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Finally! – Combined Task Teams to Drive the Intervention Program

Finally! – Combined Task Teams to Drive the Intervention Program

Signs of the Times

The collective pressure over the past years, and especially over the past few months (and the work done on the back of Waves 1 and 2 of the Community Intervention Program), have culminated into a 2-hour no-holds-barred marathon meeting at our offices on Friday, 21 August 2020.

The Delegation

From Emfuleni for Change (EfC), the meeting was attended by CEO, Gerhard Janse van Rensburg and EfC Board Members Jaco Verwey (GTCoC and EfC Chairperson), Klippies Kritzinger (GTCoC), Kobus Janse van Rensburg (ERPA), Mike Woodroffe, substituting for Rosemary Anderson (SW5AG), Prince Skele (NAFCOC Sedibeng) and Frans Swanepoel, substituting for Kevin Jackson (VBC), with apologies from Riaan van der Merwe (P3R) and William Mphuting (SDC).

The delegation from ELM included the Executive Mayor, Cllr Rev Gift Moerane and his Advisor, Mulungisi Hlongwane, the Representative of the Administrator, Silas Zimu, the Municipal Manager, Lucky Leseane, the ED of Public Works, Rofilwe Mokgosi, Metso-a-Lekoa’s Madoda Besani, and a few others.

Setting the Stage for Change

This time, the usual ‘smoke and mirrors’ gave way to pro-active and constructive collaboration, where it was resolved for small, specialist Task Teams to be established tasked to craft initial strategies for Rapid Change in Municipal Service Delivery, which will then be socialized with the wider Emfuleni Community as we make progress.

Mulungisi Hlongwane and Gerhard Janse van Rensburg was tasked to establish the structure and communication strategy for these Teams.

The Task Teams (one for each Strategic Asset Stream, initially focusing on Electrical and Water & Sanitation) will be represented by two suitably qualified and experienced individuals representing EfC and two top officials in these capacities from ELM, which purpose it will be to lay the foundation for immediate- (crises management), short-, medium- and long term plans, will be finalized on Monday, 24 August 2020 and will immediately spring into action.

It was further resolved that a follow-up meeting be convened (on 10 September 2020) to review progress.

A Tsunami of Positive Change

Wave 1 (launched on 3 July) and Wave 2 (launched on 07 August) of the Community Intervention Program (CIP) has had a surprising effect – What started out as a somewhat covert onslaught by the community towards positive change has now turned into what promises to be an overt unified collaborative initiative in support of the CIP – Exceeding our wildest expectations!

Could this really be the start of of the New Emfuleni, or is it just more smoke and mirrors from a dysfunctional ELM? Could this really be the first large-scale collaborative attempt by the Private- and Public Sector promising to work together towards a better future for all it’s citizens, and the first of its kind to heed the call by President Ciryl Ramaphosa for local councils to reach out to the private sector?

EfC and its membership remains cautiously optimistic…

Launch of Wave 3

This meeting (and how is this for timing!) may just set the tone for a subtle change in the ‘angle of approach’ of our marketing and awareness campaigns to be launched.

Wave 3 of the CIP kicked off this week, with a Grand Slam broadcasting initiative launched through local radio broadcaster, 90.6, with daily interviews dedicated to EfC and the plight of the Community. The program is set as follows (so, draw your radio close):

  • Monday, 24 August at 09:00 – Interview with EfC
  • Tuesday, 25 August at 11:00 – Interview with EfC
  • Wednesday, 26 August from 09:00 – Outside Broadcasting event with telephonic interviews with all EfC Members. We will also visit two locations during the day, so, keep an ear to the radio
  • Thursday, 27 August at 14:00 – Interview with EfC
  • Friday, 28 August at 08:30 – Interview with EfC. Note that this Friday slot will be dedicated to an EfC interview for the foreseeable future (which has already commenced on 14 August)

We would like to extend our thanks to the Management and Team of 90.6 for their support and faith in the CIP.

