Mayor Khunou, Supports Anti Gender-Based Violence Campaign, to Ensure Women Get Justice and Healing

Today, the Executive Mayor of Rustenburg – Councillor Mpho Khunou who was the main speaker at a ceremony organized by mining company – Anglo American Platinum to highlight incidents of Gender Based-Violence (GBV) as part of women’s month, said the time for talking was long over. The comments of the Mayor, come after an incident where a 10-year-old girl, was reported to have been raped yesterday.

The Rustenburg Local Municipality was represented at the event, by among other high ranking political heads including Council Speaker – Councillor Sheila Mabale-Huma and Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety, Councillor Victoria Makhaula. Mayor Khunou said, for a long time, people take a stand against incidents of gender-based violence, however, little had been done in the past to deal with this societal problem.

Mayor Khunou further said, much as the country is battling Covid-19 South Africa had long had a pandemic in the form of GBV “the truth is our mothers, sisters and children have long been in the battle, what has been worryingly absent is us, men. We need to rally behind any campaign that seeks to reverse the negative effects of GBV, lest we become a society with no women in it. It cannot be that we wait for August or 16-days of activism against women and children abuse, to speak out as men” he emphasized.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Job Shimankana Tabane Mr. Abednego Mvula, said women continue to account for most cases of persons suffering from mental and psychological conditions emanating from incidents of gender-based violence as well as work-place bullying by their male counter parts. He said, it is regrettable that such incidents happen however, they will not relent to ensure that women are treated with the necessary respect “Executive Mayor I have said, that women must come out and we must offer them support, to ensure that our reaction and behavior does not discourage them to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book. He concluded.

The department of Social Development, said it was humbled by the gesture made by Anglo American Platinum towards the NGO’s (Phokeng Trauma Centre, Thuthuzela, House of Grace and Kitso ke Lesedi) by making donations of perishable and non-perishable goods inclusive of blankets and Covid-19 PPE that will ensure that, the work continues uninterrupted and that victims receive the help they need. The NGO’s which have been identified and have also begun to receive both financial and non-financial support from the department to fulfil their mandates.

Mrs. Tumelo Dilotsotlhe of Anglo American Platinum, said the event was part of the company’s community response plan to address issues of socioeconomic conditions, which fit in with the number of priority areas the company is focusing on through collaborations.

 

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RLM and Anglo American Platinum Collaborate, In Pursuance of Quarantine Site

The Rustenburg Local Municipality has joined hands with mining giant, Anglo American Platinum to establish a new quarantine site in Rustenburg. The move comes on the back of the increasing Covid-19 infections in the City and makes Rustenburg the Province’s hotspot, a reality which has beset the mining City for over 3 months, with no end in sight. To date Rustenburg has recorded 8646 cases with 4686 recoveries as at 02nd August 2020.

Most recorded cases are from the City’s local hotspots which are Rustenburg CBD, Tlhabane, Marikana, Sunrise Park and Freedom Park. The City through the interventions of the Executive Mayor has been at the fore-front of providing solutions as the pandemic continues to ravage the region, with serious socio-economic repercussions. Today, two Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC’s) or Public Safety – Councillor Victoria Makhaula delegated as Executive Mayor and MMC for Community Development Councillor Nombulelo Xatasi, met with a delegation from Anglo American Platinum.

The purpose of the meeting, was to conduct an inspection in loco at the Municipality’s Ben Marais Hall. The Municipality had committed to availing facilities to assist with the establishment of a quarantine site, this comes from the strategic social partnership between the Municipality, other government departments and the mining sector known as the IGR Forum on Covid-19.

The team from Anglo, had brought technical personnel to assess the current state of the facility which will house Covid-19 patients, a team of medical practitioners as well as technical support staff to manage the centre which will be administered by the Department of Health. The quarantine site, will mitigate the existing gap where some Covid-19 patient, fail to self-quarantine thus compromising the safety of others through movements.

MMC Makhaula, said the Municipality remains committed to playing the necessary part in this multi-stakeholder collaboration to help the people of Rustenburg, especially those who have impacted directly by the virus. Ben Marais, has previously been used by the Municipality to house homeless people, at between March and May 2020. The facility which was managed by the Department of Social Development housed over 80 homeless people, who have since been relocated to Rustenburg Recreation Centre.

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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.