More than 1.7 million people in Johannesburg are being reached every year with face-to-face education on HIV-Aids and health-related issues. In the past year 30 new wards in the city were added to the Ijozi Ihlomile programme which now serves as a model for other municipalities in the country.
Mr Geoff Makhubo, Johannesburg's Mayoral Committee Member for Finance says the programme is an example of the successes achieved by the City in the provision of health care and social services.
Through Ijozi Ihlomile, community-based volunteers are trained by the City and then visit each household in their area to provide information on HIV and Aids. During visits the volunteers also detect and report back to the department on other health and social-welfare related issues and assist families with information on available government services.
The 82 clinics spread across Johannesburg look after the needs of 14 416 patients on an average day. Six clinics were upgraded during the 2012/13 financial year of which Davidsonville and Peterville were completed and four more – Slovoville, Freedom Park, Mpumelelo and Mountain View – are nearing completion.
Details about the health and social development programmes are contained in the City's Annual Report for 2012/13 tabled in Council today.
Mr Makhubo says food security has been identified as a priority in the City's efforts to address income inequality and poverty. "We have stated boldly that 'no one should go hungry in Johannesburg' and introduced proactive interventions to tackle individual hunger on a day-to-day basis and provide life-saving relief to households with the sever needs."
Urban food gardens were established in two regions and, together with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, the City has started with the training and support programmes, including the provision of seed and gardening tools. Hub-and-spoke facilities are created for small-scale farmers and the Joburg Market supports them with storage facilities and marketing advice.
Mr Makhubo says more effective law enforcement has resulted in a 20% reduction in road fatalities during the past year. There is stronger focus on the policing of moving violations and 723 691 fines were issued to offenders on the roads. 119 928 drivers were fined for driving an unroadworthy vehicle and more than 3.4 million drivers were caught speeding.
A greater emphasis on by-law enforcement resulted in a 72% reduction in illegal advertising. Steps were also taken to address illegal dumping and littering and the dangerous practice of illegal electricity connections.
"We are continuing with our efforts to create a safer city through integrated law enforcement and the greater utilisation of smart technology," says Mr Makhubo. Cases of assault in the inner city decreased by 13% and, although there was a rise in the number of robberies, the city is confident that its approach to visible policing with officers on foot and in patrol vehicles will produce positive results.
During the past year eight new parks were developed and the long-awaited extension to the Avalon cemetery completed.
The refurbished Johannesburg Library has brought a world-class research facility back into the City and serves as a hub for regional and community libraries. More than 7.1 million residents visited libraries during the past year and many more used them as venues for lectures, exhibitions and educational enrichment programmes. Visit performance report web page for more.