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Roads in Doornkop, west of the CBD are to be tarred as part of a city wide programme to surface gravel roads. This was announced by Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau during his tour of the township on 10 June.

More than 800 community members warmly welcomed the Executive Mayor and his team at the Doornkop Community Hall.

The mayor said he was in the area to fulfill the promise he had made during his visit with former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe earlier this year.

Residents had complained at the time that their roads were in a bad state and were difficult to navigate, especially during the rainy season.

"Two months later, we are here to launch the start of the city wide gravel road upgrade to surface standards. This shows our commitment to rendering visible service delivery to the communities of Johannesburg. All these projects we are launching today were requested by you through our consultative processes and now we responding to your requests as government," said the mayor.

MMC for Transport, Christine Walters expressed her delight that her department had been given more than R1.3 billion to spend in the 2014/15 financial year. She said the City wide gravel road upgrade has been prioritised for areas such as Diepsloort, Bramfisheville, Doornkop, and Orange Farm. Other townships that have been added to this priority list are Thulani, Tshepisong and Lawley.

"We anticipate that about 280 job opportunities will be created during this upgrade and on completion of this project the standard of living and mobility in these areas will be greatly improved," concluded Walters.

Bridge to connect Soweto residents

The executive mayor continued with his community outreach programme (imbizo) where the public is offered a chance to engage with the city and raise issues and complement where necessary.

At the Moletsane Sports Complex, Soweto, Mayor Tau told more than 1000 community members that a R50 million bridge is to be constructed to connect Naledi and Protea North.

The residents complained about power outages that they are experiencing this winter. Unfortunately the city doesn't supply Soweto with electricity. The mayor promised to take the matter up with Eskom to try to get the State Owned Enterprise to upgrade networks and improve power supply to Soweto.