Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says 60% of the city’s budget will be spent on pro-poor programmes.
Mashaba delivered his first State of the City Address at the Johannesburg Council’s new Chambers, estimated to be built at a cost of R360 million.
While Mashaba says the chambers are impressive, he believes the previous African National Congress (ANC) administration could have better utilised the money by improving roads and building houses.
Mashaba outlined the challenges faced in the past nine months and successes such as the extension of operating hours at some regional clinics.
He says the adjustment budget approved in February allowed for changes in administration, such as allocating R546 million to electrify incomplete housing units.
In addition, another R41 million has been allocated to electrify five informal settlements.
“We achieved the allocation of R51 million for the purpose of additional busses for Metrobus, with a further R5 million for the refurbishment of current fleet to ease the burden of people getting around our city.”
Mashaba adds that R49 million has been allocated to Pikitup for additional cleaning shifts in efforts to clean up the inner city.