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Rea Vaya and Metrobus fares to go up on July 1

From Saturday July 1 commuters who use the City of Johannesburg’s two bus passenger services – the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and Metrobus – will pay more for their rides.
The City’s Mayoral Committee on Transport, after consultation with all stakeholders, including the Commuter Forum, approved a 6% fare increase for Rea Vaya and a 6.2% fare hike for Metrobus for the 2017-2018 financial year.
Between them, Metrobus and Rea Vaya transport almost 100 000 commuters across Johannesburg a day.
The increases are in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the City’s pro-poor budget and other market-related cash fares.
Commuters – including adults, pensioners and scholars – who use multiple trip coupons or tags are urged to take advantage of the 25% discounts on offer.
For Metrobus users, this means that cash commuters will pay R10.80, up from R10.20, for a single trip.
According to the bus company, monthly trips will cost:
 Between R421.20 and R1 053.00 (for 52 trips);
 Between R356.40 and R 891.00 (for 44 trips);
 Between R113.40 and R283.50 (for 14 trips);
 Between R97.20 and R243.00 (for 12 trips); and
 Between R81.00 and R202.5 (for 10 trips).
Scholars in uniform will pay R7.80 cash, up from R7.20, for a single trip, while 130 trips for the term will cost R760.50. Forty-four trips will cost R257.50 and 10 trips R58.50.
Learners will get a 25% discount for multiple trip coupons. Fares for children aged between three and 12 will range from R7.80 to R18.80.
Pensioners will pay R185.00 for 200 trips valid for a year irrespective of the number of zones travelled. They also get a 50% discount on multi-journey trips if they travel during off peak time – that is between 8am and 2pm.
Normal adult fares will apply if the pensioners travel during peak times.
Commuters with disabilities will pay R371.00 for 100 trips valid for six months irrespective of the number of zones travelled. They will get a 50% discount on multi-journey trips.
Smartcards will be sold for R64.00.
Private bus hire and contracts will be increased by 7%. Metrobus hires out 38 buses to schools, hospitals and private companies.
Rea Vaya fares will go up by 80c – from R6.20 to R7.00 – for the shortest trip, while the furthest point fare increases by 40c – from R14.10 to R14.50.
A single trip card will now cost 40c more at R15.00
Smartcards will be sold for R28.00 at Thokoza Park, Indingilizi, Orlando Stadium, Diepkloof, the Kingsway campus of the University of Johannesburg, Park Station, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Carlton Eastbound stations.
The penalty fee has increased to R14.50 and the inspector fare evasion penalty to R25.00.
Almost 80% of Metrobus and Rea Vaya commuters use coupons.
As a result those who buy coupons or Smartcard for multiple trips enjoy a discount, which makes them far cheaper than cash fares.
For more information commuters can call 0860 562 874 or (011) 403 4300 for both companies or go to or


Microbreweries – Craft beer is art

Craft beer brewing has evolved from being a home-brewing hobby to a precise and complex process, aimed at delighting craft beer lovers who have become enthusiasts of this new era of beer where there are more distinguished tastes on offer in the market. As a supplier of gases, which is vital to the brewing process, Air Products has been playing an important role to support microbreweries in creating craft beers suited for this local, expanding and trendy craft beer market.

Words such as hops, vessel, malt and fermentation comes to mind, but it is much more complex than simply adding certain ingredients together and hoping for the best taste once the ‘beer’ has matured. Craft beer brewing has become a form of art and the use of the correct gases, at the correct time, in the correct quantities are vital in ensuring the best outcome. Air Products supplies gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to a number of microbrewies in Gauteng.

Craft beer is an art – a brewer is able to create unique beer by producing small quantities which delivers strong flavours. The ingredients used by microbrewers are different to those used by large, commercial brewers. The introduction of craft beers to South African beer drinkers has created a new excitement in the marketplace as there is now a wide range of tastes available and beer drinkers are no longer restricted to the same brands and styles which have been available over the last few years.

Air Products’ Freshline Product Manager Nelisiwe ‘Neli’ Dlamini explains the use of Freshline oxygen in craft beer brewing: “Brewing craft beer is an intricate process and it is important to ensure a secure supply of oxygen to the brewery – malt and hops, water, yeast and oxygen is required for the fermentation process and without the oxygen, the entire process and ultimately the quality of the beer is affected.
Air Products has formed a strong relationship with a number of microbreweries in Gauteng and is proud to be associated with their growth in market share in the last two years. For breweries such as Drayman’s Brewery, Mad Giant and Ubuntu Kraal Brewery it is of extreme importance to ensure that gases are available during specific parts of the brewing process, as delays or interruptions as a result of a lack of oxygen and other ingredients will have an impact on the final product.

