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  • Cable theft affecting Soshanguve Block CC substation

    Cable theft affecting Soshanguve Block CC substation

    Wed, Mar 20, 2019

    Today, 20 March 2019, Block CC substation in Soshanguve suffered a blackout when cables got stolen in the early hours of the morning. Plans to replace the cables are underway.

     

    It is estimated that power supply will be restored by 22:00.

     

    Customers must report outages using SMS line 44676 and the customer care contact centre. All calls should be recorded on Powermap.

     

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

  • Stage 4 load-shedding underway in Tshwane

    Stage 4 load-shedding underway in Tshwane

    Wed, Mar 20, 2019

    Following a directive from the power utility Eskom, the City of Tshwane has started with Stage 4 load-shedding. The City apologises for the inconvenience that might arise and urges residents to gear up for the ongoing interruption of power supply. 

    Time

    Groups

    09:00 to 11:30

    Group 13, 1, 5 and 9

    11:00 to 13:30

    Group 14, 2, 6 and 10

    13:00 to 15:30

    Group 15, 3, 7 and 11

    15:00 to 17:30

    Group 16, 4, 8 and 12

    17:00 to 19:30

    Group 1, 5, 9 and 13

    19:00 to  21:30

    Group 2, 6, 10 and 14

    21:00 to 23:00

    Group 3, 7, 11 and 15

     

     

    Our customers can view these schedules on our website  www.tshwane.gov.za and customers who are directly supplied by Eskom can visit the power utility’s website  http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

     

    All  electrical points should be treated as live at all times.


  • Stage 4 load-shedding underway in Tshwane

    Stage 4 load-shedding underway in Tshwane

    Tue, Mar 19, 2019

    Stage 4 load-shedding underway in Tshwane

    Following a directive from Eskom, the power utility, the City of Tshwane has started with Stage 4 load-shedding, which is currently underway. The City apologises for the inconvenience that might arise and urges residents to gear up for the ongoing interruption of the power supply. 

    Time Groups
    09:00 to 11:30Groups 1, 5, 9 and 13
    11:00 to 13:30Groups 2, 6, 10 and 14
    13:00 to 15:30Groups 3, 7, 11 and 15
    15:00 to 17:30Groups 4, 8, 12 and 16
    17:00 to 19:30Groups 1, 5, 9 and 13
    19:00 to 21:30Groups 2, 6, 10 and 14
    21:00 to 23:00Groups 3, 7, 11 and 15

     

    Our customers can view these schedules on our website: www.tshwane.gov.za and customers who are directly supplied by Eskom can visit the power utility's website: http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

    Issued by Communication, Marketing and Events.

  • Cable theft affecting Soshanguve and Rietgat substations

    Cable theft affecting Soshanguve and Rietgat substations

    Mon, Mar 18, 2019

    Cable theft affecting Soshanguve and Rietgat substations

    The residents of Soshanguve, north of the city, were plunged into darkness this morning after four cables were stolen between the Rietgat and Soshanguve substations. The theft has impacted the power supply to Soshanguve Block R, S, W, P, KK, Y and TT.

    Plans to replace the stolen cables are currently underway and it is anticipated that the power supply will be restored by 23:00.

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word power followed by your account number to 44676.

     

    Issued by Communication, Marketing and Events.

  • CITY OF TSHWANE STARTS DISCONNECTION AND REPLACEMENT OF PEU SMART METERS

    CITY OF TSHWANE STARTS DISCONNECTION AND REPLACEMENT OF PEU SMART METERS

    Fri, Mar 1, 2019

    Today, 1 March 2019, the City of Tshwane started to disconnect and remove the Peu smart meters and to replace them with its own meters.

    This follows last year's Gauteng High Court ruling which set aside the roll-out of smart meters which was administered by Peu Capital Partners' subsidiary TUMS. The court found the contract between the City of Tshwane and Peu Capital Partners and its subsidiary TUMS to be unlawful. About 13 000 smart meters for domestic, commercial and industrial users had been installed by the time the roll-out was discontinued.

    Cllr Abel Tau, the member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Utility Services, said: "We are taking over the administration of the 13 000 meters that were managed by TUMS. The process started today, the 1st of March 2019, with the disconnection and removal of the Peu smart meters to replace them with our own meters. The City has appointed a task team, constituted by employees from our departments of Utility Services, Finance, technicians from ICT and a team from the service providers, to oversee the project of disconnecting and removal of TUMS meters. In the next four months, this team will be replacing and reconnecting the City's meters, collecting consumer data and transaction history of all the removed meters and further implementing the alternative metering system."

    The City has allocated about R85 million under its capex budget for the smooth and successful takeover of the smart meters.

    Cllr Tau also said that the City is working with service providers as it endeavours to ensure that there are minimal interruptions to services as a result of the disconnection and removal of the Peu meters. The City hopes to complete the process within the planned four-month period.

    Media enquiries

    Cllr Abel Tau: MMC for Utility Services

    078 186 1312

    Issued by Communication, Marketing and Events.

  • Power outage affecting Soshanguve and Rosslyn

    Power outage affecting Soshanguve and Rosslyn

    Mon, Feb 18, 2019

    Various parts of Soshanguve, north of Tshwane, are experiencing blackouts following acts of theft and vandalism of electrical components today. Repairs to the damaged components are currently underway.

     

    The following areas are affected:

     

    • Soshanguve Blocks P, R, S, T, U, V, X, Y, SS1-SS5, KK and TT
    • Part of Rosslyn

       

    It is estimated that repairs would be concluded and power supply restored in all the affected areas by midnight.

     

    Residents are once again urged to report suspicious/destructive activities around the City's infrastructure to the Tshwane Metro Police Department on 012 358 7095/6. This despicable and selfish act does not only cause power supply interruptions but also poses a danger to community members because of the live wires that are left hanging.

     

    The City apologises for the inconvenience that is caused by this outage.

     

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

     

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

  • Planned maintenance of water supply network in Clubview, Centurion

    Planned maintenance of water supply network in Clubview, Centurion

    Mon, Feb 18, 2019

    On Thursday, 21 February 2019 the City of Tshwane Utility Services Department will carry out planned maintenance of the water supply network in Clubview Extension 119, Centurion, at the intersection of End Avenue and Jim van der Merwe Street.

     

    This essential work may result in an interruption of the water supply from 08:00 to 17:00 in the following areas:

     

    • Lyttelton
    • Clubview Extension 12, 40, 56 and 99
    • Cardinal

     

    The following businesses, schools and hospitals will be affected:

     

    • Paintball Village
    • Golden Pipit Country Conference Centre
    • Leriba Hotel
    • La Dume Guesthouse
    • Veritas Akademie
    • Cruise Alternatives

       

    Upon completion, the re-routing is expected to –

    • lessen unplanned maintenance;
    • limit possible pipe bursts;
    • Improve water supply in the area;
    • Reduce constant major repairs that result in water interruption;
    • Reduce the number of areas that will be affected by interruption of the water supply when a major pipe burst occurs.

     

    The City of Tshwane apologises for any inconvenience that might arise as a result of this maintenance operation.

  • Stage 2 load-shedding affecting groups 3 to 13

    Stage 2 load-shedding affecting groups 3 to 13

    Fri, Feb 15, 2019

    The power utility Eskom has informed the City that today, 14 February 2019, rotational load-shedding stage 2 is being implemented from 08:00. The City apologises for the inconvenience that might arise and urges residents to gear up for the ongoing interruption of power supply. 

     

    Residents that fall within the following groups will be affected:

     

    Time Groups
    08:00 to 09:30       3 and 7                                      
    09:00 to 11:304 and 8
    11:00 to 13:305 and 9
    13:00 to 15:30   6 and 10
    15:00 to 17:307 and 11
    17:00 to 19:308 and 12
    19:00 to 21:309 and 13                                 


    Our customers can view these schedules on our website: www.tshwane.gov.za and customers who are directly supplied by Eskom can visit the power utility's website: http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za

     

    The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that might be caused by this interruption.

     

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

  • Stage 3 load-shedding affecting Groups 1 to 16

    Stage 3 load-shedding affecting Groups 1 to 16

    Wed, Feb 13, 2019

    The City of Tshwane would like to inform its customers that Eskom is implementing Stage 3 load-shedding, starting at 08:00 today. The City apologises for any inconvenience that might arise and urges residents to gear up for the ongoing interruption of the power supply.

    The following groups will be affected:

    Time Groups
    08:00 to 09:30Groups 7, 11, and 15
    09:00 to 11:30Groups 8, 12, and 16
    11:00 to 13:30Groups 1, 9 and 13
    13:00 to 15:00Groups 2, 10 and 14
    15:00 to 17:30Groups 3, 11 and 15
    17:00 to 19:30Groups 4, 12 and 16
    19:00 to 21:30Groups 1, 5 and 13
    21:00 to 23:30Groups 2, 6 and 14

     
    Our customers can view these schedules on our website at www.tshwane.gov.za. Customers who are directly supplied by Eskom can visit the power utility's website at http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za.

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.


  • Stage 3 load-shedding affecting Group 1 to 8 and 11 to 16

    Stage 3 load-shedding affecting Group 1 to 8 and 11 to 16

    Tue, Feb 12, 2019

    ​Today, 12 February 2019, the power utility Eskom implemented rotational load-shedding Stage 3 from 09:00, which is likely to continue until 21:30. The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that might arise and urges residents to gear up for the ongoing interruption of power supply. 

     

    The following groups will be affected:

     

    Time Group
    09:00 to 11:30       Group 11, 15 and 3                                           
    11:00 to 13:30Group 12, 16 and 4
    13:00 to 15:30Group 13, 1 and 5
    15:00 to 17:30   Group 14, 2 and 6
    17:00 to 19:30Group15, 3 and 7
    19:00 to 21:30Group 16, 4 and 8                                                

     

     

    Our customers can view these schedules on our website ( www.tshwane.gov.za) and customers who are directly supplied by Eskom can visit the power utility's website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za).

