Cosmo City residents are demanding for replacement of low capacity transformers and repair of damaged electrical boxes. This was revealed on Wednesday 10th of October during a public safety campaign organised by Eskom at multipurpose.
Ward 100 councillor Mapula Mosito,Eskom representatives, and other stakeholders attended the campaign alongside the residents.
Speaking during the occasion, a SANCO member who has been living in Cosmo City for over a decade expressed his feeling in polite manner, saying the residents have been having power cut challenges since 2016.
“Nothing has been resolved since then,” he said. “We can’t ignore the fact that Cosmo City is celebrating its tenth year anniversary, however most of its transformers and residents houses are still using old electricity boxes.”
Mr Vusi from Eskom whom attended the meeting had a couple of responses that he felt they were of value to the residents. In response he delivered and illustrated basic answers that the residents asked.
“Eskom’s budget has changed drastically since 2016,” said Vusi. “People need to understand that expenditure of the government changes each year and what was initially proposed to you then it’s quite had to fulfil it at the moment, but what you need to know is that Eskom is working had to ensure that we deliver what we promised”
Following the last power outage that spark anger in the hearts of the residents which wasn’t clearly resolved, this meeting was proposed by both the leaders of Cosmo city and some of the to ensure that both parties discuss critical matters that concern them and ensure that answers are delivered to create a better clear understanding.
Towards the end of the meeting both parties came to an understanding of some sort. However, the residents still feel all their requirements are not met and still request an overall explanation from Eskom officials about when their demands will be met.
Glitz and glamour prevailed at the Sin-Gwen Models’ Mr. and Miss Teen pageant held at Cosmo City’s Multipurpose Centre on Saturday October 6 2018.
The free-entrance event attracted scores of teenagers from the Cosmo City Community. Incredible performances by local artistes such as CiarDiko, Scima, B Reezy, Moses The Spoken, Ceejay, Lekgowa da DJ and many more gave the event an electrifying atmosphere and kept the audience captivated and celebrating.
It was down to the wire as the judges, facing a peculiar case of splitting hairs, narrowed their selection from 17 contestants to 8 finalists. However, the night clearly belonged to Masana Mathye and Naledi Luyanda Methula who were crowned the King and Queen respectively. Other winners were as follows: Bongani Mthethwa (1st Prince), Ayanda Sandile Sibanda (1st Princess), Morena Ernest Lefeea (2nd Prince), Angela Nmanku Moseki (2nd Princess), Bafana Innocent Dewa (Mr Personality), TshepangMoketle (Miss Personality). Brooklyn Driving School awarded the King and Queen an opportunity to do learners licences. Moove Gym also offered the King and Queen three months membership. Sin-Gwen Models awarded medals to all the models.
“We are taking the youth away from negative activities which result to teenage pregnancies,” said Sindi Dambuza, the co-founder of Sin-Gwen Models. “Our aim is to uplift the youth and showcase their talents at an early stage. We advise them to focus on their studies and continue studying after high school. Modeling is important because it enables people discover and develop their leadership qualities.”
Dambuza said they appreciate the support from the community and surrounding areas, who filled Multipurpose to its maximum capacity.
“We aim to get more stakeholders involved in our events as we are not only focusing on Cosmo City but other communities like Zandspruit and Diepsloot,” she said.
Dambuzo also thanked the ward councilor Mapula Mosito for Multipurpose venue and the following for making the event a success. MCs: Tumelo Dopex, Tebogo “Queen of the north and Tumelo Sibeko. Judges: Skhumbuzo Ndlovu, Eve Segone, Audrey Chabalala and Mastermind; Sponsors: Nufsed Entertainment, Moove Gym, Malebo Salon, Brooklyn Driving School, Antiqua Lounge and Visionary Print Solutions; Photographer: Cyril; Makeup artists: Ravuka and Yonela Poto.
Cosmo City’s persistent sewage crisis has propelled Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation to conduct research about a situation that has caused serious health scares in Cosmo City, especially in Extension6.
Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation is Non-profit Organisation that focuses on developing and implementing environmental sustainability programmes in both schools and communities. In an interview with Cosmo City Chronicle, Marylin Ndhlovu of Eco Culture Team said it is important for residents to understand the causes and consequences of the sewage crisis.
“We believe the sewage problem is one of the causes of illnesses that affect people living in Cosmo City,” she said. “It tends to affect a lot of Cosmo City residents, especially ones who stay near the manhole or those who pass by the sewage spill immediately after an occurrence.”
Sewage spill introduces numerous pathogens into the environment such as bacteria and viruses from human faecal matter, she said.
“The pathogens become airborne when the spills occur during windy days because they are too small to see even with the naked eye,” she explained. “People who walk past the sewage spill breathe the air and the pathogens are introduced into their body systems.”
According to the Eco Culture Team, in some instances the sewage spill blocks pathways where people need to move from one place to the other. Bricks and pieces of cardboard are usually placed on the road to allow access, but as the sewage water accumulates, the bricks and cardboard end up being covered with wastewater.
“Somehow the water ends up on the skin – the feet and legs – as people pass, which can cause skin irritation when people just wipe it off,” said Ndhlovu. “In cases where the spill occurs on a road surface (South African Drive and Angola), cars splash the sewage water into the air. This causes pathogens to be moved a greater distance from the spill, which impacts people nearby or children playing in surrounding areas.”
Research shows that some people in Cosmo City do not use safe water for irrigation, she added, which also allows the spread of pathogens. Soil and vegetation in the surrounding environment where a sewage spill may have occurred are going to be impacted, Ndhlovu said.