Media Statement: Service Delivery watchdog congratulate political parties

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Municipal Elections 2016 Logo – Source:Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)

The Municipality Watchdog would like to make use of this opportunity to congratulate all political parties that contested the Local Government Elections 2016 as this was a well contested election.
We also want to make use of this opportunity to congratulate all counsellors on their success and wish them well in their term of office.
We as the Municipality Watchdog will be keeping a close eye on Service Delivery and make sure political parties will govern as promised, as per their mandate set out in their manifesto’s.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact the Municipality Watchdog.

Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 267 7099
, email mailto:info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit http://www.municipality-watchdog.co.za
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Media Statement: Service delivery Watchdog concerned about the in accurate disposal of Ballot boxes papers

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Municipal Elections 2016 Logo – Source:Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)

The Municipality Watchdog will be writing to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), and demand some clarity after concerns were raised on the disposal of ballot boxes and marked ballot papers after the Local Government Elections on the 3rd August 2016.

This comes after pictures on social media that showed ballot boxes as well as ballot Papers left unattended or discarded at voting stations across the country and that correct disposal procedures were not followed by officials of the IEC.

Presiding officers in charge of this voting stations must be held accountable as the correct procedures was not follows as per the Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act 27 of 2000.

This practice must be investigated, voters put their trust in the IEC to unsure elections are conducted free and fairly.

Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 267 7099

, email mailto:info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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Ballot Boxes  with spoilt ballots and election material laying scattered in Koedoe Park, Rant en Dal, Krugersdorp (Mogale City) Source: Janine Viljoen (Krugersdorp News)
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Ballot boxes with their seals intact lying scattered and was found in Port Elizabeth – Source: Deon Van Tonder (Facebook)
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Ballot boxes with their seals intact lying scattered  and was found in Port Elizabeth – Source: Deon Van Tonder (Facebook)

 

City is becoming a safety hazard

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Striking Pikitup employees. Photo: Independent Newspapers

The Municipality Watchdog would like to request City of Johannesburg and Pikitup to appoint and protect contractors to remove waste during the strike, as it is becoming a safety hazard.
“Waste is piling up in and around the city, it is a health risk to the residents and people staying and working in the city,” the organisation’s André Pieterse said.
“We would also like to see top management of Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg intervene and to do everything in their power to bring this strike to an end.”
The city should reimburse residents and businesses for service not rendered.
Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 267 7099,info@municipality-watchdog.co.za
or visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za
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Municipality Watchdog, Christmas Message:

The Municipality Watchdog would like to make use of this opportunity to wish all the residents residing in Krugersdorp a

merry-christmas-and-prosperous-new-year-wallpaper-1024x768 (1)nd other parts of South Africa a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2015. We want to thank you for your support during 2014. We are looking forward hearing from you in 2015, we will still attend to service delivery complains throughout the holidays, so don’t hesitate to contact us. “Remember your voice is Power”. Complains can be send toinfo@municipality-watchdog.co.za , you can alternatively contact Andre Pieterse on 082 640 1051.

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16 Days of activism against Child and Woman Abuse

Municipality Watchdog supports 16 Days of activism against Child and Woman Abuse

Held every year from 25 November to 10 December, 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international campaign that raises awareness about violence against women and children.

Regardless of South Africa’s world-renowned Constitution and a legislature that safeguard women’s rights, violence against women and children remains at unacceptable levels. The violence takes different forms such as sexual harassment, abuse, assault, rape, domestic violence and other cultural practices that are harmful to women and children.

The campaign aims to:

  • Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour
  • Involve men in helping to eradicate violence
  • Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives

Municipality Watchdog urges all residents to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon to show their solidarity. A white ribbon is a symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children.

Syntell Sustainability 2014

Make your municipality more financially sustainable – through effective revenue incomes

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and payments approaches

 

The Syntell Sustainability 2014 is an interactive forum designed for metropolitan, district and local municipalities and traffic authorities; local and provincial government, councils and cities from across the continent.

The Forum will showcase the latest technologies and best practices for effective revenue management (including revenue collection and procurement) in order to improve service delivery. With the ultimate goal of ensuring that municipalities from Africa share best practices and so that pockets of excellence can be replicated.

Syntell Sustainability 2014 will demonstrate that a ‘one-size fits all’ approach will not work and will explore the need to identify different policy responses for overall accountability in building robust and financially sustainable cities and municipalities.

Commercially viable revenue management strategies designed for electricity, water, rates collection, traffic and parking services.

Contact:-

Travis Hyde, Marketing Assistant  on +27 21 700 4300 or e-mail: travis.hyde@hypenica.com for more information.

Website: – http://www.sustainability2014.co.za/

Technology improves financial sustainability at African municipalities

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Concern about Medical |Hazardous Waste Dumped in Magaliesburg

The Municipality Watchdog is concerned about the Medical Waste that was dumped in

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Sharps disposed in a Cold drink bottle and not concealed in a Yellow Sharp Container. Picture:James Freeborough

Magaliesburg near Krugersdorp on the West Rand. We will request authorities to investigate this matter and impose strict penalties against the guilty parties involve.

The dumping breaks waste management laws and poses serious health risks including ground water and bore-hole contamination, and the spread of hepatitis and HIV.

Hazardous bags was also left next to the road.

A policy that was published on the Department of Water affairs website and a guideline to medical waste disposal companies.

