The ANC-led coalition government in the City of Ekurhuleni is on the right track.
At a media briefing hosted by the executive mayor of Ekurhuleni, Clr Mzwandile Masina, a day before the monthly council meeting last week, he said the economy in the metro was doing well.
“We have had five investment projects in three years, 98 000 job opportunities were created and we have the Mintiro Empowerment Programme,” said Masina.
After the 2016 municipal elections, the ANC formed a coalition government with the African Independent Congress (AIC), Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Patriotic Alliance (PA) and Independent Ratepayers Association of South Africa (IRASA) to keep control of the City of Ekurhuleni.
According to Masina there had been quite a number of meetings and engagements among the parties in the coalition. The political management team has had 17 meetings to ensure that they continuously guide and direct the executives, legislature and administration.
“The coalition has ensured that all budgets are passed on time because outside of the budget we cannot spend public funds which are very important, as we put the people first,” said Masina.
The coalition government goes to different communities through a range of programmes at political level. “Through taking the caucus to the people, the ANC has had 10 meetings with the other parties in the coalition which indicates their own outreach as they go to the ground.
“The first thing we were able to do, was increase bursaries. Our government looked into the socio-economic condition in the city. The bursary system used to support about 297 children in a population of about 3.5 million people. The coalition has increased the number to about 1 850 and is still ramping up the numbers,” said Masina.
Grant funding increased from 82 per cent to 92 per cent and the collection rate is at 93 per cent, which is the highest rate in the history of Ekurhuleni.
IRASA spokesperson for Ekurhuleni Isak Berg said the city needed stability.
“We have one of the best municipalities if I can say so myself. I know that people come to Ekurhuleni for stability because they know they will receive service delivery and live in a stable metro,” said Berg.