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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


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