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  • Tourism Mayoral Dialogue Executive Mayor speaking notes

    Tourism Mayoral Dialogue Executive Mayor speaking notes

    Fri, Aug 23, 2019

    ​On Thursday, 22 August 2019, the Executive Mayor hosted the Tourism Mayoral Dialogue, which forms part of a broader initiative of meetings with key sectors that are present in Tshwane and crucial to the city's development.

    This event allowed a space where the captains of the tourism industry could engage on opportunities in the sector, as well as some of the challenges they experience.

    Tshwane, as the administrative capital of the country, is frequently home to visitors due to the large number of embassies that are located within the city.

    The city is effectively a brand ambassador for much of the country and it is thus important that we are able to ensure that our tourist value offering is clear for everyone to see and for the various international visitors that are based here.

    "To the north we have the Dinokeng Reserves where people have the opportunity to visit the Big Five by travelling for little more than 40 minutes from the city centre to go and view some world-class wildlife facilities. In the north-west there is the Tswaing Crater, and just around the CBD we have Freedom Park along with a selection of museums.

    Loftus, SuperSport Park and Giant Stadium draw people to our city from around the country and the world to attend sporting events. Not to mention the high-end shopping parks in the east of the city with Menlyn Park and the Menlyn Maine development.

    These are just some of the tourist offerings that are available in the city. East to west, north to south, there is something for everyone and it is our job city to ensure that we draw people in to come and visit our great city," said the Executive Mayor.

  • Multi-million-rand Centurion taxi rank to benefit commuters

    Multi-million-rand Centurion taxi rank to benefit commuters

    Thu, Aug 22, 2019

    On Wednesday, 21 August 2019, the executive mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, led a sod-turning ceremony to mark the start of construction of a multi-million-rand state-of-the-art taxi rank on the corner of South Street and Hendrik Verwoerd Drive in Centurion's central business district.  

    This project is a public-private partnership with JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust Redefine Properties, which meets the goals of fundamentally changing spaces in a way that changes lives and solves problems the community and commuters are facing. 

    The new taxi rank in the shadows of Centurion Mall will cover an area of approximately 10 000 m2, and provide ranking facilities for 55 taxis as well as a holding area for an additional 100 taxis. The rank will also house offices for taxi associations, 22 informal kiosks for traders and public toilets, amongst a host of other amenities.  

    Estimated to cost R12 million, the project is being funded by Redefine Properties and will be managed under a joint steering committee which includes the City of Tshwane, Centurion Taxi Association and Redefine.  

    The rank will be operated by the Centurion Taxi Association and jointly managed by the City, Centurion Mall and the Association. It is estimated that more than 15 000 commuters will use the new facility when it opens in 2020. The new facility will not only improve access to taxis for those who live and work in the city, but also complement the area aesthetically.  

    Councillor Sheila Senkubuge, MMC responsible for Roads and Transport, said: "This emphasises the fact that our City is open for business and will partner with private industry in making sure that we are able to deliver services to the people. 

    "This project also ensures that our taxis have proper places to park and commuters have safe spaces from where they can access public transport. This is the vision of our new administration; this is an example of what we want to do around the entire city."  

    The new rank sets an example by bringing the taxi industry into the mainstream formal economy as vital players and movers. This enabled formalisation could make a significant difference to the industry, and more so, enhance maturity on the roads, compared to enforced formalisation. This well-supported transition to a dynamic formal economy could be a potent example for other developers and firms to emulate.  

    Nashil Chotoki, Redefine Properties' National Asset Manager: Retail said, "The taxi rank will ease travel to and from the mall as well as provide commuters and families with a safe and reliable transit hub in their midst." 

    Redefine's Challenge Convention, a concept launched last year seeks to bring all stakeholders, including community representatives, NGO's, tenants, shoppers and entrepreneurial-minded thinkers, together around Redefine buildings to go through a process to distinguish and prioritise the most pressing community needs and find ways and means of delivering tangible outcomes.  

