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  • Rebuilding a relationship of trust with Tshwane residents

    Rebuilding a relationship of trust with Tshwane residents

    Thu, Apr 15, 2021

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Randall Williams, delivered the State of the City Address on 15 April 2021. Williams reflected on how the COVID-19 pandemic had a lasting impact on the economy and has fundamentally changed the way we work and interact with each other. 

    "The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to impact our city in every aspect of how it functions. It significantly impacted the City's revenue as many residents faced significant financial difficulties," added Williams. 

    Despite the revenue collection in the City dropping from 95% to 75% for 2019/20, Williams said that it is important to find ways in which the City can provide support in stimulating growth and driving increased economic activity across Tshwane by providing an acceptable and affordable level of service delivery to residents which is cost-effective, efficient and reliable.  

    With the challenges that the COVID-19 national state of disaster has had on the City's project timelines, the Utility Services Department has managed to spend almost 50% of its capital budget by mid-year, and is on track to spend at least 95% of the budget by year end.  

    The Baviaanspoort Waste Water Treatment Works project is 88% complete and is on track for completion in May 2021. The R2,1 billion project to expand the capacity of the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works has started and is on track, and the overall progress is at 33%, with the contractor expecting to be 50% done by the end of this financial year.  

    The new Wildebees Infeed Substation, that will link to Eskom and the rest of the province, will be completed by 2024 in partnership with Eskom. This substation is needed to supply electricity to the rapidly developing eastern areas of Tshwane and to strengthen the backup supply to many other substations. 

    The City has recently approved the Tshwane Informal Settlements Strategy, which seeks to provide a clear plan that will guide the incremental upgrading of informal settlements in Tshwane. Eight informal settlements will be formalised in this financial year, with 19 informal settlements targeted for the 2021/22 financial year and 52 in the next three years. 

    Through the City's weekly service delivery war room, departments are attending to various service delivery issues. During the past five months, the following progress has been made to restore infrastructure in the city: 

    • 35 million square metres of grass has been cut
    • Over 7 000 potholes and over 25 000 square meters of road has been repaired 
    • 70 000 street lights have been repaired
    • Over 11 000 sewers have been unblocked
    • Over 20 000 water leaks have been repaired


    Williams concluded by saying that the City must build a relationship of trust with Tshwane residents and the only way to do that was through ensuring that quality and sustainable services are delivered.


    Please click on the following link to access the full speech: State Of the Capital Address (SOCA) - 2021

  • State of the Capital Address

    State of the Capital Address

    Wed, Apr 14, 2021

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Randall Williams, will deliver the State of the Capital Address on Thursday, 15 April 2021, at 11:00. 

    Residents can watch the proceedings live on Tshwane TV (DSTV Channel 262) or YouTube. 

    The speech will also be broadcast live on Power FM, Moretele FM, Kangala FM, Soshanguve FM, Tshwane FM, Groot FM, Pheli FM, You FM, Laudium FM, Mams FM, Tuks FM, TUT FM and Unisa Radio. 

  • Sod-turning ceremony marks the start of construction at Caledonian Stadium

    Sod-turning ceremony marks the start of construction at Caledonian Stadium

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021

    The City held a sod-turning ceremony to mark the official start of the refurbishment of Caledonian Stadium in Arcadia.  

    Caledonian Stadium forms part of a rich and integral section of our history and sporting culture in Tshwane, and even relates to the development of professional soccer in South Africa. It was founded in 1903, and was specifically built for the Arcadia Shepherds Football Club (known previously as Callies), which used the stadium for more than 50 years.  

    The site used to be administered by the Caledonian Society from the late 1800s, and the stadium's name is derived from this group. In 1916, the society sold the land to the Pretoria Municipality on condition that the facility should be reserved for the sport of football. There is so much that one can say about the history of this stadium and the success stories, too. 

    Caledonian Stadium has produced many great and well-known professional soccer players, such as Thomas Hlongwane, Noel Cousins, Stan Lapot, Bongane Khumalo, Deshi Bhaktawer, Mark Fish, Thomas Madigage, Edward Motale, Mark Evans, Mark Anderson and many more. 
    One of the greatest female players of all time in South Africa, Banyana Banyana captain Portia Modise, scored her first goal for the country on the Caledonian Stadium grounds. 

