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  • Cable theft leads to power failure in parts of Soshanguve, Louwlardia and Olievenhoutbosch

    Cable theft leads to power failure in parts of Soshanguve, Louwlardia and Olievenhoutbosch

    Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    ​Cable theft at Soshanguve Block CC substation has led to a power failure in nearby areas. Technicians are already onsite and busy with repairs. It is estimated that electricity supply will be restored by 22:00 tonight.

     

    The following areas are affected:

     

    • Block CC
    • Block AA
    • Block G
    • Block F

     

    In another development, parts of Louwlardia and Olievenhoutbosch have also been left without power due cable theft. Technicians are attending to the problem and it is anticipated that the power supply would be restored tomorrow, 13 June 2018 at 12:00 midday.

     

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

     

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

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

  • Power failure affecting Mamelodi East and Extension 22

    Power failure affecting Mamelodi East and Extension 22

    Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    The City's technicians are attending to a power failure affecting Mamelodi East and Extension 22 that was the result of two cable faults. It is estimated that power supply will be restored today, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 at 12:00.

     

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

     

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

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

  • City of Tshwane introduces a new meter management system

    City of Tshwane introduces a new meter management system

    Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    The City of Tshwane has introduced a ground-breaking new meter management system aimed at ensuring that its customers get accurate and up-to-date meter readings and billing. The new system, called “Click Soft”, uses the best of breed technology to eliminate estimations and subsequent uncertainty.

     

    This change follows after the old system, which presented meter-management and billing challenges for both internal and external stakeholders, was reviewed. The new automated meter management system will proactively solve both the residents’ and the City’s challenges by verifying information through triangulation which reduces human error as a result of manual input.

    The advantages of switching to Click Soft include:

     

    ·         Real-time update of meter reading

    ·         Timely and accurate readings

    ·         Consistent meter reading

    ·         Correct billing as a direct result of accurate readings

    ·         Timely billing due to automating the meter reading process

    ·         Reduction in billing errors

    ·         Reduction in administrative errors and queries on the exceptions report

    ·         Improved readings even without access control

    ·         Improved capturing of information, resulting in more accurate and sometimes lower bills for consumers

    ·         Elimination of estimations and subsequent uncertainty

    ·         Reduced billing adjustments and improved revenue management for the City

     

    These benefits address the most urgent and challenging issues experienced by consumers. In addition, Click Soft provides improved security, imaging, GPS capability, remote communication, and a user experience which supports the City’s field workers and supervisors’ daily activities.

     

    The MMC for Finance, Councillor Mare-Lise Fourie, hailed the innovation, saying the process of introducing and embedding this new system into the City’s framework is already underway and residents may start to notice several changes. The City’s meter readers will be easily identifiable in uniform with clearly displayed name tags and reference numbers, to ensure safety and comfort for the consumers. As an added security measure, our call centre agents will be on standby to answer questions, verify meter readers and address any queries related to the new meter-reading process.

    “We urge all affected stakeholders (meter readers, residents, other consumers, and staff) to embrace this positive change to the new system. We acknowledge that this change may experience some challenges; however, as the City, we believe that the overall benefits will far outweigh any transitional challenges,” Fourie said.

    A new feature of the meter management process is the capture of images (pictures) of meters and/or meter boxes. This activity confirms visits to meters (including cases where there is no access), allows for visual confirmation of readings, ensures that meter readings are allocated to the correct properties on the GPS system; and also ensures that the City has updated information on the property, including street view functionality.

    “As the capital city of South Africa, we strive to provide our residents with a world-class service offering. The introduction of this new system is one of the many ways that will enable us to service the needs of Tshwane residents in the most effective way,” Fourie added.

    Our customer care line is open from Monday to Sunday to assist with lodging queries and providing further information about the new meter-reading solution. Customers are encouraged to log their queries on 012 358 9999.

  • City of Tshwane to verify its immovable assets

    City of Tshwane to verify its immovable assets

    Wed, Jun 6, 2018

    The City of Tshwane wishes to plead for cooperation from members of the community during its asset verification. This process, which is conducted by Akhile Consortium on behalf of the City, is already underway and will take a couple of months to wrap up, covering all seven regions of the City. The aim of this initiative is to prepare an accurate register of every single immovable asset of the City, such as land, properties, roads, electricity and water systems, and infrastructure.

     

    This is an important task for the City because an accurate record of its assets will help the City to manage them well. This, in turn, will ensure consistent and improved service delivery, such as improved water and electricity, library and clinic services, as well as revenue inflow from property leases. Ultimately, more sources of revenue for the City will yield long-term benefits for Tshwane's residents, such as slight increases in rates and taxes, as the City would no longer be relying solely on rates and taxes to generate revenue.

     

    Preparing the asset register entails the physical verification and evaluation of each asset in terms of their existence, state, maintenance requirements and revenue generation. As part of job creation, Akhile Consortium has given preference to unemployed residents of Tshwane, most of whom were recruited from institutions of higher learning, to perform the verification. A total of 120 fieldworkers have been appointed for the asset verification in all regions of the City.

     

    The MMC for Finance, Cllr Mare-Lise Fourie, said the fieldworkers are the ambassadors of the project and are identifiable by branded identification cards, caps and overalls. She said caution should be exercised by residents and homeowners when letting strangers into their houses. However, access to private properties is not required, as only the City's immovable assets will be verified.

    "The fieldworkers will not conduct door-to-door evaluation. Therefore residents should be cautious not to be defrauded by bogus fieldworkers. The City also urges residents to take ownership of these assets by protecting them and reporting any vandalism or destruction of such assets to the Tshwane Metro Police on 012 358 7095/6. Protecting and reporting community assets are the responsibility of all," Fourie said.

  • Power supply interruption affecting various parts of Tshwane

    Power supply interruption affecting various parts of Tshwane

    Thu, May 31, 2018

    ​The City's technicians are still hard at work repairing the Holiday Inn communal substation in Arcadia.  Businesses, including the Holiday Inn Hotel, experienced an interruption of power supply yesterday when the substation that services the block around the hotel burnt.

     

    Consumers around the block – Beatrix and Francis Baard  as well as Hamilton and Stanza Bopape Street – are still affected. It is not clear when the repairs will be completed.

     

    Meanwhile, the City's technicians are onsite locating a fault that has caused a  power failure in Villeria and Waverley. Residents will be updated on the restoration period.

