Entries open for Walk the Talk 2017

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eKhaya Park hosts Mandela tournament

The eKhaya Neighbourhood has built its success of reducing crime, improving security and mobilizing community co-operation and leadership through soccer projects. This was revealed by the eKhaya co-ordinator, Bafikile Mkhize.
The Pre-Mandela Tournament took place at eKhaya Park along Claim Street in Hillbrow on the 15th of July, Twenty teams from Hillbrow took part.

“The eKhaya Soccer Tournament project is aimed at various age groups use of sport to bring the community together and act as catalyst for interaction between members and community,” Mkhize added.
On the same day, the eKhaya Neighbourhood presented the community awards to the community builders and community leadership. Fifty members were given certificates and awards, including the organisations that work with eKhaya Neighbourhood in the positive building of the Neighbourhood.
These include the City of Joburg,

Badboyz Security who are keeping Hillbrow community safe and all the NGOS like Outreach Foundation, WRHI, MES, Makhulong A Matala (JHC) and Bambisani (Madulamoho).
“Among the visitors were Arsenal Gapers who were handling the match on the day.
“This phase has involved greater involvement of the community of Hillbrow, building social cohesion and led to tenants feeling a sense of belonging in the community and staying longer in buildings.
“This leads to a stable building and good returns,” Mkhize concludes.

Joburg taxi drivers challenged

Men’s reluctance to visit primary healthcare facilities was raised as a major concern during a Men’s Health Awareness Month campaign at the Mulbarton taxi rank, southern Johannesburg, in the City of Johannesburg’s Region F, recently.
The taxi rank services suburbs such as Mulbarton and Glenanda as well as The Glen Shopping Mall and surrounding areas.

Men’s Health Awareness encourages men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment to disease and injury. In South Africa, men on average die five years earlier than their women counterparts.
They also have higher death rates in nine out of the 10 leading causes of death, including heart diseases, cancer and stroke.

Spearheaded by the region’s Health Department, the campaign was mainly aimed at taxi drivers. It addressed a wide range of issues, from fatherhood to the importance of complying with City by-laws.
Other stakeholders that participated in the event included the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS), Sonke Gender and Justice Network and US-AID.

The region’s Health Department conducted free diabetes and cholesterol tests and screenings, as well as HIV testing and counselling.
Officials said the decision to visit the taxi rank was motivated by the fact that taxi drivers usually did not have enough time to visit clinics as they were always on the road.
Nonhlanhla Magwaza, Region F’s Health Promotions Operations Manager, said the City was concerned that men were shying away from visiting clinics.
“We want to encourage you to come to our healthcare facilities. You must know that around here we have Glenanda Clinic in Ward 23. On the other side we have Kibler Park Clinic in Ward 24. Instead of you sitting in your vehicles when you are not transporting commuters, please feel free to visit our clinics,” Magwaza said.
“When you come to our facilities, we will welcome you with open arms. You can even explain to nurses that you are taxi drivers and are in a hurry.”
Ward 23 Councillor Sarah Wissler said taxi drivers and operators must understand the importance of regular health check-ups. “Taxi drivers are an integral part of what happens around here. They are people who bring workers to our ward. We have to ensure they see that we care,” she said.

Moving from renting to buying

If you’ve been renting for a while and are ready to take the next step to buying your own home, you need to do your homework and know exactly what you are getting yourself into.
Dr Simphiwe Madikizela, Head of Special Projects at FNB Housing Finance says, many first time buyers usually get blinded by the excitement of owning their own home and overlook the importance of research, which ends up costing them more in the long-term.

Apart from the home loan application and registration process, there are a number of other important factors that one needs to consider when owning a home:
Future needs – avoid basing the decision of buying your house only on your current needs, rather take a long-term view and consider if the house will still cater for your family’s needs in the future. For example, a two bedroom house may be perfect for newlyweds, but could soon be too small as the family expands.
Amenities – while you may get a bargain when buying a spacious house outside of town, you need to consider factors such as your work premises, medical centres and schools for your children etc. It may end up costing you more money and time to travel on a daily basis.

Free-standing or Sectional Title - when renting, you don’t often put as much time and money on maintaining the property, depending on the agreement with your landlord. When you own the property, you will be responsible for making sure that the property stays in good condition at all times.
On the other hand, when buying a townhouse, you will be liable for a monthly fixed cost for levies, rates and taxes, over and above the mortgage loan instalment due to the bank.
Buying an old house – buying an old house for a reasonable amount in a good neighbourhood may not be such a bad idea; however what many buyers often underestimate, is the cost of fixing up the house.
Furthermore, without professional inspection, there may be other hidden defects that you would only discover once you move in.

Neighbourhood safety – while no area is immune from crime, it is essential for first time owners to research crime statistics in the area before buying.
For example, if you have a job that requires you to travel a lot, leaving the house unguarded, you could easily become a victim of crime.
“Lastly, always save for rainy days, as life is unpredictable. When moving from renting to buying, it is advisable to save at least six months of your home loan and monthly expenses even if your job is not under threat. This will create a good safety net and give you a peace of mind should anything go wrong,” concludes Madikizela.

Men challenged to stop domestic violence

Joburg gents should emulate the 646 men – most of them South African black soldiers – who bravely died when the ship SS Mendi sank in the English Channel during World War I if the country is to be saved from the escalating scourge of gender-based violence.
This was said by City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba at Imbizo Yamadoda (men’s gathering).

The event was a joint venture between the City and a women’s group, Soul Inspiration, to address the ongoing spate of violence against women and children.
It has been reported in history books that, as the SS Mendi sank after it was struck by a larger vessel one dark morning in February 1917, the doomed men remained calm in the face of their impending death. They bravely sang songs of courage and danced until their demise.

“The SS Mendi tragedy should be an inspiration to every man; the nation depends on you for its protection and not its destruction,” she told the gathering.
Sifumba said although the tragedy took place 100 years ago, the whole world was still talking about the bravery of those men. She said today’s men had become tormentors of their own families and communities. “What stories will be told to your children about you? The stories we hear every day on our radios, television sets and social media platforms are not those of heroes similar to those who perished on the SS Mendi,” she said.

She called on the men to change their ways and become defenders of their women, children, families and communities.
“I hope as you all sit here today you are starting to think of ways you can actively work towards making our society better,” she said.

Sifumba said her department would hold similar gatherings as gender-based violence was deeply rooted. She said men must know that women needed their warmth and protection.

“We need more of the SS Mendi men. We need more of the Mandla Hlatshwayos of this world,” she said.

Hlatshwayo, a Soweto radio and TV personality, was murdered in Soweto earlier this year while trying to rescue two women from thugs.

Celebrated TV actor Sello Maake ka Ncube told the gathering that he was raised by a stepfather. “But he never made me feel like I was not his child,” he said.


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