The Polokwane Municipality, Limpopo on Wednesday embarked on a mission to confront the scourge of illegal water connections in Mankweng. There has been a rampant issue of illegal water connections plaguing the communities within the Municipality.

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The operation was backed by a formidable delegation of council representatives, spearheaded by the instruction of Mayor John Mpe. It was led by Polokwane Council Whip, Phetola Rapetswa, alongside Council Speaker Kobela Modiba and MMC for Community Services Yoosuf Pemma.

MUNICIPALITY DEAL WITH ILLEGAL WATER CONNECTIONS IN AND AROUND THE POLOKWANE AREAS

Their first stop was Moremadi Park in the Mothapo area. “Here, municipal officials were met with a startling sight, municipal water infrastructure fenced off by a community member, effectively blocking access.

“The audacity didn’t end there – a storage tank, containing untreated water sourced from the Dap Naude dam, stood as a testament to the brazen disregard for public safety,” said the Municipality.

Polokwane Municipality cracks down on illegal water connections
Illegal Water Tanker

“Even more alarming was the revelation that the suspect was profiting from selling this untreated water to the community, posing a severe health hazard in the process.

“Undeterred, the delegation moved swiftly to their next target, Thakgalang in Nobody. Here, a resident had tapped into the municipal pipeline illegally. Using a pressure pump to facilitate the sale of water to the community.”

“The municipality wasted no time in impounding the resident’s water tanker. A clear message that such actions will not go unpunished. Both suspects admitted guilt in siphoning water from the municipality.

“However, this crackdown is just the beginning. The municipality has pledged to continue its efforts to uncover and dismantle all unauthorized connections. Ensuring that precious water resources are safeguarded for the entire community.”

“The message is clear. Water theft will not be tolerated as Polokwane Municipality is taking a stand against those who seek to profit at the expense of public health and safety.”

The Polokwane municipality, Limpopo has announced that there will be no water in some areas on Wednesday.

This is due to the temporarily halted operations at the Olifantspoort plant. The replacement of the faulty valve is expected to be completed by 16h00 but it may take time for the water flow to reach all areas.

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“All customers are hereby advised that Lepelle Northern Water (LNW) has temporarily halted operations at the Olifantspoort plant. All outstations due to a malfunction with the high-lift pumps delivery valve,” said the municipality.

No water in some parts of Polokwane
Landros Mare Street in Polokwane

“Replacement of the faulty valve is currently underway and is expected to be completed by 16h00 today. Upon completion of the replacement, the water supply will be restored. However, it may take some time for the flow to reach all areas within Polokwane Municipality.

“This interruption comes at a time when the municipality is facing water shortages due to high temperatures. The reservoirs are still in the process of replenishing,” they said.

SOME PART OF POLOKWANE WILL HAVE NO WATER ON WEDNESDAY

“This will impact all areas of supply within Polokwane Municipality, from Ga-Chuene to the City and Seshego.”

“While Polokwane Municipality and Lepelle Northern Water work diligently to restore full water supply, the municipality will continue to monitor areas experiencing shortages and provide temporary relief of supply to affected areas.

“In light of these challenges, the municipality urges residents in areas where water is available to use it sparingly and responsibly; and further apologises for the inconvenience caused.”

The City of Polokwane has issued an update on the Power failure which has affected areas such as Emdo Park, Rethabile Gardens, and Mahlasedi Park. Earlier during the day, the Municipality had said it would take two hours or less to restore power to the affected areas.

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“Update just received from electricians working on the power failure around Emdo is that as they were switching back power, another termination at the main unit exploded,” said the Municipality in a statement.

“This is a setback and unfortunately at this point, time estimations cannot be provided. An update will be provided once received from the electricians.

AN UPDATE ON THE POWER FAILURE FROM POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY

“The affected consumers are requested to exercise patience whilst the matter is being attended. Safety is emphasized during this period and all affected areas are advised to treat all electrical lines and wires as live and to switch off all appliances to avoid injury and damage when supply is restored,” they said.

Polokwane Municipality issue update on the Power failure
Thabo Mbeki Street in Polokwane

“The municipality apologizes for the inconvenience caused. Electrical Helpline: 015 290 2146 WhatsApp: 083 824 9886. Municipal Call Center: 015 290 2000 /2458 / 015 023 5000.

Meanwhile, the Municipality has further reported that parts of the city and Seshego areas are experiencing water challenges. This is due to a power failure in the same area reported above.

“There are areas in the City, particularly those in the high-lying areas that are experiencing water shortage and others low pressure as a result of low reservoir levels.

“Some of the affected areas include parts of the extensions, Ivy Park, Nirvana. As well as all the high-lying areas in Seshego, Madiba Park and Legae la Batho,” the Municipality said.

“Consumers in areas receiving water are urged to use water sparingly in order to improve reservoir levels. The municipality will continue with water tankers in areas that are still affected. The municipality apologizes for the inconvenience caused and appreciates your patience.”

