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Parks Tau calls for better service delivery

Joburg Mayor, Parks Tau, on Thursday said the city needed to be recreated to ensure better service delivery.

FILE: Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau on Tuesday said the city needed to be recreated to ensure better service delivery.

Speaking at the Accenture Innovation Conference, Tau said Johannesburg's current structure didn't adequately connect people, institutions and finance.

The mayor said too many people in the city remained in marginalised circumstances because they couldn't realise the opportunities and services available to them due to poor planning.

Tau said Johannesburg has been designed to be inefficient and to promote segregation and exclusion.

But the mayor said his administration was working to recreate the city through innovation and projects, such as the The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT).

He said examples of the innovations the council was working on included creating paper from Johannesburg's mine dumps and rolling out 1,000 wifi hot spots to give people greater web access closer to their homes.

Tau also told the audience the city's design was a legacy of apartheid engineering.

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