Tight race for City of Johannesburg

Lerato Matlala

Situated in South Africa’s economic hub, the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality is the largest city in the country with a population of 4.4 million people.


Seventy two percent of the population is of working age.

The City had 1.5 million registered voters in the 2016 Local Government Elections and political parties went to great strengths to gain support during electioneering.   The voter turnout of the city is standing at 58%.



One of the main issues that parties have been focusing on to woo voters is unemployment. The City of Johannesburg has an unemployment rate of 25%.  Major parties including the African National Congress (ANC), the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) filled stadiums outlining strategies on how they will resolve the problem.

Some of the programmes that the city has put in place to deal with the issue include Jozi at Work, which aims to assist communities to form cooperatives.

According to City of Johannesburg’s Deputy Director of Media Relations, Nthatisi Modingoane through the programme 1 100 cooperatives have been registered. The city’s Executive Mayor Parks Tau was elected in 2011 and in June the African National Congress announced that he is the 2016 mayoral candidate for the city.

The DA has nominated Herman Mashaba as their mayoral candidate. Currently the two parties are neck on neck, each with over 41% of the counted votes in the city.


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