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Collect Your Unapproved Building Plans

The City of Ekurhuleni calls on those who submitted building plans that were not approved between 2014 and 2019 to collect them before the end of April 2021.

These are plans submitted and not approved where owners did not do any follow-ups with the City Planning Department to check if there were corrections that needed to be made to their plans.

According to law, a property owner wanting to build or extend a building must have building plans drawn up by an architect or a drafter and submit to the City Planning Department for approval.  In some instances the owner is advised to make certain alterations to the plan before it can be approved.

What is the Process to Build a Custom Home

Building your own custom home is an exciting project to look forward to but it can be overwhelming if you’re not sure how the process works, what to expect and who manages what aspects. In this article, we will explain the various steps in the process of building a new custom home. 

What is the process to build a custom home?

Please note that this article will not give you a step-by-step guide on how to actually build a house from laying foundations to securing the roof. It will rather guide you through the first steps and initial processes involved in the project, through to your all exciting moving day. It will help you to understand how and when things happen, who usually manages what steps and what to expect and plan for when building your own custom home.

Part I: First Steps in the Building Process

  1. Research and draft home plans and design ideas
  2. Research home builders and get a rough quotation
  3. Make sure that your home design and budget fit
  4. Finalize your designs and decide on specifications and finishes with detailed architectural plans
  5. Get municipal approval
  6. Apply for utilities and services including electricity
  7. Finalize the quotation and budget with your home builder
  8. Apply for finance if you’re building with a bond
  9. Enter into a written contract with your builder

Part II: Breaking Ground to Moving Day

Your building contractor will then take over to move the project through the following steps:

10. Have your soil tested and classified
11. Register the new build with the NHBRC
12. Establish the building site and begin construction
13. Manage progress reports and payment schedules
14. Manage the variation order process in case of changes and amendments
15. Have the build inspected at key stages through the construction process
16. Complete the building process and acquire all of the necessary certificates of compliance
17. Manage the final account reconciliation
18. Apply for the Occupancy Certificate from the local building inspector

At this point, your new custom home will be ready to move into! The final step in the building process comes one month after you have had occupancy of the house. You will:

19. Alert your building contractor of any snags that need to be rectified
20. Pay the final retainer amount

Building without following an approved building plan may lead to the concerned structure or building being demolished at the cost of the owner.

Residents are urged to contact their nearest Customer Care Centre to do follow-ups on their submitted building plans. They can also contact the regional managers:

South Region:

Tabudi Tebele – Tabudi.tebele@ekurhuleni.gov.za  /011 999 4228

North Region:

Thapelo Mogatusi – Thapelo.Mogatusi@ekurhuleni.gov.za  /011 999 3975

Eastern Region:

Anton Basson – Anton.Basson@ekurhuleni.gov.za  / 011 999 8720

Five men beat, rob Ekurhuleni commuters inside taxis

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police has asked residents to be vigilant when boarding taxis, following complaints of commuters being robbed inside moving minibus taxis.

Spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said they have been inundated with calls from alleged victims who said they were robbed while commuting.

The latest reported incident was on a Saturday, January 23 when a woman in her late twenties boarded a taxi to take her to the Germiston CBD.

The white Toyota Quantum minibus taxi picked her up in Dinwiddie area, on Blackreef road between De Beer and Kasteel roads and next to the Reef shopping Mall at around 2pm. Inside were five male occupants including the driver.

“She said that when the taxi was in motion, four passengers took out a knife and a firearm and started assaulting her,” Mokheseng said.

“She was robbed of her jewellery, a cellphone and her purse. She had R450 cash and a bank card in her purse. She also said a banking app on her cellphone was accessed and R1 000, which is her daily limit, was immediately transferred by the crooks.

“She was dropped off injured and disoriented after two hours, on the side of the roadway in Primrose area, by the cemetery.

“A good Samaritan came to her aid and they proceeded to the nearest police station.”

Mokheseng said paramedics were called and the woman was taken to the nearest hospital, for treatment.

She later learnt that her attackers had accessed her second bank account and gone on a shopping spree, spending R10 000.

The second incident was reported on a Friday, February 5, in Katlehong where a man in his thirties boarded a taxi from Sontonga road next to the Caltex filling station.

