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Residents take a walk towards a healthier lifestyle


The City’s Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Health, in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the City’s Region F Citizen Relationship and Urban Management (CRUM), hosted day-long health-related activities at JC Lucas Park in Rosettenville.

The activities included a 5km family fun walk, cultural performances, gumboot dance, exercises and aerobics. All participants in the family fun walk were each presented with medals, a cool drink and a fruit.

According to the City’s Operations Manager: Health Promotions, Nonhlanhla Magwaza, the aim of the annual event was to promote a healthy lifestyle in line with the City’s Growth and Development Strategy 2040 (GDS 2040).

“We want our communities to be accustomed to a healthy lifestyle and healthy living. By doing this we are helping in the fight against chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, tuberculosis, epilepsy and asthma, among others,” Magwaza said.

She said March had been declared International Tuberculosis Month by the World Health Organisation. “As a City, in recognition of the International Tuberculosis Month, we decided to go to communities and educate and empower residents about a whole range of lifestyle diseases and chronic illnesses, including tuberculosis, diabetes, hypertension and HIV-Aids,” Magwaza said.

She said the primary focus of the campaign was to improve the lives of our people and to help increase the life expectancy. “Our people die young. A nation without the youth is not a nation at all. 


“When our senior citizens and elders die, who is going to take our country forward? Some of these life-threatening lifestyle diseases can be prevented at an early age,” she said. Health practitioners were also on hand to screen residents for hypertension and diabetes.



Pikitup in fresh bid to promote recycling


Pikitup, the City of Johannesburg’s waste management entity, has placed 48 large refuse bins at strategic areas at the busy Noord Street taxi rank in the Johannesburg CBD to assess the level of recycling awareness among commuters.

According to Pikitup spokesman Muzi Mkhwanazi, this is part of a research project the utility is undertaking with the aim of introducing a culture of recycling among Johannesburg residents.

“We have mounted 48 large refuse bins to assess the level of recycling awareness among commuters using the Noord Street taxi rank in downtown Johannesburg,” Mkhwanazi said.

He said the 50-litre pole-mounted and 90-litre recycling bins had been placed at pedestrian walkways at the taxi rank to generate primary data with the aim of understanding recycling awareness and patterns.

“The research question is: Will placing the two colour-coded bins next to each other – yellow for mixed recyclables and charcoal for refuse – in densely populated public areas increase the recovery of paper, packaging waste and other recyclables from waste generated by the pedestrians?” Mkhwanazi said.

He said Pikitup anticipated that, by placing these bins in strategic positions, there would be an increase in the diversion of waste away from landfill sites towards recycling.

Mkhwanazi said the outcome of the research initiative would be communicated to all stakeholders. He confirmed that Pikitup’s services would be available during the upcoming Easter holidays.

“There will be waste collection during this holiday period, even on Good Friday (April 14). Pikitup will collect waste or refuse and normal street-cleaning activities will be carried out in the inner city, portions of the outer city and Alexandra.”

On Easter Monday (April 17) refuse will be collected in all areas whose collection dates fall on the day.

Mkhwanazi said all Pikitup’s garden sites would be operational during this period. Officials will be available at the sites until noon on these days. However, the sites will be operational until 5pm.


Battling with debt? Guide to managing your debt

If you find yourself relying on debt and not your income to survive every month, it is a sign that you need to evaluate your finances to get financial stability.

 Eunice Sibiya, Head of Consumer Education at FNB says “it may seem hard at the beginning to make changes to your daily routines, but looking at the end goal is encouraging. Therefore, you should carefully re-evaluate your budget and prioritise paying off debt as quickly as possible.”

For consumers who are battling with debt, Sibiya recommends the following measures:

Change the behavior that caused debt problems

 The first step of getting out of debt is looking at what got you into debt. Acknowledge the challenge and evaluate your spending pattern as well as your lifestyle. Once you have done this, cut down on unnecessary expenses and channel the money towards paying debt.

  List all your debts

 List all the creditors you owe, the amount owed and the interest of each debt. Then prioritise your debt either by interest rate or the balance of each debt. In addition, decide how much you can afford to pay a month for each debt. Be realistic about what you can afford and stick to your budget in order to avoid defaulting on any payment.

 “Consider paying a lump sum to one of your debts while still servicing other debts. Once you have paid off one account, channel the money into servicing the other debts so that you can pay it off as quickly as possible,” says Sibiya.