    "We made a promise to ensure that we refurbish [the] stadium. We have committed to a plan that will ensure that the stadium is upgraded accordingly," said the MMC for Community and Social Development Services, Cllr Thabisile Vilakazi, during her address.  

    The stadium will be upgraded as follows: 

    • Renovating the existing stadium to Premium Soccer League standards to spark life back into the precinct.
    • Creating an economically self-sustainable football precinct.
    • Providing a new soccer museum and a multipurpose hall with a sport retail shop to attract tourists, and this will feature a display of Tshwane Football Legends content.
    • The existing spectator pavilion and related facilities will be extend while retaining the identified heritage aspects.
    • Renovating the existing clubhouse to a new sports bar that can be leased to generate
    • Creating a new five-a-side soccer facility.
    • Creating a new skate park for inner city skating. 

    "It is of the utmost importance that we as the City ensure that we invest in our sporting facilities. These are key points of recreation that provide significant benefits to our communities and provide opportunities for young people to hone and develop their sporting skills," concluded Vilakazi. 

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Randall Williams said the refurbishment of Caledonian Stadium was something to be very proud of. 

    Even more interesting, the football legend, Mark Fish, graced the event with his presence. He also shared interesting history regarding what happened at Caledonian Stadium back in the good old days. 

  • Service delivery and infrastructure remain the key issues on the 2021/22 draft Integrated Development Plan and budget

    Service delivery and infrastructure remain the key issues on the 2021/22 draft Integrated Development Plan and budget

    Tue, Apr 13, 2021

    Residents, businesses and stakeholders of Tshwane are encouraged to submit their inputs on the draft 2021/22 budget and Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

    The IDP for the medium term (2021–2026) seeks to ensure that the poor remains a priority, and that current projects are completed timeously and within the budget.

    Tshwane is growing faster than the national average and its population is estimated to be well over 3,5 million people. This number is increasing year on year and places an increased demand on basic services. Infrastructure needs remain imperative and the demand for service delivery is important. The City will continue to work closely with communities to seek creative housing solutions and to ensure that services reach every corner of Tshwane. The budget, which supports the IDP, demonstrates the City's commitment to improving the lives of the people of Tshwane through service delivery.

    The focus of the IDP and budget will be on the following ten-point plan and direct the City's undertakings for the next financial year:

    1.       Prioritise the electrical grid and water infrastructure

    2.       Implement a robust COVID-19 management strategy

    3.       Create a reliable waste and refuse removal service

    4.       Provide stringent financial management and oversight

    5.       Enhance city safety and emergency services

    6.       Promote employment and economic growth in the city

    7.       Support the vulnerable and provide social relief

    8.       Fast-track development by cutting red tape

    9.       Expansive financial cost cutting across City processes

    10.     Maintain and expand road infrastructure


    The City is tabling a total budget of R42,7 billion, consisting of the operating budget of R39 billion and the capital budget of R3,7 billion.

    The major source of the City's revenue is property rates and service charges for electricity, water, sanitation and refuse removal, which make up 80,7% of the revenue basket. The remainder comes from transfers and minor charges in various facilities.

    The capital budget deals mainly with investment in infrastructure (like constructing roads, the electricity distribution network and reservoirs, and upgrading community facilities).

    Only projects validated and ready to be implemented will kick off in the 2021/22 financial year.

    There are several factors that affect tariff increases, which include inflation and bulk purchase costs from Rand Water and Eskom. The challenge remains in ensuring that the proposed tariffs are affordable to the residents while at the same time ensuring that the City can recover the cost of bulk purchases from Eskom and Rand Water.

    The National Energy Regulator of South Africa approved Eskom's retail tariff structural adjustment on 5 March 2021, which resulted in an increase of 17,8% for municipalities. The City's proposed electricity tariff increase from 1 July 2021 is 14,59%, which is lower than the increase Eskom gave through to the City.

    To lessen the impact of the overall increases on household accounts, the City has limited the property rates tariff increase to 2% and the refuse removal tariff increase to 4,1%.

