RLM Firmly Committed to Resolving the Magalies Water Supply Challenges of Rustenburg

The Executive Mayor of Rustenburg Local Municipality, Councillor Mpho Khunou, has for the last couple of months been actively engaging the ministry of Water and Sanitation over the water demand challenges currently experienced by residents of Rustenburg. To this extent the Municipality has taken proactive steps in addressing the matter, by meeting the Deputy Minister Hon. David Mahlobo together with the leadership collective of Magalies Water in a bid to resolve this challenge.
While there has not been much tangible progress on the matter, after the Executive Mayor also met with the entity’s CEO the RLM escalated the matter to the Minister Hon. Lindiwe Sisulu as well as informing the Premier of the province and MEC responsible for local government, to keep them abreast of the prevailing situation.
The Municipality in its endeavour to find a lasting solution to the current challenges, has met with the Magalies Water leadership on Friday. The Municipality previously raised concerns about the poor water quality which was been provided by Magalies Water.  This has been reported to have been caused by algal concentration in the raw water. This has affected water production greatly, as stringent water treatment processes need to be undertaken to ensure clean portable water, thus affecting supply which will match the demand of the RLM.
This has continued to affect residents’ ability to receive water as should be expected, as the water service provider has had to implement water demand management, by implementing rationing water supply, which has had adverse effects on the RLM areas services by the entity. In addition to the above challenges, Magalies Water through the Vaalkop Water Treatment Works has been operating at 50% due to internal maintenance challenges.
Magalies Water have indicated to have developed a maintenance plan, which will address the capacity related issues while ensuring that during the first week of December the maintenance backlog would have been resolved with the system anticipated to be operating at full capacity.
While the water service provider undertakes to ensure that there is a lasting solution to the significantly reduced water supply, which has affected our residents negatively especially in high-lying areas, Magalies Water has cautioned that water rationing remains the most effective temporary solution. This will ensure that all of its bulk water consumers including Rustenburg Local Municipality will receive equitable water distribution in the system albeit at reduced water production rates.
The RLM continues to be greatly inconvenienced as residents and businesses which are critical to the economy of Rustenburg are not able to receive the required water demand. As at 30 November 2020, most of the reservoir levels were recorded at below 50%, which is worrying as there is no provision for reserve spare water capacity, which will be used in case of emergencies or depleted water levels.
With Covid-19 still a reality, the RLM remains concerned about the unavailability water and the health risks it poses for the people of Rustenburg. We will continue to monitor the situation, against the commitments which have been formally made by Magalies Water and update residents on the developments.


Consumers Warned to Exercise Caution as Joint Operation Uncovers More Expired Food Items in Retailers 

A multi-stakeholder joint operation consisting Rustenburg Local Municipality, Law Enforcement Unit, South African Police Services, National Regulator for Compliance Specifications, Provincial Liquor Regulators and Consumer Affairs conducted a successful operation, which is part of the annual safer festive season campaign.
This operation, follows another joint operation which was conducted last week targeting liquor outlets and trading in the Rustenburg, for general fire safety, Covid-19 and liquor trading compliance. Yesterday’s operation, which continued late into the afternoon, was focusing on illegal electrical connections in business establishment, compliance with liquor trading provisions as well as compliance with consumer standards as the City prepares to official enter into the year-end festivities.
The operation was in Greater Boitekong, focused on price fixing, product quality, hygiene standards and illegal liquor trading.  One of the outlets which was inspected in Ramochana was fined R 2500.00 for contravention of municipal by-laws, while the investigations on the electrical connections confirmed no tempering. One of the fast food outlets in Boitekong Mall – Fish and Chips Company, was found to be selling expired food items. Roots Butchery also situated at the mall was found to be selling expired food items to the public and the fire safety standards were found to be non-compliant.
Both stores were charged accordingly while the identified items, were confiscated for disposal in line with the applicable environmental management by-laws. The drainage system at Hungry Lion was found to be a major health hazard as the odour which was to be directed outside has infiltrated the outlet internally in the kitchen area as well as non-compliance with the fire safety standards. One local business in Paardekraal was found to have connected electricity illegally and was fined R 25000.00 and the business was immediately disconnected.
Commenting on the operation, the Member of the Mayoral Committee on Public Safety – Councillor Victoria Makhaula said, with the festive season fast approaching residents needed to ensure that they receive value for money in all their transactions “food poisoning can have disastrous consequences, as such we urge residents to ensure that whatever they consume is safe. As the City, we will not relent to deal with those who are illegally accessing electricity, it is important for residents to remember that services provided by the Municipality need to be paid for, to ensure the financial sustainability of the RLM” she concluded.

