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  • Listeriosis: Facts and safety tips

    Listeriosis: Facts and safety tips

    Thu, Jan 18, 2018

    According to the National Department of Health, listeria is a bacterium found in soil, water and vegetation. It can also occur in some animals, including poultry and cattle. Raw milk and foods made from raw milk can also carry the bacteria.

     

    Listeria is unlike many other bacteria because it can grow in cold temperatures, like inside a refrigerator. Listeria is killed by cooking and pasteurisation.

     

    People should seek medical attention if they experience the following symptoms:

     

    • Fever
    • Stiff neck
    • Confusion
    • General weakness
    • Vomiting (sometimes preceded by diarrhoea)

     

    The majority of people infected by listeria recover within seven days. However, those with a compromised immune system, older adults, infants or pregnant women require urgent medical care – treatment involves either a course of antibiotics or fluids through an IV drip.

     

    Pregnant women

     

    Pregnant women are approximately 20 times more likely than other healthy adults to get listeriosis. In pregnant women, it is typically a mild, flu-like illness. In the child, listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or life-long health problems. 

     

    Prevention

     

    To prevent listeriosis, follow the five core "commandments" of food hygiene:

     

    1. Keep clean: Wash your hands before handling food and often during food preparation.
    2. Separate raw and cooked: Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods.
    3. Cook thoroughly: Cook foods thoroughly, especially meat, poultry, eggs and seafood.
    4. Keep food at safe temperatures: Refrigerate and reheat foods correctly.
    5. Use safe water and raw materials: Use safe water or make it safe (by boiling), choose foods processed for safety, such as pasteurised dairy products, and wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, especially if eaten raw.

     

    Persons in higher risk groups should heat hot dogs, cold cuts and deli meats before eating them.

     

    Keep refrigerated foods cold

     

    Unlike most other foodborne pathogens, listeria can survive, and even thrive, in the fridge.

     

    To prevent this, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) recommend dropping fridge temperatures to below 4°C and freezer temperatures below -18°C.

    Chilling food properly is an important way of reducing the risk of listeria infection.

     

    Wrap or cover foods with a sheet of plastic wrap or foil or put foods in plastic bags or clean covered containers before you place them in the refrigerator. Make certain foods do not leak fluids onto other foods.

     

    Place an appliance thermometer, such as a refrigerator thermometer, in the refrigerator, and check the temperature periodically. Adjust the refrigerator temperature control, if necessary, to keep foods as cold as possible without causing them to freeze. Place a second thermometer in the freezer to check the temperature there.

     

    Use pre-cooked and ready-to-eat foods as soon as you can. The longer they are stored in the refrigerator, the more chance listeria has to grow.

  • Msimanga honours class of 2017

    Msimanga honours class of 2017

    Wed, Jan 17, 2018

    ​The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, has honoured the 2017 top matric achievers from the city with an award of R5 000 each. Cllr Msimanga congratulated all learners who did well in matric and encouraged those who failed not to lose hope.

     

    Jacqueline Janse van Rensburg, from Hoërskool Oos-Moot in Tshwane, was the top-performing matriculant in Gauteng. She gained nine distinctions, including the third highest marks in Advanced Programme Mathematics in the country. Jacqueline said that she was overwhelmed by her achievement as she had hoped to do well, but did not expect to be a top performer. Jacqueline will be studying medicine at the University of Pretoria.

     

    In her address, Jacqueline thanked her parents for pushing her to do well in her studies. Cllr Msimanga congratulated her and said that she was an inspiration to many young women in the city and the country at large.

     

    In his closing remarks, Cllr Msimanga urged each and every person in society to be a stakeholder in education. He stated that our actions should support the protection and promotion of teaching and learning at all times.

  • Levelling the batting field for women cricketers

    Levelling the batting field for women cricketers

    Tue, Jan 16, 2018

    The Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga, today donated R50 000 from the Mayoral Donations Fund to the Titans Cricket Union in support of young upcoming stars of women's cricket. 

     

    The Titans Cricket Union is the only union in the country with a women's empowerment programme assisting young stars to move from high school to professional cricket.

     

    The programme started two years ago to assist young, upcoming black female cricket players from previously disadvantaged areas to improve their lives and their future.

     

    The cricket programme assists them with food, transport and accommodation. Players are also assisted to get their driver's licences and additional education at an FET institution.

     

    The Mayor said he was touched when he learned that six young ladies from Hammanskraal and Soshanguve are currently in the programme and added that the donation is in support of their development.

