According to the Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance party, ANC cannot accept being in opposition and have been disrupting council meetings to delay works.
Despite that, Maimane said, they’ve achieved noteworthy successes since they won major metros.
“…We have achieved some noteworthy successes in our first 100 days in office, proving that working in cooperation we can reverse the mess inherited from the ANC and turn our cities into places of freedom and prosperity,” stated the DA leader.
Maimane was speaking at a joint press briefing with representatives from the DA’s coalition partners with whom the party formed local governments across South Africa following the 2016 Local Government Elections.
The DA leader was joined by the ACDP’s Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, COPE’s Mosiuoa Lekota, the UDM’s Bantu Holomisa, the IFP’s Narend Singh and the FF+’s Dr Pieter Groenewald.
Below are the things he highlighted as some of the advances the coalition government have made in the first 100 days of working together.
“In the City of Tshwane,” he said, “our coalition government has already achieved the following”:
- Placed a blanket ban on the purchase of new luxury cars to be bought or leased for politicians or officials;
- Placed a blanket ban on lavish lunches, banquets, and inaugural parties;
- Opened the Bid Adjudication Committees to the public for each and every tender, ensuring transparency and accountability;
- Launched a new identity for Wonderboom Airport, as well as a detailed plan to form a job-creating supply chain economic hub with cargo and logistics around Wonderboom;
- Ensured that all blue-light brigades in Tshwane are stopped;
- The Fort West 8250 housing-opportunity project – valued at R1billion – has been prioritised in order to bring quality housing to the poor;
- Launched a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station;
- Created an “Investment Unit” to attract investment and create jobs, which is headed by an economist and reports directly to the Mayor; and
- Launched a new recycling plant for plastic and glass, creating permanent jobs at the plant and indicating the City’s commitment to a cleaner environment.
In the City of Johannesburg, Maimane claimed that they’ve achieved the following successes:
- The appointment of Mr Shadrack Sibiya as Head of the City’s new Internal Investigations Unit, a corruption-busting initiative spearheaded by the Mayor. Mr Sibiya is the former head of the Hawks in Gauteng, and brings with him a wealth of experience;
- Initiated an official audit of the housing list to root out corruption and speed up the delivery of houses, with the backlog in the city currently at over 300 000.
- Within the first seven days in office, almost 2000 title deeds were ready for processing, with the vast majority of those already issued – with much more to follow;
- An extended hour’s clinic pilot project was launched at the Princess Clinic in Roodepoort, the start of a comprehensive plan to increase access to healthcare for the most vulnerable residents of Johannesburg. The clinic operates a 15 hour day during the week, from 07h00 to 22h00, as well as from 07h00 to 13h30 on Saturdays;
- In order to grow small businesses and create jobs, a review process has commenced by which the city’s Supply Chain Management Policy is altered to break up tenders and contracts into numerous smaller ones – creating opportunities for more SMEs to enter the local economy;
- There are now seven SME hubs across the city, which provide support to small start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, ranging from training to access to funding. Close on 3000 SMEs have been assisted since the beginning of our administration in August this year; and
- The mayor has launched an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme, which aims to build ECD centres in over 60 wards across the city.
Also, he listed that the following successes were achieved in Nelson Mandela Bay within the first 100 days of the coalition government:
- The appointment of Ms Yolande Faro as the City’s new Head of the Metro Police, in order to create a safer and crime free city;
- The launch of an anti-corruption hotline which has already received almost 50 tip-offs, resulting in 38 investigations;
- The opening up of all mayoral committee and council meetings to the public and the media, to ensure transparency and accountability for all executive decisions;
- The announcement of 1800 bursaries through the city, worth R34 million, aimed at young people interested in careers in the transport, aerospace, maritime and freight handling industries;
- Resurfaced and tarred approximately 25 roads, many of which are in township communities;
- 174 of 179 critical vacancies have now been advertised and 56 have already been filled. Most are in service delivery roles and in infrastructure;
- An Economic Advisory council has been set up, and outside stakeholders are being appointed. First meeting will be early-2017;
- 300 EPWP workers appointed to clear long-time blocked stormwater drains, to avoid flooding come winter rains.
- Qualifications Audit on all senior managers underway, to be completed by end-2016, to expose unqualified cadres.
- A Water Leak campaign in Uitenhage and Despatch has led to 2500 leaks being repaired, after long outstanding complaints.
- Repair turnaround time for all water leaks across the Metro has been reduced by 9 days.
- 35 Missionvale homes left without sanitation by the ANC for years, have been fully connected to sanitation in just 100 days.
- The City’s Rapid Response Task Team (RRTT) is at full capacity, dealing specifically with major service delivery faults that directly impact the lives of residents, such as sewage spills through homes etc. The RRTT deals with about 90 issues a week; and
- The Mayor has banned business and first class travel and prevented the purchase of luxury vehicles over R500 000.