Johannesburg steps up efforts to improve service delivery in the city center
The F region of the city of Joburg is progressing steadily with the accelerated service delivery program, with special attention given to the larger suburbs of the region which appear to be facing major challenges.
Last week, the program made progress in wards 64, 67 and 123 with the goal of unblocking service delivery bottlenecks that affect both businesses and residents.
Ward 64 covers Berea and Bertrams, Ward 67 is Yeoville and Parktown, and Ward 123 covers New Doorfontein and surrounding areas. The high levels of migration in the city center pose several service delivery challenges and put enormous strain on the city’s infrastructure.
The team from various city departments and entities cleaned streets such as Empire, Joe Slovo, Saratoga, Louis Botha, Nugget, Muller, Mitchell, York, Grafton, Hunter and many more. The team swept and cleared the rubble and created a clean and safe environment for residents and visitors.
Pikitup picked up trash, cleaned up illegal landfills and swept the streets. Joburg Water fixed leaking water valves and burst water pipes. He also brought all of his co-ops to help with the mass cleanup.
City Power has undertaken the maintenance of the lampposts in all the streets and around the Pieter Roos park. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo have cleaned up the park, pruned trees and planted trees to make the park life flawless. JRA, repaired potholes and trenches, embarked on unblocking sidewalk entrances and storm sewers, carried out road markings to ensure roads are safer and more visible, including road repairs and patching.
Social Development profiled homeless people and shared information about the city’s social service programs. Authorities distributed more than 200 food packages at the Yeoville recreation center to indigenous families in surrounding areas.
Regional Director of Region F, Irene Mafune, expressed her satisfaction with the integrated way in which departments and entities go about providing services to residents.
“We are delighted to see the exceptional progress we have made to date in the Expedited Service Delivery program. A huge collective effort on the part of residents and local businesses is essential to ensure the cleanliness of our places, ”said Mafune.
The City would like to express its gratitude to the owners and employees of the BP petrol station on Empire Road who came to support the cleanup.
The program will continue this week and move to other areas of the city. These include wards 124 and 61.
The campaign was supported by outreach programs including education and public awareness by Citizen Relationship and Urban Management, Pikitup, Social Development, Rea Vaya, Environmental Health and Joburg Water.
Written by Dudu Lushaba