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  • Msimanga administration takes another step to stabilise the City by appointing Group Heads

    Msimanga administration takes another step to stabilise the City by appointing Group Heads

    Thu, Aug 3, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane has appointed competent candidates as group heads within the City's various departments.

     

    The appointment of these group heads paves the way to delivering better services and providing aid in creating a Tshwane of opportunity over the next five years.

     

    Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, said the appointments within strategic management positions are critical in stabilising the City. "I am confident that we have assembled the best possible team to turn this ship around. These appointments follow the recent seven strategic appointments we announced in June and forms part of our collective effort to stabilise this very important institution".

     

    The City of Tshwane is pleased to welcome the following executives to their new positions, most of whom will be reporting for duty on 1 August 2017.

     

    • Mr SR Notoane                    Utility Services
    • Mr SS Mekhoe                      Community and Social Development Services
    • Mr GM Shingange               Group Human Capital Management
    • Ms Z Ntsikeni                        Customer Relations Management

    [assumes position on 1 October 2017]

    • Ms N Memela                        Housing and Human Settlement
    • Ms V Morgan                         Group Property

    [assumes position on 1 October 2017]

     

    The group head positions for Health, Environment and Agriculture Management, and Roads and Transport are yet to accept their offers.

     

    Group heads for Shared Services, and Group Legal and Secretariat Services will be advertised soon. The City encourages eligible candidates, who are ready to turn the City around and to serve the needs of the people, to apply.

     

    The recruitment process for the positions of group head for Economic Development and Spatial Planning, and Regional Operations and Coordination are still under way and will be completed in due course.

     

    This administration will continue to honour the commitments made to all the people of Tshwane; to be a government that they can be proud of.

  • Msimanga administration on track with road infrastructure

    Msimanga administration on track with road infrastructure

    Thu, Aug 3, 2017

    The City of Tshwane's Roads and Transport Department has exceeded its annual project delivery targets for the 2016/17 financial year.

     

    Pursuing its mission to provide an environmentally sustainable road infrastructure and integrated transport systems and services, the department has demonstrated that it is on track to provide reliable, accessible and safe transport services which promotes socio-economic development in Tshwane.

     

    Under the leadership of Member of the Mayoral Committee, Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, the department has achieved the following overall performance in the implementation of the Integrated Development Plan in the Soshanguve area:

     

    • Block GG East area – 1,445 km tarred road, 3,22 km sidewalks, 34 speed humps and 63 road signs installed
    • Block GG North West – 1,042 km road, 0,16 km storm water, 2,401 km sidewalks, 16 speed humps and 14 road signs installed
    • Block BB Central – 3,229 km tarred road, 1,465 storm water, 1,482 km sidewalks, 24 speed humps and 44 road signs installed
    • Block BB North West – 1,68 km road, 2,694 km sidewalks, 25 speed humps and 12 road signs installed
    • Block BB North East – 1,578 km completed sidewalk
    • Block IA East – 1,750 km tarred road, 13 speed humps and 63 road signs installed

     

    For this financial year, the City has allocated a budget to the tune of R1,1 billion for integrated transport infrastructure, split as follows: R34 million for the Wonderboom National Airport, R669,2 million for A Re Yeng, and R375,8 million for roads. This will allow for better connectivity across the city.

     

    The DA-led municipalities' comprehensive service delivery offer in the provision of sustainable road infrastructure is to conduct audits on the state of municipal roads for infrastructure maintenance, and fixing potholes and maintaining all municipal roads. This includes setting up a reporting system to allow the public to report potholes and other faults on roads so that they can be repaired timeously and before road surfaces deteriorate.

     

    Potholes, traffic signs, storm water and roads-related enquiries must be reported to potholes@tshwane.gov.za. Residents are reminded to indicate the street name and number, the nearest intersection, the name of the suburb, and name and email address or contact number.

     

  • Forensic report uncovers millions siphoned by former administration through former Speaker’s office

    Forensic report uncovers millions siphoned by former administration through former Speaker’s office

    Fri, Jul 28, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane administration has uncovered that over R10 million worth of invoices submitted to the former Office of the Speaker for work done during 2014, 2015 and 2016 could not be corroborated, nor was there justification for the payments.

     

    This follows a detailed investigation by an independent forensic service provider which was appointed to conduct forensic investigations into various invoices submitted by suppliers claiming to have rendered services or supplied goods to the previous Office of the Speaker but were not paid.

     

    The report, which served at the City's monthly Council sitting, detailed how the suppliers collectively claimed that a total of R28 172 203 was due to them. However, the investigation revealed serious transgressions of supply chain management processes as well as cases of possible fraud within the Office of the Speaker. There were also solid indications that some suppliers had submitted invoices for work not done.

     

    In order to satisfy itself, the current administration requested the verification of invoices and the determination of whether work was done prior to the invoices being paid.

     

    Based on the review of documentation provided to the investigators as well as consultations conducted with the service providers, it was established that of the R28 172 203, only R11 372 255 could be verified and that the latter amount will be paid to eligible service providers.

     

    Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, noted the findings of the report as proof of the extensive corruption that happened during the previous administration. "Tshwane residents have been robbed of monies running into millions of rand which could have been used for the socio-economic development of the City and to create much needed employment opportunities". Officials have a duty to use the resources of the municipality in the best interest of the local community but they chose not to. It is as disappointing as it is unsurprising".

     

    Some of the damning findings include the following:

     

    • Certain entities did not exist but had submitted quotations. The quotations were in fact intended to be cover quotes.
    • Some invoices were proved to be for services rendered in respect of ANC rallies, including R114 000,00 for the erection of tombstones for individuals who were involved in the Struggle within various political organisations, yet this could not be verified.
    • Striking similarities in various quotations and invoices which suggests that entities were either colluding or belonged to the same owners when submitting quotations.
    • Background searches on the entities that submitted invoices determined that most of the members of the entities owned more than one entity. In this regard, members owned various entities that submitted invoices to the Office of the Speaker.
    • Some of the suppliers had been paid for services rendered in other departments within the City of Tshwane.
    • The Office of the Speaker had limited supporting documentation and reliance was placed on documentation provided by suppliers in supporting the fact that services were rendered.
    • Officials who were involved in the procurement process did not have records, such as requests for quotations and receipts of delivery notes, in most instances.
    • Some of the invoices submitted did not appear to be related to core work within the Office of the Speaker.
    • The report identified that various items claimed for by service providers were inflated.

     

    Some of the recommendations approved by Council are the following:

     

    • The City will now initiate steps to ensure that companies/persons found to have defrauded the City are barred from future business relations with the City of Tshwane.
    • The National Treasury will blacklist companies/persons on the e-Procurement database that have defrauded the City.
    • The Speaker of Council and/or the City Manager will institute legal action with regard to the wrongdoings based on the findings of the forensic audit.

     

    By the introduction of an open-bid adjudication process, the City of Tshwane will ensure that business done with the City is fair and free from corruption as part of our commitment to being an open and transparent government.

     

  • City of Tshwane working hard to stabilise operations at its licensing centres

    City of Tshwane working hard to stabilise operations at its licensing centres

    Mon, Jul 17, 2017

    Following the unfortunate spate of break-ins and theft at the Waltloo, Akasia and Centurion Licensing Centres and the consequent frustration or motorists, the City of Tshwane wishes to inform the affected persons of alternative provisions made in this regard.

    "In terms of the law, a driving licence card holder may renew their licence at any licensing centre in the country, and any other convenient testing centre may be approached in this regard. This implies that motorists need not get fines for expired licence disks, as they can renew these at any nearest post office," said Alderman Derrick Kissoonduth, MMC for Community Safety 

     

    A limited driver's licence card renewal service has been introduced at the Centurion Licensing Centre from Thursday, 13 July 2017.

     

    Applicants in possession of an optometrist's eye test certificate will be assisted. However, due to the break-in, this service is unfortunately limited to about 100 clients per day.

     

    Applicants who visit the Akasia and Bronkhorstspruit Licensing Centres are encouraged to bring along an optometrist's certificate. This shortens the renewal procedure.

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, condemned the robberies during a press briefing last week, stating that he is "angered by these robberies and will do all that is within our power to ensure that those responsible for these robberies are brought to book. This is why I will be conducting oversight visits at the affected licensing centres to see for myself the state of affairs and to determine what further long-term steps will be taken by this administration to ensure that these robberies are prevented so that our people may get the necessary services they deserve."

    Incident 1 at Waltloo Licensing Centre 

    The Waltloo Licensing Centre was robbed on 1 June 2017. The following equipment was stolen: 

    • Seven live-capturing computers used for eye testing and thumb imprints;
    • eNaTIS computers;
    • One revenue information management system; and
    • Three of the City's computers.      

    Incident 2 at Waltloo Licensing Centre

    The same licensing centre was robbed again on 20 June 2017. Security personnel and officials of the City were assaulted and injured by unknown assailants. The robbers escorted a security guard to the safe and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

    Appreciating that these incidents have inconvenienced our residents and showed disregard for our commitment to service delivery, the following services will be rendered at Waltloo Licensing Centre despite the break-ins:

    • Collection of driver's licences;
    • Application for learner's and driver's licences; and
    • Testing for learner's and driver's licences.

    Unfortunately the centre will not be in a position to renew professional driver's licences and ordinary driver's licences until the equipment has been replaced.

    Centurion Licensing Centre

    The Executive Mayor also had a brief report from the acting Chief of Police, Ms Jenny Malan, on the recent break-in at the Centurion Licensing Centre during the night of 4 July 2017. A preliminary investigation has revealed that PCs, camera equipment and eNaTIS screens were stolen.

    The theft prompted an immediate shutdown of the Centurion Licensing Centre to allow the South African Police Service to conduct an investigation without hindrances.

    This crime resulted in the following:  

    • From 6 July 2017, only learner's licence testing, driver's licence testing and driver's licence card collection can be sustained.
    • No driver's licence card renewals are possible at this stage.
    • Negotiations are in progress to normalise the services as soon as is possible. All stolen computer infrastructure, including their procurement, installation and maintenance, falls under the jurisdiction of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport in conjunction with the Driving Licence Card Account Entity (National Department of Transport). The nearest date for resumption of all services will be communicated.

    Akasia Licensing Centre

    Located in the north of the capital, the Akasia Licensing Centre experienced a break-in on 6 June 2017. Fortunately nothing was taken, and the quick response of the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department and SAPS yielded the arrest of two people. The robbers attempted to access the safe but were unsuccessful.

    We are thankful to our men and women who acted quickly and swiftly and we will institute measures to ensure that similar results are forthcoming at the other licensing centres.  

    The public is reminded that for driver's licence testing or related services they may visit any other operational centre. This means that Tshwane residents are not restricted to Tshwane centres.

    The City together with the TMPD prioritised speedy security and safety measures to prevent a re-occurrence of such incidents. Outside and inside security technology will be upgraded to the highest standard. This intervention will be rolled out to all other licensing centres in Tshwane.

    We are cautiously optimistic that the police will arrest the perpetrators who are hell-bent on disrupting service delivery in Tshwane. The City itself will also not be deterred in its endeavour to make Tshwane a safe and responsive city. Hence we can assure the residents of Tshwane that further service delivery innovation is under consideration and will be announced in due course.

    At this stage, unfortunately, a time frame cannot be determined due to the multitude of processes that have to be finalised, including but not limited to our engagement with the relevant provincial structures. Suffice it to say that the City is working on all fronts to expedite the processes and prevent the inconvenience caused by such robberies.

  • Power outage affecting parts of Centurion

    Power outage affecting parts of Centurion

    Fri, Jul 14, 2017

    ​Parts of Centurion are experiencing a power outage following a break-in at the Highveld substation. Upon inspecting the premises of the substation, it was discovered that six cables were interfered with and removed. Three of the six cables are feeder power lines from Kentron substation.  

    The City's electricians are on-site to replace some of the stolen batteries and cables.

    Affected areas 

    • Highveld
    • Centurion Golf Estate
    • Some zones along Olievenhoutbosch Road, Oak Avenue as well as John Vorster Avenue
       

      The power supply should be restored before 06:00 tomorrow morning.
       

      The City apologises for the inconvenience.
       

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

      Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

      Switch off all non-essential appliances to assist with the load on the electrical network.

  • Executive Mayor Msimanga commits to working with Atteridgeville Clinic to improve good work already being done

    Executive Mayor Msimanga commits to working with Atteridgeville Clinic to improve good work already being done

    Thu, Jul 13, 2017

    Note to editor: please see attached pictures taken of Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, while conducting oversight at Atteridgeville Clinic this morning.

     

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councillor Solly Msimanga, accompanied by the MMC for Health, Sakkie du Plooy, today conducted oversight at Atteridgeville Clinic to see for himself the quality of healthcare that the people of Atteridgeville and surrounding communities receive at this particular facility.

     

    Councillor Msimanga said: "I am pleased at the level of service provided by this Tshwane-based facility despite the odds they face. I mean, the personnel at this facility are working tirelessly to ensure that people are getting access to basic and decent healthcare despite the challenges they face with respect to the volume of patients they see and the resources they have at their disposal." This sentiment was also shared by the community members waiting patiently to be seen by medical professionals.

     

    Atterideville Clinic deals with a host of emergent cases in addition to seeing patients with chronic ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, TB and HIV/AIDS. The facility also services the prenatal, postnatal and paediatric needs of members of this community.

     

    Councillor Msimanga further stated: "I therefore thank the personnel at this facility and its management for the remarkable work they are doing despite the odds they face which we have duly noted and have committed to working to address so that they may take their work to the next level and see more patients. This will in turn ensure that the people of Tshwane have better access to decent, basic healthcare in our efforts to build a more caring Tshwane for those who live in it."

     

    The City recognises that access to healthcare for poorer members of our community is a challenge the world over, and we have taken steps to ensure that this is addressed as supported by our IDP, budget and long-term vision for the city.

     

    By 2030, universal access to health services will be achieved through the following:

     

    • Developing healthcare capacity, based on the services provided by the City. This will include better integration between public and private health systems and the allocation of adequate resources to deal with communicable and non-communicable diseases.
    • Partnering with communities to develop community-based healthcare services. This intervention allows for flexible delivery of health services while improving the distribution of health information.
    • Entering into strategic partnerships with knowledge and innovation institutions in order to develop efficient and effective health solutions.
    • Instituting excellence in the provision of health services and monitoring our health outcomes.
    • Actively engaging our citizens to reduce the prevalence of HIV and expanding services to address management and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
    • Improving public health systems through smart health systems, integrated health information management and improving the allocation of health resources to improve healthcare efficiency.
    • Engaging in community-based healthcare services and partnering with the non-profit sector in order to increase access to health information and services.
    • Promoting innovation and an integrated approach to health in order to address physical and psychological health needs.

     

    To help achieve these goals, the City has completed the upgrading and construction of the Zithobeni and Block JJ clinics. The infrastructure of these two clinics belong to the City. However, we are making them available for the Gauteng Department of Health to manage and operate through an existing service-level agreement, and these clinics will be fully functional in due course.

     

    We are committed to ensuring that there is a progressive realisation of access to healthcare, and we are doing our part, one step at a time, to ensure that this human right is enjoyed by as many residents as possible.

  • Msimanga administration committed to sustainable BRT (A Re Yeng) bus service despite bungling by former administration

    Msimanga administration committed to sustainable BRT (A Re Yeng) bus service despite bungling by former administration

    Thu, Jul 13, 2017

    ​The DA-led multi-party administration of the City of Tshwane notes the statements made by the Transport Minister and the MEC for Transport with some measure of concern.

     

    The A Re Yeng bus rapid transit (BRT) service is one of many things that we inherited from the previous administration and, despite being a necessary project for cultivating an inclusive and well-connected Tshwane, it is marred with controversy due to the poor management of the service, into which billions of rands have already been ploughed for little return to residents and taxpayers who need such a service on a daily basis.

     

    In view of this, we undertook a detailed feasibility study and developed a detailed operational plan with costs that were approved by the National Department of Transport. The City of Tshwane's IRPTN/BRT operational plan identified a number of phases for planning, design and implementation. The implementation includes dedicated lanes, stations, Intelligent Transport System which are the main cost drivers of the system.

    At present, this BRT service is unaffordable for the City of Tshwane and residents alike, but the City has a plan to make this service available to more and more people across Tshwane, especially poorer people who do not necessarily have access to transport in areas such as the inner city.

     

    In deference to our commitment to being and open and honest city, it is important to acknowledge some of the other challenges that we inherited from the previous administration.

     

    In so doing, it is critical to assert that we inherited a BRT system that was not adequately planned for since it was intended to serve the inner city where people already have more options for public transport. Upon assuming office, this administrations' steadfast commitment was to put into practice our commitment to cultivate an integrated and inclusive transport city that takes into account all residents of our society who need access to a reliable and affordable transport system.

     

    The Msimanga administration would like to put on record that it is doing everything in its power to rectify the poor planning of the former administration in an effort to put the A Re Yeng service on firm and sustainable footing and to ensure that it reaches those remote areas and townships where rapid transport is most needed, such as Kopanong, Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, and others.

     

    However, this can only be done through proper planning and implementation, with feasibility studies and an operational plan that take into account all the transport needs of the third-largest municipality in the world in terms of geographical area.

     

    Furthermore, in order to make this service an alternative one for our communities that never had the pleasure of reliable public transport before, the Msimanga administration will introduce a BRT lite service, as well as buses that will run through mixed traffic.

     

    Additionally, the City of Tshwane will soon compensate taxi operators in full to ensure that routes currently used by taxis are cleared for A Re Yeng buses in order to reach full capacity and optimal usage. This will legitimise the resources that have already been spent on the service and is in deference to our agreement with taxi operators, who form an integral part of the proliferation of the BRT service.

     

    Financial sustainability of the BRT will be achieved over the medium to long term once the other phases are implemented. It is one strand of an integrated transport system envisaged by this administration that we will largely achieve. Patience is required, but in time we will ensure an integrated and well-connected Tshwane of opportunity.

  • Informal Trader Bursary Fund: Mayor Msimanga commits to matching every rand raised by informal traders up to R1 million

    Informal Trader Bursary Fund: Mayor Msimanga commits to matching every rand raised by informal traders up to R1 million

    Thu, Jul 13, 2017

    ​On Thursday, 6 July 2017, informal traders protested outside the City of Tshwane's Economic Development Department, asking about progress on the Informal Traders Bursary Fund. The fact of the matter is that this fund was not properly managed by the previous administration, like many other projects and programmes we inherited. This forced the City to look at ways to restructure the funding programme to ensure that it is sustainable and that it creates a Tshwane of opportunity.

     

    As such, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, committed himself to matching every rand raised by the informal traders (up to R1 million) from the Office of the Executive Mayor's discretionary fund. He encouraged informal traders to continue knocking on relevant doors to raise funds for their children's future. 

     

    "This great initiative was unfortunately abused by the previous administration to score political points at the expense of poor citizens. As a commitment, I hereby pledge, from the Executive Mayor's discretionary fund, to match every R1 million raised by informal traders. This is to demonstrate my support to the informal traders and to say: Let's join hands and work together to break this cycle of poverty by empowering the youth," said Msimanga.

