The City of Tshwane at work over the last year
Tshwane Vision 2055
In September 2013, after a year-long intensive consultation on what residents would like their city to look like by 2055, the City of Tshwane approved Tshwane Vision 2055, a roadmap for developing the capital city. Over the next four decades, all the City’s interventions and programmes, which aim to create a resilient, inclusive and liveable city, will be framed around the following six outcomes stated in Tshwane Vision 2055:
• A resilient and resource-efficient city
• A growing economy that is inclusive, diversified and competitive
• Quality infrastructure development that supports liveable communities
• An equitable city that supports happiness, social cohesion, safety and healthy citizens
• An African capital city that promotes excellence
• South African’s capital city with an active citizenry
The City has successfully implemented the first and second phases of its project to supply free Wi-Fi to residents and students in Tshwane at public spaces and schools, in line with its long-term plan to provide free Wi-Fi to all government educational institutions in Tshwane by 2016.
The second phase of the free Wi-Fi project provided capacity for 1 million users in public spaces around 218 schools, making Tshwane the largest provider of free Wi Fi in South Africa.
First A Re Yeng bus unveiled
The first A Re Yeng bus was unveiled to the public at the Hatfield station. The A Re Yeng buses incorporate low-floor technology and will offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and security cameras.
The integrated rapid public transport network is intended to transform public transport in Tshwane through providing an affordable high-quality public transport system.
Tshepo 10 000
The first 2 500 candidates of the Tshepo 10 000 initiative have graduated. These graduates established 48 cooperatives which benefited from contracts with the City of Tshwane. Following their graduation, the City made available a total of R280 million – 1% of its capital budget – to these cooperatives.
At the Tshwane Open, the City of Tshwane presented golf enthusiasts with high-calibre national and international golfers who competed for world ranking. This challenging 72-hole full-field event, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Sunshine Tour, is one of the six founding professional golf tours that make up the International Federation of PGA Tours.
Tshwane bids farewell to the son of Africa
The City of Tshwane hosted a memorial service at Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium on 12 December 2013 to honour the life of Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Tshwane again receives unqualified audit
For the third time in a row, the City received an unqualified audit opinion with findings. The City’s management will continue to strive to be prudent with its finances and endeavour to keep obtaining unqualified audits.
Smart meter implementation
The City of Tshwane began implementing its smart prepaid electricity meter programme in October 2014. The City is installing smart prepaid meters and replacing old meters through its security of revenue project. This will allow automated meter reading, data management, data processing and analysis.
The smart prepaid electricity meters are installed free of charge to residents of Tshwane and, once installed, will empower citizens to manage their electricity consumption simply and efficiently, at no additional cost.
Tshwane voted the most liveable city in Gauteng
A recent Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) survey named Tshwane as the best city in Gauteng, with the best quality of life.
Biggest music festival comes to Tshwane
The City of Tshwane, in partnership with RockStar4000 and Sony Music Entertainment Africa, launched “TribeOne: Dinokeng”, Africa’s first world-class mega music festival.
The City launched e-Tshwane, a free online service that allows home owners, companies, property management agents and tenants to view, download and make payments for all municipal accounts electronically from anywhere, at any time. Subsequent phases will allow residents to apply for services online and check their application status with the click of a button.
New fleet to boost service delivery
The City of Tshwane bought 22 new cherry pickers from Mercedes-Benz for the budgeted amount of R20 million at a cost of about R872 000 each. They will be used by the Services Infrastructure [Department?].
Tshwane: Striving for a green economy
The City of Tshwane took bold steps when it hosted the Sustainability Week Summit to enhance sustainability and transition to a low-carbon economy in order to contribute to South Africa’s overall aspirations regarding sustainable development.
The City of Tshwane approved its Green Economy Strategic Framework and announced the City’s carbon footprint at a business breakfast on 27 June 2014. It will engage the business community in Tshwane on issues of sustainability, financing and innovative partnerships with the ultimate aim of reducing Tshwane’s carbon footprint, thereby contributing to global efforts to curb climate change and reduce its impact.
