Joburg listens to residents' voices
The City of Johannesburg has tabled its 2015/16 Draft Medium term Budget and 2015/16 IDP at a Council meeting for public comment.
In April 2015, the city-wide process of consultation on the content of the 2015/16 Budget and Integrated Development Plan will take place in all wards.
A series of regional cluster meetings – or “community conversations” - are scheduled between 11 and 23 April at which residents can give their inputs into the draft IDP. The 130 wards of the City are clustered together according to geographic proximity and overlapping attributes and developmental needs.
Included in the documents are the City’s proposals on tariffs for essential services – including water, electricity, refuse removal -- as well as the draft property rates and taxes for the 2015/16 financial year.
Residents are called on to comment on the proposed tariffs.
Tariff policy is determined by the affordability of services, the competitiveness of the City and returns on investments made on infrastructure used to deliver services. The final tariffs will be announced in the 2015/16 Budget, says the Executive Mayor, Councillor Mpho Parks Tau.
The IDP is a multi-year strategic plan that describes the City’s strategic vision as well as the strategies and implementation plans required to achieve the vision. The IDP process will culminate in a Stakeholder Summit on 25 April 2015 where the submissions and proposals from the various cluster meetings will be communicated, discussed and, where applicable, incorporated into the final IDP document.
The inclusive nature of the IDP process demonstrates the City’s ability to go back to the basics and reconnect with its citizenry.
“We call on residents and stakeholders to actively participate in the IDP process to enable Johannesburg to make their voices heard,” says Tau.