    "The announcement resulted from talks that have been ongoing for over three years involving the Council, Centurion Mall and the taxi associations active in the area. It aligns perfectly with our belief that an investment in transit is an investment in the surrounding community," adds Peter Sutton, councillor for Ward 78, Centurion and chairperson of the Section 79 Oversight Committee: Finance. 

    "The new facility betters the commuting options for residents to help connect them to work, schools, medical facilities and shopping. Connectivity is a key element of our comprehensive regional transit strategy and contributes to economic growth by efficiently connecting between people and job opportunities."  

    "We are also entirely happy that this is directly linked to the Centurion Mall, because we have been looking at different developments, especially shopping malls and so forth, to ensure that they have proper public transport facilities. This speaks to the vision that the department has to make sure that public transport, not only for commuters but for operators as well, is able to function in a safe space that benefits the people," added Cllr Senkubuge.  

    The development will be on Council land and all Council and infrastructural requirements will be the responsibility of the City. The rank will be completed during the first quarter of 2020. In the interim, the taxis will continue to operate from the temporary site until the new rank is opened.

  • Mayoral Business Dialogue August 2019

    Mayoral Business Dialogue August 2019

    Thu, Aug 22, 2019

    On Thursday, 22 August 2019, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, hosted the City's Energy Sectorial Mayoral Business Dialogue. The first broader Mayoral Business Dialogue was held on 8 August 2019 and forms part of a series of continued engagements with the city's captains of industry. This is aimed at establishing resilient and robust partnerships for development towards building the capital. 

    The first dialogue focused on the City's economic development strategy and a commitment was made to hold sector-specific dialogues for priority sectors, with the agribusiness sector being a core area of focus for the City.

  • Cullinan Library launch - City shows commitment to empowering residents

    Cullinan Library launch - City shows commitment to empowering residents

    Thu, Aug 22, 2019

    ​The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, officially opened the new Cullinan Library in Ward 100 in Region 5. 

    This launch is aligned with the City of Tshwane's social contract with residents of Tshwane, which is to provide them with access to quality services and to promote inclusivity. 

    "It is thrilling to be part of this milestone which will inevitably empower this community by providing educational, social and recreational needs for the young and old. As the first citizen of this city, I take seriously the responsibility of educating our children. They are the bedrock upon which the future of this country is being built. Such inquiring minds can only be developed through a culture of reading and exploration," said the Executive Mayor.  

    The R87 000 000 library comprises toddler, junior, teenage and adult lending sections, a reference section, study hall and a dedicated computer room. 

    It will offer comprehensive services, such as assistance with school projects, holiday programmes and public access computers which will have Wi-Fi.

  • Cllr Mokgalapa hosted Business France and Tshwane Event

    Cllr Mokgalapa hosted Business France and Tshwane Event

    Mon, Aug 19, 2019

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, hosted the Business France and Tshwane Event on Monday, 19 August 2019.

    The event was used as a platform for sharing ideas about how the City can place itself in the best position to change its current development trajectory.

    From the gathering of experts across various fields, knowledge was imparted about key lessons from setbacks and successes, with focus being placed on four strategic industries that the City of Tshwane is particularly interested in as pivotal to changing the tide positively for our local economic development challenges.

    The first category is utilities, which includes the water, waste and energy sectors.

    The second category is urban planning and infrastructure.

    The third category is transport and the fourth, most importantly, is investment.

    "I have made it my mission to unlock opportunities for partnerships through foreign direct investments. This is where jobs are created, where consumer spending can be encouraged, where money flows into sustainable projects that provide a rich return on investment for the local and international business community," said the Executive Mayor.

    The ongoing feasibility study on the City's waste sector that is being funded by the French Treasury is one such illustration of opportunities for partnership.

