Inter-regional summit on Disability

People with disabilities have issues 365 days that need to be addressed when municipal council decisions are made said councillor De Gama in his keynote address at the inter regional disability summit at Multipurpose on 7 June 2018.

The purpose of the summit was to make the city and eventually the country aware of how people with disabilities are taken care of and considered when it comes to access of housing, working conditions and transport.

The summit focused on key areas, Road, transport, Housing, Disability, Employment opportunities, Universal access and Disability skills development and opportunities.

Local government can make a big difference in the lives of disabled persons, it all starts in the way the city’s infrastructure such as ramps for wheelchair bound persons and those who need assistance walking, lifts with enough space for wheelchairs, malls with non-slippery flooring for walking sticks and building plans that are submitted to the city for approval and must comply when it comes to access for disabled people De Gama said.

Councillor Maharaj suggested free bus transportation during off peak hours for people with disabilities. Mr Kekana suggested that city employees go through disability sensitisation Da Gama said

The chairperson of Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) Dan Kekana said  encouraged the city to engage the disability sector  and speak to them like it happened today, in order to get clarity on their needs and how they can assist.

The new administration takes issues of disability very seriously said Lillian Kolisang spokesperson to the speaker emphasised she said the speaker had made a commitment to engage the sector annually.

The Johannesburg Disability forum has been tasked with ensuring that solutions that come from this platform are implemented.

The summit was attended by ward councillor Mapula Mosito, Councillor Vasco Da Gama, Mr Nero Maseko, Mr Dan Kekana and Councillor Devanand Maharaj.

Revelation Ndanganeni

Young ladies who have dreams of becoming models can look up to aspiring Miss Eagle South Africa participant, current semi-finalist Revelation Ndanganeni the Cosmo City beauty is 19 years old and an accounting student at Varsity College in Midrand in the North of Johannesburg.

Ndanganeni has always loved dressing up and believes that modelling will always make that easier and more fun. She loves painting, drawing and was a chess player at school. She volunteered at a Soup kitchen in Midrand called food for life, where they cook and distribute food to homeless people. She is still in the process of looking for an orphanage here in Cosmo City so she can volunteer.

Ndanganeni grew up in Cosmo City and went to Northern Academy College a boarding school in Polokwane in the Limpopo Province. She has always loved the world of modelling and wanted to be a Runway model, however because of her height 5.3ft; she could not, so she went into pageants and started taking her passion seriously after one of her friends encouraged her to enter a pageant called Miss Eagle South Africa (MESA).

Ndanganeni’s family and friends are her biggest support structure she said they push and motivate her to do her best in everything that she does. If she wins the competition, Revelation wants to be able to give back to the young ladies of Cosmo City by having pageants in Cosmo to help them gain their confidence so they can enter pageants too.

Miss Eagle South Africa believes in empowering young women and inspiring greatness in them, they believe that she can be an inspiration and able to make a difference in the country.  It is a pageant that gives women the platform to inspire and encourage the youth to spread their wings and achieve their dreams. A pageant that is in its first year of existence will have its crowning on 15 December 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre.  The pageant has four stages 1) Contestant level 2) Brand Ambassador level 3) Semi- finals level and 4) Finals level.

In South Africa models should be between 5.8ft m to 5.11m female and 5.9ft to 6.2ft for males in height for runway modelling.

To follow Revelation’s journey you can find her on social media Facebook and Instagram. On Facebook she is Revelation Ndanganeni Miss Eagle 2018 brand ambassador (soon to be changed) and on Instagram she is Revelation Ndanganeni MESA 2018.

 

 

 

 

Procedures for reporting a missing person

What are the procedures for reporting a missing person, few people in Cosmo City know the correct way to report a missing person. So the Cosmo City Chronicle went to multipurpose and asked people what they think is the right way to report a missing person.

What is the correct way to report a missing person?

Moses Baloyi said you have to have the name of the person, date the person went missing and wait 24 hours before going to the police.

Merriam Chauke said you have to go to the police and report but she hasn’t had anyone she knows whose gone missing so she isn’t sure.

Pumza Nkumenge said she doesn’t know the correct procedure but she would bring a birth certificate or ID and a picture.

Sakhekile Moyo said you have to go to a police station nearest to you, print out a picture of the missing person and put out a notice on social media.

