Mandela Month Celebrations in Rustenburg

The Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for IGR & Special Projects at the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) Cllr Nosipho Babe welcoming and presenting food parcels and gifts to Godisang Home-based Care at Monakato township as part of Mandela Month celebration this morning.

This event is part of the activities taking place in different locations around Rustenburg as the initiative of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, geared towards supporting the disadvantaged and needy families.

The DMR has mobilized mining houses, namely, Glencore Ferro Alloys, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Impala Platinum, and Bakubung Platinum to supply the requisite resources towards this initiative in partnership with RLM.

 

COVID-19 Disinfecting Campaign at Rustenburg Taxi Rank

The MEC for the North West Community Safety and Transport Management, Honorable Sello Lehari, in partnership with the Rustenburg Local Municipality is leading the disinfection of the Rustenburg Taxi Rank this morning. He is accompanied by the Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Roads and Transport in Rustenburg Cllr Lucky Kgaladi.

This is part of the government wide campaign to fight the spread of COVID-19 and “flattening the curve”.

RLM Meets Stakeholders, Amid Water Supply Cuts to Reinforce Preventative Measure to Stabilize Supply Scheme

The Rustenburg Local Municipality, remains concerned about the intermittent water supply related challenges, on the Bospoort supply scheme. The Executive Mayor – Councillor Mpho Khunou seeking a permanent solution led a delegation consisting, Council Speaker – Councillor Sheila Mabale-Huma, Municipal Manager – Mr. Victor Makona and Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) on Technical and Infrastructure Services Councillor Michael Mhlungu which met with the Deputy Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation – David Mahlobo as well as water provider Magalies Water.

The purpose of the meeting held in early April 2020, was to find a permanent solution to the water supply challenge plaguing residents of Tlhabane as well as Greater Boitekong. Despite the commitments which were made, by the water service provider, the system remains unreliable as the demand continues to outweigh the supply. The RLM has been forced to implement water demand management interventions, known otherwise as water restrictions, which to date continue to cause an inconvenience to residents.

Consequent to the prevailing situation, a stakeholder meeting was held consisting RLM, Rand Water, Royal Bafokeng Administration and Magalies Water to find tangible solutions to the water supply challenges, the following was agreed upon:

 

– Magalies Water:

*20% restrictions of all off takes upstream and downstream of Bospoort.

*Closing of Bospoort Outlet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

-Rand Water:

*Restricting of meter #10 to allow 25ml/d

*Stopping pumps to Tlhabane Upper every night from 11pm to 04:00am to allow Bospoort reservoir level to rise.

*Restricting all meters by 30% to reduce demand on Bospoort reservoirs

 

– Royal Bafokeng Administration:

* Restrict all reservoir outlets fed from Bospoort reservoir every day from 18:00 to 07:00am

* Restricting or Stopping pumps from drawing from Tlhabane upper from 11pm to 04:00am

 

– Rustenburg Local Municipality:

* Restriction of Meter #10 every day from 18:00 to 07:00am this will assist to raise the level of Bospoort reservoirs

* Restrictions on all reservoirs fed from Bospoort reservoirs every day from 18:00 to 07:00am

 

The mines are requested to draw water from the Barnardsvlei system while efforts will be focused on stabilizing the Vaalkop-Bospoort system with the intention of meeting the water demand. The Municipality remains hopeful that all bulk stakeholders (mass consumers of water in the system such as mines and industries) will fully participate and assist in raising and maintaining the level of Bospoort reservoirs.

Magalies Water during the course of engagements, committed to installing two new pumps at the Vaalkop Treatment Works, to increase the capacity for water supply, from 60 mega-litres a day to 85 mega-litres a day. The process is envisaged to be complete by no later than end of September 2020 and will significantly improve the water supply to the residents who access water on the scheme. Further to that, the RLM will be duly notified once the installation of new pumps to increase capacity has been completed.

