Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, Councillor Rehana Moosajee, her team and partners from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, Johannesburg Roads Agency and the South African Police Service have promised to walk the talk and make the streets of the city safer.
The message Moosajee and the others are sending to residents of Soweto is loud and clear: “Responsibility starts with you. It’s time to take ownership of your surroundings and help make Joburg a truly world-class African city.”
For the next few weeks, Moosajee and other Joburg councillors will endeavour to spend more time with the residents of Orlando East and Noordgesig to sell the Street Alive programme – the City’s way of making streets safer and user-friendly for commuters, cyclists and motorists.
So, if it means foregoing family time on Saturdays and missing out on sizzling Premier Soccer League action to drive their message across, so be it.
“I was slightly disappointed at the turnout today,” Moosajee said at Bona High School in Orlando East on Saturday last week after briefing residents following a 5km walk. “I had expected more people, but it’s early days yet and hopefully word will spread and more people will show up and embrace this wonderful programme.”
The City’s Transport Department has partnered with the national Department of Environmental Affairs and German development bank KFW to radically transform the City’s streets and improve the way residents commute.
The programme’s aim is to create walking and cycling paths, which will initially be confined to a section of Orlando East as a pilot project. Should residents embrace the initiative and use the newly created infrastructure, the programme might be extended to other areas.
Moosajee and her team addressed residents at Noordgesis Clinic, Mlamlamnkunzi railway station, Leratong Primary School, Orlando Stadium, Orlando railway station and Lukholweini Primary School.
Street Alive Programme to hit the streets of Soweto