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  • Temba Satellite Electricity Depot to improve response times to power outages

    Temba Satellite Electricity Depot to improve response times to power outages

    Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    To improve the living conditions of the Region 2 communities, the City of Tshwane officially launched the Temba Satellite Electricity Depot in Jubilee Road, Hammanskraal, next to Temba Police Station.

     

    Hammanskraal has serious infrastructure backlogs, including depots such as this one. The operationalisation of the depot is another initiative of the City to bring services closer to the people and deal with backlogs, thus improving the turnaround times for registered service delivery complaints.

     

    The MMC for Utility Services, Cllr Darryl Moss, marked the official opening with a ribbon cutting, which was followed by a walkabout in the facility.

     

    The satellite depot has received the necessary resources to start with operation. These consist of five offices, change rooms, a kitchen, storage space, ablution facilities and covered parking.

     

    The depot was established to minimise the response times for the maintenance of street and high-mast lights in Hammanskraal. In addressing the attendees, Moss said: "When residents witness the opening of this facility, they expect better performance. We aim to improve service delivery and this depot will benefit the people in this region by ensuring quick response times to repairs."

  • COP23: Climate change matters to South Africa – and matters more to its Municipalities

    COP23: Climate change matters to South Africa – and matters more to its Municipalities

    Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    ​The Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, has returned from leading a delegation to participate in the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November 2017.

    Cllr Msimanga's commitment to addressing climate change, both reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate impacts, stems from his profound understanding that meaningful action starts at the coalface where climate change hits the worst.

    One just has to look around and see how local government is in the grips of climate change: severe drought in Cape Town demanding expensive and immediate solutions; extreme weather events in Durban causing extensive and crippling damage to infrastructure; and here at home soaring temperatures that pose a great risk to the young, infirm and elderly as well as creating unbearable living conditions for those living in informal settlements. The link between the severity of climate impacts and the socially vulnerable is undeniable, so taking a stand against climate change is a further commitment to uplifting the lives of the poor.

    Mayor Msimanga's role in COP23 is part of a broader movement to encourage local governments to attend these annual meetings under the leadership of ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainable Development) and C40 Cities for Climate Leadership (C40) so as to advance an overwhelming perspective that climate response cannot be managed by national governments only.

    Any commitments made by national government via nationally determined contributions (NDCs) require local government implementation. If such commitments are made without proper consultation with local government and without sufficient funding, local action is compromised and stifled. However, if every municipality identifies measures within its control, and proper consultation with and funding of local government are in place, South Africa is likely to exceed its NDCs.

    So having municipalities on board is a win-win situation.

    At COP23, Cllr Msimanga soon emerged as the voice of African mayors as he spoke up strongly for the role of African cities in climate preparedness and response measures. It was a befitting role, as Cllr Msimanga had been appointed shortly before to serve on the Regional Executive Committee (RexCom) of ICLEI and to present this committee on the Global Executive Committee (GexCom).

    During the conference, he had 12 speaking opportunities, typically sharing the City of Tshwane's sustainability initiatives that contribute to a positive climate response. He shared platforms with both Al Gore, former Vice-President of the Unites States of America, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California, both formidable advocates for bold change to shift dependence on fossil fuels.

    On his return to South Africa, Cllr Msimanga committed to bringing all stakeholders on board to implement the City's Climate Response Plan. He has extended an invitation to any organisation to partner with the City in achieving its emission reduction goals.

    The City of Tshwane welcomes innovative solutions such as BMW's use of renewable energy at its Rosslyn plant. Cllr Msimanga will also ensure that the City steps up its own use of renewable energy, such as the hydro energy plant at the Annlin reservoir, which serves the reservoir's power needs and is able to feed energy back into the grid.

  • Green Mobility Fridays: Ride on Mr Mayor!

    Green Mobility Fridays: Ride on Mr Mayor!

    Fri, Oct 20, 2017

    ​Today, 20 October 2017, is Car-free Day, so the Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Msimanga, joined by some City of Tshwane officials and stakeholders, took part in the Green Mobility Friday drive by cycling a brief inner-city route to demonstrate that cycling is a viable alternative to private motorised transport in Tshwane.

     

    Favoured by lovely weather, the ride was just under 5 km and good fun. As safety is always a priority, the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) escorted the riders and ensured compliance with "No helmet, no ride!"

     

    The riders started out from Tshwane House at 07:00 and cycled up Sisulu Street, turned right into Visagie, right into Paul Kruger (crossing Church Square) and right into Madiba, finishing at Tshwane House. All riders finished their lap and reached the destination safe and sound.

