17 March Power outage in Bhisho Park Notice March 17, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Please note that we are trying to restore services in Bhisho Park as the cable has faulted again. This is a short term solution we are drenching to replace some of the cable but this size cable is not in stock normal delivery is 4 to 6 weeks. We have source the cable from another supplier it will be on site by Wednesday 22 March. Related New Parking Meter system for BCM The system will be operated by a marshal in a parking area and motorist will be allowed to park for only two hours. The system, which is a park and display terminal, will also be able to scan the number plate of the vehicle to check the validity of the licence disc and outstanding fines and if there is an outstanding fine, the system will print a notice that serves as a reminder to the motorist. Motorist can pay cash or use a parking smartcard and nonpayers will be dealt with by law as traffic service will enforce the law. Speaking about the system, Traffic Services Commander Quintin Chetty said the system will help Buffalo City regulate and control parking areas in the central business district. Chetty said parking has become an issue as a result people prefer to go to malls where there is parking due to the CBD being congested. "We want to ensure that people come to town and do their business. We want them to come to our CBD rather than go to malls.” Currently, the section is conducting public hearings for the proposed draft bylaw to introduce the management system before it goes to council for adoption. “Council had to review what parking management system they want to put in place. The current one that runs around all cities at this stage is the hand held system,” said Chetty Chetty said the purpose of the hearings is to get the public’s opinions on the bylaw as it will affect them. Business will be also be affected by the proposed bylaw as they also utilise the parking space around the City. Asked when will be the system implemented he said after the hearings a report will be submitted to council and the programme is expected to be rolled out by the end of the year. “We want to have the programme running before the end of the year. We want to have the control parking management system by December.” The draft by-law provides for a fine of up to R20 000 or 90 days in jail,or both for anyone who contravenes or fails to comply with the provision of the by law. The first hearing was held in King Williams Town and the second which was planned for Braelynn, however, the session did not sit due to poor attendance. The third session was held in Mdantsane. Chetty said, “The metro will organise another session for the East London.” The system which is currently used by other cities will work as follows: · The motorist arrives at a parking bay which is marked with a unique bay number, and is greeted by the Parking Marshall. · The marshal then records the vehicle’s registration number and parking bay number. · The marshal informs the motorist of the parking tariff and then requests the motorist indicate the period for which the use of the parking bay will be required. · The hand-held meter (the Park & Display Terminal) then automatically calculates the parking tariff for the parking time and the motorist is informed accordingly. Payment is made in advance. · The Park & Display Terminal automatically issues an electronic Display Ticket. · The motorist places the Display Ticket on the on the dashboard, inside the vehicle. · A passive parking tag/vehicle sensor is placed on the tar of each parking bay to assist the marshal to tag each vehicle. · The service provider employs parking marshals who are clearly identifiable to the public to operate the hand-held parking system. · The hand held system can also scan the number plate of the vehicle to check the validity of the license disc as well as for outstanding traffic fines. · If there is any outstanding fine, the system will print a notice that serves as a reminder to the motorist. · The system also has a built in telephone which is linked to the server room. Water Outages in Bhisho Due to Amatola Water strike and syphon failure at the Laing Water Treatment Works (WTWs) water supply in the following areas will be affected: · Bisho, · Berlin, · Ilitha, · Ndevana, · Zwelitsha, · Phakamisa, · Schornville, · Balasi Valley, · Balasi village, · Kuni 1, · Thembisa, · Mabaleni, · Nkqonqweni and · Newlands villages Although, both the syphon problem and strike have been resolved on 29 March the system will take at least five days to recover in the urban areas and may take up to 10 days in rural areas. This means the affected areas will be without water for the next two days, however, pressure