 Set periodic goals 

 Now that you have listed all your debts and have a plan on how you will be paying them off, set a time frame and work towards achieving your goal within the set time.

 “This will require commitment and discipline from start to finish. The desired goal will be rewarding at the end of the hurdle,” says Sibiya.

 Track your progress

 Track your progress every three months. This will allow you to relook your payment plans to see if it is working or not. If the progress is positive, you will be encouraged and driven to look at the long term benefit of being disciplined and committed to a debt free life. 

 “During this challenging journey, avoid taking more debt until you have paid of all your dues. Discipline and commitment will lead you to financial independence,” concludes Sibiya.


Our administration’s vision is to grow the economy of Joburg - MMC Ngobeni


City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee overseeing Region F, Cllr Richard Funzela Ngobeni, painted a picture of how the new administration planned to transform Johannesburg into a “a city that works”.

“Our administration’s vision is to grow the economy of Johannesburg, deliver services to the people as expected – and consistently – fight corruption and advance the development of the poor,” MMC Ngobeni told residents gathered for the 2017-2018 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) review at the Bertha Solomons Hall in Jeppestown.

The shortage of housing dominated issues at the meeting.

Several ward councillors were in attendance, including Cllr Nauren Pietersen of Ward 118, Cllr Mzwandile Tyobeka (Ward 123), Cllr Carlos da Rocha (Ward 66), Cllr Lindani Zulu (Ward 65), Cllr Vusi Zondo (Ward 61 and Cllr Refiloe Mazibuko (Ward 67). Acting Regional Director Edward Mohale was also present.

Residents complained that their areas – most of them informal settlements – were overcrowded, filthy, underdeveloped and neglected.

A resident of Mangolongolo informal settlement called on the City to prioritise social housing development.

“We live in bad conditions here. There’s no electricity and water supply here. We’re a forgotten lot,” he said.

Another resident from Jumpers said he might be living in an informal settlement but he was still a human being, just like his neighbour in Bedfordview. “What are we informal to and to whom?” he asked to loud cheers.

A Malvern resident appealed to the City to extend Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to areas such as Jeppestown and Malvern to address the scarcity of reliable public transport. She also called for a by-laws awareness programme.

“Right now we’re being told about the enforcement of by-laws and yet we don’t know anything about those by-laws. We’re harassed and arrested by the police and JMPD (Johannesburg Metro Police Department) officers for breaking by-laws that we know nothing about,” she said.

She also called on the City to address alleged poor customer service at Jeppestown Clinic. “The staff in that clinic are rude. They don’t respect even our mothers and fathers – their elders. We also need to know their closing time because they start turning patients away from as early as 2pm,” she said.

Other residents complained about crime and the increase in the number of shebeens. “People are killed every weekend in these areas, especially at George Goch Hostel. There’s no visible policing. When you phone police or ambulance services, they come after 10 hours. There are gunshots every day in places like George Goch and Denver hostels. You hardly see a police car. Girls are raped daily and drugs are sold openly,” one said.

A resident of Mai Mai informal settlement called on the City to address infrastructure development in the area.

“Our area is in a state of decay. Streets have been turned into a wasteland. Pikitup comes like Christmas Day, once a year. There are no storm water drains and no toilets. Our children play in rubbish,” he said.

Cllr Ngobeni, who is also MMC for Development Planning, assured the residents that their concerns would be addressed at relevant platforms. “We’ll attend to most of the service delivery problems as a matter of priority,” he said.



With good training you can go from zero to hero in business


Do you want to run your own small business, but don’t quite know where to start?

Take the idea of your product or service, combine it with some learning and you can soon be turning your business ideas into profit, says Kerry Damons of Boston City Campus & Business College.

“Starting and running a small business is regarded as one of the best solutions to the high unemployment figures worldwide,” she comments. “But the pThs is a great idea but it must be combined with good training and skills, as well as guidance to be able to succeed in the small business arena. Fortunately, you can easily enroll for a course in small business, as you would in any other field of work.”

Damons recommends three specific courses in the Boston stable of commerce qualifications to get gping in a successful business. 

“The first one that comes to mind is the Boston short learning program for the Small Business Owner,” she says. “It can be completed within 6-9  months and gives you the basic skills you need to start running your own business or run a business on behalf of someone else. In total it contains nine different modules that lead to 48 Higher Education credits on National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 5 and 14 credits on NQF Level 6.”

