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COJ Speaker’s Message for the Youth

The year 2017 ushers in the 41st Anniversary of the National Youth Day, triggered by the “Soweto Uprisings” on the 16th of June 1976. In Johannesburg this 41st anniversary comes against the backdrop of a changed political landscape, where the governance of the City of Johannesburg is under the leadership of the DA led coalition government and EFF following the Local Government Elections of the 3rd of August 2016.
This comes 23 years after the start of our democracy following the first democratic election of April 1994.
The 41st anniversary of the Soweto uprisings is an important milestone as it means that the majority of young people who led the struggle against apartheid at the time would have reached retirement age in 2017.
The assessment of our current socio-economic conditions would tell us that the majority of these heroes would also be beneficiaries of the government’s social grant system. Most of them, being residents of the City of Johannesburg, would still be awaiting for the economic benefits of democracy, which have simply not come forth, 23 years post democracy.
It is also an important milestone in that our first democratic elections in 1994, happened a mere 18 years following June 1976 Soweto Uprisings.
This would aptly suggest that the torch bearers of the uprising would also have been the “Midwives” to the birth of the democratic dispensation. It is disconcerting that despite the freedom we have, young people continue to be confronted with many challenges emanating from acute levels of unemployment and poverty.
The coalition government and the EFF of the City of Johannesburg has set itself 10 priority areas in order to ensure improvement of the life of the residents. Two of these priorities speak directly to the issues of young people. The priorities are: “run a responsive and pro poor government”, and achieve a minimum 5% economic growth by 2021.
The Legislature of the City of Johannesburg is responsible for oversight and public participation. Through the Section 79 and the Ward Committees, I will ensure that we hold the executive accountable in order to ensure achievement of the priorities.. In this way we will be able to contribute significantly towards improving the life of our residents, and the youth in particular.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all the fathers well as they celebrate the Fathers’ Day on Sunday the 18th June 2017. Present and responsible fathers complete a stable and healthy family as the basic unit of society.
I would like to pay special tribute to the Young fathers who continue to ensure stable families and provide proper environment and support.
This will ensure that we grow bright and wonderful young people in support of stable communities.
I would like to encourage the young fathers and the young people generally, to continue the Legacy of the youth on the 16th June 1976, and ensure that the issues of young people are always at the top of government and private sector programmes.


Residents urged to blow the whistle on illegal waste dumpers

Cllr De Jager said every citizen deserved to live in a good and healthy environment. He said the City needed to find a long-lasting solution to recurring service delivery challenges such as blocked drains.
“We need to make sure that communities understand the importance of infrastructure. The pipes get blocked because of what people throw into the system. From our office, we are going to be running an ongoing campaign to get communities to commit themselves to protecting the City’s infrastructure,” he said. The MMC said there were illegal waste dumpers who targeted informal settlements, operating mostly at night. He said this illegal practice, which posed a threat to the community and cost the City more than R50-million a year, would soon come to an end. Cllr De Jager said the City would soon provide residents with whistles that they would blow every time a truck arrived in the area to dump waste. But he strongly warned residents not to toss rubbish into the drainage system. “We cannot get Johannesburg Water to come and flush the system every two to three weeks, which is what happens in high-density areas,” he said. He reiterated that the City was committed to serving all communities, regardless of their class. “Just because you are poor does not mean you deserve an infrastructure that is poor,” he said.


Mayor Mashaba’s Message for Youth Day

41 YEARS AGO TODAY, heavily armed apartheid police fired teargas and later live ammunition on about 10 000 students who were peacefully protesting against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction alongside English.
This was after the Bantu Education Act was introduced by the Apartheid government in 1953, further entrenching the systematic oppression of black people in the country.
Theirs was a protest for freedom and equal franchise within their own country.
Johannesburg today has 862 000 unemployed people, with an unemployment rate of over 30%. It is heartbreaking that 41 years after the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, it is the youth of our city, who are the greatest causalities of this crisis, facing an unemployment rate of over 50%.
This administration is determined to work hard to turn this around by growing the economy by 5% by 2021.
• We have also budgeted R16 million in the 2017/18 budget for the expansion of the City’s SME Hubs from seven to 14 Hubs.
• We have increased to R8.5 billion in 2017/18 the target for investment and business facilitation.
• We have also set aside R10 million for the artisan development training programmes in the coming financial year, as well as ensured that
child-headed households with a property value not exceeding 2 million
Rand receive a 100% rebate on services offered through our Expanded Social Package.
Compounding to the unemployment is the drug epidemic that continues to steal the lives of our young people.
To ensure an integrated approach, we are in the process of launching a series of pilot projects to expand the services offered at City clinics to include drug rehabilitation services to communities highly impacted by drugs. This administration is dedicated to ensuring that the legacy of the youth of 1976 is honoured through the creation of an environment where residents are treated with respect and dignity.
By running programmes that tackle the challenges faced by our young people, we are ensuring that we also leave a legacy that young people, 41 years from today, can be proud of.


