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  • Be safe when it rains

    Be safe when it rains

    Fri, Oct 19, 2018

    As we enjoy summer with wonderful sunny days we are also likely to experience a few thunderstorms with hail and lightning. 

    Thunderstorms are usually accompanied by one or more of the following: thunder, lightning, strong winds, hail and rain. They usually last about 30 minutes, but may last longer in severe cases. Early thunderstorm warnings are issued by the South African Weather Service via radio, television, websites and newspapers. The building up of heavy and dark clouds is usually a sign that a storm is about to break out.

    The City of Tshwane's Emergency Services Department has the following safety tips for the rainy season:

    Preparing for the rainy season
    ●         Repair all roof leaks.
    ●          Trim back tree branches from your house.
    ●          Check and clean roof gutters.
    ●          Do not dump rubbish in the water drainage system.
    ●          When building a house or dwelling, make sure it is clear of the natural watercourses in the surrounding area.
    ●          Install a lightning conductor when you live in a thatched building.
    ●         Have emergency numbers at hand.

    Precautions to be taken upon receiving weather warnings
    ●          Secure all loose objects outside the house or dwelling.
    ●         Cover cars or park them in garages.
    ●         Bring livestock and pets to shelter.
    ●         Disconnect all electrical appliances.
    ●         Stop all swimming.
    ●         Listen to the radio for the latest weather updates and information.
    ●         Have an emergency kit with torches, batteries, candles and matches ready.
    ●         Remember that if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of the storm.

    Precautions when you are outdoors during a storm
    ●          Go inside a building if you can.
    ●          Do not operate metal machinery or objects like bicycles and lawnmowers.
    ●          Avoid hilltops and high areas.
    ●          Avoid open spaces like sports fields.
    ●          Keep away from isolated tall trees.
    ●          Holding an umbrella or fishing rod is particularly dangerous if you are in an open space.
    ●          Do not drive during a severe storm – get a safe place to park, but not close to electrical power lines, trees, streams and rivers.
    ●          Do not swim.
    ●          Stay clear of metal structures like fences.

    Precautions when you are indoors during a storm
    ●          Do not use electrical appliances.
    ●          Avoid using the telephone.
    ●         Do not shower or bath.
    ●          Do not touch metal objects like window and door burglar proofing when looking outside.
    ●          Do not stand in front of windows.
    ●         When living in a metal structure, avoid touching the walls and floors.

    Precautions after a thunderstorm
    ●          Wait for 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard before attempting to go outside.
    ●         Look out for fallen trees, branches and power lines, as well as flooded watercourses.
    ●          Beware of slippery roads, especially after the first heavy rains after winter.

    Actions to be taken when someone is struck by lightning
    ●          One can handle victims without fear of also being shocked.
    ●         Ensure that victims receive medical attention immediately.
    ●          Listen and feel for breathing.
    ●          If no breathing can be detected, do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
    ●          Feel, listen and watch for heartbeat. If absent, perform CPR.
    ●          Call for medical help.

    Rules about rivers, dams and canals
    ●          Flooded rivers and streams are unpredictable – even though the water surface is smooth, the water may be flowing very fast.
    ●          If you come to a flowing river where water reaches above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
    ●          Never try to walk, swim or drive in swiftly flowing water; even if the water is 10 cm deep, it can sweep you off your feet.
    ●          Never boat or paddle near a rapid or eddy and do not go beyond buoys, signs, ropes or lights that prohibit entry in certain areas of a body of water.
    ●         Stay away from canals – undercurrents are not visible from the surface.
    ●          Remember that rivers can have strong currents and hidden dangers beneath the surface. Some rivers have waterfalls that are hundreds of feet high.
    ●          Watch out for rapids in white water.
    ●          Watch out for fallen trees and branches in a river.

    Report any emergency immediately to the Emergency Services Department.

    Emergency numbers
    012 310 6300
    012 310 6400


  • Celebrating our senior citizens

    Celebrating our senior citizens

    Tue, Oct 16, 2018

    "Old age is not defeat, but victory; not a punishment, but a privilege," said Cllr Ntsiki Mokhotho, MMC for Community and Social Development Services.

    When people become more than 100 years old, they should be honoured. The fact that we live in a society that does not generally support people as they age and that does not address issues and opportunities for older persons should motivate us to celebrate our elderly.

    Elders have always played an important role in society because they provide guidance on spiritual and community matters. The City of Tshwane celebrated the elderly on 10 October 2018 at Moreleta Park. To better understand how the role of the elderly in our society can change for the better, it is important to understand where we come from and where we want to be. The event explored some of the roles that the elderly have played throughout history in order to gain a better sense of the road towards an age-inclusive society.

