Geen werk vir Blankes in Johannesburg – ANC


“Ons staan aan die begin van die nuwe finansiële jaar in die Johannesburg Metro en die Uitvoerende Burgemeester, Parks Tau (ANC) het dit baie duidelik gemaak dat geen werk vir wittes geskep sal word nie en dat die ANC sy Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging-strategie aggressief sal navolg”, het Franco de Lange, VF+ Hoofsweep in die Johannesburg metro gesê.

Geen werk vir Blankes in Johannesburg - ANC

Die uitlating spruit uit die vrae wat Rdl de Lange al vyf keer in die Raad gevra het oor ‘n periode van drie jaar. In die vorige termyn van 2006 tot 2011 het die stad se EPWP projekte 165 000 korttermyn werksgeleenthede geskep waar jong mense sekere vaardighede kon leer om hulle vir die privaatsektor voor te berei.

Die VF+ het ‘n voorstel ter tafel gelê dat die stad vir elke tien swart aanstelings, een blanke in diens kan neem maar die ANC het geen belangstelling getoon nie.

Raadslid de Lange het beklemtoon dat armoede regoor die kleurgrens strek en dat werkskepping nie net na die een kant toe kan plaasvind nie.

Hy het ook ‘n dringende beroep op die regering gedoen dat dit nou hoog tyd is om van regstellende aksie ontslae te raak want dit veroorsaak rassespanning tussen Suid-Afrikaners.

ANC Sê GEEN WERK VIR WITTES IN JOHANNESBURG

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E-tolling to start on April 30


National Treasury said that tolling on Gauteng roads will begin on 30 April 2012.

Tolling on roads included in the controversial Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project will begin on April 30, the National Treasury said on Wednesday.

In a government announcement issued alongside the Budget, it said government had contributed a once-off 5.75 billion rand to the South African National Roads Agency to bring about a lowering of proposed toll fees.

It said the contribution by government will ensure that tariffs are reduced for vehicles with e-tags to 30c per kilometre for light vehicles, 20c per kilometer for motorcycles, 75c for non-articulated trucks and 1.51 rand for articulated trucks.

As had previously been announced, taxis and other public transport vehicles remain exempt from toll fees.

In addition, the announcement said that a frequent-user cap of 550 rand per month for light vehicles and motorcycles, as well as time-of-day saving of 20% for heavy vehicles, will be introduced.

Significantly, the debt of SANRAL will increase to 59 billion rand. To ensure sustainability, it said the Minister of Transport will table the necessary legislation to provide SANRAL with enforcement powers for tolling.

by I-Net Bridge

Source – E-tolling to start on April 30

South African lakes poisoned with acid from Gold Mines


Acid drainage from thousands of abandoned mines in the South African city of Johannesburg poisoning nearby city water sources.

Source – South African lakes poisoned with acid from Gold Mines

Johannesburg-raadslede skuld tot R1 m


Lede van die Johannesburgse ­metroraad het die stad teen die einde van die 2010-’11-boekjaar byna R1 miljoen geskuld.

Luidens die stadsraad se finansiële verslag vir dié tydperk wat Donderdag ter tafel gelê is, was 64 raadslede (byna ’n kwart van die raad) agterstallig met hul betalings.

Onder hulle is mnre. Chris Vondo, burgemeesterskomiteelid vir ekonomiese ontwikkeling, en Mmusi Maimane, die DA se nasionale woordvoerder en koukusleier in die raad.

Die groep se rekeninge was in die 2010-’11-boekjaar vir meer as 90 dae agterstallig.

Die twee raadslede wat luidens die verslag die meeste geskuld het, is mnre. Daniel Netnow, DA-raadslid vir wyk 7 (Ennerdale en Lenasia-Suid), en David Dewes, DA-raadslid vir wyk 70 (Florida).

Netnow het aan die einde van die boekjaar R307 084 geskuld en Dewes R124 881.