    The table below highlights the proposed percentage increases in tariffs for main services from 1 July 2021:

    Revenue category2021/22 proposed tariff increase
    Refuse removal4,1%
    Property rates2%


    The following are some of the operating programmes within the operational budget:

    • Expanded Public Works Programme initiatives – R70,1 million
    • Food bank – R4,6 million         
    • LED and SMME initiatives – R11,4 million
    • Household refuse removal – R616,5 million
    • Illegal dumping – R94, 4 million
    • Drug and substance abuse – R35,5 million
    • Formalisation of informal settlements – R72,6 million
    • Repairs and maintenance of infrastructure and community facilities – R663,9 million
    • A Re Yeng operations – R20,3 million
    • Electricity reticulation, power stations, connections and disconnections – R123,9 million
    • Water purification works – R84,1 million
    • Water tankers (informal settlements) – R27,1 million


    Some key capital projects for 2021/22:

      • Upgrading Refilwe Stadium – R27,7 million
      • Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone Phase 1 bulk infrastructure roll-out – R60 million
      • Provision of waste containers – R15 million
      • New Lusaka Clinic – R43 million
      • Redevelopment of hostels (Saulsville) – R9,4 million
      • Redevelopment of hostels (Mamelodi) – R50 million
      • Timberlands construction of 607 social housing units – R160,7 million
      • Townlands detail design and internal reticulation – R148 million
      • Refurbishment of water networks and backlog eradication – R138 million
      • Replace, upgrade and construct waste water treatment works facilities – R198,8 million
      • Replace worn-out network pipes – R95 million
      • Electricity for All – R93,7 million
      • Prepaid electricity meters – R55 million
      • Strengthening overhead network (11kV) – R25 million
      • Tarring roads in Ekangala (Wards 103, 104 and 105) – R45 million
      • Upgrading Sibande Street in Mamelodi – R15 million

    The IDP and budget documents can be accessed at the following links:

    Draft MTREF and draft Property Rates Policy and By-law

    Page 201 of the document refers to Property rates and Tariffs

    Draft Tshwane IDP

    Anyone who wishes to comment on these documents can submit their written comments as follows:

    • Draft Tshwane IDP: Send an email to or hand-deliver comments to the IDP comments box, reception desk, Ground Floor, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria.
    • Draft MTREF (and related tariffs): Send an email to Stephani Botes at or hand-deliver comments to the MTREF comments box, reception desk, Ground Floor, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria.
    • Draft Property Rates Policy and By-law: Send an email to Sam Chepape at or hand-deliver comments to the Property Rates Policy and By-law comments box, reception desk, Ground Floor, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria.

      The closing date for comments is 30 April 2021 at 13:00.

  • Be a participative resident and influence service delivery issues affecting you

    Be a participative resident and influence service delivery issues affecting you

    Wed, Mar 31, 2021

    Residents, businesses and stakeholders are afforded an opportunity to be part of the City's decision-making. Join us as we determine the City's service delivery focus for the new financial year. 

    In compliance with the provisions of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000), the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003) and the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act 6 of 2004), the City of Tshwane invites the community and stakeholders to submit written comments on the following: 

    • 2021–2026 draft Tshwane Integrated Development Plan (IDP)
    • 2021/22 draft Medium-term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF) (and related tariffs)
    • Draft Property Rates Policy and By-law 

    Anyone who wishes to comment on these documents can submit their comments as follows: 

    • Draft Tshwane IDP: Send an email to or hand-deliver comments to the IDP comments box, reception desk, Ground Floor, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria.
    • Draft MTREF (and related tariffs): Send an email to Stephani Botes at or hand-deliver comments to the MTREF comments box, reception desk, Ground Floor, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria.
    • Draft Property Rates Policy and By-law: Send an email to Sam Chepape at or hand-deliver comments to the Property Rates Policy and By-law comments box, reception desk, Ground Floor, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria. 

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national state of disaster, the City will not host public meetings this year.  

    The closing date for comments is 30 April 2021 at 13:00. 

    All comments must be in writing. 

    Documents can be accessed at the following links: 

    Draft MTREF and draft Property Rates Policy and By-law 


    Page 201 of the document refers to Property rates and Tariffs  

    Draft Tshwane IDP

  • Be in sync with nature this Earth Hour

    Be in sync with nature this Earth Hour

    Fri, Mar 26, 2021

    ​Join us for Earth Hour 2021 on Saturday, 27 March 2021, under the theme, Speak up for nature. This year's Earth Hour is to be a spotlight moment that puts nature at the centre of international conversations. 

