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  • We are indeed Africa’s innovation capital

    We are indeed Africa’s innovation capital

    Fri, Nov 29, 2019

    The capital city's three tertiary institutions, the University of Pretoria, the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of South Africa, have joined hands with the City of Tshwane in a bid to tackle service delivery issues. This was announced during the launch of a project called the Inter-University Innovation Challenge at the Innovation Hub earlier this week.

    The Inter-University Innovation Challenge provides the platform for innovators at universities to come up with possible solutions to assist the City to solve service delivery challenges. The challenge is meant to capacitate registered students from the University of Pretoria, the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of South Africa to think outside the box, generate and implement innovative solutions that can solve some of the City's most pressing service delivery challenges, and ultimately improve residents' quality of life.

    It is envisaged that suitable solutions that come out this process will be incubated in the various programmes offered by collaboration partners, be piloted in the real city environment, improved on where there are gaps, and eventually commercialised.

    Also on board are other partners in the innovation space, such as the Technology Innovation Agency, Tuksnovation, the Innovation Hub and Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education.  

    With technology and innovation being at the forefront of development, it is imperative that the City embraces the well of resources at its disposal, notably the academic institutions, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Innovation Hub, and other research, development and innovation bodies and agencies.

  • Tshwane ya di busa this Saturday!

    Tshwane ya di busa this Saturday!

    Wed, Nov 27, 2019

    The Union Buildings will be a hub of activity this Saturday, 30 November 2019, when the I am Tshwane Jacaranda Festival will make its first appearance on the City's events calendar.    

    This festival will be held at the Union Buildings triangle (cnr Zeederberg and Madiba Street) on the same day as the Diplomatic Fun Fair organised by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). The Diplomatic Fun Fair has been hosted annually since 2006 and serves as a platform for South African citizens to learn about the countries with which South Africa maintains economic, political and cultural relations.  

    The City joined forces with DIRCO to ensure a great experience for attendees of both events by showcasing local and international arts and culture, crafts, music, fashion and food. It is expected that 60 embassies will partake in the Diplomatic Fun Fair. 

    A key highlight of the I am Tshwane Jacaranda Festival will be a proudly Tshwane market with over 60 stalls with food, arts and crafts, and other consumer goods on sale. The day will be family-friendly and filled with entertainment activities, and will provide a platform for attendees to celebrate our diversity. There will be live performances by artists such as Black Motion, Zamo, Encore, Willem Botha and many more. 

    Entrance is free and festivities will start at 08:00 and end at 22:00.

  • Second EPWP drive yields 145 145 applicants

    Second EPWP drive yields 145 145 applicants

    Tue, Nov 26, 2019

    Following its successful second Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) recruitment drive in August this year, this week the City drew the names of 3 417 applicants for placement.

    Names are drawn randomly through a lottery-type selection process. This selection process ensures that the City remains committed to fairness, compliance and equal opportunities.

    An audit and verification process is currently underway and as soon as the applicants' particulars have been confirmed, placement within the City's departments will take place. It is expected that the first applicants will assume their duties on 1 December 2019. Their tenure at the City will be for 12 months. The EPWP stipend is R100,00 per day.

    The City has committed to run two lottery sessions per month, depending on the departmental demand for resources. The City also encourages those who have not registered on the City's EPWP database to visit their nearest customer care centres to register.

    More than 145 145 aspirant EPWP participants have registered on the City's EPWP database since August 2019. The City provided jobs to 20 105 applicants during the first round of database registrations.

    The City has set a target to create 27 000 jobs in this financial year through the EPWP. This is done in a context to effect redress, with 60% of the vacancies being filled by women, 55% by youths, and 2% by people living with disabilities, as well as a new 5% indigent target.

    "EPWP is one of the efforts to reduce unemployment, alleviate poverty, and provide residents with experience through labour-intensive work opportunities," said the MMC for Human Capital Management and Shared Services, Cllr Richard Moheta, during the lottery session.

    EPWP is a nationwide programme covering all spheres of government and state-owned enterprises, and the City supports and participates in the programme by employing workers on a temporary basis with the intention of transferring skills and providing income. 

  • North-eastern Tshwane residents experiencing water interruptions as a result of their excessive water use

    North-eastern Tshwane residents experiencing water interruptions as a result of their excessive water use

    Thu, Nov 14, 2019

    ​Water provision to the north-eastern parts of Tshwane are severely constrained due to the excessive use of water by residents. Reservoirs are running empty and water levels cannot normalise as residents are using too much water.  

