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  • Financial assistance for Early Childhood Development

    Financial assistance for Early Childhood Development

    Fri, Feb 8, 2019

    Early childhood development centres, crèches, day-care centres, not-for-profit organisations (NPOs) and early learning centres in Tshwane are invited to apply for financial assistance for the current financial year (2018/19).

    Applicants must comply with the following:

    • Centres must be registered as NPOs.
    • Centres must have a valid child care certificate.
    • Centres must have a valid food preparation certificate.
    • Centres must be registered as partial care facilities as stipulated in the Children's Act, 2005 (Act 38 of 2005).
    • Centres must have been in existence for two years or longer.
    • Centres must have a management committee or board members.
    • Centres that have received funding from the City of Tshwane in the past will not qualify.
    • Centres must have more than 20 children.
    • The names and full particulars of each child admitted to the centre must be indicated on the daily attendance register (the attendance register must be updated regularly).
    • Centres must have proper systems in place, including proper administration and record-keeping.
    • Each child in the centre must have a file with proof of age (eg a copy of the birth certificate, baptismal certificate or clinic card) and date of admission (eg a signed application form).
    • Centres must provide an asset inventory.
    • Funding is limited to ECD centres in the jurisdiction of the City of Tshwane.

    Application forms are available from City of Tshwane social workers and the Office of the Speaker.

    Completed application forms must be handed in at the offices of social workers and regional coordinators at the following addresses:

     

    REGIONREGIONAL COORDINATORADDRESSSOCIAL WORKERADDRESS
    Region 1

    Joseph Makhubela

    063 740 7855

    Room 23, Akasia Municipal Offices, 16 Dale Avenue, Karenpark

    Johannah Nawe

    082 226 9929

    Room 131, Soshanguve Electricity Depot, 1212 Morula Street, Soshanguve

    Tumi Mensah

    083 762 5073

    Room 22, Zone 5 Admin Building, Ga-Rankuwa Municipal Offices, 6552 Setlalentoa Street, Ga-Rankuwa
    Region 2

    Nelson Baloyi

    063 558 0225

    Office 204, Temba Council Chamber, 4244 Molefe Makinta Road, Temba

    Marcus Digangwane

    082 532 2059

    Room 27, Hammanskraal Library, 360 Lovers Lane, Hammanskraal
    Region 3

    Oupa Mokoka

    079 760 5087

    Office of the Speaker, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria

    Lebogang Mononyane

    079 967 0391

    Room E21, Atteridgeville Mini Munitoria, Komane Street (between Mngadi and Radebe Streets), Atteridgeville
    Region 4

    Dimakatso Makhaya

    079 742 2999

    Room B64 or 65, Centurion Municipal Offices, cnr Basden Avenue and Cantonments Road, Lyttelton

    Nonyamela Mgweshe

    073 351 7920

    Cenbis Building (next to Lyttelton Library), cnr Union Avenue and Cantonments Road, Lyttelton
    Region 5

    Noko Ramapulana

    082 559 1608

    Office of the Speaker, cnr Oakley and Montrose Street, Rayton

    Rosemary Ntshudisane

    072 351 3633

    Rayton Library, cnr Oakley and Montrose Street, Rayton
    Region 6

    Sello Tlhako

    072 051 6270

    Office E30, Mamelodi Mini Munitoria, cnr Ledwaba and Makhubela Street, Mamelodi West

    Ndifelani Mulaudzi

    073 865 4125

    Room B59, Mamelodi Mini Munitoria, cnr Ledwaba and Makhubela Street, Mamelodi West
    Region 7

    Dineo Siko

    078 743 4772/
    081 380 8107

    Bronkhorstspruit Municipal Offices, Infoforum Building, cnr Market and General Louis Botha Street

    Moses Lekoadu

    082 958 8653

     

    Zandile Mtshweni

    076 718 9805

    Room L32408, Ground Floor, Infoforum Building, cnr Market and General Louis Botha Street

     

     

    Enquiries:

     

    • Ms Natalie Mnisi: 012 358 4844
    • Ms Florence Marengwa: 012 358 5535

     

    The closing date for applications is 12 February 2019 at 12:00.