This exercise is to ensure that residents, albeit the restrictions will have access to water during the time frames communicated here above. The RLM further regrets and apologizes for the inconvenience to residents as a result of the circumstances which have led to intermittent water supply.

 

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The Rustenburg Local Municipality Supports Farmers: The Agriculture Development Support Programme

The Rustenburg Local Municipality is embarking on a city-wide Agricultural Development Support Programme following the Council approval of the programme on 29th May 2018.

The municipality has identified and prioritised farms within the jurisdiction of Rustenburg that require urgent intervention and has so far approved eighteen (18) farmers applications and managed to procure the recommended support material for two farms already in Rietvlei and Boekenhoutfontein. The municipality does not only provide material support to these farms but also continues with hands-on support including installation of supplied materials and resources on site.

The Agricultural Development Support Programme is a comprehensive programme aimed at supporting small, emerging, and commercial local farmers to unlock the agricultural sector potential. The programme aims to attract the support from key stakeholders in the public and private sector and to ensure leveraging of resources.

While the programme is targeted at addressing challenges encountered by small and emerging farmers which discourage them from becoming productive and sustainable, it also enables them to operate independently even after the support has ended.

For media inquiries, kindly contact Mr David Magae on 014 590 3509 or 060 991 3666, alternatively by email at bmagae@rustenburg.gov.za

 

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RLM Encourages Residents to Use Alternate Payment Methods for Accounts

Residents are still encouraged to make use also of alternate payment methods for their utility accounts such as water and electricity. The RLM has also been affected by the Covid-19, with cases recorded at the Main Municipal building. As a measure to comply with the gazetted regulations, and prioritizing the safety of our residents, alternate payment methods have been made available for use.

Municipal utility accounts can be paid via EasyPay which is a global digital payment service, accessible in most retail stores (see leaflet below). Consumers can make payments by using the provided EasyPay reference number to pay for traffic fines as well, or pay via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), stop order arrangements and direct bank deposits, using the details below:

Rustenburg Local Municipality
Cheque Account
ABSA 632005
Account Number 122 0000 458
Reference: Consumer Municipal Account

Residents are should note that payment processed through the banking sector will clear after 24 hours with ABSA and 72 hours with other banks after payments have been recorded. Further to that proof of payment should be sent by email to djantjies@rustenburg.gov.za

The Official Opening and handover of the Bethanie Clinic and Celebration of Mandela Month

Cllr Michael Mhlungu, the Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Technical and Infrastructure Services at the Rustenburg Local Municipality presents his welcome address at the opening of a new clinic at Bethanie village earlier this morning.

The project is a product of the partnership between the North West Department of Health, RLM and Glencore Mine.

The MMC, on behalf of the Executive Mayor Cllr Mpho Khunou, applauded Glencore Mine for its sterling role in the development of the project which came as an intervention at the time of rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

The event is graced by the presence of Honorable Madoda Sambatha, MEC for NW Department of Health, and Honorable Boitumelo Moiloa, MEC for NW Department of Social Development, Honorable Tsotso Tlhapi, MEC for NW Department of Arts, Culture, Sports, and Recreation, including the Premier of the North West Dr Job Mokgoro who participated at the event through Zoom virtual service.

   

RLM Notes with Considerable Disappointment the Misleading “Media Statement” Published by Eskom On 17th July 2020

 

Eskom’s media statement refers to a “repayment arrangement” under discussion and seeks to encourage interested parties to “put pressure on the municipality to make good on the repayment of the electricity debt”.  Eskom is well aware of the correct facts in this matter.

The RLM is cautious of being drawn by Eskom’s conduct into a trial by media statements but cannot allow the incorrect position set out by Eskom to remain uncorrected.

