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COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS SUMMARY 16 January 2012 – 20 January 2012 Release date: 27 January 2012 TSHWANE METRO Metro clears up misunderstanding (East Record Pg 3) Valeska Abren The Tshwane metro dismissed claims of foul play after vehicles, with their official signage on were spotted in the Western Cape. Over the festive season. Holidaymakers were left baffled after they witnessed six vehicles with the Tshwane metro’s Electrical Department’s signage on between Beaufort West and Laingsburg on December 21 last year. The protocol of the company the municipality leased the vehicles from was blamed for not removing signage before sending it on. According to Pieter de Necker, spokesperson for the metro the six vehicles were part of a fleet of 32 cars that were leased from Eqstra Fleet Management. “The contract had expired at the end of November and those specific vehicles had already been send back to Eqstra, so I can guarantee that the metro was not in possession of those vehicles at that time,” said De Necker. CITY OF JOHANNESBURG Public review of rates policy (Rosebank Killarney Gazette Pg 4) Gazette Reporter The public is invited to review the Rates Policy. The City of Johannesburg implemented the policy, which outlines the city council’s property rating process in 2008. Since then the City of Johannesburg has review the policy annually to include proposed changes. You are invited to comment and make suggestions on possible changes to the current policy (2011/2012) to assist in the formation of the 2012/2013 policy. The policy can be viewed on the City of Johannesburg website, www.joburg.org.za. Nothing to celebrate (Randburg Sun Pg 3) Ayanda Buthelezi While there is a lot for the African National Congress (ANC) to celebrate 100 years on, the community of Zandspruit informal settlement is losing faith in the leadership. Innocent Makondelela moved to the ANC-led camp in 1996, seeking a better life. Instead he has been unemployed now lives in a densely populated shack with his partner and earns a living by running a make-shift tuckshop. “I am very disappointed because it makes no sense for them to celebrate while we (voters) at the grassroots suffer. We have been abandoned.” Makondelela compared Zandspruit to a home without a father. “When there’s no head of the house, children run amok and the house becomes a soft target for criminals. Eskom warns of high risk of blackouts (Southern Courier Pg 2) Power utility Eskom says there’s a very high risk of power outages due to scheduled maintanance, an increase in unplanned and greater demand for power. Metros and Eskom are advising; keeping a close eye on electricity, consumption could stave off reintroduction load shedding. City Power has posted load-shedding schedules on its website, but says this does not mean it would happen according to a report. Eskom denies power cut rumours but admits electricity supply is tight but no load shedding has been planned. Illegal advertising seems unstoppable (Midrand Reporter Pg 1) Keba Mothoagae The issue of illegal advertising continues to plague Midrand. Explicit flyers stuck to street lamps and road signs are the main point of contention. Some residents have taken it upon themselves to remove adverts that leave little to the imagination about products enhancing certain human body parts and bringing back lost love. Most illegal adverts have contact details in the form of a cellphone number, with the people who put these up wisely leaving out their names to avoid being traced. Residents association gets tough (North Eastern Tribune Pg 4) Roger Chadwick from Orange Groove writes: This year is the year homeowners agents and business property owners need to take responsibility for letting their properties to people who engage in overt/covert illegal activities or permit overcrowding and dereliction of their property. The ‘I didn’t know’ argument will be met with evidence of illegal use. Once informed it is up to the owner/agent to rectify illegal use. Failure to do so will be exposed. All title deeds in Orange Groove and Fellside with few exception, restrict the sale of alcohol beverages on the property. The Orange Groove Residents Association (OGCA) in association with the Sector Crime Forum for sectors 2 and 4 is targeting all illegal land issues. In the past the focus has been on the tenant but 2012 the concerted focus is on the property owner. We have already engaged successfully with several property owners and they are cooperating by legalising their land issues. Two boys drown at Pikitup site (Lenasia Rising Sun Pg 1) Faatima Mahomed Two boys aged between 12 and 13 years drowned on January 15 while swimming in a storm water drainage dam at the Pikitup Ennerdale landfill site on the old Lawley Road. It is said the boys started laying in the shallow end when they decided that they wanted to swim deeper. Pikitup officials believe that one of the boys was pulled under the mud and water when another boy jumped in to save him and they both drowned. Dumping resumes on Ballyclare (Sandton Chronicle Pg 3) David Jenkin The illegal dumping site on Ballyclare Drive in Bryanston has been renewed activity with fresh deposits of building rubble appearing on the site. Frequently featured in the Chronicle most recently in the issue week ending 25 November, Ballyclare dumping site addressed at last, the location accumulated rubble and waste for a number of months before Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) cleared away most of the refuse and flattened the rest. Wooden posts were erected in an