Food parcel distribution: a lifeline to the unemployed youth

More than 600 unemployed youth from Cosmo City are keeping themselves busy and benefiting from Mahlasedi Foundation by distributing food parcels door to door using wheelbarrows and trolleys.

 The youth distributors are compensated with stipends, which they use to buy certain products from the shops, according to Mahlasedei Foundation Operating Manager Jan Pestorius.

“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do the distribution,” Pestorius said. “They have been assisting us from Day One, and we have delivered close to 15 000 food parcels in Cosmo City using wheelbarrows. We really appreciate their effort. Our aim is to make sure that the finances stay in the community.”

We really enjoy delivering food parcels and are happy to work with Mahalasedi Foundation, said a resident who identified himself as only Mapakisha. “I lost my job due to COVID-19, but I manage to continue bringing food to my family, thanks to Mahlasedi Foundation.”

“I think everybody is happy to deliver the food parcels because we are doing it for the community, and we also benefit from that,” he said. “At the same time we are also exercising our bodies. Personally, I am very excited to be part of the distributing team.”

“They are really doing a splendid job for the community,” said John Mongwe of SANCO. “The fact that they are increasing in numbers means that they are enjoying and benefiting at the same time, which is a good thing. So far we have not received any complaints.

The food parcel distributions resumed on Wednesday 17 June 2020 at the open space outside Tirisano Primary school in extension 4. The food parcels currently being distributed in extension 4 are meant for the tenants because the landlords have already received the parcels in that section.

The distribution is expected to proceed to extension 0 and 5. The distribution sequence for other extensions will be communicated later.

Lockdown and power outages are hitting us hard, say local musicians

“Power cuts and lockdown restrictions are hitting us big time,” said musician Ciar Diko about the challenges  he and his collaborator DJ Tweelite Webster are facing as local artists during the period of lockdown, which is heavily accompanied by constant power cuts.

“We are currently operating in a situation whereby we cannot generate any income, and due to power cuts, it is difficult to work on music production,” he said. “It is a situation when some people get depressed,” he noted. “However, the lockdown made me more creative and I also managed to grow my social media platform. The sad thing is that all my bookings were cancelled.”

On the other hand, Deep House music producer, DJ Tweelite said he managed to keep his production going on while at home. “I have been working on many projects from home,” he said. “I managed to get in touch with a lot of artists from local and overseas. I am currently working with Beverly Jainely and Shaz Deep.”

Inspired by Black Coffee, DJ Tweelite has been working with quite a number of artists from countries like Australia and Finland. He said he is hoping to work on a big project with Ciar Diko.

“I like Ciar Diko and he has a very good voice,” he noted. “He has a very good, growing fan base, and I think we can come up with something that can be pushed locally and internationally.”

The duo said that despite the challenges of the lockdown and power cuts, they are ready to start their project as soon as possible.

Meet DJ Shaz Deep, a female producer on the rise

DJ Shaz Deep is a rising force in the underground scene, best known for her creativity as a producer and her skills behind the decks.

Born Thabisile Sharon Mthombeni, DJ Shaz Deep was raised in Siyabuswa village, KwaNdebele in Mpumalanga province. The 24-year-old started DJing at the age of 16.

“I developed a love for music at an early age,” she said. “My brother is a DJ, and he used to go with me whenever he was performing in the township events. I could learn a lot from him in terms of being a DJ.”

Being a DJ is nice, but hard for a teenage girl, she said. “At first, it was not easy for me because I was very young to perform in the clubs, especially at night. It was also not easy to become a licensed young, female DJ.”

In 2015, DJ Shaz Deep began to produce music, mainly focusing on Afro-House and Deep House music. Being a female music producer is very challenging, she said.

“Men usually take advantage of women in the music industry,” Shaz Deep said. “It takes a lot of passion and hard work to survive as a female producer. It is really challenging. I would like to encourage other upcoming female musicians to stick to their passion, instead of sleeping with men in order to make it in the music industry. We have to fight hard as female artists because men look down on us.”

 DJ Shaz Deep has performed live on Eyethu FM and SABC’S Ligwalagwa FM. She said she got inspired by Black Coffee. She recently released her EP titled Queen of The Ocean with five Deep House songs.

Three children found dead in Diepsloot

Three children were found dead in a room in Diepsloot’s extension 2 on Monday 22 June, according to police.

Police were called to the scene while they were conducting routine patrols, said Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.

“When police officers arrived at the scene, they found three lifeless bodies of children aged 13 years, 10 years and 11 months lying on the floor. Two of the deceased children were found wearing church uniform.”

The cause of their death is still unknown at this stage, the Captain said. “A two plate stove and a pot filled with water and coarse salt were found in the room. Parents of the three deceased children, aged 47 and 36 along with their 17-year-old son, were rushed to hospital for medical treatment. An inquest is still being investigated.”

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