    Older black South Africans in particular often support and raise their grandchildren at a time in their lives when they should be enjoying their old age. "Having contributed to raising of grandchildren is certainly a privilege, and I know that many of us are proud of our grandchildren and our children," said Cllr Mokhotho. She added that this often comes at the expense of other opportunities that older persons should be enjoying, simply because the government and society do not provide adequate support.

    The conception that the elderly cannot fend for themselves is false, as all around us we see the contribution of the elderly to communities: those raising their grandchildren, pensioners who continue to volunteer in a number of ways, and those who remain activists that champion the interest of the vulnerable and neglected.

    Today, our elderly are able to participate in society more actively and also contribute intellectually at an advanced age. There is still work to be done. Hopefully, we can continue to progress towards becoming a society with a greater appreciation and respect for our elderly.

  • Are you ready for the Green Ride this Sunday?

    Are you ready for the Green Ride this Sunday?

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018

    Join us for this fantastic family-friendly cycling event. The Green Ride is the hallmark of the City's Sustainable Mobility Programme and casts light on the importance of cycling as a viable mode of transport. The objective of the ride is to demonstrate that cycling can be done in any environment (and not for elite sporting purposes only) and to highlight the importance of appropriate infrastructure so that people from all walks of life may cycle, whether for recreational purposes or for safe commuting.

     

    The Green Ride is an event for young and old, for avid cyclists and for those who want to enjoy the scenery while having a good workout. 

     

    Join us on Sunday 14 October at the Lukas van den Berg Stadium in Pretoria West for this 30 km fun cycle ride. 

     

    Participation is free. 

     

    Date:               Saturday 14 October

    Time:              06:30 for 07:30

    Venue:           Lukas van den Berg Stadium, Pretoria West

    Distance:       30 km

     

    There will be other fun activities like aerobics, indigenous games and a fun walk. You don't want to miss out on all of the fun!

  • Transport Month

    Transport Month

    Fri, Oct 5, 2018

  • Gauteng International Arts Festival: 24 September to 7 October 2018

    Gauteng International Arts Festival: 24 September to 7 October 2018

    Mon, Oct 1, 2018

    The GauFestival, a community-based project in the heart of Tshwane run by a registered non-profit organisation, was launched in October 2016. The project includes many art forms and has an international flavour. The Board is made up of City of Tshwane representatives, various theatres, the law firm Couzyn, Hertzog and Horak, art galleries and various community projects.

     

    The purpose of the GauFestival is to bring together all who are involved in the arts, as well as the community of Tshwane and the greater Gauteng.

     

    The GauFestival aims to create awareness of the arts in our community and to set up a platform for all developing and existing artists. Expect art exhibitions, theatrical productions, musical performances and more from local talent.

    In support of the activities of GauFestival this year, a key event called “Trees are Life” was hosted at the Brooklyn Theatre yesterday. This was a school prize-giving ceremony to award the most talented primary and high school learners who participated in the “Trees are Life” competition, which also goes well with Arbor Month, September. The drum beats and the marimba performance by the Protea Boys and Girls Club created an overwhelming vibe during the ceremony.  

    Some may celebrate Arbor Day, Arbor Week or Arbor Month, but trees are important all year round, and they have been so for years gone by and will be so for years to come. The value of trees is so often underestimated. Truth is, we cannot live without them; we have no other option but to care for them.

    To motivate the learners, one of the speakers mentioned the importance of planting trees, and emphasised that we must create awareness of the value of trees and the vital role they play in terms of beauty, building materials, food, medicine, well-being, etc. The speaker also encouraged communities to hold “greening” events.

    The Trees are Life awards were given in the following categories:

    ·      Essay and poetry

    ·      The arts

    ·      Champion trees

     

    The ceremony rewarded the champion trees prize winners, whose trees had to be situated on their school grounds. The prize was shared by Barnato High School and Berea Primary School for planting the magnificent cork oak (Quercus Suber).

    The event concluded with a tree-planting ceremony at the garden of Brooklyn Theatre.

    The GauFestival takes place in 14 venues around Tshwane until 7 October 2018.

    Concert tickets range from R80 to R190 per person.

     

    For more information about GauFestival 2018 and ticket sales, go to www.gaufestival.com. 


  • New online driver’s licence pre-booking system

    New online driver’s licence pre-booking system

    Thu, Sep 27, 2018

    Following the launch of the new eNaTis online driver's licence pre-booking service by Ismail Vadi, the MEC for Roads and Transport, in August this year, the City of Tshwane will from 1 October 2018 no longer accommodate walk-in customers for:

     

    Booking a learner's licence test

    Booking a driver's licence test

    Renewing a driver's licence card

    Renewing or applying for a professional driving permit (PrDP)

    Customers are advised to use the new online system to apply for the above. Bookings can be done at online.natis.gov.za  

     

    The National Traffic Information System (eNatis) of the Department of Transport in partnership with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) will help reduce long queues and shorten the time customers spend at licence stations. 

