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  • Tshwane hosting Gaborone City Council

    Tshwane hosting Gaborone City Council

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018

    The City of Tshwane proudly hosted a delegation from our neighbouring African capital, Gaborone. Members of the Gaborone City Council visited Tshwane as part of a benchmarking mission.

     

    The visit stems from Gaborone's participation in the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) over the past three years and subsequent engagements with the City to undertake a study visit to share ideas and gain insight into related projects.

     

    The main purpose of this study mission was for the delegation to learn more about waste transfer stations and waste management systems in Tshwane. The Gaborone City Council is in the process of developing a waste transfer station, the first of its kind in Botswana. This mission intended to benchmark on best practices and adopt some ideas as the City of Tshwane is running a waste transfer station to a certain extent.

     

    The annual ACCSF, established and convened by the City of Tshwane, plays a part in recognising the unique role capital cities play within national and international contexts. This platform drives the climate action agenda of cities by advocating the sharing of best practices, stimulating the green economy and promoting sustainable cities in Africa.

     

  • Sinkholes update: Jean Avenue partially open

    Sinkholes update: Jean Avenue partially open

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018

    We are happy to announce that Phase 1 of the sinkhole repairs at the intersection of Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street in Centurion has been successfully completed.

     

    Traffic flow in Gerhard Street will improve after it was partially reopened to the north and south. Vehicles will only be able to turn east from Gerhard Street into Jean Avenue. Vehicles will still be unable to turn west into Jean Avenue from Gerhard Street because that portion of the road will be closed in order to repair the second subsidence – these repairs are currently underway.

     

    The sinkhole has caused massive disruption to businesses and traffic flow in Centurion. This is the largest single cost of repair (R25 million). The site was handed over to the contractor, who has the necessary capacity to undertake the work, in January 2018.

     

    At least R27,5 million had been allocated for the 2017/2018 financial year to repair the five highest-ranked sinkholes. R25 million will be made available in the current financial year for the rehabilitation of other sinkholes.

     

    Due to the high number of sinkholes, a process has been developed that prioritises sinkholes in terms of repair priority. The following factors are considered during the prioritisation process:

     

    • Safety of residents
    • Exposure to risk
    • Extent of damage
    • Stability of the sinkhole
    • Age of the sinkhole
    • Scope of the repair works
    • Availability of funds
    • Capacity to repair

     

    It is important to note that sinkholes can occur naturally over time, but they are aggravated in built-up areas due to leakage and ingress of storm water or wastewater into the subsurface, as well as through lowering of the groundwater table through dewatering.

     

    We urge residents to report any sign of developing sinkholes in their areas to the City in order to ensure that we can respond in a timely manner.

  • Strengthening ties with the Tshwane University of Technology

    Strengthening ties with the Tshwane University of Technology

    Tue, Aug 7, 2018

    ​As the old African proverb says, "It takes a village to raise a child". One could imagine then that it would take a city to raise a tertiary institution. The City of Tshwane is thus taking ownership of the issues that our tertiary institutions are faced with. We need to join forces in order to nurture our institutions to meet our residents' needs.

     

    The Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Professor Lourens Van Staden, the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, and other Tshwane officials  today discussed  a number of issues of mutual interest, including disability and vulnerability, culture, tourism and sport, transport, safety and security, and student accommodation.

     

    An overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in order to strengthen collaboration between the City of Tshwane and TUT for a period of five years. TUT has focused its efforts on the development of research and innovation and this collaboration thus presents opportunities of mutual benefit for both institutions.

     

    Addressing the delegates taking part in the discussion, Dr Mosola said: "Universities play an important role in driving economic growth in their local areas, which is the reason why the City of Tshwane deemed it important to collaborate with TUT."

    Collaboration between the City of Tshwane and TUT is critical for improving creativity and sharing ideas in an effort to enhance service delivery. 