  • City rolls out its second EPWP recruitment drive

    City rolls out its second EPWP recruitment drive

    Thu, Aug 15, 2019

    The City of Tshwane is calling on all unemployed Tshwane residents between the ages of 18 and 60 to register on its central job seeker EPWP database. 

    This second round of the EPWP recruitment drive is aimed at increasing the capacity of the existing database while providing income and poverty relief through temporary work.  

    To register on the database, job seekers should bring along a certified copy of their identity document and proof of residence, which will be attached to the registration form.   

    Registration is from 12 August to 12 September 2019 at various sites across all seven regions of Tshwane. Registration sites will be open on Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 16:00. From 12 September 2019 onwards, registration will continue at the City's customer care centres. 

    Registration sites per region 

    Region 1 

    REGISTRATION SITE LOCATION
    Club Rendezvous, Pretoria NorthPretoria North
    Soshanguve Block X Community Hall Soshanguve
    Mabopane Indoor CentreMabopane
    Winterveld Indoor CentreWinterveld
    Ga-Rankuwa Community Hall Ga-Rankuwa
    Akasia Town HallKarenpark, Akasia
    KT Motubatse Hall Soshanguve Ext 14
    Giant Stadium Soshanguve

     

    Region 2                                                    

    REGISTRATION SITE LOCATION
    Hammanskraal Community Hall Hammanskraal
    Suurman Community Hall Suurman
    Makgoba Sebothoma Community Hall Unit D, Temba
    Rooiwal Community Centre Rooiwal
    Stinkwater Buy Back CentreStinkwater
    New Eersterus, next to Lydia shopNew Eersterust
    Onderstepoort (plots)Onderstepoort
    WallmannsthalWallmannsthal
    Sinoville Cricket ClubMatlabas Avenue, Sinoville
    Ebenezer Beautiful Church, Block MMSoshanguve

     

    Region 3 

    REGISTRATION SITE LOCATION
    Lucas van den Berg Community HallDanville
    Atteridgeville HallAtteridgeville
    Ledwaba Community Centre Saulsville
    Sammy Marks Square Pretoria CBD
    Sunnyside Swimming Pool Sunnyside
    Korfball Park HallGezina
    Claremont Square ParkBooysens

     

    Region 4 

    REGISTRATION SITE LOCATION
    Heuweloord Community Hall Heuweloord
    Lyttelton Town HallLyttelton
    Laudium Civic Centre Laudium
    Rooihuiskraal Library, Small AuditoriumRooihuiskraal
    Thaba Tshwane City HallThaba Tshwane
    Kiepersol Community Centre Cnr Alan and De Hoeve Road
    Olievenhoutbosch Community Centre Olievenhoutbosch
    Pierre van Ryneveld Library Pierre van Ryneveld
    Olievenhoutbosch Community Centre Olievenhoutbosch
    Khutsong ZCC Church Irene

     

    Region 5 

    REGISTRATION SITE LOCATION
    Refilwe Community Hall Cnr MJ Rumo and Masina Street
    Onverwacht 123 Thabo Mbeki Street
    Municipal House, De WagensdriftDe Wagensdrift
    Roodeplaat Community Hall Plot 171, 298 Moloto Road
    East Lynne Cnr Stegmann and Meeu Street
    Lethabong Kungwini Welfare Organisation
    RaytonCnr Oakley and Montrose Street
    Wallmansthal Eastern side of Moloto Road
    Cullinan Library 730 Essenhout Road, Cullinan

     