Joint Operation On Liquor Trading Compliance Uncovers Illegal Electrical Connections in Outlets Resulting in Disconnections and Fines

The Rustenburg Local Municipality through the Electrical Unit and Municipality Fire Safety Inspectorate, the South African Police Service (Tlhabane) and the North West Liquor Board held a joint operation to check the level of compliance at retailers permitted to conduct liquor trading. The operation follows numerous observations and reported incidents where some liquor licensees did not fully comply with the regulations, following the easing of lockdown regulations nationwide. The operation also focused on general community safety as well as crime prevention while restoring public order.
With the advent of Covid-19, strict adherence to health and safety protocols, remains a concern as patrons need to purchase and consumer where applicable in areas which are compliant with the Covid-19 regulations. One of the businesses which were found to be compliant with fire safety protocols was Mmatokelo’s Tarven was accordingly fined. Additionally, the business was found to be selling food, which was another contravention on it license and was fined accordingly. K and D Liquor Traders was found to be operating a tarven, while not permitted to do so in terms in of the business license. The license holder was also found to have failed to ensure on-site consumption in respect of the regulations, inclusive of those inforce during the lockdown. Another establishment; Tilly’s Tarven was not spared and fines were issued in accordance to numerous contraventions including Covid-19 regulations.
The Municipality, is serious of ridding the City of illegal electrical connections, to this extent Goddas Inn at Karlienpark was found to be have connected to the electrical network illegally. The electrical unit, disconnected the business and heavy fines were issued according to the applicable by-laws. Chirwa’s Bar was another business which was found to have connected illegally to the electrical network, with the supply bridged and absence of recording for the electricity usage. The business was found in contravention of various liquor regulations, including failure to keep documentation on site as required as well as failure to ensure on-site consumption. The abovementioned businesses were found to be contravention of the fire safety act as businesses which accommodated patrons during their trading hours and fined were issued to that effect.
Over 18 Liquor outlets was visited for inspection were electricity was tested for compliance, while some of the establishment passed the inspection. Some received fines and electricity was immediately disconnected for non-compliance. The Municipality cautions business owners across the City to desist from illegally connecting electricity, as this will result in heavy fines and the inconvenience of not having power supply.  The operations which are aimed at ridding Rustenburg of illegally acquired electricity will continue into the festive season and perpetrators will face the full might of the law. Residents are encouraged to report incidents of illegal electrical connections, which have dire consequences to service paying residents, which including power trips owing to the overloaded electrical network.


Public Lighting Challenges to Receive Attention in the Current Financial Year

The faulty public lighting generally leaves most of the parts of the City darkness; this is of serious concern to residents and the Rustenburg Local Municipality acknowledges the inconvenience.
The Municipality has at the beginning of the financial year placed formal tender specifications through the Municipal supply chain processes to acquire the required material to support the programme of repairing and maintaining the high masts lights, streets lights and traffic lights. The duration to acquire the required quantity of streetlight sections on the ± 14 000 streetlights in town will take a considerable period and will be a costly exercise. A tender will be advertised for this project, which will include labour and material per section.
Some streetlights being on during the day is also of serious concern to the residents. This has become a sensitive concern to the Municipality especially during the embankment of energy efficiency methods of supplying electricity. The cause of the streetlights being on during the day is due to the control mechanisms that automatically switch the lighting on and off being faulty.
The Municipality assures residents that once the legislative processes of acquiring all specialised equipment are completed, the repairs and maintenance backlogs will be addressed as top priority.


Rustenburg Mall Launches Online Jobs Portal, In Preparation for 2021 Operations

Following the historic sod turning at the site where the Rustenburg Mall is currently being built over a year ago, the Moolman group is pleased to announce a newly launched online jobs portal, for prospective employment. The group has been working closely with the Rustenburg Local Municipality during the construction phase of the mall, for local economic development purposes, to ensure that residents and SMME’s within the locality are exposed to the opportunities that resulted from this development.

With plans afoot to ensure that the mall becomes operational in April 2021, communities are encouraged to visit www.rustenburgmall.co.za and go to “apply for jobs” tab where they will be required to complete the online form with their personal details (see attached leaflet). Rustenburg Mall management and property developers are not employment agents as such, residents are not prohibited form interacting directly with retailers.