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  • City of Tshwane lifts water restrictions but water must still be used sparingly

    City of Tshwane lifts water restrictions but water must still be used sparingly

    Thu, Mar 23, 2017

    Following the Department of Water and Sanitation's pronouncement to lift water restrictions in Gauteng, the City of Tshwane has conditionally lifted its own restrictions with immediate effect.  

    The Department of Water and Sanitation gazetted the lifting of water restrictions in Gauteng on 13 March 2017 and based on that gazette, water restrictions in Gauteng are officially lifted. 

    "We have lifted all restrictions except one that maintains that residents should not irrigate gardens with a hosepipe or sprinkler between 06:00 and 18:00. People are only allowed to do so between 18:00 and 22:00. This is because we need to preserve this precious resource, bearing in mind that we will still have drought conditions again in the future," said Member of the Mayoral Committee for Infrastructure, Darryl Moss. 

    "The City further plans to keep up an education and media campaign on saving water. We believe this should be a habit rather than a reactionary practice. We appeal to our customers to continue conserving water by using water wisely and sparingly," added MMC Moss. 

    Tshwane's water restrictions were in effect from 13 September 2016. A drive was launched to inform residents of the restrictions and to implore them to use water sparingly. The Department of Water and Sanitation confirmed that Tshwane had achieved the required 15% water reduction as required by the National Department of Water and Sanitation with a 15,6% reduction. 

    MMC Moss thanked everyone who heeded the call to meet the national water reduction requirement.  

    Media enquiries: 

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    078 231 5977

  • WASTE COLLECTION OBSTRUCTION IN REGION 1 AND 2

    WASTE COLLECTION OBSTRUCTION IN REGION 1 AND 2

    Wed, Mar 8, 2017

    The City of Tshwane wishes to alert the community of Region 1, to the north of Tshwane, and Region 2, in the south of Tshwane, to the disruption of waste collection service in these regions. The disruption comes as a result of protest action over business and employment opportunities in both regions.

    Earlier today, a group of people led by members of the Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve Business Forums blocked all the landfill sites in Region 1 (Soshanguve, Onderstepoort and Ga-Rankuwa), which also service Region 2. Some service providers were threatened with death if their trucks were spotted rendering service in the two affected regions.

    Members of the two forums are aggrieved by the City of Tshwane's decision to reduce the number of waste collection trucks in Region 1 due to budget constraints. This came into effect on 1 January 2017. The reduction has apparently resulted in job losses for those who were employed by the service providers.  

    The following areas of Region 1 may be affected by non-collection of refuse:

    1.            Ga-Rankuwa
    2.            Soshanguve
    3.            Mabopane
    4.            Winterveld
    5.            Rosslyn
    6.            Akasia

     

    Meanwhile, in Region 2, a group calling itself "concerned business operators", blocked waste collection trucks from operating in Hammanskraal. They indicated to officials on site that they were concerned about lack of business opportunities and scarcity of economic development opportunities for local small, medium and micro enterprises, including involvement in waste management activities.

    The following areas of Region 2 may be affected by non-collection of refuse:

    1.            Hammanskraal
    2.            Temba
    3.            Majaneng
    4.            Kekana Gardens
    5.            Stinkwater
    6.            New Eersterus
    7.            Renstown

     

    There were waste collection interruptions in other areas this week in both these regions due to the protest action. However, the City has enlisted the services of the Tshwane Metropolitan Police and the South African Police Service to escort waste collection trucks in order to ensure continuation of services.

    The MMC for Environmental Management, Cllr Michael Mkhari, is committed to engage with the groups' leaders in both regions to find a solution.

    "We are prepared to listen. However, it must be understood that there are processes that need to be followed in getting a resolution to this matter," said Cllr Mkhari.

    He added: "The community must understand that the City is committed to provide them with better service delivery while we are dealing with all these challenges."

    Enquiries: Cllr Michael Mkhari (082 548 7495) 

    Issued by Group Communication and Marketing.

  • Soshanguve residents can now rejoice over legal ownership of their homes despite ANC sour grapes

    Soshanguve residents can now rejoice over legal ownership of their homes despite ANC sour grapes

    Mon, Mar 6, 2017

    ​The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, joined Gauteng MEC, Paul Mashatile, and other dignitaries from provincial departments during a housing handover ceremony at KT Motubatse Hall in Soshanguve during the weekend.

     

    This was met with undue disruption by quarters of the community led by ANC members who are clearly still bitter about their electoral defeat. What is truly disappointing is that this was done in an attempt to disrupt the handover of much-needed housing and title deeds for the people of Tshwane. In any event we were able to make progress on our mandate to handover title deeds and houses to eligible members of the community who have been waiting for this for some time.

     

    Despite attempts to disrupt Msimanga and Mashatile, the handing over of houses and title deeds to deserving Soshanguve residents proceeded. A total of 6 000 title deeds are ready and will be conferred to beneficiaries over the coming weeks.

     

    Just last Saturday [25 February] Msimanga and the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Housing and Human Settlements, Cllr Mandla Nkomo, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, issued 600 title deeds to the rightful beneficiaries who have been allocated low-cost houses in Soshanguve Extension 12 and 13.

     

    The City of Tshwane is working with the provincial government to ensure that a range of housing opportunities is available for different income levels and the speeding up of the delivery of title deeds to state-subsidised housing so that recipients have legal ownership of their homes.

     

    Msimanga said to the beneficiaries: "The value of your house cannot be measured in commercial terms. The best advice to you would be not to sell your house, as this could have an adverse effect on your family, especially your children. Please get advice and think carefully before losing your standing as a homeowner".

     

    Nkomo reminded residents to pay for their services. "You are obliged to pay the Tshwane Municipality for basic services like water and electricity and other services and facilities provided in your area. Remember, the continued supply of these services requires regular payment. Although the Tshwane Municipality provides you with a certain amount of free basic water and electricity, the amount you pay for these services varies according to your usage".

     

    Soshanguve Extension 12 was established in 2001 after its residents were relocated from dilapidated buildings in Edmond Street, De Villiers Hoff, various areas around Gezina, Pretoria North Station and Pretoria North under the bridge.

     

    Soshanguve Extension 13 was established in 2008 with its occupants sourced from the national demand database register for housing subsidy. After receiving approval on their applications, the City allocated them low-cost houses in that area.

     

    Projects currently being implemented include construction of tarred roads in Soshanguve Extension 12 and 13 where the community will enjoy dust-free streets. The main road is currently being tarred in Extension 13 and a total of 3,5 km will be completed by the end of the year, with the remaining 3,5 km to be completed in the new financial year. Internal streets of 3 km distances are being tarred in both extensions, and the remainder of 17 km will be completed in the next 2 financial years. A total of R46 million has been approved for this work in this financial year.

     

    Under the DA-led government, Tshwane will continue to champion equitable and fair access to a range of housing solutions to deserving individuals.

     

    Media enquiries:

     

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

     

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  • Adjustments Budget 2017: Stabilising Tshwane’s finances will be the springboard upon

    Adjustments Budget 2017: Stabilising Tshwane’s finances will be the springboard upon

    Thu, Feb 23, 2017

    Adjustments Budget 2017: Stabilising Tshwane's finances will be the springboard upon which we accelerate the delivery of services

    Financial stability is vital for any institution aiming to realise a developmental agenda and implement the change that so many of our people need. 

    This will go a long way in creating opportunities for work for many within our borders and to relieve some of the tensions that have arisen over the last week with respect to xenophobia, which is in part occasioned by the scarcity of employment opportunities. 

    In preparing the adjusted budget for Council's consideration it was clear that the previous administration did not prioritise the betterment the lives of the people they were elected to serve. 

    This has had real implications for the City's finances and its capabilities. 

    By not investing in proper supply chain processes, the previous administration wilfully allowed for millions of rands to be looted from Tshwane's coffers. 

    This is most aptly evidenced by the Checkpoint "Shoe Polish Debacle" to the tune of millions of rands. 

    Weak supply chain discipline also allowed for a panel to be set up to circumvent due process in the botched City Hall renovations that will require more money to fix. 

    A deficit in supply chain controls allowed for exorbitant amounts of money to be spent on upgrades to the Mayoral Mansion. 

    These so called capital projects were prioritised and notice that not one of the examples listed above are to the benefit of the people of Tshwane. 

    This is why we have an open bid adjudication process to ensure the public money isn't pilfered at the expense of our residents who need services. 

    In "service" to their mandate to service the people of Tshwane, the previous administration recognised that a bus service was necessary. But it ends there. The A Re Yeng bus service is a fiscal blackhole into which billions of rands were ploughed yet seeing them on the roads is a rare sight. 

    This means that we inherited a bus service that costs billions and makes almost nothing in return. 

    That is "service delivery" as the previous administration conceives of it. Fear not, we will fix it. 

    The previous administration in all its "wisdom" got the City into the PEU smart meter contract that costs the City almost R1 billion a year for substandard, faulty meters whose "smarts" are questionable. 

    That is previous administration's conception of "value for money" for you. Be patient with us, we are fixing it. 

    A R100 million power station was to be built in Mamelodi. To date there is nothing resembling a functional power station yet the money was spent. 

    Fear not people of Mamelodi. We will ensure that your community is electrified. 

    These are just a few examples extracted from, what seems like, an endless list of failings to the benefit of the ANC and only the ANC and not the people of Tshwane. 

    A financially viable city will go a long way to addressing the systemic problems with the drug trade and the associated illicit activities that accompany it. 

    That being said, I, and this administration, have never and will never condone the use of violence, destruction of property and vigilantism. We condemn these in the strongest terms possible. It must be noted that such conduct only serves to compound the problem of drugs and illicit activity in the area and makes it that much harder to diligently engage with the substantive issues that underlie this unrest. 

    The drug trade, drug abuse and all associated crime are an issue that the City has been seized with and this is evidenced by the Anti-Drug Unit we established last year after assuming office. This unit has had some success and is continuously intensifying its efforts to get drugs off our streets not just in Pretoria West but everywhere in the city, including the CBD. The issue will be swiftly dealt with by the Inner City Rejuvenation Initiative we announced last week. 

    We appreciate the elements of xenophobia that have punctuated these protests and we are committed to dealing with crime perpetrated by all members of this society which is not limited to foreign nationals or South African citizens. Crime is crime is crime – and we will deal with it wherever it may fester and no matter who perpetrates it, and we will deal with it appropriately and within the ambit of the law and due process. 

    That being said, we wish to put before Council an adjustments budget to deal with these issues as well as many more challenges we currently face. 

    In order to get to this point, it was critically important to fully appreciate the complete and utter mess that we inherited from the previous administration. 

    The poor political leadership and financial management of the past have put considerable strain on the City's ability to function and provide the services our people need. 

    Therefore turning around the City's finances is our apex priority so that we can deal with the infrastructure that the former administration made no provision for, which is evident from the lack of planning and adequate budget allocation towards preventative infrastructure maintenance for water apparatus. 

    To put this in context, a meagre 4% was allocated for preventative maintenance of water infrastructure. For a metro this size it is almost criminal, because it has a real and meaningful impact on the City's ability to deal speedily with water interruptions. 

    To address this in part, the City has made an initial R13 million investment into the restoration of water infrastructure in the last two weeks and has tendered for a R2 billion contract to refurbish, upgrade and replace some of the ailing infrastructure that was neglected. 

    This, in real terms, means that more people across the city will have reliable access to water for their everyday use. 

    This is not unique to our water woes and is indicative of the poor and irresponsible use of the City's money by those too preoccupied with vanity projects such as the City Hall refurbishments, which were botched. 

    Despite this less than desirable picture, I wish to reassure the people of Tshwane of this administration's commitment to turn the City's finances around. 

    Achieving these ends will require us to adhere to the two guiding principles of stabilisation and revitalisation that will help us realise our commitment to better, more efficient service delivery. 

    The  stabilisation of the capital's finances is the critical foundation on which to continue making progress in the delivery of services to our people. This will, in turn, be to the benefit of attracting investment into our beautiful city. 

    This is why I have convened the Economic Summit, currently under way, to address these very priorities. This specifically speaks to providing stable, reliable, decisive and progressive political and administrative leadership that will inspire confidence in the markets and encourage informal, small to medium and large enterprise to see our city as one that is competitive and complementary to their business and create jobs for the scores of unemployed people in Tshwane. 

    However, we have to be smart about how we use the funds we currently have to get the best possible value for money in the interests of bettering the lives of our people. 

    During the mid-year assessment visits held on 30 and 31 January 2017, National Treasury raised concerns regarding the City's financial status and, therefore, recommended that the City must table a funded 2016/17 adjustments budget for approval by Council. 

    The adjustments budget endeavours to provide for a more realistic and accurate picture due to compelling realities in the implementation of the planned budget during the financial year. As part of the financial turnaround strategy, departments were requested to review their current activities and deliver services in an effective, efficient and economical manner. The expenditure levels were accordingly reduced and aligned to realistic anticipated revenue. 

    In so doing, we identified services that were non-negotiable. One of these is the Tshwane Wi-Fi, which we would like to state categorically is here to stay despite misinformation peddled in the media to score political points. 

    "The tabling of the proposed 2016/17 adjustments budget is being conducted in terms of the relevant stipulations of the MFMA, and more specifically Section 28 of the MFMA. The implementation of this adjustments budget is to ensure effective and efficient financial management and business planning, aligned to deliverable key imperatives as contained in the five-year strategic IDP," said Msimanga. 

    "The adjustments will reprioritise the budget to service the needs of the many people of Tshwane who are desperate for services after administration treated the City's budget as a piggy bank for vanity projects at the expense of real and meaningful strides to improve the lives of our people. The adjustments budget is also necessary to ensure that the budget is aligned to the new macro organisational structure as approved by Council on 24 November 2016," added Msimanga. 

    In concurrence with this, the MMC for Finance, Cllr Mare-Lise Fourie, said: "Cost containment measures were implemented by departments to eliminate wasteful expenditure, reprioritise spending and identify savings in areas such as engagement of consultants, travel and subsistence costs, office furnishing costs, advertising or sponsorship costs, catering and events-related costs, and overtime, among others." 

    Cllr Fourie added that additional funding and reprioritisation will only be considered subject to – 

    1. savings identified in other programmes and projects;
    2. additional grants being received from an external source;
    3. submissions that relate to external funding sources being accompanied by proof of confirmation from the relevant transferring department or institution; and
    4. appropriation of funding from national and/or provincial departments being accompanied by acceptable documentation as per MBRR. 

     

    The main challenges experienced during the compilation of the 2016/17 adjustments budget were summarised as follows: 

    1. The City ended the 2015/16 financial year with an operating deficit of about R2 billion, which means that the City had a funding compliance gap that must now be addressed within the 2016/17 adjustments budget.
    2. Based on the mid-term results, it is clear that the City will not achieve its budgeted revenue targets due to various factors, such as under-billing, decline in electricity sales, reduction in water revenue due to water restrictions, increased distribution losses, etc.
    3. Ensuring that provision for all non-cash items, such as depreciation and provision for leave, is adequate. 

