Your future is in your hands – from Cosmo City to international business!

Mikie Monoketsi knows what it is like to have nothing, to have lost everything and to have to start again. Faced with this challenging situation, it is easy to find something or someone to blame, but Mikie says each one of us has a choice in how we respond to options in daily life, and there is no future in being a victim.

Growing up in a poverty-stricken Kimberley township, Mikie learned to find solutions for situations she did not enjoy. She realised she had the power to create the future she wanted. At 13, in order to have food and a small income, she started cooking street food for the patrons of her grandmother’s shebeen, making butterscotch and selling tobacco for a small mark up in her community. This meant she no longer went hungry and did not have to walk the 7km to school and back every day. Her innate entrepreneurial spirit filled her lunch box and gave her taxi money.

Her business career has not been without difficulties but these have taught her patience, perseverance and planning. Mikie understands the importance of setting clearly defined goals, measuring achievements and working hard to enjoy success. . She says: “I learned early in life that the only person who could change my circumstances was me. I had to decide what I wanted to do, plan carefully and make it happen.”

When a venture in the formal business sector failed, Mikie returned to her roots, opening a street shop in Cosmo City. Here she cooked and sold simple food to passers-by, making a very modest profit for hours and hours of hard work. Although she enjoyed her time in this community, Mikie yearned for bigger ventures and wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, rather than merely supply meals.

Chatting to customers she listened to daily complaints about their wish to be mokhaba free, understood how exhausted many of them were, and heard tragic stories of young lives lost to preventable disease. She realised she could contribute positively to the lives of others. Mikie had always been a fitness fanatic who exercised regularly and made wise choices about meals. She knew she had lifestyle information to share. She wanted to educate and empower people to live a healthier life and to help reduce the prevalence of lifestyle related diseases, including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

So she began researching ways to improve the body’s functioning and discovered age-old natural remedies found in a range of herbs and spices. This was the birth of Mamas Herbs and Spices, a proudly South African company.

Mikie discovered combinations and blends of ingredients which helped reduce bloating and improve the digestive system and developed a tasty, completely natural tea which she named Flat Stomach Tea. The initial order was sold out in a few weeks and testimonies began to pour in from people who felt more energetic, slimmer and healthier since they began drinking the tea.

Mikie moved to a larger premises in Randburg, where she offered free training to entrepreneurs, teaching them how to set goals, market their business, retain customers and secure a sustainable income stream.

The next step in developing a healthy lifestyle was to introduce the importance of daily exercise. Mikie began offering classes in her business premises and posted short videos on social media platforms demonstrating how simple exercises could be done at home. This attracted a dedicated following and again reports were received on how people felt more energised from doing moderate exercise every day.

Last year, an international company noticed the Flat Stomach range and approached Mamas Herbs and Spices, offering the opportunity of expanding into the international market. Again, this venture has been a huge success with testimonials of people who have transformed their lives being received regularly.

Maintenance in Cosmo City

Road maintenance in residential areas is hard to maintain especially if residents constantly have to wait a while to receive basic services from the municipality.

Cosmo City is one area that has been waiting for basic road maintenance for a while especially in crescents. Going into the different crescents like Serbia, Bulgeria, Berma and Chisnau the road is filled with potholes.

There are other issues in Cosmo City along South Africa drive such as sewage and running water on the road. There pothole issue is not just in one street but in plenty of streets throughout Cosmo City.

Therefore the state of roads in Cosmo City needs urgent attention from the authorities because potholes can be very dangerous especially to drivers. They can destroy car tires, cause traffic, create mud holes, when it rains and cause accidents when people drive fast.

The councilor of ward 100, Mapula Mosito made it clear that maintenance is being done in Cosmo City especially regarding potholes, sewage and illegal dumping. The JRA is currently conducting inspections in and around Cosmo City. A budget has been allocated for speed humps but residents can help with a petition all that’s missing is the when and how this will be implemented.

According to Mapula there are plans and a budget to upgrade the sewage system; the business area being used as a soccer ground is being used temporarily because there are not enough sports grounds in Cosmo City, that space is being used as well as the multipurpose grounds.

The Fire Station is ready to be opened but there isn’t a date of when it will be opened. Residents are urged to order more bins from Pikitup on 011 375 - 5555

Editors Choice

A lot has happened in the past week and half, former President Zuma resigned from office on valentine’s day, Cyril Ramaphosa stepped into office and promised South Africa a new dawn, job opportunities in the pipeline especially the youth, South Africa awaiting on the Budget speech, China celebrating their new year. Black Panther making history as the first African superhero from the Marvel instalments with a lot of Southern African influence
implemented into creating the fictional land in Wakanda. Basotho Blankets
were incorporated into the the outfits, Xhosa being the language spoken and South African actors involved from John Khani acting as Black Panthers Father. In this instalment of stokkie le Jojo, Jojo addresses how overwhelming this week has been, which is continuing from the past episode of Stokkie le Jojo celebrating valentine’s day.

Roots supports Alfred Segkobela’s cause.

Alfred Sekgobela a man from an informal settlement in Kya Sands, a man with a vision. Alfred looks after children after school, who he used to find playing in the streets, which started his initiative of making sure that they do not get into trouble, he does so because he understands how difficult it is for parents from informal settlements to work and take care of the children, so he makes sure that he gives a helping hand by looking after children after school and making sure their school work is done and even taking them down to roots for ice cream with his own money. His dream is to open an organisation in which he can teach kids about humanity and the spirit of Ubuntu. Roots butchery noticed Alfred coming in with kids and buying them ice cream every week, and they were blown away by his initiative this is when, Eva Motshegoa the roots store manager together with the roots team took the initiative of going the extra mile and giving the childrens new school bags and stationary. This is part of the roots initiative that they have been campaigning of giving school bags to schools in and around Cosmo City. The children at the First Born Day Care in Cosmo City 19/2/2018, were the recipients of the last school bags with stationary from Roots Butchery in Cosmo City. The 25 children were between the ages of 5 and 6 years old.

The school bags were given to the young children as a way to inspire them to stay in school and for them to remember that it was Roots Butchery that inspired to love learning and be educated.

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