“He was destined for Germiston and crooks in a white Toyota Quantum minibus taxi stopped with five males inside. They also beat him up, robbed him and dropped him in Vosloorus next to a river.

“The South African Police Service, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department Taxi Task Team and other Law Enforcers, are investigating.

“Members of the community and taxi commuters, are advised to be alert at all times and requested, to report any criminal activity to the nearest EMPD precinct, police station or to dial 08600 10111, alternatively 112, on their cellphones, so that this lawbreakers could be brought to book,” he said.

Ekurhuleni Fulfils 109-Years-Old’s Birthday Wish

Cllr Mzwandile Masina made Gogo Moleleki’s 109-years birthday when he visited her home at Nhlapho Section in Katlehong bearing gifts.

“My only wish was to see the mayor of the City for my birthday and get a colour television set – and I am happy that my wish came true,” said Gogo Moleleki.

Mayor Masina, accompanied by MMC for Health and Social Services Cllr Nomadlozi Nkosi donated a television with full satellite subscription, groceries, and a birthday cake.

“Gogo Moleleki was amongst the women who staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria. It is women like her who have paved the way for women’s voices to be heard and rights protected in South Africa,” said the executive mayor.

The mayor further thanked those who donated items towards making Gogo’s 109-years birthday celebration a memorable one for her and her family.

MMC Nkosi made arrangements for a team of health workers to visit Gogo Moleleki’s home for routine check-ups.

The liberation struggle veteran Gogo Moleleki turned 109 on 14 February 2021.

7 Shops destroyed in Brakpan fire

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services has confirmed that seven shops have burned down to the ground, while eight residential flats have been affected by a blaze that broke out in Brakpan.

Firefighters are still on the scene dampening the buildings before police officers move in to investigate the cause of the fire.

Three firetrucks are currently stationed here while firefighters work in pairs, dousing the smouldering wood and debris.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Friday morning and spread to several shops, leaving many business owners with nothing to salvage.

The emergency service’s William Ntladi said that firefighters managed to contain the blaze early enough.

“When we arrived, the shops were well alight. We believe there wasn’t anybody [inside], the shops were not open by that time, so we can’t tell what the actual cause of the fire is. That still needs to be investigated.”

Those who have lost everything in the fire are sitting on the pavement on the opposite side of the street, drinking tea to calm them down.

Many are too angry and distraught to speak about the devastation.

Local News: Updated loadshedding schedules for Ekurhuleni

The City of Ekurhuleni has amended its loadshedding schedule to respond to customers needs and provide for up to Stage 8.

The amended schedules, which has already been uploaded on the City’s website, is applicable immediately.

When Eskom declares Stage 1 or 2 loadshedding, the latest schedule that is now available will be the one that the City uses in implementing loadshedding in areas in Ekurhuleni that are provided electricity by the City.

The loadshedding schedules for,
Alberton
Benoni
Boksburg
Brakpan
Edenvale
Germiston
Kempton Park
Nigel
Tembisa,
can be downloaded here.

 

Local News: Tombstones destroyed by vandals

The Star visited the Vosloorus cemetery, which resembled a demolition site as more than half of the graves with tombstones had been vandalised.

Decimated tombstones at a major Ekurhuleni cemetery have drawn the ire of families, whose loved ones’ graves were destroyed due to an alleged lack of security by the city. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency (ANA)

It was unclear what the motive for the destruction was, but the security wall meant to protect the graves was in a porous condition, and the city said it was the entry point for the vandals.

After The Star had sent questions to the city regarding the vandalism, Makhosazana Mabaso, Ekurhuleni’s member of the mayoral committee for environment resources and waste management services, released a public statement expressing sympathy to families for the destruction.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened by this heinous criminal act.

“A cemetery is a peaceful final resting place for our loved ones, and should be treated with respect and dignity.

“We will not allow criminal activities to prevail in our facilities, and we are working with law enforcers to get to the bottom of this situation,” Mabaso said.

However, when The Star followed up with Ekurhuleni on whether it would help families replace dozens of destroyed tombstones, after having acknowledged that it was responsible for “the upkeep of the cemeteries and provision of protection that is sufficient for such sacred facilities”, the city said it would not.

“While the incident is most unfortunate, the city will not assume financial responsibility,” said Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe.