According to Chief Beer Officer at Ubuntu Kraal Brewery, Ndumiso Madlala, Air Products has been a part of their operations from the beginning when the brewery was being commissioned. On the role of Air Products in their operations, Madlala states: “It is important for us to ensure that our product is available to our customers at all times. With the assistance of Air Products, we can ensure that our beer is available to our Soweto Gold lovers through the focus on prompt delivery and efficient customer service”.

“As a chemical engineer and a beer lover myself, quality is of the essence, whether it be the clarity or taste of the beer. Through Air Products’ commitment to ensure a supply of product when we need it for our delicate brewing processes, we can pride ourselves in the quality and availability of our blends as the market demands, especially in the light of the fact that we also sell our beer at the brewery” says Eben Uys from Mad Giant.
Dlamini concludes: “We are fortunate to form part of the growth of the craft beer market. With the knowledge, skills and insight of brewers such as Kallmeyer, Madlala and Uys, the growth of craft beer is inevitable. There is no question – Air Products will be supplying the product needed by the brewers to continue to brew quality craft beer”.

Mad Giant brings together science and an immense love of beer – the brand’s co-founder, Eben Uys, is a thirtysomething chemical engineer whose thorough understanding of froth has made its way into scientific journals. The craft brewery is located in the 1 Fox Precinct, a collection of restored warehouses in Johannesburg’s historic Ferreirasdorp district. The spectacular downtown craft brewery consists of Mad Giant brewery’s shed that is very easy to find – it has a huge retro-style sign on its roof and a spacious beer garden that stretches around the building.

Inside the space.

Striding behind the bar is a giant metallic Mad Giant sculpture, and there’s also a small shop selling Mad Giant-branded glassware and bottles of beer.
The brewery also shares space with the exciting Urbanologi restaurant known for its unique Asian-inspired gourmet tapas.

Declaration: The Inner City Gazette editor visited The craft brewery as a guest of Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited manufactures, supplies and distributes a diverse portfolio of atmospheric gases, specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and services to the Southern African region.


Minister visits mnyamandawo

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula recently visited Cape York building a abandoned and hijacked building in the johannesburg CBD at the Cnr of Jeppe and Nugget Sheet.

The police minister got a first-hand view of some of Johannesburg’s hi-jacked buildings and illegal settlements. While he was on the prowl for criminal activity, he acknowledged those living in these buildings, need a hand up.
Mbalula said his office will meet with Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba to discuss solutions. He says while he sympathises with people who live in these spaces, it’s often also home to crime dens. “I came from there, I mean… it is bad. It’s terrible and we need to do something, and we are going to do something about it,” he told media.

“The general has spoken about Cape York building several times, we need to speak to the City of Johannesburg.” Cape York building is owned by Jamal Ibrahim, an Ethiopian businessman whose interests are in the property business, according to municipal records he purchased the building in 2014 for an estimated R9.2 million. Ibrahim has always insisted his intention was to turn it into a profitable residential and retail space. However, he said his charge had been stalled by the ‘non-assistance’ of the South African government in the matter. Speaking during the Ministers visit, Station Commander for the Johannesburg Central Cluster police, Brigadier Ivan Perumal said a crime-combating operation on the building was necessary.
“Cape York is responsible for a number of robberies that have been taking place within the vicinity. Our intelligence is telling us that criminals seek refuge inside this building after committing robberies,” said Perumal. “An operation was arranged from early on in the morning, during which time we managed to get four cases of dealing in drugs and one for stolen property.”

The City of Johannesburg’s Group Forensic and Investigations Services spokesperson, Lucky Sindane said onus was on the City to assist owners of abandoned buildings in taking back their properties. In addition, he said one of the City’s key priorities is an urban revitalisation in the inner city.
“Engagements with various stakeholders in terms of investing the inner city is an ongoing process. To the owners whose buildings have been hijacked, we ask that they give us the necessary details, and in conjunction with other stakeholders, we will assist them in winning back their buildings,” said Sindane. The Minister urged the inner city community to join hands with police to fight the scourge of crime and thanked property owners who have invested heavily in high tech technologies to keep the Inner city residents safe he acknowledged them as partners in the fight against crime. — @Moses_Moyo



