Isidingo actress suffers setback in Cosmo City

 Linda Njotini, who plays the character of Qaqamba in SABC 3’s Isidingo, suffered a huge blow in Cosmo City on 24 March when car plunged into her shop in extension 4and knocked it down.

The car driver, who was operating under Uber, was uninjured. The accident heavily damaged the car and shop building according to Njotini. She believes the driver should have been charged for reckless driving, but police apparently disagreed.

 “The police confirmed that the driver was not drunk,” she said, “but then I believe that was reckless driving. I was disappointed to find that law was not on my side. We were told to go to a small court and claim compensation from the driver.”

People started looting her shop, she said, while she was busy working with lawyers to claim damages from the driver’s insurance to restoreher business. She wants to let other shop owners know that if something like that happens to them, sometimes they have to stand on their own.

Njotini, who also acted in SABC1’s Tjovitjo, operates her business in Cosmo City, but said she also enjoys her career in acting.

“More is to come at the deep in Isidingo,” she said. “I cannot tell you much now, but viewers should expect some interesting episodes involving Qaqamba.”

Besides being an actress, Njotini is also an MC. She is also working on a women empowering programme called Akhonix Bafazi.

People can contact Linda Njotini via her email njotinilinda@yahoo.co.za

There is a need for a new police station in Cosmo City, says Premier Candidate Solly Msimanga.

 Cosmo City needs a new police station in order to serve the area properly, said the DA Gauteng Premier Candidate Solly Msimanga during an oversight inspection at Honeydew Police station on 1 April 2019.

 According to the 2017/18 crime statistics, the Honeydew Police Station had 23 922 reported crimes and is the fourth worst police station nationally. It has the highest number of reported residential robberies in Gauteng, the second highest for reported sexual assault and third highest for carjacking crimes.

“The big challenge is that Honeydew Police Station is covering a very huge area,” Msimanga said. “Covering Honeydew, Zandspruit, Cosmo City and some parts of Roodepoort shows that the station needs support in order to combat crime. There is a need for one or two other police stations to be established”

 Honeydew Police Station operates in a rented piece of land, Msimanga said, so in order to be more effective, the station must be upgraded or moved into other premises.

“There is a need for the station to have more trained detectives. They are currently sitting on about 341 personnel. Seventeen of the detectives are handling over 114 cases each. So that tells you there is a serious challenge that needs to be addressed. One police station is not going to work.”

The Premier Candidate also visited the victim of domestic Gender-Based Violence Takalani Madzihiga. Her story demonstrates the failure of Honeydew SAPS to deal with crimes related to gender-based violence, according to Msimanga.

 Thereafter the Premier Candidate proceeded with voter engagement at Zandspruit and Cosmo City.

Residents unhappy with flats construction near bond houses

Ongoing construction of the flats near extension 0 bond houses in Cosmo City is causing concern among some of its neighbors, who claim that their privacy is being invaded and that there was a lack of proper consultation with affected bond house residents.

Las Vegas street residents, speaking to the Chronicle, said about 17 houses are affected by the construction.

“I am extremely mindful that the construction of these flats is inevitable,” said a resident who preferred to remain anonymous. “But every balcony of the flats is facing us, and we are not used to being watched. I feel like our privacy is now being invaded. It would be better if they could make the balconies face the other way.”

Residents say they held a series of meetings in an attempt to engage relevant stakeholders to resolve the issue. However, no concrete measures have been taken to satisfy the residents as the flats continue rising higher.

“We have tried the Ward Councillor,” a resident said. “She promised to get back to us via email, but we are still waiting. When we contacted the Department of Housing office, they told us everything was approved. We don’t know how it was approved as we were never consulted. On top of that they are using our wall without our permission. We are not happy at all.”

Residents said they will feel unsafe and overcrowded as soon as people start living in the new flats.

“It will be easy for someone from that place to notice whoever lives in the bond houses,” said one resident who preferred to be called Mabubula. “So that situation could work against us. It might lead to serious robberies. Other flats in Cosmo City are far from the houses. I wonder who approved a plan to build flats so close to our homes.

Ward 100 councillor Mapula Mosito said the construction was according to an approved plan.

“I have received a lot of complaints from extension 0, and an inspector has visited the area,” she said. “Unfortunately there is nothing I could do because the area was already demarcated for flats next to those bond houses. I think it is important for people to understand the map so that they know what could be built next to them.”

People should be consulted before construction begins next to their homes, said Gauteng’s DA Premier Candidate Solly Msimanga during his visit to Cosmo City.

“I can only give a concrete comment on this issue after I have understood everything,” he said. “If there was a proper application and it was approved, we need to know what was approved. If the members of community were not consulted, we need to know why.”

The success of Cosmo Mall annual bridge celebration

 Cosmo Mall has expressed gratitude to the sponsors who made the annual bridge celebration, from 23 to 28 March, a success.

The sponsors are The Gym Company, Roots Butchery, Vodacom Chatz, Beares Furniture, PEP Stores, Nestle, Just Shoes, Ackerman’s and Pick n Pay.

“It was a great success with 7 days of give-aways,” said the mall’s Space Management. “ Prizes worth over R80 000 were given away at the Cosmo mall bridge anniversary as well as exciting performances from local artists and activations from big brands such as DSTV and Ricoffy.”

In the spirit of giving back to Orphanages Baetapele, Littleroses and Bloom flower bloom were invited to Cosmo mall. Each brought 20 kids and treated to lunch from Pick n Pay and McDonald’s. Clothing was also offered courtesy of Ackerman’s.

The Bentel group (owners) strongly believe in giving back and uplifting the community.

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