    Since last week, the main supply reservoir – Garsfontein Reservoir – has been battling to maintain levels above 45% due to the high water demand. The Garsfontein Reservoir supplies water to about 40% of Tshwane's residents via the following reservoirs. 

    • Elarduspark
    • Koedoesnek
    • Eersterust
    • Montana
    • Sinoville HL and LL
    • Magalieskruin
    • Carina
    • Monument Park
    • Waterkloof Argo Place
    • Waterkloof
    • Wonderboom  

      Its area of supply includes all suburbs east of the N1 freeway stretching from Moreleta Park in the south to Mamelodi in the north. It also supplies reservoirs west of the N1 freeway, which include Queenswood, Waverley Hl, Waverley Ll and Villieria, and supplements the supply to Montana. From Montana it supplies water to Magalieskruin, Sinoville Hl, Sinoville Ll, Wonderboom and Magaliesberg. Wonderboom serves Pretoria North, Florauna Hl, Florauna Ll, Rooiwal and many consumers along the line.  

      Residents are therefore urged to reduce their water consumption drastically and not to water gardens within 24 hours of rainfall. Residents are also not allowed to use sprinkler systems to water gardens. 

      Please note that the following water restrictions are in place: 
    • No watering/irrigation of gardens with hosepipes or sprinkler systems between 06:00 and 18:00
    • No washing of vehicles with hosepipes
    • No filling of swimming pools 

    Please note that failure to adhere to the restrictions can result in prosecution.

  • Hier kom die bokke! The Springboks’ Rugby World Cup 2019 Champions victory parade

    Hier kom die bokke! The Springboks’ Rugby World Cup 2019 Champions victory parade

    Thu, Nov 7, 2019

    You just had to be at Tshwane House to see our national treasures – the Springboks! Die Bokke! Amabokoboko!

    What a privilege for Tshwane to be the first city to celebrate the country's third World Cup win with the Springboks.

    The vibe in the capital city was electrifying as we welcomed the Springboks. The heroes of the Rugby World Cup showed off their trophy in some style – parading in the city to celebrate their victory.

    Did you know that the Boks are the only team to win the Webb Ellis Cup on three different continents – Africa, Europe and Asia?

    A big thank you to our national rugby team for representing us so well abroad. They never disappoint and deserve to be celebrated.

    We are proud of you, Bokke!

  • Executive Mayor welcomes pronouncement by President Ramaphosa at Presidential SEZ Launch

    Executive Mayor welcomes pronouncement by President Ramaphosa at Presidential SEZ Launch

    Tue, Nov 5, 2019

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, welcomed the pronouncements made by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Tshwane Automotive Hub SEZ Presidential Launch on Tuesday, 5 November 2019.  

    "This is an investment that carries the potential to alter the socio-economic lives of Tshwane residents," said the Executive Mayor.  

    Once implemented, the Tshwane Automotive Hub will create jobs at an exponential rate for residents of Tshwane, which has a population of 3,3 million. 

    "It is a pleasure to be an equal partner with the Gauteng Provincial Government and the Department of Trade and Industry in a shared vision for prosperity. 

    The highlight for the administration under the tripartite agreement between the three spheres of government will culminate in a successful collaboration, which supports the vision to build a world-class automotive hub, a first of its kind in Africa," the Executive Mayor continued. 

    Having concluded public consultation processes in October, Cllr Mokgalapa extends his utmost gratitude to President Ramaphosa for the workmanship demonstrated as we all look forward to the full development of this life-changing automotive hub.

  • Please reduce your water use and make every effort to save water

    Please reduce your water use and make every effort to save water

    Sat, Oct 26, 2019

    Residents of Tshwane are urged to make every effort to use water sparingly. The current heatwave and insufficient rain are putting a strain on the city's reservoir levels.  

    As of 24 October 2019, Rand Water began implementing Stage 2 water restrictions on all meters across the City of Tshwane. The percentage for Stage 2 water restrictions is between 40% and 50% and it is implemented if there is no improvement in reservoir levels after implementing Stage 1 restrictions.  

    During this period, consumers will experience low pressure. However, with the current heat wave which has increased water demand, it has become imperative for Rand Water to implement further, more stringent restrictions across the whole distribution network to try and curb the demand as the reservoirs' levels are continuing to drop.  

