A young entrepreneur who aims high



Upcoming Entrepreneur Deacon Mohale is set to take the fashion industry by storm with his budding clothing brand.

Residing in Itsoseng Informal settlement, Mohale said he could not allow himself to be swallowed by social ills, which tend to destroy lives of informal settlement youth. Out of his passion for fashion clothing, Mohale established Mpintshi Mpontsho brand in 2020. He has released different kind of stylish clothes for females and males including t-shirts, caps, and sneakers.

“ my big dream was always to my own brand,” Mohale said. “I got such inspiration from DJ Sbu and Casper Nyovest. I have been working with one designer to push the Mpintshi Mpontsho brand. I am very thankful to those who are supporting me.  I was marketing around Kasi Iwanna become an inspiration most of them are out of the line due to drugs..

The 17-year-old entrepreneur, who is doing grade 11 at St Angers Secondary, said he feels proud when people purchase his products and give him positive remarks. “I strive to get time for both school an business,” he said. In the next five years , the aim is to get some clothing stores in different provinces.”

  Despite COVID- 19 having a negative impact on the economy, Mohale said people must not put their heads down and must always think positive.He said that his community is facing tough times at the moment, but he encourages all young people to think outside the box and try something new.

“ I want the best out of my community,” he said. “ I want to inspire the youth and get them off the streets. There is need to develop our informal settlement and we young people are the ones responsible for that.”

Mohale is not only an entrepreneur, but also an upcoming artist. �

National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

South Africa is a water scarce country with a rapidly increasing population, according to Department of Water and Sanitation officials who visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021 to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign, which was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo City to give residents information on how important it is to save water.”

South Africa is one of the 30 driest countries in the world, according to DWS. Its rainfall is unpredictable, and common periods of drought – together with the impact of climate change – limit the country’s water resources even further.

Years from now, demand for water may exceed the amount of available water. This means that people must use and share water more effectively, according to DWS.

Communities need to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe, Sithole said. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole was happy seeing other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government agencies. When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information to share to the community members.”

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

Dumani Moyo

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign. The campaign was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole during a visit to Cosmo City.

“South Africa is a water sacrce country,” he said. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo city to give residents information on how important is to save water.”

Sithole said at DWS they need communities to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole said he was happy to see other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government,” he said. “When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information share to the community members.

According to DWS, South Africa is a water scarce country and named one of the 30 driest countries in the world; with a rapidly increasing population. South Africa’s rainfall is unpredictable and common periods of drought limit the water resources even further. This is also due to the impact of Climate Change. Years from now, the demand for water might exceed the amount of available water in our country. This means that people must use and share water more effectively. E�w��

National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

Dumani Moyo

South Africa is a water scarce country with a rapidly increasing population, according to Department of Water and Sanitation officials who visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021 to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign, which was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo City to give residents information on how important it is to save water.”

South Africa is one of the 30 driest countries in the world, according to DWS. Its rainfall is unpredictable, and common periods of drought – together with the impact of climate change – limit the country’s water resources even further.

Years from now, demand for water may exceed the amount of available water. This means that people must use and share water more effectively, according to DWS.

Communities need to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe, Sithole said. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole was happy seeing other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government agencies. When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information to share to the community members.”

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

Dumani Moyo

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign. The campaign was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole during a visit to Cosmo City.

“South Africa is a water sacrce country,” he said. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo city to give residents information on how important is to save water.”

Sithole said at DWS they need communities to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole said he was happy to see other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government,” he said. “When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information share to the community members.

According to DWS, South Africa is a water scarce country and named one of the 30 driest countries in the world; with a rapidly increasing population. South Africa’s rainfall is unpredictable and common periods of drought limit the water resources even further. This is also due to the impact of Climate Change. Years from now, the demand for water might exceed the amount of available water in our country. This means that people must use and share water more effectively. E�w��

Illegal shacks get Cosmo City residents worried

The building of shacks in Zandspruit area just outside Cosmo City’s extension 7 has caused great anxiety in the community as residents claim that the occupied land is affecting the value of their properties.

According to the sources close to this development, Zandspruit residents started building illegal shacks during lockdown, with the local authorities going against the process. The first attempted land invasion started from Phakamani area moving towards Cosmo City to an area called “Nkandla”, which is very close to extension 7.

“The view of Cosmo City is now affected by these shacks,” said an extension resident who preferred to remain anonymous.” This will definitely affect the value of our properties. We do not like such developments in our community because it also increases criminal activities.”

 When people occupy illegal land they disturb development, said Ward 100 Councilor Mapula Mosito.

“Meetings have been held between officials and extension 7 residents,” she said. “We understand that people need place to live, but land should be occupied in a proper way.”

Ward 114 Councilor Victor Mafinya said in the past weeks Johannesburg Metro Police Department has been on the ground to remove unoccupied illegal structures.

“I have visited the site together with housing officials and law enforcers,” he said. “All the unoccupied structures have been removed. At the moment, the Department of Housing is waiting for an eviction order from the court so that the remaining shacks get removed.”

Councilor Mafinya said the disturbing part is that people are so desperate for land to an extent that they buy it from fake leaders.

“Most people who occupied that land are not even from Zandspruit. That land is meant for Zandspruit infrastructural developments. People must be patient because proper development is coming.”

Gomolemo wants to empower women through beauty pageantry



Gomolemo Sedimedi is one of this year’s Miss Gauteng Exclusive finalists and she believes nothing can stop her from prevailing in the beauty pageant industry.

The 21-year-old is currently studying her Honors Degree in Bcom Industrial Psychology in University of Johannesburg. 

“I am running for the prestigious title to become the next Miss Gauteng Exclusive ambassador,” she said. With everything that she learnt through Miss Gauteng Exclusive competition, Sedimedi said she can contribute to the empowerment of women entrepreneurs.

 I have always visualized myself as a business woman,” she said. “This pageant has offered me an opportunity to eventually execute The Boss Queen Revolution, a movement that seeks to empower women. I will do it without fear and it will come to pass.”

Through the workshops held by the pageant, Sedimedi said she has learnt a lot.

“I have learnt how to stand up and speak my mind,” she said. “I am definitely coming out of this whole experience a completely different person – more driven, more determined to rise and more confident in myself.”

By sharing her experiences she said she wants to inspire young women in the community. “I want them to see that it is possible to dream and achieve every single one of their dreams.”

Miss Gauteng Exclusive is a beauty pageant that focuses on advancing the potential of young women through entrepreneurial leadership and education.

The six-month programme empowers women through entrepreneurial workshops, social campaigns and leadership development. This women empowerment initiative is run by Kagiso Selele and Annwen Jordan. This year, the programme ran longer than usual due to the pandemic.

The top 25 finalists have been doing their part for their communities. The royal crowning will be held on 27 March at Soweto Vilakazi Street.

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