RLM Ups Ante on Covid-19 Compliance Operation, as City Continues to Dominate the Province with New Cases

While the country’s health authorities are relentless in their fight against reducing the number of newly recorded daily Covid-19 cases and fatalities, the leadership collective of Rustenburg, has shown concern with the City’s Covid-19 cases. The City until the end of 2020, had been the provincial hotspot and the district was recently declared a corona-virus hotspot in the province by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Executive Mayor of Rustenburg Councillor Mpho Khunou, with various mining houses and other departments, had worked around the clock until the country was moved to lock-down alert level 1 last year, with numerous interventions including education and awareness campaigns.
Although Rustenburg continued to lead, with the newly recorded daily cases, the rapidity of the transmission had slowed down. The Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Forum on Covid-19 in its first meeting of this year, resolved to commence with compliance operations in and around Rustenburg. This as concerns emanated from residents, about the lack of compliance to social distancing at some businesses and various public buildings which posed an increased risk to Covid-19 transmission as the health and safety protocols had not been adhered to.
The City’s Public Safety Directorate, led by the Emergency and Disaster Management Services, accompanied by Law Enforcement and Traffic Services, led an operation around the CBD to inspect the level of compliance in some of the business premises and public buildings. At the Home Affairs located near the bus and taxi terminus, the inspection revealed numerous shortcomings including that there was no register in place, for clients to record their information, in case of Covid-19 contact tracing, social distancing markings were not in place outside the building for queueing clients as required by the regulations and that the building did not have an isolation area for Covid-19 suspected cases. The team found that inside the were sufficient control measures, to ensure that the offices are not overcrowded and that there is social distancing and compliance with PPE.
A similar situation was found at the Post Office, close to the City Council offices, where the snaking queue of grant recipients was not well managed to the extent that social distancing was not enforced. The facility did not have a register for contact tracing, however a sanitizer station was at the entrance for members of the public entering or exiting the office. The facility managed to comply with most requirements for Covid-19, like regular decontamination, use of thermometers for checking temperature as well as an isolation room.
At Shoprite, the inspection revealed that there was no register for customers when entering the premises but only sanitizer, there are social distancing markings but no compliance with a 2 metre distance. The store, did not have an isolation area in case of a suspected case and that there is regular decontamination and there is compliance regarding COVID-19 PPE e.g. Masks, Sanitisers. The operation was concluded at Impala’s Shaft 1, where the mining giant was found to comply with Covid19 regulations.
While reacting to the operation, Mayor Mpho Khunou said the findings were concerning “we are impressed with the work, the Public Safety Directorate has done, to ensure that residents feel safe however the lack of strict compliance worries us. We cannot be complacent when the country is preparing for the Covid-19 peak, our is to double our efforts and ensure that we do not compromise any of the set regulations because we know of the strain that our health system is experiencing currently” Mayor Khunou concluded.
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Residents Warned to Exercise Caution, As Scammers Advertise Fake Job Openings

The public is hereby advised to exercise extreme caution, on a resurgence of a job scam being associated with the Rustenburg Local Municipality. In this recent scam there is an individual – Mr. Mohapi using the following contact numbers 064 8791 504/014 547 0601 who is posing as a recruiter on behalf of the RLM with the following vacancies:

  • General Workers
  • Assistant Manager
  • Call Centre Agents
  • Pay Roll Administrators
  • Cleaners
  • Drivers with Code 10 & 14 with PrDP
  • Security Guards
  • Administration staff

The above job vacancies, have not been advertised by the RLM and therefore these vacancies are not currently available. Further to that it has also emerged that the name of the Rustenburg Local Municipality is being used, to lure unsuspecting members of the public of job opportunities at the municipality.  The public will be notified accordingly by way of placing advertisements on both national and local newspapers, the municipal website and all its social media platforms.

This remains the RLM’s standard of personnel recruitment, which has not changed. The Municipality does not make use of any employment agencies and or Human Resources agents for purposes of recruitment. It is not the RLM’s policy nor a requirement for any prospective employees to make deposits prior to a confirmation of employment at the Municipality. The Human Resources department will invite interviewees by way of telephone, and or e-mail, on a municipal domain @rustenburg.gov.za bearing the coat of arms.