     

    All  electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

  • Stage 2 load-shedding affecting Group 1 to 8, 15 and 16

    Stage 2 load-shedding affecting Group 1 to 8, 15 and 16

    Mon, Feb 11, 2019

    The power utility,  Eskom, has informed the City that today, 11 February 2019, rotational load-shedding Stage 2 is being implemented from 09:00 and is likely to continue until 21:30. The City's residents are urged to prepare themselves for this interruption of electricity supply. 

     

    Residents who fall within the following groups will be affected:

     

    Time Groups
    09:00 to 11:30       Group 15 and 3                                           
    11:00 to 13:30Group 16 and 4
    13:00 to 15:30Group 1 and 5
    15:00 to 17:30   Group 2 and 6
    17:00 to 19:30Group 3 and 7
    19:00 to 21:30Group 4 and 8                                                

     

     

    Our customers can view these schedules on our website (www.tshwane.gov.za) and customers who are directly supplied by Eskom can visit the power utility's website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za).

     

    The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that might arise as a result of this interruption.

     

    All  electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

  • Planned maintenance of the City’s SAP system

    Planned maintenance of the City’s SAP system

    Fri, Feb 8, 2019

    Today, 8 February 2019, the City of Tshwane's Group Information and Communication Technology Department will commence with its two-day planned maintenance and upgrading of its financial system (SAP). The planned maintenance, which will start this afternoon at 17:00 and end Sunday 10 February 2019 at 19:00, will impact the City's operational efficiency and performance in attending to billing/account and meter-reading enquiries.

     

    The City's customer care centres will only be able to assist customers with water leaks, power failures, traffic lights, potholes and street light complaints. Thus customers are cautioned about this temporary disruption.

     

    The following alternative reporting facilities are also available to assist customers:

     

    • Potholes: Send an email to potholes@tshwane.gov.za.

     

    • Faulty traffic lights: Send an email to trafficsignalfaults@tshwane.gov.za.

     

    • Water leaks: Send an email to waterleaks@tshwane.gov.za.

     

    • Water quality: Send an email to drinkingwater@tshwane.gov.za.

     

    • Power failures: SMS the word "power" followed by your account number to 082 612 0333, OR visit www.tshwane.gov.za and follow the Report Power Failure link.

     

     

    The e-Tshwane service will still be available for the submission of meter readings, viewing your City of Tshwane account, lodging a complaint or query and making payments to the City of Tshwane electronically on www.tshwane.gov.za. Click on the e-Tshwane link and follow the instructions.

     

    The City apologises for the inconvenience that might arise. However, this planned maintenance is expected to improve customer experience and keep the City's core business application operating at peak efficiency.

  • Outage affecting parts of Soshanguve

    Outage affecting parts of Soshanguve

    Thu, Jan 31, 2019

    ​The City of Tshwane's technicians are replacing a cable that was stolen between Rietgat and Soshanguve X substation this morning.  

     

    The theft interrupted the power supply to Soshanguve Block P, R, S, T, U, V, X, Y, SS1-SS5 and KK.

     

    It is estimated that the service will be restored by 20:00.

     

    The City apologises for the inconvenience that may arise as a result of this outage.

     

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

     

    Affected consumers are urged to log all complaints by SMS. SMS the word power followed by your account number to 082 612 0333.

     

  • Technicians of the City attending to an outage in Atteridgeville

    Technicians of the City attending to an outage in Atteridgeville

    Fri, Jan 25, 2019

    The City's technicians have been dispatched to attend to an outage in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria. This follows numerous concerns from residents who reported complaints of periodic power failures since yesterday. The fault that has been the root cause of the outage has been located. It is hoped that our team of technicians will conclude the repair work to the faulty cable by 18:00.

     

    The City apologises for the inconvenience that may arise as a result of this outage.

     

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

     

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word "power" followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676. Or report a power failure to 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option, or 080 1111 556.

  • Power outage affecting the CBD and nearby areas

    Power outage affecting the CBD and nearby areas

    Mon, Jan 21, 2019

    The City of Tshwane's technicians are attending to a power outage that is affecting the CBD and surrounding areas. The outage was caused by a trip in the main feeder between the Boom Street and the Statistiek substation.

     

    Our technicians are currently working on locating the fault point so as to do the necessary repairs. Residents will be kept abreast of the restoration time.

                                                                                                                                               

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

     

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word power followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676. Or report a power failure to 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option or 080 1111 556.

  • UPDATE: RAND WATER INTERRUPTION SPREADS TO PRETORIA WEST AREAS

    UPDATE: RAND WATER INTERRUPTION SPREADS TO PRETORIA WEST AREAS

    Tue, Dec 11, 2018

    Parts of Laudium, Saulsville and Atteridgeville, west of the Pretoria CBD, are the latest to be affected by a Rand Water service interruption. The reservoir levels started dwindling greatly in these areas on 10 December 2018.

     

    Yesterday, the City’s Water and Sanitation Department indicated that the electrical problem that occurred on Rand Water's Palmiet pump station on 8 December 2018 resulted in water shortages in Region 1 and 4 and later Region 3.

     

    The following areas are affected by the water utility's interruption:

     

    ·         Ga-Rankuwa

    ·         Mabopane

    ·         Winterveld

    ·         Soshanguve

    ·         Ga-Rankuwa Industrial

    ·         Atteridgeville

    ·         Saulsville

    ·         Laudium

    ·         Bakenkop

    ·         Rooihuiskraal North

    ·         Heuweloord

    ·         Lyttelton

    ·         Unitas Hospital

    ·         Erasmia

    ·         Christoburg

    ·         Valhalla

     

    The pump station concerned has been repaired, but restrictions are now imposed. Rand Water is continuously monitoring reservoirs that reached unacceptable levels over the recent weekend. Water supply will be restored once the water levels are sufficient and have stabilised in the reservoirs.

     

    Water tankers have been dispatched to deliver water to the affected areas. Ward Councillors have been coopted to give support, as they know the immediate needs of the communities they represent.

     

    Furthermore, Rand Water indicated that water consumption has increased drastically over the past couple of weeks, resulting in a shortage of bulk water supply to Tshwane.

     

    Residents and businesses are not allowed to:

     

    ·         Water gardens between 06:00 and 18:00;

    ·         Use hosepipes to clean driveways or patios; and

    ·         Wash cars/vehicles with a hosepipe.

     

    Where the bulk water demand is not sufficiently reduced, the City of Tshwane may implement Level 2 or 3 restrictions in terms of the Water Supply Tariffs (Provincial Gazette, 28 June 2017).

     

    Residents and businesses are advised to follow the tips below to reduce their water usage further:

     

    ·         Use grey water for watering gardens and flushing toilets.

    ·         Report water leaks and pipe bursts.

    ·         Install water-saving devices.

    ·         Where possible, install a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators.

    ·         Use a dual-flush toilet cistern.

    ·         Plant indigenous or drought-resistant shrubs in the garden.  

    ·         Collect rainwater for re-use in the garden or for washing the car.

    ·         Cover the swimming pool to reduce evaporation.

    ·         Take a shower rather than a bath.

    ·         Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving.

    ·         Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks.

    ·         Check and repair a leak in your toilet.

    ·         Search for internal pipe leaks by closing all internal taps, including the stopcock at the toilet cistern. The small wheel on the water meter should not turn. 

    ·         Consider drilling a borehole for irrigation.

     

    Note:

    Drilling of boreholes in suburbs underlain by dolomite bedrock is prohibited due to the risk of dolomite instability, except if certified as safe by an appropriate professionally registered person. An appropriate sign must be visible if a borehole exists on a property.

     

    The City appeals to residents to please remain vigilant to wastage of water, and make saving water part of their lifestyle by following the above-mentioned tips.


  • Municipal services outreach programme in Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens

    Municipal services outreach programme in Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens

    Fri, Dec 7, 2018

    From Tuesday, 11 December until Friday, 14 December 2018, the City of Tshwane will embark on a municipal services outreach programme in Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens.

     

    During this period, municipal officials will be onsite from 08:00 until 15:00 to assist ratepayers with their queries. Residents in these areas who have billing queries and other municipal services problems are encouraged to come and get assistance.

     

    The outreach will be held as follows:

     

    Date

    Wards

    Venue

    Tuesday, 11 December

    Wards 51 to 62

    Atteridgeville Community Hall

     

    Wednesday, 12 December

    Wards 63 to 68, and 72

    Mlambo Hall

     

    Thursday, 13 December

    Wards 68 to 107

    Far West (Tsunami Area)

     

    Friday, 12 December

    Ward 7

    Omar School

     

     


  • Stage 1 load-shedding underway

    Stage 1 load-shedding underway

    Fri, Dec 7, 2018

    Stage 1 load-shedding underway

     

    The power utility, Eskom, has informed the City that today, December 7 2018, stage 1 load-shedding will be implemented from 09:00 until 22:00. Some units have been brought back to service, which helps to reduce the depth of interruption in the power supply from stage 2 as experienced over the past few days. 

     

    Residents that fall within the following groups will be affected:

     

    Time

    Groups

    09:00 to11:30       

    Group 14

    11:00 to 13:30      

    Group 15

    13:00 to 15:30      

    Group 16

    15:00 to 17:30      

    Group 1

    17:00 to 19:30      

    Group 2

    19:00 to 21:30       

    Group 3

     

    The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that might arise as a result of this interruption.

     

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

  • Mandela remembrance walk and run

    Mandela remembrance walk and run

    Fri, Dec 7, 2018

    Thousands of participants have started collecting their entries for this year’s Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run, which takes place this Sunday 9 December at Tshwane’s Union Buildings.

    Race collection points opened at the Nelson Mandela Foundation today and will now move to the Union Buildings on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December between 09:00 and 19:00.

