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BIG IDEA DEVELOPMENT INSPIRES A LEGACY IN EKURHULENI

Jan 2019

 



ANC Ekurhuleni Caucus recently concluded its 6th Caucus Lekgotla and resolved in focusing on Big Idea Development to ensure that the citizens of Ekurhuleni remain the greater beneficiaries of development. This was endorsed during its 6th Caucus Lekgotla at Birchwood in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.

The Big Idea Development is inspired by the desire toleave a legacy. As a starting point, was first to establish a common understanding on the type of legacy we aspire to achieve.

ANC Lekgotla provided a better imagination of this legacy, which is driven by the Big Idea Development.

“We agree that the advancement of the Big Idea Development, forms part of our unity of purpose. Post this Lekgotla and towards the outer years of our office term, our bond should be characterized by the goal of building of a modern, smart and safe city. We are resolute to shift from small and fragmented development approach, to a thinking that will holistically bring about focused based Growth, Development and Real prosperity” ANC Caucus Lekgotla Cllr Jongizizwe Dlabathi said.

Lekgotla took cognizance of the effects of apartheid set up and the fact that cities were not built overnight. It is however expected of us to articulate a common perspective of how we intend to transform and develop our city.

He said “the concept of Big Idea and Focused Development should be a sign that demonstrate our serious commitment to transform the outlook of our city from what it is, to what we want it to be. We acknowledge that our city is not in a standard befitting for a modern metropolitan. In response this Lekgotla agrees that we must put up and implement a clear and convincing vision on how we intend to build this modern, smart and safe city”.

He further said, “it is in this regard the Big Idea Development (BID) should be institutionalised and we are directed by this Lekgotla to be bold in pursuing it. At the core of BID should be Economic growth, jobs, improved infrastructure, connectivity, clean and sustainable city, urban settlements and a city that is culturally and socially friendly.”

The Big Idea Development includes but limited to the following:

  • High rise integrated urban settlements
  • Integrated Transport System
  • International Convention Centres
  • Trade Center
  • Modern City Libraries
  • Improved Animals Exhibition Centres
  • City's Museum
  • Ports
  • Well-coordinated Mega Events

 

ANC Lekgotla directed all Councillors of the ANC to continuously embrace our Coalition partners. Solving day to day issues of maintenance and repairs mustbe a culture and not necessarily be viewed as quick wins. The Lekgotla further directed ANC Councillorsto upscale its strong political oversight in seeing to it that there is efficient and effective maintenance and repairs.

Our system of maintenance and repairs must not be ad-hoc, but scheduled and predictable.

Private Public Partnership is one of the strategic key points that can assist us in delivering the Big Idea Development into a reality and ensure that socio economic of it is felt throughout the City. This can be used tomaximum in resulting positive economic spin-offs and othereconomic opportunities which could strengthen the City’s revenue base and create more sustainable employment.

Given this, we must move with speed to release strategic land parcels to ignite investment with a foresight of building future revenue base.

In conclusion, he said “ANC Caucus re-iterates the posture that we must place a moratorium in the purchase of land, instead we must focus on the release of strategic land parcels.”

We re-commit to complement the election work of the ANC, for it to realize a decisive victory by actively participate in the election campaigns.

As we are getting closer to the National and Provincial Elections 2019, we as the ANC we are visiting the residence of Ekurhuleni urging them to engage and support the ANC through its manifesto commitments to continue putting the ANC into power by Voting on the 8th of May 2019. This will ensure, that we continue with the good work which has been done thus far.

 

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