We appeal to the community of Rustenburg to be extra vigilant including calling the Human Resources department on 014 590 3989, to verify the authenticity of the invitations or by visiting the Municipality’s HR department, 5th floor at Missionary Mpheni House.

 

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Rehabilitation of Roads, Key Focus Area for Rustenburg Council

The growth of Rustenburg, which has surpassed expectations has had unintended consequences for the City’s road network. Large volumes of traffic including heavy vehicles have significantly reduced the life span of the City’s roads which are critical in advancing the economic objectives of Rustenburg through the transportation of goods and workers in the various sectors.
One the roads which has been successfully completed is the Tlhabane intersection of Lebone and Dr. Moroka roads which has deteriorated mainly due to the high traffic volume coupled with heavy vehicles which transported good to and from the industrial area. Some of the work which has been done to date include during the month of December include the re-gravelling of internal roads in Lekgalong village, road marking in Geelhout, pothole patching in Meriting Extension 2.
Some of the areas under the jurisdiction of the RLM which have been serviced in respect of road network maintenance include Boitekong Extension 2, Tlhabane West, Zinniaville, Waterfall East, Rustenburg CBD, Tlhabane, Protea
Park and Safari Tuine. The Project Management Unit (PMU) has enabled the Roads and Storm Water Unit to register considerable progress in the rehabilitation of internal roads in some of our areas such as Tlhabane, where large road portions which had deteriorated have been rehabilitated.
The RLM expresses its gratitude to the residents who had to endure unfavourable road conditions, as well as the inconvenience experienced during travelling around the City, during the time the rehabilitation projects were unfolding.
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Electricity Supply Restored to Larger Parts of Rustenburg

The Rustenburg Local Municipality has received reports, that larger parts of Rustenburg have been reconnected back to the electrical network. This follows the illegal industrial action by employees at the City’s Electrical Unit. The efforts of the Accounting Officer, Director for Technical and Infrastructure Services as well as the entire management of the Electrical Unit are appreciated in ensuring that residents have their electrical supply restored and that services were not hampered further.
The Municipality, also appreciates the work done by the Directorate for Public Safety, without whom the operation to restore electricity would have not been completed successfully. The DPS escorted all of the teams which had been tasked with the responsibility of restoring power. The RLM wishes to reiterate its position that ill-discipline will not be tolerated, and that consequence management processes will be initiated until they are concluded.
Additionally, the RLM remains open to discussions with employees over any workplace grievances which will ensure that issues raised in-line with the established procedures are resolved amicably. Any acts of sabotage are not in the best interests of the City’s residents, the Municipality or service delivery.
The RLM expresses further gratitude to the residents, who displayed patience during this period until such time that electricity supply was restored.
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Sabotage of Electricity Supply

The Rustenburg Local Municipality has learnt with dismay about the actions of employees at the electrical department, who cut electricity supply to residents at about 01:30 am this morning. An urgent meeting convened by the Executive Mayor – Councillor Mpho Khunou, the Municipal Manager Mr. Victor Makona, Director – Technical and Infrastructure Services as well as the management team at electrical department reflected on this situation earlier this morning.
The Municipality, will be issuing letters to the implicated individuals to initiate consequence management processes, as the City views this as an action of sabotage to the residents of Rustenburg and the RLM.  The employees went on strike after their claims for over-time where not approved by the Accounting Officer. Internal Audit processes, revealed that the claims for over-time were fraudulent and had the over-time claims been paid that would have resulted in irregular and unauthorised expenditure.
Further to this, it has come to the attention of the Municipality that the employees demanded Covid-19 danger allowances, which have not been budgeted for nor have been sanctioned by the City Council. An attempt to process these payments, would have equally translated to unauthorised expenditure on the part of the Municipality. The leadership collective has also resolved to register a case with the South African Police Services, for further investigation into this matter.
The RLM has already deployed officials from the Public Safety Directorate at all of the City’s electrical sub-stations, to ensure that the electrical supply interruption is not repeated. Additionally, teams have already been deployed which will be accompanied by law enforcement officials, to ensure that all affected areas have their electricity supply restored.
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