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Joburg mayor sets deadlines for officials to deliver services to residents

The City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Moerane, together with Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) made headway in accelerating critical service delivery in Alexandra.

The City’s leadership took the Accelerated Service Delivery Programme to Alexandra in Region E on Saturday, 02 October 2021, following complaints from residents about power cuts due to a vandalised mini-substation, illegal dumping, as well as faulty streetlights and blocked storm water drains.

Mayor Moerane and his MMCs began the oversight visit, which is designed to ensure service delivery progress in Johannesburg communities, with a demand for feedback from the Region E Regional Director on recent commitments made by officials during a recent visit in the region by the late Mayor Jolidee Matongo.

When the feedback indicated that only 50% of the undertakings made had been delivered on, a timeline of next Thursday was given to officials to ensure that all that was promised to residents at the previous oversight visit was fulfilled.

“The relevant officials have until Thursday to relocate the recyclers to a location already identified for the move and belong to the municipality. The timeline emphasis on Thursday is based on a decision that from Friday, the Joburg Metro Police Department is expected to enforce bylaws in the affected area in Lombardy to ensure that it is not taken over by recyclers again,” Moerane said.

“It cannot be that property owners who possibly have worked all their lives to pay off their bonds are not protected from actions of others that devalue their hard-earned properties as it has been the case in Lombardy. As a City, we need to protect them by enforcing bylaws in this case while also ensuring that we assist the recyclers to operate within the law and do not violate others’ rights,” he said.

The Joburg Roads Agency (JRA) was also in the township to unblock storm water drains. The Agency indicated that there was a backlog in unblocking storm water drains that caused floods during rainy season in the area due to a shortage of the required specialised equipment for the function.

Moerane said: “The directive given to JRA was that they seek assistance from other regions with the equipment required for the job while they procure the necessary equipment to unblock the drains as a matter of agency, especially as the rainy season is upon us.”

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