     

    As for a cable fault in Soshanguve Extension 19 and Ga-Rankuwa Zone 14, our technicians are unable to attend to it due to violent protests and threats in the area by community members since Monday 28 May 2018. The City has arranged escorting by the South African Police Service and the Tshwane Metropolitan Police for the technicians so they can commence with the repair work.

     

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

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

  • CITY MANAGER’s STATUS REPORT ON ALLEGATIONS OF IRREGULARITIES IN THE APPOINTMENT OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF

    CITY MANAGER’s STATUS REPORT ON ALLEGATIONS OF IRREGULARITIES IN THE APPOINTMENT OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF

    Wed, May 23, 2018

    ​Following reports of alleged irregularities in the appointment of the Chief of Staff, Ms Marietha Aucamp, the City Manager, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, at the behest of the Executive Mayor, Cllr Solly Msimanga, requested the City's Chief Audit Executive to expeditiously conduct an in-depth investigation of Aucamp's appointment.

    The investigative team immediately knuckled down to work and, on Tuesday, 22 May 2018, briefed the City Manager on the progress of the investigation. The team requested an extension period to complete the investigation in view of the ground that must still be covered.

    In the interest of a thorough investigation, Dr Mosola deemed it fair and reasonable to accede to the extension request.

    In our endeavour to protect the integrity of the investigation and in the interests of all involved, we will await the completion of the investigation before making the findings public.

  • Power failure in Gezina, Doringkloof, Rietfontein and Soshanguve

    Power failure in Gezina, Doringkloof, Rietfontein and Soshanguve

    Wed, May 23, 2018

    ​Another theft and vandalism of electricity components at the corner of Ronel and Karan Street this morning have led to a power failure in Gezina and Doringkloof. Technicians are attending to the areas and Gezina's power supply should be restored at around 18:00 while an update will be issued on the restoration time for Doringkloof.

     

    Meanwhile, technicians are investigating a power failure affecting Soshanguve Block S, T, P, R and V, while repairs are currently underway at two 11 kV cables that burnt in Rietfontein following an electrical fault. Power supply should be restored to Rietfontein at around 17:00. Residents will be kept abreast of power supply restoration in  Soshanguve.

     

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

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

  • Power failure affecting Waterkloof and nearby suburbs

    Power failure affecting Waterkloof and nearby suburbs

    Fri, May 11, 2018

    ​Waterkloof and nearby suburbs were left without power this morning following power trips in the area. City of Tshwane technicians have been dispatched and are already on-site to investigate the cause of the trips so as to restore the power supply.

     

    The following areas are affected: 

    • Waterkloof
    • Doringkloof
    • Monument Park 

    Residents will be kept abreast of progress.  

     

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

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

  • Suspension of initiation schools in Tshwane

    Suspension of initiation schools in Tshwane

    Thu, May 10, 2018

    The City of Tshwane's Municipal Health Services wishes to inform Tshwane residents ahead of the initiation school season (normally between May and July) about the suspension of initiation schools across Gauteng in 2018.

    The suspension follows a resolution of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (known as the CRL Rights Commission) on 27 October 2017 to suspend all initiation school activities for 2018 in Gauteng.

    The move is aimed at addressing concerns around criminality, gross malpractices and unfavourable habitual conditions that have crept into this age-old traditional ritual. The issues include the mushrooming of unregistered initiation schools, violence, murders and assaults, abductions, extortions, illegal occupation of land, initiation schools that have turned into a haven for criminals and non-compliance with some municipal by-laws.

    "Although Tshwane was found to be fairly in order and having an effective initiation school by-law, the Commission has taken an all-inclusive decision to suspend all schools in Gauteng and to set regulations that prioritise safety and ensure compliance which must be met by December 2018.The City of Tshwane fully supports and commits to abide by the resolution as issued by the CRL," said the MMC for Health, Cllr Sakkie du Plooy.

    Therefore the City of Tshwane will not process any application nor issue any certificate for the operation of male and female initiation schools in 2018. Any initiation school found to be operating within the jurisdiction of the City will be deemed illegal and law enforcement processes will take their course.

    For more information in this regard contact:

    Mr David Muhali on 012 358 3146/082 313 7964

    Mr Philemon Moropane on 012 358 9402/084 3718 371

  • POWER OUTAGE IN PARTS OF SOSHANGUVE

    POWER OUTAGE IN PARTS OF SOSHANGUVE

    Tue, May 8, 2018

    Some blocks in Soshanguve that are serviced by Soshanguve and Block CC substations are without electricity following the theft of three 240 mm MV cables early this morning.  

     

    The following blocks in Soshanguve are affected:

     

    • Block CC
    • Block F
    • Block G
    • Block AA

     

    Technicians have been dispatched to the area between the two substations to establish the extent of the damage so that the cable can be replaced. Residents will be kept informed about progress.  

     

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

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

  • FIRE SAFETY TIPS DURING WINTER SEASON

    FIRE SAFETY TIPS DURING WINTER SEASON

    Fri, May 4, 2018

    With winter on our doorstep, the Emergency Services Department would like to proactively share important safety hints for the use of heating appliances (such as gas and electric heaters) to keep warm during the approaching cold season.

     

    The Emergency Services has seen from experience that many fires in businesses, houses, outbuildings and shacks in winter are caused by negligence of the people occupying the property. An ignorant or careless mistake can start a fire that can get out of control quickly. It is thus important to know the correct number to call for urgent professional help.

     

    The following are safety tips that residents must observe:

     

    Tips for safety with gas appliances

     

    Liquefied petroleum gas (LP gas) is fast, flexible, clean, portable and powerful energy in a cylinder, and can be used for cooking, heating, refrigeration and lighting.

     

    The size of gas cylinders used in the normal everyday environment ranges from 3 kg to 48 kg. The law dictates that a maximum of 19 kg is allowed to be kept inside a house and a maximum of 9 kg in a flat.

     

    SANS 10087, part 1 of 2013 describes the requirements for the handling, storage, distribution and maintenance of LP gas in domestic, commercial and industrial installations. Section 5.2.2.1(a, b) of this standard describes the indoor location required for LP gas containers.

     

    Cylinders larger than 19 kg must be stored outside. For safety purposes, a lockable steel cage is recommended. The cage should have signage indicating that gas is flammable and that no open flames may be near the cage.