    Region 6 

    REGISTRATION SITE LOCATION
    Eersterust Civic Centre Community HallCnr Hans Coverdale Road West and PS Fourie Drive
    Nantes Primary SchoolCnr Hans Coverdale Road East and Sionsberg Road, Eersterust
    Mini Munitoria, MamelodiCnr Makhubela and J Letwaba Street, Mamelodi West
    Nellmapius Skills Development Centre200 Love Street
    Bona Lesedi Secondary SchoolLekganyane Street, Mahube Valley Ext 2, Mamelodi East
    Stanza Bopape Community HallRammapudu Street, Mamelodi East
    Ikageng Community HallMolokoloko Street
    Mahlasedi Masana High SchoolBenjamin Seema Crescent
    Reverend JM Buthane LibraryCnr Kubone and Nchabeleng Street, Mamelodi
    Silverton Community HallMunicipal Offices, Pretoria Road, Silverton
    Stanza Bopape Library and IT CentreMarishane Street, Mamelodi Ext 5
    Mamelodi SNS Community Hall19027 Somo Street
    Pretoriuspark927 Bugle Street
    Abram Malokane96 Lesedi Street, Nellmapius
    Wozanibone High SchoolPlot 36, Kanana

     

    Region 7 

    REGISTRATION SITE LOCATION
    Zithobeni Community Hall Zithobeni
    Rethabiseng Community Hall Rethabiseng
    Masakhane Community Hall Ekangala
    Ekangala TLC Ekangala
    SPCA Building, Bronkhorstspruit Bronkhorstspruit CBD
    ForfarFarm
    Ekangala Community Hall Ekangala
    Multipurpose Centre, KwaSokhulumiKwaSokhulumi

     

    For more information on the registration sites, visit www.tshwane.gov.za or call 012 358 5017.

  • Mayor Hosts Diplomatic briefing TTIS 2019

    Mayor Hosts Diplomatic briefing TTIS 2019

    Wed, Aug 14, 2019

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, hosted a diplomatic briefing session on the Tshwane Trade and Investment Summit (TTIS) 2019.

    In the City's quest to accelerate the attraction of investment into South Africa, the TTIS 2019 positions Tshwane as a favourable trade and investment destination within Gauteng, and South Africa. TTIS 2019 will feature key decision makers, renowned experts, developers and captains of industry, and involves a select group of 350 to 400 high-profile local and foreign delegates.

    The theme, "Partnering for development, an investor-friendly capital city", is informed by our understanding that the City can only thrive in its developmental mandate if it works with other stakeholders like businesses, other spheres of government, relevant agencies and labour. With the primary aim of promoting Tshwane as a preferred destination for the inflow of domestic and foreign investment, a special focus will be given to the following five priority sectors:

    1. Automotive and components
    2. Agro-processing
    3. Energy, including renewable sources
    4. Property and construction
    5. Tourism

    The summit will offer myriad opportunities for businesses, investors and delegates alike to promote their products and services, like peer-learning platforms, and is an ideal place to exchange ideas and gain access to policy and decision makers in government and other important agencies to facilitate development.

  • Tshwane Trade and Investment Summit (TTIS)

    Tshwane Trade and Investment Summit (TTIS)

    Wed, Aug 14, 2019

    The Tshwane Trade and Investment Summit (TTIS) is a bi-annual, multi stakeholder gathering which aims to bring together policy makers, business and civil society to promote the City of Tshwane as a preferred destination for trade and investment, both domestically and internationally. TTIS will focus on bringing potential investors to the City of Tshwane in key priority sectors. For more information, click here: www.ttisummit.com

  • City celebrates Women’s Day (9 August 2019) with walk to the Union Buildings

    City celebrates Women’s Day (9 August 2019) with walk to the Union Buildings

    Thu, Aug 8, 2019

    ​August is Women's Month and highlights the contributions made by women to events in history and modern society. 

    The City of Tshwane will join the rest of South Africa in celebrating our heroines on 9 August 2019.  

    This year, the provincial Women's Day proceedings will take place at the Union Buildings under the theme, Twenty-five years of democracy: Growing South Africa together for women's emancipation.  

    The event will commence at 09:00 with a 2,3 km walk from the Women's Living Monument at Lillian Ngoyi Square, led by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, to the Union Buildings.  

