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  • OVERKRUIN LIBRARY SERVICE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    OVERKRUIN LIBRARY SERVICE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    Tue, Dec 12, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane regrets to announce the temporary closure of the Overkruin Library. The closure is necessitated by logistical issues which the City's Property Management Section is working diligently towards resolving.

     

    Members of the public will be informed as soon as all the logistical issues which resulted in the library's closure are resolved. If the services need to be relocated to a new facility, we will also inform the public.

     

    Books may be returned to any of the other City of Tshwane libraries and no fines will be payable for late returns.

     

    The following are some of the libraries nearest to Overkruin Library for book returns:

     

    • Moot Library 012 358 9921

      732 Frederika Street, Rietfontein

     

    • Mayville Library 012 358 9657

      Mayville Mall, Shop 22, Mayville

     

    • Waverley Library 012 358 9676

      1345 Cunningham Avenue, Waverley

     

    • Pretoria North Library 012 358 9646

      288 Burger Street, Pretoria North

     

    • Hammanskraal Library 012 358 8003

      532 Lovelane Street, Mandela Village, Hammanskraal

     

    The City sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that may be caused by the unexpected closure of the library.

  • Msimanga administration has a long-term plan to build on financial successes

    Msimanga administration has a long-term plan to build on financial successes

    Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    Reports alleging that the City of Tshwane has “approached National Treasury for help to draft a financial [recovery] plan” are misleading.

    The Executive Mayor has on numerous occasions highlighted the poor financial position inherited by this administration after the August 2016 local government elections. This is evidenced by the R2 billion unauthorised expenditure in the 2015/16 financial year alone.

    The City has, to date, made great strides towards stabilising its finances through strengthening control of supply chain processes, slashing unauthorised and unnecessary expenditure and extricating the City from unlawful and expensive contracts like the PEU contract, amongst other things.

    This has contributed to our successes in correcting the R2 billion deficit we inherited and has resulted in the surplus in the last financial year.

    It is common cause that a long-term financial plan is an essential tool that a municipality needs to facilitate financial sustainability and resilience and improve the municipality’s capacity to fulfil its developmental and service delivery mandate on a sustainable basis.

    National Treasury was approached to assist in developing a holistic long-term financial plan given that they had already engaged a service provider to assist in their oversight role.

    The simple fact is that the City approached National Treasury requesting use of existing tools within their purview that would be beneficial to us in our ongoing efforts to cultivate a long-term recovery plan so that we may build on our current success and continue to provide better services to the people of Tshwane.

    Reports suggesting that the City is seeking “rescue” from Treasury are simply not true and a product of not having all the information on hand.

    Nevertheless we have a duty to correct any misinformation in the public space and we do so to ensure that our residents and other stakeholders have the right information.

    Important progress was made to reduce such expenditure in the 2016/17 financial year and to stabilise the financial position of the City.

    The next important step was to compile a long-term financial plan to put a strategy together to shape the financial targets of the future City of Tshwane. The plan aims to align the City’s growth objectives to available resources and purposefully put measures in place to generate cash-backed internal surpluses to fund investment in infrastructure in future budgets.

    The plan is still in a draft stage and will, once finalised, be presented to the Mayoral Committee for consideration.

    Stabilisation efforts remain a priority for the Msimanga administration and misleading reports about the City’s financial position are as unhelpful as they are alarmist.

  • #TshwaneFightingUnemployment: More than 120 000 Tshwane residents registered for EPWP work opportunities

    #TshwaneFightingUnemployment: More than 120 000 Tshwane residents registered for EPWP work opportunities

    Wed, Dec 6, 2017

    ​I am pleased to update the public that the City of Tshwane has, after one week of registration, registered 120 741 residents onto our EPWP database, which will ensure the fair and equitable recruitment of EPWP work opportunities so that the burden of poverty, inequality and unemployment may be alleviated to some extent. Registration closed on Friday, 1 December 2017.

     

    Specific registrations per region are as follows:

     

    Region 1: 31 468

    Region 2: 25 027

    Region 3: 23 367

    Region 4: 6 852

    Region 5: 4 373

    Region 6: 20 651

    Region 7: 9 003

    Total: 120 741

     

    Minor disruptions notwithstanding, we are pleased at these numbers that were obtained during the week-long registration period, because this demonstrates that our residents are heeding our call to help us to help them take hold of work opportunities in order to liberate themselves from the throes of poverty and unemployment.

     

    Most of our 68 registration venues across all seven regions of the city were flooded with potential beneficiaries who expressed a keen interest in joining hands with the DA-led multiparty administration in order to put the residents of Tshwane to work.

     

    This EPWP recruitment policy framework will ensure that the City employs workers on a temporary or contract basis with the goal of transferring skills and at the same time providing much-needed income. The programme had previously been marred by nepotism, cronyism and some appointments being made on the basis of political affiliation.

     

    This administration has adopted the principle of 'good governance' as one of its strategic priorities, and it requires us to continuously consult with our communities in law-making and governance-related programmes.

     

    One of the amendments approved by Council on 28 September 2017 to the revised policy includes the registration of eligible EPWP beneficiaries on a central database, with beneficiaries being selected through an open and audited lottery-like system.

     

    This random selection will be open to public observation, and such a selection process will also be published in advance in the wards and regions from which the EPWP beneficiaries will be recruited.

     

    We will continue to strive for transparency and accountability in the implementation of government programmes.

  • STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL DISRUPT POWER SUPPLY IN PRETORIA EAST

    STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL DISRUPT POWER SUPPLY IN PRETORIA EAST

    Mon, Dec 4, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane is inundated with complaints relating to power outages affecting most parts of Pretoria East following last night's strong winds and heavy rainfall in the area.

     

    The City's team of technicians are working diligently to address these power failures speedily.

     

    The following areas of Pretoria East are affected:

    • Zwavelpoort and Mooikloof farm portions
    • Parts of Lynnwood Ridge
    • Parts of Waltloo

    Meanwhile, the team is also attending to a power failure affecting Kraanvoël Avenue and Vink Street. The power failure was caused by cable theft in Silverton.

    Power should be restored to all the affected areas by 17:00 this afternoon.

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

  • CALL FOR CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRES TO APPLY FOR 2017/18 FUNDING

    CALL FOR CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRES TO APPLY FOR 2017/18 FUNDING

    Tue, Dec 5, 2017

    ​The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community and Social Development Services, Councillor Ntsiki Mokhotho, is inviting non-profit organisations (NPOs), early childhood development centres, crèches, daycare centres and early learning centres that focus on the productive life, future well-being and learning of children to apply for grant-in-aid funding for the 2017/18 financial year.

     

    The City of Tshwane believes in ensuring proper advancement of early childhood development. For this reason, we have deemed it fit to fund some NPO centres whose focus is on the development of children at an early stage of growth.

     

    Prospective applicants must meet the following requirements:

     

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

     

    Application forms are available from City of Tshwane social workers and the Office of the Speaker.

     

    Completed application forms must be handed in at the offices of the social workers and at the regional coordinators at the following addresses:

     

    REGIONREGIONAL COORDINATORADDRESSSOCIAL WORKERADDRESS
    Region 1

    Bizah Chauke

    073 465 4057

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

     

    Cnr Hlanhlahane and Industrial Street, 2275 Block F, Soshanguve

     

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

     

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

    Johannah Nawe

    082 226 9929

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tumi Mmotsa

    083 762 5073

    Room 131, Electricity Depot, Block KK, Soshanguve

     

     

     

     

     

    Room 22, Zone 5 Admin Building, Ga-Rankuwa Municipal Offices

    Region 2

    Nelson Baloyi

    083 669 0714

    Office 204, Temba Council Chamber

    Marcus Digangwane

    082 532 2059

    Room 27, Hammanskraal Library
    Region 3

    Phosakuwa Mashele

    076 726 2084

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

    Lebogang Mononyane

    079 967 0391

    Room E21, Atteridgeville Mini Munitoria
    Region 4

    Peter Makhaya

    071 335 3248

    Room B64 or 65, Centurion Municipal Offices

    Nonyamela Mgweshe

    073 351 7920

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

    Noko Ramapulana

    082 559 1608

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

    Rosemary Ntshudisane

    072 351 3633

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

    Sello Tlhako

    072 051 6270

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

    Ndifelani Mulaudzi

    073 865 4125

    Room B59, Mamelodi Mini Munitoria
    Region 7

    Dineo Siko

    079 947 9759

    Muniforum Building 1, cnr Mark and Botha Street

    Bronkhorstspruit

    Moses Lekoadu

    082 958 8653

     

    Zandile Mtshweni

    076 718 9805

    Room L32408, Ground Floor, Infoforum Building, cnr Mark and Botha Street

    Bronkhortspruit

     

    Enquiries:

     

    • Ms Natalie Mnisi

    Tel: 012 358 4844

    • Ms Florence Marengwa

    Tel: 012 358 5535

     

    The closing date for applications is 21 December 2017 at 12:00. In the event that the applicants do not receive communication from the City within 21 days after the closing date, it will automatically mean that the application was unsuccessful.

