Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, stepped into his role fully prepared to implement progressive action for the city’s residents. Basing his statement on the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, as released by StatsSA, Mashaba expressed his pride in 17 000 residents who secured employment during the final quarter of 2016. Consistently communicating job creation as a core priority of his administration team, Mashaba recognised that over 800 000 individuals remained unemployed in Johannesburg, alone.
“The status quo is simply not good enough.” – Herman Mashaba
Mashaba’s team has also driven the development of seven new SMME (small, medium and micro-sized enterprises) hubs and look forward to expanding this number over the next few months.
“Between August and December 2016, the City provided support to 6193 SMEs, which is over 2000 more than was achieved in the months preceding the elections. We will continue to aggressively pursue this project. We will also aggressively expand the rollout of our free Wifi network across the City.”
A task team has been established to fast-track investment in the city. It will measure 20 service standards critical to growing investor confidence so as to make Johannesburg a more competitive investment destination. This includes land use, utility services and zoning.