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    Executive Mayor delivers State of the Capital Address

    Mon, Apr 16, 2018

    The City of Tshwane’s new headquarters, Tshwane House, was abuzz with activity on 12 April 2018. The day was just perfect and the mood very positive as councillors and other dignitaries descended on the building to see the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, deliver his State of the Capital Address outlining the City’s plans for service delivery. On the lighter side of things, and setting the atmosphere for the Executive Mayor to deliver an interesting speech, was a parade. Both dignitaries and residents who were in the vicinity bundled outside Tshwane House to view the enthralling and breath-taking parade by the Tshwane Metro Police and Emergency Services personnel, which had to be absolutely perfect for inspection by Msimanga.  

    Right at the beginning of Msimanga’s speech it became clear that cable theft is a serious concern. He talked at length about the issue and shared his plans and intentions aimed at intensifying the fight against cable theft. Msimanga said while Tshwane is not a major producer of copper, it seems to be one of the largest marketplaces for the sale and trade of copper, and this is because of the high precedence of copper theft in the city. As a result of this problem, many of Tshwane’s residents have suffered power outages and still continue to, particularly those in Region 3 and 4.

    The City of Tshwane, represented by Msimanga, will be meeting with the Executive Mayors of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni soon to discuss ways of dealing with cable theft, and importantly, to collaborate on fighting this scourge that has befallen the metro municipalities. He is looking at an approach where they can get all role players involved, including the lobbying of national government to form a crime intelligence task team to solve this matter. Cable theft has the potential to hamper the sustainable provision of services such as transport, communication, water and electricity. It affects the quality of life of Tshwane’s residents and hamstrings local economic development efforts.

    Msimanga warned buyers purchasing the stolen cables that they will not be spared and will be subject to the law, too.

    Read the full speech here: SOCA 2018

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