Cosmo City Football League awards topachievers

Their 2018 football season has come and gone, and on 1 December Cosmo City Local Football League awarded its top achievers in a ceremony held at the Multipurpose Centre.

Every year, at the end of the season, Cosmo City Football league awards players and coaches who would have worked hard and done well, across all the development divisions from under11 to under17. .

The awards were meant to reward and motivate players and coaches to always strive to improve, to grow and to remind them that their hard work is acknowledged and appreciated, according to Cosmo City Football League chairman Thulani Malebana.

“The players were nominated by all the coaches in the junior league, with nominations submitted in writing,” Malebana said. “Once all nominations were received, they were counted and verified by the secretary and chairman of the league. The nominated players were then trimmed to the top 3 finalists, with the winners being announced at prize giving ceremony.”

As a development league, Malebana said, they always remind their junior players that it is not all about the final results of the match but it's about development, to be better than the previous week, to play each match with positive attitude and sportsmanship.

He added that they also remind coaches not only to focus on developing the players’ football skills, but also their social and interpersonal skills which in turn will make them better individuals in society. 

“The awards always encourage and motivate players to improve and give their best in every game. Our youngsters need to be taught and reminded that hard work and doing the right things comes with great rewards. Football has power to unite communities and our goal is to keep children away from drugs and teen pregnancies,” the chairman said.

Malebane thanked all the coaches in the league for their selflessness dedication and hard work  during the course of the season

Lumkile Mtshengu (13 years old), who plays forSpanish FC under 15 - was voted as the under 15 player of the season and alsowalked away with the junior league footballer of the season for 2018. The youngplayer said he was shocked but also excited when he was announced as the winnerof these prestigious awards. 

Scima steals show at the After School is Lit concert

Cosmo City’s exciting rapper, Sfisokuhle Mkhwananzi, popularly known as Scima put up a splendid performance at the After School is Lit block party at Makhado’s Grill from 6pm to 3am on 1 December.

The gig’s black and yellow outfits were designed to usher the community into a festive season, Scima said.

The show saw performances from notable artistes like VeeBeats Exclusive,Breezy De Plug,A-Mo,Boza Da Ghost,De Original Careless,Mickey M, Skorobho,CiarDiko, Habanero, Stayela and many more.

When Scima mounted the stage, his name resonated throughout the whole place, with his fans uncontrollably joining in his performance. Alongside his Squad Pull Up mates, he dished out good tunes from his repertoire to the audience who were very appreciative of every minute he spent on stage. He performed his yet to be released song Unembeza and also his hit Breakthrough which is on constant rotation on local radio stations.

Scima, who has also been featured on Rhythm City episodes, is set to release a new album titled Unembeza in February 2019.

“I am proud that the event went well,” Scima told the Chronicle.  “I think there is an improvement in Cosmo City as far as entertainment is concerned, and people are also coming in their numbers to support locally based artistes.”

He added that hosting such events show the youth that anything is possible if you work hard and believe in your dreams.

“We inspire a lot of young people,” he said. “Having such events helps us to Identify and work with young talented artistes in the community. It also helps to keep them away from things that do not benefit them in their lives.”

Scima said he is thankful for the unconditional support that he is receiving from his fans.

“They always give me strength whenever I feel low,” Scima said. “Ialso appreciate them for taking their time to download my music. I willcontinue releasing the best music.”

Noah’s Ark pupils graduate

With graduation season coming to an end, on Saturday 8 December 45 pupils at Noah’s Ark Christian preschool donned their capsand gowns as they celebrated their moving to “big school.”

Parents and teachers attended the 10 am to 3pm event alongside community members. The program awaited the speeches and thanks from the guardians and teachers who were interspersed with beautiful singing, dancing and recitals delivered by the enthusiastic graduates, all to a very appreciative audience. Presents were handed over to all the graduates.

“It is a situation with mixed feelings,” said Grace Ole the principal. “I am very happy that my pupils are now taking a further step. We have been with them for a very long time, so at the same time I am a bit sad.”

Preschool graduation is always a milestone to every student, Ole said.

“We want them to have positive mentality when it comes to education,” she added. “Once they celebrate their education at a young age, they will continue valuing it. When they value education, they will bring change in the community. While they were here, we taught them bible knowledge and life skills. I am really sure they will do well when they get to big schools.”

Jabu Shezi is one of the teachers at Noah’s Ark pre-school and she said they strive to produce best students in the community.

“It is always a challenge to deal with the little ones,” Shezi said. “However, we do our best to make sure that we groom them to be well-mannered, disciplined children. When they leave our institution, they would know the basics of Christianity, and they would be able to pray.”

Cosmo City community commemorates WorldAids Day

D“Everyone has a right to know his or her HIV status, and prevention is our responsibility, “said Pastor Samuel Tabe of New Life Church, opening the Cosmo City commemorations of this year’s World Aids Day.

 Cosmo FM, Cosmo City Churches Forum, Rotlhe Sonke Revive Organization and other stakeholdersjoined him.

World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention. Since then, every year on 1 December, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign using specific themes related to AIDS. This year’s global theme was “know your status.”

The commemorations at Multipurpose Centre saw community members coming together to remember the plight of those who are affected by AIDS and the lives lost to it.

“Our commemorations today should be a reminder to all of us that it is important to know your HIV status,” Pastor Samuel said. “South Africa is one of the countries with the highest number of people living with HIV and this has caused so much pain in our communities.”

The event’s purpose, he said, was to encourage the community to stop stigmatizing people living with AIDS.

Motivational speakers at the commemoration challenged the community to fight against HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.

“We need to support people who are affected,” said Cosmo City resident Mama Tshidi. “As the elders of this community, we are happy to be considered to commemorate such a day. Such commemorations will empower the community members and encourage them to know their status.”

It is very important to know your status so that you get the righttreatment, Mama Tshidi said.

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