Gauteng Department of Community Safety on Road Safety in Cosmo City

By Doctor Moyo

The Gauteng Department of Community Safety in partnership with South African Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg Police Department (JMPD) held an awareness day where they were teaching members of the public about the road safety on Wednesday 10th of May. This awareness day is also a result of United Nations’ Global road safety week, which started on Monday the 8th of May until Friday the 12th.

“This week is actually UN Global road safety, so we decided to come to Cosmo City, because we noticed that the behavior of the taxi drivers had become hazardous.

Most of the Avanza taxi drivers do not have licenses and they do not respect pedestrians or the safety of their own passengers”, said MonkieRammala, Senior Road Safety Officer. “We decided as the department to visit the area and do awareness speaking to the taxi drivers and owners,” he added. There have been numerous complaints from passengers and other road users, about how Avansa taxi drivers conduct themselves when driving. Although some of the complaints have been addressed, the parties involved still believe that awareness is a necessity for the taxi drivers. “It is the responsibility of a driver or any individual to respect rules and regulations of the roads. It start with you as an individual, you have to respect other road users. We should not need to bring law enforcement to tell people what the right thing to do is, people should know that they should do the right thing, and that starts with respect” Said Rammala Randburg United Local and Long Distance Taxi Association (RULLDTA) were invited to the awareness day. NgwokoMokoala , who is the spokesperson for the association said that they working effortlessly to make their drivers to comply with road laws. “We as the association, have a disciplinary office.

Whenever we get a bad report about a certain driver, they go through the disciplinary committee,” said Mokoala. When taking about a situation whereby other taxi drivers drive without licenses, Mokoala said that whoever the owner of the taxi decides to employ is the responsibility of the owner not the association. “Taxi owners should take responsibilities for their drivers. All the Toyota Avansa’s that belong to the association have an association sticker,” he added Officer OomaMorudi from JMDP stated that as the department they will be working closely with the association, “We are going to be having programs in taxi ranks teaching both taxi drivers and the commuters about their safety. In regards to commuters we will focus mostly on the precautions methods that they should be aware of, in terms of their safety,” said Morudi. “If we work together with them, we will be able to educate them bettter.

 

That is the kind of relationship we have between the association and the JMPD in the area.” On the day, Scholar Patrollers in Both Cosmo city Primary and Junior Primary were launched. Angola Street is one of the busiest streets in the morning at Cosmo City, traffic is being caused by the taxi rank that is near the schools. This includes parents and school transport drivers who drop off kids in the morning.

Chelsea Football Club: Shield, South Africa’s #1 selling deodorant brand, Announces Partnership with Chelsea Football Club

Brand announces new competition to give two soccer fanatics the chance of a lifetime
DURBAN, South Africa, May 15, 2017/ -- Shield, South Africa’s #1 selling deodorant brand*, has today announced a partnership with Chelsea Football Club. The two champion brands have come together to celebrate and inspire South Africans who are making moves - both on and off the field.

To kick-off the partnership, Shield is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – the chance for one lucky person to spend a day training with Chelsea F.C. coaches at the team’s training ground in Cobham to see what it takes to play like a champion. In addition, one lucky superfan will win a Chelsea F.C. dream trip to watch the first team training and meet the team at the Cobham Training Centre. (See further details below.)

The new partnership will inspire young, aspiring South Africans who understand that achieving success requires hard work, practice, and absolute dedication – both on and off the field. Winning requires that you get up and get moving. Sometimes that means getting up before sunrise, or rolling up your sleeves to finish that job, or even nailing that penalty kick to win the series. It’s those moments when you rely on Shield. With its superior protection, Shield keeps you dry and odour-free, so that every move you make is one you make with confidence.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Chelsea Football Club. Soccer is the most loved sport in South Africa and is a key passion point for our consumers,” said Gareth Marshall, Senior Brand Manager of Shield South Africa. “Confidence to perform in the moments that matter can often be the difference between winning and losing. With Shield, anyone can have the confidence to take on the day, no matter what their movements are. When you move with purpose, you get things done.”

