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  • City of Tshwane and Kgabo Cars produce 56 skilled mechanic artisans to boost local automotive sector workforce

    City of Tshwane and Kgabo Cars produce 56 skilled mechanic artisans to boost local automotive sector workforce

    Fri, Dec 2, 2022

    A total of 56 automotive mechanic artisans recently graduated from the Kgabo Cars Training Centre, which is run in partnership with the City of Tshwane.

     

    Kgabo Cars is one of our strategic partners headquartered in Soshanguve and runs its training programme at the Rosslyn Skills Centre, a property that belongs to the City.

     

    The artisans' graduation took place on 26 November 2022. This is the first post-COVID-19 group to graduate from the programme but, overall, the programme has produced three groups of graduates.

     

    Given that the automotive artisan industry has historically been dominated by men, its pleasing to note that the current group of 56 mechanic artisan graduates includes 19 women.

     

    Our strategic goal of building a business-friendly city that supports employment and economic growth is aligned with the upskilling of youth in townships, which is a crucial feature of the department's sector skills development programme.

     

    The Rosslyn Automotive Skills Centre and Soshanguve Skills Centres, run by Kgabo Cars, form part of two Tshwane centres that train artisans in automotive mechanics, mechatronics, welding, mining capital equipment and boilermaking.

     

    Our multiparty coalition is pleased to note the graduation of highly skilled artisans who will help the Tshwane automotive industry expand.

     

    About 40% of South Africa's automobiles are produced in Tshwane, which is also home to more than 200 original equipment manufacturers like BMW, Nissan, Ford and Tata. Increasing the size of skilled workers is essential for the successful production and operation of the automotive industry.

     

    On behalf of the City, I would like to thank our strategic partner, Dr Isaac Boshomane, who identified our skills centre in Rosslyn for customised automotive sector skills training. His continued efforts in building a critical and technical automotive skills base in the townships despite the current economic conditions is commendable.


  • City of Tshwane commemorates World AIDS Day in Mamelodi

    City of Tshwane commemorates World AIDS Day in Mamelodi

    Fri, Dec 2, 2022

    The City of Tshwane commemorated World AIDS Day with a multi-stakeholder event held at Stanza Bopape Sport Centre in Mamelodi. During the event, I delivered the opening address on behalf of the Executive Mayor, Alderman Randall Williams.

     

    The Gauteng Premier and Chairperson of the Gauteng AIDS Council (GAC), Honourable Panyaza Lesufi, delivered the main address under this year's theme, Equalise and integrate to end AIDS.

     

    World AIDS Day remains an important date in our HIV response calendar, and it serves as an opportunity to unite and fight against HIV and AIDS stigma, which is still a challenge.

     

    As part of the build-up to World AIDS Day, we have held several activities since November, which included ward-based outreach teams and community development workers conducting door-to-door education on HIV, tuberculosis (TB), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other health challenges.  

     

    The teams reached a total of 3 549 people with education, awareness, health screening and testing services.

     

    We plan to continue beyond World AIDS Day with education and awareness programmes, as well as providing comprehensive healthcare. Our aim is to improve access to services, including health screenings, examinations and provision of treatment where needed.

     

    During the World AIDS Day event, we also took the time to remember those who lost their lives to the disease. We must never forget where we come from with this disease and the progress we have made to save the lives of millions of our people.

     

    The City is committed to continue with efforts to ensure that the Tshwane Metro AIDS Council serves as an effective vehicle for a comprehensive response to HIV, TB and STIs.


  • City of Tshwane works swiftly to restore power at Lynnwood Primary Substation

     City of Tshwane works swiftly to restore power at Lynnwood Primary Substation

    Fri, Dec 2, 2022

    Last night, a voltage transformer at Lynnwood Primary Substation caught fire, causing the substation to go offline. Fortunately, the station's safety systems isolated the rest of the substation from any further damage. Furthermore, our firefighters responded speedily to put out the blaze.

     

    In response to the incident, our electricity teams quickly arrived on-site to work on the substation, and they pushed through until the early hours of the morning. The team first isolated the damaged voltage transformer and then needed to do technical cleaning in preparation of re-energising the substation.

     

    Power was restored to all residents at around 02:49 this morning.

     

    I want to thank our staff members who responded quickly and effectively to this serious incident. This includes our firefighters and our electricity teams. Substation faults like this can be major challenges and the professionalism shown by our teams in resolving the problem and restoring power is greatly appreciated.

     

    I also need to emphasise that load-shedding has a damaging impact on our electrical infrastructure. Our systems were never designed to withstand continuous long-term rolling blackouts. We have also lost millions of rand to load-shedding in terms of damages, but Eskom refuses to take responsibility for these costs.

     

    All residents affected by prolonged power outages are encouraged to use the City's normal channels to report outages.

     

    Our teams will continue to monitor the situation closely. Thank you to our residents for your support and understanding.


  • City of Tshwane extends waste transportation permit applications to 15 January 2023

    City of Tshwane extends waste transportation permit applications to 15 January 2023

    Fri, Dec 2, 2022

    The City of Tshwane has extended the waste transportation permit deadline for access to our waste disposal sites to 15 January 2023. The deadline is extended to afford extra time to all those who could not meet the initial deadline due to incomplete applications, outstanding documents or who have not paid the prescribed tariffs.

     

    The last due date to receive applications is 15 January 2023.

     

    Applicants are reminded that only vehicles with 1 tonne or 1 000 kg capacity and above full of waste are eligible to pay for a waste transportation permit. If you are merely maintaining your garden at home, the amount of garden waste may not fill up a vehicle of 1 tonne and you are therefore eligible for the free service. You are therefore not required to have a permit.

     

    After completing the application forms, companies or individuals with successfully processed applications will be provided with the City's banking details and issued with a permit after submitting proof of payment.

     

    Prospective applicants must apply as soon as possible and must not wait until the last minute to apply for the waste transport permit. Between 16 and 31 January 2023, applicants who have not received responses to their applications or who have queries are encouraged to use this opportunity to have these issues resolved.

     

    It takes 7 to 14 working days to process a waste transportation permit, provided that an applicant has complied with all the necessary requirements. From 1 February 2023, no eligible waste permit holder will be allowed at the City's waste disposal sites without a permit. 


  • City of Tshwane condemns assault on security guards and cable theft at Soshanguve Substation

    City of Tshwane condemns assault on security guards and cable theft at Soshanguve Substation

    Thu, Dec 1, 2022

    Last night, security personnel were held hostage at the City of Tshwane substation in Soshanguve. The criminals proceeded to cut and steal multicore cables.

     

    The security personnel are safe, but serious damage was done to the recently upgraded substation and the electricity supply will remain off for the duration of repairs.

     

    The Soshanguve 132 kV electricity substation was recently upgraded at a cost of R92 million to provide stable electricity to our communities in Soshanguve, both residents and businesses.

     

    Our transmission team is now working to assess the magnitude of the cable theft and will determine whether there is any additional damage beyond the stolen multicore cables.

     

    Areas understood to be affected include Block CC, AA, Feast, G, SS1, SS5, P, Y, X, W, KK, R, S, MM, T, V and the surrounding areas.

     

    Cable theft is a major challenge in the City with high cost implications. Furthermore, criminals plunge entire communities in the dark, which affects all residents and businesses.

     

    The City will continue to work to safeguard our infrastructure, but we need our communities to assist us in the fight against vandalism and cable theft. Therefore, residents are urged to report suspicious activity close to City infrastructure.

     

    Residents can contact the Tshwane Metro Police Department 24-hour line on 012 358 7095/7096 or 012 323 0035/0036.

     

    Our teams are hard at work at the substation and will work to restore power as soon as the repairs are safely completed.


  • The City of Tshwane finance outreach programme will be in Hammanskraal in Region 2 this week

    The City of Tshwane finance outreach programme will be in Hammanskraal in Region 2 this week

    Thu, Dec 1, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Group Financial Services will continue with its outreach programme in Hammanskraal Region 2.

     

    The aim of the outreach is to assist residents who have challenges and queries regarding their municipal accounts. The programme forms part of the City's commitment to fast-track service delivery and bring services closer to the people.

     

    The outreach programme will assist customers with meter readings, invoicing, credit control, payment arrangements, billing and indigent enquiries.

     

    Customers may visit the City's outreach venues as per the following schedule:

     

    VENUEWARDDATETIME
    Unit 7 Skills Centre81 December 202209:00 to 15:00
    DNN Supermarket, Temba742 December 202209:00 to 15:00
    Makgoba Sebothoma Hall753 December 202209:00 to 15:00

     

    Customers are advised to have their account details at hand to ensure that their queries are resolved and escalated speedily.

     

    The City will keep customers updated when the outreach programme moves to other venues and regions.  


  • City of Tshwane encourages residents to prepare for a safe festive season

    City of Tshwane encourages residents to prepare for a safe festive season

    Thu, Dec 1, 2022

    With the festive season upon us, I would like to encourage our residents to take the necessary precautions to ensure that it is a happy and safe holiday season. This applies to all residents but especially more so to those who will travel to various holiday destinations and visit their loved ones.  

     

    This week, we will focus on road safety during the launch of the City's Festive Season Road Safety Operation taking place on Thursday, 1 December 2022. However, while travelling it is also important to make sure that you leave your property in Tshwane well protected:

     

    • Make sure all your security measures are in working order. This includes CCTV cameras, electric fences, alarm systems and security beams. Cut back any branches or leaves that might interfere with these.
    • Make sure that you lock all doors, windows and gates when you leave. Consider leaving a set of keys with trusted neighbours, friends or family so that they can check the property from time to time and gain access in case of an emergency. Make sure they are aware of your intended travel plans, destination(s), dates and route(s).
    • Do not post your travel plans on social media.
    • Unplug unnecessary appliances to avoid damage by power surges and to lower the risk of electrical fires. This is especially relevant in the current climate of high levels of load-shedding.
    • Do not leave valuable items in plain sight. Lock them away safely.
    • Also lock items such as axes, spades, picks, bins and ladders away. These can be used by criminals to gain access to your property.
    • Park any vehicles that are left behind out of sight if possible, for example in a closed garage.

