COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS SUMMARY
04 June – 08 July 2011
Release date: 15 July 2011
Auditor General presents an audit report (North Record Pg 2) Ane Roux
Only seven out of 237 municipalities received clean audits compared to last year’s four.
The Auditor-General Terence Nombembe said he is happy to report that the country is
moving forward in the right direction “At least we are not seeing further regression.”
Municipal entities also performed better if one shares Nombembe’s positive outlook with
ten out of 49 receiving a clean bill of health compared to only one last year. The
Tshwane metro is unfortunately part of the 84% of municipalities who did not receive a
clean audit. According to the report approximately 65% of audited municipalities’
performance information reports where no meaningful or useful, 48% could not support
the expenditure with reliable evidence and 24% of audited municipalities did not submit
the relevant information on time for the audit process.
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG
City of Joburg appoints new manager (Pimville Urban News Pg 5) Lebo Mosolodi
and Thabo Mosolodi
A renowned government and civic leader, Trevor Fowler has been appointed new City
Manager of Johannesburg. The announcement was made by Joburg Mayor Parks Tau
during the budget speech recently at the Council Chambers in Braamfontein. Tau said
the city is fortunate to call on someone with the qualities and experience of Fowler to
lead the administration of South Africa’s most vibrant city into an exciting new growth
phase. “He brings in a wealth of experience and knowledge in the public and private
sectors, politics, administration and the profession. We are truly delighted to welcome
him in his new position in the city and looking forward to the contribution he will make in
all areas of the city’s business,” said Tau.
Rates go up but service are down (Sandton Chronicle Pg 5) Natashia Bearam
Certain areas in Morningside regularly experience interrupted water supply. Following
the annual tariff hike for basic utilities, consumers are now paying 14 percent more for
water and sanitation service. However some residents in some sections in Morningside
felt they were paying for service not received as there have been daily water cuts in the
last month. John Chertkow a resident in the area said the zones affected by water
supply interruptions were between Centre and South Roads, Middle and East Roads.
Chertkow said he reported this matter to Joburg Connect but had received no response
from them. For him and his family with newborn babies the situation was becoming
Neighbour saves child (Randburg Sun Pg 3)
Emergency services officials are encouraging the public to learn CPR after a
Fontainebleau residents saved the life of an 18-month-old baby girl. The neighbour
performed life saving CPR on the child she pulled from swimming pool in respiratory
arrest. According to Vanessa Jackson of ER24 the little girl was found in a pool at a
house on Elise Road in Fontainebleu on Friday. Jackson said the exact circumstances
surrounding the incident were unknown, nor was it clear how long the child have been in
the water before she was discovered. It was alleged the neighbour heard a commotion
and climbed over the wall to get to the little girl. The resident started CPR and after a
few minutes the child was breathing on her own again.
Illegal ads ruining environment (Midrand Reporter Pg 3) Tammy Sutherns
Boards Advertising businesses across Johannesburg have been pulled down by fed-up
residents in Sun Valley. Mandy Collins who manages the Roads Portfolio for the Sun
Valley Residents Association said “We are sick and tired of this litter nailed to our trees
and from hanging poles.” She said apart from being environmentally unfriendly it made
their neighbourhood look shoddy. “Sun Valley is home to many species like jackals and
bull frogs and we would like to keep it as prestine as possible,” Inspector Edna
Mamonyane spokesman for the Metro police said she understood residents were
impatient but urged them not to take down the signs themselves.
Joburg Zoo secures SA’s natural heritage (Orlando Urban News Pg 4)
The Conservation Projects Co-ordinators at the Johannesburg Zoological gardens have
shown extraordinary compassion and determination to contribute to the conservation of
wildlife in South Africa as well as Africa. Their work with endangered animals has made
enormous strides in securing a future for certain species that at risk of disappearing
from our planet. The project involves the conservation of the Wattled Crane, the Cape
Vulture, Ground Hornbills, indigenous amphibians and indigenous sheep. The
department also contributes to the work done by the Jane Goodall Institute to conserve
chimpanzees in the great forest in Africa.
Eldorado Park civics unite (Eldorado Urban News Pg 1) Tunicia Phillips
Eldorado Park civics illustrated their quest for unity last week when a number of civic
leaders met at the Extension Five Civic Centre to find common ground. The meeting
called by Councillor Peter Rafferty for Ward 18 and City of Johannesburg consultant,
Fazel Areff, was aimed at addressing issues around title deeds schemes, Johannesburg
Social Housing Company (Joshco) and flat rental disputes. Residents were urged to
form a housing forum to spearhead solutions to the various grievances attached to it.
Speaking on behalf of Greater Eldorado Park Civic Movement (GEPUCIM) Miles Budu
said that the civic welcomed the idea to form a housing forum in Eldorado Park but the
challenges ahead should not be underestimated.
Ward 92 to address service issues (Bedfordview and Edenvale Pg 9)
Ward 92 Councillor for in Edenvale, Graham Gersbach is in the process of establishing
a number of groups to enhance service delivery in the area. The groups include a
service delivery network consisting of residents, a ward committee and a Democratic
Alliance branch. As one of these initiatives Councillor Gersbach has invited residents of
the ward to join a service delivery network that will entail residents reporting all their
service delivery complaints and queries regarding developments in the ward to him.
“My aim with the establishment of this network is to ensure that we can address
developments and municipal problems that may arise in ward 92 in a proactive
manner,” Gersbach said.
