Masondo 'proud of his achievements'

2011-05-09 08:37

Johannesburg - Outgoing Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo is proud of the city's accomplishments in the last ten years, he said on Monday.

"I feel it has been ten years of hard work. Overall, we have been fairly successful," Masondo said at Johannesburg's Park Station while campaigning for the ANC.

"We've changed the skyline in Soweto," he said.

The mayor is particularly proud of the work done in Soweto, listing the tarring of roads among his administration's accomplishments there.

Masondo came under fire earlier this year when the City of Johannesburg was hit by a billing crisis.

He was campaigning for the ANC at the station, where President Jacob Zuma was also expected to campaign.


Masondo was mum on what he would be doing next after his ten-year term at Johannesburg's helm concludes after the local elections.

"I guess I'll always be available to supplement the work that's being carried through. I will do whatever I am called upon to do," he said.

His successor is reportedly expected to be Parks Tau, the city's finance boss.

Masondo and the ANC's Gauteng leadership handed out pamphlets and spoke to commuters about their problems and concerns ahead of the poll next week.

The leaders were mainly addressing voter apathy and urging people to turn up at the elections and make their mark.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile expressed confidence that the ANC would win all Gauteng municipalities including the hotly contested Democratic Alliance-led Midvaal.

  • paulf - 2011-05-09 08:56

    I wonder what acheivements hes refering to? maybe stealing tax payers money and enriching himself? Just my 2 cents.. - 2011-05-09 09:14

      Attemting to generate an increased income by overchaging rate payers. Unfortunately for him most of the rate payers noticed the "slight" increase on their statements

      saabnut - 2011-05-09 11:45

      Too true, paulf. I wonder how his, and even more importantly, his family and friends'bank accounts would stand up to a forensic audit. the grants, tenders, blatant fraud and so on. Then again, the new ANC slogan must surely be: "It's ok, as long as you don't get caught...

      clark - 2011-05-09 13:29

      - If he believes that, then it just goes to show how low the standards and sevice levels are for these Anc clowns.

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-05-09 19:32

      so what is our benchmark ?

  • anna - 2011-05-09 09:11

    wow ... ignorance really is bliss

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 09:44

      HAHAHAHAHAAA!!! Only "ACHIEVEMENT" he really excelled at is F*cking Jhb up ROYALLY!!!! Want to have ANYTHING BROKEN? Give it to the ANC.... they do not understand the meaning of the word "ACHIEVEMENT"!!!!!!!!!!!!! Their favourite word is STRUGGLE...STRUGGLE and MORE STRUGGLE!!!!!

  • Lebzaton - 2011-05-09 09:17

    @paulf, do you know were Soweto is?

      Rapier - 2011-05-09 09:30

      ZZZZZ......Do you know where Joburg is? World Class African City.....?

      simodi - 2011-05-09 09:32

      another typical racist comment n u shud Visit Soweto PaulF.

      paulf - 2011-05-09 09:46

      I know where Soweto is bud. ANC only consintrated on uplifting Soweto for various reasons I will not disclose here. Think for yourself. Why only now are the ANC wanting to uplift Alex etc??? Please explain to me!!!

      clark - 2011-05-09 13:25

      -@ Lebzaton - Hmmmm - is that the place where a lot of the Anc's gravy trainers used to live, before they moved into their luxury mansions ?

  • Wow! - 2011-05-09 09:18

    Proud of his achivements. Taking a world class city and bringing it to a typicala African city levels, where infratructure is in absolute decay, traffic lights do not work, billing does not work, policing is a shambles, corruptness thrives. Yet Masondo is HAPPY. Well at this rate - Johannesburg will be a second Lagos in 10 years AND THAT IS A MESS.

      simodi - 2011-05-09 09:34

      never In ANC life time will this bcums Lagos.

      Gallows - 2011-05-09 09:42

      @simodi - I think you have an unending supply of optimism if you believe that. This tool is "happy" while people are rioting due to poor service delvery. But thats not news - its a weekly thing with the ANC.

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 09:46

      Was in Lagos recently... about the same as Jhb Downtown... FILTHY and DIS-ORGANISED!!!! Simodi... guess you have NEVER been outside of Hillbrow / Yeoville!

      sefeddt - 2011-05-09 11:34

      Masondo is proud of being fairly successfull, talk about aiming high.

  • Sentor - 2011-05-09 09:19

    Especially proud of Soweto...which has a payment level of what? 15-20%? BUT has the advantage of being a major voting area for the ANC. The cadres need to keep their voting fodder happy otherwise the spoils of victory will no longer be under their control. Most of the CoJ. entitites are effectively bankrupt and making a loss, the City is drowning in debt and falling revenues have finished off their cash flows. The infrastructure is failing and the City is corrupt from top to bottom. Pehaps the Mayor is referring to his achievement in allowing the cadres to plunder the system and the removal of almost everyone who is a little too light skinned.

