A Star Studded Cosmo Team Reigning To Go

Malose Wa Ga Lamola

Spanish Football Academy will make their first appearance at the annual Discorvery tournament set to take place at Nike Centre, Pimville, in Soweto on 1 December.

More than 50 teams from Under 11 to Under 21 are expected to battle it out in a knock out tournament, which will end on 31 December.

The Cosmo City based team under the tutorials of coach, Bongani Nyirenda, is ready to battle against the well-established football academies in the country.

 “We can pull a surprise and put in a good fight against the best in the country,” said the club captain Malven Makura in an interview with the Chronicle.

Makura said "Preparations are going well and the moral is high among the players.

“We are working very hard as a team,” he added. “There will be scouts at the tournament and I'll be more than happy to see one or two of my teammates getting a breakthrough to pursue their football careers. Even if it is not me but at least one must go to professional level. That is my main wish."

The team will be pitching for the first time at the tournament, but it is not the first for everyone as Makura has been there before.

Makura "I know the teams there are well run. They are very professional in how they go about their business. But I have told my teammates that we are also equally good and we can match them. Cosmo City is blessed with talented footballers. What we have to do is to focus on ourselves and take it one game at a time."

The coach is playing a father figure role to us and he is very understanding, Makura said.

Despite the captain praising his work rate, coach Nyirenda knows there is a huge task to accomplish with his team. "I think my boys are ready,” he said. “Everyone is showing courage and determination. They are pulling in the same direction. If we can go to the tournament with the same mentality that we have here at our training sessions not too many teams will give us problems.”

The tournament is composed of teams from Glad Africa Championship, Multi Choice Diski Challenge and some from the Premier Soccer League.

Nyirenda added that he chose Cosmo City because of the abundance of talent in the North of Johannesburg. "I chose Cosmo City because I figured out that there is plenty of talent in the community,” Nyirenda concluded.

Daily water supply system status updates: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 (Afternoon)

Water supply status update by exception (i.e. areas affected due to supply constraint and not service interruption from occasional pipe burst.)

Unplanned interruption

1.    Rand Water restriction

City of Johannesburg residents are urged to reduce their water consumption patterns as water usage has increased at an alarming rate and this is of serious concern given the recent heat wave we have been experiencing. Johannesburg Water has begun throttling reservoirs between at the rate of 20% to 40% in line with restrictions imposed by Rand Water. Another heat wave is predicted this coming weekend and we need all hands on deck to ensure that we reduce consumption in order to protect the infrastructure. The restrictions have impacted lot of Johannesburg Water reservoirs capacity across the City of Johannesburg as demand increases daily.

2.    Suburb affected: Solridge

Street names: Daniel Street & Halifax street

Date: 14 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connection of the new development

3.    Suburb affected: Norwood

Street names: Corner Grand, Arthur Road, Corner Dorothy,Osborn Road, Corner Iris & Osborn Road

Date: 14 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connection of new fire hydrant

Planned interruptions

1.     Suburb affected: Discovery Ext 9

Street names: Pieter Wenning, Hugo Naude and Volschenk Street

Date: 13 November 2019

Time: 08:30-15:30

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in new pipeline to existing

2.     Suburb affected: Parkview

Street names: Corner of Kerry Road and Dundalk Street

Date: 13 November 2019

Time: 09:00-20:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Upgrade of PRVs

3.     Suburbs affected: The Gardens, Abbotsford, Waverley, Oaklands & Norwood.

Date: 14 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connection the new PRV

4.     Suburbs affected: Selby

Date: 18 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Installation of 160mm HDPE water on Trump street and West street.

5.    Suburb affected: Crowthorne 

Street Names: Neptune Avenue & Mercury Avenue.

