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  • Temporary closure of municipal offices over the festive season

    Temporary closure of municipal offices over the festive season

    Thu, Dec 24, 2020

    The City of Tshwane would like to inform residents and businesses that municipal offices will close from 12:00 on 24 December 2020 to 07:30 on 4 January 2021.

    Only essential services will be available, which means services related to water and sanitation, electricity, refuse collection, the Tshwane Metro Police Department and Emergency Services.

    Household waste collection that is scheduled for collection on Friday, 25 December 2020, will be collected on Saturday, 26 December 2020. Landfill and garden waste sites will also be fully operational during the festive season, except on 25 December 2020.

    Municipal accounts can be paid at any of the following pay points: Tram Shed, Akasia, Olievenhoutbosch or Beirut. These pay points will be open on 28, 29, 30 and 31 December 2020, but will close at 12:00 on 31 December 2020.

    If you are away from home during the festive season, there are easy, quick and safe electronic facilities that you can use to make payments. Payments can be made through e-Tshwane or at accredited third-party pay points, such as the Post Office, Pick 'n Pay, Shoprite, Checkers, Usave, OK, Spar, Boxer, Caltex, BP, EP kiosks, Investec, MTN, FNB, Absa, Nedbank or Standard Bank. You can also make payments via electronic fund transfers. Always pay for municipal services, whether you have received a notice or not.

    Call centre services will remain operational during the festive season to assist with reporting of the following matters:

    • Power failures
    • Street lights
    • Water leaks
    • Household waste collection that is scheduled for collection on Friday, 25 December 2020, will be collected on Saturday, 26 December 2020.
    • Potholes
    • Traffic signals
    • Water and sanitation

    The following email services will be available during the festive season:

    • To report potholes: potholes@tshwane.gov.za
    • To report faulty traffic lights: trafficsignalfaults@tshwane.gov.za
    • To report water leaks: waterleaks@tshwane.gov.za
    • To report sewer problems: sewerblockage@tshwane.gov.za
    • For enquiries related to water quality: drinkingwater@tshwane.gov.za  

    The following email services will not be functional from 12:00 on 24 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 at 07:30:  

    • Customer care
    • Meter reading
    • Bulk waste management
    • Domestic waste management

     

    The following services will not be operational during festive period: 

    • All walk-in customer care centres will be closed.
    • No billing and meter reading enquiries will be attended to.
    • Meter readings will not be captured.

       
      The licencing centre at 227 Thabo Sehume Street in the central business district (CBD) will not be affected by the temporary closure of municipal offices over the festive season. 

      This licencing centre will remain open for the period of 28 December 2020 to 2 January 2021. However, this period excludes 1 January 2021, which is New Year's Day. The office will open for business from 08:00 to 14:00 on weekdays and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays. 

      The following services will be rendered at the licencing centre:
    • Registration of motor vehicles
    • Licencing of motor vehicles

     

    Residents are advised to utilise the following numbers in the case of emergency: 

    Emergency Services: 107 or 012 310 6300/6400

    Tshwane Metro Police Department: 012 358 7095/6

    The City of Tshwane wishes all its residents a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

    Let us continue to practise the golden rules of COVID-19.

  • Cleaning the capital city through the Tswelopele clean-up campaign

    Cleaning the capital city through the Tswelopele clean-up campaign

    Tue, Dec 15, 2020

    On Saturday, 12 December 2020, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, together with the members of the Mayoral Committee, City of Tshwane staff, local councillors and local community members, relaunched the Tswelopele clean-up campaign in Mamelodi.  

    They spent the morning moving through a series of illegal dumping sites where they worked together to clean up neighbourhoods.  

    The Tswelopele clean-up campaign is a mayoral initiative that focuses on encouraging volunteerism and instilling a sense of pride in our communities. The goal of the campaign is to inspire communities and businesses to take charge of their natural environment. This is coupled with the drive to encourage participants to focus on separating waste at the source, thus enabling recycling initiatives and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfills and, as a result, also reducing the carbon emissions that originate from waste.  

    This day also marked the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, which recognises the role of cities in combating climate change. Like other progressive cities around the globe, Tshwane commemorated this day by relaunching a campaign that aims to drive behavioural change in order to ensure a cleaner and greener capital city.  

