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The outgoing City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Councillor Herman Mashaba, commended women for leading big construction projects in the City during Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) Mayoral Tour on Tuesday, 26 November 2019.

“It real really warms my heart to see women occupying spaces that were previously occupied by men only. I would like to thank JDA for empowering women and giving them the opportunity to showcase what they can do, and they are doing wonderful work,” Mashaba said.

As part of the tour, Mayor Mashaba and Member of the Mayoral Committee for Development Planning Cllr Reuben Masango, unveiled two plaques at the R72 million award-winning Westbury Development Transformation Centre and the Brixton Social Cluster, which will resume with phase two construction next year.

Mayor Mashaba also visited Selby Rapid Bus Transport Hub, the Johannesburg Intermodal Transport Facility and Gandhi Square East. MMC Masango said the JDA was committed to restoring the dignity of Joburg residents by providing facilities that they can be proud of.

“When we took over from the previous administration, we said we are going to bring tangible and real change, and that’s exactly what we are doing. This facilities belong to you the community. It’s your responsibility to take care of them,” MMC Masango said.

The mayor also used the opportunity to thank stakeholders for the support they gave him since he took over the office.

“Everything I accomplished as the Mayor of the City of Joburg was because of your unwavering support, dedication and hard work. I would have loved to finish my term as mayor, but politics is very brutal.”

He also expressed gratitude to contractors who are making a difference in communities by donating school shoes to disadvantaged children, employing locals and working with small, medium and micro enterprises.

Mayor Mashaba will vacate his office as the mayor of the City on Wednesday, November 27 2019, following his resignation last month. 

Written by Takalani Sioga