Pretoria “Uber for security” app is live

The first phase of the Namola security application has been given the green light in the City of Tshwane. “Roll-out has started at Atteridgeville and Pretoria CBD. Once these areas are covered and Namola has been adopted there we will move out to the remaining regions,” Craig Rivett of Ever Africa told Fin24 about the launch. The project, which bills itself as an “Uber for security”, initially worked as a smartphone application so that people could call for an escort when they felt unsafe.

Tshwane metro police director hijacked by ‘well-oiled syndicate

Tshwane Metro Police Director Sean Bolhuis and his wife were hijacked in Pretoria, and released unharmed, his brother said. “It happened in a very secure area, on a busy main street, just at the entrance of a complex, right in front of the security,” said Mike Bolhuis, a security specialist and private investigator.

Security flaw in electricity, water utility website

Yet another utility’s website has exposed clients’ private details Impact Meter Services, a water and electricity billing provider that is widely used in the Tshwane municipal area, unintentionally let its clients view one another’s invoices on its website. This kind of security flaw has occurred regularly in the online portals of various organisations, including City of Joburg and Vodacom.

Uber-like app to fight crime in Tshwane

Residents of the City of Tshwane could soon be safer as a new Uber-like smartphone security application goes live on Monday. Project Namola will begin the national trial of an application designed to increase safety for residents in the Monument Park area. “The Tshwane Metro Police Chief has given us the go-ahead to launch the pilot in Monument Park,” Craig Rivett of Ever Africa told Fin24 about the project which has been under development for several months.

R16m for Tshwane freedom celebrations

The City of Tshwane has planned a R16 million, year-long celebration of 20 years of freedom for the city. It will include a memorial of the death of Nelson Mandela, and an international charity auction, leading to the bestowing of The Freedom of the Capital City order. These were some of the decisions taken at the annual lekgotla of the political executive and leadership of the City of Tshwane at the weekend.

Tshwane confirms Zuma metro cops escort

The City of Tshwane on Monday confirmed that its metro police department had escorted President Jacob Zuma and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe out of the province for an ANC election campaign last week. “Yes, we can confirm that… but we are denying the amount stated,” said Tshwane municipality spokesman Blessing Manale. “And we don’t think we should disclose the operational cost.”

Two Tshwane Metro cops arrested for armed robbery

Two Metro police officers in Tshwane have been arrested for robbing a motorist at gunpoint. Two Tshwane metro police officers were arrested for armed robbery, Gauteng police said on Saturday. Captain Augustinah Selepe said they arrested on Friday in Gezina, north of Pretoria. It was alleged they robbed a motorist of R550 000 in cash at gunpoint on Tuesday evening.

Tshwane Metro metering contract branded ‘blatantly corrupt’

On 5 December 2013, Afrikaans business rights watchdog organisation, AfriSake, initiated court proceedings to prevent a contract between the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and private service provider PEU Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd (PEU) from proceeding. The contract, with service fees to PEU estimated to be in excess of R27 billion over the contract period, was established in May 2013, when the City of Tshwane approved a 10-year arrangement to outsource its entire electricity metering and revenue collection activity to a private company, PEU. By CHRIS YELLAND.

City smells rat as fuel thieves make merry

A group of Tshwane council employees has proved how easy it is to defraud the government and taxpayers of thousands of rands. The 12 employees ran circles around city managers for three months as they swindled the council of R800000 in fuel, which they sold to taxi drivers at a discount. And how did they do it?

%d bloggers like this: