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The 2014 State of the City Address is expected to highlight the City of Joburg's service delivery record over the past 20 years.

EXECUTIVE Mayor Mpho Parks Tau will soon outline his plans for the Joburg Zoo and City Parks as part of his annual State of the City Address (SOCA) on Monday, 14 April.

The speech, which marks the opening of the City council, will be broadcast live on Lesedi FM, Ukhozi FM and ten community radio stations. Public viewing areas have also been set up across the city's regions, where residents can watch the address as it is broadcast live. Important political, business and civic leaders are expected to attend the event.

With South Africa marking 20 years of democracy and the national and provincial elections imminent, Tau is expected to pay particular attention to progress made in increasing access to services.

Over the past two decades, the City has made strides in providing basic services to communities previously neglected by successive apartheid councils.

Last year, in the SOCA, Tau introduced the Corridors of Freedom concept, which aims to bridge the economic and social gulf that resulted from apartheid planning.
 
During the 2013 SOCA Tau said, "We developed our Joburg 2040 vision for a city that is sustainable, liveable and resilient. This is a vision of a city that talks to its people and creates places that they want. It is sustainable because it delivers infrastructure and ensures everyone has services. It is resilient because we have the capacity to respond to unexpected and unpredictable events.

"Over time we will eliminate the need for private vehicles as the City progressively moves towards an effective public transport system, cycling lanes and pedestrian walkways. This move will change traffic patterns, reduce travel times and cut down on noxious carbon emissions and exhaust fumes."

He added, "This will result in a cleaner, healthier environment and improvements in the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors. Living areas will be located in close proximity to office developments and surrounded by opportunities for shopping, leisure and recreation. Mixed-use development will spring up around transport nodes along the Corridors of Freedom, bringing schools, clinics, police stations and government offices much closer to communities. People will be able to walk or cycle to most destinations and facilities located close to their homes or make use of public transport for medium-distance trips.

"Streets and sidewalks will be designed to facilitate the use of bicycles and safety measures will create an amenable environment for pedestrians. Parking along the street curbs will be limited and traffic-calming measures will make it increasingly difficult for private vehicles to enter the new pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods."