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Region 7

REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Robert Maswanganyi

Physical address

Conner Mark and Botha Streets
Telephone: 0139326214
Email: RobertMasw@TSHWANE.GOV.ZA

CUSTOMER CARE WALK –IN CENTRES IN THE REGION

Dark City Customer Care Centre

Physical address: 1107 Section F Ekangala

Telephone: 012 358 6031 / 082 959 2189

Email: aubreyb@tshwane.gov.za

Bronkhorstspruit Customer Care

Physical address: - Cnr Botha And Kruger Streets, Bronkhorstpruit

Telephone: 012 358 6031

Email: aubreyb@tshwane.gov.za

Ekangala B Customer Care Centre

Physical address: EKANGALA - 1752 Section A Ekangala

Telephone: 012 358 6031

Email: aubreyb@tshwane.gov.za

Zithobeni  Customer care Centre

Physical address: 2237 Mothibe Drive

Telephone: 012 358 6031

Email: aubreyb@tshwane.gov.za

 

Locality​

Region 7 is an extensive rural region with a low population density, high unemployment and close to a quarter of the dwelling units remaining informal.

The map below shows the location of Region 7 in the City of Tshwane:

Figure 1: Locality Map

 

 

The region includes the areas of Bronkhorstspruit, Ekangala, Ekandustria, low income residential areas and surrounding rural areas. The urban area of Bronkhorstspruit is more developed, with modern infrastructure, such as water, electricity, roads, communication networks and sanitation. The area contains some of the best farming land in Gauteng.The area has a rather weak spatial structure characterised by heavy through traffic, vast open spaces, and small economic centres.

1.1 Socio-Economic Profile

In this section, the main aspects of Region 7’s socio-economic profile will be discussed.

1.1.1 Population Size and Composition

 

Table 1: Population per Ward

 
Wards Population Density per Ha Dwelling Units Average Household Size
102 31709 1.0 9321 3.4
103 25844 5.1 7145 3.6
104 26095 12.3 7553

3.5

105 26119 0.2 7048 3.7
Total: 109766 0.7 31064 3.5

 

The area is predominantly rural, with low population densities. The highest densities are not in and around the Bronkhorstspruit CBD but in Ekangala.

The figure below shows the population density per ward:p>

Figure 2: Population Density per Ward

(Source: StatsSA Census 2011)

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A detailed breakdown of population per age group and gender is shown in the population pyramid:

Figure 3: Population Pyramid

 

(Source: StatsSA Census 2011)

The region has a young population, with the age groups below 20 and 34 year being the largest.

1.1.2 Levels of Education

In summary, in Region 7:

  • 7% of adults have no schooling. .
  • 19% of adults are schooled up to grade 12.

The region has fairly low education levels, with few people having a tertiary qualification. A more detailed breakdown of the education levels are shown in the figure below:

Figure 4: Education Levels

 

(Source: StatsSA Census 2011)

1.1.3 Employment

Approximately 26% of economically active persons are permanently unemployed, as shown in the figure below:

 

(Source: StatsSA Census 2011)

1.1.4 Accommodation

A total of 7170 dwelling units, or 22% of dwellings in the region, are informal. A more detailed breakdown of dwelling units is shown in the figure below:

Figure 6: Dwelling Units

 

Source: StatsSA Census 2011)

In conclusion, Region 7 is an extensive rural region with a low population density, high unemployment and close to a quarter of the dwelling units remaining informal.

1.2 Spatial Characteristics

1.2.1 Main Components

The figure below indicates the key developmental features of the region, including main structuring elements such as nodes and main roads, future investment areas and natural features such as ridges.

 

Factors affecting the spatial development include:

  • The disparate location of urban settlements makes the consolidated development of the settlements difficult.
  • Environmentally sensitive areas that should not be developed.
  • Lack of infrastructural services in rural areas and to poorer communities.
  • Regional accessibility through the N4 as well as secondary corridor R25 provincial road.
  • The N4, R25 and railway line are the strongest structural elements in the area. The N4 also forms the backbone of the Maputo corridor, linking through to Maputo. The main east west corridor is the N4. Public transport in rural areas in particular, non-motorised transport (bicycles and walking) play a special role when short distances are travelled and also most popular forms of mobility used by communities. A fair number of mini-buses and buses carry a fair number of passengers to and from the area and therefore mini-buses and buses are probably the most appropriate modes to provide transport services in the area.
  • Non-racialism and non-sexism: Promote mutual respect and non-discriminatory policies and practices.
  • The municipal area has vast open spaces that are cultivated in the eastern part, with small economic centres Bronkhorstspruit and Ekandustria (with surrounding lower income residential areas), in the middle and to the north west of the area. Informal settlements, though small and relatively contained, are scattered through the area, forming low-income residential enclaves.
  • The Sokhulumi rural community is located in the north east of the region. The area is under provided with both service and social infrastructure.
  • Apart from the pristine natural environment, the Bronkhorstspruit Dam is a major asset. The dam is, however, under immense pressure for the development of high-income residential enclaves.

