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Press Statement by 

Solly Msimanga

Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane

Mayor Msimanga makes public transport and electricity generation work for the people

23 March 2017

Release: immediate

Note to Editor: These remarks were delivered by the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, during a media briefing on the new, cashless bus service system, the recent waste collection protests in the City and the embedded electricity generation. Msimanga was joined by Member of the Mayor Committee responsible for Roads & Transport, Cllr Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge.

During our electoral campaigns we said DA local governments are leaders in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability through superior resource management. This includes making municipal facilities energy and water-efficient, as well as improving recycling, waste reduction and waste management systems.

In view of this, I am happy to announce our flagship policy on Embedded Power Generation, which promotes small scale solar power generation by residents and whereby they have the opportunity to sell their excess power back to the City. 

Embedded Power Generation is essentially allowing small power generation by residents or small businesses for their own use, with the additional opportunity of allowing them to sell their excess power to the City, while at the same time being able to purchase power from the City when their own generation runs low. 

“In simple terms; residents can generate solar power from a roof-top panel during the day, and sell their excess to the City. At night, when the resident cannot generate solar power, they can purchase from the City. This is a major step in our renewable power policy and our first step in a real green power development. The policy will serve at a special Mayco sitting next Monday” said Msimanga.

Echoing the mayor’s sentiments, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Infrastructure, Cllr Darryn Moss said “The spare electricity generated can be used to make up during instances where we have a shortfall. This innovation mitigates both the economic impact and inconvenience of load-shedding, and saves on the cost of buying electricity at peak rates”.

Globally, renewable energy targets together with feed-in tariffs have had the biggest impact on the introduction of the renewable energy market. Figures provided by the trustworthy Power Quality and Renewable Services indicate that over the course of 2016, it is estimated that 120MW of actual module sales took place. Roughly 118MW of the total installed capacity has been audited and sue to the volume of data is assumed to be representative if the growth of PV installations in South Africa over time. 

On city level in the Tshwane area, strategic decisions had been taken to enhance demand side management through energy-efficiency initiatives, improved metering of electricity and reduced losses from the transmission and distribution of electricity and fuels. To further develop strategies to increase affordability and access to renewable energy supply options. 

Solar energy within the city is amongst the best in the country, heightened environmental awareness, dramatic increases in the price of electricity and rapidly decreasing costs of photovoltaic panels have all results in electricity distributors around the country being inundated with requests to allow electricity consumers to conduct photovoltaic and other embedded power generations to the electricity grid.

With the Embedded Power Generation, we will make sure our City leads by example by producing energy efficiency plans for households, official buildings and public spaces. 

Waste collection will be restored in the days to come

The City of Tshwane would like to apologise for not being able to meet the standing waste collection schedule in some parts of the City. 

Several areas, largely in Region 1 and 2 across the City of Tshwane experienced disruption of waste services in the recent weeks due to obstructions by a group calling themselves the Concerned Business Operators who demand that the waste collection service should be rendered by locals. The group told officials on site that they were bothered by the lack of business opportunities and the scarcity of economic development for local small, medium and micro enterprises, including involvement in waste management activities. 

Following this disturbance, the City has registered the services of the Tshwane Metro Police to escort waste vehicles during pick-ups. This arrangement has been in place for the last two weeks. We urge all customers to ensure that rubbish and waste bins remain outside at designated places for collection by the refuse truck.

We have noted that the illegal interruptions are now being projected in other parts of the city and we thank you for your patience throughout this inconvenience.

The issue of non-payment of sub-contractors by the main contractor, Moipone Group of Companies, also added to the already ineffective collect of waste. has been resolved. The delayed payment was a result of the verification process by our supply chain management to ascertain if the invoices were consistent with the service rendered. 

We would like to assure our residents that we are resolute in delivering basic services to all residents, and improving access in areas where they are needed

most and we will not be deterred by acts of intimidation. We urge residents to bear with us as we move to come up with a lasting resolution to this impasse.

Tshwane Bus Service launches a new cashless system, the Connector!

The City of Tshwane’s Bus Service (TBS) is upgrading its fare collection mechanism from paper tickets and coupons to the new and improved cashless system, called the Connector. The Connector which is also used by the City’s Tshwane Rapid Transit, A Re Yeng provides for an integrated travel card that can be used on both systems. This system takes away the risk of cash handling for both the passengers and the bus drivers. 

The roll out to an automated fare collections system is an effort to remove the responsibility of cash handling from the drivers and to provide an integrated fare mechanism for the City’s bus services.

The current fare payment method of coupons and paper tickets will be phased out and no longer be permitted for use on TBS buses from 17 May 2017. TBS customers will have two months from 23 March until 17 May 2017 to migrate to the Connector in order to continue travelling on TBS buses. 

The demonstration ceremony will take place as follows: 

Date: Monday, 27 March 2017

Time: 08:30

Venue: TBS Ticket Office, Church Square — with Tshepiso Msimanga.

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