Due by the end of June: 10 promises from 3 mayors

The end of the financial year for municipalities (30 June) is fast approaching. These promises are due by then:

Mzwandile Masina (Ekurhuleni)

  • This financial year we will be releasing 80 farms to commercial farmers and for the development of small farmers.
  • We will soon finalise the Mintirho set aside programme and we are certain that lots of local entrepreneurs will benefit. We have received not less than 6 000 applications and they are all going through various stages of evaluation. We commit [to] concluding the entire process before the start of our new financial year.
  • … we have continued our work to bring to operation our bus rapid transport system, which we call the Harambee. We have experienced some challenges in its rollout but have now put in place tight monitoring systems that must lead us to operationalise it before the end of this financial year.

Solly Msimanga (Tshwane)

  • Within the next financial year the City is looking to create 23 000 [Expanded Public Works Programme] job opportunities for our people to alleviate the burden of poverty. Importantly, we will ensure that these opportunities are distributed in a fair and transparent manner and not on the basis of party political affiliation. This will be supported by the numerous projects we intend to commence within the coming financial year.
  • In the coming weeks, before the end of the financial year, we will be in various parts of the city, continuing our programme of issuing title deeds and promoting security of tenure. These areas include Nellmapius [Extension] 6, 7 and 8, where we will be issuing 390 title deeds. We also have Refilwe [Extension] 1 where 79 households will be receiving theirs, and Ward 16 in Mamelodi, where [we] will be issuing 402 title deeds. Many more are still in the pipeline and we are confident that we will meet our target [6 000 in the 2017/18 financial year] by the end of this financial year.
  • In Mabopane Extension 1, the construction of [a] water and sewer reticulation system is anticipated to be completed in June of this year, Madam Speaker.
  • In Olievenhoutbosch, the construction of 229 top structure[s] is on track for completion at the end of the financial year. And we’ll make sure that the right and true beneficiaries of those houses do get to occupy those houses, Madam Speaker.
  • The Rainbow Junction Bypass, a Tshwane Rapid Transport project, is well on track and expected to be completed by the end of the current financial year.
  • It is on this note that we have successfully launched the Belle Ombre Compressed Natural Gas depot, which will be fully operational before the end of this financial year.

Zandile Gumede (eThekwini)

  • In 2017/18 construction will start on the multi-billion rand CIPLA biotechnology hub, which will be a world class state of the art facility. (Gumede said this in the context of eThekwini’s role in “facilitating catalytic projects”. “All the catalytic projects that will assist us in growing our economy, food security programmes, job creation and ensuring that women as well as youth development programmes are running full steam … have all been budgeted for. I want to highlight a few where we have made significant progress,” she said before referring to the CIPLA biotechnology hub among others.)

See more of Msimanga’s promises at this link.

You will find Gumede’s promises here and Masina’s at this link.

Or browse our full database of promises.