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It’s not all doom and gloom

VICTORY PARK – This time last year, the campaigning for the 2014 General Election was well under way. And this time next year we will be in the midst of what will be one of Johannesburg’s most important Local Elections. If the city continues in its current trajectory under the ANC led administration, our Mayor …

VICTORY PARK – This time last year, the campaigning for the 2014 General Election was well under way.

And this time next year we will be in the midst of what will be one of Johannesburg’s most important Local Elections.

If the city continues in its current trajectory under the ANC led administration, our Mayor and his Mayoral Committee will continue swanning around at conferences and overseas trips while we live in fear of an incorrect bill, power issues every time the wind blows and the same potholes reappearing after every summer shower.

Having said that, it is not all gloom and doom.

Hard work by myself, city officials, the residents’ associations, management districts, residents and businesses have resulted in some notable achievements in the ward:

  • The R6.8 million phase 1 Zoo Lake upgrade.
  • Removal of paid parking from Parkhurst.
  • R250 000 4th Avenue, Parkhurst sidewalk rejuvenation.
  • R30 million Vumatel roll out in Parkhurst.
  • R2 million of riverbank protection along the Spruit.
  • New outdoor gym at Zoo Lake.
  • A new voluntary management district in Parkwood.
  • Speed bumps in Saxonwold.
  • Impressive clean up of the Park n Ride area in Parktown North.

And coming soon are:

  • Zoo Parking Deck.
  • New linear parks, library and clinic in Rosebank.
  • New Keys Ave Art District in Lower Rosebank.
  • 25 km of cycle lanes radiating from Rosebank and joining with the Spruit.
  • Revamp of the Parkhurst Bowls and Soccer Club in Victory Park.
  • Mountain bike trail around Delta Park.
  • New parking area at Delta Park.

All of the above is very exciting, but I think my biggest achievement is keeping you all connected and informed about what is going on in our ward and our city.

I want to end, by wishing everyone a wonderful and restful holiday period. The next 18 months or so will be a stressful and bumpy ride.

But here’s hoping that “A Change is Gonna Come” and we can soon start turning this great City around.

Cllr Tim Truluck

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