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Notice Board

PRESS RELEASE

MIDVAAL LOCAL MUNICIPALITY CONDEMNS VIOLENT PROTEST ACTION BY SICELO COMMUNITY RESIDENTS

The municipality will like to condemn the on-going violent Sicelo community protest action which have resulted in the damaging of property, intimidation and closing of the R59 and Johan Le Roux Road.

The protest leaders demand that the residents of Sicelo be given subdivided residential stands first before the municipality can electrify 3500 shacks, paving of the roads and increasing the number of water stand pipes/taps as contained in the current budget. The municipality acceded to their request as MEC Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements: Hon Paul Mashatile promised to allocate them subdivided residential stands on Erven 72 and 78 Meyerton Farms.

The cost of repairing damages as a result of these protest action is significant and will compromise the municipality’s committed investment plans to its residents.

The municipality will like to request that:
Community representatives work with the municipality in finding sustainable solution to the protest action,
MEC Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements: Hon Paul Mashatile, respond to the letter sent to his office (written by the municipality’s and Sicelo Community representatives) on 11 July 2017 and
Sicelo community representatives work with the municipality to restore calm in the community.

The municipality will like to reassure the Sicelo community that it is committed in improving their quality of life hence it has committed budget of R21 million this financial year, 2017/2018 to implement interventions agreed to at the IDP meetings. We will like to work with our communities in realising the municipality vision: to inclusively serve the needs of our communities.

Media enquiries
David Chamboko 
Director: Office of the Mayor
0725549992 or email: david@midvaal.gov.za

“Proudly Midvaal”

 

05 JULY 2017

SAVANNA CITY RESIDENTS PROTEST

Midvaal Local Municipality has been hit by yet another protest action, this time in Savanna City. The R82 Road (Old Vereeniging Road) has been closed between De Deur and Walkerville at Road No 4, the northern entrance to Savanna City.

The Savanna City residents (pocket 4) have raised certain concerns to the municipality. Some relate to the Budget, tariff increases, property rates and taxes and water meters whilst also requesting a school, police station, shopping centre and bus transport. A memorandum detailing all the concerns was received on 28 June 2017.

There has been a concerted effort by the municipality to respond and resolve those concerns that fall under its jurisdiction. However, the community does not accept the responses given and solutions provided by the municipality thus far. The major concerns fall outside the powers and functions of the local municipality.

This matter has been escalated to the Office of the Public Protector who advised on a formal meeting before embarking on a protest action. A meeting was scheduled for 10h00 on Thursday 6 July 2017, but notwithstanding their agreement to this meeting, the relevant residents have embarked on this unauthorised march and illegal road closures.

We will continue to work with the community in addressing their concerns as we have done in respect of Pockets 1, 2 and 3 residents.

In the meantime, kindly use alternative routes as the R82 (Old Vereeniging Road) has been closed between De Deur and Walkerville.

The municipality wishes to apologise to our community members, business sector and residents about the inconvenience this has created.

The municipality will keep you updated with the latest developments. Please visit our Facebook page: Midvaal Local Municipality or follow us on Twitter @MidvaalLM for the latest news about the protest.

 

SICELO RESIDENTS PROTEST UPDATE 

From the last press release dated 4 July 2017, a series of events have unfolded in the current protest action around Sicelo and the R59 Meyerton.

We received threats of damage to the municipal and SAPS buildings. The municipal head office in Mitchell Street was temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution.

In partnership with the security cluster, the following can now be reported:

  • SAPS has taken charge of the situation regarding the illegal protest action and the protestors have been contained on the Western side of the R59.
  • The municipal head office in Mitchell Street is fully operational again.
  • The municipality has contracted the services of Red Ants to assist in the clean-up operation and the securing of municipal facilities and buildings.
  • The first focus is to clean and open Johan le Roux drive to De Deur as well as Morris street running parallel to the R59.
  • We hope to have the R59 open again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Residents are assured that we will do all we can within our powers to protect our town against unlawful and criminal actions.

Further updates will follow on our website and social media platforms.

 

SICELO RESIDENTS PROTEST UPDATE

 The Sicelo Residents protest is continuing since the 02 July 2017. The protest has intensified and resulted in damage to property, closure of the R59 highway and Johan Le Roux Road in Meyerton.

The municipality wishes to apologise to our community members, business sector and residents about the inconvenience this has created. Peaceful protest action is a democratic right which can be exercised, but we are totally against violent protest, damage to property and undue encroachment on the rights of others.