Polokwane scooped first prize for the cleanest Municipality in Limpopo during the Provincial Greenest Municipality Competition. The event took place at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday, 2 February.

They walked away with R250 000 and a certificate while Greater Tzaneen Municipality took the 2nd prize and R100 000. The 3rd prize went to Collins Chabane Local Municipality who walked away with R50 000. The Polokwane Municipality scored 80.5%, while GTM closely followed with an impressive 80% rating.

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The competition is led by the Limpopo Department of Local Economic Development, Environment and Tourism [LEDET].

LEDET MEC Rodgers Monama thanked the municipalities for always making sure that they keep their areas clean. He further called on all stakeholders involved in environmental management to come up with a plan to deal with litter and all these other unwanted materials that are not good for the environment. Polokwane Municipality will represent Limpopo Province at the national level.

The Greenest Municipality Competition serves as a platform for municipalities to showcase their environmental achievements and share best practices. It evaluates municipalities across various environmental criteria.

Polokwane voted the cleanest Municipality in Limpopo at the Provincial Greenest Municipality Competition
Greater Tzaneen Municipality officials at the Provincial Greenest Municipality Competition

MUNICIPALITIES REACT TO LIMPOPO GREENEST MUNICIPALITY COMPETITION AS POLOKWANE VOTED THE CLEANEST

“This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our community and municipal staff,” said Greater Tzaneen Councillor Maria Mmola

“We are proud to be recognized for our efforts in creating a greener and healthier environment for our residents.”

“I want to congratulate our workers led by the Municipal Manager Mr Richard Shilenge,” said Collins Chabane Mayor Shadrack Maluleke.

“More especially the Department of Community Services. Thank you for creating a sustainable environment for future generations. Together we can renew our commitment to improve service delivery. We have again proven our consistency in caring for our people,” he said.

Capricorn District Executive Mayor of CDM Mamedupi Teffo also congratulated Polokwane Municipality for winning the 1st prize. She says that this will encourage other municipalities to take part in the competition in the future.

The Polokwane Municipality has become the first municipality in Limpopo to be granted the authority to oversee housing and human settlement initiatives independently. This follows a monumental agreement that was formalized through the signing of the Level 2 Housing Implementation Accreditation Protocol on Thursday. This will see a significant milestone that marks a new era in housing administration for the region.

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The accord was signed by the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) in Limpopo Head of Department Dr. Modjadji Malahlela, and the Municipal Manager of Polokwane, Ms. Thuso Nemugumoni. 

The ceremony was also graced by the presence of MEC for COGHSTA Basikopo Makamu and Mayor John Mpe. MEC Makamu emphasized the profound impact of this moment on the province’s residents, particularly those within Polokwane Municipality.

“This day is an occasion of great importance for the residents of our province. More specifically, the Polokwane Municipality,” said MEC Makamu.

“It is a time for joy and celebration, a day that should be etched into memory and preserved in our archives.”

  Polokwane Municipality takes historic step towards housing empowerment
Ms. Thuso Nemugumoni and Dr. Modjadji Malahlela

HISTORIC MOMENT AS POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY SIGNS HOUSING AGREEMENT 

Polokwane Executive Mayor, John Mpe also articulated the municipality’s unwavering commitment to realizing this vision.

“Housing is not merely a basic human need; it is a fundamental human right,” said Mayor Mpe.

“The signing of this protocol signifies our commitment to shouldering the responsibility of providing housing and human settlement ourselves.”

In conclusion, Mayor Mpe reiterated Polokwane Municipality’s acceptance of the responsibilities outlined in the Housing Implementation Protocol. He called for collective resolve and unity in building a brighter future for all residents.

“Let us move forward with determination, compassion, and a sense of purpose. Knowing that together, we can build a brighter future for all,” he affirmed.

With the signing of the Level 2 Housing Implementation Accreditation Protocol, Polokwane Municipality embarked on a transformative journey towards housing empowerment, poised to unlock the immense potential within its communities and pave the way for a more equitable and prosperous future.

The Polokwane municipality has announced road closure of streets due to the state of the City address [SOCA] on Wednesday, 14 June. Executive Mayor, Mr. John Mpe will deliver the SOCA at Jack Botes Hall on Wednesday morning.

This has also resulted in some of the streets in the Limpopo capital City being affected from 06:00am.

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“Road users are hereby notified of the closure of streets in Polokwane due to the State of the City Address by His Worship the Executive Mayor of Polokwane, Cllr Mosema Makoro John Mpe,” the Municipality announced.

STREETS CLOSURE IN THE CAPITAL CITY

Bodenstein Street will be closed from Landros Mare to Church.
Corner of Rabe and Market Streets
Corner of Bodenstein and Market Streets
There will be periodical closure of Landros Mare intersections from Hospital to Bodenstein from 08h30. This is to allow for a parade by law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

Streets closure in Polokwane due to State of the City address
Thabo Mbeki Street, Polokwane

“Both parking areas next to the New Council Chamber and Department of Transport and Community Safety will also be barricaded and inaccessible to the public for the duration of the State of the City Address.”