    The Vaal Dam, which is one of the essential dams in the Integrated Vaal River System, has been severely affected and its levels have decreased to 51,5% this week. Another contributing factor to the decrease in the water levels of the Vaal Dam is the shutdown of the Lesotho Highlands Water Tunnel for a two-month maintenance period from 1 October to 30 November 2019. As a result of the shutdown, no water will be transferred to the Integrated Vaal River System during this period because the tunnel has been drained for maintenance to take place. 

    Rand Water restricts the bulk water supply to Tshwane when the daily usage exceeds the limit as per the Rand Water Extraction Water Licence from the Integrated Vaal River System. The Vaal Dam water level has declined rapidly over the last few weeks. Last year, during the same period, the reservoir levels stood safely at 86,6%.

    Water conservation simply means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly. Water is not a limitless resource, so without conservation efforts, this vital resource may be exhausted.

    We urge residents to make the following water conservation measures part of normal lifestyle.

    Please note that the following water restrictions are in place:

    • No watering or irrigation of gardens with hosepipes or sprinkler systems between 06:00 and 18:00
    • No washing of vehicles with hosepipes
    • No filling of swimming pools 

    Water saving tips

    Don't just flush water down the toilet 

    • Flush the toilet only when necessary and squirt some bleach or disinfectant regularly to sanitise the toilet
    • Place a filled glass bottle in your cistern to reduce the water used for each flush
    • Flush with grey water only
    • Close the toilet stopcock to avoid using clean water to flush
    • Use less toilet paper and do not use the toilet as a dustbin

       
      Bucket your water

       
    • Use buckets in the shower to catch some extra water
    • Place a bucket next to your bath, pour your bathwater in the bucket and use it to flush the toilet or to water the garden
    • Place a bucket in your sink to save water when you run the tap for warm water, instead of allowing the water to run down the drain

  • Enjoy an active Sunday in Soshanguve

    Enjoy an active Sunday in Soshanguve

    Wed, Oct 23, 2019

    The 2019 Tshwane Green Ride is taking place this Sunday as part of October Transport Month. This cycling event will be a leisurely 30 km ride and all are welcome. For those who are not cycling enthusiasts, there are also other activities planned for the day, such as aerobics, indigenous games, horse riding, roller skating and a fun walk.  

    Venue:           Giant Stadium, Soshanguve

    Date:               27 October 2019Entry is free.

    Time:              Registration from 06:30; the actual ride starts at 07:30

  • Transport Month

    Transport Month

    Fri, Oct 4, 2019

    Transport Month was first launched in October 2005 with the aim of raising awareness about the important role of transport in the economy. This year, the City has planned various activities that will assist in providing a safer, reliable, accessible and affordable transport system. 

    For more information, click on the link below.

  • Tshwane call centres not operational on 5 October 2019

    Tshwane call centres not operational on 5 October 2019

    Fri, Oct 4, 2019

    On 5 October 2019 the City of Tshwane will replace the generators at one of its data centres. In order for the team to work safely and to protect the highly sensitive equipment, the electricity supply to the building will be switched off from 08:00 to 16:00 on that day. 

    During this period, the City might not be able to answer phone calls, and the alternative reporting functions might also not be available. Emails to the addresses below will only be attended to once all systems are back online. 

    Power failures can still be reported by SMS. Simply SMS the word "power" followed by your account number to 082 612 0333. 

    The City apologises for the inconvenience this may cause.

  • Mayor hosts gender-based violence night vigil

    Mayor hosts gender-based violence night vigil

    Fri, Oct 4, 2019

    On Thursday, 3 October 2019, the Executive Mayor, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa hosted a night vigil under the theme "United in Reclaiming our Space". 

    The recent spate of violence against women is an indication that gender-based violence in South Africa is not abating and that the incidence is increasing. The aim of the night vigil was to speak out against gender-based violence and to encourage communities across all genders, to show solidarity with victims and survivors of gender-based violence, and to highlight the City's response and plans to end this social ill. 

    "This gender-based violence night vigil is no small accomplishment as this is the first response to gender-based violence at this scale, being led by any municipality in the country. We are a caring and responsive government, one that is intentional about campaigning the cause for women and children. We have seen and heard enough in the news and from loved ones about how lives have been devastated by violence being meted out by men," said the Executive Mayor. 

    The Mayor announced that the City of Tshwane has committed itself to –

    (1)    signing an anti-gender-based violence pledge;

    (2)    strengthening the gender development task team through the gender unit and the multi-party women's caucus; and

    (3)    implementing a gender policy in collaboration with the Department Of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), in order to advance gender mainstreaming efforts in the city of Tshwane and throughout our communities.

