Festive mood spoiled by sewer problems

Sewage problems at corner Uganda Street and Sudan Street are giving extension 6 residents hardships, who say the situation affected their festive season celebrations.

The sewer system blocked and burst on 23 December 2019, according to residents.  The waste, collecting from the sewer, has been overflowing along Uganda Street.

“No one can celebrate and enjoy in such an environment,” said Samkelo Mphini. “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.”

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

“We expected 2020 to be a better year in as far as the sewage crisis is concerned in our community,” said Nonhlanhla Mbele. “But we seem to have started the year in a bad way because the sewage issue is refusing to come to an end in our community.”

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

Sewage spills may also cause lack of oxygen in the environment, and lead 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 is still persisting in the community.

Cosmo City Matriculants do well

Hundreds of Matriculants in Cosmo City collected their 2019 results, on 8 January 2020, in jubilation to celebrate their achievements.

 Meridian Cosmo City recorded a 98.8% pass and from 80 students who wrote the exams, 79 of them achieved. Blue Eagle High recorded 92.6% pass rate and 137 out of 148 students achieved. S’godiphola Secondary recorded 90.7% pass rate with 107 students achieving out of 118. Cosmo City Secondary 1 recorded 89.6% pass rate 181 students out of 202 achieved. Far North Secondary recorded 74.2% and 95 students out of 128 achieved.

“I am happy with my results and I want to go to University soon,” said Dyondzo Chauke a former head girl at Cosmo Meridian who scored 6 distinctions.

“I was only expecting to get four distinctions, but I had to work hard and managed to get more than I expected. I think I have to appreciate the support that I got from the parents and teachers.”

Chauke said she is aiming to enrol at Wits University to study law. “My aim is to study law before I venture into business,” she said. “I would like to encourage current matric students to never give up and focus on their studies and they will make it.”

S’godiphola Secondary principal Regina Mpete said she is happy that her school showed some improvement from 2018’s 83.1% pass rate to 90.7%.

“The students were willing to go an extra mile,” Mpete said. “Due to the support from the School Governing Body, teachers and parents, we managed to improve. We want to see Cosmo City children getting proper education within our community, instead of going to other areas outside of Cosmo City.”

 Overally, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the matric class of 2019 has achieved a pass rate of 81.3%, from 78.2% in 2018.The class of 2019 has breached the 80% threshold for the first time.The minister stated that 788,383 full-time and part-time candidates wrote the exams.The Free State is the leading province at 88.4%, an improvement of 0.9% from 2018.Gauteng achieved 87.2%, a 0.7% decline from 2018.

RULLDTA considers the underprivileged for Christmas

It was merrymaking and all smiles on 9 December when Randburg United Local and Long Distance Transport Association (RULLDTA) gave early Christmas gifts to needy residents in Kya Sands, Msawawa, Itsoseng, Lion Park and Diepsloot.

RULLDTA Women’s League initiated the programme to give away groceries to underprivileged families living in the informal settlements.

“Everyone deserves better Christmas celebrations,” said RULLDTA Women’s League chairperson Phindile Shabangu. “We as women at RULLDTA decided to show our presence to the communities and help them where we can. We are focusing on informal settlement residents because most of them do not have private transport and are relying much on us. So we are giving back to them.”

It is very important to support the needy people in our communities, Shabangu said.

“We are working hand in glove with Witkoppen Clinic and social workers to identify the vulnerable members of the community,” she said. “We will definitely continue to give support to the underprivileged and we want to do more next year.”

Informal settlements residents, who received the groceries, said they were happy to be considered for the festive season.

“I do not know how to thank RULLDTA,” said Otilia Ndlovu of Diepsloot. “They are very considerate and they came to us at a good time. I personally did not have money for Christmas groceries, but I will have something to eat with my family because of RULLDTA. I wish they continue doing their best to uplift the communities.”

Meet a local musician with a philosophical approach

Swizzy DaPhiloso is a philosophy-driven, upcoming hip-hop artist based in Cosmo City’s extension 6. 

His music is characterised by moral lyrics, which question the connection between human beings’ emotions and the universe.

Born Freddie Pilusa, DaPhiloso was raised by his mother and step father in Limpopo Ga-Sekgopo phukubjeng. The 23- year-old rapper, who is currently studying Law at University of South Africa (UNISA), said his background influenced him to be more inquisitive about the world.

“I grew up in a bad environment in the village,” he said. “In such an environment, people have their own perspectives about the universe and they rarely realise their dreams. I then took it as a mission to rise and use music to express what I think about the world. God gave us gifts and we should use our talents to improve every mankind.”

 DaPhiloso is also known for being the driving force of the Super Lunatic Macro Sycho (SLMS), an artists’ movement, which aims to bring peace in the community. “In the movement, we as upcoming artists go around the township encouraging children not to drop out of school because education is the major pillar of life,”

DaPhiloso recently released an album called DUKA DUKA with 18 tracks produced by VeeBeats Exclusives.

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