The programme includes interesting topics useful skills such as Windows; word processing; spreadsheets; business management techniques; principles of entrepreneurship; integrated marketing communication; and introduction to business accounting, which covers the basic principles and procedures of accounting.

Once you complete the course, you will be able to apply the principles of general management as well as human resource management to real business situations. The course also develops your entrepreneurial and project management skills.

“The whole focus of the small business owner short learning program is to give you the necessary skills that you can put into practice from day one as a small business owner,” says Damons. “Identifying a great business opportunity or coming up with an innovative new product is only the beginning. To go from zero to hero in business, you need real business know-how and tenacity as we have seen in the case of our great businessmen like Sol Kerzner in hospitality, Richard Maponya in diversified business and Mark Shuttleworth in IT”. Kerznerdidn’t invent hotels; they existed for ages before he appeared on the scene. But through hard work, business ingenuity and creativity he took hotels and hospitality to another level.  “Boston has always encouraged part-time and full time work experience for all learners through their Experience it! Recruitment programme”,  says Damons. “ A skill such as chocolate making,  together with knowledge of business practices as mentioned here enables you to earn while you learn, and perhaps eventually to create your own Chocolate Business!” With business acumen and practical skills, start-up business and part-time ways to earn money can be developed into sustainable businesses. In the case of Mark Shuttleworth, a complete new product was developed namely the first full-security encrypted e-commerce web server which went on to revolutionise online shopping and payments.

The other qualifications that Damons recommends for aspirant business-owners, are the higher certificate in business management practice and the Diploma in Business Management. 

The Higher Certificate in Business Management is a Boston higher education program that can be completed in one year. It covers modules that include computer literacy, business management, entrepreneurship, socioeconomics, basic accounting, industrial psychology, company law and business communication. 

The Diploma in Business Management is a three-year course on NQF level 6. It covers similar modules as the other business qualifications mentioned but goes into greater depth and has additional modules such as brand management, applied research, applied psychology and project management.  

For more information and assistance in selecting the qualification that is best suited to your career dreams, 

go to, phone 011-5512000 or visit any Boston City Campus & Business College near you. 



Hollywoodbets Hillbrow donates to PC Allstars Football Club

In line with the Hollywoodbets Soccer Sponsorship Programme that runs annually, the Hillbrow team visited PC Allstars FC at their home ground, the Southern Suburbs Sport Centre, to deliver a new soccer kit. The club is home to one team of 38 players between 20 and 30 years of age. It was first formed 10 years ago for the love of soccer and to help get young men off the streets. The coach thanked the company for their support. “This new kit helps us because now we have two kits to play in, and having Hollywoodbets kit is a very good thing!” he said



Mayor warns motorists

 Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers will be out in full force over the Easter weekend in a bid to put the skids on fatalities and injuries on the city’s roads.

Johannesburg Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba and Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety Cllr Michael Sun officially launched the Easter Road Safety Awareness Campaign in Johannesburg recently.

Easter is a critical period that presents many safety challenges for law enforcement agencies. This time last year, 12 000 accidents and 112 fatalities were recorded in Johannesburg alone.

MMC Sun said the City was determined to drastically reduce these figures. “One life lost is one life too many. Schools are closed and many Joburgers will be travelling to various destinations across the country. We’re ready to do whatever is necessary to ensure there are fewer fatalities on the road.”

He said issues that contributed to the high accident rate included bad driving and unroadworthy vehicles. He said JMPD officers would heighten high visibility during this period to ensure that motorists and pedestrians were safe.

“It’s important that the general public and motorists obey the rules of the road at all times. Speeding is just not acceptable, especially in wet conditions, and so is driving without wearing a safety belt,” said Sun.

Speaking to JMPD officers, Mayor Mashaba said one of the City’s priorities was to ensure officers were properly equipped to do their work to the best of their ability.

“We’re serious about this. It’s not something we just talk about. We need to ensure that our society is protected. We don’t just say it. We’re investing heavily in ensuring that our law enforcement officers are properly equipped.”

He said JMPD had the responsibility to protect residents. “You’re the men and women who serve our city and country. You work under difficult circumstances. Criminals have no respect for the laws of our country. As a result, they end up putting the lives of our officers in danger,” said Mashaba.

He said the work that officers put in was not in vain and urged them to continue to serve residents with pride.

