As the festive season approaches, it is a good time to refl ect on the year behind us, says Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. In his Christmas message, for publication in Rekord, he says:
During this year in office, I had the opportunity to visit the different communities in the City and I was reminded that there is still so much we need to do to uplift the standards of the living of the majority of people in our City.
I have been touched by the way in which communities are coming together to help each other. Some of my highlights of this year include:
- Kicking off the EPWP registration that will assist this administration’s aim to create 23 000 job opportunities within this financial year.
- We have handed over 3 078 title deeds, meaning we have breached the halfway mark of the 6 000 title deeds we vowed to handover for this financial year.
- We sold the offi cial mayoral residence for R5.1 million, this means we will be able to provide approximately 52 RDP houses inclusive of land and services.
- I attended COP 23 in Bonn, Germany. I was honoured to get 12 speaking opportunities typically sharing the sustainability initiatives undertaken by the City that seek to contribute to climate response.
I was honoured to share platforms with both Al Gore, and the former vice-president of the United States of America and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of
California, both formidable advocates for bold change to shift dependence on fossil fuels.
We have committed to bringing all stakeholders on board to implement the City’s Climate Response plan.
We extend this invitation to any organisation to partner with the City in achieving its emission reduction goals.
- The High Court declared all agreements between PEU/TUMS and the City as constitutionally invalid. The High Court judgment is a massive victory for clean tender processes, and value for ratepayers’ money. It has boosted City coffers with R950 million, and given us a chance to stop the financial hemorrhaging caused by the PEU deal.
- We have appointed the new chief of the Tshwane metro police department, Johanna Nkomo and look forward to having a fruitful and productive working relationship with her.
- We launched the HOPELINE, a drug and substance abuse line established to offer a lifeline to drug users through an integrated approach.
It links all stakeholders that play a role in the drug and substance abuse line established to offer a lifeline to drug and substance abuse field and assist users with information and support related to services provided in the anti-drug and substance abuse programme. This is evidence to how we have come closer towards achieving our vision to position our beautiful city as a resilient and inclusive capital of excellence that empowers our communities to prosper.
Just over one year since taking office, this DA-led multi-party administration continues to work hard to rebuild Tshwane. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to my members of the mayoral committee, top management and all the other employees of the City of Tshwane for your hard work and dedication. I know that it is not always easy, and I hope you take this Christmas break to rest, so that when you return in 2018, you are energised and refreshed, so we can together continue on this journey of making Tshwane great again.
To our VIPs, the residents of Tshwane, I would like to thank you for your patience with us during this year of transition, for understanding that the change you want to see, will take time. To all those who will be travelling during the festive season, I would like to remind you that road safety is the responsibility of all of us and that by exercising this responsibility we help to eliminate injury and death on our roads. Let us all return home safe. I want to wish you all a BLESSED CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR