Longterm plan for city

Posted On Friday, 01 February 2002 03:01 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Johannesburg is to unveil a new strategy that will see the council move from its traditional role of 'just' providing services to active development of the city's economy. 

Amos MasondoThe long term plan provisionally called Johannesburg 2030 comes after two other equally ambitious, but short-term plans, Igoli 2002 and Igoli 2010.

The city's executive mayor Amos Masondo outlined the plan yesterday at the council's first meeting of the year, and mentioned February 19 as an unveiling date.

The ambition behind the plan is to turn Johannesburg into what Masondo termed 'an African world-class city'.

Masondo gave the outline of the plan in an hour-long address that was also a frank assessment of the past year's impediments and the challenges for the year ahead.

He said: 'Johannesburg 2030's starting point is that a better city should be defined as a city that offers an increase in the standard of living and better quality of life for all.'

This, he said, could only be achieved through sustainable economic development, 'which will be achieved by increasing the efficiency of the economy at a micro level'.

Masondo said an implication of the strategy was that a realistic timeframe for changing the city around, was a 30year period.

To alter the economy's trajectory as well as change the skills of the city's labour force, 'cannot yield results in anything but the long term,' Masondo said.

In a speech accompanied by much applause, and apparently also aimed at pricking councillors' consciences, Masondo kept reminding representatives of their duties and the reasons that they were in the council.

He urged councillors not to confuse constructive criticism of the council with the opposite tendency which was an inclination to undermine the city consistently.

Masondo said the council could stand united in its resolve to help the city's inhabitants, even though the political parties subscribed to different philosophies.

'We owe it to the people who have elected us. We dare not abuse their trust,' Masondo said.

The people he referred to were, said Masondo, 'the masses of our people, most of whom are poor and barely eke out a living'.

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