    Late registrations will still be accepted at the Union Buildings race collection point this weekend ahead of the event on Sunday, which sees the introduction for the first time this year of a 21 km half-marathon, in addition to the 5 km walk and 10 km run of previous editions.

    Online entries for the event will remain open at www.mandelawalkandrun.com until midnight on Friday 7 December.

     

    The entry fee is R50 for the 5 km walk, R100 for the 10 km run and R150 for the 21 km run, which will have a nominal winner’s prize money of R5 000 for the elite runners in each age and gender category taking on the 10 km and half-marathon route.

     

    All participants will receive drawstring bags from Lotto containing a Lotto shirt, cap and some more event goodies.

     

    Some of South Africa’s top personalities have confirmed their participation in this year’s Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run on Sunday, which will be a special family event that will take in special points of significance in Madiba’s and South Africa’s political journey.

    Bafana legends Shaun Bartlett, Doctor Khumalo and Aaron Mokoena are taking part, as are wheelchair tennis sensation Kgothatso Montjane and elite athletes such as 2016 Comrades winner Charne Bosman, who has been joined this week in the race by another former Comrades winner, the popular Ludwick Mamabolo.

     

    Olympian Christine Kalmer, former SA marathon champ Benedict Moeng and former World Student Games half-marathon silver medallist Collen Mulaudzi will also be participating.

     

    Charismatic businessman, former Gauteng Premier and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, has also confirmed his participation, as has Khumbul ‘ekhaya presenter Andile Gaelesiwe.

     

    These are just some of the exciting big names who will join a throng of thousands of people expected to participate in this very special event that will also honour revered political activists and stalwarts Albertina Sisulu and Margaret Gaso.

    Entertainment on the day will be provided by traditional Afro pop group Candy, the Sophiatown Sisters and DJ Juvenile, while the event MC is popular Tshwane-based comedian Shampoonizer. Local development artists on the programme include Urban Dance and Rockaffela, and fitness sessions for the family will be presented by the Bophelong Fitness Club.

     

    Hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with the Gauteng Province, this year’s 10 and 21 km events will begin and end at the magnificent Union Buildings at 19:00 and will be a fun day out for the whole family. The 5 km walk will begin at 09:00 at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison and end at the Union Buildings.

    “We are all set for what promises to be an exciting weekend, which marks the end of the Mandela Centenary celebrations for the year. South Africans have paid a warm and special tribute this year to Madiba and Ma Albertina Sisulu, and this event represents another opportunity to celebrate these icons while enjoying a fun, festive day out with the whole family. Let’s all converge on the Union Buildings on Sunday for what is sure to be a memorable event,” said Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng MEC for Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation.

    The 21 km has proved to be a popular addition to this year’s event, with over half the entries received thus far signing up for the half-marathon route, as the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run becomes a popular event on the South African road-running calendar.

    There will be loads of entertainment for the kids, and childminders will be available to look after them. There will also be food stalls and fitness displays at the event.

     

    There will be a wreath laying ceremony in honour of the former president at 08.15.

     

    The event’s parking/park-and-ride plan is as follows:

     

          Park-and-ride: Pilditch Stadium

          Park-and-walk: Pretoria Art Museum

          Parking: On streets that are not closed off in the vicinity of the Union Buildings

     

    For more event details and to register for the event go to www.MandelaWalkAndRun.com.

     

          FB: MandelaRW

          Twitter: mandelarw

          IG: Mandelawalk

          Hashtag #MandelaRWR 

     

     

    For media enquiries and interviews please contact:

    Thabo Sephuma

    Cell: 079 488 4687

    Email: thabo@optimize.org.za

    Luzuko Koti

    Cell: 082 994 0349

    Email: luzukok@nelsonmandela.org  

  • Stage 2 load-shedding affecting group 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

    Stage 2 load-shedding affecting group 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

    Thu, Dec 6, 2018

    The power utility, Eskom, has announced stage 2 load-shedding from 09:00 until 22:00. The City’s residents are urged to gear themselves for the interruption of the electricity supply. 

     

    The times and residents that will be affected were given as follows:

     

    Time

    Groups

    09:00 to11:30

    Group 2 and 6

    11:00 to 13:30

    Group 3 and 7

    13:00 to 15:30

    Group 4 and 8

    15:00 to 17:30

    Group 5 and 9

    17:00 to 19:30

    Group 6 and 10

    19:00 to 21:30

    Group 7 and 11

     

    The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that might arise as a result of this interruption.

     

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

  • Stage 2 load-shedding affecting group 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

    Stage 2 load-shedding affecting group 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

    Wed, Dec 5, 2018

    The power utility Eskom has announced load-shedding stage 2 from 09:00 until 22:00. The City’s residents are urged to gear themselves for the interruption of the electricity supply.

     

    The times and residents that will be affected were given as follows:

     

    Time

    Groups

    09:00 to 11:00

    Group 6 and 10

    11:00 to 13:00

    Group 7  and 11

    13:00 to 15:00

    Group 8 and 12

    15:00 to 17:00 

    Group 9 and 13

    17:00 to 19:00

    Group 10 and 14

    19:00 to 21:00

    Group 11 and 15

     

    The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that might arise as a result of this interruption.

     

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

  • CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    Mon, Nov 19, 2018

    Following a formal notification from Rand Water, the City of Tshwane pleads with Tshwane's residents and business community to be serious about conserving water.

     

    Rand Water indicated that due to high temperatures, water consumption has increased drastically over the past couple of weeks, resulting in their reservoirs reaching critical levels.

     

    Rand Water has no choice but to severely restrict all Tshwane meters, and requests consumers to use water sparingly.

     

    The following areas was restricted by 20% to 25% of the current water flow rate, as the levels of the reservoirs that supply them are very low:

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

     

    The following areas will also be restricted by 20% to 25% as from today due to reservoir levels still dropping as a result of the high temperatures:

    • Kosmosdal
    • Rooihuiskraal
    • Thaba Tshwane
    • Blair Athol

     

    However, the restrictions are applicable throughout Tshwane and will ensure the control of water and water supply to all residents. So we urge the City's consumers to utilise water in a far more effective and efficient way.

     

    If this appeal is heeded, water-related interruptions will be minimised. The water conservation measures that were implemented during the initial restrictions should become the norm.

     

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

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

     

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

  • CITY TO TRIM TREES CAUSING POWER OUTAGE IN PARTS OF CENTURION

    CITY TO TRIM TREES CAUSING POWER OUTAGE IN PARTS OF CENTURION

    Wed, Nov 14, 2018

    Tomorrow, 15 November 2018, the City of Tshwane will remove tree branches around overhead power lines in some of the suburbs south-west of the Pretoria CBD, and this will lead to an organised power outage.

     

    The power lines in the area must be trimmed urgently to fix the sagging overhead power lines that  are causing regular area outages. The sagging is the result of wind, rain or lightning.

     

    The allow the City’s Region 4 electricity section time to trim the trees and repair or adjust the power lines, electricity will have to be switched off from 08:00 until 16:00 in Centurion suburbs and the following nearby areas:

     

    ·         Erasmia

    ·         Christoberg

     

    Residents in these areas – as well as in other regions of the City where trees are trimmed – should notice a decrease in power outages.

     

    The City apologises to all its customers for the inconvenience that may be caused by the temporary disruption of power supply.


  • CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    CITY OF TSHWANE WATER RESTRICTIONS

    Mon, Nov 5, 2018

    ​Following a formal notification from the water utility, Rand Water, the City of Tshwane pleads with Tshwane's residents and business community to be serious about conserving water.

     

    Rand Water indicated that due to high temperatures, water consumption has increased drastically over the past couple of weeks, resulting in their reservoir reaching critical levels. Currently, some of their supply reservoirs are already as low as 29%. Rand Water has no choice but to severely restrict all Tshwane meters, and requests consumers to use water sparingly.

     

    The restrictions are applicable throughout Tshwane and will ensure the control of water and water supply to all residents.

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

  • Executive Mayor commends community cooperation in the fight against crime

    Executive Mayor commends community cooperation in the fight against crime

    Mon, Oct 8, 2018

    ​The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, has commended members of the public for a tip-off they gave him about a planned robbery that led to the killing of a suspect and the arrest of two others by the Drug Unit of the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) in Mamelodi early this morning.

     

    A concerned member of the public, obviously fed up with the rising level of crime, anonymously contacted Msimanga and informed him about a planned robbery at a filling station near the Denlyn Shopping Centre in Mamelodi West.

     

    The Executive Mayor alerted the leadership of the TMPD who staked out the area. When the suspects saw the police, they opened fire, but the two brave Drug Unit members retaliated and managed to fatally wound one suspect and arrested two others. A total of 93 spent cartridges were recovered at the crime scene.

     

    "We are a caring government that listens to the cries and complaints of our crime-ridden communities. Fighting crime is not the responsibility of government alone; communities need to work with us in order to rid the country of the crime scourge. The foiling of this robbery through information received from the community is a demonstration that working jointly with our communities can yield better results. Some community members often complain about reporting crime and nothing happens, but when I received this tip-off, I swiftly acted on it and ensured that action was taken," Msimanga said.

     

    Msimanga encouraged members of the public to emulate the concerned resident whose information led to the foiling of the armed robbery by reporting crime and service delivery challenges.

     

    "This is a demonstration that when our communities talk, we listen. I would like to encourage our communities not to grow tired of complaining because we are a caring government that listens. I also wish to salute the bravery of our cops who risked their lives by confronting an armed gang and came out tops," Msimanga added.

     

    The public is encouraged to report crime anonymously to the TMPD call centre on 012 358 7095/6, or on 082 891 8625.

  • Power outage affecting Waltloo substation

    Power outage affecting Waltloo substation

    Fri, Oct 5, 2018

    The City of Tshwane's technicians are attending to a power outage affecting Waltloo substation. The power failure is due to the theft of cables.