The correct position includes the following:

  1. The amount claimed by Eskom from the RLM, an amount of R 100 565 402 – 77, plus interest, (the “Disputed Amount”), was withheld by the RLM from Eskom in June 2018 (two years ago).  The RLM contends that it was entitled to withhold this payment and that Eskom was not entitled to that payment.
  1. The RLM has declared a dispute with Eskom on Eskom’s claim to the Disputed Amount. That dispute has still to be determined but is being advanced.
  2. Eskom is now seeking to use the threat of interrupting the supply of electricity to Rustenburg as a means to force payment of the Disputed Amount without the dispute being determined.
  3. Eskom has refused to withdraw the threat of interruption of Rustenburg’s electricity supply unless it is paid the Disputed Amount notwithstanding that the dispute has not been determined by a court of law or similar process. To manage this threat and the devastating impact of Eskom making good on its threat the RLM has proposed that it will make the payments that Eskom has required, but will do so under protest, without prejudice to the RLM’s rights and on the basis that Eskom repay such sums to the RLM if the dispute is determined in the RLM’s favour.  The RLM has made the proposal to create space to manage the dispute, to ensure that Eskom do not act on their unjustified threat and to avoid the devastation that Eskom’s threat would have on the citizens and businesses of Rustenburg in the middle of winter and as businesses are struggling to restart after the impact of the National Lockdown and whilst facing Eskom load shedding.
  1. The RLM is one of the municipalities that is paying Eskom for electricity consumed and its account with Eskom is otherwise up to date.
  2. The RLM will continue to engage with Eskom in an attempt to manage Eskom’s threat and if necessary will apply for a Court interdict to prevent Eskom executing on their threat.”

 

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Health Department Concerned as Covid-19 Cases Rise in Rustenburg, Affecting SAPS, RLM, SASSA and Mining Sector

The weekly virtual meeting of the Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Forum on Covid-19, which is chaired by the Executive Mayor – Councillor Mpho Khunou, was alarmed by the updated statistics of Covid-19 in Rustenburg released by the Department of Health. As of 16th July 2020, the City had recorded 6353 cases with over 1500 recoveries.

The Department of Health remains concerned with the increase of new cases in the areas which have been identified as local hotspots which include Freedom Park, Kroondal, Rustenburg’s Central Business District, Tlhabane West, Boitekong, Meriting, Mfidikwe, Cashan and Marikana. The mining sector has been equally affected by the pandemic, to the extent that from the total number of recorded cases in the City, the sector has over one-thousand recorded Covid-19 cases.

Despite this, mining houses have continued to work closely with the Department of Health in a multi-stakeholder effort to flatten the curve. To that effect, the Department’s 22 public facilities in the Rustenburg municipal area have received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the mining sector – Anglo American Platinum and Sibanye Stillwater donating over 7500 litres of alcohol-based sanitizers, to ensure that officials have sufficient protective gear while on the front-lines and serving the various communities.  A donation of 3500 litres of sanitizers was donated to the Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital early today received by the Hospital’s CEO from Sibanye Stillwater.

The Department’s public facilities have also been hard-hit, as health practitioners have also tested positive for Covid-19, with operations having to be suspended intermittently when new cases have been reported. Despite the disruptions of services, due to closures, the Department is pleased with the recoveries that resumption of duties by those who had been isolated, during the mandatory 14-day period to gain medical clearance.

The Executive Mayor, said it is worrying that the new cases may stem from noncompliance to the gazette regulations by the national government and the forum, will have to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that public awareness campaigns are rolled out “for over a while the City has firmly sat at the top, as the Provinces epicenter. If indeed we are to turn the tide and flatten the curve, law enforcement agencies, who are a part of the forum, will have to ramp up their effort, to ensure we deal decisively with the aspect of noncompliance. Our focus is now to work hard, to slow the rate of infection” Mayor Khunou said.

The Department of Education, continues to receive material support from the mining sector, in respect of Covid-19 PPE including facial masks and sanitizers. The Department is still to receive more donations from the mining sector, emanating from a commitment made two months ago, to ensure that the resumption of schooling experiences minimal challenges in respect of learner and teacher safety in schools. Sibanye Stillwater, Anglo American Platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Glencore Alloys as well as Tharisa, have been working with the department to ensure that the needs of the various schools for Covid-19 are adequately addressed.

