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  • After-school programme to keep children safe

    After-school programme to keep children safe

    Fri, Dec 7, 2018

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    Fri, Nov 9, 2018

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

  • IMMOVABLE ASSET VERIFICATION CONTINUES

    IMMOVABLE ASSET VERIFICATION CONTINUES

    Fri, Oct 26, 2018

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Project Manager: Suleman Lakhi

    Contact number: 060 508 3721

     

    Lead Consultant: Jaco Roesch

    Contact number: 082 904

  • Be safe when it rains

    Be safe when it rains

    Fri, Oct 19, 2018

    As we enjoy summer with wonderful sunny days we are also likely to experience a few thunderstorms with hail and lightning. 

    Thunderstorms are usually accompanied by one or more of the following: thunder, lightning, strong winds, hail and rain. They usually last about 30 minutes, but may last longer in severe cases. Early thunderstorm warnings are issued by the South African Weather Service via radio, television, websites and newspapers. The building up of heavy and dark clouds is usually a sign that a storm is about to break out.

    The City of Tshwane's Emergency Services Department has the following safety tips for the rainy season:

    Preparing for the rainy season
    ●         Repair all roof leaks.
    ●          Trim back tree branches from your house.
    ●          Check and clean roof gutters.
    ●          Do not dump rubbish in the water drainage system.
    ●          When building a house or dwelling, make sure it is clear of the natural watercourses in the surrounding area.
    ●          Install a lightning conductor when you live in a thatched building.
    ●         Have emergency numbers at hand.

    Precautions to be taken upon receiving weather warnings
    ●          Secure all loose objects outside the house or dwelling.
    ●         Cover cars or park them in garages.
    ●         Bring livestock and pets to shelter.
    ●         Disconnect all electrical appliances.
    ●         Stop all swimming.
    ●         Listen to the radio for the latest weather updates and information.
    ●         Have an emergency kit with torches, batteries, candles and matches ready.
    ●         Remember that if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of the storm.

    Precautions when you are outdoors during a storm
    ●          Go inside a building if you can.
    ●          Do not operate metal machinery or objects like bicycles and lawnmowers.
    ●          Avoid hilltops and high areas.
    ●          Avoid open spaces like sports fields.
    ●          Keep away from isolated tall trees.
    ●          Holding an umbrella or fishing rod is particularly dangerous if you are in an open space.
    ●          Do not drive during a severe storm – get a safe place to park, but not close to electrical power lines, trees, streams and rivers.
    ●          Do not swim.
    ●          Stay clear of metal structures like fences.

    Precautions when you are indoors during a storm
    ●          Do not use electrical appliances.
    ●          Avoid using the telephone.
    ●         Do not shower or bath.
    ●          Do not touch metal objects like window and door burglar proofing when looking outside.
    ●          Do not stand in front of windows.
    ●         When living in a metal structure, avoid touching the walls and floors.

    Precautions after a thunderstorm
    ●          Wait for 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard before attempting to go outside.
    ●         Look out for fallen trees, branches and power lines, as well as flooded watercourses.
    ●          Beware of slippery roads, especially after the first heavy rains after winter.

    Actions to be taken when someone is struck by lightning
    ●          One can handle victims without fear of also being shocked.
    ●         Ensure that victims receive medical attention immediately.
    ●          Listen and feel for breathing.
    ●          If no breathing can be detected, do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
    ●          Feel, listen and watch for heartbeat. If absent, perform CPR.
    ●          Call for medical help.

    Rules about rivers, dams and canals
    ●          Flooded rivers and streams are unpredictable – even though the water surface is smooth, the water may be flowing very fast.
    ●          If you come to a flowing river where water reaches above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
    ●          Never try to walk, swim or drive in swiftly flowing water; even if the water is 10 cm deep, it can sweep you off your feet.
    ●          Never boat or paddle near a rapid or eddy and do not go beyond buoys, signs, ropes or lights that prohibit entry in certain areas of a body of water.
    ●         Stay away from canals – undercurrents are not visible from the surface.
    ●          Remember that rivers can have strong currents and hidden dangers beneath the surface. Some rivers have waterfalls that are hundreds of feet high.
    ●          Watch out for rapids in white water.
    ●          Watch out for fallen trees and branches in a river.

    Report any emergency immediately to the Emergency Services Department.

    Emergency numbers
    012 310 6300
    012 310 6400


  • Celebrating our senior citizens

    Celebrating our senior citizens

    Tue, Oct 16, 2018

    "Old age is not defeat, but victory; not a punishment, but a privilege," said Cllr Ntsiki Mokhotho, MMC for Community and Social Development Services.