    2019 marks the 63rd anniversary of the 1956 Women's March, an act of bravery demonstrated by the women of South Africa. Over 20 000 women took it upon themselves to voice their message to the then administration, the immoral apartheid government. 

    Parking is available at the Union Buildings, with shuttles to the starting point of the walk. Please arrive early.

  • Unveiling of new vehicles to accelerate service delivery

    Unveiling of new vehicles to accelerate service delivery

    Wed, Jul 24, 2019

    The City has acquired 329 vehicles in order to be better equipped to deal with service delivery issues. Speaking during the unveiling at the City's Fleet Workshop in Bosman Street, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, said the new fleet would assist the City in responding quickly to service delivery issues, such as burst pipes or power outages.

     

    The new fleet of vehicles is fully City-owned and will increase efficiency and responsiveness. Cllr Mokgalapa believes that the procurement of the new fleet of vehicles is noteworthy in improving the City's mandate of accelerating service delivery to residents.

    The new fleet of 329 comprises sedans, double cab and single cab vans, minibuses and armoured trucks.

    The fleet will be allocated among the following departments:

    • Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD)
    • Group Financial Services (Revenue Management)
    • Utility Services Department (Water and Electricity)
    • Environment and Agriculture Management Department
    • Economic Development and Spatial Planning Department

    Cllr Mokgalapa said he is happy with the new assets as they will benefit residents.

  • DISRUPTION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF TSHWANE

    DISRUPTION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF TSHWANE

    Wed, Jul 24, 2019

    ​The City of Tshwane would like to inform its customers about the disruption of waste collection services as a result of ongoing protest action by members of the South African Civil Servants Union (SACSU), which started yesterday, 23 July 2019 in the City of Tshwane.

    Waste collection services have been disrupted in various parts of the city. Though the City was informed of the planned strike, it was not expected that the protestors would stop waste collection trucks from going into their areas of operations and that they would prevent access to the waste disposal facility.

    Because the marchers obstructed waste vehicles that belong to waste management companies contracted to the City, various parts of the city have been left with no collection of waste. The City's Hatherley Waste Disposal Site in Mamelodi has also been affected, with vehicles being prevented to enter into the facilities.

    Furthermore, on social media the City has received information of a planned march, termed March against poor service delivery, in Centurion. The message states that "The community of Centurion at large will be marching against the municipality of Region 4, due to the lack of service delivery, nepotism, wasteful expenditure and corruption". Residents are therefore advised that this action might also affect planned waste collection in the Centurion areas.

    Should the protest action continue to hamper services, the City will be left with no option but to consider taking action to ensure that services are not affected any further and to protect its employees and contractors from intimidation.

    Our customers are therefore advised to ensure that waste bins that would remain uncollected by the end of the day, are taken out for collection the next day.

  • Making 67 minutes count

    Making 67 minutes count

    Mon, Jul 22, 2019

    ​Team Tshwane made sure that their efforts for Nelson Mandela Day uplifted the hearts of many residents and put a smile on children's faces. The various activities undertaken included cleaning schools and old-age homes, planting trees and vegetable gardens, cooking and serving soup to children and pensioners, donating blankets to homeless people, and delivering soft toys to sick children at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

  • Bana Sports Ground gets a makeover

    Bana Sports Ground gets a makeover

    Wed, Jul 17, 2019

    ​The key mandate of the City is to create an environment that is conducive to the development of sport in Tshwane. Speaking at the official opening of the Bana Sports Ground in Mabopane on Saturday, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, said it is important to ensure sport facilities are available and accessible for sport programmes and recreational purposes across the city.

    The Executive Mayor, accompanied by Cllr Sakkie du Plooy, the MMC responsible for Community and Social Development Services, formally handed over the facility to the community of Mabopane. Cllr Mokgalapa appealed to the community to make use of the stadium and take care of it.