     

    The theft left the following areas without power:

     

    • Nellmapius
    • Savanna Estate
    • N4 Gateway

       

     The estimated time when the electricity supply will be restored, will be communicated in due course.

     

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

     

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. Simply 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, or to 080 1111 556.

  • JOB VACANCY SCAM

    JOB VACANCY SCAM

    Thu, Oct 4, 2018

    The City of Tshwane is dismayed after discovering a notice circulating through a short messaging platform about a bogus vacancy for an office administration assistant in the metropolitan municipality advertised on Gumtree.

     

    Once the applicants submit their applications on Gumtree, they will receive a message inviting targeted individuals to an assessment test purportedly to be held at Tshwane House, the municipal headquarters. The scammer requests the victims to pay R1 500,00 to prepare a pass-out letter that will enable them to secure a job without going through an interview. The money should be paid in at a money market outlet or ABSA.

     

    The notice (message) is devoid of any truth, as the City only advertises vacant posts in newspapers and the Job Forum page which is on our website: www.tshwane.gov.za.

     

    We urge the public to ignore the message, as it is a scam. The City is appalled at the scammers who prey on the emotions of unsuspecting job seekers by manufacturing information about the existence of job vacancies. We suspect that the aim of the scammers was to con vulnerable community members who are desperate for jobs.

     

    We wish to warn those who are peddling such false information that they will be arrested, charged and prosecuted, as their actions border on criminality. Further, we request the public to contact the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department on tel 082 891 8625 whenever they come across such "job adverts" that are issued outside the norms and procedures of the City's processes.

    Below is the false advert being circulated and which must be ignored:

    Invitation for assessment

     

    Dear applicant, Your Application For City of Tshwane Municipality Has Been Shortlisted And You Are Hereby Invited For Assessment Test

    Details

    Venue : City Of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Tshwane House, 320 Madiba Street, Pretoria

    Time: 10:30 AM

    Date: 27 September 2018

     

    NB: Please contact the HR Co-ordinator Mr Michael Monyuku @ 0646660270 to confirm your attendance, not later today.

     

    Kind Regards City Of  Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (TSH)

     

     

     

    The public is cautioned not to fall for the scam, as there is no such a post. In addition, we urge the public to be always vigilant of fraudulent activities and not to pay anyone for a job application.

  • WATER RESTRICTIONS UNDERWAY IN TSHWANE

    WATER RESTRICTIONS UNDERWAY IN TSHWANE

    Mon, Sep 17, 2018

    Rand Water, the water utility providing water to most Gauteng municipalities, has started to restrict all Tshwane meters to 20% in order to manage reservoir levels.

     

    Last week, the City of Tshwane signalled to residents the importance of saving water. Residents are again reminded not to falter but to continue to heed the call to conserve water and make water conservation a norm.  

     

    Though these restrictions are applicable throughout Tshwane, an earnest request is made to residents in the Soshanguve, Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa and Winterveld areas in Region 1 to use water sparingly to avoid interruptions.

     

    Residents are reminded of the following hints:

     

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

     

    Residents should continue conserving this scarce resource and make the above-mentioned hints part of a lifestyle.

  • City to commemorate Arbor Month

    City to commemorate Arbor Month

    Thu, Sep 13, 2018

    The MMC for Agriculture and Environmental Management, Cllr Mike Mkhari, will tomorrow, 14 September 2018, launch the Green Campus Initiative at the Tshwane South College's Odi Campus in Mabopane. The initiative entails creating and implementing a recycling system on the campus that will promote a sustainable and environment-friendly institution.

    The launch is part of the City of Tshwane's commemoration of National Arbor Month. This year's Arbor Month is celebrated under the theme "Forests and sustainable cities" and aims to promote investment in green spaces in order to help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live in.

    As part of the day's activities, the MMC will also plant five indigenous trees (including the Tree of the Year (yellowwood), common karee species and river bush willow) at the college.

    Details of the event are as follows:

    Date:              14 September 2018

    Time:             09:00

    Venue:           Odi Campus, Tshwane South College, Mabopane

  • TECHNICIANS HARD AT WORK TO RESTORE POWER IN MONTANA

    TECHNICIANS HARD AT WORK TO RESTORE POWER IN MONTANA

    Thu, Sep 13, 2018

    The City of Tshwane's team of technicians is still hard at work to replace cables that were stolen earlier today between the Pumulani and Montana Park substations.

     

    The theft of three feeder cables has caused great inconvenience, leaving residents of Montana Park without electricity. Plans to replace the stolen cables are already underway and if all goes well, power supply should be restored by 22:00 tonight.

     

    The City urges residents in the above-mentioned areas to remain patient while the technicians are busy with the repairs.

     

    All network points should be treated as live at all times.

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word power followed by your account number to 44676. Or report a power failure to 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option.

  • EMERGENCY PIPELINE SWITCH TO BENEFIT CONSUMERS IN MNANDI

    EMERGENCY PIPELINE SWITCH TO BENEFIT CONSUMERS IN MNANDI

    Thu, Sep 13, 2018

    Today, 13 September 2018, the City of Tshwane's Water and Sanitation Department began an urgent water pipeline switchover that will benefit consumers in Mnandi in Centurion.

     

    The operation was prompted by the realisation that some high-lying areas in Region 4, Mnandi AH in particular, did not have sufficient water pressure. The conversion of the water pipelines currently underway has led to an interruption of water supply. However, water supply should be restored before sunset today.

     

    The City apologises for any inconvenience that may arise from this water supply improvement operation.

  • Area outage affecting Moreleta Park

    Area outage affecting Moreleta Park

    Thu, Sep 6, 2018

    The City of Tshwane’s team of technicians is attending to an area outage in Moreleta Park, as well as some sections of Mooikloof, that was caused by the theft of main feeder cables near Garstfontein Road. It is estimated that power will be restored by 22:00 tonight.

     

    The City urges the residents in the above-mentioned areas to remain patient while technicians are busy with the repairs.

     

    All network points are to be treated as live at all times.

     

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word power followed by your account number to 44676. Or report a power failure to 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option.


  • Msimanga and DA-led coalition will continue to deliver to the people of Tshwane

    Msimanga and DA-led coalition will continue to deliver to the people of Tshwane

    Fri, Aug 31, 2018

    The will of the people of Tshwane prevailed with today’s unsuccessful attempt by the ANC to unseat the legitimate DA-led multiparty coalition government.



    I remain undeterred in the face of these motions of no confidence in which the ANC attempts to depose the City’s government only to re-establish their networks of patronage, corruption and plundering the City’s coffers.


    We will not be deterred by these antics and will move forward by delivering services and building in this City.



    Since the DA-led multiparty multi-party government took over, we have worked tirelessly over the last two years get the City of Tshwane back on track. To stabilize the finances of a City that had been treated like a personal piggy bank for the ANC.



    In our first year in office we managed to double the City’s cash position, bring it back from the jaws of bankruptcy, moving from an inherited R2 billion deficit to an R704 operating surplus. In that first year, we also reduced unauthorized expenditure by over a billion rand and irregular expenditure by R100 million.


    Additionally:

    • We took a string of unlawful contracts and procurement irregularities on review which are valued in the billions;
    • We cut the 900 political appointees in the former administration;

    We have turned the tide on poor service delivery – and in this new financial year we have been able to fund a capital budget which allocates the following to improved service delivery:

    • R475 million on water and sanitation – leading to water connections to 12 600 households and Sewer connections to 3 943 households
    • R982 million on electricity – leading to electricity connections to 6 800 households
    • R994 million on roads and storm water leading to 50 km of new storm water networks and 56 km of new tarred roads, and
    • R901 million for numerous housing projects.
      We sold the lavish mayoral mansion of the previous ANC government for R5 million to build houses for poor residents, and we have awarded 1 800 bursaries to young people worth more than R34 million.


    We are aware that there are unconfirmed reports of looming protest action. We encourage the people of Tshwane to not allow themselves to be used as political pawns to service a narrow political agenda.



    We will continue to fight against corruption.
    We will continue to speed up the delivery of basic services, and we will, above all, put the VIPs of Tshwane – the residents of Tshwane – first.



    We will not be distracted by the political posturing and grandstanding of the ANC. We are forging ahead with our commitment to stabilize, revitalize and deliver to the people of Tshwane.



    Let’s get back to work​

  • CITY OF TSHWANE TO UNVEIL A COMPLETED WATER NETWORK REPLACEMENT PROJECT IN MORELETA PARK

    CITY OF TSHWANE TO UNVEIL A COMPLETED WATER NETWORK REPLACEMENT PROJECT IN MORELETA PARK

    Tue, Aug 28, 2018

    ​The City of Tshwane's Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Utility Services, Cllr Darryl Moss, will unveil a 2 058 m water pipeline replacement project that has been successfully completed from Jacques Street to Delmas Road along De Villebois Maruil Drive in Moreleta Park, east of Pretoria, tomorrow, 28 August 2018. 

     

    Since January 2016 there has been a number of pipe bursts on this pipeline, which supplies water to high-lying areas. This resulted in consumers being without water for several days. The existing 400 mm pipe could not withstand the high pressure and therefore had to be replaced with a 450 mm Class 16 pipe.

     

    "Among the benefits of this replacement project is that the new water pipelines are up to the required standard. The current programme of replacing the worn-out water networks with new pipes will minimise water supply interruptions and ensure that asbestos cement pipes are gradually substituted," said Cllr Moss.

     

    The details of the unveiling event are as follows:

     

    Time:              09:00

    Date:               28 August 2018

    Venue:           Cnr Hesketh Drive and De Villebois Maruil Drive in Moreleta Park

               

    The contract value was estimated at R12 915 991,04 (excluding VAT), and the project was completed on 7 August 2018 within the projected time and scope of the budget.  

     

    Photo opportunities and interviews will be granted to the media.