Good progress was also made in forging associations with national and international enterprises in terms of garnering support for the CIP, and we will continue down this avenue until the SPV model has been replicated throughout South Africa. We have spent 12 months in building the foundation of a replicable model that got us to where we are today, and other municipal areas can leverage this model and be up-and-running within 2 to 3 weeks (rather than trying to reinvent the wheel…).

Our Collective Mission

Repeated here from our Home Page for your convenience, the two Prime Directives are:

  • Emfuleni Community Intervention Program (CIP)
  • Community Projects in Support of the CIP

What is the CIP? It is the ‘peg in the ground’, the final act in the very survival of our community, where we, as the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, represented by EfC and its members, have taken a stand against the Corruption, Ineptitude and Gross Dereliction of Duties by Civil Servants at every level…

Wave One – Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the apocalyptic nature of Strategic Municipal Assets, including, but not limited to, Electricity, Water & Sanitation, Roads Infrastructure and Waste Management.
The First Wave will wash away the most obvious ‘hot spots’ (crises management) in its path, but subsequent Ripples will ensure that we align the infrastructure with global best practice, including the adoption of new, disruptive technologies like sustainable, renewable energy, etc. Check out our Notable Research page for a glimpse into the future.

Wave Two – Re-purposing

Re-purposing of Resources (including People), Policy and Process to restore municipal Service Delivery to Global Best Practice.
The Second Wave will wipe the slate clean (of corruption, ineptitude and dereliction of duties), followed by many Ripples that will see the return of world-class service delivery in Emfuleni.

Wave Three – Restitution

Restitution of our Rights as Law-abiding, Tax-paying Citizens to Prosperity and Happiness.
The Third Wave will be a massive awareness campaign that will Wake Up and Call every one of the 250,000-odd households in Emfuleni to Action in support for the CIP.

The Emfuleni for Change (EfC) Structure

For clarity, and to rule out any misunderstanding about who and what EfC is – EfC was conceived in August of 2019, as a brain-child of the Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce (GTCoC), to serve as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to form an umbrella for a coalition of organisations, both Business- and Community- centric, in order to drive the Collective Mission above.

EfC therefore does not form part of any organisation, but it stands alone, supported by its Members, of which there are two classes:

  • Full Members – These are a finite group of initial stakeholders that form the EfC Board of Directors
  • Associated Members – Any registered business entity in good standing desirous to support the EfC Mission and Vision, and contributing in cash or in kind.

The Full Members are:

  • Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce (GTCoC)
  • Emfuleni Ratepayers’ Association (ERPA)
  • Proudly Three Rivers (P3R)
  • SW5 Action Group (SW5AG)
  • NAFCOC Sedibeng (NAFCOC)
  • Sedibeng Business Chamber (SBC)
  • Vereeniging Business Corporation (VBC)

Associate members can join by filling out the Application Form on the EfC Website, at: https://efc.umca.co.za/registration/

PS – If you have not done so already, please sign the Petition (click here: EIIP Petition).

Wave 2 of the Community Intervention Program – Action against Offenders!

Wave 2 of the Community Intervention Program – Action against Offenders!

Exposing the Root Cause of Corruption, Ineptitude and Gross Dereliction of Duties!

Refer to the attached letter to the ELM Administrator, Mr. Willy Bhila (click here: EfC_ELM-Administrator_20200807) that was distributed earlier this morning.

The Emfuleni for Change (EfC) Intervention Program has now launched the Second Wave of the Community Intervention Program; a holistic campaign to redress the following:

  1. Rehabilitation – Of the Apocalyptic state of Strategic Assets, including Electricity, Water & Sanitation and Roads, among others (this is Wave One, which was launched on 3 July, with the Electrical Infrastructure Intervention Program)
  2. Re-purposing – Of people and process to restore effective service delivery to Ratepayers & Residents (this Wave Two will pave the way for this initiative)
  3. Restitution – Taking back Our Rights to prosperity and happiness, as law-abiding, tax-paying citizens! (Wave Three will be launched in due course, so, watch this space)

We are making progress, albeit slower than anticipated, but no matter how many attempts by Civil Servants to procrastinate our prowess, we are making some serious inroads. We will update you on progress via a massive Awareness Campaign (Wave Three of the Intervention program), which we plan to commence rolling out towards the end of August 2020.