Betty Seboka, 64, whose husband’s tombstone was destroyed, said that the city’s stance had exacerbated the grief she felt on Friday when she saw the shocking state of her life partner’s resting place.

Seboka, whose husband was buried in 1994, said it was heartbreaking that her children worked hard to ensure their father had a dignified resting place, and paid almost R24 000 for the tombstones to be erected in 2018.

“Then there are African customs that we do to unveil the tombstones that also cost a lot of money. The city needs to pay for this damage because we thought our loved ones were secured in the cemetery, but they were not,” an emotional Seboka said.

Her daughter, Motshidisi, confirmed that Ekurhuleni had opened a criminal case and that her family had given a statement to police.

The Star

Local News: Partial Opening of Public Libraries

Due to COVID-19 and the State of Disaster restrictions, the City’s libraries were closed from end of March. Permission has now been granted by Minister of Arts and Culture to partially re-open some libraries.

Not all libraries and services can be opened immediately due to the Lockdown Level 2 restrictions to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus.

The following services will open from Wednesday, 16 September 2020

  • Study facilities at libraries listed below.
  • Limited number of students allowed to adhere to social distancing.
  • Two slots per day Monday to Friday: 9h00-12h00 and 14h00 to 16h00
  • Online research questions answered
  • Virtual Libraries
  • Circulation services at identified libraries
  • Drop and collect.

Patrons can either phone/email the library to request books. Librarians will select the books and put them together. These can be collected at a specific arranged time. All the books returned will be put in quarantine for at least seven days (7).

Unfortunately, due to the logistics and exposure NO computer facilities can be used. Patrons can use their own devices in the study facility through the Wi-Fi connectivity.

List of Libraries


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Ekurhuleni

Local News: ANC infighting blamed for halted Ekurhuleni water project

A group of residents in Langaville near Tsakane has stopped a R56.8 million water leaks project meant to benefit 15,000 houses in Tsakane, Langaville and Gelukdal, part of the City of Ekurhuleni’s “war on leaks”.

The group says it will not allow the project to continue unless community members are given jobs. They also question the criteria used in the tender award won by Makhado Management.

For the past four weeks, the contractor has been blocked by the community from entering Extension 4. Metro police have been patrolling, but residents say they will fight the police if they try to defend any “outsiders”.

The City says the project is to reduce water wastage by fixing leaks on private properties and ensuring that all properties have functional water meters.

According to the City, the project also “seeks to upskill local [business] and labourers, who are appointed and trained by the main contractor to conduct the actual domestic plumbing work”.

“The number of the local subcontractors that were to be appointed for Phase 3 was 15. Once the project is complete, it is envisaged that the community of Tsakane will have access to local plumbers that have the skills to conduct quality work in their homes,” the City said in a statement.

The City’s media liaison office said that the the contracts were advertised at the Tsakane Customer Care Centre and “shared through Council’s ward structures”.

But community committee representative Bheki Ngobeni said, “Our councillor did not even inform the branch executive committee in our area that the project plans had been finalised. We were surprised to see many people from other wards knocking on our doors during this Covid era, saying they want to check our premises for leakages … We were waiting to submit our CVs and project proposals. No one told us where and how to go about it.”

Resident Freddy Malongwe said he has a certificate to work in plumbing but was not given a chance to submit a proposal.

Resident Abongile Gxara warned that “if any unknown faces enter this community to repair our toilets, taps and sewers, hell will break loose. It makes no sense for strangers to be employed in the project while us community members are jobless.”

“Our community has never been given a chance to get jobs in any of the projects. Millions are being syphoned [off] while cheap labourers from other wards are being employed and cheap material is used to fix our homes. The same contractor is used every time, which makes us think that someone in the council is benefitting somehow,” said Gxara.

Meanwhile, many residents are disappointed by the halt to the project.

“We were hoping that everything would be fixed by now. Now that the project is on hold it means we must suffer a while longer,” said Bontlenyana Sauhatse. She has a leaking tap and toilet, and her yard stinks from the seepage.

Ward 81 Councillor Makhosazana Glorious Gwayana (ANC) said, “The community is suffering because of these silly fights … I have been receiving calls from people … They want their toilets fixed.”

She said metro police called in to monitor the situation were chased out of the area.