     

    The table below summarises the outcome of the 2016/17 adjustments budget: 

      Original budget Adjusted budget Increase/ (Decrease)
      R'000 R'000 R'000
    Total revenue (excluding capital transfers and contributions)29 578 24029 204 536(373 705)
    Total expenditure27 647 57028 073 996426 426
    Surplus/(Deficit) before transfers recognised – capital1 930 6701 130 540(800 130)
    Transfers recognised – capital2 370 2092 416 08645 878
    Surplus/(Deficit) for the year4 300 8793 546 626(754 252)

     

    Summary of the proposed adjustments budget 

    1. Electricity sales reduced by R506,9 million based on the current sales trends, past financial year performance and the accommodation of the shortfall resulting from lower tariffs approved by NERSA. 
    2. Water fees reduced with R429,4 million based on the actual outcome of the trend of the first half of the 2016/17 financial year as a result of water restrictions, which also required Rand Water purchases to be adjusted downwards. 
    3. Interest earned on outstanding debtors increased by R207,4 million owing to growth in the debtors' book. 
    4. Other revenue line items were adjusted in line with the mid-term results. 

      

    Grant funding 

    Grant funding increased by R32,4 million as a result of additional funding received during the adjustments budget and approved rollover funds from the 2015/16 financial year. The grants are appropriated in the 2016/17 adjustments budget as follows: 

    Additional allocation amounting to R24,9 million on the following grants: 

    1. Social Infrastructure Grant – R20 million top-up amount on the construction of community halls at Hammanskraal, Winterveld and Mabopane
    2. Sport and Recreation – R1 million for additional books
    3. Tirelo Bosha Grant – R3,9 million for research and development on e-bikes, the hear screen solution and the Tshwane Application programme 

     

    Approved rollover funds amounting to R6,5 million on the following grants: 

    1. Public Transport National Grant (PTNG) – R3 999 487
    2. Human Settlement Development Grant (HSDG) – R251 598
    3. Research and Technology – R74 688
    4. Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (Community Libraries) – R1 122 769
    5. Broadband/Wi-Fi Grant – R1 086 882 

     

    The following unspent conditional grants were rejected for rollover to the 2016/17 financial year and must be returned to the National Revenue Fund: 

    1. Municipal Human Settlement Capacity Grant (MHSCG) – R1 035 104
    2. Integrated City Development Grant (ICDG) – R29 477 260
    3. Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP) – R199 351
    4. Financial Management Grant (FMG) – R93 292
    5. Municipal Disaster Recovery Grant (MDRG) – R1 447 864
    6. Energy Efficiency and Demand-side Management Grant – R7 000 000
    7. Human Settlement Development Grant (HSDG) – R19 800 000
    8. Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (Community Libraries) – R2 745 061 

     

    An amount of R36,3 million on the ICDG has been moved to the capex budget to fund inner city regeneration projects. 

    The Gautrans Grant, amounting to R12 071 107, has been moved to the opex budget to pay for the feasibility study being done on the projects. 

    All grants received should be spent according to the grants' conditions as stated in the Division of Revenue Act (DoRA). 

    1. Employee-related costs were approved at R7,7 billion for the 2016/17 financial year and increased by R235,5 million, mainly for provision for leave payments as per the GRAP standard.
    2. Debt impairment was recalculated and increased by R158,5 million based on collection levels.
    3. Adequate provision was made on depreciation and asset impairment requirements in terms of the GRAP standard.
    4. Finance charges increased by R226,4 million, owing to an allocation of
    5. R70 million for interest rates swaps, an allocation of R11,9 million for interest on leases and to accommodate increases on interest on long-term loans.
    6. The budget for the bulk water purchase was reduced by R142 million due to the water usage restrictions implemented within the city. The bulk electricity purchase was reduced by R60,8 million due to a decline in sales revenue.
    7. Contracted services and other expenditure items were reduced to address the funding compliance gap. 

    A capital budget of R4,46 billion was approved by Council for the 2016/17 financial year. The 2016/17 capital adjustments budget amounts to R4,52 billion. That is an increase of R59,3 million, which is mainly attributed to additional allocations, transfers from the operating budget and external funding rollover. 

    With this adjustments budget, the City is confident that it will be in a position to create jobs, deliver better services and realise the much-needed economic emancipation of our people. 

    Press statement by

    Solly Msimanga

    Executive Mayor of Tshwane

  • RAINFALL RESULTS IN INCREASED SERVICE DELIVERY COMPLAINTS

    RAINFALL RESULTS IN INCREASED SERVICE DELIVERY COMPLAINTS

    Wed, Feb 22, 2017

    Following the current persistent rainfalls, the City of Tshwane is inundated with complaints relating to power outages, sewer challenges, blocked stormwater drains and toppled trees throughout the 7 regions. 

    All our teams are working diligently to speedily address the mentioned service delivery challenges.  

    The teams are prioritising area service complaints after which individually reported complaints will be attended. 

    The City apologises for any delays and inconvenience caused while addressing the service delivery mishaps.

    Issued by Group Communication and Marketing

  • City of Tshwane financial woes will be salvaged despite obvious mismanagement by ANC administration which is nothing to cheer about

    City of Tshwane financial woes will be salvaged despite obvious mismanagement by ANC administration which is nothing to cheer about

    Tue, Feb 7, 2017

    Note to Editor: These were the remarks made by the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, during a press briefing in Centurion today. Executive Mayor Msimanga was joined by the MMC for Finance, Cllr Mare-Lise Fourie

    The annual report for the financial year ended 30 June 2016 was tabled in Council on 26 January 2017 as prescribed in accordance with Section 127(2) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 54 of 2003) (MFMA). 

    In the opinion of the Auditor-General (AG), the financial statements present fairly in all material respects the financial position of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and its financial performance and cash flows. The unqualified opinion expressed by the Auditor-General simply means that the financial statements contain no material misstatements. The Auditor-General does not express an opinion on the financial viability of the City or the financial results of the year under review. 

    This does not, by any means, mean that the picture is rosy. An unqualified audit means just that; that no lies were told in the financial statements but rather the financial statements spoke the truth about a complete deficit in political and financial leadership which has led to an actual fiscal deficit that we sit with today. 

    The ANC's cheers in Council and in the media about the AG's opinion are quite bizarre coming from a caucus that purports to care for the city and the citizens they were elected to serve for five years, and failed in many respects as evidenced by this abominable but not unsalvageable financial status. 

    In the same report, the following matters of concern are raised: 

    • Significant uncertainties as to the outcome and financial impact of a number of legal cases where the Municipality is a defendant. These include a large number of labour or employment cases relating to, for example, suspensions and unfair dismissals, expropriations, breaches of contracts, etc. The potential liability is estimated to be in excess of R226 million.
    • Corresponding figures for 30 June 2015 that had to be restated as a result of errors discovered.
    • The significant impairment of trade receivables (debtors), as the recoverability of these amounts is doubtful. Service debtors as at 30 June 2016 total R8,6 billion. It is estimated that R5,9 billion or 68,5% is uncollectable. 
    • The material financial losses sustained as a result of electricity distribution losses which represent 19,3% or R1,347 billion of total electricity purchased. Non-technical losses amounted to R489 million and R858 million was due to unauthorised consumption, tampering and faulty meters. 

    In addition to this, the City closed the financial year with a deficit in excess of R2 billion on the operating account – a turnaround of R2,146 billion compared to a budgeted surplus of R2,5 million. The contributing factors were as follows: 

    • A decrease in actual billed revenue of R1 billion;
    • Under-expenditure on materials and bulk purchases amounting to R636,3 million;
    • A decrease of R254 million in transfers and grants made; and
    • Unauthorised expenditure of R2 billion. 

    All this is to say that the current finances have put considerable strain on the City's ability to function and provide the services our people need.

    Turning around the City's finances is our apex priority so that we can deal with the infrastructure that the former administration made no provision for with respect to preventative infrastructure maintenance for water apparatus, for instance. 

    To put this in context, a meagre 4% was allocated for preventative maintenance of water infrastructure. For a metro this size it is almost criminal because that has a real and meaningful impact on the City's ability to deal speedily with water interruptions. 

    This is not unique to our water woes and is indicative of the poor and irresponsible use of the City's money with vanity projects such as the City Hall refurbishments which were botched. 

    Despite this less than desirable picture, Msimanga moved swiftly to reassure the people of Tshwane of his administration's resilience to turn the City's finances around. 

    Achieving these ends will require us to adhere to the two guiding principles of stabilisation and revitalisation that will help us realise our commitment to better, more efficient service delivery. 

    The stabilisation of this new government is the critical foundation on which the environment for attracting investment into our beautiful city rests. This specifically speaks to providing stable, reliable, decisive and progressive political and administrative leadership that will inspire confidence in the markets and encourage informal, small-to-medium and large enterprises to see our city as one that is competitive and complementary to their business. 

    In so doing this will cultivate the revitalisation of our city's economy, which is a vital ingredient to generating more revenue that will afford us the opportunity to meaningfully address our priority to create much-needed employment opportunities for the millions of people who so desperately need to be employed in order for them to liberate themselves from the throes of poverty. 

    "During our first 100 days in office, we have worked in earnest to steer this giant ship into course and we are proud of the significant strides we have made thus far in curbing corruption, delivering better services and being a responsive government. Our efforts to turn the "Tshwane Ship" around are only just beginning and I assure you, the future of this Metropolitan, pregnant with vitality, is a bright one. Notwithstanding the challenges, our aim is to stabilise the city in overseeing the transition with delicate management," said Msimanga. 

    "Measures are underway to increase the City's revenue. The City will increase its current account payment levels; January payment levels were only 85%. We will collect arrear debt older than 30 days, government departments owe R582 million, businesses R1,6 billion and households owe R4,1 billion. We will further optimise rental income on municipal properties, clamp down on the illegal use of property in contravention of the permitted use as determined by the Town Planning Scheme and review our property portfolio to identify land not required for municipal purposes to build up capital reserves to fund the upgrading and new installation of service infrastructure," added Msimanga. 

    To this end, the City will endeavour to give effect to the recommendations made in these financial statements by seeking alternative procurement processes and suppliers which are being assessed to provide sustainable, affordable and reliable services to our residents. This includes but is not limited to the proposed invalidation of the PEU Smart Meter contract which the City is currently pursuing. This end was not achieved in this financial year due to several issues plaguing our apparatus which this administration is in the process of addressing. 

    Added MMC Fourie, "Of particular concern to me in this report is the unauthorised expenditure of more than R2 billion identified by the Auditor-General. Financial sustainability is key for any institution that wants to pursue a developmental agenda and implement change. Fiscal discipline is the basis for all organisations to effectively realise set objectives. To this effect, this administration has introduced the financial turnaround strategy which is aimed at ensuring strategic sourcing of goods. We have further introduced the open tender and e-procurement systems aimed at curbing unjustified supply chain processes and maladministration.

    The City is in the process of invalidating the PEU Smart Meter contract which the City is currently pursuing. This end was not achieved in this financial year due to several issues plaguing our apparatus which this administration is in the process of addressing. Other efforts include: 

    • Curbing illegal electricity connections;
    • Auditing of metering installations;
    • Normalisation of prepaid meters;
    • Rollout of smart meters;
    • Prepaid meters are installed before energisation of the electrical infrastructure;
    • Redesigning of electrical network installations;
    • Substation zone load monitoring: Energy balancing;
    • Electrification of informal settlements;
    • Refurbishment of electricity infrastructure;
    • Conducting a full and comprehensive Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) for the purposes of understanding the deficiencies in the City's transport infrastructure and systems and how better to modernise the local road network for the benefit of motorists and all people of Tshwane alike;
    • Intensifying the recruitment of more police cadets to address the strain our law enforcement agencies (TMPD) currently experience in a bid to make our City safer for the residents who inhabit it. 

    The above efforts will ensure that the City gets all monies due which can then be ploughed back into providing better services, creating work opportunities and making our city liveable. 

    The continued contravention of laws and regulation governing supply chain management resulting in irregular expenditure is another indication of the failure of leadership during the period under review. 

    Media enquires:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson of the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    078 231 5977

  • Executive Mayor Msimanga nominates Moeketsi Mosola for City Manager to bring change

    Executive Mayor Msimanga nominates Moeketsi Mosola for City Manager to bring change

    Thu, Jan 26, 2017

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, gave a detailed report on Wednesday on the proponents that will drive the capital city to work again and enhance the quality of life of all its citizens in 2017 and beyond. 

    This report came on the eve of the first Council sitting for this year. Mayor Msimanga is energised and confident that his administration is up to the task of seeing the effective implementation of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP), the appointment of a permanent City Manager and dealing decisively with the spate of unprotected strikes in the City, which are mirrored by the ANC Caucus' conduct in Council.  

    As the City marks the beginning of its legislative work for what will be a robust year, characterised by much progress and delivery on key items to ensure that the capital works for the people, Msimanga called on all its people to desist from being used as political pawns and rather take full advantage of the systems and mechanisms already in place to air their frustrations and grievances, and in so doing, support the City's administration in carrying out its duties to create a better Tshwane; one that works for its people.  

    City Manager nominee 

    At the last Council meeting for 2016, I requested an extension of 60 days for the appointment of the incumbent Acting City Manager to allow the panel further time to apply its collective mind diligently ahead of the appointment of a permanent City Manager. The extension was for the purpose of not rushing a permanent appointment for this critical position, which is vital for the change we need to bring to the city while still maintaining the stability the city needs.  

    Appreciating the importance of such an appointment and the interests of good governance, we were duty-bound to satisfy ourselves beyond a shadow of a doubt that all candidates, their CVs, interviews and experience were properly interrogated and considered. 

    This was for the sole purpose of ensuring that no mistakes were made because it is ultimately in the best interest of the people of Tshwane, whom ought to be at the apex of all our consciences when making critical decisions and appointments such as this one. 

    I am glad to announce that the interview process has been concluded and we now have a nominee for the position of City Manager. The nominee is someone we strongly believe can fulfil the duties and responsibilities of the position of City Manager and assist us in bringing the desired change to Tshwane.  

    The name of the nominee that we will be taking to tomorrow's Council meeting is Mr Moeketsi Emmanuel Mosola. Mr Mosola is a brand management and communication expert in tourism hospitality and sports management, with experience spanning over 20 years in both industries.  

    Mr Mosola was the CEO of Imperial Holdings' Tourism and Passenger Transport Division, a position he held since 2009. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Imperial Holdings at group level. He was tasked with rebuilding Imperial's interests in tourism and passenger transport through acquisitions and organic growth.  

    He was the CEO of South African Tourism from 2004 to 2009, responsible for the South African Tourism Brand Development Strategy and Business Plan and he was its COO from 2001 to 2004. While CEO of SA Tourism, he was also jointly appointed as Acting CEO of the International Market Council (IMC), now known as Brand South Africa. 

    Prior to joining SA Tourism, he was the Chief Director: Tourism Development with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in Pretoria. 

    Mr Mosola's academic qualifications include the following: 

    • University of Pretoria

    Currently registered as a doctoral candidate for the study of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Human Movement Sciences, The Business of Sport 2013–2016. 

    • University of Houston, Texas, USA

    MA in Economics, 1999. This degree was evaluated by SAQA to be equivalent to a Master of Commerce in South Africa. 

    • Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

    BA in Neuroscience and Psychology, 1993. This degree was evaluated by the HSRC to be equivalent to a BSc(Hons) in Neuroscience and Physiology. 

    Mr Mosola's completed executive academic programmes include the following: 

    • Harvard Business School

    Certificate Programme in Strategic Marketing, 2008. 

    • UCT Graduate School of Business and Duke University

    A Certificate Programme in Emerging Leaders, 2002. 

    • Joint Certificate Programme

    Wits, Western Cape, Fort Hare and Durban Westville Universities: Certificate in Management of Development Planning and Implementation, 1996. 

    • Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Certificate Programme in Urban and Regional Planning, 1996. 

    • Institute of Public-Private Partnerships (IP3)

    Certificate Program in Regulation of Public Utilities and Monopolies, 1996 

    We look forward to working with him in engaging some of the more challenging and exciting issues that are before us and that the City is working on to bring to the people of Tshwane. 

