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  • Construction of Lusaka Clinic in Mamelodi on track for completion by July next year

    Construction of Lusaka Clinic in Mamelodi on track for completion by July next year

    Wed, Aug 17, 2022

    As part of my oversight role as MMC for Health in the City of Tshwane, I recently undertook an oversight visit to Lusaka Clinic in Mamelodi, which is currently under construction. The purpose of the visit was to get an appraisal of the state of progress and challenges experienced with the project. 

    This capital project is earmarked for completion by July 2023 and R49 million has been allocated for this purpose in the 2022/23 budget. 

    During my oversight visit, the project manager indicated that, as of 8 August 2022, the project stood at 80,5% towards completion of the main building construction. The roof is up with plumbing and electrical work also underway. 

    Lusaka Clinic will make a significant impact in the community of Mamelodi and surrounding areas by providing much-needed quality health services. The facility will have 21 consulting rooms, which will include chronic, acute, and mother and child wards. In addition, there will be a full dispensary, emergency room and all auxiliary functions that will be provided at the facility. It will also alleviate pressure on clinics in surrounding areas. 

    To date, the project has created over 50 temporary employment opportunities for Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers. The clinic will also be a flagship project for the City of Tshwane as it will be the first green clinic of its kind. The clinic was designed around the green building principles, including central courtyards to bring in fresh air, solar installations for lighting and water heating, water storage and external shading to reduce heat transfer. 

    All stakeholders involved understand the importance of ensuring timely completion and quality standards of the project. Professional service providers are appointed to provide supervision and monitoring services to ensure quality and timely delivery. Inspections by the City's building inspector continues to ensure that the building complies with the City's standards and regulations.


  • TEDA stages the Tshwane Women in Business Awards

    TEDA stages the Tshwane Women in Business Awards

    Mon, Aug 15, 2022

    ​The individuals are seen as trailblazers and pathfinders who are making a significant

    contribution to the economy of Tshwane and thriving in a difficult environment.
    The Awards seek to elevate the role of Women entrepreneurs in the Economy of the City of
    Tshwane. Furthermore, it is the intention of TEDA to link the businesses with further
    opportunities and support programmes offered by the City of Tshwane and various agencies
    and role-players.
    The Awards are also used to encourage women to take up opportunities presented by
    progressive legislation, various instruments, and institutions to increase participation of
    women in business. For its part, TEDA working with the City of Tshwane will bring various
    agencies on board to showcase their financial and non- financial products to women
    entrepreneurs and facilitate engagements between Tshwane Women owned businesses and
    these agencies.
    Categories for TWIBA will include the following:
    • Agro-Processing
    • Mining
    • ICT (BPO)
    • Aerospace/Aviation
    • Renewable Energy
    • Automotive and Components
    • Manufacturing
    • 4 other awards dedicated to the informal entrepreneurship

    TEDA encourages women entrepreneurs to participate in the awards to derive benefits in the form of further support and accessing opportunities to grow their businesses. To participate entrepreneurs can access the entry forms at www.teda.org.za and TEDA digital platforms or contact Refilwe Monama at 012 358 6511 or refilwemonama@tshwane.gov.za.


  • City of Tshwane throws its weight behind women empowerment in tech and innovation

    City of Tshwane throws its weight behind women empowerment in tech and innovation

    Mon, Aug 15, 2022

    The City of Tshwane is pleased to co-host the upcoming Women in Innovation and Leadership Dialogue in partnership with the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

    The event will drive insightful conversations on the role of women in the technology and innovation sectors. This women-empowerment dialogue will take place at the TUT Pretoria West Campus on 19 August 2022 under the theme, Women Leading Tech and Innovation: Reimagine the Future in Innovation.

    The City of Tshwane is in full support of this initiative as it speaks to one of our goals to position Tshwane as a smart city and an e-capital of excellence.

    Municipalities and public entities across the country are under pressure to keep up with and adapt to the modern technological demands of the communities we serve. The City of Tshwane must never be left behind, therefore, ita is crucial that we embed a culture of embracing digital technology and innovation, and using data within our metro. 

    It is very important that, as we build a data-driven City to fast-track service delivery, we ensure that women are part of the brain trust to offer innovative solutions to service delivery.

    The women in tech dialogue has an impressive and diverse list of speakers from various sectors, such as the Department of Higher Education and Training, United Nations Development Programme, TUT and other stakeholders.

    The City of Tshwane supports driving inclusion in leadership spheres, and so we call on both the public and private sector to give space to female voices in the tech and innovation space.


  • SHUTDOWN OF WATER SUPPLY BY RAND WATER TO AFFECT VARIOUS PARTS OF TSHWANE

    SHUTDOWN OF WATER SUPPLY BY RAND WATER TO AFFECT VARIOUS PARTS OF TSHWANE

    Mon, Aug 15, 2022

    The City of Tshwane wishes to inform its customers about a major planned water supply shutdown by Rand Water. 

    The water utility's team of technicians will conduct a tie in of the newly constructed B6 pipeline to the existing B6 pipeline at Garthdale within the Midvaal area. The shutdown is expected to last for about 87 hours. The connection work is planned to start at 09:30 on 19 August 2022 and will last until 01:00 on 23 August 2022. 

    During the shutdown, Rand Water's Palmiet Booster Station will supply the City's residents with a lesser percentage of water than the usual capacity. 

    Residents are advised to use water sparingly during this time to prevent reservoirs running dry. They should also ensure that they store sufficient water to sustain them for the duration of the shutdown. 

    The following reservoirs and areas in Tshwane might be affected by the water supply shutdown: 

    ReservoirSuburbs
    Akasia ReservoirAmandasig (all extensions), Beetgesberg 279-JR, Chantelle (all extensions), Florauna, Hartbeeshoek (all extensions), Heatherdale AH, Heatherview (all extensions), Ninapark (all extensions), Plantland 567-JR Witfontein 301-JR and Zandfontein 317-JR
    Atteridgeville HL ReservoirAtteridgeville (all extensions), Elandsfontein 352-JR, Kwaggasrand, Pretoria Town and Townlands 351-JR, Saulsville, Schurveberg 488-JQ, Skurweplaas 353-JR and West Park
    Atteridgeville LL ReservoirAtteridgeville (all extensions), Elandsfontein 352-JR, Saulsville and Schurveberg 488-JQ
    Bakenkop ReservoirBrakfontein 399-JR, Celtisdal (all extensions), Clubview (all extensions), Cranbrookvale, Eldoraigne (all extensions), Hennopspark (all extensions), Lyttelton 381-JR, Lyttelton AH, Raslouw AH, Rooihuiskraal Noord (all extensions), Swartkop 383-JR, Tamara Park, Villarosa, Wierdapark and Zwartkop 356-JR
    Blair Athol ReservoirBlair Athol (all extensions), Monaghan (all extensions), Rietfontein 532-JQ, Riverside Estate 497-JQ and Vlakfontein 494-JQ
    Carina ReservoirAlphenpark, Erasmusrand, Garsfontein 374-JR, Groenkloof 358-JR, Monumentpark, Sterrewag, Waterkloof (all extensions), Waterkloofpark, Waterkloof Heights (all extensions) and Waterkloof Ridge (all extensions)
    Constantia Park ReservoirConstantia Park (all extensions), Erasmuskloof (all extensions), Erasmusrand, Garsfontein 374-JR, Moreletapark (all extensions), Newlands (all extensions), Waterkloof (all extensions), Waterkloof Glen (all extensions), Waterkloof Heights (all extensions), Waterkloof Ridge and Waterkloofpark (all extensions)
    Cornwall BoosterDoornkloof 391-JR
    Erasmia ReservoirChristoburg, Erasmia (all extensions), Erasmia 350-JR, Hoekplaats 384-JR, Lekkerhoekie 411-JR and 450-JR, Mooiplaats 355-JR and Sunderland Ridge (all extensions)
    Erasmusrand ReservoirErasmuskloof (all extensions), Erasmusrand, Kasteel 609-JR, Waterkloof 378-JR and Waterkloof Ridge (all extensions)
    Heuweloord ReservoirBrakfontein 399-JR, Heuweloord (all extensions), Swartkop 383-JR and Raslouw
    Klapperkop ReservoirArcadia, Blackmoor 347-JR, Bryntirion, Capital Park (all extensions), Daspoort 319-JR, Deerness, Eastclyffe, Eastwood, Eloff Estate 320-JR, Gezina, Groenkloof, Kilberry, Lisdogan Park, Lynnwood, Monumentpark (all extensions), Pretoria Town and Townlands 351-JR, Prinshof 349-JR, Rietfontein, Riviera, Scientia 416-JR and 626-JR, Sterrewag, Transpark 639-JR and Waterkloof 378-JR
    Klipfontein ReservoirKlipfontein 268-JR, Klip-Kruisfontein 708-JR and Soshanguve (all extensions)
    Laudium ReservoirChristoburg, Claudius, Erasmia, Laudium (all extensions), Mooiplaats 355-JR and Pretoria Town and Townlands 351-JR
    Lotus Gardens ReservoirFort 646-JR, Fort West (all extensions), Lotus Gardens (all extensions) and Pretoria Town and Townlands 351 JR
    Louwlardia ReservoirBlue Hills (all extensions), Brakfontein 390-JR and 409-JR, Country View (all extensions), Highveld (all extensions), Kosmosdal (all extensions), Louwlardia (all extensions), Midstream Estate (all extensions), Olievenhoutbosch 389-JR, Olifantsfontein 410-JR, Randjesfontein 405-JR, Randjespark Ext 121, Rooihuiskraal (all extensions) and The Reeds (all extensions)
    Mabopane ReservoirKlippan 102-JR, Mabopane (all extensions), Rietgat 105-JR, Soshanguve (all extensions), Tswaing 149-JR and Winterveld
    Meintjieskop ReservoirArcadia, Bryntirion, Deerness, Eastclyffe, Eastwood, Elandspoort 257-JR, Lisdogan Park, Pretoria Town and Townlands 351-JR, Rietfontein, Rietondale (all extensions), Riviera (all extensions) and Villieria
    Mnandi ReservoirAcsionville 784-JR, Brakfontein 399-JR, Doornrandje 386-JR, Gerardsville AH, Hennopsrivier 389-JR, Heuweloord (all extensions), Hoekplaats 384-JR, Honeypark 437-JR, Knopjeslaagte 385-JR, Mnandi AH, Monavoni (all extensions), Olievenhoutbosch, Peach Tree (all extensions), Raslouw (all extensions), Stukgrond 382-JR, Sunderland Ridge (all extensions), Swartkop 383-JR and Vlakplaats 354-JR
    Monumentpark ReservoirGroenkloof 358-JR, Monumentpark (all extensions), Sterrewag (all extensions) and Waterkloof Ridge (all extensions)
    Muckleneuk ReservoirArcadia (all extensions), Brooklyn (all extensions), Colbyn (all extensions), Elandspoort 357-JR, Groenkloof (all extensions), Hartebeestpoort 362-JR, Hatfield, Hillcrest (all extensions), Koedoespoort, Koedoespoort 325-JR and 456-JR, Lukasrand, Lynnwood, Menlo Park, Muckleneuk (all extensions), Sunnyside and Pretoria Central
    Pierre van Ryneveld ReservoirDoornkloof 391-JR, Irene (all extensions), Kirkness 622-JR, Lyttelton Manor Ext 8, Pierre van Ryneveld (all extensions), Rietvallei 377-JR, Rietvalleipark, Rietvalleirand, Rietvlei, Rietvlei Heights and Waterkloof 360-JR and 378-JR
    Raslouw ReservoirCeltisdal (all extensions), Deltoidia AH, Eldoraigne (all extensions), Monavoni Ext 65, Monrick AH, Raslouw (all extensions), Swartkop 383-JR, Sunderland Ridge (all extensions) and Zwartkop 356-JR
    Rooihuiskraal ReservoirBrakfontein 390-JR, 399-JR and 419-JR, Celtisdal (all extensions), Hennopspark (all extensions), Heuweloord (all extensions), Kosmosdal (all extensions), Monavoni AH, Olievenhoutbosch, Rooihuiskraal (all extensions), Rooihuiskraal Noord (all extensions), The Reeds (all extensions) and Wierdapark (all extensions)
    Salvokop ReservoirArcadia (all extensions), Eastwood, Elandspoort 357-JR, Groenkloof 358-JR, Muckleneuk, Pretoria (all extensions), Pretoria Town and Townlands 351-JR, Prinshof 280-JR and 349-JR, Salvokop (all extensions), Sunnyside and Trevenna
    Soshanguve DD ReservoirBultfontein 107-JR, Klippan 102-JR, Mabopane Unit CV, New Eersterus, Soshanguve (all extensions), Sterkwater 106-JR, Stinkwater and Zoutpan 104-JR
    Soshanguve L ReservoirDe Beers, Kopanong (all extensions), Kruisfontein 359-JR and 262-JR, Onderstepoort 266-JR, Onderstepoort (all extensions), Rietgat 611-JR and Wentzelrust 223-JR
    Sunderland Ridge ReservoirLekkerhoekie 350-JR, Mooiplaats 355-JR, Sunderland Ridge (all extensions) and Zwartkop 356-JR
    The Reeds ReservoirBrakfontein 399-JR and 419-JR, Olievenhoutbosch, Rua Vista (all extensions) and The Reeds (all extensions)
    Valhalla ReservoirGlen Lauriston (all extensions), Monrick AH, Pretoria Town and Townlands 351-JR, Valhalla and Zwartkop 356-JR
    Waterkloof ReservoirBrooklyn, Elandspoort 357-JR, Garsfontein 374-JR, Groenkloof, Hazelwood, Lynnwood, Maroelana, Menlo Park (all extensions), Muckleneuk, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Waterkloof and Waterkloof Ridge
    Waterkloof East ReservoirAlphenpark, Ashley Gardens, Brooklyn, Groenkloof, Hazelwood, Maroelana Ext 3, Menlo Park, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Waterkloof, Waterkloofpark and Waterkloof Ridge
    Waterkloof Ridge Ext 2 ReservoirWaterkloof Ridge (all extensions) and Waterkloof Ridge 378-JR and 428-JR
    Wonderboom ReservoirAmalinda 643-JR, Annlin (all extensions), Annlin West, Bon Accord, De Onderstepoort, Doornpoort, Dorandia (all extensions), Florauna (all extensions), Grootvlei 272-JR, Haakdoornfontein 119-JR, Haakdoornlaagte 277-JR, Hartebeestfontein 324-JR, Hesteapark Ext 28, Honingnestkrans 269-JR, Kenley AH, Kromdraai 115-JR and 728-JR, Lusthof 114-JR, Magalieskruin (all extensions), Montana AH, Montana (all extensions), Mont Lorraine AH, Murrayhill 275-JR, Ninapark, Onderstepoort (all extensions), Pretoria North, Pylpunt, Pyramid, Rondavel Alias Skoongezicht 109-JR, Rooiwal 270-JR, Sinoville, Theresapark (all extensions), Tileba, Wallmannsthal 278-JR, Waterval 273-JR, Witfontein 301-JR, Wolmer, Wonderboom (all extensions) and Wonderboom South