     

    Please ensure that you have the relevant phone numbers written down or saved on your phone:

     

        • South African Police Service                  10111
        • Tshwane Metro Police Department        012 358 7095/7096

    Emergency Services Department     107


  • City of Tshwane welcomes arrests of additional suspects in Tshwane Metro Police Department officer murder case

    City of Tshwane welcomes arrests of additional suspects in Tshwane Metro Police Department officer murder case

    Thu, Dec 1, 2022

    In my capacity as MMC for Community Safety, I want to welcome the arrests of two additional suspects sought for the murder of Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Constable Mike Mtsweni. Constable Mtsweni was off duty when he was hijacked and murdered on 2 October 2022. Two other suspects who were in possession of the late Constable's firearm were arrested earlier in October 2022.

     

    According to available information, the two suspects were arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Undercover Reaction Unit, working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Intelligence Unit in Olievenhoutbosch.

     

    One of the suspects was also suspected of being an ATM bombing kingpin and the other suspect pointed officials towards the location of the weapon that was allegedly used to murder Constable Mtsweni. It is safe to say that these two suspects are likely dangerous criminals and their removal from the streets should be welcomed by all.

     

    I therefore want to thank the JMPD and SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit for their diligent efforts that led to the arrest of these two suspects. For obvious reasons, my own sentiments and those within the TMPD are strong in this case, as the allegations against these individuals include the senseless murder of one of our own.

     

    I would like to call on the SAPS and the National Prosecuting Authority to build a strong case against the suspects implicated in this case.  We want the courts to deal harshly with them, should they be found guilty.  


  • WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION: ERF 3618, PRETORIA - 1 December 2022

    WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION: ERF 3618, PRETORIA - 1 December 2022

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022

    Scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the water supply network are being undertaken in Pretoria West on the corner of Rose-etta and Frederick Street. 

    Although interruptions to the water supply are avoided at all costs, it may be interrupted from time to time on 1 December 2022 from 08:00 to 17:00 in the following areas: 

    • Pretoria Ext 0 and 3

    • Pretoria Town and Townlands 351-JR 

      A total of 827 stands will be affected. 

      The contact persons (for internal enquiries only) are as follows: 

    • Marilyn Meyer (Engineering Consultant): 012 358 9084

    • Donald Sekgwatle (Works Inspector): 072 360 3069

    • After hours: 012 358 2111/9999 or 080 1111 556


  • City of Tshwane supports Flea Market at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi

    City of Tshwane supports Flea Market  at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022

    The City of Tshwane, Ranyaka Activating Communities (a non-profit company) and Nedbank sponsored a flea market in Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi West on 25 November 2022.   

    The project's goals are to boost the local township's economy, improve Mamelodi's economic standing, and encourage cooperation and partnership among the township's small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). The Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square location was selected because it is one of Mamelodi West's busiest crossings, where many commuters link to other locations. Additionally, two shopping centres surround the square, increasing visibility and foot traffic at the flea market.  The market, one of the first in Mamelodi West, featured 60 kiosks selling a variety of goods and services, such as African food, artifacts, accessories and fashion, among others. These types of markets will help SMMEs overcome market access concerns and contribute to the township's economic development programme. 

    The highlight was the Mamelodi Pre-Vocational School, a local special needs school, where young students sold hot dogs and displayed their hand-knitted items. Nearly 1 000 people came to the market from different areas of Mamelodi. Popular Mamelodi artist, DJ Dino, was on hand to provide entertainment and draw crowds. A children's area was available to keep the kids occupied while their parents browsed the booths and spoke with vendors about possible purchases and product improvements. 

    The City takes pleasure in collaborating with partners like Ranyaka and Nedbank to assist and develop SMMEs. This gives me optimism because I can see how different organisations, including the government, non-governmental organisations and financial institutions, prioritise supporting and developing SMMEs to expose them to    the market and offer them access to platforms that would enable them to trade           and prosper across Tshwane. 

    Similar flea markets are held in other townships and we urge interested partners to join us in developing our township economies


  • Executive Mayor leads anti-drug and substance abuse outreach programme in Eersterust

    Executive Mayor leads anti-drug and substance abuse outreach programme in Eersterust

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022

    As part of the City of Tshwane's ongoing efforts to fight drug and substance abuse within our communities, yesterday I went on an oversight visit to Eersterust where I engaged learners at Fred Magardie Primary School on the dangers associated with drugs and substance abuse. 

    The school also faces various challenges that need immediate attention. While we assist where we can as the City, public schools fall under the responsibility of the Gauteng Department of Education. 

    During the visit, I was joined by the MMC for Health, Cllr Rina Marx, and the local Ward Councillor Benjamin Laurens. The City's Health Department has been driving a strong campaign to assist communities impacted by drugs and substance abuse. 

    We also took the opportunity to visit the Eersterust Community Health Centre that forms part of our Community Oriented Substance Use Programme (COSUP), which the City runs in partnership with the University of Pretoria. 

    COSUP aims to prevent, treat, rehabilitate and reintegrate people affected by drugs and other substance abuse. At least 16 COSUP operating sites have been established across all Tshwane regions. 

    The City also runs a 24-hour toll-free HopeLine to provide support for matters related to substance abuse. The HopeLine contact numbers are 0800 611 197 or 0800 467 347

    Drug and substance abuse is a major challenge in our communities and therefore it is important that we work together to protect our young people and families from the destructive impact of substance abuse and drugs.

  • MMC for Health successfully champions petition to relocate an unsafe and dangerous entrance to Prinshof School for the Visually Impaired

    MMC for Health successfully champions petition to relocate an unsafe and dangerous entrance to Prinshof School for the Visually Impaired

    Wed, Nov 30, 2022

    Yesterday, I paid a visit to Prinshof School for the Visually Impaired to celebrate the passing of a petition by the City of Tshwane Council to have the entrance to the school relocated from Lewis Street to Soutpansberg Road. 

    Prinshof School is a special needs school in the Pretoria CBD catering for partially sighted and blind learners from Grades 1 to 12. Entrance to the school is gained from Boom Street into Lewis Street. 

    The location of the school's current entrance has placed learners, staff and parents at risk due to crime in front of the school, illegal taxi operations, waste recycling and other nefarious activities. 

    Prinshof School and the Gauteng Department of Education have been unsuccessful since 2017 in their attempts to petition the City to relocate the entrance. Given the concerns over the safety of learners, the Solidarity Teacher's Network approached me as one of the political leaders in the City to assist with this matter. 

    Soon after being approached to assist, I undertook a visit to the school to get a sense of the extent of the risk to learners. Following my visit, I engaged my counterpart, the MMC for Corporate and Shared Services, Cllr Kingsley Wakelin, who has since played an instrumental role in assisting me to ensure the successful relocation of the entrance through Council. This culminated in the successful passing of the petition on 24 November 2022. 

    The petition also called on the City to further donate a small portion of municipal land to allow for the relocation of the entrance. The relocation will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of blind and partially sighted learners. It is through interventions such as these that we aim to convey to residents that our coalition government is working towards building a caring and responsive City.

  • Media address by the Executive Mayor: Coalition government service delivery highlights

    Media address by the Executive Mayor: Coalition government service delivery highlights

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    Good day ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us today.

     

    I would like to start by acknowledging the Speaker, Chief Whip and MMCs here today.

     

    I also want to thank members of the media for honouring our invitation. The intention behind today's briefing is to highlight some of the service delivery progress that we have made since coming into office.

     

    I am going to provide an overview of a number of matters and then we can open it up for questions and engagement.

     

    Coalition government stability

     

    Ladies and gentlemen, it has now been a year since we formed our multiparty coalition government following the results of the November 2021 local government elections.

     

    Given the unstable nature of coalitions in our country, I am pleased that we have been able to work together in the City of Tshwane and reach a year without the coalition collapsing. A stable coalition government is critical if we are to successfully govern a large metropolitan municipality like the City of Tshwane.

     

    As you may know, our coalition government consists of the Democratic Alliance, ActionSA, Freedom Front Plus, African Christian Democratic Party, Inkatha Freedom Party and Congress of the People.

     

    We came together based on our common principles and commitment to drive service delivery and stabilise the City's precarious financial position.

     

    The six of us have a majority coalition government, which gives us the advantage of being able to vote as a solid block in Council. This is what sets the City of Tshwane apart from other Gauteng coalition governments. The coalition partners here in Tshwane have a majority, meaning if we continue to work together, there will be no need for so called "kingmakers".

     

    At local level, as coalition partners we work well together with mutual respect. In my role as the Executive Mayor, I have good working relations with all MMCs, including the Democratic Alliance, ActionSA and Freedom Front Plus.

     

    Further to that you would have seen that we have secured a proper working Council by preventing any physical disruptions in the Council Chamber through the use of virtual meetings.

     

    Service delivery

     

    In the 12 months that we have been in office, we have intentionally put the interests of Tshwane residents as our top priority by identifying the following ten strategic focus areas to develop the City and fast-track service delivery:

     

    1. Prioritise the electrical grid and water infrastructure
    2. Provide stringent financial management and oversight
    3. Be a business-friendly City that promotes employment and economic growth
    4. Enhance City safety, security and emergency services
    5. Maintain a clean and protected natural environment
    6. Maintain and expand road infrastructure and public transportation
    7. Be a caring City that supports the vulnerable and provides social relief
    8. Modernise and digitise City processes
    9. Provide a professional public service that drives accountability and transparency
    10. Create a healthy and vibrant city

       

      Along with the Top 10 strategic areas, core basic service delivery has been a priority for our coalition government. We strongly believe that visible service delivery of day-to-day operations is important. These core basic services include cutting grass, patching potholes, repairing water leaks and fixing street lights.

       

    During our 12 months in office, we have cut over 183 million m2 of grass and we have repaired over 75 000 potholes. We have also repaired about 60 000 street lights.

     

    Our water and sewerage teams have also been hard at work. We have repaired about 46 000 water leaks and over 23 000 sewers have been unblocked.

     

    Strategic priorities and highlights

     

    Our coalition government is committed to maintaining and refurbishing our critical infrastructure. These are some of our achievements this year:

     

    • Bronkhorstspruit Substation was refurbished and upgraded from 20 MVA to 80 MVA at a cost of R96 million.
    • Kosmosdal A Substation was upgraded from 20 MVA to 40 MVA at a cost of R65 million.
    • Soshanguve Substation was upgraded from 20 MVA to 80 MVA at a cost of R92 million.

     

    We have also increased access to electricity with the installation of 2 588 new electricity connections. This means electricity access in Tshwane has increased to 94%.

     

    Our coalition government is also working to keep Tshwane's illumination at acceptable levels. In this regard, we have installed 1 589 new street lights, including two high-mast lights.

