Theft out of vehicles still a problem

Police are warning residents and motorists of a rise in common robberies and theft out of motor vehicles.

On Friday morning, 04 June 2021, Diepsloot police conducted a theft-out-of-motor-vehicle awareness campaign at Total Petroport N14, urging motorists to be alert, said Diepsloot spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.

“Motorists should be vigilant at all times,” he said. “There are suspects preying on innocent victims. So motorists should avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them, as this motivates them to break into their vehicles. “


During the campaign, Captain Mathebula said, police encouraged motorists to physically test door handles to ensure that their vehicles are properly locked. They also dished out pamphlets with safety tips to prevent theft out of motor vehicle crime.

More than hundred graduate at PHOLA

Scores of people turned out at Cosmo City’s Multipurpose Centre when PHOLA hosted its second annual graduation ceremony on 5 June 2021.

PHOLA was registered in 2016 to address the psychosocial and mental health problems associated with violence, crime, substance abuse, child abuse, gender-based violence, hardship and trauma. Based in Boskruin, PHOLA operates in communities like Cosmo City, Zandspuit and Diepsloot.

PHOLA graduates in a jovial mood during their graduation ceremony at Multipurpose Centre

Through its COURAGE program, PHOLA helps women and children to separate and distance themselves from a painful past caused by traumatic experiences. Once the victims have healed, they graduate to a new chapter of life.

“The graduation is considered as a celebration to new life,” said Tamsanqa Mlilo of PHOLA.

“Some women and children go through a lot in their lives, which results in depression. So when they graduate, they can look back and see where they came from. At PHOLA, we offer psycho-social support and training to help people from depression.”

This year’s graduates consisted of members of Cosmo City Women Forum, Cosmo City Youth Forum, Treatment Action Campaign, SHM Foundation, Orange Farm and Boksburg (Ramaphosa Youth Groups).

PHOLA is also working with schools to help children recover from traumatic experiences, Mlilo said.

“We have many programs in schools where we operate. There are so many negative stories told about communities like Diepsloot and Zandspruit. However, we want to develop positive narratives in such communities. Our programs are not only benefiting the adults, but the youngsters as well.”

Mlilo said this year’s graduation is a milestone. “The number of the people joining PHOLA is increasing every year. We would like to thank the Cosmo City community for hosting us. The event was a success, and everyone enjoyed it. We are looking forward to continue operating and bringing change in the communities.”

Such initiatives deserve to be supported, said Cosmo City health promoter from the City of Johannesburg Health Department Peter Mphahlele.

“As a public sector we are very honored, and we support such organizations. We will assist wherever we can. This is one of the footprints of us interacting together and assisting them to penetrate the community at large.”

Youth Cooperatives Development Programme to turn job seekers to job creators

SThe City of Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development, Cllr. Lawrence Khoza resumed the City’s Youth Cooperative Development Programme in Region C, in Cosmo City on 8 June 2021.

Region C covers parts of Roodepoort area, Florida, Northgate, Constantia Kloof, Bram Fischerville and Cosmo City.

Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development, Cllr. Lawrence Khoza

The programme empowers youth-owned cooperatives with compliance regulations, in-depth training, market access through Cooperative Development, and links them with procurement opportunities available within the City. The focus will be on young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years whose level of skills and workplace experiences disadvantages them when seeking employment. The programme will identify 500 young people in each of the City’s seven regions.

These interventions are aimed at reversing the effect of the factors contributing to the failures of similar sized businesses and they include the lack of business planning, access to capital and markets, inadequate office infrastructure/facilities, skills, and institutional capacity.

“The exclusion of the youth from the labour market, the lack of opportunities, along with the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the economy has led to the concerted efforts of the City to focus

its support to Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and youth cooperatives; and to encourage co-production and localisation as a catalyst for economic revitalisation,” says MMC Khoza.

“There is a great of hope placed on the youth and it is for that reason, the City must invest in aspiring entrepreneurs, their talents and skills to participate in the economy. Joburg must be mindful in its approach to transform one of our greatest challenges into an asset.

The City aims to deliver an enabling environment for its young people to actively participate as drivers of change. The programme launched today aims to raise awareness among young people about co-operatives as an alternative form of enterprise model which young people can use for their economic, social and cultural development as well as the attainment of their aspirations.” says MMC Khoza.

Cooperatives stimulate the economy of the community in which they operate. They bridge the economic divide, promote an inclusive local economy, and remain viable means of alleviating poverty by creating employment opportunities. Resulting in local resilience, spending, democratic accountability, and much needed active participation of community members towards sustainable livelihoods.

The City continues to fight unemployment, which is one of the major problems facing South Africa as a whole. Young people, especially; young women and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply online or obtain the application forms from Ward Councillors offices within the City’s regions.

Numbers and types of cooperatives supported by CoJ in the 2019/20 financial year

  • • 18 in the separation at source programme run by PIKITUP
  • • 30 in the Waste Management Programme including street cleaning, illegal dumping, round collection, assisting in the landfill
  • • 36 contracted by Johannesburg City Parks and are involved in the maintenance of parks
  • • 85 in the agro-processing sector
  • • 250 in the Food Resilience Programme run by the Department of Social Development

Click here to download the Youth Cooperative Registration Form


Click here to register online for the Youth Cooperatives Development Programme

For more information, contact: Malusi Mbusi 083 444 5555 or Lawrence Selemakoro 083 571 5778

Local author releases a new book

“During the lockdown, I lost my sources of income. Then I got depressed,” said Ithumeleng Dithupe the author of Journey of Self Discovery

Instead of letting the hardships of lockdown and Covid-19 bring him down, he Dithupe decided to hold on and write his third book.

Dithupe has not had an easy life, he said, but he is now an established  writer who helps other people of disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their dreams through his non-profit organisation, Dithupe’s Foundation.  

“It took me six months to write my new book, Journey of Self Discovery,” Dithuphe said. “I hope my book will help people find tools to boost their confidence and stand firm during tough situations and relationships.”


The book is R100 and can be bought online from the Groep 7 website (, and soon from Amazon.

The book follows Dithupe’s novels Be the Boss of Your Future, and King Lion vs Jackal Enemies.

 Dithupe said that along with depression, he has been going through other challenges as a writer.

“We go through a lot due to writing for long hours and having sleepless nights,” he said. “Sometimes it is hard to find the right audience for the book.”

“I think the challenge is among the young people who do not believe in empowering themselves through reading,” he added. “I would like to encourage the young generation to read and support local artists.”

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