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  • Mayor delivers Tshwane’s 2017/18 budget speech

    Mayor delivers Tshwane’s 2017/18 budget speech

    Thu, May 18, 2017

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, delivered his first budget speech today. "This task will not be an easy one, but one for which we are ready. The budget that is today before Council is a demonstration of our commitment to making Tshwane a prosperous hub of opportunity, safety and sustainability. Failure in this regard is simply not an option. This budget is for my VIPs – the people of Tshwane," said the mayor.

     

    He further announced that the budget will make it less expensive for consumers, the residents of Tshwane, compared to what would have been the case if proper affordability assessments were not carried out in the formulation of this budget.

     

    Electricity will increase by 1,8%, water by 10,2% and refuse removal by 7,5%. Property rate tariffs will be based on the new valuation roll. The total account is expected to increase by around 2% on average.

     

    In real terms this means that a Tshwane account holder who paid R394,54 on property rates in the 2016/17 financial year, will pay R346,43 in the upcoming 2017/18 financial year. This is a R48,11 decrease in what the City is asking our residents to pay.

     

    Infrastructure-led growth will be the key to unlocking the potential of Tshwane. The expansion, upgrading and refurbishment of water, electricity, road networks and public transport, where necessary, will allow for greater commercial activity across Tshwane.

     

    The City will prioritise an overhaul of the billing system over the next five years, including through the use and integration of e-systems, to ensure that all businesses and residents are billed correctly and fairly.

     

    Budget allocations:

     

    • R1,3 billion has been set aside to maintain and repair infrastructure.
    • R660 million has been earmarked to develop infrastructure in Rosslyn, Ekangala and Waltloo so as to strengthen the industrial backbone for faster and sustainable growth.
    • R122 million goes to EPWP job opportunities.
    • R375,8 million has been awarded to roads and transport.
    • R2 billion has been available to the metro police to give effect to the crime-fighting agenda.
    • R40 million is earmarked for the fight against drugs.

     

    Link for budget speech:

    http://www.tshwane.gov.za/Documents/Budget%20Speech%20Final%20201718%20(3)%20(4)%20(ChIS+VN).pdf 

     

  • Budget Speech 2017/18

    Budget Speech 2017/18

    Wed, May 17, 2017

    The Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga will table the City's budge t speech during a special Council sitting tomorow on the 18 May 2017 in the Council Chamber, Sammy Marks Conference Center. 

  • President launches new Prasa trains in Tshwane

    President launches new Prasa trains in Tshwane

    Fri, May 12, 2017

    President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that the government was investing a great deal of money to improve the way people travel and that the launch of the new Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) trains marked the beginning of a 20-year modernisation programme.

    Following the President's launch of Prasa's new service, South African commuters will now be able to experience a world-class service at affordable rates. Prasa's new trains offer faster travel times, reliable service, improved security with CCTV cameras, and the trains have full air conditioning. Once it is implemented nationally, this travel experience will be available to most of South Africa's commuters.

    The new trains mark the beginning of a 20-year modernisation programme in response to modernising passenger rail services. The modernisation programme promotes the National Development Plan's Vision 2030 that aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.

    The current trains will continue to run over the next 15 years while Prasa implements the modernisation programme for the new trains and infrastructure upgrades. During this time, Prasa will continue upgrading the current trains and will keep them operational until such time that all of them have been replaced.

  • City of Tshwane invests in Skills Development

    City of Tshwane invests in Skills Development

    Tue, May 9, 2017

    To counter the challenge of shortage of skilled toolmakers, the City of Tshwane has partnered with the National Tooling Initiative Programme towards training the Tshwane youth in toolmaking. There was a festive mood when 74 students received their toolmaking certificates at Hammanskraal on 8 May 2017 during the Faranani Awards Ceremony. 

    The training partnership was necessitated by the demand for the training of toolmakers to support growth and sustainability in the manufacturing sector. The main objective in the implementation and operation of the Tshwane Tooling Academy is to provide sufficient human capital to support Tshwane's manufacturing sector.

    "South Africa has lost about 80% of its toolmakers and die makers over the past 25 years. This has resulted in a shortage of 5 000 toolmakers, which is hampering the manufacturing sector by limiting production to a R3 billion-a-year sector when it has the potential capacity to grow bigger. Most of the South African toolmakers have emigrated, retired, changed jobs or are in the process of exiting the industry. It is estimated that less than 20% of tooling demands are met locally, forcing the manufacturing sector to import tooling and maintenance support services from Germany and China, hence the partnership," said the MMC for Economic Development, Cllr Randall Williams, during the certification ceremony.

    This initiative will contribute towards improving the comparative advantage and the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the economy of Tshwane and South Africa. It will also contribute towards addressing development challenges in Tshwane, such as poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment.

