Mayor outlines plans to make Tshwane 'African city of excellence'

2015-05-18 14:21
Kgosientso Ramokgopa. Picture: Letlhogonolo Mashego/Daily Sun

Kgosientso Ramokgopa. Picture: Letlhogonolo Mashego/Daily Sun

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Free Wi-Fi, youth empowerment and tackling unemployment.

These are on top of the agenda of executive mayor of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, who was discussing his plans with journalist Iman Rappetti on her Power Talk show on radio station Power FM this morning.

The mayor said Tshwane was committed to ensuring that it became an African city of excellence through various interventions. These include equipping the youth with equipment space and facilities such as free Wi-Fi and car washes.

About R18 million had already been allocated to training young people to form cooperatives, he said.

Crime was a concern. The mayor said that certain problems, such as the nyaope addiction faced by many young people, could be solved through policing, but there were other ways of fighting crime – for example, by utilising city management functions for issues such as the prompt repairing of roads and lights.

“Clean administration will enable us to root out corruption, because corruption undermines the delivery of services,” Ramokgopa said.

“Corruption is the biggest enemy and disproportionally affects poor people the most.”

In a bid to root out corruption, the mayor said senior managers had been suspended by the city, even though many of the cases had not been concluded.

The mayor also said the city was committed to employing local citizens in infrastructure development projects.

“We have committed ourselves to a 25% local procurement target, and with every project at least 20% of manpower should be from within local communities.”

Ramokgopa added that there was a need for the city to confront “energy poverty” where people can’t afford or access available efficient energy solutions.

Chief executive of the South African Cities Network, Sithole Mbanga, said that commitment from political and business leaders was needed to bring about options for the city’s citizens.

Mbanga, who heads up a network that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and city management, said these options included integrated energy solutions and transport systems.

“Residentialisation” of the city was important, said Ramokgopa, and this could be done through partnerships with the private sector in creating “an enabling environment”.

About R2 billion had already been invested directly into the inner city.

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