Yellow Bags containing Medical Waste Next to (R24) heading to Magaliesburg Picture: James Freeborough
Yellow Bags containing Hazardous  content was left next to  (R24) heading to Magaliesburg Picture: James Freeborough

 

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Water contaminated  by Petrol and Diesel after an Accident –  (R24) heading to Magaliesburg Picture: James Freeborough

 

POLICY ON THE DISPOSAL OF MEDICAL WASTE

I. All medical waste must be incinerated for at least 1 second at 800 °C in an

incinerator with a valid licence in terms of the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention

Act, 1965 (Act 45 of 1965), which has available capacity.

 

II. Should there be technological options other than incineration available for the

treatment of biohazardous waste (excluding anatomical parts, radioactive waste

and chemotherapeutic waste), which will have final results with regard to impacts

to the environment and human health similar to, or better than, that of

incineration, the Department will consider motivations to use these technologies.

This implies that all infection risk/potential should be completely eliminated over

time, and the waste should no longer be recognisable as of medical origin.

 

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR OBTAINING APPROVAL FOR THE

UTILISATION OF TECHNOLOGIES ALTERNATIVE TO INCINERATION FOR THE

HANDLING OF MEDICAL WASTE

 

1. An application must be submitted to the Department, and the application must be

supported by an extensive motivation report containing a general technical assessment

of the technology. The information required in the motivation report/general technical

assessment (GTA) must include, but is not limited to, the following:

 

1.1. A detailed description of the project life cycle (e.g. construction,

commissioning, operation etc.)

1.2. A detailed description of the proposed technology;

1.3. A product life cycle: all processes and procedures to be used in the

implementation of the proposed technology, including the following:

 

1.3.1. Types of medical waste to be treated and any methods for sorting this waste

1.3.2. The final products resulting from the proposed technology;

1.3.3. Classification of the final product according to the document Minimum

Requirements for the Handling, Classification, and Disposal of Hazardous

waste,

1.3.4. The location where the final products will be disposed of, including detail

regarding any legal obligations and constraints at that location; as well as

specific operational procedures and precautions that must be followed by the

Site Operator;

1.3.5. Sustainable evidence that the final products resulting from the proposed

technology will have effects similar to, or better than, the effects of

incineration on the environment and on human health, including reliable tests

conducted over time to determine the presence and/or persistence of the

following:

 

¨ Escherichia coli

¨ Streptococcus faecalis

¨ Proteus vulgaris

¨ Proteus sp.

 

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¨ Klebsiella aerogans

¨ Alcaligenes faecalis

¨ Micrococcus spp.

¨ Staphylococcus aureus

¨ Staphylococcus albus

¨ Pseudomonas aeruginosa

¨ Candida albicans

¨ Hepatitis B

¨ HIV

¨ HIV infected cells

 

1.3.6. A water management plan addressing all issues with regard to water quality

and quantity (including a detailed water balance),

1.3.7. A detailed mass balance,

1.3.8. If transportation of medical waste from different sources to a central point is

required, all precautions necessary to minimise the risk of spillage,

1.3.9. The impacts of the processes, procedures and final products as well as the

disposal methods on the environment and on human health; and

1.3.10. A conclusion containing a clear statement by the applicant, supported with

reliable evidence, to the effect that this alternative technology will have effects

similar to incineration on the environment and on human health.

 

2. The Department may, during the process of evaluating the application, require any

additional information from the applicant that may be necessary to reach a decision.

 

3. Should an application to use an alternative technology at a specific Waste Disposal Site

be approved by the Department, the Permit Holder of that specific site must be

approached by the successful applicant with a request to dispose of the final product

resulting from this technology at that Site.

 

4. Should the Permit Holder at that Site give his consent to the applicant, in consultation

with parties involved in his Site, that the waste resulting from the use of this technology

may be disposed on at his Site, the Permit Holder must then submit an application for a

Permit amendment to the Department, since all Permits for landfill sites exclude medical

wastes to be landfilled, unless it has been incinerated.

 

5. The Department will then consider the application for a Permit amendment, as submitted

by the Permit Holder of the Site.

 

6. Should the application for a Permit amendment be approved, the permit amendment will

then include specific conditions to control the disposal of this waste in a manner that is

acceptable to all parties.

 

7. Only after the Permit Holder has received the approved Permit amendment, may this

technology be used to handle medical waste.

For More information don’t hesitate to contact:

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

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

  •  Please Note: This is note related to Municipal service delivery. This is a great
    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 – Rain Caused Havoc all over Gauteng.

On 30 & 31 January Krugersdorp and various parts of the West Rand felt the fool force of Mother Nature with flash floods closing Floodsschools and damaging property. Monument High School had to send their learner’s home after the Monument dam flooded its banks causing huge damage to the school. Shop owners at the President Square had their hands full as the canal behind President Square came down with force pushing water up as far as Jack’s Paint at President. Some home owners in Krugersdorp-West are left with huge damages after the canal also could not handle the huge mass of water after heavy rain came down during the night. Destroying away everything in its path. Other parts on the West Rand saw roads been flooded due to storm drains been blocked. Cars that got stuck in some parts that needed to be rescued. Krugersdorp saw 129mm rain fall in a 15 hour period.

We as the Municipality Watchdog would like to request the Municipalities to assist residents were possible and to assist the damage to infrastructure to and the cost involve repairing this damages, we would also see the Gauteng Provincial Government and the MIG (Municipal Infrastructure Grant) to assist Municipalities with the funding to get damaged infrastructure repaired.

Please be causes as more rain is expected over Gauteng and a Flood Warning issued by the South African Weather Service according to media reports.

For More information Contact:

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

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