  • City to appoint contractor to repair Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street sinkhole

    City to appoint contractor to repair Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street sinkhole

    Wed, Nov 29, 2017

    The City of Tshwane is delighted to inform Centurion residents and owners of businesses in the area of the sinkhole on the corner Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street in Centurion, that we will appoint a contractor in December, who will earnestly begin to repair the sinkhole in January 2018.

     

    The City apologises for the delay in starting the repair work after it was initially announced that it would start at the beginning of November this year. We were tightening up our supply chain processes to ensure that we appoint a skilled and competent contractor and that the process is above board.

     

    The City will hand over the site to the contractor in December. However, work will commence only in January due to the closure of most companies for the festive season.

     

    After the site handover to the contractor in December, the ward councillor, together with the appointed contractor, will oversee the administrative issues of the appointment of labour, which will be sourced from the local community for the duration of the project. 

     

    Barring unforeseen circumstances, the R25 million project is estimated to take a maximum period of nine months to complete.

     

    Regular updates will be provided to the public, particularly those affected by the sinkhole.

     

    The City wishes to apologise once again for the inconvenience caused by the sinkhole. 

  • Mayoral Mansion: Sold for R5,1 million to build 52 RDP houses

    Mayoral Mansion: Sold for R5,1 million to build 52 RDP houses

    Fri, Nov 24, 2017

    ​Greetings to auctioneers from High Street Auction;

    all bidders present today;

    members of the press; and

    ladies and gentlemen

     

    Thank you very much for affording me this opportunity, in my capacity as the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, to address this auction that is currently taking place, mainly because one of the City's properties is on the auction list.

     

    We are pleased that this property has been sold for R5,1 million from a reserve price of R4,8 million. We were obviously hoping for more, but we were aware of the value of the property.

     

    Nevertheless, this gives effect to our commitment to cutting frills in order to focus on our core business, which is to provide services.

     

    This means that we will be able to provide approximately 52 RDP houses, including land and services.

     

    This is indeed a milestone.

     

    Selling and disposing of the City's properties should not be the norm, however. In this instance, we were forced to do this. The DA-led multiparty administration made it very clear, when we took office last year, that we will prioritise the needs of Tshwane residents and cut down on all things we deem to be frivolous.

     

    After being voted in as the political head of the City of Tshwane, I refused to move into the mayoral mansion because I have long maintained, even during my days on opposition benches, that corrupt activities were conducted with respect to that house by the former ANC administration.

     

    I therefore thank the successful bidder for helping us to help the people of Tshwane by taking this property off our hands so that we may tend to our core business, which is to help our people to live a better life of dignity.

     

    I equally thank all other bidders for showing interest in this property.

     

    This comes after an investigation which found that at least R12 million was spent to "renovate" the house. Yet the latest valuation of the property indicated that it could be sold for a minimum of R5 million.

     

    For that reason, we announced during the State of the Capital Address that the property will be sold in order to free up funds to embark on other meaningful projects for the people of Tshwane.

     

    Given the market value of the property, it is unlikely that we will recoup all the money wasted on exorbitant renovations. However, the mayoral mansion is no longer needed for municipal purposes. The sale will generate income for the City of Tshwane that can be utilised to augment other basic municipal services, such as decent housing opportunities, and to improve our financial sustainability.

     

    In addition to this property being of little or no strategic value to the City's core business of providing services, it is simply unaffordable for a city administration that is trying to recover financially from the previous administration.

     

    The winning bidder will not only be a ratepayer of the City of Tshwane, but will also enjoy the city's hospitality. The property is positioned in a lovely suburb in Tshwane with easy access to the N1 and the R21 to OR Tambo International Airport.

     

    The suburb of Muckleneuk, home to some diplomats, is within walking distance of Unisa. When it comes to attractions, it is close to a number of sites that are rich in heritage, such as the Union Buildings, Freedom Park, Church Square and the Voortrekker Monument. Pretoria's Zoo is a day's outing that is well worth the quick trip into and across town, and for rugby and soccer fans Loftus Versfeld Stadium is also within easy reach of Muckleneuk.

     

    And lastly, credit goes to the City Council for adopting and approving the report on the proposed sale of the five-bedroom house.

     

    Thank you.

