Nov 17

#ReasonsToRegister: I want a DA-run city that creates jobs

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Nov 16

DA Councillors kept in the dark on SASSA vouchers

Media Release by:

Peter Rafferty

DA City of Johannesburg Councillor

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) neglected to share crucial information with DA councillors which was to benefit the disadvantaged community members, however this crucial information was only shared with ANC councillors.

While at the Democratic Alliance strategic workshop in Rustenburg, Ward Councillors in Ennerdale, Eldorado Park, and Lenasia were informed by their residents that R750 food vouchers were being distributed in Ennerdale by officials from SASSA.

None of the Councillors in the area was informed about this information. “When speaking to officials this fact was mildly brushed off with a lame response that they forgot to inform the DA Councillors, yet ANC Councillors knew this information,” say the Region G DA Councillors collectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

City denies water crisis in spite of the reality

Media Release by:

Ralf Bittkau

DA City of Johannesburg Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment, Infrastructure and Service Delivery

“It was just a few days ago that Joburg Water was in denial of any water shortage. Then suddenly water ran out three days ago in certain areas around Johannesburg,” says SMMC for EISD Cllr Ralf Bittkau.

He says that there was a water shortage about 12 months ago due to the Eikenhof pump station failing. “Now we find ourselves in a similar situation of greater proportions due to severe heat and a lack of rains.”

It has been reported that Joburg Water is unable to get water to their towers and high-lying areas because Randwater reservoirs are running dry.

The MMC announced that the city is going to stage 2 of water restrictions. Joburg Water explained that it was just the high demand and a two hour power interruption at Eikenhof Pump station. She said all would be close to normal by morning.

However that was 3 days ago and in the meantime the situation has worsened instead of improve.On the Randwater side a lack of capacity in both their purification plant and their inlet canal causes a definite bottleneck which has not been improved upon in years. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 11

Public will be invited to give input on the City’s Emergency Service By-Laws

Media Release by:

Michael Sun

DA City of Johannesburg Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety

The City of Johannesburg will soon be calling on the public to comment on the revision of the Emergency Service By-Laws. The public participation process will began in due course.

Councillor Michael Sun the Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety says, “A Notice calling on the public to submit their comments regarding the proposed amendments of the Emergency Service By-laws will be published in major newspapers and media soon.”

He further says, “There is a lot of content that will affect the residents of the city, such as the much debated control of fireworks.”

In the proposed amendments, the entire section of allowing fireworks to be set off during religious, cultural and public holidays are scrapped, such as New Year’s Eve, Guy Fawkes, Diwali, the Chinese New Year and Christmas Eve has been deleted which signifies that no fireworks may be set off during these days unless it is with permission. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Those with two houses will forfeit their stands in Ivory Park

Media Release by:

Sipho Ndlela

DA City of Johannesburg Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing

Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing DA Cllr Sipho Ndlela says that more than 500 people who have second houses are said will forfeit their stands in Ivory Park.

He says that all the stands in that area have been converted into houses, which will come as a real loss for the title deed owners, if of course they have two houses. He says that it is unfortunate as most have built houses and backrooms on the stands.

According to Housing official Thulane Nkosi the stands in Ivory Park were given to the poor and those who earn less R3500. He furthermore says that if a person’s socio-economic status improves, he or she must vacate the property, as there are more people who are in desperate need of government subsidized houses.

In addition he says that all title deeds in Ivory Park are in the City of Joburg’s name and can only be changed if the city is satisfied that the person applying for a title deed does not have a second property. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 05

Criminals targeting children and parents is unacceptable says DA

Media Release by:

Michael Sun

DA City of Johannesburg Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety

What was supposed to be a happy birthday party for the young ones and their parents turned out to be a nightmare.

This past Sunday about 28 children and 40 parents were held up and robbed at Sandton Fire Station.

DA’s Shadow MMC for Public Safety, Cllr Michael Sun is shocked at the incidence. He says, “I know that many of the fire stations in Johannesburg make the station available to host children’s parties. I have personally attended these parties with my children before, it is a wonderful event and the firefighters take the opportunity to teach the children and adults about fire safety through games and interaction.”

“It made my blood boil when I heard of the incident. Crime is definitely getting out of hand so much so that criminals are targeting children and their parents at a fire station party.”

It is understood that after the incidence happened, a staff member at the Sandton fire station was unable to call for help as she did not have airtime in her phone to call for help. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Mayor asked in Council to explain the Smart Meter mess

Media Release by:

Ralf Bittkau

DA City of Johannesburg Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment, Infrastructure and Service Delivery

In Council meeting last Thursday Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment Infrastructure and Service Delivery DA Councillor Ralf Bittkau, asked City of Johannesburg’s Mayor about the smart meter mess they made.

Councillor Bittkau wanted to know more about the city’s procurement of the smart meters.

This contract awarded to Vivian Reddy’s Edison has a value of about R 1.25 Billion and comprises the supply and installation of two types of Smart Meters in Johannesburg, namely the Itron and Hexing meters. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Ivory Park’s rubbish piles up as Pikitup employees continue on their go slow

Media Release by:

Inneth Mbatha

DA City of Johannesburg Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Group Corporate and Shared Services

A few weeks ago Pikitup went on a go slow, which means only half of their duties were being done instead of rendering full services to community members.

Ivory Park residents have suffered as a result of this, with their rubbish accumulating daily. Democratic Alliance Councillor Inneth Mbatha says that Ivory Park is engulfed with an unbearable odour because of the heaps of rubbish.

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However the fed up Pikitup employees burn the rubbish when it has accumulated too much to eliminate a further pile up. When they burn the garbage the smoke penetrates into the houses and it is a health and environment hazard.

“I spoke to a couple of the employees who wanted to remain anonymous, and they say that they want a salary adjustment which was supposed to have happened from 1st of July,” says Cllr Mbatha. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

ANC illegally pushes Joburg boundary, without budget, in election ploy

Media Release by:

Vasco da Gama

DA City of Johannesburg Caucus Leader

The ANC is playing a cynical political game with the residents of Zandspruit Informal settlement ahead of next year’s elections.

By voting in Council to extend the Johannesburg City boundary, it has created false expectations of better living conditions, without knowing how this will be paid for, and by whom.

In doing so the Council has gone against the expert advice of its own entities. It may also be in breach of laws which prohibit the approval of unfunded mandates. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

DA helps Ivory Park Primary School get school equipment

Media Release by:

Michael Sun

DA City of Johannesburg Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety

Eight DVD players were donated to the Ivory Park Primary School on Tuesday with the help of the Democratic Alliance Shadow Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety Councillor Michael Sun who.

Councillor Sun was approached by the school to assist them to get the equipment that they need for class.

He says after putting the word out there, Buyfast.co.za approached him in order to assist by making a donation of 8 Omega DVD players for this good cause.

“Although Ivory Park Primary School is one of the major primary schools in Ivory Park with over a thousand learners, it amazes me that the school had not been supplied with all the necessary educational equipment,” says Cllr Sun.

“When I met with the school principal and management I was given a list of items needed, it really surprised me that teachers are left to educate the children without essential equipment.” Read the rest of this entry »

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