Meet a local musician with a philosophical approach

Swizzy DaPhiloso is a philosophy-driven, upcoming hip-hop artist based in Cosmo City’s extension 6. 

His music is characterised by moral lyrics, which question the connection between human beings’ emotions and the universe.

Born Freddie Pilusa, DaPhiloso was raised by his mother and step father in Limpopo Ga-Sekgopo phukubjeng. The 23- year-old rapper, who is currently studying Law at University of South Africa (UNISA), said his background influenced him to be more inquisitive about the world.

“I grew up in a bad environment in the village,” he said. “In such an environment, people have their own perspectives about the universe and they rarely realise their dreams. I then took it as a mission to rise and use music to express what I think about the world. God gave us gifts and we should use our talents to improve every mankind.”

 DaPhiloso is also known for being the driving force of the Super Lunatic Macro Sycho (SLMS), an artists’ movement, which aims to bring peace in the community. “In the movement, we as upcoming artists go around the township encouraging children not to drop out of school because education is the major pillar of life,”

DaPhiloso recently released an album called DUKA DUKA with 18 tracks produced by VeeBeats Exclusives.

Youngsters shine at Black Friday build-up event

Youngsters presented splendid performances in a dance competition during this year’s Black Friday build up campaign held at Cosmo Mall on 23 November.

Cosmo Mall awarded different prizes to the winners. Cosmo Mall also sponsored the event, which was organised by In The Dream (ITD), VoxCode Promotions, Capiwise, Coca-Cola and Mmino More Entertainment. The mall will run a Black Friday promotion with 75% discount in selected stores and give away hampers to community members through sidewalk sales.

 While promoting the Black Friday and month-end sidewalk sales until 2 December, Mmino More Entertainment launched its Yellow Tape album.

Cosmo Mall and its partners wanted to bring the community and Cosmo Mall together, according to ITD director William Molaule. “At the same time, we also wanted the youth to showcase their talent,” he said. “It is important to focus on bringing the youth together because if they are not occupied, they end up doing bad things in the streets.”

Molaule said it is important for community elders to involve the youth in everything they do. “The more the youths get involved in community activities, the more they believe in themselves.  I would love to acknowledge Nkosemhle Ngobese, Romeo Joel, VeeBeats Exclusive and Katlego Lauren for making the event a success.

Pupils participate in spelling and mathematics competition

“Most pupils are looked after by grannies and when they get home they have no one to assist them with school work,” said the founder of Sir Gabriel Centre for Excellence Previous Ndlovu during a spelling and mathematics competition held at the centre on 11 November.

“Our aim is to bridge that gap between parents and pupils. We want to raise students’ morale to get them excited about education.”

Sir Gabriel Centre for Excellence is a private institution operating in Cosmo City’s extension 4. The centre mainly assists primary students with homework, research and revision. During the competition day, more than 50 students competed in spelling and mental mathematics with parents and community members attending the event.

It is crucial for students to understand mathematics at a young age before getting to high school, Ndlovu said. “Mathematics is not a problem, but a challenge,” he said. “It is one subject that makes a child reach his or her full potential. It is a challenge which they need to overcome.  They have to put an effort in mathematics and enjoy it, as it makes them think.”

Ndlovu said they are appealing for support from the community. “Most of the parents do not earn much and cannot afford school fees,” he said. “Eventually we charge them less, and we cannot chase the children away after failing to pay fees.  So it ends up being difficult to run the centre. Therefore, we are appealing to community members to help out wherever they can.  We are in need of study material and other things to keep the centre running.”

The centre is currently renting in a church premise, and Ndlovu said it is another challenge to them as they are told to move out of the premise by January 2020.

“Ever since my children started to attend at Sir Gabriel Centre, I have seen some improvement,” said a parent Cindy Dube. “I have three children, Gugulethu, Brendon and Thando, who attend here, and I am more than satisfied with the feedback that I get from their school.”

Spelling Bee competition winners

Juniors: Ayabonga (2nd Runner up), Brandon S Dube (1st runner up), and Mphikeleli Soko (The Winner).

