Eskom, Maluti-a-Phofung to finalise revenue collection agreement

Deputy President David Mabuza says processes are underway to finalise a service level agreement between Eskom and the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality in the Free State, on the collection of debt owed to the power utility.

Responding to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the Deputy President said the agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of the month.

“While the issue of the reliable provision of water has been one of the pressing issues in the municipalities due to constant interruptions of electricity, we found that the sustainable resolution of this issue will depend on resolving the municipal escalating debt to Eskom.

“In this regard, processes are underway to finalise the service level agreement between the municipality and Eskom, including modalities for collection of revenue as directed by the court on the 8th of June this month,” he said on Tuesday.

This comes after a protracted process that has seen Eskom initiating judicial processes with an aim of getting into an active partnership concept with Maluti-a-Phofung, where Eskom would act as an agent to collect revenue for the municipalities.

Prior to this, residents had opted to pay for electricity directly to Eskom as per an earlier court order.

As at 31 March this year, Maluti-a-Phofung owed Eskom R5.9 billion in unpaid debt.

Addressing NCOP delegates, the Deputy President said the process that is currently underway would lead to a sustainable resolution.

“This will result in the sustainable resolution of the municipal outstanding escalating debt, which impacts on the reliable provision of water, sanitation and other basic services.

“The public participation process on the details of this agreement has begun, and we expect this agreement to be signed before the end of the month.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy President called on residents to pay for services that they consume.

“We are also calling on our communities to pay for services. Pay for the water that we consume and pay for the electricity that we consume so that we are in a position to maintain the infrastructure,” he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Germiston police station temporarily closed

GAUTENG – Germiston Police Station will be temporarily closed for decontamination due to COVID-19 related matter.

The Community Service Center will be temporarily at the mess hall no: 10 long street Germiston

Telephone lines at Germiston SAPS Community Service Center will not be accessible during closure.

The SAPS management apologise for any inconvenience that may arise from this.

The Community is advised to contact the following numbers:

Lt Col Kgomo Acting- Vispol Commander: 083 336 2470

Colonel Pienaar – Detective Commander: 082 8228037

Colonel Tsheoga – Support Commander: 082 3321698

Relief Commanders: 071 675 7395

Standby duty Officer: 079 695 1789

Source: South African Police Service

Randburg police station temporarily closed for decontamination

GAUTENG – All communities serviced by Randburg police station are advised that the police station has been temporarily closed for decontamination after a positive test for Covid-19.

The Community Service Centre will be operating from station’s Pink room which is situated inside the premises.

The telephone lines at client service centre will not be accessible for the duration of closure.

The building will be undergoing decontamination and the community will be informed when the station will be operational again.

Station Commander: 082 335 2470

Vispol Commander: 082 411 4644

CSC commander: 082 469 2398

Duty officer: 082 469 2429

Detective service branch: 082 778 7901

Support Services: 082 576 4416

Communication Officer: 079 888 3514

The South Afrcan Police Service management apologise for any inconvenience may arise.

Source: South African Police Service

Police appeal for information to locate a missing woman

LIMPOPO – The Police in Lephalale are appealing to members of the community to assist in locating a 20-year-old woman, Raesetja Sabina Moraba from Onverwacht who reportedly went missing on 16 May 2021.

She was allegedly last seen going to the local Mall at about 14:00 driving in her mother’s Toyota Yaris vehicle, metallic green in colour with registration numbers DNG 094 L.

Moraba, a former student nurse at Randburg Medi-Clinic in Gauteng Province, was last seen wearing green tracksuit pants with maroon emblem and white All Star sneakers.

Anyone with information that can assist to find the missing woman should urgently contact the Investigating Officers Warrant Officer Selokela on 082 319 9450 or Detectives Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Hlungwane on 082 565 7968 or crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station.

