Donate to Hope for Winter and help keep a fellow South African warm

The Hope for Winter charity drive returns to cities across South Africa in June and members of the public are invited to assist in the gathering of warm winter clothes, blankets and non-perishable food items for their local shelters. The 18th national Hope for Winter campaign is hosted by Mould Empower Serve (Mes), PEN, Isinkwa Setheku and Towers of Hope, in collaboration with various churches and charity organisations. Reverend Alan Childs, CEO of Mes, said that being a part of this year’s Hope for Winter campaign allows the organisation the…

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Tariff debacle halts Joburg’s budget progress

The City of Johannesburg has potentially locked itself in a tight spot after its 2018/19 budget was approved, but not the tariffs that will partly fund said budget. ALSO READ: 15 things you need to know about Joburg’s budget The rejection of tariff increases by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on 29 May has left the council in a tricky situation. This is because the operational and capital expenditure budgets were approved in a report, but the tariffs that were tabled in a separate report were not. The African National Congress (ANC) also opposed…

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Everything you need to know about the new tariff increases

As the new financial year in Joburg kicks in on 1 July, ratepayers will have to start forking out more for services. The tariff increases were revealed in MMC for Finance Funzela Ngobeni’s maiden budget speech on 24 May. Ratepayers can expect a 7.37 per cent increase in their electrical charges, a water, sewerage and sanitation service increase of 14.2 per cent, and a waste removal services increase of 6.8 per cent. However, a proposed tariff on sanitation services for private dwellings no bigger than 300 square metres has been…

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15 things you need to know about Joburg’s budget

Joburg’s R59 billion budget for the next fiscal year, starting in July, was tabled on 24 May by Finance MMC Funzela Ngobni and we have put together 15 important points Ngobeni spoke on during his maiden budget speech. 1. First and foremost, an update on Joburg’s billing ‘crisis’Ngobeni said the bulk of queries relate to estimation and many meters not actually being read. But Ngobeni said a billing task team has already been producing results since the average time to resolve a billing query is starting to decrease. 2. New…

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14 things Joburg’s mayor revealed in his 2018 Soca

The State of the City Address revealed quite a bit about the progress being made in the City of Johannesburg, as well as the obstacles faced by the administration. Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba had a lot to say, and we highlighted 14 points in his speech that will give you a good overview of the crucial decisions being made in the City. 1. The City has increased its maintenance spend to over six per cent on infrastructure. This is a positive increase from less than two per cent in previous…

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Joburg Soca 2018 – a focus on real change

For the first time in a long time, the City of Johannesburg is moving forward in the right direction. At least, that is what Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba said in his second State of the City Address (Soca) on 2 May. A year ago, almost to the day, the mayor promised better service delivery and anti-corruption efforts in his 10-point plan and other strategic plans that have been made public. He has, for the past year, focused on efforts to double Metro police manpower, tackle corruption and evaluated the abilities…

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April municipal statements posted after lengthy delay

An apparent VAT increase adjustment delayed the issuing of April statements to ratepayers this month, but the City of Johannesburg has finally posted, emailed and made them available for download. The department said the delay was due to a quality assurance process to ensure customer statements would correctly reflect the impact of the change to VAT from 14 per cent to 15 per cent. “The City took due care to ensure the statements would be easily understood by customers. In this transitional month of April, there may be some consumption from the month…

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#Joburg: Paramedic attacks on the rise again

An attack on two paramedics crews over the weekend has the City of Johannesburg concerned about another rise in attacks on Emergency Management Services (EMS) personnel. EMS spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi, said on 21 April, paramedics were shot at while attending to an assault case in Sandringham. Luckily they survived the incident unharmed. The next day, another crew was attacked by community members while they attended to a patient who was allegedly badly assaulted by her partner in Freedom Park. He explained that the community started attacking the partner and paramedics…

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Your weekly City of Joburg news roundup

From new developments on the increased property values to new projects getting the go-ahead, we take a look at what went down within the City of Johannesburg this week. The City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba said he has taken steps to ensure property owners who objected to their recent property valuation will get further support from the municipality. These owners would be allowed to continue paying the same rates until the objection is finalised. “Once the objection process is finalised, the objecting property owners will be required to…

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Joburg building control officer suspended for misconduct

The Department of Development Planning has suspended a building control officer, pending further investigations into various allegations of misconduct. MMC for the department, Reuben Masango, said allegations brought against the official include irregularities in the issuing of notices to developers, resulting in developments taking place without approved plans, creating a law-enforcement burden for the City, and loss of revenue. Read: Mayor’s office responds to former Finance MMC’s comeback More allegations include failure to implement a geoscience report, which pre-empted possible collapsing of houses in both Lenasia and Protea, insubordination and failure…

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