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THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF EMFULENI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, CLLR GIFT MOERANE IS SADDENED BY THE PASSING OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF SEDIBENG DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY.

Executive Mayor Moerane is shocked and has conveyed his sincere condolences to the family of Modisakeng, blood relatives, the staff of Sedbeng, team Salga and the people of Sedibeng for the loss of this beautiful soul.

Our people, the people of Sedibeng, Gauteng and the country wakes up to the sad news of the passing of the Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality, Cllr Busisiwe Modisakeng. Her passing comes at the time where her guidance and role in turning the fortunes of our region around were greatly needed.

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8 000 megaliters quota allocated to Emfuleni as the municipality lifts reductions on Evaton, Palm Springs and Sebokeng meters.

Due to the impact of the 20% water reduction credit control measure imposed on Emfuleni Local Municipality since Tuesday, 01 December 2020, the municipality yesterday (Thursday, 17 December 2020) met with Rand Water technical staff to come up with solutions on how to augment water supply in Evaton, Palm Springs, Sebokeng and other areas currently experiencing shortages.

As things stand now, water users in Emfuleni have consumed 7 800 million liters (inclusive of the 20% reduction) of water for the month of November 2020. This is only 200 million liters short of the 8 000 million liters per month quota imposed by Rand Water.

To mitigate the water shortages currently experienced in Evaton, Palm Springs and Sebokeng, reductions to the three area meters will be lifted.

With an understanding that overall water reductions remain in place, lifted reductions from Evaton, Palm Springs and Sebokeng will be spread across other area meters to maintain the overall 20% reduction target.

Today (Friday, 18 December 2020), as part of normalizing supply in the areas experiencing water shortages, the municipality jointly with Rand Water will be monitoring the impact of lifted reductions over a 24-hour period. Provided that there are areas that are still experiencing shortages, the municipality will have no other choice but to implement water rationing across all areas.

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Gauteng High Court orders BXC South Africa to repay all monies removed from municipality’s bank accounts

The Gauteng High Court on Monday (07 December 2020) handed down judgement in the matter between Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) and Beijing Fuxing Xioa-Cheng Electronic Technology Stock Company LTD JVOLE Power Systems (BXC South Africa), and Sherriff of Court, Johannesburg Central.

BXC South Africa had been awarded a default judgement on 18 September 2020 which subsequently led to the attachment of municipal bank accounts. Delivering the judgement, Judge HM Barnadt said he held a view that the municipality was not in willful default of entering an appearance to defend proceedings by BXC South Africa. The municipality argued that the summons was not properly served, rendering subsequent proceedings null and void.

In part, the judgement reads, “I am further of the view, again without deciding the issue, that the default judgement was erroneously granted against the Applicant (ELM). Had the Court been appraised of the full facts pertaining to the service of the impugned summons, the Court would have declined to grant the default order sought.”

The Court ordered the suspension of the execution of the 18 September 2020 default judgement and BXC South Africa to repay all monies removed from ELM accounts. This was after ELM successfully applied for an interim interdict, effectively stopping the execution of the default judgement.

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Wednesday, 02 December 2020 - This media statement seeks to dispel inaccurate media reports that the municipality has spent R 893 948,000 in four months for the payment of two administrators’ salaries. These reports are unfortunate and misleading. The Municipal Manager (MM), Mr. Lucky Leseane and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mr. Andile Dyakala, hereby dismiss these reports, and categorically state that all the administrators deployed to the municipality by the Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lebogang Maile, are paid by the Gauteng Provincial Government.

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(Cosmo City, Diepsloot, Ivory Park, Orange Farm, Sebokeng and Soweto)
Tuesday, 16 June 2020: Eskom has noted a significant rise in network overloading resulting from illegal connections across the high density areas of Gauteng. This overloading is also apparent in areas with multiple or backyard dwellings, bypassed meters, and vandalism of the electricity infrastructure. These illegal connections and tempering with Eskom equipment result in damages to electrical infrastructure such as transformers, mini-substations and substations in these areas. The affected areas include parts of Cosmo City, Diepsloot, Ivory Park, Orange Farm, Sebokeng, and Soweto.

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