Diabetes day

World Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it is really like to live with the condition. It is a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.

Diabetes has come to the forefront of much discussion following the findings from the 2017 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) mortality report, which positioned the disease as the second highest underlying natural cause of death among South Africans in 2015, surpassing HIV/AIDs. Diabetes has become an epidemic,

Better known as the silent killer and the figures are continuously increasing. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that over 2.3 million South Africans are living with diabetes today. However even more alarming is that more than 60-80% of people with diabetes in South Africa die before the age of 60 years. Novo Nordisk South Africa is a pharmaceuticals company that is committed to Changing Diabetes in South Africa

Novo Nordisk has been at the forefront in the fight against diabetes for a long time and this year they educated people about the disease, taught people how to live long lives even with the disease and answered the many questions that people had about the disease.

‘’Changing diabetes is our global mission, it’s the reason we exist and therefore it makes sense that we get involved with every opportunity to try to conquer this disease. And surprisingly, even though we make most of our business out of diabetes our mission is to ultimately conquer it, which is why the research that we do is actually tailored toward this as well,’’ said Dr Babalwa Maholwana, Medical Director at Novo Nordisk.

The most important message we want to drive is awareness and basic education about diabetes in terms of what it is, how one recognises it, why it’s so dangerous and why it’s so important to treat it correctly. These are the main messages that we really want to drive.

 

‘’It’s really important to know what happens in the body, and this is primarily because of the high sugar levels that reside in the circulation and how this affects your blood circulation in general and all the different target organs. Basically, what happens is that because there is high blood sugar, this becomes toxic or poisonous to the blood circulation – and therefore that affects the kidneys, the heart, eyes and the nervous system in general. This is why it is important to understand that because then the complications of diabetes are related to exactly this including kidney failure, heart disease which is inclusive of heart attacks, stroke, blindness and foot disease that ultimately may lead to amputation,’’ the Dr. explained

 

Integrated Development Plan

Sunday November 4th, Cosmo City had the IDP feedback meeting together with the relevant entities of local government. This was so they could give feedback to the community about the plans they had put forward in the last meeting, which was held in April 2017.

An Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a super plan for an area that gives an overall framework for development. It aims to co-ordinate the work of local and other spheres of government in a coherent plan, to improve the quality of life for all the people living in an area.

It should take into account the existing conditions, problems and resources available for development. The plan should look at economic and social development for the area as a whole. It must set a framework for how land should be used, what infrastructure and services are needed and how the environment should be protected.

‘’Today is a meeting that was called by the City of Joburg (CoJ) under the office of the speaker, where they are reviewing the IDP, every year there is an IDP consultation meeting early in that year,’’ said Mapula Mosito, Cosmo City councilor.

The development of Cosmo City in terms of infrastructure upgrades has been on the fore front of the minds of community members for a long time now and as a result they have been looking for answers to the question of bursting sanitation pipes and other structures such as pikitup that need to be improved in the community.

The people in attendance were the head chairperson of the chairpersons group who is responsible for all committee chairpersons in the city of Joburg; the regional MMC, councilor Knott who is responsible for Region C; the chairperson of the day, counselor Clarke who is the head of the section 79 committee of the department of housing and other city officials

‘’Because the community is given the opportunity to speak to the people from CoJ themselves, it helps relieve some of the pressure from my side, because now people are able to speak to the relevant department who have the necessary powers to make their demands happen,’’ Mosito said.

The CoJ is consulting all the Regions of the city, they are consulting not just ward 100, and the meeting was also attended by people from ward 114 which is Zandspruit.

November is disability Month

November is regarded as disability month and we as Cosmo City chronicle have created fictional characters to try help address awareness, each month on certain matters. In the debut of “Stokkie le Jojo” (our recycling friends who have all the entail on Cosmo city as they are constantly on the streets. They see and hear all that happens in Cosmo City), encounter our disabled brother automatically run for assumptions like some us do when we think that someone who is disabled is incapable of doing it all.

We as Cosmo City Chronicle would like to stand by disable people who do it all every day and help encourage others to want to better their lives. Having a disability is not the end of the world and people who are disabled continue to show us that they can do plenty. This is why we have disabled heroes such Natalie du Toit our Olympic champion who broke records and raised the South African flag high after every swimming event she won. One of the smartest scientist to ever live is disabled Stephen hawking, great singers such as Stevie wonder and Ray Charles paved the way for artists who were disabled in the music industry just to name a few. Let us build awareness of the great things that disable people accomplish on an everyday basis. Thank you to Bongani Mazaka, Dikeledi kgomo and Tshepo Leroy Dube together with the rest of the Cosmo City Chronicle staff for creating the characters of Stokkie le Jojo.

Integrated Development Plan

Sunday November 4th, Cosmo City had the IDP feedback meeting together with the relevant entities of local government. This was so they could give feedback to the community about the plans they had put forward in the last meeting, which was held in April 2017.

An Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a super plan for an area that gives an overall framework for development. It aims to co-ordinate the work of local and other spheres of government in a coherent plan, to improve the quality of life for all the people living in an area.

It should take into account the existing conditions, problems and resources available for development. The plan should look at economic and social development for the area as a whole. It must set a framework for how land should be used, what infrastructure and services are needed and how the environment should be protected.

‘’Today is a meeting that was called by the City of Joburg (CoJ) under the office of the speaker, where they are reviewing the IDP, every year there is an IDP consultation meeting early in that year,’’ said Mapula Mosito, Cosmo City councilor.

The development of Cosmo City in terms of infrastructure upgrades has been on the fore front of the minds of community members for a long time now and as a result they have been looking for answers to the question of bursting sanitation pipes and other structures such as pikitup that need to be improved in the community.

The people in attendance were the head chairperson of the chairpersons group who is responsible for all committee chairpersons in the city of Joburg; the regional MMC, councilor Knott who is responsible for Region C; the chairperson of the day, counselor Clarke who is the head of the section 79 committee of the department of housing and other city officials

‘’Because the community is given the opportunity to speak to the people from CoJ themselves, it helps relieve some of the pressure from my side, because now people are able to speak to the relevant department who have the necessary powers to make their demands happen,’’ Mosito said.

The CoJ is consulting all the Regions of the city, they are consulting not just ward 100, and the meeting was also attended by people from ward 114 which is Zandspruit.

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