    As the City moves to finalise its action plan that complies with the Paris Agreement, with the generous support of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, we strongly believe that active citizens will ensure that we build a climate-resilient capital city.  

    Sustainable waste management and beneficiation feature strongly in our administration's strategic focus. To attain these goals, we need buy-in and partnership by communities, non-profit organisations and businesses.  

    The City of Tshwane aims to act as a point of contact with communities that want to drive initiatives to clean up their local areas. In doing so, the City will strive to support these initiatives with existing resources as far as possible.  

    On the second Saturday of each month, the City will conduct a Tswelopele clean-up operation in a different geographic location in the seven regions of Tshwane. If you would like to join or participate in these campaigns or wish to organise your own clean-up operations, please send an email to tswelopele@tshwane.gov.za.

  • City extends operating hours at licencing centres

    City extends operating hours at licencing centres

    Tue, Dec 8, 2020

    In an effort to assist motorists who are struggling to make appointments via the eNaTIS online booking system, the City of Tshwane has extended office hours for some of its licencing centres over the festive season. This arrangement is meant to accommodate more appointments and to clear the backlog brought about the COVID-19 lockdown. 

    The extension of office hours is effective from 5 December 2020 until 30 January 2021.  

    The following services will be rendered at the identified licencing centres. Please note the requirements for some of the services.  

    SERVICEREQUIREMENTS
    Renew a driving licence card

    Pre-appointment via the online booking system at https://online.natis.gov.za/

    A valid optometrist certificate

    Apply for a temporary driving licence

    A valid optometrist certificate

    No appointment required

    Apply for a learner's licence and write the learner's licence testPre-appointment via the online booking system at https://online.natis.gov.za/
    Register and licence a motor vehicleNo appointment required

     

    The following licencing centres will have extended office hours during December 2020 and January 2021:

     

    LICENCING CENTRE SERVICESOPERATING HOURS
    Akasia

    Renew a driving licence card

    Apply for a temporary driving licence

    Apply for a learner's licence and write the learner's licence test

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 15:00

    Saturdays and Sundays:

    06:00 to 14:00

    Register and licence a motor vehicle

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 15:00

    Saturdays:

    08:00 to 13:00

    Centurion

    Renew a driving licence card

    Apply for a temporary driving licence

    Apply for a learner's licence and write the learner's licence test

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 15:00

    Saturdays and Sundays:

    06:00 to 14:00

    Register and licence a motor vehicle

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 15:00

    Saturdays:

    08:00 to 13:00

    Waltloo

    Renew a driving licence card

    Apply for a temporary driving licence

    Apply for a learner's licence and write the learner's licence test

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 15:00

    Saturdays:

    06:00 to 14:00

    Register and licence a motor vehicle

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 15:00

    Saturdays:

    08:00 to 13:00

    Bronkhorstspruit

    Renew a driving licence card

    Apply for a temporary driving licence

    Apply for a learner's licence and write the learner's licence test

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 16:00

    Saturdays:

    06:00 to 14:00

    Register and licence a motor vehicle

    Weekdays:

    08:00 to 15:00

    Saturdays:

    08:00 to 13:00

     

  • Events and gatherings during the festive season should adhere to COVID-19 restrictions

    Events and gatherings during the festive season should adhere to COVID-19 restrictions

    Tue, Dec 8, 2020

    In ensuring the safety of Tshwane residents, the City implores event organisers and event venues to adhere to the restrictions as per the National State of Disaster Regulations and Directives for Alert Level 1. Events and gatherings have a direct effect on the transmission of COVID-19 from person to person. 

    The City of Tshwane Events Compliance Section will work with the Tshwane events industry to assist in planning events that are safe and properly managed to protect persons against the spread of and exposure to COVID-19 at events. As such, all events that are staged in Tshwane, whether large or small, are subject to City of Tshwane Events Joint Operations Committee (JOC) compliance and COVID-19 safety protocols. Any planned event may only be staged after it has been presented to and supported by the JOC. 

    All event managers and/or organisers who are involved in the planning of events are therefore required to book a presentation slot by completing the form that is available on the website, and notifying the Events Compliance Section of their proposed event two weeks before the event. 

