COUNCILLOR Michael Crichton (24-12-2017)

They say time flies when you’re having fun - and I have to tell you that despite the many challenges we have faced during the year, I have loved being the Councillor for Ward 56. With this in mind, I have to say it’s been a really fun year.

2017 has been supremely exciting and challenging for the DA-led administration in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). Under the guidance of our Executive Mayor, Councillor Herman Mashaba, Speaker, Councillor Vasco da Gama, and the superb Mayoral Committee we have accomplished a tremendous amount.

Among other things, we uncovered corruption in the City totalling in excess of R16-billion from over 2 400 cases. This has resulted in the suspension of 100 people and the arrest of 600 City Officials as a direct result of these investigations. But corruption-busting has not been the only thing the DA-led administration has accomplished.

Six clinics and 10 libraries across the City have had their hours of operation extended; the housing target has been increased from 3 750 to 5 000; the JMPD has recruited 1 500 trainee officers to improve policing; and our recently-launched K-9 Narcotics Unit is making serious inroads in the fight against drugs. All of these have positive spin-offs for communities across the City.

For clarity’s sake, I feel it pertinent to point out that the DA does not govern the City in isolation. We are in coalition with the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Congress of the People (COPE), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Freedom Front Plus (VF+) and Al Jama-ah. Together we are committed to ensuring the delivery of quality services to our residents. Though not a coalition partner, I must also acknowledge the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose robust engagement with our government continues to be of great value to us.

We are all working to ensure that the CoJ delivers Service with Pride to all the residents of Ward 56 I would like to acknowledge the tremendous effort of our staff at Region F, we could not manage it without you.

Thank you, too, to the SAPS and JMPD officers, working in conjunction with the CPF and Sector Crime Teams. Your vigilence in keeping us safe is ever acknowledged.

But the greatest thank you for your support of the Democratic Alliance and for me as your Ward Councillor has to go to you – the residents. Thank you for engaging with me. Thank your for all your calls, emails and meetings. Thank you for inviting me into your space and allowing me to be of service to you. I hold my head up high, secure in the knowledge that we have been able to affect and impact the lives of many of the citizens of ward 56 in a positive way!

I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your loved ones a blesséd festive season. May you all be inspired to contribute positively to those around you. May you be blessed with good health and happiness, and may 2018 be a year in which we continue to build a brighter, more inclusive community in ward 56!

Enjoy spending precious time with your family. Cherish them. They are your safe haven. If you are going away, please drive safely. We want to see you here again in 2018.

Over the past year, the City of Johannesburg has fixed 117,483 potholes, resulting in an increase of 26,945 or 22% more pothole repairs compared to the previous period. (18-12-2017)

"I would like to thank our residents for their continued patience and support as we work towards improving the City’s infrastructure and building a better Johannesburg." - Mayor Herman Mashaba