Tshwane Health District chosen to pilot National Health Insurance program

There is a national drive to increase the quality of healthcare services to all South Africans. The Tshwane Health District was selected as one of ten districts to pilot  National Health Insurance (NHI), which will be implemented in three phases over a period of 14 years. The focus of the NHI is to address all systems and challenges with the overall aim of reversing the burden of various medical conditions.

A shortcut to Tshwane’s emergency services

The City of Tshwane’s mission is to deliver emergency service excellence to all residents and visitors alike. A quick reference to the emergency services is listed below for your convenience.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

012 358 6300/6400 or 107

 

FIRE BRIGADE

10177

012 310 6300/6400

012 310 6200/2255

 

TSHWANE METRO POLICE

012 358 7095/7096

 

CITY OF TSHWANE CALL CENTRE

012 358 9999 or 080 111 1566 (toll-free)

 

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

012 358 2225/2280/2255 or 084 570 9695 (after hours)

 

TSHWANE BUS SERVICES

012 358 0839/0840

 

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

012 358 4656 OR 012 358 2111 (after hours)

The hottest shopping spots in Tshwane

When it comes to shopping, Tshwane has it all. Looking for a place to just grab the essentials? Look no further than a range of Value Marts and Strip Malls. If you’re in need of some serious retail therapy, you will be spoiled for choice at any of the main retail centres in and around the city. And for a truly unique shopping experience, be sure to check out some of the open-air centres available.

How remote working could be good for business

If you have been working remotely since the beginning of lockdown and wondering whether there has been any benefit to your business from the separation, here are a few reasons why you should consider WFH for a little while longer.

Saving Time

Think back to when you were running from one meeting to the next, spending hours in traffic every day getting to and from the office daily. Working remotely has freed up that travel time you have been wasting, and you have more likely been able to get an earlier start and a decent finish to your day.

The Concentration Game Is Turned On

If you work in an open-environment, you may sometimes find it difficult to focus on one task at a time. Being interrupted by external distractions and impromptu meetings have a knack of breaking one’s momentum. By working from home, you may have been able to set your online channels to “away”, put your head down and concentrate a little longer.

You spend less on junk

It is so easy to grab a burger or junk food whilst running between meetings and deadlines. You may have been able to plan your meals a little better whilst working from home, in that a good home cooked breakfast or lunch has been substituted for on-the-go calories.

You get down to business

Have you found that meetings that usually ran well over the allotted time are now done far quicker? The chit-chat and interruptions seem to be far less when everyone is meeting via video conferencing. And those meetings that could have been emails, are actually becoming emails.

How you can help small businesses in your area

Now is as good a time as any to start supporting small businesses in your area. Many have been severely affected by the current lockdown and if they have not had to shut their doors, they are battling to get back on their feet.

You can make a difference to these people by showing your support in one or more of the following ways:

BUY LOCAL

When you next do your grocery shopping, consider buying your vegetables and fruit from local farmers – not only is it a lot cheaper but it could mean that it is a lot fresher. You can support local clothing manufacturers too and in doing so, keeping the local labour force employed, you will most likely be wearing something unique with only a few of the same in the country. If your favourite local store has shut down, perhaps try and see if they are available to take online orders.

GIG-IT AT HOME

With the current suspension of music concerts and other events, our local talent has been under strain. Many have been hosting online gigs for a small fee to keep the wheels turning. Instead of being bored indoors over the weekend, why not tune into a concert or comedy show.  You’ll be doing them and yourself a massive favour.

FIND A WAY TO PAY IT FORWARD

If you are worried that your small contribution is just a drop in the ocean, perhaps you could look into supporting a local crowdfund. By paying forward just a little, you will be helping an entrepreneur in need, a lot. There are many well established crowdfunding projects that are registered and safe, so you will have peace of mind that your money is going to the right places.

Public events suspended

The City of Tshwane plays host to many events, from sporting to festivals and music. Eventing facilities are equipped to cater for small, intimate gatherings to large international sporting and music events catering to thousands of visitors.

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, all events have been suspended until further notice.

Trading club sports for individual training

Sport has evolved from being a hobby or extracurricular activity to a way of life and every day activity for a lot of people. Currently, there are very few sports that can be played due to the coronavirus lockdown. There are however a few ways in which people can keep their energy up and endorphins flowing.

Here are a few ways in which you can keep moving:

  • Jogging and trail running

This is one sport that you don’t need special equipment for or any sort of skill. If you’re not a regular jogger, you can start off light, by taking a brisk walk and working up to a jog and gradually picking up speed to running. Trail running is the perfect way to get out in nature and challenge your heart-rate, take a look at Tshwane’s trail running courses available for all levels of fitness.

Not only does this give you a great cardiovascular workout, the fresh air will help you clear your mind too.

  • Cycling

For this one, you do need a bicycle, so if you’re started out and not sure if it’s your thing, perhaps try and borrow a bike from a friend before making an investment.

You can either hit the tar or if you are more of a daredevil, you can try your hand at mountain biking – Tshwane has a few beautiful mountain biking nature trails for you to take look at.

