Johannesburg 11 May 2017: The MMC Nonhlanhla Helen Makhuba, member of the mayoral committee for transport in Johannesburg at the SOD turning on the M2/MAIN Reef.
The MMC begun by extending an apology of absence from the event Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba of the City of Johannesburg. It was due to the tense situation in Annerdale. The situation required his presence and secondly she reported that a few days ago the Executive Mayor presented the first State of the City Address of the new coalition administration to the citizens of Johannesburg. She continued saying: “The Executive Mayor presented a far – reaching and comprehensive vision of a City that responds to the needs of all, delivers quality services and invests in infrastructure that will contribute to sustained economic growth.”
“Joburg’s infrastructure – roads, power lines and water networks – are crumbling and has been left to decay by the previous administration. We are now taking bold steps to prioritise maintenance and repair of city infrastructure, to manage the multibillion rand of assets under our control more effectively and to deliver new roads and infrastructure where required”
The MMC highlighted: ” The current Main Reef Road remains a significant economic artery leading into the City as it passes through areas as far apart as Pennyville and Paarlshoop in the West, through Langlaagte and Selby, towards the older industrial precincts of Denver and Cleveland. From a broader development perspective Main Reef Road and its extensions play a critical role in Johannesburg road network. It links the two primary City freeways, the M1 and M2 as well as the M7 and R24, which offers access to the rest of Gauteng and beyond to our neighbouring provinces.”
“These improvements to our road network are vital to our broader plans to revitalise economic activity in the urban cores of Johannesburg and turn the City into a massive construction site. The finer details about the short to medium term plans are contained in the Budget that will be delivered later this month – but I can already assure you that investment in infrastructure is at the top of our agenda.”
The MMC concluded her speak by saying: ” We will continue to commit more resources, better technology and innovative solutions to address issues relating to transport and mobility in the City. We are creating a City that works for all its people, because we know that if Johannesburg works the entire South Africa will work”.