30 June 2020

All communities  serviced by Diepsloot police station are advised that the police station has been temporarily closed after one of its members tested positive for Covid-19.

The Community Service Centre will be operating from Metro police department office, opposite Diepsloot police station, Corner Buffalo and Ingonyama street, extension 2. 

The community is advised to call 10111 for all emergencies and complaints which needs to be attended by Diepsloot police station.
The telephone lines at Diepsloot police station Community Service Centre will not be accessible for the duration of closure.
The building will be undergoing decontamination and the community will be informed when the station will be operational again.

The SAPS management apologises for any inconvenience that may arise from this.Station Commander Commander can be contacted at:  082-828-5767 
Relief commander: 082-558-1355
For more information contact Brigadier Mathapelo Peters076-065-6502

Food parcel distribution: a lifeline to the unemployed youth

More than 600 unemployed youth from Cosmo City are keeping themselves busy and benefiting from Mahlasedi Foundation by distributing food parcels door to door using wheelbarrows and trolleys.

 The youth distributors are compensated with stipends, which they use to buy certain products from the shops, according to Mahlasedei Foundation Operating Manager Jan Pestorius.

“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do the distribution,” Pestorius said. “They have been assisting us from Day One, and we have delivered close to 15 000 food parcels in Cosmo City using wheelbarrows. We really appreciate their effort. Our aim is to make sure that the finances stay in the community.”

We really enjoy delivering food parcels and are happy to work with Mahalasedi Foundation, said a resident who identified himself as only Mapakisha. “I lost my job due to COVID-19, but I manage to continue bringing food to my family, thanks to Mahlasedi Foundation.”

“I think everybody is happy to deliver the food parcels because we are doing it for the community, and we also benefit from that,” he said. “At the same time we are also exercising our bodies. Personally, I am very excited to be part of the distributing team.”

“They are really doing a splendid job for the community,” said John Mongwe of SANCO. “The fact that they are increasing in numbers means that they are enjoying and benefiting at the same time, which is a good thing. So far we have not received any complaints.

The food parcel distributions resumed on Wednesday 17 June 2020 at the open space outside Tirisano Primary school in extension 4. The food parcels currently being distributed in extension 4 are meant for the tenants because the landlords have already received the parcels in that section.

The distribution is expected to proceed to extension 0 and 5. The distribution sequence for other extensions will be communicated later.

Residents resort to alternative power options

Due to constant power outages in the community, residents have resorted to using candles, gas stoves and fire as power alternatives.

More than 10 transformers have exploded in Cosmo City, with Eskom blaming the rise in network overloading resulting from illegal connections.

The community has been facing an electricity crisis for the past two weeks, with extension 2 and 6 mainly affected.

“The situation has forced me to buy a gas stove,” said Mmabatho Mthunzi. “We are in winter, and it is very hard to survive without electricity. The other option we have is to use fire to keep ourselves warm.”

Eskom is slowly taking us back to village life, said Makhosi Moseki . “We are no longer living our normal life in Cosmo City because of power outages. We are now frustrated, and that is why some residents took to the streets to protest Eskom for poor service delivery.”

Ward 100 Electricity Task Team recently visited Eskom offices in Lanseria to enquire about the power challenges in the community. “Eskom responded that the community is facing overloading, by-passing and illegal connections,” reads part of the ward 100 Electricity Task Team statement.

“Due to these (problems), the feeder at the sub-station automatically trips off. This is to protect Eskom infrastructure from blowing up and burning. Because of this, it is not possible for Eskom to publicize the schedule. Residents and tenants are urged to reduce the load in the grid. Try to be mindful of the electricity consumption or usage every day. Switch off items such as the geyser and heaters etc. when necessary to do so. Do not waste electricity unnecessarily. Overloading automatically results in the sub-station tripping off.”

An audit will be done in the community, and there won’t be any penalties, according to the Electricity Task Team. “This audit will assist Eskom to know how to respond and normalise the situation. Eskom technicians must have access to every house or yard and Eskom expects community members to cooperate.”

The other part of the Task Team statement reads as follows:

 (1)we encourage people to buy electricity from Eskom accredited vendors to a minimum of R350 monthly.(2)registration of boxes will be considered and those who have registered before and their boxes appear unregistered must make submission within this grace period. (3)Those who bought houses and the boxes don’t appear under their names must submit a proof of purchase to Eskom service centre. (4) Do not allow unauthorized people to work in  Eskom infrastructure such as power lines, transformers etc. (5) Urgent special cases in all the extensions will be investigated and attended to by Eskom.

We discourage unnecessary protests and marches that damage our infrastructure, such as robots and tarred roads. We must not create a space for criminal elements to destabilize our area. We all have the responsibility to protect Eskom technicians to give us service without any interruptions. No one has the right to intimidate Eskom Technicians. Do not bribe or give them money to do favours. Be on the right side of the law.

NB. After the grace period heavy fines will be imposed from those who would have violated the law. Grace period ends in August 

Three children found dead in Diepsloot

Three children were found dead in a room in Diepsloot’s extension 2 on Monday 22 June, according to police.

Police were called to the scene while they were conducting routine patrols, said Diepsloot police spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.

“When police officers arrived at the scene, they found three lifeless bodies of children aged 13 years, 10 years and 11 months lying on the floor. Two of the deceased children were found wearing church uniform.”

The cause of their death is still unknown at this stage, the Captain said. “A two plate stove and a pot filled with water and coarse salt were found in the room. Parents of the three deceased children, aged 47 and 36 along with their 17-year-old son, were rushed to hospital for medical treatment. An inquest is still being investigated.”

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