The Department of Social Development’s assessments are on course, in preparation for the re-opening of early childhood development centres. ECD’s in the Rustenburg area will reopen once assessments carried out by the department indicate that the centers are fully compliant with all the Covid-19 safety protocols. Also, the shelter for the homeless is still in operation, albeit the influx in the number of news admissions, and social reintegration processes.

The South African Police Services have not been spared, by the spread of the Covid-19. To date within the Rustenburg municipal area, the SAPS has recorded 58 Covid-19 positive cases. However, despite the mandatory disruptions when a new case is reported, which warrants a closure of a Police Station, to ensure that deep cleaning is carried out policing in respect of the amended regulations, have been on-going.

Anglo American Platinum has been working closely with the Office of the Speaker to offer assistance to households in distress. These are families, which hard-hit by the effects of Covid-19. To date, the mining house has issued out 200 vouchers to assist such families. The company will continue to work closely with the office in identifying other families that can benefit from the intervention.

The Municipality has increased its operation and subsequent service offering to the public, despite a surge in the number of recorded cases within the institution. From the first case to date in the month of July, the RLM has recorded 60 cases, with 17 recoveries. The number of active cases stands at 43.

 

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Rustenburg Roots-out Land Invasion Incidents to Prevent Spatial Planning Limitations Critical for Development

The City’s Crime Combating Unit – RCCU today led an operation to demolish recently illegally erected structures on a piece of land along the bustling R 510. Part of the earmarked land by the grabbers, was used as a site establishment office, by one of the appointed contractors for the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project.  Initial reports received by the Municipality late yesterday, indicated a construction of illegal structures (shacks) by a group of people, who had also begun demarcating the land.
The Municipality’s Public Safety Officers and an official from the Planning and Human Settlements Directorate, descended upon the portion where the land grabs where underway. After successfully halting the continuation of the construction of illegal structures on the edge of a flood line and within close proximity to the concrete barrier of the high-way, the group was dispersed and law enforcement patrolled the area over-night to ensure no further illegal activity took place.
Today the City’s Law enforcement officials, with support of the members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) – Public Order Policing as well as members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) oversaw the demolition operation of the illegal structures which had been erected and awaiting occupation. The Municipality cleared the site of the debris following the demolition, and constant patrols in the area will continue, to discourage would be land-grabbers from erecting illegal structures.
When responding to today’s demolition operation the Executive Mayor – Councillor Mpho Khunou said the further development of Rustenburg depends on the successful implementation of strategic spatial planning processes “you can imagine the kind of inconvenience a new informal settlement can bring so close to one of the busiest highways in Rustenburg. It would mean, if you do not have land to relocate them to, you needed to build an over-head highway bridge to cater for pedestrians, which of course was not in our plans, over and above the services which need to be redirected to them as enshrined in the Constitution” Mayor Khunou emphasized.
The Municipality, has made great strides to ensure that the issue of access to housing, especially for sections of the community, with minimal to no-income is addressed. Before the national lock-down early this year, the Municipality had begun the process of formalizing 10 informal settlements in Rustenburg as well as purchasing additional land for purposes of human settlements and further development, for those who require housing.  Residents of Plastic View, Boshoek and Popo Molefe are among those who stand to benefit from the process, on the back of a completed audit done by the Municipality to significantly reduce the number of informal dwellings.
This incident follows, another separate and unrelated land-grab incident where law enforcement where called to Dinnie Estate, along the R 24 (Krugersdorp Road), at the weekend. A group of people, were found demarcating the land, and erecting shacks and fences. The Municipality’s law enforcement officials, with the assistance of the SAPS and the SANDF successfully removed the illegal occupiers from the land as well as the apparatus used to establish the illegal structures. Patrols continue in the area, to prevent another incident of illegal land occupation.
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