  • Lebzaton - 2011-05-09 09:23

    I wish he can take up Ekurhuleni, just to clean up all the mess in all those townships left there by whites.

      multicon - 2011-05-09 09:30

      When you bump your head its also the white man's fault eh?

      Rapier - 2011-05-09 09:38

      Please elucidate - your comments confuse me, and probably everybody else reading here. ANC propaganda to cover up serious, worrying deficiencies in virtually every sector, not only in Joburg, but THROUGHOUT South Africa, including now the 160 OPEN TOILETS in Viljoenskroon in the Free State which the ANC has done nothing about since 2003. By the way, a BLACK man phoned in to 702 yesterday to complain about that. Get off your racially myopic ANC bandstand for electioneering purposes only. Vote for people who can DO the job - stop pulling SA into the gutter. We WANT to be proud again - across the race spectrum - Black, White, Coloured, Indian....the ANC are punting a lost cause, and are in panic mode now!

      Rapier - 2011-05-09 09:39

      Typo - should be 1600 toilets!

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-05-09 09:44

      lol... you dumb twit.

      BakkieB - 2011-05-09 09:45

      @Lebzaton....mess? Who makes the mess? I live in Ekurhuleni and before you scream about "suburbs", I am 1 of 4 white families out of about 90 that live in this "suburb" Service levels have declined in the past not 17 years but about 5 years to a point that even my neighbours are complaining and I know they are ANC supporters.

  • AJ - 2011-05-09 09:26

    I would be more proud of what I accomplished on the loo this morning.

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 09:53

      Chirp of the Day!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!! "Pushed out an "Amos" this morning"!!!!! ROFLMAO!!

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-09 09:27

    Yeah right, the improvement of Soweto at the expense of the rest of the JHB regions. Well done Masondo, you now managed to lower the standards of the entire city, than you compare it to the likes of Soweto! Obviously you will see some improvements.

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 09:50

      The ANC REFUSES to let Soweto become a STAND ALONE CITY! Now we know the reason why! DA will WALK INTO JHB CITY HALL... un-opposed!

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-09 10:23

      I'm from Jhb, and I welcome anyone but the ANC as a mayor for the city. DA has got some good experience in erdicating corruption within municipalities

  • Gore - 2011-05-09 09:28

    The question is did you Cde Masondo make 100% good use of the billions of our money as Joburg residents?

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 09:50

      R2,5 BILLION OF IT @ Gore!!!

  • brian waldron - 2011-05-09 09:28

    What achievements? A billing crisis after youve spent billions on a new system, a complete breakdown of services like road maintenance etc , a metro police force riddled with corruption and the turning of a once great city into a virtual slum. You dont aim very high do you! Another case of an unqualified political appointment making a complete mess of things.

  • Santapola - 2011-05-09 09:28

    I am glad people were biled unlike where there was nothing for blacks before we took over...Viva Cde Masondo

      gizzy - 2011-05-09 09:50

      "I am glad people were biled" Ha! Did you mean viled?

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 09:51

      BILED???? Is that like a BILE ATTACK????

      Serias - 2011-05-09 09:51

      If all blacks in the townships were also billed and they pay, the townships would be a better place heh!

      Rapier - 2011-05-09 10:02

      Another word mis-spelled.......maZZZZZZZZZZZZZondo - did he ever work?

      Withond - 2011-05-09 10:06

      What are you saying? Your'e smoking something?

      Boerseun - 2011-05-09 11:21

      You are a seriously sick puppy..did you esacape from the looney bin?

      Rob - 2011-05-09 19:09

      @Santapola, I prefer your version of being billed...viz, being biled..... for your information here follows a definition of bile (With a few editions)....."Bile or gall is a bitter-tasting, dark green to yellowish brown fluid, produced by the biling departments of most Municipalities, that aids the process of payments of biles via the small bank balances available. In many Municipalities bile is stored in the municipal bildings and upon receipt by residents is discharged into the duodenum. Bile is a composition of the following materials: water (85%), bile salts (10%), mucus and pigments (3%), fats (1%), inorganic salts (0.7%) and cholesterin (0.3%). In the medical theories prevalent in the West from Classical Antiquity up to the Middle Ages, the body's health depended on the equilibrium between four "humors" or vital fluids: blood, phlegm, "yellow bile" (or ichor) and "black bile". Excesses of the last two humors were supposed to produce aggression and depression, respectively; and the Greek names for them gave rise to the English words "cholera" and "melancholia". Those same theories explain the derivation of the English word "bilious" from "bile", and the meaning of "gall" in English as "exasperation" or "impudence". Jhb residents receive their bile monthly, courtesy of Masondo et. al. Soon now the water they receive will taste like bile as Masondo viva ANC viva viva.

  • Damask - 2011-05-09 09:29

    Ignore the troll that is Lebzaton

  • TheWasp - 2011-05-09 09:36

    PROUD?????? What a joke!!!! Jozi central is Squalor and is nothing short of a shanty town. What was once a place to go jol is now a place you can go to die. I bet he has a tidy sum of cash in his account, him and his family and friends! Month long strikes for no service delivery, shocking electricit statements etc etc - thank God he is leaving. Piss off!!

