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Mixed picture emerges of state of SA’s road bridges following deadly Genoa collapse

By: Nadine James     26th October 2018 In light of the highly publicised Genoa bridge collapse, in Italy, as well as the abrupt closure of Johannesburg’s M2 east highway, questions surrounding the structural integrity of South African bridges have been raised. Bridges that fall within the South African National Road Agency Limited’s... 

Reducing commercial and industrial fire risks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 Sprinkler systems remain the optimal manner in which to supress fires in commercial and industrial properties. While sprinkler system use in buildings dates back to the 19th century, they are in fact still the best manner to ensure the safety of lives and protect infrastructure. In light of the... 

Mashaba calls for more partnerships during South Africa–Italy Summit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th October 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has called for more partnerships and better collaboration between South Africa and Italy, as part of efforts to grow the economy. Speaking at the South Africa–Italy Summit/Indaba, he pointed out that the two countries had good trade relations, but encouraged... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation 

18th October 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2-billion in two redevelopment projects – the Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City – in Johannesburg, as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner city precincts. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

City of Johannesburg, Eskom reach agreement to electrify Zandspruit

By: News24Wire      17th October 2018 Eskom and the City of Johannesburg have reached an agreement to rid the Zandspruit informal settlement of illegal electrical connections. The area has been rocked by protests, which flared up when two children were reportedly electrocuted last week. The protests entered their second day on... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2-billion in two redevelopment projects – the Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City – in Johannesburg, as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner city precincts. This investment is the largest into the Johannesburg central business... 

Only 6% of Joburg bridges are in good condition – JRA

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 The City of Johannesburg says it is facing a major headache, after the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) said that out of the 902 bridges managed by the City, only 6% are in good condition. The remaining 94% need immediate intervention. "The city is facing a R170-billion infrastructure backlog. Do... 

City of Joburg makes 71 inner city properties available for private sector development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th August 2018 Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba has declared Johannesburg’s inner city open for business by putting 71 properties out to tender for private sector development into mixed-income housing, student accommodation and small business rental space. This forms part of City of Joburg’s inner... 

Govt moving to accelerate measures to boost township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     10th August 2018 One of the most frustrating realities of government operations is the red tape that entrepreneurs experience when they seek assistance. The slow wheels of government-led initiatives tend to drive many entrepreneurs to despair before they even embark on the first step of their economic endeavours.... 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

Govt speaking with one voice on township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     1st June 2018 For a long time, successive governments in this country have struggled to characterised the township economy. It is not that they did not acknowledge the existence of the township economy; the reason is that this economy was not recognised as a standalone econopmy towards which funds could be... 

Gauteng govt to release unused land and properties in July

By: Donald Makhafola     1st June 2018 The Gauteng provincial government completed an assets register last year and is expecting to release its property portfolio to the value of R31-billion in July. The portfolio consists of unused land and buildings, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo told construction... 

African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo announce grand return in 2019

31st May 2018 South Africa’s only multidisciplinary built environment show seals outstanding edition in 2018, and announces further growth as part of The Big 5, one of the world’s largest construction events. Hosting over 8 000 professionals from 44 countries, the 6th edition of the African Construction &... 

African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo Announce Grand Return In 2019

31st May 2018 South Africa’s only multidisciplinary built environment show seals outstanding edition in 2018, and announces further growth as part of The Big 5, one of the world’s largest construction events. Hosting over 8,000 professionals from 44 countries, the 6th edition of the African Construction &... 

Hillbrow protesters vow to continue waste collection protests

By: News24Wire      10th May 2018 Hillbrow protesters have vowed to continue their campaign against Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba over the collection of rubbish in the city, despite arrests. On Thursday morning, protesters marched in Wolmaraans Street and burnt barricades of trash, causing serious traffic delays. "We want to... 

Johannesburg to launch jobs seekers database, youth artisan training – mayor

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2018 The city council in Johannesburg, which recently introduced "opportunity centres" to boost small businesses, will soon launch a database of job seekers to give residents access to temporary work opportunities on a fair and rotational basis, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday. In his annual... 

City of Joburg’s draft Inclusionary Housing Policy unworkable – Sapoa 

By: Nadine James     24th April 2018 The City of Johannesburg’s draft Inclusionary Housing Policy, which is currently out for public comment, is not a workable solution and may, in its current form, deter the private sector from developing residential units, says the South African Property Owners’ Association (Sapoa). Sapoa CEO Neil... 

Illegal mining threatens Johannesburg infrastructure – Mashaba

By: African News Agency      19th April 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday he was concerned about apparent inaction by the national government to curb illegal mining which threatened critical bulk infrastructure and posed an imminent disaster in the city of Johannesburg. Mashaba said the activities could also... 

Johannesburg Mayor finds procedures not followed in building of storm damaged houses

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2018 An investigation by City of Johannesburg's Group Risk and Assurance Services (Gras) found discrepancies and irregularities by officials and builders of bonded and RDP homes damaged by a storm in December last year. Mayor Herman Mashaba said as a result, three officials in the city's development... 