  • Tshwane Emergency Services is monitoring a fire from burning tyres in Sunderland Ridge

    Tshwane Emergency Services is monitoring a fire from burning tyres in Sunderland Ridge

    Mon, Aug 27, 2018

    ​The Tshwane Emergency Services is monitoring a fire from burning stack of tyres that broke out last night in the Sunderland Ridge area.

     

    The City's Emergency Services personnel from two fire stations responded to the incident after it was reported that a stack of thousands of tyres which were stored in an open field is on fire.

     

    The team has been on site since last night to ensure that the fire does not spread to other stacks of tyres that are about 20 meters from the fire. These tyres are stored in an open field to be used as a rifle shooting range.

     

    The City's Environment and Agriculture Management will investigate the legality of storing these tyres on the site.

     

    The Emergency Services' team will remain on site until the fire, which is likely to burn for a number of days, is completely out while the Environment and Agriculture Management team will also monitor the impact of air pollution at the Pretoria West air quality monitoring station.

  • MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF IRREGULAR APPOITNMENTS OF OFFICIALS IN THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUIVE MAYOR AND OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER

    MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF IRREGULAR APPOITNMENTS OF OFFICIALS IN THE OFFICE OF THE EXECUIVE MAYOR AND OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER

    Fri, Aug 24, 2018

    On 21 May 2018 I received a letter from the Public Protector instructing me to institute an internal investigation into the complaints lodged by the ANC Caucus in relation to allegations of irregular appointments of officials in the Office of the Executive Mayor and Speaker.

    Subsequently to the Public Protector's letter the Executive Mayor also instructed me to urgently conduct the said investigation which I duly instructed the Chief Audit Executive of the Group Audit and Risk to undertake this exercise. 

    On 28 June 2018, as part of Phase 1 of this investigation, I publicly released the findings and recommendations into the former Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Mayor, Ms Marietha Aucamp, following reports that she may have misrepresented her qualifications at the time of her employment.  

    Today, 24 August 2018, I am releasing Phase Two of the findings and recommendations pertaining to the appointments of the following officials: 

    • Mr Tiyiselani Joseph Babane, Group Head:  Office of the Speaker;
    • Mr Samkelo Mgobozi, Executive Head:  Mayoral Public Affairs and Spokesperson;
    • Mr Stefan Adriaan de Villiers, Executive Head:  Private Office of the Executive Mayor; and
    • Mr Matthew Gerstner, Acting Mayoral Spokesperson

     

    Please note that the aforementioned appointments were made before I joined the CoT on the 1 March 2017.

    1. FINDINGS - Mr Tiyiselani Joseph Babane, Group Head:  Office of the Speaker

     

    1. The following findings have been made by the Group Audit Executive pertaining to Mr Tiyiselani Joseph Babane, Group Head:  Office of the Speaker; temporary appointment:

       
      1. On 30 August 2016, Mr Gerald Shingange in his capacity as Executive Director:  Corporate and Share Services, drafted a report of Mr Babane to be employed on a contract basis;

         
      2. The comments on the said report from Group Legal Services Department did not support contract appointment of Mr Babane, citing that legal framework does not cover and provide for temporary appointment especially for top management appointments;
      3. The CoT staffing policy dictates potential incumbents are recruited through advertising of positions in order to comply with the principles of fairness and representability;
      4. Group Legal Services recommended that a normal recruitment process be followed;
      5. Therefore, the findings are, Mr Babane's temporary appointment was irregular and not in line with the CoT staffing policy.

         
    2. The following findings have been made by the Group Audit Executive pertaining to Mr Tiyiselani Joseph Babane, Group Head:  Office of the Speaker; on a fixed term contract of Five (5) years:

       
      1. In line with the CoT staffing policy, the position of the Group Head:  Office of the Speaker was advertised both internally and externally on job forum 8/2016 on 02 October 2016.  The closing date was 14 October 2016;
      2. The shortlisting matrix which forms part of the recruitment file for Mr Babane's appointment could not be located;
      3. All the shortlisted candidates met the minimum requirements as stipulated in the advert and as such the shortlisting was done fairly and equitably;
      4. Mr Babane's appointment on a fixed term contract of five years was regular and in line with the CoT's staffing policy.

         

    2.       FINDINGS - Mr Samkelo Mgobozi, Executive Head:  Mayoral Public Affairs and Spokesperson

     

    A.    The following findings have been made by the Group Audit Executive pertaining to Mr Samkelo Mgobozi, Executive Head:  Mayoral Public Affairs and Spokesperson; temporary appointment:

     

    1. On 2 August 2016 Mr Gerald Shingange in his capacity as Executive Director:  Corporate and Share Services, drafted a report of Mr Mgobozi to be employed on a contract basis;
    2. The comments on the said report from Group Legal Services Department did not support the contract appointment of Mr Mgobozi, citing that legal framework does not cover and provide for temporary appointment especially for top management appointments;
    3. The CoT staffing policy dictates potential incumbents are recruited through advertising of positions in order to comply with the principles of fairness and representability;
    4. Group Legal Services recommended that a normal recruitment process be followed;
    5. However, while Mr Mgobozi was issued with a short term contract, he did not take up his position and as such the temporary appointment did not happen.

       

    B.    The following findings have been made by the Group Audit Executive pertaining to Mr Samkelo Mgobozi, Executive Head:  Mayoral Public Affairs and Spokesperson on a fixed term contract of five (5) years:

     

      1. In line with the CoT staffing policy, the position of the Executive Head:  Mayoral Public Affairs and Spokesperson was advertised both internally and externally on the job forum 8/2016 on 02 October 2016.  The closing date was 14 October 2016.
      2. The shortlisting matrix which forms part of the recruitment file for Mr Mgobozi's appointment could not be located.
      3. Mr Mgobozi met the minimum academic requirements as stipulated in the advert.  However, he did not meet the criteria of having more than 12 years of experience and 5 years of Senior Management level, he only had 2 years and 5 months as a DA campaign Press Director.  In 2014 he was a parliamentary media intern.
      4. Mr Mgobozi was not supposed to be shortlisted for this position as he failed to meet the minimum requirements.

         

    3.    FINDINGS - Mr Matthew Gerstner:  Acting Mayoral Spokesperson

     

    1. The following findings have been made by the Group Audit Executive pertaining to Mr Matthew Gerstner:  Acting Mayoral Spokesperson; temporary appointment:

       
    1. It was established that Mr Gerstner was not an employee of the CoT although he was quoted extensively in the media as Acting Mayoral Spokesperson.

       

    4.     FINDINGS - Stefan Adriaan de Villiers, Executive Head:  Private Office of the Executive Mayor

     

    1. The following findings have been made by the Group Audit Executive pertaining to Mr Stefan Adriaan de Villiers, Executive Head:  Private Office of the Executive Mayor; temporary appointment:

       
      1. On 6 August 2016 Mr Gerald Shingange in his capacity as Executive Director:  Corporate and Shared Services, drafted a report of Mr de Villiers to be employed on a contract basis;
      2. The comments on the said report from Group Legal Services Department did not support contract appointment of Mr de Villiers, citing that legal framework does not cover and provide for temporary appointment especially for top management appointments;
      3. The CoT staffing policy dictates potential incumbents are recruited through advertising of positions in order to comply with the principles of fairness and representability;
      4. Group Legal Services recommended that a normal recruitment process be followed;
      5. Therefore, the findings is, Mr de Villiers temporary appointment was irregular and not in line with the CoT staffing policy;
      6. However, the investigation also established that Mr de Villiers was paid a salary for September and October 2016.

         
    2. The following findings have been made by the Group Audit Executive pertaining to Mr Stefan Adriaan de Villiers, Executive Head:  Private Office of the Executive Mayor; on a fixed term contract of five (5) years:

       
      1. In line with the CoT staffing policy, the position of the Executive Head:  Office of the Executive Mayor was advertised both internally and externally on the job forum 8/2016 on 02 October 2016.  The closing date was 14 October 2016;
      2. The shortlisting matrix which forms part of the recruitment file for Mr de Villiers' appointment could not be located;
      3. Mr de Villiers did not meet the academic minimum requirements of possessing a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification. He indicated that his highest qualification was Grade 12;
      4. He also did not meet the criteria of having more than twelve (12) years of experience and five (5) years at senior management level.  He only had nine (9) years and eight (8) months overall experience.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:

    1. The shortlisting and interview process in the City of Tshwane must be audio recorded and in addition to reports, minutes of the proceedings should be kept.
    2. A framework for recruiting political candidates should be developed, this framework would enable the city to recruit political candidates without conflation of roles with the administration process. 
    3. There must be a clearly defined role of the Accounting Officer in the recruitment process coupled with organisational political oversight and protocols.
    4. Mr Shingange must be subjected to disciplinary proceedings for his disregard of the CoT staffing policy during the temporary appointment of Mr Babane, Mr Mgobozi and Mr de Villiers. 
    5. Additionally, disciplinary action should be taken against Mr Shingange for failing to advise the interview panel on the suitability of Mr Mgobozi and Mr de Villiers on their five (5) year fixed term contracts.

    CONCLUSION:

    A comprehensive forensic report will be submitted to the Office of the Public Protector on Monday, 27 August 2018 as part of the ongoing investigation by her office into the allegations surrounding the CoT senior officials' appointments. 

    Enquiries: Selby Bokaba

    Spokesperson for the City of Tshwane

    Tel: 012 358 4527

    082 778 0245                                                   

  • Power outage in some parts of Centurion

    Power outage in some parts of Centurion

    Thu, Aug 23, 2018

    The Kosmosdal and Louwlardia suburbs in Centurion have been experiencing a power outage since last night due to faulty feeder cables. The City’s technicians are busy with repairs.

     

    In the meantime, the Highveld and Southdown areas are also without electricity. A team of engineers is still trying to identify the cause of this power supply interruption in order to effect the necessary repairs.

     

    Residents will be kept abreast with details regarding the status of the outages as well as the restoration time in the above-mentioned areas.