will start to recover to full capacity on Friday, March 31. Buffalo City Metro will dispatch at least 15 water tankers and 15 Jojo Tanks to assist with temporary water supply in the affected areas. The tanks will be placed at strategic points, where people can go and collect water for basic services (e.g. schools, clinics and rent offices.). Road Closure Notices The following would apply. Road Closures: The following intersections will be closed off on 30 December 2016 at approximately 13H00. The closures will remain in place from Friday 30 December 2016 up to Monday 2 January 2017 or as decided by the JOC. Quigney: 1. Inverleith Terrace at Esplanade 2. Cadwalan Street at Aquarium Road 3. Longfellow Street at Marine Terrace 4. Moore Street at Marine Terrace 5. Buffalo Park Drive at John Baillie Road 6. Mc Janet Drive at John Baillie Road 7. Link Road at Marina Glen 8. Moore Street at Fitzpatrick Road Traffic Free Zone: From the Aquarium to Marina Glen including Moore Street to the Holiday Inn and the Traffic Circle at John Bailey Road will be a traffic free zone. Access · Access to Ebulhanti braai area will be via Buffalo Park Drive John Bailie into Lin Road. Limited Access Parking: Marina Glen / EbulhantiCaravan Park next to the East Cemetery.Border Cricket Grounds next to the B field.Public open space at Tennyson and Fitzpatrick Road.Public Open space at Tutton Terrace & Fitzpatrick Road.Orient Theatre parkingCourt Crescent and Cadwallan Road (Emergency Vehicles only) Taxis: Drop off zone – Buffalo Park Drive and Moore StreetPick up zone – Moore Street at Court Crescent. Buses: Drop off zone – Buffalo Park Drive.Pick up zone – Buffalo Park Drive / Esplanade. Beacon Bay · Nyala Road at Kiaat Road Nahoon · Nahoon Reef Road at Epsom Road · Beach Road at Rosyth Street · James Pearce Park Gonubie · Main Road at Quinera Road · Riverside Road at Cane Street · Recreation Road at Meier Street · Main Road at White Street · Oceanway at Smith Street · Quinera Road at Mzamomhle Location Should you have any queries or complaints kindly contact the Joint Operation Centre on the following numbers: · Phone Number : 0437220386 · Phone Number : 0437221315 · Fax Number : 0437221890 A friendly reminder to “Rave but Behave” Gillwell Taxi Retail Park opens The city has already seen the arrival of other large shopping malls, so this centre has a different feel to others. It is right in the centre of the Metro and has a fully operational taxi rank. The centre boasts with over 100 retail shops and banking facilities which include Shoprite, Capitec Bank, Identity, Grand Shoes, Markham, Foschini, Sportscene, Mr Price, John Craig and Truworths Gillwell Taxi Retail Park is a concept by Isibonelo Property Services in partnership with the local taxi industry and informal sector. Speaking about the partnership, during the Media Conference held at the mall on Tuesday 10 November, Isibonelo Property Services Chief Executive Officer Shadrack Mthethwa said, “Isibonelo’s developments perfectly demonstrates a unique blend of transport nodes, retail parks and mixed use and precinct developments as well as rural development. These ventures enable us to empower communities and the individuals within, through the establishments if sustainable infrastructure and work opportunities.” Giving his keynote address Acting Executive Mayor Mteteleli Sam said, “WE are pleased that the mall is at this stage, it is a great concept for the City and is set to boost the City’s economy.” The centre will also have a section of informal trading which is set to add an ambience to the esteemed infrastructure. Services will range from your basic fruits and vegetables to traditional unique cuisine. Gillwell Taxi Retail Park is developed by Isibonelo Property Services and Eris Property Group on behalf of Dipula Income Fund. The official opening of the mall and unveiling of the plaque will be on 12 November at 9am. Gillwell Mall is situated at the Corner of Fleet Street and Gillwell Road in the East London CBD. It is a three-level shopping building and is 22 290 square metres. To get more information on Gillwell Taxi Retail Park visit their website on www.gillwell.com or Facebook: Gillwell Taxi Retail Park or Twitter: @GillwellMall Gillwell Taxi Retail Park The city has already seen the arrival of other large shopping malls, so what makes this development different? It brings along many benefits and great value. Well, this particular shopping mall brings along many benefits and great value. For one, Gillwell Taxi Retail Park, affectionately known as Gillwell Mall epitomises the merging of social, convenience and exceptional shopping experience. The facilities has ensured easy access through organised, professional transportation system to