Striving through beauty pageantry in uncertain times

 The year 2020 left many local productive minds stranded, furious and depressed because musicians lost their gigs due to COVID-19. Just as it did with local artists and music promoters, the coronavirus lockdown also shuttered the pageantry industry. In an interview with SinGwen Models, the organisation’s co-founder Sindi Dambuza said COVID-19 restrictions affected them negatively.

“In 2020, we were unable to host events like we used to do in previous years,” Dambuza said. “We were supposed to host a Face of Sin-Gwen Models event and a fashion show in June. We also couldn’t host our Mr and Miss Teen Diepsloot in September. It was a tough year, which affected our plans for the north side.”

However, SinGwen Models managed to host a modeling competition on 11 December 2020 at Jerusalem Lounge where they crowned Cosmo City and Diepsloot teen models.

Sin-Gwen Models is an organization that trains teenage models and get them ready for beauty pageants.

 “Since we could not host our Mr and Miss Teen Diepsloot due to COVID-19, we decided to have one big event and crown everyone at once, including the face of Sin-Gwen Models.”

In order to be a successful model Dambuza said it is important to be always humble. “Be yourself, be comfortable in your own skin, and never allow people to tell you what to do. Put yourself first and carry yourself like a king or queen in whatever you do. Believe in yourself.

Trust me; you’ll make it in the modeling industry.”

The event was a success, Dambuza said. “Parents were happy and supportive. We are thankful for the support we got from the owner of the venue Mr Big Boy Mazibuko and the management Trigger Finger Inch. I would also like to thank the sponsorship we got from the Sasol Garage; a special shout out to Mr Albert Khoza and Musa Nufsed Makhunga from Nufsed Entertainment.”

At Sin-Gwen Models, Dambuza said, they make sure that they spend much time with their models teaching them different things. “Our aim is to offer boys and girls an opportunity to gain their confidence boosting up their self-esteem. We teach them how to walk as a model and how to answer questions when they enter beauty pageants. We will open 2021 auditions soon.”

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Duo Sentenced to 17 years for robbery, possession of a fire arm and illegal immigration

Randburg magistrate’s court, recently, sentenced Ephraim Mhlanga (34) and his accomplice Siyabonga Moyo to 15 years imprisonment after finding them guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and armed robbery.

 On Wednesday 2 December 2020, the duo had previously been handed two years for contravening the Immigration Act, for being in the country without proper documentation.

On 9 June 2017 at about 21:00, the accused entered a spaza shop in extension 4 Diepsloot. Posing as customers, they robbed the victim of her cellphone at gunpoint, according to Diepsloot SAPS spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.

“The following day, 10 June 2017, the police were conducting patrol duties when they received information about an African male who was seen with a firearm,” the Captain said.

When police went to the suspects’ reported location, Captain Mathebul said, they found two African males matching the informant’s description. So, they searched the suspects and found that one was carrying an unlicensed firearm and the other one had four cellphones, which police suspected were stolen. At the same time police were detaining these two men, they also detained a man suspected of domestic violence. This man recognized one of the four cellphones and said that it belonged to his wife and had been stolen from her the previous day.

When police confirmed that the cellphone was indeed the one robbed from the woman in extension 4, the domestic violence suspect confirmed that the two other suspects were the ones who robbed his wife.

“This occurrence gave the police a springboard to build a watertight case against the suspects,” said Captain Mathebula, “which led to a successful prosecution.”

The station commander, brigadier Koena Moichela commended the members' investigative efforts which resulted into a substantial sentencing. r_y":�� ��

Festive mood spoiled by COVID and sewer problems

Sewage problems at Central African Republic Street are causing hardship to extension 6 residents, who say their situation is inhumane,  affecting their festive season celebrations and worsening their COVID-19 worries.

The sewer system blocked and burst on 24 December, according to residents.  The waste from the sewer has been overflowing along the streets.

“We are living in COVID-19 lockdown and we should be at home in a safe environment,” said Snini Ndlovu.“ We could not enjoy our festive season because no one could celebrate in such a filthy environment. We were supposed to enjoy the festive season, but we could not because the place stinks and it is unsanitary. Our children play here and are getting exposed to health risks.”

Ndlovu said they reported the issue to City of Johannesburg, but they have not gotten a response.

“We had a very bad year in 2020, said Nombuso Lebese, “We expected to get into 2021 in a jovial mood, however, we seem to have started the year in a bad way because coronavirus is refusing to come to an end. We are surely living in uncertain times.”

The sewage problem in Cosmo City has been affecting the environment by causing road corrosion, making the streets look filthy, forcing residents to breathe harmful stink air and exposing them to health risks.

Sewage spills may also cause lack of oxygen in the environment, leading to serious damages in Cosmo city’s infrastructure as the sewage crisis continues, according to environmental researchers from Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation.

Since 2018, local authorities have been promising to initiate a project to permanently end the community’s sewage problems.  The project, which aimed to see the main sewer pipe upgraded, was noticed last year. However, the sewage crisis still persists in the community. i8��p�

More than sixty families fed during the festive season

“I grew up with nothing, seeing the hardships of poverty,” said Cosmo City youth leader Karabo Africa speaking during a food parcel distribution program that he rolled out on Christmas period.

 Karabo Africa Holdings, a construction company based in Cosmo City, mainly facilitated the program.  More than 60 families from Cosmo City and Itsoseng Community (Eskom) benefited from the annual initiative.

Due to the impact of coronavirus on people’s lives, Africa said, this year’s feeding program was more important than ever.

“It was crucial because most people are no longer going to work,” he said. “ Underprivileged families find it very difficult to be fed, so it is important for us to help wherever we can. Poverty can easily destroy dreams of the young ones.”

Africa said he buys groceries every year during the festive season to support the less privileged members of the community.

“Giving back to the community is something that I do on my personal will every year. For the past five years, during the festive season I deduct a certain amount of money from my company and assist community members.”

Africa also runs a non-profit organization that usually does back to school campaigns by donating school shoes and bags to the pupils.

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