     

    Here are some excellent reasons to keep cycling:

     

    • It keeps you healthy, gets you fit and tones your muscles.
    • It saves money – it costs you nothing to ride to work.
    • It is convenient and flexible – no relying on schedules.
    • You will not get stuck in traffic, so it is quick.
    • As endorphins are released, you will feel really good about yourself.
    • It is an adventure and it is fun.
    • It shows that you care for the environment and the planet you want to leave behind for future generations.

  • Let’s go car free on 20 and 27 October 2017

    Let’s go car free on 20 and 27 October 2017

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    Use public transport where you would normally drive. Come on, let's give our lovely planet a break from heat. Car-free Day is a national campaign aimed at promoting the use of public transport, high-occupancy vehicles and non-motorised transport.

     

    In supporting this wonderful initiative the City of Tshwane will create a car-free zone in Hatfield on 20 and 27 October 2017 from 05:30 to 17:30. On these days, no privately owned vehicles will be allowed to drive in Burnett Street between Festival and Grosvenor Street.

     

    Only essential vehicles and City of Tshwane buses will be allowed to use this portion of the road; otherwise the space will be a safe haven for all pedestrians and cyclists.

     

    Other car-free alternatives in Tshwane include Tshwane Bus Services, A Re Yeng, Gautrain, Metrorail and the taxi industry.

  • Tshwane mayoral mansion – open house for buyers

    Tshwane mayoral mansion – open house for buyers

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    On 28 September 2017, the City of Tshwane Council voted to sell the mayoral mansion in order to use the proceeds to provide basic municipal services, including building houses for people who need decent housing.

     

    All potential buyers are invited to view the mansion on Sunday, 22 October 2017, from 14:00 to 16:00, when the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, will host the open house viewing.

  • City Manager meets with captains of property industry

    City Manager meets with captains of property industry

    Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    ​On 12 October 2017, the City's top management team, led by the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, took time out of their busy schedule to engage with the City's property development stakeholders in order to discuss various challenges that face the industry and to forge strategic partnerships.

     

    The engagement, which lasted for almost two hours, resulted in a joint plan by the City and industry to create a conducive environment for the property industry to thrive and boost investor confidence in Tshwane.

     

    The following key investment opportunities were identified:

     

    • Land lease development
    • Management of facilities
    • Office space requirements
    • Professional services

     

    Dr Mosola emphasised the need for collaboration between the government and industry as well as the establishment of a single voice for the property industry.

  • WEED BUSTERS WEEK

    WEED BUSTERS WEEK

    Tue, Oct 10, 2017

    It is Weed Busters Week!  Help the City get rid of weeds and our ongoing campaign aimed at the management and containment of invasive alien plants.

     

    Weeds are invasive or alien plant species that are considered undesirable and tend to be persistent in the ecosystem. Some weeds can also be native plants that move from their natural habitats into new environments and establish themselves. Invasive plants can be noted through their ability of maturing and spreading aggressively over a short period of time. Once they spread they become difficult to control and eventually dominate the whole area. Invasive plants have major negative impacts on the environment; they compete with indigenous plants for nutrients, water, space and sunlight. Alien plants outcompete indigenous plants, leading to a great loss of ecotourism value.

    Early detection and eradication of invasive plants is crucial due to the high management costs arising from the use of physical, mechanical and chemical control measures. We need to be on the lookout for new infestations and report potential new weeds or new outbreaks to the local weed inspectors as it is the responsibility of all land owners, communities and all levels of government to detect and eradicate invasive plants. During October the Environment and Agriculture Management Department will conduct information sessions around the city on how to identify and control weeds.


    For weed control, please contact those listed below:

     

    Area                                        Name                                                  Contact number                   

    East                                         Hannes Oelofse                                  012 358 0599
    Central West                           Gerhard Horn                                      012 258 1731
    South                                       Anton Page                                         012 358 1793
    North                                       Phildette Heunis                                  012 543 0918

  • Congratulations! City’s Municipal Health Services wins Alfred Nzo Award

    Congratulations! City’s Municipal Health Services wins Alfred Nzo Award

    Thu, Oct 5, 2017

    What a victory! The City of Tshwane's Municipal Health Services Division has won the Alfred Nzo Award for the category: Best Innovative Municipality in terms of Environmental Health Norms and Standards. The award was handed over at the World Environmental Health Day Conference held in Richards Bay, Empangeni District Municipality, on 26 and 27 September 2017.

    As part of the event, the National Environmental Health Department gave awards to municipalities that performed the best in terms of the norms and standards audits.

    The City of Tshwane won the award for the management information system (MIS) that the Municipal Health Services Division is using. The system, developed in 2006 by a service provider, enables the environmental health practitioners to capture data daily after completion of inspections.

    MIS is a quick tool for capturing data, updating reports and generating statistics for monthly, quarterly and annual reports. Altogether 83 environmental health practitioners are using the system daily.