Tshwane improves policing
A total of 467 metro police trainees graduated at Pilditch Stadium in January 2014. These graduates dramatically increased the City’s law enforcement capacity as they are deployed in wards on foot and bicycle patrols to tackle crime at community level.
Sod-turning: Kwaggasrand landfill site
The City of Tshwane is building a new, first-of-a-kind multi-purpose waste management and recycling facility on the buffer zone of the Kwaggasrand landfill site near Atteridgeville.
The Kwaggasrand facility will service Region 3 (Atteridgeville, Saulsville, the Pretoria CBD, Waterkloof, Brooklyn, Hatfield, Queenswood, Waverley, Mountain View and Lady Selborne) and Region 4 (Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion and Irene).
City clamps down on corruption
The City of Tshwane dismissed twelve employees for the theft of fuel to the value of more than R800 000,00 which was sold to various taxi drivers at a discounted price. An additional sixteen employees were found guilty of a similar offence.
Re Aga Tshwane Programme
The City of Tshwane fast-tracked the formalisation of informal settlements in Tshwane with the aim of enhancing the quality of lives of everyone in the city.
The objectives of Re Aga Tshwane include –
• issuing title deeds to RDP beneficiaries;
• fast-tracking the formalisation of informal settlements;
• proclaiming supressed townships; and
• relocating families in informal settlements to permanent serviced stands.
It is expected that 10 777 families will benefit from relocation to permanent serviced stands across the city by the end of the year. More title deeds will also be issued in increments to qualifying beneficiaries.
Tshwane to repair 44 800 homes damaged by heavy rain
The City of Tshwane repaired at 44 800 homes that were destroyed by a severe hailstorm and continued rain in the third week of March, helping more than 179 000 affected residents. The repairs included replacing asbestos roofs, solar geysers and broken windows.
Through its indigent programme, the City of Tshwane’s Health and Social Development Department worked vigorously to eradicate inequality, poverty and the massive backlog in service delivery.
The indigent programme is part of the City’s Indigent Policy, which is implemented in line with the government’s call to alleviate poverty. This policy allows households that are poor and unable to pay for municipal services to receive basic services for free.
The City of Tshwane transformed Doornpoort Clinic, which had operated as a satellite clinic since its inception in 1996, into a comprehensive primary health facility.
The new Doornpoort Clinic operates with 18 consulting rooms, which provide sufficient space for staff to implement the full primary health care package. In addition, other comprehensive primary health care services are offered, such as treatment for tuberculosis and antiretroviral treatment.
City signs landmark 20-year loan with DBSA
The Development Bank of Southern Africa and the City of Tshwane signed a R1,6 billion long-term loan facility to support the City’s capital expenditure programme. This facility aims to accelerate the eradication of backlogs in water and sanitation, roads, electricity and infrastructure related to housing, and to support the City’s growth and development initiatives.
Clean city campaign
The City of Tshwane launched a massive clean-up campaign on Mandela Day, 18 July 2014, to change the mind-sets and attitudes of Tshwane residents and businesses about littering and illegal dumping.
2013 World Mayors’ Summit on climate change in Nantes, France
The Executive Mayor of Tshwane joined other mayors of the world at the World Mayors’ Summit held in Nantes, France on 27 to 28 September 2013 in adopting the Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change – Local Government Climate Roadmap 2013–2015.
The Executive Mayor also took the opportunity to sign the Mexico City Pact which committed the City to do its fair share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Cities Network assists Tshwane with urbanisation, climate change and resource sustainability
The City Manager, Mr Jason Ngobeni, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Cities Network (SACN), Mr Sithole Mbanga.