     

    The bursary fund was initiated by the previous administration to address informal traders' concerns of lack of educational funding for their children, which has led to unending generational poverty.

     

    The fund management structure was not thoroughly thought through by the former administration when it created the fund. An adjudication committee was established after the fund was launched to manage the selection criteria. This committee was rejected by the informal traders committee, as they expected all qualifying applicants to be funded. Therefore there was no agreed criteria as to who would be funded and who not. This is an aspect of the fund that we intend to standardise.

     

    At the beginning of the 2016 academic year, funds were insufficient to cover the registration of all students. As a result, the then Executive Mayor utilised the Mayoral Fund to the amount of R3,2 million to fund the tuition fees of all the bursary fund applicants. This demonstrates that the bursary fund had totally failed to live up to its expectations, and the expectations created had to be funded through City funds, which was never part of the plan.

     

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, the MMC for Economic Development and Spatial Planning, the MMC for Safety and Security and top City officials resolved the issue as follows:

     

    • After reconciliation, it was determined that the amount raised for the bursary fund since its launch totalled R740 000,00, which is currently sitting in an ABSA account under the control of the Financial Services Department of the City. This amount rose after more pledges were honoured.
    • The fund must, as a matter of principle, be integrated with a broader City of Tshwane bursary scheme, run by the Human Capital Management Department. This will enable this responsibility to be handled by people with the applicable knowledge and expertise.
    • The fund framework must be reworked in consultation with the informal traders so as to set up a management framework to deal with the current issues.
    • There will be negotiations with all the stakeholders to agree on a workable framework for the bursary fund.
    • The Human Capital Management Department will assist to resolve the situation of current students who have requested funding through this bursary fund.

     

    This DA-led multiparty administration has, through its IDP and budget, committed to cultivating a Tshwane of opportunity and this bursary fund is no different. 

  • City to suspend employee for suspected cable theft

    City to suspend employee for suspected cable theft

    Thu, Jul 13, 2017

    Last Friday, 7 July 2017, one of the electricians who is placed within the Water and Sanitation Division, allegedly took cables which are the property of the City of Tshwane without authorisation to do so.

     

    The said electrician was initially advised by management not to tamper with or move the cables in question, but it turns out that he was determined on pursuing misconduct, presumably for ill gains.   

     

    An angered Member of the Mayoral Committee for Utility Services, Cllr Darryl Moss, said, "Such misconduct will not be tolerated under the current administration's watch. I will await a comprehensive disciplinary report on the matter. If the artisan, who will be investigated internally for suspected theft, is found guilty, I expect further criminal charges to be pressed against the employee."

     

    "It pains me when I hear about the shortage of wire stock from our stores to enable installation of cables meant to transmit electricity to households during unplanned outages. Today, I now know the used-up stock is sometimes acquired dishonestly and illegally by some employees. This theft will come to an end," added Moss.

     

    The alleged cable spool was recovered on the day and due processes of discipline will be followed to suspend the employee.

  • Responsive Msimanga administration has a plan for Brazzaville informal settlement

    Responsive Msimanga administration has a plan for Brazzaville informal settlement

    Thu, Jul 13, 2017

    The City of Tshwane MMC for Housing and Human Settlements, Cllr Mandla Nkomo, today addressed residents of Brazzaville informal settlement amid protest action over the relocation to Atteridgeville X 19.

     

    It must be reiterated that the DA-led multi-party administration will not tolerate such acts of destruction to property during protest action. This administration fully supports the rights of South Africans to protest but this right must be exercised within the bounds of the law.

     

    The Brazzaville leadership committee together with the City of Tshwane leadership resolved as follows:

     

    • The first phase of relocation will not be disrupted. A total of 471 serviced stands are ready for allocation. The total size of the project is 900 serviced stands.
    • In the second phase, and going forward, priority will be given to beneficiaries according to the Housing Needs Register.
    • The committee will provide leadership where the community threatens to violently protest and will work with the City to arrest criminals who illegally sell stands.

     

    Cllr Nkomo expressed his disappointment with the leadership of the community, because he received the memorandum of their concerns on Monday, 10 June 2017, and rescheduled his long-committed appointments to meet with them and find solutions for the people of Atteridgeville. To his surprise, the residents resorted to violent protest just a few hours before today's meeting.

     

    Nkomo emphasised that priority allocations will be given to the Housing Needs Register going forward. "The project of shack-eradication unintentionally compromised the Housing Needs Register as this meant some informal settlements would receive either serviced stands or low-cost houses before those who have been on the needs register," said Nkomo.

     

    He urges the representatives to engage the City in good faith for the benefit of the community.

     

    The City's Housing and Human Settlement Department will educate the community about housing application processes to ensure that this sort of unnecessary violence and damage to property is mitigated in future.

     

    Brazzaville is dolomitic and cannot be developed. This is why relocation to Atteridgeville X 19 is necessary.

     

    In the City's budget and IDP a commitment was made to formalise seven informal settlements, including Atteridgeville X 19, under Project Tirane. As part of the roll-out of Project Tirane, the City will upgrade the areas to fully serviced stands, with some areas provided with bulk infrastructure.

     

    A total of R40 million has been set aside as Opex to finalise planning and detailed designs for the following informal settlements:

     

    • Mabopane X 12
    • Mahube Valley X 15
    • Jeffsville and Malusi (Booysens X 4)
    • Hammanskraal West
    • Mabopane X 11
    • Atteridgeville X 46 (Lotus Gardens) for the people of Itireleng

     

    Furthermore, to restore dignity the City will invest R480 million over the medium term on rudimentary basic services to begin addressing the often undignified sanitary conditions which so many of our people have to endure.

     

    Access to decent and inclusive housing closer to basic services is a priority of this administration. We will, through our actions and guided by the IDP and budget, make strides towards building a City that responds to the needs of its residents and realise an inclusive and safe Tshwane of opportunity.

  • Mayor Msimanga calls on all qualified candidates to apply to be Tshwane’s Police Chief

    Mayor Msimanga calls on all qualified candidates to apply to be Tshwane’s Police Chief

    Tue, Jul 11, 2017

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, is pleased that the last Council meeting resolved to advertise for the permanent appointment of the Chief of the Tshwane Metropolitan Police.

     

    This follows the announcement by the Executive Mayor in April this year that the City reached a separation agreement with the then Police Chief. This agreement was reached in consultation with the City Manager.

     

    At the time, this was done to avoid protracting the process and all parties agreed that it was in the best interests of the City and the leadership. Council has now given the DA-led multiparty administration permission to embark on finding a permanent candidate to fill this vacancy so that we may continue the work to foster a safer Tshwane and provide the much-needed stability that the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) requires.

     

    Therefore, the Executive Mayor calls on all eligible candidates to apply for this critical position, after which the City’s leadership will engage in a rigorous and comprehensive process to nominate to Council the most suitable candidate for appointment so as to enforce the City’s by-laws and continue efforts to stabilise the City of Tshwane and keep the city’s residents safe.

     

    Cllr Msimanga committed this administration to nominating “a career police officer whose qualifications demonstrate that they are a fit and proper person to reenergise a TMPD that is committed to creating a safer Tshwane.”

     

    Pursuant to the Municipal Systems Act, Council approved the appointment of the Deputy Chief, Ms Jenny Malan, as the acting Chief of Police on a month-to-month basis until such time as a permanent appointment is made by Council in accordance with Section 56 of the same act.

     

    This was done to avoid the vacuum that might have occurred in the TMPD, which would have affected the administration and the department negatively. It was of the utmost importance that an acting Chief of Police be appointed to ensure that the people of Tshwane and the City’s property were properly protected and that law and order were maintained in Tshwane.

     

    It is common cause that when there is a change in leadership, there will be changes to stabilise the administration. Hence we would like to assure our residents that keeping them and their property safe is still at the apex of our agenda and that the departure of the Police Chief and the recruitment of a new one are in the best interests of stabilising the City of Tshwane so we may provide better services to all our people and ensure a safe and law-abiding Tshwane of opportunity for all who live in it.

  • Electricity maintenance to affect the entire Mamelodi area

    Electricity maintenance to affect the entire Mamelodi area

    Mon, Jul 10, 2017

    ​On Tuesday, 11 July 2017 the City of Tshwane's Energy and Electricity Department will shut down the Mamelodi 3 132/11kV substation to carry out scheduled maintenance and upgrading of the substation. On this day, the electricity supply to the entire Mamelodi area will be interrupted from 07:00 to 17:00.

     

    The scheduled maintenance work entails the installation of new electricity components inside the substation. The advantages of the planned maintenance are as follows:

     

    • Less unplanned maintenance
    • Limited breakdowns
    • Improved performance of power supply in the area
    • Reduced constant major repairs that result in power outages

       

      Residents are urged to treat all electrical points as live at all times.

     

    The City wishes to apologise for the inconvenience that might be caused by this shutdown. It is an obligation of the City to upgrade electricity infrastructure network across Tshwane to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.

  • BURGLARY AT CENTURION LEADS TO DISRUPTION OF LICENSING SERVICES

    BURGLARY AT CENTURION LEADS TO DISRUPTION OF LICENSING SERVICES

    Thu, Jul 6, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane would like to inform members of the community about the disruption of licensing services at the Centurion Licensing Centre following a recent overnight burglary.

     

    The theft has now prompted an immediate shutdown of the Centurion Licensing Centre to allow the South African Police Service to conduct an investigation without hindrances.

     

    The centre will remain closed today with some services planned to resume tomorrow, 6 July 2017.