     

    The City will ensure that tankers or bowsers are on standby for alternative water supply. 

    The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that may be caused by the above-mentioned shutdown.

  • City of Tshwane recruits over 5 000 EPWP applicants for Phase 2 of the Public Employment Programme

    City of Tshwane recruits over 5 000 EPWP applicants for Phase 2 of the Public Employment Programme

    Mon, Aug 15, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Economic Development and Spatial Planning Department received an allocation of R140 million from the National Treasury for the implementation of Phase 2 of the City Public Employment Programme (PEP) under the Presidential Employment Stimulus programme. 

    Over 5 000 participants will be employed in the programme during the 2022/23 financial year for a fixed period of six months starting from 1 September 2022. The City's Economic Development and Spatial Planning Department implements this programme in partnership with our Community and Social Development Services Department. 

    The Community and Social Development Services Department is responsible for selecting applicants from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) database through the fair lottery (random selection) system. This department is also responsible for facilitating the contract process and stipend payments. 

    As of 4 August 2022, a recruitment drive was undertaken with the selection of over 5 000 applicants for work opportunities across all regions of Tshwane. 

    I want to thank our MMC for Social Development and Community Services, Cllr Peggy de Bruin, for ensuring that the recruitment process was fair, transparent and free from bias. The selected applicants will comprise 50% youth, 30% women and 5% people with disabilities. This is in line with the requirements of the City's PEP requirements. 

    The selected applicants will be placed in the following projects: Urban management, including inner city cleaning, community safety, township economic development and industrial park infrastructure maintenance, informal settlement management and city cleaning, waste management and greening.  

    The contracting process for the selected participants will be undertaken from 16 August to 2 September 2022 across the seven regions of Tshwane.

  • Olievenhoutbosch Ext 60 low-cost housing project to proceed without any further delays

    Olievenhoutbosch Ext 60 low-cost housing project to proceed without any further delays

    Fri, Aug 12, 2022

    In my capacity as MMC for Human Settlements, I was joined by the Human Settlements Section 79 Oversight Committee during an oversight visit to Olievenhoutbosch Ext 60 on 10 August 2022 to assess the progress made in the construction of 447 low-cost houses left in various stages by the previous contractor. 

    The visit followed the tabling of a report by the Human Settlements Department before Council requesting approval to conduct public participation with the intention to amend the current contract with GS Fencing and Construction (Pty) Ltd in line with Section 116(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003). GS Fencing was appointed in terms of the old subsidy quantum that was applicable when the project commenced in 2016. 

    The subsidy quantum has since been revised twice to accommodate escalation costs. The Human Settlements Department approached the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements for top-up funding to align with the revised subsidy quantum, which was granted and thus necessitated the amendment of the current contract. 

    The Council sitting of 28 July 2022 gave the green light for the public participation process to proceed and for the Section 79 Oversight Committee to undertake an oversight visit to assess the progress made in the project. 

    The Human Settlements Department is committed to ensuring that the project is completed. The top-up funding will enable the new contractor to complete the project in the current financial year, pending approval of the amendment of the contract. 

    The City will monitor the quality of work and ensure that funds allocated to the project are used appropriately. The top-up funding will enable the contractor to complete the work without any unnecessary delays. 

  • MMC for Economic Development clarifies incorrect reporting about Tshwane Fresh Produce Market closure

    MMC for Economic Development clarifies incorrect reporting about Tshwane Fresh Produce Market closure

    Fri, Aug 12, 2022

    I wish to clarify the confusion that might have been caused by the media reports that the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market was closed on Monday, August 8, 2022, by the Department of Employment and Labour.

    The South African Police Service, the Department of Home Affairs and the National Roving Team of the Department of Employment and Labour participated in a multidisciplinary operation in Marabastad. During this operation, inspectors also checked the Marabastad Retail Market where they discovered electrical wiring and a lack of firefighting supplies that did not comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act 85 of 1993).

    In light of the aforementioned, a restriction notice was issued by the Department of Employment and Labour for the use of the Marabastad Retail Market, which is in Marabastad, rather than the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market, which is located in Pretoria West.

    To resolve the non-compliance issues, several actions were taken right away, including the following:

    • Assigning the City’s electrician to remove all illegal electrical connections and to secure all exposed wiring in accordance with the Electrical Installation Regulations
    • Installing fire extinguishers in every stall

    It is anticipated that the above actions will be finalised by no later than Friday, 12 August 2022.

    During the course of this operation, 20 people were apprehended for being illegal immigrants and/or employing illegal immigrants. These individuals were not from the Marabastad Retail Market, but rather from nearby locations.

    We are dedicated to resolving this problem as soon as possible to restore normalcy for the tenants of the Marabastad Retail Market and the community that supports this market.

    My department has been in communication with the Department of Employment and Labour in this respect to ensure that the areas of non-compliance are resolved, and that the prohibition notice is withdrawn as soon as possible.

    It is important to emphasise that the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market is operating normally and is unrelated to concerns of the Marabastad Retail Market. 

    These two markets are at separate locations. The only connection between the two is the fact that the property the Marabastad Retail Market operates on is owned by the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market.


  • City of Tshwane monitoring Rand Water supply outage

    City of Tshwane monitoring Rand Water supply outage

    Fri, Aug 12, 2022

    Following the implementation of the large-scale water supply shutdown by Rand Water, the City of Tshwane is monitoring water levels at our own reservoirs and at Rand Water reservoirs, namely the Bronberg and Vlakfontein 1 and 2 reservoirs that supply the city. 

    As at 08:00 this morning, we received reports of decent water levels at Rand Water's reservoirs. Bronberg is currently at 73,05%, Vlakfontein 1 at 70,05%, while Vlakfontein 2 is at 73,32%. 

    The water shutdown implemented yesterday from 17:00 is necessary for Rand Water to carry out work to tie in a newly installed pipeline to the existing S4 pipeline. 

    The shutdown is expected to last 53 hours ending at 22:00 on Saturday, 13 August 2022. With extended water outages of this nature, the City is closely watching its ability to maintain water levels at all our reservoirs that are dependent on Rand Water's supply. 

    Should the reservoirs maintain supply throughout the shutdown, we should have sufficient water for most of the areas affected in Tshwane. High-lying and vulnerable areas may still be affected by decreased flow, however, we will monitor the situation and take action to mitigate this. 

    Residents are requested to use water sparingly and avoid high water usage activities, like watering gardens, using a hose to clean houses or cars and filling pools. We need to work together to limit our usage to ensure that the current supply is sufficient to prevent water running out anywhere in the city. 

    The City of Tshwane acknowledges that the water outages are an inconvenience, however, infrastructure maintenance and upgrades are critical to protect our water supply system. 

    I would like to thank our residents for coming on board to limit the effects of the limited water supply and for your patience as we all wait for Rand Water to finish this important work. The list of areas affected can be found on the City's social media platforms.

  • Power outage affecting parts of Rosslyn Industrial and nearby areas

    Power outage affecting parts of Rosslyn Industrial and nearby areas

    Thu, Aug 11, 2022

    During the early hours of today, 11 August 2022, the City of Tshwane experienced a power outage at its Rosslyn Substation.

    An investigation was instituted, and it was found that one of the transformers had tripped and that resulted in a blackout.

    The City’s technical team tested all the feeder cables and located a fault on the 11 kV transformer cables. At this time, the process of locating the exact fault point on the underground cable network is underway. This will enable the team to carry out repair work.

    At this stage it is difficult to backfeed customers with an alternative supply line due to load challenges.

    The preliminary expected time of restoration is around 18:00.

    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 streets mentioned below:

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

    The City apologises for any inconvenience caused.    


  • Relocation of Akasia Library proceeding well

    Relocation of Akasia Library proceeding well

    Thu, Aug 11, 2022

    It is with a great pleasure to announce that the relocation of Akasia Library to the newly built site at 207/303 Reginald Street is proceeding well, with the first phase of the study area ready to be opened to the public. 

