22 JULY 2019
Police condemns acts of violence and criminality during protests
Yesterday the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng strongly condemned the incidents of violence directed at state property and “the property of innocent citizens” in a spate of recent protests in Johannesburg against electricity blackouts and other service delivery concerns. Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said this followed the damage to, and destruction of private vehicles and serious and violent crimes, including rape, at the Klipspruit Valley Road in Soweto on Saturday night by residents in the area because of an electricity blackout. Police are also appealing to members of the public who might have been injured to come forward. It was suspected that more than 20 motorists were affected, and crime victims during protests included a woman who became a victim of rape.
Joburg City Mayor promotes joints venture to resolve Deep South land grabs issue
The executive mayor for the city of Joburg Herman Mashaba said he has written to the MEC for Human Settlement Lebogang Maile to achieve a joint approach and address the complex problems in Lenasia and surrounding areas. The Mayor said the first issue they need to look at is the crises of landlessness that led to illegal land grabs and an increase of informal settlements. The mayor also said they need to ensure orderly law enforcement of settlements, to curb violence, Illegal connections and theft in the area. After previous protests, engagements were held with communities without solid plans, budgets and deliverables to which government could be held accountable.
23 JULY 2019
Task team needed to investigate who’s behind land grabs
An urgent request has been sent to the provincial police commissioner, Major General Elias Mawela to establish a task team to investigate who’s behind the land grabs in Lenasia and surrounding areas. The city of Joburg’s Metro police department issued the communication after last week Fridays protests in Lenasia, Ennerdale and Zakariyya Park, due to an increased amount of informal settlements that has been popping up in the respective areas unabated.
24 JULY 2019
Eskom Refuses to turn power on in areas with outstanding payments
Eskom has refused to restore power to areas that have repeated failures due to illegal connections and high levels of non-payment, especially in Soweto. The power utility says it will only restore supply to legal and paying customers in the areas on condition that the community allows safe access to Eskom staff to conduct audits and remove illegal connections. Eskom’s Customer Service Senior Manager Daphne Mokoena said they have spent about half a billion in maintaining, networks and the biggest portion of that half-a-billion is mainly on replacing assets that have failed as a result of these illegal connections, particularly at transformers and sub-stations.
25 JULY 2019
Klipspruit bridge declared open 25 July 2019
After 19 months of construction, the City of Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, and the MEC for Transport Nonhlanhla Makhuba have officially opened the Klipspruit West Bridge on Thursday. The reconstruction project that started in January last year (2018) cost the City 49 Million rand.
Many residents welcomed the opening of the bridge and most especially the Eldorado Park Taxi Association. The taxi commuting service expressed their relief on the opening of the Klipspruit Bridge saying that it will Now allow taxis to deliver better service to the Greater Eldorado Park and Kliptown and Klipspruit communities after a frustrating construction period.
Housing meeting 25 July 2019 at don Mateman civic
The housing meeting with the MEC for housing Meshack Van Wyk at the Don Mateman civic centre took a turn for the worse during the Question and answer session. Greater Eldorado Park Residents said they are tired of the empty promises that the department of Housing has been making for the last twenty years and the councillor is not really addressing their concerns. Residents wanted to know what the City’s plan is for Hillbrow flats in particular as it is a longstanding complex area that has been neglected.
The MEC for housing Councillor Meshack Van Wyk said he has been delaying his visit to Eldorado Park, because he didn’t want to make empty promises, like his predecessors, but he wants to deliver. Councillor Meshack said 179 flats owners will receive their title deeds on the 2nd of August.
Old Eldorado Park electricity protest
Protesters were seen taking to the streets on 24/25 July to express their outrage over continuous power outages in Eldorado Park. Residents blocked Main, Turf and Boundary streets due to a lack of urgency to fix the continuous electricity crisis in Goud, Cumming and Sand streets as well as in Agaat and Ametis streets in Old Eldorado Park This After City Power visited these areas on Tuesday night.
Human trafficking in Eldorado Park
Eldorado Park Police Station has issued a statement that Human Trafficking has increased immensely over the past few weeks in the community. This after the Eldorado Park Police Office received numerous complaints of victims who survived ordeals of human trafficking. Eldorado Park Police spokesperson, Captain Fezeka Khobo, expressed her concern and says people are being lured with promises for work or educational opportunities abroad. She says in some cases; young girls are lured into relationships and there are also instances where children are being sold for sexual exploitation or modern slavery. The Eldorado Park Police are appealing to residents to verify information before applying for work or to report suspicious activity urgently at the police office.
26 JULY 2019
Eldorado Park residents vent their anger at Housing meeting
Last night’s meeting with the MMC for housing Meshack Van Wyk at the Don Mateman civic centre took a turn for the worse during the Question and answer session. Greater Eldorado Park Residents said they are tired of the empty promises that the department of Housing has been making for the last twenty years and that the councillor is not really addressing their concerns.