  • Measles outbreak in Gauteng

    Measles outbreak in Gauteng

    Mon, May 8, 2017

    The Gauteng Department of Health noticed an increase in confirmed measles cases since the beginning of March 2017 in the province.

     

    The National Department of Health advised the province to conduct an emergency measles outbreak campaign, vaccinating all children from 6 months up to 5 years with one dose of measles vaccine, irrespective of their vaccination status.

     

    At this stage only Johannesburg will vaccinate children from 6 months to 15 years. In Tshwane, all children from 6 to 59 months or up to 5 years need to be vaccinated.

     

    The City of Tshwane urges all parents or guardians to take their children to their nearest clinic for one dose of measles vaccine. The 2017 Emergency Measles Outbreak Campaign will be conducted from 2 to 26 May 2017. Health professional teams will visit crèches to immunise all children from 6 months up to 5 years with one dose of measles vaccine, irrespective of their immunisation status.

     

    Measles is a serious disease, which can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage, pneumonia and even death. It can affect anyone, including children and adults.

     

    What to do

     

    For children in crèches, please complete and sign the consent form and send it back to the crèche the following day. If your children are not attending a crèche, take them to the nearest clinic.

     

    No "Road to Health" cards or booklets are required.

     

    Symptoms

     

    Measles is the most serious of the common childhood viral illnesses.

     

    Symptoms include a fever, rash, runny nose, cough and red eyes .

     

    In severe cases symptoms include mouth ulcers, a painful throat and diarrhoea.

     

    How is it treated?

    There is no specific treatment for measles; because it is a virus, it needs to run its course.

     

    • Pain and fever medicine will make the child feel more comfortable when required.

    • Keep the child hydrated.

    • Good nutrition is essential. Immune-boosting supplements may help, especially vitamin A.

    • If a secondary bacterial infection steps in, a doctor will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics.

    • The child needs to be kept home and away from people for at least 5 days.

  • Community Library for Stinkwater

    Community Library for Stinkwater

    Fri, May 5, 2017

    Residents of Stinkwater can now enjoy hours of reading pleasure with their new modular library. The modular library was donated to the City by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. It will serve as a service point for the community of Stinkwater and surrounding areas.

     

    The opening event coincides with the launch of World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day - an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

  • Struggling to pay your municipal account? Talk to us

    Struggling to pay your municipal account? Talk to us

    Fri, Apr 28, 2017

    Tshwane is embarking on a revenue collection campaign to address the R8, 6 billion of outstanding debt owed to the City by customers.  Households' arrears amount to R4.54 billion and business owes the City R2.28 billion.

    Various regions will be visited in the coming weeks to address problems experienced by residents with regards their municipal accounts.  Officials will be available to make payment arrangements, assess customers who qualify for indigent registration and show customers how easy it is to register on eTshwane to keep track of one's municipal account and payments.

    Residents of Mamelodi are invited to come talk to us at the Thusong Service Centre (in Mini-Munitoria, 189 Makhubela Street, Mamelodi West) from 2 to 19 May 2017 between 09:00 and 16:00.  City of Tshwane officials will assist with the following:

    • Update the indigent register
    • Conduct affordability analysis
    • Resolve customer queries
    • Payment arrangements
    • eTshwane registrations

      In addition, teams will visit households as part of the door-to-door activity to talk to residents. The teams, which comprise of revenue agents, will hand-out flyers and questionnaires on credit control to be completed by residents.

    The programme for Region 6 for May is as follows:

    Region 6   
    Mamelodi Mini Munitoria (Thusong Centre)2- 19 May 201709:00-16:00
    Nellmapius Customer Walk-In Centre8-12 May 2017 09:00-16:00
    Eersterust Civic Centre8-12 May 201709:00-16:00
    Mamelodi East Stanza Bopape Community Centre ext 515-19 May 2017

    09:00-16:00

  • Mayor wishes all a successful and peaceful march

    Mayor wishes all a  successful and peaceful march

    Fri, Apr 7, 2017

    ​The Executive Mayor wishes all the marchers a successful and peaceful march. The City of Tshwane and its metro police have activated a Joint JOC with the SAPS to ensure the safety and security of the marchers first, and protection of properties should the need arise. The Executive Mayor requests all the marchers and organisers to behave in a manner that is exemplary of their cause. We ask communities to report all relevant information to the SAPD at #10111 to help the police to ensure their safety. We request that all the marches in Tshwane be conducted peacefully. Tshwane is your city. Working together we can build a Tshwane that you are proud of, while making it the pride of our nation.