  • Urgent maintenance of the water network in Boardwalk Extension 62

    Urgent maintenance of the water network in Boardwalk Extension 62

    Wed, Nov 22, 2017

    ​Residents of Boardwalk Extension 62 to the east of Pretoria are informed about a possible water supply interruption tomorrow, 22 November 2017 from 07:30 to 20:00, when essential maintenance and upgrading will be carried out along Ajax Avenue (between the corner of Ajax and Midas Avenue and the corner of Ajax Avenue and Achilles Street).

     

    An interruption of the water supply will be avoided at all costs. However, the water supply may be interrupted from time to time in the following areas:

     

    • South of Neptune Road and Midas Avenue
    • West of Achilles Street
    • East of Atterbury Road

       

    The maintenance work is expected to:

    • Lessen unplanned maintenance;
    • Limit possible pipe bursts;
    • Improve water supply in the area;
    • Reduce constant major repairs that result in water interruptions; and
    • Reduce the number of areas that will be without water when there is a major pipe burst.

     

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

  • SUSPENSION OF CREMATORIUM SERVICES

    SUSPENSION OF CREMATORIUM SERVICES

    Wed, Nov 22, 2017

    ​Operations at the Rebecca Street Crematorium have been suspended due to a breakdown of two cremators that were recently installed.

     

    The City is waiting for the delivery of the required components to effect repairs, which are scheduled for Wednesday, 22 November 2017.

     

    The public will be informed as to when the operations will resume.

     

    The City apologises for any inconvenience that may arise during this period.  

  • PIPE CONNECTION LEADS TO WATER INTERRUPTION IN GA-RANKUWA

    PIPE CONNECTION LEADS TO WATER INTERRUPTION IN GA-RANKUWA

    Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane would like to inform its customers in Ga-Rankuwa about a scheduled water supply interruption that will affect the area from 20 to 22 November 2017, from 08:00 until 15:00.

     

    The City has to shut down the water supply in order to do a tie-in connection in the outlet pipeline of the Zone 6 east reservoir. This connection is part of the two upgrading projects for bulk water pipelines in Ga-Rankuwa.

     

    The pipes (both bulk and reticulation) in Ga-Rankuwa were predominantly old asbestos cement pipes and the water supply system design was not up to the required standard. The City undertook to replace the worn-out water network with new pipes in order to address capacity constraints and maintenance factors.

     

    The project will bring stability to the existing water reticulation network which has deteriorated to an unserviceable level.

     

    The interruptions are planned as follows:

     

    Date VenueTime
    20 November 2017Zone 2 08:00 until 15:00
    21 November 2017Zone 7, 8 and 908:00 until 15:00
    22 November 2017 Zone 5 and 608:00 until 15:00

     

    Residents in the above-mentioned areas are advised to store water for household use during this period. The City apologises profusely for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of the connection work.

  • Planned Temba Water Treatment Plant shutdown to affect water supply

    Planned Temba Water Treatment Plant shutdown to affect water supply

    Thu, Nov 9, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane would like to inform residents from Temba and surrounding areas about a planned shutdown of the Temba Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 from 08:00 until Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 08:00 for maintenance. This essential work will unfortunately affect the water supply to residents in the area.  

     

    This scheduled extensive work will include –

     

    • the removal of the temporal raw water bypass;
    • the installation of a T-piece connection into the Sekampaneng discharge line;
    • the reparation of the existing concrete lining of the Reservoir 4 feed;
    • the installation of a circuit breaker to power up raw water pump transformers; and
    • a core drill and the installation of a sample puddle at the intake tower.

     

    Below are the areas in Region 2 that will be affected by the interruption:

     

    • Dilopye
    • New Eersterus
    • Temba
    • Babelegi Industries
    • Marokolong
    • Ramotse
    • Majaneng
    • Mandela Village
    • Sekampaneng
    • Hammanskraal

       

    The City has arranged roaming water tankers to supply affected residents with water during the shutdown period. The City of Tshwane apologises for any inconvenience that will arise as a result of this essential scheduled work.

  • UPDATE: GARSTKLOOF LANDFILL SITE FIRE

    UPDATE: GARSTKLOOF LANDFILL SITE FIRE

    Thu, Nov 9, 2017

    ​To ensure the safety of residents near the Garstkloof landfill site which is currently engulfed by a raging compost fire, the City of Tshwane has established a mobile clinic at the Erasmuskloof Fire Station to treat and assist the residents with medical needs arising from the smoke generated by the fire.

     

    Two compost heaps were opened up to extinguish the fire throughout the night. The strong windy conditions are hampering our efforts to douse the fire swiftly.   