Chelsea F.C. is considered one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world, representing athletes at the top of their game. Players like Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas are the embodiment of hard work, commitment, and absolute dedication. The team is the perfect partner for Shield to launch this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find SA’s best aspiring soccer star and give them a chance to train like a champion.

“This partnership with Shield will provide an amazing opportunity for aspiring footballers in South Africa,” said Ian Woodroffe, international development manager of the Chelsea Foundation. “We know the country holds many players with a huge passion for football and this competition gives them the chance to demonstrate their passion and ability. The Chelsea Foundation works hard to improve the lives of young people all over the world and we look forward to extending our work in South Africa.”

The nationwide competition, launched today, is open to all South Africans. To enter, just purchase any Shield product and send your barcode for a chance to win.

Aspiring soccer players from across South Africa can win a chance to participate in nationwide trials conducted by Chelsea coaching staff to compete for the ultimate prize – a chance to train at the Chelsea Football Club for a day. There will be five heats taking place in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Durban. The knock-out rounds will be aired across South Africa on SABC’s Soccer Zone.

For those who prefer to enjoy the game from the stands, there is an opportunity for the ultimate Chelsea fan to win a Chelsea F.C. dream trip, including the opportunity to watch Chelsea play live and meet the team at Stamford Bridge Stadium.

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #MoveWithShield on Shield’s Twitter @Shield_ZA (https://twitter.com/Shield_ZA), Instagram @ShieldZA (https://www.instagram.com/shieldza), and Facebook ShieldZA (https://www.facebook.com/ShieldZA) accounts for more information and to follow the excitement.

*Nielsen market sales value. SA Deodorant Category. 12mm Jan 2017

Distributed by APO on behalf of Shield SA.

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Ashveer Kewalpershad
Edelman for Shield SA
Ashveer.kewalpershad@edelman.com

OVER R100 MILLION EARMARKED FOR AFFORDABLE EDUCATION IN GAUTENG

09 May 2017: An investment of R108.5million has been approved for the development of three new schools in the Gauteng region.

A partnership between the Schools and Education Investment Impact Fund of South Africa (Schools Investment Fund) – located within the Impact Funds business unit of Old Mutual Alternative Investments - and Blue Hills Management Company (Pty) Ltd, will provide access to high quality, affordable education for 2 100 learners.

The investment will bolster Blue Hills Management Company (Pty) Ltd capabilities already offered at Blue Hills College in Midrand by providing funding for the development and operation of a preparatory school alongside the college, which currently offers high school education, and for the development of an additional affordable primary and high school in the Gauteng region.

Willem van der Merwe, investment professional of the Schools Investment Fund, explains that the three additional schools are forecast to create space for learners who would otherwise not have access to quality education in the area. “The private sector is committed to playing a role in solving the dilemma that the South African education is facing through various means – in this case through impact investing.”

“The Schools and Education Investment Impact Fund of South Africa invests in affordable, independent schools and works closely with institutions who demonstrate strong leadership and effective management structures, thereby ensuring dual positive outcomes of the investment – both for society, in terms of delivery of quality education, and for investors, in terms of a commercially acceptable return.”

He adds that it was for this reason that Blue Hills College, managed by Blue Hills Management Company, was selected as a partner by the fund’s three investors, namely Old Mutual Life Assurance Company South Africa, the Government Employees Pension Fund through its asset manager the Public Investment Corporation, and the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund.

Established in 1996 by brothers Roy Ndlovu and Chief Ndlovu, Nkululeko Mpofu and David Mlaudzi, Blue Hills College has evolved from being a small-inner city school to a well-established independent institution with boarding and an excellent academic record.

Originally located in the Johannesburg Central Business District under the name of St Paul’s, the school initially catered for both primary and high school learners. The school relocated to Braamfontein in 1998, where it grew from approximately 250 to over 400 learners, before the decision was taken in 1999 to change the name to Blue Hills College, cater only to high school learners and move to a larger, permanent location in Midrand in order to establish linked boarding facilities to accommodate learners living outside the region.

