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.


Managing Hijackings Be Aware

According to the latest SAPS crime stats released, car hijacking has increased by 14.5% across the country with Gauteng (+16.9%), Kwa-Zulu Natal (+21.5%) and Mpumalanga (+28.8%) provinces recording the highest increases. The statistics tell the story of 16 717 cars that were hijacked between April 2016 to March 2017, equating to a staggering average of 46 vehicles hijacked every day in South Africa.

“The key in mitigating crime risk is to be vigilant, understand how and when such crimes are most likely to happen and to take pro-active and preventative measures to mitigate them,” says Mandy Barrett of insurance brokerage and risk advisors, Aon South Africa.  “Most hijackings happen in the driveway of its victims so it is absolutely vital to stay alert, especially as we head into the festive season which normally sees an uptick in vehicle theft and hijackings.”

AON provides the following tips to help you reduce your risk:

  • Be observant of your surroundings and cognisant of anything or anyone who looks out of place. If you have any doubts, call your armed response company for assistance and don’t be afraid to ask them to check out any suspicious individuals or vehicles lurking about.
  • Be aware of vehicles that remain in your rearview mirror. Many criminals follow their victim’s home from public places such as a shopping centre, bank or airport.  If you suspect you’re being followed, drive to the nearest police station or a busy public area, but don’t stop at home.
  • You are most at risk when entering or leaving your property.  Turn down the volume on the radio well in advance, get off the phone and be alert.  If anything seems untoward when approaching your home, contact your security company for an escort services in and out of your property.
  • Never pull into your driveway while you wait for your gate to open – have your gate remote handy and stay on the road while the gate opens, and immediately close it after entering.
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