                                                                                                                                                                            

    On Sunday evening, 5 November 2017, one of the rows of shredded garden waste started emitting smoke, which suggests that a fire must have been burning underneath. The cause of the fire remains unknown, but it is suspected that it may have been caused by spontaneous combustion of waste. This is caused by a combination of a high temperature in the belly of a waste heap and the heat wave conditions on Sunday.

     

    Due to the intense heat and strong wind, the fire spread through all the compost heaps at the site, causing a huge cloud of smoke that is now hovering over some parts of Tshwane's eastern suburbs.

     

    The acting Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Cilliers Brink, and Ward Councillor Rita Aucamp visited the landfill site this morning to assess the extent of the fire.

     

    "We understand that the situation here is causing anxiety to the surrounding community. We appeal to the nearby residents not to panic. As a caring government that has an interest in the well-being of its residents, we've set up a mobile health facility at the nearby Erasmuskloof Fire Station to provide medical treatment to anyone affected by smoke inhalation arising from the fire at the Garstkloof landfill site. We will also erect tents at Sports Park in Kruger Street, Lyttelton, Centurion, to accommodate the residents who may need a place to sleep overnight in order to escape possible smoke inhalation," Brink said.

     

    A formidable team comprising various emergency services from the neighbouring metros have been roped in together with Working on Fire to intensify our efforts to stabilise the fire. The team is doing everything it can to contain the situation, which will remain with us for the next few days.

     

    "Our Agriculture and Environmental Management Department will immediately conduct an assessment of all the landfill sites of this nature in order to anticipate and prevent this happening again in future, and also to test our fire readiness," Brink said.

    We anticipate that by next Monday, 13 November 2017, we will manage to stabilise the fire and we will intensify our efforts in the coming days to finally extinguish it.

     

    We wish to express our unconditional apology to all the residents who have been inconvenienced by the smoke generated by the fire at this landfill site.

     

    At this stage there is no threat of the fire spreading to nearby properties. There is also no threat of the gases from the waste that is buried underneath catching fire, as the waste is covered by more than 1,5 meter of soil cover material.

     

    About three years ago, the City stopped using the site for the purposes of dumping and burying general waste, as it is the practice at landfill sites. This was when the City realised that the site was reaching its allowable height limit. The City then started to use the site to process shredded garden refuse towards making compost as allowed in the operating permit of a landfill site. This is part of the City's programme to separate and re-use recyclable waste material as required by the national waste strategy.

     

    Residents of Pretoria East are advised to close windows and doors to limit smoke inhalation. Children and elderly persons, particularly those with respiratory conditions, are urged to stay indoors. In addition, residents are advised to consult their nearest health centres or the temporary mobile health facility provided by the City of Tshwane should they experience breathing difficulties.

     

    Enquiries:

     

    Cllr Cilliers Brink

    Acting Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    072 010 1638

     

    Lindela Mashigo

    Acting Spokesperson of the Executive Mayor of Tshwane

    079 147 1860 

     

    Or

     

    Johan Pieterse

    Emergency Management Services Spokesperson

    082 789 9577

     

  • UPDATE ON THE DISRUPTION OF SERVICES IN TSHWANE

    UPDATE ON THE DISRUPTION OF SERVICES IN TSHWANE

    Wed, Nov 8, 2017

    The City of Tshwane would like to inform its customers about the disruption of services as a result of ongoing protest action by the taxi industry today.

     

    Bus operations status: A Re Yeng bus operations have been suspended in the wake of blockades along routes in Mamelodi. Tshwane Bus Services operations in Pretoria North have been delayed, as some drivers were unable to reach the bus depot.

     

    Customer care centres: The protest action is anticipated to impact on the operational efficiency and performance in the City's customer care centres, as staff may be unable to reach their workstations. This may result in an increase in abandoned calls, prolonged holding times when calling and delays in responses to service disruptions.

     

    In the interim, customers are urged to make use of the following alternative avenues to lodge service delivery complaints or queries:

     

    • General queries: Send an email to customercare@tshwane.gov.za.

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    • Meter readings: Send an email to meterrecords@tshwane.gov.za on the correct billing period date. For billing periods, please visit www.tshwane.gov.za.

     

    • Power failures: SMS the word "power" followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676, or visit www.tshwane.gov.za and follow the Report Power Failure link.

     

    • Clients can also view their City of Tshwane account statements, lodge a complaint or query, and make payments to the City of Tshwane electronically on www.tshwane.gov.za. Click on the e-Tshwane link and follow the instructions. This service is available all hours of the day.

