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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

Photo Credit: Unsplash

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

Local News: Add Your Comment on the City’s Draft Revised Bioregional Plan

The City of Ekurhuleni calls on business people, residents and land owners, all interested and affected stakeholders to give their input on the Bioregional plan that is currently being reviewed.

The purpose of the Bioregional plan is to inform land-use planning, environmental assessment and authorisations, and natural resource management by a range of sectors whose policies and decisions have an impact on biodiversity.

Therefore, the interested and affected stakeholders are informed of the availability of the Draft Revised City’s Bioregional Plan for comment for a period of 30 days. All interested and affected stakeholders are hereby requested to submit written comment by the 31 August 2020.

However, due to risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, hardcopies will not be made available. Electronic copies of the report and associated shape files are available for download from the following websites:

http://www.cesnet.co.za/public-documents

https://www.ekurhuleni.gov.za/residents/bioregional-plan.html

Furthermore, a Webinar session will be held as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Time: 10:00 to 13:00

In order to receive an invitation to participate, please register your interest by the 14th August 2020 with the contact below or for more information:

Tel: 043 726 7809 | E-mail: g.hawley@cesnet.co.za

Ekurhuleni News: How to Lodge a Claim for Damages

Residents whose electrical appliances are damaged due to an irregular power supply have a recourse to recover their loss.

This is done through a public liability claim.

Claims can be lodged when a member of the public suffers loss or damages attributable to an act of neglect or omission on the side of Council or any of its employees.

In an event where the damage to an electrical appliance belonging to the customer occurs as a result of the customers fault, the City will not be held liable and as such it will not pay out any claims.

When claiming for damage or loss of an electrical appliance, the following procedure must be followed:

  • Submit a claim in writing to the Risk Management Division – these claim forms are available from all customer care centres;
  • Substantiate the claim (ie grounds on which claim is based) by submitting a detailed affidavit of the events that resulted in the loss or damage;
  • Supply insurance details or an original sworn affidavit that there is no insurance covering this loss or damage;
  • Provide detailed quotations for the repair and/or replacement of the property so that the quantum of the loss can be determined.
  • Once the claim is submitted, the relevant must complete and submit a Risk Management Public Liability Claim form within 24-hours (48 hours over weekend).

The contact details of the City’s energy department claims technician are as follows:

Simphiwe Khumalo on 011 999 6549

Email:Khumalo@ekurhuleni.gov.za

 

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Ekurhuleni News: Consol Glass cancels R1.5bn manufacturing plant due to the alcohol ban

Consol Glass has indefinitely suspended construction of a new R1.5 billion glass manufacturing plant in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng due to the reduction of the demand for glass products driven by the Covid-19 pandemic and government’s actions to slow its spread, including bans on the sale of alcohol and restrictions on all on-premise consumption in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

The legal alcoholic beverages industry accounts for about 85% of sales in the glass packaging industry.

On-premise consumption comprises around 55% of alcohol consumption volumes, and will be prohibited until level 2 of the lockdown.

The combined effect of Covid-19, the current alcohol ban, ongoing restrictions on on-premise consumption, and lost compound growth will see the South African glass industry decline by an estimated 15% over the next 12 months.

The R1.5 billion project – which had commenced  construction in Nigel, southeast of Johannesburg – would have added 130 000 tons of glass production to Consol Glass’s capacity and would have repatriated imports of glass for Coca-Cola, Heineken and ABInbev.

It was anticipated to create 120 direct jobs, and approximately 2 600 additional employment opportunities across the value chain, from waste pickers to truck drivers, CNC machine operators, glass machine operators, fitters, electricians and additional senior managers.

The expansion would have doubled the capacity of Consol Glass’s existing Nigel factory, and would have required additional locally sourced raw materials including silica, lime, feldspar and cullet (recycled glass) and was expected to support new investments in the mining industry.

 This announcement also means that Africa’s largest mould-manufacturing company, Ross Moulds, based in Wadeville, will halt its capacity expansion programme, which would have seen the company expand its highly skilled workforce by 25%.