Ramaphosa says there will be 'broad discussion' on expropriation without compensation

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa said the land reform debate should not be reduced to a debate about expropriation without compensation. He was answering questions in the National Assembly, where Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane asked him about the full details of the government's plan to... 

Gauteng Premier concerned over proposed rates hikes in Joburg

By: African News Agency      7th March 2018 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday, expressed concern over the proposed property rates increase in the City of Johannesburg following the release of its municipal valuations recently. Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said that 8 000 property owners will from next week receive Section 78... 

Johannesburg City launches operation to enforce city by-laws

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 The City of Johannesburg has announced the launch of "Operation Buya Mthetho" on Monday to "enforce by-laws and to bring back the rule of law". In a statement the City said the operation will be led by the new municipal chief of police, David Tembe, supported by senior officials from the... 

City of Johannesburg, private sector joins hands in innovative recycling project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2018 Adcock Ingram Critical Care, Netcare, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and the City of Johannesburg, this week launched a project that recycles used, nonhazardous intravenous infusion drip bags and tubing made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to produce soles for school shoes. As part of the... 

City of Johannesburg official fired for awarding tenders to own company

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Johannesburg has fired a senior official for allegedly awarding tenders to their own private company, a strategic adviser said on Friday. "The official engaged in private business without prior consent from the City, breached our code of ethics, influenced procurement decisions for... 

City of Johannesburg to run citywide revenue collection blitz

By: African News Agency      8th January 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba will on Monday take part in a citywide revenue collection blitz to collect just under R1-billion in arrears amounts from over 2000 businesses which have failed to pay for city services, the city said. Mashaba would be joined by the Johannesburg Metro Police... 

Road infrastructure theft and vandalism costing Joburg millions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has called for immediate intervention to stop the theft and vandalism of road-related infrastructure, which in the first five months of the current financial year cost the city R12.3-million. This included the theft and damage of man-hole covers, traffic... 

Johannesburg faces R17bn electricity infrastructure challenge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 The undoings of the previous administration has resulted in the City of Johannesburg requiring an investment of around R17-billion over the next ten years to upgrade its ageing electricity infrastructure. City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said his administration was facing serious... 

City of Joburg's anti-corruption unit makes major bust 

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 The City of Johannesburg’s anti-corruption unit made one of its biggest busts since its inception a year ago, with about R80-million worth of City Power equipment seized from sub-contractors. The City's anti-corruption unit, which was established by Mayor Herman Mashaba last year, and headed by... 

Airbnb injects $1m to boost community-led tourism projects in Africa

By: African News Agency      17th October 2017 Peer-to-peer property rental accommodation platform Airbnb on Tuesday announced that it will invest $1-million through 2020 to promote and support community-led tourism projects in Africa. Airbnb said this commitment is part of its vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote... 

Johannesburg ranked most visited city in Africa

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 South Africa’s most-populated city, Johannesburg, has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016 followed by Cape Town, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Tuesday. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index showed that... 

M1 to be opened in stages as rehabilitation is completed

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd October 2017 As the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) wraps up the structural rehabilitation programme of the M1 Oxford and Federation bridges, the agency is considering several other options to improve the severely congested roads infrastructure across the city. The JRA on Tuesday unveiled the completion of... 

City of Johannesburg paves way for inner city housing revitalisation 

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 The Johannesburg city council has approved a plan to tackle the housing problem within the inner city and creating safe, clean, and connected communities with access to economic opportunities, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday. The council had made 12 city-owned properties available for... 

CoJ to implement new town planning and land use scheme

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) on Friday said it was developing a new Land Use Scheme to replace the current version, which had been in use since 1970. Members of the public have until October 13 to submit their comments on the draft scheme when the 60-day public consultation period comes to an end. 

Billing crisis will not sink Johannesburg finances – Mayor Mashaba

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 The City of Johannesburg said on Wednesday said it has stopped disconnections of services aimed at enforcing payments of outstanding accounts because of thousands of billing disputes, but it assured residents that it remained “financially sustainable and resilient”. Some customers are complaining... 

Mashaba launches R674m Sandton transport project

By: News24Wire      6th September 2017 A R674-million Sandton public transport loop, which apparently created 260 000 employment opportunities, was launched by City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba at the Sandton Gautrain station on Tuesday. Mashaba said the loop - which the city will pilot from September 18 and until December -... 

City of Johannesburg aims to make billing woes 'history'

By: News24Wire      14th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg declared its ''Billing Open Day'' on Saturday a resounding success, and promised to get rid of the backlog of over 17 000 billing disputes soon. This was after officials from the City of Johannesburg, notorious for its billing problems, set up shop at Mark's Park in... 

City of Johannesburg embarks on manhole cover replacement project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 The City of Johannesburg will spend more than R1-million on dealing with an estimated 4 000 uncovered manholes across the city by December 15. The city’s manhole cover replacement project was officially launched by Mayor Herman Mashaba on Thursday. 

Mayor Mashaba vows to end residents' billing woes

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2017 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has vowed to take charge of the billing crisis residents have been complaining about for years. "I promised the residents that they would get our very best to relieve them of the misery they have endured at the hands of our billing system. Unfortunately, to date,... 

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