     

    We sincerely apologise for any communication delays, challenges and barriers that may be experienced by customers when communicating with the City.

     

    The City of Tshwane will monitor the situation and once it returns to normality, all services will be resumed in earnest.

     

    While we acknowledge that the right to protest is constitutionally guaranteed, the protesters have no right to blockade routes and intimidate those who wish to travel to their workplaces and to school.

     

    The Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department assures the community that police officers and other law enforcement agencies are ready to deal with the protest action. Officers have been deployed to all areas that may be affected. Unlawful activity will not be tolerated.

  • STREETS AFFECTED BY A NATIONAL TAXI ALLIANCES MARCH ON WEDNESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2017

    STREETS AFFECTED BY A NATIONAL TAXI ALLIANCES MARCH ON WEDNESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2017

    Tue, Nov 7, 2017

    The Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department would like to notify Tshwane's citizens about a march of national taxi alliances on Wednesday, 8 November 2017.

     

    The marchers will gather from 09:00 at the old Putco depot in Marabastad and move from there at 11:30 to the Department of Transport at the corner of Struben and Bosman Street to hand over the first memorandum at 12:00.

     

    From the Department of Transport they will proceed to the Union Buildings, where they will hand over the second memorandum at 13:00.

     

    The route of the march is as follows:

     

    From the old Putco depot the marchers will turn into Struben Street, then proceed straight until they reach the Department of Transport at the corner of Struben and Bosman Street.

     

    They will then use the following route to proceed to the Union Buildings:

     

    From Struben Street the marchers will proceed straight, then turn right into Nelson Mandela Drive and left into Madiba Street and from there proceed to the Union Buildings.

     

    They are expected to move back to the old Putco depot at 14:30, using the following streets:

    •           Madiba Street

    •           Nelson Mandela Drive

    •           Johannes Ramokgoase Street

     

    Metro police officers will be deployed to monitor the march and all affected streets. Motorists are advised to avoid the affected streets and use alternative routes such as:

     

    •           Nana Sita Street

    •           Francis Baard Street

    •           Boom Street

     

  • Peu: Tshwane moves to replace “smart” meters

    Peu: Tshwane moves to replace “smart” meters

    Thu, Nov 2, 2017

    ​The City of Tshwane does not want to acquire the so-called smart meters from the service provider, Peu and its subsidiary TUMS. We propose to replace the almost 13 000 meters with our own to ensure value for money and that the people of Tshwane receive a sustainable, reliable and affordable electricity supply.

     

    This submission was made in the City's affidavit on a just and equitable remedy after the High Court declared all agreements between Peu/TUMS and the City as constitutionally invalid on 13 October 2017.

     

    The City also proposed that a reduced rate be payed to Peu for electricity consumption on its estimated 13 000 meters until the City can extricate itself from a relationship with Peu.

     

    The High Court judgment is a massive victory for clean tender processes and value for ratepayers' money. It has boosted City coffers with R950 million and given us a chance to stop the financial haemorrhaging caused by the Peu deal.

     

    In the coming weeks Peu and the applicants in the AfriBusiness matter will have an opportunity to respond to the City's submissions. In the meantime, there will be no interruption of services to consumers with Peu meters.

     

    Although we are subject to the processes of the Court, the City hopes to be rid of Peu and their meters before the end of the current financial year in June 2018.

  • City to review city cleansing levy charges and refund affected consumers

    City to review city cleansing levy charges and refund affected consumers

    Mon, Oct 23, 2017

    The City of Tshwane has discovered that premises that are not serviced by the City but by private contractors were not charged with the city cleansing levy, even though the tariff structure for refuse removal has always contained the city cleansing charge.

     

    The city cleansing levy is to cover the cost of, for example, illegal dumping and city and street cleaning services. This charge has been levied against all premises serviced by the City for a number of years.

     

    This was found to be unfair and inequitable as not all customers who reside in Tshwane were contributing towards the cost of cleaning the city from illegal dumping and littering. With effect from 1 July 2017 all customers, irrespective of whether they are serviced by the City or by the private sector for refuse removal, were required to pay the city cleansing levy.

     

    The MMC for Finance, Cllr Mare-Lise Fourie, acknowledged that it was regrettable that the actual levying of the charge on customers serviced by the private sector was delayed for a period due to technical difficulties with the ICT upgrading of the billing system which, unfortunately, resulted in backdated charges.

