The coalition government’s – of which the FF Plus is a partner – hard work to restore financial stability to the Ekurhuleni Metro Council has paid off.
The GCR rating agency just upgraded the Metro from junk status to stable.
This past week, the Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Lebogang Maile, named Ekurhuleni the best performing metro and municipality in Gauteng.
The new status could not have been achieved without the coalition government's sheer determination to successfully manage the Metro's finances.
Ekurhuleni is the only metro council in Gauteng whose monthly Eskom bill is fully paid.
Success was achieved through strict credit control, which was predominantly imposed on large businesses and government institutions.
The Metro's other accomplishments include no unauthorised expenditure for the 2020/2021 financial year, a common occurrence in other municipalities.
The coalition government works hard to improve infrastructure in a metro where there have been almost no upgrades to infrastructure for the past 21 years.
The Ekurhuleni Metro Council has cut back all wasteful expenditure and even the recent State of the City Address, which is usually a lavish event, was a simple affair.
All vanity projects, such as erecting figurines and installing benches in the Metro, have been stopped.
The coalition government has accomplished a lot in just four months, but cannot solve all the problems overnight.
As a partner of this coalition government, the FF Plus is committed to promoting and ensuring quality service delivery and effective governance.