     

    Any fixed installation may only be undertaken by a properly trained and registered LP gas installer (see www.saqccgas.co.za for a list of registered installers). The installer must advise the user on the safe use of the appliance and issue a Certificate of Conformity on completion of the installation.

     

    Portable gas heaters are popular for household use. Extreme caution must be exercised once a gas heater is securely connected to a gas bottle and ready for use. All extra gas cylinders must be stored outside the house and in a ventilated cage. Emergency personnel attending to any fire incident must be informed of any cylinders on your premises.

     

    Remember:

    • Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines carefully.
    • Always turn your heater off at the cylinder valve before going to bed, leaving the room or leaving your property.
    • Ensure that all the components of your unit, eg the regulator, hose and hose connection, are well maintained.
    • When changing the cylinder, first close the valve and then remove the regulator. Always check that the rubber "O-ring" (washer) on the end of the regulator is not worn, brittle or damaged in any way. Replace it if there are any signs of damage.
    • Make sure that the "O-ring" is still located on the end of the regulator, as it sometimes gets stuck in the cylinder valve.
    • Test any gas appliance or heater for possible leaks by spraying soapy water on all connections. Leaks will show in the form of a bubble, and must be repaired immediately.
    • Do not use any aerosol or flammable cleaning liquid or spray close to the heater.
    • Avoid sitting or standing too close to your heater – a safe distance would be one metre away.
    • Always make sure that the room where the heater is in use is well ventilated so that there is a continuous supply of fresh air. If it becomes stuffy, open the windows and doors immediately to allow fresh air in.
    • Make sure that your heater is positioned away from any flammable materials and is not blocking any escape route.
    • Never place clothes or other items on your heater.
    • Do not move your unit while it is in use.
    • Educate children on the safe use of gas appliances and never leave them without supervision in a room where such an appliance is located.
    • If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas cylinder immediately and, if possible, take the heater outside.
    • Do not re-use the heater until it has been checked by a reputable LP gas dealer.
    • Use only LP gas appliances that are permitted to be sold in South Africa. A complete list is available on www.lpgas.co.za. Click on the "Safety" button and then on "Find a Safe Appliance".
    • For more information on the safe use of LP gas, visit the website of the LP Gas Safety Association (www.lpgas.co.za) or call the association on 011 886 9702.

     

    Tips for safety at home

     

    • Use appliances that carry the SABS mark of approval.
    • Unplug electrical appliances if they are not going to be used for a long time.
    • Use electric heaters with great caution and unplug them before you go to sleep or leave the area where they are used.
    • Place heaters away from materials such as curtains, bedding, clothing and wooden furniture.
    •  If there are children around, always make sure that they are under adult supervision.
    • Switch electric blankets off at the wall plug once you leave the bed.
    • Have electric cables installed by a professional electrician to minimise the risk of fire.
    • Never run electric cables under carpets, as this might cause a short and start a fire.
    • Turn off all electrical appliances if there is a power failure in your area.
    • Paraffin appliances must be used in well-ventilated areas, and switched off immediately after using them.
    • Store flammable liquids in a cool, ventilated area to avoid explosions.
    • The chimney(s) in your house must be cleaned regularly and covered with a safety shield.
    • Install smoke alarms in the house and have a fire extinguisher at hand for use in an emergency.
    • Avoid having unnecessary waste or compost heaps if your home will be left unattended for a long time.
    • Extinguish an open fire before you leave.
    • Do escape drills so that everyone is well-prepared in an emergency.
    • Make sure that emergency numbers are easily accessible.
    • Take special care when you use open fires for braaiing or heating, and extinguish all fires once you leave the area.

     

    Emergency numbers

    10177

    012 3106300/6400

  • CITY REASSURES RESIDENTS THERE WAS NO DUMPING OF SEWAGE INTO HENNOPS RIVER

    CITY REASSURES RESIDENTS THERE WAS NO DUMPING OF SEWAGE INTO HENNOPS RIVER

    Thu, Apr 12, 2018

    The City of Tshwane can confirm that there was no dumping of sewage into Hennops River. The video clip that was circulating on social media platforms this week showed a waste vehicle with on-board equipment preparing to unblock a sewer pipeline.

    The City of Tshwane Water and Sanitation Department in Region 4 identified a surcharging manhole along Hennops River. The City contracted Averda Sight Lines to investigate and unblock the sewer pipeline causing the surcharge and to mitigate the environmental risk.  Averda Sight Lines, a division of Averda South Africa specialising in CCTV pipe inspections and pipe cleaning, owns the truck on the video concerned.

    The City contracted Averda’s technical CCTV inspection equipment to establish the exact cause of the blockage. The Averda truck in the video is designed to unblock pipelines, and jetted water under high pressure into the sewer pipe via the manhole located close to the river bank.

    Averda determined on 10 April 2018 that a concrete block (bollard) was lodged in the sewer pipe located at Witstinkhout and End Street. The City is now diverting the river flow in order to gain access and remove the bollard.

    The City of Tshwane is confident that the contracted company, Averda, operates compliantly and with sustainable operating practices in dealing with the City.

     

    The City assures the public that it will always comply with set standards of discarding sewage in a safe and responsible way, without posing any health risk to its residents.

  • CANCELLATION OF A WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION

    CANCELLATION OF A WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION

    Wed, Mar 28, 2018

    The planned water interruption that was scheduled for Wednesday, 28 March 2018 has been cancelled. The water interruption was advertised for the following areas:

     

    ·         Waterkloof Glen

    ·         Erasmuskloof

    ·         Wingate

    ·         Rietvalleirand

    ·         Waterkloof AH

    ·         Elardus Park

    ·         Moretela Park

     

     


  • REMINDER! PLANNED WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION TO AFFECT VARIOUS AREAS IN TSHWANE

    REMINDER! PLANNED WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION TO AFFECT VARIOUS AREAS IN TSHWANE

    Mon, Mar 26, 2018

    PLANNED WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION TO AFFECT VARIOUS AREAS IN TSHWANE

     

    25 MARCH 2018

     

    The water utility, Rand Water, is planning a shutdown on 27 March 2018 from 09:00 until 23:00 in order to replace an old Garsfontein meter with a modern one. During this period, the Garsfontein reservoir will be filled to capacity to ensure the provision of water to residents. However, residents are cautioned to use water sparingly to avoid the water level in the reservoir from dropping rapidly – a situation that will lead to service interruption.