  • #Tswelopele CleanUp is sweeping through Aubrey Matlala Street

    #Tswelopele CleanUp is sweeping through Aubrey Matlala Street

    Thu, Aug 2, 2018

    ​#Tswelopele CleanUp is sweeping through Aubrey Matlala Street

  • Calling for Innovative Supply Solutions

    Calling for Innovative Supply Solutions

    Tue, Jul 31, 2018

    Have you heard about the City of Tshwane's Green Pitch?
     
    Launched at the Sustainability Week 2018, Green Pitch is a high-impact supplier development programme through which key suppliers of the City can collaborate effectively, to ensure sustainable service delivery by implementing a sustainable procurement strategy that enhances the City's overall value chain performance.

    The supplier development programme requires an innovative approach in order to mainstream sustainability in the City's operations, and sustainable service delivery with impactful outcomes for all stakeholders.

    The programme will showcase the creativity and design-thinking of key suppliers and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Tshwane, and so bridge the gap between formal industry and entrepreneurs – the key emerging economy in Africa.
     
    We, the City, are committed to driving the sustainable procurement programme and are pledging support to key suppliers that demonstrate –
    · the business case for sustainability supply and technology;
    · SME integration into the formal value chain by developing local markets for sustainable goods and services; and
    · awareness of the environmental footprint and social impact.

    Entrants have to respond to the City of Tshwane Demand Statement in the context of the MMC for Finance's Sustainable Procurement Brief. Finalists will be announced in August 2018. The top ten finalists have the unique opportunity to take part in a one-month sustainable value-chain performance boot camp, which will include mentoring sessions with top thought leaders of industry, and sharing practical toolkits for step change.

    The City of Tshwane is actively promoting sustainable purchasing, and it gives us the assurance that we will no longer be complicit in activities that for the sake of the bottom line are disrespectful of people and the planet.

     
    For more information, visit: www.africansda.org

  • City of Tshwane commits more resources to the war against cable theft

    City of Tshwane commits more resources to the war against cable theft

    Wed, Jul 25, 2018

    In his State of the Capital Address on 12 April this year, the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, made a commitment to intensify the fight against cable theft in Tshwane.

    True to his word, he unveiled 103 vehicles on 24 July to be used by the Cable Theft Unit of the Tshwane Metro Police Department. The new vehicles will enable swift reaction and mobility in the fight against cable theft. More than R80 million has also been allocated to the unit to equip them with the necessary resources.

    In the last year alone, R120 million has been lost due to cable theft, said Msimanga. He encouraged residents to play their part in getting rid of cable theft completely by reporting any suspicious behaviour or digging to 012 358 7095/6 or 080 874 9263. Residents can also contact the ward councillor and Community Police Forum (CPF) in their area.

  • World Choir Games ends on a high note

    World Choir Games ends on a high note

    Mon, Jul 16, 2018

    Showcasing their wonderful traditional costumes, bright flags and beautiful voices, choirs that participated during the World Choir Games sung and danced their way through the streets of Tshwane in the Parade of Nations on Saturday. The world got to meet Tshwane through the World Choir Games; indeed, nations were brought together through the power of music and song.

     

    The parade started at Tshwane House and proceeded to the open field opposite the Union Buildings. The CBD was colourful and full of life as choirs took turns to sing and wave their flags. Following the parade was the spectacular culmination of the games at the closing ceremony. The next World Choir Games will be in 2020 in Flanders, Belgium.

    These are the top medal winners of the World Choir Games:

    • South Africa – 76
    • China – 25
    • Russia – 17
    • USA – 15
    • Germany – 9

     

    And all who attended the event would probably agree with the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga:

     

    "The ten days of this global event has gone by much too quickly. It has brought much joy and music to the city and we are better for it.

     

    Efforts by all during the World Choir Games will have long-term benefits for our communities and tourism, a crucial economic sector for the City of Tshwane. Such mega events help position Tshwane as a destination of choice.

     

    I thank all those who worked long and hard to make these games the triumph they were. The success of this event demonstrate that the City of Tshwane is a host capable of delivering the best.