1.2.2 Characteristics of Region

Region 7 is characterised by the following geographic features:

  • Significant ridge systems such as the Bronberg Ridge, Gouwsberg mountains along the Wilge River.
  • Significant watercourse systems throughout, most notably the Bronkhorstspruit, Wilge River, Osspruit, Blesbok spruit, Vals and Grootfontein spruit.
  • Significant watercourse systems throughout the area, most notably the Premier Mine Dam and the Bronkhorstspruit dam.
  • Protected Areas in the form of the Bronkhorstspruit nature reserve and Zemvelo Nature Reserve
  • • Ecologically sensitive areas associated with ridge and watercourse systems.

1.3 SWOT Analysis

In summary, the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the Region are the following:

Table 2: SWOT Analysis

 
 
STRENGTHS ​​OPPORTUNITIES
  • Competitive advantage of proximity and access to both major urban nodes in Gauteng – CoJ and CoT, as well as to Oliver Tambo International Airport.
  • Access to critical points further east along the N4 / Maputo Corridor, such as Witbank, Mbombela / Nelspruit, the Kruger National Park and the expanding ocean port at Maputo.
  • Arable land is within a relatively short distance to the urban markets.
  • High potential agricultural land.li>
  • Good regional connectivity.
  • Ekangala / Ekandustria in Region 7 has the potential to create large amount of job opportunities.
  • Costs associated with this access are much lower than in competitive locations, such as in Midrand
  • Lower distribution cost is also an important factor in agricultural production.
WEAKNESSES THREATS
  • Educated and skilled younger people moving to the metropolitan areas.
  • Few areas have access to bulk infrastructure necessary to support industrial and tourism development.
  • Unemployment is becoming an increasing concern.
  • Aging infrastructure needs to be replaced.
  • Low skilled labour available in comparison with the urban areas in Gauteng.
  • excluded from the spatial growth focus of the provincial economy.

The current socio-economic and developmental situation in the region, and its opportunities, strengths, weaknesses and threats, should inform a service delivery response that is specifically tailored to be relevant for the unique regional conditions and respond to the City’s overall vision.

2 STRATEGIC DIRECTION

2.1 City of Tshwane Vision and Mission

The CoT set its long-term, developmental vision as follows (Vision 2055):

In 2055, the City of Tshwane is liveable, resilient and inclusive whose citizens enjoy a high quality of life, have access to social, economic and enhanced political freedoms and where citizens are partners in the development of the African Capital City of excellence.

Tshwane, my City, our Capital

Figure 8 illustrates the positions of the regions in the overall administrative structure of the City.

Figure 8: Position of Regions

 

The City’s administration has an important role in not only planning and administratively leading the City and its communities to fulfil the vision, but also to implement the vision through strong and well managed regions.

2.2 Working Towards Strong Regions

The City of Tshwane is aiming to achieve a vision for regions as superb areas to live, work and visit, which capitalise on their unique strengths, creating strong, resilient and prosperous centres.

To achieve the vision for stronger regions, city wide and regional actions will be implemented based on the following four regionalisation priorities:

  • Infrastructure and services: Ensuring Regional Tshwane emerges more resilient from natural disasters and anticipates future growth to improve productive capacity and sustain long-term growth.
  • People: Promote Regions as centres offering residents the full range of areas of opportunities in life through career and education, as well as the amenities that contribute to liveability.
  • Business: Supporting business to attract new investment to generate sustained employment areas of opportunities and strengthen the economic base.
  • Partnerships: Fostering partnerships at local, national and provincial levels to promote coordination and drive local leadership.

 

Regions will provide service delivery differently. The following Strategic Initiatives support this statement:

  • IDP Focus: The IDP became Regionalisation Focused
  • Ward Based Services Delivery: Redirect Service Delivery through a Ward Based System, effective participation and bringing services nearer to the community.
  • Optimum Maintenance: Pro and Reactive maintenance through speed, agility and innovation initiatives.
  • Norms and Standards: Norms and standards were developed and introduce to ensure effective and efficient service delivery and turnaround times.