    The building of this long-awaited public service facility comes after the City stopped the lease of the old facility from a private entity. One of the key benefits for the community of Akasia is that they will no longer have to travel far to access a community library. 

    The facility will accommodate children, youths, and adults with diverse personal and educational interests. It can also be used as a place to study without interruptions. It is envisaged that the library will be fully operational soon and all further information will be communicated once it is available. 

    The City of Tshwane will strive to monitor the progress of all facilities under refurbishment so that our communities can benefit through access to the available resources for public use. 

    We appreciate the patience exercised by the community of Akasia for the duration of this project.

  • City of Tshwane welcomes Israeli water experts to assist with water management initiatives

    City of Tshwane welcomes Israeli water experts to assist with water management initiatives

    Thu, Aug 11, 2022

    Today, the City of Tshwane welcomed a specialist delegation of Israeli water experts to South Africa to support us in improving waste water management in Tshwane. 

    Israeli academics have arrived in South Africa and will consult with us, discussing the crucial issues affecting the waste water infrastructure and how we can leverage their expertise. 

    Following from a previous meeting held between the Jewish National Fund of South Africa (JNF SA) and the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, HE Eli Belotsercovsky, the City of Tshwane is pleased to be partnering with them on a solutions-based initiative. The JNF SA is funding this expert delegation. 

    This delegation offers an important opportunity for South Africa and Israel to work together to help solve these issues. The team will conduct site visits with City officials, culminating in recommendations to improve the capital city's water management. 

    The visit includes academics such as Dr Clive Lipchin. He currently serves as Director of the Israeli Arava Institute for Environmental Studies Centre for Transboundary Water Management. Dr Lipchin is an expert in waste water management and has worked globally with institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund, and with Jordanian and Palestinian water treatment teams. 

    The City of Tshwane looks forward to the delegation's findings. As a municipality we are committed to using leading international expertise to improve the lives of our residents.

  • City of Tshwane Expanded Public Works Programme continues to offer much-needed employment opportunities to the youth of the city

    City of Tshwane Expanded Public Works Programme continues to offer much-needed employment opportunities to the youth of the city

    Wed, Aug 10, 2022

    The City of Tshwane has embarked on a concerted recruitment drive under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), also known as the Gata le Nna Programme. 

    EPWP falls under a mayoral flagship poverty-alleviation initiative and is carried out through the deployment of lottery sessions driven by artificial intelligence. The lottery ensures that participants are appointed in a fair, transparent and audited process, while servicing affected communities. 

    On 20 July 2022, a total of 1 513 participants from all seven regions of Tshwane were selected for recruitment. Including the selection held on 4 August 2022, the grand total for Gata le Nna is 3 302

    The lottery selection process targets unemployed youths, adults and persons living with disabilities across all regions. The process is guided by legislative requirements aligned with the City's EPWP departmental compliance management framework. 

    The City remains committed to contributing to the creation of employment opportunities under the EPWP and assisting affected communities.   

    All selected EPWP participants will be placed in labour-intensive capital projects identified and scheduled to take place within the City. 

    In winning the trust of communities, the City continues to follow a transparent and credible process in the management of EPWP employment opportunities. The next lottery session will be communicated in due course. 

  • Executive Mayor of Tshwane calls for an end to all forms of discrimination against women

    Executive Mayor of Tshwane calls for an end to all forms of discrimination against women

    Wed, Aug 10, 2022

    On this national Women's Day, I would like to add my voice and pay homage to all South African women, and to the women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against apartheid pass laws. 

    The 1956 women demonstrated strength and leadership as they united in their demand for freedom. Their actions remain significant to this day as they stood for the rights of generations of women. 

    Women from all walks of life deserve to live in an equal, inclusive and safe world. Women in South Africa continue to face inequality, poverty and the gender-based violence pandemic. These struggles are real and require strong intergovernmental interventions and policies to ensure that women's rights are upheld and protected. 

    I would like to call on our communities and residents to stand up against gender-based violence and not turn a blind eye. It is important that perpetrators are exposed and reported to law enforcement authorities. 

    The City of Tshwane supports women and children through our social relief programmes and we have made it a priority to ensure that we improve the ability of our primary healthcare clinics to deliver effective services to women and children. 

    Patriarchy, human rights violations, abuse and discrimination against women have no place in our society. I want to wish you all a happy and safe Women's Day.

  • City of Tshwane remains committed to addressing imbalances experienced by women in the health sector

    City of Tshwane remains committed to addressing imbalances experienced by women in the health sector

    Mon, Aug 8, 2022

    Ahead of the upcoming Women's Day and commemoration of Women's Month, the City of Tshwane takes stock of how far it has come in contributing to the emancipation of women. 

    As MMC for Health, I have made it a priority to ensure that we improve the ability of the primary healthcare clinics to deliver effective services to women and children, to ensure continuous availability and access to quality medicines and pharmaceutical services, and that awareness and treatment of chronic diseases form a critical part of the department's focus. 

    We acknowledge that much needs to be done to ensure equitable access to healthcare, especially for women and children. 

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the health of women and girls as of particular concern, because these vulnerable groups are disadvantaged by discrimination that is rooted in socio-cultural factors. These factors include the potential or actual experience of physical, sexual and emotional violence and others. This is not a uniquely South African phenomenon, but a global challenge. 

    Women and children are the most affected by communicable diseases. Therefore, improving the health of women, children and teenagers, and addressing teenage pregnancy, are among the strategic priorities of the Health Department for this financial year.

     

    The City of Tshwane Health Department takes this opportunity to encourage the women of Tshwane to make use of the services and facilities that are available to them:

     

    • In terms of HIV/AIDS, all City of Tshwane fixed clinics provide a 100% prevention of mother-to-child-transmission service.
    • Women are strongly encouraged to present themselves for cervical cancer screening. Cancer of the cervix is the most common gynaecological cancer in South Africa.  The City acknowledges that there was a notable uptake in cervical


    cancer screening for the period of July 2021 to June 2022. This trend needs to continue in order to reduce the rate of this form of cancer.

    • Women are encouraged to present themselves for early antenatal care in order to improve overall maternal health and reduce maternal mortality.
    • In terms of family planning, women are encouraged to take advantage of the full spectrum of reproductive health services available to them.

    I would like to thank the many women on the front lines in the healthcare sector who often perform their duties under difficult circumstances. Your dedication and service contribute to uplifting the health of our nation.

     

    Lastly, let me echo the words of former President Nelson Mandela, who said, on 9 August 1996: "Equal power and glory to the women of South Africa."

     

    The City reaffirms its condemnation of gender-based violence in all forms. 


  • MMC for Economic Development visits the Co.Space Entrepreneur Village in Silverton to explore potential areas of collaboration and partnerships with the private sector

    MMC for Economic Development visits the Co.Space Entrepreneur Village in Silverton to explore potential areas of collaboration and partnerships with the private sector

    Mon, Aug 8, 2022

    On 2 August 2022, I was hosted by the Co.Space Entrepreneur Village and its partner, Start-Up Culture Incubation Hub, at its newly established Tshwane branch in Silverton, adjacent to the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). 

    In order to support technology-based start-ups, small businesses and co-operatives that are primarily based in Eersterust, Mamelodi, Nellmapius, Waltloo, Silverton, N4 Gateway Industrial Park, industrial areas and the TASEZ, the newly established Co.Space Entrepreneur Village aims to offer full turnkey business development services, technical conformity assessments, technology transfer, access to funding, and incentives. They also aspire to develop businesses in the South African and Tshwane economies in the service, manufacturing and digital sectors. 

    Entrepreneurs at various stages of the entrepreneurial life cycle can use the Entrepreneur Village's modern hot-desk, boardroom, co-workspace, factory, workshop and dark kitchen/cloud kitchen areas. The Tshwane Digital Hub, Innovation Centre, Makerspace, Living Lab, Coding, AI and Robotics Lab will be established in Phase 2 of the start-up culture plan to support the digital just transition in South Africa and local digital start-ups and grassroots innovators in Tshwane. The goal of the Co.Space Entrepreneur Village and its partner, Start-Up Culture Incubation Hub, is to establish comparable hubs throughout Tshwane, Gauteng and South Africa as a whole, supporting the government's vision while collaborating with the private sector and ensuring that no one is left behind. 

    The hub will launch its new incubation and accelerator hub, enterprise development and enterprise supplier development services for businesses and grassroots entrepreneurs in surrounding townships. The City welcomes this new development and effort because it will help the City to achieve its aim of igniting Tshwane's economy. I invite the private sector to partner with the City of Tshwane in order to develop similar facilities across townships in Tshwane. 

  • City of Tshwane welcomes donation from South African Breweries

    City of Tshwane welcomes donation from South African Breweries

    Fri, Aug 5, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Community and Social Development Services Department welcomes the donation of 85 hygiene dignitary packs that were received from South African Breweries (SAB). 

    In my capacity as MMC for the department, I was honoured to receive the hygiene dignity packs, which consist of bathing soaps, face towels, toothpastes, sanitary pads, body lotions, body creams and anti-perspirants on behalf of the beneficiaries. 

    The packs are tailored for 48 girls and 37 boys aged 12 years and older, and they will be donated to different areas across the regions of Tshwane. 

    I would like to thank SAB for their generous donation, which was made as a gesture to acknowledge some of the challenges the youth in our country face on a monthly basis. 

    Not all families have the privilege to afford these personal supplies for their children, thus every little bit of help is appreciated. 

    The City of Tshwane values all partnerships from the private sector that help to tackle the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and equality in our society. 

  • City of Tshwane terminates contract with Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works joint venture due to continued non-performance

    City of Tshwane terminates contract with Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works joint venture due to continued non-performance

    Fri, Aug 5, 2022

    The City of Tshwane has terminated the contract with the joint venture of CMS Water Projects and NJR Projects on the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works Phase 1 contract. This action has been taken following significant problems and delays with the quality of the work on the site due to continuous stalling. 

    The City has engaged extensively with the joint venture partners by using a variety of mechanisms to get the teams back on site and actively working on the project, but after months of effort, there is almost no evidence of progress from the joint venture. 

    Therefore, we have now terminated the remainder of the contract in order to allow the City the opportunity to ensure that this critical project can be completed by a new partner. 

    Phase 1 of the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works refurbishment and upgrade was originally appointed for a value of R253 million for a construction period of 24 months. The project involves both civil and mechanical work for the refurbishment of various elements of the plant as well as upgrading and extending others. 

    The contract commencement was on 04 October 2019, and the original completion date was 30 May 2022. There were some delays due to the COVID-19 lockdown and an outbreak of COVID-19 on the site which meant a revised completion date of 2 August 2022. However, despite initial progress on the site, disputes between the joint venture partners have now jeopardised the project. 

    The refurbishment and upgrade project for Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works is a critical project for the City of Tshwane. It is needed to improve the capacity of the waste water treatment works to process the large amount of waste water coming into the plant.

    This will in turn prevent spillage and pollution of the outflows from the plant, which negatively affects the downstream river. It also means that the water going downstream to Temba Waste Water Treatment Works, which supplies water to about 40% of the Hammanskraal community, is too polluted for the Temba Waste Water Treatment Works to turn into potable water. 

    The City cannot allow such a project to be delayed any further. We have been using all the legal mechanisms at our disposal to try and to ensure that the joint venture gets back on track and that this project proceeds in a timely manner. The Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003) and the City's supply chain processes are strict in what they allow, and we have worked within those restrictions. 

