To get the best results when using the recently launched My Ekurhuleni App, residents must ensure they submit the correct information.
The MMC for finance and economic development, Clr Doctor Xhakaza, said they had observed that some residents who logged service queries through the app used incorrect information.
“This results in prolonged times to resolve their queries and at times non-response, as dispatched officials cannot find the location for which the queries had been logged. This results in waste of public resources and a backlog on other queries,” he said.
To avoid sitting with unresolved service interruption issues, when logging a call, especially when using the My Ekurhuleni App, users are encouraged to ensure that the location functionality on their phones is always on and they should click on the “current location”.
Those who might be logging a call for home while they are at work, for example, need to ensure they enter the correct home address.
“The My Ekurhuleni App is the first services app that encompasses all key local government services such as making burial site requests, reporting potholes, locating municipal and state facilities and the City’s contact directory.
“To benefit from the real-time two-way communication engagement platform, specifically designed with Ekurhuleni citizens in mind, residents need to report correctly for the City to adequately resolve service delivery issues, from burst water pipes to power outages,” Xhakaza said.
Since the launch of the App in July, 6 183 downloads have been made for android phones and 770 for IOS. Those who have not yet downloaded the app are encouraged to do so.
Citizens with basic and feature phones are also able to use their mobile devices to report service delivery issues via a USSD (*134*30263) option at no cost. Those using smartphones can log queries through the mobile app at minimal data costs as the app is light on data charges.
The My Ekurhuleni App, which promises to reduce high caller volumes at the call centre when residents optimally use it, does not replace the already existing reporting methods such as walk-ins and the call centre.
The following reporting channels can also be used:
• Free SMS: 30263
• Call centre: 086 0543 000
• USSD *134*30263
• Email: [email protected]