In the wake of mayor Herman Mashaba's first State of the City address, Dennis Webster and Alana Potter have argued in the Business Day that it is vital to closely monitor how Johannesburg's new and heavily contested coallition government will play out in the lives of the city’s residents, especially the poor.

They suggest that Mashaba's avowed 'pro-poor' approach "is muddled by a bias towards the formal sector and attracting private investment to the city" and that if his administration "pursues enforcement over regulatory reform and effective urban management, and ad hoc cures instead of proactive measures, it runs the risk of forgetting the "forgotten people" to whom he dedicated his inaugural address."

  • Read the full op-ed here.