    However, at this point, the City must exercise its right to terminate the contract and immediately work to get a new partner, who can complete the critical work on the Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works Phase 1 contract. 

    Our most immediate steps will be to terminate the contract and to initiate legal action against the joint venture to reclaim an amount of about R29 million in terms of the non-performance clauses of the contract. Furthermore, we will inform the National Treasury to blacklist this joint venture. We will also go to market to ensure that the remaining work at the plant is completed. 

    We apologise to our residents, particularly those in the affected areas, for the challenges associated with this project. We are in the process of concluding an investigation on how this joint venture was appointed, and we are working to ensure that we do everything in our power to limit any further delays on this important project.

  • Executive Mayor shares impact of technology in promoting service delivery efficiency

    Executive Mayor shares impact of technology in promoting service delivery efficiency

    Fri, Aug 5, 2022

    This morning, I attended the Digitizing Africa 2022 conference in Sandton, Johannesburg alongside my counterpart, City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Phalatse. 

    The conference speaks to our vision to build a data- and technologically-driven City to fast-track service delivery and position Tshwane as a smart city and an e-capital of excellence. 

    Municipalities and public entities across the country are under pressure to keep up with and adapt to the modern technological demands of the communities we serve. The City of Tshwane must never be left behind, therefore, it is crucial that we embed a culture of embracing digital technology and innovation, and use data within our metro. 

    During my keynote address I shared how the City has long been pushing to digitise many of our services, including our processes in relation to city planning. Furthermore, our e-Tshwane portal has been expanded to provide for the submission of various land development applications online. 

    The City has indeed introduced many other critical online services and channels for customers to raise queries and complaints through the e-Tshwane platform. We now also offer our residents a new functionality via the online Zoom platform, where account and billing queries can be resolved. These interactions allow residents to meet with consultants virtually and engage on any billing issues that they may have. 

    All these digital interventions are increasingly making it easier for our customers to interact with the City beyond normal working hours. 

    As the City moves towards digital technology, I want to encourage households and businesses to use e-Tshwane to record water and electricity meter readings and to also use e-Tshwane to receive invoices via email. The e-Tshwane platform is vital for tracking queries and complaints, and assists the City to reduce costs. 

  • City of Tshwane claims back hijacked building in Gezina

    City of Tshwane claims back hijacked building in Gezina

    Fri, Aug 5, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Shared Services Department has undertaken a comprehensive drive to combat the recent upsurge of illegal occupation of City-owned commercial buildings in Tshwane. 

    The drive was initiated after community members raised the alarm on the illegal occupation of a commercial City building in Gezina, Pretoria. 

    In this case, a self-proclaimed landlord has been illegally collecting rent. This is a great loss of revenue for the City and, as such, legal action and criminal charges will be constituted against the landlord. 

    Going forward, the City will intensify efforts to move against any and all illegal occupants of City-owned properties across all Tshwane regions. Working with law enforcement authorities, we will ensure that we prevent City-owned buildings from being hijacked and go after those who are already illegally collecting revenue for personal gain. 

    Moving against highjacked buildings is crucial as this criminality prevents the City from earning revenue that could be directed towards improving infrastructure and services to our residents. 

    Our multiparty coalition government does not tolerate fraud and corruption. We will take all the necessary steps to ensure that we claim back City-owned assets.

  • City of Tshwane takes zero-tolerance approach to abuse of City assets by employees

    City of Tshwane takes zero-tolerance approach to abuse of City assets by employees

    Thu, Aug 4, 2022

    As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that City of Tshwane resources are used efficiently and properly managed to provide quality services to residents, the City has

    taken a hard line against any form of misconduct and abuse of our vehicles by employees. 

    Currently, a senior employee is facing a disciplinary management process after a resident reported an incident with footage of the employee using one of the City's double cab bakkies to illegally dump garden waste on the side of the road. 

    The report resulted in a full investigation against the employee which could lead to dismissal if found guilty of abuse of City resources and illegal dumping.  

    The City will ensure that consequence management for such behaviour is applied as we will not tolerate abuse of City vehicles by employees. Damages to City assets have a negative impact on our ability to deliver on our day-to-day operations. 

    Suspected abuse of the City's vehicles can be reported to our Anti-fraud and Corruption Hotline on 080 TSHWANE (080 874 9263).           

    Whistle-blowers are afforded protection under relevant legislation and are advised to use the following guidelines when reporting: 

    • The nature, date and time of the incident
    • How long this has been happening and how often it happens
    • Names and number of people involved
    • Photographic, voice or video evidence, and list of witnesses 

      The City urges residents to make use of our Anti-fraud and Corruption Hotline. It is important that we protect City assets to ensure efficient and effective service delivery.


  • City of Tshwane launches Women's Month programme to support and empower women

    City of Tshwane launches Women's Month programme to support and empower women

    Thu, Aug 4, 2022

    Every year in August, our country marks Women's Month where we pay tribute to the 1956 group of women who marched to the Union Buildings against apartheid pass laws. The 1956 women demonstrated strength and leadership as they united in their demand for freedom. 

    August also provides us with an opportunity to reflect on gains we have made as a nation to advance women's rights. Here at home, the City of Tshwane Community and Social Development Services Department launched the start of the Women's Month programme at Ekangala Community Hall on Monday, 1 August 2022. 

    The launch was a collaboration with the South African Police Service, Department of Health and traditional leaders, Chief Mahlangu and Chief Matlala. This session comprised presentations by attending stakeholders, focusing mainly on encouraging women and affirming their power to overcome life challenges. 

    Presentations included information on resources available to women to report incidences of gender-based violence, indigent social relief programmes and many other challenges faced by women. 

    On the issue of gender-based violence, I would like to call on our communities and residents to stand up against this scourge of gender-based violence and not turn a blind eye. It is important that perpetrators are exposed and reported to law enforcement authorities. 

    Throughout this month of August, my department will lead various support activities and programmes to empower girls and women. 

  • The City of Tshwane sends its thanks to the Zithobeni community for uniting against critical infrastructure theft

    The City of Tshwane sends its thanks to the Zithobeni community for uniting against critical infrastructure theft

    Thu, Aug 4, 2022

    The City of Tshwane would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to Zithobeni residents in the Bronkhorstspruit area for their intervention to prevent the theft of a local mini substation transformer. The community also assisted in the identification and arrest of three suspects who were allegedly involved in the incident. 

    The incident took place on Friday, 29 July 2022, in the early hours of the morning when community members noticed and prevented the attempted theft of the mini substation transformer in Malinda Street in Zithobeni. 

    Two of the three suspects are out on bail after appearing in court, and one is still in custody. 

    I want to thank the Zithobeni community for leading by example to prevent the destruction of critical infrastructure that is meant to serve their community. We have consistently called on communities to work with the City to prevent attacks on our infrastructure and it is very pleasing to see this actually happening. 

    Vandalism and theft of critical infrastructure affects everyone and, therefore, it is important that we all work together within the ambit of the law to stop criminals from destroying community infrastructure. 

    Tampering, vandalism and theft of critical infrastructure will never be tolerated. By working with our communities and law enforcement authorities we will ensure that we go after these criminals and institute legal action against them.

  • Vandalism of new water infrastructure in Bronkhorstspruit inhibits service delivery to the area

    Vandalism of new water infrastructure in Bronkhorstspruit inhibits service delivery to the area

    Wed, Aug 3, 2022

    Recently, the City of Tshwane discovered that refurbished water infrastructure being installed at our Bronkhorstspruit Raw Water Pump Station has been vandalised. 

    The Water and Sanitation Department is installing refurbished raw water pump equipment at Bronkhorstspruit Pump Station, which will increase the amount of water drawn from the river into the water treatment works, allowing us to increase the capacity of supply from Bronkhorstspruit Water Treatment Works to our supply area. 

    However, as our work to install the water pump was ongoing, vandals gained unauthorised access to the station and stole cables from the specific control panel in the substation, hampering the commissioning of the pump and thus holding back the provision of water to our consumers. 

    Frustratingly, only the cables of the specific control panel associated with the refurbished water pump was stolen, which appears very likely to be deliberate sabotage of the functioning of the plant. 

    This type of damage to our infrastructure is a constant war on the City's ability to provide and improve services to Tshwane residents. I am working with law enforcement and the City's Infrastructure Protection Unit to strengthen our efforts to safeguard our infrastructure. 

    I strongly condemn these acts of vandalism which appear to be deliberate sabotage of critical equipment. This type of action has a terrible effect on residents who go without water and industries that rely on water for operations. 

    The constant vandalism of the Bronkhorstspruit water infrastructure is a threat to the entire area. We remain committed to fighting all forms of vandalism affecting the City and our ability to supply critical services to Tshwane residents.

  • Saambou Licencing Centre in Pretoria CBD closes its doors for renovations, clients encouraged to visit alternative centres 

    Saambou Licencing Centre in Pretoria CBD closes its doors for renovations, clients encouraged to visit alternative centres 

    Wed, Aug 3, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Roads and Transport Department would like to inform residents that the Saambou Licensing Centre in the Pretoria CBD has officially closed and ceased operations as of 29 July 2022. 

    The facility will undergo renovations which will ultimately improve efficiency and service delivery to clients. 

    Clients can visit the following centres: 

    LICENSING CENTRE SERVICES RENDEREDOPERATING HOURS
      • Akasia
    • Bronkhorstspruit
    • Centurion
    • Rayton
    • Waltloo
    • Registration and licencing of motor vehicles
    • Renewal of driving licences
    • Application and testing for learner licences
    • Application and testing for driving licences
    The offices open at 08:00 and close at 15:00 on weekdays

     

    We continue to remind clients that they must only seek assistance from our staff at designated service points and not from any other unauthorised individuals. For safety and convenience, all our centres are cashless and only debit cards are accepted. 

    Once more, I would like to encourage clients to remain vigilant against anyone posing as licencing staff who prey on innocent law-abiding residents. 


  • City of Tshwane Council approves appointment of City Manager during continuation of Council meeting on 1 August 2022

    City of Tshwane Council approves appointment of City Manager during continuation of Council meeting on 1 August 2022

    Mon, Aug 1, 2022

    I am pleased to report that the City of Tshwane Council has adopted the report on the appointment of Mr Johann Mettler as the new City Manager for a fixed-term period of five years. 

    I want to assure our residents that the recruitment process for the City Manager position was transparent and fair. All applicants and shortlisted candidates were subjected to a very rigorous and robust Council-approved process, which includes competency assessments and security vetting. 

    Mr Mettler emerged as the top candidate based on his performance during the interview and competency assessment stages, his experience in local government and his qualifications. 

    Mr Mettler is an attorney by profession and a seasoned administrator with more than 20 years' experience in local government. He worked as an administrator at Msunduzi Municipality and Lekwa Local Municipality, and later took up the critical role of Municipal Manager at Drakenstein Municipality. 

    In 2016, he was appointed as City Manager at Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. All this experience will serve Mr Mettler well as he takes up this critical role. The City of Tshwane is facing many challenges and requires an experienced administrator who will hit the ground running. 

    On behalf of the City of Tshwane, I would like to thank Ms Mmaseabata Mutlaneng who stepped up to serve as the acting City Manager for nearly two years. We are grateful for her contribution and wish her well in her future endeavours. A full-time City Manager will restore administrative stability and good governance to take the City forward.

