OPINION

Impressive Tshwane annual report welcomed – Randall Williams

Decision to place the city under administration has however in fact negatively affected good progress

DA welcomes impressive City of Tshwane annual report

13 May 2020

The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the impressive City of Tshwane’s 2018/19 annual report, which reflects the achievements of the DA-led administration during the past year.

The City has increased its accumulated surplus from R25.5 billion at the end of 2018 to R27.3 billion at the end of 2019, an increase of R2.8 billion over the previous year.

This speaks to the strict financial management that was implemented and the cost savings that were achieved during this period.

The City also achieved an investment notch upgrade from A1.za to Aa2.za, a two notch upgrade which reflected the city’s improved liquidity position over the year.

It also continued to provide a reliable and consistent service delivery in relation to the provision of electricity, water, sanitation and waste collection.

The significant improvement in electricity service delivery was partly due to the city scaling up the rollout of prepaid electricity meters.

A total of 294 875 meters were installed by the end of 2019 compared with 280 000 at the end of 2018. The city also connected 6 048 households to a full metered water supply across the seven regions in the city.

Approximately 179 informal settlements were provided with sanitation as well.

The city also prioritised safety, conducting 201 road policing interventions, 1 629 crime prevention interventions and 685 by-law policing operations.

Infrastructure development was also at the forefront of the city’s programme with 27 371m of water infrastructure upgrade across the city, including areas such as Ga-rankuwa Industrial, Hammanskraal, Clubview, Garsfontein and Moreleta Park.

The city’s primary health care also recorded significant success with a medicine availability rate that averaged 95% throughout the financial year. This is particularly important now as the city combats the spread of Covid-19.

The progress highlighted in the Annual report speaks to the successes of the DA’s term in office and further debunks the arguments put forward by the Gauteng Provincial Government and Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile that the city needed to be placed under administration.

The decision to place the city under administration has in fact negatively affected the good progress that was seen under the DA leadership and sabotaged the successes that have been achieved to date.

Issued by Randall Williams,DA Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, 13 May 2020