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Local News: SAPS visited 102 pubs only 9 were compliant

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) said only a small number of pubs it visited over the weekend actually limited patron numbers, closed on time and abided by other Covid-19 regulations, News24 reported.

According to EMPD spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng, officers from the metro and SAPS visited 102 pubs, of which just nine were compliant with the Disaster Management Act.


The majority had more than 50 patrons at a time and/or did not scan visitors, display control books, make sanitisers available and close their doors before 22:00.

Mokheseng told News24 they got away with a “strong tongue lash from law enforcers” – for now.

Drunk Drivers

Mokheseng said that, in the east, north and southern regions of the city, “intoxicated male and female motorists, between the ages of 20 and 59, had to be temporarily removed from the roadways”.

In the Actonville, Benoni, Daveyton, Duduza, Etwatwa, Springs and Tsakane areas, 53 tipsy drivers were apprehended and 16 taverns visited, Mokheseng said.

“In the northern region, 60 intoxicated motorists found in Kempton Park, Tembisa, Clayville and Olifantsfontein were locked up and 23 shebeens visited,” he added.

In the southern region, a further 26 people driving under the influence were arrested and 63 clubs were visited in Alberton, Germiston and Katlehong.

Twenty people were arrested for various crimes in Boksburg, Kempton Park and Tembisa, while eight cars reported stolen were found.

In a weekend operation, officers arrested a total of 265 people.

“All detainees facing charges of malicious damage  to property, possession of suspected stolen property, driving while intoxicated/while under the influence of alcohol, possession and dealing in narcotics were escorted to different police stations and they are expected to appear at relevant the magistrate’s court/s soon,” Mokheseng said.

Local News: 297 suspects arrested in joint operation

A total of two hundred and ninety seven suspects were arrested for various charges during operations which were conducted on 13 August.

The arrests were as a result of joint operations between SAPS members, EMPD, JMPD and other stakeholders.


Among the suspects arrested was a suspect who was arrested for an Elsburg hijacking and rape case. The suspect is linked to seven cases of car hijackings and rape that were committed in Dawn Park and Alberton perpetrated in 2014, 2016 and 2017.


In Tembisa, a 35-year-old male has been arrested for business robbery, pointing of firearm, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunitions while his wife, was arrested for possession of stolen property, property robbed from a business that includes fourteen boxes of cell phones.


In Benoni, members seized forty three phendukas (used in illegal mining), three oxygen cylinders, twenty five metal stamping rods, twenty nine metal pots, two hundred metal balls and ten bags of gold soil.

Ivory Park

In Ivory Park, members arrested three suspects for possession of suspected stolen vehicles and property, and recovered two NP 200 bakkies that were reported stolen in Kempton Park and Dawn Park in February and April this year.

The District Commissioner, Major General Vincent Leshabane appreciated the arrests effected as a result of patrols, stop and searches, road blocks and compliance inspections at liquor outlets to ensure that Disaster Management Act regulations are adhered to.


Source: SAPS

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



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Ekurhuleni: Excavator Set To Root Out Invasive Plants in Lakes and Dams

On the left is CEO of Ultratrex Machinery, Mr Edward Bovu as he was handing over the newly purchased amphibious excavator to MMC Makhosazana Mabaso at the Germiston Lake.


The City is stocking up on resources to maintain its lakes and dams, while caring for the environment.

Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment Resources and Waste Management Services Cllr Makhosazana Mabaso officially received the amphibious excavator at Germiston Lake.

The amphibious excavator will be launched at the Germiston Lake for testing and training of officials who will operate it.

It will later be moved to dams that need urgent attention such as the President dam, Murray Park, Brakpan dam and Kleinfontein dam to assist with the prevalent water hyacinth.

This versatile machine can be used for different functions but it is specifically designed to manoeuvre in wetlands, lakes and dams.

This new equipment will augment the already existing Watermaster that was bought by the City in 2009.

The two machines are set to improve the efficiency at which the city manages and controls alien invasive vegetation in its lakes and dams.

