Happy Diwali to the Hindu Community!

Newcastle Mayor Cllr E.M Nkosi, Wishes all Hindu community a happy Diwali!

Diwali marks a beginning and a new year to our Hindu Community. It is a time to celebrate and give thanks. This time signifies a fresh start and the triumph of good over evil.

“This is a very important time in our town, it is the time where Light successes over darkness and where love wins over hate and bitterness.” said Cllr E.M Nkosi.

The community of Newcastle is urged to use fireworks responsibly during this time.

Happy Diwali!

Water Restriction

The Municipality is busy with Installing a new PRV pipe in the Schuinshoogte area to prevent further bursting of pipes in that area.
Please note that water will be closed for at least a minimum of 3 hours from now.

Temporary Deviation and Road Closures Due To Road Resealing

Temporary Deviation and Road Closures Due To Road Resealing

Notice: Contractors working on behalf of and under supervision of the Newcastle Municipality – Road Resealing.

Construction and repairs may result in temporary deviations and road closures during construction works. Areas that have been identified are as follows:

  1. Lennoxton – Loxton Street – 29 – 31 October 2018
  2. Panorama – Completed 26 October 2018
  3. Riverside Indistrial – Edison road & Portion Marconi – 29-31 October 2018
  4. Asiphen Drive – Completion – 29-30 October 2018
  5. Madadeni – MD 33 – 30-06 November 2018

Pothole Repair
Currently our internal teams are concentrating in the CBD area and the following streets are attended to:
Harding Street
Sutherland Street
York Street
Murchison Street

Street Cleaning
Allen Street between Albert Wessels and Magnolia Street – 29-02 November 2018

Storm Water Systems
Any reported blockages will be attended to immediately

Special Note: Please note all resealing operations has stopped due to Contractors pay week end. Work will recommence on Monday, 29 October 2018.
The above work will be carried out during normal working hours and is subject to availability of materials and weather conditions. Motorists and cautioned to drive safely during this process.

Message From The Mayor To The Matric Class of 2018

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF NEWCASTLE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY TO THE MATRIC CLASS OF 2018

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it.”
Frantz Fanon

To the class of 2018, we wish them all the best of luck towards their examination. It has been a long and tiring 12 years that they have been busy identifying their mission which brings fruition soon after they have written their examination beginning this week for technical students but also amasses on the 22nd October 2018.

By this, we are heartfelt in echoing the words of our icon, Baba Nelson Mandela when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon when you can use it to change the world”. We wish to see these young and shining stars of our nation in a very big mission of changing a status quo engulfed with hunger and underdevelopment to a possible prosperous future.

GOOD LUCK TO MATRICULANTS

Notice : Road Resealing

Notice: Contractors working on behalf of and under the supervision of the Newcastle Municipality – Road Resealing.

Construction and repairs may result in temporary deviations and road closures during construction works. Areas that have been identified are as follows;

1) HUTTEN HEIGHTS  – Hillside and Ring road – 12 – 19 October 2018
2)RIVERSIDE INDUSTRIAL –Edison road – 08 – 23 October 2018

The above work will be carried out during normal working hours and is subject to availability of material and weather conditions. Motorist are cautioned to drive carefully during this process.

For any enquiries, contact Manager Roads and Stormwater; Jay Thulasee on 034 328 7937 or jay.thulasee@newcastle.gov.za.

Public Notice : Community Based Plans

Download the Draft Community Based Plans (34 Wards)

Notice is hereby given that, in terms of Section 152, subsection (1) (a)of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), read in conjunction with Chapter 4 and Section 29 (b)of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (Act No. 32 of 2000), the Newcastle Local Municipality is planning to embark on a process of developing Community Based Plans across all the 34 Wards that fall within the jurisdiction of the Municipality in order to inform and give guidance to the development of its Fourth Generation IDP (2017 – 2022); Spatial Development Framework and other Municipal Sector Plans.

The planned activity was scheduled to take place through the Ward War Rooms from the month of February 2017 and is now at the stage were the municipality invites all relevant stakeholders to offer their input and comments on the draft community based plans which will be accessed as the following areas:-

  • Newcastle Libraries
  • All Newcastle Municipality Offices
  • The Newcastle Municipality Website

MR B.E. MSWANE

MUNICIPAL MANAGER

 

Download the Draft Community Based Plans (34 Wards)

 

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URGENT NOTICE!

From 2 July 2018 Newcastle Local Municipality will bank with Nedbank. Please be advised that payments made to the FNB account will be accepted only until 31 July 2018. Thereafter the FNB account will be closed. The following Nedbank account must then be used when making payments:

Bank name: Nedbank

Account type: Current account

Account number: 1162660066

Branch code: 133724

Reference: Your 12 digit account number

Alternatively, you can pay your bill at the following municipal offices:

First Floor (Rates Hall), 37 Murchison Street, Newcastle

Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 15:00

NB: Customers should start making payments to the Nedbank account as it is officially active.

