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PR Councillor intervenes in Zandspruit’s service delivery

Ward 114 DA PR councillor Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku has pushed for proper service delivery in Zandspruit, following the consistent rise of illegal dumping in the community.

Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said she took action after receiving receiving several complaints from the Zandspruit community members.

“On Wednesday, 30 January 2019, I received several phone calls,” she said.

“The community members were unhappy with Pikitup having not collected their refuse at the usual collection points, in addition to illegal dumping in the area which has risen. The complainants forwarded me some photos of eye sore filth.”

When the community members recently held meetings with the local authorities, they were told to address the issue with the members of Democratic Alliance, according to the residents.

“When I heard of this,” Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said, “I immediately raised the issue of the non-collection of refuse on the Pikitup WhatsApp group. Thereafter, some areas received relief, while others remained with uncollected rubbish.”

After no feedback for 48 hours and still getting calls from community members, the councillor said she made another followed-up.

“Since the residents allege that the ward councillor is not responding to them,” the PR councillor said, “part of our role is to escalate these issues to the various municipal owned entities, in order for service delivery to take place especially since they allege that the Ward Councillor is not responding to them.”

As a public representative working in Zandspruit, Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said she will continue to escalate the service delivery issues of the people of Zandspruit.

“My role as a Councillor is not to be biased,” she said. “I will not be intimidated nor bullied into bowing down to those who want their egos to be massaged and who want to delay service delivery to the people of Zandspruit.” 

She said she would like to thank the City of Johannesburg officials for working tirelessly to bring Diphetogo (Real Change) to the people of Zandspruit.

“There seems to be a perception by the Ward Councillor that the role of the PR Councillor is to report to him. However, our role as Councillors is to do oversight, and to ensure that the communities in which we serve get service delivery, said Cllr Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku.

20bn investment shows “SA has a lot to offer”

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his massive investment drive for the country, at least US$20 billion has been amassed.

Last year, the President announced an ambitious plan to attract investment to the country of $100 billion in the next five years. And, in the past few months, this drive has already seen investments pour in to the amount of $20 billion. The President said this when he addressed day two of the Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday. The conference is being attended by Heads of State, investors and deal makers from around the world.

“We have recently returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos and a State visit to India, where we engaged with the investment community on, among other things, South Africa’s ambitious programme to mobilise far greater levels of investment.

“Our message to international investors is that we are taking practical measures to build an economy that is underpinned by inclusive growth, competitiveness and transformation.

“This message found practical expression in the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference, which we hosted in October last year.

“Several companies at the conference made announcements of investments, which amounted to around $20 billion in total,” the President said.

The investments, President Ramaphosa said, are a clear indication that the South African economy has a lot to offer, and that opportunities for growth are abundant if the country harnesses its areas of comparative advantage and creates an environment conducive to investment.

“The fact that three of these major investment announcements came from the mining sector gives credence to our view that mining in South Africa is a sunrise industry.

“We expect that they will make a valuable contribution to accelerated economic growth and greater job creation,” he said.

With South Africa’s mining industry having a long history that spans over 150 years, the President said the country’s mineral wealth has attracted large capital investments over the decades, resulting in the development of integrated industrial value chains that generate significant value for the economy.

“South Africa hosts the world’s largest reserves of platinum group metals and manganese, and some of the largest reserves of gold, diamonds, chromite ore and vanadium. 

“As government, we regard the mining industry as a key player in the future growth and development of our economy, with huge potential for exploration, production and beneficiation. “It is for this reason that we have prioritised the restoration of a policy and regulatory environment that is stable and predictable.

“Significant work has been done to remove the uncertainty that held back the development of the industry,” he said.

Steps being taken to address investor concerns.The President said, meanwhile, that the country has emerged from a period of strained relations where the courts became the main platform of engagement between the industry and government.

He said government undertook to hold engagements with the industry because it recognised the critically important role that mining can and must still play in shaping the future of the country.

“To this end, we moved to speed up the finalisation of the Mining Charter and to provide greater clarity on the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill.

“Because of their importance, these actions formed a critical component of the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan we announced in September 2018 after our economy went into a technical recession.

“As part of the package, government is reprioritising spending -- within the existing fiscal framework -- towards initiatives that are aimed at driving economic activity, including financial and non-financial measures to turn around the economy.”

The President said government further recognised the challenges raised by investors, including administered prices for ports, rail and electricity, as well as infrastructure bottlenecks.

“We welcome the interactions we have had with the private sector, representing both local and international, on a number of issues that are of concern to them and some matters of concern to us.

“We are working in earnest to address the constraints that were raised with us, as we implement the Stimulus and Economic Recovery Plan. We are addressing issues that are of concern to companies such as Visa Regulations, reducing the cost of doing business, eliminating many bureaucratic constrains and making it a lot easier to conduct business,” he said.

Government to unveil Eskom recovery plan

The President assured that work is being done to address energy concerns in relation to Eskom.

He said investors had raised a concern over an important infrastructure challenge - the security and affordability of energy supply.

“We have been giving detailed attention to the crisis at Eskom. Eskom is currently facing significant operational, financial and structural challenges.

“Eskom’s contribution to the health of our economy is too great for it to be allowed to fail. It is too important and is too big to fail, and we will not allow it to fail. Restoring and securing energy security for the country is an absolute imperative.

“In the coming days, we will be announcing a package of measures to stabilise and improve Eskom’s financial, operational and structural position and to ensure security of energy supply for the country,” he said. Land expropriation to promote economic activity President Ramaphosa said government has used its engagements with investors to outline South Africa’s approach to land reform.

He said investors raised a concern about the proposal for the expropriation without compensation to be among the mechanisms used to promote land reform.

“We must emphasise that our approach will enhance, rather than undermine, property rights as we seek to address what we have termed the original sin that was committed against black South Africans during colonial and apartheid days.

“The measure we are proposing will apply to land for the purposes of land reform only, and within a clearly defined set of circumstances.

“This measure will be undertaken in a way that promotes economic development and agricultural output, and that does not undermine the principles of our Constitution or the rule of law.

“Investors need not fear that their investments and assets will be taken away from them,” President Ramaphosa said. –

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