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Madiba honoured

The spirit of the late former president Nelson Mandela was in the air on Tuesday July 18 as the City of Johannesburg staged dozens of activities across all regions to mark what would have been his 99th birthday.
The City’s main Mandela Day event was held at the Greener Pastures Early Childhood Development Centre in Kenilworth, in Region F, where Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba, who was accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development Cllr Mpho Phalatse, spent 67 minutes handing out goodies to smiling children and painting one of the classrooms.

In White City Jabavu, Soweto, Region D, City entities such as Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (JCPZ), Johannesburg Roads Agency and Pikitup, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, spent their 67 minutes giving the Adelaide Tambo School for the Mentally Challenged a makeover.
The school was named after Adelaide Tambo, wife of ANC stalwart Oliver Reginald Tambo. Coincidentally, the late Ma-Tambo, a struggle activist in her own right, and Madiba shared the birthday.
JCPZ Managing Director Bulumko Nelana said Mandela Day was about giving back and making a difference to other people’s lives.

“Today it’s not only Tata Nelson Mandela’s birthday, it’s also Mama Adelaide Tambo’s. We’re here to celebrate the lives of two selfless leaders who dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others,” said Nelana.
Principal Lindela Memani said he was grateful to all those who dedicated 67 minutes to helping the school.
“The donations and services we received today will go a long way in minimising the challenges the learners face,” said Memani. In Region C, the City’s Disaster Management team visited residents of the Donovan Macdonald Old Age Home in Maraisburg to clean the centre and give the senior citizens advice on how to react in case of an emergency.

The Gauteng Disaster Management Centre, South Africa Social Security Agency and the Gift of the Givers donated blankets and food parcels. Local ward councillor Caleb Finn said: “Today is an amazing opportunity for every one of us to take a break from what we normally do and serve those around us who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
For its part, the Joburg Theatre, in partnership with private sector companies, hosted an information-sharing workshop for unemployed graduates. More than 150 unemployed graduates attended. Presentations focused on academic skills, dramatic arts and finance.


Mayor: It’s time we rid city of building hijackers

Speaking on the second day of the breakaway session of the City’s Group Forensics and Investigation Services (GFIS) in Centurion, Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba (pictured) said he needed urgent action and results in relation to the fight against building hijackings in the Johannesburg inner city and surrounding areas.
Mayor Mashaba’s call comes after seven people were killed when Cape York (Insert), a dilapidated hijacked building at the corner of Jeppe and Nugget streets in the inner city, caught alight on Wednesday July 5.

The Mayor instructed members of the unit, led by General Shadrack Sibiya, to increase the frequency of raids on hijacked buildings, where people live in inhumane conditions. “We should raid these buildings every week and make sure we safeguard the lives of our people. It is important to act with speed. I want results and your unit should help me root out corruption,” the Mayor told members of the unit. He said the City faced a housing backlog estimated at more than 300 000 units. He said with the City providing housing at an average rate of only 3 500 units a year, there were limited opportunities to move people out of these buildings.

Speaking on the sidelines of the breakaway session earlier, General Sibiya said his unit had identified and verified 85 problematic buildings in the city. He said more raids would be conducted in the coming weeks to rid the city of the criminals who had taken over the buildings. He said his corruption-busting unit, which has also been charged with the tackling of bad buildings, was already hard at work to dismantle criminal syndicates behind the building hijackings. He said the unit had so far uncovered a highly connected and sophisticated syndicate of criminals who had “compromised state departments to further their objectives”.

“We are dealing with a corrupt network that involves people in the Deeds Office, the Department of Home Affairs, etc.
The network involves even our own officials, who illegally issue clearance certificates to members if the syndicates. We will work tirelessly to break this network and regain control of the city and its buildings,” said Sibiya.
Mayor Mashaba is in the coming weeks expected to announce further plans to deal with abandoned and hijacked buildings.















Entries open for Walk the Talk 2017

The countdown to Johannesburg’s biggest and most popular walking event – the MTN Walk the Talk with 702 – has begun.
More than 50 000 people – from fitness fanatics to celebrities, and from seasoned athletes to politicians from all corners of the country – will throng into Marks Park Sports Club in Emmarentia on Sunday July 23 for the 16th edition of the event, hosted by the City of Johannesburg.

Three different walking categories with staggered starting times are on offer. The 15km category starts at 7am, followed by the 8km walk at 9am and the 5km race at 11am.
The event does not only promote a healthy lifestyle among residents, but it also helps to showcase some of the City’s infrastructure development projects, sweeping scenic views and landmarks. It will also demonstrate Johannesburg’s ability to stage events of this scale and magnitude.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba will be among high-profile personalities taking part in the event and walking for a variety of causes.

MMC Sifumba will participate in the 8km category to highlight the work of Let’s Talk Jozi, a community-based initiative aimed at tackling violence against women and children as well as drug and substance abuse.
“It is very important for the City of Johannesburg to be part of such an initiative because it helps to ensure that both the City and residents are at the same level in fighting the social ills engulfing our communities,” says Cllr Sifumba.
She says the City and its residents can work together in identifying and finding lasting solutions to the scourge of violence and drug abuse.

Sifumba says the event promotes thought-provoking conversations and helps empower citizens through constructive discussions and knowledge and learning from others.
In preparation for the event, Cllr Sifumba has of late been taking short walks and using staircases instead of lifts or escalators. “I would like to wish everyone who is taking part in the event all the best. Let’s forge partnerships and work together in finding lasting solutions to the challenges our communities are faced with. Let’s be open about these issues, let’s talk Jozi,” she says.
Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar says to ensure the safety of all walkers, residents and motorists, a number of roads will be closed to traffic.
“JMPD officers will man temporary road closures along the route. We ask residents to familiarise themselves with alternative routes and be patient during the duration of the event,” says Minnaar.
Entries for the MTN Walk the Talk with 702 are officially closed.




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