    The facility is equipped with floodlights in order to accommodate games that are played at night. It now comprises a Premier Soccer League (PSL) standard soccer field with changing rooms for competing teams. The stadium has produced high-profile soccer players such as Nick Seshweni, Chillies Mathabe and Bangi Makau. Gloria Hlalele was the first female footballer to play at the stadium when women's football was not popular.

    The official opening was graced by former professional soccer players, such as former Kaizer Chiefs FC and Sundowns FC striker, Katlego Mphela, former Orlando Pirates captain, Lucky Lekgwathi, former Chiefs and Sundowns defender Punch Masenamela, Dan Malesela who guided the national first division team, TS Gallaxy, to win the Nedbank Cup, as well as the current Miss Sundowns FC, Miss Faith Nonyane.

    The facility is situated in Mabopane B and is one of the oldest sport grounds in Region 1 of the City of Tshwane.

  • City declares victory as Gauteng North High Court sets aside broadband network contract

    City declares victory as Gauteng North High Court sets aside broadband network contract

    Wed, Jul 17, 2019

    Today, the North Gauteng High Court has set aside the build, operate and transfer (BOT) contract for the Tshwane Broadband Network including the tripartite agreement. The ruling has been made with the City of Tshwane's costs as well as the two Counsels to the three respondents. 

    This is a resounding victory for the City as this was a case we fought against after the project was approved by Council under the previous ANC led administration in 2016. 

    It begs the question why the contract was agreed upon despite serious concerns being raised by the Gauteng and National Treasury about the flawed procurement process the City followed. 

    Therefore the City entered into an agreement that contravened the processes outlined in the Municipal Systems Act (2000), Municipal Finance Management Act (2003) and the Public Private Partnership regulations. 

    As a result of entering into this contract, the City has been contractually bound to pay an annual off-take amount of R278 million.  

    Finally, the City is no longer bound to bleeding its finances towards an unscrupulous agreement that wasn't benefiting Tshwane residents.  

    Going forward with this momentous ruling, the City is enabled to allocate funds fairly and equitably according to residents' most pertinent service delivery requirements. 

    Today's ruling isn't only a victory for the City, but a victory for justice in the face of nefarious public officials who fail to serve the public. 

    I take this opportunity to assure residents that there is no battle that I will shy away from if the possibility of victory stands to benefit them. This is part of my commitment eliminate elements that impede this administration under my leadership from working towards improving the lives of our people.

  • Mobile clinics launched in Olievenhoutbosch

    Mobile clinics launched in Olievenhoutbosch

    Thu, Jul 11, 2019

    ​The City of Tshwane launched three fully equipped mobile clinics in partnership with the PPC Cement Company and the Department of Minerals and Energy. The three mobile clinics, valued at R3 million, are a donation to the Olievenhoutbosch community by the PPC Cement Company.

    One of these mobile clinics will service Olievenhoutbosch, Mooiplaas and Laezonia while the other two mobile clinics will be set up elsewhere in the coming months. When receiving the clinics on behalf of the City, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, said that the City would remain grateful to PPC because mobile clinics are able to reach far and remote areas that need much-needed healthcare relief.

    Cllr Mokgalapa encouraged other private companies to follow the example of PPC Cement and work together with government to improve the lives of citizens.  

    He said the contribution was in line with the promise he made during the State of the Capital Address regarding the importance of providing better primary healthcare services to communities. An estimated 70% of Tshwane residents do not have access to medical aids. Cllr Mokgalapa added that the three mobile clinics would go a long way in creating an inclusive city and easy access to healthcare services. 

    When officially handing over the clinics to the City, the Managing Director of PPC Cement in Southern Africa, Mr Njombo Lekula, said that his company believes in empowering the communities it works in, and is aware that government cannot do it alone. He urged everyone to lend a helping hand.

    The three mobile clinics will offer basic healthcare services to more than 3 000 patients every month. Each mobile clinic is equipped with consulting rooms, key medical equipment, as well as mobile equipment for emergencies.

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