 

There are also specific things that Regions do differently:

  • Quantity: Services are supplied in sufficient volume and diversity to sustain basic needs
  • Quality: Services will be of such quality that they will last for an appropriate period of time so that they do not have to be re-supplied at additional cost
  • Batho Pele Standards: Services and systems will enhance the Batho Pele Pledge of the City
  • Time / Timeliness: Services will be rendered on time so that customers can derive maximum benefit from them.
  • Equity: Services and products will be provided without discrimination

 

A regional approach to service delivery will facilitate a region-specific focus, with service delivery directly responding to the specific reality of each region.

3 REGIONAL GOVERNANCE

3.1 Administrative Structures

The Regional Executive Director (RED) is the administrative head directly responsible for the management of the Region. In Region 7, the RED is Mr D Tshilli.

The Region in the context of the greater CoT organisation is shown on the diagram below.

Figure 9: Organisational Structure

In order to achieve the above, a specific regional governance rationale is followed.

 

While functions such as strategic planning and the implementation of capital projects will remain the responsibility of the CoT Departments, daily functions such as maintenance and repairs, information desks, etc. are delivered directly in the different regions via the performance of the following functions:

  • Health, Social Development, Sports and Recreational Services that includes :
    • Health
    • Social development.
    • Environmental health.
    • Sport.
    • Recreation.
  • Urban Management that includes:
    • Parks and Horticulture
    • Resorts and Swimming Pools
    • Waste Managementli>
    • Cemeteries
    • Housing and Human Settlements: Rental Stock and Informal Settlements
    • Urban Agricultural and Rural Development
    • Land Use Compliance and By-Laws
  • Roads, Storm Water and Transport Services that includes the following functions:
    • Roads and storm water maintenance operations and traffic signs
    • Reactive maintenance of roads, storm water, traffic signs and road markings
  • Water and Sanitation Services that includes the following functions:
    • Water Distribution
    • Waste Water Collection
    • Clearing of sewer blockages
    • Construction repair work on sewer infrastructure.
    • Operation and maintenance of sewer pump stations and reticulation network.
    • Repair of water leaks.
    • Addressing no-water and low water pressure issues
    • Operation and maintenance of water distribution network.
  • Energy and Electricity Services that includes:
    • Streetlights and Distribution Operations
    • Waste Water Collection
    • Electricity Systems Control
    • Advisory and Reporting Control Services
  • ustomer Care that is divided into the following three sub-sections: walk-in centres, back office and Thusong services centres.

More detail regarding the functions of the Region are described below:

3.2 Functional Responsibilities

3.2.1 Health and Social Development and Sport and Recreational Services

The Region has 5 Clinics i.e. Zithobeni Clinic, Re-Thabiseng, Ekangala Clinic, Dark City Clinic, and Bronkhortspruit Clinic, which provides Primary Health Care to the Community as well as the implementation of health programmes

Clinic Operations are responsible for Family Planning, Immunization, Well Baby Clinic, Mother and Child services, Communicable diseases services e.g. TB, AIDS and sexual transmitted diseases, Curative and Chronic diseases services and Health Promotion

Environmental Health Services provides the function of Municipal Health Services, which is responsible for Water Quality Monitoring, Food Safety, Waste Management, Health Surveillance of premises, Communicable disease Management, Vector Control, Environmental Pollution, Air Quality, Noise Control, Disposal of the dead, and Chemical Safety.

Sports and Recreational Services include the maintenance of Sports facilities in the Region as well as the implementation of sports programmes. The following sports facilities are available in the region:

  • Zithobeni Sports Field
  • Ekangala Stadium
  • Bronkhortspruit Sport Centre

Cultural and Library Services includes the running of 6 Libraries in the Region (Bronkhortspruit, Zithobeni, Re-Thabiseng, Dark City, Sokhulumi and Ekangala Mobile Library) as well as the implementation of library and cultural services programmes.

3.2.2 Transport and Infrastructure Services

  • Patching of potholes
  • Edge breaks
  • Cleaning of roads
  • Grading of gravel roads
  • Re-gravelling of roads
  • Cleaning storm water pipes
  • Maintenance / replacement of damaged storm water pipes
  • Cleaning and maintenance of open storm water system (open channels)
  • Cleaning and maintenance of storm water inlet structures (catch pits, etc.)
  • Replacement of missing lids for manholes and junction boxes
  • Painting of intersections
  • Painting of speed humps and pedestrian crossings
  • Repainting road lanes
  • Replacing and maintenance of traffic signs

Replacing and maintenance of traffic signs

3.2.4 Energy and Electricity

With the aid of the Energy and Electricity Development section, the unit implements annual projects of upgrading of existing infrastructure as well as providing additional capacity to the system to take care of normal load growth in the area. Besides these scheduled maintenance functions the region also conducts emergency repairs whenever needed. These are done during or after storms in the area, damages to the network and theft of equipment like cables and/or transformers. These activities are managed on an “as and when” basis and initiated by the Central Control Room, linked to the Tshwane Call Centre. Electricity systems control, distribution works and reporting centers also form part of this function. However, The City of Tshwane is only responsible for the maintenance of street lights and High Mast lights in the Eskom areas.