Stay tuned and Thank You to those that have already contributed to our Fund-raising Campaign launched on Tuesday ,04 August 2020. Your contributions will determine how rapidly we will be able to restore Emfuleni to its former glory as the Hub of Industry and Heavy Engineering in Africa.

PS – If you have not done so already, please sign the Petition (click here: EIIP Petition).

Emfuleni Community Takes Decisive Action

Emfuleni Community Takes Decisive Action

A community in Despair – Decisive Action Now!

Refer to the attached letter (click here: EfC_PowerCrisisCrowdFundCampaign_20200805) that will be distributed nationally and internationally, leveraging every conceivable communication platform to muster up the support necessary for this action.

The Emfuleni for Change (EfC) Intervention Program is setting another benchmark – Action against Criminals. Those who think they can continue to hold the Emfuleni Ratepayers and Residents at ransom for their corruption, ineptitude and gross dereliction of duties, rest unsured; we will leave no stone unturned in bringing you to book – the United Movement for Constitutional Accountability (UMCA) is now officially mobilized… and we are coming for you!

This cause will also support the Emfuleni Intervention Program (that kicked off on 3 July 2020 with a Letter of Intent and Follow-up to the new ELM Administrator, Willy Bhila), which goal it is to rehabilitate strategic municipal assets from its current apocalyptic state – We are teetering on the very edge of an abyss of a TOTAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, from where there will be NO RETURN for what was once the hub of Industry and Heavy Engineering in Africa! We will not allow this to happen. Time for talk is past – That ship has sailed…

Pledge your support to this cause (click here: Donation; every sent counts) and become part of the solution that will see the Mission & Vision fulfilled. Full audited statements will be published on the EfC website monthly.

Thank you for your gracious support, and send the link of this post to everyone you know – Your very existence in this beautiful region depends on it!

PS – If you have not done so already, please sign the Petition (click here: EIIP Petition)

A New Dawn Is Breaking Over Emfuleni

A New Dawn Is Breaking Over Emfuleni

The Emfuleni Electrical Infrastructure Intervention Program (EIIP)

Emfuleni for Change NPC (EfC), in a coalition of Business- and Community organizations (including ERPA) have embarked on this Intervention Program to take control of maintenance and support of strategic municipal assets, starting with Power, and when stabilized, Water & Sanitation (which is now at a standstill after two attempts by national and provincial government…) and Roads Infrastructure.

Read the full story here: https://efc.umca.co.za/a-new-dawn-is-breaking-over-emfuleni/, where you can download the Letter of Intent that was sent to the new ELM Administrator, Mr. Willy Bhila (and other dignitaries) on Friday 3 July 2020, and we urge you to also sign the Petition to throw your support behind this groundbreaking event (link at the bottom of the EfC post).

This is it! The Peg is in the Ground, and there’s no turning back now. We are gatvol and will take control, before the local government completely destroys us with their corruption, lack of management and gross dereliction of duty.

We need everyone to distribute the EfC post to as many of your friends, family and contacts, and keep an eye on the Vaal Weekblad tomorrow (7 July 2020) for coverage of the story.

Source: Emfuleni for Change NPC

 

Professor Part of History after COVID-19 RNA Extracted

Professor Part of History after COVID-19 RNA Extracted

COVID-19 RNA Found in Sewage

Prof Anthony Turton, Professor of Environmental Management: Center for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) made history in South Africa last week becoming the first to extract COVID-19 RNA from various sewage samples in the country.

Listen to this very interesting 702 interview that includes a valuable synopsis of where we in South Africa find ourselves in the greater scheme of the global pandemic.

Professor part of history after COVID-19 RNA extracted

by Professor Anthony Turton | 702 Interview, June 14, 2020 10:38 PM