     

    The preliminary investigation has revealed that PCs, eNaTIS screens and camera equipment have been stolen, amongst others.

     

    The Centurion Licensing Centre is anticipated to offer the following limited services tomorrow:

     

    •           Learner licence testing

    •           Practical driver testing

    •           Collection of new licence cards

     

    Please note: No licence renewal service will be offered until further notice.

     

    The City's customers interested in licensing services are advised to visit Akasia and/or Bronkhorstspruit Licensing Centres which are fully operational.

     

    Tomorrow, 6 July 2017 at 08:00 the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will brief members of the media at Tshwane House on measures to be undertaken to address robberies and other issues affecting the City.

  • Tshwane Council approves steps to secure free Wi-Fi

    Tshwane Council approves steps to secure free Wi-Fi

    Fri, Jun 30, 2017

    The City of Tshwane has taken the next step in our mission to put our free Wi-Fi offering, TshWi-Fi, on a lawful and sustainable footing.

     

    Yesterday, Council approved an amendment to the contract between the City and Project Isizwe to maintain the quality and reach of the current free Wi-Fi model across the city.

     

    As a result, the City has now successfully responded to address the Auditor-General's findings against the way free Wi-Fi was initially procured, and can fulfil Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga's vision to save the project and expand its quality and reach.

     

    Free Wi-Fi is about individual opportunity and potential. It gives ordinary people a small hand-up to get ahead in life. As such, the City of Tshwane's free Wi-Fi has helped many young people connect to the world of work and business. This has been a game-changer for communities where private internet access is a distant hope.

     

    The amended agreement will run until December this year – giving the City the opportunity to put the operation and maintenance of TshWi-Fi out to tender, or to find other means of maintaining the service without relying on a sole supplier.

     

    In the meantime, the City and Project Isizwe will continue to test the commercial potential of free Wi-Fi as an advertising space, and all revenue raised in this manner will accrue to the City.

     

    To this end, the City will now start proper supply chain processes to find a service provider to operate and expand the TshWi-Fi network.

     

    However, while the City has budgeted R88,5 million for the project in the 2017/18 financial year, it is simply not possible to sustain a full subsidy for free Wi-Fi while expanding the existing network.

     

    Our aim is therefore to seek commercial investments and partnerships to perfect the free Wi-Fi model, and completely revolutionise the way Tshwane's residents live, work and play.

     

    This is the first step of many where Tshwane's residents will experience how the responsive DA-led government builds a thriving and well-managed opportunity city.

     

  • Tshwane reforms EPWP policy: No more insiders and outsiders

    Tshwane reforms EPWP policy: No more insiders and outsiders

    Fri, Jun 30, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane is in the process of reforming its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) recruitment policy and bringing to an end years of nepotism, cronyism and patronage.

     

    Ever since its inception the EPWP has been mired in controversy, and a system which was supposed to grant the poorest of the poor access to job opportunities and transfer skills was abused by the ANC to extend its networks of patronage.

     

    In its current form, the City of Tshwane's EPWP recruitment policy has hopelessly too many loopholes, and was openly abused by ANC councillors and their cronies to give jobs to family, friends and party members.

     

    To this end, the DA-led multiparty government policy reform aims to put an end to these practices, by closing the loopholes and ensuring that qualifying beneficiaries will have fair and equal access to job opportunities.

     

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, reiterated his commitment to ensure that "this new administration will do all in its power to ensure that EPWP work is done fairly and this includes but is not limited to the 23 000 EPWP jobs we aim to create in the coming financial year as announced in April's State of the Capital Address."

     

    Once adopted, this policy will ensure that there are no more insiders and outsiders, that councillors will no longer play a part in identifying and recruiting beneficiaries, and that the system will be open to all of those in need.

     

    Furthermore, the City believes that there is more to the EPWP than just short-term relief.

     

    Programmes must impart, or at least attempt to impart, meaningful skills which enable beneficiaries to exit the programme and enter the world of work with better prospects.

     

    The EPWP must also benefit the City, by being productive and serving the objectives listed in the Integrated Development Plan, and therefore the individual programmes have to be managed well.

     

    To this end, the policy reform will distinguish between three training streams:

     

    • Skills transfer programmes that involve beneficiaries in operational functions such as greening, cleansing, policing and other activities designed to impart meaningful work skills and experience for a period of up to 12 months;
    • Capital projects that have a specific time limit, with the option that if the project runs into overtime that the beneficiary contracts may be extended with the proper consent; and
    • A combination of the above depending on the skills set of the EPWP applicants and other considerations.

       

      The reformed policy will also aim to distinguish the EPWP from the City's internship policy, and ensure that there is no conflict in the way the City applies grant funding and how it applies SETA funding.

       

      It will provide for a minimum set or sets of qualifying criteria and how such qualifications are to be confirmed. It will also provide for a database of qualified beneficiaries from which appointments are to be made, either by means of a lottery or a waiting list system.

       

      The policy must also deal with how the beneficiary database is to be established.

       

      The City believes that the above reforms will win back the trust of communities, which was lost through the previous administration's handling of public works jobs.

  • City of Tshwane confident about the outcome of Mahube Valley Steering Committee meeting

    City of Tshwane confident about the outcome of Mahube Valley Steering Committee meeting

    Fri, Jun 30, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane, under the leadership of the MMC for Housing and Human Settlements, Mandla Nkomo, today held a steering committee meeting with representatives of the Mountain View informal settlement following violent clashes with formal homeowners in Mahube Valley Extension 1 last Wednesday.

    This was the first official meeting with the affected residents after confrontation erupted between the two communities following an electricity outage that was caused by illegal connections related to the unlawful occupation of land.

    Cllr Nkomo explained that the immediate objective of the meeting was to end the violence and find mutual agreement on the impasse between the two clashing communities.

    "As fellow human beings we cannot be happy that we are vandalising infrastructure and damaging each other's properties. What has happened is unfortunate and should never happen again. That there is a housing backlog does not justify the inhumane way we treat each other, resulting in unnecessary pain."

    "The issue of the City of Tshwane building a wall is misinterpreted. The City does not intend to separate people; our role is to reconcile and protect people. The wall was merely proffered as a possible solution for the tensions. It was effectively the Executive Mayor acknowledging that there needs to be a more lasting solution to the violence; the wall was an example to illustrate this," said Nkomo.

    While the informal settlement residents pressed for the electrification of their area, Nkomo was adamant that the City cannot defy the IDP process and MFMA guidelines in providing services.

    "We are not here to tell you lies that there will be electricity tomorrow; equally the City cannot justify the jumping of queues in providing services. The institution is regulated by the MFMA and proper planning and budget allocations must take centre stage. There are many other informal settlements established way back which are still waiting to be formalised to receive electricity and other rudimentary services under Project Tirane announced by the Executive Mayor in his State of the Capital Address," added Cllr Nkomo.

    In resolving the stalemate, the City announced the following resolutions:

    • The City of Tshwane team will conduct an assessment and viability study on providing temporary rudimentary services to the informal settlement;
    • The City will conduct a feasibility study of the future development of the informal settlement; and
    • The City will hold another meeting with the formal homeowners of Mahube Valley in the near future to consolidate inputs from both parties.

       

    Fast facts:

    • Approximately 24 000 people are on the waiting list for housing; the backlog dates back to 1998.
    • Tshwane has 183 informal settlements.
    • The oldest informal settlement was established in 1995.
    • Mamelodi has approximately 60 000 people living in informal settlements.
    • The City has since secured a court order preventing residents from tampering with the resources of the Municipality.

       

    The outcome of the Mahube Valley Steering Committee meeting has set the blueprint for the way forward and gives effect to an inclusive human settlements agenda where more people get access to rudimentary services without unlawful connections, which is something we hope to eradicate throughout Tshwane.

  • City of Tshwane stabilises institution through appointment of Section 56 senior managers

    City of Tshwane stabilises institution through appointment of Section 56 senior managers

    Thu, Jun 29, 2017

    ​The DA-led City of Tshwane Municipality, in its steadfast efforts to stabilise the administration and its finances and to deliver better services, today nominated several candidates to fill key positions in the City's administration. We are pleased that Council has confirmed these nominations pursuant to Section 56 of the Municipal Systems Act, 32 of 2000 during its monthly sitting today, Thursday, 29 June 2017.

     

    The confirmation of the six nominees in strategic management positions directly accountable to the City Manager paves the way to delivering better services and aiding to create a Tshwane of opportunity over the next five years.

     

    Before confirming the appointments, Council satisfied itself that the candidates met the relevant competency requirements for the posts. The candidates were screened in terms of Regulation 14 and did not appear on the record of staff members dismissed for misconduct as set out in Schedule 2 of the regulations.

     

    The Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga, is energised and confident that his administration is up to the task of seeing to fruition the effective implementation of the plans we have for turning the City around, which will be aided in large part by the appointment of the senior managers who we will work diligently with to deal decisively with a range of challenges.

     

    The following candidates will occupy their new positions effective from 1 August 2017:

     

    • Governance and Support Officer: Ms Lorette Tredoux (presently Executive Director: Governance and Intergovernmental Relations at SALGA)
    • Chief Operations Officer: Mr James Murphy (presently Divisional Head: Urban Management and Functional Relationships at Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality)
    • Chief Audit Executive: Mr Phillip Moeketsi Ntsimane (presently Chief Audit Executive at eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality)
    • Chief of Emergency: Mr Previn Govender (presently Divisional Head: Strategy and Planning at Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality)
    • Group Head: Group Communication and Marketing: Mr Hilgard Matthews (presently Executive Manager: Stakeholder Relations and Communications at Johannesburg Water)
    • Group Head: City Strategy and Organisational Performance: Ms Nosipho Hlatshwayo (presently Executive Director: City Strategies and Performance Management at the City of Tshwane)
    • Chief Financial Officer: Mr Umar Banda (presently acting Chief Financial Officer City of Tshwane)

     

    Msimanga congratulated the appointees and wished them well in their new roles. "The filling of the positions is critical to ensure stability and enhance service delivery in the organisation. I wish all successful candidates well and I am looking forward to the new partnership as we deal with developmental challenges that the City is confronted with to cultivate a Tshwane of opportunity," said Msimanga.

