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Councillor Anthony Still - November 2015

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Introduction: I last sent out a newsletter on 17 September so here goes for another edition. I am getting better at this Group Spaces technology so will in future to send out shorter emails more often. This mail concerns the following: - Some of the current Ward Issues - Two petitions that I would like you to submit your response to. - Brief observations on the City entities - A political note

Have a look at the information below my sign-off. I have included a JMPD 24/7 number. You can call it to request JMPD to investigate something or to come to a particular spot where a by law is being infringed or traffic rules are being violated.

Regards

Anthony Still Councillor – Ward 90 City of Johannesburg

082 820 8342 awstill57@gmail.com

Joburg Water – customerservice@jwater.co.za City Power – http://citypower.mobi or www.citypower.co.za Roads Agency (JRA) – hotline@jra.org.za City Parks – jcp@jhbcityparks.com JMPD – 24/7 number – 011 758 9650 Billing – Randburg Offices on cor Jan Smuts and Bram Fisher or Sandton Region E on Fredman Drive All queries – 0860 JOBURG (562 874) or joburgconnect@joburg.org.za or www.joburg.org.za

 

Some Ward Issues

You will have to monitor the news regarding the current Pikitup strike. I am not sure what the issues are. Pikitup staff are paid well above the industry standard, and this is not the wage negotiation season. I have heard that there are issues around time off and sponsored transport to all corners of RSA for funerals of colleagues. As you can imagine, this is an item that has to be capped from both a time and expense point of view. Further, no garbage collection is a rat breeding risk, especially in the crowded hostels and informal settlements - of which there are over 200 in Johannesburg.

Ward 90 has been having a torrid time with power outages. The most frequently affected areas have been Craighall, in particular around Waterfall and Talbragar Avenues, Craighall Park, and parts of Dunkeld - especially the lower half of Hume Rd between Oxford and Jan Smuts. I have asked City Power to please give us some of the reasons behind this as current patch-ups are akin to putting lipstick on a pig. They have not been forthcoming, but I suspect that the sub-stations in the area are old and at capacity. I have also asked for an on-site meeting in Hume Road to show CP the poor condition of the overhead lines. I will have to persist with CP to get some response. I do know that City Power does not always use competent contractors. They arrive without adequate tools, lights for night work, and spares. The system in CP for access to spares, especially after hours, is poor.

Further, the water upgrade contracts in Craighall Park and Dunkeld have added to the mess and have caused a number of necessary outages - but also extra bursts from air hammer as lines are reconnected and outages if the contractors forget to turn a valve back on. We did, however, get off lightly in the recent period of excess demand and inadequate supply triggered by the heat wave and a pump from Rand Water going down, There was a day when Hyde Park was out as Rand Water needed to recharge one of it's reservoirs. Remember that Joburg Water is just a distributor in the City - it only holds water for 24 to 48, hours. It is also responsible for the sanitation function. It does not store water. This is only done by Water Affairs. Rand Water cleans water in bulk from the Vaal, and is a bulk distributor in the Gauteng (and wider) region. It's competence is in big pipes and pumping. Despite the drought there is enough water in the supply areas. But Rand Water may need to increase its supply capacity. Joburg Water is currently building a couple of new reservoirs in areas where settlements are expanding. But we are probably all best advised to invest in a JoJo tank. This may also be a good business to invest in!

I am indebted to the various Residents Associations for the work that they do. These are: Craigpark (CRA); Hurlingham (HGC); Parkmore (PCA and LSCA); Hyde Park (HPRA); and Dunkeld (DVA). I will give contact details for these in a future newsletter.

I am also indebted to some individuals who take it upon themselves to bridge the gap for the residents in their area. One such person is Eckehardt Ficinus who has been doing stirling work in Dunkeld.

 

Two Petitions

The first of these concerns the poor state of the open spaces in the City. This includes the public parks and the Braamfontein Spruit - which happens to be the longest green lung in any City in the world. The City makes lots of public statements regarding it's "green City" status but does not do the basics - it is more about PR, international awards, and jamborees. Vagrants are taking over some of the areas with impunity, and there is a general air of decay. So, we are asking you to sign the petition. It is addressed to the Mayor and requests that a mandated group of RA reps see him on the matter. The full wording is in the petition when you access the link below. It will take you less that two minutes to submit. If you have received it already via your RA then obviously please ignore.