Hillbrow service lanes cleared of waste

Officials of the City of Joburg’s Environmental Health Department and waste management entity Pikituprecently mounted a major cleanup of service lanes in Hillbrow in their ongoing drive to rid the inner city of grime.
Service lanes are arteries used by waste collection, emergency and delivery vehicles to access highrise apartments to provide tenants with the necessary services.
But in areas like Hillbrow, in Region F, service lanes are creaking under the weight of illegal dumping as some tenants of high-rise buildings toss their waste material out their windows, creating severe environmental and health hazards.
“As environmental health practitioners we have a role to play in giving people information about what may be dangerous to their health,” said Region F Environmental Health Practitioner, Masego Sehohlo.
Sehohlo said the department sought to create a clean, litter-free and liveable city with well-maintained buildings, where the water is clean, the air is fresh, by-laws are enforced and the community is acting responsibly.
She said illegal dumping could lead to serious health-related problems and the spread of rodents. “Prevention is the best solution for rat control.
“We have to eliminate the conditions in which they thrive and for this we need residents to co-operate,” said Sehloho.
Two service lanes were cleared during Friday’s campaign, resulting in tonnes of waste having to be transported to landfill sites by Pikitup.
Sehohlo was, however, not entirely happy with residents’ participation. But she hoped that in future more people would understand the purpose of cleaning up Johannesburg. “We would have liked for residents to join us so they could reprimand those who dump waste illegally,” she said.
“Realising a clean city requires community involvement and law-abiding citizens with a deep love for their city and its wellbeing. We are happy that community leaders joined us and hope their involvement will encourage more residents to get involved in cleaning up Johannesburg,” said Sehloho.
Resident Thandazile Ndlela, who lives near one of the service lanes, was one of the people who took part in the campaign.
“I decided to come and clean the service lane because it’s my responsibility as a resident. We all complain about the stench emanating from the rubbish in the service lane but we don’t do anything about it,” said Ndlela.


Crime has no nationality – Makhura

Gauteng premier David Makhura on Saturday cautioned political leaders against making reckless remarks which generally characterised foreign nationals as criminals.
“Africans from all over the continent, those who have chosen our province as their home, we want you to contribute positively to the growth and development of Gauteng province.
“If you are a criminal, we must deal with you, whether you are a South African or an African from any other country.
“The first thing which defines you is that you are a criminal,” Makhura told an Africa Month celebrations event in Johannesburg.
“Criminals must be dealt with [but] we must not criminalise a nationality.
“A criminal is a criminal, whether it is a Nigerian or a South African, that criminal belongs in jail.
“I want to warn those that keep criminalising nationalities, sometimes it is the mayors who take platforms and condemn a whole nationality.
“If there is a drug dealer who is a Nigerian, it is not that [all] Nigerians are drug dealers. We must deal with the drug dealer,” he said.
Makhura warned political leaders to avoid generalisations. He called for concerted efforts by all who lived in South African communities to fight crime, particularly drugs-related crime.
“If we have a South African who is a rapist you cannot then say all South Africans are rapists.
“We must deal with that rapist and put that rapist to jail. We work together with the African Diaspora Forum.
“Let us make sure that in our communities there are no drugs. God’s people, drugs are killing our children. The drugs are finishing our communities. Let’s deal with those manufacturing and distributing drugs.
“Let’s work together and ensure that in every community we are dealing with crime and drugs,” he said.
Makhura also urged foreign nationals running businesses in Gauteng to also employ South Africans. “Today we went through many shops in Yeoville.
“Let us make sure that these businesses comply with the by-laws. Let’s make sure that these businesses employ a lot of our people.
“A lot of the businesses I saw there [in Yeoville] can also help us deal with unemployment.
“That is one of the discussions I want to have with the small businesses we have all over our province,” he said.
On Sunday, Makhura will lead a government and business delegation to Nigeria and Ghana in an effort to woo investors from those African nations.
“We are going to sell the fact that Gauteng is open for business,” he said.
Earlier on Saturday, he led scores of participants in the Afrocentric Street Jamboree Parade marking the close of the 2017 Gauteng Africa Week celebrations.
The event was organised under the theme:
A Year of OR Tambo: Building a better Africa and a better world, through partnerships between the Gauteng city region and the African Diaspora Forum.
Cultural groups from countries including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia took part in the festivities. —
Additional reporting by Ntombekhaya Zibi


