Latest developments on the Rustenburg floods disaster

Latest developments with regard to the floods disaster currently being experienced in Rustenburg during the current heavy rains are the following:
• Contrary to initial reports, only one (1) fatality has been reported so far in Lemenong (Phokeng), after he was swept away by overflows. Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, visited relatives of the deceased yesterday afternoon to pay homage on behalf of the Municipality.
• One person who was reported missing in Luka yesterday has been found alive today.
• Twenty-Nine (29) families were relocated to the Old Kanana Clinic on Wednesday after their homes were flooded, but have since returned to their homes after receiving relief material like food and blankets.
• Thirty-eight (38) families from Ramochana community have been moved to the Ben Marais hall next to town, and subsequently provided with food, blankets and mattresses.
• Twenty-six (26) families from Sunrise View community were intended to be relocated the local school hall, but delayed after most of the community members feared that their belongings will be vulnerable for theft and vandalism. However, some relief material like food parcels and blankets were provided.
• Scores of cars have been swept away in several roads due to overflowing.
• Food parcels and blankets continue to be received and are duly being distributed to needy stranded families in various Wards as identified by deployed teams led by MMC’s, Ward Councillors and Directors.
Communities tin the following areas are still in distress and are being provided with the necessary aid and support:
• Boshoek
• Rietvlei
• Robega
• Luka
• Kanana
• Sunrise View
• Marikana
• Lekgalong
• Sondela
• Seraleng
• Boitekong Ext. 22
• Phokeng
Currently we have also received two trauma cases from Kanana and Lekgalong and the Joint Operating Committee has referred the matter to the Department of Social Development for counselling.
The Joint Operation Centre (JOC) has been activated and comprises of the following stakeholders:
• South African Police Service (SAPS)
• South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
• Department of Social Development
• Home Affairs
• Royal Bafokeng Administration
• Department of Health
• Eskom
• Various Directorates of the Rustenburg Local Municipality
• Bojanala Platinum District Municipality
The roles of this Committee amongst others, are to coordinate and integrate all activities and to serve as a nodal point for operational activities.
The teams are still out in the field assessing the situation in various Wards and collating information with the objective of helping us to provide appropriate support and assistance where needed, as we work towards obtaining the total estimated damage costs.
The Municipality, in partnership with the following stakeholders, will continue to monitor the situation around the clock so as to avert further loss of life.
We urge communities to exercise due care on the roads and in their homes.
Meanwhile, the Municipality continues to maximise its communication with residents through Ward Councillors, website, twitter handle, face-book page, what’s up group chats, local and national radio stations by means of live studio interviews and news bites and newspapers.
For any further reports, updates or enquiries kindly contact the Rustenburg Disaster Management Centre (Joint Operation Centre) at the following numbers:
1. 014 590 3856
2. 014 590 3304
3. 014 590 3232
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Update on the Rustenburg floods disaster

Latest developments with regard to the floods disaster currently being experienced in Rustenburg since recent heavy rains are the following:
  • Two (2) fatalities have been reported so far in Lemenong (Phokeng), after the vehicle was swept away by overflows. Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, will be visiting relatives of the deceased this afternoon to pay homage on behalf of the Municipality.
  • Twenty-Nine (29) families have been relocated to the Old Kanana Clinic after their homes were flooded.
  • Thirty-eight (38) families from Ramochana community have been moved to the Ben Marais hall next to town, and subsequently provided with food and blankets.
  • Twenty-six(26) families from Sunrise View community have been alternatively accommodated at the local school hall and also provided with food and blankets.
  • Twenty (20) families around the Kanana community have been rescued with boats due to flooding after the neighboring dam overflew and subsequently given alternative accommodation in various community facilities.
  • Scores of cars have been swept away in several roads due to overflowing.
  • Food parcels and blankets continue to be received and are duly being distributed to needy stranded families in various Wards as identified by deployed teams led by MMC’s, Ward Councillors and Directors.
Communities still in distress and are being given the necessary aid and support are:
  • Boshoek
  • Rietvlei
  • Robega
  • Luka
  • Kanana
The team is still out in the field collating data with the objective to help us provide appropriate support and assistance still needed, as we work towards obtaining the total estimated damage costs.  The Municipality will continue to monitor the situation around the clock so as to avert further loss of life. Business, NGO’s, CBO’s, government departments and individuals are once again requested to donate food parcels, clothes, blankets or any kind of assistance so as to alleviate the plight of our people. Residents are cautioned to drive with absolute care as they drive and in their homes.
Meanwhile, the Municipality continues to maximise its communication with residents through its website, twitter handle, face-book page, Wards what’s up group chat, three (3) local radio stations by means of live studio interviews and news bites and three (3) national radio stations and newspapers.
For any further reports, updates or enquiries kindly contact the following numbers:
  1. 014 590 3856
  2. 014 590 3304
  3. 014 590 3232
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Public Municipal Manager Post Interview