     

    We have also prioritised water infrastructure maintenance. For the current financial year, the City allocated R75 million for the replacement of worn-out water network pipelines. Through this budget we have an estimated target to replace 18 420 m of pipe across a series of projects. Areas being worked on include the following:

     

    • Clubview
    • Constantia Park and Moreletapark
    • Eersterust
    • Greater Sinoville area
    • Mamelodi
    • Pretoria North and Dorandia
    • Riamarpark

     

    Finances

     

    One of our biggest challenges has been the financial stability of the City and, unfortunately, our liquidity problems are going to be with us for a while.

     

    The fact remains that we inherited a R4,3 billion shortfall from the illegal administrators. Nonetheless, we have been working to turn the City's finances around.

     

    • TshwaneYaTima was launched, which is our aggressive revenue-collection campaign where we disconnect defaulting clients. This has helped to challenge the culture of non-payment.
    • Earlier in the year our monthly revenue collection averaged around R2,5 billion. However, in the last five months this has improved, reaching high collection levels of R3,5 billion in some months.

     

    Driving economic growth and job opportunities

     

    The City of Tshwane, in partnership with Messe Frankfurt South Africa, hosted a successful second edition of AERO South Africa at Wonderboom National Airport. The three-day general aviation exhibition attracted over 3 503 people with 72 exhibitors.

     

    Approximately 16 small, medium and micro enterprises and local suppliers benefited directly from the AERO South Africa 2022 Trade Exhibition as vendors, contractors and service providers.

     

    The City also created 8 420 work opportunities through our Public Employment Programme (PEP). We also supported 1 818 small, medium and micro enterprises and 211 co-operatives.

     

    For the year under review, the City attained R7 billion worth of investment in the property development sector.

     

    A total of 9 868 building plan applications were approved for a total of 158 905 m2 and worth a total estimated construction value of R15,9 billion.

     

    The City further scored a victory at the 2022 International Tourism Film Festival Awards under the Destination Cities category for its film "Discover Tshwane", a video showcasing the city's offerings in the leisure, meetings and investment sectors.

     

    Enhancing safety and emergency services

     

    Recently, our Tshwane Metro Police Department had two successful major drug busts. The first bust had an estimated street value of about R700 million where 11 suspects were arrested. The second drug bust was worth an estimated street value of R500 million where five suspects were arrested.

     

    Overall, the Tshwane Metro Police Department has confiscated illegal drugs, such as crystal meth, nyaope, cocaine and heroin, worth a street value of more than R1,7 million. The Tshwane Metro Police Department has also arrested 226 individuals for various drug-related offences.

     

    Counterfeit money worth an estimated value of R3,5 million was also recovered by the Tshwane Metro Police Department.

     

    Our teams also ceased counterfeit goods worth an estimated value of R2,2 million. The ceased counterfeit goods included illicit cigarettes, clothing and other merchandise.

     

    A total of 171 new recruits joined the Tshwane Metro Police Department to boost by-law enforcement, crime prevention and road policing. The City also relaunched the Tshwane Metro Police Department Bicycle Unit in Hatfield with 200 new bicycles.

     

    Our Fire and Rescue Operations Division responded to 5 496 emergency calls between November 2021 and October 2022.

     

    Mamelodi Fire Station is now fully operational and serving various communities in Tshwane. The station is manned by a total of 27 firefighters.

     

    A total of 38 new firefighters joined the Fire and Rescue Operations Division.

     

    Safeguarding the environment

     

    The Environment and Agriculture Management Department successfully managed applications for replacement household waste bins. For Quarter 1 of 2022/23 (July, August and September 2022), a total of 6 505 bins were issued.

     

    Our Tswelopele Clean-up Campaign, which encourages residents to keep Tshwane clean, is gaining momentum with increasing community and stakeholder support.

     

    The City's resorts and nature reserves are buzzing with visitors. A total of 140 678 people visited our facilities in three months, generating R5,7 million in revenue.

     

    The City further distributed 30 000 day-old broiler chicks to support local farming and help emerging farmers to grow their businesses.

     

    Public transportation and road maintenance

     

    The City invested R46 million to upgrade the Bon Accord Crusher and Asphalt Plant to produce our own road building and maintenance materials. This will assist to accelerate pothole repairs and road resurfacing.

     

    Next week, we will launch a new state-of-the-art licencing service centre at the C de Wet Building. It is estimated that the new centre will serve close to 350 customers per day and benefit residents of the inner city and surrounding areas.

     

    Four public transport facilities were fully refurbished, namely Rosslyn Taxi Rank, Mitah Ngobeni Bus Terminal, Dairy Mall Taxi Rank and some key features at Wonderboom National Airport.

     

    Staying with Wonderboom National Airport, the number of billed aircraft movements has increased after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, leading to revenue of about R20 million for the 2021/22 financial year.

     

    Supporting the vulnerable

     

    Expanded Public Works Programme

     

    Through selections from the Expanded Public Works Programme recruitment database, the City created over 8 000 job opportunities. The database remains open to jobseekers to submit their applications. As always, we have maintained our lottery system to ensure that we recruit fairly across all communities.

     

    Tshwane Food Bank

     

    Our Food Bank Programme was allocated R4,8 million for the 2022/23 financial year to provide relief to qualifying destitute families and non-governmental organisations.

     

    Annually, the Tshwane Food Bank supports more than 15 000 families and 24 non-governmental organisations, who in turn accommodate and assist homeless people with food relief.

     

    Indigent Programme

     

    The City is continuing with its Indigent Programme that is designed to assist residents who are unable to pay for municipal services and serves as a vehicle to fight poverty. The City currently supports over 4 000 households through this programme.

     

    Driving social development

     

    A total of 25 266 new books have been distributed to the City's public libraries. At least 3 994 of the books are from local authors.

     

    Furthermore, Pilditch Stadium was officially graded and certified as a Class 1 athletics facility by World Athletics, formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations. This certification means that Pilditch Stadium can host international and national athletics events.

     

    Dignified human settlements

     

    The Marabastad Townlands Social Housing Project has approved 691 beneficiaries for occupation before the end of the calendar year. Once concluded, this will be the biggest social housing project in the country.

     

    We are now at the point where the second round of applications will be launched from 5 to 9 December 2022.

     

    Two other social housing projects are also in the pipeline. The Chantelle Social Housing Project will consist of 1 098 mixed rental units and the Timberlands Social Housing Project has 607 planned units. Construction at the Chantelle Social Housing Project has already begun.

     

    The City is also continuing with its programme to issue title deeds and affirm property rights of beneficiaries. This year, we have issued a total of 3 228 title deeds.

     

    Modernisation and digitisation of City processes

     

    Our multiparty coalition government remains committed to moving with the times by expanding our services online. The automation of land development applications, building plans and other building control processes are progressing well.

     

    • Our e-Tshwane WhatsApp chat service has been completed and is available on 087 153 1001. Customers can also make payments through this platform.

       
    • A new channel for customers to raise queries and complaints through the e-Tshwane platform is active. Since going live in December 2021, a total of 19 578 queries have been submitted through the e-Tshwane platform.

     

    • Our new Integrated Health Information Management System is at the pilot stage. The system will make it easy for healthcare officials to access digitised records, improve the management of queues in clinics and better manage stock items in our pharmacies.

       
    • The City has also successfully defleeted and matched 680 vehicles, amounting to savings of over R11 million in expensive leases as we move towards owning our vehicles.

       

      Improving health services

       
    • City of Tshwane public healthcare clinics were assessed by a multistakeholder peer review team. All 24 clinics sustained their Ideal Clinic standards ratings and all City-managed health facilities achieved 100% platinum status.

       
    • FF Ribeiro Clinic, linked to the Sammy Marks Council Chamber vaccination site, is in the Top 10 best-performing vaccination sites in Gauteng for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

       
    • Progress on the construction of Lusaka Clinic in Mamelodi is going very well and is at 80%. The project is earmarked for completion by July 2023 and will play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in the area.

     

    As I conclude, I want to thank our MMCs for their hard work, with City officials. We will ensure that we continuously improve so that we can deliver quality services to all residents.

     

    We are happy now, as a team, to take any questions.

     

    Thank you once again for joining us today.


  • City of Tshwane Health Department welcomes donation from PPC Limited to help strengthen outreach programmes

    City of Tshwane Health Department welcomes donation from PPC Limited to help strengthen outreach programmes

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    Last Friday, the City of Tshwane Health Department received a donation of gazebos and foldable chairs from PPC Limited at Jubilee Park in Sunnyside. These items will help strengthen health outreach services currently offered by the City.

     

    PPC Limited is a valued partner of the City of Tshwane. The City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PPC Limited in 2018 that enabled the donation of three vehicles and three mobile clinics to the City. The official handover was done in July 2019 at Olievenhoutbosch Clinic.

     

    The introduction of mobile clinic operations from 2019 has assisted the City to improve community access to much-needed primary healthcare services. Such services include immunisation, family planning, deworming, vitamin A supplementation, tuberculosis management, HIV testing, antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, management of chronic diseases, management of curative diseases, wound care, and COVID-19 screening and testing.

     

    I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the management and staff of PPC Limited. Such donations assist in strengthening public-private partnerships for the benefit of our communities.

     

    As MMC for Health, it is my goal to ensure that the City has at least one mobile clinic rolled out in each region. The introduction of additional mobile clinics will go a long way to supplement the services currently provided by the 24 municipal primary healthcare clinics.

     

    As a department, we firmly believe that the communities of Tshwane deserve not only quality health services, but health services that are accessible.  


  • A guide on legal ways of transporting waste to landfill sites

    A guide on legal ways of transporting waste to landfill sites

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Environment and Agriculture Management Department has put together a fact sheet on waste transportation permits and waste management services to help with the proper transportation and disposal of waste. 

    • Why is the City introducing new permits?
       

    Waste transportation permits are not new. The City has been issuing waste transportation permits since 2016. According to the Waste Management By-law, no person within the jurisdiction of the City may operate or conduct a waste management service of any type, irrespective of whether such service is rendered for payment or not, unless such person is granted written permission to operate such a service by the City. The City is also guided by the National Waste Management Strategy and other legal frameworks to ensure that waste is managed sustainably. In turn, this enables efficient operations at sites as waste is accounted for. 

    • Who may apply for the waste transportation permit? 

