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​An imbizo has been called in Soweto, where the executive mayor will look back at past City programmes, and chart the way forward for his team. Residents will also be able to have their say.

Soweto ​residents will hear what the City has done in the past two years to reduce poverty and improve the wellbeing of citizens at an imbizo on Saturday, 15 November.

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Executive Mayor Amos Masondo will present the City's achievements and challenges since 2006 at Simba-Safa Stadium in Klipspruit at 2pm - and members of the community are invited to attend and give their input on the way forward.

In 2006, after the local government elections, the City made several major commitments based on its election manifesto. They included programmes to reduce poverty and improve the health of citizens; increase access to water, electricity, sanitation, and housing; and provide better public transport infrastructure.

Some progress has been achieved but some challenges also need to be overcome. 

In the previous electoral term of office, the City ensured that a solid foundation for improved delivery was in place. This helped it, over the past 30 months, to make significant progress on its service delivery programmes. 

On the day, Masondo is expected to deliver his mid-term report, officially launched on 29 October, called Realising the future we choose: a message of progress. It outlines the City's economic growth between 2006/07 and 2007/08.

He is expected to touch on job creation and programmes that have been implemented to help the indigent. Since 2005, thousands of jobs and various learnerships have been created through the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Regarding health, the City has introduced a Children and Youth Health Programme focusing on immunisation and it has recorded significant progress on TB treatment.

The contentious issue of housing is also expected to be discussed. Joburg is trying to formalise informal settlements by providing street names, basic lifeline services and developing a framework for upgrading these informal settlements in consultation with residents.

It aims to formalise 95 percent of informal settlements and upgrade 50 percent of settlements over five years. In the last year alone, 18 informal settlements were upgraded.

A number of housing projects have also been completed - in Alexandra, Diepsloot and the inner city - to accommodate some of the poorer residents.

One of the City's primary mandates is to deliver quality services to its citizens. By the end of the 2007/08 financial year, about 84 percent of Joburg's 1,1 million households had access to water, 76,7 percent had access to adequate sanitation, and 78,4 percent had electricity.

Masondo is expected to outline several programmes that allow consumers to save electricity and regulate their own demand for municipal services. The City is also working to reduce waste to landfills through its waste management unit, Pikitup. It is successfully introducing waste minimisation, separation and recycling programmes.

Other successes are safety, greening, and HIV/Aids management programmes, and Joburg is hoping to host a successful football World Cup in 2010.

Masondo is also expected to chart the way forward and outline the City's economic and social development plans during his second term, which ends in 2011.

The imbizo is taking place on Saturday, 15 November, at the Simba-Safa Stadium in Klipspruit, at 2pm.

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