It is my honour and privilege to introduce my newsletter to the residents of Ward 101 titled “From the desk of Cllr Dalu Cele”. The purpose of this newsletter is to communicate the latest developments within the City of Johannesburg related to service delivery, share information, update and report back on the issues we face, and being addressed, as the residents of our Ward.
First of all, I would like to thank the residents for voting the DA with an overwhelming majority to win Ward 101. The 2016 Local Government Elections have come and gone, it is now the time for us to roll up our sleeves, work hard towards providing better services to the residents of Johannesburg. I commit myself to working with all the residents in our Ward through the journey of change, to ensure that we live in an environment that is safe to live, work and play.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our former DA Councillor Ralf Bittkau, for his hard work and contribution to the Ward for many years that he has been in office. I wish him well in his future endeavors.
Ward 101 website launch
I am pleased to advise that we have launched the website for Ward 101 – www.ward-101.co.za
I encourage residents to visit the website and browse through recent communication, Residents Associations, useful documents, contact the Councillor, subscribe to the newsletter and other useful information.
Few days in office update
I have spent the few days in office interacting with residents regarding a myriad of service delivery issues within the Ward. I have been interacting with a number of Residents Associations with regards to addressing a number of service delivery issues that their members are facing. I will continue efforts to meet with residents in order to understand service delivery failures our residents are confronted with, in different parts of our Ward. I appeal to residents to make contact with me should a need arise, I would be more than happy to assist wherever possible as part of our efforts to improve service delivery.
I attended the Honeydew CPF meeting during the month of August, I have raised a number of issues related to illegal dumping, crime and drug related issues in our Ward. The Golden Harvest Park continues to be a hotspot for muggings and assault. I am working in partnership with the Friends of Golden Harvest Park, Northwold Residents Association, JMPD, SAPS and CityParks in trying to find a lasting solution for the crime we experience in the park. This is one of the first critical issues that I will be raising in Council.
Street lights that are not working is another major issue that our residents have reported to me in the last few days. I have escalated these to CityPower, I am glad that the escalated street lights have now been fixed. Functional street lights are important in combating crime in our communities. I encourage residents to report non-functional street lights to CityPower, escalate to me with a reference number should they not be fixed on time.
Whilst we are talking about CityPower, we have had numerous power outages in different parts of our Ward such as Bromhof, Sonneglans, Northwold and Northriding in the few weeks leading up to and post elections. This is another important issue that I will be taking to Council for urgent attention.
I am addressing the issue of illegal dumping at the open land on the other side of Cnr Hornbill and Jacaranda Avenue. This piece of land is adjacent to the N1 highway. I am addressing the issue in conjunction with the owner of the land, JMPD, Pikitup and the residents in the area.
The above are some of the highlights regarding a myriad of issues that have been reported to me in the first few days that I have been in office. I am addressing and communicating the progress on these issues directly with residents concerned.
Amongst others, I am addressing a number of issues related to:
- Smart and prepaid meters;
- Traffic lights;
- Speed bumps;
- Bylaws infringements;
- Road safety for kids around North Riding Secondary School;
- Other road related proposals;
- Boskruin Koppie development;
- Greenbelts cleanup;
- Vagrants and displaced people.
I appeal to the residents to be aware that some of the issues above will take a while to get resolved. I will ensure that I keep the residents concerned abreast of the latest status update as these issues are being addressed.
City of Johannesburg administration
As you may be aware, the DA Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba was elected at the Inaugural Council Meeting on the 22nd of August 2016. The Speaker, Cllr Vasco da Gama and Chief Whip, Cllr Dr Kevin Wax were also elected at the same meeting.
On the 26th of August 2016, the Executive Mayor announced his executive team, the Members of the Mayoral Committee are as follows:
- MMC for Finance: Cllr Dr Rabelani Dagada
- MMC for Economic Development: Cllr Sharon Peetz
- MMC for Development Planning: Cllr Richard Funzela Ngobeni
- MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services: Cllr Anthony William Still
- MMC for Housing: Cllr Mzobanzi Ntuli
- MMC for Transport: Cllr Nonhlanhla Helen Makhuba
- MMC for Public Safety: Cllr Yao-Heng Michael Sun
- MMC for Corporate and Shared Services: Cllr Dr Valencia Ntombi Khumalo
- MMC for Community Development: Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba
- MMC for Health and Social Development: Cllr Dr Mpho Phalatse
The leadership of the City of Johannesburg administration has been put in place, the journey to change has begun to ensure that city delivers better services to all our residents.
Until next time.
Cllr Dalu Cele