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Old October 23rd, 2017, 09:23 AM   #721
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Tshwane cuts R7m travel costs

The Democratic Alliance-led government’s moratorium on international travel for City of Tshwane officials and politicians saved the city R7 million in just one year.

This means travel costs have been cut from R8.4 million to R1.4 million in just one year since the ANC was voted out of office in the capital city during the August 2016 local government elections.

When Mayor Solly Msimanga took office, his first mission was to cut corruption and abuse of the taxpayers’ money. He also put a stop to inaugural parties and celebratory dinners.

Msimanga immediately put a moratorium on international travels for city officials and politicians, saying it would only be allowed on application to the mayoral committee, subject to a cost and benefit analysis.

Msimanga himself spent a total of R1 393 878 on international travel for the period August 2016 – August 2017.

This is down from the R8 441 657 price tag for international travel for the previous ANC administration for the period August 2015 – August 2016. This is a total reduction of R7 047 779. Samkelo Mgobozi, Msimanga’s spokesperson, said on some of the mayor’s overseas visits, he did not spend a cent of the taxpayers’ money.

https://citizen.co.za/news/south-afr...-travel-costs/
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Old October 23rd, 2017, 09:24 AM   #722
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Tshwane mayoral mansion goes on sale for R5m

Tshwane mayor says R12m spent on renovations under watch of previous ANC administration had evidently been misused.

The mayoral mansion, which has been dubbed “the house of corruption”, opened its doors yesterday to potential buyers.

The house, which was renovated at a staggering R12 million under the watch of former mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, yesterday went on sale for R5 million.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said the proceeds from the sale of the house would be used to build 40 to 50 houses for those people already on the waiting list for housing.

The DA-led administration is still conducting a probe into the renovations because it believes the R12 million that was spent is not reflected in the work done on the house and that it was misused on dodgy renovations by the previous ANC administration.

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Old November 23rd, 2017, 05:27 PM   #723
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Tshwane mayoral mansion sells for R5.1 million

Tshwane’s four-bedroom Mayoral mansion, nestled among ambassadorial residences in the upmarket suburb of Muckleneuk, fetched R5.1 million at High Street Auctions’ final sale of the year on Thursday.

Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, opened the controversial house, which is valued at R5 million, for viewing by potential buyers towards the end of October.

The mayor was at Summer Place to witness the final disposal of a scandal-plagued city “asset” that has been the subject of a corruption probe relating to the previous administration’s R12 million “upgrade” to the property.

In a South African metro first, Tshwane’s full council voted recently to dispose of the opulent property in which Msimanga has refused to live. Among the reasons cited were the substantial cost to ratepayers of maintaining the property and the council’s desire to utilise the funds for the construction of low income housing.

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Old November 23rd, 2017, 05:45 PM   #724
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Apparently he's going to make sure that the money goes toward building 52 RDP houses - to make the point !
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Old February 9th, 2018, 01:42 AM   #725
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Old February 9th, 2018, 02:05 AM   #726
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[CENTER]Will make such a difference to the area. here's more artist impression of the revamp.







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Old February 9th, 2018, 02:15 AM   #727
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Nice! I have high expectations for this public space.
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Old February 9th, 2018, 12:58 PM   #728
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Thanks LADEN ^ nice to see good progress on this project; should be a stunner when completed:

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Old April 18th, 2018, 04:50 AM   #729
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This is more like it:

R300m social housing project launched in Tshwane







As part of plans to meet the growing demand for housing in Gauteng, Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo on Tuesday launched the R300-million Thembelihle Village in Tshwane.

Completed in November 2017, with first occupation in February 2018, the project provides safe housing for families in 733 units. Security features include biometric access control, a closed circuit television (CCTV) security system and 24-hour guarding of the premises.

With rent for a bachelor apartment starting as low as R700 a month, the project was aimed at providing affordable quality homes to low-income earners nearer their place of work.

The Thembelihle Village, which means ‘good hope’, is also located close to government departments, other places of work, shops, social amenities and public transport.

Included on the grounds is 1 300 m2 of commercial space, which includes a retail space encompassing a supermarket, butcher, printing shop, laundromat, as well as a nail and hair salon.

The complex also features a swimming pool, playgrounds, sports facilities, a community hall, library, as well as lawn areas, which are aimed at creating an “almost park-like atmosphere”.

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Old May 16th, 2018, 09:35 AM   #730
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Pretoria to become car-manufacturing capital of Africa with R50bn injection



The city already has four major automotive plants, and more developments are coming.

Capital city Tshwane is set to become the automotive capital of Africa with the development of Rosslyn Hub, a R50 billion Auto City project.

The project will be funded by the private sector and could become a blueprint for how to develop Africa’s future smart cities in a sustainable way.

