City to launch Tshwane 2055 strategy

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Executive Mayor of Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Monday explained that the strategy, which will officially be launched in October, would involve the participation of citizens in shaping the future of the city.

"We will take every input seriously to ensure that citizens can see their aspirations reflected in the final outcome," he said, adding that most successful cities undertake long planning so as to respond to the current challenges.

Ramokgopa said the strategy would ensure a well-connected, well-governed and a well-managed city, which would lead to social cohesion.

The city's Strategic Executive Director, Nomasonto Ndlovu, said on Monday that the strategy was also aimed at attracting investment into the inner city.

In May this year, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane launched the province's G2055 Vision discussion document, which highlights the long term development trajectory for the province.

At the time, Mokonyane called on all Gauteng residents to take part in shaping the province to be what they want it to be in 2055.

The four pillars that underpin the G2055 Vision discussion document are sustainable development and infrastructure, equitable growth, social inclusivity and cohesion, and good governance.

Meanwhile, the mayor said that while the final decision on the city's name change rested with Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, the city would continue to consult with members of the public on the matter.

In April, the minister had said there should be one more consultation process on the issue to ensure everyone was satisfied that they had a chance to air their views.

The city recently renamed 27 streets in order to bring in inclusivity in the names of the core capital streets.