    Only vehicles of 1 tonne or 1 000 kg capacity and above full of waste are eligible to pay for a waste transportation permit. If you are merely maintaining your garden at home and the amount of garden waste does not fill up a vehicle of 1 tonne, you are eligible for the free service and you may visit a site once a week. You are therefore not required to have a permit. 

    • I have more than one property and I collect waste with my bakkie and a trailer. 

    The volume of waste in the trailer and a bakkie demonstrates the volume of waste capacity. If the trailer is full and the bakkie attached to the trailer is full, you need a permit for the trailer and the bakkie, as this exceeds 1 tonne or 1 000 kg. The fee is charged per vehicle.
     

    • How do I pay?

     

    After completing the application form, companies or individuals with successfully processed applications will be provided with the City's banking details and issued with a permit after submitting proof of payment. The City encourages cashless payments.

     

    • How long is the permit valid and how many times will I pay for it?

     

    The application fee for a waste transportation permit is charged as a once-off fee. A waste transportation permit is valid for a year and is renewable annually from the date of application, in line with approved tariffs.

     

    • How much does the waste transportation permit cost?

     

    An application for a waste service provider permit will be charged a once-off administrative fee as follows:

     

    Vehicles with a payload (carrying capacity) of up to 1 tonne (charged per vehicle):

     

    • Light delivery vehicles (LDVs) (bakkies)
    • Vehicle trailers – ½ tonne, ¾ tonne and luggage trailers (such as Venter trailers)
    • LDVs with luggage trailers as indicated above

     

    Light commercial vehicles and trailers with a payload of more than 1 tonne but less than 1,3 tonnes (charged per vehicle):

     

    • Hyundai H100 bakkies
    • Kia K2700 and K2500 bakkies

       

    Vehicles with a payload of more than 1,3 tonnes (per vehicle)

     

    The following must go to landfill sites and not garden refuse sites:

     

    • 19 m3 compactor trucks
    • 10 m3 or 12 m3 compactor trucks
    • Skip loaders
    • 7 or 8 tonne dropside trucks and others

     

     

     

    R311,00

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    R404,39

     

     

     

     

     

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    • Is a disposal tariff the same as a waste transportation permit fee?

     

    No. Fees to dispose of garden waste at sites are based on a fixed rate per waste mass and will be implemented in the following year. Dumping of garden waste at sites for general household garden waste is free of charge, provided it is less than the prescribed capacity.

     

    For waste beyond the prescribed capacity, the relevant tariff will be charged, as this comes at a great cost to the City. An application for a waste transportation permit will be charged a once-off administrative fee and is renewable annually.

     

    It should be noted that the City of Tshwane does not issue waste transportation permits for medical and hazardous waste. Moreover, vehicles with a payload of more than 1,3 tonnes are not allowed at a garden refuse site or transfer station. Such vehicles must dispose of waste at landfill sites. 


  • City of Tshwane observes 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children from 25 November to 10 December 2022

    City of Tshwane observes 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children from 25 November to 10 December 2022

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign is an annual United Nations-endorsed awareness campaign that is held from 25 November until 10 December every year.

     

    During this period, the City of Tshwane, with civil society and the private sector, will host a series of community and sector gender-based violence and femicide awareness campaigns and engagements to foster a collaborative effort in dealing with gender-based violence and femicide.

     

    The City of Tshwane is collaborating with other spheres of government to raise awareness of gender-based violence and femicide, including participating in the national launch of the 16 Days campaign with the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Ministry. The City of Tshwane will further partner with the Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Tribal Authority in Ahankara, the Gauteng Department of Justice and the Gauteng Department of Community Safety in this campaign.

     

    The Social Development and Strategic Interest Group Division in the Community and Social Development Services Department is coordinating a citywide programme to observe the campaign through various programmes aimed at ensuring that all levels of the City's administration and political leadership add their voices and actions to this noble cause.


  • TMPD makes R700 000 drug bust resulting in the arrest of 11 foreign nationals

    TMPD makes R700 000 drug bust resulting in the arrest of  11 foreign nationals

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    On Wednesday, 23 November 2022, nine suspects were arrested by the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Drug Unit in Pretoria West for drug dealing.

     

    The arrests were made during a joint operation with Crime Intelligence. The group was found in possession of Khat plant worth an estimated street value of R200 000. Two of the suspects are Somalian foreign nationals.

     

    In another successful law enforcement operation, a group of four male foreign nationals from Tanzania were arrested for dealing and possession of drugs in Pretoria West last night. Further investigations led to the arrest of three more Tanzanian female suspects who are related to the four suspects. They were all dealing with drugs (nyaope) in the Atteridgeville, Hercules and Wonderboompoort area.

     

    The drugs found in their possession had an estimated street value of close to R500 000.

     

    In a third separate incident, TMPD arrested two Nigerian nationals in Mamelodi for dealing and possession of drugs. The Nigerian suspects were found with 380 packets of nyaope.

     

    Overall, a total of 11 drug dealers who are foreign nationals were arrested and removed from the streets during the three operations.

     

    I want to thank our TMPD officers for doing a brilliant job in protecting our communities and young people from drugs. In recent weeks, the TMPD has made several major drug busts and should be commended by all for their work.

     

    Members of the public are encouraged to report any crime to the nearest police station or the TMPD on 012 358 7095.


  • City of Tshwane holds successful virtual Council meeting

    City of Tshwane holds successful virtual Council meeting

    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    Yesterday, the City of Tshwane held its last Council meeting for the year to deliberate on important Council matters and key reports. The meeting was held virtually to prevent unnecessary attempts to collapse Council as we have seen in the recent past from weak opposition parties that have nothing to offer but violence and disturbance. 

    The virtual meeting was largely successful as the multiparty coalition government, along with other parties represented in Council, pushed ahead to conclude critical work to serve Tshwane residents. 

    Notably missing from this meeting was the ANC caucus who decided they would not participate in Council to engage on critical items that affect our residents. 

    However, with Council having quorum, the committed parties got on with the business of the day. One of the key items that was on the agenda was the report on the R800 million short-term credit facility from Absa. The report was placed before Council and was approved after engagements on the matter. 

    Obtaining a short-term loan is a normal process in City operations. It was done in the past financial years and we were able to pay it back each year.  

    As this was the last Council meeting for the year, Council will reconvene in January next year after the recess period. 

    Our multiparty coalition government will continue to do its work, serving Tshwane residents. We are also planning a media briefing early next week where we will give an overview of our one year in office.

  • City of Tshwane is working to resolve Willows Substation challenges

    City of Tshwane is working to resolve Willows Substation challenges

    Fri, Nov 25, 2022

    Earlier this week, I conducted an oversight visit in Ward 46 in Pretoria East where I was joined by the MMC for Utility Services, Cllr Daryl Johnston, alongside Ward Councillor Peter van Heerden. Together, we assessed the level of service delivery in the area and we noted two matters that need urgent attention.

     

    Willows Substation in Lynnwood Ridge has been experiencing regular trips due to ongoing high levels of load-shedding. It is important to note that our substations were never designed to be continuously switched on and off. The reality is that load-shedding has a damaging impact on our infrastructure and, as a result, residents will experience prolonged power outages.

     

    One of the feeder cables at Willows Substation has been damaged and will need to be replaced with over 300 m of new cables. Cllr Johnston will oversee the project. On the bright side, three out of the four feeder cables are in operation to reduce the frequency of outages.

     

    Another challenge relates to the main water line valve leaking on Lynnwood Road, resulting in flooding into a nearby residential complex, thus causing damage to properties. 

     

    An operational plan with bulk services was agreed on to start with complex repairs and to ensure that the main valve is repaired. This work is of a difficult nature due to the position and space the team must work with. In the meantime, our teams will drain the valve chamber on a weekly basis to reduce excess water coming into the residential area.

     

    Our multiparty coalition government is committed to driving service delivery in all regions of Tshwane. 


  • Executive Mayor welcomes new emergency services fleet to enhance the City's response capabilities during the festive season and beyond

    Executive Mayor welcomes new emergency services fleet to enhance the City's response capabilities during the festive season and beyond

    Fri, Nov 25, 2022

    This week, our Emergency Services Department (ESD) received five new Ford Ranger bakkies to boost the City's response time to incidents, especially with the upcoming festive season.

     

    The vehicles have been handed over to five District Commanders in our Fire and Rescue Operations Division, and they will be based at Bosman, Rosslyn, Centurion, Silverton and Wonderboom Fire Stations.

     

    A District Commander is operationally and functionally responsible for multiple fire stations in a region or geographically designated area of response in Tshwane. Therefore, it is essential that a District Commander is equipped with a reliable vehicle to cover the designated area of operation in order to effectively manage an incident.

     

    The new vehicles are equipped with the following necessary tools and equipment:

     

    • Battery-operated chainsaw
    • Battery-operated carborundum cutter
    • Breathing apparatus escape set
    • Water hydrant key
    • Bolt cutter
    • Halligan tool
    • Medical jump bag
    • Personal protective equipment

       

    The City of Tshwane ESD is considered one of the best emergency services departments in the country and this new fleet will enhance our efforts to assist residents in times of need. 


  • City of Tshwane is the market leader in outdoor advertising

    City of Tshwane is the market leader in outdoor advertising

    Wed, Nov 23, 2022

    The City of Tshwane recently granted permission for two large-format anamorphic digital outdoor advertising gantry structures to be placed in the public domain, placing it at the forefront of the country in terms of this unique message field.

     

    These two 144 m² screens will be housed on 50 m high structures that will measure over 65 m wide, which is a great engineering feat due to the size, scale and technical requirements. These screens have anamorphic advertising message capabilities and are now being installed in Atterbury Road between Lois Street and the N1 and in Sefako Makgatho Drive next to Enkeldoorn Avenue. These structures are a part of the City's initiatives to develop a smart city.

     

    The Economic Development and Spatial Planning Department oversees more than 500 outdoor advertising contracts, which bring in a sizable revenue for the City. This function involves the managing of outdoor advertising sign applications and identifying outdoor marketing opportunities that not only serve as a revenue stream for the City, but also as a communication and marketing tool for local and national advertisers.

     

    These structures contain screens that display three-dimensional content that enables images to come to life. Additionally, these billboards are technologically capable of transmitting across cellular networks and displaying real-time data in a matter of minutes or even seconds.

     

    In addition to leaving an impactful message, digital billboards enable advertisers to swiftly respond to outside factors like weather, traffic or social media that can create a major shift in people's wants and requirements by switching what message they want to convey. For businesses trying to increase their advertising capacity and reach more people at the start of the consumer decision journey, this elasticity is a wonderful opportunity.