Streetlights and Distribution Operations: This is the main function of the two depots which involves the maintenance of electrical distribution network or infrastructure which includes substations, overhead lines (medium and low voltage), cables (medium and low voltage), street lights and high mast lights and low voltage cubicles. The function also executes maintenance projects for upgrading existing infrastructure to improve the reliability and sustainability of the existing infrastructure.

 

3.2.5 Customer Care Management

The Division renders the first point of contact for customers on behalf of all departments within the Municipality. Complaints and enquiries are resolved immediately unless the intervention of the Service Delivery Department is warranted to effectively resolve a complaint or enquiry. All complaints and enquiries are recorded electronically through notifications and contacts are logged onto the SAP CIC reporting system.

3.2.6 Water and Sanitation

The core functions of Water and Sanitation are waste water collection (Sanitation) and water distribution to communities, businesses and industries (Water). This includes operational and maintenance thereof.

3.3 Political Representatives

Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) have been allocated to oversee the Region in terms of the CoTs MAYCO oversight structure, i.e. Cllrs J Ngonyama and F Kgaditse.

This role of the MMC entails the following interactions:

  • MMC’s give political direction and leadership in the Region. The Region interacts once a month with all Councillors and the MMC during the monthly Councillor Forum meetings where various service delivery issues are discussed, prioritised and resolved.
  • It is also a platform in which project managers for certain key capital projects are invited to present on progress with regard to these projects and to answer clarity seeking questions.
  • The Regional Executive Director (RED) and MMC also do site visits in cases where communities request to be addressed by the political leadership to address issues of service delivery.
  • The MMC and the RED interact daily on matters relating to the optimal operation of the Region.li>
  • The MMC attends Joint Operations Committee as and when necessary.

Figure 10: Distribution of Wards: Region 7

 

The following ward councillors are the representatives of four wards in the region:

Ward Ward Councillor Contact Suburb, Township
102     Bronkhorstbaai, Bronkhorstspruit, Vleiland, Kungwini Country Estate, Schietpoort, Vaalbank, Vlakfontein and Zithobeni Heights
103     Ekangala B, C, D (Bawezi), Kungwini Jobarne/ - Lunsriem/ - Rietriem/ - Witblits, Rethabiseng X1 and 2
104     Ekangala Blocks A and F, Block F X1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
105     Bella Vista, Grootspruit, Heuningsnest, Kortfontein, Zorgvliet, Modderfontein, Oude Zwaanskraal, Rustfontein and Spitskop

3.4 Ward Committees

A Ward Committee is a public committee elected in terms of Part 4 of the Municipal Systems Act. Each Ward Committee must comprise of the Ward Councillor as the chairperson and between 10 en 6 members elected by, and from, the ward community members. Ward Committee members must be legitimate residents, employers / employees, business or property owners in the ward, or representatives of an interest group located in the ward.

The role of a Ward Committee is to:

  • Make recommendations on matters affecting their ward through the ward councillor
  • Act in an advisory capacity to the ward councillor
  • Act as a resource through which the Council and its departments, provincial and national governments must consult with, and obtain community opinion on any matter
  • Act as a resource for NGOs and CBOs to consult with ward communities, with no resultant liability to the municipality.
  • In consultation with the councillor co-opt non-voting members with specialist skills to the ward committees.

An important component that will assist and guide the regions’ political and administration offices in terms of the development direction of the region, is the Regional Spatial Development Frameworks (RSDFs).

4 REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING

In this section, the spatial planning for the Region is summarised. For a more detailed view, please consult the approved RSDF (see ( http://www.tshwane.gov.za then follow: Home > About Tshwane > City Management > City Departments > City Planning and Development > RSDF 2013 (Approved 27 March 2014)) for the region.

The metropolitan role and function of the region is to:

  • Agriculture: To develop this sector to be a producer of agricultural products and provide employment opportunities.
  • Ensure conservation of open space systems and ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Develop the tourism sector in this area to generate income and provide recreation facilities to the rest of the CoT and surrounding areas.

