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A number of new clinics and significant upgrading of existing medical facilities in Johannesburg are among the prominent features of the City's 2014 Budget presented to Council today.

Included in the R127 million capital budget for the health department over the next three years will be the refurbishment of existing clinics and the construction of new ones in areas such as Mountain View clinic in Finetown, the new Mpumelelo Clinic in Ivory Park and in Zandspruit.

The City's MMC for Finance, Councillor Geoff Makhubo, said the City's Public Safety department receives an operating budget of R2.6 billion which includes the further roll-out of the Joburg 10 Plus programme of ward-based activities aimed at crime prevention, traffic management and by-law enforcement. More than R4.6-million will go towards improved area lighting in Midrand, Randburg and Roodepoort.

MMC Makhubo also announced the construction of new libraries at Lehae, Coronationville and Alexandra as well as the upgrading of community centres and sports facilities in areas such as Diepsloot, Rabie Ridge, Orlando Ekhaya, Bosmont and Pennyville.

The allocation for the Department of Social Development will fund key initiatives such as the food security programme that will ensure that 281 000 people will be food secure by 2016. The department will also establish an Agriculture Resource Centre and associated packaging houses to support the food security initiatives.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo will receive a three year capital budget of R368-million, which will include new park development in Ivory Park, Orange Farm, Claremont and Meadowlands.

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