16 Days of Activism

Women and children abuse is something that has been occurring for decades. It is an ideology that some men have that their superior and therefore use violence (verbal and physical) to portray their superiority and to get a point across. This is not something that should be a norm within our society. Women and children have as much importance and rights as men if not more. Therefore, 16 Days of Activism, aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse has on women and children and to rid society of abuse permanently. The campaign kicks starts on the 25th of November till 10 December, However, the success of this campaign rests on our daily individual and collective actions to safeguard our society against this cycle of abuse. This goes for us as a community of Cosmo City to stand against violence, and make our community safe from any kind of violence. In our fictional character Stokkie le Jojo tackle 16 days of activism in their own unique way.


Army of one

In this movie you get to see the legendary Nicolas Cage, who plays Gary Faulkner. Gary is an ex-con who is an unemployed handyman, who receives a vision from God telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. The twist about this is he wants to do this with a single sword that he purchased from a home shopping network. Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission and along the way he encounters old friends, new friends and makes enemies at the CIA. The comedian Russell Brand can also be found in the movie. Directed by Larry Charles it is an R rated comedy movie not suitable for persons under the age of 18, with a runtime of 1 hour 33minutes.

The Lost City of Z

For those that loved Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, might enjoy him as an explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon Jungle at the dawn of the 20th century, where he discovers an advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. However when he is ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which states that the indigenous population as savages. Fawcett who is determined to prove them wrong, returns to his beloved jungle. Fans of Robert Pattinson will be delighted to see the twilight star on the big screen once more.  Directed by James Gray. It is a drama/ action film with a run time of 2hours 21minutes age restriction of 13 with parental advisory.


City gears for new regional SME Hubs

In line with our administration’s commitment to achieving 5% economic growth by 2021 and reducing unemployment, the department of Economic Development will be launching job seekers and innovation desks, within each of the City’s regional hubs. This leading edge initiative will serve to grow and develop the labour market within the City as well as link job seekers to opportunities both within the public and private sector.

This follows the City’s first ever Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Symposium which sought to find ways we can use to improve the current entrepreneurial ecosystems within Johannesburg, in order to stimulate our local economy and create jobs. The entrepreneurship ecosystem symposium brought together government, private sector, educational institutions, NGO’S and, most importantly, entrepreneurs for this purpose.

With conversations around pioneering the entrepreneurship ecosystem, the city received a number of innovative and practical submissions to the challenges that face entrepreneurs and SMEs operating in Johannesburg.  These submissions are being used to inform our ongoing discussions on the type of support needed by the city’s business community.

As per the department of Economic Development’s 17/18 Financial Year deliverables, we have committed to increased regional economic development and support towards entrepreneurial development. In order to succeed, such an approach can only work through stronger alignment between the department and regional offices as well as collaboration between the city, private sector and small business.

The City’s job seekers’ and innovation desks will be entrepreneurial spaces and meeting points for like-minded individuals to engage, collaborate and find solutions to job creation and economic growth.

The City has also approached two Institutions of Higher Learning in order to give their learners the opportunity to conceptualise an appropriate name and logo for these desks. The learners providing the successful name and logo, will be recognised for their flow of creativity and will for innovation. This approach will also provide platform to emerging graphic designers and young professionals an opportunity to create a unique portfolio.

The new business model will increase hubs to 2 per region, as there is currently one per region and ultimately, the city will have a total of fourteen (14) of such facilities by 2021.

Cllr Leah Knott

MMC of Economic Development

City of Johannesburg

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