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Stop fannying about with political battles, Makhubo, and fix Joburg

People pay a fortune for intermittent water and electricity, broken traffic lights, potholes - the list goes on

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Football has been back on our screens for a while and, as predicted when I started penning this column, we are having bucketloads of laughs at Kaizer Chiefs’ expense. The mighty Pirates of Orlando, Ezimnyama Ngenkani, humiliated them so thoroughly over the past two weekends that the silence of their suffering supporters has been melodic.

But let me give Chiefs a break because living in Joburg is equally punishing for us long-suffering residents. I have been reading horror stories of inflated rates bills, some running into hundreds of thousands. I take a deep breath whenever I receive the monthly statement from this city, knowing it contains another hair-raising figure. I have lost count of the number of times I have been to my local municipality to query the bill. Given what they charge to live here, is it too much to expect decent services such as uninterrupted water and electricity supplies (except when Eskom is load-shedding everyone), roads without potholes, traffic lights that work, regular refuse collection and so on?..

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