     

    Events like these do not organise themselves. Without our generous partners and sponsors, INTERKULTUR, the African Cultural Development Foundation and the Gauteng Tourism Authority, this magnificent event would not have been possible.

     

    I thank everyone who took the time to travel far and wide to join us in our capital city of Tshwane for the 10th World Choir Games this year. Thank you INTERKULTUR for choosing us as the African host city," concluded Cllr Msimanga after addressing the crowd.

  • How to prevent fires in informal settlements

    How to prevent fires in informal settlements

    Fri, Jul 6, 2018

    Winter brings its own distinctive set of safety challenges to people living in informal settlements. During this season, people who live in informal settlements will make use of all kinds of measures to warm themselves. One of the most common measures is open flames. Candles, matches and lighters can be dangerous if special care is not taken. Heating appliances and paraffin appliances can also be dangerous if not used correctly. The City of Tshwane appeals to older persons to tell children about the dangers of fire and not to play with any item that can create open flames.

     

    In order to ensure that there are no surprises during this winter, the City would like to share some valuable information about the prevention of fires with people residing in informal settlements. This is because these people are more vulnerable to fire outbreaks because many shacks are not the recommended minimum safety distance of 3 m apart.

     

    Here are some safety tips for preventing shack fires:

     

    • Never cook near materials that can ignite and start a fire.
    • Make sure that all stoves are on a stable surface to prevent them from falling over.
    • Make sure all candles are placed in a safe, non-combustible candle holder away from burning material.
    • Be aware of the dangers of illegal and faulty electrical connections. Any electrical connection must be installed by an accredited electrician.
    • Discard cigarettes in a safe container and ensure they are completely put out.
    • Keep a bucket with water handy to extinguish small fires when they start, as fire spreads rapidly.
    • Always have a bucket of sand nearby when using a paraffin appliance. Water will not put out a paraffin fire and can make matters worse by spreading the flames. Paraffin fires can only be extinguished using sand or a fire extinguisher.
    • Build dwellings a good distance apart (at least 3 m) to prevent fires from spreading rapidly. The open space must also be kept clean.
    • Keep roads and the access to dwellings clear at all times so that emergency vehicles can move around easily.
    • Do not block roads with possessions when there is a fire.
    • Do not prevent or disrupt emergency personnel when they attend to incidents, as they are there to save lives and prevent the destruction of property.
    • All open fires must be extinguished before you leave the area or go to sleep.
    • Ensure that there is enough ventilation when cooking food on open flames inside your dwelling.
    • Take special care when using gas appliances to cook food. The cylinders must be in a good condition and tested regularly for any leaks that might cause a fire and/or an explosion.
    • Never leave a brazing or coal fire overnight inside the house, as it is a health hazard and could cause breathing difficulties.
    • Never lock your door from the inside using a padlock; instead use a shooter for easy unlocking should a fire occur.

     

    It is advisable to identify a group of people in the community to assist with evacuation, basic firefighting and order once a fire has started.

     

    A request for training of a community emergency response team can be forwarded to Mr Tebogo Maake at tebogoma@tshwane.com, or contact him at 012 358 6806.

     

    All emergency numbers must be communicated to the community so they can report incidents to the correct services once an emergency occurs.

     

    THINK SAFE – ACT SAFE – BE SAFE

     

    EMERGENCY NUMBERS

    012 310 6300 and 012 310 6400

  • City of Tshwane welcomes choral music enthusiasts to the 2018 World Choir Games

    City of Tshwane welcomes choral music enthusiasts to the 2018 World Choir Games

    Fri, Jul 6, 2018

    4 July 2018 was an epic moment for Tshwane and the rest of the world when the City of Tshwane proudly welcomed thousands of participants and guests from across the globe to the World Choir Games 2018. The opening ceremony, held at the Sun Arena in Pretoria, showcased the ideals of the Olympics by parading the flags of 60 countries on stage. The event was aired live on kykNET Nou (DSTV Channel 146) from 19:30.

