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Local News: Police conduct massive O Kae Molao crime operation in Ekurhuleni.

Integrated operations with participation of SAPS including the Detectives who worked tirelessly along with EMPD, Gauteng Traffic, SANDF and other stakeholders last night until this morning to trace the suspects, arrested three hundred and fifteen suspects.

Operation O Kae Molao continue to yield positive results.

Arrests

  • One hundred and forty one of the suspects committed assault cases and
  • seventeen of them are related to gender-based violence cases,
  • twenty five illegal miners,
  • twenty four for malicious damage to properties,
  • twenty four for theft cases including burglaries residential,
  • thirteen for possession of drugs,
  • eleven for common robbery,
  • ten for rape,
  • five for murder and
  • three for possession of unlicensed firearm in Tsakane while another suspect was arrested for possession of dangerous weapon (gas gun) in Kempton Park.

Other suspects were arrested for cases ranging from possession of dagga, business robbery, murder, Attempted murder, drunk and Driving, fraud, reckless and negligence driving, contempt of Court and contravention of Liquor Act of 2003.

Fifty eight Traffic fines to the value of R35 450. 00 were issued.

Members recovered thirty bags of gold soil as a result of illegal mining in Benoni, a firearm in Tsakane, gas gun in Kempton Park, thirty one sachets containing crystal substances, a bag containing 14.2 grams of dagga and three sachets containing a white substance.

In Ivory Park, Norkem and Tembisa Policing Precincts dagga, nyaope and liquor were seized from the suspects.

The arrests were effected as a result of patrols, stop and searches, road blocks and visits to liquor outlets.

The District Commissioner Major General Vincent Leshabane thanked the members for achieving successful outcomes in Ekurhuleni and encouraged them to continue with operations in order to squeeze the space of the criminals.

Local News: Refuse Removal Officials Not Allowed to Pick Up Additional Refuse Bags

Customers are reminded that refuse removal workers are not allowed to pick up additional refuse bags, branches or any other form of refuse placed on top of or next to 240ℓ wheelie bins.

“The advantages of using wheelie bins is the ability to minimise the tearing of bags by rodents and dogs – a problem that is facing most households in the City,” said Mandisa Phosa, Ekurhuleni’s head of waste management services.

Phosa said customers who may need another 240ℓ wheelie bin for additional waste can visit their nearest customer care centre to apply for the bin.

When applying, please provide your identity document and municipal statement of account. The second bin is charged at a monthly fee of R 174.41 (excl Vat).

On collection day residents are reminded to take their bins out as early as 07h00 to avoid missing refuse collections.

Phosa pleads with all customers not to litter, avoid illegal dumping and to put their refuse out only on collection day.

Local News: Clarity Regarding Licence Renewals

It has come to the attention of the Department of Transport that there exists some uncertainty surrounding various license renewals and expiry deadlines.

“The City of Ekurhuleni incorrectly stated that the end of December is the extended deadline for renewal of motor vehicle licenses that expired during lockdown.”

“This City apologises for the confusion caused.”

According to the directions previously published by the Department of Transport the following deadlines were set out:

Motor vehicle license discs, temporary permits and roadworthy certificates that expired during the period that commenced from 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 May 2020 were deemed to be valid for a period ending on 31 August 2020.

All learner’s licenses, driving license cards, temporary driving licenses and professional driving permits that expired during the period that commenced from 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 August 2020 are deemed to be valid for a period ending on 31 January 2021.

Motor trade number licenses that expired during the period that commenced from 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 May 2020 are deemed to be valid for a period ending on 30 November 2020.

It must be taken into account that no further extensions will be granted and those who fail to renew on time will have to pay applicable penalties or face the necessary repercussions for late renewal.

Ekurhuleni

Local News: The Phelophepa Health Care train is in Gauteng

The Transnet-Phelophepa trains are free, mobile healthcare clinics that travel to areas of rural South Africa, where there is just one doctor for every 5,000 patients. Phelophepa (pronounced pay-lo-pe-pa) means “good, clean health” and is owned and operated by Transnet Foundation, with Roche being Phelophepa’s main external sponsor since the first train journey in 1994.

Today the Gauteng Health Department and Transnet launch the Phelophepa Health Care train.

The Health Train is to service communities who battle to access basic healthcare services in their area.

The train will be based at the Springs station for the next two weeks.