     

    If the Social Development Division does not contact a centre within 21 days of the closing date, please consider the application unsuccessful.

  • Public meetings on the revised by-law on outdoor advertising

    Public meetings on the revised by-law on outdoor advertising

    Mon, Jan 28, 2019

    The City has drafted a revised by-law to replace the current outdoor advertising by-law which was promulgated during February 2006. This draft document was approved by Council on 25 October 2018 to be subjected to a public participation process to garner the comments of the public and relevant stakeholders. Public meetings commenced on Saturday, 19 January 2019 and further meetings will take place from 28 January to 2 February 2019.

     

    The detailed meeting schedule is as follows:

    Monday, 28 January 2019 at the Erasmuskloof Fire Station at 18:00

    Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at the Centurion Council Chambers at 18:00

    Thursday, 31 January 2019 at the Wonderboom National Airport at 10:00

    Friday, 1 February 2019 at the Sammy Marks Auditorium at 10:00

    Saturday, 2 February 2019 at the Rooiwal Community Hall, Sammy Marks Dining Hall, Olievenhoutbosch Community Hall and Stanza Bopape Community Hall in Mamelodi from 09:00

     

    The by-law is applicable to and regulates all outdoor advertising in the City of Tshwane's area of jurisdiction.

     

    The by-law will –

     

    • strike a balance between outdoor advertising opportunities and economic development on the one hand and the conservation of visual, tourist, traffic safety, environmental and heritage characteristics on the other hand; and

     

    • set out the legal requirements for aspects such as application procedures, safety, amenity and decency, the design and construction of signs, offences and penalties, as well as the types of signs and the regulation of their display.

     

    This by-law will apply to any person or organ of state advertising on any sign erected within the jurisdiction of the Municipality as defined in terms of this by-law.

     

    Copies of the draft by-law are available on the City of Tshwane's public website (http://www.tshwane.gov.za), as well as at customer care centres and municipal libraries.

     

    Anyone who wishes to comment may submit written comments to clydep@tshwane.gov.za or viginiam@tshwane.gov.za; hand-deliver it at Room 305, 3rd Floor, Sammy Marks Square, Lilian Ngoyi Street, Pretoria; or post it to PO Box 3242, Pretoria 0001.

     

    All written comments must be submitted on or before 19 March 2019.

    Enquiries: Mr Clyde Petersen (012 358 8035/7694, clydep@tshwane.gov.za)

  • Malaria transmission is seasonal

    Malaria transmission is seasonal

    Tue, Jan 15, 2019

    Malaria transmission in South Africa is seasonal and September to May are malaria or high-season months. The summer rains during the first quarter of the year bring with them an increase in the number of malaria cases, and malaria transmission is at its highest during the warmer and wetter months of November through to April, with a peak in January and February.

     

    An increase in the number of malaria cases has been noted in the low season of 2017 compared to the low season of 2016. Between June and August 2016 there were 794 cases, but in the same period in 2017 there were 2 238 cases.

    The higher rainfall along with the warmer temperatures experienced during that time, could be the reason for the increase in the number of cases in the winter of 2017.

     

    Malaria is a parasitic disease that is transmitted by mosquito vectors of the Anopheles genus. In South Africa the malaria risk areas or endemic areas are the north-eastern parts of Limpopo with a higher risk closer to the Limpopo River Valley, Lowveld areas of Mpumalanga including the Kruger National Park (KNP), and the far northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal bordering Mozambique. Residents of and travellers/tourists to malaria risk areas must remain vigilant of malaria and make use of anti-mosquito measures to avoid being bitten. The use of malaria chemo prophylactic drugs is advised.

     

    Commonly misdiagnosed as flu, which is more common during winter, malaria presents itself as bouts of fever accompanied by cold or flu-like symptoms, alternating with periods of absence of feeling sick. Intermittent symptoms include headache, malaise, fatigue, nausea, muscular pains, chills and even diarrhoea. People in endemic areas or those who have recently visited such an area should consult a physician or healthcare practitioner immediately when these symptoms appear.