    The venue was packed and the atmosphere was one of its kind – the drums, the rhythm, the vibe, the voices, the cheers, the dance, the poems, the colourful flags and attires, and the sweetest melodies like birds singing in the skies. Indeed, this grand opening with a true African touch was a harmonious event, an unforgettable experience for all concerned, including the participants, the visitors and even the organisers – one could hear and feel the heartbeat of Africa.
     
    The World Choirs Games is aimed at unifying people and nations through song in a fair competition. This year's event also coincides with the centenary celebration of the South African and international human rights icon, Nelson Mandela.

    The 2018 event is held under the theme "Various voices – one harmony" and brings together non-professional choirs from all over the world, regardless of their country of origin or race. The main objective is to show that the arts can unite nations.

    This magnificent mega event will put Tshwane and the whole Gauteng City Region on the map as the home of world-class leisure and business events. The event will also increase the number of visitors to Gauteng, which in turn will benefit its various economic sectors and promote it as a prime world tourism destination.

    The performance of legendary musicians and songwriters like Sibongile Khumalo and Vusi Mahlasela was amazing, not forgetting the Ladies Black Mambazo who struck the crowd's attention.

    "Welcome home, welcome to the capital Tshwane, welcome to the host city. May you have a marvellous time in our beautiful city and explore what Africa has to offer," said Mayor Msimanga during his speech.

    The City of Tshwane will be hosting six special friendship concerts to make sure all residents get a chance to join in the festivities and atmosphere of the World Choir Games, to enjoy the music and to meet our guests from across the world.

    Friendship concerts are free performances in public venues. Some 52 concerts will see the international and local choirs perform pieces from their various repertoires to share their different cultures through song across our city regions.

    You can catch the City-supported friendship concerts at:

    •        TUT Soshanguve South Campus, Student Centre, on 5 July at 17:00
    •        Atteridgeville Community Centre on 6 July at 17:00
    •        Freedom Park on 7 July at 11:00
    •        Kwalata Game Lodge on 7 July at 11:00
    •        Ga-Rankuwa Community Hall on 11 July at 17:00
    •        Nellmapius Sports Complex on 12 July at 17:00

    Other concerts include:

    ·         Competition concerts: These are where choirs perform in the presence of adjudicators. The competition is divided into two competition categories, namely the "champions competition" and the "open competition". These two competitions allow choirs the opportunity to participate at the appropriate level. Competition concerts will be held at the Aula and the Musaion (University of Pretoria), Desmond Abernethy Hall (Pretoria Boys High School), Opera Theatre (State Theatre), St Alban's Cathedral and ZK Matthews Great Hall (UNISA).
     
    ·         Celebration concerts: These are ticketed events with top-class international choirs in special concert venues. The best choirs from different countries and/or categories are united here and present a wide range of high-profile international choral music. Celebration concerts will be held at the University of Pretoria's Aula and the NG Church Universiteitsoord on 5, 6, 11 and 12 July from 19:30.

    Tickets for the competition concerts and celebration concerts are available at Nutickets.

    There are three types of tickets for audiences – day passes, weekly passes and full-event passes. These tickets are available via www.tshwane2018.org.

    • Competition day passes: The pass holder has access to all competition performances on a particular day. The cost is R200.
    • Competition weekly passes: The pass holder has access to all competition performances for a particular week. These tickets are valid from 5 to 7 July 2018 or from 11 to 13 July 2018. The cost is R500.
    • Competition event passes: The pass holder can attend all competition performances for both weeks of the competition. The cost is R900.

     
    For any ticket-related enquiries please email info@nutickets.co.za.

    For more info visit www.tshwane2018.org.

  • Tswelopele clean-up in Mamelodi this Saturday

    Tswelopele clean-up in Mamelodi this Saturday

    Wed, Jul 4, 2018

    Volunteers will be braving the cold this Saturday to clean up Ward 10 and 97 in Mamelodi as part of the Tswelopele initiative.

     

    Special focus will be on the Alaska informal settlement and the Adendale Spruit.

