COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS SUMMARY
10 May – 14 May 2010
Release date: 21 May 2010
Solar heating saves energy (East Record Pg 2) Mpho Moloele
The launch of the national solar water-heating programme took place in Winterveldt last
Wednesday. The solar heating geysers generate energy by utilising the sun rays to
heat the water, which is reserved in a tank, ready for use. The event was attended by
President Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peterse.
Gautrain still on track (East Record Pg 5) Bonnie Tubbs
Construction of the Gautrain is steady and ongoing amid all the soccer spectacle hype
and associated construction issues. The Gautrain is a form of public transport compliant
to international standards with high levels of safety, reliable, and comfort. Its
construction is on track and will meet the deadline.
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG
Battle for Midrand (Midrand Reporter Pg 1) Peter Ramothawa
The City of Tshwane Metro has admitted to Midrand Reporter that it wishes to
incorporate Midrand in order to boost the city’s financial situation. Tshwane mayoral
spokesperson Tiny Mokoena said the municipality had begun the process of engaging
with the government to consider the proposal.
Joburg may just connect (Midrand Reporter Pg 8) Nie Cele
Ongoing frustrations and hassles normally encountered when phoning the much aligned
Johannesburg Connect call centre will soon be a thing of the past. According to the city
council a state of the art system telephonic system to increase the capacity and include
additional lines to Joburg Water and City Power has been purchased and will be
implemented within the next three months.
City needs to fix route to stadium (Joburg East Pg 6)
Some city departments are behind in delivering infrastructure and services in time for
the FIFA World Cup. According to Ms Ethel Williams from Organisers of the Troyeville
and Kensington Fan Village, an attempt by the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) to
replace missing street signs resulted in many of them having spelling errors.
Residents protest against violent attack on baby Marzan (Randburg Sun Pg 1)
Care for Kidz and Finesse magazine staged a peaceful protest outside Sandton Medi-
Clinic last week, following the national outrage caused by the attack on baby Marzan
Kruger in the family’s Robindale home three weeks ago.
Wheelie bins for refuse only! (Meadowlands Urban News Pg 1) Bonolo Sekudu
Pikitup says wheelie bins should not be used for anything else other than for refuse.
This came after the service provider received complains of bins being stolen and used
as storage or any other wrong purpose. Pikitup Communications Manager Pansy Jali
said they should be used for household refuse only.
No-one may keep more than two dogs or cats without a permit (Dobsonville
Urban News Pg 9) Anda Mbikwana
City by-laws make it illegal to own more than two dogs or two cats without a permit.
These permits are free until 1 July, so pet owners should apply now. Pet owners need
to get their permits for their cats and dogs in order, before a by-law regulating the
number of animal they can keep come into effect.
Toyi-toying for services (Alex News Pg 2) Donald Labelo
Residents of Alexandra marched to the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) offices to
hand over a memorandum. Amongst other issues that were presented in the
memorandum were the housing allocation, accusing the ARP officials of corruption and
bribery. The residents also demanded that housing allocations for ARP be subjected to
forensic audit by competent service providers.
Resident protest over Eskom section blackouts (Diepkloof Urban News Pg 4)
Residents of Diepkloof in Ward 26 took to the streets last week to demonstrate their
dissatisfaction of electricity blackouts. Residents marched to Eskom walk-in centre
based in Zone Six. According to residents the blackouts occur frequently in the
afternoon and they have reported the matter to the councillor before approaching the
Eskom ensure supplies to key world cup venues (Diepkloof Urban News Pg 4)
Eskom has created a talented team to coordinate the parastatals efforts to ensure a
reliable supply of electricity during the world cup. The electricity utility said this team is
working with various partners to address all issues pertaining to the world cup
tournament. The team is working with municipalities, embassies, tourism officials,
government and media personnel.
Dodgy deal costs metro R2.6 million (Alberton Advertiser Pg 3)
The termination of the Deputy City Manager Mr Mkhabela Sibeko’s employment with the
metro, cost ratepayers more than R2.6 million in legal costs. This follows after a lengthy
investigation of two years after it became evident that Sibeko awarded a tender for
bulletproof vest to Luibeko Services CC while having an indirect interest in the
company. The business was registered to Sibeko’s wife and his son.
Council get your ducks in a row (Kempton Express Pg 1)
Kemptonians have had it with council’s poor service delivery. In a poll run by Express
last week, in which we asked residents whether municipal services should be privatised
or not, about 350 readers responded. Only three respondents said no. This means an
overwhelming 99% are in favour of municipal services being privatised.
Oversupply causes overload (Springs Advertiser Pg 5) Ernest Wolmarans)
Criminals broke into the sub-station located at Hoopie Street, Struisbult, and stole one
of the cables within which caused an oversupply of voltage that resulted in many of the
residents’ appliances to ruin due to the excess of voltage supplied to their homes.
Public meeting to be held on CBD (Bedfordview/Edenvale Pg 6)
A public meeting to discuss the establishment of the City Improvement District (CID) in
Edenvale will be held on June 10. The meeting will take place in the Edenvale library
auditorium in Van Riebeck Avenue and will start at 5:30 pm.
WESTRAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
Letter to municipal watchdog (Krugersdorp News Pg 4) concerned residents from
Krugersdorp North writes:
I live in De Wet Street in Krugersdorp North, I moved in January. According to my
neighbours, the street lights haven’t been working since last year, and they complained
to the municipality, but nothing happened. I also complained in March and still nothing
has been done.
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Phone: (011) 355 5013