     

    The City of Tshwane is committed to serving its people and bringing about conditions that will draw investment, stimulate economic activity and create job opportunities. This will be achieved by appointing capable individuals who are eager to work hard and support the City's developmental agenda.

     

  • The City of Tshwane to launch a dedicated investor portal, and business retention and expansion programme

    The City of Tshwane to launch a dedicated investor portal, and business retention and expansion programme

    Thu, Jun 29, 2017

    In line with the principles and objectives of the smart city vision, the City of Tshwane, as one of Africa's leading capital cities, is in the process of modernising its approach to investment attraction, facilitation and aftercare. This is a step in the right direction to cultivating a Tshwane of opportunity and reaching our set target of attracting R10,8 billion worth of investment.

     

    Tshwane is indeed open for business.

     

    The investor portal, which will be live from 1 July 2017, successfully achieves one of the new administration's ten manifesto mandates, namely "One electronic portal and dedicated support for investors and developers" and contributes to the fostering of an environment that is conducive to business and investment.

     

    At the forefront of this initiative is digital adoption and the employment of the latest information and communication technology to ensure adequate exposure and interaction between the City and the investor/business community.

     

    "Apart from centralising all investment and development applications, the implementation of the City`s investor portal will enable the City to engage with potential foreign and local investors in an electronic manner using the City's successful e-Tshwane platform that is underpinned by e-Enablement. e-Enablement and its various touch points support the deployment of smart forms and service enablement in a uniform manner, providing clients with agility, service improvement and significantly decreased time to market.

     

    Through the implementation of phase one of the investment portal, potential foreign and local investors will be able to complete and submit investment applications electronically via the e-Tshwane portal. In addition to the electronic submission of investment project applications, the investor portal will also enable potential investors to submit innovative investment proposals, request investment-specific information and escalate service delivery issues that have been reported but not yet addressed," said Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga.

     

    The City of Tshwane acknowledges that business retention and expansion, often referred to as investment aftercare, not only stimulates growth in the local economy but is also the most effective, economical and sustainable means of creating new employment opportunities.

     

    In this regard, the City is in the process of rolling out its investor/business aftercare services programme. The objective of this programme is to retain and expand existing businesses in order to generate and revitalise the city's economy, proliferate employment opportunities, stimulate investment and ensure the highest levels of investor satisfaction.

     

    Medium to large businesses interested in participating in the City's aftercare programme are encouraged to register their interest at investment@tshwane.gov.za.

  • City of Tshwane champions security of tenure for deserving individuals

    City of Tshwane champions security of tenure for deserving individuals

    Mon, Jun 12, 2017

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, and the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing and Human Settlements, Cllr Mandla Nkomo, today conferred 40 title deeds to residents of Lebanon, Winterveld during a handover ceremony at the Tshwane House headquarters.

    The City of Tshwane resolved to write off the arrear municipal service accounts of these households to enable Nedbank to proceed with the conveyancing of the houses. This follows a dispute between the residents and the former North West Housing Corporation (NWHC) after the latter entered into a housing investment agreement with the erstwhile Bophuthatswana Building Society (BBS) in terms of which the BBS undertook to support the NWHC's housing development initiatives in the Winterveld area by providing mortgage-backed loan funding to beneficiaries qualifying in terms of defined lending criteria.

    Owing to structural defects at the properties concerned, and owing to a lack of remedial actions from NHWC, the beneficiaries embarked on a mortgage bond boycott which is still in force. Most of the houses have been repossessed by Nedbank but beneficiaries have refused to move out from the properties and failed to fulfil their financial obligations to the bank.

    In an attempt to resolve the disputes in respect of the houses, several meetings were held with Nedbank representatives, the Lebanon community and the MMC for Housing and Human Settlements.  It was clear from the meetings that Nedbank wished to do justice to the affected families by effecting a legal transfer to the rightful owners, at no cost to the families.

    The financial implications were as follows:

    • Nedbank wrote off all debt for the houses concerned.
    • Nedbank would pay the conveyancing fees of approximately R8 000,00 per property.

     
    "One of the challenges in concluding this project was the unfortunate miscommunication of the intension of the City and Nedbank which led to some community members being skeptical of this noble deed. Fortunately, through further engagement between the City, the Ward Councillor, Nedbank and the affected community of Lebanon, this contentious matter has been amicably resolved," said Msimanga.

    Cllr Nkomo said the occasion represents the City's promise to restore the dignity of Tshwane residents through the provision of dignified home ownership by issuing title deeds. "The title deeds that will be issued to the registered owners serve as proof that it has always been the sole intention of the partnership between the City and Nedbank to bestow security of tenure to the deserving beneficiaries and to restore their dignity through property ownership."

    In July 1996, the Citizen Bank acquired the business of the BBS and took cession of all rights, interest and obligations of BBS, including the BBS right and obligations in terms of the Winterveld housing investment agreement. FBC Fidelity Bank in the meantime acquired the business of Citizen Bank including all rights and title in respect of the agreement as stated above. FBC Fidelity Bank was later taken over by Peoples Bank, a subsidiary of Nedbank. Peoples Bank was subsequently incorporated with Nedbank.

    The open and honest negotiations have enabled this breakthrough and have restored the dignity of the residents of Lebanon. 

    The City is committed to providing sustainable and integrated human settlements that are accessible and liveable, and have adequate access to economic opportunities, a mix of safe and secure housing and tenure types, reliable and affordable basic services and social amenities.​​

  • JOB VACANCIES NOTICE IS A SCAM

    JOB VACANCIES NOTICE IS A SCAM

    Tue, Jun 6, 2017

    ​It has come to the City of Tshwane's attention that there is a notice circulating through the WhatsApp messaging platform purporting that there are job vacancies in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

     

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

    Hereunder is the false advertisement being circulated which needs to be ignored:

    URGENT NOTICE!!

     

    The City of Tshwane is currently having vacancies for the New Building... TSHWANE HOUSE.

     

    The following casual workers are needed:

     

    1. Cleaners (500 posts)... Matric and Experience needed willing to work shifts

    2. Security guards (500 posts)... Grade C D and E needed 

    3. Receptionists (15 posts)...grade 12 and computer literacy will be addaed advantage

    4. Switch board operators (15 posts)... grade 12 and computer literacy, call center qualification will be added advantage.

    5. Driver Messengers (100 posts) communication skills and drivers Licence code CE- 10 with PDP.

     

    All Aplications must be handed in personally on the 7th June 2017 at TSHWANE HOUSE ( CNR Lilian Ngoyi and Madiba Street) old Vander-walt and vermeelen street. 08:00-15:00.

     

    for more info please contact Mr Gerald Shingange on

     

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

  • Office of the Executive Mayor and other City departments move to Tshwane House

    Office of the Executive Mayor and other City departments move to Tshwane House

    Mon, Jun 5, 2017

    The Office of the Executive Mayor and other City departments have begun the major office relocation to the newly built City of Tshwane headquarters, called Tshwane House, in the city centre. The Executive Mayor, Speaker, Chief Whip, City Manager and other departments started moving into this new building on 2 June 2017.

     

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, expressed pleasure at the milestone: "This move gives effect to better coordination and effectiveness of City services as all departments will now be under one roof. Equally exciting is that the new budget and IDP have been approved and our work can now begin. It sure feels like a new chapter altogether and we are looking forward to serving our residents under these renewed conditions".

     

    Msimanga said he was particularly looking forward to the centrally located Council Chamber: "It is a separate structure altogether, with its own iconographic, formal architecture that makes it recognisable as an iconic landmark. Tshwane House is indeed synonymous with the identity of the city, where decisions about the city will be made, and the future of the city moulded," added Msimanga.

     

    The new headquarters is one of the first government buildings to target a 5-Star Green Star SA certification within a public-private partnership (PPP). The building – on the site of the old Munitoria building – was designed to provide a comfortable, healthy and productive working environment for its occupants, with an overall environmental strategy encompassing transport, indoor environmental quality, energy, water and waste.

     

    In March 1997, a wing of the old Munitoria building was destroyed by a fire and never rebuilt. The intention with the new building was to consolidate office space for the City's staff in a building that would provide adequate space for the City's administrative processes and enhance the City's service delivery capacity in an environmentally conscious and socially cohesive structure.

     

    The initial design incorporated a basement parking structure with a "citadel-type" building on top, accessed through a single doorway – a solution that did not engage the street or the public at all. Through an iterative process, a cost-effective design was revised by dropping the building to street level and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment. The result is a rational and elegant, but not opulent, building and an economical structure which uses floor plate area and facades very efficiently.

     

    A park has been incorporated on the eastern side of the site, which can be opened for public functions. This area provides space for a possible future extension to Tshwane House, which will be linked to the first phase by an interstitial corridor.

     

    The fundamental components of the building are a new Council Chamber, efficient office space and an environment that provides a pleasant and healthy workplace for staff members.

     

    Employees' contact details will remain the same, however, there will be temporary interruptions to phones and emails during the relocation process. The entire relocation for all City departments is expected to end on 12 June 2017.

