Less than 30 days after Solly Msimanga towered to the exalted position of first DA Tshwane mayor; he showed that he truly has the interest of the masses at heart.
ANC has been in control of Tshwane for 22 years but things took a different course on August 3 when the DA smartly won more seats than the ruling party.
Msimanga disclosed that the DA-led coalition government wanted to embark on cost-cutting measures when he delivered his inaugural speech – therein, he announced his commitment towards ensuring the people are well served and represented.
In his first month in office after officially being installed as the mayor of the City of Tshwane, he reached some milestone achievements in the capital city’s council. He assumed office on 19 August 2016.
Here are top 5 things Mayor Msimanga has taken action on ;
5. Banning blue lights.
Msimanga said the days of government officials crisscrossing the capital city with police escorts flashing blue lights are over.
“Blue lights will be a thing of the past in this city. The only person allowed to have blue lights will be the president of the country and nobody else. Gone are the days where elected public officials think they are VIPs. The VIPs in this city will be the residents,”
”Every other person will wait in traffic and observe traffic lights as normal citizens do”he said.
4. No more luxury cars.
The Mayor noted he would put an immediate stop to all purchasing or leasing of luxury cars for politicians, including himself.
“I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars, while our people struggle for services, houses and jobs”.
“No more luxury cars will be bought or leased under my government. A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan.”he added.
Reports said the ANC bought 10 new BMW 3 series vehicles, which are yet to be delivered, for R5m.
3. Monitored Overseas trips.
Another striking achievement is the re-programming of all international travel for officials. He put a moratorium on all international travel for politicians and officials of the metro, saying those looking to go on trips should submit applications to the mayoral committee for cost-benefit analysis, with each request treated on its merits.
“I have stopped all new international travel requests and we will carefully scrutinize each one individually.”
2. No more extravagant parties.
Mayor Msimanga put a stop to all inaugural parties and catered inaugural events for Tshwane’s new executive, including celebratory dinners and lunches which he said only benefited politicians and not the public.
“This new government in Tshwane has stopped the spending of exorbitant amounts on food and parties for politicians. We must serve the people‚ not party with public funds‚” he said.
1. Pretoria City Hall.
He says he is determined to bring to book those responsible for creating what he calls “Nkandla 2.0”, referring to wasteful expenditure on renovations of the Pretoria City Hall.
“It’s quite shocking that R90m was spent. We have nothing but another version of the Nkandla debacle where money has been spent, but when you look at what has happened, it’s actually a shame,” he said.
Msimanga has since laid corruption charges against three high-ranking officials of the previous regime over the renovations at City Hall.