     

     

    Picture: Mayor handing over a dummy cheque to John Wright, President of the Northerns Cricket Union

  • Nominate candidates for ward committee elections

    Nominate candidates for ward committee elections

    Tue, Jan 9, 2018

    Members of the community and interested stakeholders are requested to nominate their preferred stakeholders or individuals for the ward committee elections that will take place between March and April 2018.

    The purpose of these nominations is to encourage communities and community organisations to participate in matters of local government in accordance with the City’s By-law on Ward Committees.

    The nominations will be open from 9 January 2018 and close on 9 February 2018.

     

    To be eligible for nomination, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

     

    • He/she must be a registered voter in the Tshwane municipal area.
    • He/she must be nominated by a ward-based stakeholder group or be nominated as an individual by a registered voter that resides in the ward.
    • He/she must be a resident or employer/employee in the ward or must own a legally registered business or property in the ward.
    • He/she must be older than 18 years and must be a South African citizen with a green barcoded identity document/card.
    • He/she must not have been convicted, after February 1997, of an offence for which he/she was sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine for a period of not less than twelve months.
    • He/she must not be a person of unsound mind who has been declared so by a competent court.
    • He/she must not be under curatorship.

     

    Nomination forms can be downloaded from the City of Tshwane’s public website (www.tshwane.gov.za) and submitted to the email addresses supplied below. It can also be filled in at any of the following regional offices:

    Region

    Contact person

    Nomination email

    Contact number

    Nomination

    address

    Time

    1

    Trusty Lekhuleni

     

     

    Helen Rakgotho

     

    trustyl@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    helenra@tshwane.gov.za

    071 687 9727

    012 358 6509

     

    072 237 3205

    012 358 4797

    Office 19, Akasia Municipal Offices, Dale Avenue, Karen Park

     

    08:00 – 16:00

    2

    Jacob Makgoga

     

     

    Evan Paleologos

    jacobmak@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    evanp@tshwane.gov.za

    072 900 8182

    012 358 1280

     

    082 322 1532

    012 358 1177

    Office 130, Temba Council Chamber,

    4442 Unit 1, cnr Jubilee and Molefe Makinta Road, Temba

    08:00 – 16:00

    3

    Suzan Mabunda

     

     

    Hendrik Reynders

    suzanm@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    hendrikr@tshwane.gov.za

    082 618 5452

    012 358 1098

     

    084 569 3444

    012 358 0922

    Office 33, Sammy Marks Square, cnr Madiba and Sisulu Street, Pretoria

     

    08:00 – 16:00

    4

    Derick Kidson

     

     

    Cobus Van Aswegen

    derickk@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    cobusva@tshwane.gov.za

    082 326 4015

    012 358 0489

     

    083 287 9489

    012 358 6506

    Office 64, Centurion Council Treasury Building, cnr Basden Avenue and Rabie Street, Lyttelton

    08:00 – 16:00

    5

    Noah Masilela

     

     

    Hennie Beukes

    noahm@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    hennieb@tshwane.gov.za

    060 976 5641

    012 358 9812

     

    082 375 2773

    012 358 7257

    Rayton Municipal Offices, cnr Oakley and Montrose Street, Rayton

    08:00 – 16:00

    6

    Lucia Tlou

     

     

    Harry Klopper

    remonat@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    harryk2@tshwane.gov.za

    074 125 6540

    012 358 0196

     

    082 324 2227

    012 358 1279

    Office C30, Mini-Munitoria Mamelodi

    Mamelodi Thusong Centre, Mamelodi

     

    08:00 – 16:00

    7

    Khutso Leshika

     

     

    Marko De Almeida

    khutsol@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    markoda@tshwane.gov.za

    076 306 7494

    012 358 1177

     

    083 443 9493

    012 358 1282

    Muniforum Building 1, cnr Market and General Louis Botha Street, Bronkhorst-spruit

    08:00 – 16:00

     

    For enquiries:

    Steve Masasela
    072 416 9892

  • Merry Christmast and Best wishes for 2018

    Merry Christmast and Best wishes for 2018

    Fri, Dec 22, 2017

    ​May you and your family have a Christmas day blessed with peace, joy and love. We wish you and your familya marvellous 2018. May your year be filled with all things wonderful and many exciting prospects. 

  • City of Tshwane office hours during the festive season

    City of Tshwane office hours during the festive season

    Wed, Dec 20, 2017

    Our offices will close at 12:00 on Friday, 22 December 2017, and reopen at 07:30 on Wednesday, 27 December 2017.