    The completed form must be sent to eventsjoc@tshwane.gov.za and an appointment will be scheduled for the presentation. 

    Under Alert Level 1, social, religious, political and other gatherings are permitted, on condition that the number of people does not exceed 50% of the normal capacity of the venue up to a maximum of 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings, as per Government Gazette Volume 633, Number 43725 of 18 September 2020.

     

    Gatherings and/or events under Alert Level 1 

    • Venue owners should acquire and display a fitness or grading certificate that clearly indicates the venue capacity.
    • Churches and other faith-based institutions are allowed no more than 250 people in an indoor venue or 500 people at an outdoor venue, provided that this does not exceed the venue's 50% threshold capacity while also allowing for physical distancing and the wearing of masks.
    • Conferences, meetings, political and social events along with recreational gatherings are allowed under Alert Level 1. No more than 250 people can attend these gatherings at indoor venues. No more than 500 people are allowed at an outdoor venue, provided that the venue's 50% threshold capacity is not exceeded.

     

    The following places are allowed only 50% of the venue's capacity: Casinos, gymnasiums, fitness facilities, bars, taverns, hotels and timeshare facilities. 

    Among other restrictions, spectators are not allowed to attend any sporting events. 

    In order to limit exposure to COVID-19, every person must do the following when attending a gathering: 

    • Wear a face mask
    • Adhere to all health protocols
    • Maintain a distance of least 1,5 m from others
    • Adhere to any other health protocols and social distancing measures introduced 

    In addition, an owner or operator of any indoor or outdoor facility where gatherings are held must ensure that the venue complies with the law by applying for fitness and grading certificates from the City of Tshwane in accordance with the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act, 2010 (Act 2 of 2010). These certificates set out the maximum number of persons the facility may hold and they must be displayed clearly. 

    The City of Tshwane JOC will close for business on 15 December 2020 and reopen on 13 January 2021 for the presentation of event plans.  

    During the closure period, it will not be possible to present events to the JOC. We advise event organisers to book their JOC presentations as early as possible for events planned for the whole of December 2020 up to 12 January 2021. 

    Event plans that were not presented to JOC on or before 15 December 2020 may be submitted to the following office address: 

    Communication, Marketing and Events: Events Compliance Section

    1st Floor, West Wing South

    Tshwane House

    320 Madiba Street

    Pretoria    

    For more information, contact the following officials:

     

    Lindiwe Lesola: 012 358 4714 or 082 812 1074

    Abram Mampye: 012 358 4714 or 083 484 2522

    Refilwe Ramaphakela: 012 358 5857 or 065 973 0877

     

  • Cllr Sakkie du Plooy, MMC for Health, supports health officials during COVID-19 outreach campaigns

    Cllr Sakkie du Plooy, MMC for Health, supports health officials during COVID-19 outreach campaigns

    Fri, Dec 4, 2020

    Cllr Sakkie du Plooy, MMC for Health, accompanied Municipal Health Services Section officials to the Silverwater Crossing Shopping Centre in Meyerspark. Health officials outreach COVID-19 hotspot areas in Tshwane as part of an awareness campaign to screen and test residents, and at the same time attend to environmental health issues such as ensuring that businesses comply with municipal legislation.

    Cllr du Plooy once again commended the excellent work that the City's health officials are doing in providing COVID-19-related information and other services to the public. He reiterated that these service-driven outreach to hotspot areas are critical to prevent Tshwane from being hit by a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Tshwane Inter-University Innovation Challenge winners announced

    Tshwane Inter-University Innovation Challenge winners announced

    Fri, Dec 4, 2020

    On Friday, 27 November 2020, the City of Tshwane achieved a significant milestone on its quest to position itself as the "Innovation Capital of South Africa", when it announced the Tshwane Inter-University Innovation winners.

    The Inter-university Innovation Challenge provided a platform for innovators at tertiary institutions to come up with innovative solutions to assist the City in solving service delivery challenges. Students from various universities were encouraged to think outside the box and to 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.