    When people become more than 100 years old, they should be honoured. The fact that we live in a society that does not generally support people as they age and that does not address issues and opportunities for older persons should motivate us to celebrate our elderly.

    Elders have always played an important role in society because they provide guidance on spiritual and community matters. The City of Tshwane celebrated the elderly on 10 October 2018 at Moreleta Park. To better understand how the role of the elderly in our society can change for the better, it is important to understand where we come from and where we want to be. The event explored some of the roles that the elderly have played throughout history in order to gain a better sense of the road towards an age-inclusive society.

    Older black South Africans in particular often support and raise their grandchildren at a time in their lives when they should be enjoying their old age. "Having contributed to raising of grandchildren is certainly a privilege, and I know that many of us are proud of our grandchildren and our children," said Cllr Mokhotho. She added that this often comes at the expense of other opportunities that older persons should be enjoying, simply because the government and society do not provide adequate support.

    The conception that the elderly cannot fend for themselves is false, as all around us we see the contribution of the elderly to communities: those raising their grandchildren, pensioners who continue to volunteer in a number of ways, and those who remain activists that champion the interest of the vulnerable and neglected.

    Today, our elderly are able to participate in society more actively and also contribute intellectually at an advanced age. There is still work to be done. Hopefully, we can continue to progress towards becoming a society with a greater appreciation and respect for our elderly.

  • Are you ready for the Green Ride this Sunday?

    Are you ready for the Green Ride this Sunday?

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018

    Join us for this fantastic family-friendly cycling event. The Green Ride is the hallmark of the City's Sustainable Mobility Programme and casts light on the importance of cycling as a viable mode of transport. The objective of the ride is to demonstrate that cycling can be done in any environment (and not for elite sporting purposes only) and to highlight the importance of appropriate infrastructure so that people from all walks of life may cycle, whether for recreational purposes or for safe commuting.

     

    The Green Ride is an event for young and old, for avid cyclists and for those who want to enjoy the scenery while having a good workout. 

     

    Join us on Sunday 14 October at the Lukas van den Berg Stadium in Pretoria West for this 30 km fun cycle ride. 

     

    Participation is free. 

     

    Date:               Saturday 14 October

    Time:              06:30 for 07:30

    Venue:           Lukas van den Berg Stadium, Pretoria West

    Distance:       30 km

     

    There will be other fun activities like aerobics, indigenous games and a fun walk. You don't want to miss out on all of the fun!

  • Transport Month

    Transport Month

    Fri, Oct 5, 2018

  • Gauteng International Arts Festival: 24 September to 7 October 2018

    Gauteng International Arts Festival: 24 September to 7 October 2018

    Mon, Oct 1, 2018

    The GauFestival, a community-based project in the heart of Tshwane run by a registered non-profit organisation, was launched in October 2016. The project includes many art forms and has an international flavour. The Board is made up of City of Tshwane representatives, various theatres, the law firm Couzyn, Hertzog and Horak, art galleries and various community projects.

     

    The purpose of the GauFestival is to bring together all who are involved in the arts, as well as the community of Tshwane and the greater Gauteng.

     

    The GauFestival aims to create awareness of the arts in our community and to set up a platform for all developing and existing artists. Expect art exhibitions, theatrical productions, musical performances and more from local talent.

    In support of the activities of GauFestival this year, a key event called “Trees are Life” was hosted at the Brooklyn Theatre yesterday. This was a school prize-giving ceremony to award the most talented primary and high school learners who participated in the “Trees are Life” competition, which also goes well with Arbor Month, September. The drum beats and the marimba performance by the Protea Boys and Girls Club created an overwhelming vibe during the ceremony.  

    Some may celebrate Arbor Day, Arbor Week or Arbor Month, but trees are important all year round, and they have been so for years gone by and will be so for years to come. The value of trees is so often underestimated. Truth is, we cannot live without them; we have no other option but to care for them.

    To motivate the learners, one of the speakers mentioned the importance of planting trees, and emphasised that we must create awareness of the value of trees and the vital role they play in terms of beauty, building materials, food, medicine, well-being, etc. The speaker also encouraged communities to hold “greening” events.

    The Trees are Life awards were given in the following categories:

    ·      Essay and poetry

    ·      The arts

    ·      Champion trees

     

    The ceremony rewarded the champion trees prize winners, whose trees had to be situated on their school grounds. The prize was shared by Barnato High School and Berea Primary School for planting the magnificent cork oak (Quercus Suber).

    The event concluded with a tree-planting ceremony at the garden of Brooklyn Theatre.

    The GauFestival takes place in 14 venues around Tshwane until 7 October 2018.

