Andre Pieterse, Municipality Watchdog founder, issued the following statement: we would like to Request the COJ (City of Johannesburg) to ensure fire hydrants are clearly mark and are easy accessible for emergency vehicles. Inspections must also be carried out on these hydrants to ensure they are in a good working condition; water pressure should also be tested on a regular basis. The Municipality Watchdog is calling for a full investigation into the state of fire hydrants in and around the COJ, the Municipality Watchdog also wants to know who is responsible for the testing and maintenance of these hydrants, as it raises a serious concern as this is a very serious issue. Please report people vandalizing
and steeling the steel caps protecting these fire hydrants. This is a criminal offence, and you can be punished for it. Reports can be made to the COJ Emergency Connect Call Centre on 011 375 5911 or via the COJ Connect Call Center on 011 375 5555 / 0860 562 874. We would also ask the residents of Johannesburg to keep fire hydrants accessible and clear for emergency personal, and encourage residents with fire hydrants in front of their properties to report any problems to the municipality.
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The Municipality Watchdog would like to know from Metrorail what they are going to do to ensure the health and safety of its commuters making use of their services on a daily basis. This comes after the Municipality Watchdog received numerous complains from commuters. This complains and pictures were submitted to Prasa and no feedback was received on the correspondence submitted to them.
According to the founder of the Municipality Watchdog, André Pieterse the Lanwen Station near Krugersdorp is currently being utilised as an illegal dumping site.
“Health risks posed by illegal dumping are frightening. The Municipality Watchdog believes children who play in open areas containing dumped waste are at risk of being injured by broken glass, sharp pieces of metal or other dangerous items in the waste.
“Also, perishable waste like discarded food creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. This property is also a hiding place for criminals and people in the area busy with illegal activities.
The Municipality Watchdog would like to see the CEO of Prasa (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa), Mr Tshepo Lucky Montana to intervene and to implement a strategy to keep commuters safe and look after their health whist they are waiting for the train to arrive. We would also like more staff to be deployed to stations to ease the congestion of passengers.
Public toilet facilities must be available to its commuters, whilst cleaning is outsourced to a reliable company. This will ensure stations and platforms will be kept clean on a daily basis.
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Municipality Watchdog request municipalities to inform its residents and consumers of planned or unplanned load shedding on their official websites and social media platforms; this comes after most of the country was left without electricity after 9am this morning as Eskom announced an emergency within its power grid.
We would also request municipalities to make their load shedding schedules available to us; this schedules will published on our social media platforms and available to the public. Alternatively visit http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/ or contact Eskom on 086 003 7566 for more information on its load shedding schedule. Municipal customers need to contact their own municipalities for the correct schedules.
Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off geysers, pool pumps and all non essential appliances throughout the day to further reduce the impact of rotational load shedding.
Customers are cautioned to treat all electrical connections as live during this period.
We anticipate that we will be load shedding until 22:00 tonight. However, should we receive the necessary savings from all our customers and the situation improves, we will terminate load shedding earlier, Eskom said.
Eskom had declared an emergency at 06:00 this morning and asked key industrial customers to reduce load by 10%.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact the Municipality Watchdog.