    Heading the volunteers in Mamelodi for the clean-up is the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, with MMCs, councillors, management and officials of the City of Tshwane, businesses, officials of the Department of Water and Sanitation and community members.

     

    The Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation will pay special attention to cleaning up the Adendale Spruit as part of its annual clean-up of our fresh water ecosystems. Their National Clear Rivers Campaign reminds South Africans that:

     

    • Water does not come from a tap – the water we need for growth and jobs comes from healthy rivers.

     

    • Healthy rivers support a healthy nation.

     

    • Climate change is the new normal – drought was declared a national disaster in South Africa and three provinces (the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape) were adversely affected.

     

    Residents are requested to join the City of Tshwane on Saturday from 07:30 to 10:00 for the clean-up in the Mamelodi area. Volunteers will meet at the Lusaka Sports Ground next to Impedulo Primary School on the corner of Mashishi and Kgaudi Tseke Street.

     

    The clean-up, under the banner of Tswelopele – "moving forward" – is a joint initiative of the City of Tshwane and businesses aimed at cleaning and keeping Tshwane clean.

     

    "We want to encourage individuals to take control of their environment and be part of the solution to ensure that Tshwane is clean. Ultimately a clean city starts with each and every person living and working in Tshwane. If we all change our attitude and stop littering and dumping we will create a better and healthier environment," says Msimanga.

     

    Meanwhile businesses and organisations will continue to clean the inner city on Saturdays. Volunteers are requested to assemble at Tshwane House at 08:00. For more information go to http://www.ccbc.co.za/projects/tswelopele-project.

     

  • Tshwane to come alive with the sound of 16 000 voices during the 2018 World Choir Games

    Tshwane to come alive with the sound of 16 000 voices during the 2018 World Choir Games

    Fri, Jun 29, 2018

    ​We are counting down to 4 July when the world's voices will gather in Tshwane for a mega choir celebration – the 2018 World Choir Games.

     

    The city will be filled with sweet melodies of more than 300 choirs between 4 and 14 July. Be part of the wonderful experience and history in the making and book your tickets.

     

    To be held under the theme "Various voices – one harmony", the World Choir Games brings together non-professional choirs from all over the world, regardless of their country of origin or race. The main objective is to show that unity of nations through the arts is possible.

     

    This choral music extravaganza is held every two years and is the largest choir competition on the international calendar. Tshwane scored an African first for playing host to the World Choir Games – the "Olympics" of the global choral community. It is also befitting that the World Choir Games will happen during the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth, for whom music was a great blessing. He was fond of saying that "music has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music."

     

    The event will boost the profile of Tshwane globally, regionally and locally as a destination of choice, specifically as a city capable of hosting mega events.

     

    The World Choir Games aim to build bridges between nations and communities through music and song. This year, choirs will take part in 500 competition concerts and 50 friendship performances.

     

    There are three types of concerts in store for audiences in Tshwane, namely competition, celebration and friendship concerts.

     

    • Competition concerts are adjudicated. Competition concerts are adjudicated in 27 competition categories.
    • Celebration concerts are for top-class international choirs in special concert venues and one must buy a ticket to attend them.
    • Friendship concerts are free performances in squares, public venues, parks, malls and township community halls.

     

    The City of Tshwane and Sun International will host an Africa Celebrates Concert of all our African and community choirs on 8 July. Your entrance fee? A pair of shoes, a toiletry bag or a blanket, which will be donated to people in need in Tshwane. This concert is one of our legacy events showing the world that as a city we live by the "Re a Tshwana" philosophy.

     

    There are three types of tickets for audiences – day passes, weekly passes and full-event passes. These tickets are available via www.tshwane2018.org.

     

    • Competition day passes: The pass holder has access to all competition performances on a particular day. The cost is R200.
    • Competition weekly passes: The pass holder has access to all competition performances for a particular week. These tickets are valid from 5 to 7 July 2018 or from 11 to 13 July 2018. The cost is R500.
    • Competition event passes: The pass holder can attend all competition performances for both weeks of the competition. The cost is R900.

     

    For any ticket-related enquiries please email info@nutickets.co.za.