     

    If there is an interruption, residents in the following areas will be affected:

     

    • Bergtuin
    • Colbyn
    • Derdepoort
    • East Lynne
    • Ekklesia
    • Jan Niemand Park
    • Kenley AH
    • Kilner Park
    • Koedoespoort
    • Montana
    • Montana AH
    • Moregloed
    • Queenswood
    • Rietfontein
    • Rietondale
    • Villieria
    • Waverley
    • Waltloo
    • Eersterust
    • Meyerspark
    • Silverton
    • Val de Grace
    • Murrayfield
    • Lynnwood
    • Die Wilgers
    • Wapadrand
    • Equestria
    • Faerie Glen
    • Garsfontein
    • Pretorius Park
    • Mamelodi
    • Samcor Park
    • La Montagne
    • Garsfontein
    • Moreletapark
    • Elarduspark
    • Rietvalleirand

     

    Meanwhile, the scheduled installation of a water supply pipeline connection at De Villebois Mareuil and Jacques Street in Moreleta Park will be carried out on Wednesday, 28 March 2018. This installation will result in water supply interruption from 08:00 until 20:00. On this day the areas mentioned below will be affected:

     

    • Waterkloof Glen
    • Erasmuskloof
    • Wingate Park
    • Rietvalleirand
    • Waterkloof AH
    • Elardus Park
    • Moreleta Park

     

    The City of Tshwane sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of the above-mentioned planned maintenance. We also appeal to all the residents to use water sparingly at all times.

  • CITY MANAGER DENOUNCES CRIMINALITY AIMED AT PERSONNEL AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    CITY MANAGER DENOUNCES CRIMINALITY AIMED AT PERSONNEL AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    Sun, Mar 25, 2018


    The City Manager of Tshwane, Dr Moeketsi Mosola, would like to denounce in strongest terms the violence and thuggery directed at the metropolitan municipality’s personnel and infrastructure over the recent days.

    Yesterday, March 25 2018, a senior manager stationed in Region 6, was accosted by criminals while on duty attending to a service delivery interruption in Nellmapius, next to Mamelodi. The manager was deserted when criminals robbed him of his vehicle, phones as well as other items and sped off.

    At around 19:00, on Tuesday, March 6 2018, our technicians had to respond to a power outage affecting Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion. Whilst at the substation, the artisans were held hostage and barred from restoring electricity supply needed by the community. Our artisans were only let-off the next morning of March 7 2018.

    "While this aggression is meted out on our personnel it translates in delays in carrying out our maintenance responsibilities. I urge our communities to shield our employees from such unwarranted violence," says Dr Mosola.

    The City Manager further expresses his disgust on the deviant behaviour and vandalisation of the municipality’s infrastructure happening citywide in the seven Regions. In Region 3, alone, the following incidents of theft and damage to infrastructure occured:

    Yesterday, Elandstreet substation was vandalised – extensive damages have been encountered leaving some of the residents in Koedoespoort without electricity. The estimated time of restoring power to the community is Tuesday, 27 March this year.

    Service wires that run from the lamp pole to the households were stolen in parts of Atteridgeville, Muckleneuk, Menlo Park and Waterkloof yesterday – this means some families have been plunged into darkness for long hours.

     Pretoria CBD: the covers of electricity distribution boxes (along the sidewalk in various streets) were broken yesterday.

    Main feeder cables have been stolen thrice in a week at the Suiderberg substation that provides electricity to Mountainview and Suiderberg suburbs.

    "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our consumers who were affected by the service disruptions for their patience and understanding following the recent downpours. We have managed to restore fundamental services in the form of water and electricity to 90% of the affected areas, despite the difficult rainy conditions," stated Dr Mosola.

    We are working hard to catch up with the outstanding and reported complaints (most of which are individual complaints) that have been logged with our customer service centres. We apologise profusely for the inconvenience caused, added Dr Mosola.

  • Persistent downpours

    Persistent downpours

    Fri, Mar 23, 2018

    ​The Tshwane Emergency Services Department has attended to 41 flooding incidents since yesterday afternoon that were caused by persistent downpours of rain. Storm water drains were blocked and could not handle the massive amount of water and debris that were entering certain areas.

     

    Emergency Services responded to the many incidents reported and had to negotiate, as best as it could, the gridlocked traffic in many areas due to flooded underpasses and low-water bridges.

     

    Families in Pienaarspoort were moved to areas of refuge in community halls after their shacks were flooded and the rising water posed a danger.

     

    The Apies River was in full flood for some time, and traffic was directed away from the low-water bridges. There were incidents of vehicles being stuck in underpasses, especially the underpass in Rachel de Beer Street.

     

    Many trees were also uprooted, which caused structural damage to houses and vehicles. Trees that fell on the roadway caused traffic congestion.

     

    The South African Weather Service has stated that the rain will continue until the weekend. Emergency Services is on high alert and is monitoring the situation in all areas known for floods during heavy or persistent rainfall. Disaster management officials from Emergency Services will continue to assess damages and monitor the weather situation in order to assist communities in need.

     

    You can take the following precautions during heavy rain and floods:

     

    • If possible, stay indoors and off the roads. Avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where the water is above your ankles. If trapped in a vehicle during a flood, abandon the vehicle and get to higher ground.
    • Take special care of children; keep them away from flooded streams and rivers during storms or rainy conditions.
    • In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building.
    • Make sure that water can flow freely through your yard. If the water level rises outside your house, open the doors so that water can drain away and not cause structural damage. If at all possible, channel water in the direction of the nearest road or drainage system.
    • In rural areas, protect or relocate animals to a safe place on higher ground. Abandon your home immediately if evacuation is recommended, before access is cut off by flood water.
    • Never drive on a road that is completely covered by water and where no road surface can be seen. You do not know how deep the water is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
    • All low-lying bridges must be avoided during a flood.
    • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognise flood dangers.
    • Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions of emergency personnel and disaster management officers.

     

    Driving in flash flood conditions

    The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

     

    • 15 cm of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars and may cause loss of control and possible stalling.
    • 30 cm of water will float away many vehicles.
    • 60 cm of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-up trucks.

     

    Emergency numbers

     

    10177

    012 310 6300/6400

  • Cable fault affects power supply to Zambezi Country Estate in Montana

    Cable fault affects power supply to Zambezi Country Estate in Montana

    Tue, Mar 20, 2018

    The Zambezi Country Estate in Montana is currently without power following a cable fault that was discovered at Breedt substation. Repairs to the faulty cable are currently underway and it is estimated that power will be restored at midnight today.