    The system has a diary or home page, lists business premises and accommodates complaints, sampling, building plans and specialised investigations. It is also linked to the District Health Information System.

    During its norms and standards audits, the National Department of Health found that most relevant information on environmental health norms and standards was obtained through the system. All standard operating procedures, legislative requirements, by-laws, application forms and certificates are in the system, which facilitates easy access to the user.

    Municipal Health Services is also exploring the acquisition of a cell phone app to ensure that data is collected and captured on the MIS at the time of inspection.

  • RAINY SEASON

    RAINY SEASON

    Thu, Oct 5, 2017

    The Emergency Services Department would like to caution the people of Tshwane to be safe during rainy season. From the beginning of October every year until the end of summer, severe thunderstorms with hail occur in the city.

    The 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 take 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.

    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 erecting a house or dwelling, make sure it is clear of the natural watercourses of the surrounding area.

    ●          Erect a lightning conductor when you live in a thatched building.

    ●         Have emergency numbers at hand.

    Precautions to be taken upon receiving 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.

    Please call the following numbers in case of an emergency:

    • 10177
    • 012 310 6300

    012 310 6400

  • Tshwane is moving ahead to ensure integrated public transport

    Tshwane is moving ahead to ensure integrated public transport

    Tue, Oct 3, 2017

    The City of Tshwane is making inroads in achieving its objective of intermodal, integrated public transport that is affordable and safe.

     

    Ushering in Transport Month yesterday, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Mr Ismael Vadi, as well as the MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, unveiled the Belle Ombre bus depot.

     

    The Belle Ombre bus depot will be able to accommodate 114 buses and has the following features:

     

    • Administration block which also accommodates on-call driver facilities
    • Fully equipped workshop which can service both compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel buses
    • CNG fuelling facilities
    • Diesel fuelling facilities
    • Bus washing bay

     

    Of the 114 buses in the fleet, 40 run on CNG, thus making Tshwane the first city in sub-Saharan Africa to run full CNG-propelled buses.

     

    The continued acquisition of CNG-propelled buses for the A Re Yeng fleet is a progressive move towards promoting and achieving a fuel switch within the City-owned fleet and will ensure that the City makes a concerted effort to minimise its own carbon footprint. This investment also acts as a stimulant for the market so that there is wide uptake of the available technologies. The City continues to reaffirm its position as a leader in green technology and other green interventions.

     

    Mayor Msimanga stressed the importance of mobility and transport for Tshwane's residents and the City's commitment to ensuring a reliable and efficient public transport service.

     

    The City has budgeted R669 million, R343 million and R426 million for the BRT infrastructure for the next three financial years, starting with 2017/18.

     

    R24 million was set aside for Line 2C – Waltloo Road (between Simon Vermooten Road and Denneboom Station), and R51 million for Line 2C – Lynnwood Road (between January Masilela and Simon Vermooten Road).

  • Tshwane’s A Re Yeng bus service will render the bus service operations in Mamelodi for now

    Tshwane’s A Re Yeng bus service will render the bus service operations in Mamelodi for now

    Mon, Oct 2, 2017

    AutoPax, which took over the operations in Mamelodi in 2015 after the withdrawal of the Putco bus service, has ceased to operate with effect from the end of September 2017.

     

    Commuters should note that the routes, times and fares will remain the same. All that is changing is the bus service provider from AutoPax to A Re Yeng.

     

    According to the MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, the City's partnerships with its stakeholders are crucial for a smooth transition to the A Re Yeng service. "We have had fruitful engagements with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, councillors, A Re Yeng, as well as leaders of the taxi industry," she said. She further emphasised that the success of this transition is critical for the future of the A Re Yeng bus service and the City of Tshwane's strategic objective of intermodal, integrated public transport that is affordable and safe.

     

    The City has deployed 30 buses from the A Re Yeng fleet on all the routes that were operated by AutoPax.

     

    Commuters can contact the following number for queries: 012 358 4848.

     

  • City celebrates Heritage Month with local entrepreneurs

    City celebrates Heritage Month with local entrepreneurs

    Mon, Oct 2, 2017

    ​Heritage Month is celebrated annually in South Africa from 1 to 30 September. To commemorate Heritage Month, the City of Tshwane invited entrepreneurs from the city to sell and advertise products and foods from different cultures on the lawns at Tshwane House on 29 September 2017.

     

    During the celebration, employees supported entrepreneurship by buying food and clothes from different cultures. 

     

    Entrepreneurship has been described as the capacity and willingness to develop, organise and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit. "Their businesses depend on the community and as a result, it's imperative to support them", said the Executive Mayor of Tshwane when addressing the employees.

  • Denmark MOU Signing

    Denmark MOU Signing

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017

    ​On Wednesday, 27 September 2017 Cllr Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Aarhus, Denmark.