Here are all the dates:

Springs Station
31 August – 11 September

Olifantsfontein Station
14 September – 25 September

Dube Station Soweto
28 September – 9 October

The train will be open to the public from Monday to Friday, 7:30 – 4:00pm

Services Rendered by the Phelophepa Health Care train,

  • Health clinic including screenings for cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV and Aids testing
  • Covid-19 screening and testing
  • Eye Clinic with on site lab for spectacles
  • Dental clinic
  • Pharmacy and medicine dispensary
  • Psychological counselling

It’s important to arrive early and remember to bring your clinic card including the immunisation cards for children.

Treatment is scheduled on a first come first basis.

Local News: Ekurhuleni praises local news and radio stations

The City has acknowledged the importance of the local media for vital communication to the community.

By launching the Ekurhuleni Press Club the city is striving to provide all the local media with access of information and to also invest financially without hindering their independence.

The local government wants to elevate the local media and the role they play within their own communities.

The City is aware that with proper communication with local communities this will vastly improve the relationship they have with the local government. The local media is much closer to their communities than the mainstream media and the City wants to utilise this by ensuring the local public stays informed.

The Press Clubs will assist the media by having access to fundamentally important information that the local communities so desperately need. These awareness campaigns will assist the local communities regarding service deliveries and the current Covid-19 pandemic.

During the virtual meeting the City of Ekurhuleni awarded EK FM 1036 radio station for the outstanding role they played in the fight against COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local News: You Can Now Visit Your Loved one’s Gravesite

Gates to the City’s cemeteries are open for those who wish to visit their loved ones who have been laid to rest there.

According to Ekurhuleni the following cemeteries will only be open from,
06h00 – 08h00 and 15h00 – 18h00.

  • Vlakfontein,
  • Thomas Nkobi,
  • Cambrian,
  • Lala Ngoxolo,
  • Bredell,
  • Boksburg Sub Regional,
  • Kromvlei

This is due to increased burial activities.

Residents wishing to unveil tombstones can do so at any time from Monday to Friday between 08h00 and 15h00.

Only 50 people will be allowed to attend such ceremonies.

Those visiting gravesites are urged to keep to the COVID-19 regulations by always maintaining social distancing, wearing cloth facemask and frequently washing or sanitising hands.

Source: Ekurhuleni

Photo Credit: Unsplash

Local News: Ekurhuleni Grants Extension for Renewal of Licenses

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City is offering eligible drivers more time to renew their expired driver’s licenses.

Extension is granted for those who possess learner’s licenses, driving license cards, temporary driving licenses and professional driving permits that expired during lockdown. Licenses that expired between 26 March and 31 August are deemed valid until 31 January 2021.

Divisional Head for Licensing Hamilton Ledwaba said, “We have extended the period for renewal of these licenses with a goal of allowing our staff to deal with the backlog that came as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. We are working with limited staff complement due to Covid-19 regulations of social distancing and having to let employees with comorbidities to stay at home.”

He said, “We encourage residents to take advantage of this extended period to renew their licenses online and not wait for the deadline to approach.

“You will not be required to take a driving test when you renew your driving licence. You will undergo eye testing and your fingerprints will be taken. Alternatively, you can have your eyes tested by an optometrist and submit the report at the driving licence testing centre (DLTC). If your sight has worsened from the date on which your license was issued, new conditions will be attached to the new licence.”

How to renew your license?

All Gauteng residents must apply online for the renewal by visiting https://online.natis.gov.za/

• Complete form DL1: Application for renewal of driving license card.
• Complete the notification of change of address, or particulars of person or organisation (NCP) form.
• You will do an eye test or you can do it at an optometrist of your choice and take the results to the DLTC on your appointment date.

What do I take with on appointment day?

• Identity Document (ID) and a copy of your ID,
• Old driving license card, or valid South African passport,
• Four black-and-white ID photographs,
• Proof of residential address. If the utility bill is not in your name, the owner of the bill must make an affidavit declaring that you live at the address, and the utility bill must be attached to the affidavit. If you stay at an informal settlement, you must bring a letter with an official date stamp from the ward councillor confirming your residential address,
• Prescribed application fee.

How long does it take?

Your new driving licence will be ready for collection in four to six weeks after application.