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

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

  • PLANNED WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION TO AFFECT VARIOUS AREAS IN TSHWANE

    PLANNED WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION TO AFFECT VARIOUS AREAS IN TSHWANE

    Fri, Mar 16, 2018

    The water utility, Rand Water, is planning a shutdown on 27 March 2018 from 09:00 until 23:00 in order to replace an old Garsfontein meter with a modern one. During this period, the Garsfontein reservoir will be filled to capacity to ensure the provision of water to residents. However, residents are cautioned to use water sparingly to avoid the water level in the reservoir from dropping rapidly – a situation that will lead to a service interruption.

     

    If there is an interruption, residents in the following areas will be affected:

     

    • Bergtuin
    • Colbyn
    • Derdepoort
    • East Lynne
    • Ekklesia
    • Jan Niemand Park
    • Kenley AH
    • Kilner Park
    • Koedoespoort
    • Montana
    • Montana AH
    • Môregloed
    • Queenswood
    • Rietfontein
    • Rietondale
    • Villieria
    • Waverley
    • Waltloo
    • Eersterust
    • Meyerspark
    • Silverton
    • Val de Grace
    • Murrayfield
    • Lynnwood
    • Die Wilgers
    • Wapadrand
    • Equestria
    • Faerie Glen
    • Garsfontein
    • Pretorius Park
    • Mamelodi
    • Samcor Park
    • La Montagne
    • Garsfontein
    • Moreletapark
    • Elarduspark
    • Rietvalleirand

     

    Meanwhile, the scheduled installation of a water supply pipeline connection at De Villebois Mareuil and Jacques Street in Moreletapark will be carried out on Wednesday, 28 March 2018. This installation will result in a water supply interruption from 08:00 until 20:00. On this day the areas mentioned below will be affected:

     

    • Waterkloof Glen
    • Erasmuskloof
    • Wingate Park
    • Rietvalleirand
    • Waterkloof AH
    • Elarduspark
    • Moreletapark

     

    The City of Tshwane sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of the above-mentioned maintenance. We also appeal to all the residents to use water sparingly at all times.

  • Tshwane Bus Services employees down tools

    Tshwane Bus Services employees down tools

    Thu, Mar 8, 2018

    The management of Tshwane Bus Services (TBS) would like to inform its loyal commuters that operations have been suspended following a work stoppage by its employees affiliated to the labour union, South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu).

     

    The bus drivers refused to take their shifts from 12:00 yesterday and closed all the gates at all the depots, thus preventing buses from exiting the depots to resume operations. The striking workers continued with their work stoppage this morning. The Tshwane Metro Police Department is on-site monitoring the situation. The striking workers are refusing to divulge the reasons for downing their tools.

     

    Other employees affiliated to the labour union, Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), have indicated their willingness to work, however, they could not risk their lives or the City's assets. The City's Chief Operating Officer has been tasked to urgently meet with the striking workers today with the view to resolve the workers' unknown grievances.

     

    The City's management is of the view that negotiations are the best and only avenue to be explored to resolve whatever grievances the workers may have, without inconveniencing our loyal commuters who are solely dependent on TBS for travel.

     

    We wish to apologise profusely to our bus commuters that have been adversely affected by the strike and advise them to make alternative travel arrangements. Further developments will be communicated in due course.

  • Urgent maintenance work to affect power supply in parts of Region 4

    Urgent maintenance work to affect power supply in parts of Region 4

    Wed, Mar 7, 2018

    Yesterday, Monday, 5 March 2018, the City of Tshwane commenced with the month-long urgent pruning of trees in parts of Region 4 to the south of Pretoria. The City had to initiate this essential work in order to reduce the regular power outages affecting Raslouw due to trees that hang over power lines during thunderstorms and heavy rains.

     

    Unfortunately this essential upkeep will affect the power supply to the area from 08:00 to 16:00 as scheduled below:

     

    Date  

    Streets

     

    5 to 9 MarchLochner and Philirene Street
    12 to 16 MarchErasmus, Lulu, Baard, Witpens Stekelster and Ruimte Street
    19 to 23 MarchBasson, Baard, Aletta and Louisa Street

     

    The City of Tshwane sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of the essential maintenance work. We also appeal to residents to treat all electrical points as live.

  • Koedoespoort substation fault leads to power outage

    Koedoespoort substation fault leads to power outage

    Thu, Mar 1, 2018

    The City of Tshwane has dispatched a team of technicians to attend to the 132 kV fault that has resulted in a power outage in the supply area of the Koedoespoort substation.

    The following areas are affected by the outage:

    • East Lynne
    • Jan Niemand Park
    • The western parts of Silverton

    The restoration period will be communicated in due course.

    Consumers are advised to treat all electrical points as live.

    Affected customers are urged to report power failures by SMS. SMS the word "power' followed by your account number to 082 612 0333 or 44676. You can also report a power failure at 012 358 9999, choosing the electricity option, or at

  • JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF TSHWANE AND THE EUROPEAN TOUR ON THE UPCOMING TSHWANE OPEN TOURNAMENT #TSHWANEOPEN18

    JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF TSHWANE AND THE EUROPEAN TOUR ON THE UPCOMING TSHWANE OPEN TOURNAMENT #TSHWANEOPEN18

    Wed, Feb 21, 2018

    ​The City of Tshwane and the European Tour are proud to announce their hosting of the prestigious Tshwane Open set to take place from 1 to 4 March 2018 at the magnificent Pretoria Country Club in Waterkloof.

     

    This flagship sporting event of the City of Champions is taking place under the theme, "It's more than just Golf", and presents the capital city with the opportunity to show off our beautiful cosmopolitan city to the world.

     

    The Tshwane Open forms part of the 2018 Sunshine Tour and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour. It is one of the tournaments that gives players the chance to gain Sunshine Tour Order of Merit points, European Race to Dubai points and sought-after world ranking points.

     

    Our tournament has already made a name for itself, helping to establish South Africa as one of the most successful hosts of European Tour events globally.

     

    Not only do we play host to the 156 players and their families, we also welcome the fans who provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere to the event.

     

    We also welcome the media – both international and local – who play an integral role in promoting the tournament and showcasing our city.

     

    During the event, Tshwane, as the host city, gains an international reputation through the four-day live television coverage via SuperSport and its global partners. What this means in reality is that the television feed is distributed to 41 broadcasters in 150 countries and has the potential to reach almost 500 million households.