     

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

     

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

     

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word power followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676. Or report a power failure to 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option or 080 1111 556.

  • The City of Tshwane wishes to correct an ‘error’ in its previous media statement

    The City of Tshwane wishes to correct an ‘error’ in its previous media statement

    Tue, Aug 21, 2018

    ​The City Manager of Tshwane, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, was notified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) today of an 'error' made in a media statement issued on 28 June 2018. In this statement, the City Manager mistakenly attributed the verification of qualifications of senior managers to SAQA instead of to Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE).

     

    We have since confirmed that MIE did the actual verification of qualifications of all senior managers that report directly to the City Manager, and they had issued us with a verification certificate to this effect. This morning, Dr Mosola wrote to his counterpart at SAQA to inform him of this oversight and to acknowledge the genuine mistake that had been made.

  • Msimanga investigation to proceed noting City Manager statement

    Msimanga investigation to proceed noting City Manager statement

    Wed, Aug 15, 2018

    I note the City Manager’s statement and will include it in my contemplation on the further steps to follow.

     

    I have a duty, as the head of the Executive, to satisfy myself that all due process has been followed and to decisively address any and all wrongdoing that may have occurred.

     

    This comes after the City Manager released a statement in response to allegations that he had unlawfully appointed a project management service provider.

     

    While the content of the City Manager’s statement is noted, it does not change the process that must now unfold, which is to apply my mind to all the evidence before me to determine how best to proceed in the matter.

     

    If there is any merit to the allegations about the irregular appointment of the project management service provider, I will not hesitate to refer the matter to the municipal council for further investigation and action.


  • MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER WITH REGARD TO THE ARIYA PROJECT MANAGERS (GLADAFRICA) CONTRACT

    MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER WITH REGARD TO THE ARIYA PROJECT MANAGERS (GLADAFRICA) CONTRACT

    Wed, Aug 15, 2018

    ​On 8 August 2018, the Executive Mayor wrote to me, as the Accounting Officer and City Manager of the City of Tshwane, and requested information about the process that was followed in appointing Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica). In his letter, the Executive Mayor requested that a comprehensive report, together with supporting documentation, must be provided to him on or before 14 August 2018.

    Subsequently, on 10 August 2018, I received a text correspondence from the Sunday Times journalist, Mr Caiphus Kgosana, who informed me that he was writing an in-depth story about the appointment of the above-mentioned service provider. I advised Mr Kgosana that the Executive Mayor had written to me formally to compile a comprehensive report regarding the same matter, and that until such time that I have formally submitted the report to the Executive Mayor, I was not in a position to comment publicly.

    It is common knowledge that on Sunday, 12 August 2018, the Sunday Times proceeded to publish the story under the heading "Consultancy accused of 'looting' the city". A comprehensive report, together with supporting documentation, was submitted to the Executive Mayor on 13 August 2018, and it will be made available publicly today, 15 August 2018.

    THE LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK THAT GOVERNS THE PROCUREMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES

    In terms of section 111 of the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003) (MFMA), each municipality must approve and implement a supply chain management policy. As such, the current Supply Chain Management Policy for the City of Tshwane was approved by Council in July 2016 in line with legislative requirements such as the following:

    • Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act 5 of 2000)
    • Construction Industry Development Board Act, 2000 (Act 38 of 2000)
    • National Treasury Model Supply Chain Policy
    • City of Tshwane approved Policy Framework for the Alienation and Expropriation of Immoveable Property
    • Municipal Service Delivery and Public-private Partnership Guidelines, 2007
    • National Treasury PPP Practice Note No 1 of 2004: Standardised Public-private Partnership Provisions, and all its modules

    In terms of sections 79 and 106 of the MFMA, the City Manager, as the Accounting Officer, is empowered to establish and delegate powers to committees that assist him with administration of the City's supply chain management processes.

    Against this background, on 21 June 2017, I wrote to the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), which is an organ of state, to request permission or consent to access and use the panel to appoint some of the companies to assist the City in rolling out its Infrastructure Delivery Programme. On 27 June 2017, permission was granted to the City to use the DBSA panel of professional service providers (RFP 82/2014 and RFP 87/2014) in terms of section 112(0) of the Supply Chain Management Regulations to procure goods or services under the above-mentioned contract. The DBSA response also included the following documentation:

    1. Letter of consent and names of RFPs or contract references in accordance with the advertisement
    2. Assurance of proof of competitive process
    3. Copy of the advertisement of the bid documents
    4. Report to the Bid Adjudication Committee approving the panel
    5. This request was made in terms of Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulation 32 (hereafter referred to as Regulation 32) which provides for the procurement of goods and services under Contract Secured by other Organs of State. Regulation 32 also states that a supply chain management policy may allow the Accounting Officer to procure goods or services for the municipality or municipal entity under a contract secured by another organ of state, but only as follows:

    (a)      The contract has been secured by that other organ of state by means of a competitive bidding process applicable to that organ of state

    (b)      The municipality or municipal entity has no reason to believe that such contract was not validly procured;

    (c)      There are demonstrable discounts or benefits for the municipality or municipal entity to do so; and

    (d)      That that organ of state and the provider have consented to such procurement in writing.

    SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS THAT LED TO ADOPTION OF THE DBSA PANEL OF SERVICE PROVIDERS

    • On 3 August 2017, a comprehensive report was prepared (DBSA documentation requested in terms of Regulation 32) for consideration and approval by the Executive Adjudication Committee (EAC).
    • On 11 August 2017, the EAC recommended the adoption and approval of the DBSA panel for my consideration.
    • On 16 August 2017, I approved the DBSA panel as directed by the resolution of the EAC and alerted the committee of the key objective of this process, which was to appoint a single service provider from the DBSA panel after strictly following the City's supply chain management process.
    • It is important to note that the intention was to appoint a single service provider with the tools and capacity for project management in order to resolve the problems that were identified in my report presented to the Mayoral Committee on 17 May 2017. This was in the context of the deadline of 25 November 2017 that was given by the EAC for this process to be concluded before expiry of the DBSA panel.
    • In giving effect to the EAC resolution of 16 August 2017 and in ensuring that the departmental requirements are met, detailed specifications were drafted that focused mainly on the requirements for appointing a service provider to assist, support and advise City departments with regard to various programme/project management and engineering services.
    • The EAC had approved 26 service providers, which appeared in all three categories (Infrastructure Planning and Project Management, Project Implementation Support, and Associated Project Support Services) that were required by the City of the DBSA panel.
    • As directed by the EAC and in line with the City's appointment of a panel of service providers, the evaluation criteria were developed before issuing the request for proposal, which is used to evaluate the capacity of the bidders' submission. In this regard, the Supply Chain Division issued a specification (request for proposal) to seven bidders who were approved as part of the DBSA panel in line with the City of Tshwane's Supply Chain Management Policy.
    • Taking into account that during the adoption of the DBSA panel the process had been subjected to various legal opinions which neither myself as the Accounting Officer nor the acting Group Head: Legal and Secretariat Services, who was also the chairperson of the EAC at the time, had requested.
    • I requested the Supply Chain Management Division to ensure that they strictly adhere to the resolution of the EAC in preparing their procurement report. Importantly, I also impressed upon them that while panel appointments in the City are not subject to legal comments in terms of the Circular 9 requirements, in this case, before submitting this report to my office it must be forwarded to Group Legal and Secretariat Services for comments on the overall process. This was done, and upon receipt of the comments from Group Legal and Secretariat Services, I signed the appointment letter that recommended the appointment of GladAfrica for a period of three years, subject to the approved capital budget for the financial year.
    • The underlined section above was included in the letter specifically because it was understood that the kind of services required would be framed around a variety of services requested by departments. The appointed service provider was expected only to provide or render services on a work task basis. This means that the department that requires the service has to budget for it in line with the approved rates and in accordance with the relevant legislation.
    • From the foregoing, it must be noted that as a responsible Accounting Officer, guided by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the Municipal Finance Management Act, the Municipal Supply Chain Regulations of the MFMA as well as the City's Supply Chain Management Policy, I did not interfere with the process.
    • The appointment of Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica) was a decision aimed at resolving problems that had been identified as findings by the Auditor-General, such as increasing the number of projects under construction (commonly known as assets under construction), projects that were stalling, projects that had exhausted their budget, and projects that were not completed after many years being reported as open items.
    • In the main, the key question that the service provider had to respond to was: How do we ensure that all our projects perform as expected in line with reasonable time frames and budget?
    • It is important to state that Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica) only entered into one consultancy agreement with the City which was signed by myself and Mr Sigi Naidoo on 20 November 2017.
    • In concluding the consultancy agreement with the recommended service provider, emphasis was placed on ensuring that, after the period of appointment, the service provider should help to capacitate the City's Enterprise Project Management Unit (ePMU) which is located in the City Strategy and Organisational Performance Department.
    • Furthermore, the City's Enterprise Management Unit is tasked with the responsibility of contract-managing the Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica) in line with the consultancy agreement.
    • In cases where departments require the services of Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica), the work task order that details the activities to be undertaken will act as a subcontract that governs the relationship and detailed budgetary requirements for each task. This proposal is approved by the group heads who are the custodians of their departmental budget vote (refer to Consultancy Agreement: Section 7 Scope of Works and Terms of Reference).
    • It is important also to restate that the terms and conditions of the DBSA panel in relation to the three categories are still relevant to this contract, and there has not been any additional service requirement, except for the capacitation and support of the City of Tshwane's ePMU as part stabilising the City's administration.
    • After issuing an appointment letter to Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica) on 8 November 2017, I convened a project initiation meeting which was followed by a briefing session with all the group heads on 23 November 2017.
    • From my side, the afore-mentioned sessions acted as a formal process of handing over the appointed service provider to the Group Head: City Strategy and Organisational Performance, together with other group heads, who will contract-manage the activities of the appointed service provider in line with the consultancy agreement and the work task orders.