  • City of Tshwane disconnects 1 000 illegal electricity connections in Pretoria West

    City of Tshwane disconnects 1 000 illegal electricity connections in Pretoria West

    Mon, Aug 1, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Energy and Electricity Department, working with the Tshwane Metro Police Department and the South Africa Police Service, recently executed an operation to disconnect 1 000 illegal electricity connections in Lotus Gardens, Pretoria West. 

    This area has been negatively affected by many incidents of overloading due to illegal connections, resulting in regular trips after load-shedding throughout winter. 

    The multistakeholder operation focused on illegal connections in Fig, Acer and Eucalyptus Avenue, including five mini substations that were tampered with. 

    An estimated value of R750 000 of electrical material was recovered during the operation, including 140 m of 120 mm aluminium cable conductors and five drums of aluminium bundle conductors. 

    This large-scale operation led to the successful removal of approximately 1 000 illegal connections in the Lotus Gardens area. This follows our previous operation where we disconnected about 800 illegal connections in Brazzaville informal settlement. We intend to continue with these operations across all Tshwane regions. 

    The City has, however, extended an olive branch to households and businesses with illegal connections. As of today, the Amnesty Programme for electricity, water theft and meter tampering is in effect. 

    The Amnesty Programme is a special once-off opportunity for residents to come forward and declare their illegal connections before the City takes harsh actions, which include disconnection, heavy fines and legal action.

    To apply for the Amnesty Programme, clients can visit www.tshwane.gov.za or email amnesty@tshwane.gov.za.  Amnesty application forms will also be made available at all City customer care walk-in-centres across the seven regions of Tshwane. The amnesty period is from 1 August 2022 until 30 September 2022.


  • CITY OF TSHWANE FINANCE MMC, ALDERMAN PETER SUTTON, LAUNCHES AMNESTY PROGRAMME FOR THEFT OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY

    CITY OF TSHWANE FINANCE MMC, ALDERMAN PETER SUTTON, LAUNCHES AMNESTY PROGRAMME FOR THEFT OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY

    Sun, Jul 31, 2022

    In my maiden Budget Speech in May this year, I indicated that we encounter electricity theft daily and it costs our revenue an estimated R470 million per year. This amount is taken away from service delivery efforts by individuals and business owners in Tshwane through pure arrogance and entitlement. 

    I also announced that to root out the snake head of this problem and to clean our system from those individuals who execute these illegal connections and tampering adjustments, we will announce an amnesty period where those individuals and business owners guilty of electrify and/or water theft can apply for amnesty to be exempted from prosecution and fines under certain conditions. This amnesty period will run in partnership with law enforcement agencies. 

    We have increased the fines for illegal connections and electricity theft to R200 000 for individual and household accounts, and R10 million for business accounts. In addition to these fines, we will also lay criminal charges and pursue recovery of lost income. We have established a highly skilled multidisciplinary revenue-collection team for this purpose, to which we have allocated R68 million in this financial year. 

    Let me repeat what I said in the Budget Speech: "Let me make it clear, stealing revenue from the City that must go to basic service delivery and support the poorest of the poor in Tshwane is a crime, and if you are an individual and business owner involved in electricity theft and tampering with prepaid meters, you should become very concerned." 

    We will subject those who are stealing from the City to a new concept they never knew before: Consequence management. 

    Today, we are launching the Amnesty Programme which will run for a period of two months with effect from tomorrow, 1 August 2022, until 30 September 2022. I strongly suggest that those guilty use this once-off opportunity before we start finding you. 

    The purpose of the amnesty period is to assist residents and business owners who are guilty of the following: 

    1. Illegally connecting to the electricity and/or water network and benefiting from these services without being measured and paying for consumption.
    2. Tampering with an electricity and/or water meter, resulting in the measuring of incorrect or lower consumption.
    3. Illegally reconnecting an electricity and/or water meter after a credit control disconnection.
    4. Paying a bribe to remove an outstanding amount on an account or paying a bribe to illegally open a new municipal account without following the official process.
    5. Paying a bribe to have an electricity and/or water meter bypassed to record incorrect or lower consumption. 

    The Amnesty Programme page on the City of Tshwane public website, www.tshwane.gov.za, will go live shortly after the conclusion of this briefing. There will be an icon on the landing page of the website which will direct you to the amnesty page where you will be able to download the amnesty application form. A dedicated email address has been created for this purpose where the forms can be submitted: amnesty@tshwane.gov.za

    Amnesty application forms will also be made available at all City of Tshwane customer care walk-in centres across the seven regions of Tshwane. 

    CONDITIONS FOR THE GRANTING OF AMNESTY 

    To qualify for amnesty, the following information must be submitted to the City of Tshwane: 

    1. Complete and submit the application form
    2. Submit an affidavit detailing the following:
      1. How the tampering and/or illegal connection was installed
      2. Who the individual(s) are who facilitated the tampering, illegal connection and/or fraud on the account
      3. How and to whom money was paid to facilitate the tampering, illegal connection and/or fraud on the account
      4. The amount paid and how frequently the bribe money was paid (monthly or once-off) 

    Some of the benefits of applying for amnesty are that, in the case of successful prosecution of those implicated in the affidavit, the metering will be corrected and the account holder will start paying for services correctly from the date the amnesty is granted. The tampering and illegal connection fine will be waived. No criminal charges will be levied against the person or company granted amnesty. 

    DISCLAIMER 

    1. The City of Tshwane reserves the right to grant and withdraw amnesty in case of non-compliance with conditions.
    2. Amnesty will be subject to the condition that the same or similar offence is not committed within a period of five years.

    We will soon engage with the South African Police Service and the National Prosecuting Authority during the amnesty period to ensure that the cases of tampering with our electricity and water meters, which are prosecutable offences, are prioritised and that proper sentencing is meted out to the offenders. 

    This extraordinary step is unprecedented in municipalities across the country. Tampering with a meter is akin to theft of water and electricity, and we will deal swiftly and harshly with offenders who fail to take advantage of the amnesty process. 


  • City of Tshwane's Green Scorpions sting illegal recycling businesses

    City of Tshwane's Green Scorpions sting illegal recycling businesses

    Fri, Jul 29, 2022


    The City of Tshwane's Environmental Management Inspectorate recently shut down an illegal recycling business in Klerksoord, Akasia. 

    During the past few months, our Environmental Management Inspectors (EMIs), also known as Green Scorpions, inspected several waste recycling facilities operating across Tshwane. 

    Waste recycling facilities, which were found to be operating illegally and/or found to be non-compliant with legislation, were issued with administrative enforcement action in accordance with the regulatory regime. 

    A repeat contravener was identified in Klerksoord, which resulted in a joint operation led by the City's EMIs in conjunction with Environmental Health Practitioners, the Tshwane Metro Police Department, the South African Police Service, the Department of Labour and the Immigration Unit of the Department of Home Affairs. 

    The operation resulted in the temporary closure of the facility pending further investigation and mitigation. A total of ten employees were found to be illegal immigrants, and the manager was arrested for operating the facility illegally and repeatedly contravening legislation. 

    The City remains committed to safeguard our environment and will continue to work alongside all stakeholders and law enforcement agencies to combat crime. 

    Tshwane residents are encouraged to report environmental non-compliances to the City's Environmental Management Inspectorate at greenscorpions@tshwane.gov.za


  • OPERATIONS TEMPORARILY DISRUPTED AT BRONKHORSTSPRUIT RAW WATER PUMP STATION

    OPERATIONS TEMPORARILY DISRUPTED AT BRONKHORSTSPRUIT RAW WATER PUMP STATION

    Fri, Jul 29, 2022

    Operations at Bronkhorstspruit Raw Water Pump Station are currently suspended following acts of theft and vandalism of power cables overnight. 

    Bronkhorstspruit Water Treatment Plant is currently unable to receive raw water from the pump station for purification and distribution to residents. 

    City technicians have already been dispatched to the site for assessment and to effect the necessary repairs. An estimated restoration time is not yet known. 

    The following areas are affected: 

    • Bronkhorstspruit
    • Cultura Park Ext 11
    • Ekandustria
    • Ekangala A, B, C, D, E and F
    • Erasmus
    • Hondsrivier
    • Kristalpark
    • Kungwini Hills
    • Medpark
    • Ovipropark
    • Rethabiseng
    • Riamarpark
    • Tweespruit Landgoed
    • Versterpark AH
    • Zithobeni
    • Zithobeni Heights

    The City apologises for this unforeseen interruption of an essential service.

  • TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN OF OPERATIONS AT BRONKHORSTSPRUIT WATER TREATMENT PLANT

    TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN OF OPERATIONS AT BRONKHORSTSPRUIT WATER TREATMENT PLANT

    Fri, Jul 29, 2022

    The City of Tshwane's Bronkhorstspruit Water Treatment Plant is temporarily not operational due to theft and vandalism of power cables that happened in the early hours of this morning. 

    The water treatment plant is currently unable to receive raw water from the pump station for purification and distribution to residents. 

    The City's technicians are on-site for assessment and to effect the necessary repairs. The restoration time is not yet known. 

    The following areas are affected: 

    • Bronkhorstspruit
    • Cultura Park Ext 11
    • Ekandustria
    • Ekangala A, B, C, D, E and F
    • Erasmus
    • Hondsrivier
    • Kristalpark
    • Kungwini Hills
    • Medpark
    • Ovipropark
    • Rethabiseng
    • Riamarpark
    • Tweespruit Landgoed
    • Versterpark AH
    • Zithobeni
    • Zithobeni Heights

     

    The City of Tshwane apologises for the inconvenience that is being experienced due to this unanticipated interruption.


  • City of Tshwane presents indigent and food bank programmes to Ekangala elderly residents

    City of Tshwane presents indigent and food bank programmes to Ekangala elderly residents

    Thu, Jul 28, 2022

    The Community and Social Development Services Department has wrapped up Mandela month commemorations by hosting an information-sharing engagement with senior residents in Ekangala, Region 7. 

    During these engagements with our senior residents, my department delivered presentations on our indigent and food bank social support programmes. 

    The aim of the session was to educate and encourage qualifying households to apply for our social support programmes. Our Indigent Programme is designed to assist residents who are unable to pay for municipal services and it also serves as a vehicle to fight poverty.  

    Qualifying households receive the following free basic services: 

    • Provision and connection of a prepaid electricity meter 
    • Provision of 100 kWh of electricity per month
    • Provision of 12 kℓ of water per month
    • Refuse bin for refuse removal
    • 100% rebate on property rates and refuse removal 

    No debt collection or credit control measures will be instituted against these indigent households for as long as consumption over and above the free use is paid in full. 

    Moving to our Food Bank Programme, a total of R4,8 million has been allocated to our Tshwane Food Bank for the 2022/23 financial year to provide relief to qualifying destitute families and non-governmental organisations. 

    Annually, 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. Tshwane Food Bank is also extended to help with relief efforts after disasters, such as floods and fires. 

    As the MMC for Social Development and Community Services, it was important that I share this information directly with our communities and encourage disadvantaged households to come forward and apply for these social support services by visiting their nearest regional office for assistance with the application process. 

    My department will continue to support our elderly residents where we can and, most importantly, we want our elders to feel appreciated and loved.

  • Tshwane kick-starts the process to implement and drive awareness of the City's Climate Action Plan

    Tshwane kick-starts the process to implement and drive awareness of the City's Climate Action Plan

    Wed, Jul 27, 2022

    Last month, the City of Tshwane launched its robust Climate Action Plan (CAP) which sets out our commitment and plans for Tshwane be a net-zero carbon and climate-resilient city by 2050. 

    To achieve this commitment, the City is implementing a number of measures to ensure that we are climate resilient and responsive. 

