Joburg’s R600 000 studio delayed

‘I really hope they keep their word. I’m so tired of empty promises,’ reads a comment below a video in which Joburg mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse outlined the coalition government’s plans. We track the mayor’s progress ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Golden Start event.

Promise date: 12 January 2022
Due date: 12 January 2023
Source: A Golden Start event video
Promise outcome: In progress

Among the commitments Phalatse made during the presentation on 12 January 2022 was that the city would set up a “broadcast” studio. She described it as an initial investment into the city’s interface with its residents.

Close to a year later, the R600 000 studio is still in the works.

Budget constraints have caused the delay, says Mabine Seabe, director of mayoral communication. “The proposed quotation by [the] service provider was much higher than [the] allocated Capex [capital expenditure]. We are in the process of removing some nonessential items from the Joburg Pulse TV project implementation plan to bring the cost within budget.”

Content produced through the studio, set to be located on the 11th floor of the Metropolitan Centre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, will be published on the Joburg Pulse TV website.

The thinking is that residents would be able to access content about the work of the administration, the executive, council and the city’s entities “on a grander and more accessible scale”, says Seabe.

He expects the studio to be up and running in 2023.

In the introduction to the Golden Start event where the mayor promised the studio, emcee Tim Modise said it would deal with “the priorities and plans for the year”.

We, therefore, assigned a promise due date one year from the date on which the promise was made.

Since that year has not yet passed and the studio is still in the works, we rate this promise as in progress.

– Track My Mayor