effort to prevent vehicle access. It appears that more permanent measures will need to be taken as there is now a gap between the posts wide enough for a vehicle to fit through. EKURHULENI METRO Dirty park draws criticism (Boksburg Advertiser News Pg 5) A Boksburg resident is complaining about the state of a park near Atlas Road. According to the resident who wishes to stay anonymous the dustbins in the park are overflowing with rubbish, while the ducks appear to have suffered injuries, due to fishing gut left behind by those fishing in the pond. “I will in the meantime be using my own resources to clean up the area,” said the resident. “The condition of the park is not affecting only the aesthetics of the community but has a negative impact on the wildlife as well.” Maggie Mudd acting manager of the Boksburg SPCA thanked the resident for bringing the problem about the ducks to their attention. Service delivery will not be affecting by change of metro in Greenstone – MDB (Bedfordview and Edenvale News Pg 2) Greenstone was supposed to be part of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) from the onset. These were the sentiments of the EMM’s spokesperson, Mr Justice Mohale. In the December 7 edition of the NEWS, the Municipality Demarcation Board (MBD) was leading discussion to move Greenstone from the City of Johannesburg to EMM. MBD’s chairperson, Mr Landiwe Mahlangu, said that this was in line with MBD’s legislated mandate. “MBD’s invites stakeholders to submit proposals for demarcation of municipality boundaries. This process is also informed by MBD’s partnership with Status SA and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which involves assessment of all boundaries,” Mr Mahlangu said. WESTRAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Mayor Nawa greens Mogale City (Krugersdorp News Pg 2) Sipho None The commitment by the West Rand District Municipality Executive Mayor Councillor Mpho Nawa to green the West Rand is swiftly gaining momentum. Councillor Nawa was accompanied by the Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Environmental Management, Andy Mathibe and WRDM Olivia Caldeira MMC for Environmental Affairs. The planting of trees was in line with the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 17 on Climate of the objectives of greening the West, beautifying the region and broadening the educational aspect towards climate change as enunciated in the WRDM’s Green initiative. Before planting trees on the left side of the Game Reserve entrance, Councillor Nawa known for his passion in education, engaged pupils from the Khululekani Primary on a wide-range of issues from biology, mathematics to history using his iPad. Billing nightmare continues (Roodepoort Record Pg 6) Aneesa Fazel Although Tanya’s billing statement from City Power incorrectly reflects her owing an amount of approximately R136 000 and despite her account being flagged and escalated she now has no electricity. It is close to a year now that Tanya has been struggling to have her account corrected. She says that consultant at the walk-in centres give her the same story every time she visits them – “The account has been flagged and escalated, Ma’am”. On 10 January, Tanya spent seven hours at the walk – in centre, and was assured that her electricity would be put back on. To date it has not. SEDIBENG DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Illegal dumping will cost you dearly, warns DA (Heidelberg/Nigel Herald Pg 15) Magda Maritz Illegal dumping has reached unacceptable high levels in certain areas of Nigel and its surrounding suburb. As undertaken by Wally Labuschagne, DA councillor for Ward 88 this is about to change. Wally in association with internal stakeholders of the Ekurhuleni Illegal Dumping Management and Prevention Strategy have embarked on a clean-up campaign in Alrapark, MacKenzieville, Cerutiville, Snakeville, Blue Valley and Slovo Park, which will kick-off in February. The stakeholders will be Thandi Radebe (CCC Manager: Nigel Town Council), Drikus Van den Hoven from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) Solid Waste Naima Kaloo Janoo (DA Ward co-ordinator) and members and members of Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD). “The purpose of the campaign is not only to clean, but to rehabilitate. People fall back into old habits,” Wally told the Herald. Africa faces growing water shortages (Vanderbijlpark Star 29) Alan Pittendrigh Water is one of the most valuable resources on the African continent. Water planners forecast that South Africa will increasingly face severe water shortages if the usage is not reduced immediately. The successful launching of the Emfuleni Sasol and GIZ Development partnership on water conservation and demand-management took place earlier this year. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Emfuleni Water Conservation Project at the Gallagher Estate Conference Centre. Executive Mayor Greta Hlongwane said Emfuleni is one of the water service authorities in the province that has realized the importance the importance of managing the leakage and other aspects of non-revenue water, and has begun to implement water management measures to address the aforementioned challenges and strive towards a more financially viable municipality. Compiled and issued by Communications Unit: Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing: Enquiries contact: Thokozani Mbatha, Email: email@example.com, Phone: (011) 355 5013. The Community Newspaper Briefs are also available on the Department’s website, www.dlgh.gpg.gov.za
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