    The Tshwane Inter-University Innovation Challenge is one of the many programmes that the City of Tshwane, with various partners, has collaborated on to provide innovators and entrepreneurs with opportunities to showcase, scale up and commercialise their solutions.

    The University Innovation Challenge is a collaboration between the City of Tshwane Eskom, The Innovation Hub, Tshwane University of Technology, University of South Africa, University of Pretoria, Tuksnovation Universities of South Africa and Technology Innovation Agency.

    The students were expected to conceptualise and implement innovative solutions that can solve service delivery challenges and ultimately improve the quality of life of Tshwane residents. The focus was on the following core service delivery areas:

    • Water and energy
    • Waste (CleanTech)
    • Finance (revenue generation and/or collection)
    • Clean transport and/or mobility

    "In order for the City to achieve its innovation vision, it is important for us to create avenues for all the role players within the innovation ecosystem to innovate, collaborate and test their solutions," said the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Randall Williams, at the awards ceremony.

    The prize money awarded to the students will go towards business support and prototype development for their respective innovations.

     

    The Tshwane Inter-University Innovation Challenge winners

    Electricity and energy: First prize

    Name: Kgalabi Mongatane

    Project: Bengele

    Electricity and energy: Second prize

    Name: Mpho Jim Lencwe

    Project: Detection of power cable theft

    Electricity and energy: Third prize

    Name: Lebogang Leshabane

    Project: BioGas Purification System

    Waste management: First prize

    Name: Pinky Mokoena

    Project: Organic maize

    Waste management: Second prize

    Name: Maritz van Rensburg

    Project: Binned

    Waste management: Third prize

    Names: Pertunia Ndou, Lunga Kula and Ntobeko Mtetwa

    Project: Intellectual Waste Convertors

    Revenue collection: First prize

    Name: Kanayo Asomugha

                Nkosinathi Mbembe

                Taleah Ayob

    Project: Quxeo Pty Ltd

    Revenue collection: Second prize

    Name: Audrey Baloyi

                Khumo Sebego,

               Temusho Sakwane

    Project: Patela Ka Nako

    Transport: First prize

    Name: Brighton Zongondi

    Audrit Mayenetja

    Project: Adaptive Traffic Light Management

    Transport: Second prize

    Name: Penang Shirindza

    Dean Mokoena

    Arnold Nkosi

    Project: Urban Play

    Transport: Third prize

    Name: Immaculate Matloga

    Project: Bicycle circle

     


  • Immunisation catch-up programme to ensure that children are protected against childhood infections

    Immunisation catch-up programme to ensure that children are protected against childhood infections

    Thu, Nov 19, 2020

    The City of Tshwane Health Department urges parents to continue with their children's vaccination programme and to visit municipal clinics if any of the required vaccination was missed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.  

    A focused catch-up programme will run until 31 January 2021 for all children who missed the administering of immunisations, Vitamin A or deworming, as well as any other required, relevant, identified interventions.

    The Expanded Programme on Immunisation in South Africa is designed to ensure that children are immunised against the most common vaccine-preventable childhood infections. These include many illnesses with which you are probably familiar, such as polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and hepatitis B. The vaccination schedule also covers other potentially deadly infections, such as rotavirus (the most common cause of diarrhoea in children), haemophilus influenza B and pneumococcus (both common causes of pneumonia and meningitis in children under five years).

    Vaccination prevents outbreaks of infectious diseases because most people become immune to infectious diseases either through exposure or vaccination, therefore it protects the entire community.

    Parents are advised to take their children to their local clinics during working hours, where healthcare workers will check the child's card or booklet for any missed services. An immunisation card or booklet is required before vaccines are administered. If any of the health services was missed, it will be provided either on the spot or at the nearest facility.


  • Executive Mayor announces Members of the Mayoral Committee

    Executive Mayor announces Members of the Mayoral Committee

    Thu, Nov 5, 2020

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Randall Williams, today introduced the Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) who will assist him to prioritise the business of core service delivery. 

    "I need a strong team with vast skills and experience," said Cllr Williams. The Executive Mayor believes the new team will channel their energy in providing services to the people of Tshwane. 