  • Singing the right tunes

    Singing the right tunes

    Thu, Apr 6, 2017

    Meloding ya Tshwane Choral Festival is destined to become a regular platform to celebrate the cultural richness and vibrancy of the city. The City of Tshwane, in collaboration with the Tshwane Choral Music Association (TCMA), will be hosting the third Meloding Ya Tshwane Choral Festival, celebrating the music of Mr MH Masenya.

     

    In addition to the Junior category that was introduced in 2015, TCMA is excited by the introduction of an additional category focussing on children between the ages of 14 and 18. This category is referred to as the Youth category and was created to draw choristers of school-going age from high schools and churches. Therefore, the 2017 episode of the festival will feature five categories. The introduction of this category will lead to an increase in the number of participating choirs and choristers tremendously.

     

    The festival will be held on 9 April 2017 at the South African State Theatre. Adult tickets will be sold at Computicket for R50 and for R70 at the venue (box office).

     

    To spice up the festival, Amanda Black and Salesman (the comedian) will feature as guest artists at the event.

     

    Choirs obtaining first position in each category will receive a cash prizes and gold medals. Choirs obtaining second and third positions will receive silver and bronze medals respectively, as well as cash prizes. The remainder of the choirs that were not placed will receive a participation prize.

  • Celebrating National Library Week

    Celebrating National Library Week

    Fri, Mar 31, 2017

    The City of Tshwane celebrated Library Week on 29 March at the Ga-Rankuwa Community Hall. The event was attended by learners from different schools in Ga-Rankuwa. These learners took part in storytelling, arts, crafts and poetry sessions.

    "This year's theme, My library, Your library, seeks to reinforce libraries as the heart of the community and encourages residents to take ownership of these vital facilities," said the City's MMC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Cllr Ntsiki Mokhotho.

    The City's libraries have become more than just buildings where we store books. They are places of knowledge and information, social interaction and relaxation. "Libraries are communal spaces where residents can meet, learn and interact. Our dedicated librarians are proud to be a part of a week that celebrates these spaces," said Mokhotho

  • Earth Hour was a weekend affair in Tshwane

    Earth Hour was a weekend affair in Tshwane

    Tue, Mar 28, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane celebrated Earth Hour 2017 throughout the weekend with a variety of activities. This year the City organised and participated in three events, each aligned to the mitigation of carbon emissions, namely waste, green buildings and low-carbon mobility respectively. Each ceremony spoke to a specific thematic sustainability focus, namely reducing carbon emission by diverting waste from landfills, using less electricity by switching off non-essential lights and promoting low-carbon transport through cycling.

    Waste: Earth Hour gives us all an opportunity to reflect on our impact on our environment and how we manage our waste, which has a direct impact on our environment. The Atteridgeville Recycling Park Open Day aimed to raise awareness of the activities of the park and debunk any concerns held by community members, especially in relation to composting; to build skill in vegetable gardening and composting; and to develop an understanding of entrepreneurial opportunities associated with compost (bulk purchasing and retailing).

    Green buildings: Menlyn Maine prides itself on being the first green city in South Africa, where people can live, work and play in a sustainable environment. All role players were requested to shine a light on climate change and switch off all non-essential lights from 20:30 to 21:30 to observe Earth Hour. In doing so, South Africa saved about 400 megawatt electricity during Earth Hour. A total of 4.7 million 60-watt light bulbs were switched off.

     

    Low-carbon mobility: Hammanskraal in Region 2 was the venue for the Hammanskraal Green Ride, popularly known as the "Kasi Ride". It was aimed at promoting low-carbon interventions, healthy lifestyles and non-motorised transportation in communities. The Kasi Ride demonstrated cycling as a mode of transport that can apply in any environment, not only on cycling tracks. The event had a great turnout, as cyclists including young ones came in numbers to support and participate in the 35 km cycling fun ride starting at the Hammanskraal Sports Complex (near the Mandela statue).

     

    The MMC for Sport and Recreation, Cllr Ntsiki Mokhotho, welcomed all participants and wished them a joyful day. She briefly explained what Earth Hour is about and how it led to hosting the Kasi Ride and similar events. "I welcome you all and wish to say thank you for supporting this great event. This supports Earth Hour, and we continue to appeal to all people to become the change that our planet needs," said Mokhotho in her message.

  • Tshwane celebrates National Water Day

    Tshwane celebrates National Water Day

    Tue, Mar 28, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane's Water Department conducted a Water Day campaign on 23 March at the Akasia Hall in Theresapark.

    The campaign aimed to emphasise the value of water and the need for sustainable management of this scarce resource.

    National Water Week was held under the theme "Water and sanitation is a human right" and it was attended by learners from various schools around Tshwane. The campaign seeks to continue building an ongoing awareness in Tshwane. The MMC for Infrastructure, Cllr Darryl Moss, told the learners that it is important to save water as it is a limited resource.

