Joburg is world class - residents

2010-05-10 12:38

Johannesburg - Almost three out of every four Johannesburg residents rate their city as "world class", according to a survey released on Monday.

The survey, conducted by international consultants Accenture's Global Cities Forum, canvassed the opinions of the city's citizens across different races and living conditions.

"The survey... found that nearly three out of every four (73%) Johannesburg residents see their city as world class, which puts it on a par with cities like Los Angeles (75%), New York City (73%) and Singapore (75%)," it said in a statement.

However, it also found residents had concerns about a range of issues, including corruption, the inefficient delivery of public services and the lack of transparency and accountability in the administration of public funds.

"Most Johannesburg taxpayers rate their city as world-class - but they want more transparency and accountability from public service organisations," it said.

Residents also wanted government to make public service organisations' spending and performance data available to the public so it could be scrutinised, the survey said.

  • Jhb Res - 2010-05-10 12:55

    When did this happen?

    i wasn't asked...

  • magus - 2010-05-10 12:55

    3 out of 4 Johannesburg residents are not educated & have never been to LA, NY or Singapore.

  • Brad - 2010-05-10 12:56

    I must be living in another city with the same name

  • Clive - 2010-05-10 12:57

    What constitutes a World Class city?

  • Ken - 2010-05-10 12:57

    I wonder how many of those 73% had been living overseas before and have a proper point of reference.

  • Wonder - 2010-05-10 13:00

    And the survey was done on "How many people?" 4, 10 or 40?

  • Shocked - 2010-05-10 13:01

    NOT A DAMN !!! - Road Conditions Poor(POT HOLES)Public Parks = disgusting - Public Transport in a state of affairs - Multi Billion Rand Stadiums - next to shacks(poor people of this country will continue to suffer and die in poverty)

  • Leigh - 2010-05-10 13:01

    but have the 3 / 4 actually travelled to other countries and experienced world class? the survey is not valid i'm sure.

  • Jacqui - 2010-05-10 13:02

    This is very generalised! -
    No doubt we have world-class crime statistics

  • ian - 2010-05-10 13:03

    Yes Johannesburg is a world class city and we would like to see it stay that way. Unfortunately all the reticulated services are in heavy decay and it is apparent that the current municipality officials do not know how to manage this. So there solution will be to employ more and more people who do less and less.

  • John S - 2010-05-10 13:03

    LOL, what a joke!
    Bet most of these people have never traveled out of JHB! What would they know about world class?

  • Nikki - 2010-05-10 13:03

    World-class. Seriously? I guess because other world-class cities around the globe are also dealing with daily water & electricity cutoffs, garbage that doesn't get picked up for two weeks, massive potholes that are only temporarily repaired - including those developing on highways and let's not forget the weeds growing out of our roads and highways - as well a general decline in services. Democracy was supposed to bring an improvement in living standards for all not drag our society down.

  • Peacock - 2010-05-10 13:04

    An extremely one sided survey.
    How would a lot of people know if the city is world class when they have nothing to compare it against especially when they have not even been out of the country and seen other major cities in the world.

  • Steve - 2010-05-10 13:05

    This survey just demonstrates that 3 out of 4 people don't know what a world class city looks like.

  • Christopher - 2010-05-10 13:05

    I wonder how a survey like this is done? Have the people surveyed lived in other cities? It also does not say how many people were surveyed?

  • Man with small penis but a big heart - 2010-05-10 13:05

    JHB is a world class city? Hmmm,,Wonder who they asked? People from Sandton and Bedfordview? Wonder if they asked people from Thembisa and Germiston.

    A city that doesnt even have a decent public transport system can never be classified as world class

  • Christopher - 2010-05-10 13:05

    I wonder how a survey like this is done? Have the people surveyed lived in other cities? It also does not say how many people were surveyed?

  • Tik - 2010-05-10 13:05

    haha, what are the people in Joburg smoking?!?
    One wonders if this was taken from residents in the CBD or Sandton!