“Public safety is a priority. That’s why the City is going to be bringing in additional officers,” he said.

The Mayor urged JMPD officers to go out into the streets, be vigilant, look out for one another, ensure residents abided by the rules of the road and make them understand that roadblocks were for their benefit.

“Let’s make sure that our roadblocks are strategic and not cause traffic congestion,” he said.



Avoid online travel scams ahead of Easter


Consumers who are travelling or have not yet finalised their arrangements for the upcoming Easter holidays should be wary of fraudsters who target people who are desperate to secure travel and accommodation at the last minute. 

 Sahil Mungar, FNB Digital Banking says, “If you have or haven’t yet booked your travel and accommodation, not only are you likely to pay a premium, but you could also fall victim to some online scams.”

 “Fraudsters exploit potential holiday makers by falsely advertising holiday accommodation or timeshares on the internet and social media. Consumers are then deceived to pay upfront in order to secure their bookings. This further gives scammers an opportunity to request ID copies and bank details of their victims, which are then used for identity theft,” adds Mungar.

 When consumers become desperate to secure holiday travel and accommodation, they can easily overlook scams due to the pressure, only to find out that they’ve been defrauded when they get to the venue.

 Mungar advises consumers to be extra cautious when booking accommodation online ahead of the Easter holidays.

 • Always try and book accommodation three months in advance or longer to avoid disappointments. This will help you to qualify for discounts and gives you enough time to do the necessary background and security checks. 

• Use search engines like Google. If you’re worried about a property or suspect that the photographs are fake, simply look it up yourself online.  Look for reviews from other travelers and Google Maps to ensure that the place exists.

• Use websites like, and similar websites to check reviews and to book accommodation securely. Generally these websites guarantee the booking.

• Call directly to publically advertised phone numbers to confirm the booking availability. Even if you get called, rather hang up and call back on the official number.

• Avoid depositing or transferring money to an individual’s bank account or sending your personal details to their private email address. Rather pay online on the accommodation’s actual website or in person at the venue.

• Lookout for suspicious behavior. Take notice of bad grammar in emails, foreign phone numbers, or if the owner or property manager is not responding to emails. These can all be warning signs.

• If you have friends and family that stay close to the place, ask them to go and verify if it is legitimate.


“To avoid scams, consider checking out properties from reputable travel websites and agents in advance and never respond to online and social media adverts without verifying that the sources are legitimate,” concludes Mungar. 



Jozi residents welcome clinics’ extended hours

More Johannesburg residents now have increased access to quality primary healthcare services after Johannesburg Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba introduced extended operating hours at five more public clinics across the city on Monday April 3.

The move follows a highly successful pilot project launched by Mayor Mashaba at Princess Crossing Clinic in Roodepoort, Region C, in October last year.

Addressing more than 300 residents at Freedom Park Clinic in Region G, Cllr Mashaba said the extended operating hours were aimed at improving access to quality healthcare in communities. He said the initiative formed part of his executive’s 10-point plan which, among other things, prioritises running a pro-poor government.

The Mayor was accompanied to the launch by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development Cllr Mpho Phalatse, Executive Director of Health Dr Refik Basmilla, Executive Director of Social Development Wandile Zwane, Cllr Mangaliso Ngwenya, Section 79 Committee Chairperson Cllr Ingrid Reinten and Deputy Regional Director Hlubi Ntamehlo.

“It’s a great honour and pleasure for me to launch the extended operating hours for Freedom Park Clinic, an undertaking I believe is bound to make a significant improvement to the provision of quality healthcare services in this community,” said Mayor Mashaba.

Freedom Park Clinic, which also services Naturena and other surrounding areas, had until March 31 treated between 250 and 300 patients daily from 7am to 4pm. It will now open from 7am to 10pm on weekdays and from 7.30am to 1.30pm over weekends and public holidays.

Four other clinics – Hikhensile in Region A, Randburg (Region B), Zandspruit (Region C) and Albert Street (Region F) – will also open for longer hours:  until 7pm on weekdays.

“This administration is committed to bringing about the change our residents demanded when they elected us. Healthy people are a prerequisite for the economic success of Johannesburg. As I always say, a healthy city is a working city,” the Mayor said.

He said between November 2016 and February 2017 more than 10 790 patients visited the Princess Crossing Clinic. Of these, almost 3 000 visited it after normal operating hours.

