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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Watchdog request premier to intervene with relocation of Cornation Park residents.

We as the Municipality Watchdog will request the premier of Gauteng, Hon. David Makhura to intervene and assist the residents of Cornation Park in Krugersdorp with the relocation to Munisieville, this comes after a court order was obtained by the Mogale City Local Municipality and a court have ruled they must leave the park by the 16th December 2014.

We are unhappy with the temporary shelters that was built for this residents by the Red Ants as the workmanship is sloppy and unacceptable, water is not available on this site and there is no ablution facilities, residents will have to make use of temporary chemical toilets.

Basic Water and sanitation is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to foodwaterhealth care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

  • Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit municipality-watchdog.co.zayou can follow the Municipality Watchdog on Twitter and Facebook.
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Temporary shelters for Cornation Park Residents in Munisieville. Picture Source: Elsabe Colangelo
Power Outage

Load shedding implemented – 2 November 2014 (08:00 – 22:00)

Eskom have implemented load shedding today from 08:00 – 22:00

We have requested Municipalities to make their load shedding schedules available to the Municipality Watchdog, schedules will be made available via our social media platforms and website in the due course.

Load shedding schedules are available on our blog: Find your load shedding schedules here . Some of the Municipalities will say make use of this schedules as published alternatively visit your municipalities own website for more information

Eskom Statement: Eskom to implement load shedding from 08:00 tomorrow morning

For available Municipal Load shedding schedules and contact details: Municipal Customer Schedules

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.

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

Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, info@municipality-watchdog.co.za

Or visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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Municipality Watchdog request premier to intervene into the looming water crisis affecting Christiana and surrounding areas

The Municipality Watchdog requested the Premier of North West, Hon.Supra Mahumapelo

Water contaminated with Raw Sewerage in Christiana. Picture Source:Melda Adlem
Water contaminated with Raw Sewerage in Christiana. Picture Source: Melda Adlem

to get it contact with the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality and resolve this issue as matter of urgency. This comes after sewerage spilling trough the taps of residents staying in and around Christiana and receiving their municipal services from the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality.  The Mayor and Municipal Manager must be held accountable for this mess and a full investigation must be launched into this matter as it is unacceptable practice by the municipality. The water quality must also be tested by an in depended laboratory as it is unsuitable for human and animal consumption. The Municipality Watchdog is merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the problem would be solved. Residents approached Municipality Watchdog with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear-cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted. The Total ignorance to date by the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality, this can only is interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties. Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to foodwaterhealth care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

  • Details: Contact André Pieterse on 082 640 1051, email info@municipality-watchdog.co.za or visit www.municipality-watchdog.co.zayou can follow the Municipality Watchdog on Twitter and Facebook.

Water supply fully restored to the affected areas in Krugersdorp (Mogale City):-

According to a statement release by Nkosana Zali, spokersperson for the Mogale City Local Municipality, water was fully restored to the affected areas within Krugersdorp – Full Media Statement: WATER FULLY RESTORED TO MOGALE CITY

Mogale City Local Municipality has fully restored water to Kenmare and Noordheuwel, the last areas remaining after a three week water disruption that affected 30% of the city.
The Municipality is happy with reservoir levels as this means areas will have enough pressure or normal water supply.

Once more, the Mogale City Local Municipality and Rand Water would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to residents of the affected areas since the 16th September 2014.
Officials of the Mogale City Local Municipality, Rand Water, Premier of Gauteng and the Minister of Water and sanitation will be holding a meeting at the civic centre tomorrow to discuss appropriate plans to avoid a recurrence of this situation and welcomed by the Municipality Watchdog.
We as the Municipality Watchdog would like to thank the Mogale City Local Municipality, Rand Water and the team for working round the clock to ensure water was fully restored to the affected areas.
We also encourage residents of the affected areas to bring it to our attention or their ward councillors should they experience any water interruptions in the affected areas so it can be brought to the attention of the Mogale City Local Municipality, water and sanitation department so it might be investigated individually as it might be isolated cases.

This morning at 7h00 the readings were as follows:
Kenmare Reservoir 5.53m
The Dome 1.13m
Kenmare Towers 3.63m
Factoria 4.02m
Noordheuwel Tower 6.00m
Rangeview 2.03m
Sump 3.47m
For More Information don’t hesitate to contact:
Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog
Email: info@municipality-watchdog.co.za
Web: http://www.municipality-watchdog.co.za
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Water interruptions in Krugersdorp (Mogale City) continues:-

Who are to blame for the recent spate of water shortages in Krugersdorp as the recent spate of water interruptions turned into a blaming game between Rand Water and the Mogale City Local Municipality?

Residents of Noordheuwel, Rant en Dal and Kenmare Ext 4 is left without water for 17 days now or they must be happy with a limited or non-supply of water.

Residents in the affected areas are furious because no information is forthcoming from the Mogale City Local Municipality on this sensitive issue.

Water interruptions reflect poor service delivery, residents in the affected areas are furious and the emotions are running high.

This can only be interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties.

Deon Nel who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease (MND, is a Resident of Krugersdorp (Noordheuwel) and are very much effected by this water interruptions, his wife needs a lot of water to come true the day as the water needs to be pre-boiled etc.

Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to food, water, health care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realize within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

For More Information don’t hesitate to contact:

Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog

Email: info@municipality-watchdog.co.za

Web: http://www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

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Water interruptions causing Havoc in Gauteng:-

Who are to blame for the recent spate of water shortages in Gauteng.

This comes after a power outage affected the Eikenhof pumping station of Rand Water. Residents of the City of Johannesburg, West Rand and Ekhuruleni Metropolitan municipality, are currently affected and have to struggle with no water or a limited supply.