     

    Due to capacity limitations, neither the opening nor the closing ceremony is open to the public. They will be broadcast at 19:40 on kykNET Nou and DSTV Channel 146 on 4 and 14 July 2018 respectively.

     

    The City of Tshwane wishes to acknowledge the Gauteng Provincial Government, Gauteng Tourism Association and other role players for their support in ensuring that the games are successful.

     

    ABOUT INTERKULTUR

     

    The Interkultur organisation is made up of non-profit and commercial bodies that support cultural development on an international level. The Interkultur network is made up of some 120 000 choirs and choir associations.

     

    For more info visit www.tshwane2018.org.

  • Councillors to benefit from service agreement with Telkom/BCX

    Councillors to benefit from service agreement with Telkom/BCX

    Thu, Jun 28, 2018

    The City of Tshwane has entered into a master service agreement with Telkom/BCX SA SOC Limited. The agreement was signed at Tshwane House by the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola and the CEO of BCX, Mr Jonas Bogoshi. The agreement comes after the City appointed Telkom/BCX as its provider for communication tools that will be used by councillors. The agreement commences on 27 June 2018, and will remain in place for a period of three years.

     

    The agreement will see all councillors of the City receiving a cell phone with unlimited data. The nature of their jobs is the main reason why the City decided to provide its councillors with cell phone allowances. Councillors deal with issues that affect community members and they sometimes run out of airtime and data when they have to escalate issues or address emergency matters.

     

    The service will ensure that councillors have enough airtime and data to execute their duties effectively and efficiently. Communication as a tool is fundamental in governance, particularly in local government. Councillors work directly with national and provincial departments and they have to call heads of departments regularly to get information that will benefit residents. Through this agreement, councillors will be able to communicate with residents regarding issues of service delivery.

     

    Telkom was chosen over other competitors, based on the package and pricing that was offered.

  • Statement by the City Manager on the outcome of the investigation into the recruitment and appointment of the former Chief of Staff, Ms Marietha Aucamp

    Statement by the City Manager on the outcome of the investigation into the recruitment and appointment of the former Chief of Staff, Ms Marietha Aucamp

    Thu, Jun 28, 2018

    ​As the Accounting Officer and City Manager of Tshwane, I commissioned an urgent investigation on 16 May 2018 regarding the former Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Mayor, Ms Marietha Aucamp, following reports that she might have misrepresented her qualifications at the time of her employment. The final investigation report of the City of Tshwane's independent Chief Audit Executive was presented to me on 25 June 2018. Hence I am making the findings and recommendations public today.

    When I was appointed as the City Manager on 1 March 2017 by the Executive Mayor, my immediate task was to stabilise and professionalise the City's administration and appoint senior executives that are qualified and competent.

    A year later, I have overseen the appointment of all senior managers that report directly to me, and also expedited the appointment of all Heads of Departments. This has resulted in stability, leadership and improved corporate governance in the administration.

    All senior executive appointments were occasioned by a competency assessment conducted by an independent body. All the qualifications were verified with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and academic institutions. In our quest to professionalise the administration of the City, we consciously and deliberately recruited capable and suitably qualified personnel in senior positions. All the positions that are currently under investigation pre-date my arrival in the City.

     

    My office is compelled by the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) to submit and update all qualifications of senior managers reporting to me annually in January, which the City complied with. It was during this time, January 2018, that for the first time as the Accounting Officer I became aware that the former Chief of Staff might not have the required qualifications and I initiated a process to establish the facts. This explains my letter of February 2018 to her in which I gave her seven days to submit certified copies of her qualifications for auditing and verification purposes. Today I am releasing Phase 1 of a comprehensive investigation with regards to the issue of academic qualifications of senior officials in all political offices of the City. Phase 1 relates to the findings and recommendations on the former Chief of Staff only. The findings and recommendations of Phase 2 will be released at a later stage.

    This investigation was conducted by the City's independent Chief Audit Executive in a fair and transparent manner, without any due influence.