    We are confident that Council will confirm his nomination and we can continue the work we have already begun in earnest. 

    I would like to thank Ms Lindiwe Kwele who stepped up to the plate and served as the Acting City Manager after Jason Ngobeni resigned. For this we are grateful and will continue to work with her as the Deputy City Manager, a position which she served in before acting as the City Manager. 

    Unprotected strikes 

    Since the beginning of the new year, the City has had to deal with disruptive and unlawful protests, in part because employees allege they are being racially prejudiced. This is a separate matter which is being duly investigated as has been communicated, and potential action will ensue in due course once investigative proceedings have been concluded. In the main workers are demanding permanent job placements within the organisation. 

    The City has committed to investigate all charges brought to its attention through established legal platforms and strongly condemn the wholly unlawful manner in which these disputes have been handled thus far. 

    Msimanga reiterated that he "will not tolerate this unlawful conduct and will ensure that the full might of the law is exerted upon those who continue in their attempts to make the city ungovernable. They have not succeeded thus far. And they will not succeed in future. We will continue to make progress despite this protest action. Of that, I assure the people of Tshwane! 

    In any event, this will not deter the new administration from delivering on its promises to the people to deliver better services. If we accept and condone the often violent and irrational behaviour displayed by aggrieved individuals, then we may as well accept hooliganism, victimisation and reject the most fundamental principle of Ubuntu. This administration is founded on the principles of, first and foremost, respecting the rule of law." 

    Integrated Development Plan (IDP) 

    The new administration is eager about the implementation of the IDP which is mirrored by fundamentals of the DA's Local Government Election 2016 Manifesto and how this will bring the change that Tshwane needs.  

    DA-led governments care, and are lean, clean, responsive and citizen-oriented. Together with our communities, this administration will work to create more opportunities and jobs, make local government responsive, provide better service delivery, stop corruption, provide meaningful redress and make communities safer.  

    This will be realised under the supervision of the City's capable Members of the Mayoral Committee who affirmed to work towards building a prosperous city by signing their performance agreement contracts for the 2016/17 financial year. 

    Media enquiries

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    078 231 5977

  • Unlawful protest will be dealt with harshly in the week that was and the weeks to come

    Unlawful protest will be dealt with harshly in the week that was and the weeks to come

    Fri, Jan 20, 2017

    Todays  unlawful practice of victimization, public violence, unprotected and interdicted protest action by a minority of disgruntled SAMWU affiliated employees continues to rear its ugly head in the City of Tshwane in blind service to their narrow party political agenda without any regard for the Rule of Law prohibiting such protest action. 

    "Let me be clear. I simply won't tolerate this unlawful conduct and will ensure that that the full might of the law is exerted upon those whose continue in their attempts to make the City ungovernable. They have not succeeded thus far. And they will not succeed in future." Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, asserted. "We will continue to make progress despite this protest action. Of that, I assure the people of Tshwane!" 

    Today, 20 January 2017, we are made aware of yet another case of SAMWU members trashing the inner city and blocking streets. In a period of just two weeks, the City has experienced two disruptive and unlawful protests in Regions 3 and 4, in part, because employees allege they are being racially prejudiced. This is a separate matter which is being duly investigated as communicated earlier this week and potential action will ensue once investigative proceedings have been concluded in due course. 

    In the main workers are demanding permanent job placements within the organisation. 

    Just earlier this week disgruntled contract workers held City Officials hostage at the 373 Pretorius Street Building seeking to pressure the City to absorb them as permanent employees. While the substantive matter of their grievances is still to be interrogated further, it is entirely unacceptable and not in the spirit of our constitutional order to conduct protest in this fashion at the expense of the millions of people who need services. This sort of conduct not only undermines their plight but the provision of services they are contractually and legally bound to provide. 

    Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga, stated categorically and emphatically: "While we recognise the serious nature of the grievances, we have to state that this unruly conduct cannot continue unabated and cannot become the norm. The City operates on an orderly grievance system and will not tolerate the use of violence as a negotiating tactic. Aggrieved personnel should make use of the correct dispute resolution avenues at all times regardless of the sensitivity of the dispute. 

    That systems are ignored and the law taken into one's own hands to make a point is a disservice to the organization and the residents of the city who expect efficient service delivery at all times. Our City cannot and will not function in this fashion and decisive action will be taken against those who continue to insight and participate in protest action that falls outside the bounds of the law." 

    We value the safety of our employees like we value the safety of the public and thus urge the unions to facilitate proper engagements with affected constituencies to avoid further standoffs.

    The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) will study CCTV footage to identify perpetrators who instigate criminality and they will be charged. There is an investigation into this matter to determine if there are grounds to take immediate disciplinary action. We will also cooperate with the South African Police Service (SAPS) in any criminal investigation.

    We commit to investigate all charges brought to our attention through established legal platforms and strongly condemn the wholly unlawful manner in which these disputes have been handled thus far.

    Media enquiries:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • City to address backlog of power outages in Centurion

    City to address backlog of power outages in Centurion

    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

    The City of Tshwane has received complaints in respect of area and individual power outages in various suburbs in Centurion since last Friday, 13 January 2017. These outages are a result of short-term loss of power in the electricity network.  

    Due to the increase in logged complaints, the City's Electricity Department has established teams in other zones to assist with clearing the backlog.  

    The backlog is also compounded by a go-slow in the Electricity Department in Region 4. The City's management is engaged in efforts to resolve the industrial action. 

    The City apologises for any inconvenience caused by this and promises to address the backlog speedily through the established contingency teams.  

    To this end we urge residents not to undermine their plight with unlawful actions and to appreciate that our dilapidated infrastructure is a legacy and we will do our level best to deal with the situation and inform our residents of our efforts. 

    Issued by the Communication and Marketing Department. 

  • Holding officials hostage is no way to be heard

    Holding officials hostage is no way to be heard

    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

    The City of Tshwane is deeply concerned about the increasing trend of unlawful and unprotected protest action and intimidation by staff contracted by the former administration as well as permanent meter readers. 

    Yesterday, 17 January, an Executive Director in the Revenue Management Department and the acting Chief Financial Officer were held hostage at their office by contracted revenue agents and meter readers who demanded to be appointed on a permanent basis and to receive a danger allowance.  

    This unacceptable behaviour was repeated today, 18 January 2017, when employees were hindered to carry out their duties. In the interest of these employees, all services including those of cashiers and the customer care walk-in centre at 373 Pretorius Street were temporarily closed. 

    A revenue agent's job description states that he or she delivers final demand notices and meter readings to individual households across Tshwane. 

    Contractors are hired to work on a specific project or for a specific period of time. All contract workers are made aware of this fact when they accept their respective offers. Furthermore, the Corporate and Shared Services Department has assessed the validity for the danger allowance and established that meter readers do not qualify for such an allowance. 

    The Corporate and Shared Services Department and the acting City Manager are presently attending to the matter. We will make an announcement on progress in due course. 

    In the interim, we would like to reiterate that malicious and unlawful actions have no place in the City of Tshwane. These actions have a negative impact on the City's ability to render services to citizens. Perpetrators instigating criminality and found to be acting outside the bounds of legality will face the full might of the law. We call for calm and cooperation amongst the affected personnel as we address this dispute. 

    The City sincerely apologises for the inconvenience as a result hereof and request customers to make use of alternative walk-in centres for enquiries or utilise third-party agents (Shoprite, Checkers, EFT payments, etc) for paying municipal accounts. 

    Media enquiries: 

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • Water supply interruption in Zithobeni

    Water supply interruption in Zithobeni

    Mon, Jan 16, 2017

    The City of Tshwane wishes to inform its customers in Region 7 about scheduled maintenance at the Zithobeni Reservoir. Water supply will be interrupted on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 from 08:00 for 18 hours. 

    The following areas will be affected: 

    • Ekangala
    • Rethabiseng
    • Zithobeni
    • Bronkhorstspruit Town
    • Tembisile Hani Local Municipality  

    During this period, residents will be supplied with water through water tankers. 

    The planned upkeep will also entail the cleaning of the reservoir, which requires cutting water supply to the reservoir on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 so as to empty it. Hence residents in high-lying areas will immediately start to experience low water pressure. 

    The City apologises for the inconvenience that may be caused by the planned maintenance.

  • City of Tshwane at work over the festive season and into 2017 and beyond

    City of Tshwane at work over the festive season and into 2017 and beyond

    Thu, Jan 12, 2017

    The purpose of this inaugural 2017 press briefing is to inform the public of the happenings in the capital over the festive season, showcase some of our successes over this period and prove that the City of Tshwane was at work.  

    This government is rooted in the two guiding principles of stabilisation and revitalisation that will help us realise our commitment to better, more efficient service delivery.  

    The stabilisation of this new government is the critical foundation for an environment that attracts investment to our beautiful, resilient city. This specifically speaks to providing stable, reliable, decisive and progressive political and administrative leadership that will inspire confidence in the markets and encourage informal, small to medium and large enterprises to see Tshwane as a city that is competitive and complementary to their business. 

    In turn, stabilisation will cultivate the revitalisation of our city's economy, which is vital for generating more revenue so as to meaningfully address our priority to create much-needed employment opportunities for the millions of people who so desperately need these to liberate themselves from the throes of poverty.  

    The generation of greater revenue for the City of Tshwane will enable us to deliver on our preeminent mandate to deliver better services to our people who have for too long come second to poor political leadership and a waning city economy as reflected in our financial position. 

    Adherence to these critical principles will go a long way to ensuring that this administration and I achieve what we were elected to do and to this we recommit ourselves every day. 

    Taipei and the ANC's manufactured outrage 

    I visited Taipei on the invitation of the Mayor of Taipei to investigate that city's potential investment in Tshwane so as to create jobs, stimulate economic growth and ultimately arrest the scourge of poverty in Tshwane and, through positive spinoffs, in surrounding communities. 

    Contrary to the ANC's egocentric pronouncements in the media, this visit was not undertaken to spite them or the "One China" policy to which they have ironically lent great credence.  

    In consultation with my Mayoral Committee and senior political staff in my office, and based on the collective determination that the attraction of investment transcended party political differences, I decided to go.  

    The ANC in Tshwane and indeed in government (notably the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO)) have claimed that we were advised not to go on the trip.  

    This simply isn't true. 

    As a matter of course, all trips using diplomatic passports require approval from DIRCO. This trip went ahead with that very approval. 

    Furthermore, it was DIRCO who requested that a representative from Tshwane be sent to represent it in Taipei. 

    That the ANC now seeks to pedal another narrative in the media is entirely disingenuous and schizophrenic and shows the ANC's response in this regard to be manufactured outrage of the highest order. 

    This is further compounded by the fact that there is a South African attaché in Taipei who enjoys all the benefits of an ambassador. This is in "defiance" of their own purported "commitment to the observation of the 'One China' Policy of Nelson Mandela who he himself said in 1996 that 'South Africa recognises the People's Republic of China, but continues to conduct constructive relations with Taiwan'". 

    We submit that the cultivation of investment opportunities for the benefit of the South African people constitutes "constructive relations". 

    Making a safer festive season for the people of Tshwane (1 December 2016 to 9 January 2017) 

    In the run-up to the festive season it was important for the administration that tighter and more stringent attention be paid to making the capital safer by clamping down on any and all infractions detected by law enforcement. This was for the purposes of driving crime and unlawful conduct down drastically. 

    To this end the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) in partnership with all relevant stakeholders introduced the Road Safety Council Forum in February 2014 in order to provide guidelines to mainstream and coordinate road safety matters with regard to all operations executed in Tshwane. The Road Safety Council Forum positions road safety within a broader social, economic, spatial and structural framework by means of integrated and multi-agency interventions. 

    The festive season operations were a tool to reduce crime and road fatalities to the minimum and to ensure that all people living in Tshwane during the mentioned period of 2016 and 2017 would be safe and secure through: 

    • Ensuring law and order in and around Tshwane by enforcing all municipal by-laws;
    • Limiting the number of road accidents to the minimum and at least ensure a decrease in the number of accidents and specifically fatal and serious accidents compared with the same period the previous year;
    • Limiting the number of crimes committed to the minimum and to ensure at least a decrease in the reported cases compared with the same period the previous year;
    • Monitoring public amenities, outdoor advertisement, slaughtering of animals and places of entertainment, clubs, shebeens and taverns to forestall the development of challenges; and
    • Utilising available resources optimally within the financial framework.  

    The focus points for the operation were pedestrians on freeways; public drinking, drunk driving; speed, drugs, theft of vehicles, cable theft, general crime prevention and road policing. 

    RESULTS 

    Pedestrians on N1, N4, R80, N14 

    Arrests by roving units of officers = 545  

    Public drinking

    Arrests = 54 

    Drinking and driving

    Arrests = 184 

    Speed

    Violations captured by our speed cameras = 73 812 

    Drugs

    • Overall arrests for possession of different types of drugs = 104
    • A man was arrested in Hebron with R1,2 million worth of dagga

    ·     A Pretoria West man arrested with R100 000 worth of drugs 

    Theft of vehicles

    • Arrests for stolen vehicles, where persons were found in possession of such vehicles = 9
    • Abandoned stolen vehicles recovered = 111 

    Cable theft

    Arrests = 9 

    Various crimes

    Arrests = 302 

    Road policing

    Arrests for serious traffic law violations = 750 (mainly pedestrians on freeways and drunken driving) 

    Vehicles searched = 59 244 

    Persons searched = 41 217 

    Premises searched for drugs, cable theft and stolen goods = 850 

    Vehicles inspected for roadworthiness = 117 638 

    Illegal firearms recovered = 25 

    TMPD shooting incident 

    We are aware of the shooting incident on the morning of Friday, 6 January 2017.  

    I was almost immediately briefed about the incident. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has taken over the case. The TMPD is cooperating fully with IPID and has provided it with footage of the incident.  

    The detained TMPD officer's first appearance in court was on Monday and the matter has been postponed to Friday 13 January. We cannot speculate on what transpired, as this is now an IPID matter. Internal TMPD investigations will also take place and we will be guided by our internal affairs investigators.   

    This is all we wish to say on this matter at this time, as the matter is before the courts.

    Road deaths figures 

    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to families who lost their loved ones on the road this festive season. The worst accident was the one on the N1 freeway near Hammanskraal over the past weekend, claiming 16 lives. We hope all bereaved families in Tshwane and throughout the country may find comfort in the care and love of those around them in the days ahead. May the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace. 

    The TMPD remains committed to enforcing the law, ensuring a safer city through fighting crime and substance abuse, and assisting commuters to remain safe on the road. We congratulate all TMPD officers for the effort they put in during the holidays and we encourage all City of Tshwane officials to continue to ignite excellence.  

    Ringing in the new year 

    To optimise citywide tourism opportunities from a cultural, business and capital city status remains one of the City of Tshwane's strategic objectives. The MMC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture mandated the Communication and Marketing Department to host a Christmas Carols event and New Year's Eve celebrations for the Tshwane community and tourists.   

    The Christmas Carols event was held at the City Hall where orphaned kids from Regions 1, 3 and 7 had a memorable day and received gifts.  

    The New Year's Eve countdown was held at Church Square so as to bring people together to give thanks for the year that was, and hope for the year that follows. The cost included all event logistics, ie stage, production, fencing, security, ablution facilities, certifications, a live broadcast, fireworks and performances by artists, 90% of whom were based in Tshwane. 

    At least 25 000 people attended the New Year's Eve countdown. 