    The new MMCs and their portfolios are as follows: 

    • Cllr Mpho Mehlape-Zimu Human Settlements
    • Cllr Sylvester Phokoje: Human Capital Management and Shared Services
    • Cllr Thabisile Vilakazi: Community and Social Development Services
    • Alderman Karen Meyer: Community Safety
    • Cllr Sakkie du Plooy: Health
    • Cllr Mare-Lise Fourie: Finance
    • Cllr Phillip Nel: Utility Services and Regional Operations and Coordination
    • Cllr Dikeledi Selowa: Roads and Transport
    • Cllr Dana Wannenburg: Environment and Agriculture Management
    • Cllr Bruce Lee: Economic Development and Spatial Planning 

    The Executive Mayor also indicated that he has developed a detailed ten-point service delivery intervention plan to ensure service delivery to Tshwane residents. The MMCs will oversee the implementation and execution of the deliverables in their respective portfolios. 

    The ten-point service delivery intervention plan is as follows: 

    1.       Prioritising the electrical grid and water infrastructure

    2.       Implementing a robust COVID-19 management strategy

    3.       Creating a reliable waste and refuse removal service

    4.       Providing stringent financial management and oversight

    5.       Enhancing city safety and emergency services

    6.       Promoting employment and economic growth in the city

    7.       Supporting the vulnerable and providing social relief

    8.       Fast-tracking development by cutting red tape

    9.       Applying expansive financial cost-cutting across City processes

    10.     Maintaining and expanding road infrastructure


  • New tariffs for applications according to the City’s Land Management Policy

    New tariffs for applications according to the City’s Land Management Policy

    Fri, Oct 23, 2020

    One of the primary functions of a local authority is to provide services to residents within its municipal area. The funding of these services is made possible by levying property taxes, charging for municipal services rendered and collecting business levies. Tariffs represent the charges levied by the City on consumers for the use of services provided by the municipality. The calculation of these charges depend on the nature of the service being provided. They may be set in a manner so as to recover the full cost of the service being provided, to recover part of the costs or to bring about a surplus that can be used to subsidise other non-economical services.

    The City of Tshwane embarked on a comparative analysis with other municipalities to restructure its management of the application process for land and property applications. One of the gaps in the process was the absence of an administrative fee system to process applications and manage contracts. The restructuring will assist to manage the substantial volume of applications the City receives. Furthermore, the fees will cover the costs the City incurs when processing applications, for example the publishing of public notices.

    A new fee structure was approved by the Head Administrator, Mpho Nawa, with other various tariffs and application fees for 2020/21 for implementation from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. However, the implementation date had to be moved to a later stage due to various internal mapping processes and procedures.

    The application fees are applicable to categories of properties that qualify for applications according to the Land Management Policy which was approved in March 2019, and include the following:

    • Churches and non-governmental organisations
    • Applications for sporting and recreational purposes
    • Applications for cellular masts
    • Applications to register servitudes on City-owned land
    • Applications to acquire or lease unviable properties
    • Unsolicited bids
    • Applications for land release relevant to historical allocation

       
      All other categories of leases, such as business leases, will be subjected to a proactive release and competitive bidding process. The calculation of the fees is based on an average benchmarking from research and analysis of other metropolitan municipalities.


      The fees will be reviewed annually, which is in line with the City's revised policy on the management of immovable property. 
       

      Contact Details: 
    Tariffs and application fees
    Responsible official Contact details
    • Servitudes
    • Tariffs for minor encroachments
    • Lease application fee
    • Granting of temporary permission (30 day use)
    • Applications for gardening and/or security purposes
    Nomsa Molako

    Telephone: 012 358 7464

    Email: nomsamp@tshwane.gov.za

    • Valuation costs
    • Advertising fee (unsolicited bids)
    Tembakazi Mdledle

    Telephone: 012 358 3569

    Email: tembakazivm@tshwane.gov.za

    • Consent and contract administration fees
    Strike Maluleke

    Telephone: 012 354 5494

    Email: striker@tshwane.gov.za


    To view tariffs please click on link:

  • Start your own our food garden

    Start your own our food garden

    Wed, Oct 14, 2020

    The City of Tshwane will join millions around the world on 16 October 2020 to commemorate World Food Day. World Food Day is an international day celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945.

