One year since the Democratic Alliance took control of four metros in South Africa, the party is beginning its muscles, describing the challenges it faces and the progress it has made in each city.
DA Leader Mmusi Maimane, along with his metro mayors Herman Mashaba, Solly Msimanga, Athol Trollip and Patricia De Lille, were speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday.
"Along with our coalition partners, and other opposition parties, we agreed to put our differences aside and focus on our shared goals. I am pleased to announce that one year on, the national coalition agreement last year still stands," Maimane said.
"While coalitions pose their own unique challenges, and are often difficult to manage, they are the future of South Africa and must be embraced."
These are some of the accomplishments the DA say they have made in each metro.
- The city has increased Metrobus' capacity by 50 percent, adding 200 buses to its fleet.
- R105 million was allocated for the installation and repair of broken traffic lights.
- The sanitation budget was more than doubled and the city implemented extended operating hours to six clinics and ten regional libraries.
- R482 million was set aside to Pikitup over the next three years for cleaning townships.
- 28 new fire engines were purchased.
- The city attracted R2.29 billion in investment within 10 months. It also plans on creating 23,000 Expanded Public Works Programme employment opportunities.
- The city handed over 2,804 title deeds since last year.
- 80 percent of households now have electricity and 6,660 water meter connections were installed.
- R2 billion was allocated to metro police in the fight against crime.
Nelson Mandela Bay
- The City's Capex rate is now at 93% and there is a 93.7% revenue collection rate.
- 12,000 informal households are in the process of receiving running water and sanitation for the first time.
- The city has created 4000 new job opportunities and will provide bursaries to 1800 students.
- The city attracted R2.67 billion worth of investment, resulting in the creation of 6,236 new jobs.
- It will spend a total of R21 million on an array of bursaries, apprenticeships, and learnerships.
- Cape Town plans to provide free transport for those looking for work and has allocated R6.6 million to subsidise free bus rides on MyCiti busses for jobseekers.
- The city has issued 92 percent of its 219000 purchase orders to BEE-compliant vendors to the value of almost R14 billion.