Statement of the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr. Geoffrey Makhubo, on COVID-19 Lockdown

25 March 2020

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo, today, 25 March 2020, convened an urgent Mayoral Committee meeting as a response to the pronouncements of President Cyril Ramaphosa pertaining to the escalation of the government’s response to COVID-19.

As announced by the President, the nation will be on lockdown for 21 days, beginning at midnight on 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. The President’s announcement of a lockdown means we are charting new waters as country and as a City.

Gauteng, and to a great extent Johannesburg, has become the epicenter of this potentially deadly epidemic. The situation in which we find ourselves is serious and requires that we step up, in response to the marching orders of the President, with urgency.

The City’s approach on COVID-19 is one that seeks to prevent, contain and manage the spread of the virus through efficient and equitable deployment of resources to regions and the most vulnerable areas, particularly areas of high volumes in human traffic and informal and densely populated settlements.

To this end, building on interventions announced on 18 March 2020, the City has taken further measures to ensure compliance with the declared state of national disaster and lockdown.

The City’s various entities and departments have set systems in place to ensure that essential services continue as per the President’s marching orders, and that we have continuity of services as we escalate the City’s fight against COVID-19.

Waste Removal

Waste removal has been classified as an essential service. Without hesitation, Pikitup will continue with operations and efforts are being made to ramp up frequency of collection during the lockdown period.

Water and Electricity

City Power and Johannesburg Water will continue operations whilst ensuring that they protect and minimize the impact of the COVID -19 pandemic to our workforce and residents of Johannesburg by implementing the following:

• All scheduled maintenance and planned interruptions in services are suspended. This is to release all available operations teams to effective management of unplanned and emergency interruptions over the lockdown period.

• As previously announced, four hundred (400) water tanks will be strategically located at various locations with vulnerable communities in the City to ease the burden of access to water and water tankers will be dispatched to unserved communities and informal settlements.

• We have also directed that the frequency for desludging chemical toilets located within informal settlements be increased from the current rate of twice a week to three times a week.

• Residents who are on the Expanded Social Package (ESP) will continue to get water until the lockdown is over and they are able to renew the service at the nearest customer centre.

Transport

Metro Bus and Rea-Vaya bus services are to further scale down operations while ensuring the availability of buses especially for those essential services staff needing to get to work.

As from Friday, 27 March 2020, Metrobus will be running 7 buses a day with 7 drivers weekly to rotate and 3 drivers will be on standby daily.

The intention will be to connect the following areas:

• Soweto to Sunninghill via Sandton, from 5am leaving Soweto in Protea returning at 16:30pm.

• Westrand, to Johannesburg CBD from 6am and 7am, returning at 12 noon and 17:30pm.

• Gandhi Square to Sandton, at 06:30 and 07:30, returning at 16:00 and 17:00.

• Rossetenville to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, from 06:00 and 07:00, returning at 12:00 noon and 17:00.

All buses will be sanitized once every 24-hours and washed twice a day. Sanitizers will be provided for commuters on buses as well as at ticket offices and depots.

Public Safety

All the City’s Licensing Centres will be closed down effective today, until further notice.

The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), working together with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been directed to monitor and enforce strict adherence to the guidelines outlined by the President during the 21 days lockdown.

Our Disaster Management Centre remains in place and will be monitoring the implementation of our counter measures and response to cases reported and suspected cases.

Credit Control Measures

All water and electricity cuts across the City, as part of our credit control measures, are immediately suspended. All customers whose services have been disconnected (as of this announcement) in accordance with the credit management by-laws must still make the necessary arrangements, to ensure that water and electricity is restored, as these are necessary services in the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“The above measures we are announcing are aimed at maintain the safety and resilience of the City. Again we emphasize, the call by the President for all persons, to as much as is possible, stay home and self-isolate. We also echo Minister Mkhize’s sentiments that it is not the medical teams alone that will contain and defeat the coronavirus but it is how we as residents and citizens behave in line with the guidance being provided.” concluded Mayor Makhubo.

The Department of Health and Social Development in the City will soon issue further information on operations at Clinics as per provincial directives and mitigation measures to support the homeless and elderly during this time.

