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The City of Tshwane at work over the last year
The following achievements can be listed:
  • The new organisational macro structure was put in place to match the growing demands of the expanded Tshwane, and was approved by the Council on 28 July 2011.
  • Critical positions that have been filled are those of the City Manager, Deputy City Managers, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Audit Executive and most of the Strategic Executive Directors.
  • All seven of the Regional Directors have been appointed.
  • The Tshwane Planning Commission was established to assist with the development of the new long-term plan, namely the Tshwane Growth Employment and Development Plan 2055.
  • The city achieved an unqualified audit opinion for the second year running.
  • The capacity of the internal fraud investigation team has been increased. Investigators who initially fell under the Community Safety Department have been consolidated under the Internal Audit Forensic Investigation Unit.
  • The Schubart Park flats were evacuated and are now ready to be either revamped or demolished.
  • The inner city has been regenerated:
    • The City created the Church Street flea market to accommodate the number of hawkers who would like to do business in the CBD.
    • The Metro Police embarked on operations to close down illegal taxi ranks. Taxi associations are being relocated to alternative places so that congestion is reduced drastically.
    • The City embarked on operations to remove some hawkers from certain intersections.
    • The partnership with Radio 702 and OUTsurance as regards traffic wardens is already bearing fruit.
    • The City conducted inspections on food vendors and those whose merchandise did not meet the hygiene standards, and they are being dealt with accordingly. These interventions are not only aimed at hawkers. Partnerships to improve business compliance were entered into with the following franchises: Nandos, Wimpy, KFC, Maxis, Romans, News Cafe, Casbah, McDonald’s, Boost Juice Bar, Chicken Licken, Doregos, Barcelos, Debonairs Pizza, Cappuccinos, Famous Brands and Fish n Chips.
  • As regards the Ward-Based Deployment Strategy for the Metro Police, the City has embarked on three interlinked processes. The first being the renewal of the Metro Police fleet. The second process is the strengthening of the shift supervisory layer in the Metro Police. The last process is the recruitment of 500 students who will undergo a two-year training course to become metro police officers.
  • The City held a successful Inner City Investment Forum from 22 to 23 September 2011. The intention was to share the City’s strategic plans/projects with stakeholders and potential investors so as to solicit partnerships from the private and public sectors.
  • Rekgabisa Tshwane project:
    • More than R53 million has already been made available by the National Department of Public Works to assist with planning the project.
    • The approved Integrated Spatial Development Framework for the inner city can be considered as the first deliverable of the signed memorandum of understanding between the City of Tshwane and the National Department of Public Works.
  • The Marabastad Land Tenure Upgrade issue has been attended to. The relevant report was approved by the Council on 26 January 2012. Identified owners of buildings will now after centuries be the legal owners of the properties on which they have built.
  • The City of Tshwane's relationship with BMW is at an all-time high. The production of the new BMW 3 series commenced last month in Rosslyn. BMW has succeeded in implementing production processes that dramatically reduce non-recyclable waste and the generation of waste, wastewater, emissions, noise and vibration.
  • New investments worth R1 310 billion have been made in the city by Tata Motors (R114 million), Aurecon (R496 million) and Nampak (R700 million).
  • The City has undertaken investment attraction missions to Washington DC, New York and San Francisco in the USA and South Korea. Partnership agreements were signed to advance economic relations, and the City also participated in several investment facilitation programmes that were organised by the Gauteng Economic Development Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry.
  • To date, the City has packaged 25 projects that will be submitted as joint projects with private sector stakeholders.
  • 450 SMMEs graduated from the Tshwane Enterprise Development programme offered by the University of Pretoria.
  • A project was piloted in partnership with Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) for 150 street traders to sell Coca Cola-related products at city trading sites.
  • A three-way partnership was entered into between the Department of Trade and Industry, Google and the City of Tshwane to provide platforms for small businesses to develop their websites free of charge.
  • Regions 5 and 7 have been earmarked for agricultural development, and the City has provided four tractors and equipment to these regions to cultivate maize on 150 hectares of land. Seeds and fertilizers were provided to the farmers through the Comprehensive Agriculture Support Programme.
  • In the second quarter of the 2011/12 financial year the City provided 1 454 agriculture starter packs to indigent households.
  • After the development of the Business Support Centre Regionalisation Strategy, three business support centres were established, namely in Olievenhoutbosch, Sekampaneng and Mabopane. Through these business support centres, 56 cooperatives were supported, 472 cooperatives were supported under Community Public Private Partnership Programme (CPPP), 938 new clients were registered and 1 875 walk-in clients were served.