    Once more, the City of Tshwane is adding its voice to the global call to protect nature as our first line of defence against climate change. We would like to take this Earth Hour to honour our stakeholders that are actively putting nature first. Through active citizenry and partnerships, we can bring nature into our city and reap the multiple benefits of having safe, clean and peaceful conservation areas alongside the bustle of urban development. 

    Just to give an idea of what the City of Tshwane is doing to promote biodiversity, below are projects that the City has worked on and continues to work on jointly with various stakeholders: 

    Hennops Revival rehabilitating the Hennops River 

    The efforts of Hennops Revival demonstrate the willpower of the non-profit sector to reverse the extensive damage to one of Gauteng's once beautiful rivers. Hennops Revival conducts extensive clean-ups to remove the endless barrage of municipal solid waste that is flushed down the river. For more information:


    Apies River Rehabilitation Programme 

    The Apies River Rehabilitation Programme demonstrates the possibility of restoring rivers as part of a development process, which in this case is the Rainbow Junction development. For more information:


    WESSA Friends Groups restoring the biodiversity of the City's key ecological nodes 

    WESSA Friends Groups are volunteer groups affiliated to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) to encourage public participation in caring for the Earth. Tshwane has 15 friends groups whose volunteers spend their weekends restoring the biodiversity of Tshwane's key ecological nodes. For more information: 


    Landscape design guidelines to enhance biodiversity 

    The University of Pretoria's Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Tshwane (BEST) project aims to investigate urban ecological landscape design practices for biodiversity enhancement, and to develop local guidelines for landscape design that are socio-culturally and ecologically relevant.


    Partnership between the City of Tshwane and the City of Aarhus to promote green infrastructure  

    The Integrative Green Infrastructure Planning (GRIP) project, which is a collaboration between the Universities of Pretoria and Aarhus, aims to complement an existing collaboration on sustainable cities between the City of Aarhus and the City of Tshwane.  

  • Customer emails cannot be attended to currently

    Customer emails cannot be attended to currently

    Tue, Mar 9, 2021

    ​The City of Tshwane Customer Relations Management Department is currently experiencing challenges in attending to customers' emails due to water damage affecting the City's email server. 

    The following email addresses are currently not accessible: 

    Due to the email server challenges, reporting the above matters on the e-Tshwane platform will also be affected.  

    Customers are therefore requested to report matters 012 358 9999 or to visit one of the City's customer care walk-in centres. 

    Residents can submit meter readings via the e-Tshwane platform as per the billing calendar as the email address is also not functioning at this stage. Visit, click on the e-Tshwane link and follow the instructions. 

    Consumers can get a summary of their municipal account, pay their account, and download various forms to apply and cancel services via the e-Tshwane WhatsApp Service on 087 153 1001. Please ensure that you register on e-Tshwane first, because customers who are not registered will not be able to get billing information. 

    The following alternative reporting facilities are available: 

    • Power failures can be reported by SMS or online. SMS the word "power" followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676, or visit and follow the Report Power Failure link.
    • Billing information is available on 080 1111 556, Option 2 (self-service). You will require your ten-digit account number.  

    The City apologises for the inconvenience caused.

  • Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund Project ready to plant the first seeds worth R2 million

    Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund Project ready to plant the first seeds worth R2 million

    Fri, Mar 5, 2021

    In December 2020, I announced the establishment of an Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund to assist the small and emerging farmers of Tshwane.

    The need for assistance was expressed to me by two of the city’s young emerging farmers. Specifically, these young farmers asked me to help them with training in financial management, and with access to capital.

    Following this meeting and my subsequent announcement of the establishment of an Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund, I instructed officials in my office to make this happen.

    Through reprioritisation efforts and identified savings within the Office of the Executive Mayor, which included internalising a number of planned research projects, we have now confirmed through Council approval of the adjustment budget for 2020/21 on Thursday that we will "seed" the Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund with R2 million.

    This initial R2 million will allow us to provide at least 100 emerging farmers in Tshwane with access to capital in the form of micro-grants. The micro-grant is not intended to "help float" the businesses of our emerging farmers, but it is designed to assist them in procuring specific equipment and input material that will stimulate their respective agri-businesses. Financial training will be provided to emerging farmers as part of this initiative.