Jozi is for migrants - MMC Phalatse

The City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, Cllr Mpho Phalatse, recently called for more tolerance among communities, saying the majority of people living in Johannesburg were migrants.
“The vast majority of us were not born here. While there are some who feel more entitled than others, all of us have African ties. As South Africans, we are Africans first,” MMC Phalatse said.

“Many of us are migrants in Johannesburg,” she said, emphasising that ubuntu would help unite all Africans. She said although other African countries contributed to South Africa’s struggle for freedom, foreign nationals had to abide by the country’s laws and to join forces in the fight against crime. “Other Africans were one with us during the struggle. They were there for us when we needed them. But every country has laws.

For the sake of harmony, please abide by the law. My message to you is that we’re one, but let’s respect one another. We must unite against what is wrong,” she said, adding that proper immigration controls were necessary to keep tabs on who was in the country and for cities such as Johannesburg to plan for services offered to communities. Cllr Phalatse said plans were under way to establish a centre in Yeoville to promote social cohesion, skills transfer and provide facilitators “who will help us experience Africans in a different way”. 

The centre will be ready for use by the time the 2018 Africa Day celebrations are held.
The City’s libraries, under its Library and Information Services, are hosting several events across all seven regions aimed at educating Johannesburg residents about Africa Day through books, storytelling, cultural performances, food and African games.


Acquire Project Management Skills

A call has been made by Believers Care Society (BCS) inviting owners of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres/crèches and their staff members, to apply for a skills development opportunity.
This project was initiated to assist them in running their crèches professionally. BCS also provides mentorship that will ensure that children who under the care of Crèches are properly taken care of – especially orphans and vulnerable children. The project is run in partnership with the United States President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR).

Crèche owners and their staff will receive an accredited skills training course, which is FETC:Project Management, SAQA ID: 50080. As well as a Mentorship Programme, The course is for the duration of four months, attending only twice a week: on Fridays from 12:00pm till 16:00pm and on Saturdays from 08:00am till 12:00pm.
Certificates of competence will be issued at the completion of the course – to those participants who complete and pass the course – and also a certificate of mentorship participation in an AIDS Relief Programme.

Registration is currently in progress - that is two people per crèche. Induction will take place on the 15th of June 2016 and normal Classes are scheduled to commence on Friday the 23rd of June 2017. This course is completely free of charge. Crèches are encouraged to come forward and take advantage of such a rare opportunity – especially those that are non-funded and lack project management skills.
• One must be a crèche owner or staff member in a registered crèche located in the South of Johannesburg.
• Proof of registration or letter of confirmation of employment by the company (Crèche).
• Copy of ID.
• Proof of residence.
• Previous qualifications
(Matric Certificate, Any previous certificates that you may have, if ever you don’t have a Matric Certificate or any educational certificates, you can produce your last grade achieved report)
• Summarised CV.
For more information, please do contact the BSC office on 011 434 1894/ 011 434 4598, alternatively visit their offices at 118 High Street, Turffontein, JHB.


MMC Cllr Khumalo inspires 80 girls

City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Corporate and Shared Services, Cllr Ntombi Khumalo, hosted more than 80 girl learners who had gathered at the Joburg Theatre for the 15th edition of the “Take A Girl Child to Work” campaign.
A brainchild of cellular network operator Cell C, the initiative seeks to expose girl-children to careers that they might not have been aware existed. All the 80 girls were from Letsibogo Senior Secondary School in Meadowlands, Soweto.
“Women form the largest part of the population in the whole world. We need to use that to our advantage to shape the current and the future of the world,” MMC Khumalo said.