Source: Ekurhuleni
Photo Credit: Unsplash

Local News: Our Tap Water is Constantly Monitored, Tested and Safe to Drink

The quality of the tap water in the City of Ekurhuleni is safe for consumption.

It is tested on two fronts:

• Firstly, Rand Water, which is the supplier of the water, treats it at their water treatment plants and ensures the quality by strict monitoring of the treatment processes, as well as daily sampling, and analysis – performed by qualified personnel.

• Secondly, on behalf of the City, the Water Quality Section from the Water and Sanitation Department collects samples throughout the reticulation network at daily intervals for testing. Qualified water quality officers perform on-site testing to ensure chlorine levels are sufficient and water samples are submitted for detailed testing at the East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) laboratory which is accredited by South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).

The analysis results are measured against the SANS 241 standard for drinking water quality.

Reporting on compliance with the SANS 241 standard:

The Water Quality Section produces a monthly compliance report that lists the chemical and bacteriological analysis results against the SANS 241 requirements. All drinking water sampling points results are also reported as a 12-month rolling average.

About the laboratories used for testing

• Rand Water Analytical Services is fully accredited by SANAS and demonstrates the organisation’s acceptance of international quality standards. The laboratory also participates in national and international proficiency testing schemes to continuously monitor the quality of its data.

• ERWAT laboratories, also a SANAS accredited laboratory, participate regularly in a national inter-laboratory comparison study (SABS Water Check) in which it obtains Z scores within the required limit. The personnel employed at the laboratory range from technicians to scientists.

Tests performed by Rand Water Analytical Services render data on hydrobiology, microbiology and chemistry.

  • The hydrobiology laboratory performs a diverse range of tests on both source and final drinking water, including aquatic toxicity testing, aquatic invertebrate assessment, algae and algal toxin monitoring and aquatic biomonitoring.
  • Chemistry laboratories perform extensive testing in organic and inorganic chemistry to monitor water quality for parameters such as pesticides, disinfection by-products, hydrocarbons, trace metals, surfactants, ions, taste and odour.
  • The microbiology laboratory performs analyses to determine the presence of indicator organisms (E. coli, coliforms, coliphages etc) and analyses various sample matrices for an array of pathogens that comprise viruses and bacteria, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

Sources: Ekurhuleni, Rand Water

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Ekurhuleni News: Dedicated Drug Unit Record Successes

The City’s established its own Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) within the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) in 2015.

Commandeered by Superintendent Deon Singh, a number of arrests have been made and he urges the community to work with his unit to root out this scourge from the community.

The DEU has busted numerous narcotics manufacturing plants and syndicates with millions of Rands worth of narcotics seized in and around Ekurhuleni.

This was possible due to tip offs from the community, and through the unit’s own thorough and dedicated stakeouts and tireless surveillances.

Among several convictions realised by the unit, two are still prominent. Two foreign nationals were convicted and sentenced to 10 and 20 years in prison in two separate cases at the Benoni Magistrates’ Courts.

DEU’s recent successes include 13 arrests with seizure of narcotics to the value of R3.4m in,

  • Reiger Park
  • Alberton
  • Kempton Park
  • Eden Park
  • Katlehong
  • Palmridge

In one guesthouse in Kempton Park, the unit seized 1.3kg of Ephedrine, with a street value of R1.3m, destined for narcotics manufacturing plants. A foreign national was arrested with R5m worth of crystal meth.

Community members are welcome to contact Supt Singh to report any drug suspicions or dealings.  

Communication will be dealt with the utmost importance and community members may remain anonymous.

He can be reached on:

  • Cell: 074 500 0007
  • Office: 011 999 1734.

 

Source: Ekurhuleni

Local News: Community parks open to the public

The City’s controlled access community parks are open, and ready to welcome members of the public.

However, residents are urged to follow the strict COVID-19 rules of always maintaining a social distance of 1.5m, wearing of cloth facemasks and regularly sanitising or washing hands.

The access-controlled parks operate from 06h00 to 18h00 daily. Security guards at the gate will monitor and manage the number of people entering to avoid overcrowding.

Access controlled parks opened include:

  • Bokkie Park
  • Blaaupan Dam
  • Gilloolys Farm
  • Dries Niemandt Park
  • Bulithando Multi-purpose Park
  • Nomathamsanqa Multi-purpose Park
  • Barcelona Regional Park
  • Germiston Lake
  • Alberton Dam

 

Source: Ekurhuleni

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