Daily water supply system status updates

: Thursday, 11 July 2019 (Morning)

Water supply status update by exception (i.e. areas affected due to supply constraint and not service interruption from occasional pipe burst): supply across the City of Johannesburg is normal, with reservoir levels across the city in a satisfactory position.

Unplanned interruptions

1.    Suburb Affected: Eldorado Park extension 9 and Klipspruit West.

Street names: Bridge Rd in Klipspruit West to St. Vincent St in Eldorado park x 9 

Date: 11 July 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: New tie-ins

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A visually impaired man gets things done

Even though Mtale Modise is visually impaired, he can still demonstrate to his boxing students how to exercise and build their bodies.

As you step into the A-Team Gym at Cosmo City’s Multipurpose, you will be greeted by the 27-year old dread-locked Modise who manages and coaches boxing students. In a glance, it is the standard ‘welcoming’ gestures and the warmest smile he could offer.

However, Modise is not like any of his other peers and mates. While he may appear physically normal, his vision is impaired. Despite his inability to see, he can still comprehend orders when his students do not know what to do. He has also trained himself to understand people’s voices so that he could identify them.

Raised in Lenasia, Modise was born in Soweto with perfect vision. He was able to see until he was affected by glaucoma at the age of 14. That was when his vision slowly deteriorated until he completely lost it. Up to this day, he is only able to use imagination and his stick to maneuver from one point to another.

“I came to Cosmo City in 2016,” Modise said. “In July 2018, I joined A-Team Gym to exercise my body just as a regular member. I think they saw my potential and then I  was promoted. Right now I am coaching grannies, and some community members who come for weight loss. I also help some people to build their muscles. I am now managing the whole gym, and I am happy for that. The community members have been so friendly to me, especially at the house where I live. ”

Modise is the one who opens and closes the gym on a daily basis. “My daily routine is to work up early in the morning and come to the gym at around 5 am,” he said. “When I get to the gym I set up everything according to what we would be doing on that day. When it is the day for boxing, I set up the ring, punching bags, and gloves for the grannies. When they come, we then start working.”

 Demonstrating his abilities to train the boxers, Modise told the Chronicle that his disability does not upset him anymore as he can still work and earn just like any other youths at his age.

“I am also a soccer fan,” he added. “I follow everything even though I cannot watch TV. Currently I understand everything that is happening in Egypt as far as AFCON is concerned. I use a certain application in my phone to read news using my fingers. So I am always up to date.”

Modise encouraged people who are disabled not to isolate themselves from the community.

Clara Nose is Modise’s trainee and she said “Modie is good at coaching and training people. He is brave and confident enough to offer his services to his boxing students.”

There is no discrimination at A-Team Gym and everybody is welcome, said Claude Maphosa the CEO of A-Team Gym.  “After seeing Modise’s passion, we made him feel at home,” Maphosa said. “What drives a person is his heart and God is always watching people’s hearts. When someone has got a heart like Modise’s, you have to give him your best.

Gauteng concerned over alleged use of force by JMPD

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Gauteng Portfolio Committee on Community Safety has expressed concern at the alleged use of excessive force by Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers.

“Members of the Portfolio Committee expressed concern over the alleged use of excessive force by JMPD officers while restraining an alleged drunk driver to draw blood samples from her. The incident is alleged to have taken place at the Douglasdale police station over the past weekend,” said the committee on Tuesday.

A video has emerged showing a woman screaming inside an office with people in uniform around her.

The committee acknowledged and welcomed the decision by the City of Johannesburg to institute an internal investigation into the matter and called for the city to take decisive and swift action should it be established that the officers acted against the law.

“The committee calls on law enforcement officers to be cautions not to infringe on the rights of civilians while performing their duties, as some actions may be viewed as a serious violation of human rights as entrenched in the Constitution of the country,” said chairperson of the committee Mapiti Matsena.

The committee urged civilians to cooperate with law enforcement officers when they have reasonable grounds to suspect that they have acted against the law.

The committee, whose mandate is to provide oversight on the work of law enforcement agencies, said it will await the outcome of the internal investigation by the city.

The committee will further write to the MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko to urge her to monitor and ensure the speedy finalisation of this investigation. – SAnews.gov.za

SA urged to be innovators in the 4IR

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

South Africa must not be relegated to catching up to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) but must be part of the innovators, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

“We must not only respond to what others have produced because that will often give rise to additional challenges. Research and Development funding has to be prioritised by the sector, especially governments,” the Minister said. 

The Minister was on Monday addressing the Southern African Transport Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Tshwane.

“The pace at which Industry 4.0 innovation-breakthroughs are occurring is unprecedented and foreseen to grow faster, and so is the diffusion worldwide. The speed of diffusion compels companies and governments to change from the ‘business as usual’ way of doing things,” Mbalula said.

The Minister said recent transport technologies are evolving at such a rapid pace and it is vital that transport regulations be revised to accommodate technological innovations.

The Minister said the World Bank suggests that transport in the near future will be characterised by being “connected, data driven, shared, on-demand, electric and highly automated”.

It is also expected to be more sensitive towards climate change pressures, and for externalities to be internalised by respective sources. 

“These changes in transport technologies are consequently in tandem with the notion of global climate change, as a consequence of the combustion of fossil fuels by most vehicles. This remains a major environmental challenge currently facing Southern Africa and the world at large.

“The large-scale combustion of fossil fuels also contributes to the change in the composition of the earth's atmosphere. The result is a general process of global warming and if it continues unattended, will lead to significant changes in rainfall patterns and frequent, extreme weather events,” Mbalula said.

To respond to these disruptive factors, government is committed to significantly reduce transport’s contribution to national Green House Gases emissions, through the implementation of the Green Transport Strategy (GTS).

The strategy is aimed at minimising the adverse impact of transport on the environment, while addressing current and future transport demands. 

“As a stepping stone, as government, we need to actively promote investment in the production of biogas, the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), as well as fuel cell and solar powered Electric Vehicles (EVs). In addition, there is currently no policy or regulatory framework that determines the requirements, norms and standards for cleaner fossil fuels in South Africa. 

“There is also no policy or incentive scheme that rewards users of cleaner fuels and cleaner fossil fuels. This is perhaps an area we need to pay particular attention to across government,” he said. – SAnews.gov.za

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