    Based on the guidance and advice from agricultural experts familiar with the agricultural environment and sector in Tshwane, the micro-grants will allow emerging farmers to procure drilling and equipping services (for water), water tanks for storage, irrigation equipment, shade nets or tunnel structures for controlled farming, seedlings or seeds and fertiliser, as well as certain animal feed.

    We believe this investment through our Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund will allow our emerging farmers, and the residents of Tshwane, to harvest and enjoy future crops with a significantly increased yield, and that the increase in their financial well-being will be equal to the increase in their crop yield.

    The implementation of this fund will be through my office in collaboration with our Agriculture and Rural Development Division under the leadership of the MMC for Environment and Agriculture Management, Cllr Dana Wannenburg. This implementation structure will afford

    my office the responsibility to monitor progress, engage with the emerging farmer beneficiaries and provide me with continuous feedback on this critical initiative.

    Agriculture can be found throughout Tshwane, especially in Regions 4, 5, 6 and 7. These areas are also prone to extreme events such as flooding and intense thunderstorms, which can have a detrimental impact on agricultural infrastructure. In addition, the increases in very hot days, heatwaves and high fire-danger days will likely reduce crop yields and increase cattle and poultry mortality in Tshwane.

    For the City of Tshwane, preventative action should also include water-sensitive urban design and promoting climate-resilient agriculture and ecosystems. The launch of this Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund is also at the forefront of these required climate actions, as highlighted by the City of Tshwane’s updated 2020 Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA).

    The Climate Action Plan indicates that we should focus on implementing actions that will build the general resilience of the city and its people by raising awareness, providing training, improving health and food security, maintaining infrastructure and ensuring environmental conservation. I am confident that empowering our emerging farmers through the Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund to become more productive will build resilience in Tshwane.

    The City of Tshwane would like to invite all interested emerging farmers who meet the prescribed requirements and who currently farm within our municipal boundaries to apply to the Emerging Farmers’ Development Fund for consideration. Application forms and the requisite criteria are available on the City of Tshwane website.

    For further enquiries, please email and

    The deadline for applications is Sunday, 14 March 2021, at midnight.

  • Tswelopele clean-up journey continues

    Tswelopele clean-up journey continues

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021

    ​Love your city and keep it clean. That is what the Tswelopele campaign is about. 

    The campaign is aimed at encouraging Tshwane residents and businesses to take thoughtful action and contribute towards ensuring that we keep the city clean at all times.  

    This interesting drive calls on businesses and the community at large to rally together and play an active role in building a clean and hospitable city that brings everyone together to live, work and play. It focuses on encouraging volunteerism and promoting environmental care. 

    As part of the campaign, the following activities are performed: picking up litter, cleaning up, cutting brush and grass, pruning trees, removing illegal waste at identified spots, etc. 

    The goal of the campaign is to inspire communities and businesses in taking charge of their natural environment. 

    The roll-out plan of the City's upcoming Tswelopele clean-up covers all seven regions.  

    As the drive takes turns in various regions, communities will be invited to join and participate. After all, keeping Tshwane clean is everybody's responsibility!  

    Details will be posted on the official City of Tshwane social media pages to keep communities informed. 

    Do your part and make a difference to keep Tshwane clean. 

    The next Tswelopele clean-up will be in Region 3 (inner city) and is scheduled as follows: 

    Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021

    Meeting point: Tshwane House entrance

    Time: 09:00 

    For more information, please call Thabo Tshukudu on 012 358 8805.



    Fri, Feb 19, 2021

    Every year on the Sunday closest to 21 February, the South African Legion (Atteridgeville and Pretoria branches), City of Tshwane Community and Social Development Services Department, Ditsong Museums of South Africa, South African National Defence Force, Gauteng Department of Education, Department of Military Veterans and members of the local community host the annual SS Mendi commemoration memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony at the SS Mendi Memorial at the Ga-Mothakga Resort in Saulsville.

    As the country fights yet another war to curb the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commemoration event will not be held this year.

    The story of the SS Mendi is part of a bigger story of the recruitment of black South African men to serve in the South African Native Labour Contingent, often called the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC), for non-combatant labour services. Around 21 000 men volunteered to serve in the SANLC in France. Black South Africans had served during the South-West African (Namibia) campaign during World War I (1914–1915) and later in the East African campaign.