     

    Malaria treatment is highly effective if administered during the early stages of the disease. Symptoms of complicated or severe malaria can develop quickly and include delirium, generalised convulsions, impaired consciousness and respiratory distress.

     

    Awareness of malaria and the risks associated with it, especially in high-risk areas, is the first step towards prevention, which is always better than cure. People need to be made aware of the disease in order to protect themselves, even if they do not live in an endemic area.

     

    When living in or travelling to a malaria area, consider the following to avoid being bitten (also useful for non-malaria mosquitoes):

     

    • Avoid going out between dusk and dawn (when Anopheles mosquitoes usually feed);
    • Wear long-sleeved clothing if going out at night;
    • Avoid wearing dark colours because they attract mosquitoes;
    • Apply DEET-containing insect repellent to exposed skin;
    • Use screens over windows and doors;
    • Use anti-mosquito sprays or insecticide dispensers, or burn mosquito coils at night; and
    • Sleep under bed nets if available.

     

    Source: University of Pretoria

  • Final voter registration

    Final voter registration

    Mon, Jan 7, 2019

    Potential voters still have time to register for the 2019 national and provincial elections. The final voter registration weekend is 26 and 27 January 2019. Voting stations will be open from 08:00 to 17:00 on both days to allow first-time voters to register, and registered voters to check and update their registration details.

    All South African citizens aged 16 and older in possession of an official identity document can register as voters (although only those who are at least 18 years old on voting day may vote).

    Voters should take their bar-coded ID book, smart card ID or temporary ID certificate when they go to register in the voting district in which they ordinarily reside.

    When registering, voters must provide their address or a description of where they live to allow the Electoral Commission to place them on the correct segment of the voters' roll. However, documentation or proof of address is not required.

    Registered voters can visit the Electoral Commission website (www.elections.org.za) to check their current registration details and voting station location. They can also SMS their ID number to 32810 to receive an SMS containing the address of their voting station (charged at R1).

    An online facility (www.elections.org.za/MyIEC) is also available for registered voters with access to the internet to update and review their address online.

    Unregistered voters can insert their address in the Voting Station Finder application on the website (http://maps.elections.org.za/vsfinder/) to find their correct voting station or call the Contact Centre.

  • No break: Immovable asset verification continues

    No break: Immovable asset verification continues

    Fri, Jan 4, 2019

    It is work as usual for the immovable asset verification project workers. The fieldworkers will continue with allocated tasks during January. They will conduct field surveys and conditional assessments of City of Tshwane land, electricity, operational buildings and community assets. The aim is to collect data that the City requires to meet its reporting obligations to the National Treasury.

     

    The field surveys will include capturing of the GPS point position as well as taking photographs of the assessed sites and equipment.

     

    • Region 4: Land, electricity and operational buildings verification – until 15 January 2019
    • All 7 regions: Community assets verification – throughout January on Saturdays only

       

      Residents are urged not to allow access to any individuals without an ID tag, which also displays their photograph as a reference.

       

      How to identify the field teams:

       
    • Visibility: Branded ID tags with photographs and the Akhile Consortium and City of Tshwane's logos
    • Gear: Branded reflective vests, safety boots, hard hats/caps
    • Transportation: Branded magnetic sticker on the vehicle door

       

      Residents are requested to cooperate with field teams during this exercise to smooth rollout of the project.

       

      For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Hanta Joubert (012 358 8467).

       

  • Closure of offices over festive season

    Closure of offices over festive season

    Fri, Dec 21, 2018

    ​The offices of the City of Tshwane will close at 12:00 on Monday 24 December 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019. 

     

    The City's Emergency Services and Tshwane Metropolitan Police will continue to render a 24-hour service. 

     

    The following municipal pay points will be open on 27 and 28 December 2018 from 07:45 till 15:15, and on 31 December 2018 from 07:45 till 12:00.

     

    Tramshed
    Mamelodi
    Akasia
    Soshanguve F
    Olievenhoutbosch
    Eersterust
    Bodibeng
    Ga-Rankuwa
    Hammanskraal
    Temba
    Beirut
    Mabopane X
    Mabopane B
    Bronkhorstspruit
    Soshanguve KK
    Rayton

     

    The Credit Control offices will also be operational to assist with water and electricity connections.

