Share this article

2011-06-06: Mayoral Lekgotla to discuss future direction of city

Johannesburg’s new Mayoral Committee will be meeting at a Mayoral Lekgotla next week to map out the future direction for the City.

The newly-elected Executive Mayor, Clr Mpho Parks Tau and the committee will conduct a thorough evaluation of service-delivery and developmental challenges to develop a programme of action. This will lead into a number of public activities, including:

Focus on basic service delivery – getting the basis right;
The City’s Annual Budget to be delivered on 29 June 2011.
A city-wide process to review its Growth and Development Strategy – scheduled for later this year.
In his first address as Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Clr Tau said while the City is building on the legacy of its successes in the past decade “it is equally true that a changing environment requires a fresh look at the interventions we are implementing.”

This includes a review of the GDS “to ensure that its objectives and guidelines still meet the needs of a dynamic urban environment.”

This coming Lekgotla will be attended by all the members of the Mayoral Committee, senior management and the chairpersons and CEOs of the various Municipal-owned Entities in Johannesburg.

The Lekgotla will identify the medium term priorities for the City including the provision of quality services, job creation and improving the basic requirements for a functional, responsive, accountable, effective, and efficient developmental local government.

It will also enable to new leadership to address some key transitional issues and commence with the processes of developing flagship programmes for its term of office.

Mayor Tau has committed the new administration to continue with its programme of service delivery and to address issues such as the quality of roads and infrastructure, the extension of the bus rapid transit system and finding solutions for environmental concerns.

He also said Johannesburg will “redouble its efforts” to improve the quality of interaction with residents and clients – whether it is at the call-centres, or at council offices.

Mayor Tau said the City’s primary focus will remain firmly fixed on human development and on improving the quality of life of people across all regions and all communities.

“We received a firm and unambiguous mandate from the people of Joburg to proceed on the road of developmental local governance,” he said.

Issued by: City of Johannesburg: Office of the Executive Mayor
Enquiries: Nkhensani Makhobela; 011 407 7524;


Nthatisi Modingoane
Deputy Director: Communications
Tel: (011) 407 7354
Fax: 403 3494
Cell: 082 467 9228