Miss Petite Teen South Africa contestant Otshepeng Diale is a young lady from Cosmo City with big dreams and a dream to help other young women achieve their own dreams she entered the competition, to once again prove that when you put your mind to something, there is nothing you cannot achieve. Her dreams of Modelling began when she won first princess for Miss Pre-teen Gauteng and the debutante achievement award in 2015. At age 11 she joined a talent agency called Fox star, through it she stared in a Top TV and Old Mutual Adverts. The competition will be taking place on 13 October 2018.
Her hope if she wins this competition is, to have the platform to start her own non-profit organisation where she will be able to help and inspire young girls to follow their dreams. At just 16 years old she already has so much she wants to achieve ‘’ so many children in my community are unable to have the same opportunities I have had and I would like to be able to help motivate them to pursue their dreams in my own way ’’ she said
To vote for Otshepeng sms PT52 to 47081 sms’s cost R2, voting closes on 13 October, the public can vote as many times as they want.
Pregnant women were treated to foot massages and lunch at the Ubuntu Healthcare clinic 5th Birthday celebration on the 1st of September 2018 at Cosmo City Junction. During the celebrations the women were also taught about the importance of excise with a trainer who did squats and jumping jacks with them, also breast feeding was discussed as a qualified sister gave a talk about the benefits of breast feeding. Free health checks (blood pressure, sugar, weight and height) were also offered to the women and members of the community.
Sister Jabulile Mmatli a Midwife specialist who gave the talk about the importance of primary breast feeding for 6 months explained that doing so develops the children’s immune system and prevents stunting(when the weight and height of a child do not match), Ubuntu Health Care clinic offers monthly weight checks and nutritional assessments at affordable prices. Breast feeding helps prevent Diarrhoea (an illness where faeces are discharged a lot and in liquid form), it helps with brain and visual development, she also spoke about prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, saying that only breastfeeding a child for 6 months prevents mother to child transmission she explained that as long as HIV positive mothers take their medication and have an almost invisible viral load( where the progression of the virus is said to be low) they can breast feed their babies., The older children who attended the celebration had a jumping castle, music and dancing to keep them entertained. She also spoke about early ante natal check ups
The women and members of the community received gift packs with female body care products like GynaGuard, female protection, hand lotion and much more. So to celebrate their 5th birthday Ubuntu gave back to the community of Cosmo City.
Pick n Pay at Cosmo City Centre lost an undisclosed amount of money after armed gunmen entered the grocery store and went for the safe on 27 August 2018 around midday. According to eye witnesses, 5 armed men who drove in a white BMW followed the G4S van on its way to pick n pay for cash pick up. The car is said to have been following the G4S for some time but the drivers assumed it was going to the same store so they were not suspicious. However when the G4S arrived at the access only back entrance they saw the car was still behind them and only when it was denied access did it go to the main entrance of the store, the witnesses say that is when 3 of the cars passengers entered the store and pretended to be customers. When G4S officers had picked up the cash and were getting ready to leave via the front entrance, they were held at gunpoint and ordered to handover the money.
Women’s day celebrates the strength, integrity and presence of womanhood. It defines the importance of what women who stand together can achieve, a day when women in their thousands stood together against one cause, the pass laws on the same day in 1956, as a result, Cosmo City’s A-team foundation, women’s forum and the ANC veteran’s league celebrated women’s day on 9 August 2018, at multipurpose with the community’s elderly A-team gym clients. The celebration was for all women. The A-team foundation has programs in Cosmo City an after care and homework program and Air BnB which started working with the boxing grannies after they saw them on an interview on BBC, they are now on a recommendations package for tourists who come visit Johannesburg.
The women’s forum in Cosmo City which was established in 2017, focuses on empowering women through portfolios that focus on business( creating opportunities through partnerships with stakeholders), community development and social development( provides skills development training through partnership with government and the private sector), business (though partnering with stakeholders and the councillors office), education (provide school uniforms by partnering with local businesses and donations), environmental affairs, the elderly, housing and infrastructure are all new portfolios with projects still to be determined.
‘’ I hope that this event will teach the young people that as women we need to come together and support one another, I hope it teaches them skills like event planning and organising as a skill they can take and use in their lives’’ said Nthabeleng Yonke, chairperson of the Cosmo City women’s forum.
Through the power of the media the boxing grannies were seen on television and the ANC veterans league wanted to meet them and joined the festivities Mrs Matso, secretary general of the ANC Veterans League said the elderly women should continue to be trained and put on television so they could be an inspiration to other women ‘’ it is important that coach Claude keeps training these women so they are an inspiration to all who see them.’’