Tshwane mayor lays down the law

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pretoria - The Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, has warned that illegal taxi ranks and illegal trading in the city will not be tolerated.

According to Ramokgopa, the city is currently formulating bylaws aimed at ensuring that all illegal activities are dealt with effectively. Ramokgopa said they were going to provide adequate shelters for all street vendors trading illegally in the city.

With regard to service delivery to the public, Ramokgopa said the city will ensure that it spent its budget adequately. "The money we spend is from tax payers. They have the right to know what happens with their monies."

"Inability to spend capital budget is a crime against humanity," he said, adding that the city's intention is to create the best municipality.

Ramokgopa also hinted that the city was moving towards formalising informal settlements to ensure that people get services such as water and electricity.

In terms of vacant posts in the municipality, Ramokgopa said they have committed to fill all the posts by 30 September this year.

The city has also set itself a target of creating 5 000 jobs opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme also by 30 September.

During his State of the City Address earlier this year, Ramokgopa assured residents that the city would strive for better service delivery.

He said the city was striving to meet the national target of basic sanitation for all by December 2014.

With regard to community safety, Ramokgopa said the city and the Metro Police will continue to strive to bring down the number of accidents and fatalities on the roads.