    The latest measure is the appointment of 25 CAP champions within each of the City's departments. The CAP champions' role is to drive awareness of their respective departments' obligations in implementing climate actions relevant to their mandates. 

    Furthermore, the City is embarking on the development of a climate budget with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. This will serve as the operationalisation of the CAP to mainstream climate targets into governance systems and budgetary processes. 

    Climate considerations are already incorporated into the capital planning system, a process that started in 2015 and in the Integrated Development Plan 2022–2026. 

    It is equally important to note that the City is the first metropolitan municipality in South Africa to identify climate risk zones, which are geographical areas that are at risk of being severely affected by climate hazards. The actions in our plan aim to reduce the exposure that vulnerable communities may face due to climate change. 

    Following the devastating floods witnessed in some parts of the country, it is important that metropolitan municipalities pay attention to climate change issues.

  • MAJOR LEAK LOCATED ON THE ZITHOBENI RESERVOIR PIPELINE

    MAJOR LEAK LOCATED ON THE ZITHOBENI RESERVOIR PIPELINE

    Wed, Jul 27, 2022

    On Thursday, 28 July 2022, the City of Tshwane will repair a major leak located in the Zithobeni Reservoir pipeline. The said repairs are scheduled for six hours from 08:00 until 14:00. 

    Both the Zithobeni and Ekandustria Reservoirs will be filled to capacity prior to the shutdown. Residents that are supplied by the two reservoirs are therefore urged to use water sparingly to avoid the likelihood of a water supply interruption. 

    Should residents in the areas listed below not heed the call to use water sparingly, an interruption may occur: 

    • Bronkhorstspruit
    • Cultura Park Ext 11
    • Ekandustria
    • Ekangala A, B, C, D, E and F
    • Erasmus
    • Hondsrivier
    • Kristalpark
    • Kungwini Hills
    • Medpark
    • Ovipropark
    • Rethabiseng
    • Riamarpark
    • Tweespruit Landgoed
    • Versterpark AH
    • Zithobeni
    • Zithobeni Heights 

    The City of Tshwane sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that may be encountered as a result of the above-mentioned repair work.  Water tankers will be on standby for alternative water supply.


  • ​ Executive Mayor of Tshwane appoints Local Drug Action Committee to fight substance abuse by youth and within our communities

    ​  Executive Mayor of Tshwane appoints Local Drug Action Committee to fight substance abuse by youth and within our communities

    Tue, Jul 26, 2022

    Earlier today, I joined the MMC for Health, Cllr Rina Marx, to launch the City's Local Drug Action Committee (LDAC). The committee currently consists of 22 members representing different spheres of society, including law enforcement, government, health and civic society groups, among many others. 

    The establishment of this committee is a significant step in the fight against substance abuse in Tshwane. Drugs and substance abuse, particularly by the youth, have a destructive impact on families and communities at large, often leading to domestic and gang violence, assaults, robberies and other criminal activities. 

    Our administration has prioritised drug and substance abuse programmes. In our current 2022/23 financial year budget, an allocation of R31,7 million has been provisioned to empower anti-drug and substance abuse programmes. 

    One of our flagship programmes is the 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 abuses. The City also runs a 24-hour toll free helpline to provide support for matters related to substance abuse. The HopeLine can be contacted on 0800 611 197 or 0800 467 347

    With our various programmes already in place, the Local Drug Action Committee will serve as a coordinating mechanism to ensure that all resources are used effectively to fight substance abuse. The committee will also be tasked with developing an action plan to combat substance abuse in Tshwane. 

    I want to thank all the organisations and stakeholders involved. It is important that we all work together to ensure that Tshwane does not become a capital city for nyaope and other substances.

  • Restoring the dignity of all Tshwane residents remains a priority for the Human Settlements Department

     Restoring the dignity of all Tshwane residents remains a priority for the Human Settlements Department

    Tue, Jul 26, 2022

    As part of our mandate to restore dignity to the people of Tshwane, the City continues to focus its energies to assist underprivileged households by ensuring that they too receive quality rudimentary municipal services. 

    During this month as we celebrated Mandela Day, the Human Settlements Department allocated a permanent stand and a shelter in Orchards Ext 110 in the north of Pretoria to a mother and her child who is living with a disability. 

    Upon hearing about the family's plight and challenging life history, the department moved swiftly to provide shelter and other necessities to help the duo build a new life in their new home. This was followed by a proper assessment to check the family's eligibility for the City's indigent support programme. 

    A formal referral has been made to the Community and Social Development Services Department who will assist the family with social relief programmes and find an appropriate school for the child. 

    Shifting to our informal settlements, the City has successfully appointed five new service providers to supply and service chemical toilets within affected areas. 

    The contract of the two service providers who previously rendered this function since 2018 expired on 3 and 10 July 2022 respectively. As per the service-level agreement, each contractor has been given 14 days to deliver the toilets to identified communities while the old contractors have been instructed to remove their toilets on-site. 

    The City will continue to monitor the newly appointed service providers and ensure that the service is provided to

    communities in line with the contract. 

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the affected communities for their patience and cooperation during this transition period. 

  • City of Tshwane condemns intimidation and threats of violence against City employees implementing our credit control actions

    City of Tshwane condemns intimidation and threats of violence against City employees implementing our credit control actions

    Tue, Jul 26, 2022

    On behalf of the City of Tshwane, I would like to condemn in the strongest of terms intimidation and threats of violence against City of Tshwane employees and contractors who are enforcing credit control actions and removing illegal connections. 

    Our credit control teams are deployed across all seven regions of Tshwane to ensure that residents pay their municipal accounts for services rendered. We have, however, noticed unfortunate incidents where City employees and contractors have been met with resistance and threats of violence from some communities. This will not be tolerated, and we intend to bring law enforcement authorities on board to protect our employees and our infrastructure. 

    We will not be intimidated or deterred. The City is pushing ahead with its #TshwaneYaTima campaign and we have already disconnected some residential customers. This culture of non-payment for services must come to an end. 

    Last Wednesday, 20 July 2022, two contractors were subjected to threats and intimidation and had insults hurled at them while out to disconnect the electricity at a household in Sinoville, north-east of Pretoria. The customer's account was in arrears for about R370 000. 

    The contractors have since opened a case of crimen injuria against the customer at the Sinoville Police Station under CAS no 259/7/2022. 

    It is important for residents to note that the City needs revenue to operate optimally and deliver services to residents. In addition to delivering services, the City must honour its commitments to creditors such as Eskom and Rand Water. 

    The residential leg of the #TshwaneYaTima campaign started with suburban customers and will now shift focus to township customers throughout the seven regions of Tshwane who owe the City R7,3 billion. 

    As at 30 June 2022, Mamelodi and Nellmapius customers had the highest debt of more than R2,1 billion, followed by Soshanguve customers who owe the City over R1,1 billion. Atteridgeville, Lotus Gardens and Saulsville customers have a combined debt of R713 million. 

    Clients can contact our customer care offices to make a payment arrangement to avoid discontinuation of services. 

    I want to thank residents who honour their municipal account payment obligations and communities that have come forward to declare illegal connections.

  • Tshwane Executive Mayor congratulates African football champions Banyana Banyana

    Tshwane Executive Mayor congratulates African football champions Banyana Banyana

    Tue, Jul 26, 2022

    On behalf of the City of Tshwane, I would like to congratulate the South African women's national football team for winning the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON). 

    Banyana Banyana, as they are affectionately known, made history by beating the host team Morocco by 2-1 in the finals held on Saturday. 

    There is no doubt that the team has reignited the spirit of excellence and resilience, not only in the game of football but across all sporting codes where women participate. 

    Banyana Banyana's WAFCON 2022 victory is a significant reminder that women in sport should be given equal status and resources as their male counterparts. Therefore, I would like to call on the private and corporate sector to come forward and support all women in sport. 

    I want to salute Banyana Banyana for an inspiring victory and flying our nation's flag high. Our football queens have indeed lifted our spirits during a very challenging period in our country. 

    Once more congratulations to the team, coach Desiree Ellis, support staff and club management. I trust that as you arrive home from Morocco, you will be showered with love and appreciation befitting queens of the continent.

  • Tshwane's COVID-19 week-on-week active cases continue to decrease

    Tshwane's COVID-19 week-on-week active cases continue to decrease

    Tue, Jul 26, 2022

    The City of Tshwane's latest COVID-19 report has once again shown a decrease in the number of active cases. 

    The figures have gone down by 11,4% as of 21 July 2022 across the city. The current number of active cases is now 202 from the previous week's 228. In the same period, Region 3, which continues to have the highest number of active cases, registered a 14% decrease. The region's cases dropped from 70 to 60.  

    Region 6, which has the second highest number of cases, saw a 13% decrease after its numbers went down from 64 to 56. It is encouraging to note that the other five regions have each registered less than 50 active cases in the same period. 

    Region 4 recorded a 29% decrease with 39 cases from the previous week's 55, while Region 5 moved from eight active cases to a mere two, which translates to a 75% decrease. 

    Despite their figures being below 50, Regions 2 and 1 saw 77% and 17% increases, respectively. Region 2 went up from 13 to 23 while Region 1 slightly shifted from 18 to 21 active cases. Region 7 has only one active COVID-19 case. 

    Even though the numbers have gone down, Tshwane still accounts for 29% of Gauteng's COVID-19 cases. 

    The City is still appealing to all those who have not yet vaccinated or received their second jabs to visit any of the City's clinics in order to protect themselves and those around them. 

  • RAND WATER SHUTDOWN: 11 AUGUST 2022

    RAND WATER SHUTDOWN: 11 AUGUST 2022

    Mon, Jul 25, 2022

    Rand Water notified the City of a planned shutdown to complete a tie-in of the newly installed S4 pipeline to the existing S4 pipeline. The shutdown is planned to start on 11 August 2022 at 17:00 and will end at 22:00 on 13 August 2022. The shutdown will last for 53 hours. 