     

    BACKGROUND

    On 1 September 2016, Ms Aucamp was appointed on a temporary basis as the Chief of Staff for a period of six months. At the time of the temporary appointment, the process of filling the position full time was underway.

    The position was advertised on 7 July 2016, with a closing date of 21 July 2016. On 14 July 2016, the closing date was changed to 30 August 2016. The requirements for the position were, inter alia:

    •             A relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification;

    •             Twelve years' experience (five years must be at senior management level); and

    •             Good knowledge of performance management.

    Interviews were conducted on 24 October 2016 and Ms Aucamp was selected as the preferred candidate.

    On or around 15 May 2018, various media houses carried reports claiming that Ms Aucamp did not possess the required qualifications for the position of Chief of Staff.

    As the City Manager I promptly instituted a full investigation which centred on the following:

    •             The origin and purpose of the personal information form in question;

    •             The involvement of Ms Aucamp with the form (whether she completed it or not);

    •             The impact of the form on the recruitment process (whether there was any misrepresentation and or/fraud);

    •             Whether any misrepresentation and/or fraud as stated supra was made to the City of Tshwane or an agent of the City of Tshwane;

    •             General non-compliance with the recruitment procedures during the recruitment process of Ms Aucamp; and

    •             Whether the criminal offence of fraud might have been committed or not.

     

    REVIEW OF THE SELECTION PROCESS

    The Group Head: Group Human Capital Department or his/her nominee is responsible for ensuring that each selection process is managed in accordance with the staffing policy and the client department is advised accordingly.

    The selection criteria are based on the key performance areas and inherent requirements of the position.

    A candidate is considered suitably qualified for appointment based on one or a combination of the following:

    •             Formal qualifications

    •             Ability to perform the job

    •             Experience

    •             Application of legislation and policy

    It is important to note that when Ms Aucamp was appointed as the Chief of Staff with effect from 1 November 2016, she was already acting in the post from 1 September 2016.

    The investigation report indicates that 17 applicants applied for the position of Chief of Staff. Of the 17 applicants, only two applicants did not meet the academic requirement, among them Ms Aucamp.

    Examination of the recruitment file obtained revealed that there was no shortlisting and scoring matrix report. The report had apparently been removed from the file. It was during the shortlisting meeting that a decision to consider Ms Aucamp was taken, despite the qualification gap.

     

    FINDINGS

    The following findings have been made:

    •             The Executive Mayor has been exonerated from any impropriety;

    •             The Chief of Staff has been found to have misrepresented her qualifications by stating that she had a B Tech degree on a competency assessment form that she submitted.

    •             The appointment of the Chief of Staff both in an acting capacity and on contract was irregular and was not in line with the job requirements and our HR policies.

    •             There is evidence that the City of Tshwane's Human Resource officials did not follow our procedures and policies, and actively side-stepped our processes to effect the appointment of the former Chief of Staff.

     

    RECOMMENDATIONS

    The following recommendations have been made and will be complied with:

    •             The City Manager should subject the human resource officials involved to a disciplinary process leading to consequence management. I have already instructed the City Governance and Support Officer and our Legal and Secretariat Services Department to begin this process.

    •             The City should institute a range of preventative actions to ensure that its human resource policies and procedures are adhered to and to ensure that instances such as this one do not recur in the future.

    •             The City Manager must refer all legal issues pertaining to possible actions to the Legal and Secretariat Services Department for further processing.

  • Load shedding

    Load shedding

    You can find the load shedding schedule and the group your surburb falls under at the following link:/sites/Departments/Public-works-and-infrastructure/Pages/Load-Shedding.aspx

  • Be fire safe this winter

    Be fire safe this winter

    Thu, Jun 14, 2018

    Winter is really settling in now and with temperatures dropping, residents in Tshwane are warming up their living spaces with various heating appliances.

    However, these appliances can be unsafe and cause fires if not used correctly.