  • Muzzy21 - 2011-05-09 09:38

    A few malls and tarred roads in Soweto(Which are mostly full of potholes)is nothing to be proud about.We have crumbling infrastructure,sewage systems are leaking,the roads built just less than 5 years ago falling appart because of the poor quality of materials they were made of.The malls on the other hand are realy not benefiting the local community as small businesses are suffering.All the old people around Soweto will tell you that the service delivery of the apartheid government was better than the ANC service delivery.So please Mr. Masondo just accept that you have not done enough and that more has to be done.If this is too much of a task please give other potential candidate an opportunity to deliver.

      Limpopoist - 2011-05-09 10:02

      To add more, here in randburg they introduced prepaid electricity system ,what the charges are far way high(from 2nd may to sunday morning we spend almost R1100 electricity.)we Bought R2000.00 for these week,still watching .....

  • bevaneil - 2011-05-09 09:41

    Oh LORD please do not let them get Midvaal they will just accomplish to leave it Asvaal!!!

  • Sage - 2011-05-09 09:51

    If this is Masondo's take on the matter, he is clearly delusional and his standards are not very high. The man is the author of an unmitigated catastophe which is the Johannesburg municipality!

  • Rumbler - 2011-05-09 09:51

    I suppose he can be proud. It all depends on how high the standards are that he set for himself.

  • bevaneil - 2011-05-09 10:07

    IF you upheld the standads of something that was working & managed to upgrade on something that wasnt working then you can say that you are proud of your achievements...building up on the 1 side while breaking down on the other side is not an accomplishment Mr Mayor...ignorant nut.

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 10:18

      bevaneil.... surely you meant CNUT...and not NUT... LOL!

      bevaneil - 2011-05-09 10:41 that wud be racist & I am coloured I apparantly do fall under the black race (sumtimes, I think I am so confused what I am suppose to be, I do however still have all my front teeth, that shud count for something).

  • Bachbabe - 2011-05-09 10:25

    Ja well...I just know my daughter was EXTREMELY proud of herself when she managed her first poo on the "big loo".

  • lesm1984 - 2011-05-09 10:25

    It is unbelievable that Masondo is proud of the city's accomplishments; over the last ten years Johannesburg has changed from a lively business centre to a rat infested, garbage strewn slum, with some buildings crumbling into dust while others have become squatters tenements for drug users and pushers. It's good that Soweto now has some tarred roads, but will it replace Johannesburg as a thriving centre of finance on the African continent? And what of the next ten years, Mr Masondo?

  • Monde - 2011-05-09 10:32


  • Born To Fish - 2011-05-09 10:57

    Use my tax money to tar Soweto! Wht not use their tax money! Oh I forgot they do not pay their taxes!

  • Lisa - 2011-05-09 11:08

    Well done \Mr. Modsondo, you have lots to be proud of. regular strikes, no refuse collection, street lights and traffic lights not working, potholes all over, burst water pipes. Randburg once again has no water today. Billing and collections are in a total shambels. try reporting a problem and the phones are not answered in your departments. really well done, we salute all your achievements. I recently went to Soweto and my heart broke for the resisents during the PIKITUP strike, the whole area was a health hazard. well done...

      tryanything - 2011-05-10 07:14

      New municipal strike starts friday.

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-09 11:20

    This man is a bare faced liar. if Soweto's residents have any sense they will rid themselves of the ANC scourge and in that way ensure a better future.

  • - 2011-05-09 13:47

    "Fairly successful" is about as satisfactory as the 33% matric pass these days --- ie, some people think it equates success but it means 66% failure.

  • Mini-Mo - 2011-05-09 15:09

    To hell with you masondo you've been nothing else to Soweto community but a blood sucking tik... What achievements? First of all you should be ashamed of even mentioning the tarring of roads, there nothing irritating that the roads that last of one month the quality of material that was used was an insult to us. Not that we’re not grateful but we just hate the way you think of Soweto residence. The water and electricity issue you don’t need me to remind you how you fooled our elders with the Eskom issue in Orlando and how you almost got attacked by our grannies ne…. You just messed up the municipality system, Most of us especially in Soweto wish we could have the old government back. You and your ANC can take your empty promises elsewhere I also run my own campaign to convince all the elders in our community that you have fooled no mistreated not to vote for ANC AND GUESS WHAT I’VE LAREDY Exceeded MY TARGET.

  • tryanything - 2011-05-10 07:12

    Come on man they did finally fix their hole in the road at the top end of Jan Smuts avenue.

  • Almaki - 2011-05-16 11:36

    Fantastic that Soweto got a large number of tarred roads and electricity hook-ups. Just too bad that those who received electricity were then slammed with bills of thousands of rands in the "not-a-crisis" billing crisis..

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