South Africa: Johannesburg Appoints Twice-Failed Limpopo Municipal Manager to Fix 50,000 Potholes

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Republic Monakedi was also in the news last year for being beaten up and robbed of R5m while he was Mopani district municipality manager.

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), one of the city's worst-performing agencies, has appointed a dodgy Limpopo municipal manager as CEO of a vital road network despite his dismal performance in two basket-case municipalities.

There are more than 50,000 potholes in Johannesburg, road surfacing is in decline, stormwater drainage is often blocked and many main roads do not have guardrails. Manhole covers are missing, which poses a danger to pedestrians and drivers.

The city is one of the largest in Africa and good infrastructure drives growth, yet the JRA board has appointed Republic Monakedi, who left the very poor Mopani district buckling under the weight of failure.

In a presentation last week, the mayor of Mopani district, Pule Shayi, revealed the parlous state of the huge municipal government: it is run by consultants, has severe water problems and corruption is rife (payments are made without evidence). This slide shows that billions of rands were classified as unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure in 2016/2017 financial year.

The City of Johannesburg and the JRA did not respond to...

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