Seniors:  Hazel T Nheta (2nd Runner up), Phenyo Moletsane (1st runner up), and Gugulethu M Dube (the winner)

Mental mathematics competition winners: Hazel T Nheta (2nd runner up), Kungawo Gqokonqana (1st runner up), and Gugulethu M Dube (the winner)

People can contact Sir Gabriel Centre for Excellence on 0612117657

Daily water supply system status updates: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 (Afternoon)

Water supply status update by exception (i.e. areas affected due to supply constraint and not service interruption from occasional pipe burst.)

Unplanned interruption

1.    Rand Water restriction

City of Johannesburg residents are urged to reduce their water consumption patterns as water usage has increased at an alarming rate and this is of serious concern given the recent heat wave we have been experiencing. Johannesburg Water has begun throttling reservoirs between at the rate of 20% to 40% in line with restrictions imposed by Rand Water. Another heat wave is predicted this coming weekend and we need all hands on deck to ensure that we reduce consumption in order to protect the infrastructure. The restrictions have impacted lot of Johannesburg Water reservoirs capacity across the City of Johannesburg as demand increases daily.

2.    Suburb affected: Solridge

Street names: Daniel Street & Halifax street

Date: 14 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connection of the new development

3.    Suburb affected: Norwood

Street names: Corner Grand, Arthur Road, Corner Dorothy,Osborn Road, Corner Iris & Osborn Road

Date: 14 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connection of new fire hydrant

Planned interruptions

1.     Suburb affected: Discovery Ext 9

Street names: Pieter Wenning, Hugo Naude and Volschenk Street

Date: 13 November 2019

Time: 08:30-15:30

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in new pipeline to existing

2.     Suburb affected: Parkview

Street names: Corner of Kerry Road and Dundalk Street

Date: 13 November 2019

Time: 09:00-20:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Upgrade of PRVs

3.     Suburbs affected: The Gardens, Abbotsford, Waverley, Oaklands & Norwood.

Date: 14 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connection the new PRV

4.     Suburbs affected: Selby

Date: 18 November 2019

Time: 08:00-18:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Installation of 160mm HDPE water on Trump street and West street.

5.    Suburb affected: Crowthorne 

Street Names: Neptune Avenue & Mercury Avenue.

Date: 19 November 2019

Time: 09:00-16:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in

Water tanks: Mercury Drive (Behind Telkom facility)

6.    Suburb affected: Poortjie

Date: 20 November 2019

Time: 09:00-15:00

Impact: No water

Reason: DMA implementation

7.    Suburbs affected: Dobsonville, Thulani, Doornkop, Bambayi, Mmesi park, Emdeni, Zola, Naledi, Tladi, Zondi

Date: 21 November 2019  

Time: 6:00-20:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Repairing a leak on the 1000mm supply main to the reservoir

8.    Suburb affected: Discovery Ext.9

Street Name: Steynberg Road

Date: 21 November 2019

Time: 08:30-16:30

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in

Water tanks: Corner Kliprand and Steynberg

9.    Suburb affected: Discovery Ext.9

Street Names: Hoy Street, Kliprand and Claredon

Date: 26 November 2019

Time: 08:30-16:30

Impact: No water

Reason: Tie-in

Water tanks: Hoy Street

10. Suburbs affected: Aeroton Industrial and Ormonde

Date: 26 November 2019

Time: 08:00-19:00

Impact: No water

Reason: Connect new tower to water inlet

We appeal to all to use water sparingly and to remind them that level one water restrictions are still in place. Watering of gardens is not allowed between 6 am and 6 pm in summer months (1 Sept to 31 March) and furthermore, it is not allowed to wash paved areas and driveway using hosepipes.

Residents are encouraged to subscribe on our website, to our SMS notification service for alerts on planned or unplanned service interruptions. More information can be obtained on twitter: @jhbwater; Facebook: Johannesburg Water and our website.

Customer service inquiries:

24 hour Hotline: 011 688 1699/ 086 056 2874

SMS line: 076 333 5052



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