     

    Local and national advertisers frequently approach the City for outdoor advertising opportunities since  Tshwane is often seen as a pioneer in its approach to outdoor advertising. This sophisticated strategy and maturity of the City to release such substantial investments in outdoor advertising also offer an additional cash stream to the municipality's coffers.


  • Executive Mayor appoints new MMC for Human Settlements

    Executive Mayor appoints new MMC for Human Settlements

    Tue, Nov 22, 2022

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Cllr Kgosietsile Kgosiemang as the new MMC for Human Settlements.

     

    The Human Settlements portfolio is very important to the City as we seek to address the housing backlog in the municipality and manage challenges, such as illegal land occupation and the relocation and formalisation of informal settlements, along with the issuing of title deeds and ensuring the development of social housing.

     

    Cllr Kgosiemang possesses strong experience in leadership and management. He is a member of various professional body organisations, such as the Institute of Directors South Africa, the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa and the Institute of Risk Management South Africa. His professional background and qualifications are within the realm of internal auditing.

     

    Along with the Mayoral Committee appointment, Cllr Kgosiemang will also be deployed to Region 2 for basic service delivery oversight and management.

     

    I want to welcome Cllr Kgosiemang to the team. He has our full support in his new role as MMC for Human Settlements.

     

    The City of Tshwane government remains stable and committed to driving service delivery to all through our dedicated political executive team composed of various members of the multiparty coalition.


  • MMC for Community Safety calls on residents to report suspicious activities around City infrastructure

    MMC for Community Safety calls on residents to report suspicious activities around City infrastructure

    Tue, Nov 22, 2022

    Recently in my capacity as MMC for Community Safety, I attended a community meeting in Capital Park where I engaged on security and safety matters with residents, the local policing forum, ward councillors and private security companies.

     

    Cable theft was at the top of the agenda. This was prompted by at least 17 cases of cable theft in the area that were registered at the local police station during the month of September alone. While there was a decline in cable theft in October 2022, with only ten cases registered in the area, each occurrence of cable theft has a negative impact on the community and requires that we all work together to end this scourge.

     

    The community was generally positive about the work of the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Cable Theft Unit, however, there were shortcomings that were identified and discussed. Key among the community's frustrations is the seemingly uncontrolled regulation of scrap metal, which leads to the illicit trade in stolen cables.

     

    It must be noted that the mandate to fight this type of crime is primarily with the South African Police Service (SAPS). This also applies to the granting of licences to scrap metal dealers. Nonetheless, the TMPD Cable Theft Unit will continue to fight this scourge within the budgetary and manpower constraints. In this regard, we are also in the process of assigning more TMPD officials to the unit.

     

    The City remains dependent on residents, community policing forums, neighbourhood watches, private security companies and others to act as our eyes and ears on the ground so that the TMPD can attend speedily to incidences.

     

    Should you notice any suspicious behaviour around the City's critical infrastructure, please report this to the SAPS on 10111 or the TMPD Cable Theft Unit on 012 358 1550.


  • City of Tshwane and Gauteng Department of Health hold successful intergovernmental meeting to improve cooperation and health services

    City of Tshwane and Gauteng Department of Health hold successful intergovernmental meeting to improve cooperation and health services

    Fri, Nov 18, 2022

    In an effort to strengthen working relations between the City of Tshwane Health Department and the Gauteng Provincial Government, I initiated a meeting with the newly appointed Gauteng MEC for Health, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko. The meeting took place on 16 November 2022 and we engaged on the following matters:

     

    • The need for collaboration between the two departments on issues of common interest and concern. This related especially to concerns around the management and condition of provincial hospitals in Tshwane.

       
    • The need for an integrated and coordinated approach on drug and substance abuse response.

     

    • Unblocking the bottlenecks in the issuing of conditional grants from Gauteng Province for primary healthcare and HIV/AIDS in the City of Tshwane.

     

    • Addressing community requests for primary healthcare facilities (clinics) and community health centres that were made during public participation for the Integrated Development Plan process.

     

    • The need for mobile clinics in all seven regions of Tshwane to increase access to quality healthcare with a special focus on vulnerable communities.

     

    The meeting was fruitful and set the stage for future engagements. Furthermore, the MEC and I agreed on the need to maximise the use of existing resources, and to work to improve patient care and provide sufficient support to staff.

     

    I would like to thank MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko for engaging with us. I believe this will assist in ensuring better coordination between the City and the province, which will ultimately benefit our Tshwane residents.

     

    Media enquiries: Sipho Stuurman (siphost@tshwane.gov.za)


  • MMC Kingsley Wakelin leads oversight programme in Region 6, attending to several service delivery matters

    MMC Kingsley Wakelin leads oversight programme in Region 6, attending to several service delivery matters

    Fri, Nov 18, 2022

    Recently, I conducted several oversight visits to Region 6 to assess service delivery concerns raised by communities with the view of accelerating our response. During these oversight visits, I was joined by different ward councillors as we went to get a first-hand look at service delivery levels within our communities.

     

    As part of our robust critical infrastructure maintenance programme, I am happy to report that the City has just concluded the replacement of a sewer pump station that maintains the effluent and water levels in the Six Fountains and Silver Lakes areas in the east of Pretoria.

     

    The City invested R1,2 million in this project to increase the capacity of the pump station to cater for the increased population in the area and to ensure that there is a proper maintenance system for the nearby dam and river.

     

    My oversight visit to the Voortrekker Sport Facility in Silverton revealed that the buildings of the facility are structurally unsafe and badly vandalised, and that some are illegally occupied and used for antisocial and criminal activities.

     

    In response to these challenges, I will engage my colleagues in the City and make a request to demolish the said buildings. In the meantime, the City will embark on a joint operation to enforce by-laws and clean up all these buildings to minimise the illegal occupation thereof. The safety of our residents and ensuring that our buildings are used effectively are important to us.

     

    Still in Silverton, we recently visited one of the oldest and now unused cemeteries in Ward 43. It was pleasing to note that, despite constrained resources, the region is not neglecting the cemetery and still makes an effort to keep it in a good and dignified state.

     

    I would like to thank all Region 6 councillors and City officials who worked with me during these critical oversight visits. Our multiparty coalition government is committed to accelerating service delivery to all Tshwane regions. 


  • The City of Tshwane finance outreach programme will be in Hammanskraal in Region 2 from 17 to 19 November 2022

    The City of Tshwane finance outreach programme will be in Hammanskraal in Region 2 from 17 to 19 November 2022

    Fri, Nov 18, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Group Financial Services will continue with its outreach programme to assist residents  in Hammanskraal to keep their municipal accounts in good standing.

     

    The aim of the  programme is to help residents who have challenges and queries regarding their municipal accounts. The programme forms part of the City's commitment to fast-track service delivery by bringing services closer to the people.

     

    The outreach programme will assist customers with meter readings, invoicing, credit

    control, payment arrangements, billing and indigent enquiries.

     

    Customers may visit the City's outreach venue as per the following schedule:

     

    VENUEWARDDATETIME
    Renstown Park14917 to 19 November 202209:00 to 15:00

     

    Customers are advised to have their account details at hand to ensure that their queries are resolved and escalated speedily. 

    This programme is intendaed to foster better relations between the City and its customers. The coalition government is committed to delivering services to all Tshwane regions. 

    The City will keep customers updated when the outreach programme moves to other venues and regions.  


  • City launches waste management campaign to help keep Tshwane clean

    City launches waste management campaign to help keep Tshwane clean

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022

    The fight against illegal dumping is one which cannot single-handedly be won by the City and there is a need to work together as residents, businesses and civic organisations to achieve a cleaner Tshwane. It is against this background that the City will launch a waste management campaign titled Re Kaofela, meaning we are together. The Re Kaofela campaign seeks to highlight the importance of collective efforts by residents, businesses and civic organisations in the plight of eradicating illegal dumping.
     

    The campaign also intends to highlight the key waste management priorities of the City as set out by the coalition government, which aim to maintain a clean and protected natural environment.

     

    The waste management campaign launch will be held as follows: 

    • Date:        18 November 2022
    • Time:        10:00 to 13:00
    • Venue:     Food Court Area, Wonderpark Shopping Centre, cnr Brits Road and                  Heinrich Avenue, Akasia

     

    During the launch, residents, businesses and organisations are encouraged to visit our information tables for the following services:

     

    • Applications, replacements and queries related to bins and billing of City of Tshwane 240 ℓ bins and bulk waste skips
    • Clearing of illegal dumping hotspots and information on the Adopt-a-Spot programme
    • Promotion of recycling, sorting at source and waste management services
    • Environmental education and awareness

     

    The City will ensure that the campaign reaches all Tshwane regions. Furthermore, residents are urged to be on the lookout for information on our official social media platforms. 

  • Multiparty coalition government to lay criminal charges against ANC councillors for violent assault against the Speaker of Council

    Multiparty coalition government to lay criminal charges against ANC councillors for violent assault against the Speaker of Council

    Thu, Nov 17, 2022

    The City of Tshwane multiparty coalition government intends to lay criminal charges against ANC councillors for the violent physical attack on the Speaker of Council, Cllr Murunwa Makwarela. 

    During yesterday's continuation Council meeting, ANC councillors attempted to disrupt the proceedings of Council with their aggressive and violent behaviour. 

    Despite numerous attempts to bring calm and order, the Speaker was violently assaulted by ANC councillors who can been seen in various video footage physically attacking the Speaker while members of the coalition attempted to defend him. 

    Furthermore, when the Speaker announced that the meeting would carry on virtually, he was further assaulted as he was repeatedly hit in the head and back while he sought to leave the chamber. The relevant ANC councillors have been identified and criminal charges will be laid against them. 

    This is clearly not the behaviour of councillors – it is the behaviour of violent thugs. 

    Another matter worth noting is that the ANC has repeatedly made threats to take the City to court to challenge the use of online Council meetings. However, they failed to follow the legal challenge route and ultimately resorted to violence. 

    It is clear that the ANC wants to destabilise the City by preventing Council from sitting with their violence that seeks to serve their own political interests at the expense of Tshwane residents. 

    Despite the violence and thuggery of the ANC, they ultimately failed. Council reconvened online and the multiparty coalition got on with the work at hand. 

    The City of Tshwane multiparty coalition will not be intimidated by attempts to collapse Council. We will continue to defend our residents and push ahead with the work of Council. 

