Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba is moving to bring the city’s agencies under the metro’s authority, in an apparent about-turn from promise in the run up to the 2016 local government elections. In a statement issued by his office on Sunday, Mashaba took aim at the boards of entities belonging to the city, pledging to make savings of at least R18m from the salaries of non-executive board members alone. However, the proposed changes were aimed at fostering accountability. Mashaba assured that no jobs would be lost in the proposed restructuring. "We will be extremely sensitive to the issue of employment. There must not be job losses in this process," he said. "It is about bringing the existing workforce and management into the city structures to improve service delivery to our residents." The City of Johannesburg owns 12 entities, including City Power, the Johannesburg Development Agency, the Johannesburg Social Housing Company, Metrobus, the Johannesburg Roads Agency, Johannesburg Wa...

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