    He proclaimed, "Tonight, the City of Tshwane pronounces the start of the 365-Days of Gender-Based Violence Action Plan." 

    "The City takes a stand that #NoMore will violence against women and children exist under our watch.

    #NoMore will gender-based violence, sexual harassment or discrimination of any kind make a home in our lives.

    #NoMore will we protect individuals we know to be causing harm in our communities.  

    "Gender-based violence stops today! Right now!" concluded the Executive Mayor.  

    #NoMore

    #KnowMore 

  • Extended operating hours

    Extended operating hours

    Fri, Sep 27, 2019

    ​Due to a planned banking sector strike on Friday, 27 September 2019, the City of Tshwane's customer care centres have extended their operating hours as follows: 

    • Friday, 27 September 2019, from 07:30 to 19:00
    • Saturday, 28 September 2019, from 08:00 to 15:00  

    We urge customers to pay their accounts in full at their nearest pay point in order to avoid credit control action.

  • Explore Tshwane and experience its warm and friendly charm

    Explore Tshwane and experience its warm and friendly charm

    Thu, Sep 26, 2019

    Whether you are an adrenaline chaser, a nature fanatic, a shopping mall groupie or just want to do some lazing around and have some nice food – Tshwane is the place to be.

    Tshwane is a friendly place where warm-hearted and hospitable residents live. The diversity of its culture and rich heritage makes it a treasure trove for exploratory tourists with a taste for the unusual.

    In many ways it is a country in one city. With its well-protected natural environment, monuments that bring back memories of a bygone era, various archaeological sites and scenic routes, the story of a nation and its capital unfold for the inquisitive visitor.

    The natural habitat spiralling through its suburbs interweave the city's regions to form an ecological hub where residents and visitors can enjoy a city with open spaces and abundant wild life.

    The City of Tshwane views the tourism sector as a catalyst for economic growth. Tourism creates jobs, it builds understanding and unity, and it breaks down barriers. Thus the City strives to create an enabling environment to support its tourism business partners and to put in place support structures that will help emerging entrepreneurs and local small and medium enterprises in their development.

    Explore Tshwane and enjoy the affordable, exciting and world-class attractions that are available right on our own doorstep in the capital. It is a compact city offering a wide array of activities to cater to different preferences:

    • Heritage and history – a rich offering of the country's heritage and history showcased by museums and monuments
    • Outdoor city – game reserves, and leisure, adventure and sport activities
    • Cultural city – music and culinary experiences
    • Vibrant city – full of entertainment and events
    • Shopping destination – social markets and the biggest shopping mall in Africa

    For more information on places to visit and things to do in Tshwane, please visit http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/Pages/default.aspx or contact the Tshwane Tourism Division on Tel: +27 12 358 1430/1135/1675 or

    E-mail: tourisminfo@tshwane.gov.za

  • City to provide basic services to informal settlement

    City to provide basic services to informal settlement

    Wed, Sep 25, 2019

    As part of accelerated service delivery, the City of Tshwane took a decision to restore the dignity of Tshwane residents through the Letsema project. This project was established by the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stephens Mokgalapa, with the purpose of bringing dignity to the people of Tshwane by providing them with basic services.  

    The Letsema project includes the installation of a new water reticulation network in the Nellmapius Ext 22 informal settlement. Construction of this network will service about 390 stands in the area. The Nellmapius Ext 22 project, which started this September, will take ten months to complete.  

    Cllr Mokgalapa is confident that upgrading informal settlements across Tshwane will improve the quality of life for those who reside in these settlements. The Executive Mayor promised residents of Nellmapius Ext 22 that once the contractor has completed the installation of the water networks, another contractor will immediately start electrification of the area. 

  • WORLD RIVERS DAY

    WORLD RIVERS DAY

    Mon, Sep 23, 2019

    Keep our rivers clean. Healthy rivers supply water for drinking, growing crops, manufacturing, energy and transport. They also help to prevent erosion, dispose of waste and provide natural protection from flooding.
    Rivers in Tshwane are polluted because of the following:

      • Sewage or sludge
      • Illegal dumping
      • Urban run-off
      • Phosphates from soap
      • Industrial waste water

    Help conserve our rivers by doing your part:

      • Adopt a river in your area and arrange a river clean-up
      • Adopt a zero-waste lifestyle by using the four Rs – Rethink,        
        Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
      • Use biodegradable products
      • Save water

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