     

    The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, who will tee off on the morning of Thursday, 1 March said: "We are thrilled, as the capital city, to be hosting a world-class tournament of this magnitude and we're looking forward to the economic spin-offs to be generated through this tournament, which would go a long way towards creating job opportunities for the poverty-stricken and unemployed people of Tshwane."

     

    Sunshine Tour CEO, Selwyn Nathan, who has overseen the last five instalments of the Tshwane Open, enthused about the success of the tournament: "Last year, the Tshwane Open reached almost 460 million households around the world and the global broadcast hours totalled 2 263. This translates into global media coverage valued at 98,6 million US dollars or more than R1 billion. We're confident that the 2018 viewership figures will surpass the previous year's".

     

    Our 2018 Tshwane Open would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors:

     

    • Sunshine Tour
    • European Tour
    • TicketPro
    • The Pro Shop
    • Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa
    • ABSA
    • Gauteng Provincial Government
    • MaxProf
    • Avis
    • PrimeMedia Outdoor
    • Jacaranda FM

     

    The City of Tshwane and the Sunshine Tour are looking forward to the 2018 Tshwane Open and are determined to show off all the elements that make our city a City of Champions, a city that "ignites excellence"; we invite all of you to join us!

     

    JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

    Our second Tshwane Open Junior Tournament is coming up on Sunday, 25 February 2018 at the Irene Country Club.

     

    This is an important initiative in supporting golf development in the country. Entrance is free so everyone will be able to come over and watch our future champions in action. Tee off is at 11:00.

     

    LADIES TSHWANE OPEN

    The 2018 Tshwane Open season kicked off in style with the Canon Ladies Tshwane Open, held at the Pretoria Country Club from 31 January to 2 February 2018.

     

    With a purse of R400 000, the tournament is in keeping with the City of Tshwane's drive to support women empowerment.

     

    The Canon Ladies Tshwane Open provides an opportunity for the country's top female players to showcase their talent and become role models for young players. It is also a platform to nurture and develop amateur talent.

     

    The 2018 tournament was won by South Africa's Stacy Bregman.

     

    CHAMPIONS' BREAKFAST

    In keeping with our reputation of being a City of Champions, we will host a Breakfast of Champions during the Tshwane Open Tournament on 2 March at the Pretoria Country Club.

     

    This year Bafana Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter, and Rugby World Cup winner and former Springbok captain, Victor Matfield, will share their inspirational stories and insights into what makes a champion.

     

    JACARANDA BEAT THE BEST PRO

     

    Ten amateurs will have the opportunity to play against professional golfers in the Jacaranda Beat the Best Pro competition to be held on Day 3 of the 2018 Tshwane Open on the 14th hole at the Pretoria Country Club.

     

    NIGHT MARKET

     

    The 2018 Tshwane Open will add spice to the golfing action with a night market showcasing local art, craft, design, food, music and family entertainment. The night market will take place from Friday, 2 March to Sunday, 4 March.

     

    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be live music after the last round has been completed.

  • City of Tshwane condemns the torching of its offices in Mabopane

    City of Tshwane condemns the torching of its offices in Mabopane

    Mon, Jan 22, 2018

    The City of Tshwane strongly condemns the torching of its depot this morning in Mabopane, north of the city, by a group of disgruntled former employees whose contracts under the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) known as "Vat Alles" have expired.

     

    At about 08:00 a group of 45 people descended upon our Waste Management Depot in Block A, Mabopane, and broke down the security gate, burnt the stock of waste bins, an asbestos office and a kitchen. They also damaged the security cubicle and the toilet windows. The Rosslyn Fire Division was quickly dispatched to the depot to extinguish the fire.

     

    The former "Vat Alles" employees have been responsible for a series of service disruptions and chaos across Tshwane since the beginning of this year after the expiry of their contracts. We call upon law enforcers to take action against those that have been vandalising City of Tshwane assets and intimidating our employees. No amount of intimidation and thuggery will deter us from continuing to deliver services to our people. A case docket has been registered with the local police.

     

    The EPWP is a national initiative aimed at reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty through the creation of short-term, labour-intensive work opportunities.

     

    The reformed EPWP recruitment policy framework was passed by Council on 28 September 2017 as a principle of "good governance". Candidates were recruited in a transparent and fair manner. The City embarked on a recruitment campaign late last year and managed to register more than 120 000 potential beneficiaries on its central database and renamed the programme "Gata Le Nna", which means "Walk with me".

    One of the proposed amendments to the revised policy included the selection of eligible beneficiaries through an open and audited lottery-like system.

     

    In December 2017, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga, oversaw a "lottery" of over 3 000 beneficiaries for EPWP, some of whom commenced their duties at the beginning of the year.

  • Tshwane residents urged to conserve water to avoid shortages

    Tshwane residents urged to conserve water to avoid shortages

    Thu, Jan 18, 2018

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

     

    Rand Water warns that the abstraction of water from the Vaal Dam currently exceeds the allowable licenced limit as determined by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. Therefore, on 15 January 2018, Rand Water began to limit water supply to municipalities in order to stay within the permissible existing water abstraction limit.  

     

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

     

    We urge the city's consumers to utilise water in a far more effective and efficient way. If this appeal is heeded, water-related interruptions will be minimised. The water conservation measures that were implemented during the initial restrictions should become the norm.

     

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

     

    • Use grey water for watering gardens and flushing toilets;
    • Report water leaks and burst pipes;
    • Install water-saving devices;
    • Where possible, install a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators;
    • Use a dual-flush toilet cistern;
    • Plant indigenous or drought-resistant shrubs in the garden;  
    • Water gardens before 08:00 or after 17:00 and only when necessary;
    • Use a broom instead of a hosepipe when cleaning driveways or patios;
    • Collect rainwater for re-use in the garden or for washing the car;
    • Cover the swimming pool to reduce evaporation;
    • Take a shower rather than a bath;
    • Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving; and
    • Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks.

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

  • Waste collection Interruption to receive attention

    Waste collection Interruption to receive attention

    Wed, Jan 17, 2018

    A service interruption in respect of waste collection is currently experienced in Region 1 and 2. We are therefore engaging continuously with the service provider involved to establish the reasons for the interruption.

     

    The City of Tshwane promises to restore a full waste collection service soon.

     

    Some of the affected areas are listed below.

