Fire Hydrants in the City of Johannesburg not functioning

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Fire Hydrant, you can clearly see a hole in it. These hydrants are situated near the Roodepoort Collage, Shopping Centre. Picture: Adrian Maytom

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

Is this Fire Hydrant still functioning? Picture: Adrian Maytom
Is this Fire Hydrant still functioning? Picture: Adrian Maytom

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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Watchdog concerned about the health and Safety of commuters making use of Metrorail’s services:

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    Sign at Lanwen Station, near Krugersdorp – Picture: Adrian Maytom
    Sign at Lanwen Station, near Krugersdorp – Picture: Adrian Maytom

    concern because of the people staying in and around the affected area.

  • This is not for sensitive readers as some of the pictures posted contain human faeces. 

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.

Please let us know if you experiencing any problems with Metrorail’s service and sign our petition below:-

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A broken bench at the Lanwen Station, near Krugersdorp – Picture: Adrian Maytom
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A block toilet at the Lanwen Station near Krugersdorp Picture: Adrian Maytom
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A locked gate, with rubbish lying in the corner at the Lanwen Station near Krugersdorp. Picture: Adrian Maytom
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Rubbish lying in the corner at the Lanwen Station near Krugersdorp. Picture: Adrian Maytom
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Commuter’s poohing all over the place, this is a health risk as no toilets facilities are available – at the Lanwen Station near Krugersdorp. Picture: Adrian Maytom

For More information don’t hesitate to contact:

André Pieterse on 082 640 1051 or Adrian Maytom on  082 632 7760, email info@municipality-watchdog.co.zaor visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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Watchdog welcomes report on Water and Sanitation

The Municipality Watchdog welcomes the report on Water and Sanitation, released by

Photo: The appalling 'bucket' toilet. 19 December 2012, Magaung Township, Free State, South Africa. Photo: Leonie Marinovich/NewsFire
Photo: The appalling ‘bucket’ toilet. 19 December 2012, Magaung Township, Free State, South Africa. Photo: Leonie Marinovich/NewsFire

the South African Human Rights Commission on the 11th March 2014.

This comes after a spade of service delivery protests were people lost their lives because of water and sanitation and a lack of service delivery in poor communities

Water and Sanitation is a necessity and not a luxury, we are in the 20th century and will be celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa.

It is still unreal to see how many South Africans don’t have access to running water, whilst people is making use of the bucket system, long drops and pit toilets in municipalities.

For more information on your right to sanitation click below for the pamphlets or visit www.sahrc.org.za for more information.

Water from the Lekwa Municipality . Picture Source: Standerton Klagte
Water from the Lekwa Municipality .
Picture Source: Standerton Klagte

For more information don’t hesitate to contact the Municipality Watchdog.

Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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Media Statement: Load shedding causing havoc nationwide

Municipality Watchdog request municipalities to inform its residents and consumers of Load Sheddingplanned 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.

Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email mailto:info@municipality-watchdog.co.zaor visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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