Batlile Phaladi
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3 May 2016
5:00 am

Hire unemployed to keep city clean

Batlile Phaladi

Johannesburg needs to be clean and free of crime to attract local and international tourists.

FILE PICTURE: Herman Mashaba. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Mary-Ann Palmer)

This is the view of DA Johannesburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba.

Speaking during a bus tour of some of the city’s attractions, he said he was determined to make local tourism grow to create employment opportunities. The bus tour was among some of Mashaba’s various campaignspots over the past months. He had also been visiting communities around the city.

During campaigning, Mashaba had told residents they would receive world-class municipal services if he were voted the next mayor of South Africa’s richest city in August’s municipal elections. The bus travelled around the inner city, stopping at places such as the Carlton Centre, Gandhi Square, the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City.

Mashaba said crime and theuntidiness of the city would be his main focus. He said travel agents were advising their clients about the risks of visiting the city. “And I don’t blame them, no one wants to visit a place where their safety is threatened,” said Mashaba.

Mashaba said “the filthiness of the city” could be addressed using unemployed people. “If we make it our priority to hire them to clean the city, this would grow the economy,” said the DA candidate.