Source: South African Police Service

President Ramaphosa to deliver Youth Day address virtually

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday deliver virtually the keynote address commemorating Youth Day, and will launch the National Pathway Management Network to provide young work-seekers with a range of support, including training for work readiness.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Presidency said the Youth Day commemoration will be hosted as a hybrid event with a significantly reduced physical audience at the national event in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

“This follows the country’s move tomorrow, 16 June 2021, to Alert Level 3 of the COVID-19 risk adjusted strategy. This includes, for example, arrangements for the Youth Day commemoration, which was scheduled to be held in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow,” the Presidency said.

The President will provide an update on the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention, announced in SONA 2020, and will officially launch SAYouth.mobi, the National Pathway Management Network, to expand opportunities and support available to young people.

The National Pathway Management Network is a partnership between the National Youth Development Agency, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Department of Science and Innovation, Department of Employment and Labour, Department of Higher Education and Training, Department of Small Business Development, and the Youth Employment Service.

“Young people are encouraged to sign up to join the network and access opportunities through SAYouth.mobi,” the Presidency said.

It is 45 years since the uprising by learners against the mandatory use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction and the violent response of the apartheid government to communities’ objections.

The shootings provoked protests throughout the country and intensified resistance to apartheid.

Youth Day 2021 is commemorated under the theme, ‘The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society’.

The public is invited to follow the national event on government digital platforms and major news channels at 11am.

The event can also be followed on Facebook: http://facebook.com/GovernmentZA, Twitter: http://twitter.com/GovernmentZA, and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/GovernmentZA.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Vaccination gains momentum after setbacks

President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that South Africa will receive two million vaccines from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) by the end of the month, as the country battles the third wave of COVID-19 infections.

“We have received an indication from Johnson & Johnson that it expects to deliver around two million vaccines to South Africa by the end of the month.

“The initial doses we receive from Johnson & Johnson will be used to vaccinate educators in our schools and thereafter, security personnel on the frontline.

In a televised address to the nation on progress in the national effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, President Ramaphosa said South Africa currently has the estimated capacity, at present, to vaccinate at least 150 000 people a day.

The President said plans are afoot to increase this to 250 000 a day, “as soon as possible”.

President Ramaphosa announced the move back to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown in a bid to fight rising infections.

Setbacks

The rollout of the single-dose vaccine suffered some setbacks after the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) halted production following the investigation of good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations at the Johnson and Johnson factory in Baltimore, USA.

Because of these problems, two million vaccine doses that had already been produced are unusable.

However, President Ramaphosa said the issues surrounding productions have now been resolved.

“The Aspen plant in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape is now able to go ahead and produce new doses,” the President said, noting that the multinational has committed to significantly ramp up production.

“Now that the delays in the supply of vaccines are largely resolved, our immediate task is to complete the vaccination of all those over 60 years of age without delay.”

Meanwhile, the President said by the end of June, South Africa expects to have received a total of 3.1 million Pfizer vaccine doses. This is in addition to nearly 2.4 million Pfizer vaccine doses that the country has received.

The President once again urged everyone above the age of 60 to register for vaccination, whether online, by SMS, phone or in person.

Healthcare workers

To date, 480 000 health practitioners have received the J&J vaccine under phase one of the country’s vaccination rollout programme.

“While it must be our unwavering determination to ensure that no healthcare workers are infected, [there] is a significant reduction in infections, which can be attributed to the success of the first phase of our vaccination programme.

“At a similar point in the rise of the second wave of infections in early December last year, there were 640 health care workers infected by COVID-19 over a seven day period.

“In the last seven days, only 64 health care workers have been infected,” said the President.

Meanwhile, a further 1.5 million health workers and people over the age of 60 have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

This brings the total number of people who have received a vaccine dose to almost two million.

“It must motivate us to accelerate the rollout of vaccines and to ensure that all people who are eligible register and receive the vaccine,” said President Ramaphosa.

The President said he was pleased that the pace of vaccination has steadily picked up, and that the country is inoculating around 80 000 people a day at 570 sites nationally.

“Although it has encountered several setbacks, our mass vaccination programme is gaining momentum,” the President said.

Source: South African Government News Agency