     

    Region 1

     

    • Ga-Rankuwa
    • Mabopane
    • Winterveld
    • Soshanguve
    • Akasia/Rosslyn

     

    Region 2

     

    • Alphen Park
    • Ashlea Gardens
    • Brooklyn Extension
    • Erasmus Park
    • Hazelwood
    • Maroelana
    • Monument Park
    • Muckleneuk Extension
    • Lukasrand
    • Nieuw Muckleneuk
    • Waterkloof
    • Waterkloof Heights
    • Waterkloof Park
    • Sterrewag
    • Pretoria CBD
    • Lynnwood
    • Menlo Park
    • Persequor

       

    The City apologises profusely for the non-collection of waste and/or the interruption of the waste management service. We are committed to ensuring that the service is restored to the required and expected standard.

  • Power failure affecting some areas in the east of Pretoria

    Power failure affecting some areas in the east of Pretoria

    Tue, Jan 16, 2018

    ​Some areas in the east of Pretoria are without power due to an 11KV power trip that occurred in the early hours of today. It is not yet known as to when power will be restored as the City's technicians are still investigating the trip with a view of effecting repairs.

     

    The following areas are affected:

     

    • Mamelodi West
    • Silverton
    • East Lynn
    • Koedoespoort

     

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

     

    The City wishes to apologise for the inconvenience that might arise as a result of this power supply interruption.

  • Invitation to nominate candidates for 2018 ward committee elections

    Invitation to nominate candidates for 2018 ward committee elections

    Mon, Jan 8, 2018

    The City of Tshwane's Speaker of Council, Cllr Rachel Mathebe, invites members of the community and interested stakeholders to nominate their preferred stakeholders or individuals for the ward committee elections that will take place between March and April 2018.

     

    The purpose of these nominations is to encourage communities and community organisations to participate in matters of local government in accordance with the City's By-law on Ward Committees. The nominations will be open on 9 January 2018 and close on 9 February 2018.

     

    To be eligible for nomination, candidates must meet the following criteria:

     

    • He/she must be a registered voter in the Tshwane municipal area.
    • He/she must be nominated by a ward-based stakeholder group or be nominated as an individual by a registered voter that resides in the ward.
    • He/she must be a resident or employer/employee in the ward or must own a legally registered business or property in the ward.
    • He/she must be older than 18 years and must be a South African citizen with a green barcoded identity document/card.
    • He/she must not have been convicted, after February 1997, of an offence for which he/she was sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine for a period of not less than twelve months.
    • He/she must not be a person of unsound mind who has been declared so by a competent court.
    • He/she must not be under curatorship.

     

    Nomination forms can be downloaded from the City of Tshwane's public website (www.tshwane.gov.za) and be submitted to the email addresses below, or they can be requested and filled in at regional offices from 9 January to 9 February 2018, as indicated below:

     

     

    RegionContact person

    Nomination

    email

    Contact number

    Nomination

    address

    Time
    1

    Trusty Lekhuleni

     

    Helen Rakgotho

     

    trustyl@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    helenra@tshwane.gov.za

    071 687 9727

    012 358 6509

     

    072 237 3205

    012 358 4797

    Office 19,

    Akasia Municipal Offices, Dale Road, Karenpark

    08:00 – 16:00
    2

    Jacob Makgoga

     

     

    Evan Paleologos

    jacobmak@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    evanp@tshwane.gov.za

    072 900 8182

    012 358 1280

     

    082 322 1532

    012 358 1177

    Office 130, Temba Council Chamber,

    4442 Unit 1, cnr Jubilee and Molefe Makinta Road, Temba

    08:00 – 16:00
    3

    Suzan Mabunda

     

     

    Hendrik Reynders

    suzanm@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    hendrikr@tshwane.gov.za

    082 618 5452

    012 358 1098

     

    084 569 3444

    012 358 0922

    Office 33, Sammy Marks Square, cnr Madiba and Sisulu Street, Pretoria08:00 – 16:00
    4

    Derick Kidson

     

     

    Cobus van Aswegen

    derickk@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    cobusva@tshwane.gov.za

    082 326 4015

    012 358 0489

     

    083 287 9489

    012 358 6506

    Office 64, Centurion Council Treasury Building, cnr Basden Avenue and Rabie Street, Lyttelton08:00 – 16:00
    5

    Noah Masilela

     

     

    Hennie Beukes

    noahm@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    hennieb@tshwane.gov.za

    060 976 5641

    012 358 9812

     

    082 375 2773

    012 358 7257

    Rayton Municipal Building, cnr Oakley and Montrose Street, Rayton08:00 – 16:00
    6

    Lucia Tlou

     

     

    Harry Klopper

    remonat@tshwane.gov.za

     

    harryk2@tshwane.gov.za

    074 125 6540

    012 358 0196

     

    082 324 2227

    012 358 1279

    Office C30, Mamelodi Mini-Munitoria, Mamelodi Thusong Centre, Mamelodi 08:00 – 16:00
    7

    Khutso Leshika

     

     

    Marko de Almeida

    khutsol@tshwane.gov.za

     

     

    markoda@tshwane.gov.za

    076 306 7494

    012 358 1177

     

    083 443 9493

    012 358 1282

    Muniforum Building 1, cnr Market and General Louis Botha Street, Bronkhorstspruit08:00 – 16:00

  • Burst pipe may lead to water supply interruption in Rooihuiskraal

    Burst pipe may lead to water supply interruption in Rooihuiskraal

    Wed, Jan 3, 2018

    Residents of Rooihuiskraal and Louwlardia are informed about low water pressure caused by a burst pipe in Rantjiesfontein.

     

    The burst pipe belongs to Rand Water (RW), the utility that supplies water to the City of Tshwane, among others. Since yesterday, a team of RW plumbers has been hard at work repairing the affected pipeline.

     

    The Rooihuiskraal reservoir level is now at about 25%, which is worrying. The City is doing everything in its power to ensure that the reservoir does not run dry. In the meantime, roaming water tankers will be arranged, in cooperation with local councillors, to supply residents with water if the situation does not improve.

     

    Upon completion of the above-mentioned work and depending on water consumption, it may take up to six hours before the reservoir is filled to acceptable levels.

     

    The City apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of this unplanned water supply interruption. We also appeal to all affected residents to conserve and use water sparingly at all times.

     

  • No permission, no fireworks!

    No permission, no fireworks!

