- City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said his administration had inherited a staggering service delivery backlog from the previous ANC administration
- The mayor gave his second State of the City Address on Tuesday
- Mashaba revealed near critical backlog levels in the city’s roads, electrical and water networks
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said his administration had inherited a staggering service delivery backlog from the previous ANC led administration. Mashaba has revealed near critical backlog levels in Johannesburg’s roads, electrical and water networks.
Mashaba made these revelations during his second State of the City Address on Tuesday. He said the current Democratic Alliance (DA) led council was saddled with billions of rands worth of backlogs from the previous administration.
Mashaba said Johannesburg’s road network suffered from 11 000 potholes arising from an R11.8 billion backlog in the department of roads. He added that during 2017 more than 3,900km of roads had fallen into disrepair.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the road network has come under increased strain due to a further R56 billion backlog in the storm-water drainage which has added to the structural decline of roads.
Mashaba said currently 78% of the city’s bridges were classified as being in a poor or very poor condition. He said the city would require R6.5 billion to repair these bridges.
The electrical network in Johannesburg is also in dire need of upgrades, Mashaba revealed that 27% of bulk transformers were now operating beyond their original planned lifespan. These transformers are all aged between 48 and 91 years.
Mashaba said: "Our electrical infrastructure backlog sits at a staggering R17 billion," Mashaba said. "This is experienced by our residents suffering 170 000 low voltage outages in this financial year alone."
The mayor said data from 2016/17 showed Johannesburg suffered from 45 000 leaks per year and was in dire need of repairs.
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