  • Planned maintenance of water facilities in parts of Region 7

    Planned maintenance of water facilities in parts of Region 7

    Fri, Jun 2, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane's Water and Sanitation Division would like to inform the residents of Region 7 about a water supply interruption to Summerplace and Bronkhorstbaai Water Treatment Plants on 5 June 2017. The interruption comes as a result of the maintenance work that entails the cleaning of the internal clear water holding reservoirs.

     

    The service interruption will be from 08:00 to 15:00 for Summerplace, and 08:00 to 16:00 for Bronkhorstbaai.

     

    Residents are thus advised that upon completion of the above-mentioned work and depending on the water consumption rate, it may take up to four hours for all the reservoirs to be filled to acceptable levels of supply again.

     

    Meanwhile, the water supply to Ekandustria and Zithobeni Reservoirs which are supplied by Bronkhorstspruit Water Purification Plant may be interrupted from 6 to 15 June 2017 from 08:00 to 20:00.

     

    The City's Water and Sanitation Division will clean and replace the sand filter concrete structures to improve water quality.  The water treatment plant will run at half capacity and therefore some areas might experience water shortages.

     

    Residents are thus advised that upon completion of the above-mentioned work and depending on the water consumption rate, it may take six hours before all the reservoirs are filled to acceptable levels of supply again.

     

    The following areas in Region 7 will be affected.

     

    • Rethabiseng
    • Zithobeni
    • Ekangala
    • Ekandustria
    • Bronkhorstspruit
    • Thembisile Hani Local Municipality (cross-border municipality)

     

    Roaming water tankers will be arranged in conjunction with councillors to supply residents with water.

     

    The City apologises profusely for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of the planned maintenance. We also appeal to all the residents of the region who are affected to conserve and utilise water sparingly at all times.

  • City of Tshwane to act against damage to service infrastructure

    City of Tshwane to act against damage to service infrastructure

    Fri, Jun 2, 2017

    Contractors who have obtained way leaves to install underground fibre cables in Tshwane are causing serious damage to the City of Tshwane's service infrastructure.

     

    In Centurion in particular, these contractors have drilled through electricity lines and water pipes causing power and water cuts.

     

    Residents and ward councillors are experiencing endless frustration due to this careless behaviour. As it is, the City has suffered years of neglect of repairs and maintenance.

     

    The MMCs for Roads and Transport and Corporate Services have discovered that the City's processes for holding such contractors liable for their negligence have in the past been inadequate. We are making a commitment that this will be dealt with decisively henceforth.

     

    Way leaves are granted mainly to telephone and internet companies under a City way leave by-law. These way leaves are meant to include penalty clauses.

     

    It is nonetheless clear that many contractors simply disregard service infrastructure and operate without the necessary skill and care.

     

    City officials will be held accountable for their oversight regarding way leave holders who must account for the damage they cause. They are simply not looking after the City's service infrastructure.

     

    The MMCs will therefore launch an investigation into the matter to determine all the issues that have led to this negligence of the by-law.

     

    We ask that members of the public who observe contractors causing damage to City infrastructure capture this information and share it with their ward councillor. The City has included penalties in the new tariff structure for contractors who damage service infrastructure.

     

    In the coming weeks the City will provide further details of how we plan to overhaul the City's way leave system.

  • Temporary closure of the Temba Call Centre

    Temporary closure of the Temba Call Centre

    Fri, Jun 2, 2017

    Operations at the Temba Call Centre (non-emergency) have been interrupted by a number of incidents which include structural damage to the building, among others. These incidents have prompted a temporary shutdown of the centre, which came into effect on Tuesday, 30 May 2017.  

     

    The centre requires attention, hence a complete shutdown was necessary as conducting operations at the centre had become an occupational health and safety risk for employees.

     

    The City of Tshwane has three non-emergency call centres which are managed by the Customer Relations Management Department. The three centres are in Centurion, Riviera and Temba. We therefore wish to inform our residents that, henceforth, all communication will be handled by the remaining two centres whilst Temba receives the necessary attention.

     

    The interruption will unfortunately have a negative impact on operational efficiency and performance. This will result in customers being on hold for a longer time and there is the likelihood of an increase in abandoned calls to the two centres. Furthermore, customers are alerted to the fact that the shutdown of the Temba Call Centre will impact SMSs and emails directed to the call centres.

     

    The City is urgently considering alternative accommodation to house the infrastructure and personnel of the now dysfunctional Temba Call Centre.

     

    We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience to customers who wish to communicate with the City in any way. We ask for patience while we are trying to find an alternative solution.

  • Tshwane takes first step to secure free Wi-Fi

    Tshwane takes first step to secure free Wi-Fi

    Thu, Jun 1, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane has made an important breakthrough in its mission to put its world-famous free Wi-Fi (known as TshWi-Fi) on a lawful and sustainable footing. In so doing we will also respond to findings by the Auditor-General against the way the service was initially procured by the previous City government.

     

    The Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga, is on record that our administration will do everything in its power to save TshWi-Fi, and even to expand the quality and the reach of the current service. In the 2017/18 financial year the City has budgeted R88,5 million for the provision of free Wi-Fi.

     

    Compelling evidence exists that greater internet penetration drives economic growth.

     

    Tshwane's free Wi-Fi has helped many young people to connect to the world of work and business. This is a game-changer for communities where private internet access has been a distant hope.

     

    But it is crucial that our new Wi-Fi budget be spent wisely, and that the mistakes of the previous City government that endangered the project, be avoided.

     

    Project Isizwe, the current free Wi-Fi implementing agent and a non-profit company, agrees with the City's commitment to good governance.

     

    After months of negotiation with Project Isizwe in what were extremely difficult circumstances for both parties, the City believes it can take the first important step to secure the future of Tshwane's free Wi-Fi.

     

    The solution will need to be approved by the City Council at its June meeting, and is summarised as follows:

     

    • The contract between the City and Project Isizwe will be amended to allow for maintaining the quality and the reach of the current free Wi-Fi offering.
    • The agreement with Project Isizwe will run until December this year to enable the City to put the operation and maintenance of the free Wi-Fi service out to tender, or to find some other means of maintaining the service without relying on a sole supplier.
    • In the meantime, the City and Project Isizwe will continue to test the commercial potential of free Wi-Fi as an advertising space, and all revenue raised in this manner will accrue to the City.
    • The details of how exactly the free Wi-Fi network will be operated by a service provider other than Project Isizwe will be finalised in the next four months to allow for proper supply chain management processes to be followed.

       

      We acknowledge that although its means of procurement may have been left wanting, the City did receive substantial benefit from its investment in free Wi-Fi.

       

    The current cost for the roll-out of 11 phases up to June 2016 was R320 million, with the actual expenditure to date for 2016/17 being R78 million. The budget for the 2017/18 financial year is R88,5 million.

     

    With free Wi-Fi secured in the short term, the ingenuity of the private sector now becomes crucial to secure the service in the long term.

     

    It is simply not possible for the City to sustain its full subsidy of free Wi-Fi indefinitely, or to fund the expansion of the network on its own.

     

    Commercial investment and partnerships are needed. 

     

    In conclusion, free Wi-Fi is about individual opportunity and potential. It gives ordinary people a small hand-up to get ahead in life.

     

    And it serves the vision of the DA-led multiparty government of an opportunity city. So while this City government may not have conceived free Wi-Fi, our aim is to perfect it.

  • Budget 2017/18: Council votes to pass budget to build a safe and inclusive Tshwane of opportunity

    Budget 2017/18: Council votes to pass budget to build a safe and inclusive Tshwane of opportunity

    Thu, May 25, 2017

    Following a robust debate on the Budget Speech which was delivered last week by the Executive Mayor, Solly Msimanga, the City of Tshwane Council today approved the 2017/18 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the 2017/18 Medium-term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF) for the city.  

     

    Cllr Msimanga heralded the passing of the IDP and the budget as a victory for the people of Tshwane. "The two documents present the new vision and political priorities of the City of Tshwane, as well as the strategic framers which focus on the following three areas: stabilisation, revitalisation and delivery. We can finally begin to roll out value-for-money capital projects meant to benefit our people and boost the economy of the city."

     

    "Being an African capital city will require of us to do things differently and set a good example for other cities. Our IDP document presents our desired vision for 2030 – that of a prosperous capital city through fairness, freedom and opportunity. The new vision capitalises on our position as South Africa's capital," added Msimanga.

     

    The passing of this budget will ensure that we continue the work we have begun:

     

    A City that facilitates economic growth and job creation

    The City's plan for the next five years is to create a city of opportunity. This will be achieved by making it easier to do business, supporting entrepreneurship, empowering individuals, investing in infrastructure and encouraging new industries, which will eventually lead to economic growth and employment.

     

    A City that cares for residents and promotes inclusivity

    The City of Tshwane is committed to redressing historical injustices and addressing the neglect of poorer communities by the previous administration. Many communities in Tshwane do not have access to basic services and still experience the spatial legacy left by apartheid on a daily basis.

     

    A City that delivers excellent services and protects the environment

    In order to create a city of opportunity, service delivery needs to be improved and expanded in a sustainable manner. Water and energy resources along with the environment need to be protected. The City is committed to redressing historical unequal service provision and addressing inherited delivery backlogs.

     

    A City that keeps residents safe

    Ensuring the safety and well-being of residents are a key priority of the City. Residents need to feel safe and be safe in the city they call home. Drug abuse and related crime are currently one of the biggest challenges faced by the City.

     

    A City that is open, honest and responsive

    The City is committed to transparent and accountable governance with zero tolerance of corruption. City processes and systems will be run in an open and effective way and only the best officials will be retained and attracted to improve the City's performance.

