Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has said the city’s first non-ANC administration will be pro-poor, but the proof is in the numbers. Finance MMC Rabelani Dagada on Tuesday presented the city’s coalition-government budget, allocating R55.9-billion in spending over the next year. By GREG NICOLSON.Reflecting Mashaba’s recent State of the City Address, Rabelani Dagada dedicated his budget to “Joburg’s forgotten people”, saying it would be pro-poor, provide a business environment to spur growth, and fight corruption. The budget was delivered exactly nine months after the first sitting of Joburg’s new council, which saw Mashaba elected mayor through a coalition with smaller opposition parties and support of the EFF.
Dagada on Tuesday said the country’s economic climate and the risk of a downgrade for the city could hamper the administration’s goal of achieving 5% economic growth, but through austerity measures and increasing revenue collection, Johannesburg’s finances can be improved, and this will ultimately lead to development for the poor.
Source: Daily Maverick