Westonaria Local Municipality awarded R200 000 to Students

January 29, 2015Leave a reply

Westonaria Local Municipality has established a Tertiary Registration Financial Support Programme to assist 30 learners with good

performance and those from disadvantaged communities who cannot pay tertiary registration fee due to their unfortunate

background. The first top ten each received R10 000 while twenty learners got R5 000 each at an event held on 28 January 2015,

Banquet Hall.

The funds would be paid directly into the account of institutions that they have registered with.

The Municipality acknowledged the fact that there are numerous needy children. However, the fund can only be given to few

learners and this should be regarded as a contribution towards “a better life for all”, said the Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso

Tundzi.

The Executive Mayor urged all who are recipients of the Tertiary Registration Financial Support to take advantage of the available

financial resources provided by government and the private sectors and improve their family conditions.

The Mayor said that the municipality is proud of schools from the disadvantaged areas that have consistently shown the greatest

improvements as well as students from these schools, whom despite odds against them were able to achieve the best.

“Given the joblessness and disappointments amongst those who matriculated and have completed their degrees at tertiary

institutions in the previous years, the Westonaria Local Municipality is engaging Mining Houses to make a tangible difference in the

lives of the many school leavers within the area. This can only happen when we always embark on working together with private

sector”, the Mayor concludes.

Few comments from the learners was that they were very honoured and pleased to get the financial support from the municipality to

further their studies as their parents are not in a position to pay for their tertiary fees . “I wish that the programme could continue and

benefit to the upcoming matriculants”, they said.

Shiela Mokgosinyane from Kgothalang Secondary School, Matthew Mashabela from T.M Letlhake Secondary and Mbulelo Gwalase

from Simunye Secondary School were amongst those interviewed.

 

Eskom implementing stage 1 of load shedding

January 27, 2015Leave a reply

Eskom Power System Emergency has been declared: 27 Jan 2015, 10h00 to 22h00. Load shedding stage 1 (10H00 tO 22H00) and local curtailment stage 1/2 (12h00 to 22h00) will be implemented to stabilize the system.

Eskom calls on consumers to urgently switch off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all nonessential
appliances throughout the day to reduce electricity demand. As workers leave office buildings this evening we ask that they please switch off the lights, with the exception of security lighting and avoid leaving on air-conditioning overnight.

Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can make the biggest difference by switching off non-essential lights and not to leave office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.

Eskom customers are advised to check load shedding schedules, which are available on the Eskom website (http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za ). They can also contact our customer call centre 0860 037 566. Municipal customers are urged to contact their local authorities.

Westonaria munic and Glenhavie are 5A while Venterspost is 6B.

For more on load shedding schedule please click on the following link

Operating Guide with cover page

SDBIP 2014/15 Financial Year

January 23, 2015Leave a reply

The Municipality is unable to upload the SDBIP 2014-15 Financial Year under the Compliance Documents- SDBIP heading because of technical reasons. Council profusely apologize for that. In the meantime please click on the link below to access it

SDBIP 2014-2015 Final 15-08-2014 (..)

Re determination of Municipal Boundaries

January 22, 2015Leave a reply

In terms of section 22 of the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998, The Minister of Cooperative Governance and traditional Affairs, requested the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) to re-determine the boundaries of certain municipalities. Annexure A Contains details of the Minister’s request. The request may result in the re-determination of municipal boundaries which may bring about the categorization of more metropolitan areas, the amalgamation of municipalities, the declaration of district management areas, and the alignment of certain traditional and municipal boundaries.

For more about the re-determination of municipal boundaries please click the link below

MDB Circula12015 final

 

Twenty disdavantaged learners to benefit from Tertiary Registration Assistance

January 19, 2015Leave a reply

Westonaria Local Municipality has established a Tertiary Registration Financial Support Programme to assist twenty (20) learners with good performance from disadvantaged communities who cannot pay tertiary registration fee due to
poverty.

The funds will be disbursed through the Executive Mayor’s office. The fund will pay R5 000.00 for registration fees, paid directly to the institution.

The Municipality acknowledges the fact that there are numerous needy children. However, the fund can only be given to few learners and this is seen as a contribution towards “a better life for all”. For more on this please log on the following links,

Poster- Mayor’s Tertiary Registration Financial Support 2015

Application Form- Mayor’s Tertiary Registration Financial Support 2015

 

Westcol satellite in Westonaria

January 19, 2015Leave a reply

Against the backdrop of skepticism about the viability of a tertiary or FET institution in the area, students and staff at the newly established Westcol in Westonaria this week said that it is an essential local option for school leavers who could not pursue their studies for some reasons.

This intervention follows a series of meetings between Westonaria Local Municipality, Westcol and the Department of Education that were held since last year that led to the establishment of Westcol satellite in Westonaria in order to address challenges of skills shortage and low level of literacy in the area.

Only 23% of the population has completed Grade 12. However, the majority of the people have only obtained some secondary level of education which is likely to impact negatively on the ability to find employment. The newly formed Westcol satellite is expected to draw students from other neighbouring areas like Randfontein, Merafong and Soweto.

Municipality has offered Sports Complex as a temporary venue for the college. The council has also avail land for the construction of a college.The satellite will offer programmes such as National Certificate Vocational Level (NCVL) 3 and 4. Other disciples in programmes such as Financial Management, Administration and Agricultural sciences will be added in a near future. At the moment the college has 100 students and there is still a space for another 100 students.

“Whilst these interventions are government-driven, they are also responding directly to the specific needs that were raised by the community itself. In the last few months we had many and critical meetings with the community, and this satellite is the culmination of these intensive engagements. In our previous meetings with the community, we promised to come back with a tangible intervention”,
Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso Tundzi said.

“As government, we are elated that finally we have An FET College in our area and we are looking are hopeful community will enroll at this college”, Councilor Tundzi said.

We have brought education at the doorstep of Westonaria residents and this will reduce the burden from parents who cannot afford to pay transport for their children to travel long distances to further their studies, the Mayor concludes.