  • City of Tshwane opens second round of applications for Marabastad Townlands Social Housing Project

    City of Tshwane opens second round of applications for Marabastad Townlands Social Housing Project

    Wed, Nov 16, 2022

    I am pleased to inform residents that the City of Tshwane will now open the second round of applications for the Marabastad Townlands Social Housing Project targeting the secondary market group earning between R11 301 to R22 000. The applications will officially open from 5 to 9 December 2022. 

    Housing Company Tshwane (HCT), a social housing entity of the City, will once again manage the entire process. For the upcoming application period, HCT has increased the income bracket to accommodate more applicants for the two-bedroom units.

     

    The Townlands Social Housing Project offers subsidised rental rates in a prime location that is close to the inner city and various workplaces.

     

    To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

     

    • You must be 18 years or older, be employed and/or self-employed, and be able to pay monthly rent.
    • You must be a South African citizen with a household income of between R11 301 and R22 000.
    • You can be married or single with or without dependents or cohabiting with a partner. One application is allowed per household.
    • You must have a clean credit record and not be under debt review.

     

    Regarding Phase 1 applications, 691 beneficiaries were approved. To date, HCT has received 223 deposit payments to secure accommodation and occupation from 1 December 2022.

     

    The City of Tshwane is looking forward to opening the doors to all approved beneficiaries.


  • MMC for Economic Development undertakes a site visit and stakeholder engagement at the OUTsurance Campus in Centurion

    MMC for Economic Development undertakes a site visit and stakeholder engagement at the OUTsurance Campus in Centurion

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022

    As part of the Economic Development and Spatial Planning Department's outreach initiative to communicate with the corporate community in our economy's priority sectors, I recently conducted an engagement session and site orientation with the management of the OUTsurance campus in Centurion.

     

    These business stakeholder engagement site visits are an important pillar of the department and are consistent with the multiparty coalition's strategic goal of fostering a business-friendly City that promotes employment and economic growth.

     

    These engagements also serve as a platform for the department to collaborate with enterprises to identify intervention strategies intended to accelerate their post Covid-19 recovery.

     

    The OUTsurance campus in Centurion has over 5 000 individuals that are working there, the majority of whom are from various regions of Tshwane. Therefore, the company is a key economic player and stakeholder in Tshwane's business process outsourcing industry.

     

    Additional discussions and prospective collaborations with OUTsurance could be beneficial in several strategic areas, including the development of sector skills and the retention of in-demand skills through regional training.

     

    I want to thank the management of OUTsurance Centurion campus for taking the time to interact with the department in a meaningful way. The visit also served as an opportunity for the City to reaffirm to the business community that Tshwane  is open for business that will benefit the local economy and our residents.  


  • City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department stands ready to assist all residents affected by severe weather conditions

    City of Tshwane Emergency Services Department stands ready to assist all residents affected by severe weather conditions

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022

    The City of Tshwane would like to commend efforts by the Emergency Services Department (ESD) and the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD who worked diligently to assist affected residents during flooding incidents this past week.

     

    Since Monday, 7 November 2022, the ESD has responded to over 40 flood-related incidents and assisted residents with a variety of services, ranging from pumping away water to removing fallen trees and debris, and facilitating social assistance relief.

     

    The TMPD was also involved with many of these calls and assisted with road closures where necessary. In addition, they attended to several accidents caused by poor weather conditions.

     

    I want to acknowledge and appreciate other role players from the City who also assisted affected residents. Responding to flood incidents always requires a multidepartmental approach.

     

    I would like to call on motorists to be cautious on the road during poor weather conditions. This applies especially to driving in the rain as it often leads to accidents.

     

    We encourage all residents to report potholes to the City by sending an email to pothole@tshwane.gov.za. The City is committed to accelerating pothole repairs and reducing the current pothole backlog.

     

    Our emergency services teams and the TMPD will continue to patrol and monitor flood-prone areas to ensure timely responses. Should you require assistance, you can call our toll-free emergency services line on 107 and the TMPD on 012 358 7095/7096.


  • Update on parts of Region 2 affected by water interruptions

    Update on parts of Region 2 affected by water interruptions

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022

    On Thursday, 10 November 2022, the City's water distribution team in Region 2 was alerted to a ruptured pipeline in Montana, north east of the Pretoria CBD. 

    The team worked devotedly and managed to restore water to the affected Bougainvilla Retirement Village in Montana. However, on Saturday morning, 12 November 2022, another leak was detected on a different spot that affected residents of the same retirement village and a block of households along Rainstick Street in Montana Gardens. A recent burst was identified early this morning and a team of the City's artisans is on-site effecting the necessary repairs. 

    In the intervening period, a water bowser has been arranged to assist the affected residents with water needs until the repairs are completed. 

    Meanwhile, the City of Tshwane is aware of the interruption affecting Joyce Avenue, Edelweiss Avenue and surrounding streets in the Magalieskruin area due to a burst water pipe. The response team is currently on-site finalising the water-isolation process to pave the way to remove the tree under which the pipe is located. 

    The estimated time of restoration of the water supply for the above-mentioned interruptions is not yet known. The City will strive to communicate the restoration times of both occurrences after determining the extent of damages on the pipelines.

  • City of Tshwane encourages waste transporters to register for a waste transport permit

    City of Tshwane encourages waste transporters to register for a waste transport permit

    Tue, Nov 15, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Waste Management By-law requires that all transporters of waste operating within the jurisdiction of the City apply for a waste transportation permit that is renewable annually from the date of application, in line with approved tariffs.  

    Applying for a waste transportation permit is necessary for everyone who provides a waste management service in Tshwane. It also helps service providers to maintain legal compliance and develop a professional waste management service. 

    The City has been issuing waste transportation permits to various private companies that have applied for such a permit since 2016. The permit disc must be clearly displayed on the vehicle, as per the provisions of the by-law. 

    Application forms will be made available at the City's garden refuse sites, transfer stations and landfill sites or by email to wastemanagement@tshwane.gov.za.   

    All prospective waste transporter applications must be accompanied by the following: 

    1. Copy of identity document or company registration documents
    2. Proof of residential address (water and lights account statement, rates and taxes account statement or rental lease agreement)
    3. Vehicle(s) registration documents
       

    Waste transporters without permits have until 1 December 2022 to apply. This means waste transportation vehicles without a permit will not be allowed access to the City's garden refuse sites, transfer stations and landfill sites. The Tshwane Metro Police Department is responsible for enforcing the by-law. Any waste transporter who does not comply with the by-law will not be allowed to operate in the jurisdiction of the City of Tshwane. 


  • City of Tshwane hosts international delegation from Bulgaria's Stara Zagora Municipality

    City of Tshwane hosts international delegation from Bulgaria's  Stara Zagora Municipality

    Mon, Nov 14, 2022

    Following a recent European Parliament-funded visit to the Stara Zagora Municipality by officials from the City of Tshwane who participated in the International City Partnerships – Acting for Green and Inclusive Recovery (ICP-AGIR) programme in September 2022, the City of Tshwane hosted a reciprocal visit by officials from the Stara Zagora Municipality from 16 to 21 October 2022. 

    In line with the objectives of the ICP-AGIR, which seeks to contribute to the delivery of international commitments articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the United Nations New Urban Agenda, the purpose of the visit was to continue exploratory discussions related to the circular economy, energy transition, air quality and inclusion of migrants and refugees. These discussions contributed immensely to advancing the City of Tshwane's own agenda of promoting sustainable and integrated urban development. 

    The visit was coordinated by the City Strategy and Organisational Performance Department, the Economic Development and Spatial Planning Department and the Energy and Electricity Department as well as the Sustainability Unit in the Office of the Executive Mayor and the Tshwane Economic Development Agency. 

    The programme for the visiting delegates included a comprehensive presentation session on the City's political and administrative governance structures, an overview of the local economy and the key economic sectors and industries, climate action plan and energy transition. The programme also included site visits to strategic institutions and sites such as the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), the newly established Entrepreneurial Village, Tshwane House, Townlands Housing Project, Hector Pieterson Bus Station, the Tshwane Leadership and Management Academy, a photovoltaics station, Wapadrand Power Station and Zeekoegat Waste Water Treatment Works. The programme ended on a high note with delegates being given the opportunity to experience Dinokeng Game Reserve and visit Freedom Park Museum. 

    The two cities have identified energy transition and green infrastructure as two critical areas of collaboration. Beyond the collaborative framework of the European Union's ICP programme, the City of Tshwane also used this opportunity to explore mutually beneficial city-to-city initiatives, which included possible joint learning and exchange programmes and international trade and investment opportunities. 

  • City of Tshwane Health Department urges residents to take safety precautions against malaria when travelling to endemic areas

    City of Tshwane Health Department urges residents to take safety precautions against malaria when travelling to endemic areas

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022

    Malaria is known to be endemic to certain areas of South Africa such as northern KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. However, we have noted recent concerns by the Gauteng Department of Health regarding the large number of malaria infections recorded in Gauteng between January and September 2022. The province recorded 1 103 cases, with 11 deaths. In Tshwane, at least 43 infections were recorded from July to October 2022, with no fatalities reported.

     

    In order to raise awareness, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is commemorating Malaria Week from 6 to 12 November. Malaria symptoms include fever and flu-like symptoms such as headache, cold shivers and sweating. It is therefore important to get tested if you have travelled to an endemic area and display these symptoms.

     

    I would like to remind residents, especially those who have a history of travelling to endemic areas, that malaria is a potentially life-threatening disease caused by blood parasites and transmitted by bites from infected mosquitos. In the human body, the parasites first multiply in the liver and then infect the red blood cells. Despite its seriousness, malaria is preventable and curable.

     

    When travelling to an endemic area, it is imperative that both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions are considered. Malaria prophylaxis should be taken before entering an endemic malaria area. In addition, personal protection measures against mosquito bites can be taken by using mosquito repellents and wearing long-sleeved clothing. Prevention is always better than cure. 


  • Unlawful invasion of flood plains, illegal dumping and blocking of storm water channels increase the risks associated with flooding

    Unlawful invasion of flood plains, illegal dumping and blocking of storm water channels increase the risks associated with flooding

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022

    Tshwane and other parts of Gauteng have experienced prolonged rainfall this week. Furthermore, the South African Weather Service has predicted above-average rainfall from November 2022 to March 2023. This is likely to increase the risk of flooding in various parts of Tshwane. Therefore, the City would like to call on residents to be cautious and take note of possible flood risks.