     

    Important numbers:          

     

    Power failures and water interruptions:   012 358 9999

    Emergency Services:                                  10177 or 012 358 6300/6400        

    Metro Police:                                                 012 358 7095/6

     

  • Staycation in Tshwane: Come and share in the fun with your family and friends!

    Staycation in Tshwane: Come and share in the fun with your family and friends!

    Fri, Dec 21, 2018

    Are you spending the festive season in Tshwane, our beautiful capital city? No need to stress about entertainment and leisure. There is a lot that the city offers that you can share and enjoy with family and friends. So many places to visit, so many memorable moments to create with your loved ones.

    Read more to discover affordable, free and fun things to do in Pretoria, and prove why it is a city that should be known for more than just jacaranda blossoms. There are so many things to do in this city. In no particular order, you can visit the following:

    Rietvlei Nature Reserve: This City-owned reserve has four of the Big Five and it is rich in biodiversity. Activities for visitors range from game viewing to picnicking, hiking and birdwatching, and the reserve has ablution facilities, braai areas and a coffee shop.

    • Tel: 012 358 1811/1812
    • Email: rietvlein@tshwane.gov.za (bookings)

    Wonderboom Nature Reserve: This reserve is better known for its "Wonderboom", a magnificent specimen of Ficus salicifolia, a wild fig tree that is older than 1 000 years. The hiking trails offer scenic views and a cultural experience with a fort at the top of the mountain. A variety of birds, zebra, impala, rock hyrax and porcupine, various small mammals, reptiles and amphibians can be seen.

    • Tel: 012 543 0918
    • Email: phildetteh@tshwane.gov.za (bookings and enquiries)

     

    Faerie Glen Nature Reserve: Come and explore an expanse of nature in Tshwane with two wooden lookouts for birdwatchers. Don't be surprised if you see zebra, red hartebeest and impala. Yes, they are there. No braai facilities but you can bring your picnic baskets and enjoy nature in the heart of the city. Dog owners can bring their dogs along!

     

    Derdepoort Recreation Resort: Visiting this resort is like having a mini holiday! It is a cool place for kids to enjoy themselves and adults can have a nice time chilling with family and friends. The resort boasts a variety of modern facilities with a touch of bushveld and farm-style atmosphere right on the city's doorstep. The facility has a swimming pool with a super tube, braai and picnic area, youth camp, caravan park, play area, animal farm, conference room, three lapas/shelters and three power points.

     

    • Tel: 012 800 1279/80 or 012 358 7206/7212
    • Email: derdepoort@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    Love birds? Then a visit to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary is a must.

    Visit this awesome bird sanctuary for a wide variety of birds such as blacksmith, lapwing and white-bellied sunbird. Other species include our very own South African national bird, the blue crane, as well as the crowned crane. The facility has an exhibition hall and guided walks can be arranged.

     

    • Tel: 012 358 1757
    • Email: groenkloofnaturereserve@tshwane.gov.za

     

    Groenkloof Nature Reserve: Do not be surprised when seeing zebra and giraffe next to the R21 and M18. Groenkloof Nature Reserve is nestled in the heart of Tshwane and is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. There is quite a lot that one can do when visiting this reserve – from hiking, mountain biking and game drives to horse riding. There is also a popular 4x4 route in the reserve. Apart from the abundant game, the reserve also hosts a large variety of birdlife.

    • Tel: 012 358 1757/53
    • Email: groenkloofnaturereserve@tshwane.gov.za (bookings)

     

  • After-school programme to keep children safe

    After-school programme to keep children safe

    Fri, Dec 7, 2018

    Keeping our children safe and developing their potential is very important for Tshwane. For this reason the City of Tshwane in collaboration with sport NGOs has developed an after-school programme.

     

    The programme is a critical intervention to respond to the social challenges facing the youth in our communities. It supports education by providing various activities that enable learners to explore and pursue their interests outside the classroom.