    When we took over this administration last year, we pronounced that the City of Tshwane would no longer host lavish parties and events. We still stand by that commitment. The countdown to the new year was not lavish as in the past. This bears further testimony to the value-for-money principles we vowed to observe when conducting City of Tshwane business so as not to lose money to corruption or poor financial management. We believe it will stand us in good stead in our endeavour to turn the City's finances around in order to set up an administration that works for the people. 

    Secondly, our pronouncement on parties spoke to the fruitless and wasteful expenditure on lavish spreads and VIP parties for those few politically connected. This year's countdown was different in that it promoted Tshwane, invited the people of Tshwane and its visitors to have a good time at the end of a very long year and offered local vendors and businesses a chance to do business. 

    There was no VIP section or special treatment of a few people because, like I have said time and again, it is the people of Tshwane who are the VIPs and they are the ones who deserve the VIP treatment. 

    This also means better services and economic growth through cutting corruption and practising good governance.  

    This has always been and will continue to be the pledge we make to our people. 

    Conclusion 

    I would like to once again wish the people of Tshwane and indeed South Africa a very happy and prosperous new year. On behalf of the Tshwane government, I wish to thank all City of Tshwane officials for their hard work during the festive season at the cost of their own and their families' time. Their service in keeping Tshwane a safe place and running it to the best of their ability under current circumstances is greatly cherished. 

    I would also like to thank the people of Tshwane for showing their support and willingness to work with us to bring about the change we vowed to bring and will continue to bring in 2017 and beyond. 

    We also thank our people for understanding that despite their frustrations, Tshwane, like Rome, won't be built in a day, but that we are on track to making the required improvements to the city's economy and the lives of our people. 

    Let us continue to work together in the new year and take our city to new and prosperous heights. 

    Media enquiries

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774 

  • No conditions present to place Tshwane under administration

    No conditions present to place Tshwane under administration

    Fri, Dec 23, 2016

    In an affidavit filed by the City of Tshwane in the PEU/TUMS smart meter case, the Acting City Manager referred to the risk of the City being placed under administration due to its onerous obligations to PEU/TUMS.  

    This line, made in an affidavit filed by the City to extricate itself from all PEU/TUMS agreements, has caused undue confusion and speculation in the media.  

    To add fuel to the fire, the Gauteng Provincial government is ANC controlled, which has heightened suspicion that it may have a political motive to regain power in Tshwane by the backdoor.  

    The Constitution and national legislation are very clear about the grounds under which a City can be placed under administration. We want to reiterate that none of those grounds are present in Tshwane.

    The previous City government did leave Tshwane with a legacy of financial mismanagement. One example of this is the unlawful PEU/TUMS smart meter contract.  

    But the City is able to meet its financial obligations as and when they become due. And we are confident that sound financial management, including seeking redress in the PEU/TUMS matter, will further improve the City's financial position.  

    We will be seeking interim relief from the Court to adjust the terms of a previous Court order which practically compels the City to pay PEU/TUMS for services on the 13 000 meters which it installed. 

    The line in the City's concession affidavit referring to the risk of administration could have been more precisely and carefully worded. We regret that this has caused alarmism.  

    This risk of administration will only arise if the City does not take corrective financial steps. Tshwane, whose finances the Msimanga administration is working to fix, is by no means the most delinquent municipality in Gauteng and the City will therefore not be placed under administration. 

    In the interests of clarity, we will consider filing a supplementary affidavit to clarify the City's position to the Court. 

    Media enquiries:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • Closure of the Rayton licensing office for renovations

    Closure of the Rayton licensing office for renovations

    Thu, Dec 15, 2016

    The City of Tshwane wishes to inform the public, motorists in particular, of the temporary closure of the Rayton licensing office as from January 3 2017. The offices will be closed for renovations work which is anticipated to take a period of 4 months. 

    This planned refurbishment work is necessary as the administrative tasks related to learner and driving license testing are performed at the main municipal building which is away from the testing centre. Such an arrangement makes the management and control of these sensitive processes problematic. Once the renovations are completed, both the licensing and testing services will be operating within the same complex thus ensuring safety and integrity of every documentation as well as the optimal use of resources. 

    In addition, the renovation process will cater for the roll-out of the new generation technology called Live Enrollment Units meant to replace the current Live Capturing Units and the technology which have become redundant. 

    The only service that will be rendered at the Rayton licensing office is the collection of driver's license cards which will be allowed to run to its natural exhaustion. 

    In the meantime, community members are advised to visit the below mentioned licensing centres (for driving or learner license testing, license card renewals and all other related services during the month of December and until further notice): 

    1. Bronkhorstspruit (Region 7)

    Cnr Botha and Kruger Street

    Bronkhorstspruit

    2. Waltloo (Region 6)

    312 Petroleum Street

    Waltloo

     3. Or any other driving license testing centre of choice. 

    Upon the completion of the renovations and integration of  the new technology system a date to resume services offered by the (Rayton licensing) office will be communicated to the public. 

    The City apologises for the inconvenience arising from this necessary interim closure.

  • Emergency water supply shutdown to affect some suburbs in Centurion

    Emergency water supply shutdown to affect some suburbs in Centurion

    Wed, Dec 14, 2016

    Rand Water has informed the City of Tshwane about an urgent need to shut down the utility's water pipeline in Centurion in order to fix a leaking pipe. The pipeline will be closed today 14 December from 17h00 until tomorrow 15 December 2016 at 7h00.  

    The following suburbs might be affected: 

    1.  Kloofsig

    2.  Die Hoewes

    3.  Lyttelton

    4.  Lyttelton AH

    5.  Lyttelton Manor 

    Residents in the abovementioned areas are urged to conserve water as this will ensure that the reservoir retains its capacity. 

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department. 

  • Checkpoint expose: Msimanga administration will meet corruption

    Checkpoint expose: Msimanga administration will meet corruption

    Fri, Dec 9, 2016

    Following the completion of a report commissioned by the City of Tshwane which reveals large-scale collusion and corruption in the gross inflation of various goods that were unlawfully procured by corrupt City Officials, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, has taken swift action as this will not be tolerated by the Msimanga administration. 

    As such the Executive Mayor and Acting Municipal Manager (ACM), Lindiwe Kwele, will accordingly lay criminal charges against senior city officials implicated in the report. Executive Mayor Msimanga and the ACM will lay charges of corruption pursuant to section 12 of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act.  

    This follows a forensic investigation charged with probing the allegations of corruption, gross misconduct and wasteful expenditure in respect of over inflated prices of various items or goods procured from various City of Tshwane service providers in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) landscape, following the recent news coverage exposure aired on eNCA i.e. Checkpoint. 

    The scope of the investigation covers the review of the allegation by examining the over inflation of prices in respect of various items from various service providers i.e. Kiwi Polish, Transformers, Handy Andy, Lamp Energy savers, De Lux- White, Saddle stainless steel, Surf powder soap, Sunlight liquid soap, Shovel, Toolbox, Wall plugs and Chlorine. 

    One such example of this heinously inflation of prices is that the City under the leadership of Ramokgopa spent R300 on light bulbs that would have cost R79 at wholesale price.  

    Accordingly a couple of Senior Managers who acted in their capacity as Managers and Accounting Officers in this regard are likely to be charges for being in dereliction of their duties with respect to adhering to the prescripts of the MFMA and SCM practices for being aware of such collusion and corruption and failing to act appropriately. This constitutes misconduct. 

    As such ACM Kwele, acting on the instruction of the Executive Mayor, has already commenced pre-disciplinary hearing processes; and disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against those implicated officials in terms of the disciplinary procedures of the City of Tshwane for financial misconduct and maladministration. 

    Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga said: "While I am unsurprised by the findings of this forensic investigation, I am disgusted and disappointed that public money meant for the provision of services for the law-abiding taxpayers was pilfered in such a gratuitous manner. 

    This is indicative of the Ramokgopa administration's penchant for abusing public funds for their own narrow self-interest at the expense of the City and the millions of residents who need basic services for everyday survival. 

    I will not tolerate such rank abuse of public funds and those implicated in the report WILL answer for their part in what can only be termed as the looting of the City. Corruption will not stand a chance against this new administration. Of that I can assure our people." 

    In addition to the aforementioned, ACM Kwele has been instructed by the Executive Mayor to:

    • Institute civil proceedings against the implicated to recover any and all monies from the identified service providers and their cohort unduly benefitted.
    • Blacklist and remove the identified service providers and all its accomplices from the Municipal database.
    • Further resource the internal control mechanisms to ensure that this looting of the City does not repeat itself.
    • Appoint a Chief Buyer with the requisite competency and provide continuous training.

     

    Echoing the Executive Mayor, ACM Kwele said: "This is so far beyond the pale of good and ethical appropriation of public resources. As such it is my assertion that senior management is to be committed to eradicating fraud and corruption and ensuring that the Municipality strives to discharge ethical dealings with public funds in the public's interest. In this regard, senior management under my guidance will ensure that it does not become complacent in dealing with fraud and corruption and that it will ensure that the City's overall fraud and corruption strategy is reviewed and updated regularly." 

    Executive Mayor has vowed to turn the City's finances around and this starts with using what resources we have prudently and in a manner that is commensurate with good governance practices which benefits the residents of this City and not a small enclave who have for too long pilfered the City's coffers to service their own greed. 

    This will be met with swift and decisive action and corruption will be snuffed out of the City wherever it festers. 

    Media enquiries: 

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • Unlawful land invasions are not the solution to sustainable human settlements

    Unlawful land invasions are not the solution to sustainable human settlements

    Thu, Dec 1, 2016

    The repeated spate of land invasions and the violent nature in which they manifest is to be condemned. While we fully appreciate the frustrations of residents in our City, the unlawful seizure of land does not in fact help but serves to exacerbate hardship down the line.  

    As such we call on residents to not allow themselves to be used as political pawns for an ANC in Tshwane that cannot accept its electoral defeat. In so doing we encourage them to work together with the new administration that is working tirelessly to ensure that all eligible people get access to the housing they require and not just the connected few as was seen throughout the ANC's tenure in Tshwane. We are making progress despite the petulance of the former administration.  

    This is evidenced by the Fort West project that was neglected by the former administration and has been re-launched and put to work by the Msimanga administration when we assumed office. 

    Meeting the demand for housing remains one of the City's biggest challenges as can be evidenced by the existence of informal settlements. Under the leadership of the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, and the Member of Mayoral for Housing and Human Settlement, Cllr Mandla Nkomo, this DA-led administration has affirmed its commitment to speed up the eradication of informal settlements and to promote security of tenure through the provision of proper housing opportunities.

     

    "This administration is sympathetic to the plight of the proper housing to deserving beneficiaries.  However, we need all hands on deck to call out ruthless instigations misleading people to occupy landunlawfullyl. Land invasions are not only unlawful but create future hardship in those areas were land is seized without the necessary bulk infrastructure" said Nkomo. 

    The main strategic focus for housing development is on creating sustainable housing which is located close to economic opportunities. This is highlighted in the Tshwane 2055 Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) compaction and densification approach to combat urban sprawl and increase economic sustainability. Various obstacles to achieving sustainable housing are outlined within the GDS: 

    • The rate of formal housing delivery is not keeping pace with the expansion of informal settlements
    • The formalisation of existing settlements is a lengthy, complex process
    • Informal settlements do not comply with Building Regulations
    • Inferior access to social facilities such as libraries, public amenities and clinics
    • Inferior transport facilities and infrastructure 

    To this end, the City is pursuing the relocation of Mamelodi residents who have unlawfully occupied a piece of land until such time as the necessary infrastructure (flood lines, electricity, water and sanitation) has been installed and the distribution of living space is tended to in a manner that is fair and equitable.  

    The City appeals to residents to not allow to be used as political tools which in turn will condemn them to further hardships down the line.  

    The law enforcement agencies will continue to monitor the situation.  

    Suspected land invasions should be reported at the Tshwane Metro Police Control on 0826119974 (24hrs) 

    Media enquiries: 

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • The City of Tshwane condemns the destruction around the Sandspruit Works Association

    The City of Tshwane condemns the destruction around the Sandspruit Works Association

    Tue, Nov 29, 2016

    It is with concern that we note the hooliganism that took place en route to the Sandspruit Works Association (SWA), formerly known as Odi Water Retail Services, yesterday and reiterate that vandalism and destruction or the threat thereof are not the tools for solving service delivery challenges. 

    At the same time, we understand the extremely difficult situation of the residents of the area caused by sewer blockages. The SWA provides water, sanitation and related services to areas such as Mabopane, Winterveldt and Ga-rankuwa, colloquially known as Mawiga. 

    The City of Tshwane is taking steps to rectify the situation, but the actions of the residents only delay the implementation of corrective processes. As such we encourage residents to cooperate with the City administration in this regard so that we can fix the mess created by the former administration and in so doing bring about the change for better services that our residents need. 

    "As is well known, services delivered by SWA have not been satisfactory under the previous administration, and the City is busy winding down the operations of SWA, and employees will be absorbed into the Water and Sanitation Department of the City, where service delivery standards will meet those enjoyed by the rest of the City", MMC for Services Infrastructure Darryl Moss said. 

    Big Eye, a contractor employed by SWA for services of sewer unblocking have not performed satisfactorily, and have been instructed to carry out their service duties or have their contact terminated. They returned to work last week, and sewers are now being unblocked. 

    The City obtained the services of a high pressure cleaner, which is now being used to unblock sewers where normal rodding cannot be used. 

    "We are aware of the fact that much of the sewer network should have been replaced over the last few years, and have been busy with a CCTV pipe survey to determine what sewers need replacing.  There are 4 768 meters of pipe rehabilitation needed in Unit 7 and 40 meters in Unit 9 identified for rehabilitation. Unit 21 has good coverage of CCTV and doesn't show any critical lines to rehabilitate. A tender is being prepared for the appointment of contractors to do the pipe rehabilitation," Moss said. 

    It should thus be clear that the new administration is busy sorting out the past lack of infrastructure rehabilitation in the sewer network, and that residents would soon be receiving the quality services they deserve. 

    Together we can bring the change needed to provide better services for the residents of Tshwane. 

    Media enquiries:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • Msimanga administration takes steps to extricate Tshwane

    Msimanga administration takes steps to extricate Tshwane

    Thu, Nov 24, 2016

    Msimanga administration takes steps to extricate Tshwane from fatally flawed PEU contract 

    Note to the Editor: This was the statement delivered today by the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, at a press conference held at the Sammy Marks Council Chamber. Cllr Msimanga was joined by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Corporate and Shared Services, Cllr Cilliers Brink, and the MMC for Finance, Cllr Mare-Lise Fourie. 

    Both in opposition and in government we have had serious concerns about the validity of the PEU smart meter contract entered into by the previous administration. Chief among my concerns was and still is that the contract entered into by the City is deeply flawed and inconsistent with due process. 

    The serious irregularities that have marred this contract from its very inception have material implications for the City's ability to provide sustainable electricity to residents. 

    It is for that reason that I, in September this year, announced that I would launch a substantive review into the validity of this contract that threatens to unnecessarily haemorrhage much-needed public funds that could be useful in addressing the priority areas that I have identified for this administration. 

    It is on this basis that I, in consultation with the relevant members of my Mayoral Committee, have decided to file supplementary affidavits asserting that the deal entered into by the former ANC administration under Kgosientso "Sputla" Ramokgopa was irregular and irrational, and must be declared unlawful and set aside on that basis. 

    Let me be clear: This administration will not be complicit in the swindling of the City and its residents by remaining a defendant in this matter that we have long held was fraught with narrow political interests at the expense of the City's preeminent mandate to provide the resources that so many people in our community need for everyday life. 

