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Have Your Say In The City’s Budget And IDP

The City’s draft 2020/21 reviewed Integrated Development Plan and Multiyear budget is open for comments. This year, due to Covid-19, public participation will be through digital platforms. This is in response to Directions No 43291 issued by the Minister of Corporate Governance and Tradition Affairs, in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act 2002. How the budget is drafted The budget of a local government is a detailed plan of how it plans to spend funds in line with its objectives, needs and priorities. While local governments haveRead More

Mzansi COVID-19 cases rise to 3034

South Africa has 3 034 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 903 recoveries and 52 deaths, the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said on Saturday. Mkhize held a virtual briefing on Saturday evening, where he released the country’s latest COVID-19 statistics. Provincial statistics Gauteng has the majority of COVID-19 cases at 1 101, while the Western Cape has 836. KwaZulu-Natal has 604, Eastern Cape 270, Free State 100 and Limpopo 26 cases. In addition, the North West has 24 cases, Mpumalanga 25 and the Northern Cape 16. There were 32 unallocatedRead More

Nationwide lockdown extended!

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the National Lockdown to the end of April.

Lesedi Municipality measures for 21 day lockdown

Lesedi Local Municipality executive mayor, Cllr Lerato Maloka has released measures the municipality will take during the 21 day national lockdown. All municipality offices will be closed from March 26 at 16:15 until further notice. Other interventions include: All essential services provided by the municipality will continue as normal. These include: Water, Electricity, Sanitation, Fire & Rescue Services, Traffic and Public Safety. Cemetery services will only be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 – 12:00. Payments for grave bookings must be made to the municipality’s bank account. Payment forRead More

Premier Makhura tests COVID-19 positive

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has confirmed he is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. In a brief statement issued on Friday, the Premier said he on Wednesday began experiencing mild symptoms. “On Thursday, I decided to self-quarantine and test for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure. Today, Friday 10 July 2020, I received my test results confirming that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he said. The Premier in the statement said he was in self-isolation, in line with the WHO protocols and will work from home over the nextRead More

Lesedi mayor positive for COVID-19

The mayor of Lesedi, Cllr Lerato Maloka has tested positive for COVID-19. Just yesterday (July 9), the Executive Mayor of Lesedi Local Municipality announced that one of the members of the Mayor Committee tested positive. “The Executive Mayor received her test results this morning, 10 July, after undergoing the testing process,” said the municipality in a statement. The mayor will join MMC Motsepe in self-isolating for the next two weeks. The municipality has also advised anyone who has come into contact with the executive mayor to also go under self-quarantineRead More

Lesedi MMC tests positive for COVID-19

A Member of the Mayoral Committee in the Lesedi Local Municipality has tested positive for the Coronavirus. According to a statement released by the executive mayor, Lerato Maloka, the MMC for Infrastructure Services Ms Mapule Motsepe recently received her results confirming the diagnosis. “As a public representative, the MMC has been part of and involved in ensuring that the municipality and its surrounding areas meets its health infrastructure needs in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.” The mayor also stated that MMC Motsepe will be self-quarantined. State of affairs inRead More

Mzansi’s population approaching 60 million

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) says South Africa’s mid-year population is estimated at 59.6 million in 2020. According to StatsSA report on July 9, Gauteng continues to record the largest share of South Africa’s population, with approximately 15.5 million people (26%) living in this province. KwaZulu-Natal is the province with the second largest population, with an estimated 11.5 million people (19.3%) living in this province. Northern Cape maintained its status as the province with the lowest population in the country with a population estimated at 1.29 million people. Western Cape hasRead More

GP to build government-operated nursing college

The Gauteng Health Department has signed the statute paving the way for the establishment of a single government-operated nursing college in the province known as the Gauteng College of Nursing (GCoN). Following the signing of the statute on Wednesday (July 9), the GCoN forms the umbrella organisation for known nursing colleges such as Chris Hani Baragwanath, Bonalesedi, Rahima Moosa, Ann Latsky, SG Lourens and Garankuwa. Under this new arrangement, the various provincial nursing colleges will be regarded as campuses under GCoN administration. The responsibilities of the college will be toRead More

Gauteng overtakes Western Cape as COVID-19 hotspot

With over 75 000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Gauteng has overtaken the Western Cape as the epicentre with the highest number of infections, the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize said. As of Wednesday (July 8), the number of infections grew by 8 810 bringing to 224 665 the confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in South Africa. Unfortunately, 100 more people succumbed to COVID-19 related deaths. Of the new additional fatalities, 47 were from Western Cape, 18 from the Eastern Cape, 15 from Mpumalanga, 18 from KwaZulu-Natal and two from Limpopo, which bringsRead More

Truck set alight on N3 freeway!

An articulate truck caught ablaze at the interchange of Heidelberg roadand N3 south near Roodekop section in Katlehong, south of Ekurhuleni. According to reports, the truck was approaching an off-ramp from the freeway, driving direction Alrode industrial area near Alberton. The fire started at the truck horse, spreading through the first trailer loaded with bales of papers to the second trailer. The incident happened on Tuesday evening, July 7. “The emergency services firefighters from Alberton fire station were immediately called to the scene. More backup from Hlahatsi and Wadeville fireRead More

Lesedi COVID-19 cases skyrocket to 403!

In a small multiracial community covering areas like Heidelberg and Devon, the Lesedi Local Municipality seems to have an alarming rate of COVID-19 cases. The area currently has 403 confirmed COVID-19 cases. A week earlier, cases were reported at 240. Local institutions report COVID-19 cases Lesedi’s economic capital, Heidelberg has also been hardest hit with cases in its industrial and educational sectors. At the British American Tobacco South Africa (BAT), Mapepeza can confirm that 13  BAT employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at their Heidelberg factory. An additional 27 contractorsRead More

Ratanda school burglar caught in the act!

Ratanda police have arrested a 24 years old man after being caught stealing at Fountain Five Primary School in Ratanda. The suspect was arrested on Tuesday, July 7. “A law abiding citizen noticed unusual act the school. He keep a closed observation and noticed a man going in and out of the school premises carrying items. The community member immediately notified the police about the criminal act in the school premises,” explained police spokesperson Sargeant Gertrude Makhale. Responding to the complaint by Sector Patrol members was Sgt Lipson Mabote andRead More

Mzansi COVID-19 cases over 200 000

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases have breached the 200 000 mark, while the death toll is now sitting at 3 310. While the country has recorded 97 848 recoveries, infections increased by 8 971 to 205 721 on Monday (July 6), while 111 more people lost their lives. Of the new additional deaths, 50 are from Gauteng, 35 from the Western Cape, 17 from Limpopo and nine from the Eastern Cape. MEC dies from COVID-19 related disease The MEC of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs in the North West,Read More