Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba speaks to Leigh Roberts about his first 60 days in office and his plan to transform the city into a job-creating hub

BUSINESS DAY TV: We continue our chat with Herman Mashaba, the mayor of Johannesburg. I want to focus on particular service areas, and we have to start off with water. Johannesburg is at level two drought restrictions. Do you have a plan B for when the dams dry up? HERMAN MASHABA: As you’re aware, two days ago we started getting some rains, as much as... BDTV: ... But is that going to be enough Herman? HM: At the moment it’s not going to be enough, but we’re expecting more rains in the next few days which is something completely out of my or your control. Unfortunately it’s a natural phenomenon, and that is why we’re appealing to the people of Johannesburg, please let’s do everything possible to use water as sparingly as possible, and we’ve given notices in terms of how we can start saving water. Unfortunately, water provision in our city comes from Rand Water, so it’s not the competency of this city. We’re reliant on national government to provide us with water. But these restricti...

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