    Concert tickets range from R80 to R190 per person.

     

    For more information about GauFestival 2018 and ticket sales, go to www.gaufestival.com. 


  • New online driver’s licence pre-booking system

    New online driver’s licence pre-booking system

    Thu, Sep 27, 2018

    Following the launch of the new eNaTis online driver's licence pre-booking service by Ismail Vadi, the MEC for Roads and Transport, in August this year, the City of Tshwane will from 1 October 2018 no longer accommodate walk-in customers for:

     

    Booking a learner's licence test

    Booking a driver's licence test

    Renewing a driver's licence card

    Renewing or applying for a professional driving permit (PrDP)

    Customers are advised to use the new online system to apply for the above. Bookings can be done at online.natis.gov.za  

     

    The National Traffic Information System (eNatis) of the Department of Transport in partnership with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) will help reduce long queues and shorten the time customers spend at licence stations. 

     

    Walk-in customers for the following would still be accommodated:

     

    Vehicle registrations

    Vehicle licence renewals

    Duplicate registration papers

    Scrapping of vehicles

    Change of vehicle ownership

  • Pretoria Zoo recycling project creates jobs

    Pretoria Zoo recycling project creates jobs

    Thu, Sep 20, 2018

    The City of Tshwane in partnership with the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and PET Recycling Company (PETCO) launched a recycling project during the month of August, aimed at creating jobs and addressing the problem of litter being left at the zoo by visitors.

     

    The pilot project will be operated by the Umkariso Women in Water cooperative. The cooperative was formed in 2014 by dedicated women of Mamelodi who have taken it upon themselves to clean up polluted streams in their area.

    The zoo has trained and appointed five previously unemployed Tshwane residents for the project. The project forms part of the zoo’s environmental management plan and recycling is just one area in which they are committed to expanding the green footprint.

    In implementing the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle, we are also waging a war on littering, which is the reason for the City’s clean-up programme called Tswelopele. The latter programme is aimed at intensifying the cleaning up of the inner city with a particular focus on removing drugs from our streets, particularly those drugs often found in abandoned buildings.

    The City therefore encourages all residents to take action to keep Tshwane clean at all times.


  • Better health by following prescriptions for diabetes

    Better health by following prescriptions for diabetes

    Mon, Sep 17, 2018

    ​In the quest to improve the health and well-being of citizens, main chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension are screened continually at City of Tshwane clinics. Between 2017 and 2018, a total of 15 582 new diabetes cases were recorded in Tshwane. However, many patients (new patients and patients already on treatment) did not report for follow-up consistently. It is also believed that they did not follow the instructions of their doctor or nurse.

     

    According to the 2013 Stats SA Mortality and Causes of Death Report, over 50% of deaths and 33% of the burden of disease in South Africa are attributable to non-communicable diseases. Research shows that despite access to health services, non-communicable diseases (asthma, diabetes, arthritis, and etc) are on the rise and may overtake communicable diseases (TB, Measles, chicken pox, sexually transmitted infection, and etc) as the leading cause of death (Tshwane District Health Plan 2018-19).

     

    Below are some of the complications from non-compliance or uncontrolled diabetes:

    • Kidney problems
    • Blindness
    • Heart problems
    • Stroke
    • Nerve damage
    • Sexual problems
    • Foot problems
    • Worsening of infectious diseases
    • Narrowing of blood vessels

     

    To control diabetes, patients are encouraged to do the following:

     

    • Practise a healthy lifestyle – control blood sugar by eating right, exercising regularly and controlling your weight.
    • Remember your follow-up dates with your doctor or clinic.
    • Take treatment as prescribed and do not stop taking the medication unless your doctor or nurse says so.
    • Take all unused medication to the clinic.
    • Report any side effects.

     

    Diabetes is a dangerous disease that must be treated with care. Failure to do so can affect all organs in the end, and may cause disability or death.

  • Office of the Chief Whip: Keeping healthy and fit through Councillors Sports Day 2018

    Office of the Chief Whip: Keeping healthy and fit through Councillors Sports Day 2018

    Tue, Sep 11, 2018

    Spring has indeed sprung! On Friday, 7 September, the Office of the Chief Whip welcomed the spring season the healthy way by hosting Tshwane Councillors Sports Day 2018, through which City of Tshwane Councillors and top management showed their team spirit on a sport field.

     

    Like the first event last year, this year features multiple sporting activities such as aerobics, tug of war, athletics, netball, cycling and soccer.

     

    The event was not only about playing games but offered a full health check in the spirit of wellness. The health screenings conducted were free of charge and covered blood pressure, blood glucose, diabetes, cholesterol and weight assessment. Promoting healthy lifestyles through education on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases formed part of the wellness aspect.