    On 1 July 1916, the Allied armies in France launched the Somme offensive on the western front. With casualties rising, the British government requested South Africa to recruit 10 000 black troops to provide services in France. On 7 September 1916, South Africa acceded to the British request. Many men volunteered for service in the SANLC and the Cape Auxiliary Horse Transport Companies. They were not allowed to bear arms and their roles included working in hospitals and plantations, hewing wood for the trenches, working in the harbours loading cargo on ships, and cleaning mess tins in the trenches.

    On 16 January 1917, the troopship SS Mendi departed from Cape Town with 802 black soldiers, five white officers and 17 non-commissioned officers of the Fifth Battalion SANLC. There were also 89 crew members and 56 other military passengers on board. The SS Mendi was named after the Mendi community of Sierra Leone since it had seen service on the West African sea route.

    The SS Mendi's route to Plymouth in the United Kingdom included calls at Lagos in Nigeria and Freetown in Sierra Leone for replenishments. She arrived in Plymouth after a journey of 34 days from Cape Town.

    In overcast conditions on the afternoon of 20 February 1917, the SS Mendi sailed from Plymouth, escorted by the destroyer HMS Brisk. On the evening of 20 February 1917, the SS Darro departed from the French port of Le Havre and headed into the English Channel. The weather was dull, overcast and misty, and the SS Darro sailed at full speed. She displayed some lights but did not sound her siren. The weather deteriorated with heavy fog and due to her slow speed, the HMS Brisk had difficulty in keeping station a cable length astern of the SS Mendi.

    At 04:57 on 21 February 1917, about 11 miles south-southwest of St Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight, the bow of the SS Darro crashed into the starboard side of the SS Mendi with tremendous force, tearing a large opening through which water poured into the SS Mendi. Men standing on the deck were hurled to the deck while those asleep were woken up. The two ships drifted apart, leaving the large hole on the side of the SS Mendi.

    The many hours of training and exercises during the voyage from Cape Town paid off as the men, shaken by the collision, struggled out of their blankets, picked up their lifebelts and made their way in the dark and rising icy water to the deck of the ship. Sadly, some 140 of the men were trapped in their cabins and could not escape. Some 750 men made it to the deck and started lowering the lifeboats. All appeared to be calm and the men were disciplined as they went about their tasks.

    As the SS Mendi took on water, she leaned heavily to starboard, making it very difficult to lower the lifeboats on the port side. Some of the lifeboats were successfully launched, but several of them capsized on hitting the water, while others capsized when the men tried to jump into them. As there were not enough lifeboats, the men proceeded to make use of the life rafts, which could each support only 20 men at a time.

    It is recorded that Rev Wauchope Dyobha calmed the panicking men and quietened them in their hour of death, capturing their attention by raising his arms aloft in the true tradition, as he cried out in a loud voice:

    "Be quiet and calm my countrymen, for what is taking place is exactly what you came to do. You are going to die … But that is what you came to do … Brothers, we are drilling the death drill. I, a Xhosa, say you are my brothers. Swazis, Pondos, Basutos, we die like brothers. We are the sons of Africa. Raise your war cries, brothers, for though they made us leave assegais in the kraal, our voices are left with our bodies."

    It was further said that the men removed their boots and stomped the death dance on the deck of the SS Mendi.

    The Captain of the SS Mendi then ordered everyone to abandon ship and to get as far away from the ship as possible. Many men, singing, praying or crying, jumped into the icy cold waters. However, many who had never seen the sea before were too afraid to jump and remained aboard the SS Mendi. Most of those that ended up in the water, even though they wore their life jackets, succumbed to hypothermia and those who remained on board perished when the SS Mendi sank. The SS Mendi sank with 618 black soldiers, two officers, seven non-commissioned officers and 33 crew members. The total number of survivors was 267 (we cannot be sure of these figures). Those who have no known grave are commemorated at the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, United Kingdom. 19 bodies were washed ashore and are buried in four cemeteries in the United Kingdom, and one each in France and the Netherlands. 

    The Commander of the SS Darro was suspended for 12 months.

