Johannesburg needs new leadership and a fresh vision based on economic inclusion. Only the DA can offer that. As Jozi contributes nearly 17 percent to the country’s GDP, it is clear that the national story cannot be rewritten if Johannesburg is not turned around.
We live in a supremely interconnected and interdependent global economy, but one which is highly competitive for investment. Johannesburg cannot be turned around if we do not restore the confidence of its citizens and future investors.
First, we need to get the basics right. The biggest issue that concerns the people of Johannesburg is jobs.
We will remove the red tape that blocks access to the economy for small black-owned businesses. In the first 100 days the DA will tear up the by-laws that restrict small businesses growth.
We will ensure that the poorest are helped first because we are a pro-poor party. The DA city will assist home ownership through effective asset management, better maintained rental stock, and title deeds without a moment’s delay.
We will clean up the streets and fix the basic infrastructure to put the pride back into Johannesburg.
Education and proper training is the key to a successful future. One of the DA’s first policy innovations will be for the city to establish early learning day care centres in every township, where children will receive a nutritious meal, love, and a basic pre-school education.
The DA will revive downtown Johannesburg as a commercial hub, with mixed housing for all incomes, green public spaces, safe streets, fun playgrounds, urban food gardens, and a lively arts scene.
Crime will be stopped in its tracks. The combined forces of the JMPD, Safe Street officials and private security companies will make this happen. Not only are we better together; we can do more together. The existing CCTV network will be put to proper use, with greater co-ordination with the private sector’s network of cameras to ensure that we all take responsibility for crime prevention.
Corruption will be rooted out in the metro police through a new Integrity and Internal Investigations Unit within the JMPD.
Above all, Herman Mashaba’s administration will be run with business-like efficiency – citizens and investors alike will know that we are open for business.
On Saturday, 12 March, Mmusi Maimane and Herman Mashaba marked the launch of the DA’s electoral campaign for Johannesburg. Listen to Herman Mashaba’s full speech bellow.