Lest we forget june 16 - A message from ANC Johannesburg

June 16 holds a special place in the hearts of South Africa’s youth. It is a day that is a constant re-minder of the undaunted and fearless fighting spirit of our forebears as well as the inevitable tri-umph of our people’s just cause over systems of exclusion, marginalisation and racial exclusion.
Since that fateful day in Soweto in 1976, June 16 has been a clarion call to the youth to emulate that gallant generation which forever turned the course of history and laid a solid foundation for apartheid South Africa to be rendered ungovernable and unworkable.
41 years on, we salute the role played by successive generations of young people in daring to rise up against tyranny and give lie to the notion that the apartheid regime was invincible.
Commemorated under the theme, “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empo-werment”, June 16, 2017 is about taking forward this legacy of advancing people’s struggles and the rejection of tyranny.
South Africa in 2017 is a very different place from the South Africa of 1976. Through strides made by the ANC led government, in the words of ANC Chairperson Cde Parks Tau quoting Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg has become a City of “…vibrancy and activity. The centre of our country’s prosperity, providing that opportunity to create a better life for all.”
Soweto - with its rich historical significance - is a bustling metropolis where over the last 23 years marked improvement has been recorded in the lives of our people, and youth in particular. The youth of Johannesburg form part of the beneficiaries of government’s program to introduce formal housing which saw a 131.1% increase in number of households living in formal housing since 1994. They have benefited from the 192.1% increase in the number of households using electricity. It is them that have more than doubled the number of black Africans that have completed matric since 1994.
These democratic gains were achieved because the ANC led government understood and indeed was borne out of the struggles of the people. Amongst others, this meant understanding that youth were not homogenous but products of their communities - the majority of whom are not in leafy suburbs of Sandton, Houghton and Parktown. Interventions to address their challenges would therefore markedly differ. The DA/EFF Coalition in Joburg makes no attempt to understand these distinctions nor put in place effective programs which will target and benefit young people in Diepsloot, Orange Farm and Alexandra. They remain fixated on the maintenance of white priviledge and skewing patterns of distribution of resources in favor of those already empowered.
Access to higher education and skills development is not prioritized; neglecting the fact that black young people in the city look to city-led initiatives and partnerships to help them get bursaries and learnerships. To the DA empowerment of youth is not a priority because the youth that requires empowerment is not their constituency.
The DA continues to live up to its racist character ignoring the most vulnerable, poverty stricken and previously disadvantaged peoples in terms of access to skills, job opportunities and education.
Under this DA/EFF coalition the gains of our democracy are visibly being reversed on a daily basis and youth economic empowerment is removed from council priorities. This is evident with the scrapping of Vulindlel’ eJozi , a youth skills empowerment initiative by the City of Johannesburg in 2015 designed to break down barriers to opportunities by creating pathways for young people to access skills training programs and entry level employment. The struggle for youth economic empowerment remains a dream differed in the City of Johannesburg under the DA- led coalition.
Understanding that Africa has the fastest growing self-paced e-learning market on the planet – 16.4% a year since 2013; in 2015, the then ANC led government in Johannesburg launched and budgeted for e- learning programmes such as Massive Open Online Varsity (MOOV). This was done to ensure that we proactively prepare for the disruptive advent of the Fourth Industrial Revo-lution and use the power of connectivity and digitisation to ensure universal access and breaks down barriers to entry.
While the youth of 1976 would have fought for access to education, 41 years on the DA coalition in Joburg continues to entrench exclusion, by not budgeting for programs such as MOOV nor for bursaries to previously disadvantaged and academically deserving students as the ANC had done in the past.
It has become more urgent than ever that the youth must forge ahead and define their own path. The youth must demand from government in the city of Johannesburg a holistic youth development approach. Our struggle has entered a new epoch - defending the gains of our democracy and pushing back against attempts to derail our revolution.
It was Greek philosopher Aristotle who said that “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime”. For as long as the DA/EFF coalition continues to relegate youth development to the periphery of priorities, the youth of Joburg will remain inspired by the 1976 generation to rise against tyranny. The youth of Joburg will give lie to the notion that this racist, exclusionary regime is invisible.
In the words of giant of our people’s struggle, OR Tambo -”The children of any nation are its fu-ture. A country, a movement, a person that does not value its youth and children does not deserve its future”.
Loyiso Masuku is the ANC Shadow MMC for Community Development City of Johannesburg.