  • At-home fitness

It may sound strange that you would choose to train at home, but while gyms and clubs are not open, this is a great opportunity to include at-home training to your regime. There are many online facilities (some free) that give regular fitness training, including yoga, pilates, strength training and more. Virtual sports have also become all the rage during lockdown, which basically means that you can still play the sport you love, in the safety of your home.

Tshwane’s bustling student community

The City of Tshwane has a large student community, with many tertiary education facilities across the city. Student accommodation, “villages” and entertainment is situated close to most of the large universities, colleges and technikons.

Here is list of tertiary institutions in and around Tshwane:

      • University of Pretoria ( also known as UP, Tuks or Tukkies)

Website: www.up.ac.za
Contact details: 012 420 3111

      • University of South Africa ( also known as UNISA)

Website: www.unisa.ac.za
Contact details: 012 429 2614

      • Tshwane University of Technology

Website:  www.tut.ac.za
Contact details: 012 382 5114

      • Rosebank College

Website: www.rosebankcollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 320 7270 (CBD campus) or 012 343 2504 (Sunnyside campus)

      • Boston City Campus and Business College

Website: www.boston.co.za
Contact details: 012 546 7798 (Pretoria North Campus) or 012 343 1731 (Arcadia campus)

      • Open Window

Website: www.openwindow.co.za
Contact details: 012 648 9200

      • Damelin

Website: www.damelin.co.za
Contact details: 012 406 0000 (Pretoria campus) or 012 471 3300 (Menlyn campus)

      • Inscape Education Group

Website: www.inscape.ac
Contact details: 012 346 2189

      • Varsity College

Website: www.varsitycollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 348 2551

      • Tshwane North TVET College

Website: www.tsc.edu.za
Contact details: 012 323 8683

      • Tshwane South TVET College

Website: www.tsc.edu.za
Contact details: 012 401 5000

      • Academy for Facilities Management

Website: www.a4fm.ac.za
Contact details: 012 993 0533

      • Centurion Academy

Website: www.ca.ac.za/
Contact details: 012 648 9700

      • Midrand Graduate Institute

Website: www.mgi.ac.za
Contact details: 012 943 1001

      • Academy of Business & Computer Studies

Website: www.academystudies.co.za
Contact details: 012 326 0086

      • Central Technical College (Pty)Ltd

Website: www.ctc.edu.za
Contact details: 012 320 5109

      • Churchil Technical College (Pty) Ltd

Website: www.churchiltechnicalcollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 767 8870

      • CTU Training Solutions

Website: www.ctutraining.ac.za
Contact details: 012 998 2424

      • Dam Technical College Pretoria

Website: www.damtraining.co.za
Contact details: 012 326 0247

      • Denver Technical College

Website: www.denvercollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 320 8111

      • Gauteng Central College

Website: www.gautengcentralcollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 320 3691

      • Pro-Active Public Services College

Website: www.proactivecollege.co.za
Contact details: 012 346 6859

      • Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd

Website: www.rgit.co.za
Contact details: 012 323 4655

Quick trips in and out of Tshwane

If you are visiting the beautiful City of Tshwane, you will no doubt need to get around. Whether for business or pleasure, there are many great ways to travel in and out of Tshwane.

The Gautrain is the most modern, popular way to travel quickly. The train operates on a schedule and a Gautrain card is required to use this super slick mode of transportation.

Four reasons why you need to visit Tshwane

Tshwane’s beautiful land stretches across 6,368 km2 and is home to about 2 921 488 people according to the 2011 municipal elections). The Capital City is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South Africa, welcoming residents and guests of all walks of life to enjoy her natural pizzaz.

Here are four reasons why you need to visit Tshwane

  1. GO WILD IN THE CITY

The Dinokeng Game Reserve in Tshwane is the only residential game park in the world hosting the Big 5. The reserve which is open to day visitors as well as a variety of sleep-over options.

Your experience at the Dinokeng Game Reserve can be as jam packed or as chilled as you want it to be. By taking a slow drive through the park to admire the natural beauty, take a guided tour of the park on foot with an experienced ranger or enjoy the view with sundowners at one of the restaurants.

  1. TAKE A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

Tshwane, like most of the South African cities, has a beautiful historical tale to tell. The Union Buildings are built at the highest point of the City and form the official seat of South Africa’s government and houses The Presidency. This modern-day acropolis was complete in 1913 and represents a decadent layer of South Africa’s history.

  1. KEEP IT ANTIQUE

Probably one of the most exciting days out include a trip down the Antique Route 6. This route of antique shops will take you down the archives of Tshwane’s antique treasures. From furniture to trinkets, books, clothing and random collectables, visitors are guaranteed to fall in love.

  1. GO WHERE TIME STOOD STILL

Imagine going back in time, where roads are lined with old Oak trees, the houses and buildings are made of stone and corrugated iron. This is Cullinan, an old little mining town, just 20 minutes away from the Tshwane city centre. Home to the famous Cullinan Diamond (the largest rough gem quality diamond ever found), among other significant stone discoveries, the Town Where Time Stood Still still serves the premier mine and is the third largest diamond producer in South Africa.