     

    Children will be able to further their interests and build new skills as they get exposed to a variety of activities ranging from sport, art, culture and heritage.

     

    The programme will run from Monday to Friday. The activities include homework assistance, life skills, sport, recreation, debate or public speaking, music, dance, computer literary, painting, creative writing, drama, library and heritage, etc.

     

    The City plans to roll out the programme in all regions of Tshwane. "It is clear we need to change the trajectory for many of our young people living in our communities," said the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, at the launch.

     

    Msimanga said the City believes that regular and consistent participation of learners in afterschool programmes will improve learner outcomes, reduce school dropout rates, curb drug and substance abuse, and reduce risk-taking behaviour.

  • CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    Fri, Nov 9, 2018

    Tshwane is experiencing high temperatures, resulting in increased water consumption and low reservoir levels. As a control measure, Rand Water is restricting the bulk water supply to Tshwane when the daily usage exceeds the allowed limit as per the Rand Water extraction water licence from the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS).

     

    Following a formal notification from Rand Water, the City of Tshwane pleads with Tshwane's residents and business community to be serious about conserving water. The restrictions are applicable throughout Tshwane and will ensure the control of water and water supply to all residents.

     

    We urge the City's consumers to utilise water in a far more effective and efficient way.

     

    The following areas will be restricted severely, to avoid a total collapse of their bulk supply:

    • Ga-Rankuwa Industrial sites
    • Mabopane
    • Ga-Rankuwa
    • Akasia Park
    • Kruisfontein
    • Brakfontein
    • Thaba Tshwane
    • Blair Athol
    • Pretoria West
    • Sunnyside
    • Arcadia
    • Meintjieskop
    • City centre (CBD)
    • Wonderboom
    • Saulsville
    • Erasmia

     

    The levels of the reservoirs that supply those areas are very low. If this appeal is heeded, water-related interruptions will be minimised. The water conservation measures that were implemented during the initial restrictions should become the norm.

     

    Residents are reminded of the following hints that were provided in terms of the partial restrictions that the City of Tshwane announced in May last year:

    • Use grey water for watering gardens and flushing toilets.
    • Report water leaks and pipe bursts.
    • Install water-saving devices.
    • Where possible, install a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators.
    • Use a dual-flush toilet cistern.
    • Plant indigenous or drought-resistant shrubs in the garden.  
    • Water gardens before 06:00 or after 18:00 and only when necessary.
    • Use a broom instead of a hosepipe to clean driveways or patios.
    • Collect rainwater for re-use in the garden or for washing the car.
    • Cover the swimming pool to reduce evaporation.
    • Take a shower rather than a bath.
    • Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
    • Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks.

     

    Residents, please remain vigilant to wastage of this scarce resource and make saving water part of your lifestyle by following the above-mentioned tips. 

  • IMMOVABLE ASSET VERIFICATION CONTINUES

    IMMOVABLE ASSET VERIFICATION CONTINUES

    Fri, Oct 26, 2018

    The verification of all immovable assets belonging to the City of Tshwane that started earlier this year is still continuing.

     

    From Monday, 29 October 2018, Akhile Consortium which is the implementing arm of the project, will conduct verification of underground assets of all City-owned underground assets such as electricity and water networks and sewer services in the Rietfontein area of the city. In addition, trained utility location and leak detection technicians will be sweeping the area to locate relevant utilities and leaks on the municipal water mains up to and including the water meter.

     

    Akhile Consortium will also carry out a water and electricity meter audit. From November to December 2018, field technicians will be visiting households to assess water and electricity meters. These assessments will take no longer than five minutes per household to complete

     

    All deployed technicians will be in possession of individual identification cards specifying their details. Please do not allow access to any individuals not in possession of an identification tag, which also displays their picture as a reference. The Municipality kindly requests that all residents cooperate with field technicians during this exercise to ensure a smooth rollout of the project.

     

    Should you have any queries in this regard or require any further information, please feel free to contact the following personnel:

     

    Project Manager: Suleman Lakhi

    Contact number: 060 508 3721

     

    Lead Consultant: Jaco Roesch

    Contact number: 082 904

  • 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. 


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