‘Parks Tau’s State of the City Address was detached from reality’

The DA says the JHB mayor's address yesterday didn't speak to those living in informal settlements.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau's State of the City Address was detached from reality.

Tau delivered his address yesterday in Turffontein.

He said the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) found that Johannesburg is the most economically powerful city in Africa and this can be attributed to good governance.

While the mayor reflected on some of the city's achievements, DA mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba says his speech was detached from reality.

"Is it impacting that man or woman who has been unemployed for the last 10 years? That man and woman in Alexandra don't have water today."

But Tau said of the majority of the city's 181 informal settlements that house more than 160,000 households have access to basic water and services.

While Mashaba says he's feeling confident about running for the mayor's role, Tau said his administration's accomplishments will speak for themselves.

The Johannesburg mayor said urbanisation and migration remains a major burden for the city, despite a number of successes.

Tau said it's not always easy to meet all demands, given the number of people streaming to Johannesburg.

"Urbanisation and migration continues to place a burden on the city. The reality is that we have high levels of poverty and unemployment in our city that continue to reflect in the way people interact with the city. There are great expectations that the city will be able to meet all challenges."

He said one of his biggest achievements is the youth development programme, which created ideal opportunities for young people.