Presently, Blue Hills College offers education to 550 learners, and over the past 10 years has produced a matriculation pass rate averaging above 95%. The college also offers boarding to 270 of its learners. Amongst other accolades, Blue Hill College is also a member of ISASA, a prestigious body for independent schools of Southern Africa.

Roy Ndlovu, CEO and FD of Blue Hillssays, “Every child deserves a good education, and we are happy that Old Mutual has provided us with this opportunity to reach out to as many learners who could otherwise not afford the high fees that are concomitant with independent schools.”

He adds, “The first Preparatory School is set to open in 2018, followed by another Affordable Preparatory and High school in 2019. Together, they will create 2 100 additional opportunities for learners to access affordable, quality education.”

In the meantime, he says that Blue Hills has sourced qualified, dedicated teachers who are committed to the school’s Academic, Cultural and Sporting program so that graduates of Blue Hills will emerge as fully rounded individuals, molded by the Blue Hills ethos and opportunities, “Prepared for life”.

Marketing Director of Blue Hills Management Company, Chief Ndlovu, has also set plans in motion to ensure that the Preparatory is well marketed and accessible to the community. “School buses will be available to provide timely convenience to parents and will transport learners at a reasonable fare.”

As the investment is implemented over the next three years, it is anticipated more schools will follow, with a target to create around 15 000 new learner opportunities across the country in the next six years. “Blue Hills has a strong visionary team to see us through this exciting period of growth, and the Schools Investment Fund has just made our goals more achievable,” concludes Chief Ndlovu.

the dti TO LEAD SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES INVESTMENT ROADSHOW TO CHINA

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead a 25-member delegation drawn from all Special Economic Zones in South Africa on an investment roadshow to the Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen from 6-11 May 2017. The objective of the roadshow is to attract investors to the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The delegation will consist of high-ranking officials of the dti, SEZs and provincial economic development agencies.

The investment roadshow will take place in the form of seminars and business roundtables where the South African delegation will present on the country’s SEZ opportunities. Each seminar will be followed by networking and match-making sessions.

 

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the roadshow is part of the implementation of the undertakings of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement (CSPA) signed between SA and China in 2011, and also the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Johannesburg in 2015. China agreed to support SA and Africa’s initiatives of industrialisation and beneficiation.  It is also part of the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement that the dti signed with the Bank of China in March this year.

“The investment roadshow seeks to attract varied potential investors in different sectors to invest in the South African SEZs.  As our focus in regard to the SEZ implementation programme is on attracting Investments into the SEZs, the ultimate objective of the roadshows of this nature is to bring high-level local and international investors together with a view to entice them to invest in South Africa. The seminars will provide a platform wherein the South African SEZ operators will have an opportunity to meet and present their value propositions to potential Chinese investors, finance Institutions, and government representatives,” says Minister Davies.

He adds that the dti seeks to derive value from the cooperation agreement with China on SEZs, particularly as South Africa embarks on industrialisation and mineral beneficiation programmes. Currently, there are major flagship investment projects that South Africa is implementing in partnership with Chinese government. These include the planning and development of high-tech and science industrial parks, a metallurgical SEZ, and capacity building programme.

“China is the second biggest economy in the world, and the biggest South Africa’s trading partner. China’s market remains a key strategic priority for South Africa’s raw material and value-added products. More importantly, the dti has entered into a number of strategic partnerships with the Chinese government. The main purpose of these strategic partnerships is to foster cooperation on Investment promotion and facilitation, infrastructure development, exchange of information and human resource development,” says Minister Davies.

He stresses that in order to have vibrant SEZs and competitive regional economies, it is necessary to continuously implement a systematic marketing and investment approach for various SEZs in SA and to also state their value proposition to potential investors.

Enquiries:

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson

Tel: (012) 394 1650

Mobile: 079 492 1774

E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.za

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