Aankondiging van Nersa oor Tshwane-kragtariewe – stad mag tariewe net met 13.07% verhoog

Die VF Plus is vandag reg bewys oor krag deurdat NERSA die kragtariewe wat deur die Tshwane-metroraad ingedien is, verwerp het en eerder die voorleggings van die VF Plus, AfriForum en die Elektrisiteitherverkopers-assosiasie van Suid-Afrika (Erasa) aanvaar het. Volgens NERSA mag die stad die tariewe met 13.07% verhoog (vir die 2019/20 finansiële jaar), gegrond op die vorige jaar se struktuur (2018/19), en nie volgens die nuwe voorgestelde struktuur nie. Die aankondiging deur NERSA word ook as ‘n reuse oorwinning vir verbruikers beskou. Die raad wou ‘n totaal nuwe ingrypende struktuur implementeer wat ‘n vaste fooie van R56 vir alle verbruikers sou insluit asook spesiale winter-tariewe. Die ander groot strukturele verandering is die wegneem van die 2 kategorieë of kerwe wat die metroraad wou implementeer en die behoud van die bestaande 4 kategorieë of kerwe waarvolgens krag aangekoop word. Die nuwe struktuur sou klein-verbruikers, wat tipies laer-inkomste groepe en pens…
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Polisie slaan toe in Pretoria metro, 489 wetsoortreders vas getrek

Die polisie het in die groter Pretoria toegeslaan en 489 mense gearresteer gedurende die naweek toe agt padblokkades opgerig is om wetsoortreders vas te trek. ’n Polisie woordvoerder sê daar is op talle aspekte gefokus, en mense met onpadwaardige voertuie, bestuurders sonder ’n lisensie, dronk bestuurders, is almal vasgetrek. Talle sonder rybewyse, ander met ongeregistreerde vuurwapens, en talle ander oortredings het deel uitgemaak van die naweek se misdaad bekamping aksie. Die polisie en verkeersowerheid het ’n gesamentlike poging aangewend wat as uiters suksesvol beskryf is, en talle mense is gearresteer met dwelmmiddels in hulle besit. -Vryburger
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Chaos heers in Pretoria se middestad na talle busdrywers staak en paaie versper vir 18% salaris verhoging

Verkeer in die Pretoria se middestad is Maandagoggend tot stilstand geruk na talle busdrywers van die Tshwane-busdiens besluit het om te staak. Betogende busbestuurders van die Tshwane-munisipale busdienste het busse gebruik om hoofroetes te blokkeer om verkeersvloei te belemmer. Sheila-Lynn Senkubuge, burgemeesterskomiteelid vir paaie en vervoer in Tshwane sê dat Samwu-lede om beter lone betoog, maar ’n stappie te vêr gegaan deur busse sonder toestemming van die stad te neem om die sakekern te blokkeer en honderde motoriste te verontrief en moet nou deur die metro weggesleep word. Sy vra onverskoning vir die ontrief en gaan vêrder deur te sê dat die stad alles in hul vermoë doen om die busse te verwyder sodat verkeersvloei vir die res van die dag kan normaliseer. Senkubuge sê ook dat hul die opsie oorweeg om die busbestuurders wat die busse wederregtelik uit die depot geneem het, van diefstal aan te kla. Netwerk 24 berig dat Mpho Tladinyane, streeksekretaris van Samwu in…
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Catastrophic ” R100-million renovation job done on City Hall to be fixed after inapt contract workers botched project

The Tshwane metro said it had no choice but to fix up a “catastrophic” R100-million renovation job done on the city hall in the centre of Pretoria under the previous administration. The city hall, located on Visagie Street and Paul Kruger Street, has been fenced off in its entirety as plans to refurbish it kicked off in July for the 2019/20 financial year. Previous renovations indicated that the contract workers put cement over a wooden floor and in the main hall‚ the seats in the balcony were all stolen as were most door handles‚ all made of brass. “An assessment on what needs to be done is underway,” said Tshwane metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo. The total cost of renovations would only be determined once the evaluation was completed. “The renovations could take 2-3 years to complete.” This after claims by the metro that previous renovations to the hall was a “waste” of millions of rands. In 2016, then-mayor Solly Msimanga blamed the office of former mayo…
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Diepsloot protest ‘shutdown’ may affect Pretoria motorists – townships are demanding electricity to all informal settlements

The shutdown might see road closures of major highways such as the R511 and the N14, which link Johannesburg and Pretoria on Monday and Tuesday. 16 hours ago Police are on high alert following threats of a service delivery protest ‘shutdown’ in Diepsloot, west of Johannesburg. This after a message has been doing the rounds on social media that the township would be ‘closed down’ from Monday 15 July to Tuesday 16 July. Among the demands in the message are that ‘local leaders’ want money to be made available to supply electricity to all the informal settlements in the area. Another demand is for all ‘undocumented’ (i.e. foreign) residents to leave the area. Police spokesperson Captain Makgowanyana Maja said the circulating message cannot be confirmed as either bogus or legitimate. “We are, however, aware of it and ready to deal with it,” he said. If true, the shutdown will see road closures of major highways such as the R511 and the N14 which link Pretoria a…
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AfriForum begin met regstappe teen onwettige tariefverhogings vir Pretorianers wat die Tshwane-metroraad vandeesweek sonder die goedkeuring van Nersa ingestel het

