Every now and then, we need to sort out a bit of admin. New drivers licenses, tax returns, filing an accident report, paying your water and electricity bills, the works. Luckily, the suburb of Randburg offers all of these municipal services all within close proximity of each other. Most of which can be found near the Randburg CBD.
In the centre of Randburg CBD, you'll find the South African Revenue Service building. They are the country's tax collecting authority and are responsible for administering the South African tax system and customs service. They play an integral role in the taxation in nation-building and deem the tax system as an asset that belongs to the nation. They are guided by the code of conduct and the principles of SARS values of accountability, fairness, honesty, integrity, respect, transparency and trust. This building is also nearby the municipal services provided by the Licensing Department.
Need to obtain or renew your drivers license? Then be sure to visit the Randburg Licensing Department also located within the Randburg CBD. Please note that you need to renew your driver's license at the licensing department four weeks before your original license is due to expire. If you renew your license after the expiry date, you will need to apply for a temporary driving licence at an additional cost. All Gauteng licensing appointment bookings must be done online. Don't forget to take the following documentation along with you to your booked appointment: your ID, letter of notice of your appointment, four black and white ID photos, proof of residential address, and your application fee. You will undergo eye testing and your fingerprints will be taken during your appointment.
There are four SAPS stations in Randburg, namely the Parkview Police Station, Honeydew Police Station, the Randburg Police Station, and Linden Police Station. The South African Police Service does not just investigate criminal cases and do crime prevention, but they also provide a range of security and safety services and resources to their collection of partners as well as the general public.
For all of your personal documentation ranging from ID booklets/cards and birth certificates to passports, visas and more, you'll need to visit the Department of Home Affairs on Malibongwe Drive in Randburg. You can also visit their website and get all of your documentation and applications filled out using their eHomeAffairs service that allows for the process to be easy, efficient and secure.
The City of Johannesburg assists with your amenities and levies for water and electricity, as well as building plans, Metro Police, Metro Bus, and traffic fines. To find out more about the City of Johannesburg and their services, be sure to visit their website at www.joburg.org.za. Should you have any enquiries, you can also contact them on 0860 56 28 74 or visit their social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If you're serious about ways to lower your electricity bill, read our top tips below.
Those blessed with underfloor heating in their homes are lucky. But sadly, it does increase your electricity bill the more you use it. So, give the underfloor heating a break and keep your feet warm by covering bare floors with rugs. Also, why not invest in a fuzzy pair of slippers to wear in the evenings? Be sure to visit Mr Price Home to get a few affordable options, and while you're at it, check out their selection of slippers in the clothing section.
Just like underfloor heating, heaters use quite a bit of electricity, especially if you are using them for prolonged periods of time. Not to mention that heaters can be a fire hazard if they're faulty. To keep warm and to lower your electricity costs, stock up on blankets and wear extra layers of clothing instead. Visit Edgars and Edgars Home to stock up on some snug stuff. And, if you have to have a heater to fight off the cold, invest in gas heater. Just make sure you use it properly and don’t leave it on if you aren’t in the room. Check out the selection of gas heaters available at Builders. Also, there are a few offers to suss out!
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and refilling water bottles makes your kettle one of the most important appliances during winter. But turning it on and off every hour can be pricey. Choose to either store hot water in flasks to use later or install a gas stove to lower your electricity costs. There are many benefits of doing this – you will pay less buying gas than using electricity, it speeds up your cooking time as you don’t have to wait for the conventional stove plates to warm up and you won't have to worry about load shedding. Gas is definitely something to invest in that will benefit you in the long run. Visit Builders to check out their selection of gas appliances.
We have all seen the ads on TV and know that this one is a no-brainer. So, if you aren’t watching TV or using your computer, turn it off. And don't leave the light on when you leave a room. Also, be sure to unplug the appliances that you aren’t using from the wall socket as they use a small amount of electricity even when switched off.
Showers use less water than filling up the bath tub, if you have a quick shower that is. Yes, it will be a little less pleasurable than sitting in a tub filled with hot water but it will save you money in the long run. When it comes to saving electricity on your geyser, set a timer that will switch your geyser on and off at certain times during the day. You can also lower the thermostat on your geyser and cover it with a geyser blanket to keep in the heat. If you wrap the water pipes in insulation tape it can also help. You can also fit a low-flow shower head to further reduce the amount of water you’re using.
Change all of your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They will last as much as 10 times longer than normal light bulbs. They are a little more expensive, but will end up saving you more energy and money over their lifetime. During the day, make the most of the natural light coming in from outside. Open your curtains to let the sun in, and if you're looking to keep warm without the use of heaters or electric blankets during the day, find a nice sunny spot right by a window and soak up some rays. Again, Builders will sort you out with this one.
With the sun beaming into your place throughout the day, it should be warm if you have kept all the windows closed. To keep the heat in throughout the evening, make sure you close all windows, curtains and doors. Also, if you have noticed any cracks or holes throughout your home that lets a breeze into the house, seal them up. You can prevent cold air creeping in under doors by placing a ‘door worm’ or ‘sausage’ at the bottom of your doors.
Appliances can only last for so long and when it’s time to replace them, be sure to check out their labels and energy ratings. You want appliances that will use less energy in order to save electricity, so buy appliances that have an ‘energy efficient’ label or rating on them. An ‘A’ rating is the most energy efficient and a ‘G’ rating is the least efficient. You can get new appliances from a number of retailers - @Home, Game and Dion Wired, among others.
Since algae growth decreases during the colder months, you don’t need to keep the pool filter pump going all day. You can reduce the running time interval by up to two hours and save some electricity. Check to see how long your pump needs to clean your pool and work off of that. Also, invest in a pool cover — it will keep the pool cleaner, which means fewer backwashes and less use of the pump.
Hopefully, this helps you lower your electricity bill this winter and keep load shedding at bay. Fingers crossed!
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 to Friday, 02 September 2016.
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