    Essential services and Emergency Services will continue to be on standby to assist residents.

     

    City of Tshwane Call Centre: 012 358 9999

    Toll-free number: 080 111 1556

     

    24-hour emergencies (fire, ambulance): 012 310 6300/6400

     

    Tshwane Metro Police: 012 358 7095/6

     

    E-Tshwane: 0861 444 779            or support@e-tshwane.co.za or www.e-tshwane.co.za 

     

    Tshwane Bus Services  

    Enquiries: 012 358 0839/0840/0221/0223/0224

    Complaints: 012 358 0214 

     

    Electricity 

    • Report power failures by calling 012 358 9999 and following the correct voice prompt.
    • SMS the word "power", followed by your account number, to 082 612 0333 or 44676.
    • You can also report electricity interruptions online at www.tshwane.gov.za by following the Report Power Failure link.

     

    Faulty traffic signals 

    Email: trafficsignalfaults@tshwane.gov.za  

    Tel: 012 358 2111 (after hours) 

     

    Faulty street lights 

    Call 012 358 9999 and follow the correct voice prompt or send an email to streetlights@tshwane.gov.za.

     

    When reporting faulty street lights, please provide the following information:

     

    • Physical street address
    • Adjacent streets
    • Pole number if available; alternatively the house number
    • Contact telephone number
    • Details of the problem

     

    Potholes  

    Report all street-related problems to pothole@tshwane.gov.za.

     

    Water  

    • Report water leaks: waterleaks@tshwane.gov.za
    • Report water quality: drinkingwater@tshwane.gov.za
    • Report water interruptions: 012 358 9999 (follow the correct voice prompt)

     

    Waste management 

    For enquiries on waste removal services, call 012 358 0241/0347/0586/0515.

  • Wonderboom National Airport

    Wonderboom National Airport

    Tue, Dec 19, 2017

    Wonderboom National Airport

    Constantly improving its convenience …

    I choose to fly from
    Wonderboom National Airport
    to Cape Town. Do you?

     

     

  • More than 3 000 EWPW beneficiaries selected in first lottery draw

    More than 3 000 EWPW beneficiaries selected in first lottery draw

    Tue, Dec 19, 2017

    The new year is going to start on a high note for more than 3 000 residents of Tshwane, thanks to the City's revised Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).

     

    From the first week of January, 3 232 residents will be employed in the Environmental Section to help with horticulture-related duties. They were randomly selected through a lottery system after a citywide recruitment drive that saw 120 683 registering on the central database.

     

    The City introduced the new digital lottery system to ensure that EPWP job opportunities are distributed in a fair and equitable manner.

     

    The City plans to employ more than 23 000 residents on the EPWP by the end of the financial year.

     

    The programme is a national initiative aimed at reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty through the creation of short-term labour-intensive work opportunities.

     

  • Replacing old asbestos water pipes

    Replacing old asbestos water pipes

    Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    The water woes for consumers in the Babelegi Industrial Area, Eersterust, Moreletapark, Elardus Park, Rietvalleipark and Waterkloof Agricultural Holdings will soon be over with the replacement of old asbestos cement pipes.

     

    Cllr Darryl Moss, MMC for Utility Services, handed over three water network replacement projects to the appointed contractors. At the occasion, he said contractors would be monitored to ensure work was delivered on time and within the allocated budget.

     

    The replacement project in the Babelegi Industrial Area is valued at more than R46 million and is expected to be completed around June 2019. The water network in this area is worn out and the replacement of the old pipes is essential to secure economic development.

     

    Eersterust residents are experiencing frequent water interruptions due to the deteriorated state of the asbestos pipes in the area. The R14 million replacement project will ensure better water supply to residents by August 2018.

     

    Another project that will bring stability to existing water reticulation network challenges is the replacement of the 450 mm pipe in Moreletapark at a cost of R13 million.

     

    Numerous leaks over the years have contributed to regular water supply interruptions affecting Moreletapark, parts of Elardus Park, Rietvalleipark and Waterkloof Agricultural Holdings. 

     

    Cllr Moss says it is crucial to replace the old asbestos pipes to manage water loss and ensure residents have uninterrupted supply.  

  • Malaria: End it for good

    Malaria: End it for good

    Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    "The number of people who contracted malaria and those who died in 2017 is higher than in the past. This is partly due to climate changes including rain and high temperatures.