     

    This will be no small feat, but we are confident that the passing of this budget will be the first step in stabilising and revitalising Tshwane so it can become a safe and inclusive city teaming with opportunity and prosperity.

  • City of Tshwane thanks Mooikloof residents

    City of Tshwane thanks Mooikloof residents

    Fri, May 26, 2017

    The City of Tshwane wishes to thank all the residents of Pretoria East who were affected by a power outage for their understanding, cooperation and patience during the tough times after part of the Mooikloof substation was gutted by a fire on Tuesday.

     

    We can confirm that all the outstanding affected areas were switched back on early this morning and appeal to the residents to switch off non-essential appliances to enable the emergency areas to run smoothly, as the situation is still delicate. The teams are still working hard onsite and are expected to complete the repair work by the end of the weekend.

     

    Contrary to media reports that suggested power would be restored to the affected areas between five to seven days, the City managed to restore power between two to three days, and under very difficult circumstances. The objective was to restore power within 24 hours, but our plans were scuppered by the theft of cables on Garstfontein Road on Wednesday evening.

     

    Ordinarily, it takes several days to get a substation that has been destroyed by a fire up and running again. However, the team performed extraordinary miracles and toiled endlessly to expedite the restoration of electricity supply.

     

    About 11 suburbs east of the city, including Pretoria East Hospital and Woodlands Mall, were left without power around 11:00 on Tuesday due to a raging fire caused by cable end blowing at the Mooikloof substation.

     

    The City's Electricity Division team, together with contractors, immediately knuckled down to clean and repair the damaged panels and made remarkable progress.

     

    Some of the panels that have been completely destroyed will have to be rebuilt in the near future. The cost of damage to the two sets of panels, roofs and cables is estimated at around R45 million. An insurance company will determine the final cost.

     

    The City reiterates its sincere apology to all the affected residents for the inconvenience caused.

     

    Residents should treat all network points as live at all times.

     

    Customers affected by power failures are urged to report this by texting the word "power" followed by their account number to 44676. Alternatively, report a power failure through our customer care call centre on 012 358 9999 (choose the electricity option), or visit www.tshwane.gov.za and follow the Report Power Failure link, or visit any of the regional walk-in centres.

     

  • Mooikloof substation expected to be back on later today

    Mooikloof substation expected to be back on later today

    Wed, May 24, 2017

    The City of Tshwane's hardworking and dedicated team of engineers and technicians have defied the odds by working tirelessly overnight to ensure that power is restored later this afternoon in some parts of Pretoria East, which have been affected by an outage after a fire engulfed the Mooikloof substation yesterday.

     

    Contrary to media reports that suggested power will be restored to the affected areas after five to seven days, the City can confirm that emergency areas like health facilities will have power after 16:00 today. The load will them be ramped up to bring the outstanding customers back on from 20:00 and ensure that all customers have power by midnight today.

     

    Ordinarily, it takes a number of days to get a substation destroyed by fire up and running again. However, the team performed extraordinary miracles and toiled endlessly to expedite the restoration of a crucial service such as electricity.

     

    About 11 suburbs east of the city, including Pretoria East Hospital and Woodlands Mall, were left without power around 11:00 yesterday due to a raging fire caused by cable blowing at the Mooikloof substation.

     

    The City's Electricity Division team, together with contractors, immediately knuckled down to work to clean and repair the damaged panels and made remarkable progress.

     

    By 09:00 today, the team had done the following:

     

    ·         Panel 1 (close to gate) was fully fixed and awaiting testing;

    ·         Panel 2 (middle room) was 80% fixed and the new team was busy finalising the repairs; and

    ·         Cable work was also 50% complete.

     

    The team is now busy installing new cables to replace the burnt ones and re-routing the Woodhill substation cables and isolating them. Once that is completed by this afternoon, testing and certification will follow.

     

    The repair of the panels in the two rooms is expected to be completed by 16:00 for testing and commissioning. The third room's panels have been destroyed completely and will have to be rebuilt in the near future.

     

    The cost of the damage to the two sets of panels, roofs and cables is estimated at around R45 million. The insurance company will determine the final cost.

     

    The City reiterates its apology to all the affected residents for the inconvenience caused. We always strive to restore power as quickly as possible in the event of an outage. However, getting a destroyed substation up and running after a fire is a daunting and complex task, as you first have to remove the rubble and locate the fault.

     

    Residents should continue to treat all network points as live at all times.

     

    Customers affected by power failures are urged to report this by texting the word "power" followed by their account number to 44676. Alternatively, report a power failure through our customer care call centre on 012 358 9999 (choose the electricity option), or visit www.tshwane.gov.za and follow the Report Power Failure link, or visit any of the regional walk-in centres.

  • WASTE COLLECTION CHALLENGES RECEIVE ATTENTION

    WASTE COLLECTION CHALLENGES RECEIVE ATTENTION

    Thu, May 18, 2017

    Currently, the service provider for waste collection is experiencing capacity constraints. The City of Tshwane is continuously engaging with them to improve their capacity to the required level, and to render a full service as expected.

     

    The issue of capacity as well as the disruption of waste collection and disposal have been recurring lately. Following the capacity setback which began on Saturday, 13 May 2017, the City has since received formal assurances from the service provider that their service will be back on track on Saturday, 20 May 2017. This commitment serves as a guarantee that the entire waste management service will be operating normally by the end of this week.

     

    Some of the areas experiencing backlogs are listed below:

     

    ·         Soshanguve

    ·         Mamelodi

    ·         Pretoria CBD

    ·         Lotus Gardens

    ·         Pretoria West

    ·         Doornpoort

    ·         Hammanskraal

    ·         Temba

    ·         Sinoville

    ·         Montana

    ·         Magalieskruin

    ·         Centurion

     

    Residents are requested to keep their bins at the usual collection point so that they can be emptied.

     

    The City apologises profusely for the repetitive non-collection and/or interruption of waste management services. The Municipality is committed to ensuring that these services improve to the set standard.

     

  • Tshwane measles vaccination well underway

    Tshwane measles vaccination well underway

    Wed, May 10, 2017

    The City of Tshwane advises all parents and\ guardians to take their children to the nearest health care centre or clinic for a dose of measles vaccine. The City's health teams are currently on a healthcare outreach targeting crèches to immunise all children from 6 months up to 5 years against measles, irrespective of their immunisation status.

     

    The visits are part of the City's 2017 Emergency Measles Outbreak Campaign which started on 2 May 2017 and will run until 26 May 2017. MMC for Health and Social Development Cllr Sakkie du Plooy said the City is responding to the National Department of Health's advice to tackle measles outbreak following an increase in confirmed cases since the beginning of March this year in Gauteng province.  

     

    "Timely vaccination of measles is the best way to prevent the spread. Any child who is not protected against the disease is at risk of catching this highly contagious disease. A measles outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere", du Plooy said.

     

    Measles is a serious disease, which can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage, pneumonia and even death. It can affect anyone, including children and adults.

     

    What parents need to

     

    For children in crèches, please complete and sign the consent form and send it back to the crèche the following day. If your children are not attending a crèche, take them to the nearest clinic. No "Road to Health" cards or booklets are required.

     

    Symptoms

     

    Measles is the most serious of the common childhood viral illnesses.

     

    Symptoms include a fever, rash, runny nose, cough and red eyes .

     

    In severe cases symptoms include mouth ulcers, a painful throat and diarrhoea.

     

    How is it treated?

     

    There is no specific treatment for measles; because it is a virus, it needs to run its course.

     

    • Pain and fever medicine will make the child feel more comfortable when required.

    • Keep the child hydrated.

    • Good nutrition is essential. Immune-boosting supplements may help, especially vitamin A.

    • If a secondary bacterial infection steps in, a doctor will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics.

    • The child needs to be kept home and away from people for at least 5 days.

     

    "It is equally the responsibility of guardians to be vigilant as measles is a potentially dangerous disease, so we urge all parents and keepers to heed the call to vaccinate children", concluded du Plooy.

  • Electricity supply set to improve in Lotus Gardens

    Electricity supply set to improve in Lotus Gardens

    Tue, May 9, 2017

    The persistent power outages that have been plaguing the residents of Lotus Gardens, towards the west of the city, will soon be a thing of the past, with  the City of Tshwane set to supply a satellite electrical substation in the next financial year.

     

    Currently, Lotus Gardens gets its electricity from the Zebra and Atteridgeville substations. There are four lines supplying the area, one line coming from the Zebra substation and the other three lines from the Atteridgeville substation.

     

    Under normal circumstances, two of the four lines are able to supply the normal load to Lotus Gardens. However, as we approach winter, three lines need to be activated to be able to take the area load in case the load increases above the capacity of two lines.

     

    Last week, the theft of copper cables at the Atteridgeville substation affected the electricity supply to Lotus Gardens. The stolen cables affected three lines that feed Lotus Gardens. After the theft the remaining cable popped due to overload, hence the residents were without power for a few consecutive days.

     

    But a long-term solution is now in sight. The City's Utility Services has resolved to change the position of the cable so as to supply a satellite substation that in turn will supply electricity to Lotus Gardens. This solution will be implemented in the next financial year, starting in July 2017. Utility Services will be engaging with SANRAL to get permission and/or approval to cross the N4 highway between Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens.

     

    The MMC for Utility Services, Cllr Darryll Moss, said he was delighted at the prospect of the residents of Lotus Gardens having a permanent solution to their power outage problems.

     

    "No longer will the people of Lotus Gardens go for days without power as a result of transformer overload, especially now going into the winter period. In the next financial year, a permanent solution will be implemented. When we promised improved service delivery, it was not an empty slogan," Moss said.