    The 2020 World Food Day will be celebrated virtually to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage food-borne risks that affect food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development under the theme Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.

    To answer the United Nations call on food security for all, the City of Tshwane has intensified local food production at household and community level by providing vegetable seedlings as a sustainable intervention towards access to food. Since food safety and availability are a shared responsibility, the city will champion the programme with the assistance of the food industry, farmers, scientific bodies and the general public, urging all to join forces and participate in a campaign to promote awareness of local food production.

    The City is urging its residents to play their role play in food systems by considering the following everyday actions in ensuring food security for all:

    • Choose seasonal foods
    • Choose local foods
    • Grow food at home
    • Choose healthy and diverse foods
    • Influence positive will regarding food
    Join food initiatives


  • Southdowns intersection reopened

    Southdowns intersection reopened

    Fri, Oct 2, 2020

    On 30 September 2020, the Head Administrator, Mr Mpho Nawa, officially reopened the intersection in John Vorster Drive that borders Southdowns Shopping Centre, Southdowns College and Southdowns Estate. The road had been closed to repair a sinkhole at the intersection of John Vorster Drive and Karee Street.

     

    The general manager of Southdowns Estate, Ms Daleen Hennig, said that she was thrilled by the road being reopened. “Residents are going to be so happy that they will be able to use the road again, and it will ease the peak-hour traffic,” she added.

     

    Although the initial budget was R10 million, the sinkhole was repaired at a cost of R7 million and the work was completed on time in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown regulations. Mr Nawa thanked the team for their hard work and efficiency, and expressed his gratitude to the residents of Southdowns Estate for their patience.

     

    The operations manager of Southdowns Shopping Centre, Mr Frank Hetzel, said that they were grateful to the City for the prompt response to repair the sinkhole. He also said that reopening the road is good for trade, because the shopping complex contributes to Tshwane’s development and economy.

  • New vehicle fleet to enhance service delivery

    New vehicle fleet to enhance service delivery

    Thu, Sep 17, 2020

    The City has acquired a fleet of 439 specialised vehicles and quadbikes to ensure optimal operations for prioritised services.

    These new vehicles, which form part of the City of Tshwane's strategic fleet replacement programme, are rigged with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and tools on the market. 

    During the launch of the fleet, the City of Tshwane Head Administrator, Mpho Nawa, said that the vehicles were purchased so that the City could continue with operational services.

    "As we take possession of this fleet, we want to give our communities an undertaking that these vehicles will be put to good use and for purposes of providing effective and efficient services. I want to also urge our employees to treat these vehicles with utmost care as our resources are already overstretched. Let us set a good standard of infrastructure maintenance across all our regions," Nawa said.

    Some of the acquired vehicles include light commercial vehicles to be used by the Roads and Transport Department and the Utility Services Department. The other vehicles will be used to collect waste, patrol landfill sites and transport employees to various sites.

    Among the vehicles displayed at the launch was a mobile library truck that will offer Tshwane communities a practical, sustainable, timeous and cost-effective alternative to traditional libraries.

    The fleet includes the following vehicles:  

    • One mobile library truck
    • Three pieces of earth-moving equipment
    • Five 19 m³ waste compactors
    • Four 12 m³ waste compactors
    • Six skip loaders
    • Eight personnel trucks to transport employees to various sites
    • Six quadbikes for landfill site patrols

  • Tshwane is gearing up to become a carbon-neutral and climate-resilient city by 2050

    Tshwane is gearing up to become a carbon-neutral and climate-resilient city by 2050

    Thu, Sep 10, 2020

    Climate action planning in the City of Tshwane has stepped up a gear as its officials and stakeholders deliberate on climate actions for a carbon-neutral and climate-resilient city.

    On Tuesday, 8 September 2020, an online action prioritisation workshop was held with various stakeholders as part of the City’s process to develop a climate action plan (CAP) – a plan that will transition Tshwane to become climate-resilient and carbon-neutral by 2050.