    Therefore, we urge all travellers to malaria-endemic areas in South Africa, especially Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as our neighbouring countries, to take prophylaxis, use mosquito repellent and be aware of malaria symptoms. These include fever, muscle pain, chills, sweats, nausea, vomiting and headaches. Contact your health facility when experiencing any of the symptoms and explain to them that you have undertaken a trip to those areas," says the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.  

    Malaria is preventable, treatable and curable.

    Malaria prevention:

    1. Awareness – know risk areas and symptoms
    2. Bites – avoid mosquito bites
    3. Compliance – with prophylaxis
    4. Detection – early detection and treatment

     

    Everyone is at risk of malaria.

     

    For more information contact:

    Ms Mpho Moshime 082 452 5707

    Ms Rina van der Gryp 083 232 5443

  • Early Christmas for city orphans

    Early Christmas for city orphans

    Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    Yesterday, the City of Tshwane hosted 800 orphans from all seven regions of Tshwane to Christmas Carols by Candlelight at Freedom Park.

    When handing out gifts to the kids to ensure that they, too, have a memorable Christmas, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, said Christmas is a time for giving and spending time with family and those close to our hearts. Unfortunately, most orphan kids do not have families and loved ones to spend Christmas with and do not have anything to look forward to. So the City saw an opportunity to put a smile on their faces this Christmas.

    Msimanga urged all the residents of Tshwane to share something with those who do not have anything.

    The orphaned children were entertained by a children's orchestra made up of learners from different schools around Tshwane.

  • City fights unemployment through EPWP

    City fights unemployment through EPWP

    Thu, Dec 7, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane is ready to tackle poverty and bring real change to the lives of its residents though the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). From January 2018, the City plans to employ 23 000 people in the EPWP programme. More than 120 000 residents have been registered on the new EPWP database, which will ensure fair and equitable recruitment for EPWP work opportunities.

     

    The City of Tshwane is pleased with the numbers that were obtained during the week-long registration period. This EPWP recruitment policy framework will ensure that the City employs workers on a temporary or contract basis with the goal of transferring skills and providing much-needed income at the same time.

     

    The EPWP beneficiaries will be selected through an open and audited lottery-like system.

     

    This random selection will be open to public observation, and such a selection process will also be published in advance in the wards and regions from which the EPWP beneficiaries will be recruited.

  • World Aids Day

    World Aids Day

    Fri, Dec 1, 2017

    ​​

    The City of Tshwane supports World AIDS Day. Under the theme "She conquers," The City has embarked on activities aimed at reducing teenage pregnancy, discouraging the practice of having multiple partners, and promoting behavioural change.

     

    World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. The City of Tshwane also supports the global theme: Let our action count; it is my right to know my HIV status; prevention is my responsibility. The City of Tshwane encourages us to make our actions count and take personal and collective responsibility to prevent new HIV infections.

     

    In 2016 alone, about 270 000 people became newly infected with HIV. What are you doing to help prevent new HIV infections?

     

    Wear a red ribbon today and show solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS. In this way, you can promote awareness of the battle to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Discourage substance abuse among your peers and friends as this contributes to the problem in that, after use, they lower your inhibitions and increase the chances of you engaging in reckless behavior that might put you at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

     

  • EWPW recruitment registration kick-off

    EWPW recruitment registration kick-off

    Fri, Nov 24, 2017

    The City of Tshwane is inviting all unemployed residents of Tshwane between the ages of 18 and 60 to register on its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) central job seekers database from Monday, 27 November to Friday 1 December 2017. 

    EPWP is a nationwide programme developed with the aim of providing income and poverty relief through temporary work to unemployed South Africans.

    The City has revised its EPWP recruitment policy guideline to ensure that these opportunities are distributed in a fair and transparent manner.

    To register, applicants must be: 

    • between the ages of 18 and 60 and be unemployed at the time of registration;
    • South African citizens and residents of Tshwane; and
    • able to provide a valid South African identity document and proof of residency when registering.