    Communities around the world commemorate the SS Mendi incident on 21 February every year. There are memorials erected in South Africa, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands. In South Africa, SS Mendi memorials are located at New Brighton in Port Elizabeth, Mowbray in Cape Town, Avalon Cemetery in Soweto (unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 23 March 1995) and the Ga-Mothakga Resort in Atteridgeville.

    The erection of the monument in Atteridgeville was encouraged by the South African Navy during the early 1990s. It is not certain when the original memorial was erected, but it appears to have been around 1995. Sadly, the original memorial was removed by an unknown person and a replacement was erected some years later. Currently, the monument requires minor repairs, some material to encircle it, and the installation of the information panel and names of the fallen heroes.

    The SS Mendi tragedy has not been forgotten and the continuation, documentation and appreciation of the SS Mendi incident and the role played by the members of the SANLC are symbolised by the following:

    • Two South African Navy ships were named in honour of SS Mendi and Rev Isaac Dyobha: The valour-class frigate SAS Mendi, and the warrior-class off-shore patrol vessel, SAS Isaac Dyobha.
    • The Order of Mendi for Bravery is bestowed by the President of South Africa on citizens who have performed extraordinary acts of bravery.
    • In March 2009, the British Ministry of Defence designated the site of the SS Mendi's wreck as a protected war grave. People must obtain permission to dive on the wreck and it is considered a criminal offence to remove or bring any piece of the wreck to the surface.
    • In 2018, the SS Mendi bell was mysteriously discovered and brought to South Africa to be preserved and exhibited. This historic ornament is currently housed in the Chief of the Navy's office in Tshwane, and it is placed on display every year during the annual Armed Forces Day.



    Clothier, N. Black Valour. University of Natal Press, Durban, 1987.

    Centenary Retrospective – Sinking of the SS Mendi 1917–2017. Delville Wood Memorial Trust, 2017.

    Photos of the SS Mendi Memorial in Atteridgeville. Council of Military Veterans Organisations of South Africa. 

    Let us protect our heritage sites

    The City of Tshwane Heritage Resources Management Service Subsection of the Arts, Culture and Library Services Division of the Community and Social Development Services Department appeals to communities to protect their valuable heritage sites. The current high rate of vandalism is not only impacting the tourism sector but also erasing irreplaceable elements of our history for future generations. 

    Request for donation of SS Mendi troopship material

    The City of Tshwane Heritage Resources Management Service Subsection of the Arts, Culture and Library Services Division of the Community and Social Development Services Department requests the community to donate books and any other written material on the SS Mendi. The material will be put on the shelves of the Atteridgeville Library, which is close to the SS Mendi Memorial, to be used by the community. Contributors can contact or for further arrangements.

  • Prepaid electricity meters will help consumers to reduce their electricity costs

    Prepaid electricity meters will help consumers to reduce their electricity costs

    Thu, Feb 18, 2021

    In line with its commitment to stabilise the City's finances through innovation, the City of Tshwane will continue its project to replace conventional electricity meters with prepaid meters.  

    These meters are an exciting step towards realising the City's adoption of current technology that assists our customers in making services affordable. Prepaid meters identify electricity consumption patterns in better detail as compared to conventional meters. Prepaid meters also communicate directly with the City and provide meter readings to the City.  

    Furthermore, consumers can use prepaid meters as a tool to help them manage their energy consumption and, in return, reduce costs. These meters will also eliminate the element of surprise of high and unaffordable electricity bills, as well as the inconvenience of disconnected electricity services. 

    This project will recommence in the second half of February 2021 and will run until the end of this financial year, 30 June 2021. The project will continue into the next financial year in line with the available budget. 

    Customers will receive communication seven days prior to the meter replacement date. The project will be rolled out in all seven regions of Tshwane.  Residents will be presented with user manuals on how to use the keypad and meter once the installation has been completed.  

    More than 61% of properties in Tshwane already purchase electricity for prepaid meters. This project will contribute to developing a completely smart metered electricity network that benefits all residents of Tshwane.  

    The newly installed prepaid meters will be preloaded with 5 kWh and consumers must then load more units onto their new meter for household use.  

    Electricity units can be purchased from City of Tshwane pay points at customer care centres, and at the following banks and retailers: 

    • BLD Blu-approved devices
    • Footprint
    • Shoprite
    • Pick n Pay
    • Spar
    • ABSA, FNB, Capitec, Old Mutual, African Bank and Investec
    • Engen, BP, Shell and Sasol filling stations
    • Unipin 

    All technicians will have permits with their full identification details and contact information. The technicians will also comply with COVID-19 regulations.