    In celebration of Water Week, the learners recited poems and performed a drama on the importance of water. The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, addressed the learners and urged them to keep rivers clean, explaining the importance of taking care of the environment.

    Strict water restrictions were recently lifted, but we may very well face empty dams and dry taps again in the future. What are you doing to save water?

    Remember, water is life: Respect it, conserve it, enjoy it.

  • Tshwane Bus Service launches the new Connector card

    Tshwane Bus Service launches the new Connector card

    Tue, Mar 28, 2017

    ​Tshwane Bus Service (TBS) has upgraded its fare collection mechanism from paper tickets and coupons to the new and improved cashless system, called the Connector.

    Tshwane's Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, launched the Connector at the Church Square bus ticket centre on 27 March. Msimanga said the new automated fare collection (AFC) system would assist in ensuring proper financial accounting processes in the City of Tshwane.

    "In addition, the integrated fare collection system will enhance the travelling experience of the passengers and make life easier," Msimanga said.

    Furthermore, it would remove the responsibility of handling cash from bus drivers. All 227 professional bus drivers were trained to understand how the Connector is used, as well as how the board validator, fitted to the City's buses, works.

    The current fare payment method of coupons and paper tickets will be phased out. Customers using the buses have two months to migrate to the Connector, as the previous system expires on 17 May.

    The new payment method is also used by Tshwane's rapid transit system, A Re Yeng, which enables integrated travelling on the two systems.

    The Connector can be bought and loaded at Sammy Marks Customer Care, Church Square and any A Re Yeng station.

    The card costs R25, and if you register your card, you get 25 ridership points free.

    Msimanga said customers could also load the Connector at any Absa ATM that has a cash-accepting facility. The card can also be used for other purposes, such as retail transactions, as it is compliant with the European MasterCard and the Visa card.

    It takes less than ten minutes to buy and register a card. Passengers are encouraged to register their cards.

  • Tshwane State of the Capital Address

    Tshwane State of the Capital Address

    Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    The countdown to the capital city's 2017 State of the Capital Address (SoCA) has begun. The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, will deliver his inaugural address at the Tshwane Events Centre on 6 April.  

    Msimanga will outline his administration's plans for the 2017/18 financial year. Moreover, he will relate how, as part of its transformation agenda, the City has revatilised, stabilised and delivered to date. The address will detail progress in the establishment of a legitimate, transparent and accountable government and broadening access to socio-economic opportunities and infrastructure services.  

  • City of Tshwane to commemorate Earth Hour

    City of Tshwane to commemorate Earth Hour

    Thu, Mar 23, 2017

    On 25 March 2017, the City of Tshwane will join millions around the world to celebrate Earth Hour 2017. 

    The City has participated in Earth Hour activities since 2009 by switching off lights on the last Saturday of March from 20:30 to 21:30 in all municipal buildings, and encouraging others within the city to do so. 

    This year the City is co-organising and participating in three events which align with the three areas of mitigation (mitigating carbon emissions), waste, green buildings and low carbon mobility, as follows: 

    Atteridgeville Recycling Park Open Day on 25 March 2017

    The purpose of the event is to invite selected stakeholder groups to participate in an open day at the Atteridgeville Recycling Park. The open day aims to raise awareness of plant activities and debunk any concerns held by community members, especially in relation to composting. The open day also aims to build skills in vegetable gardening and the role of composting therein, and to develop an understanding of entrepreneurial opportunities associated with composting.

    Menlyn Maine Switch Off on 25 March 2017 

    This year, the City of Tshwane will host an event at Menlyn Maine, a venue that resonates with the theme of renewable energy as it is a green building that is designed to use minimal energy. The aim of the evening is to emphasise the importance of green developments as it helps the City to conserve scarce resources.

    Hammanskraal Green Ride on 26 March 2017

    The Tshwane Green Ride is a hallmark of the sustainable mobility programme where we cast a light on the importance of cycling as a viable mode of transport. This will be the fourth ride organised since 2014 and will take place for the first time in Hammanskraal. The aim is to rotate the Green Ride in the various townships as a green communities outreach activity and to draw attention to the role of supporting infrastructure to enable cyclists to pedal safely. 

    The theme for this year's Earth Hour is "Say YES to renewable energy" 

    The City of Tshwane is in the process of developing guidelines on small scale embedded generation (SSEG), which will encourage the proliferation of solar energy to power homes and commercial buildings in the city. The SSEG guidelines will also encourage the development of feed-in-tariffs aligned to the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The City has also installed two solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations to encourage the use of renewable energy by its electric vehicle fleet.

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