside political differences and work together.
“We must ensure we create an enabling environment that stimulates job creation, fast-tracks service delivery and roots out corruption,” he said.
He thanked the employees for the professional manner in which they had handled the current transition and urged them to work with the city’s 10-point plan as follows:
The entire city should adjust its mindset to the environment of a seven-party coalition government; running a responsive and pro-poor government; growing the Joburg economy to a minimum of 5 percent economic growth by 2021; fighting corruption; producing a housing list; extended clinic hours and handing over title deeds and revitalising the inner city.
In addition, said Mashaba, the city would continue to confront its huge billing challenges and find solutions that benefit the city and its residents.
“The city will also work tirelessly to find solutions to our enormous infrastructure backlog of R170 billion.
“As the new administration, our success is dependent on working with a professional and dedicated public service. A public service committed to serve with pride.
“I need and expect the entire workforce, regardless of political inclinations, to join me in turning the City of Joburg into a model city for South Africa – a city we can all be proud of in years to come.”
He reiterated his gratitude and “great respect” for the large number of staff who had shown a commitment to working towards a better Joburg.
“I look forward to putting in the hard work necessary to ensure our residents get the best government, as they deserve,” he said.
“The year 2016 was a challenging year and one full of changes, most significant being the outcome of the August local government elections.
“The residents of the city voted for change and we must keep this in mind during every challenge we might face. In everything we do, it is the best interests of our residents that must be put first.
“This election marked the maturing of our young democracy, characterised by the peaceful transition of power in our city and many others,” he concluded.
GREAT RESPECT: Herman Mashaba is proud of the many staff members willing to improve Joburg.