Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina is leading a team of officials to fix and clean up the Germiston CBD street by street.
The Mayor yesterday led a team of officials and workers to fix potholes, unblock stormwater drains, reinstate pavements damaged by contractors laying or fixing pipes, remove illegal advertising on street poles, and give warnings to landlords of illegal buildings in the central business district of Germiston. Technicians are on hand to immediately fix those that can be addressed on the spot.
Members of the media are invited to join the Mayor at the meeting point outside the Germiston Civic Centre from 9am every day of this week for the 3-hour walkabout.
The pavements of Germiston look like a construction site with paving damaged and not reinstated, open holes on sidewalks, broken storm water drains. The Mayor explained that for two weeks, starting last week, the City will be focusing on bylaw enforcement and fixing Germiston so that it can attract investors, tourists, and make the city conducive for businesses to operate and pedestrians to walk.
As part of the walkabout, Mayor Masina instructed the EMPD to inspect the Cheeky Tiger Action Bar. Upon entering, it appeared the building was not used for its intended purposes and there were naked ladies huddled in a small room. The EMPD arrested the manager and some of the people at the establishment.
"We have great plans for the Germiston precinct. We want to do basic things that's why we started here. We cannot begin to invest in Germiston and attract investors if we leave Germiston in this state. We now have wardens, the former peace corps, in every street and their job is to assist with urban management and ensure that the City is kept neat," Mayor Masina explained.
Mayor Masina said Germiston service providers and contractors were not managed properly. When they dig up roads to fix energy faults or burst water pipes, they do not reinstate roads and pavements properly. He said they should be held accountable for the workmanship of the pavements.
The Mayor said it was important that the work done in two weeks be sustained over time. He appealed to local business to join the city in fixing Germiston. They should also join in by reporting bylaw violations, operate within bylaws, beautify and paint some of their buildings.
The two week focus on Germiston will end on Friday this week with monitoring and evaluation. The programme will then move to Kempton Park as there are investment projects that will be implemented as part of the aerotropolis concept. The other towns will also receive the same focused support.
Details of the walkabout are as follows:
Date: 17 – 20 January 2016
Time: 9 am
Venue: Germiston Civic Centre, cnr Cross and Queen Streets, Germiston