Empowering the girl child through beauty pageant

 Cosmo City beauty pageant Lebogang Rangongo is one of Miss Common Wealth SA finalists, and she believes she will do her best to positively influence young women.

The 20-year-old Damelin College student has been involved in community development projects including donating to the needy. She told the Chronicle that she wants to bring change through beauty pageant.

“I entered Miss Common Wealth SA to uplift a girl child especially those who are underprivileged,” she said.

“I was raised by a grandmother in Limpopo Ga Mphahlele, and I believe that charity begins at home. Therefore, I started doing my campaign at Thageatala Secondary School in Limpopo where I donated pads to students. I have some projects to run in Cosmo City. I am currently planning to do feeding project in December.”

Miss Commonwealth South Africa is a beauty contest which aims to empower young women between the ages 20-32 years with a platform to bring sustainable change ensuring they become charity as well as Cultural Ambassadors in South Africa. Miss Commonwealth South Africa also mentors young women who want to hold key positions in society further making a difference.

NNC fun day celebrated in style

Community members turned out at Multipurpose Centre on 6 October when National Neglected Citizens (NNC) hosted its first annual fun day in Cosmo City.

Performances from artistes like Mashona, Mali, and Zuko  SA kept the audience fascinated and celebrating.

NNC hosted the event to activate the organization, get the community involved and raise funds, funds, according to NNC spokesperson Bongi Mmako.

“Cosmo City is one of the communities that we represent,” he said. “There are people who are struggling with shelter. One thing that we realised is that people are not united in this community.  Once the community members are united, the level of participation improves and they can tackle issues collectively.

“I am happy that we managed to bring together NNC members from different parts of the province. It is our time to get to know each other.”

NNC is passionate about restoring human, values, dignity and rights. “Most people in developing cities like Johannesburg are not enjoying their rights to live in good settlements.

“So we, as a civic organisation, have a role to play to make sure that people get what they deserve. We are not affiliated to any political party, but we need citizens to be free when it comes to settlements.

“Sometimes you find that there are people who pay a lot of money for rent while they earn very little. There are some people who qualify for RDPs, but are not yet living in those houses. Our aim is to address all these challenges in a fair manner.”

Residents, speaking to the Chronicle, expressed their happiness about the event.  It was interesting to hear some hopeful ideas from the NNC, said community member Mbekezeli Malinga. “As long as they are not representing any political party, I think we should give them a chance and see how they can assist our communities,” Malinga said. 

Gender Based Violence awareness campaign held in Zandspruit

“We have learnt that Gender Based Violence is happening to a lot of men in this community,” said City of Johannesburg MMC Health and Social Development, Cllr Dr Mpho Phalatse. She spoke during the Gender based awareness campaign held in Zandspruit on 5 October 2019.

People are not always talking about violence against men because it is an embarrassing thing, MMC Phalatse said. “We understand that men are dying silently because they are not taken seriously whenever they go to report to the police. Eventually they retaliate by beating up their wives and children.”

Ward 114 DA PR councillor Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku and DA members joined the MMC to do a door to door campaign against Gender Based Violence. The MMC challenged residents to keep on reporting violence-related conflicts in their families.

“The City of Johannesburg is working hard to assist people affected by Gender based Violence,” she said. “For example, we have established Men’s Forums in communities. In these forums there are mentors and trainers to help men with conflict management. Men need to be taught about how to deal with conflict in a better way than beating up their wives and children.”

City of Johannesburg is able to partner with the victims of Gender Based Violence, said MMC Phalatse. “If the victims say the police are not taking their cases seriously, the City is able to chip in and assist. We are able to bring the police department on board. We need people to be free to get the help that they need with regards to gender related conflicts.”

We do not want our society to end up getting used to Gender Based Violence, she noted.

“There are a lot of things leading to family conflicts. However, our aim is to turn things around so that people will begin to understand that there are other ways of dealing with conflict

Cosmo Mall cares for its community this past Heritage Day

South Africa is an original country. We have eleven official languages, provinces full of natural beauty and multicultural people. This is quite an achievement and a reason to celebrate. Saturday the 28th was all about our heritage and our loyal shoppers, Roots butchery supported our heritage event and fed 100 of our Cosmo elderly for lunch at the mall. It was good to see the grannies enjoying themselves during lunch, said Methuli Ndlovu a community member. “I think these celebrations should continue to be held on a yearly basis,” he said. It was an exciting day of activities with big giveaways. Shoppers showcased what heritage means to them through music and traditional dance competition on the DSTV stage.

There were tenant vouchers and 10hd TVs given away on the day. Cosmo mall and the Bentel Group are a part of the Cosmo community and through the community support, we will carry on hosting events like that in the future and we appreciate that they always come in numbers, said Sebetola the Operations manager for Cosmo Mall.

A big thank you to our sponsors DSTV access, Romans Pizza, Pick n Pay and Just Shoes for supporting the event and Cosmo residents.

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