    During the shutdown, the following reservoirs and areas in Tshwane might be affected: 

    • Corobrick Plant: Grootfontein 394-JR, Rietfontein 375-JR, Rietfontein Ridge Ext 11, Rietvallei 377-JR, Mooikloof Manor Ext 2, The Hills (all extensions), Tygerpoort 371-JR and Zwavelpoort 373-JR
       
    • Garsfontein Reservoir which feeds the following reservoirs: 
      • Eersterust Reservoir: Despatch, Eersterust, Jan Niemandpark, Mamelodi, Silvertondale and Waltloo
         
      • Kilner Park Reservoir: Kilner Park
         
      • Koedoesnek LL Reservoir: Die Wilgers (all extensions), Equestria (all extensions), Faerie Glen, Garsfontein, Koedoesnek AH, Life Wilgers Hospital, Lynnwood, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Ridge, Struland AH, Wapadrand, Willow Glen, Willow Glen AH and Zwartkoppies 
      • Magalieskruin Reservoir: Hartebeestfontein 324-JR and Wonderboom
         
      • Mamelodi R1 Reservoir: Mamelodi, Mamelodi Ext 13, 27 and 34, and Mamelodi 608-JR 
      • Mamelodi R2 Reservoir: Mamelodi, Mamelodi 608-JR, and Mamelodi Ext 13 and 15
         
      • Montana Reservoir: Annlin, Christiaanville, Cynthia Vale, Derdepoortpark, Doornpoort, Kenley AH, Kozeni AH, Magalieskruin, Montana (all extensions), Montana AH, Montana Park, Montana Tuine, Pumulani AH, Sinoville and Wolmaranspoort AH
         
      • Moreleta Reservoir: Bellevue, Brummeria (all extensions), Chrysler Park, Georgeville, Lindo Park, Lydiana, Lynnwood Manor, Mopani, Navors, Scientia, Silverton (all extensions), Vlakfontein and Weavind Park
         
      • Murrayfield Reservoir: La Concorde, La Montagne, Meyerspark (all extensions), Murrayfield, Salieshoek and Val-de-Grace
         
      • Parkmore LL Reservoir: Alphen Park, Ashley Gardens, Constantia Park, De Beers, Faerie Glen, Garsfontein, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Park, Maroelana, Menlyn, Newlands, Tshwane and Waterkloof Glen
         
      • Queenswood Reservoir: Colbyn, Deerness, Koedoespoort, Koedoespoort 325-JR, Môregloed, Queenswood, Rietfontein, Rietfontein 321-JR, Rietondale, Villieria and Waverley 
      • Sinoville HL Reservoir: Sinoville (all extensions) 
      • Sinoville LL Reservoir: Sinoville (all extensions)
         
      • Villieria Peak Tanks: Magalieskruin 323-JR, Montana AH, Rietfontein, Villieria, Waverley, Wonderboom 302‑JR and Wonderboom South 
      • Waverley HL Reservoir: Bergtuin, East Lynne (all extensions), Koedoespoort (all extensions), Villieria and Waverley 
      • Waverley LL Reservoir: Derdepoortpark (all extensions), Ekklesia (all extensions), Jan Niemandpark and Lindo Park 
    • Gastonbury Reservoir, Six Fountains Estate and Silver Willows: Equestria (all extensions), Paradiso, Paramount Estate, Silver Lakes (all extensions), Silver View Ridge, Silver Woods Country Estate, Six Fountains (all extensions), Tijger Vallei (all extensions), Shere AH, Willow Acres (all extensions) and Willow Park Manor (all extensions)

       
    • Koedoesnek: Faerie Glen (all extensions), Die Wilgers (all extensions), Equestria (all extensions), Hartebeespoort 362-JR, Koedoesnek 341-JR, La Montagne (all extensions), Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Ridge (all extensions), Meyerspark, Murrayfield, Struland AH, Tweefontein 372-JR, Val-de-Grace, Valley Farm 379-JR, Valley Farm AH, Wapadrand (all extensions) and Willow Glen AH
       
    • Midas and Leander meters: Boardwalk Meander (all extensions), Bronberg (all extensions), Faerie Glen (all extensions) and Olympus (all extensions)
       
    • Mooikloof Reservoir: Faerie Glen (all extensions), Garsfontein, Garsfontein 374-JR, Garsfontein Ext 10, 11 and 13, Moreletapark Ext 63 and 83, Prairie Giants Ext 3, Pretoriuspark (all extensions), Rietfontein 375-JR, Tweefontein 372-JR, Valley Farm 379-JR and Zwavelpoort 373-JR 
    • Nellmapius (all extensions)
       
    • Sammy Marks Museum meter 
    • Savannah: The Blyde Crystal Villa, Savanna Country Estate and N4 Gateway
       
    • Woodlands Mall meter: Mooikloof Ridge
       

    The City of Tshwane sincerely apologises for the inconvenience that may occur as a result of the above-mentioned repairs. We appeal to all residents to use water sparingly during this time.  Water tankers will be on standby for alternative water supply.

  • FALSE INFORMATION PEDDLED ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT CITY OFFICIALS AND CONTRACTORS ENGAGING IN ALLEGED FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES

    FALSE INFORMATION PEDDLED ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT CITY OFFICIALS AND CONTRACTORS ENGAGING IN ALLEGED FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES

    Mon, Jul 25, 2022

    The City of Tshwane has noted pictures of its contractors accompanied by a caption that went viral on social media yesterday alleging that the City's service providers had attempted to scam an unsuspecting customer. 

    The customer further alleged that the contractors were carrying a speed point machine which did not bear the City's logo. These allegations are devoid of any truth. 

    The facts are that the contractors who are part of the #TshwaneYaTima revenue-collection campaign had gone out to disconnect a customer who stays in Sinoville. His account is in arrears of about R370 000 for the water, electricity, sanitation, waste and property rates bill. The last time the customer paid his account was in 2011. 

    The contractors had in their possession a job card with the customer's details and the purpose for which they visited his house. 

    On the morning of Wednesday, 20 July 2022, the two contractors collected job cards from the City of Tshwane and were dispatched to the house of the said customer to disconnect his electricity. On arrival, they found a City employee with him outside his yard, not far away from the meter kiosk. 

    Apparently, the City official from the Water and Sanitation Department was passing by when he was stopped by the rude customer who allegedly started shouting at him. 

    When one of the contractors stepped out of his vehicle, the customer shifted his focus to him and allegedly continued to scream and hurl insults at him, accusing him of engaging in fraud. The contractors ignored his outbursts and did not respond. This incident was witnessed by two other contractors who were in the area to disconnect other customers. The customer refused to cooperate with the contractors and proceeded to take pictures of them and their vehicle. 

    City officials and contractors who are part of #TshwaneYaTima campaign carry two things with them when executing their duties: A printout of a job card with the details of the customer and the purpose for which it has to be executed or a device which is preloaded with the customer's details with a mobile handheld printer. The latter will, on arrival at the property of a customer, take out the device which is linked to the mobile printer and print a sticker with the customer details and paste it on the job card. 

    The information on the job card or on the device will bear information such as the name of the customer, physical address, account number and amount owed, and will specify the reason for the execution of the job card. These reasons vary from final notice to disconnection, inspection or a rip disconnection. 

    It should be emphasised that the contractors who visited the rude customer's house did not have the device or the printer with them, but a printout of the job card which already had the customer's details. What he did by harassing the contractors was a tacit attempt aimed at dissuading them from disconnecting his electricity. He also potentially put the lives of the contractors at risk by taking their pictures and that of their vehicle registration plates, and publicly circulating them. 

    The uncouth customer, together with those of his ilk, should know that his antics will not deter us from effecting credit control measures and recouping the billions the City is owed by its defaulting customers. 

    Customers are cautioned that, when in doubt of officials' or contractors' credentials, they should contact or visit the nearest City of Tshwane customer care walk-in centre or call 012 358 9999 and follow the voice prompts. 

    Customers are urged to pay their accounts through third parties, such as banks and retail stores, via e-Tshwane or at any of the City's customer care walk-in centres.


  • City of Tshwane disconnects 800 illegal electricity connections

    City of Tshwane disconnects 800 illegal electricity connections

    Thu, Jul 21, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Energy and Electricity Department, working in collaboration with the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) and the South Africa Police Service (Danville Station), successfully executed an operation to disconnect 800 illegal electricity connections at Brazzaville informal settlement on Tuesday, 19 July 2022.

    These illegal connections were connected to the Phelindaba overhead line which supplies areas such as Schurveberg AH and other nearby businesses. The illegal connections had a negative effect on the supply of electricity in the area to residential and commercial consumers.

    During the operation at Brazzaville informal settlement, an estimated R400 000 of electrical material was removed, including 11 kV overhead lines, aluminium conductors and aluminium aerial bundle conductors. Our teams also removed three medium-voltage transformers. This is a significant set of stolen infrastructure.

    Illegal connections are the reason many areas experience power trips after load-shedding which result in extended power outages. This is made worse by the theft of City infrastructure, such as cables, conductors and transformers.

    Furthermore, illegal connections cost the City hundreds of millions of rand in damages to infrastructure and repair costs. These result in significant non-revenue losses that destroy the City’s finances. It is therefore important that we do everything possible to prevent this scourge. This latest operation is just one of many the City is participating in to protect our electricity infrastructure.

    To report illegal connections, residents can contact the City on 012 358 7095/7096 or Eskom on 08600 37566.


  • City of Tshwane condemns unlawful and frivolous political stunts by the ANC Youth League

    City of Tshwane condemns unlawful and frivolous political stunts by the ANC Youth League

    Thu, Jul 21, 2022

    On behalf of the City of Tshwane, I would like to condemn in the strongest of terms the unlawful actions by the so-called Greater Tshwane ANC Youth League seeking relevance by embarking on an unlawful demonstration to close municipal offices. 

    City employees at the Soshanguve municipal offices, including Region 2 depots, were forcefully removed from their stations and prevented from doing their duties. 

    The conduct of this group is completely unacceptable. They have no right nor authority to prevent any of the City's employees from entering their place of work to serve Tshwane residents. 

    We view these actions as a desperate political stunt by a group seeking resurrection after having long lost their relevance.  

    We will not be intimidated by these actions. We have already deployed the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) to affected areas. Furthermore, should the situation escalate, we will rope in the South African Police Service. 

    We will not tolerate lawlessness in Tshwane, especially weak political stunts seeking to disrupt the work of the City and hamper service delivery.

  • City of Tshwane collaborates with Roller Sport South Africa to host Roller Skating Championship at Mandela Village, Hammanskraal

    City of Tshwane collaborates with Roller Sport South Africa to host Roller Skating Championship at Mandela Village, Hammanskraal

    Thu, Jul 21, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Community and Social Development Services Department recently collaborated with Roller Sport South Africa to host the South African Roller Skating Championships held in Mandela Village in Hammanskraal on 16 to 17 July 2022. 

    Contestants in the competition were vibrant, exceptionally talented youth from Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal who participated in artistic and speed categories. 

    It was a truly humbling experience to be in the presence of such great talent supported by parents, teachers, coaches and former participants who ensured that the spirit of roller sport is transferred to current participants. 

    I would like to extend words of gratitude to our Community and Social Development Services Department Sports and Recreational Development Section for ensuring that the logistics were provided for the success of the competition. 

    Many young people participated in the event, indicating that sport promotes social cohesion and can remove our youth from the streets and keep them occupied with productive activities. 

    The City of Tshwane, through my department, is committed to ensuring that we provide support to events and initiatives that promote youth empowerment.


  • POSTPONEMENT OF RAND WATER’S MAPLETON BOOSTER PUMP STATION SHUTDOWN

    POSTPONEMENT OF RAND WATER’S MAPLETON BOOSTER PUMP STATION SHUTDOWN

    Thu, Jul 21, 2022

     The City of Tshwane has received a notification from Rand Water that the shutdown, which was planned for tomorrow, 20 July 2022, at the Mapleton Booster Pump Station, has been postponed until further notice. According to the water utility, the postponement comes as a result of the Mapleton system failing to sufficiently recover from the N6 shutdown which occurred from 15 to 16 July 2022.

    During the said shutdown, Rand Water would have replaced the scour valve and removed the delivery valve gate at Mapleton Booster Pump Station.

