Small Business kickstarter set to empower 100 entrepreneurs

Small Business Kickstarter (SBK) advances entrepreneurship by providing business incubation to 100 entrepreneurs with viable business ideas, funding 10 of them with R30 000 each.

SBK will provide 10 entrepreneurs with 10 gigabytes of Vodacom data each and also offer 10 business study scholarships to Damelin Correspondence College. SBK was founded by three young entrepreneurs namely Lungako Magida, Cynthia Hass and Michelle Bam. In an interview with Cosmo City Chronicle, SBK co-founder Lungako Magida said the aim of the initiative is to advance entrepreneurship in an effort to combat unemployment.

“With the assistance of Vodacom and Damelin Correspondence College, we are recruiting 100 entrepreneurs who will be trained to create fundable business plans,” she said. “We need people aged between 18 and 50 with problem solving business ideas. The incubation program will be done online and equip the entrepreneurs with basic business running skills, including financial management, sales, marketing, and Human Resources.”

To enter the competition, Magida said, go to www.smallbusinesskickstarter.co.za and download an entry form. Applications will be closed on 12 October 2018, and the winners of the competition will be announced on 15 October 2018.

Magida, who is also a member of Cosmo City Women’s Forum, added that the initiative could benefit a lot of entrepreneurs in the community.

“There are many ambitious people in Cosmo City and a lot can benefit from this initiative,” said Magida. “I know that there are many women and men who have business ideas but they do not know where to knock.  So this incubation will assist different people from the community.”

Magida’s other projects include Miss Tertiary SA, a beauty pageant open to South African female students in all legally registered public and private universities and colleges nationwide.  In response to the 2015 #FeesMustFall movement that highlighted the increasing number of financially excluded students in tertiary institutions, the pageant’s aim is to bridge the financial struggles of students in tertiary institutions. The pageant disburses scholarships to the winners and provides mentorship and exposure that can enable future opportunities whilst creating jobs in various sectors. The first Miss Tertiary SA winners were crowned on 11th August 2018.

Cosmo Funerals celebrates five years of existence

Cosmo Funerals turned five years old and celebrated the anniversary on 24 September 2018 at Multipurpose Center, with scores of community members attending the event.

KgomotsoLanga founded Cosmo Funerals in 2013 out of her love for the community after she noticed people without funeral cover. Cosmo Funerals became the first parlor in the community. It intends to create jobs for youth and reduce poverty for underprivileged people. It works hand in glove with Kgomotso Foundation to bring positive change in the community.

“We are marking our fifth year of existence in the Cosmo City community as a funeral parlor,” Cosmo Funerals founder KgomotsoLanga told Cosmo City Chronicle. “We are celebrating our members for being with us for five years.  Not everyone is appreciating our effort but at the end of the day we want to do the right thing by giving back to the community.”

The day was marked by a raffle draw in which people won valuables like a fridge, plasma TV, washing machine, microwave, cell phones, kettle, and irons.

“I would like to encourage those people who do not have funeral covers to join us as we aim to provide a very dignified sending off of their loved ones,” Langa said. “We are also there to provide assistance to indigent families. The love that we are giving to the community, we also get it back.”

In the past five years, the parlor created jobs for youth and assisted needy people in the community. It won two awards from the GEP and Gauteng Department of Legislature for being the best funeral service provider.

Langa said that the parlor faces financial challenges to purchase land and develop a state of the art mortuary in Cosmo City. They aim to continue providing their best, she said, when it comes to funeral cover.

 

 

 

Netballers embrace heritage day through sports

Six netball teams participated in a heritage day tournament on 24 September 2018 at Multipurpose to honor South African heritage through sports.

Lebogang Ramatlho, a member of Cosmo City’s Sports Forum and a netball coach, organized the one day tournament to celebrate heritage day. The participating teams were from Cosmo City Zandspruit and Diepsloot. Nyeletsi Netball Club won the tournament and The Young Ones became the runners up. Some of the teams which participated include Conquerors, Ultimate girls and The Flying Squad.

Ramatlho told Cosmo City Chronicle that it was a good thing for the ladies to spend the day celebrating in the netball pitch as it shows the linkage between heritage and sports. The main aim of the tournament was to show that netball is alive, she said..

“Netball is one of the most overlooked sports in the community,” said Ramatlho. “People always turn a blind eye when it comes to sports that are facilitated by women, but we want to show people that netball is a live sport like soccer.”

She added that getting a proper funding for netball sports is the main challenge they are facing.

“Due to the lack of sponsors, we had nothing to hand over to the winners,” explained Ramatlho . “We hope to get sponsorship so that we can reward medals and trophies to the winners.  It will also motivate players because there are so many ladies who are very passionate about netball in our community.”

She concluded that they also face a challenge to ferry players to and from the tournament venues as most of them cannot afford to pay for themselves.

On 6 October Ramatlho will also be hosting an unsponsored tournament at the same venue.

 

Maskandi Festival rocks zandspruit

For the first time in history, more than 20 traditional music artistes united to perform in Zandspruit on 15 September during WozaNezakhoMaskandi Festival to embrace the traditional celebrations of the heritage month.

Ezomnyovu and Music Entertainment (EME) hosted the festival. Traditional music fans from Zandspruit, Cosmo City, Diepsloot, Msawawa, and Lion Park attended the 9a.m to 8p.m. event. Artistes who performed included Umnyovu, UmgijimiWensizwa, InkunziUmaxebula, AmanxuswaAmahle, Umakhwaphenyoka, Ubasize, Bonamahlazo, Abetswana Dance, Ibhovalakwasokhela, King Bheka, King Veza, and many more.

Speaking during the occasion, Ezomnyovu and Music Entertainment cofounder Zamani Ndaba said the event aimed at promoting traditional music not only for the Zulus.

“Due to lack of diversity in traditional music, the Zulus have been so dominant through Maskandi,” he said. “However, this event sought to put other traditional musicians, like Batshwanas, getting exposed.”

Maskandi is a traditional genre of Zulu music, and it has been adopted by some ethnic groups like the Ndebeles and Xhosas.

“We want to popularize Maskandi music and we are also trying to bring together Umthaniya (artistes from KZN) and Umthwakazi (artistes from Matabeleland in Zimbabwe). When it comes to music, we are a one nation.” said the EME Director Khulekani Mchunu, who is also known as Umnyovu.

“People seem to look down on traditional music,”Mchunu said, “and a lot of national radio stations turn a blind eye when it comes to Maskandi. So we want to prove that Maskandi and other traditional music need to be recognized.”He also said that EME aims to keep the youth out of the streets by providing them with entertainment.

According to Mchunu, Maskandi Festival will continue bringing traditional artistes together in the month of September to honor the South African heritage. He added that in the near future, the EME will consider hosting an award ceremony to uplift the traditional artists.

 

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