Mashaba urges unity and fo­cus on 10-point plan

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - ANNA COX @an­na­cox anna.cox@inl.co.za

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.

PIC­TURE: DUMISANI SIBEKO

GREAT RE­SPECT: Her­man Mashaba is proud of the many staff mem­bers will­ing to im­prove Joburg.

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