Youth unemployment a ticking time bomb

Gauteng has about 2.7 million young people aged between 15 and 34 who are neither studying nor working. Half of them have not completed Grade 12 and are unemployable, and close to 60% of them are in long-term unemployment. They have never worked and have lost hope.
But with the unveiling of the Tshepo 1 Million programme, things are about to change for good for these young people.
The programme, unveiled on Thursday, is aimed at empowering one million young people through skills training, job placement and entrepreneurship development, which will in turn help the youth to find sustainable jobs.
Speaking at the launch, Premier David Makhura said the Tshepo (a Setswana word which means hope/trust) initiative was first launched in 2014, with the intention to empower 500 000 young people (Tshepo 500 000) through skills training and entrepreneurship development.
However, the programme has been expanded to empower one million young people based on its success and the enthusiasm shown by private sector companies.
“The youth don’t want hand-outs. They want hand-ups. It is an initiative that taps on the energy, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the youth. It is about opening pathways for the youth to access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. It is about giving the youth a helping hand and a second chance in life so that they can take charge of their own destiny.”
The Premier said the private sector’s response in supporting this initiative has been amazing.
Already about 25 companies, such as Microsoft SA, Coca Cola, Hollard, Gijima, Shanduka Black Umbrellas, COFESA, ABSA, Broll, CCBSA, Nestle, Unilever, SABMiller/ Abinbev, GE, Cisco, Standard Bank, FNB/ First Rand, Arcelor-Mittal, Barloworld, MasterCard, Media 24, BPESA and SIEFSA, have committed to work with government to give hope to unemployed young people in the province through this project.
“Tshepo is not just about hope for the youth. It’s about hope for us all, for government, private sector and civil society. The private sector’s response has been amazing,” said Premier Makhura.
Some of the commitments made by the partners include the following:
*Microsoft SA will provide one million young people with training opportunities in digital skills.
*Coca-Cola has committed to pipeline of young job seekers into internships, learnerships, enterprise/supplier development and jobs across ABI value chain
*Shanduka Black Umbrellas is a lead implementing/coordinating project partner with in the evolution and rollout of the Township Marketplace Platform and wider Tshepo one Million Township Economy.
*GIJIMA committed skills and opportunities in ICT value chain, especially data analytics, rolling out a skilled pipeline of young jobseekers.
*Hollard committed to township panel beating shops serving Hollard drivable repairs, providing links to township marketplace platform, pilot of a specific Hollard insurance product using the network of new panel beaters, to be sold by youth.
*Barloworld will partner with the township panel beater network pilot, create opportunities for young job seekers across the Barloworld value chain as interns and SED contracts.
One thousand SMMEs identified through the township marketplace platform supported through FNB accelerator hosting interns/creating employment opportunities as condition of ongoing support, agency opportunity for youth linked to instant financial solutions/value adds.
Standard Bank committed internships, job opportunities and supplier opportunities with standard bank, they will also offer asset finance as support to township marketplace platforms, on condition firms create opportunity for youth, and they will also link skills and enterprise development programmes.
Media 24 committed to an online training programme in writing skills and computer-aided research linked to Tshepo One Million learning lab, develop special internship programme targeting youth without matric qualifications
Power FM has also committed to give Tshepo One Million free advertising airtime worth one million rand.