Powerless Germiston (Germiston City News Pg 5)
Various areas in the Germiston areas last week were left in the dark. On Sunday and
Monday residents of Elspark were furious at the fact that they had no power. “On
Sunday the power went out at 8am and only came back on at 5pm,” said angry resident
Bonita Hepburn. “It then went off again at 1am on Monday morning and only came
back on late on Monday afternoon.” Helena Stringer said in the morning of June 27 it
was freezing and the lack of power it made it difficult to do anything. When asked to
comment on the issue metro spokesman Zweli Dlamini told the GNC that the first power
outage was caused by Eskom.
Land invaders warned (Alberton Record Pg 13)
EMM has issued a stern warning land invaders that the metro will not tolerate any land
invasion in the region. “We shall not tolerate any form of land invasion and thus issue a
warning to anyone who may be thinking of doing the same. We shall not hesitate to act
decisively on such matters,” warned municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini. The
warning comes after scores of people invaded a piece of land in Dalpark, Brakpan. The
invaders were removed by the municipality. Dlamini said the municipality and the SAPS
moved swiftly to evict people who had illegally erected shacks in Dalpark and authorities
are currently patrolling the area to monitor the situation.
Fire engulfs house (The Tembisan Pg 1) Malebo Tseke
A family from Emkhathini section in Tembisa was left homeless when their house burnt
down to ashes on Saturday last week. The damage caused by fire is estimated at more
than 1.2 million. The owner of the house Lucas Makate (67) alleges that his 35 year old
son David was sitting in one of their small sitting rooms warming himself with a gas
heater whet it exploded between 10pm and 11pm. “Other members of the family were
sleeping at the time of the incident. David was partially burnt as he was trying to switch
off the heater,” Makate added that they screamed for help and the neighbours came to
their rescue and called nearest fire station, but he said fire responded very late.
Chamber against illegal business and advertising (Benoni City Times Pg 7)
The Benoni Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) is disgusted by illegal adverts
on lamppost, streetlights and electrical boxes across town. Also business like panel
beaters that illegally occupy pavements. Chamber president Mohammed Essop said
it’s sad to see how people have grown into the habit of sticking adverts everywhere,
without following correct procedures, and how other businesses just operate without
paying rates and taxes. He said the chamber is not overlooking these matters, but is
doing all within its power to ensure people follow due procedures.
Metro credits water bill (Kempton Express Pg 7)
The metro has credited a Terenure resident’s water bill after it was found that a newly
installed water meter was not synchronised with the billing system. The resident said
she received a bill for R4 000 plus for water usage between February 2010 and April
2011. She said the first meter reading was done this April and she was informed by a
metro employee that her meter was faulty and it had been replaced in April. “If the
meter was faulty and was replaced where did they (metro) obtain a reading from to
charge me this fee? Mr Zweli Dlamini metro spokesperson said the water meter was
replaced in February 2010 but the billing system was not updated.
WESTRAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
MEC’s office does nothing (Roodepoort Northsider Pg 3) Madisebo Botsane
Just before the municipal elections in May, angry resident of Zandspruit took to the
streets to show their frustration with the local government and their Councillor Maureen
Schneeman who they accused of corruption. Schneeman was later voted back by the
resident after MEC for Local Government and Housing Humphrey Mmemezi addressed
the residents and said that the houses were in the pipeline. On Thursday 30 June
Zandspruit residents yet again took to the streets in frustration burning anything they
could find. “No one from the MEC’s office bothered to come to us and let us know what
the way forward would be after the elections,” said one of the residents.
Lights out (Randfontein Herald Pg 4 ) S Mathuloe from Greenhills writes:
I am a resident of Greenhills and it has come to my attention that the area around the
stadium is usually dark for long periods. The Finch Street light, Falcon and Darter
Streets have been off for so long I cannot even remember. One cannot even get hold of
the municipality people on the phone. Please pass this on to them. It is pretty scary
early in the morning and at night to go and investigate any noise in the yard.
Vagrants take over (Roodepoort Record Pg 1) Tihan van der Walt
Following allegations of vagrants living at the abandoned Van der Hoven Park, the
Record went to investigate and found life. It is unclear whether the Van der Hoven Park
premises are permanently occupied or not but according to the DA Ward Councillor for
this area, David Dewes he has been aware of vagrants occupying the premises for two
months now. At this stage a fully fledge squatter camp does not seem likely on the
premises. The Record found a mattress underneath a small tree and washing drying on
wire lines. According to Dewes he was at the site with wardens and the squatting unit
two months ago
SEDIBENG DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
15 years of waiting is enough (Vanderbijlpark Star Pg 7) Lazarus Dithagiso
“To satisfy or meet our demands please just supply us with water, sanitation and
electricity,” say residents of Sonder5water and a section of Extension 7. Residents who
took to the streets on the morning of June 29 say that 15 years of waiting is enough.
They barricaded the Randfontein Road from the Golden Highway with rocks and
burning tyres. Residents say former councillor the late Mr Sewalana Maduna had
promised to rectify the matter. The newly sworn in councillor Madimabe Seisa of ward
28 had also made them promises and residents now blamed him for letting them down.
Mtambo dethroned by community (Vanderbijlpark Star Pg 8) Lazarus Dithagiso
A few weeks after the inauguration of local councillors some ward 2 residents vowed to
wreak havoc in reaction to new councillor Mogo Mtambo. The councillor called a
community meeting after her introduction as the new councillor in the Sebokeng
Community Hall on June 23. Those present were shocked when the community
disrupted the meeting, maintaining that they would never submit to someone who had
not been elected by them. The audiences started to chant freedom songs, making it
impossible for the ward councillor to speak. They sang loudly to make sure Mtabo’s
speech could not be heard.
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