and fro the mall. This project incorporates 26 routes to various areas with and around East London. A vast selection of shopping experience. Furthermore, the informal traders will add to the ambience of this esteemed infrastructure. Services will range from your basic fruits and vegetables to traditional unique cuisine. With over 100 stores on its premises Gillwell Mall promises to offer the consumer a vast selection of shopping experiences. Fashion selection includes the likes of Identity, Grand Shoes, Markham, Foschini, Sportscene, Mr Price, John Craig and Truworths to name a few. The retail mix extends to both national and regional stores. Entertainment is the central element of any shopping mall, so be rest assured that there will be bountiful entertainment awaiting the shopper. Notable strides attested to Gillwell Mall partners. Gillwell Taxi Retail Park is developed by Isibonelo Property Services and Eris Property Group on behalf of Dipula Income Fund. Izak Petersen, CEO of Dipula, says: “The property meets Dipula’s strategy of acquiring quality retail assets in targeted areas.” This has truly been a community development with contractors and external stakeholders all crucially instrumental and significant in the creation of Gillwell Mall. “The implementation and notable strides in the project can be attested to the enthusiasm and cooperation of the fruitful involvement of Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM), Taxi Association and Informal traders association. We are fortunate to have had them on board as partners” says Mr Shadrack Mthethwa, CEO of Isibonelo Property Services. Gillwell Mall truly epitomises the merging and collaboration of efforts. For more information follow us on: www.gillwellmall.com; Facebook: Gillwell Taxi Retail Park; Twitter: @GillwellMall Youth empowerment through construction This was shown when the Buffalo City Metro together with National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) hosted a construction seminar on last week at Cambridge Hall in East London. The purpose of the seminar was to encourage and empower BCM youth that are interested in construction to be courageous and be strong in construction industry. At least six stakeholders were part of the seminar and presented their services to the young people. The stakeholders that attended the seminar include Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), NHBRC, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Financial Institute Supervisory Authority (FISA) and Provincial Department of Public Works. Nomthandazo Mkhwanazi from NHBRC’s Training Department said that the NHBRC empowers young people who are interested in the construction industry to gain more information and skills about the industry so that they can create jobs for themselves and in their communities. “We train young people in various skills such as bricklaying, painting, plastering, roof laying, carpentry, plumbing and business management to be able to manage their own businesses and become qualified contractors,” Mkhwanazi added. She added that infrastructure and construction have created the foundations of our global economy and have the basis for improving quality of life. “It has also contributes significantly to the country’s economy and provides much needed employment.” Speaking about funding and stating a business Vuyiswa Sidiba from NYDA said the agency has a programme called voucher programme to assist people who wants to start their own businesses. “The NYDA has a programme called voucher programme to assist people who wants to start their own businesses. The programme is designed to provide quality business development support to young entrepreneurs.” “Today we are here to assist BCM youth to open their own businesses and we are to help them grow in their businesses,” said Sidiba. Bulelani Mabhokela who benefited from programme said that he is running a successful website company after he received a R100 000 from NYDA. “I have a website development company and my business now has equipment through NYDA. The agency also gave me R100 000 to buy tools for my business. Today, I am a successful business person because of them.” Mabhokela urged them to visit the NYDA offices and ask for assistance and be persistent. “I want to encourage you to stay focused and never give up on your dreams. You must visit these places make sure they don’t forget your face,” said Mabhokela. One resident from Duncan Village Siphesihle Mpali said, “The seminar was very informative. I had always wanted to know how to start my own business and now I know exactly where to go and start. I am motivated to register for training, get skills and be equipped then start my own construction company.” Comments are closed.