Students should be sharp when choosing courses

Be focussed and be discerning when selecting post-school study options. That’s the special word of advice to youth from Dr Linda Meyer, who was recently appointed as the Deputy Academic Head of Boston City Campus & Business College.
“Students must select study programmes that add value to their prospects of employment and career advancement,” she urges. “As we celebrate Youth Month, which this year is themed. The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment, remember that a good education is the starting point to youth economic empowerment.”
Research courses and compare advantages and disadvantages of each. Speak with professional bodies and institutions as well as employers to find out which course they recommend. Employers have specific programme preferences, and you should choose a course that is well regarded among the companies in the industry you aspire to enter, or advance in says Meyer.
Boston is a private higher education institution that has been delivering quality education for over 25 years at its 46- support centres throughout South Africa. Meyer personifies the award-winning college’s pay-off line “Education for Life!” She has a long list of qualifications behind her name, which includes a PhD in Management of Technology and Innovation, a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) as well as an MBA, BBA, PGDip and various diplomas and certificates.
“It’s not just for the love of learning, but for the love of students that I continue studying,” Meyer explains. “It’s important to stay current and to impart current knowledge to our students, in today’s knowledge driven economy current knowledge is a powerful commodity.”
Meyer is responsible for a number of academic portfolios as well as operational areas like student registration, product development and driving innovative ways to deliver modes of delivery to students in Boston’s Higher Education (HE) division. Her role includes continual reviewing student support services and structures to ensure that students succeed in their studies.”Our focus is on equipping students that are marketable and prepared for the world of work,” she emphasises.
Higher education programmes lead to academic qualifications – such as degrees, diplomas and higher certificates – registered on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
Higher education qualifications are primarily academic in nature and concentrate on building a knowledge base that can be applied in various professional and workplacecontexts. However, at Boston the practical side is not neglected; all Boston’s HE courses have a workplace integrated learning component. “We assist our students to gain workplace experience in partnership with various public and private sector institutions,” Meyer points out. “Through a structured approach, we prepare students for the real workplace. Furthermore, we have built strong relationships with professional bodies like SABPP, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), FMI and CompTIA, to ensure that our students have credible qualifications, and are marketable and sought after in the competitive job market.”
What excites Meyer the most about higher education in South Africa at present, is the fact that higher education qualifications are proven to elevate the youth’s employment prospects. And what worries her the most? Mitigating the negative economic, and societal challengesthat students often face.”Given the current economic climate and unemployment rate, times are particularly challenging for students and their families,” she elaborates. “We need to ensure that we support each and every student through their personal challenges to realise and reach their full potential.”

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A wide range of study opportunities are available and you can select from a degree, various diploma and higher certificates, or short learning programmes in IT, management, finance, HR, accounting, marketing and more.


City Power goes hi-tech to put a stop to power outages

City Power, the City of Johannesburg’s electricity utility, on Tuesday June 13 conducted the first-ever mobile onsite testing on high-voltage power transformers in South Africa at the Delta substation in Hurlingham, near Sandton, as part of its ongoing initiatives to ensure that long and extended power outages in Johannesburg are a thing of the past.
City Power, in partnership with national power utility Eskom, recently bought a mobile high-voltage power transformer testing trailer from German-based company Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen to perform specialised testing on high-voltage power transformers in Johannesburg.
Speaking at the launch of the technology, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services Cllr Nico de Jager said in view of its R69-billion development and maintenance of electricity infrastructure backlog, the City had decided to be innovative and keep up with international trends that have proved successful in addressing such power failures.
MMC De Jager said City Power had over the past few years been experiencing numerous power outages at one of its transformers, to the inconvenience of residents and at a great cost to the economy. He said to ensure that extended and unnecessary power outages became a thing of the past, City Power would retest faulty power transformers using the new technology rather than conventional testing methods that had not yielded adequate results.
“Mobile onsite high-voltage tests on transformers are increasingly considered a necessity for a quick onsite. This type of testing will ensure that downtime is reduced as repairs will be done speedily, ensuring that residents do not spend long hours without electricity.”
He said using mobile testing on site would also enable City Power to make informed decisions on the repair of power transformers based on proper diagnosis analysis and allow possible repairs to be conducted on site without having to transport the power transformers.
“Due to the sheer size of the power transformers, at a cost of R35-million each, it is extremely expensive and time-consuming to transport and untank them in a workshop. In this regard, mobile onsite testing is also cost-effective,” he said.

Cllr de Jager also pointed out that electrical insulation also aged over a period of time, depending on operating conditions.
He said it was, therefore, essential for City Power to extend the remaining life cycle of faulty transformers to at least 40 years or longer.
He said the City was committed to not only delivering quality service that residents demanded and deserved, but also to setting standards for other metros and municipalities throughout the country as far as innovation and finding long term solutions to service delivery are concerned.
Mdu Nzimande, City Power’s Director of Engineering Services, said power transformers were critical assets in the power utility’s electrical network.
Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen SA Managing Director Kobus de Villiers said the system, which was already in use in
the United States, Australia, China and Europe, supplied up to 300KVs of power.



