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                   14 March – 18 March 2011
                          Release date: 25 March 2011


Pollution escalates (Centurion Record Pg 3) Nichelle Lemmer
Geese in the ponds adjacent to Centurion Lake are coated in green due to pollution on
the surface of the water. This is one of the effects of the pollution in the smaller ponds
after sluice gates, responsible for a steady flow of water to the ponds, broke. Five dead
catfish were also fished out of one of the ponds. The Tshwane metro recently tried to
close the sluice gates to sustain water flow to the ponds but two of the three gates are
jammed and don’t close properly. There is a visible damage to the extreme left gate
where the actuating rod is completely out of the boss and therefore totally inoperative.

Toddler drowns in pool (East Record Pg 2)
A two-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool at an Eladus Park residence last
week. “The cause of the incident is unclear and will form part of a police investigation,”
said Netcare911 spokesperson, Mr Jeffrey Wicks. The boy’s parents found him floating
in the swimming pool. Netcare911’s advanced life support paramedics immediately set
about trying to revive the child and initiated CPR. The boy was placed on a manual
ventilator while medics attempted to resuscitate him. He was transported by ambulance
to a private medical facility but was declared dead on arrival.


Masondo owns up over billing chaos (Dobsonville Urban News Pg 8) Anda
Mbikwana and Thabo Jobo
In his final State of the City’s address after a decade at the helm of the City of Joburg
highest office, Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo took the opportunity to apologise to
Joburg residents for the billing chaos, promising discounts for customers with long
standing problems. “Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for
the inconvenience caused to Johannesburg residents and citizens by our new billing
system. We commit to work diligently and to do everything possible to correct the
situation and resolve every single outstanding query,” said Masondo to a loud

Joburg residents to receive discount on their bills (Chiawelo Urban News Pg 10)
Noughty Maluleke
Joburg residents with long standing queries on their billing accounts will receive
substantial discount, if they meet certain requirements by the City of Johannesburg
officials. This was announced by Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo during his State
of the City Address. “The city has listened to and heard issues raised by residents with
regard to their accounts and is now in a position to offer favourable settlement
arrangements. We decided that residents with billing queries between 90 days and 12
months will receive a 25% discount,” said Masondo. The Mayor said these discounts
will only apply in the case of residents who have lodged queries with the City’s Revenue

Illegal taxi rank (Sandton Chronicle Pg 4) Abed Ahmed
An illegal taxi rank on William Nicol Drive in Bryanston is becoming a headache for
residents and motorists. On a normal weekday, about 60 minibus taxis cause severe
traffic disruptions during peak hours while picking up and dropping off commuters at the
open land between Hobart Road and William Nicol Drive. During the day about 20
taxis park on the land where drivers wash their taxis and relax. “Firstly this is illegal,
they can’t just park wherever they wish without a permit. Secondly I find their presence
intimidating and worry about our safety and thirdly, they leave the place in a mess,” said
resident Cecil Broodryk.

Pre-paid metres coming for Coronationville (West Side Urban News Pg 1) Mark
At a public meeting in Coronationville early in February, Ward Councillor Fahdiel Moosa
announced plans to roll out pre-paid meters to the community. “We called a meeting
where we informed the community about the upcoming prepaid metres and they were
very happy about it,” said Moosa. This past Monday true to his word the roll out began.
Although not everyone is aware of the planned installation, according to the councillor
this is not a problem as the prepaid metres are not compulsory for everyone and some
residents can choose whether or not they want to take the metres.

Fire causes chaos at Nicro (Jabavu Urban News Pg 1)
The Rockville based centre which offers services to the community was burnt almost to
ashes last week. Nicro, which is eminent for providing, among other things, computer
skills and workshops to the community, was gutted by an inferno. According to the
Centre Manager, Tshombe Meletse, the cause of the fire is still unknown but the effects
of the fire are highly evident. Still considered as an accident, Maletse said the fire has
halted workshops because offices and some computers were burnt down.

Voters’ roll officially closed (Orlando Urban News Pg 10)
The voters’ roll is now closed for the May 18 local government elections. This
effectively means that no new voter registration can take place and voters’ details
cannot be amended. Only individuals who registered on the voters’ roll will be eligible to
vote in the upcoming elections. The voters’ roll closes for any given election when the
election date is proclaimed in the government gazette. The voters’ roll helps the
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) plan an election and identifies fraud as it
shows how many voters live in a specific voting district.