     

    Illegal land invasion and occupation of flood plains

     

    The City is aware of the persistent housing backlog. However, the illegal occupation of land, especially on flood plains, creates an immense flood risk that could lead to property damage, injuries and even loss of life. The Human Settlements Department of the City of Tshwane has clearly defined processes for identifying where new settlements are to be started.

     

    Debris, rubble and rubbish prevent the flow of water

     

    Illegal dumping in the broadest sense is a big contributing factor to localised flooding, as rubbish and debris obstruct the natural flow of water, causing it to find new routes. The City therefore calls on residents to assist us by reporting illegal dumping to the Tshwane Metro Police Department on 012 358 7095/7096. 

     

    If you become aware of storm drains that are blocked by rubble and filth, we encourage you to report this via email to pothole@tshwane.gov.za so that our teams can unblock the drains and reduce the risk of flooding.

     

    The City's Emergency Services Department remains on high alert and will continually monitor low-water bridges and other known flooding hotspots. For assistance during disasters and emergencies, residents can contact our toll-free line on 107.


  • City of Tshwane welcomes engagements in Cape Town on enhancing safety and improving policing with technology

    City of Tshwane welcomes engagements in Cape Town on enhancing safety and improving policing with technology

    Fri, Nov 11, 2022

    In my capacity as MMC for Community Safety, I honoured the invitation by various role players in the technology space to attend Africa Tech Festival 2022 that is currently taking place in Cape Town. As per our cost-containment measures, I paid for my own travel arrangements and secured sponsorships for the two officials that accompanied me without the creation of reciprocal expectations or any commitments from the City's side. The City thus only paid for one night's accommodation.

     

    While the City's current financial position makes it difficult to invest in new technology, I feel it is important to be aware of current technology and products that are available on the market and to build and maintain good relationships with the various role players in this sector. Though presently unattainable, new technology can help improve our policing and emergency services in the future and this already needs to be considered during present planning and budgeting cycles.

     

    To better understand how some of the technology works in practice and to use my time in Cape Town optimally, I will also visit some of Cape Town's law enforcement centres today, Thursday, 10 November 2022. Cape Town's officials will explain how they have managed to integrate and use technology to improve services for their residents. I am hoping that parts thereof will serve as a blueprint for the City of Tshwane, so we do not reinvent the wheel but rather learn from others' best practices.

     

    Importantly, I will participate in a multilateral workshop organised by the City of Cape Town on Friday, 11 November 2022, where subjects such as unlawful land occupation, public disorder, the use of technology and other relevant subjects will be discussed.

     

    I feel privileged to have been able to combine these important engagements in Cape Town and I will provide feedback to residents on the workshop in due course.


  • TMPD makes another major drug bust in Pretoria East worth an estimated street value of R500 000

    TMPD makes another major drug bust in Pretoria East worth an estimated street value of R500 000

    Wed, Nov 9, 2022

    I would like to commend the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Drug Unit for another successful major drug bust in Garsfontein, Pretoria East on Tuesday, 8 November 2022.

     

    During the operation, five Nigerian male nationals were arrested for dealing and possession of drugs.

     

    TMPD responded to a tip-off about a white vehicle that was delivering drugs in Atterbury Road in Pretoria East. TMPD officers traced the suspect to his residence where they found four suspects packaging heroin, also known as nyaope, and crystal meth. The drugs found have an estimated street value of about R500 000.

     

    This drug bust follows another successful operation by TMPD last month where 11 foreign national suspects were arrested for dealing and possession of drugs valued at nearly R700 000.

     

    I would like to thank our TMPD Drug Unit team for their excellent work in protecting our communities and young people from drugs.

     

    This should indicate to our residents that while we have some challenges with a few corrupt officers, the majority of our TMPD members are committed to their job.

  • Tshwane Netball Legacy Programme is ready for a bumper sporting weekend

    Tshwane Netball Legacy Programme is ready for a bumper sporting weekend

    Wed, Nov 9, 2022

    The City of Tshwane, working with Tshwane Netball, a registered member of Netball South Africa, is pleased to present the Tshwane Netball Legacy Programme taking place from 11 to 13 November 2022 at Cullinan Library.

     

    The three-day programme will feature a combination of educational programmes and participation activities, such as community matches and educational workshops, with the main event, the Tshwane Junior Elite Championship taking place on 12 November 2022. The junior event will feature 16- to 19-year-old players from across all regions of Tshwane.

     

    The championship will also serve as a timely event to introduce high performance at a local level which is crucial for the country's preparation in the lead-up to the 2023 Netball World Cup.

     

    Overall, the event aims to empower and develop players and officials while also working to ensure that netball receives increased support. One of the inspirations behind the event is the legendary Lynette Ferreira who has been involved in netball for several decades as a player, coach and administrator. In Tshwane she introduced the sport and worked to ensure that it develops into an exciting and competitive sporting code.

     

    The netball event is supported by the City of Tshwane, Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, and a brand synonymous with netball, SPAR. As the City of Tshwane, we are committed to partnering with all stakeholders who share the same vision of uplifting our communities, especially the youth, through sport.


  • City of Tshwane attends to community concerns about informal traders and illegal recycling operations in Garsfontein

    City of Tshwane attends to community concerns about informal traders and illegal recycling operations in Garsfontein

    Wed, Nov 9, 2022

    Recently, I conducted an oversight visit in Garsfontein, Region 6 where I was joined by the local Ward Councillor Betsie Basson to assess the challenges posed by informal traders and waste pickers operating illegally in the area, particularly at the corner of January Masilela and Solomon Mahlangu Drive. 

    During the visit, we noted concerning recycling operations in the area largely driven by waste pickers who collect plastic and other refuse to dump for a fee. These operations are illegal and, as a result, the environment and residents are negatively affected by the waste scattered around. 

    In addressing this challenge, we have requested our Tshwane Metro Police Department and the Environment and Agriculture Management Department to implement and enforce the transgression notice that has already been issued, and to ensure that illegal recyclers do not operate in the area. I also want to warn residents to stop illegal dumping, as we are now pushing to enforce by-laws and ensure that we issue heavy fines to transgressors. 

    Another challenge is informal traders who have been squatting and operating in the area for a while now without obtaining the correct approval from the City. To resolve this, I have taken it upon myself to engage my colleague, the MMC for Economic Development and Spatial Planning, Cllr André le Roux, to assist the traders in obtaining the correct approval for trading and to identify demarcated areas to operate in where they do not need to guard their stock overnight. 

    Our multiparty coalition government is committed to enhancing safety and keeping Tshwane clean. We therefore call on everyone to obey the by-laws so that we can make Tshwane an orderly city to live and work in.


  • Power outage affecting parts of Rosslyn Industrial and nearby areas

    Power outage affecting parts of Rosslyn Industrial and nearby areas

    Wed, Nov 9, 2022

    In the early hours of today, 8 November 2022, the City of Tshwane experienced a power outage at its Rosslyn Substation. 

    While investigating the cause of the outage, it was found that one of the transformers had tripped which resulted in a blackout. 

    The City's technical team is busy performing tests on all the feeder cables of the 11 kV transformer cables. The process of testing might take longer due to current weather conditions. However, the team anticipates that tests will be concluded by around 13:00 today, which will be followed by the repair process. 

    The preliminary estimated time of restoration will only be communicated after the completion of the tests. 

    The following industrial customers are affected: 

    • Metal Box
    • Nampak 
    • Platinum Sub Supply
    • South African Breweries (SAB) 

    Other establishments affected by the outage are along the following streets: 

    • Frans du Toit Street
    • Greyling Crescent
    • Hardie Muller Street
    • Hendrik van Eck Street
    • Lever Road
    • Martinus Ras Street
    • Van Heerden Street
    • Van Niekerk Street


  • City of Tshwane sets record straight on cancellation of Tshwane Classic bicycle race

    City of Tshwane sets record straight on cancellation of Tshwane Classic bicycle race

    Mon, Nov 7, 2022

    The City of Tshwane would like to correct the false narrative created by the organisers of the Tshwane Classic bicycle race, which was cancelled at the eleventh hour during the weekend. The organisers allege that the City withdrew its approval at the last minute, leaving them with no other option but to cancel. 

    The truth of the matter, however, is that the City had been in constant communication with the organisers through the Events Joint Operations Committee (JOC) and the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD). Inaction and inability on the organisers' part to comply with regulations and requirements, specifically those set out in the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act, 2010 (Act 2 of 2010), left the City with no other choice than to withhold approval. Approval was thus not withdrawn as alleged; it was never given. 

    Despite various engagements and warnings that the event was non-compliant, the organisers left matters to the last minute in an apparent attempt to force the City's hand. The organisers were unable to cover their financial obligations towards the City for TMPD services that were meant to be rendered. 

    Considering the City's financial challenges and corresponding cost-containment measures, the City is unable to absorb these costs. When, through my intervention, the City's officials made a last-ditch effort to accommodate the organisers, they were once again unable to provide sufficient and timely proof to the Events JOC that they would comply with the requirements. 

    Although the City regrets the cancellation of the event and the inconvenience it has caused to participants who made costly arrangements, I want to make it clear that the requirements and regulations set by the Events JOC apply to all who wish to organise events in Tshwane. 

    Non-compliance with any event regulations puts the organisers, participants and the City at risk, and as a responsible coalition government we cannot compromise on safety and security.

  • Further allegations against Cllr Abel Tau to be referred to the Speaker of Council for investigation

    Further allegations against Cllr Abel Tau to be referred to the Speaker of Council for investigation

    Mon, Nov 7, 2022

    The Office of the Executive Mayor has taken note of recent media reports detailing further allegations against the MMC for Human Settlements, Cllr Abel Tau. The nature of these allegations is serious and will require further investigation. 

    According to the media reports, one of the allegations pertains to a personal relationship with a City employee which may have resulted in an alleged abuse of power. Another incident relates to the alleged inappropriate use of City resources for personal use while Cllr Tau was on leave. 

    In my capacity as the Executive Mayor, I will be writing to the Speaker of Council, Cllr Murunwa Makwarela, to have both these allegations investigated as they could be in breach of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and will need to be scrutinised further. 

    As a multiparty coalition government, we have agreed to drive good governance and adhere to the principles of transparency. This requires using the correct legislative channels to address any allegations made against the political executive of the City.