24th March 2020

Hi all

SA faces a crisis like never before and it will be up to every one of us to bring the pandemic under control. We need to support the efforts of government and support each other.

At present the rule is – stay at home. Running, walking etc is banned.

Shops, pharmacies and garages amongst others will remain open. I am sure all of you have been following the news and the many of messages being posted.

Together we will have the answers on how to proceed come Friday. Let us not panic even though it is a very trying time.

We will do our best to keep up to date on our groups and if you receive news or have advice for the area, please post. But let’s try keep some of the noise down on the groups.

None of us have ever experienced the circumstances we are presently in but they will pass. We need to remain positive and resolute.

If you need anything, you may not be able to get to the shops, ask for help. If you want to just share a thought, feel over whelmed or just need an ear, the entire CKN family is there. Reach out.

Stay safe
John

4th March 2020

Hi all

Just a quick catch up as I haven’t mailed you in a while.

The first few months of the year have been relatively quiet but we did see an armed robbery and a hijacking.

Hijackings have become very common lately and occur as always, largely when you come home. In many instances, we have seen the victim taken with the car so one’s bank account can be accessed. The victim is found later dropped off and the car in some cases, found. Please always take care when returning home.

Crime remains a really big problem, and comes in so many forms that one has to be alert at all times and sadly has become very violent.

Many would have seen of late as to how residents of areas and even municipalities have had to start doing cleaning of areas for themselves. Service delivery in many areas in non-existent or sorely lacking. CKN, thanks to Joy and her team are making a huge difference in CKN and we can proudly say we do live in a well-maintained area.

The council cutting programme does not allow for regular clean ups etc. We have some illegal advertising in and around CKN and these are with JMPD and they will be fining and removing the eyesores.

Please sign the petition that has been drawn up around speeding and the dangerous intersection at Golf Club Terrace and Constantia Drive. Please see Cynthia between 17h30 and 18h30 on Thurday, 5 March in the Acanthus Street park.

To those that wanted vehicle stickers and their gates checked, the stickers are coming and Dowry will be in touch when I finalise the list.

Other than the above, I don’t have much.

In closing, I want to thank Johan who is our parting treasuerer, he is leaving the area, for all his help and support over the past years. Welcome to Lloyd from Bloubos who has agreed to take over as treasurer.

Then, we are also losing our vice-chairman. Keith and Barbara are moving to something smaller. Thanks Keith for the time and effort you put into CKN over many years.

Stay safe
John

13th February 2020

Hi all

Jenny, Surine and I sat the other night to go through our database to check where we are with membership, who is paying and just updating the CKN members.

Bit of a long process but for now we know where we are going into the new year.

Money always remains a sensitive issue but CKN cannot afford to function without the contributions of all its members.
In the same breath I wish to thank the many that have so faithfully supported the area and have shared our vision of a safe and clean neighbourhood.

I do not see any need for an increase in CKN subs this year but I am asking that everyone please pay regularly and where you are paying less than what is asked, you please consider increasing your contribution, even if by a few Rand.
We ask R350 per month but are open to assisting where finances may be an issue. We do have pensioners and retrenched residents and so we do understand.

Fund raising last year was by way of two markets where stalls paid to CKN to be present. These monies will go towards a lawn mower for the team that cleans CKN weekly.

Every CKN member will receive a monthly invoice just as a reminder of their contribution. We are also contacting some where we have not seen payments in a while.

A discounted rate is available from Dowry to those connecting their alarm to Dowry.

Again, thank you for your ongoing support.

Stay safe
John

28th January 2020

Hi all

Just a quick run down on the incident of Saturday afternoon.

Just before 16h00 on Saturday a white SUV stopped outside the house on Constantia Drive and a suspect got out and proceeded to look over the wall. ( I have footage of the incident from the complex across the road). A second suspect got out and between the two of them broke the rail on the gate and opened it. This took approximately 2 minutes. The two suspects entered and proceeded to the security gate which they also broke open. They entered the house and proceeded to take a lap top, cell phone, TV and other items.