“One of the substantial advantages of this strategy is that everyone can get the care they need exactly when they need it. It is also a perfect solution for those who need a routine check-up or want assistance with managing chronic conditions without having to take a day off work or school,” he said.

Additional staff members have been employed. These include four nurses, a social worker, two drivers, two administrators, a health promoter and a general worker.

“We need to put healthcare back into the hands of professionals and out of the often harmful influence of politicians. One does not have to look further than the Life Esidimeni tragedy to see the importance of this.”

The social worker’s focus at the clinic will be on community development and community mobilisation with emphasis on providing psychosocial support, skills development, food security, early childhood development, youth development programmes and drug abuse prevention.

“Our clinics must be transformed from being mere health care facilities to being multi-functional centres,” said the Mayor

MMC Phalatse said the extended operating hours addressed one of the most basic human rights as enshrined in section 27 of the Constitution – access to healthcare. She said with the employment of a fulltime social worker, her department would create social and physical environments promoting good health for all.

“Our work has an integrated and holistic focus on the wellbeing of communities, ensuring preventative as well as curative health services across all age groups,” Cllr Phalatse said.

Resident Ella Baloyi appealed to locals to protect the clinic and its staff. “Let’s keep an eye on the criminal elements so we can keep the nurses safe,” Baloyi said.



Making the most of what life throws you


This last weekend brought with it the news of the tragic passing of a young man. Thuso Magonya was a university student who leaves a huge void, and this news has left everyone who knew him devastated.  

  But what can we take from the life of Thuso? There is so much we can learn,and using Thuso’s tips would be the best way to keep his vision alive.

“Tertiary studies are vital in this economy – as well as in the global economy” says Natalie Rabson of Boston City Campus & Business College.

 “It’s true that higher education and other tertiary studies can be associated with many challenges including finances, travel, time and social aspects. But you need to face each of these challenges head on, embrace them and make sure you make the most of every opportunity that student life will throw at you”, she says.”

With all that has happened in our economy over the last week, everyone should be making tertiary studies a goal. Taking tips from Thuso into account can help us achieve our goals”.

So what should we be working on a personal level, that will help us achieve academic goals?  Develop a fervour for education. 

 If you cannot afford to start a degree or diploma, begin with short courses or building blocks of modules. “Boston has wonderful short courses aimed at entry level workplace positions such as Stock Control, The Warehouse Manager, The Lay Counsellor and Bookkeeping,” says Rabson. Start planning today. Other tips? Live your life to the fullest. Get involved in every activity that you can. Whether it be at your church, your campus, your family, or with friends. Network. 

 Make everyone your friend. Imagine yourself walking in others footsteps. It is always easier when you do that to see another’s perspective, and be open to working with new people. Working in groups at campuses to complete assignments teaches youpatience and how to work in a team when you reach the boardroom. 

 Listen. Do not just hear what someone says. But internalise what they say and respond with something appropriate. This is a great character trait to have in life, and surprisingly enough when you apply it to your studies you will be shocked at the improvement! 

What it means is that when you listen you learn to respond appropriately. This aids you to answer assessment questions with the answer the examiner is looking for!

Smile at everyone. Lecturers may be having a hard day too, and your smile may be the one thing that brightens their day. Be ambitious. Do not let life get you down. Don’t pay attention to people who tell you that you are not good enough. 

Create an actual vision board. Put up pictures of what you want to achieve. A graduation gown. A car (according to two Boston students a Ford Mustang – dream big guys, way to go!) . An A+ on your assessment. 

A degree. A short course. These pictures are your building blocks for your life. And they are achievable. Even if it is bit by bit. Have patience. Immediate gratification is great for a cup of coffee – for real success it takes time. And lots of work. Put in the effort. 

 Pitch up at campus events and have fun – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity you must make the most of it. Look into work opportunities – if you are able volunteer. Campuses often need extra help during peak registration periods. And during school vacations many companies require additional staff.  Always have a sense of humour – it will get you through some tough times, and help you enjoy the good times. 

Be responsible and reliable. Approach every assignment and every task with wholeheartedness.

Be inspired. By people you meet, principals, teachers, and friends. And be inspiring!  Be genuinely happy for friends who succeed. And some parting words from Thuso on a meme he posted that says : Tag your future millionaire friends . Tagging his friends, he typed: “ I believe in you guys.”


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