    After appointing a new legal counsel and studying the contract, we have decided to take the necessary steps to fix the mess created by the previous administration, and it is our intention to extricate the City from this contract that threatens to bleed its resources. 

    Chief among the flaws of this contract, we maintain, is that the procurement process charged ahead despite the very material reservations of National and Provincial Treasury and their instruction to the Ramokgopa administration not to go ahead with the deal. 

    Ramokgopa and his cohorts will face the music for defying Treasury, and my administration will ensure that those implicated in wrongdoing are duly dealt with. 

    Additionally we maintain that the contract in its current form forces the City to surrender much-needed revenue to a service provider that we do not need and that supplied equipment that did not meet the minimum requirements and at a cost way above industry standards. 

    This we contend is not in the spirit of the precepts of good governance and the responsible use of public funds. 

    It is for these reasons that we, from the day we assumed office, instructed Group Legal Services to put the contract under review and to instruct new attorneys to extricate the City from this deal. 

    Presently, the substantive review of the decision to conclude this contract brought by Afrisake to declare it invalid and set it aside is welcomed. 

    It does, however, present challenges to the City, who will have to continue to pay 9 cents on every rand every day. 

    As such we instructed our attorneys to find mechanisms to redress this. We simply cannot be held ransom by a contract that in all likelihood will be set aside. 

    It must also be mentioned that further steps on the Accenture deal will only be taken after the substantive review application into the validity of the contract is concluded. 

    We are doing our part to get ourselves out of this mess and we are optimistic that our robust judiciary will, when all is said and done, return with a judgement that sets this contract aside. 

    Media enquiries:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • Destructive protest action is not in the spirit of democracy

    Destructive protest action is not in the spirit of democracy

    Thu, Nov 3, 2016

    Following information retrieved from the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, can confirm that there was indeed damage to property during the protest action and condemns this in the strongest terms possible.

    The City will be exploring ways to ensure that this unlawful conduct does not repeat itself in future and that protest action remains in the confines of the prescripts of the Gatherings Act, which expressly prohibits violent and destructive protest action.

    The vandalism, looting and antagonism towards the Tshwane Metro Police will not be tolerated and we encourage the latter to take appropriate action against those who were responsible for conduct not befitting democratic protest.

    While this is unfortunate, it must be said that not all protest action that ensued in the capital was destructive and violent. We are also pleased that, on the whole, appreciating that an unprecedented three marches took place yesterday, our law enforcers did all in their power to mitigate the damage that did take place.

    However, as is the case with mass protest action, locations where marches take place are often left littered and untidy.

    While this is not ideal, it is a reality of this form of democratic and civil activism.

    As such, Cllr Msimanga vows to do his part to ensure that the city's cleanliness is restored. He also encourages residents to join him in this endeavour.

    We would also like to thank the residents and business owners in Tshwane for their patience throughout the day yesterday and encourage them to report any and all instances of violence to the Tshwane Metropolitan Police.

    Let us restore peace and order in our city.

  • Call for Childhood Development Centres to apply for 2016/17 funding

    Call for Childhood Development Centres to apply for 2016/17 funding

    Thu, Oct 27, 2016

    Tshwane's MMC for Health and Social Development, Cllr Sakkie du Plooy, is inviting non-profit organisations (NPOs), early childhood development (ECD) centres, crèches, day care centres and early learning centres to apply for grant-in-aid funding for the 2016/17 financial year. 

    "We believe in ensuring the advancement of quality early childhood development and for that reason we have deemed it fit as the City to fund some ECD centres whose focus is on the development of children at an early stage," said Cllr du Plooy.                                                                                   

    Prospective applicants must meet the following requirements: 

    • The centre should operate within the jurisdiction of the City of Tshwane.
    • Centres must be registered as non-profit organisations.
    • Centres must be in existence for two years or more.
    • Centres must have a management committee or board members.
    • Centres must not be receiving funding from elsewhere.
    • Centres that have received funding from the City of Tshwane in the past will not qualify.
    • Centres must have more than 20 children.
    • The names and full particulars of each child admitted to the centre must be reflected on the daily attendance register (the daily attendance register must be updated regularly).
    • Centres must have proper systems in place, including proper administration, banking facilities and record keeping.
    • Each child in the centre must have a file with proof of age (eg copy of birth certificate, baptismal certificate or clinic card) and date of admission (eg signed application form).
    • Centres must have valid child care certificates.
    • Centres must be registered as partial care facilities as stipulated in the Children's Act (Act 38 of 2005).

    Application forms can be collected from and, upon completion, hand-delivered to the Social Workers or Regional Coordinators' Offices mentioned below.

    REGIONNAME OF REGIONAL COORDINATORADDRESSNAME OF SOCIAL WORKERADDRESS
    Region 1

    Bizah Chauke

    073 465 4057

    Akasia Municipal Office, Room 19 and 18B, 16 Dale Avenue

     

    Corner Hlanhlahane and Industrial Street, 2275 Block F, Soshanguve

     

    Revenue Office, 1653 Peter Magano Street, Block X, Mabopane

     

    Governor's Office, Setlalentoa Street, Zone 5, Ga-Rankuwa

    Johannah Nawe

     

    082 226 9929

     

     

     

     

    Tumi Mmotsa

     

    083 762 5073

    Electricity Depot, Room 131, Block KK, Soshanguve

     

     

     

     

     

    Admin Building, Ga-Rankuwa Municipal Office, Zone 5, Room 22
    Region 2

    Nelson Baloyi

    083 669 0714

    Temba Council Chamber, Office 204

    Marcus Digangwane

    082 532 2059

    Hammanskraal Library, Room 27

    Region 3

     

    Phosakuwa Mashele

    076 726 2084

    Central Customer Care Centre, Sammy Marks Square, Room 44, corner Madiba and Sisulu Street

    Lebogang Mononyane

    079 967 0391

    Atteridgeville Mini Munitoria, Room E21
    Region 4

    Peter Makhaya

    071 335 3248

    Centurion Municipal Office, Room B64 or 65

    Nonyamela Mgweshe

    073 351 7920

    Cenbis Building, next to Lyttelton Library, corner Union and Cantonments Road
    Region 5

    Noko Ramapulana

    082 559 1608

    Office of the Speaker, corner Oakley and Montrose Street, Rayton

    Rosemary Ntshudisane

    072 351 3633

    Rayton Library, corner Oakley and Montrose Street, Rayton
    Region 6

    Sello Tlhako

    072 051 6270

    Mini Munitoria, Office E30, corner Ledwaba and Makhubela Street, Mamelodi West

    Ndifelani Mulaudzi

    073 865 4125

    Mamelodi Mini Munitoria, Room B59
    Region 7

    Dineo Siko

    079 947 9759

    Muniforum Building 1, corner Mark and Botha Street, Bronkhorstspruit

    Moses Lekoadu

    082 958 8653

    Infoforum, Ground Floor, Room L32408, corner Mark and Botha Street

    Zandile Mtshweni

    076 718 9805

    Infoforum, Ground Floor, Room L32408, corner Mark Botha and Street

     

    The closing date for applications is 7 November 2016 at 12:00. If an applicant does not receive communication from the City of Tshwane within 21 days from the closing date, the application must be considered unsuccessful.

     

  • CITY SETS R35 MILLION HIGH-RISE DWELLING CONSTRUCTION IN MAMELODI

    CITY SETS R35 MILLION HIGH-RISE DWELLING CONSTRUCTION IN MAMELODI

    Thu, Oct 20, 2016

    CITY SETS R35 MILLION HIGH-RISE DWELLING CONSTRUCTION IN MAMELODI

    Councillor (Cllr) Mandla Nkomo, Tshwane's Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing and Human Settlements, cordially invites the media to the inauguration of over R35 million construction of the high-rise dwellings in Mamelodi East on Thursday, October 20 2016.

    The construction follows on the heels of 74 houses which were handed over by Cllr Nkomo last September 15 2016. The City, through the funding received from the provincial office, is embarking on phase 2 construction which is comprised of 180 units located within the high-rise structures. Each unit will be at the cost of R195 385, a figure slightly higher than that of stand-alone houses built as part of phase 1. 

    The beneficiary administration for phase 2 of this housing project continues is as per the allocation criteria applied in phase 1. This means that recipients of the constructed units will be from Mamelodi and Eesterust who registered in the housing demand database between 1999 - 2000. The City has also taken a decision to allocate 5% of the units to people who fall under the category of special needs which is in line with the National Housing Code. This category includes the elderly and people with disabilities. 

    The building plans of the high-rise structures have been approved hence Cllr Nkomo is setting the construction in motion.  

    The event will take place as follows: 

    Date:              Thursday, 20 October 2016

    Venue:           Erf 29355, corner Marishane and Shilovane Streets, in Mamelodi East extension 5

    Time:             10H00 

    Interviews and photo opportunity will be afforded to media attending the event.

  • Water supply interruption in Temba and surrounding areas

    Water supply interruption in Temba and surrounding areas

    Tue, Oct 18, 2016

    ​The Temba Water Treatment Plant has been shut down due to water that was contaminated by polluted raw water. The pollution was caused by cable theft at the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Plant on Thursday, 13 October 2016. The contamination is severe and will require the plant to be shut down until further notice.

    This emergency shut-down will affect the following areas:

    • Stinkwater
    • Dilopye
    • Eersterust
    • Temba
    • Babelegi Industries
    • Marokolong
    • Ramotse
    • Majaneng
    • Mandela Village
    • Sekampaneng
    • Hammanskraal

    During this period roaming water tankers will supply residents with water. 

    The City of Tshwane apologises for any inconvenience as a result of the shut-down.

  • MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TSHWANE ON WATER RESTRICTIONS

    MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF TSHWANE ON WATER RESTRICTIONS

    Mon, Oct 10, 2016

    ​On 13 September this year, at this very same venue, my colleague Cllr Darryl Moss and the head of Water & Sanitation Stephens Notoane addressed a media briefing at which they announced steps we intended taking as the City of Tshwane to save water following a notice in the Government Gazette from the National Department of Water & Sanitation on 12 August 2016 compelling municipalities that draw water from the Vaal Integrated River System to reduce water consumption by 15%.

    Last week, on October 6 2016, Rand Water, our main source of water supply, called on municipalities across Gauteng to reduce the supply of water by 15% or face the prospect of a complete system crush as dam levels continued to dwindle to unprecedented levels.

    According to Rand Water, by October 3 2016, water reduction had regressed to a disappointing 2.7% due to increased water consumption. This was after the actual restrictions had started on September 6, 2016. They have detected that people were not saving enough water as expected.

    We started implementing our water restriction with effect from September 13 2016.

    Subsequent to the implementation of the water restrictions in Tshwane, we rolled our community plan to inform and to implore our customers to use water sparingly and to not do the following:

    • irrigate gardens with a hosepipe or sprinkler between 6am and 6pm (you are only allowed to do so between 18:00 and 22:00);
    • wash vehicles with hosepipes, only buckets to be used;
    • filling of swimming pools;
    • no irrigation of golf courses with municipal water; and
    • no irrigation of municipal parks and road islands 

    It has become patently clear that some of our customers have failed to heed our humble request to use water sparingly and we now find ourselves in an untenable situation. We have begun a process to implement technical interventions that would enable us to meet the 15% water reduction target set by the National Department of Water & Sanitation and Rand Water. 

    These interventions, under the theme "Thiba Komelelo" (stop the drought), have begun in earnest, and will entail, inter alia, the following measures:

    • Throttle the water supply system by partially closing main water outlet valves at reservoirs, so that flow is restricted and reservoirs can maintain good levels;
    • Throttle the main water network pipes to restrict flow;
    • Implement scheduled water shedding;
    • Install flow restrictors to high water consumers/users;
    • Reduce water pressures in low lying areas, where possible;
    • Restrict water supply to residential complexes and businesses (where pressure allows);
    • Restrict water supply to retirement villages;
    • Reinforce maintenance teams to curb pipe bursts and water leaks;
    • Recruit more learners from Rand Water and National Department of Water & Sanitation to strengthen maintenance and war on leaks teams;
    • Create a forum to engage with Top 100 water users;
    • Create a dedicated telephone line at customer care to report water leaks; and
    • Create an SMS for reporting of water leaks and pipe bursts 

    We will also intensify our community awareness campaigns, fully implement the communication strategy and encourage the communities to name and shame offenders. Significantly, we will be encouraging the ward councillors to urgently engage with their respective communities about these measures we have begun to implement.

    We have been left with no choice, but to implement these measures, failing which we would be facing the prospect of our taps running dry.​

  • City of Tshwane embarks on the Indigent Programme evaluation roadshows

    City of Tshwane embarks on the Indigent Programme evaluation roadshows

    Tue, Sep 20, 2016

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga has noted with concern, inaccurate messages circulating on social media that the City is in the process of cancelling the Indigent Programme which allows category of households earning a combined gross income to qualify for rebates, support or a services subsidy as determined by the municipality.
     
     In terms of the Indigent Policy, beneficiaries need to be re-evaluated every twenty-four months to verify their economic and social position. Depending on the outcome, qualifying beneficiaries will be re-registered.
     
    The Indigent Programme is part of the City of Tshwane's Indigent Policy, which is implemented in line with national government's call to alleviate poverty, the City has no plans to revoke this much needed aid to qualifying residents. The re-evaluation programme progress is not intended to de-register any qualifying indigent household hence it is done in a consultative way with affected households being asked to come forward for re-evaluation in line with the existing Indigent Policy for the City of Tshwane.
     
    The evaluation roadshow kicked off this weekend. Beneficiaries will be informed via letters of the dates to visit their local customer care centers to effect the re-registration.
     
    Documents needed to register:
     
    Certified copies of the following documents should accompany your application:
    • Proof of income or, if you are unemployed, a sworn affidavit to that effect.
    • Your identity document and those of your spouse and your dependents.
    • Your latest municipal account.
    • The birth certificates of your children and proof of their school attendance (a school report or a letter from the school).
    • Proof of your marital status (such as marriage certificate, divorce certificate, proof of customary union or living together, or a death certificate, as applicable)

    Registered indigent households qualify for 12 kℓ of free water per month, 100 kW of free electricity per month, free waste and sewage removal, as well as exemption from rates and taxes.

    For enquiries regarding the Indigent Programme, call 012 358 4843/ 2332

    Media enquiries:

    Matthew Gerstner

    Acting Spokesperson to the Mayor

    082 96 96 041

  • MAYOR MSIMANGA OPENS TSHWANE TENDER PROCESSES

    MAYOR MSIMANGA OPENS TSHWANE TENDER PROCESSES

    Fri, Sep 16, 2016

    ​Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga has opened the tender process in Tshwane, to make it transparent and open to scrutiny. 

    The Mayor issued a written executive instruction to the acting City Manager to open future Tender Bid Adjudication Meetings to the public, so that the spending of public money can be done openly. 

    The Mayor said: "Opening the tender process is part of my promise to the people of Tshwane to cut out corruption." 

    The Tender Bid Adjudication Meeting is the crucial stage at which a tender is assessed and adjudicated on its merits, and it is the stage where corruption can take place behind closed doors as cronies can be handed contracts contrary to the best interests of the public. 

    Forthcoming City of Tshwane tender processes will now be subjected to open Tender Bid Adjudication Meetings. Adverts for the public meetings will be placed for all tenders. 

    By opening the Tender Bid Adjudication Meetings the Mayor is making sure that Tshwane's spending can no longer benefit only a selected few insiders. 