A few minutes before they arrived the husband had left to the shops. His wife and children were at home and in the garden. One of the children went to the mom to tell her there were people in the house taking things. She was surprised at this but went to check.

Whilst the SUV was parked outside one of our patrol cars came from Jim Fouche and saw the suspects putting things in the SUV. He stopped a few houses back. Suspects must have seen him and hurried things along. He fired a shot at the vehicle and you can see the SUV very quickly leaving.

When the wife entered the house, she pressed her panic button. At this time the patrol car was already engaging with the suspects. The SUV leaves and the patrol officer joins the wife and children at the gate as she had come out and advised the officer they had taken items in the house.

No one was hurt in the incident which lasted 4 minutes from when they entered the gate till the SUV leaves. 6 minutes in total for the incident.

Shortly after I arrived I tried to ping the stolen phone but it was already off.
Why was this targeted on a Saturday afternoon? We cannot say.
Please again ensure your gate cannot be forced open from the outside and you have all your phone details, tracking company details, bank details etc stored somewhere.

FORM FOR RECORDING YOUR IMPORTANT DETAILS

Our crime incidents this year so far have been on the weekend and a plan is already in place for the coming weekend.

Stay safe
John

8 January 2019

Hi all

Happy new year to all and I trust it will be a crime free one and that all your hopes and dreams will be realised.
As we start to get back into the daily routine, I would just like to mention a few things around some CKN housekeeping.

Two matters have been highlighted to me over the last few weeks.

Noise, please be respectful of those around you when it comes to load music, grass cutting (on a Sunday) and the same with angle grinding etc at night or on a weekend.
Of course, many were up in arms with regards fireworks. So many animals are still looking for their homes.

Then secondly, the maintenance of the area. Most garden services went on leave, council the same and then we have had a fair amount of rain.

Refuse collection was a real nightmare. We also have dumping in the area.
So to help get on top of the area maintenance:
·Please cut your pavement and sweep your gutter.

On 18 Jan we will have a CKN clean up to help our CKN team get on top of things. I am asking for as many people to assist with picking up litter and cleaning our entrances of gra
ss etc. Just two hours.
More details beforehand. Please help us as the more hands the more we can do.
Many want a well-maintained area and the only way is to get our hands dirty. The council cutting programme is not comprehensive enough.

The past few weeks not having the CKN guys work has shown just how valuable they are.

I mentioned in my last email we need to get a heavy-duty lawn mower. Thank you for the donations to date. Many asked how much we are asking. Can I ask for R100 per household/complex
or whatever is affordable?

Finally, please send me a list of anything that needs to be tackled in the area. We will compile a consolidated list and with volunteer helpers start working on the items.

In February I would like to tackle and mark our fire hydrants. I really hope for help on this as well. I am sure you can see the value in this.

Thank you for your concern for the area. We all want a clean and neat neighbourhood.

All the best.

Stay Safe
John

8th January 2020

Hi all

CKN was initially formed as a crime fighting community where the neighbourhood could be the eyes and ears of the community to try and keep the crime levels under control. John has led this initiative and he puts in a great deal of time and effort apart from holding down a full time job.

We have been using WhatsApp Groups in CKN for several years in order to keep the Community in touch with events that affect us all.  These groups have grown and we now have 8 CKN groups and an Animal care and Enviro Group.

Since this has become a simple way of reporting neighbourhood issues many residents have passed this responsibility on to “somebody else” .  As a result John, Cynthia and Amelia are inundated with complaints about things like power cuts, water outages, fallen trees, street lights not working, potholes, speeding, parks that need attention and a number of other issues.

I would like to urge all residents to take responsibility for reporting all these issues themselves, and then posting reference numbers on the Ward 89 group so that matters can be escalated when necessary.

Please download and print the attached form giving the relevant departments and contact details to report to.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR SUBURB AND LOG ISSUES THAT NEED ATTENTION

As a community we are amazing – supportive, helpful and kind.  We look after our animals and keep our community tidy.
Let us start the new year by being positive and responsible.  And may 2020 be a wonderful year for us all.

Jenny
John

27th December 2019

Hi all

Feedback on the incident in the early hours of 20 December in which a motor bike was taken in LIchus Street.
The feedback is from the resident who I saw later that day.