Date: 19 November 2019

Time: 09:00-16:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in

Water tanks: Mercury Drive (Behind Telkom facility)

6.    Suburb affected: Poortjie

Date: 20 November 2019

Time: 09:00-15:00

Impact: No water

Reason: DMA implementation

7.    Suburbs affected: Dobsonville, Thulani, Doornkop, Bambayi, Mmesi park, Emdeni, Zola, Naledi, Tladi, Zondi

Date: 21 November 2019  

Time: 6:00-20:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Repairing a leak on the 1000mm supply main to the reservoir

8.    Suburb affected: Discovery Ext.9

Street Name: Steynberg Road

Date: 21 November 2019

Time: 08:30-16:30

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in

Water tanks: Corner Kliprand and Steynberg

9.    Suburb affected: Discovery Ext.9

Street Names: Hoy Street, Kliprand and Claredon

Date: 26 November 2019

Time: 08:30-16:30

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in

Water tanks: Hoy Street

10. Suburbs affected: Aeroton Industrial and Ormonde

Date: 26 November 2019

Time: 08:00-19:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connect new tower to water inlet

We appeal to all to use water sparingly and to remind them that level one water restrictions are still in place. Watering of gardens is not allowed between 6 am and 6 pm in summer months (1 Sept to 31 March) and furthermore, it is not allowed to wash paved areas and driveway using hosepipes.

Residents are encouraged to subscribe on our website, to our SMS notification service for alerts on planned or unplanned service interruptions. More information can be obtained on twitter: @jhbwater; Facebook: Johannesburg Water and our website.

Customer service inquiries:

24 hour Hotline: 011 688 1699/ 086 056 2874

SMS line: 076 333 5052

Email: Customer@jwater.co.za

Website: https://www.johannesburgwater.co.za/

Improving the ease of doing business in SA

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa says Government is hard at work to make South Africa a more competitive destination for investment -  by improving the ease of doing business.

“Steadily but surely, we are making South Africa a more competitive destination for investment by reducing the cost, and improving the ease, of doing business,” the President said on Wednesday at the 2nd South Africa Investment Conference, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

“We have set ourselves the ambition of being in the top 50 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index within the next three years.”

One-Stop Shops

Through the expanding network of Invest SA’s One-Stop Shops, Government is working to remove bureaucratic and administrative hurdles to investment, providing new entrants with a single contact point for licensing and regulatory compliance.

Biz Portal

This week, government launched an integrated online platform for the fast, efficient and inexpensive registration of a company. Known as Biz Portal, this online portal promises to be a game-changer.

Through collaboration among several government agencies and with the involvement of the four major banks, it is now possible for applicants to register their company at the same time as they register for tax, a domain name, a BEE certificate, the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and open a business bank account.

“We are aiming for a registration process that can be completed in one day,” the President said. 

Detailed work is underway between government and industry to improve the efficiency of various permitting process, including, for example, the issuing of water use licences.

Data costs

The President said government has taken steps to provide greater policy certainty in areas such as mining, oil and gas and telecoms as part of efforts to create a stable environment for investment.

“We have initiated the release of the high-demand broadband spectrum, which will bring down data costs and encourage investment.”

A policy framework has been gazetted and the regulator has published its proposals.

Visa-free nations and e-visas

As part of attracting skilled professionals and growing tourism, government has prioritised immigration reform and changes to the visa regime.

“More countries have been added to the list of visa-free nations for inward tourism, the requirements on unabridged birth certificates for young tourists have been abolished, and we are piloting a new e-visa portal later this month.”

Through the e-visas, applicants will be able to access visa's online, eliminating the need for applicants to travel long distances to visit South African missions abroad to acquire visas.

The department has also located visa services within the offices of various investment facilitation agencies around the country.

Visa requirements have been simplified for countries such as China and India, which are key markets for tourism to South Africa.

Recently, government also waived visas for travellers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, New Zealand, Cuba, Ghana and Sao Tome and Principe.

Smart system for work permits

President Ramaphosa said government is now working on a smart system for work permits, for scarce skills and to encourage companies to set up their African corporate headquarters in South Africa. 

Reducing public spending

As the Minister of Finance indicated in his medium-term budget policy statement last week, one of South Africa’s central priorities is to return the country to a sustainable fiscal path.

“We are taking several measures to reduce public spending, eliminate wastage and direct resources to where they will have the greatest impact on long-term growth and poverty alleviation,” the President said. – SAnews.gov.za V

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