  • Tshwane Varsity Hackathon competition showcases best technological innovation by students based in Tshwane

    Tshwane Varsity Hackathon competition showcases best technological innovation by students based in Tshwane

    Mon, Nov 7, 2022

    In my capacity as Leader of Executive Business in the City of Tshwane, I recently attended the award ceremony for the Tshwane Varsity Hackathon (TVH) competition which seeks to promote technological innovation. 

    TVH is an annual competition that is open to students from all higher learning institutions in Tshwane. The competition serves as a platform for students to use technology to solve societal challenges, including service delivery by the public sector. 

    The City of Tshwane is fully behind the TVH competition as it is aligned with the City's theme for the State of the Capital Address, which was Building a data-driven City to fast-track service delivery. 

    First prize went to eight young minds for their Cloud Docket solution meant to combat the theft of or missing police dockets by creating and keeping the dockets on a cloud drive, thus making it impossible for the official or the complainant to lose track of it. 

    Second prize went to the Exclusive Code 8 Solution. Their solution was a service request app in local areas where locals can register their services and expertise, such as painting, engineering and building, for people in an area to access those services. 

    Third prize went to the One City solution. Their solution was for community members to use a bartering system with municipalities to help pay for their municipal accounts in the form of offering their expert services when they are unable to pay their accounts when due. 

    I want to congratulate all the winners. It is important that we support and encourage innovation and technologically driven solutions to enhance service delivery and improve the lives of our residents.

  • City of Tshwane calls on nature lovers to enjoy the outdoors at our nature reserves

    City of Tshwane calls on nature lovers to enjoy the outdoors at our nature reserves

    Mon, Nov 7, 2022

    This spring season, the City of Tshwane would like to encourage residents to visit our nature reserves to enjoy splendid, leisurely outdoor experiences. 

    The City of Tshwane boosts the following fine nature reserves: 

    • Rietvlei Nature Reserve
    • Moreleta Kloof Nature Area
    • Wonderboom Nature Reserve
    • Groenkloof Nature Reserve
    • Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
    • Bronkhorstspruit Nature Reserve 

    One of the highly recommended places to visit in Tshwane is the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. The reserve boasts a variety of wildlife, such as buffalo, rhino and cheetah, and offers game drives to visitors. Africa's first and oldest wildlife refuge, Groenkloof Nature Reserve, offers activities, including horse riding, hiking trails and mountain bike riding. To add the cherry on top, you can also visit nearby historical Voortrekker Monument. 

    Our bird parks are a birdwatcher's paradise and numerous species of birds have been recorded in the area. These bird park nature areas are Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Chamberlain Bird Sanctuary, Bishop Bird Nature Area, Luton Valley Sanctuary and Pierre van Ryneveld Nature Area. Our bird park visitations are free of charge.  

    Whether you want to go for a hike, picnic or just want to get away for fresh atmosphere, the natural environment has calming benefits on our bodies and minds. 

    Residents are encouraged to go outside and connect with the environment.


  • City of Tshwane closes October Transport Month on a positive note

    City of Tshwane closes October Transport Month on a positive note

    Mon, Nov 7, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Roads and Transport Department closed October Transport Month on a positive note by joining hands with Ga-Rankuwa Cycling against Substance Abuse (GCASA) and the Road Accident Fund (RAF) in a 35 km ride on Saturday, which was preceded by a 5 km and 10 km run around Ga-Rankuwa township.

     

    The event, which is held annually, is aimed at promoting what is known as non-motorised transport in the form of cycling. After receiving the Non-motorised Transport Guidelines from the Danish Embassy to provide guidance on planning and design for safe pedestrian, bicycle and other alternative low-carbon modes of transport, the City is pleased to announce that there are a few non-motorised transport projects that are underway.

     

    Also during Transport Month, the City approached two TVET colleges to identify 40 eligible students with the opportunity to be assisted with learner's licence manuals. The main aim of the campaign is to ensure that the youth can be equipped with the necessary driving skills and that they obtain their learner's licences as a first step to independence.

     

    Some of the Transport Month events held by the City included the following:

     

    • Smart Africa Summit
    • School Road Network Safety Campaign
    • Taking Healthcare Services to Public Transport Facilities
    • School Traffic Calming Project
    • Her City with Swedish Embassy
    • Showcasing refurbished public transport facilities
    • A Re Yeng Experience and University of Pretoria Campus Tour
    • Showcasing CBD Decongestion Campaign ("Operation Inner-City Clean-up")
    • Household Travel Survey Report
    • Joint Law Enforcement Operation and Accident Simulation
    • UITP Gauteng Regional Training Centre Launch
    • Sod-turning Event for the K101 (Old Pretoria) Road construction project
    • School Road Safety Network Planning, Art Competition

     

    October Transport Month is a significant period as it gives us the chance to highlight and raise awareness of the importance of providing efficient, reliable and safe public transportation for all our residents.


  • Pretoria Art Museum scoops the Best Museum Award in the Best of Pretoria's Readers' Choice competition

    Pretoria Art Museum scoops the Best Museum Award in the Best of Pretoria's Readers' Choice competition

    Thu, Nov 3, 2022

    The City of Tshwane is pleased to share with residents that one of our art galleries, the Pretoria Art Museum in Arcadia, has won the Best Museum award in the annual Best of Pretoria's Readers' Choice competition. 

    The Reader's Choice competition is run by the local newspaper Rekord which celebrates exceptional local establishments, products and services that make Tshwane an exceptional City. Thousands of votes are cast each year where readers give a nod of appreciation to businesses and institutions that make the capital city the best place to live in. 

    The Pretoria Art Museum won the Best Museum award under the Living in Pretoria category. Other categories are Lifestyle and Shopping, Eat and Drink, Be Merry, Dining Out, Glam it Up and Kids are Cool. 

    The City of Tshwane is committed to preserving and protecting our cultural heritage sites for future generations. The Pretoria Art Museum hosts exhibitions showcasing South African art from its permanent collection, supplemented by temporary travelling exhibitions. We are proud that readers voted for the Pretoria Art Museum and we will continue to exhibit the best of South African art. 

    Residents are encouraged to visit our museums and heritage sites, and explore all that Tshwane has to offer. The Pretoria Art Museum is located in Wessels Street, Arcadia and is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Entrance fees are charged as follows: 

    • Adults:            R25
    • Pensioners    R12
    • Learners:       R7


  • Tshwane learners shine bright in School Road Safety Planning competition

    Tshwane learners shine bright in School Road Safety Planning competition

    Thu, Nov 3, 2022

    The City of Tshwane, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education, hosted an award ceremony for the artwork category, which forms part of the School Road Safety Network Planning competition at Soshanguve Education Support and Resource Centre on 28 October 2022. 

    The competition brought together learners to exchange and share experiences on aspects of school road safety by providing an interdisciplinary platform for learners and educators to discuss the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, challenges and solutions that can be adopted in the fields of school road safety programmes and planning. 

    The competition targeted primary school learners from disadvantaged areas in Tshwane. In total, 83 learners responded to the competition and 12 were shortlisted for the finals. Participants went beyond the competition scope and showed their skills by building a hydraulic truck using wires, a concept which gave stakeholders the idea to launch more scientific and engineering-focused competitions in future. 

    The City of Tshwane wishes to congratulate Refilwe Mosito from Motshegofadiwa Primary School who won first prize and walked away with a R5 000 voucher, a revolving trophy and a certificate. 

    The second and third runners-up,  Atlegang Munounde  from Lefofa Primary School, and Galaletsang Letlhage from Motjibusane Primary School received R3 000 and R2 000 vouchers respectively, and a trophy and certificate each. All retail vouchers were made possible through sponsorships from corporate citizens in Tshwane. 

    Road safety is every person's responsibility, and the City of Tshwane is very pleased to see the involvement of schools and learners in our road safety efforts to promote public safety initiatives.

  • Executive Mayor leads by-law enforcement operation in Marabastad

    Executive Mayor leads by-law enforcement operation in Marabastad

    Thu, Nov 3, 2022

    Earlier today, I conducted an oversight visit to Marabastad west of Pretoria to drive our by-law enforcement operations. Our multiparty coalition government is committed to enhancing safety and keeping Tshwane clean.

    Today’s oversight visit broadly covered cleaning Jazz Park, surrounding areas and sidewalks by focusing mainly on cleaning storm water inlets, cutting grass and picking up litter.

    The clean-up campaign was preceded by a by-law enforcement operation with the focus on informal traders who operate illegally on the streets of Marabastad. There were at least 22 incidences of confiscation of goods from traders and shops that do not comply with the City’s by-laws.

    Informal traders who wish to operate in Tshwane need to visit the Local Economic Development offices to get assistance with trading licences. These offices are based at 5th Floor, Middestad Building, 252 Thabo Sehume Street, Pretoria.

    By-laws are laws that are passed by the council of a municipality to regulate the affairs of the municipality and the services the municipality provides in its area of jurisdiction. 

    Going forward, our multiparty coalition will work to ensure that we enforce by-laws to help us create an orderly, safe and clean city. We therefore call on our residents and visitors to obey the by-laws, so that we can make Tshwane an orderly city to live and work in.


  • City of Tshwane finance outreach programme will be in Region 7 assisting residents in Zithobeni, Ekangala and Rethabiseng over the next few days

    City of Tshwane finance outreach programme will be in Region 7 assisting residents in  Zithobeni, Ekangala and Rethabiseng  over the next few days

    Thu, Nov 3, 2022

    The City of Tshwane's Group Financial Services will continue with its outreach programme in Region 7 targeting  Zithobeni, Ekangala,  Rethabiseng  and other communities over the next few days. 

    The aim of the finance outreach programme is to assist residents who have account queries and challenges that need resolving in order to keep the municipal account in good standing. 

    The outreach programme will assist residents with meter readings, invoicing, credit control, payment arrangements, billing and indigent enquiries. 

    Customers may visit the City's outreach venues as per the following schedule: 

    VENUEWARDDATETIME
    Zithobeni Community Hall1022 to 3 November 202209:00 to 15:00
    Masakhane Community Hall, Dark City1044 to 5 November 202209:00 to 15:00
    TLC Hall, Ekangala1039 to 10 November 202209:00 to 15:00
    Rethabiseng Multipurpose Centre10311 to 12 November 202209:00 to 15:00

     

    Customers are advised to have their account details at hand to ensure that their queries are resolved and escalated speedily. 

    This programme is intended to foster better relations between the City and Tshwane and its customers, and to assist customers to keep their municipal accounts in good standing. 

    The City will keep customers updated when the outreach programme moves to their communities.  

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