The main elements of the development concept are to improve linkages; the creation of job opportunities; residential development and agricultural development. The following summarises the proposals:

  • Access to the second order road system from the N4.
  • Improved east-west linkage to CBD.
  • Improve linkage to the N4.
  • Development of new nodes and the expansion of existing nodes.
  • Densification around the nodes.
  • Conservation and development of agricultural potential in the area in far east and south.

4.1 Regional Nodes

The RSDF indicates a number of nodes which are important on a regional and local level which are the following:

Bronkhorstspruit

Bronkhorstspruit is located approximately 50 km east of the urban area of the City of Tshwane, adjacent to the N4 highway. The town has a small inner core area with mixed used/mainly business related as well as residential, community and other social facilities dispersed throughout the area. The surrounding area contains some of the best farming land in Gauteng.

4.2 Employment Areas

Opportunity exists to introduce agro-processing opportunities within Ekangala – linked to Ekandustria. In general it is anticipated that manufacturing opportunities will take advantage of the locational spin offs along the N4 as part of the Maputo Development Corridor and the Bronhorspruit / Bapsfontein freight hub.

Ekandustria is regarded as a well-established industrial area servicing provincial, national and international exports. It is also regarded as the main industrial focal point in the region, where most of the local manufacturing plants are located.

4.3 Transport Proposals for the Region

Movement Network

  • N4 (existing Platinum Highway)
  • R513
  • R104 (Old Bronkhorstspruit Road).
  • R25.

Public Transport

The BRT and Rail systems do not extend into the region. Public transport is road based, highlighting the importance of the maintenance and management of the movement network.

5 WARD PRIORITIES

5.1 Verification and Confirmation of Ward Priorities for 2014/15

During the public participation process in preparation of the 2014/15 IDP, the three top priorities per ward in terms of community needs / service delivery were compiled and confirmed.

In summary, the following were the key priorities which were raised in Region 1 during the 2014 process:

Table 4: Dominant Service Delivery Areas

 

Dominant Service Delivery Areas per Region
Service Delivery Department Community Issue / Concern
Roads and Transport

Tarring of roads  Road maintenance

Housing and Human Settlements

Provision of land and housing Formalisation

A more detailed indication of issues per service delivery area is given below. In addition to roads and housing, service infrastructure (e.g. water and sanitation, electricity) and sports and recreation facilities were raised in a high number of wards.

Table 5: Issues per Service Delivery Area

Issued Raised per Department: Region 7 No of Issues % of Total Issues
City Planning 0 0,0%
Corporate Services 0 0,0%
Economic Development 1 7,7%
Environmental Management  0 0,0%
Housing and Human Settlements 4 15,4%
Health and Human Settlements 2 30,8%
Metro Police Service 0 0,0%
Regional Services 0 0,0%
Roads and Transport 3 23,1%
Service Infrustructure 3 23,1%
Sports and Recreational Services 0 0,0%
Unknown / Not Specified 0 0,0%
Total  13             100,0%

 

This is summarised graphically below, giving an indication of the dominance of certain service delivery areas:

 

The following table sets out in more detail the confirmed priorities for 2014/15:

 

6 PLANNED IMPLEMENTATION

6.1 Planned Capital Projects

The planned capital projects from the draft budget that has direct relevance for Region 7 are indicated below

Table 7: Planned Capital Projects

 

6.2 Operational Expenditure

Currently, the planned operational expenditure is not focussed in terms of specific strategic projects. General provision is made for annual maintenance and repairs per function (e.g. roads and stormwater, water and sanitation, parks, etc.). In future, with the consolidation of regional service delivery, operational budgets should become more region-specific and more focussed on unique regional priorities and issues.

A process should be established where a portion of the operational budget for maintenance and operations be directly guided by unique regional priorities and conditions, and spatial and infrastructure planning. As such, that part of the operational budget should consist of targeted, pro-active spending / projects.

Figure 12: Pro-Active Management Approach

 

6.3 Indicators and Targets

 

7 CONCLUSION

This Regional IDP is a first step towards a more focussed approach to regional service delivery in the City of Tshwane. It represents the basis of the Regional IDP concept that will be expanded and refined during future IDP review cycles.

  • Regional Spatial Development Frameworks.
  • Regional submissions on organisational structures, KPAs etc.
  • Draft Capital Budget.
  • Accelerated Service Delivery Implementation: Regionalisation & Transformation Departmental SDBIP.
  • Ward Councillor and Ward Committee information as supplied by Office of the Speaker.
  • Ward Priorities as identified during IDP / budget public participation process.
  • City of Tshwane. Accelerated Service Delivery Implementation: Regionalisation & Transformation Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016li>
  • City of Tshwane By-Law on Public Participation: Ward Committees, Petitions, Meetings and Hearings.li>
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