  • Through enterprise development programmes driven by Local Economic Development, 933 SMMEs and 1 993 cooperative members were supported and developed.
  • Through the partnership with the Institute of Business Advisors, over 120 business entities have gone through the mentorship programme, and over 1 100 mentorship hours were allocated to date.
  • The City officially opened Phase I of the Tshwane Market’s agro-processing facility on 15 November 2011.
  • A total of 12 agro-processing and prepacking businesses have been established at the Tshwane Market, and these businesses created 261 jobs.
  • A target of 38 000 work opportunities has been set for the 2011/12 financial year, while a target of 375 000 has been set for the political term of office ending in 2016. At the end of the second quarter about 7 000 work opportunities had been created.
  • The City participated in and exhibited at the COP17 conference in Durban. The City hosted three business seminars that focused on green building technologies, green automotive technologies and green investment opportunities.
  • As part of the COP17 commitments, the City embarked on a greening initiative on many fronts. This year it planted 18 478 trees and donated 204 trees to schools. To date 14 716 solar water heaters of 125 W have been installed.
  • Mercury vapour lights are being replaced by 70 W high-pressure sodium streetlights in an effort to reduce energy consumption. So far 13 000 have been replaced.
  • The City has laid more than 500 km of fibre-optic cable as part of the Smart City Project, which has resulted in significant savings over the last three years by connecting buildings and infrastructure on municipal networks and making use of municipal infrastructure as opposed to outsourcing voice and data communication.
  • In February the City managed to switch on the Ekandustria and Donkerhoek radio communication high-sites to include Cullinan and Bronkhorstspruit.
  • The City implemented the provision of 240 l rubbish bins in various townships. The Department allocated the exchanged the 125 l bins to other areas that did not have any waste removal services. At the end of December 2011, the department was servicing 220 788 households with a waste-removal service.
  • The City awarded a tender for the lease of waste management vehicles, and a handover ceremony was held on 13 May 2011. The tender makes provision for the lease of 92 state-of-the-art vehicles over a period of three years.
  • When it comes to responding to the needs of residents in distress the City spares no effort. The statistics of the City's performance are as follows:
    • A total of 71 400 emergency calls were attended to.
    • A total of 8 866 general fire safety audits were undertaken.
    • A total of 2 931 hazardous substances inspections were undertaken.
    • A total of 6 786 fire hydrants were maintained.
    • A total of 12 796 instructions/warning notices were issued to offenders.
    • A total of 232 pre-incident plans were compiled for vulnerable buildings.
    • A total of 111 fire investigations were conducted at structural fires.
    • 100% of all fire- and rescue- related calls were attended to.
    • 99% of all calls received were attended to within two minutes.
  • A water pond system of fighting fires was acquired and will be implemented in the Brazzaville area as a pilot project. Volunteers of the community have been trained and this will enable communities to attend to fires in the incipient stages. For areas that don’t have fire stations near, the City has acquired and equipped four BeSafe centres; one each in Olievenhoutbosch, Hammanskraal, Winterveld and Mamelodi.
  • To respond better to the challenges of veld fires in the vast areas of Metsweding, ten grass fire vehicles and five command response vehicles were acquired.
  • 20 Category B reservists were trained in different skills programs, namely basic fire fighting, first aid level 1-3, Hazmat awareness, advanced basic fire fighting and basic prevention skills.
  • The Youth Brigade unit was established in Ward 22, Mabopane, and 22 people were capacitated to form the backbone of this initiative.
  • The City continues to train communities in basic life skills, Buddy Aid, basic fire information, candle safety, paraffin safety, LP gas safety, pre-winter awareness and flood awareness.
  • The formalisation of informal settlements is continuing. So far 4 800 stands were provided with water and sanitation. In Ga-Rankuwa Unit 10, 92% of 1 200 stands have been serviced.
  • In Winterveld 200 top structures, a sewer link line and access roads are being constructed, while expropriation of land is receiving attention. So far more than 190 concrete slabs have been completed.
  • To date 3 568 title deeds have been transferred to owners.
  • The City finalised 997 land development applications from January 2011 to January 2012. 13 122 building plan applications were received, and the estimated construction costs of approved building plans are R13 864 872 899.
  • To date 630 751 (83,79%) households in Tshwane have access to basic electricity. 76% of households without electricity are people living in informal settlements.
  • 2 686 new water connections were made mostly to residences in Regions 1 and 2. Areas that receive water through community taps are targeted for upgrading to yard connections. So far 181 have been upgraded.