The position of the Municipal Manager for Rustenburg Local Municipality has been vacant for a while. To ensure quality service delivery to residents, the Municipality intends to fill in the position by conducting interviews openly to members of the public and media in the spirit of openness and transparency, for the first time in the history of municipalities in South Africa.
This therefore, serves to officially invite you to the Municipal Manager’s post interview as follows:
Date: 23 February 2017 (Thursday)
Venue: Rustenburg Civic Centre
Time: 09:00am
Thank you so much for your attendance in advance as we together move Rustenburg forward.
Kind regards,
Thapelo Matebesi
Manager: Communications
Cell: 072 7611 018

Floods disaster in Rustenburg – Municipality rescues residents

 Rustenburg: Following heavy rains that have been received in the past few days in the Rustenburg Municipality in particular and the entire country in general, resulting in floods, there have been recorded cases of houses being flooded, roof tops collapsing, cars being swept away by overflows on the roads , trees falling on the roads, people drowning, resulting in fatalities and in need of accommodation, amongst others. In this regard, the Rustenburg Local Municipality has summoned an emergency joint operation team, based at the Joint Operation Centre(JOC), comprising of all relevant affected stakeholders, with the objective to assessing the extent of damage and need in all its 45 Wards and responding appropriately. So far, extensive floods and damages have been recorded in the following communities: • The city and its immediate environs, namely; sub-urban areas, CBD and the Industria. • Tlhabane • Ramochana • Sunrise Park • Paardekraal • Meriting • Boshoek • Rietvlei • Robega It is anticipated that by 12:00 noon today (22 February 2017), a comprehensive and credible data would have been collated and consolidated, which will then help the Municipality in responding appropriately to the needs of affected communities. In the meantime, the Rustenburg Local Municipality has supplied blankets to some needy communities. Donations and any kind of assistance from various business organisations, NGO’s, CBO’s, government departments and individuals will be much appreciated in this time of need. This joint emergency contingency plan is anticipated to last up to next week. For any further enquiries kindly contact the Municipal spokesperson, Mr Thapelo Matebesi, on: 014 590 3509, cell: 072 7611 018. End.

Service Delivery Blitz

There is an explosion of service delivery blitz following the Clean and Safe City campaign as launched by Executive Mayor in 2011 and re-launched recently on the 13th January 2017, with the objective to ensuring safety and cleanliness for all residents of Rustenburg, as it is carried out every day in all Wards of the Municipality.

The programme, inter alia, includes cleaning of manholes, parks, cemeteries, catch pits, storm water channels, patching of potholes, grass cutting, education and awareness on illegal dumping and littering, war on water leaks, inspection in loco to bus and taxi ranks, cemeteries, brothels and suspicious taverns.

“We remain resolute and focused on realising our vision of becoming world class city. We cannot realise that if we do not get the basics right. We have resolved to get back to the basics by ensuring that our city is clean, safe and secure for all residents, so that they can enjoy high quality of life, remarked Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, during the bltiz.

Municipality launches modern-day Infrastructure management solutions project(IMQS)

Inadequate planning and inaccurate data capturing and analysis relating to water, sanitation, waste management and related infrastructure will be a thing of the past after the Rustenburg Local Municipality launched the new service delivery digital system, namely; Infrastructure Management Solutions (IMQS), on the 30th January 207, here at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.
“This modern-day digital system will go a long indeed to assist the municipality to discharge its mandate of service delivery effectively and efficiently. We will now through this system be able to budget, establish, maintain, upgrade and operate physical infrastructure assets. We will be able to optimize energy resources and plan proactively for existing and future energy demands, whilst we plan and manage infrastructure projects with excellence by gaining control over expenditure and monitoring costs,” said Acting-Municipal Manager, Mr Gordon Molokwane, during the launch ceremony.
“The introduction of this modern digital system, IMQS, comes as a big relief to us as we are now in a better position to develop plans to ensure efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable provision of water and sanitation services, as well as waste and related infrastructure, thus ensuring quality and timeous service delivery to our residents, as we together continue to move Rustenburg forward,” remarked Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, during the launch.