    Every tender bidder will now have a fair and transparent chance at government contracts in Tshwane, cutting out corruption. 

    The Mayor said: "Corruption in tenders happens behind closed doors when politicians sit and make multi-million rand decisions. Now I have opened the doors to the public, and I encourage the public to scrutinise how we spend going forward." 

    This marks a new openness and transparency for Tshwane. 

    Media enquiries: 

    Matthew Gerstner

    Acting Spokesperson to the Mayor

    082 96 96 041

  • MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE CITY OF TSHWANE ON WATER RESTRICTIONS

    MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE CITY OF TSHWANE ON WATER RESTRICTIONS

    Tue, Sep 13, 2016

    The National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) published a notice in the Government Gazette, Notice 910 of 12 August 2016, stating that drawing water from the Integrated Vaal River System should be limited.

    The limitation for taking drawing water from the Vaal River System by urban and irrigation users are as follows:

    • 15% of curtailment on urban water use in the afore-mentioned areas;
    • 20% of curtailment on irrigation water use in the aforementioned areas; and,
    • The limitation applies from the date of this notice until further notice.

    This briefing is intended to inform the public and other stakeholders of the measures we are putting in place to conserve water and to manage increased demand through water restrictions, and to manage water shortage due to drought, heat waves and other seasonal changes.

    The City of Tshwane is therefore obliged to comply with the notice and reduce its water consumption by 15%. We receive 72 % of our bulk water from Rand Water, but we also source 28% of our water from our own treatment plants and boreholes.

    Last year, at the height of the heat wave that gripped the country, we implemented water restrictions in terms of Clause 19 of the Water Supply By-Law, Notice 468 of 24 July 2014. The restrictions specifically applied to the following:

    • Watering/irrigating gardens with a hosepipe or sprinkler from 06h00 to 18h00;
    • Washing of vehicles with hosepipes; and
    • Filling of swimming pools

    The same above restrictions which were implemented last year will apply with immediate effect from today. The City of Tshwane's Water Supply By-Law states, inter alia, that:

    The Municipality may by public notice-

    a) Prohibit or restrict the consumption of water in the whole or in part of its area of jurisdiction –

    • In general or for specified purposes;
    • During specified hours of the day or on specified days; and
    • In a specified manner

    We urge all our consumers to join us in making efforts to reduce the water consumption. Should the consumers not adhere to the restrictions as imposed by the National Department of Water & Sanitation as well as Rand Water, then the situation will worsen and consumers will be without water for longer periods. Furthermore, if the situation does not improve, then the City will be forced to introduce the following stringent measures:

    • Increased tariffs
    • Increased policing
    • Water shedding

    All consumers are urged to adhere to the restrictions and use water sparingly.

    Consumers are also encouraged to use water saving tips that are distributed through flyers and through the City's various communication platforms.

    The City of Tshwane appreciates your cooperation in this regard. Furthermore, the City apologises for the inconvenience caused.

  • MAYOR MSIMANGA LAYS FIRST CORRUPTION CHARGES

    MAYOR MSIMANGA LAYS FIRST CORRUPTION CHARGES

    Thu, Sep 8, 2016

    MAYOR MSIMANGA LAYS FIRST CORRUPTION CHARGES 

    Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, has laid the first charges of corruption against senior officials of the previous Tshwane administration. 

    Msimanga laid the charges at Brooklyn SAPS, based on two forensic reports in his possession.  

    The reports compiled by external audit companies detail corruption, fraud, and wanton misuse of public money in two projects of the City's previous leadership: City Hall and the Mayoral Residence. 

    The Mayor said: "I've laid charges of corruption because I promised the people of Tshwane to cut out corruption, and to pursue those who previously led a corrupt administration." 

    The charges stem from R90mil expenditure in the City Hall project and over-expenditure in the Mayoral Residence projects which must be criminally pursued. 

    The R90mil includes over-expenditure on opulent upgrades for the previous Mayor's Office at the City Hall which damaged the historic building, left it unsuitable for use, and which upgrades do not justify the enormous price-tag. 

    The charges were laid against three high ranking officials of the previous administration, and three entities of local government, who can only be named after being formally charged by the SAPS. 

    The three officials no longer hold their high office in the City of Tshwane, where one was a most senior official in the former Mayor's private office, and another a senior procurement official. 

    The Mayor said: "This is just the first set of corruption charges to be laid. There is a web of corruption that I am uncovering, and there will be more charges against more officials and former leaders to come. I am determined to cut out corruption in Tshwane decisively." 

    Media enquiries: 

    Matthew Gerstner

    Acting Spokesperson to the Mayor

    082 96 96 041

  • MAYOR MSIMANGA CUTS LUXURY CAR PERKS

    MAYOR MSIMANGA CUTS LUXURY CAR PERKS

    Tue, Sep 6, 2016

    Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga has today announced further cost-cutting measures, to save the City of Tshwane from expenses that only benefit politicians. 

    Msimanga has put an immediate stop to all purchases or leasing of luxury cars for politicians and senior officials. No new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians, and if vehicles currently owned by Tshwane require replacement, sensible and low-cost vehicles will be procured. 

    The Mayor said: "I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars, while our people struggle for services, houses and jobs. No more luxury cars will be bought or leased under my government. A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan." 

    The Mayor has also uncovered the procurement of new luxury BMW vehicles for politicians concluded and paid out of public money by the previous administration. Msimanga has therefore decided to redirect these 10 new vehicles which have high-capacity engine power, when they are delivered, to the Tshwane Metro Police Department where they will serve in a newly-formed Anti-Hijack Unit. 

    The Mayor said: "Rather than using luxury vehicles for politicians, we will use them for a new Unit in the Metro Police to prevent and respond to Hi-Jackings and high-speed chases because the vehicles have powerful engines and can be used for fast-response. This puts the needs of people first, and not the needs of politicians first." 

    This comes after Msimanga has also banned blue lights for politicians and officials in Tshwane, including on the Mayor's own vehicle. Tshwane officials will now travel alongside ordinary citizens, they will wait in traffic and will stop at red-lights. 

    Media enquiries: 

    Matthew Gerstner

    Acting Spokesperson to the Mayor

    082 96 96 041

  • Planned maintenance of the water supply network in the eastern suburbs of Tshwane

    Planned maintenance of the water supply network in the eastern suburbs of Tshwane

    Thu, Aug 11, 2016

    The City of Tshwane's Water and Sanitation Department will on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 carry out scheduled maintenance and upgrading of the water supply network in the eastern suburbs of Tshwane. During this period, water supply to the following areas may be interrupted from time to time for 48 hours: 

    ·         La Montagne

    ·         Die Wilgers

    ·         Murrayfield

    ·         Mamelodi

    ·         Garsfontein

    ·         Ashlea Gardens

    ·         Samcor Park

    ·         Silverton

    ·         Silvertondale

    ·         Villieria

    ·         Jan Niemand Park

    ·         Waltloo

    ·         East Lynne

    ·         Rietfontein

    ·         Val-de-Grace

    ·         Kilner Park

    ·         Meyerspark

    ·         Equestria

    ·         Lynnwood, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Ridge and Lynnwood Park

    ·         Faerie Glen

    ·         CSIR

    ·         Waverley

    ·         Eersterust

    ·         Queenswood

    ·         Brummeria

    ·         Constantia Park

    ·         Newlands

    ·         Ekklesia

    ·         Waterkloof Glen

    ·         Moreleta Park

    ·         Alphen Park

    ·         Menlyn​

    The City apologises for the inconvenience that may be caused to the affected residents.

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department

  • Water supply interruption in parts of Mamelodi

    Water supply interruption in parts of Mamelodi

    Thu, Aug 11, 2016

    Households in Mahube Valley, Mamelodi East, Mamelodi Gardens and other settlements on the east of Solomon Mahlangu Drive are currently experiencing water shortages due to a burst pipe that feeds the area from the R4 reservoir. Plumbers are busy on-site with repairs and are expected to complete the work by 22:00.

    Residents will be provided with water through water tankers that are being stationed at the following communal facilities:

    ·         Bula Dikgoro

    ·         Stanza Bopape Hall                                  

    ·         Ramahlale Primary School

    ·         Stanza IT Centre

    ·         Bajabulile Park                                                

    ·         Corner Ravele and Ramalana Street

    ·         True Gospel Church (Selahle)   

     

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department​

  • WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION

    WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION

    Wed, Aug 10, 2016

    ​Scheduled maintenance and upgrading of the water supply network are being undertaken, and interruption of the water supply is avoided at all costs. However, it may be interrupted from time to time on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 for 48 hours in the following areas: 

    La Montagne, Die Wilgers, Murrayfield, Mamelodi, Garsfontein,

    Ashlea Gardens, Samcor Park, Silverton, Silvertondale, Villieria,

    Jan Niemandpark, Waltloo, East Lynne, Rietfontein, Val-de-Grace, Kilner Park,

    Meyerspark, Equestria, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood, Lynnwood Park,

    Faerie Glen, CSIR, Waverley, Eersterust, Queenswood, Brummeria,

    Constantia Park, Newlands, Ekklesia, Waterkloof Glen, Moreletapark,

    Alphenpark, Menlyn and Lynnwood Ridge 

    The community should make alternative arrangements to collect and store water during the disruption period. The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience caused. 

    The contact person (for internal enquiries only) is: 

    Constance Ramolefe:  012 358 4650

    After hours: 012 358 2111/9999 or 080 11 11 556

  • WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION

    WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION

    Wed, Aug 10, 2016

    ​Scheduled maintenance and upgrading of the water supply network at the Temba Water Purification Plant are being undertaken, and interruption of the water supply is avoided at all costs. However, it may be interrupted from time to time on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 for 24 hours in the following areas: 

    Stinkwater, Dilopye, Temba, Babelegi Industrial Area, Marokolong,

    Ramotse, Majaneng, Mandela Village, Sekampaneng and

    Hammanskraal 

    The contact persons (for internal enquiries only) are: 

    Philani Ndlovu

    During office hours:  012 358 5827

    After hours:  012 358 2111/9999 or 080 11 11 556

  • Water supply interruption in Bronkhorstspruit and Themba

    Water supply interruption in Bronkhorstspruit and Themba

    Wed, Jul 27, 2016

    ​The City of Tshwane has received a notification of scheduled maintenance that will be carried out by Eskom on the Corobrick/Grootfontein feeder cable tomorrow, 28 July 2016.

    This will result in a water supply interruption in the Bronkhorstspruit Water Treatment Plant, as it uses electricity to pump water. The service interruption will last from 09:00 to 17:00.

    The following areas will be affected:

    • Bronkhorstspruit
    • Zithobeni
    • Ekangala
    • Ekandustria
    • Rethabiseng
    • Tembisile Local Municipality 

    Meanwhile, the City of Tshwane's Water and Sanitation Department will shut down the Temba Water Treatment Plant for maintenance and upgrading at the plant tomorrow. The service interruption will last for 24 hours starting at 07:30. Roaming water tankers will supply water to the affected residents. 

    The following areas will be affected: 

    ·         Stinkwater

    ·         Dilopye

    ·         Temba

    ·         Babelegi industrial area

    ·         Marokolong

    ·         Ramotse

    ·         Majaneng

    ·         Mandela Village

    ·         Sekampaneng

    ·         Hammanskraal 

    Once the water supply is restored, residents should use water sparingly to ensure that the reservoirs retain full capacity.

  • Cable theft leads to power failure in parts of Pretoria West

    Cable theft leads to power failure in parts of Pretoria West

    Fri, Jul 22, 2016

    Residents of Brazzaville informal settlement (Phomolong), part of Atteridgeville and Saulsville, west of Tshwane, are currently without power after the theft of two main feeder cables in the area. Preparations for repair work are currently underway, and it is anticipated that power supply will be restored by 22:00 tonight.

     

    The City apologises for the inconvenience caused to residents as a result of this despicable criminal act and urges residents to report vandalism and cable theft on 0800 112 722. All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

     

    Customers affected by power failure are urged to report it. Text the word "power" followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676. Alternatively, report a power failure to 012 358 9999 (choose electricity option) or 080 1111 556 or visit www.tshwane.gov.za and follow the Report Power Failure link.

  • Planned maintenance of the water supply network (POSTPONED)

    Planned maintenance of the water supply network (POSTPONED)

    Tue, Jul 12, 2016

    ​The City of Tshwane’s Water and Sanitation Department will on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 carry-out a scheduled maintenance and upgrading of the water supply network in the eastern suburbs of Tshwane. During this period, water supply to the following areas may be interrupted from time to time for 48 hours:

    La Montagne
    Die Wilgers
    Murrayfield 
    Mamelodi
    Silverton
    Garsfontein
    Ashlea Gardens 
    Samcor Park
    Silverton
    Silvertondale, Villieria 
    Jan Niemand Park
    Waltloo
    East Lynne
    Rietfontein
    Val-de-Grace
    Kilner Park
    Meyers Park
    Equestria
    Lynnwood, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Park and Lynnwood Ridge
    Faerie Glen
    CSIR
    Waverley
    Eersterust
    Queenswood
    Brummeria
    Constantia Park
    Newlands
    Ekklesia
    Waterkloof Glen
    Moreleta Park
    Alphen Park
    Menlyn 

    The City apologises for the inconvenience that may be caused to the affected residents. 

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department. 

  • Calm returns to the City of Tshwane

    Calm returns to the City of Tshwane

    Fri, Jul 1, 2016

    ​Tshwane City Manager Jason Ngobeni has assured all citizens, business owners and visitors that calm has returned to the capital city and operations are back to normal. 

    "We are happy to report that the concerted efforts by security forces and city staff to douse the fires following a few days of unrest have yielded positive results. We wish to assure our investors, and the many companies that have a presence here, that the City of Tshwane remains a safe and stable place to do business" 

    Ngobeni further noted that all service delivery backlogs that occurred as a result of the violent protests have now been cleared. 

    "Every city in the world will deal with upheaval from time to time. It is the task of those who run the city to ensure the effects are dealt with swiftly, and the running of the city is not compromised. We take our duties extremely seriously, and wish to assure our citizens, those who do business in the Capital, and the multitudes of visitors who come to our beautiful places of interest, that the Tshwane Metro is stable, and open for business", said Ngobeni. 

    The City Manager has commended all security staff involved in restoring the peace, saying no violent incidents have been reported in the past seven days. 

    Ngobeni said the SAPS, working in co-operation with Tshwane Metro Police, worked tirelessly to bring the situation under control. To date, they have made more than 40 arrests in connection with the violence and looting of stores and foreign-owned spaza shops. Their investigations are continuing, and they have indicated that further arrests are likely. 

    "Tshwane is a city steeped in rich history, yet on the cutting edge of modern technological advances, it is a hub of commerce, culture and tourism, and it will remain as such", Ngobeni concluded.

  • Water supply interruption in parts of Region 3 and Region 6

    Water supply interruption in parts of Region 3 and Region 6

    Wed, Jun 29, 2016

    The City of Tshwane would like to apologise to the residents of Region 3 and 6 who have been without water since yesterday afternoon. The Water and Sanitation Department had to do emergency repair work on a damaged bulk water pipeline.  The City's plumbers are still busy with the repairs and it is estimated that the work will be completed this evening.