We will continue to work with the South African Police Service, Public Order Policing, Traffic Authorities, Crime Intelligence, Public Safety and other partners to contain the situation so that it does not spiral further out of control.

The municipality will keep you updated with the latest developments. Please visit our Facebook page: Midvaal Local Municipality or follow us on Twitter @MidvaalLM for the latest news about the protest.

SICELO RESIDENTS PROTEST

Representatives of the residents of Sicelo visited the Midvaal Local Municipality on 27 June 2017 to discuss their concerns pertaining to the provision of housing with the municipality. In attendance was the Speaker Councillor Freddie Peters and MMC for Development and Planning Councillor Peter Teixira.

Residents are dissatisfied with the slow delivery of housing projects in their area by the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements. The residents have since then demanded that they be given subdivided stands primarily in the informal settlement area (Extension 4 and Extension 5) of Sicelo. It was then made clear by these representatives that the community is not willing to wait any longer and demands the residential stands as a matter of urgency.

The municipality responded that it will be impossible to provide the residents with the stands as thorough planning will have to be conducted given the dolomitic conditions of the land, something they don’t agree with. The municipality has further prepared plans to re-block the informal settlement area (Sicelo Ext 4 and 5) so that the area can be de-densified and subdivided properly to allow for the installation of engineering infrastructure (electricity, roads, water and sanitation). It is however acknowledged that not all residents can or will be accommodated as there are more residents in need of housing than the expected number of stands that will be provided. The municipality has allocated funds in this 2017/18 financial year for the electrification of both Ext 4 and 5, paving of the roads and increasing the number of water stand pipes/taps.

The current planned housing projects are indicated below:

  1. Erf 204 Meyerton Farms - construction of 308 fully subsidised houses
  1. Erf 78 Meyerton Farms - construction of about 720 walk-up units
  2. Erf 41, 52, 53 and 184 Meyerton Farms (known as Ext 4 & Ext 5 Sicelo Informal settlements)- upgrading of informal settlement that will yield about 842 housing units, of which 270 will be RDP top structures, and the remainder will be walk-up units.
  3. Erf 72 Meyerton Farms - construction of about 700 walk-up units
  1. Erf 56 Meyerton Farms will yield about 752 walk-up units

The housing projects will yield a total of 3322 housing opportunities.

The realistic intervention for the informal settlement (Extension 4 and 5) is to effect the informal settlement upgrading programme which has been started as detailed designed, precinct plans have been prepared. A Service Provider has been appointed by the municipality to conduct household surveys to determine the number of households and housing needs. The findings were that there is a total number of 3533 households in need of housing (about 3400 families are currently residing in Ext 4 & Ext 5 Informal Settlements). As per the designs it has been estimated that upgrading of informal settlements will yield about 842 housing units, of which 270 will be RDP top structures, and the remainder will be walk-up units. This re-blocking plan has been communicated to the community.

Considering the planned housing projects, the municipality and Gauteng Department of Human Settlement will need to identify land in close proximity to accommodate for the remainder backlog of housing opportunities.

The municipality is not an implementing agency and relies virtually exclusively on provincial government plans, priorities and funding.

There have been engagements with Gauteng Department of Human Settlements to accelerate delivery of housing through Project Steering Committee meetings and Housing Stakeholder meetings.

Within the means at its disposal and within the Constitutional mandate of its powers and functions, the municipality strives to facilitate an outcome that our communities can reside in sustainable human settlements.

Awards and Achievements

  • Midvaal Local Municipality achieved a clean audit for the 2015/2016 financial year
  • Midvaal Local Municipality was ranked as the top performing municipality in Gauteng in the 2015 Annual Municipal Financial Sustainability Index compiled by Ratings Afrika
  • Midvaal received the 1st place award in the category Overall Service to Residents by Municipalities for the 2015 PMR.africa awards
  • Midvaal Local Municipality achieved a clean audit for the 2014/2015 financial year
  • Midvaal Local Municipality was ranked as the top performing municipality in Gauteng in the 2014 Annual Municipal Financial Sustainability Index compiled by Ratings Afrika
  • Midvaal Local Municipality won the award for “The institution doing the most to clean the environment” in the 2014 Sedibeng Regional Survey Business Excellence Awards, conducted by PMR Africa
  • Midvaal Local Municipality achieved a clean audit for the 2013/2014 financial year
  • Midvaal Local Municipality was awarded Blue Drop Status for 2014