The correct way is according to Honeydew Police station

  • Go to the police, there is NO waiting period to report a missing person
  • Produce a photo, give the police a clear recent picture of the missing person
  • Give a complete description, last seen, clothes worn by the person as well as any useful information last seen, clothes worn by the person as well as any useful information
  • Complete a form, complete and sign a SAPS 55A form
  • Communicate with your investigating officer, get the investigating officers contact details and send them information that becomes available
  • Keep the investigating officer informed, if the missing person is found or returns voluntarily inform the investigating officer immediately

Lisa Daniso

What are the procedures for reporting a missing person, few people in Cosmo City know the correct way to report a missing person. So the Cosmo City Chronicle went to multipurpose and asked people what they think is the right way to report a missing person.

What is the correct way to report a missing person?

Moses Baloyi said you have to have the name of the person, date the person went missing and wait 24 hours before going to the police.

Merriam Chauke said you have to go to the police and report but she hasn’t had anyone she knows whose gone missing so she isn’t sure.

Pumza Nkumenge said she doesn’t know the correct procedure but she would bring a birth certificate or ID and a picture.

Sakhekile Moyo said you have to go to a police station nearest to you, print out a picture of the missing person and put out a notice on social media.

The correct way is according to Honeydew Police station

  • Go to the police, there is NO waiting period to report a missing person
  • Produce a photo, give the police a clear recent picture of the missing person
  • Give a complete description, last seen, clothes worn by the person as well as any useful information last seen, clothes worn by the person as well as any useful information
  • Complete a form, complete and sign a SAPS 55A form
  • Communicate with your investigating officer, get the investigating officers contact details and send them information that becomes available
  • Keep the investigating officer informed, if the missing person is found or returns voluntarily inform the investigating officer immediately

Illegal dumping sites and potholes are a big problem and potential health risk in Cosmo City

Residents in Cosmo City have expressed concern about the current number of illegal dumpsites and potholes in the area, they have noted the potential health risks that come with dump sites and damage to property that comes with potholes.

When asked about their feeling regarding dump sites and how they feel when they see one, some residents had this to say:

Tebogo Menu from extension 2 said ‘’ when it comes to dumping sites, they smell and they are not healthy for our children. They play outside and pick up dirty materials not knowing what they are. As for potholes they destroy our cars, they make the streets look messy especially when they are filled with rain and people do not realise that it is a pothole.’’

Raymond Mokgosi from extension 4 said, ‘’ the community forums and leaders in charge are letting it happen; someone should be put in charge of monitoring the people who dump and they should be fined. They should get industrial size bins put in places where dumping is most prevalent. As for potholes they are everywhere in Cosmo and the people who are in charge of maintenance should be held accountable.’’

Moses Baloyi also from extension 4 said ‘’ the government should give these tenders to people who are serious about them because most people are just in it for the money. Illegal dumping sites should be properly looked at and a solution should be given to communities and the communities held accountable.

Anonymous from Cosmo City said illegal dumping sites make places look untidy, people throw dangerous and explosive things that can cause great harm to residence and not consider their safety, as for potholes, this government is supposed to not just fix all of them but reconstruct the road so they don’t appear again in the same area.

Pikitup was asked about the current state of dumpsites and how residents can help the issue.

For the answers from Pikitup please go to the website www.cosmocitychronicle.co.za

If residence want to report illegal dumping they can send a Whatsapp or SMS to 082 779 1361

1)    What is being done about the overflowing sewer and burst water pipes near Multipurpose centre on South Africa drive?

JW is aware about the sewer problem next to multipurpose, we are continuing to educate the community about correct sewer usage (see attached  picture) and the long-term solution of the problem is being sought which we hope will addressed the problem once and for all next month. We are planning to appoint a contractor in June/July 2018 to increase capacity of the manhole and we appeal for cooperation from the community to ensure sustainable service for all

2)    When is the problem expected to be fixed since JRA is working with Jo'burg water to resolve the issue?

See question 1

3)    What is Jo'burg Water doing to prevent the same issues from happening again in Cosmo City?

JW has been conducting public education in the area in consultation with the councillor about water leaks  and correct usage of the sewer systems. The main problem that is affecting the sewer especially the on South Africa drive has been foreign objects that are being thrown into the line by the residents. We appeal to all residents of Cosmo City to refrain from throwing objects like, dish cloth, cutlery , fats and oils ,baby nappies as they block the system.

4)    Who can residence call to report any problems?

Residents of the City of Johannesburg and Cosmo City in particular are urged to take responsibility of reporting all water and sewer leaks in their vicinity by calling the Call centre on 011 375 5555, email customer@jwater.co.za , sms 082 653 2143. We are also available on social media Twitter: @CityofJoburgZA ,@JHBwater.

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