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Service - Leadership in Government - Issue 77

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September is a time of renewal. In this edition of Service, we look at what is about to be renewed, in the process of being renewed, and in need of renewal in South Africa.

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S municipality SERVICE WITH PRIDE City of Johannesburg: a government of local unity The City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality is the engine room of the South African and regional economy. The city with thriving energy and unique African character is the place of gold, and of green and gold when we won the World Cup in 1995. The City is one of contrasts, home to rich and poor, elites and exiles, corporation and crime. CITY VISION To contribute to the City’s motto of “Service with Pride” by being responsive to the needs of the community, through regional coordination, integration, monitoring and enforcement of service delivery standards at grassroots level within communities thereby ensuring a clean, green, healthy and safe urban environment. NATIONAL IMPERATIVES The National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 serves as a blueprint to enhance the capability of the State and its leaders to solve the country’s complex problems by 2030. The NDP highlights the need to strengthen the ability of local government to fulfil its developmental role, by focusing attention on critical priorities in the NDP that relate to the mandate of local government, such as spatial planning, infrastructure and basic services. CITY GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES The legislative function is made up of ward councillors and are proportional representatives’ councillors chosen every five years during the local government elections. The Council, led by the Council Speaker, formulates policies and oversees its implementation. The legislative functions focus on public participation related to Council matters. ___ __ VIBRANT METROPOLIS • Most powerful commercial centre in Africa • Economic capital of South and Sub-Saharan Africa • Home to 74% of corporate headquarters • Medical care is first-world 10 | Service magazine

municipality S Municipalities.co.za Service Magazine expresses its sincere condolences on the passing of the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Geoffrey Makhubo. Mayor Makhubo passed away at the age of 53 years on 9 July 2021 following Covid-19 complications. SALGA said in a statement that Mayor Makhubo gave an honest rendering of his time and energy on the front-line of local democracy in the City of Johannesburg, serving residents and communities in a way that gave them more say in the services they received. His contributions to the local government community were so profound and far-reaching that SALGA considers his passing an irreparable loss to the entire sector. ______ COMMUNITY CARE • 394 public sports facilities • 98 public recreation centres • 59 public swimming pools • 126 community health clinics Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Social Development Eunice Mgcina has been appointed as acting mayor. The executive work of Council is led and coordinated by the Executive Mayor, who is elected by Council to provide strategic direction and is accountable for the performance of the City. The Executive Mayor is assisted by the Mayoral Committee, which is made up of 10 councillors. Each councillor is responsible for a particular portfolio within the city structure. The committee ensures that service delivery takes place, including but not limited to improving efficiency, enhancing credit controls and revenue, and strengthening the administration of the Municipality. GROWTH STRATEGY: JOBURG 2040 The Johannesburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) provides a lens to view the Johannesburg of the future. It is an aspirational document that defines the type of society the City aims to achieve by 2040. The long-term strategy guides the direction of the City’s work and outlines its goals and objectives. The City has made significant strides in terms of service delivery, backed by accelerated capital investment through the implementation of a 10-year capital programme and as a result, over 92% of City’s households have access to basic services. Each year, Council passes a budget and decides on development plans that fit into the Joburg 2040 strategy. The Municipal Systems Act (Act 32 of 2000) requires that a municipality develops a five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDP) to guide it in executing its constitutional mandate of a developmental local government. The IDP is reviewed on an annual basis so that it is aligned to national and provincial strategies and responds to continuous changes. The City responds to these changes by reflecting them in the reviewed IDP and outlining clear steps to address the challenges. The City’s long-term strategy, the GDS 2040, serves as the anchor from which the IDP draws its development agenda guided by for the five-year period. The 2020/21 IDP Review marks the fourth iteration of the five-year IDP now driven by the Government of Local Unity, which comprises of the following political parties: • African National Congress • Inkatha Freedom Party • African Independent Congress • Congress of the People • Patriotic Alliance • United Democratic Movement • Al Jama-ah POPULATION AND URBANISATION The current population of Johannesburg is 5 927 000, a 2.49% increase from 2020. The migration rate is 35.3%, with 3 027 migrants entering the City every month. The youth (aged 15-24 years) make up 40% of the population. Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest metropolitan municipality in terms of population, size and economy. The city provides the highest number of jobs compared to other cities in the province. A total of 2.13-million people in Gauteng (41.88%) work within the Metro. Unemployment in the city is currently at 32.7% and youth unemployment is estimated to be over 40%. Slow formal sector growth is the major cause of youth unemployment. The majority of youth, due to their low skills, are employed in wholesale, retail, trade and in private households, which accounts for 16%. Only 5% are employed in the highly-skilled manufacturing sector, thus pointing to a need for education and skills development targeting the youth. The skills deficit in Johannesburg is a crucial challenge. Service magazine | 11

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