Promises don’t keep Joburg lights on

Promise date: 21 October 2021
Promise due date: 31 October 2021
Source: Interview
Promise outcome: Broken

Joburg mayor Mpho Moerane made a rather bold promise about electricity delivery during his few weeks in office.

He promised a stable electricity supply and the ability to “alleviate stage one, stage two load shedding” because of a power purchase agreement signed with the Kelvin Power Station.

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Journalists, help us track 200 mayoral promises

Tracking politicians’ promises is an important way to hold them accountable. Here’s how Track My Mayor can help you do that.

What is Track My Mayor?

Track My Mayor helps journalists keep track of what mayors have promised and when promises are due.

The database contains 200 promises made by the mayors of the six metros with the largest populations. These are Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane.

How does it work?

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Old mayors, new promises

Who the next batch of mayors will be or which parties they will represent is less predictable than in 2016, thanks to the five hung metro councils after the 2021 local government election.

As parties try to form coalitions in the metros without an outright majority – Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini and Nelson Mandela Bay – here is what former metro mayors promised would be completed in the new term of office.

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