“There is no reason we cannot be holding positions of power in the world of politics, business, science and technology.”
She told the girls to “dream big and think broadly”, saying “the sky should be the only limit”.
“Set yourselves goals. Associate yourselves with the right and like-minded people. Seek knowledge. Always aspire to succeed. Be goal-driven. Never give up. Be determined. Develop a strong character. Be disciplined,” she said.
However, MMC Khumalo warned them that nothing came easily. “The road to success is paved with obstacles such as thorns, rocks and humps. Don’t allow those to distract you. You will come across friends, family and relatives who will try to discourage you.
“You will be challenged by the trappings of peer pressure. But don’t give in. Ignore them. Push them aside. Just march on to your goal,” she said.
She related her own story of success, saying when she was growing up she wanted to study politics. “My family discouraged me, saying I will end up in jail or exile or worse, dead, like other past politicians. I ended up enrolling for a BSc degree, and later studied sumatology. But I still pursued politics on the side. Look at me today, I am here, where I always wanted to be,” MMC Khumalo said.

She warned the girls against the “blesser” syndrome. “Be your own blessers. Have self-pride. Stand on your own two feet. Never allow anyone to own you or dictate how you should live your life. Be the masters of your own fates,” Khumalo said.
She told the group to emulate the likes of Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and owner of a successful South African media company; Oprah Winfrey, an internationally celebrated TV personality; and Pam Golding, a South African property mogul.
“Choose your role models carefully. We’re looking for future leaders out of you. We are looking for mayors, for presidents, for government ministers, for medical and academic doctors out of you. You can do it. It’s all up to you,” Khumalo said.
After the motivational talk, the girls were divided into nine different groups and sent to the City’s various entities, regions and departments to experience first-hand the world of work.

Their hosts included City Power, Johannesburg Water, Johannesburg Theatre, Transport Department, Communication, Social Development, Citizen Relationship and Urban Management, Development Planning, and Environment and Infrastructure Services Development.
Region A hosted four Grade 9 girls. Several departments showcased the various career options available in the City in particular and in the local government sector in general.
Oupa Mabuya, of the City’s Library and Information Services, said his department provided a great working environment for those who enjoyed reading as they “will always surrounded by books”.
“Having a qualification will open doors for you and present you with a lot of opportunities,” said Mabuya.
Regional Director Abigail Ndlovu said she was delighted to have given the girls a glimpse of the world of work.
She said the project opened up “a world of hope and dreams” for the young girls.
Region F hosted three Grade 9 girl learners – Katlego Mphahlele,13, Tebogo Mphahlele, 15, and Ontabetse Kwayine, 14 – at the CJ Cronje Building in the CBD. They were over the moon as officials opened the exciting world of work.
Acting Operations Manager: Citizen Relationships Manager Nozipho Ndaba took them to meet some of the people who keep the city ticking.
At the end of their four-hour tour, the inspired trio said they were determined as ever to pursue their chosen fields – tourism, law enforcement and fashion design.


Let music make money for you

Have you considered a career in music? Many people have a passion for music but believe that it is a hobby and that they will not be able to earn a living from it.
Boston City Campus & Business College always believed that including your passion in your career makes you more successful, and set out to establish a partnership with Soul Candi, who have been a success in the music industry for years.
“Most people struggle to create a career in music. They simply do not know how to get from where they are to where they want to be. In order to create a music career, look into one of the qualifications available at Boston in the music industry”. So says Janine Pedro, branch manager at Boston.
Boston recently launched an additional Soul Candi short learning programme to introduce graduates to the industry.
The new course is available at all branches nationwide, and is called the:
INTRODUCTION to Digital Music Composition and Production.
Pedro says this course was introduced in order to allow more participants in the music industry, throughout all the Boston branches. In addition, courses such as DJ101 and the Music Business are also offered. (The Digital Music Composition & Production qualification is offered at selected branches only due to the equipment requirements of the qualification).
To showcase its industry expertise, Boston recently held a DJ competition. This was launched prior to a recent event where two Boston graduates who studied the Soul Candi DJ101 short learning programme were selected to perform at the recent ‘Colour in Ekurhuleni’ event held at Germiston Lake. This event was a huge success.