COJ Speaker’s Message for the Youth

The year 2017 ushers in the 41st Anniversary of the National Youth Day, triggered by the “Soweto Uprisings” on the 16th of June 1976. In Johannesburg this 41st anniversary comes against the backdrop of a changed political landscape, where the governance of the City of Johannesburg is under the leadership of the DA led coalition government and EFF following the Local Government Elections of the 3rd of August 2016.
This comes 23 years after the start of our democracy following the first democratic election of April 1994.
The 41st anniversary of the Soweto uprisings is an important milestone as it means that the majority of young people who led the struggle against apartheid at the time would have reached retirement age in 2017.
The assessment of our current socio-economic conditions would tell us that the majority of these heroes would also be beneficiaries of the government’s social grant system. Most of them, being residents of the City of Johannesburg, would still be awaiting for the economic benefits of democracy, which have simply not come forth, 23 years post democracy.
It is also an important milestone in that our first democratic elections in 1994, happened a mere 18 years following June 1976 Soweto Uprisings.
This would aptly suggest that the torch bearers of the uprising would also have been the “Midwives” to the birth of the democratic dispensation. It is disconcerting that despite the freedom we have, young people continue to be confronted with many challenges emanating from acute levels of unemployment and poverty.
The coalition government and the EFF of the City of Johannesburg has set itself 10 priority areas in order to ensure improvement of the life of the residents. Two of these priorities speak directly to the issues of young people. The priorities are: “run a responsive and pro poor government”, and achieve a minimum 5% economic growth by 2021.
The Legislature of the City of Johannesburg is responsible for oversight and public participation. Through the Section 79 and the Ward Committees, I will ensure that we hold the executive accountable in order to ensure achievement of the priorities.. In this way we will be able to contribute significantly towards improving the life of our residents, and the youth in particular.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all the fathers well as they celebrate the Fathers’ Day on Sunday the 18th June 2017. Present and responsible fathers complete a stable and healthy family as the basic unit of society.
I would like to pay special tribute to the Young fathers who continue to ensure stable families and provide proper environment and support.
This will ensure that we grow bright and wonderful young people in support of stable communities.
I would like to encourage the young fathers and the young people generally, to continue the Legacy of the youth on the 16th June 1976, and ensure that the issues of young people are always at the top of government and private sector programmes.


Residents urged to blow the whistle on illegal waste dumpers

Cllr De Jager said every citizen deserved to live in a good and healthy environment. He said the City needed to find a long-lasting solution to recurring service delivery challenges such as blocked drains.
“We need to make sure that communities understand the importance of infrastructure. The pipes get blocked because of what people throw into the system. From our office, we are going to be running an ongoing campaign to get communities to commit themselves to protecting the City’s infrastructure,” he said. The MMC said there were illegal waste dumpers who targeted informal settlements, operating mostly at night. He said this illegal practice, which posed a threat to the community and cost the City more than R50-million a year, would soon come to an end. Cllr De Jager said the City would soon provide residents with whistles that they would blow every time a truck arrived in the area to dump waste. But he strongly warned residents not to toss rubbish into the drainage system. “We cannot get Johannesburg Water to come and flush the system every two to three weeks, which is what happens in high-density areas,” he said. He reiterated that the City was committed to serving all communities, regardless of their class. “Just because you are poor does not mean you deserve an infrastructure that is poor,” he said.


Mayor Mashaba’s Message for Youth Day

41 YEARS AGO TODAY, heavily armed apartheid police fired teargas and later live ammunition on about 10 000 students who were peacefully protesting against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction alongside English.
This was after the Bantu Education Act was introduced by the Apartheid government in 1953, further entrenching the systematic oppression of black people in the country.
Theirs was a protest for freedom and equal franchise within their own country.
Johannesburg today has 862 000 unemployed people, with an unemployment rate of over 30%. It is heartbreaking that 41 years after the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, it is the youth of our city, who are the greatest causalities of this crisis, facing an unemployment rate of over 50%.
This administration is determined to work hard to turn this around by growing the economy by 5% by 2021.
• We have also budgeted R16 million in the 2017/18 budget for the expansion of the City’s SME Hubs from seven to 14 Hubs.
• We have increased to R8.5 billion in 2017/18 the target for investment and business facilitation.
• We have also set aside R10 million for the artisan development training programmes in the coming financial year, as well as ensured that
child-headed households with a property value not exceeding 2 million
Rand receive a 100% rebate on services offered through our Expanded Social Package.
Compounding to the unemployment is the drug epidemic that continues to steal the lives of our young people.
To ensure an integrated approach, we are in the process of launching a series of pilot projects to expand the services offered at City clinics to include drug rehabilitation services to communities highly impacted by drugs. This administration is dedicated to ensuring that the legacy of the youth of 1976 is honoured through the creation of an environment where residents are treated with respect and dignity.
By running programmes that tackle the challenges faced by our young people, we are ensuring that we also leave a legacy that young people, 41 years from today, can be proud of.

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