    Registration venues are as follows:

    Region 1

    Club Rendezvous

    Pretoria North

    Block X Community Hall

    Soshanguve

    Mabopane Indoor Centre

    Winterveld Indoor Community Centre

    Ga-Rankuwa Community Hall

    KT Motubatse Hall

    Soshanguve

    Giant Stadium

    Soshanguve

    Region 2

    Makgoba Sebothoma

    Community Hall

    Suurman Community Hall

    Hammanskraal Community Hall

    Rooiwal Community Hall

    Wallmannsthal public open space

    Stinkwater Buy-Back Centre

    Onderstepoort

    New Eersterus, Lydia's Butchery

    Region 3

     

     

     

     

     

    Sunnyside Swimming Pool

    Lucas Moripe Stadium

    Lucas van den Berg Stadium

    Saulsville Arena

    Ledwaba Community Centre

    Sammy Marks Square

    Melusi Sports Ground

    Lotus Gardens, open space opposite Lotus Clinic

    Siyahlala Sports Ground

    Region 4

    Olievenhoutbosch Community Centre

    Mooiplaats Sports Fields

    Laudium Civic Centre

    Itireleng Sports Fields

    Lyttelton Town Hall

    Laezonia (one-day set-up)

    Phomolong ZCC Shelter (one-day set-up)

    Region 5

    Roodeplaat, Plot 171, 298 Moloto Road

    East Lynne, cnr Stegman and Meeu Street

    Leeuwfontein, open sports ground (informal settlement)

    Onverwacht, 123 Thabo Mbeki Street

    De Wagensdrift, municipal house (informal settlement)

    Lethabong, Kungwini Welfare Organisation (informal settlement)

    Kopanong, open sports ground (informal settlement)

    Mahube Valley, open sports ground

    Refilwe, cnr Rumo and Masina Street

    Rayton, cnr Oakley and Montrose Street

     

    Region 6

    Eersterust Civic Centre, cnr Hans Coverdale West and PS Fourie Street

    Eersterust, open space in Nantes, cnr Hans Coverdale East and Sionsberg Street

    Victory open space, cnr Tshukudu and Mathane Street, Mamelodi East

    Mamelodi Mini Munitoria, Mamelodi West

    Nellmapius Skills Development Centre

    Stanza Bopape Community Hall, Rammupudu

    Ikageng Community Hall 27401, 21602 Molokoloko Street

    Rethabile Community Hall (SNS)

    Pretorious Park, cnr Loristo and Bugle Street

    Kanana Sports Ground

     

    Region 7

    Zithobeni Chamber

    Rethabiseng Community Hall

    Masakhane Community  Hall

    Ekangala TLC

    Sokhulumi Multipurpose Centre

    SPCA Building BHS

    Roodepoort Plot 63

    Masobhana Farm

    Nooitgedacht

    Bossemanskraal

     

  • TSHWANE MAYOR ON A FAIR AND TRANSPARENT EPWP RECRUITMENT DRIVE

    TSHWANE MAYOR ON A FAIR AND TRANSPARENT EPWP RECRUITMENT DRIVE

    Tue, Nov 21, 2017

    ​The Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, on Monday launched the recruitment drive for the City's revised Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in Region 6.

    Through this drive, the City will be fulfilling its promise of promoting the creation of labour-intensive work opportunities in order to reduce the triple challenge of unemployment, inequality and poverty in Tshwane.

     

    "This recruitment drive will ensure that job opportunities are available to all Tshwane residents who qualify. What makes this initiative distinct from the previous one is that it will eliminate nepotism, cronyism and politics, and ensure that potential beneficiaries are selected in a fair and transparent way," Msimanga said.

    Msimanga added that the City will use roadshows to explain how the recruitment and employment process is going to unfold.

    One of the proposed amendments to the revised policy is the registration of eligible EPWP beneficiaries on a central database and the selection of beneficiaries from that database through an open and audited lottery-like system.

    This random selection will be open to public observation and the dates and venues for the selection of beneficiaries in the respective wards and regions will be published in advance.

    The selection will finally be subjected to an independent audit to ensure the integrity of the process.

    The EPWP central database is used by the City of Tshwane to store information on interested unemployed Tshwane residents. The City will start to appoint beneficiaries from the central database by way of random selection in the form of a manual or electronic lottery.

     

    WHO SHOULD REGISTER ON THE EPWP DATABASE?

     

    Registration is open to members of households –

     

    •           whose household head has less than a primary school education;

    •           that have no full-time person earning an income;

    •           that source their income from subsistence agriculture; and

    •           that rely on social grants, including disability grants.

     

    WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTERING ON THE DATABASE?

     

    The applicant must –

    •           be unemployed at the time of registration;

    •           be a South African citizen and a resident of Tshwane;

    •           be of a legally employable age;

    •           produce a certified copy of his or her ID or, in the absence of an ID, a birth certificate, driver's licence, affidavit or proof of application for an ID;

    •           produce proof of residence; and

    •           meet the physical requirements and specifications for the job opportunity.

     

    The registration will commence on 27 November and will continue until 1 December 2017 in all seven regions of Tshwane.

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