INCENTIVE SCHEMES TO ENCOURAGE PAYMENT OF MUNICIPAL BILLS

The Newcastle Municipality has embarked on an incentive scheme initiative to encourage the payment of municipal bills. The incentive schemes are aimed at individuals and businesses and are as follows:

Business:
(a) that business must settle 50% of the outstanding amount at 30 June 2017, no later than 30 June 2018 and the municipality will write off the debt for the remaining 50%;

Individuals:
(b) that individual customers must settle 50% of the total outstanding amount at 30 June 2017 no later than 30 June 2018 then Council will write off the debt for the remaining 50%;

(c) that individual customers that settles the amount owing in respect of the current financial year with a lump sum settled no later than 30 June 2018 will qualify for a 25% write off in respect of the outstanding debt (debt older than 30 June 2017) then (d) and € will apply for the write off of 75% of the debt at 30 June 2017;

(d) that individual customers that pay their municipal bill for the whole financial year from July 2018 until 30 June 2019, Council will write off 50% of the debt outstanding at 30 June 2017;

(e) that individual customers that pay their monthly municipal bill for the whole financial year from July 2019 until 30 June 2020, Council will write off the remaining debt outstanding at 30 June 2017.

16 June 1976 Commemoration

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This year, South Africa marks 42 years since the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprising, where students took to the streets to fight against oppression and the apartheid government. 

We have a responsibility to look at where we come from as the Nation and make our greatest attributions to the heroes and heroines who fought for the liberation of our people in their early age. 

We have the common responsibility to always recall the events of 1976 so that the bravery and sacrifices of that generation serve as an inspiration to the youth of today, to work hard to contribute to the solution of the challenges they are facing, particularly in unemployment, substance abuse, inequality and economic exclusion. It is on this basis that we expect the youth of Newcastle to follow in the footsteps of the 1976 youth and become agents of change.

In 1976, the youth was able to correctly identify the challenges and tasks they had to confront. Today 42 years later, once again our youth is faced with the obligation to identify the challenges and tasks they confront.

Whereas the youth of 1976 used stones and barricades against apartheid forces, today’s youth should use education and skills to fight poverty and unemployment.  Furthermore, they must use their talents to mobilize and campaign against teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse as well as crime.

We have a responsibility to nurture and invest in our youth, it was President Oliver Tambo who once said “a nation that does not invest in its youth does not deserve to bear its fruit”. It is on this basis that as Newcastle Municipality we invested in our youth by providing them with bursaries, particularly the fields where there is a shortage of skills. We have to align our youth towards the direction of our economy therefore skills related to such become paramount. 

We have also invested in our youth through Internships program were we have employed them in order for them to get the necessary experience after they have attained their qualifications. We have concluded with the establishment of the branch of NYDA Offices which it has been a major achievement for the Office of the Mayor. This will go a long way to assist young people in Newcastle who wish to start their own business and those that are already entrepreneurs.  The Newcastle Municipality under my leadership as the Mayor has last year assisted 6384 potential students with NSFAS applications with at least 97% of these young people being successful candidates and today they are students at various Institutions of Higher Learning.  

In addition, my office has made sure that we assist in the Entrepreneurial Developmental Program aimed at capacitating young people, hence about 32 young people from the 28th of May 2018 to 1 June 2018 were trained by NYDA preparing them to access the NYDA products such as vouchers and grants.

Newcastle Municipality continues to create a conducive environment for local economic development in our town, thus promoting the creation of job opportunities.

We wish the youth of Newcastle all the best, may they continue to strive for excellence in everything they do. Continuously fighting side by side with the youth in making our town a better place to stay, work and play. Furthermore campaigning against substance abuse through education and skills development. 

Notice for Public Hearing

NOTICE CS46 OF 2018
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given in terms of section 22 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003, and Chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act of 32 of 2000, that members of the general public are invited to attend the public hearing on the Draft IDP/Budget/PMS submissions, whereby His Worship the Mayor, Cllr. E.M. Nkosi will be responding to such comments made by the public during the IDP/Budget/PMS roadshow sessions.  The public hearing will be held as follows:-

Date: 30 May 2018

Venue: Council Chamber

Time: 09H00

Subsequent to this, ExCo will hold its meeting to approve the final 2018/2019IDP/Budget/PMS on the 29th of May 2018 then subsequent adoption by Council on the 30th of May 2018.

MUNICIPAL MANAGER
B.E. MSWANE