Robbers terrorise extension 10 residents

With a massive spike in house-break-in robberies in Cosmo City, extension 10 residents are calling for more police and security visibility in the community.

On the average, the residents claim they are attacked several times in a week and this has been going on for more than two months.

The residents who live in Kyrgyzstan Crescent feel the robbers are out of hand in their street as they call for a 24 hour patrol system in extension 10.

The residents claim that this week, a group of armed robbers broke into a house before they fled the scene in a white runaway car.

“These robberies have been going on for a while,” said one resident who preferred to remain anonymous. “These days it is worse especially along Kyrgyzstan Crescent Street. These break-ins are accompanied by street robberies, which has left many community members without money and cell phones.”

 In the ever-busy streets near the shops and supermarkets, there has been worrisome trend of similar incidents where robbers snatch people’s cell phones and other belongings, jump into a runaway car and disappear.

“They drive around, and when they see people who are walking down the street who are holding their cell phones, they target those individuals,” said a street robbery victim Rebecca Khuzwayo.

According to the victims, a group of two to three people typically drives a car with out-of-state license plates and call to victims walking on the street.

“I think they started following me from the bank,” Khuzwayo said, “They stopped me just behind Cambridge Food. One of them began a conversation about his sad life story. As I was listening to him, the other one moved his hand out of the window and snatched my hand bag and the car quickly drove away. I reported to the police, but I never got my stuff back. I lost my New Huawei P40 and R3000.”

Some of these robbers target jewelery, said Akhona Sibindi. “At some point during the conversation, they are removing the people’s jewelry, showing them other jewelry, putting other pieces of jewelry on these individuals,” Sibindi said. “And what they end up doing is leaving with the people’s jewelry and leaving victims with something that is not real.”

Private Schools in Cosmo City shine in sports

 Joshua Mukwevho and Oratile Magabe

Sweet Valley Academy put up a splendid performance and dominated in this year’s Cosmo City private schools’ sports competition held in extension 8 grounds on 3 June 2022.

Four private schools Sweet Valley Academy, Faith Christian College, Rand Hills College, and Rising Stars competed in both athletics and ball games.

Sweet Valley Academy became the overall winners in 100 meters race followed by Rand Hills College, Faith Christian College and Rising Stars. Sweet Valley Academy further won the volleyball competition followed by Faith Christian College, Rand Hills College, and Rising Stars became fourth.

Sweet-Valley-Academy-celebrating-their-victory-during-the-sports-competition

Sweet Valley Academy also won in both junior and senior netball competitions. Rand Hills College became winners of the girls’ soccer competition followed by Faith Christian College, Sweet Valley Academy and Rising Stars.

Faith Christian College defeated Rand Hills College to become winners of the boys’ junior soccer tournament. Sweet Valley Academy became third, putting Rising Stars on the fourth position.

Coming to the boy’s senior soccer tournament Sweet Valley Academy beat Faith Christian College 3-1 in penalties to book their place in the final. On the other side, Rand Hills College beat Rising Stars 7-6 on penalties to meet Sweet Valley Academy in the finals.

The youngsters having fun during the netball tournament.

During the final match, Sweet Valley Academy won, but they were disqualified for allegedly fielding over aged players, who happened to be school leavers.

After Sweet Valley Academy got disqualified, the sports directors decided that Rand Hills College should face Faith Christian College in a final match. In that final match, which took place on Wednesday 8 June, Rand Hills College beat Faith Christian College 4-1.

Faith Christian College principal and the event organizer Taisley Tandayi said: “One of the reason we take part of this extracurricular activities is to recognize talent”; last year when they host the athletics event two student around Cosmo city found a door of opportunities, who one is in India and another going to Spain because of sports and art.

Penalty shootout

He further explained that they are receiving devoted and undoubted support from parents. “We want to thank the parents for trusting us with their kids.” When it comes to facilities which learners are using, they are not as applicable as they should be, but since they are not the one people who are using the ground they would also appreciate it if other social link (communities) that use the space in helping facilitate the ground (sports field).

An elated Sweet Valley Academy netball coach Vongai Nyirenda expressed her happiness towards her team’s achievement. "Our junior and senior netball players won and we are so delighted."

Young giants take cup home

Olga Mabokachaba

TM Sporting secured a trophy and a champion’s tittle in early May for their under 13 and 17 2021-2022 season.  

The awarding ceremony was held at Cosmo City’s Multipurpose Centre. The junior club, which was formed in 2020 still trains at Blue roof secondary, extension 6.

During interview with Cosmo City Chronicle, TM Sporting coach Thabo Nyathikazi said that they invent life values through sporting.

“We are appealing to anyone to come on board and help with donations,” he said. “We need parents to encourage kids to be involved because there is a lot to gain in sports,” he said. Coach Nyathikazi and Mphikeli Nyushina said that due to an ever-increasing rate in drug-abuse and gangster life they were left with no choice but sweep off the streets for good cause.

TM Sporting are the 2021-2022 champions

The ecstatic duo, who believe in hardworking, said that their passion for football encouraged them to keep up even in sad conditions, including training facilities which are also not on point. They added that they are appealing to sponsors for help, especially with uniforms and food.

“We need a proper training foot gear. Many children end up borrowing shoes from other kids on field and we are also in need of first aid kit to deal with emergency cases on field,” Nyathikazi said. He further congratulated Bridge town who won under 11.

 However, it start at home, parents are the key to their children’s success in working on hand with local football coaches. Couch Nyathikazi proudly mentioned that he would like his junior champions to play for South African Breweries (SAB) league in two years to come.

Potholes Crisis on Cosmo City’s roads frustrates drivers

Motorists say they are growing increasingly frustrated at the state of roads in Cosmo City, which are full of dangerous potholes that damage their vehicles.

Drivers who spoke to the Chronicle said they encounter dozens of potholes on their standard daily trips to work. Others are concerned that nothing is being done about potholes, reckoning the problem is only going to get worse.

“I am sick and tired of this pothole situation,” said Joseph Segobela. “I am spending a lot of money to get my car fixed. A few weeks after fixing it, I find myself in the same situation again because of the potholes. Every day I use the same route to and from work. As soon as I get to Cosmo City I am welcomed by the potholes. I cannot avoid the damaged roads because that is my way back home. I think the best thing to save my car is to move out of Cosmo City.”

Other motorists also complained that they repeatedly experience vehicle damages as a result of the hazardous driving conditions brought by potholes and cracked roads.

“Some people end up losing it and driving recklessly due to the potholes,” said Nkosinathi Ndlovu. “I do not know why government and the City of Johannesburg do not deal with this situation for good.”

Major roads which are in a particularly bad state in Cosmo City include South Africa Drive, Central African Republic, Trinidad, Philippines, Guatemala and many others connecting to extensions 6, 2 and 4.

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