     

    "The City recognises the impact that this has had on these consumers and has taken the decision to postpone the implementation of the city cleansing levy to 1 January 2018. All charges levied prior to this date on these consumers will therefore be refunded to affected consumers", said Fourie.

     

    The City would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

     

    "We commit to allocating resources to all regions in the City to assist with cleaning operations. This is an important element of attracting new investment into the city which will contribute towards job creation and the alleviation of poverty", added Fourie.

     

    The City thanks all residents for their understanding and patience while we work relentlessly towards correcting the mistakes of the past and building a City we can all be proud of.

  • City of Tshwane embarks on a green mobility campaign

    City of Tshwane embarks on a green mobility campaign

    Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    ​On Friday, 20 October 2017, City of Tshwane officials will ditch their vehicles for a more environment-friendly mode of transport when they demonstrate that cycling in Tshwane is an alternative to private motorised transport and can also contribute to a greener Tshwane and a healthier lifestyle.

     

    The cyclists will depart from Tshwane House at 07:00, cycle up Sisulu Street and turn right into Visagie Street and then right into Paul Kruger Street, through Church Square, and finally right into Madiba Street. The 5 km route, which is part of the Green Mobility Fridays initiative aimed at building awareness that cycling can also assist in decongesting traffic, will end at Tshwane House. Green Mobility Fridays are part of the City's Transport Month activities taking place under the theme: "Together we move the capital city forward."

     

    Green Mobility Fridays coincide with the Car-free Fridays of 20 and 27 October, when the City will encourage motorists to be less dependent on their cars and try alternatives like the Tshwane Bus Service, A Re Yeng, Metrorail, Gautrain and taxis. As part of the awareness initiative, the City will create a car-free zone in Hatfield by closing Burnett Street between Festival and Grosvenor Street from 05:00 to 17:30 to all privately owned vehicles on both days.

     

    "This initiative is all about stepping out of our comfort zone and get into our buses and taxis and on bicycles or do a bit of footwork on both Fridays. One understands that using public transport might not be as enjoyable as commuting in your own vehicle, but it does ease congestion, reduces emissions and gives you plenty of quality time to get to know your neighbours or people working around your workplace," said Tshwane's MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge.

     

    Wrapping up the Transport Month activities will be the annual 30 km Tshwane Green Ride on Sunday, 29 October 2017, at the Hammanskraal Sports Complex from 06:30. The Tshwane Green Ride was initiated to sensitise communities to the importance of non-motorised transport as a safe and healthy mode of transport. It is also a free fun family ride targeting all levels of riders to illustrate that cycling is an activity for all and can take place anywhere in Tshwane.

     

    "The Tshwane Green Ride goes beyond riding bicycles, as it connects communities that historically were spatially and socially divided and thus serves as a social connector. It is also of great significance to educate our communities about the considerable economic, social and environmental benefits of clean mobility. This is the reason we want to urge members of the public to join and support these Transport Month activities wherever they are in the city," said Senkubuge.

     

    People attending the Tshwane Green Ride will also get to enjoy rollerblading, aerobics, a kiddies' corner, fun walk, indigenous games and many others.

     

    Members of the public who would like to participate in the Green Mobility Fridays, Car-free Fridays or the Tshwane Green Ride can send their enquiries to greenup@tshwane.gov.za.

     

  • Tshwane Bus Service personnel embark on strike action

    Tshwane Bus Service personnel embark on strike action

    Thu, Oct 19, 2017

    ​Several Tshwane Bus Service (TBS) commuters are stranded today due to strike action by workshop personnel at the C de Wet depot who blockaded the main gate this morning, preventing buses from leaving the depot.

     

    Only three out of 105 buses were able to exit the depot early this morning before workshop personnel who consist of artisans, senior operators and general workers downed tools and blockaded the gate with two trucks. Bus commuters in Centurion, Olivienhoutbosch, Danville, Pretoria East and some in Lotus Gardens have been severely affected by the strike.

     

    The TBS management was surprised by the downing of the tools as the personnel that embarked on strike action did not make them aware of their intention to strike. The disgruntled workers claim that they decided to embark on strike action due to overtime and the apparent outsourcing of work to external companies.

     

    The City of Tshwane profusely apologises to our loyal bus commuters who have been left stranded and inconvenienced by the strike today and advises them to make alternative transport plans while we are resolving the issues that led to the strike. We condemn the behaviour of the striking personnel who should have utilised other avenues available to them to express their grievances than arbitrarily embarking on strike action.