    Fri, Dec 22, 2017

    ​Illegal use of fireworks can be dangerous to oneself and to others, and is a public nuisance. People who use fireworks carelessly or without knowing what they are doing, can be injured or even killed. They can also injure or kill others.

     

    During the festive season, many persons may inadvertently set off fireworks for public display without first obtaining permission from the City Emergency Services and the South African Police Services. All applications for consideration must be handed in 14 days prior the event. The City of Tshwane will enforce municipal legislation regarding fireworks over the festive period.

     

    Where are fireworks allowed to be discharged for purposes of public display?

    NO private residential premises within the boundaries of Tshwane!

     

    The Emergency Services Department may grant written permission for the private

    discharge of public display fireworks on the following sites only:

    (a) Sports fields not owned by the City of Tshwane, but only after written approval

    has been obtained from the owner.

    (b) Smallholdings, on condition that, in the opinion of a Designated Emergency

    Services official, that the vegetation, shrubs and/or crops on the smallholding

    under consideration permit such discharge. Any other suitable open spaces not owned by the City of Tshwane, on condition that the private discharge of any fireworks must be supervised by a responsible person of 18 years of age or older.

     

    Keeping and dealing in fireworks

    (a) The premises where fireworks are handled must preferably have two exits.

    Where premises have only one exit, the fireworks location must be situated to

    the back of the premises relative to the exit.

    (b) The doors of the exit(s) must be unlocked and unbolted during normal business

    hours and there must be an open walkway between the counter containing the

    fireworks and the exit. No obstructions may be placed in this walkway.

    (c) No fireworks may be displayed in a window or any other place where the public

    can meddle with them.

    (d) Every dealer in fireworks must display notices reading "DEALER IN

    FIRE WORKS" on the outside of the premises and in a prominent position at

    every entrance. Symbolic signs representing "NO SMOKING" and "NO OPEN

    FLAME" must also be displayed in prominent positions inside the premises.

    (e) Smoking is not allowed inside premises where fireworks are kept, stored or

    handled. No person is allowed to enter such premises with an unprotected light

    or open flame.

    (f) A license to deal in fireworks must be obtained from the Chief Inspector of

    Explosives and a permit from the Emergency Services Department before

    starting to deal in fireworks.

    (g) No shop may have more than 500 kg of fireworks in the shop.

    (h) All fireworks must be kept behind a counter or at a place that is not accessible to

    the public. Fireworks are not allowed to be stored in the racks of the shop.

    (i) Dealers are not allowed to sell fireworks to any person under the age of 16.

     

    Complaints regarding fireworks can be reported to:

    • Emergency Services 012 310 6300/6400 in the case of a fire hazard to premises, or 012 310 6200 during office hours (08:00 to 16:00); and
    • Inspector of Explosives 012 342 9091 in the case of enquiries related to

      fireworks dealer licenses, or 082 822 8217; and 079 529 3446 in the case of

      contraventions of the Explosives Act and Explosives Regulations.
    • Metro Police 012 358 7095/6 for any complaints or disturbance of the peace.
    • For complaints, please call 012 358 7095/6

    For enquiries, please call 012 342 9091 or 012 310 6300/6400

  • #TshwaneFightingUnemployment: 3232 beneficiaries selected in 1st EPWP lottery

    #TshwaneFightingUnemployment: 3232 beneficiaries selected in 1st EPWP lottery

    Mon, Dec 18, 2017

    Today I oversaw a lottery of over 3 000 beneficiaries for Expanded Public Works Programme work opportunities in the city. The lottery comes after the Executive Mayor led a citywide recruitment drive that saw 120 683 people registering on our central database.

     

    Today's lottery included those members of the programme previously known as "Vat Alles". They will now formerly be known as Gata Le Nna. This loosely translates to "Walk with me".

     

    The reformed EPWP Recruitment Policy Framework was passed by Council on 28 September 2017 in accordance with the principle of good governance which the DA-led multiparty administration adopted as one of its strategic priorities, and which requires the Tshwane leadership to continuously consult with their communities in the lawmaking and governance-related programmes.

     

    One of the proposed amendments to the revised policy includes the registration of eligible EPWP beneficiaries on a central database, with beneficiaries selected through an open and audited lottery-like system.

     

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

     

    "I am pleased to see that after we have registered over 120 000 residents onto our EPWP database, today we conduct the first digital lottery to demonstrate that beneficiaries are indeed selected at random and not on the basis of prejudicial reasons as in the past.

    "This process will see the fair and equitable recruitment for EPWP work opportunities so that the burden of poverty, inequality and unemployment may be alleviated to some measure," added Msimanga.

     

    The table below indicates the numbers required per region and per ward:

     

    Total number per region:

    RegionParticipants required
    Region 1862
    Region 2550
    Region 3720
    Region 4280
    Region 5110
    Region 6600
    Region 7110
    TOTAL3 232

     

    The EPWP selection process

    The Executive Mayor will not follow a manual selection process; hence, a random selection by the system using variables such as region, ward, skill set, gender, age or disability is used.

    Please note that there will not be a re-run of the lottery report. Therefore, there is a need to be guided by the following analogy which should be used as a yardstick for the selection process.

    Let's take a case of 55% males from a total of 3000 persons; ie 1650 males (0.55*3000).

    STEP 1

    Run the lottery report. On the variables, enter the number of beneficiaries as 1650. You may add other variables as explained above. Explicitly indicate gender as 'Male'.

    The resultant number of the report (ie, 1650) beneficiaries will be displayed on the report and will be downloaded into an excel spreadsheet, with their contact details for further engagements.

    STEP 2

    From the above, we know that there are 45% females from a total of 3000 persons; ie 1350 females (0.45*3000).

    Run the lottery report. On the variables, enter the number of beneficiaries as 1350. You may add other variables as explained above. Explicitly indicate gender as 'Female'

    The resultant number of the report (ie1350) beneficiaries will be displayed on the report and will be downloaded into the excel spreadsheet with their contact details for further engagements.

    The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is a national initiative aimed at reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty through the creation of short-term work opportunities, through the use of labour-intensive methods.

    Gone are the days where EPWP opportunities were handed out to hand-picked beneficiaries. From now on, recruitment and appointment would be on a fair and transparent basis, such as Tshwane has never seen before.

    The City of Tshwane firmly believes that these reforms will win back the trust of communities, which was lost by the previous administration's disastrous handling of public works job opportunities.

  • 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.

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