City of Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga held his 100 days in office address to outline progress that’s been made in the capital city since he took over, and what lies ahead for his administration.

Msimanga spoke on the mammoth task involved in taking over from the ANC-led Kgosientso Ramokgopa administration, which included uncovering and tackling issues of gross corruption involving tenders, the purchase of luxury vehicles for city officials and expensive parties and dinners.

While the speech’s focus was mostly on financial measures to transform the city, Msimanga also noted a number of measures outlined to help bring much-needed electricity to poor communities.

“In ward 55 we have undertaken to electrify 270 informal households to the tune of R2.2 million by the end of the year 2016,” Msimanga said. “We are also underway with replacement of 5 103 conventional electricity meters which will cost the city R9 million.”

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Msimanga also spoke briefly about plans for the city’s Free TshwiFi (WiFi) project.

“We are looking at different funding models for WiFi to ensure that the city does not foot the bill for this service entirely,” he said.

Since its inception in 2013, the Tshwane has been paying for the project to the tune of hundreds of millions of rands.

Shortly after taking over, Msimanga’s team said the city would conduct investigations into all tenders, including the TshwiFi project, to determine whether or not they were procured at the most affordable value for service.

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