Rosslyn Hub director Brendan Falkson said it was envisioned that Rosslyn, which is already home to four automotive plants – BMW, Nissan, Iveco and Tata – along with an array of automotive suppliers, will emulate established automotive cities in China, Germany, Japan and Spain.

This will create a second “central business district” northwest of Tshwane and on the doorstep of the Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve townships.

It will also be anchored by a labour-intensive automotive manufacturing core that will enable workers to walk to work and back.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said economic prosperity was a key driving force in the development of the Tshwane region and his support for the automotive sector was part of his commitment to steering the city towards becoming the premier automotive manufacturing hub in Africa.

The Rosslyn Hub will include:
  • 1 200 houses and 250 rental apartments;
  • A creche, primary and high school;
  • University with student housing;
  • Two shopping centres, a value centre and filling station;
  • A logistics park and vehicle distribution centre, with access to a world class rail logistics hub;
  • A truck staging area and truck stop;
  • Motor showrooms and a motor retail area;
  • A hospital and clinic; and
  • A hotel and conference centre.

https://citizen.co.za/motoring/motor...0bn-injection/
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Old May 16th, 2018, 05:09 PM   #731
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EFF threatens to demolish Paul Kruger statue in Pretoria


The Paul Kruger statue in Pretoria has long been under fire for what it represents by remaining in public. Now, the EFF is demanding real action and have threatened to demolish it themselves.

While there have been previous decisions taken that the statue should stay, the debate was plunged to the forefront again as the EFF called for it to be destroyed and replaced with one of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

EFF councillor in Pretoria, Moaferika Mabogoane, has previously said that the statue is part of the EFF’s national mandate to remove apartheid symbols and statues.

The statue has since been fenced off after previous attacks left it covered in paint and damaged.

Mabogoane said that statues and street names like John Vorster, Hendrik Verwoerd and Paul Kruger are deeply unpleasant for South Africans.

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Old May 16th, 2018, 07:57 PM   #732
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So Paul Kruger represents apartheid? Pity he died 44 years before apartheid was even born via the Nats 1948 policy. But never let the facts get in the way of rhetoric by the same clowns who also blames Jan van Riebeck for apartheid
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:16 AM   #733
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Don't be so simplistic. The statue was placed in Church Square by D.F. Malan's government and is strongly associated with apartheid and Afrikaner nationalism. It most certainly represents apartheid.
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Old October 18th, 2018, 09:19 AM   #734
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Tswhane RDP construction underway with mayoral mansion proceeds

Progress is on track in Atteridgeville west of Pretoria, where construction began on 40 RDP houses using the proceeds of the mayoral mansion auction last week, reports Pretoria East Rekord.

“I am pleased that we will soon be handing over the finished houses and issuing title deeds so that recipients have legal ownership of their homes,” said Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga.

Msimanga cautioned that “selling and disposing” of the metro’s properties should not be the “norm” when the mansion went under the hammer for R5.1 million in November 2017.

He said, however, that the metro was “forced” to do it, as an investigation had revealed that while R12 million had been spent on renovations to the property, the house still had defects.

“Given the market value of the property, it is unlikely that we will recoup all the money wasted on exorbitant renovations,” he said at the time.

During Tuesday’s inspection, Msimanga said: “Nothing is more gratifying than to witness, what was once a costly single mansion with little to no benefit for Tshwane residents, being turned into decent housing for 40 families who have been waiting for years to have a home to call their own.”

He added that the site, in extension 19, had been abuzz with activity since the house was auctioned off.

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Old October 26th, 2018, 02:23 PM   #735
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Solly Msimanga officially reopens revamped Church Square



Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga on Fruday morning officially reopened the revamped Church Square after a lengthy regeneration process.

The revamped Church Square took two years to complete and came at a cost of R28 million.

Msimanga was joined by Roads and Transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge and her MEC counterpart Ismail Vadi for the technical presentation of the Church Square package.

The new-look Church Square has already been attracting scores of people taking selfies near the statues of Paul Kruger and his generals.

The precinct keeps the old, history and original feel but complements it with a more modern style and feel, restoring Church Square to its glory days.

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No trees, no benches, no nothing?
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Please inform the uninformed...

2 years and R28m to get what exactly? Based on the picture and previous post, it is incredibly simple, devoid of landscaping and is just grass and paving. Where did R28m go?
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Good accolade for Pretoria. CNN has named Pretoria in its list of the world's most beautiful streets (the city's photo comes up 1st!)....

The world's most beautiful streets
Joe Minihane, CNN
Updated 4th December 2019



1/21

Herbert Baker Street, Pretoria, South Africa: The Jacaranda tree-lined streets of South Africa's capital city bloom with beautiful purple flowers in September to November.


More here: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/artic...ets/index.html
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