Apply for financial aid (The Tembisan Pg 2)
The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality annually offers municipal grants to community
organisations that are making a difference in the lives of ordinary people through
programmes that are aligned to council’s broad strategic vision and priorities. The
application for the 2011 Ekurhuleni Grants-in-Aid are once again open and the
municipality calls on community organisations that qualify to take advantage of this

Do your own meter reading (Brakpan Herald News Pg 3)
There is no reason why Ekurhuleni residents should receive interim billing for water and
electricity consumption due to problems such as obstructed meters and locked gates.
According to Zweli Dlamini, metro spokesperson, consumers can submit meter readings
directly or arrange for after hours readings. “The metro has introduced various ways of
capturing meter readings, to complement the current door-to-door method,” said
Dlamini. Residents have an option of sending readings either by calling a dedicated call
centre, SMSing, emailing or making arrangements for their meters to be read after
hours. “This is part of tightening our process to ensure the accurate reading of meters
and to address the issue of interim readings,” said Dlamini.

Man drowns at Alberton public swimming pool (Alberton Record Pg 1)
A twenty nine year old man drowned at the Alberton Public Swimming Pool on Saturday
March 5 at around 17h00. Thlame and his youngest sister and friends arrived at the
swimming pool at around 14h00. Everyone got ready to go into the pool except for his
sister as she is not a good swimmer. A few minutes later Thlame’s sister noticed that
he was not with the other friends who were in the pool having fun. According to the
family the water was very green and dirty and the lifeguards could not see the bottom of
the pool. A lifeguard jumped into the pool and after a while he came out with Thlame’s
body. The lifeguard began CPR but by then it was too late.

Licensing Department is a disgrace (Germiston City News Pg 6) William Fletcher
from Elsburg writes:
There were so many complaints written and published about the Germiston Licence
Department, there has been nor improvement and nothing gets done. They could have
just closed the place as it is a total disgrace. The people working behind the counter do
not want to work and you will find them sitting or walking around or eating. I went there
on February 21, 22 and 23 to renew my licence only to find a note at the gate saying,
“Sorry we are closed for union activities”. They do not know that both of them and their
unions will one of these days no longer have a job because they are slowly destroying
the country.

Intersection dangerous (Bedfordview and Edenvale News Pg 8)
AG de Witt and Kloof intersection is a major problem, particularly in the mornings from
7am to 8am. According to Zweli Dlamini spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan
Municipality (EMM), the AG de Witt and Kloof intersection is problematic with regard to
the vertical alignment of AG de Witt and any form of vehicle control would worsen the
situation. “AG de Witt is furthermore a major distributor and vertical traffic calming
measures cannot be considered on AG de Witt. There is, however, a project in the
pipeline for the upgrading of this intersection,” said Dlamini. Application forms for traffic
calming can be obtained from the EMM Roads Department, contact Sidoney Ellapen on
(011) 999 4669.


Settlers evicted (Roodepoort Record Pg 7)
A large trail of smoke was seen behind the Roodepoort Rugby Club on 11 March, as the
Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) moved in on illegal squatters. From
8am that morning, JMPD officials were at the squatter camp which many have called
home for some time. Shacks were broken down and the left over burned down.
According to JMPD spokesperson, Edna Mamonyane, people cannot just move onto a
private property or council land without permission, and even if they have been there
long enough, a court order can be obtained to remove them. According to the Ward
Councillor, David Dewes, he personally asked the JMPD to do something about the
land invasion.


Midvaal gets a facelift (Meyerton Star Pg 3) Megan McLean
Over the past few months Meyerton has been undergoing a partial facelift that will not
only reduce traffic congestion, but will also attract new investments in targeted areas.
The (Central Business District) CBD of Meyerton is one of these areas and since 2009
road works have been taking place. From a Town Planning point of view the CBD of
Meyerton has always been categorised as Core Retail Node of the Midvaal Local
Municipality area of jurisdiction in terms of the Midvaal Spatial Development
Framework. “In order to ensure the sustainability and future of the CBD revamp/facelift
would positively contribute to kickstart possible private investment within the CBD,” says
Mayor Timothy Nast.

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