In addition, R800 million approved to rebuild and maintain Consol’s current furnace capacity and footprint in SA is on hold pending clarity on market demand. The ongoing ban of alcohol sales and restrictions of on-premise consumption results in massive future demand issues and lost confidence in these markets recovering.

The cancellation of the Nigel project comes on the back of the recent announcement by Heineken that it has cancelled the construction of a R6 billion brewery near Dube TradePort in KwaZulu-Natal, and by South African Breweries that the business has cancelled R2.5 billion in investments for 2020 and are reviewing another R2.5 billion for 2021.

Mike Arnold, CEO of Consol Glass, said: “It is clearly a tremendous disappointment and a considerable loss to South African industrial capacity. It was a difficult decision to make, but unavoidable given the significant impact of the pandemic and the second ban on alcohol sales in South Africa. Had there been no alcohol ban, as in most other countries around the world who have dealt with the impact of the pandemic, our models indicate that demand would have reduced only slightly. In that instance, the glass industry would still have been short of capacity and the Nigel expansion would definitely have still been required. As it is, however, the second alcohol ban has not only reduced consumption in the short term, it has created massive uncertainty going forward. With no clear time frame on when the industry will be permitted to return to trade, confidence in the market returning to normal in the future has been severely compromised.”

The first alcohol ban resulted in losses of R1.5 billion to the glass packaging industry, and if the second ban continues without clarity on its duration, it will place at risk 25 000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs in the industry’s supply chain.

Consol Glass, alongside other glass packaging industry players, is urgently lobbying for government to provide certainty around the duration of the second alcohol ban to enable the industry to put in place appropriate measures that will protect assets, preserve jobs and safeguard livelihoods that are dependent on the industry.

EKURHULENI NEWS: THOKOZA POWER UPDATE

It has been three weeks since the transformer at Thokoza substation was on fire leaving customers connected to it without electricity.

“The City of Ekurhuleni has been working around the clock to restore power and repair damaged equipment at the substation. “

“As from Monday, 27 July, the 20 MVA transformer is undergoing a number of load tests over a 24-hour period. One set of 6.6 kV side panels is also complete and tested. In addition cables have been laid and are part of testing with the transformer.”

 

“Restoration of customers will happen in stages. Priority is given to all areas that have been normalised – this is where bypassed meters have been removed and new prepaid meters installed.”

Ekurhuleni: Bedfordview Motor Licensing Closes After COVID-19 Case

The Bedfordview motor vehicle licensing offices closed after four of staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

This temporary closure allows for the City to conduct the standard operation procedure of disinfecting the building for the safety of clients and employees.

While the offices remain closed, the Drive-Thru facility remains fully operational for renewal of vehicle licences.

Mamokete Mojalefa, Manager for Bedfordview office, said motorist and residents who wish to pay for municipal services in Bedfordview are advised to please make use of the Germiston or Edenvale offices.

 

 

Ekurhuleni: Power Outages

The City’s Energy Department requests customers to please be patient during this lockdown period as the City deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting operations as more staff test positive and some go in to quarantine.

This results in delays in attending and resolving complaints as the department continues to work on skeleton staff. Customers are urged log calls with the call centre and receive reference numbers.

Street light repairs are not prioritised at this stage as all resources are directed to assist with power outages.

Efforts will be made to shorten restoration times, but the department does not rule out the possibility of shutting down depots for a period of time should the need arise due to COVID-19 challenges.

Calls can be logged with the call centre through:

 

My CoE App

Twitter: @CoE_Call_Centre

Emails:

Call: 0860 543 000

Ekurhuleni: Bus Services suspended in Germiston.

Ekurhuleni Bus Services (EBS) has suspended all Germiston operations until further notice.

This follows after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine. All drivers and support staff who were in contact with the infected member are being tested, and will be quarantined depending on their status.

Services will only resume once the staff complement is sufficient to operate the service again.

The City apologises for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

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