A burst pipeline halts water supply

Scarcity of water haunted Cosmo City residents on 23 August 2021 after the main pipe supporting the community burst in Kyasands.

Community Leader Isaiah Letsoalo helping residents get water in extension 0

While Johannesburg water attended the Kyasands pipe, another pipe burst in Cosmo City near Multipurpose, community leaders alleged. Johannesburg Water rolled out water tankers in the community to ensure that the community has access to water.

“We have managed to help resolve the water crisis,” said community leader Isaiah Letsoalo.

“Water is the source of everything”, Letsoalo said. “The situation was not user friendly at all because people cannot survive without water. I think the burst pipe was now old. We are happy that the Johannesburg Water team responded very quick to the situation.”

residents had to stand in queues with their containers to access water

Johannesburg Water in their social media platform said they were aware of water supply issues in Kyasands and Cosmo City. “We are aware of the situation. Technical team has exposed pipe and are preparing the area for repairs…” reads part of the statement.

Police’s vigilance leads to recovery of two illegal firearms

Diepsloot police arrested three male suspects for illegal possession of firearms and live ammunition on 17 August 2021.

The arrests took place in Diepsloot’s extension 7, according to Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Mathebula.

“The police were allegedly on patrol duties in the early hours of Tuesday when they spotted a suspicious vehicle,” he said. “Upon stopping and searching the vehicle, they found two suspects in possession of unlicensed firearms and live ammunition. The third suspect was only found in possession of live ammunition.”

All three suspects were arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and live ammunition and have since appeared in Randburg Magistrates' Court.

Residents march to Eskom offices

Frustrated Cosmo City residents marched to Eskom Megawatts in Sunninghil on 19 August after Eskom failed to respond to a memorandum submitted 27 July 2021.

The memorandum, states that Eskom should solve power issues in extensions 0, 5 and 6 and that residents want power feeder separation so that every extension has its own feeder. It concludes by asking Eskom for audit reports on the audits they have conducted. Residents gave Eskom seven working days to come back with feedback on when power cuts will stop.

Residents accuse Eskom of responding to Cosmo City power cut issues with delaying tactics.

“It has been over a year of empty promises and more frequent black outs,” said a resident who took part in the peaceful march, but preferred to remain anonymous.“We do not get any tangible or substantial feedback from the utility. Most residents have reached the end of their ropes and have grown tired of the disrespect and disdainful treatment received from the most senior Eskom officials.”

The protesters said they legally purchase electricity every month, hence they demand Eskom to take action. “We want all illegal connections and bypassed meters to be disconnected with immediate effect. Audits have been conducted and they know very well who the culprits are.”

It is further alleged that Cosmo City residents have reported faulty or burnt meters, and Eskom has failed to replace them.

Responding to the residents’ peaceful march, an Eskom representative said they have taken note of the residents’ concerns.

“Eskom appreciates the manner in which you conducted a peaceful march,” reads part of their response.  “I have taken note on your concern that you are not getting full communication from Eskom on electricity issues affecting Cosmo City in general.”

Youngsters shine at Khula LGT’s fundraising event

Youngsters presented splendid performances during Khula Let’s Grow Together (LGT)’s fund-raising event held at Impact Church premises in Cosmo City extension 0 on 9 August 2021.

Youngsters celebrating after receiving their certificates

The event, which was sponsored by Pick n Pay Cosmo Mall, attracted youngsters from Cosmo City and other communities to come and showcase their talents. Performances ranged from dancing, poetry, art and singing.

Khula LGT awarded prizes and certificates to winners.

“The main agenda was to raise funds for a school-shoe drive initiative,” said Khula LGT founder Hlengiwe Ntamane. LGT also hoped to expose hidden talent among the children.

 “We want to reach out and help underprivileged school children with shoes,” Ntamane said.

The COVID-19 pandemic left many people jobless, she said, and the situation hit hard on disadvantaged families, making it difficult to buy shoes for their children.

“We are not only supporting children's social needs, but also grooming them to become leaders,” she said. “We teach them values and respect. We offer them career guidance as well. So we basically do our best to support children from all angles.”

 “During the event we realised that there is a lot of hidden talent in our community,”Ntamane said, and she encouraged youngsters to develop their talents.

“Children must not shy away from showcasing those talents. I would also like to urge parents to support their children in whatever talent they have. It will help children stay away from the streets.”

Ntamane  is thankful to everyone who made the event a success, she said: “We would like to thank Pick n Pay Cosmo Mall for sponsoring the event and Kodak for printing the certificates. We want to thank the MC of the day Skhumbuzo Gatsheni Ndlovu and motivational speaker Tshandapiwa Tshuma. We are also thankful to the Impact Church for the venue and sound engineer Lawrence. Thanks to the artists who came to entertain the crowd.”

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