Joburg motorists to drive dry or face prosecution this silly season

With the festive season already in full swing and as the most dangerous month on South African roads commences, Drive Dry, in partnership with the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), will be helping to keep Joburg’s roads safe from drink drivers.

At the JMPD awards ceremony attended by Mayor Herman Mashaba this last weekend, Drive Dry awarded the top performing JMPD Hero of 2018, Gerald Nxumalo, with a brand-new Volkswagen Polo for impeccable service and bringing to book those drivers who do not adhere to the rules of the road. The first and second runners up, Ismael Mgiba and Shumani Netshifume, were also rewarded with vouchers to the value of R15,000 and R5,000 respectively.

Drive Dry is a responsible drinking initiative by global alcohol beverage company Diageo and aims to combat the abuse of alcohol on South African roads. As such, it has sponsored the prizes for the top officers this season.

“The JMPD has delivered great results in their attempt to reduce crime and drink driving incidents in Johannesburg this last year and it is our wish to support them. Diageo sees this as the start of what we hope to be a long and fruitful partnership in our mutual quest to keep South African roads free of drink drivers,” says Sibani Mngadi, Diageo’s Corporate Relations Director.

With road safety as the number one priority for both the JMPD and Drive Dry, especially during the notorious “silly season”, the collaboration was put in place to ensure stringent law enforcement, by rewarding those officers who conduct themselves in a responsible and appropriate manner and who enforce the rules of the road and don’t take bribes.

“We cannot ensure the safety of our people on the roads by working alone. It is through partnerships with private stakeholders like Diageo’s Drive Dry that we will be able to keep our communities safe and reduce the high number of alcohol-related road fatalities,” says Chief of the JMPD, David Tembe.

Some of the criteria that was used to assess the winners inlcuded the number of alcohol screenings they conducted over the year which are used to determine if drivers are above the legal limit. Screenings include a breathalyzer test and the collection of blood samples used as evidence for prosecution.

Officers were also assessed based on their willingness to go beyond the call of duty, whether they show up professionally at all the times, conduct themselves in a good manner, respect their work and that of their colleagues, use the JMPD resources responsibly, and at no time or situation accept bribes from irresponsible road users and ensure that road users do not consume alcohol or behave in a way that will put other people’s lives in danger.

“The collaboration between private and public sector organisations is key to improving the safety and wellbeing of our Johannesburg residents. We look forward to seeing the results of this partnership and a tougher outcome for those drivers who have no regard for the law or for the safety of others,” says Meyer Herman Mashaba.


Gauteng introduces cheaper mode of transport

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The newly launched cargo e-bike can provide the province of Gauteng with another mode of transport - a low cost entry into the transport sector that can support micro-enterprises, says MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi.


“It empowers us to manufacture locally and by doing so to further our national interests through import replacement. The cargo e-bike is a small step forward towards reindustrialisation,” Vadi said.


Addressing the launch of the e-cargo bike at the Sharpeville Precinct on Tuesday, he said the cargo e-bike also gives the province an opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint by shifting from petrol to electric propulsion.


The six months, e-bike pilot project was launched in a partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the SKDP, a non-profit-organisation based in Sharpeville.


The MEC said the partnership with SKDP will empower both the organisation and the community at large.


The project has been in the making over the past year.


“At the heart of the success of this project has been the growing partnership between the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Germany,” Vadi said.


The launch of the project is the outcome of the Joint Declaration of Intent signed between the former German Vice-Minister and the provincial department.


The cargo e-bikes will remain the property of SKDP collective after the pilot has run its course.


“The pilot study will give us information on the feasibility of using the e-bike in a township setting. The e-bike will be fitted with a GPS and each rider will have a mobile phone to track the bikes and provide data showing its ruggedness, safety and mileage covered in terms of its business model,” Vadi said.


He said each rider will provide daily performance reports of the bike and the challenges faced on the road. –

Cosmo Dolphins Academy invites community for water safety lessons

Cosmo Dolphins Academy invites community members, who are interested in swimming, to attend free water safety lessons on 24 November and 8 December.

Cosmo Dolphins Swimming Academy is a swim school located at 10188, Uzbekistan Crescent, Ext 8, Cosmo City.

The primary purpose of the school is to teach children and adults to learn to swim. Tsepang and Moipone Mohapi founded the swimming academy which provides swimming lessons and competitions for both children and adults. They also educate the swimmers how to do swimming techniques like stroke correction and water aerobics.

“We want the community to be water safe as we approach the festive season,” said Moipone Mohapi. “Everyone is welcomed to join us as we partake in this water awareness, and it is for free. We want people to be aware of how and when to rescue people from water.”

During the awareness campaign, people will be taught how to deal with water when swimming at the beach, lakes, dams, and pools, said Mohapi.

“We will be focusing on youth and adults, not excluding kids,” Mohapi added. “According to statistics, South Africa is ranked as one of the countries with higher rates of drowning in water. So we feel compelled to run an awareness especially this time of the year when is hot and people want to cool themselves.”

People who are interested in joining the Water Awareness campaign should contact Cosmo Dolphins on: 082 741 3412 or 083 341 8511.


SARS visits Cosmo City

South African Revenue Service (SARS) became visible to local businesses in Cosmo City with its first time visit earlier this month on the 07th of November.

The aim was to engage with the community and encourage new and developed businesses to be tax compliant.

Following the extensive 15% VAT increase introduced early this year in April, the mandate embarked tremendous outrage generating an increase in tax invasion formally by businesses across South Africa. This mandate didn’t only cause massive businesses downfall it also opened different discussions that SARS believed held serious focal points that most businesses needed clarification on, such as educating businesses on the types of presides that the department of SARS embody.

The visit originally intended to bring about a lending hand to local businesses and ensure that they have well enough information on what SARS is all about and what are the organisation’s intentions. The meeting focused on engaging with business that have been running for quite a long time and those that have just commenced in order to make sure that local businesses are not scared to involve themselves with SARS.

“SARS collaborating with our local business holds greater stability for our business,” said Lerato Sebata, a Cosmo City resident.

“As community member, I believe that my intensions of organising this event are generated out of a caring heart for others in my community,” she added. “I don’t want business to get into trouble with SARS, all I want is to ensure that people understand that SARS is friendly and its doors are opened to any ordinary business or any ordinary person in our local community.”

“We want SARS to become visible and our plan is to make sure that SARS conducts regularly visits in our community maybe once a week so that questions and answers can be exchanged between our local businesses and the department of SARS.”


Noxolo Serane another concerned community member behind the brilliant initiative expressed her happiness.

“I have gained so much knowledge on how SARS operate. I believe that for me and for any one whose trying to venture into businesses or whoever‘s trying to gain a certain income it is every important to know about SARS and on a personal level I generally enjoyed the whole experience and I would urge that we should all comply with the formalities of SARS.”




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