    The following areas in Tshwane would have been affected:

    • Corobrick Plant: Grootfontein 394-JR, Rietfontein 375-JR, Rietfontein Ridge Ext 11, Rietvallei 377-JR, Mooikloof Manor Ext 2, The Hills (all extensions), Tygerpoort 371-JR and Zwavelpoort 373-JR
    • Garsfontein Reservoir which feeds the following reservoirs:
    • Eersterust Reservoir: Despatch, Eersterust, Jan Niemandpark, Mamelodi, Silvertondale and Waltloo
    • Kilner Park Reservoir: Kilner Park
    • Koedoesnek LL Reservoir: Die Wilgers (all extensions), Equestria (all extensions), Faerie Glen, Garsfontein, Koedoesnek AH, Life Wilgers Hospital, Lynnwood, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Ridge, Struland AH, Wapadrand, Willow Glen, Willow Glen AH and Zwartkoppies
    • Magalieskruin Reservoir: Hartebeestfontein 324-JR and Wonderboom
    • Mamelodi R1 Reservoir: Mamelodi, Mamelodi Ext 13, 27 and 34, and Mamelodi 608-JR
    • Mamelodi R2 Reservoir: Mamelodi, Mamelodi 608-JR, and Mamelodi Ext 13 and 15
    • Montana Reservoir: Annlin, Christiaanville, Cynthia Vale, Derdepoortpark, Doornpoort, Kenley AH, Kozeni AH, Magalieskruin, Montana (all extensions), Montana AH, Montana Park, Montana Tuine, Pumulani AH, Sinoville and Wolmaranspoort AH
    • Moreleta Reservoir: Bellevue, Brummeria (all extensions), Chrysler Park, Georgeville, Lindo Park, Lydiana, Lynnwood Manor, Mopani, Navors, Scientia, Silverton (all extensions), Vlakfontein and Weavind Park
    • Murrayfield Reservoir: La Concorde, La Montagne, Meyerspark (all extensions), Murrayfield, Salieshoek and Val-de-Grace
    • Parkmore LL Reservoir: Alphen Park, Ashley Gardens, Constantia Park, De Beers, Faerie Glen, Garsfontein, Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Park, Maroelana, Menlyn, Newlands, Tshwane and Waterkloof Glen
    • Queenswood Reservoir: Colbyn, Deerness, Koedoespoort, Koedoespoort 325-JR, Môregloed, Queenswood, Rietfontein, Rietfontein 321-JR, Rietondale, Villieria and Waverley
    • Sinoville HL Reservoir: Sinoville (all extensions) 
    • Sinoville LL Reservoir: Sinoville (all extensions)
    • Villieria Peak Tanks: Magalieskruin 323-JR, Montana AH, Rietfontein, Villieria, Waverley, Wonderboom 302‑JR and Wonderboom South
    • Waverley HL Reservoir: Bergtuin, East Lynne (all extensions), Koedoespoort (all extensions), Villieria and Waverley
    • Waverley LL Reservoir: Derdepoortpark (all extensions), Ekklesia (all extensions), Jan Niemandpark and Lindo Park
    • Gastonbury Reservoir, Six Fountains Estate and Silver Willows: Equestria (all extensions), Paradiso, Paramount Estate, Silver Lakes (all extensions), Silver View Ridge, Silver Woods Country Estate, Six Fountains (all extensions), Tijger Vallei (all extensions), Shere AH, Willow Acres (all extensions) and Willow Park Manor (all extensions)
    • Koedoesnek: Faerie Glen (all extensions), Die Wilgers (all extensions), Equestria (all extensions), Hartebeespoort 362-JR, Koedoesnek 341-JR, La Montagne (all extensions), Lynnwood Glen, Lynnwood Ridge (all extensions), Meyerspark, Murrayfield, Struland AH, Tweefontein 372-JR, Val-de-Grace, Valley Farm 379-JR, Valley Farm AH, Wapadrand (all extensions) and Willow Glen AH
    • Midas and Leander meters: Boardwalk Meander (all extensions), Bronberg (all extensions), Faerie Glen (all extensions) and Olympus (all extensions)
    • Mooikloof Reservoir: Faerie Glen (all extensions), Garsfontein, Garsfontein 374-JR, Garsfontein Ext 10, 11 and 13, Moreletapark Ext 63 and 83, Prairie Giants Ext 3, Pretoriuspark (all extensions), Rietfontein 375-JR, Tweefontein 372-JR, Valley Farm 379-JR and Zwavelpoort 373-JR
    • Nellmapius all extensions
    • Sammy Marks Museum meter
    • Savannah: The Blyde Crystal Villa, Savanna Country Estate and N4 Gateway
    • Woodlands Mall meter: Mooikloof Ridge

    Rand Water will communicate a new date for the shutdown to the City.

  • Emergency repairs on a water leak in Simon Vermooten Road

    Emergency repairs on a water leak in Simon Vermooten Road

    Thu, Jul 21, 2022

    On Friday, 22 July 2022, the City of Tshwane will carry out emergency repairs on a leak on a 700 mm diameter bulk pipeline in Simon Vermooten Road. 

    The repairs are scheduled for 12 hours from 08:00 until 20:00 and will affect the water supply to the BP station on the said road. 

    The City of Tshwane apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused by this shutdown.

  • Vandalism of new water infrastructure in Bronkhorstspruit inhibits service delivery to the area

    Vandalism of new water infrastructure in Bronkhorstspruit inhibits service delivery to the area

    Thu, Jul 21, 2022

    Recently, the City of Tshwane discovered that refurbished water infrastructure being installed at our Bronkhorstspruit Raw Water Pump Station has been vandalised.

    The Water and Sanitation Department is installing refurbished raw water pump equipment at Bronkhorstspruit Pump Station, which will increase the amount of water drawn from the river into the water treatment works, allowing us to increase the capacity of supply from Bronkhorstspruit Water Treatment Works to our supply area.

    However, as our work to install the water pump was ongoing, vandals gained unauthorised access to the station and stole cables from the specific control panel in the substation, hampering the commissioning of the pump and thus holding back the provision of water to our consumers.

    Frustratingly, only the cables of the specific control panel associated with the refurbished water pump was stolen, which appears very likely to be deliberate sabotage of the functioning of the plant.

    This type of damage to our infrastructure is a constant war on the City’s ability to provide and improve services to Tshwane residents. I am working with law enforcement and the City’s Infrastructure Protection Unit to strengthen our efforts to safeguard our infrastructure.

    I strongly condemn these acts of vandalism which appear to be deliberate sabotage of critical equipment. This type of action has a terrible effect on residents who go without water and industries that rely on water for operations.

    The constant vandalism of the Bronkhorstspruit water infrastructure is a threat to the entire area. We remain committed to fighting all forms of vandalism affecting the City and our ability to supply critical services to Tshwane residents.


  • Pilditch Stadium athletics track receives Class 1 World Athletics certification

    Pilditch Stadium athletics track receives Class 1 World Athletics certification

    Tue, Jul 19, 2022

    The athletics track at Pilditch Stadium has been officially graded and certified as a Class 1 athletics facility by World Athletics, formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This certification means that Pilditch Stadium can host international and national athletics events. 

    The World Athletics stamp of approval comes after the City invested in refurbishing and upgrading the facility.  Pilditch Stadium was previously in a poor condition, with no international events held at the stadium since 2013 due to the quality of the tracks at the time. In 2018, the City began the work to upgrade the entire facility, including the athletics tracks, at a cost of about R35 million

    Following the successful completion of the project, I officially opened the stadium in October last year. Other upgrades to the facility include the following: 

    • Installing a new irrigation system on the inner field and embankments
    • Replacing the grass for the field items
    • Upgrading the long jump pits
    • Upgrading the pavilion
    • Replacing the safety fence around the athletics track 

    The upgrades have proved a great return on investment and have elevated the stadium to new heights, ensuring that it becomes a world-class facility that we can all be proud of. 

    The Class 1 certification as of 1 July 2022 can be viewed on the World Athletics official website at https://www.worldathletics.org/about-iaaf/documents/technical-information. 

    The City is very proud of this accomplishment, and we stand ready to host international events and provide opportunities for young people to develop their sporting skills.

  • City holds constructive meetings with residents of Lotus Gardens, Atteridgeville and Saulsville on the importance of paying for services

     City holds constructive meetings with residents of Lotus Gardens, Atteridgeville and Saulsville on the importance of paying for services

    Tue, Jul 19, 2022

    In my capacity as MMC for Finance in the City of Tshwane, I held a meeting on Sunday, 17 July 2022, at Atteridgeville Community Hall. The aim of the meeting was to engage community members on matters related to billing and other finance-related matters. During the meeting in Atteridgeville, I met with representatives of the Lotus Gardens, Atteridgeville and Saulsville Civic Association (LASCA), and approximately 1 000 community members were present. 

    The City of Tshwane has put in a lot of effort over the last few years to ensure that the City positions itself in a good financial position and these are the type of inventions that I would like to be part of to unblock challenges related to paying accounts for services consumed. We want to ensure that we put you as residents first and by doing so deliver quality services while we maintain a stable financial position. 

    The principle always remains that residents must pay their municipal accounts and for their consumption. In the event that a service, for instance electricity, is disputed the current consumption must be paid irrespective of the dispute. I am pleased that at the community meeting on Sunday, the community agreed to pay for the current consumption while corrections are made on the service(s) under dispute. 

    This agreement will go a long way to reintroduce a culture of payment in Tshwane. The City of Tshwane also agreed to look at the indigent registration process in order to assist residents who need to apply for this service. 

    I would like to thank the representatives of LASCA who assisted with the logistics of arranging the meeting and to all the customers and community members who attended the meeting. 

  • The City of Tshwane finance outreach programme moves to Mabopane in Region 1 to assist residents with their municipal accounts

    The City of Tshwane finance outreach programme moves to Mabopane in Region 1 to assist residents with their municipal accounts

    Tue, Jul 19, 2022

    The City of Tshwane Group Financial Service is taking its financial outreach programme to Region 1 in Mabopane to assist residents to keep their municipal accounts in good standing. 

    The programme seeks to assist residents who may have challenges, queries and disputes on their municipal accounts. The programme forms part of the City's commitment to fast-track service delivery by taking core services directly to our communities, making life easier for Tshwane residents. 

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

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

    VENUE: MABOPANEWARDDATETIME
    Ark of God Church, Sun Valley2021 July 202209:00 to 15:00
    Wesley Church, Block D2022 July 202209:00 to 15:00
    Indoor Sport Centre (Morula)2023 July 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 our customers. It is important that we all work together to ensure that municipal accounts are regularly serviced to avoid arrears and possible disconnections. 

    The City will keep customers updated regarding new locations and venues for the ongoing rollout of our financial outreach programme. 

  • City of Tshwane celebrates Mandela Day by supporting orphaned and vulnerable children shelters in Winterveld and Mabopane

    City of Tshwane celebrates Mandela Day by supporting orphaned and vulnerable children shelters in Winterveld and Mabopane

    Tue, Jul 19, 2022

    This morning, myself and various Members of the Mayoral Committee visited Ya Bana Village for Children in Winterveld to commemorate Mandela Day. 

    It is well known that Madiba loved children and supported many initiatives that promote the well-being of our children. Therefore, it was a natural choice for us to support a facility that cares for orphaned and vulnerable children. 

    Ya Bana Village is doing inspiring work by offering a shelter and strong support to orphans and vulnerable children. Currently, 58 children are accommodated at the shelter, and over the years 12 children have been unified with their families. Furthermore, the shelter serves more than 600 meals per day. 

    The shelter is doing valuable and critical work in its local community and I would like to encourage residents to support this institution. The City will also make a donation to the facility in order to support their ongoing work. 

    Another aspect of our Mandela Day activities at the shelter was the launch of the recycling centre within the home. It is important that we teach our children to be environmentally conscious. 

    I would like to give a word of appreciation to all stakeholders who supported us today, but most importantly I would like to thank the staff and management of Ya Bana Village for the incredible work they are doing. 

    The City also supported Mandela Day activities at the Good Hope Community Organisation in Mabopane that also takes care of orphaned and vulnerable children. 

    I would like to encourage Tshwane residents across the city to support Mandela Day activities and give back to their local communities in whatever way or form they can.

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