To make your submission ‘Ctrl and click’ on this link:  

Petition on Open Spaces and Braamfontein Spruit

The second of these is more parochial and concerns the governance situation at the George Lea Park which is currently leased by the Sandton Sports Club. This is opaque and progress on the conditions of the lease is stagnating. Further, this is an obstacle to progress on the removal of the waste reclaimer camp at the corner of William Nicol and Sandton Drive. The link is:


George Lea Park Petition .  

City Entities - further comments

I have already said something about City Power, Johannesbur Water, and Pikitup so this will be very brief. Perhaps the only one worth mentioning at the moment is the JRA. I am sure that you have mixed feelings about the Eco Mobility Festival, and the narrowing of some of the roads for bicycle and public transport use. I remain convinced that these initiatives should be introduced as pilots on limited routes to see if they gain traction. Will Sandton ever be used by more than a few folk for commuting by bicycle? It is on a hill. The JRA seems unable to cope with robot downtime at the moment. I am not sure what is behind this. I know that there is vandalism but this cannot be the only factor at play.

Let's see how City Parks goes with keeping the grass cut over this Xmas season. Last year it really got away from them. The drought may help!

Political Matters

I am wary of using this as a platform for political matters but I am a DA Councillor so maybe a few words are appropriate. The DA has had good results in the recent by elections. We won marginal seats and increased our majority in safer seats. There is a swing in our favour around the country. We genuinely think that there is a chance of winning the City in the next local Government elections which will take place in May next year. But this really depends on all our supporters taking the trouble to vote.

May I remind you that in local Government elections you may only vote at the Voting Station at which you are registered. There will be two IEC Registration weekends early next year - these being the first weekend of both Feb and March. The IEC will man tables at all the voting stations. Ward 90 Voting Stations (VDs) are at:

  1. The Dunkeld West Bowling Club  -sometimes called the Rosebank Bowling Club - in Hume Rd.
  2. Craighall Primary School
  3. Hyde Park High
  4. George Lea Park

So:

  • If you are not registered please go to one of our VDs and register.
  • If you want to check your registration, do the same.

If you want to switch your registration from another VD to one of these then go to the one closest to you and do this. 

Important Contacts

BEAGLE CONTROL ROOM: 011 678 1972 www.beaglewatch.co.za
HGC Committee: info@hurlingham.org.za security@hurlingham.org.za environment@hurlingham.org.za membership@hurlingham.org.za statements@hurlingham.org.za
Flying Squad: 10 111
Randburg SAPS vehicles: 071 675 7115 / 6
Ambulance: City: 011 375 5911
ER24: 084 124
Netcare 911: 082 911
Randburg Police: 011 449 9115 / 9110 / 9117 10111 for an emergency
Joburg Metro Police: ​011 375 5911
Ward Councillor: 083 459 6152 Martin Williams martcw7@gmail.com
Joburg call centre: 0860-JOBURG
0860-562-874
Includes City Parks and Pikitup
See Community Info --> Overview section for a full list of numbers
Water Issues: Joburg Water

011 375 5555
​customerservice@jwater.co.za
Electricity Issues: http://​www.citypower.co.za ​and click "Fault Reporting" or on mobile http://citypower.mobi
Road Issues: ​hotline@jra.org.za
Environmental Contraventions: 011 587 4232 1st point of contact for any issues arising from the Health Act (noise, restaurants, unsanitary backyards etc) abednigot@joburg.org.za
Pollution: 011 226 8328 WisemanN@joburg.org.za
Revenue Queries: ​011 375 5555
Traffic Signs and Markings: Jurie Swart JRA - Assistant Manager, Traffic Signs and Markings section for Region B jswart@jra.org.za
Region B Contacts and Information: http://hurlingham.alpha.structureit.net/media/48375/Region-B.pdf
Building regulations: 011 407 6111
Eskom: 086 003 7566