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‘Days of sitting in offices are over’: Contemporary Joburg mayor promises to get hands dirty in service delivery bid

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‘Days of sitting in offices are over’: Contemporary Joburg mayor promises to get hands dirty in service delivery bid

Newly elected Johannesburg government mayor Jolidee Matongo has announced 10 individuals of his cabinet, whom he says will hit the flooring running in a bid to restore the image of SA’s excellent-budget municipality. 

Matongo gained the mayoral bid unopposed during an extraordinary council meeting on Tuesday.  

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He appointed handiest two councillors, retaining eight from his predecessor Geoff Makhubo’s crew.

MMC for finance Matshidiso Mfikoe and MMC for economic pattern Thomas Mofokeng are the contemporary individuals of the mayor’s cabinet.  

The retained councillors are: MMC for atmosphere and infrastructure Mpho Moerane; housing MMC Mlungisi Mabaso; transport MMC Helen Makhuba; health and social pattern MMC Eunice Mgcina; team corporate shared services MMC Loyiso Masuku; neighborhood pattern MMC Margaret Arnolds; pattern planning MMC Thapelo Amad; and public security MMC Mally Mokoena. 

They were all sworn in on Wednesday. Matongo acknowledged they would, amongst assorted issues, prioritise excellent governance, financial sustainability, integrated human settlements, sustainable service delivery, job alternatives and advent, and a safer and a neat metropolis.  

“Madam speaker, today’s swearing-in ceremony marks the beginning of the incoming leadership of the metropolis’s fat dedication to continue the outlined priorities via the accelerated service delivery programmes as we heard towards the tip of the term.”

With a budget of R73.3bn accredited for the 2021/2022 financial 300 and sixty five days and an integrated pattern thought, a blueprint guiding the metro’s framework for pattern, Matongo acknowledged a financial recovery thought amid the socioeconomic devastation precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic modified into once being finalised.

“Subsequently in the coming months, to the tip of the term, there’ll be certain intolerance of underspending by departments and entities, certain intolerance of non-responsiveness to service failures, non-tolerance of unauthorised irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure. All individuals of the metropolis’s team are expected to pull their weight in how we abet the other folks of Johannesburg,” he acknowledged. 

Matongo modified into once certain in his assertion that officials who did no longer pull their weight would be confirmed the door. He acknowledged the ANC expected him “to contain something to describe to the electorate” earlier than the upcoming elections, which are expected to decide on area in February subsequent 300 and sixty five days, if the escape to postpone them beyond October 27 succeeds.

“Females and gents, it’s a long way going to be a time to maintain each and each assorted accountable. From the cleaner to myself as the government mayor — no-one is going to be spared. The times of sitting in offices all day, instead of being out on the flooring, serving communities to the handiest of our abilities, are over. All hands are important on deck,” he acknowledged.     

He shared the same sentiments whereas addressing journalists on Tuesday afternoon, saying he would no longer be sitting in offices wearing a tie, nonetheless would be on the flooring. 

“What we’re going to be doing with out any distress or favour is to invent certain that those that are assigned the responsibility to lisp the services, invent so; so it scheme if other folks don’t play ball, don’t employ cash, we don’t contain time to extinguish, they’re going to contain to scoot and sit at house. If we’ve to meet them at the labour court, we are able to invent so.”

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‘Days of sitting in offices are over’: Contemporary Joburg mayor promises to get hands dirty in service delivery bid