    MATTERS SURROUNDING THE LEGAL OPINION

    • On 12 August 2018, the Sunday Times reported that I had concluded the contract with Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica) against legal opinion.
    • From the onset I would like to place it on record that in signing the contract with GladAfrica, I strictly followed the resolution of the EAC. The mentioned resolution was drafted precisely in response to the legal advice that was provided by our legal team based on the legal opinion which was "solicited" from Senior Legal Counsel JD Maritz read together with the case of Blue Nightingale Trading 397 (Pty) Ltd t/a Siyenza Group vs Amathole District Municipality.
    • While the EAC considered the advice of the senior legal counsel in arriving at its decision about the approval of one service provider, it is important to state categorically that the said legal opinion was solicited illegally without my request or approval.
    • My concern at the time, which I raised formally with the acting Group Head: Group Legal and Secretariat Services and also in his capacity as the chairperson of the EAC, was that matters pertaining to supply chain and the committee were being discussed by officials outside the process.
    • Seeing that this matter has resurfaced in a manner which has caused unnecessary embarrassment to the City, I have issued an instruction to the Governance and Support Officer and the Group Head: Group Legal and Secretariat Services to investigate this matter and revert to me urgently with a course of action.
    • As stated above, there was no need for further requests for legal opinions except for the advice given to Supply Chain Management that in concluding the procurement report they must ensure that the all the documentation (Volume 1 and 2) is submitted to the Group Legal and Secretariat Services for legal compliance, which is NOT normally done when appointing from an approved panel of service providers.
    • I requested this exercise to be undertaken in order to satisfy myself that the process of appointing Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica), as it was recommended by the Bid Evaluation Committee, was legally sound.

    LEAKING OF CITY OF TSHWANE DOCUMENTS (CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER)

    • Ordinarily, I do not comment on the City's internal documents or circulars that I issue to my colleagues. However, in this case I will make an exception because some media reports cite some of the internal documents have been leaked and were misquoted in the media. I therefore think it proper that I set the record straight through the following remarks:
    • On 1 December 2017, I wrote a memorandum to the City of Tshwane's top management (Executive Committee members and group heads) that advised them of the implementation of projects through a service provider appointed through utilisation of Regulation 32 to manage capital programmes for the City of Tshwane.
    • On 1 December 2017, the Chief Operations Officer responded to my memorandum and raised a series of questions, which  I treated as a colleague seeking clarity.
    • On 11 December 2017, I met the COO in order to discuss the content of his letter. At the end of the meeting, I formally handed him a letter that responded to all the issues he had raised.
    • The memorandum and the letter to the COO will be made publicly available for scrutiny.

    CONCLUSION

    • It is my considered view that:
      • The SCM process and the evaluation undertaken by DBSA team in establishing a panel of service providers was competitive and credible, and as such I have no reason to doubt it.
      • The EAC strictly complied with the legislative prescripts and the City of Tshwane's Supply Chain Policy in approving the panel of 26 service providers.
      • The SCM Division strictly followed the City of Tshwane's SCM processes and procedures to appoint a service provider, in this case Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica), from a panel of service providers.
      • The afore-mentioned assertion was also confirmed in a letter by the CEO of Consulting Engineering South Africa (CESA), Mr CJ Campbell, dated 4 May 2018, which acknowledged that the City of Tshwane had acted within the legal prescript in appointing Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica).
    • In relation to some of the general statements that were made about the City of Tshwane's supply chain environment, as part of stabilising the City's administration as well as ongoing improvement of our processes and systems, especially in relation to panel appointments, I can say the following:
      • I have since instructed the Supply Chain Management Division and the Chief Financial Officer, in his capacity as the chairperson of the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC), formally known as the EAC, to ensure that tenders that have been advertised are not only being adjudicated by BAC but also should include appointments that are made through the panel system in the City. This instruction has now been institutionalised throughout the City of Tshwane.
    • It is therefore my conclusion that the process that was followed in appointing Ariya Project Managers (GladAfrica) was in compliance with the legislative prescripts that govern the City of Tshwane's supply chain management as well as with the Municipal Finance Management Act. The legal comments dated 1 November 2017 from the acting Group Head: Legal and Secretariat Services confirm my assertion.

    As part of my statement, I therefore submit all the necessary documentation related to this contract for public scrutiny.

  • City of Tshwane Municipal Court sends tavern owner to jail for noise pollution

    City of Tshwane Municipal Court sends tavern owner to jail for noise pollution

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018

    The owner of a tavern in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, has been sentenced to two years in prison for contravening the Gauteng Noise Control Regulations.

    Phillip Mafata, 44, appeared before the Tshwane Municipal Court at the Soshanguve Magistrate Court for sentencing on Friday, 3 August 2018, after he was found guilty of contravening Regulations 8, 9 and 15 of the Gauteng Noise Control Regulations. He was found guilty on 26 charges relating to noise pollution.

     

    The Gauteng Noise Control Regulations of 1999 promulgated under section 25 of the Environment Conservation Act, 1989 (Act 73 of 1989) is currently used by Municipal Health Services to enforce noise control in the City of Tshwane. The regulations stipulate amongst others that noise generated by a device or activity on a property may not be audible beyond the boundaries of such a property.

    The case against Mafata was brought to court by the City of Tshwane's Municipal Health Services Section which is responsible for all environmental health complaints. It was based on the evidence by one of Mafata's neighbours and City officers who visited the neighbour's house to take noise measurements.

    The complainant, Kenneth Sithebe, said the nature of Mafata's business caused much anguish in the neighbourhood because loud music would be played until the early hours of the morning.

    "The torture he inflicted on my family and I, causing us 4 years of sleepless nights, will hopefully come to an end. I am happy with the judgment. I hope it will send a strong message to those who operate their businesses at the expense of others, causing them serious psychological harm," said Sithebe.

    Mafata was previously fined R12 000 for contravening the Gauteng Noise Control Regulations after he pleaded guilty to the charges. Half of the fine was suspended for three years on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar offence within that period.

    During mitigation of sentence, the City's prosecutor, Kagiso Ratlhogo, said that all 26 of the counts on which the accused was found guilty were serious, considering the fact that they impact on the health and wellbeing of other individuals.

    "In meting out the sentence, the court must consider the fact that enforcement of the Gauteng Noise Control Regulations and the Noise Management Policy of the City of Tshwane effectively deals with the rights to a healthy environment as afforded to citizens in terms of section 24 of the Constitution," Ratlhogo argued.

    Handing down sentence, magistrate JC Kruger said that it was clear that Mafata did not take the suspended sentence serious.

    "The accused did not listen to the advice of Environmental Health Practitioners even after they served him with notices and explained the consequences of his actions. History has proven that Mafata has no respect for the rule of law and his neighbours," Kruger said.

    The magistrate emphasised that the community expects justice from the courts and imprisonment is a fitting punishment for Mafata.

    The City of Tshwane's Divisional Head for Municipal Courts, Isak Beukes, said the close working relationship between the City's Health Services Section and the Municipal Courts' Prosecution Section has led to the successful prosecution. This will send a clear message to individuals who are hell-bent on trampling on the rights of others in our communities, that municipal courts are functional and effective to prosecute those who transgress our by-laws.

    Tshwane residents who experience continuous noise pollution are advised to contact the City's Municipal Health Services Section on 012 358 4656 or Ehonestop@tshwane.gov.za to register their complaints.

     

  • The City of Tshwane appoints a new service provider for free Wi-Fi project

    The City of Tshwane appoints a new service provider for free Wi-Fi project

    Fri, Aug 3, 2018

    The City of Tshwane is delighted to announce that it has appointed Ulwembu Business Services (Pty) Ltd as service provider for free Wi-Fi operations for a period of three years. The contract took effect on 1 August 2018.

     

    This appointment disproves mischievous rumours that have been doing the rounds that the City has canned its free Wi-Fi project after the contract with the previous service provider, Project Isizwe, ended at the end of June 2018.

     

    The newly appointed service provider has already started with the assessment of the current network and assets to provide an intensive implementation and maintenance plan. Teams from the City and the appointed service provider have begun the process of assessing the network operation centre, infrastructure, high sites and hotspots to address some operational challenges and to ensure a smooth transition.

     

    The City views the provision of free Wi-Fi as a basic service, hence we moved expeditiously to finalise the appointment of a new service provider within a month after the expiry of the contract with the previous service provider.

     

    We wish to apologise for the network glitches experienced after the expiry of the Project Isizwe contract.

     

    Prior to relaunching the new free Wi-Fi project on 3 September 2018, the City will address the following:

     

    • Set up a call centre/help desk
    • Create a new portal
    • Review the daily data cap per device
    • Create a new look for social media platforms
    • Create a new logo or emblem

     

    During this transition period, any service concerns related to the free Wi-Fi project can be sent to Support-FreeWiFi@tshwane.gov.za.

  • Cable theft leads to power failure in Soshanguve and The Orchards

    Cable theft leads to power failure in Soshanguve and The Orchards

    Wed, Aug 1, 2018

    ​The residents of The Orchards X 46, 47, 84, 88, 90, 91 and 99 were plunged into darkness following an incident of cable theft at the Rosslyn substation earlier today.

     

    In a separate incident, cables were stolen between the Soshanguve and Rietgat substations. This despicable act has left Block  P, R, Y, T, V, SS, KK and the Buffer Zone in Soshanguve without power supply.  

     

    Technicians are already on site attending to both incidents and it is estimated that the power supply will be restored by 22:00.

     

    The City apologises for the inconvenience caused and wishes to urge members of the community to be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles or persons fiddling with electricity infrastructure or components. Such suspicious activities can be reported to the Tshwane Metro Police Department at 012 358 7095/6.

     

    All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word power followed by your account number to 44676. Or report a power failure to 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option.