Mnr. Patrick Atkinson, DA-raadslid en -woordvoerder oor munisipale finansies, het gesê die styging in die skuldbedrag is gedeeltelik weens die diensterekeningkrisis in Johannesburg.

“Sommige van die raadslede maak hulle wel skuldig aan laat betaling, maar ander word soos die res van Johannesburg se inwoners deur rekeningprobleme geteister.”

Maimane, wat R3 789 agterstallig was, het gesê hy is kort voor die einde van daardie boekjaar verkies en het probleme met die oordrag van ’n rekening gehad.

Sy water- en kragtoevoer is aan die einde van verlede jaar afgesny ná eindelose probleme om te bewys die bedrag is wel vereffen.

“As ek vandag ’n rekening wou open, sal ek net soveel probleme hê.”

Netnow het gesê hy worstel al maande om sy rekening reg te stel.

“Soos baie inwoners sit ek met ’n reusagtige rekening wat ek sukkel om reg te stel. Dit is ’n probleem met die waterlesings en ek het dit al verskeie kere aangemeld.”

Dewes en Vondo, wat R1 706 geskuld het, was nie gister vir kommentaar beskikbaar nie.

deur Jani Meyer

Bron – Jhb-raadslede skuld tot R1 m

City of Johannesburg budget threat


As the City of Johannesburg releases its 2010-2011 annual report today it has emerged that it has a R2.1-billion budget shortfall.

A report tabled by the city’s finance committee on Tuesday reveals that Africa’s industrial and economic powerhouse has to increase its collections rate by 105% every month to cover the shortfall.

Failure to do so might force city authorities to trim Johannesburg’s R33-billion 2011-2012 budget, which will result in an adverse effect on the delivery of services.

The DA’s finance spokesman in the city, Patrick Atkinson, said: “It is highly unlikely that we will be able to collect anything close to 100%. Now our collection rate is 87% against a target of 94%.”

The committee recommended that “council adopts mitigating measures for revenue to increase the collection rate to an average of 105% month-to-month to close the gap of R2.1-billion. Failure to perform at desired level would imply that budgeted expenditure be reviewed in line with revenue collection levels,” said the report.

According to the city’s projections, if it manages to collect:

  • 105%, it will raise R2-billion;
  • 99% will raise R1-billion;
  • 102% will raise R1.5-billion;
  • R108% will raise R2.5-billion; and
  • 111% will raise R3-billion.

The document revealed that the city’s cash cows, City Power, Pikitup and Joburg Water, are not doing well. City Power will end the current financial year with an over-expenditure of about R323-million, and Pikitup and Joburg Water will underspend by R82-million and R46-million, respectively.

In November, the national Treasury raised the alarm about Johannesburg’s deteriorating financial conditions, and the lack of sufficient liquidity in particular. At the time, the city reportedly had cash cover of up to 12 days, in contravention of the Treasury regulation that metros have three months of cash cover.

The municipality, which is owed more than R5-billion in rates and taxes, owes more than R10-billion in bonds, commercial paper and loans.

“The city’s debtors’ book has been on the increase over the years. This increase reflects under-performance of collection levels on the overall budget revenue,” said the report.

“Year-on-year debtors’ book increases have created a revenue collection backlog which, if not managed, may render the debtors’ book asset obsolete.”

The municipality is expected to announce a second consecutive qualified annual report because of its financial woes.

The city’s communications head, Gabu Tugwana, said the municipality will comment today.

The City of Cape Town has come under fire from the opposition ANC for cutting its capital budget by over R1-billion.
“For the past two-and-a-half years the city failed to spend its capital budget to the satisfaction of its citizens. This is becoming a serious trend in the city that claims to be investing in infrastructure and the best in the world,” said the ANC yesterday.

But Solly Malatsi, spokesman for mayor Patricia de Lille, hit back by reminding the ANC that the city has “consistently been praised for sound financial management”. He said the city had received eight consecutive unqualified audits.

(Additional reporting by Nashira Davids)

Source – Times Live – Joburg budget threat

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