The Municipality has also urged motorists to use alternative routes and avoid the affected streets. “Polokwane Municipality apologises for the inconvenience caused.”

The Polokwane municipality has announced a six-hour water shutdown that will affect most areas scheduled for Thursday. The emergency shutdown is due to the replacement of a worn-out valve at Sand River North Pump Station, Capricorn District.

AREAS TO BE AFFECTED BY WATER SHUTDOWN  

Areas that will be affected include Ladanna, Emdo Mahlako-a-phahla, Mahlasedi, Lesedi, Luthuli, the industrial area of Polokwane X8 and Annadale (including the army base).

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Six-hour water shutdown in Polokwane Municipality scheduled for Thursday

Municipal spokesperson Thipa Selala said consumers in areas receiving water are also urged to use it sparingly.

“The shutdown will take place on Thursday, 18 May 2023 from 07h00 to 13h00,” announced the municipality. 

“Consumers in areas receiving water are also urged to use water sparingly. The municipality apologizes for the inconvenience caused. Municipal Call Centre: 015 290 2000/2458/ 015 023 5000 Dedicate Water and Sanitation Helpline: 015 290 2376 WhatsApp: 068 290 8736 .”

Meanwhile, the Municipality has also announced a water supply stoppage from Dap Naude line. It affected the residents and businesses in the City on Wednesday. 

This is due to leakage on a pump line to Dalmada Water Treatment Plant affecting the Krugersburg reservoir.

It took four hours for the Municipality to repair and restore the water supply.  

The Polokwane Municipality have announced that they are experiencing a power outage from Alpha Substation leaving parts of the City without electricity. The Alpha Substation feeds Gamma, Delta and Iota Substations.

The outrage is due to an Earth wire that broke on the high voltage supply line. It has affected the water supply in the Annadale area. As a result, areas that are supplied from these substations including the Water Purification Plant in Ladanna are off.

AREAS WITHOUT ELECTRICTY

Those areas include the Industrial area, Ladanna, Eduan Park, Bendor, Sterpark, Serala View. Fauna Park, parts of Flora Park, Mall of the North, Savanna Mall, and also Thornhill.

Larger parts of Polokwane Municipality without electricity
Larger parts of Polokwane Municipality without electricity

“The municipality’s maintenance team is busy assessing the damage. Regular updates shall be provided once the team has established the extent of damage and the estimated time of power restoration,” they said in a statement.

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“All affected areas are advised to treat all electrical wiring as live and to switch off all appliances as live. To also avoid injury and damage when the power supply is restored.

“Polokwane Municipality apologizes for the inconvenience caused by the outage. Municipal Call Centre: 015 290 2000 / 2458 / 015 023 5000 | Electrical Helpline: 015 290 2490 / WhatsApp: 083 824 9886,”

The Polokwane Municipality in Capricorn District has placed two of its top executive management on suspension for fraud following a probe into irregularities and maladministration.

The two Polokwane Municipality officials are suspected to have been involved in fraud and corruption. This relates to water project management contracts. As well as buses the municipality acquired on the Leeto la Polokwane programme.

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A forensic report was commissioned by the council on recommendations by both the Public Protector and the Auditor-General. An amount of R2.9m was paid to an independent investigator to compile a report after an extensive investigation. 17 other employees are also implicated by the report. This includes section managers and directors at the municipality.

Polokwane Municipality Mayor John Mpe

“Council, during a special meeting on Monday (May 8) took a decision to suspend two of its executive management officials in order to make way for them to undergo a disciplinary process,” executive Mayor John Mpe made the announcement during a media briefing on Thursday.

OFFICIALS SUSPENDED FOR FRAUD

“It is also important to note that, as the allegations are made and recommendations arise from the investigations. This does not mean that the officials are guilty of wrongdoing. But only that they have a case to answer to as the principle of innocence until proven guilty applies,” he said.

“The culture of accountability and performance needs to be our way of life in our endeavour to provide quality services for the people of Polokwane.”

The Polokwane Municipality’s Community Services on Monday arrested suspects for alleged cable theft. This was in collaboration with the Westenburg police following a tip-off from the community.

The suspects, who were operating from a property along Dendron Rd behind a fuel station between Emdo and Ladanna, were caught with a bulk of skinned cables.

CABLE THEFT RIFE IN POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY

Most areas in Limpopo‘s capital City and Seshego Clusters of Polokwane Municipality are suffering from power supply due to cable theft.

Cable theft suspects arrested in Polokwane
Suspects arrested in Westenburg


“Polokwane Municipality appreciates cooperation by community members in the fight,” the municipality said in a statement.

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“Polokwane Municipality’s By-Law Enforcement officers have detained yet another suspect from traffic lights. At the corner of Polokwane Dr and Dendron Rd between Ladanna and Emdo in Polokwane last night.
“A case of theft has been opened at Westenburg police station. The suspect has been handed over to police for arrest.”