The amphibious excavators can do the following functions:

  • Maintenance and cleaning of waterways, lakes and shorelines
  • Erosion control and prevention
  • Deepening of waterways
  • Maintenance and repair of natural environment
  • Flood protection and flood maintenance works
  • Landscape building and protection
  • Accessing difficult strands of water/soft terrain

Over R6 million has been invested in the purchase of the amphibious excavator.


Source: Ekurhuleni.gov

Ekurhuleni: No tarrif increase

The City of Ekurhuleni has decided not to increase the municipal tariffs that are within the control of the City, and relaxed credit control and debt management due to the unprecedented COVID-19 circumstances.

This was announced by the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance and Economic Development Cllr Nkosindiphile Xhakaza who delivered the City’s 2020/21 Budget today.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional strain to strained municipal revenues. For instance, the City was forced to adjust the budget downwards from an approved MTREF Capex of R7.4 billion in the current financial year to R4.9 billion in the coming financial year, a move that has massive impact on the City’s infrastructure delivery programme.

“Despite our stretched finances, as a caring and responsive government, we have heeded the call. After carefully considering the dynamics and the resources at our disposal, we are proposing NO increase of municipal tariffs that are within the control of the City,” MMC Xhakaza said.

Among tariffs that are not to be increased are the following:

  • Assessment rates
  • Sundry tariffs
  • Refuse removal
  • Burial and Cemetery
  • Municipal Bus Services.

This package will come at a cost of R956 million to the City.

The social package is set to increase by R300 million from R3.8 billion to R4.1 billion this financial year. This is in addition to the R956 million relief that comes with the new tariff structure.

“In the quest to bring dignity to our people and provide a better life for all, we will continue with the social package. It must be made clear that we do that because we understand that our people deserve a compassionate government now more than ever,” said MMC Xhakaza.

The indigent relief breakdown is as follows:

  • 100% rebate on assessment rates;
  • Free refuse removal;
  • First 100kWh of electricity per month is free. This is more than the provision made by national government policy and the City will bear the costs of the difference;
  • First 9kl of water and sewer per month is free;
  • Special rates on emergency services such as ambulance and fire-fighting; and
  • Free indigent burial.

The City will continue to provide the first 6kl of water for free to all households with a property value of up to R750 000.

With regard to electricity, 100kWh of electricity will be given to every household meeting the requirements of a consumption of 600kWh and below – which is the Inclining Block Tariff (IBT) A.

To minimise the effects of the lockdown on the ratepayers, interest on current arrear debt accrued from 1 April 2020 are suspended for a period of six months,with payment extensions; debt payment.

Source: Ekurhuleni.gov

pick n pay


WE ARE OPEN! The department of health gave us the all-clear this morning, and we are open to serve you again with excellence. Our deep cleaning crew did an outstanding job last night with a full sanitisation of the store.

Thank you to all our customers for their support and kind words – we will be passing these messages of support on to our staff as it means a great deal to us. Our customers and staff are always our first priority and we have persevered through these trying times because of you. We look forward to assisting you this weekend!

Ekurhuleni invites unemployed youth to apply for work.

City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality invites unemployed youth to apply for Work Integrated Learning / Internship Programme 2020 / 2021

Learnership / Internship Application Closing Date: 31 July 2020

Selection Criteria:

  • City of Ekurhuleni Residence
  • Must not have participated in a similar programme/s before
  • Must not be older than 35 years of age
  • Be a South African citizen
  • Applicant must be unemployed
  • People with Disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Permanent employment is not guaranteed after completion of the training.
  • Opportunities exist in the following fields of study:

Fields of study:

