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.

Gauteng investigates minor’s rape as care month closes

Addressing the Provincial Legislature today, Gauteng Social Cluster Chairperson and Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, in her Member Statement announced that the cabinet has launched an investigation into sexual violence claims against Emfuleni Mayor involving a minor girl child.

She said yesterday, a Cabinet Committee launched an investigation  against a Gauteng Mayor for allegedly sexually grooming a 14 year old girl he had a relationship with. This Committee was established by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in the wake of sexual abuse of 87 learners at a Soweto school. It comprise of MECs Panyaza Lesufi for Education,  Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane of Community Safety and Nandi Mayathula-Khoza of Social Development. Its brief is to act specifically on the prevention of abuse of girl children without excluding boy children and to strongly act against gender based violence.

“Yesterday, the special cabinet task team visited the home of the girl learner with the aim of getting facts and of supporting the girl learner and the family. The family has applied for a protection order to ensure that the alleged perpetrator stops contacting the girl learner. The community safety MEC has also appraised us that a criminal case has now been opened and is under investigation by the law enforcement agencies.

“The girl child is already receiving trauma therapy and our professional social workers will counsel the whole family. The special cabinet committee will continue to support the girl child and her family to ensure that there is justice. As part of the GP Campaign on investing, protecting  and empowering the girl child equally to the boy child, we call upon all the people of Gauteng, to pull from the depth of all our collective strengths to commit to put an end to this ugly plague of GBV  in our communities,” the MEC said.

She announced that the Gauteng Government was to lead a big march led by the Premier and the Special Cabinet Committee  to launch the 16 days of no violence on women and girl children on the 24th of November 2017.

Mayathula-Khoza said the Gauteng Government was paying attention to the care and abuse of children in the province.

“Two weeks ago, this committee was also able to save an eight year old girl from sexual abuse at school and at home in the farm areas of the Vaal. This, we later learned, has been happening to her since she was five-years- old.  We are pleased that we have moved this child to a place of safety and she is responding well to the new leaf of life,” she said.

Mayathula-Khoza told the house that today was the closing of the  social development month.

“Today brings to an end the Social Development Month which we observed under the theme: “Working Together to Build Caring and Sustainable Communities for All.” During this Social development month which also embraces other social transformation cluster programs such as the mental health and cancer month, we engaged community leadership including councillors and social service providers to inform communities of the various social security programmes available to them and how these can be accessed.

“Most importantly, we asked the community to tell us if these services are accessible or not, if not, we together put an action plan to ensure that our people know where to access social security services. These services include Social grants by Sassa, ECD program registration, Substance abuse treatment centres, Community Nutrition Development Centres for addressing hunger and poverty, Adopt a child, How to apply for foster care, How to register as community care giver for vulnerable older persons, children, women, youth, the sick and people with disabilities, and most importantly we informed communities about institutions such as Places of safety or Shelters for Victims of Gender based violence,” she said.

The MEC also used the occasion to make announcement of the achievement of her department during the Social Development Month. The Social Development is hosted by the national government to raise awareness about government services to citizens.

“We would like to acknowledge the contributions of thousands of participants, volunteers and  partners; both within Government; across all spheres as well as those in the NGO sector and other social partners. All these partners contributed immensely in increasing awareness of Gauteng government programmes in particular on accelerated social transformation.

“On a more positive note, as part of the Social development / Transformation month, we hosted the 2017 Cooperation Summit between Italy’s Romagna Province, the Reggio Emilia City and the Gauteng Provincial Government. The ECD Summit, themed “Exploring the best practice on pedagogical approaches for improving the quality of ECD Programmes,” produced an implementation programme towards achieving the Reggio Emilia Child Approach which encompasses children’s creative, sporting and academic natures in an inclusive policy that provides for children with special needs within the mainstream facilities, with additional human resources,” she said.

Mayathula-Khoza said as part of the summit, her department has identified opportunities to create new jobs for Cooperatives on the Early Childhood Development (ECD) support programmes such as cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. so that the ECD practitioner focuses on the child and put the child at the centre of his or her learning.

She also announced that Gauteng’s senior citizens have performed very well at the National Golden Games Tournament held in Durban in the past week. The Gauteng team came third on the national competition including male and female Soccer teams known as the Golden girls and golden boys.

“The results signify our achievement as a society in achieving the outcomes of our Active Ageing Programme. It means we are succeeding in spreading the message of graceful ageing,” said Mayathula-Khoza.

Issued by the Gauteng Department of Social Development

For more please contact Mbangwa Xaba on 0724476582 or Mbangwa.Xaba@gauteng.gov.za

The Presidency mourns the passing of Ronnie Mamoepa

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have expressed sadness at the death of Mr Ronnie Mamoepa, who passed away in Pretoria on Saturday, 22 July 2017, at 23h15.

The President and Deputy President conveyed their sincere condolences to Mr Mamoepa's immediate and extended family, comrades, friends and colleagues.

Mr Mamoepa (56), a former political prisoner and member of the Gauteng provincial legislature, was a highly regarded and accomplished public servant and veteran communicator who served the African National Congress and various departments in government with distinction.

In his latest role, since 2014, Mr Mamoepa served as Spokesperson for the Deputy President.

"This is a great loss to me personally, to The Presidency and government at large," said Deputy President Ramaphosa.

"However, our thoughts are firstly and foremost with Ronnie's wife, Audrey, his children and his siblings. I offer my sincere condolences to Ronnie's relatives, friends, comrades and colleagues who have suffered the loss of someone who was much loved and respected across our country and beyond.  We shall miss him greatly."

Deputy President Ramaphosa, who visited Mr Mamoepa in hospital several times during his illness, expressed his appreciation to the management and staff of Unitas Hospital as well as other medical professionals who attended to Mr Mamoepa for their sustained efforts to make Mr Mamoepa comfortable during his extended illness.

Details of memorial events will be made known as soon as they are finalised with the Mamoepa family.

Enquiries: Mr Tyrone Seale: Acting Spokesperson to the Deputy President on 083 575 7440

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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