     

    Without a doubt, Tshwane as the capital city has to be at the forefront of social cohesion. The day was about promoting councillor wellness and building positive relations amongst them.

     

    Most top management officials made it to this unique event, including the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga; the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola; and the Chief Whip, Cllr Christo van den Heever.

     

    No rain stopped the order of the day – on the slippery lawns Cllr Msimanga and members of the Mayoral Committee played soccer versus the City of Tshwane Councillors. This was very interesting to watch, and even more interesting when Councillors participated in other blood-rushing activities.

     

    Soccer legends of SuperSport residing in Tshwane participated in most of the games.

     

    The games ended with a lucky draw and a prize-giving ceremony.

  • Tshwane hosting Gaborone City Council

    Tshwane hosting Gaborone City Council

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018

    The City of Tshwane proudly hosted a delegation from our neighbouring African capital, Gaborone. Members of the Gaborone City Council visited Tshwane as part of a benchmarking mission.

     

    The visit stems from Gaborone's participation in the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) over the past three years and subsequent engagements with the City to undertake a study visit to share ideas and gain insight into related projects.

     

    The main purpose of this study mission was for the delegation to learn more about waste transfer stations and waste management systems in Tshwane. The Gaborone City Council is in the process of developing a waste transfer station, the first of its kind in Botswana. This mission intended to benchmark on best practices and adopt some ideas as the City of Tshwane is running a waste transfer station to a certain extent.

     

    The annual ACCSF, established and convened by the City of Tshwane, plays a part in recognising the unique role capital cities play within national and international contexts. This platform drives the climate action agenda of cities by advocating the sharing of best practices, stimulating the green economy and promoting sustainable cities in Africa.

     

  • Sinkholes update: Jean Avenue partially open

    Sinkholes update: Jean Avenue partially open

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018

    We are happy to announce that Phase 1 of the sinkhole repairs at the intersection of Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street in Centurion has been successfully completed.

     

    Traffic flow in Gerhard Street will improve after it was partially reopened to the north and south. Vehicles will only be able to turn east from Gerhard Street into Jean Avenue. Vehicles will still be unable to turn west into Jean Avenue from Gerhard Street because that portion of the road will be closed in order to repair the second subsidence – these repairs are currently underway.

     

    The sinkhole has caused massive disruption to businesses and traffic flow in Centurion. This is the largest single cost of repair (R25 million). The site was handed over to the contractor, who has the necessary capacity to undertake the work, in January 2018.

     

    At least R27,5 million had been allocated for the 2017/2018 financial year to repair the five highest-ranked sinkholes. R25 million will be made available in the current financial year for the rehabilitation of other sinkholes.

     

    Due to the high number of sinkholes, a process has been developed that prioritises sinkholes in terms of repair priority. The following factors are considered during the prioritisation process:

     

    • Safety of residents
    • Exposure to risk
    • Extent of damage
    • Stability of the sinkhole
    • Age of the sinkhole
    • Scope of the repair works
    • Availability of funds
    • Capacity to repair

     

    It is important to note that sinkholes can occur naturally over time, but they are aggravated in built-up areas due to leakage and ingress of storm water or wastewater into the subsurface, as well as through lowering of the groundwater table through dewatering.

     

    We urge residents to report any sign of developing sinkholes in their areas to the City in order to ensure that we can respond in a timely manner.

  • Strengthening ties with the Tshwane University of Technology

    Strengthening ties with the Tshwane University of Technology

    Tue, Aug 7, 2018

    ​As the old African proverb says, "It takes a village to raise a child". One could imagine then that it would take a city to raise a tertiary institution. The City of Tshwane is thus taking ownership of the issues that our tertiary institutions are faced with. We need to join forces in order to nurture our institutions to meet our residents' needs.

     

    The Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Professor Lourens Van Staden, the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, and other Tshwane officials  today discussed  a number of issues of mutual interest, including disability and vulnerability, culture, tourism and sport, transport, safety and security, and student accommodation.

     

    An overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in order to strengthen collaboration between the City of Tshwane and TUT for a period of five years. TUT has focused its efforts on the development of research and innovation and this collaboration thus presents opportunities of mutual benefit for both institutions.

     

    Addressing the delegates taking part in the discussion, Dr Mosola said: "Universities play an important role in driving economic growth in their local areas, which is the reason why the City of Tshwane deemed it important to collaborate with TUT."

    Collaboration between the City of Tshwane and TUT is critical for improving creativity and sharing ideas in an effort to enhance service delivery. 

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