  • Jaz - 2010-05-10 13:08

    I do love JHB, it has a special vibe and is unique - but in my opinion, it's not world class at all. You don't feel safe when you walk anywhere (even in secure malls), there aren't many clean/safe public toilets, public transport (just out of central areas) is unreliable and unsafe, there are no safe parks, you can't 100% trust the police, the roads are potholed, many street signs cannot be seen, far too many shop assistants are rude and/or untrained, crime is rife, electricity is unrelyable, politicians are corrupt ..... list is endless. However, even with all these hassles, JHB has mega charm because for ALL those criminals etc - there are STUNNING people. If only those few (or many?) criminals/politicians/service providers realized that they'd REALLY benefit in so many ways if everyone pulled together and stopped crime, corruption and focussed on service delivery. THEN we'd have THE BEST place on Earth - not just World class - Universal Class.

  • domdel - 2010-05-10 13:08

    I'd like to see this survey because Johannesburg in not world class, maybe if you are comparing it to the rest of Africa. When it comes to comparing it with Europe, USA, etc we are very very third class. Did they actually conduct the survey with people based in Johannesburg? Are potholes everywhere, robots out of order, water cuts on an ongoing basis, power failures, garbage everywhere, sewerage, etc, considered world class? World class my ass.

  • Grant Coffey - 2010-05-10 13:08

    Invalid unless 75% of the "yes" sample had an international city to compare it to.

    Just because someone "thinks" its world class doesn't make it so. It has to be measured against a standard.

  • jeremy - 2010-05-10 13:09

    A completely pointless exercise unless you have some means of comparing the city you're living in with other cities. So you need to have lived in at least a couple of other cities to have a reasonably informed opinion. Joburg has its good points - but world class it certainly isn't. The state of Hillbrow, Bedrea, Yeoville and many other innedr-city suburbs is disgusting, half the streetlights are out, the roads are full of potholes, we have power cuts, water cuts and an impending sewage crisis, all due to lack of infrastructure maintenance. World class? Not a hope!

  • PAR - 2010-05-10 13:09

    FRIGHTENTING - who did they interview - some idiots that have never left JHB. There is nothing world class about this city - it is dirty, nothing works - especially the civil servants, crime ridden etc etc

  • Interpreting Stats - 2010-05-10 13:09

    Having been involved in surveys for quite a few years I have teh impression that world class should be defined. The voiced concerns regarding service delivery, corruption, lack of accountability and transparency indicates a limited prespective. Perhaps world class was seen by respondents as a city with running water, electricity, tarred roads and tall buildings with escalators and which is located near an airport.

  • glenn - 2010-05-10 13:09

    That is because 3 in every four have never left Africa so they do not know the difference.

  • Greg - 2010-05-10 13:10

    ha ha ha ha ha...

  • lottie - 2010-05-10 13:10

    hahaha. Sorry, shouldn't laugh. It's good that people are positive about where they live. But how many of those 73% have actually travelled outside the African continent to know what "world class" actually means comparatively?!....

  • martin albert - 2010-05-10 13:11

    Just shows how realy stupid Joburg residents are! Oh sorry just the 73% who have never been to Los Angeles (75%), New York City (73%) and Singapore (75%).

  • Brian - 2010-05-10 13:11

    I assume that most of these people have never traveled outside of SA then?

  • Tourist - 2010-05-10 13:12

    I guess "nearly three out of four" Jo'burgers have never been out of their city to NY,LA and Singapore.

  • Antony Carthy - 2010-05-10 13:12

    This is all well and good, but it's likely that more than 9/10 Johannesburg residents have never left Africa, or even the country. Their perceptions of JHB's rankings in world cities therefore is rather meaningless.

    I am pretty sure too, that the vast majority of Johannesburg, those a scant distance from the bread line in townships and squatter camps are making none of these 'world class' claims.

  • Globetrotter - 2010-05-10 13:13

    All that proves is that 75% of Joburg residents have never set foot in a world class city never mind lived in one. To rank Joburg on a par with LA , NYC and Singapore is at best laughable and at worst misleading.

  • rayray - 2010-05-10 13:14

    They obviously asked the wrong people, because 9 out of the ten people I asked since reading this article said NO!!!!

  • Robert Kay - 2010-05-10 13:14

    Amazing how people complain about non delivery of services, the high rate of crime, potholes, electricity and water accounts that are incorrect, but according to the survey Joeys is still the best city? Nah - I think I'll stay in Cape Town!

