The City of Tshwane launched one-zero-seven (107) on Monday, 6 May 2019 as the new emergency number as well as a new fleet of emergency vehicles.
People commonly panic easily in times of crisis, making it a challenge for them to remember a ten-digit number. That's why the City has decided to introduce 107 as an emergency number.
The new number is easy for older people and kids to remember. The number connects directly to the City's control centre. The number can be dialed using a landline and even free of charge, and it is available any time. Parents are encouraged to teach their kids to memorise the new number.
The new emergency number can be used for any emergency-related incident, such as a life-threatening emergency calling for an ambulance, firefighting, disaster assistance of rescue. Although the City has launched the new number, the old numbers are still in use.
According to the Executive Mayor, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, the new fleet vehicles will assist greatly in fire and rescue incidents, incidents involving spillage of chemicals and dangerous goods, and major incidents that require mobile incident command. The vehicles are part of the City of Tshwane's programme to strategically replace its emergency service fleet.