  • Health workers fighting COVID-19 in hotspot areas

    Health workers fighting COVID-19 in hotspot areas

    Thu, Feb 11, 2021

    Tshwane's health workers are working non-stop to assist residents in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By utilising all available resources to engage this virus, the City of Tshwane Health Department wants to ensure that health services are rendered where they are needed on the ground.

    A COVID-19 outreach programme to hotspot areas was put into operation to reach residents, especially vulnerable persons. This programme consists of a mobile test unit that is fully equipped to screen patients and, where necessary, to conduct COVID-19 tests. The unit is manned by primary healthcare practitioners and support staff, and together they form a formidable team. Other municipal health services are also rendered during these events.

    Wards to which services should be deployed are identified after weekly COVID-19 statistical reports are received. Depending on the number of positive cases identified in a ward, these hotspots are targeted. When the wards are identified, a venue with high public access is identified for the outreach campaign. The team of different role players is then deployed to the venue from 09:00 to 13:00 on the applicable day. Members of the public can then be screened and, if necessary, tested for free.

    The process of testing, analysing and communicating with the patient is done according to the approved protocol from the Department of Health. This will be an ongoing effort from the City of Tshwane and residents are urged to make use of this opportunity to be screened and tested.

    The symptoms of COVID-19 include the loss of smell and taste, coughing, a sore throat, shortness of breath and fever.

    Please contact a healthcare provider immediately if you develop a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, muscle aches or other flu-like symptoms from two to ten days after you had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

    To protect yourself and others, it is important to do the following:

    • Wear a mask
    • Maintain a physical distance of a few metres from other people
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Sanitise your hands by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
    • Cough or sneeze into your upper bended arm or use a tissue or handkerchief

  • City of Tshwane Book Publishing Campaign: An invitation to our local authors

    City of Tshwane Book Publishing Campaign: An invitation to our local authors

    Fri, Jan 29, 2021

    The City of Tshwane Library and Information Services Section has identified a shortage of writers around Tshwane, especially in indigenous languages, and that there is also low, if no, circulation of books in such languages or books produced by local authors. 

    For this reason the City has partnered with the National Library of South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Library Service to address such matters and see how to bridge the existing gap. The National Library of South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Library Service have a programme to assist with community book publishing, and this platform allows authors to share information about their grant application processes. 

    The City came up with an activity to motivate, encourage and promote local book publication through a Book Publishing Virtual Seminar under the theme, Local is lekker.  This exercise called upon all local authors to come together and be part of this exciting drive where thoughts, knowledge, experiences and challenges were shared. The platform afforded some the opportunity to share their journey as authors. 

    "I am sure many of you would agree that writers hold a special type of influence in society. Writers are as creative as painters, photographers and other visual artists, perhaps even more so, because visual artists are often limited by the medium in which they represent their art whereas writers have no boundaries to what they can write. The power of learning, reading and writing is the ultimate weapon of human being, and is the only way to survive in this global village and to be in the race of diversity," said Cllr Thabisile Vilakazi, MMC for Community and Social Development Services, during her address. 

    "The department will always ensure that it drives efforts to promote local content to ensure diversity of thoughts, challenge perceptions and tell our stories in a way that is designed by us for us. As we go on in celebrating local content, I urge you to continue driving our local writers by buying books from them in order to boost continuous writing and support for our indigenous languages and economic development of our writers. I also urge residents to visit our libraries. We have significant collections of books and materials produced by local authors that are available to the public," concluded Vilakazi. 

    The City has also introduced a database where local authors can list their details and products in order for the Community and Social Development Services Department to view them. This database can then inform the book acquisition process for City of Tshwane libraries. 

    Local authors are invited to register at

    Please submit the required fields as indicated below (your submissions must be in this order): 

    • Name and surname
    • Email
    • Contact number
    • Residential address
    • Title of the book
    • ISBN
    • Publisher
    • Title verso page 

    We need to know about you and hear about your incredible indigenous stories.

  • 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:
    • To report faulty traffic lights:
    • To report water leaks:
    • To report sewer problems:
    • For enquiries related to water quality:  

    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

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