Gwayana said the people stopping the project are fellow ANC members with a political objective. “This is an example of party hooliganism whereby members of a political party want to benefit from all projects alone without giving other members of the community a chance. If they are employed in the project the job continues, if they are not employed, they fight.

“The people who are fighting me are not ordinary members of the community but are the ANC branch leadership. They have a political agenda. We are going to provincial elections next year and they are trying to score points for themselves. They expect me to serve them as the ANC because l am from ANC. That is not possible, as a councillor l serve the whole community, not just ANC. The problem is that they are politicising the matter and unfortunately l cannot give them what they want, and l cannot call a big meeting because of Covid-19 regulations,” said Gwayana.

She said the project must benefit all the voting districts, with 15 people hired for each.

Gwayana said the matter had been escalated to the Mayco Member for water and sanitation.

The City of Ekurhuleni said it is aware of the stoppage and seeking legal advice.

By Kimberly Mutandiro – GroundUp

Germiston News: Simmer & Jack Landfill burns while ANC Ekurhuleni leadership fiddles

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni is dismayed at the latest environmental disaster to strike the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE). A Massive fire broke out in the Simmer & Jack Landfill site in Primrose Germiston on Tuesday 8 September.

Landfill fires are of particular concern owing to its degree of difficulty in extinguishing the flames as well as the residue and noxious smog it gives off. The exact cause of this incident still needs to be determined, but the terrain conditions did indicate that the surface area was dry, it was warmer and the working surface was not being compacted as per operating standards recently.

It has come to the DA’s attention that the operating contractor has not been paid by the CoE since June, which is shocking and unacceptable. This lead to the breakdown of the site contractor vehicles, which are needed to optimally run the site and to compact the working surface of the landfill.

One of the recommended methods from industry experience in fighting a landfill fire is to smother it with layers of covering soil. This option was not immediately available owing to the working vehicles unavailability, caused by the cash flow restriction.

The DA has no confidence that the MMC of Environmental Resources and Waste Management, Cllr. Khosi Mabaso and the Head of Department, Mrs. Faith Mabindisa have the best interest of the Department, City or its residents at heart.

This is just the latest in a string of failures under their leadership, which includes the negligence of appointing grass-cutting contractors between July 2019 and June 2020. Grass cutting is still not taking place in the majority of the City’s parks and open spaces, which further exacerbates the pollution levels in the City’s dams and wetlands.

Furthermore, the CoE is in contravention of environmental air quality legislation and the DA will leave no stone unturned to have this matter investigated and the perpetrators taken to task.

This crisis is also not taken as seriously as it should be when HOD Mabindisa’s response to Councillor’s queries is, “the Department has been requested by the MMC to address Councillors through the office of the MMC”. Therefore, meaning that Councillors may no longer get answers to queries directly from officials but through a carefully spin-doctored response from the ANC political office.

The DA applauds the Primrose Fire Department for its quick response, but more specialised resources will be needed in haste.

DA Ward Councillor, Wendy Morgan, in whose area the landfill site is has escalated her concerns to the City Manager’s Office, and “ we will be closely monitoring the response.”

by Cllr Tiaan Kotzé – Member of Environmental Resource & Waste Management Oversight Committee in City of Ekurhuleni

 

Local News: Bredell Reservoir to Bring Relief to Kempton Park

The Bredell reservoir in Kempton Park is almost complete with contractors applying finishes before it is ready to take in water. Once completed, the reservoir will add 22.5 mega litres of storage to the City’s existing 954 mega litres.

It is part of 29 reservoirs that the City committed to build within the three years up 2020/2021, which will altogether add 417 mega litres of water storage translating into approximately 12-hour additional storage capacity taking the total storage limit to 48 hours. This means the City will be able to supply water for a period of 48-hours in case the supply from the water supplier, Rand Water, is stopped for whatever reason.

The construction of the Bredell reservoir started in February 2018, providing labour intensive jobs to the communities living closer to the construction site.

Built at a cost of R82 350 190, the reservoir will come as a huge relief to the community of Kempton Park and the industries such as warehouses and logistics companies, including the OR Tambo International Airport situated a few kilometres from the site of the reservoir.

Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina visited the construction site of the reservoir on 8 September to monitor progress, and expressed satisfaction that the construction was at 98% completion stage.

 

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