  • Administration (ref: 20000035)​​​​​)
  • Plumbing and/or Civil Engineering (ref: 20000036)
  • Computer Sciences and Information Technology (ref: 20000037)
  • Electrical Engineering Studies (ref: 20000038)
  • Graphic Design and Journalism (ref: 20000039)
  • Sales and Marketing Management (ref: 2000003A)
  • Human Resources Management and Management (ref: 2000003B)
  • Agricultural and Environmental Studies (ref: 2000003C)
  • Built Environment (ref: 2000003D)
  • Communication and Marketing (ref: 2000003E)
  • Economic Studies (ref: 2000003F)
  • Engineering Studies (ref: 2000003G)
  • Finance and Accounting (ref: 2000003H)
  • Health Sciences (ref: 2000003I)
  • Human Resources(ref: 2000003J)
  • Information Communication and Technology (ICT) (ref: 2000003K)
  • Legal Studies (ref: 2000003L)
  • Management and Administration Studies (ref: 2000003M)
  • Property Evaluations (ref: 2000003N)
  • Social Studie (ref: 2000003O)
  • Town and Regional Planning (ref: 2000003P)
  • Transport and Licensing Studies (ref: 2000003Q)
  • Accounting Studies – Internship (ref: 2000003R)
  • Engineering Studies – Internship (ref: 2000003S)
  • Law / Legal Studies – Internship (ref: 2000003T)

Please note

  • Applications will not be considered if the necessary required qualifications and documents are not attached to the online application.
  • Candidates may be requested to submit proof of the NQF level applicable to the qualifications they have obtained.
  • Should candidates not be informed of the outcome of the application within eight weeks of the closing date, it should be regarded as having been unsuccessful.
  • The City of Ekurhuleni subscribes to the principles of the Employment Equity Act and reserves the right not to appoint.

How to apply

Please note: The link below will take you to the City of Ekurhuleni career website with a list of internships.


Use the given Ref Number / Requisition ID to locate the internship you wish to apply for.

Apply Online for the City of Ekurhuleni Learnerships / Internships 2020 / 2021

Enquiries: Colin Ramogale: (011) 999 7747

Source: studentroom

PnP Bracken City is closed – Positive COVID-19

PnP Bracken City is closed due to a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on 18 June 2020

As we approach day 84 of Lockdown we have managed to keep our store free of any confirmed cases. It is, however, with the sad news that we have to inform our community that we had a staff member test positive for COVID-19 on 18 June 2020. As an essential services provider, we have been serving customers every day since the start of the Lockdown to the best of our ability. We take the safety and good health of our staff and customers extremely seriously, and have protocols in place that are immediately carried out should one of our staff members contract the coronavirus.
– The store is immediately closed.
– The staff member is sent home immediately to self-isolate.
– We carry out contact tracing for staff that were in regular or close contact with the affected staff member, and they are also sent home immediately to self-isolate.
– As an additional precaution, all remaining store staff are screened by health practitioners.
– The store is thoroughly deep cleaned and sanitised.
– The store is only reopened with the approval of a relevant Department of Health official.

We have been committed to serving our community as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Since the country went into Lockdown, we have implemented rigorous preventative health and safety protocols, including:

– Split shifts (splitting our staff compliment into two teams)
– Social distancing, outside the store as well as inside the store
– Introduced Crowd control, only allowing 90 customers in the store at a time
– Perspex screens for cashiers
– Private staff transport, to and from work
– Preventative thermal fogging
– Deep cleaning all general areas daily
– Staff screening on the start of every Shift
– Daily staff updates and training
– Mandatory use of masks. And gloves where necessary
– Sanitising of customers hands entering and exiting our store.

At Pick n Pay Brackenhurst, we strive to support our community and put the well being of our staff and customers first. We will also provide support to our staff member and her family during these tough times.
We want to thank all our customers for their patronage throughout this time and will always be looking at new and better ways to offer a safe shopping and working environment for our customers and staff.
We will provide regular updates on our Facebook page
With Kind Regards, Pick n Pay Brackenhurst

Ekurhuleni: Our Call Centre System Is Down

Customers are informed that our Call Centre system is currently down. The following channels can be used to report municipal service interruptions during the system downtime:

  • Twitter handle: CoE_Call_Centre
  • Facebook page @ www.facebook.com or CityOfEkurhuleni
  • Siyakhokha website, email @
  • Call.Centre@ekurhuleni.gov.za
  • My Ekurhuleni App

Customers may also call or WhatsApp the numbers below in accordance with the areas their queries relate to.

Please WhatsApp after hours, and use the landlines during office hours.

The City of Ekurhuleni would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.

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