Know your city: What have you missed?

We take a look at what happened in the City of Johannesburg this week.

Although we are nearing the end of the year, the City of Johannesburg shows no sign of slowing down.
We take a look at the major news that came from your municipality so far this month:

As the City reaches the middle of its financial year, it has been giving feedback to residents on how its budget is being managed. These Integrated Development Plan sessions give residents another chance to look at the current budget and it allows the City to make changes to it.

READ: City of Johannesburg to host various IDP feedback sessions
The City’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) is pleading with communities to help keep their personnel safe while they are doing their jobs.

This after some EMS teams had been attacked while on duty. EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said incidents of robberies and hijackings of its staff have been reported in Denver, Alexandra, Cosmo City, Soweto, Brixton and Eikenhof.

READ: EMS pleads for protection after series of attacks

New Wi-Fi sites are set to launch across Joburg. Ennerdale, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Cosmo City and Zandspruit will be covered by this rollout. This will happen over the coming months starting on 20 November.

READ: New Wi-Fi sites to launch across Joburg

City Power infrastructure worth R80 million which had been stolen by sub-contractors, was seized by the City after a member of the public tipped off its famed anti-corruption unit.

Transformers, warning boards, overhead lines, street light fittings, fuses, circuit breakers, joint boxes, termination kits, street lights and street poles were confiscated.

The equipment had apparently never been returned by sub-contractors after projects were completed.

READ:Power infrastructure worth R80m seized

A grim picture of the City of Gold was painted by Mayor Herman Mashaba. The City currently faces a R170 billion infrastructure backlog that needs 10 years to fix.

Mashaba said aged infrastructure such as the single 75-year-old substation serving the entire inner city was not the only problem. He said institutionalised corruption and crime have made matters much worse.

Read more about the details here: Joburg infrastructure overview: ‘Gloomy, but honest’


Chantelle Fourie

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