  • This year, 556 new sewer connections were completed and 973 toilet structures were erected.
  • 45 km of roads were gravelled to formalise unproclaimed areas in Mamelodi X 18, Hammanskraal West X 1 and Nellmapius X 6,7 and 8.
  • 16 km of roads and storm water systems have been constructed to eradicate backlogs in Mabopane Unit X, Kudube X 7, Soshanguve Block L, Odinburg Gardens, Soshanguve Block XX, Ga-Rankuwa, Matenteng and New Eersterust.
  • 18 km of new road networks were provided in Soshanguve east X 6, Magalieskruin, Wolmer, The Orchards, Theresa Park, Annlin, Equestria, Mahube Valley, Nellmapius and Pretorius Park.
  • The number of households on the indigent register is 97 100 against a target of 85 600. 153 indigent households have exited as against the target of 300, and 187 indigents have been linked to job opportunities.
  • As part of promoting sustainable livelihood, the following significant events were coordinated by the City:
    • World no tobacco day
    • Chemical safety week
    • Initiation schools
  • 98% of Health and Social Development personnel had their Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) completed for their training needs for better service delivery.
  • 98% of professional nurses are trained in the integrated management of childhood illnesses to ensure that the millennium development goal to reduce the under-five child mortality is realised.
  • All clinics provide 100% of prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission treatment to ensure that babies born to HIV-positive mothers are born HIV negative.
  • 95% of clinics in Tshwane are connected to computer network points to improve communication through internet and electronic mails (emails).
  • Private Healthcare Clinics have implemented the National District Health Information System (DHIS), Datacare Patient Electronic Data System and Electronic TB Register system to improve patient record management and easy access to patient records.
  • The Electronic Antiretroviral (ART) Patient System has been piloted at the Atteridgeville Clinic to improve ART patient treatment, files management and data accessibility.
  • With the implementation of the overtime and internship programmes at call centres the backlog has decreased. Interns handled an average of 4 500 emails, which accounted for 65% of the backlog, while agents handled complex queries from customers. The internship programme was initiated with stakeholders such as the Service Seta and Kelly Group. Interns were trained on SAP for a week to address customer’s complaints. They were assessed on a weekly basis to evaluate their competency when assisting customers. The duration of the program was six months, after which 60% of the interns got permanent employment at various companies.
  • With the help of a number of organisations and donors the Academy improved the lives of many people by way of the following initiatives in the 2011/12 financial year:
    • Tree planting ceremonies at the day care centres
    • Women's month celebrations: The Academy visited women in prison to demonstrate that society had not forgotten about them. Parcels were handed out to more than 450 women at the Pretoria Correctional Services institution.
    • Christmas function at the Pretoria Zoo for more than 450 children: Teddy bears were handed out to the children at the New Beginnings homes for abandoned babies in Laudium. Bibles and Christian literature were handed out to people at Pretoria Correctional Services.
  • On 6 July 2011 the Mayoral Committee resolved that labour broker employees who complied with the criteria of the report be appointed in a permanent capacity. Benefits with financial implications would be phased in over a period of two years.
  • The Tsosoloso Programme kicked off on a high note in 2011/12. In Mamelodi, Phase I of the non-motorised transport project to the value of R11 million was implemented in the 2010/11 financial year. Phase II of the project is being implemented in the 2011/12 financial year. The funding was approved for paving of walkways for pedestrians and cyclists, providing street bins, benches and planting trees. This project was implemented from February up to December 2011.
  • Various organisations were supported by the City through linking them with donors. The following NGOs benefited:
    • R100 000 donation from SABMiller to the SALCIAH and Aganang community organisations from Mabopane for environmental improvement projects during Mandela Month
    • Le Rena Rea Shoma Disability organisation from Soshanguve received donations of furniture and school equipment from the city
    • Olerato Aids home-based care organisation from Soshanguve received beds and linen from Legae Medi Clinic co-ordinated by the region
    • Reitumetsi High School in Soshanguve was linked with DESTO Company who donated building material for the school’s office block
    • Fruit trees were sourced and donated to new low-cost houses in Winterveld
    • Vegetable seedlings were sourced and donated to Hope for Life HIV/Aids home-base care organisation in Winterveld
  • This year the Executive Mayor presented awards to 30 students from all over Tshwane at the Mayoral Matric Awards ceremony for their excellent performance. Baraka Enterprise Consulting donated thirty laptops for the students.
  • The Wonderboom Airport received a “Silver Arrow” Award from the Professional Management Review Africa (PMR) in October 2011 for being a municipal owned airport contributing towards local economic development in the city.
 
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