    The following areas are affected:

    • Waverley
    • Lynnwood
    • Queenswood
    • Villieria
    • Murrayfield
    • Silverton
    • The Willows
    • Silverlakes
    • Wingate Park
    • Die Wilgers Hospital
    • Parts of Faerie Glen
    • Eastlyn
    • Jan Niemand Park

     

    Once the water supply is restored, residents are urged to use water sparingly to ensure that the reservoirs retain their full capacity.​

  • Possible disruption of services in certain areas of the City

    Possible disruption of services in certain areas of the City

    Wed, Jun 22, 2016

    ​The City of Tshwane wishes to inform its citizens of possible disruption of services due to the ongoing protest action plaguing certain areas of the city. Some of our staff members have reportedly been intimidated, attacked and some prevented from going to work. 

    We are exploring various options of stabilising the situation and of safeguarding our staff to enable them to render services unhindered. The law enforcement agencies have assured us of their commitment to protect the personnel and municipal assets in the face of intimidation and threats. They have also undertook to deal decisively and firmly with vandalism, thuggery, hooliganism and criminality that have characterised certain parts of the city in the past few days. 

    The City profusely apologises for the inconvenience caused and undertakes to restore normal services as speedily as possible. 

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department.

  • Ramokgopa condemns violent protest in Hammanskraal

    Ramokgopa condemns violent protest in Hammanskraal

    Mon, May 23, 2016

    ​The Executive Mayor of Tshwane Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa received with a heavy heart news of the violent protest that erupted in Hammanskraal and how it has deteriorated. 

    This despite the progressive roll out of various programmes including Re Aga Tshwane aimed at promoting security of tenure and rolling out services to enhance the quality of lives of citizens..

    "We remain  deeply concerned by the acts of violence, displacements, confrontations, loss of property and gross disregard as well as violation of human rights every time evictions take place. Our experience is that evictions leave behind a trail of pain, which could be avoided and minimized , as we treated even those of our ungovernable citizens with respect rather than a sense of punishment " 
    As part of the overall commitment  between government and the Red Ants , we agree to ensure that all future evictions do not infringe on the human rights of residents - especially the vulnerable groups: the elderly, women, children and people with disability.

    "We need to reinforce and make into a habit , the recent agreement between the department  of cooperative governance  and the Red Ants management to work together to be sensitive to  interests of the vulnerable groups during evictions as well as to minimize unnecessary confrontations"said Ramokgopa.

    As the City we believe we can make the situation much more humane  by ensuring that Eviction notices are clear, with clearer instructions informing residents what to do, and how to comply, and advice pursuade and encourage residents, including the vulnerable citizens, to seek alternative accommodation in time, protect their valuable properties or simply vacate the properties. Our intention is to discourage violence while also taking care of the vulnerable groups. 

    We remain concerned by actions and utterances some political parties mobilizing the vulnerable groups to defy court orders resulting in resistance and violence, and want to make it clear that we do not accept illegal occupations of land and properties. We therefore call on our  communities to work with us. 

    "Violence has no place in our society, It is a sad day indeed that we are witnessing loss of lives by our own brothers. Families are being robbed on fathers, brothers, and sons because of extremist hell bent on breaking the law and destroying everything in their paths".

    The Executive Mayor has called upon the Metro Police to exercise the law  enforcement responsibilities and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book  .
    We regret the inconvenience , pain and the unfortunate loss of lives caused by  todays disruptions and illegal protest  and commit to continue to improve our public order  policing in cooperation with the South African Police Services, and the Fire department   to ensure that in future the appropriate rapid response is  activated to minimize damage to property , injury and further loss of life.

    Blessing Manale

    Mayoral Spokeperson

  • LAUNCH OF THE REFUSE PLASTIC BAG MANUFACTURING PROJECT

    LAUNCH OF THE REFUSE PLASTIC BAG MANUFACTURING PROJECT

    Thu, May 12, 2016

    ​REFILWE, CULLINAN – While the country's economy is shedding jobs, the City of Tshwane is not only stemming the tide by creating jobs, but it's also creating entrepreneurs in the resilient manufacturing industry. 

    Today, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Tshwane Executive Mayor Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa launched a refuse plastic bag manufacturing facility in Region 5, Refilwe, Cullinan, as part of the township economies revitalization programme.

    In his 2015 State of the Province Address (SoPA) Premier Makhura made a commitment to place the revitalization of the township economy at the centre of the Province's agenda to bring about radical economic transformation.

    Makhura said the plastic manufacturing initiative will ensure maximum beneficiation of the local community, including the aspiring young entrepreneurs. The project  entails the establishment of a factory facility where refuse plastic bags will be manufactured and supplied to the identified market.

    "The purpose of the project is to equip the local community with the skills that will enable them to manufacture refuse plastic bags and provide economic opportunities that will yield income generating activities thus enabling them to alleviate poverty in order to sustain their livelihoods" Makhura said.

    The City of Tshwane has selected the Mesarasarane Trading and Projects Co-operative Limited – made up of the local  unemployed youth and women - to operate the facility. The selection process, which was conducted in a fair and transparent way, entailed inviting all the co-operatives from the region to submit proposals outlining the operations of the proposed facility; briefing consultation to outline what is required; adjudication of the proposal by the City and external stakeholders and approval of the preferred co-operatives, based on the highest scoring co-operative.

    Executive Mayor Ramokgopa said the City of Tshwane will sign and enter into a three-year Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Mesarasarane Co-Operative to run the daily operations of the manufacturing facility, although the City will retain ownership of the facility for this period. The Co-operative will be expected to fully operate the facility and cover the incurred operational costs.

    "We have identified various role players in the private sector as the sector plays a critical role in initiatives of this nature and we believe that it can add significant value in the realisation of the vision to have vibrant township economies characterised by high employment and low poverty levels. The various role players that have been identified are businesses in Cullinan that will support the initiative by procuring the goods that will be manufactured by the facility. Manufacturing is one of the industries that  drives economic rejuvenation," Ramokgopa said. 

    "We are empowering the sector of society that is most affected by unemployment – women and the youth – we are providing them with the necessary skills and wherewithal to be on their own and become successful entrepreneurs. We are confident that more businesses will come on board and procure plastic refuse bags from this facility," he enthused. 

    The businesses that have already committed to procuring the goods from the manufacturing facility include Wimpy, Shell Garage, Studio 14 Gallery and Tea garden restaurants. The Cullinan Council Chamber has also made a commitment to support the facility through access to markets with the businesses within the region that are affiliated to the chamber. Bidvest Facilities Management has donated office furniture from their Enterprise Development Programme to the facility. 

    The total project value is about R3 million. The project has created 11 jobs during the construction phase of the facility. Employees working on the project were drawn from the Refilwe community with the view to creating local employment opportunities. To ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the refuse plastic bag manufacturing facility, the selected co-operative will sign trade contracts with the afore-mentioned businesses from Cullinan.

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department. 

  • WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION (​Irene X54 and X67)

    WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION (​Irene X54 and X67)

    Wed, May 11, 2016

    Scheduled maintenance and upgrading of the water supply network are being undertaken; interruption of the water supply is avoided at all costs. However, it may be interrupted from time to time on Friday, 13 May 2016 from 09:00 to 15:00 in the following areas:

    ​Irene X54 and X67 

    The contact person (for internal enquiries only) is: 

    Danie du Preez

    Tel: 012 358 5217 (during office hours) 012 358 2111/9999 or 080 11 11 556 (after hours)

  • GROENKLOOF NATURE RESERVE ATTACKERS ARRESTED

    GROENKLOOF NATURE RESERVE ATTACKERS ARRESTED

    Fri, May 6, 2016

    ​The City of Tshwane is proud to inform visitors of the Groenkloof Nature Reserve that two suspects believed to be responsible for armed robberies at the reserve have been arrested. One suspect was arrested on Saturday, 30 April 2016 following an attack on two women walking on the white hiking trail of the Groenkloof Nature Reserve at around 8:00. The screams of the women alerted patrolling Groenkloof staff members, who were on the scene within minutes and pursued the robbers.  

    Together with the Tshwane Metro Police, the Groenkloof staff members swiftly traced one of the suspects to an informal settlement near the reserve, where he was arrested. The suspect was positively identified by the women. He has been charged with armed robbery. The second suspect was arrested on Sunday, 01 May 2016. The victims were assaulted and robbed of a camera, cell phone and shoes. Some of the items were later recovered. 

    It is regrettable that our beautiful reserve has recently been notorious for vicious attacks on hikers there. At the beginning of this year, the reserve's management enhanced security and deployed many more Metro Police officers so that they could be visible all times. Recently, notices were put up at the entrance of the resort to alert visitors to stay vigilant. Emergency numbers to call in case of suspected danger are also provided.

    The arrest comes ahead of the planned high-level security cluster meeting on 10 May 2016, which will specifically focus on challenges at the Groenkloof Nature Reserve. These arrests show that the efforts of the City are already yielding fruits. With these measures in place, it is evident that the City is committed to ensuring the safety of its visitors.

    The City will intensify patrols with the assistance of the Tshwane Metro Police Department.

    We appeal to members of the public who have any information or who would like to report these incidents to contact the Tshwane Metro police on 012 358 7095/6, or to contact the nearest SAPS. 

    For enquiries, please contact:

    Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba 

    SPOKESPERSON: TSHWANE METROPOLITAN POLICE

    Tel: 012 358 9524

    Cell: 082 611 9971

    Email: isaacm4@tshwane.gov.za 

  • ​Tshwi-Fi to support equality and narrow the digital divide

    ​Tshwi-Fi to support equality and narrow the digital divide

    Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    ​"One nation, one capital – advancing Tshwane Vision 2055" 

    Tshwane 25 April 2016: During his State of the Capital Address at Freedom Park on 21 April 2016, Tshwane's Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, shared the City's vision for connectivity and inclusive growth.

    He indicated how the use of Wi-Fi had led to progress in narrowing the digital divide and inequality among Tshwane residents.

    The project's name, Tshwi-Fi, was announced together with details about the considerable growth and change it has made over the last few years. "Access to the internet is critical in the fight to improve the lives of those exposed to the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality," says Cllr Ramokgopa. The primary aim of the Tshwi-Fi project is to embrace digital technologies for empowerment, education and economic upliftment.[up1] 

    Since the inception of the Tshwi-Fi project, more than 1,4 million unique devices have accessed the network, making it the largest Wi-Fi network on the African continent (BMI-T).

    The project initially started with a daily cap of 250 megabyte and a connection speed of one megabyte per second. It has since increased significantly to a daily cap of 500 megabyte and an average speed of 15 megabyte per second.

    Currently, there are 776 Tshwi-Fi zones across Tshwane, including schools, campuses, colleges and community centres. "Our city is now one big internet hotspot, offering a suite of services, such as Tshwi-Fi TV, Tshwi-Fi Voice, Tshwi-Fi Drive-ins at Fountains Valley, Tshwi-Fi Chat, as well as our revolutionary safety and security app, Namola, which is now live," explained Cllr Ramokgopa.

    Namola will enable residents to immediately and anonymously share their GPS coordinates of crimes in progress with the Tshwane Metropolitan Police. It is predicted that this app will significantly reduce police response times.

    The project received the UN-Habitat Award for outstanding contribution towards improving the liveability of cities, as well as AfriCom Conference Awards for the Best Connectivity Solution for Africa and the Best App for Africa in relation to the Free Wi-Fi Voice Mobile App. 

    The future of Tshwi-Fi

    Looking forward, the City of Tshwane will double the size of its Tshwi-Fi network, ensuring more than 50% of citizens are within walking distance of a Tshwi-Fi zone. Furthermore, the City will roll out 1 500 kilometre of broadband fibre across Tshwane to deliver additional e-services to residents. The broadband network will also facilitate the Tshwi-Fi project, enabling the City to reach locations that have a severe lack of telecommunication infrastructure.

    Cllr Ramokgopa concluded: "We will continue to be a shining example of what it means to employ the use of technology to lead the way towards a South Africa that is democratic, inclusive, united and prosperous – ours will be the global cyber capital."

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department.

  • Big investments for Tshwane

    Big investments for Tshwane

    Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    ​One nation, one capital – advancing Tshwane Vision 2055

    Tshwane, 25 April 2016: Tshwane's Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, ensured last week that his last State of the Capital Address for his administration's term will not go unnoticed.

    He outlined the City of Tshwane's mission to promote trade and investment to accelerate radical economic transformation in Tshwane. This included the development of building plans to the value of R26 billion, which is expected to create 60 000 jobs, investments from major automotive manufacturers and the Centurion Aerospace Village. 

    Despite the sluggish economy, there has been significant growth in the number of building plans approved during the current term of office, doubling between 2010 and 2015, with a growth rate of 103% or R81 billion, excluding the value of land.

    An additional R15 billion worth of building plans were approved between July 2015 and March 2016 alone. During the last three years, more than 8 000 buildings were completed per annum in Tshwane.

    "The private sector component of these approvals amount to approximately R71 billion, thus nullifying the argument that Tshwane's economy is solely driven by the public sector. The private property sector significantly employs over 98 000 people within the capital," explained Ramokgopa.

    The highest investment growth rates have been in Centurion and surrounds, followed by the north and the inner city and its surrounds. Notably, the revitalisation of the inner city is driven by the development of retail, office and residential units.

    Since 2012, about 150 000 m2 of office space has been constructed, with some still under construction, at a cost of R5 billion, with the full implementation of the bus rapid transit system, A Re Yeng, expected to play a further role.

    Currently, the City Planning and Development Department receives more than 2 000 building plan applications per month. Owners and architects are contacted telephonically by the City to communicate a plan's status, change or approval. By May 2016, the City will begin to transmit SMS notifications to keep citizens informed. It is the City's goal to eventually extend this service to ensure that all residents are updated timeously regarding their interaction with the City.

    The recorded Rand value of investment in this sector within the current term of office is about R12,5 billion. This exceeds the City's five-year target by R3,5 billion, with the main sectors of investment being the real estate, automotive and other manufacturing sectors.

    The Menlyn Maine development is set to become Africa's first green city and is in the order of R8 billion, comprising about 315 000 m2. Significant developments include Sun International in the Times Square entertainment node and an upgrade at the Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.

    To further facilitate the injection of investment in Tshwane's economy, the Tshwane Economic Development Agency (TEDA) will be staging the bi-annual Tshwane International Trade, Infrastructure and Investment Conference from 17 to 19 May 2016 at the iconic CSIR International Convention Centre.

    An institutional framework for processing large investments in Tshwane has been approved and will surmount the current challenges experienced. In addition, the City also approved the Development Investment Incentives Policy in May 2015. It offers a range of direct and indirect incentives to qualifying investments that enhance spatial planning initiatives within the capital.

    Two major investment projects have been approved, contributing R26 billion to the capital's economy and creating more than 60 000 new jobs over the long term. One of these investment injections will result in the largest fast-moving consumer goods manufacturing plant and will be located in the Sunderland Ridge area. The second investment is a significant retail development in the Mamelodi area.

    The Executive Mayor announced that the City is creating special purpose vehicles to facilitate investment in Tshwane to the tune of R54 billion, which includes the Abland Hazeldean development.

    The role of the automotive industry is notable – the transport industry in Tshwane grew from R23,9 billion in 2010 to R28,9 billion in 2015, accounting for about 12% of Tshwane's economy, growing at an average of 3,9% per annum.

    The transport sector also accounts for 6% of total employment in Tshwane and 9% of national transport employment. Furthermore, Tshwane accounted for about 41% of the automotive industry's exports in 2010, increasing to 50% in 2014.

    Ramokgopa said that motor manufacturers' dedication to furthering their business is evident. In November 2015, the BMW Group reaffirmed its long-term commitment to South Africa by announcing that it would invest a total of R6 billion at its Rosslyn Plant. "This investment, which is one of the largest in the local automotive industry, will enable the Rosslyn plant to produce the next generation of the BMW X3. It will be sold locally and exported to various countries across the world," Ramokgopa confirmed.

