Dumelang, good afternoon en goeiemiddag, Mogale City.
Thank you for giving up your most precious resource, your time, to join us on this significant day as we forge ahead towards turning things around for the people of Mogale City.
I am truly honoured to stand before all of you today, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Democratic Alliance for nominating me as the Mayoral candidate for this great city.
As the city of human origin, host of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cradle of Humankind, Mogale City is indeed unique. Scientifically correlated as the Garden of Eden.
Mogale City is not only geographically significant but is historically unique. From the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand to the Jameson raid, indeed the namesake of the first president of SA hails from here.
Mogale City has immense potential, but sadly under the ANC the municipality is nearing collapse and is unable to deliver even the most basic services for its residents.
Cashflow constraints are resulting in millions of Rands being lost in fruitless and wasteful expenditure. The interest penalties on bulk services accounts have become a financial burden. The municipality owes Eskom R390 million and Rand Water over R45 million.
Mogale City has failed to upgrade its old and ageing water reticulation system. There are development backlogs in the capacitation of wastewater treatment works.
There is a huge backlog formalization of informal settlements and no plan in place to address the housing backlog.
The billing and reporting system requires vast improvements to comply with Section 95 of the Municipal Systems Act. Residents don't get timeous replies to their queries and there isn’t an adequate tracking system for updates regarding customer care.
This is just the tip of the problems that plague our beautiful city, and although it seems like an impossible task, let me assure you, through a DA-led government we can get the municipality back on track.
As I accept my party’s nomination, I promise to diligently serve the people of this city to the best of my ability, seeking to improve the lives of all who call Mogale City their home.
I promise that I will be available, acceptable, active and attentive, and display all the makings of a transparent government. I will establish clear, consistent and concise communication with communities.
I shall go a step further and create an open conversation, regularly consulting with communities as the municipality is under the collective ownership of all who reside here.
No person is an island and it is for this reason, we will work as a team together with the people of Mogale City to ensure that service delivery takes precedence. With some concerted effect, and support, united we will win.
Bagaetsho, we can fix this municipality. The DA gets things done, and with 51% of your support we can comfortably govern the city and introduce a government that is cash-backed and surplus generating.
A government that can enhance service delivery, support small businesses and create an environment where Mogale City-based entrepreneurs can flourish.
What's excellent about the DA is the entrenched qualities of their DA public representatives. Public representatives who display compassion, accountability, integrity, resilience, evidence-based decision making and excellence.
The dream of a diverse and united South Africa can only be achieved by the DA.
The DA gets things done. Where we govern we have a proven track record of delivering quality services, ensuring that money and resources are used efficiently and accordingly.
DA governments continue to be the best performing municipalities in the country, continually praised by the Auditor-General.
Good governance will become the status quo. All that's required to awaken us from this cancerous yellow nightmare is to vote for a true blue DA dream.
By voting DA, not only are you improving Mogale City, but you will also improve people's lives.
The DA will create a fair, open society filled with freedom and opportunities.
So let’s turn Mogale City blue and vote DA.
I thank you.