    The aim of the MOU is to promote closer relations between the two cities, with a view to improving the quality of life of the residents of both cities; recognising that stronger, clearer and achievable goals are essential for the enhancement of the economies of the two cities, and to ensure greater flow in trade and investment.

    The objective of the MOU is to build expertise and exchange information and to promote public participation in the following areas:

    • City planning and development
    • Growing business, workplaces and livelihood
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Green building benchmarking
    • Agriculture as a business

    Economic Development and city growth.

  • It is World Tourism Day

    It is World Tourism Day

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017

    Explore Tshwane's many nature reserves and enjoy the city's natural environment.

     

    Tshwane Nature Reserves

    Tshwane is home to some of South Africa's finest nature reserves and recreation resorts. Tshwane has the largest number of nature reserves, many of them unique. Without leaving the city boundary you can see some of the Big Five and a 1 000-year-old tree, do mountain biking or hiking trails, and so much more. Visits our nature reserves today and have fun!

     

    Groenkloof Nature Reserve

    The Groenkloof Nature Reserve is the first proclaimed game sanctuary in Africa (1895). It offers a large variety of activities for nature lovers just 5 km from the city centre. The mountain bike trail is a favourite among local cyclists and has a total length of 20 km. Although situated in an urban environment the reserve also offers hikers a surprisingly natural atmosphere. Choose from various trails that differ in difficulty.

     

    Rietvlei Nature Reserve

    The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is only 18 km from the centre of Pretoria and offers hiking trails, horse riding trails, birding and game viewing tours as well as angling. The reserve is also equipped with overnight and lapa facilities. The reserve is mainly responsible for the conservation of the Rietvlei Dam catchment and the accumulation and distribution of drinking water. It consists of open grassland with undulating hills of the central variation of Bankenveld.

     

    Wonderboom Nature Reserve

    The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is situated in the north of Pretoria and is part of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range.  The reserve offers scenic views from the top of the hill. Its famous must-see attraction is the "Wonderboom", a specimen of Ficus salicifolia, a 1 000-year-old wild fig tree. There are hiking trails leading to the ruins of the Wonderboom Fort.

     

    Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

    The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve offers nature lovers a haven with abundant birdlife, hiking trails and scenic views over Pretoria East. The reserve forms part of the Bronberg Conservation Area, which was declared in 1980. Its vegetation is a transition between Bakenveld (grassland) and sour mixed bushveld (acacia veld).

    With more than 150 recorded bird species, it is sure to have bird enthusiasts in their element. The best time for birding is in summer, especially in the morning or late afternoon. A bird hide is situated along the Moreleta Spruit.

    This area is a prime hiking and birding destination in Pretoria East, and from Rhenosterkop one can view most of the surrounding suburbs.

  • Residents urged to use water sparingly in order to prevent shortages

    Residents urged to use water sparingly in order to prevent shortages

    Fri, Sep 22, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane has observed that, since the beginning of September 2017, water consumption has increased drastically, resulting in high water demand. This high water usage has now resulted in Rand Water putting strict measures in place to ensure that the allowable existing water abstraction limit from the Vaal dam is not exceeded.

     

    In light of this high usage, Rand Water, the utility supplying water to, among others, Tshwane municipality, has begun to restrict their meters that provide water to various reservoirs throughout the City. Last Friday, on September 15, some areas were restricted due to the drastic increase in water consumption. The said areas included: 

     

    •         Louwlardia

    •         Rooihuiskraal

    •         Kosmosdal

    •         Blair Atholl

    •         Bakenkop

    •         Soshanguve

    •         Mabopane

    •         Kruisfontein

    •         Ga-Rankuwa Industrial

    •         Ga-Rankuwa

    •         Rosslyn North and

    •         Akasia.

     

    Other areas which experienced restrictions, that were effected by the City on their reservoirs due to high consumption, are the following: 

     

    •         Akasia

    •         Bakenkop

    •         Grootfontein

    •         Queenswood

    •         Magaliesberg

    •         Hercules

    •         Atteridgeville LL 

    •         Soshanguve LL

    •         Annlin

    •         Carina Street East

    •         Klipfontein

    •         Temba

     

    The above-mentioned areas were restricted following the detection of below 40% water levels in the reservoirs. Limiting water supply was done to safeguard as well as ensure that there is a continued control and supply of water to all residents.

     

    Residents are reminded that in terms of the partial restrictions that the City announced in May this year, households are not allowed to irrigate gardens with a hosepipe or sprinkler between 11h00 and 16h00. The restrictions are applicable throughout the year, regardless of the season we are in.

     

    As we approach another weekend and beyond, all consumers are again urged to conserve water by using it wisely and sparingly.

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