The objectives of the MoU include the following:
• Preparing Tshwane for a green economy in its trajectory to become a low-carbon, climate-resilient and resource-efficient city
• Understanding current patterns of urbanisation in Tshwane and how these will influence the city’s form, shape, function and governance
• Improving citizen mobility and economic transportation
• Conceptualising and programmatically framing Tshwane as a smart city
After signing the MoU, a service level agreement (SLA) consisting of the implementation plan of the MoU was signed to facilitate cooperation in the following areas:
• Carbon footprint assessment
• Vulnerability assessment
• Identification of sustainability indicators
• General support regarding sustainability and climate change in Tshwane
Upgrade of roads and storm water systems in Region 1
The Executive Mayor, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, and the Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters, opened upgraded roads and storm water systems in Mabopane Block B and X and Soshanguve Block WW in Region 1 on 22 October 2013.
In Mabopane Block B, the City upgrades cost R19 252 566,91. The project started in 2012 and was completed on 30 September 2013. It involved constructing 3,3 km of roads and 3 893 m of storm water infrastructure, which consists of pipes ranging from 450 mm to 1 200 mm in diameter. Work was provided for 48 local labourers.
City promotes safe and secure communities
On 23 January 2014, the City of Tshwane sent off 2 200 new metro police recruits from Pilditch Stadium on an 18-month training course.
City of Tshwane supports informal traders
A total of 78 students received certificates for completing the Tshwane Market’s training course for informal fresh produce traders at the Refilwe Community Hall in Region 5 on 1 November 2013.
Congratulatory luncheon for top learners
Top-performing learners across Tshwane were treated by the City to a congratulatory luncheon on 9 January 2014. The learners were joined by members of the Mayoral Committee who came to support this reward for matric excellence.
City on track in providing basic library services and infrastructure
The City of Tshwane officially opened a multi-purpose facility consisting of an IT centre and community library in Mamelodi East on 7 February 2014.
City takes a bold step towards becoming an e-capital
The City of Tshwane unveiled its self-service kiosks at the Mamelodi Thusong Service Centre.
City empowers youths through economic development
The City of Tshwane’s Economic Development and Planning Department, together with the Department of Trade and Industry, launched the National Tooling Initiative Programme on 25 March 2014.
The programme aims to enhance competitiveness in industrial development by equipping, honing and developing young people to become qualified artisans and engineers and eventually creating job opportunities to restore South Africa’s position as a significant manufacturing country.
City seriously takes on drug problem
As part of the City’s commitment to eradicate this problem, it worked hand in hand with treatment centres to ensure the placement of substance addicts who are willing to receive assistance and recover.
A total of 40 addicts volunteered to follow a programme to start their lives anew and free of drugs.
City spearheads star grading of accommodation and conference establishments
The City of Tshwane and the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) rewarded tourism establishments with tourism grading certificates.
This follows after the City entered into an MoU with the TGCSA to star grade more than 700 tourism establishments over a period of three years.
The rationale for the star grading is to increase the number of graded tourism establishments in Tshwane.
City replaces old waste bins
The City of Tshwane provided new and bigger waste containers for households in order to improve the living conditions of residents. The old 85 ℓ bins were replaced with the more convenient 240 ℓ bins.
Ekasi Satellite FabLab Programme
The Innovation Hub, in partnership with the City of Tshwane, launched the Ekasi Satellite FabLab Project on 27 June 2014. The facility is used for business mentorship and career guidance, and to introduce the youth to the world of technology and technical training in their community so as to encourage them to think creatively and explore career options in these fields.
City’s first mobile monitoring station for air quality launched at Tshwane Fresh Produce Market
As part of the City’s preparations for becoming a resilient and resource-efficient city, the Environmental Management Services Division has adopted innovative ways to monitor the quality and condition of air in the city – by establishing a monitoring network for air quality in Tshwane.
Cheques for early childhood development centres
The City of Tshwane handed over cheques to 70 early childhood development centres (ECDs) across Tshwane that qualified for funding for the 2013/14 financial year following an application and selection process. They were each given a cheque of R100 000 to ensure that children have access to well-resourced early childhood development programmes.
Partnership with OUTsurance
The City of Tshwane launched the OUTsurance Mobile Pointsmen initiative in partnership with OUTsurance and Traffic Freeflow. In terms of this initiative, 27 static pointsmen were replaced by 60 mobile pointsmen in November 2013.