What types of careers can you follow with a qualification in the music industry?
While you may need to combine qualifications such as DJ101 and a business diploma, in order to also understand the full running of a business, these are the types of careers that will be open to you to explore in music: Performing & Writing Careers.
DJ (Nightclub DJ) Recording Careers. Record Producer. Record Industry Careers. Music Business Careers.
Personal Manager. Facility, Arena, & Club Careers. Concert Hall Manager. Film Music Careers. Composer. Music Journalism
Music Producers write, arrange, produce, and record songs, whether they are shaping the sound of another artist’s album or creating beats or songs for their own projects.
With the growth of home recording technology and boutique recording studios, many Producers find themselves pulling double or triple duty as Studio Owners and Sound Engineers.

A music producer will be responsible for every aspect of his business and it’s definitely not all glamourous – there is admin and slog involved! A typical day will start with checking notes, prepping the studio, checking functionality of equipment.
If the studio is booked out it needs to be in perfect running order in order for studio fees to be charged.
While on recording breaks – a producer will attend to admin such as emails, orders, bookings and accounting.
There is a lot of work that goes into being a Producer outside of the studio such as attending rehearsals, meetings, writing sessions, and going out to shows.

Program Directors are in charge of what is produced by a radio station. They manage the station’s programming and oversee the different departments and staff at the station to ensure that the station always sounds its best and suits the needs of its listeners.
“As a program director or manager, your plate is full. At any given time, a Program Director’s duties could include organizing promos, making sure the DJs are informed about upcoming promos and station events, sitting in meetings, checking music logs to make sure they’re accurate, working with the Music Director to produce logs for the next day, coordinating interviews with celebrities and Musicians, and managing and scheduling programming, “ says Pedro.

“Programme directors spend a lot of time on their admin”, says Pedro. While the industry appears to be glamourous, there is still a fortune of admin work to be done such as returning emails and calls, dealing people, meetings with PR companies and more.
Whatever direction you choose in music, Boston’scollaboration with Soul Candi will ensure you gain the industry skills you require to start your career in this really exciting and happening industry.
Contact Boston on
011 551-2000,
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or Facebook.


End rape and brutal killings of women

Gauteng has experienced some of the most horrific incidents of rape and brutal killings in recent times. I write against the backdrop of calamities that befell the families of Karabo Mokoena, Lerato Moloi, Jeannette Cindi just to mention but a fewat the hands of spineless men.

  It is indeed worrying and shameful to witness it within out Province. Many of these young women were raped and burnt beyond recognition which seems to be an ongoing trend lately. 

 The most recent reports in the media on violence against women depict the continuous challenges women face in their homes and at the hands of their loved ones. 

The physical and emotional abuse of women is a grave violation of human rights which leaves short or long term scars.  

The law enforcement agencies are hard at work to ensure the perpetrators of violence against women are brought to book and dealt with accordingly. In the process of dealing with the perpetrators, our law enforcement agencies are compromised because some women are not resolute. 

On the one hand, they raise alarm for law to take its course, on the other, succumb to manipulation and beg the law enforcement officers to withdraw the charges. 

These are some of the challenges we need to address as a society in general. The violence against women takes the character of a vicious cycle. One incident of abuse leads to another.

The fight against women abuse needs social cohesion with its constituent elements that include social inclusion, social capital and social mobility. The significance of the faith based organisations, non-governmental organisations can never go unnoticed. 

As a society, we need to strengthen the role played by the above- mentioned stakeholders and as a collective begin to walk the talk in our quest to eradicate this monstrous behavior.

A big applause to those resolute women who amid the numerous attempts to be manipulated by their abusive partners and husbands stand ground and soldier on to ensure the perpetrators receive the full might of the law. The Gauteng Provincial government has various Victim Empowerment Centres (VEC’s) which are havens for abused women.  The officials at the victim empowerment centers are trained personnel who offer professional support services thus restoring dignity and instilling hope to those who have been subjected to physical abuse and gross emotional turbulences. I call upon men to be protectors of their families and society at large.

A drastic paradigm shift is required as a matter of urgency in dealing with matters that relate to violence against women. Let love and common decency characterise the manner in which we treat each other as reasonable and self-respecting human beings.


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