Some time before 02h00 his dog that sleeps in the house woke him. He thought it strange hat the dog was looking out the window which he does not do.
He got up and went to check outside.

Prior to this a white bus (appears to be a 22 seater) drove into the street turned and awaited outside 835/837 Lichus. (pan handles and hence the various house numbers mentioned). Whilst driving in, three suspects ran to 833 Lichus.

The pedestrian gate was broken and the motor overridden and the gate opened. They proceeded to steal a motorbike. It was one of three standing next to the house.

On seeing the owner, the suspects fled in the bus. He feels they were coming back for a second bike.

Simultaneously, 829 Lichus came home and reported the vehicle as suspicious. The bus left seconds after this.

When one of our cars arrived, they found the owner of 833 Lichus in the street and stopped to ask him for information. He advised what had happened and they checked the property with him.

The owner has his suspicions of who may be involved but has no proof. Motor bike theft is rife. Please see ensure that if you have a motor bike, it is not seen from the road.

Stay safe
John

20th December 2019

Thank you to each of you who took the time to complete the Recycler Interation survey that was emailed to the CKN database in the beginning of December. It is so important to hear from you.

Out of approximately 480 emails that went out I received a total of 57 surveys.

I have started going through each response in detail and find this to be a most valuable experience. High level findings: Of the 57 respondents 46 are for, 7 are against, and 5 are ambivalent (undecided or neutral) about the initiative. I am going through your constructive suggestions, queries, and truly good points raised. Thank you for these!

I am taking a pause over the holidays, spending some time reflecting on your feedback. Please be aware that a lot of the Recyclers have gone home for the holidays although a few locals are still working and will be hre on Christmas eve and Christmas day going through the trash/bags put out. We can expect all the regular collectors to be back and resume their efforts in January.

2020 will see the Recycler initiative evolve further. The key areas of focus is already identified; Recyclers are getting more organised through a relevant system that makes sense, more communication and education for the community as well as Recyclers. For certain we have kinks to iron out and improvements to make, all of which can be achieved through a cohesive community effort. I remain here and committed to assisting with change in our community.

I am putting together a small team to assist with tweaking and enhancing the strengths of our initiative. If you are passionate about this programme and making it better for all concerned please contact me. This woman is no Island. Thank you for the support, criticism and hands on help received thus far. A very special thank you to our angels Patricia and Joy who supply the Recyclers with sandwiches week after week. It would be great to get some more angels involved in this.

I will be taking a drive around next Wednesday on Christmas morning to greet and give thanks to whichever Recyclers are around. Anyone who is feeling the true spirit of Christmas and is willing to contribute anything savoury or sweet, cool drinks, etc. for the few guys please let me know.

Wishing you all the best. May peace, love and light fill your homes and hearts now and always.

Lorin

11th November 2019

Domestic Watch meeting on 28 November at 11h00 to 12h00 at the guest house in Calendula Street.
Please share with your domestic and gardener and I urge you to please allow them to attend.
Only for an hour.
The police have been invited to address them.
Thanks
John

The clean up along Hendrik Potgieter this Saturday was a success. Majority of CKN Recyclers arrived to clean up the extensive rubbish dumped along the busy roadside.
Our partners in integration African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) joined in and brought their truck so we could dispose of the the 20 plus bin bags at the local dump. None of the rubbish collected was fit for recycling and certainly not left by our group.

Luyanda had a talk with the Recyclers explaining the importance of integration and getting organised. This was well received by the men. We will be registering our Recyclers with ARO and two of the men and I will be attending a registration day in the near future.

ID badges were handed out and the rest will be handed out on bin days. Thank you to the one resident, his brave young son and dog who participated in this community clean up.

Thank you to those who supported in other important ways with food, sweets and refreshments, all very appreciated. Thank you to Dowry security for their supportive presence. You can find pics of the day on the CKN website and Facebook page. Here is a link to an article written about our initiative.

https://roodepoortnorthsider.co.za/309095/a-recycling-integration-system-under-way/

Kind Regards,
Lorin Leuci