A year into the job of running SA’s key and Africa’s largest city after the ANC lost control at the last local elections, Johannesburg executive mayor and self-made millionaire Herman Mashaba needs to start showing tangible improvements in the way the city is run.Only, a year later, not much of that has come to pass. Some clinic hours have changed, but not many. Pikitup remains a single entity and the waste company has regressed, with a qualified audit last year. Speaking to the Financial Mail, Mashaba repeats the line he has stuck to for months: "I don’t believe we’ll ever get SA right if we don’t get Johannesburg right. So I’ve taken on that responsibility." Joburg contributes 16% to SA’s GDP and if it’s failing, so is the country. But it’s an unhelpful cliché, when residents, who elected the DA to improve service delivery, have only seen chaos in the billing department (some people get two bills a month), steep rate hikes and an end to the city’s free water allocation. Sensing th...

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