The Municipality Watchdog will request the Minister of Water and Sanitation Ms Nomvula Mokonyane to intervene and investigate this matter.

Water interruptions reflect poor service delivery, residents in the affected areas are furious and the emotions are running high.

The Municipality Watchdog is today merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the crisis would be solved. Residents even today approached Municipality Watchdog  with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the municipalities, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted.

This can only be interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties.

Deon Nel who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease (MND, is a Resident of Krugersdorp (Noordheuwel) and are very much effected by this water interruptions, his wife needs a lot of water to come true the day as the water needs to be pre-boiled etc.

Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa: the rights to food, water, health care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realize within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

For More Information don’t hesitate to contact:

Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog

Email: info@municipality-watchdog.co.za

Web: www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

Follow us on twitter: – http://www.twitter.com/Municipality and Like us on Facebook: – www.facebook.com/MunicipalityWatchdog

Krugersdorp water woes continues:-

Water interruptions in Krugersdorp continues although the Mogale City Local Municipality had water restored to some areas

Municipal workers connecting the new pipe. Picture: Lynette Muller
Municipal workers connecting the new pipe.
Picture: Lynette Muller

before 10 pm last night, residents once again woke up without water this morning.

This comes after a pipe bust providing reservoirs in the area with water and the municipality had to suspend their mainline water supply due to the bust to start with repairs and incurred us their technicians and engineers is on site.

Water interruptions are currently experienced in Krugersdorp West, Krugersdorp North, Burgershoop. Appel Park, Munsieville, Quellerie Park and Dan Pienaarville,

The Municipality Watchdog also received numerous complains that areas such as Rant en Dal and the Krugesdorp Central Business district are now also without water

This is not the first time that residents have to struggle with their water supply. Residents are unhappy with the Mogale City Local Municipality in the way how this matter was handed and that there was no information forth coming from the municipality on this situation, why did the municipality not informed resident via SMS or email and keep them updated on the progress made to resolve this matter.

Water interruptions reflect poor service delivery, residents in the affected areas are furious and the emotions are running high.

The Municipality Watchdog is merely the voice of the people negatively affected by the non-supply and at this stage, actually in total darkness as to when the crises would be solved. Residents even today approached Municipality Watchdog  with a request to organize the withholding of payments to the municipality, an approach not yet supported by us, but seen as a method to send a clear cut message to the administration and Council that their loyalty (and finances) must not be taken for granted.

 

This is total ignorance from the Mogale City Local Municipality, this can only be interpreted as a total disrespect for the plight of residents who do not have water to flush their toilets, prepare food etc. Having the added advantage of being a mother, you will understand that small children and even baby’s suffer the most in such instances and it is the woman who are most upset by non-supply, given their added responsibilities to manage the food and children above their work related duties.

Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s   human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Afica: the rights to foodwaterhealth care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

For More Information don’t hesitate to contact:

Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog

Email: info@municipality-watchdog.co.za

Web: www.municipality-watchdog.co.za

Follow us on twitter: – http://www.twitter.com/Municipality and Like us on Facebook: – www.facebook.com/MunicipalityWatchdog

Water interruption causing havoc in Krugersdorp

Residents of Krugersdorp is furious because of the latest spade of water interruptions affecting

Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock
Image by: Gallo Images/Thinkstock

Krugersdorp West, Krugersdorp North, Burgershoop. Appel Park, Munsieville, Quellerie Park and Dan Pienaarville. Residents made use of social media sites to show their frustration as they didn’t received prior notification of this interruption and to prepare for it as it is entering its fourth day.

According to a statement on the Mogale City Local Municipality website, the water supply was suspended after a burst water pipe damaged the mainline that supplies local reservoirs. The Municipality mentioned that their technicians and engineers are working around the clock to repair the pipe and restore normal water by the end of the day.

The Municipality Watchdog is concerned that residents of the affected areas was not informed prior to this interruptions and that the Mogale City Local Municipality did not make any water tankers available to assist residents in the affected areas.

Basic Water is a necessity and everybody’s human right as set out in Section 27 in the constitution of the Republic of South Afica: the rights to food, water, health care and social assistance, which the state must progressively realise within the limits of its resources. What happened to the (Batho Pele – caring, empathy, respect, recognition, value, reward, compassion and consultation) principals, that was adopted by Local and Provincial Government.

For More Information don’t hesitate to contact:

Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog
Email: info@municipality-watchdog.co.za
Web: http://www.municipality-watchdog.co.za
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Watchdog condemns violence in Mossel Bay Service Delivery Protests:-

The Municipality Watchdog would like to see Mrs. Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape,  intervene and meet with the

Picture: @JolindyDreyer | Twitter
Picture: @JolindyDreyer | Twitter

concern Community and Mossel Bay Municipality.

We condemns violence against people and municipal and private property in any possible way and would like to see community leaders to suspend the service delivery protests and go back to the table and see how they can resolve this situation.

Service Delivery protests are taking place all over South Africa, tension is running high. We celebrated 20 years of democracy and this practice is still shocking.

Mayors and Municipal Managers must be held accountable for this practice and we would like to call on all political parties not to make promises to resident’s prior elections, which they can’t keep. We would like to encourage people to make sure they are registered to vote in the 2016 municipal elections and go and fight at the polls and support a party of their choice and a party that can deliver services to the best of their ability.

For More Information don’t hesitate to contact:
Andrè Pieterse – Founder Municipality Watchdog
Email: info@municipality-watchdog.co.za

Web: http://www.municipality-watchdog.co.za
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