  • Nads - 2010-05-10 13:14

    I think that the people who were interviewed are probably oblivious to the issues around them. ALL over Jhb we have potholes, robots not working, roads in desperate need of repair, not to mention the crime in Jhb. Either you are wearing blinkers or just couldn't care. This city is far from world class.

  • GTA_Lad - 2010-05-10 13:17

    Looks like 73% of JHB residents have never seen a real world class city

  • Imboriako - 2010-05-10 13:18

    You MUST be joking..who did they ask...Joburg is a 3rd world city with power cuts. water cuts.road services atrocious, no maintenance on basic services. corruption like never seen before, incompetent leaders and basically a filthy place to live in..if thats 1st worls then all I can say is the people asked are happy to live in rabidly deteriorating conditions...but seriously you must be joking or the ANC wrote this garbage??

  • Nellie - 2010-05-10 13:19

    Most Johannesburg TAXPAYERS rate their city as world-clas. I DON'T BELIEVE THIS. There are none so blind as those that will not see.

  • SerapiS - 2010-05-10 13:20

    on par with NY, LA and Singapore?! Have 75% of the interviewees been to any of these three cities? Do they have any standard of measurement? Have they forgotten the most obvious comparisons - murder rates and public transport? JHB might be in world leader in rape and murder, but it is not world class.

  • lloyd macklin - 2010-05-10 13:20

    This shows that either 73% of our residents have never been abroad or the survey was done at a Mayoral committee meeting. I enjoy living in the City but world class?

  • Al - 2010-05-10 13:22

    These residents obviously had no yardstick.

  • Observer - 2010-05-10 13:28

    It seems as if about 75% of Joburg's residents have no idea what a world class city looks like!

  • Adrian - 2010-05-10 13:31

    "World class". LOL. Now thats funny

  • Joe Jameson - 2010-05-10 13:36

    What a joke! So we are expected to believe that Joburg is as good as New York and Singapore?
    Guess how many residents were interviewed? Exactly 66, according to the report!
    Expect Mayor Masondo -- "The Invisible Man" -- to spend a small fortune buying the "data" from Accenture so that he can reward himself with another "performance bonus".
    The rest of you can download the report for FREE from here:

  • Puleng Moloi - 2010-05-10 13:36

    JHB will always remain the city of gold. And it's good to know their is positivity around the place and its people!

  • mike h - 2010-05-10 13:43

    How can Jo'burg be considered a world class city? For this to happen, we need potholes fixed;street-lights fixed;traffic lighte that don't pack up every time ther is rain;open parkland areas that are useable; visible policing etc etc etc. Visit a world class city like Sydney or Montreal and see if you still think that Jo'burg is "world class"

  • gcr - 2010-05-10 13:43

    There is absolutely no comparison between Joburb and Singapore - Singapore is a model city in terms of road networks, public transport and cleanliness. Just shows how misleading surveys and stats really are - probably 75% of those surveyed have not even visited Singapore let alone know where it is or what it looks like

  • Citizen - 2010-05-10 13:45

    I will be first to admit that J'burg has the structural infrastructure to be a great city; What I find terribly lacking is the transport system in the city, and transport links between J’burg & its satelite cities. Other services like cleaning, parks & refuse collection also need a lot of improvement it J'burg is to match LA or NY. If you have travelled, you will know that USA cities are miles ahead of any city in SA, in terms of transport & service delivery. J'burg can get there, but it will require a lot of concerted effort. Singapore is another story altogether - they are way, way too advanced for J'burg to catch-up with. This makes me wonder if the respondents to the survey are people that have travelled enough for them to make an educated comparison, or if we are talking about a ‘home boy who thinks that mother cooks best’.

  • exitstrategist - 2010-05-10 13:46

    Every city has its charms and challenges, and this includes Joburg. Its a city that has alot going for it and survives almost against the odds sometimes... but its not world class, whatever that means these days. The respondents are either delusional or haven't traveled at all outside Joburg. The survey is seriously distorted. This is more like an April Fool's joke.

  • Overseas - 2010-05-10 13:46

    How can they? One can only rate JHB "world class" if you yourself have been overseas and seen cities to the likes of New York, Etc. If you have not been overseas then you can't say much....perhaps rate it above "Africa" class, seeing JHB is allot beter than any other African city in Africa.