  • THE CITY OF TSHWANE CLEARS WASTE COLLECTION BACKLOG

    THE CITY OF TSHWANE CLEARS WASTE COLLECTION BACKLOG

    Tue, May 9, 2017

    The City of Tshwane's MMC for Environmental Management, Councillor Michael Mkhari, wishes to express his gratitude to the teams that toiled tirelessly at the weekend to clear the waste management backlog. He also apologises to residents for the inconvenience caused.

     

    For the past week or so, there were problems with refuse collection due to a series of disruptions and trashing of the city by a group calling itself the "Business Forum". This group also blocked access to landfill sites across Tshwane.

     

    Early on Friday morning, various parts of the city were trashed by individuals operating under the banner of the so-called Business Forum, whose objective is clearly to interrupt services and to render the city ungovernable.

     

    The City of Tshwane is continuing with efforts to clear the waste collection backlog and to clean the filth arising from the actions of the Business Forum. The disruptions were carried out under the pretext that no business opportunities had been given to them by the Municipality.

     

    "If there are areas where waste has not been collected or skipped, please alert the City through the ward councillors and our customer care centre so that we can attend to them. Various teams across the city worked over the weekend until late at night to clear the backlog. The problems of waste collection were not as a result of poor service delivery, but these were deliberate actions by people whose agenda is evidently to disrupt provision of services to the residents of Tshwane," Councillor Mkhari said.

     

    In order to ensure transparency in the acquisition of services, the current administration has aligned itself with an open tendering system. This means that a service provider gets awarded a contract through a fair bidding competition. In this case, the City granted a contract to a service provider that qualified, whereas the Business Forum wants its members to receive contracts without following due process.

     

    In the recent meeting that the Business Forum held with Councillor Mkhari, they threatened to grind the City's waste collection operations to a halt.

     

    Councillor Mkhari also said: "We wish to thank our residents for their patience and understanding in these trying times and also our teams who sacrificed their weekends to prioritise service delivery under very difficult circumstances."

  • OBSTRUCTION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN TSHWANE

    OBSTRUCTION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN TSHWANE

    Fri, May 5, 2017

    Following the obstruction of waste collection and disposal services which started yesterday, 3 May 2017, in Tshwane, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environmental Management, Cllr Michael Mkhari, has expressed disgust at the actions of a group calling itself Business Forum.

     

    The Business Forum has displayed unacceptable, uncalled-for and frustrating conduct that is not in keeping with the values that seek to ensure that residents and the business community benefit from services rendered by the municipality. From time to time the affiliates of the forum, who are within the seven regions, disrupt the waste management service. The disturbance is done under the pretext that no business opportunities are offered to them by the municipality.

     

    In order to ensure transparency in the acquisition of services, the current administration has aligned itself with an open tendering system. This simply means that a service provider gets awarded a contract through a fair bidding competition. In this case, the City granted a contract to a service provider that qualified, whereas the Business Forum wants its members to receive contracts without following due processes.

     

    "No forum or company will be awarded a contract outside the City's normal tendering process as that will be tantamount to favouritism, maladministration and corruption – gone are those days. In addition, our metropolitan municipality is morally and legally bound to ascertain the provision of clean surroundings and households that are free from waste materials. The public has to know that the deviant actions by the forum members stand in the way of the service delivery intended for them, which is the reason the environment is so contaminated", said Cllr Mkhari.

     

    Yesterday, members of the Business Forum blocked landfill sites in all regions. They had informed Cllr Mkhari in a meeting held recently about their intended undesirable conduct to render the City's waste management inoperable. Little did the City know that these members would stop waste collection trucks in the suburbs where they operate, confiscate truck keys, as well as threaten the lives of the drivers wherever they spotted them.

     

    The City has been left with no option but to obtain a court interdict against the Business Forum. The members' actions included intimidating waste management workers, vandalizing the waste pick-up fleet, trespassing on and seeking to take over landfill sites, making the sites inaccessible and trashing the city.

     

    "The deliberate destruction of the City's property will not be allowed. The law-enforcement services have been activated to escort waste trucks in order to ensure continuation of collection and disposal of waste at the waste disposal facilities. We remain committed to providing all communities with better service delivery while we are dealing with all these challenges of vandalism", concluded Cllr Mkhari.

  • Water restrictions partially lifted in Tshwane

    Water restrictions partially lifted in Tshwane

    Thu, May 4, 2017

    Following the National Department of Water and Sanitation's pronouncement two months ago to lift water restrictions for consumers who receive water from the Integrated Vaal River System, the City of Tshwane has decided to partially lift its own water restrictions with effect from 8 May 2017.

     

    The Department of Water and Sanitation gazetted the lifting of water restrictions on 13 March 2017.

     

    In terms of the new partial restrictions, residents are not allowed to irrigate gardens with a hosepipe or sprinkler between 11:00 and 16:00. This applies both in winter and in summer. Consumers are urged to continue conserving water by using water wisely and sparingly.

     

    The drilling of boreholes is allowed, except in dolomite areas.

     

    All water users are urged to change the manner in which they utilise water and to maintain vigilance in conserving this scarce resource. Saving water must become part of our lifestyle.

     

    The water conservation measures implemented during the period of the initial restrictions should become the norm. Residents are urged to keep on using grey water to water gardens and flush toilets, to report water leaks and burst pipes, and to install water-saving devices.

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

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

    Thu, Mar 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Media enquiries: 

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    078 231 5977

  • WASTE COLLECTION OBSTRUCTION IN REGION 1 AND 2

    WASTE COLLECTION OBSTRUCTION IN REGION 1 AND 2

    Wed, Mar 8, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

    Enquiries: Cllr Michael Mkhari (082 548 7495) 

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

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

    Mon, Mar 6, 2017

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Media enquiries:

     

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

     

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

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

    Thu, Feb 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

    Summary of the proposed adjustments budget 

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

      

    Grant funding 

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Press statement by

    Solly Msimanga

    Executive Mayor of Tshwane

  • RAINFALL RESULTS IN INCREASED SERVICE DELIVERY COMPLAINTS

    RAINFALL RESULTS IN INCREASED SERVICE DELIVERY COMPLAINTS

    Wed, Feb 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

    Issued by Group Communication and Marketing

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

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

    Tue, Feb 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Media enquires:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson of the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    078 231 5977

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

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

    Thu, Jan 26, 2017

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

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

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

    City Manager nominee 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mr Mosola's academic qualifications include the following: 

    • University of Pretoria

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

    • University of Houston, Texas, USA

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

    • Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

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

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

    • Harvard Business School

    Certificate Programme in Strategic Marketing, 2008. 

    • UCT Graduate School of Business and Duke University

    A Certificate Programme in Emerging Leaders, 2002. 

    • Joint Certificate Programme

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

    • Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Certificate Programme in Urban and Regional Planning, 1996. 

    • Institute of Public-Private Partnerships (IP3)

    Certificate Program in Regulation of Public Utilities and Monopolies, 1996 

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

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

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

    Unprotected strikes 

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

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

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

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

    Integrated Development Plan (IDP) 

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

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

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

    Media enquiries

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    078 231 5977

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

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

    Fri, Jan 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Media enquiries:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • City to address backlog of power outages in Centurion

    City to address backlog of power outages in Centurion

    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

    Issued by the Communication and Marketing Department. 

  • Holding officials hostage is no way to be heard

    Holding officials hostage is no way to be heard

    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Media enquiries: 

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • Water supply interruption in Zithobeni

    Water supply interruption in Zithobeni

    Mon, Jan 16, 2017

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

    The following areas will be affected: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thu, Jan 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Taipei and the ANC's manufactured outrage 

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

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

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

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

    This simply isn't true. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    RESULTS 

    Pedestrians on N1, N4, R80, N14 

    Arrests by roving units of officers = 545  

    Public drinking

    Arrests = 54 

    Drinking and driving

    Arrests = 184 

    Speed

    Violations captured by our speed cameras = 73 812 

    Drugs

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

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

    Theft of vehicles

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

    Cable theft

    Arrests = 9 

    Various crimes

    Arrests = 302 

    Road policing

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

    Vehicles searched = 59 244 

    Persons searched = 41 217 

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

    Vehicles inspected for roadworthiness = 117 638 

    Illegal firearms recovered = 25 

    TMPD shooting incident 

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

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

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

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

    Road deaths figures 

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

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

    Ringing in the new year 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Conclusion 

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

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

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

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

    Media enquiries

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774 

  • No conditions present to place Tshwane under administration

    No conditions present to place Tshwane under administration

    Fri, Dec 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Media enquiries:

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

  • Closure of the Rayton licensing office for renovations

    Closure of the Rayton licensing office for renovations

    Thu, Dec 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Bronkhorstspruit (Region 7)

    Cnr Botha and Kruger Street

    Bronkhorstspruit

    2. Waltloo (Region 6)

    312 Petroleum Street

    Waltloo

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

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

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

  • Emergency water supply shutdown to affect some suburbs in Centurion

    Emergency water supply shutdown to affect some suburbs in Centurion

    Wed, Dec 14, 2016

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

    The following suburbs might be affected: 

    1.  Kloofsig

    2.  Die Hoewes

    3.  Lyttelton

    4.  Lyttelton AH

    5.  Lyttelton Manor 

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

    Issued by the Communication, Marketing and Events Department. 

  • Checkpoint expose: Msimanga administration will meet corruption

    Checkpoint expose: Msimanga administration will meet corruption

    Fri, Dec 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Media enquiries: 

    Samkelo Mgobozi

    Spokesperson to the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    071 863 6774

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