Municipal entities will lead the city’s multi-party government transformation agenda

Business Units or Municipality Owned Entities (ME) of the City of Johannesburg are expected to drive the city’s Multi-Party Government (MPG) transformation agenda.

Opening the 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the City’s Business Units at the Joburg Theater on Tuesday February 15, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Mpho Phalatse reminded the entities that they were primarily established as city ​​service delivery agencies. , with the guarantee of carrying out their activities without political interference and at a reasonable cost for the administration and the inhabitants.

She said she is confident this will be the case in the future under the MPG.

She was addressing Board Chairs and Accountants of Johannesburg City Power, Johannesburg Social Housing Company, Johannesburg Theatre, Johannesburg Property Company, Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo, Johannesburg Development Agency, Johannesburg Water, Johannesburg Roads Agency, Metropolitan Bus Service, Johannesburg Tourism Company, Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market and Pikitup.

“We have full confidence in the board members, who were carefully interviewed and then appointed based on their expertise and knowledge and not their political affiliation. I am delighted that today we are gathered here to announce the names of the capable women and men who will play an important role in accelerating service delivery in Johannesburg.

“In the interest of placing service delivery and operational efficiency at the center of their work, boards are now smaller, with controls to limit the number of meetings to what is truly necessary for their oversight function. As a shareholder, I look forward to reviewing the progress of municipal entities from time to time,” said Mayor Phalatse.

She highlighted the importance of the role of municipal entities in providing services to city residents and applying fundamental business principles so that the city achieves one of its priorities, which includes building a well-functioning city. managed, she said these agencies should and must work.

Mayor Phalatse is committed to cracking metro entities to ensure they fulfill their mandate to provide services to city residents. This follows the Auditor General’s report, which stated that the city had incurred irregular expenditure of almost R3 billion in the 2020/2021 financial year and that none of the entities had received an unqualified audit.

Mayor’s Committee (MMC) Member for Group Corporate and Shared Services and Chief Executive Affairs Cllr Leah Knott applauded the work of Group Governance and other departments, who were involved in coordinating the process of appointment of new board members and the implementation of this program in such a short period of time.

“We were very impressed with the caliber of professionals we received. We’ve spoken to over 200 professionals who serve counseling needs and that’s how we end up here today. Special gratitude goes to the capable men and women who put their names to help the Executive Mayor and the multi-party government deliver the Golden Start we promised our residents and transform the city,” said MMC Knott.

Written by Luyanda Lunika

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