    Over the last six years, the City Sustainability Unit has laid the foundation for the development and implementation of a CAP designed to create a city that is carbon-neutral and climate-resilient. The process started by focussing on the evidence to substantiate a response to climate change. This included a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, which is an annual undertaking to determine the sources and quantities of greenhouse gas emissions as a way of determining actions to reduce these emissions. It also involved a climate risk and vulnerability assessment to determine climate risks by examining the nexus of social and economic vulnerabilities, climate hazards and exposure, thus determining the measures to mitigate these risks.

    A climate response strategy was finalised in 2017. It crafted ten strategic outcomes to drive Tshwane’s transition to carbon-neutrality and climate-resilience. The development of a CAP was the next logical step and, through the City’s membership of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the City was assigned technical support to facilitate a City-owned process that would ensure full ownership and buy-in of the CAP.

    The development of the CAP has been a very consultative process and the framing of climate actions was scientifically informed.

    City departments are shaping the climate actions to align with their departmental realities, creating the very ownership to ensure the successful implementation of the CAP. The City Sustainability Unit has also ensured that there is alignment between the development of the CAP and national and provincial processes to ensure that local government plays its part in climate response and promoting climate resilience.

    The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is supporting the City in the development of its plan to ensure that it is based on a solid scientific foundation and mindful of the context in which climate actions are expected to be implemented. A C40 CAP advisor is based at the City’s City Sustainability Unit.

    Sustainable Energy Africa provides the City with technical support in relation to mitigation planning. It supports the City’s Green Buildings Programme and has a delegate based in the City Sustainability Unit as the C40 new buildings programme advisor.

    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the City’s technical partner in the adaptation planning component, and is doing cutting-edge work in this regard.

  • The what3words application can save your life in an emergency

    The what3words application can save your life in an emergency

    Tue, Aug 25, 2020

    Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, and when you find yourself in such a situation, it is not always easy to communicate your location to emergency personnel. The City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department now uses the what3words application (app) to make it easier for you to relay your location to emergency personnel.

     

    The what3words app’s navigation is precise and emergency services can accurately be routed to the exact location of the incident. When you call the City of Tshwane 107 emergency number, emergency care consultants will be able to track your exact location using the app’s navigation system.

     

    The what3words system is also useful in places without clear road and number systems, such as informal settlements and rural areas. In an emergency, call 107 and get the three words for your current location by simply opening the free what3words app, tapping the current location button and reading the three words off your phone.

     

    If you do not have the what3words app, the City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department will send you an SMS with a link to a special site that will show the what3words address of your current location.

     

    Download and install the what3words app on your mobile device, because it could save you in an emergency situation. Use the following link to download the what3words app: https://w3w.page.link/n9bh.

     

  • New specialised emergency vehicles to improve firefighting and emergency services

    New specialised emergency vehicles to improve firefighting and emergency services

    Fri, Aug 21, 2020

    The City's Emergency Services Department went the extra mile to enhance service delivery through the successful launch of five new specialised vehicles, namely an aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) tender, a special infectious unit (SIU) ambulance, an intensive care unit (ICU) ambulance, an armoured ambulance and an armoured fire truck. 

    These new specialised vehicles are one-of-a-kind, extremely powerful machines only found in the capital city. They feature the latest modern techniques and technology inside and out. The vehicles will operate throughout Tshwane to ensure that professional assistance is available at the scene of incidents to deal with these promptly and efficiently in the shortest time possible.  

    The fleet is meant to help ignite excellence by ensuring that the people of Tshwane are served in townships and suburbs across all regions. This fleet is all about putting communities first. It will also respond to the outermost parts of the city, as and when required. 

    The specialised vehicles and their roles are as follows:  

    • The ARFF tender will enhance the capacity of Wonderboom National Airport in responding to firefighting emergencies to mitigate, evacuate and rescue passengers and crew of aircraft involved in aviation accidents and incidents.
    • The SIU ambulance will aid the care and transportation of suspected or known patients with infectious diseases or contamination from incidents, or for interfacility transfers.
    • The ICU ambulance will aid the transportation of patients requiring intensive care during transportation from incidents, or for interfacility transfers.
    • The armoured ambulance will enable rapid access and retrieval of the injured during incidents perceived to be life-threatening for a normal response.
    • The armoured fire truck will enable emergency services to effect firefighting and other rescue operations during incidents perceived to be life-threatening for a normal response. 

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