    Nissan South Africa announced that it plans to increase production of its new model bakkie at its Rosslyn plant. It will see potential production rising to 80 000 by 2018. Moreover, the Ford Motor Company will invest R2,5 billion in its Silverton plant to commence production of the Everest SUV, which is envisaged to create an additional 1 200 jobs.

    Ramokgopa continued: "As such, the City is currently engaged in a process of establishing the Tshwane Automotive City in Rosslyn, which includes the purchasing of land parcels to the value of R188 million."

    The flagship development, Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), is intended to co-locate tiered, hi-tech and advanced manufacturers in the aero-mechanical and defence sectors. It is strategically positioned within the aviation and defence corridors. The City of Tshwane will capitalise on the interlinkages with the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis, the Wonderboom Airport and the Waterkloof Airforce Base, as well as other related industrial developments. The first AHRLAC fixed-fighter wing aircraft will be ready before the end of August 2017.

    "We have no doubt that the next three years of CAV will provide for a world-class, competitive and unique value proposition to all the manufacturers, users and beneficiaries within the development," concluded Ramokgopa. 

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department.

  • Tshwane Mayor addresses power and water crisis

    Tshwane Mayor addresses power and water crisis

    Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    ​"One nation, one capital – advancing Tshwane Vision 2055" 

    Tshwane, Freedom Park, 21 April 2016: Tshwane's Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, addressed plans to safeguard resources, implement sustainable solutions and advance the capital.

    According to the McKinsey Global Institute, after the Medupi and Kusile power stations have come online, another power gap will emerge in the country by 2025. Other studies indicated that South Africa would probably experience near physical water shortages by 2015.

    "It is imperative that we respond to these considerations, particularly at the local government level, as this is the area wherein these disruptions will play out," said Ramokgopa.

    The refurbishment of the City of Tshwane's power stations can generate almost one gigawatt of power. The City is nearing the end of the selection process for the appointment of a service provider, with only four companies proceeding to the request for proposal (RFP) stage, which closes towards the end of April 2016. This will be followed by evaluation and adjudication to appoint the successful bidder. 

    Scarce water resources, which ultimately lead to water restrictions, can impede growth and development within the capital and the country as a whole.

    The National Department of Water and Sanitation is supporting all identified initiatives to reduce dependency on the Vaal River system. These include water conservation and the re-use and optimisation of local water sources.

    The City has completed a water resource master plan, which indicates that the Roodeplaat and Rietvlei water purification plants can be extended to provide an additional 200 mega litre of water per day. Tshwane currently uses an average of 970 mega litre of water per day. Procurement processes have commenced and the successful bidder(s) will be appointed before the end of May 2017.  

    The pilot of conduit hydropower generation at the City's Annlin water reservoir is being rolled out at all Tshwane's reservoirs. Conduit hydropower means excess energy in pressurised conduits is transformed into clean, renewable hydroelectric energy by means of a turbine. The City's top five reservoirs can generate more than 2 300 kilowatt. Ramokgopa confirmed: "We remain committed to initiating the roll-out of these conduit hydropower plants in identified sites across the city."

    With regard to leveraging the presence of the Wonderboom Airport, the City and its transactional advisors (the University of Pretoria) are currently considering the final format of the impending transaction. This process will be concluded by the end of June 2016. 

    In addition, the application for an international licence, which should enhance commercialisation of the Wonderboom Airport, was submitted to the National Department of Transport in October 2012. The Aviation Co-ordination Committee assessed the application during 2013 and again at the beginning of 2014, followed by a revision in the Draft National Airport Development Plan. According to recent indications, the application is presently being discussed at the parliamentary cluster level. 

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department.

  • ​2016 State of the City Address

    ​2016 State of the City Address

    Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    ​2016 State of the City Address – Bringing our glorious nation together within the boundaries of a single capital.

    City of Tshwane, Freedom Park, 21 April 2016: The cool, cloudy conditions did not deter Tshwane's Executive Mayor, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, from delivering his final State of the City Address to the hundreds of invited guests.  

    To begin with, the Executive Mayor identified the relocation of the legislative seat of government to Tshwane, with Fort Klapperkop being identified as the most suitable site.

    He had more good news to share: the City of Tshwane's estimated economic growth rate is at 2,4%, considerably higher than the national average economic of 0,6%. This has enabled Tshwane to annually contribute at least 27% to Gauteng's economy and more than 9% to the national economy. Unemployment is approximately 21,2%, also lower than the national average, while the city-specific inflation figure is on par with that of the national average.

    Based on the Better Life Index, Tshwane is the fastest-improving metropolitan municipality in South Africa, with the highest growth rate in the index value over the period from 2011 to 2015, implying that Tshwane is rapidly becoming the best place to live in South Africa!

    Many projects that the City embarked on, some at the beginning of 2011, have significantly and substantially impacted on the economy, skills development, job creation, education, trade and investment, the creation of an innovative society, sustainability, social cohesion, and the creation of a safe and secure capital.

    One of the City's flagship projects, TshWi-Fi, is seen as a platform to improve the lives of those exposed to the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. It enables affordable internet access across the city. Users each have free access to 500 megabytes daily from the 776 TshWi-Fi zones, making it the largest Wi-Fi network in Africa.

    The capital has seen tremendous growth in the number of building plans approved; R81 billion worth of plans were approved during the current term of office for the period from 2011 to 2015.

    The automotive industry plays a notable role because the transport industry accounts for approximately 12% of Tshwane's economy and grew to R28,9 billion at an average of 3,9% per annum.

    There is much focus on developing the City's youth. With the Tshepo 10 000 programme, 508 jobs were created through technical opportunities to cooperative enterprises as well as 993 individual employment opportunities. After knowledge production and innovation have been identified as crucial ingredients of economic activity in the twenty-first century, innovation-based youth programmes such as eKasiLAB, the Youth FabLab programme and the Tshwane Innovation Zone have all been successfully launched.

    In just three years, 62 townships have been developed and 13 townships proclaimed through the Re Aga Tshwane programme, impacting more than 20 000 families per year and relocating approximately 11 202 families from unsuitable living conditions to better permanent housing.  

    More than R676 million has also been spent on township regeneration projects through the Tsosoloso township renewal programme.

    The ultimate goal for the City is to have an integrated multimodal transport service that includes complementary elements such as a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, light rail trams, high-speed rail networks similar to the Gautrain, and non-motorised transport, giving effect to eco-mobility and connectivity while continuing to do the basics. The BRT, a public transport facility, ensures increased levels of efficiency, while the A Re Yeng system integrates with the rail network at five key railway stations. 

    The City is concentrating on reducing its carbon footprint; the Kwaggasrand multipurpose waste facility is just one example where waste is diverted from from landfill sites.

    Enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is the provision of access to water. The City will ensure that it endeavours to maintain, if not improve, its current Blue and Green Drop scores.

    The City continues to invest a significant amount of resources on its bulk electricity infrastructure programme to provide new capacity to meet the City's sustainable inclusive growth plan which is aligned with Tshwane Vision 2055.

    In order to ensure a safe and liveable city, as articulated in Tshwane Vision 2055, the implementation of public lighting infrastructure has increased the level of visibility for pedestrians, motorists and the community through the installation of a total of 11 807 new street lights and 260 new high-mast lights from 2011 to date.

    Vast progress has been made with the electrification of Tshwane households; in 2011, 79,2% of Tshwane residents had access to electricity and by 2015, it is marginally below 90%. 

    The City is committed to enhancing the well-being of its residents; 98% of Tshwane residents have access to primary healthcare services, with R152,9 million spent in the current term on expanding primary healthcare.

    Childhood development has been prioritised by the City of Tshwane as one of its interventions to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and illiteracy among families and communities. More than 4 000 children benefit from this programme annually.

    To ensure a safer capital, emergency services has reduced the number of fires and rescues by more than 5%. In the current term of office, more than 50 000 fires have been responded to. The emergency call and dispatch centre received more than 1,9 million emergency calls over the past five years, with a response time of between five and ten minutes in urban areas. By the end of 2014, more than 3 900 metro police officers had been deployed in "local-level policing," ensuring a greater operational presence on the ground.

    In January 2015, the City launched the Digital Imbizo series and has reached and engaged with approximately 500 000 people, with more than 15 million impressions and an average of 600 quality inputs received per engagement.  

    With the promotion of good governance and efficient use of resources, the City received unqualified audits during the current term of office. It has also maintained its credit rating at investment grade by Moody's Investor Services for the 2013/14 financial year.

    To ensure minimal levels of disruption to service delivery, the City has implemented a strike management policy that includes contingency plans in cases of mass action and unprotected strikes.

    The City has developed strong partnerships with the BRIC cities and it will continue to build bridges of cooperation in Africa to support South Africa's regional developmental agenda.

    Into the future

    The City's implementation plan and growth strategy aim to accelerate economic transformation, prioritising three sectors:

    • The education sector has the potential to contribute an additional R37 billion in 2030 to Tshwane's gross value added, also known as GVA, and create an additional 160 000 jobs.
    • The agri-business sector can contribute to an additional R24 billion to Tshwane's GVA in 2030 and create an additional 120 000 jobs.
    • The tourism sector has the potential to contribute an additional R28 billion to Tshwane's GVA in 2030 and create an additional 70 000 jobs.

    The motor manufacturers' dedication to furthering business is evident. The BMW Group announced that it will invest a total of R6 billion at its Rosslyn plant. Nissan South Africa will increase production of its new model bakkie at its Rosslyn and the Ford Motor Company will invest R2,5 billion in its Silverton plant in order to commence production of the Everest SUV, which is envisaged to create an additional 1 200 jobs.

    Power and water are critical to propel the capital into the future, yet studies indicate that by 2025, South Africa will probably experience near-physical water shortages. The McKinsey Global Institute indicates that once the Medupi and Kusile power stations come online, another power gap will emerge in South Africa by 2025. To respond to this, the City's power stations, once refurbished, have the potential to generate almost one gigawatt of electricity.

    The National Department of Water and Sanitation is supporting all identified initiatives to reduce dependencies on the Vaal River system, such as water conservation and the reuse and optimisation of local water sources.

    Since May 2015, the City has implemented Operation Kuka Maoto, an initiative which operates by activating, mobilising and organising existing capacity to promote the optimal use of resources and which is the highest point of escalation and intervention on issues related to service delivery in the capital.

    An e-procurement system is being implemented in the City that will result in substantially mitigating the influence of human beings in procurement selection processes. It is expected to go live by 19 May 2016.

    The Executive Mayor ended this address with this commitment to the citizens of Tshwane: "We remain ready, able and willing to continue serving our people honestly, excellently, meticulously and judiciously!"

  • State of the Capital Address, 2016

    State of the Capital Address, 2016

    Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    ​State of the Capital Address, 2016

    "One nation, one capital – advancing Tshwane Vision 2055" 

    Tshwane, 19 April 2016: Tshwane's Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, will be delivering the last State of the Capital Address of his administration's term at 11:00 on Thursday, 21 April 2016 at Freedom Park.

    The speech will provide insights into what citizens can expect from the city's leaders in the next financial term as well as reflect on the municipality's challenges and achievements over the past five years.

    "We have made significant progress since 2011 and plan to continue to grow as one capital, moving forward as one nation," says Cllr Ramokgopa. "I look forward to sharing our accomplishments and growth over the past year and deliberating on our short- and long-term priorities and projects to advance our city," he concluded.

    The Executive Mayor's speech will pay attention to the City of Tshwane's consolidated programme of action for the 2016/17 financial year, focusing on the following five key themes:

    One nation, one capital

    The Mayor will address plans to advance Tshwane and form a single capital for South Africa. These include strategies on social cohesion, nation building, the fees-must-fall campaign, surviving in a volatile economic climate and creating a peaceful existence for all citizens.

    Advancing radical economic transformation

    By providing perspective on Tshwane's current environment with regard to national and global landscapes, the Mayor will outline past and future projects that influence empowerment and economic growth. This includes township revitalisation, the overarching economic plan for the city, education, agri-business and trade and investment, to mention a few.

    Configuration of space within the capital

    Efforts to advance spacial justice primarily include housing and infrastructure projects, such as the Re Aga Tshwane and Tsosoloso programmes. In addition, the Mayor will address the water crisis, transport, regeneration solutions and various sustainability initiatives.   

    Advancing equitable access for all

    Social transformation is integral to the City of Tshwane's plan to advance equitable access for all Tshwane citizens. Ramokgopa will discuss healthcare, safety, security and early childhood development, as well as land invasion and international exchange programmes.    

    Governance

    An effective governance programme aiming to increase service delivery and the City of Tshwane's financial management to ensure clean audits will be outlined. The Mayor will also discuss automation within the City and methods to engage Tshwane's citizens. 

    Residents can also view the speech at Sammy Marks Square and on Tshwane TV (available on Dstv channel 262) and StarSat (channel 185), or listen to the following radio stations:

    • Power FM (98.7)
    • Kangala FM (92.8)
    • Soshanguve FM (93.0)
    • Mams FM (91.9)
    • Moretele FM (106.6)
    • Unisa Radio (98.9)
    • Tshwane FM (93.6)
    • Pheli FM (95.0)
    • SMU FM (97.0)
    • Radio Kansel (97.2) 

    The speech will also be streamed live through the City of Tshwane's channel on YouTube. 

    ​Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department.

  • Power failure affecting Koedoespoort and surrounding areas

    Power failure affecting Koedoespoort and surrounding areas

    Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    ​The power supply to Koedoespoort industrial area, part of Weavind Park and Kilner Park is currently interrupted due to a cable fault identified early this morning.

    The City's team of technicians has already started with repair work and it is estimated that power should be restored by 18:00 today.

    The City apologises for the inconvenience caused to the affected customers.

    Affected customers can report power failures by SMS. SMS the word "power" followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676. Alternatively, report a power failure to 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option 3.

    Consumers are requested to treat apparatus at all times as live/energised.

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department

  • AUDITOR-GENERAL VINDICATES THE CITY OF TSHWANE

    AUDITOR-GENERAL VINDICATES THE CITY OF TSHWANE

    Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    ​The City of Tshwane is elated to announce its fifth unqualified audit report in a row since the current administration came into power in 2011.

    The Auditor-General tabled his final report in today's Council meeting.

    The City condemns and rejects allegations peddled in the media by the Democratic Alliance in recent days about the misuse and misappropriation of funds by this administration. No such findings were made by the Auditor-General, thus making such allegations unfounded and malicious.

    The relevant provisions in the MFMA relating to the tabling of the audit report in Council by the A-G (Section 127) (4)(a)) and the Executive Mayor (Section 127 (2)), the legislated timelines  for the tabling of the audit report have been fully complied with.

    Nothing in law prevents any auditee from engaging officially with the office of the A-G in relation to the audit process underway. Such engagements are standard practice to ensure compliance with the timelines in the MFMA with a view to finalising the audit report.  Therefore, the allegation of undue influence undermines the integrity of the Office of the Auditor-General.

    We refute the thumb-sucked and manufactured figure of R4billion expenditure cited by some media reports, even before the A-G had released his audit report. The figure is unfounded, without substance and devoid of any truth.

    As a responsible City, we respect the independence of the Chapter 9 institutions, such as the Office of the Auditor-General, hence the City's approach to remain reticent on commenting on reports purporting to be those of the Auditor-General.  COT remains committed to good governance and will continue in our endeavour to achieve a clean audit.

    "This administration has been prudent with public finances since it came into office five years ago, and today's release of the audit report confirms our frugal respect for the public purse and good governance", said Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. 

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department.

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