  • VANDALISM LEADS TO OVERFLOW OF EERSTERUST RESERVOIR

    VANDALISM LEADS TO OVERFLOW OF EERSTERUST RESERVOIR

    Tue, Jul 31, 2018

    The City of Tshwane urges residents of Eersterust, near Mamelodi, to conserve water after the discovery of acts of vandalism at the Eersterust reservoir.

     

    We have discovered that the doors to the reservoir's chamber have been stolen, leading to flooding of the chamber and overflow of the reservoir. The City's team of plumbers, who are on site, had to shut down the water supply to the reservoir yesterday in order to carry out urgent repairs to the chamber.

     

    The team is currently pumping out water from the flooded chamber, and further investigation will be conducted to determine if there is any other damage. The current reservoir level is about 50%, and residents are urged to use water sparingly in order to avoid the interruption of the water supply to households.

     

    The City sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of this repair work.

  • City of Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi project is here to stay

    City of Tshwane’s free Wi-Fi project is here to stay

    Wed, Jul 25, 2018

    Contrary to malicious rumours doing the rounds that the City of Tshwane has canned its free Wi-Fi project, the Municipal Council has approved a budget of nearly R80 million and resolved to continue the provision of the much-vaunted initiative called TshWi-Fi.

     

    The previous service provider – Project Isizwe – will no longer be responsible for this project, as they were initially paid with charitable grant funding to build the network and provide the service, a transaction flagged by the Auditor-General as irregular in 2016.

     

    The City of Tshwane has since put the operation of TshWi-Fi out to tender and is waiting for the appointment of a service provider. However, there might be a delay in the appointment on account of a competitive bidding process, although this should bring about better value for the City's TshWi-Fi investment.

     

    In the meantime, the City is continuing to maintain the service, despite momentary network glitches at some TshWi-Fi hotspots, which the City is attending to urgently.

     

    The City has budgeted almost R80 million in the current financial year and the following two financial years for the continuation of this valuable service that has been freely accessible to health and education centres, specifically in low-income communities, since its launch in 2013. The City wishes to caution the rumour-mongerers to desist from spreading falsehoods about TshWi-Fi and causing unnecessary panic among the users of the service.

  • City provides progress report on sinkholes in Tshwane

    City provides progress report on sinkholes in Tshwane

    Mon, Jul 23, 2018

    Note to editor: This is the statement made jointly by the MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Sheila Senkubuge, the MMC for Corporate Services and MMC for Region 4, Cllr Cilliers Brink, and the MMC for Economic Development and Spatial Planning under whom the Regional Operating Centre (ROC) falls, Cllr Randall Williams, at a press conference in Hatfield this morning.

     

    I welcome you all to the Roads and Transport Department of the City of Tshwane.  

     

    The City of Tshwane has experienced a number of sinkholes in various parts of Tshwane in recent times that have inconvenienced businesses and people living and working around these areas.

     

    On 3 April 2018, the leadership of the City of Tshwane and the Gauteng Provincial Government visited the site of a sinkhole along the R55 in Laudium, and other areas in Tshwane.

     

    Three months on, we have undertaken to provide an update on the progress made thus far with regard to repairing the sinkholes in the city.

     

    As you would know, the key strategic pillars of the Roads and Transport Department are, among others, to keep our residents safe and protect the environment. 

     

    Given the large number of sinkholes in Tshwane – 31 to be precise - we had to act with precision given the nature of damage to services, infrastructure and properties.

     

    We are doing our utmost to minimise damage, disruptions and risk in the city and to its residents. City of Tshwane technical teams have been working tirelessly to resolve the challenges we face. Reports compiled by the teams explain in detail the status of every sinkhole in Tshwane and their current status of repair.

     

    Two of the five priority sinkholes were repaired in the 2017/18 financial year, with the remaining three earmarked for completion in the first quarter of 2018. Three additional sinkholes will be repaired during the current financial year.

     

    UPDATE ON JEAN AVENUE

     

    We are delighted to announce that significant progress has been made with regard to repair work on Jean Avenue. 

     

    The sinkhole is at the intersection of Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street. Geological investigations and repairs have been completed. The site was handed over to the contractor on 11 January 2018. Phase 1 is expected to be completed at the end of August this year, with the road being opened partially.

     

    UPDATE ON LAUDIUM ALONG 4TH AVENUE

     

    The Laudium sinkhole is 25 m in diameter and 5 m deep and affected adjacent buildings. The site has been secured, and geological investigations and repairs have been done. The repair of the sinkhole commenced in April 2018 after the rainy season and is 90% complete. Completion is planned for the end of August 2018.

     

    While a contractor has been appointed to finalise some of the highly specialised repairs, the City's internal construction teams will be utilised to conduct repairs at sinkhole sites that do not require specialised methods of repair. The City teams will also perform safeguarding and drilling investigations at sinkhole sites that require these. 

     

    The sinkholes in Van Riebeeck Avenue in Lyttelton Manor and Willow Drive in Irene have been repaired by the City's construction teams.  

     

    At least R27,5 million was allocated for the repair of five of the sinkholes for the 2017/18 financial year. R25 million will be made available in the 2018/19 financial year for the rehabilitation of other sinkholes.

     

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

     

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

     

    In conclusion, it is important to note that sinkholes can occur naturally over time, but are aggravated in built-up areas due to leakage and ingress of storm water, water or waste water into the subsurface, and also through the lowering of the groundwater table through dewatering.

     

    We urge residents to report to the City any sign of sinkholes developing in their areas to ensure that we respond timeously.

     

    Media enquiries:

     

    Sheila Lynn Senkubuge

    MMC Roads and Transport

    073 433 8562

     

    Lebogang Masooa

    Acting Spokesperson of the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    083 610 9066

  • Power failure affecting some parts of Wingate Park, Waltloo and Soshanguve

    Power failure affecting some parts of Wingate Park, Waltloo and Soshanguve

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018

    The City's team of technicians is still hard at work to restore power to some consumers of Wingate Park, east of Pretoria. This follows an outage that was caused by tripping due to an overload at the Wingate Substation.

     

    We have so far restored power to most customers through a backfeeding, and our technicians are still investigating why other consumers are still not receiving power supply.

     

    Another outage is being experienced in Silverton and Waltloo, due to a faulty cable. Work is underway to effect repairs.

     

    Meanwhile, a 16-metre cable was vandalised during an incident of attempted theft, and another cable was stolen between Soshanguve and Block CC substations today. Preparations are currently underway to effect the necessary repairs so that the power supply to Soshanguve Block AA, G and F can be restored. Residents will be kept informed about the restoration period.

     

    The City apologises for the inconvenience caused by the abovementioned power outages.

     

     All electrical points should be treated as live at all times.

    Affected customers are urged to 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 or 080 1111 556, choosing the electricity option.

  • City rejects communique on water interruption in the east of Pretoria

    City rejects communique on water interruption in the east of Pretoria

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018

    It has come to the attention of the City of Tshwane that the Municipality is said to be planning a water supply interruption for two days. The circulated communique, which started doing the rounds yesterday, 16 July 2018, is causing unnecessary panic to most residents living in the east of Pretoria, and is devoid of truth.  

     

    The City would like to inform its consumers that this is an old statement that was disseminated about two years ago, around August 2016. A bulk water pipeline was installed and there has since been no major water supply interruptions. The viral message is circulated mostly with this link: http://waternews.co.za/pretoria-face-2-days-without-water-iol/ and is not current news.

     

    We urge consumers to contact their ward councillors or the municipal offices in their regions if they are uncertain about service interruptions or need service information.

     

    The City will endeavour at all times to communicate both planned and unplanned interruptions to its customers.

  • Update: Wapadrand substation outage

    Update: Wapadrand substation outage

    Wed, Jul 18, 2018

    ​The City's indefatigable teams of technicians and electricians have completed repairing the ring cable faults in Equestria and are finalising the connection of cable networks that supply power to Equestria and Silver Lakes.

     

    The area will be energised upon completion of the cabling on the panels. The main feeder cable from Wapadrand to Koedoeberg substations has also been repaired. We will continue with work on cable faults that affect the following areas:

    • Two cable faults in Faerie Glen
    • Replacement of feeder cable to Shere rural lines

     

    We will strive to restore power to all the outstanding consumers during the course of the day. Once the teams are done with cabling and fixing the cable faults, we will update  consumers on the exact time of power restoration.

     

    We once more wish to express our sincere apology to the inconvenienced consumers.

  • Update: Wapadrand substation is now operational

    Update: Wapadrand substation is now operational

    Mon, Jul 16, 2018

    ​Barely a week after the Wapadrand substation was gutted by a fire, the City of Tshwane is delighted to announce that the substation is now almost fully operational and has managed to restore power to about 60% of consumers already.

     

    Last Tuesday the substation exploded, resulting in a massive power outage in some parts of the eastern suburbs. An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the explosion.

     

    We anticipated to commence restoration on Sunday evening, but our plans were scuppered by a cable theft incident that affected the Onbekend line. We began to gradually restore power to the affected areas from the early hours of Monday morning. To date, power has been partially restored to the following areas:

     

    • Faerie Glen east
    • Olympus
    • Lombardi
    • Tygervalley

       

    Customers in the above-mentioned areas are requested to follow the normal reporting process when they experience power failure.

     

    Some areas of Faerie Glen south are off due to a fault on the network that we are busy sorting out, which includes Faerie Glen Hospital and surrounding areas.

     

    We are finalising the last stage of rebuilding the substation, which involves Wapadrand local supply, Silver Lakes, Equestria and surrounding areas. Hopefully, we will be able to complete this task later tonight.

     

    The enormous and arduous task of rebuilding a substation takes about six months to complete, but the City outdid itself and rebuilt a substation within one week, a feat no other municipality in the country has ever achieved.

     

    Please ensure that electricity safety is practised at all times. We thank the community for their patience and understanding during this difficult period and apologise profusely for the inconvenience and frustration caused.

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