    Tshwane Emergency Services has the following safety tips:

    Many households make use of gas appliances on a daily basis. Liquefied petroleum (LP) gas is energy in a cylinder. It is flexible, fast, clean, portable and powerful. It is safely used in a wide range of applications like cooking, heating, refrigeration and lighting.

    Gas cylinders in everyday use range from 3 kg to 48 kg. The law stipulates that a maximum of 19 kg is allowed to be kept inside a house and a maximum of 9 kg in a flat. Cylinders larger than 19 kg must be stored outside. Any fixed installation may only be undertaken by a properly trained and registered LP gas installer. Visit www.saqccgas.co.za for a list of registered installers.

    Main considerations when using your gas heater this winter

    ·         Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines carefully.
    ·         Always turn your heater off at the cylinder valve before going to bed or leaving the room or your property.
    ·         Ensure all the components of your unit are well maintained, eg the heater, regulator, hose and hose connection.
    ·         When changing the cylinder, first close the valve and then remove the regulator. Always check that the rubber "O-ring" (washer) on the end of the regulator is not worn, brittle or damaged in any way. Replace it if it is.
    ·         Ensure the "O-ring" is still located on the end of the regulator, as it sometimes gets stuck in the cylinder valve.
    ·         Test any gas appliance or heater for possible leaks by spraying a soap-water solution on all connections. A bubble will indicate a leak, which must be repaired immediately.
    ·         Do not use aerosols or flammable, cleaning liquids or sprays close to the heater.
    ·         Avoid sitting or standing too close to your heater – a safe distance would be 1 m.
    ·         Always ensure that the room in use is well ventilated so that there is a continuous supply of fresh air (oxygen); if it becomes stuffy, open the windows and doors to allow fresh air in immediately. Ensure that your heater is positioned away from any flammable materials and is not blocking any escape route.
    ·         Never place clothes or other items on your heater.
    ·         Do not move your unit while it is in use.
    ·         Educate children on the safe use of gas appliances and never leave them without supervision in a room where an appliance is located.
    ·         If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas cylinder immediately and, if possible, take the heater outside.
    ·         Do not re-use the heater until it has been checked by a reputable LP gas dealer.
    ·         Only use LP gas appliances that are permitted to be sold in South Africa. A complete list is available on www.lpgas.co.za. Click on the Safety button and then on Find a Safe Appliance.
    ·         A lockable steel cage is recommended for the storage of gas cylinders. The cage should have signage indicating that gas is flammable and that no open flames may be near the cage.
    ·         For more information on the safe use of LP gas, visit the website of the LP Gas Safety Association (www.lpgas.co.za) or contact the association on 011 886 9702.

    Safety at home
     
    ·         Use appliances that carry the SABS mark of approval.
    ·         Unplug electrical appliances if they are not going to be used for a long time.
    ·         Use electric heaters with great caution and unplug them before you go to sleep or leave the area where they are used.
    ·         Place heaters away from materials such as curtains, bedding, clothing and wooden furniture and ensure adult supervision if children are around.
    ·         Switch electric blankets off at the wall plug once you leave the bed.
    ·         Have electric cables installed by a professional electrician to minimise the risk of fire.
    ·         Never run electric cables under carpets, as this might cause a short and start a fire.
    ·         Turn off all electrical appliances if a power failure occurs in your area. 
    ·         Use paraffin appliances in a well-ventilated area and switch them off after using them.
    ·         Store flammable liquids in a cool, ventilated area to avoid explosions.
    ·         Ensure that the chimney in your house is cleaned regularly and covered with a safety shield.
    ·         Install smoke alarms in the house and have a fire extinguisher at hand for use in an emergency.
    ·         Avoid having unnecessary waste or compost heaps if your home will be left unattended for a long time.
    ·         Extinguish an open fire before you leave it.
    ·         Do escape drills so that everyone is well prepared in an emergency.
    ·         Make sure that emergency numbers are easily accessible.
    ·         Take special care when you use open fires for braaiing or heating, and extinguish all fires once you leave the area.

    Emergency numbers:
    10177
    012 310 6300
    012 310 6400

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