A young entrepreneur who aims high

Upcoming Entrepreneur Deacon Mohale is set to take the fashion industry by storm with his budding clothing brand.

Residing in Itsoseng Informal settlement, Mohale said he could not allow himself to be swallowed by social ills, which tend to destroy lives of informal settlement youth. Out of his passion for fashion clothing, Mohale established Mpintshi Mpontsho brand in 2020. He has released different kind of stylish clothes for females and males including t-shirts, caps, and sneakers.

“ my big dream was always to my own brand,” Mohale said. “I got such inspiration from DJ Sbu and Casper Nyovest. I have been working with one designer to push the Mpintshi Mpontsho brand. I am very thankful to those who are supporting me.  I was marketing around Kasi Iwanna become an inspiration most of them are out of the line due to drugs..

The 17-year-old entrepreneur, who is doing grade 11 at St Angers Secondary, said he feels proud when people purchase his products and give him positive remarks. “I strive to get time for both school an business,” he said. In the next five years , the aim is to get some clothing stores in different provinces.”

  Despite COVID- 19 having a negative impact on the economy, Mohale said people must not put their heads down and must always think positive.He said that his community is facing tough times at the moment, but he encourages all young people to think outside the box and try something new.

“ I want the best out of my community,” he said. “ I want to inspire the youth and get them off the streets. There is need to develop our informal settlement and we young people are the ones responsible for that.”

Mohale is not only an entrepreneur, but also an upcoming artist. �

Illegal shacks get Cosmo City residents worried

The building of shacks in Zandspruit area just outside Cosmo City’s extension 7 has caused great anxiety in the community as residents claim that the occupied land is affecting the value of their properties.

According to the sources close to this development, Zandspruit residents started building illegal shacks during lockdown, with the local authorities going against the process. The first attempted land invasion started from Phakamani area moving towards Cosmo City to an area called “Nkandla”, which is very close to extension 7.

“The view of Cosmo City is now affected by these shacks,” said an extension resident who preferred to remain anonymous.” This will definitely affect the value of our properties. We do not like such developments in our community because it also increases criminal activities.”

 When people occupy illegal land they disturb development, said Ward 100 Councilor Mapula Mosito.

“Meetings have been held between officials and extension 7 residents,” she said. “We understand that people need place to live, but land should be occupied in a proper way.”

Ward 114 Councilor Victor Mafinya said in the past weeks Johannesburg Metro Police Department has been on the ground to remove unoccupied illegal structures.

“I have visited the site together with housing officials and law enforcers,” he said. “All the unoccupied structures have been removed. At the moment, the Department of Housing is waiting for an eviction order from the court so that the remaining shacks get removed.”

Councilor Mafinya said the disturbing part is that people are so desperate for land to an extent that they buy it from fake leaders.

“Most people who occupied that land are not even from Zandspruit. That land is meant for Zandspruit infrastructural developments. People must be patient because proper development is coming.”

Gomolemo wants to empower women through beauty pageantry

Gomolemo Sedimedi is one of this year’s Miss Gauteng Exclusive finalists and she believes nothing can stop her from prevailing in the beauty pageant industry.

The 21-year-old is currently studying her Honors Degree in Bcom Industrial Psychology in University of Johannesburg. 

“I am running for the prestigious title to become the next Miss Gauteng Exclusive ambassador,” she said. With everything that she learnt through Miss Gauteng Exclusive competition, Sedimedi said she can contribute to the empowerment of women entrepreneurs.

 I have always visualized myself as a business woman,” she said. “This pageant has offered me an opportunity to eventually execute The Boss Queen Revolution, a movement that seeks to empower women. I will do it without fear and it will come to pass.”

Through the workshops held by the pageant, Sedimedi said she has learnt a lot.

“I have learnt how to stand up and speak my mind,” she said. “I am definitely coming out of this whole experience a completely different person – more driven, more determined to rise and more confident in myself.”

By sharing her experiences she said she wants to inspire young women in the community. “I want them to see that it is possible to dream and achieve every single one of their dreams.”

Miss Gauteng Exclusive is a beauty pageant that focuses on advancing the potential of young women through entrepreneurial leadership and education.

The six-month programme empowers women through entrepreneurial workshops, social campaigns and leadership development. This women empowerment initiative is run by Kagiso Selele and Annwen Jordan. This year, the programme ran longer than usual due to the pandemic.

The top 25 finalists have been doing their part for their communities. The royal crowning will be held on 27 March at Soweto Vilakazi Street.

An awareness on Substance Abuse

Diepsloot police in partnership with South African National Council on Alcoholism (SANCA), South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Lawyers Against Abuse, Department of Social Development and other local stakeholders recently converged in Diepsloot extension 13 to raise an awareness among young people about the dangers of substance.

The stakeholders shared valuable information with the community in an effort to address the problems of substance abuse among young people.

“The community, particularly young people, was sensitized about substance abuse,” said Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula. “They were given information on places they should go to for help when they experience this problem.”

The police pleaded with the community to report those who are selling drugs or are involved in any illegal activities by contacting crime stop number on 08600 10111 or by contacting the local police. The police further urged the community to continue partnering with the police by playing an active role in the fight against crime. 

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