Unemployment, crime, socio-economic problems and service delivery protests are some of the items expected to feature prominently in the State of the City Address (Soca) to be delivered by Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau on Wednesday morning.
Tau was expected to deliver his Soca at the Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg at 11:00, where hundreds of people gathered. He was honourably ushered into the venue at about 11:15 amid fanfare and ululations.
Political leaders, business people and ordinary citizens were among those who put in an appearance at the venue. Notable politicians included ANC member Shaka Sisulu, DA’s mayoral candidate for the City of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba, Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Obed Bapela.
Speaking to The Citizen shortly before the formal proceedings began, Mashaba said he was expecting Tau to delve into the issues of service delivery, job creation and economic development – among others.
“Johannesburg has a potential to grow further,” said Mashaba.
“We need to use Joburg as a drive for economic development.”