     

    Walk-in customers for the following would still be accommodated:

     

    Vehicle registrations

    Vehicle licence renewals

    Duplicate registration papers

    Scrapping of vehicles

    Change of vehicle ownership

  • Pretoria Zoo recycling project creates jobs

    Pretoria Zoo recycling project creates jobs

    Thu, Sep 20, 2018

    The City of Tshwane in partnership with the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and PET Recycling Company (PETCO) launched a recycling project during the month of August, aimed at creating jobs and addressing the problem of litter being left at the zoo by visitors.

     

    The pilot project will be operated by the Umkariso Women in Water cooperative. The cooperative was formed in 2014 by dedicated women of Mamelodi who have taken it upon themselves to clean up polluted streams in their area.

    The zoo has trained and appointed five previously unemployed Tshwane residents for the project. The project forms part of the zoo’s environmental management plan and recycling is just one area in which they are committed to expanding the green footprint.

    In implementing the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle, we are also waging a war on littering, which is the reason for the City’s clean-up programme called Tswelopele. The latter programme is aimed at intensifying the cleaning up of the inner city with a particular focus on removing drugs from our streets, particularly those drugs often found in abandoned buildings.

    The City therefore encourages all residents to take action to keep Tshwane clean at all times.


  • Better health by following prescriptions for diabetes

    Better health by following prescriptions for diabetes

    Mon, Sep 17, 2018

    ​In the quest to improve the health and well-being of citizens, main chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension are screened continually at City of Tshwane clinics. Between 2017 and 2018, a total of 15 582 new diabetes cases were recorded in Tshwane. However, many patients (new patients and patients already on treatment) did not report for follow-up consistently. It is also believed that they did not follow the instructions of their doctor or nurse.

     

    According to the 2013 Stats SA Mortality and Causes of Death Report, over 50% of deaths and 33% of the burden of disease in South Africa are attributable to non-communicable diseases. Research shows that despite access to health services, non-communicable diseases (asthma, diabetes, arthritis, and etc) are on the rise and may overtake communicable diseases (TB, Measles, chicken pox, sexually transmitted infection, and etc) as the leading cause of death (Tshwane District Health Plan 2018-19).

     

    Below are some of the complications from non-compliance or uncontrolled diabetes:

    • Kidney problems
    • Blindness
    • Heart problems
    • Stroke
    • Nerve damage
    • Sexual problems
    • Foot problems
    • Worsening of infectious diseases
    • Narrowing of blood vessels

     

    To control diabetes, patients are encouraged to do the following:

     

    • Practise a healthy lifestyle – control blood sugar by eating right, exercising regularly and controlling your weight.
    • Remember your follow-up dates with your doctor or clinic.
    • Take treatment as prescribed and do not stop taking the medication unless your doctor or nurse says so.
    • Take all unused medication to the clinic.
    • Report any side effects.

     

    Diabetes is a dangerous disease that must be treated with care. Failure to do so can affect all organs in the end, and may cause disability or death.

  • Office of the Chief Whip: Keeping healthy and fit through Councillors Sports Day 2018

    Office of the Chief Whip: Keeping healthy and fit through Councillors Sports Day 2018

    Tue, Sep 11, 2018

    Spring has indeed sprung! On Friday, 7 September, the Office of the Chief Whip welcomed the spring season the healthy way by hosting Tshwane Councillors Sports Day 2018, through which City of Tshwane Councillors and top management showed their team spirit on a sport field.

     

    Like the first event last year, this year features multiple sporting activities such as aerobics, tug of war, athletics, netball, cycling and soccer.

     

    The event was not only about playing games but offered a full health check in the spirit of wellness. The health screenings conducted were free of charge and covered blood pressure, blood glucose, diabetes, cholesterol and weight assessment. Promoting healthy lifestyles through education on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases formed part of the wellness aspect.

     

    Without a doubt, Tshwane as the capital city has to be at the forefront of social cohesion. The day was about promoting councillor wellness and building positive relations amongst them.

     

    Most top management officials made it to this unique event, including the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga; the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola; and the Chief Whip, Cllr Christo van den Heever.

     

    No rain stopped the order of the day – on the slippery lawns Cllr Msimanga and members of the Mayoral Committee played soccer versus the City of Tshwane Councillors. This was very interesting to watch, and even more interesting when Councillors participated in other blood-rushing activities.

     

    Soccer legends of SuperSport residing in Tshwane participated in most of the games.

     

    The games ended with a lucky draw and a prize-giving ceremony.

  • 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.

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