  • A RE YENG INCREASES BUS FLEET IN MAMELODI

    A RE YENG INCREASES BUS FLEET IN MAMELODI

    Mon, Oct 9, 2017

    The City of Tshwane is delighted to announce today the decision to increase the number of A Re Yeng buses that have taken over the operations of AutoPax in Mamelodi. This initiative was prompted by service demand in that area. The service was initially supported by 30 buses, and we have now increased the fleet to 45 buses.

     

    The increase in demand is a demonstration that the takeover of the service by the City has been well received by the community and the operations continue to progress reasonably well. The increase in the fleet will neither result in the change of routes nor the bus fares.

     

    The types of buses are as follows:

     

    Bus

    Seated capacity

    Standing capacity

    Overall capacity

    Diesel Mercedes

    38

    54

    92

    Volvo

    36

    35

    71

    CNG

    38

    36

    74

    Artics

    62

    52

    114

     

    The City's A Re Yeng Bus Service took over bus operations from AutoPax in Mamelodi with effect from Monday, 2 October 2017. The City of Tshwane agreed in principle to provide efficient and continuous public transport services, as part of its legislative function, particularly in Mamelodi, upon the withdrawal of services by Autopax. Autopax, a state-owned transport entity, had been requested by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GDRT) to step in and provide services to Mamelodi commuters when Putco (Pty) Ltd voluntarily surrendered its contract to GDRT during 2015.

  • WALTLOO SUBSTATION POWER OUTAGE

    WALTLOO SUBSTATION POWER OUTAGE

    Thu, Sep 28, 2017

    Following the theft of cables in Nellmapius yesterday, Tshwane's team of technicians is onsite to repair the cut cables. The damage is quite extensive and needs meticulous attention. If all repair work goes according to plan, it is hoped that the power supply to the affected areas will be restored by 19:00 today.

     

    The affected areas are:

     

    • N4-Gateway
    • Savannah Estate
    • Nellmapius

     

    The theft and damage caused to the infrastructure is deplorable. The City wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the affected customers.

     

    Please note: Where back-up power supply is possible, it will be effected.

     

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

     

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

  • Emergency repairs to interrupt water supply pipeline feeding into the Meintjieskop Reservoir

    Emergency repairs to interrupt water supply pipeline feeding into the Meintjieskop Reservoir

    Wed, Sep 27, 2017

    ​The City wishes to inform residents of Region 3 of a water supply interruption that will affect some parts of the region tomorrow, 27 September 2017 from 08:00 to 16:00. The interruption comes as a result of emergency repairs that must be carried out on a major water leak on the supply pipeline that services the Meintjieskop reservoir.

     

    The reservoir will be shut down temporarily to allow the City's team of plumbers to do the repairs.

     

    The following suburbs will be affected:

    • Arcadia
    • Bryntirion
    • Deerness
    • Eastcliff
    • Eastwood
    • Elandspoort 357 JR
    • Lisdogan Park
    • Pretoria Town and Townlands
    • Prinshof JRs
    • Rietfontein
    • Rietfontein JRs
    • Rietondale
    • Riviera

    The City apologises for any inconvenience that might be caused by this unplanned interruption. 

  • Upgrading of Mamelodi substation to result in electricity interruption

    Upgrading of Mamelodi substation to result in electricity interruption

    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    ​Tomorrow, 21 September 2017, the City of Tshwane's Utility Services Department will start essential upgrading of the Mamelodi-3 132/11KV substation. This process may possibly result in the interruption of electricity to various areas in Mamelodi.

     

    The upgrading entails switching over from the old feeder cables to the new ones in order to improve the electricity supply to consumers as well as the efficiency thereof.

     

    The following schedule lists the areas that will be affected by the interruption:

     

    AreasDate
    Mamelodi East Stoffel Park21 September 2017
    Mamelodi East X 2 and 322 September 2017
    Mamelodi East X 7, 8 and 1026 September 2017
    Mamelodi East X 11 and 1227 September 2017
    Mamelodi East X 24 and 2928 September 2017
    Mamelodi East X 32 and 3329 September 2017
    Mahube Valley2 October 2017
    Phase 53 October 2017
    Mamelodi East X 20 and 214 October 2017
    Mamelodi East X 305 October 2017
    Mamelodi East X 186 October 2017

     

    Residents should treat all electrical apparatus as live at all times.

     

    The contact number during the electricity interruption is 012 358 9999 (Option 3).

     

    The City apologises for any inconvenience that might arise as a result of these necessary upgrades.

  • 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.

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