Inwoners van Pretoria en die groter metro sal moet saamstaan teen die onwettige tariefverhogings wat die Tshwane-metroraad vandeesweek sonder die goedkeuring van Nersa ingestel het. Om dié onwettige optrede om te draai, het AfriForum gister hofstukke op die metroraad en Nersa beteken nadat dié munisipaliteit sedert die begin van die maand voortgegaan het om onwettige elektrisiteitverhogings sonder Nersa se goedkeuring te implementeer. Volgens Jaco Grobbelaar, AfriForum se distrikskoördineerder vir Groter Pretoria, hou die Tshwane-metro vol dat hulle die uitvoerende gesag is en daarom die verhoogde tarief sonder die nodige goedkeuring van Nersa mag implementeer. “Kragtens die wet is die Tshwane-metro nie by magte om die tarief te implementeer nie en ons sal teen dié onbillikheid optree. Aangesien nóg Nersa nóg die Tshwane-metro op enige van AfriForum se skrywes gereageer het, is daar geen ander remedie as om die dringende hof te nader nie,” sê Grobbelaar. Kragtens artikel 14 …
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New crime trend! Cops say wi-fi detectors used to steal cellphones, laptops from cars

Pretoria - Police believe they have uncovered the reason behind the high number of theft of cellphones and laptops out of cars in the city and anywhere else across the country. Spokesperson Captain Collett Weilbach said criminals were using increasingly sophisticated, directional wi-fi detectors to home in on the laptop or cellphone. This could detect the gadgets from where they had been hidden, be it under the seat of the car or in the boot. Weilbach urged members of the public, particularly motorists, to turn off the wi-fi of laptops and cellphones to avoid opening an invitation to thieves. Police in the Brooklyn area, largely populated by students, as well as Sunnyside and the CBD have reported on an increase in the number of laptops stolen out of motor vehicles. “I parked my car and walked to a restaurant, and all was well. On my return about two hours later, I noticed that one of the rear windows had been smashed. "I checked under the driver’s seat where …
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Pa van twee veg vir sy lewe na 6 skote hom tref tydens huisinbraak

Jan Schoeman ’n pa van twee, veg vir sy lewe in die intensiewe-sorgeenheid van Netcare Montana hospitaal na rowers hom ses keer geskiet het tydens ’n huisbraak in Pretoria-Noord.  Twee verdagtes het van die skiettoeneel gevlug,  met slegs die gesin se TV en ’n skoolsak in hul besit.  Die aanval vorm deel van die terreur wat tans daagliks teen inwoners, feitlik almal blank, in die land gevoer word. Wat veronderstel was om ’n normale weeksdag vir die Schoeman-gesin moes wees, het ontaard in ’n nagmerrie toe rowers vroegoggend by hul woning ingebreek het.  Schoeman se vrou vertel dat sy besig was in die  kombuis,  toe sy ’n slag hoor van ’n venster wat breek.  Schoeman het ondersoek kom instel en hom vasgeloop in die rowers waartydens ’n struweling ontstaan en skote afgevuur is.  Sy vertel haar man is per ambulans hospitaal toe geneem, waar hy onder sedasie geplaas is, sy toestand is kritiek.  Polisiewoordvoerder Kaptein Matthews Nkoadi het bevestig dat ’n saak van poging tot m…
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Plot robberies, rape on the rise in the Pretoria North – communities asked to beef up their security

A spate of crimes are being committed on plots in Pretoria North, particularly house robberies and rape. “Criminals are now going to the extent of stealing solar panels from the roofs of houses.” This is according to police spokesperson Captain Matthews Nkoadi. He explained the perpetrators were usually in groups of two or three wearing balaclavas and wielding guns. “We urge communities in that area to up their security and inform us of any suspicious activities,” Nkoadi said. Other popular crimes he identified included robberies of hair salons, taxis and buses. “Criminals are now going to the extent of stealing solar panels from the roofs of houses,” he said. Other forms of crime in Pretoria North seem to be on the decrease. Nkoadi also said students in other parts of Pretoria were still being targeted by false prophets who were roaming the streets. “We urge our students to please be more clever than these people,” he said. He added that most robberi…
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Pretoria’s homeless people targeted by ‘Serial killer’ – bodies of three victims found over period of twee weeks

A serial killer may be on the loose in Pretoria, targeting homeless people sleeping in parks in the city. According to eNCA, three homeless men have been murdered in the same manner in the past two weeks. The station reported that the latest body was found on Tuesday at the Magnolia Dell Park in Muckleneuk. Another body was reportedly found in the same park, while the body of a third victim was found close to the park two weeks ago, according to Pretoria News. All victims were reportedly killed in their sleep. They were stabbed and hit by a blunt object, according to eNCA. Around 6 000 people in Pretoria are reportedly considered homeless. According to a representative of an NGO who works closely with homeless people in the city, more homeless people have reported being attacked in a similar way, but managed to escape. Lucky escape "They've been reporting violence towards them. We spoke to a guy three weeks ago who was sleeping when he was stabbed. He w…
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