Striving through beauty pageantry in uncertain times

 The year 2020 left many local productive minds stranded, furious and depressed because musicians lost their gigs due to COVID-19. Just as it did with local artists and music promoters, the coronavirus lockdown also shuttered the pageantry industry. In an interview with SinGwen Models, the organisation’s co-founder Sindi Dambuza said COVID-19 restrictions affected them negatively.

“In 2020, we were unable to host events like we used to do in previous years,” Dambuza said. “We were supposed to host a Face of Sin-Gwen Models event and a fashion show in June. We also couldn’t host our Mr and Miss Teen Diepsloot in September. It was a tough year, which affected our plans for the north side.”

However, SinGwen Models managed to host a modeling competition on 11 December 2020 at Jerusalem Lounge where they crowned Cosmo City and Diepsloot teen models.

Sin-Gwen Models is an organization that trains teenage models and get them ready for beauty pageants.

 “Since we could not host our Mr and Miss Teen Diepsloot due to COVID-19, we decided to have one big event and crown everyone at once, including the face of Sin-Gwen Models.”

In order to be a successful model Dambuza said it is important to be always humble. “Be yourself, be comfortable in your own skin, and never allow people to tell you what to do. Put yourself first and carry yourself like a king or queen in whatever you do. Believe in yourself.

Trust me; you’ll make it in the modeling industry.”

The event was a success, Dambuza said. “Parents were happy and supportive. We are thankful for the support we got from the owner of the venue Mr Big Boy Mazibuko and the management Trigger Finger Inch. I would also like to thank the sponsorship we got from the Sasol Garage; a special shout out to Mr Albert Khoza and Musa Nufsed Makhunga from Nufsed Entertainment.”

At Sin-Gwen Models, Dambuza said, they make sure that they spend much time with their models teaching them different things. “Our aim is to offer boys and girls an opportunity to gain their confidence boosting up their self-esteem. We teach them how to walk as a model and how to answer questions when they enter beauty pageants. We will open 2021 auditions soon.”

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Baker’s Dozen officially opens in Cosmo City Giving you a piece of the pie

Situated at Cosmo Junction in extension 0, Baker’s Dozen is ready to offer its services to the community.

The retailer, which officially opened on 12 December 2020, offers customers  a chance to buy frozen products to heat and eat in the convenience of their homes, and the opportunity to buy products and on-sell, to make a profit.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all our pockets,” reads a statement from the Baker’s Dozen management. “ we are all looking for means to stretch our Rands, good food to pack for the kids to take to school, and an opportunity to make money. “

Baker’s Dozen is the answer, through the sales of products for you to prepare when you need them for the kiddies’ lunch, an easy dinner after work, or to be able to make the products from home and sell them in your community-  giving you some much needed cash!

“Our aim is to sell you the quantities you need- from 6 items to 150, you choose from our pre packed range,” says the management.

“If you have an oven and the ENTREPRENEURIAL spirit of making your own money, you can purchase our products and prepare them at home, just follow our easy instructions on packs. “

Offered  products and pastries include pies, croissants, muffin batter, biscuits, doughnuts, rolls and breads. These are sold frozen and can be baked in any good oven for home use or selling.

Baker’s Dozen is also a coffee shop serving light meals for customers looking to sit down and enjoy our free customer Wi-Fi. Open every day, we are the ideal spot for meetings or just a smoothie after gym.

“We deliver platters (for functions and meetings) and bulk purchases to our customers around Cosmo City for free. Place your order online before 12h00 and see stipulated delivery times for different products and areas. “

Baker’s Dozen will be carrying own range products but will also stock some leading products that so far have only been available to caterers due to volume- now they are at your door step.

Baker’s Dozen, From the Oven with Love

Duo Sentenced to 17 years for robbery, possession of a fire arm and illegal immigration

Randburg magistrate’s court, recently, sentenced Ephraim Mhlanga (34) and his accomplice Siyabonga Moyo to 15 years imprisonment after finding them guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and armed robbery.

 On Wednesday 2 December 2020, the duo had previously been handed two years for contravening the Immigration Act, for being in the country without proper documentation.

On 9 June 2017 at about 21:00, the accused entered a spaza shop in extension 4 Diepsloot. Posing as customers, they robbed the victim of her cellphone at gunpoint, according to Diepsloot SAPS spokesperson Captain Tinyiko Mathebula.

“The following day, 10 June 2017, the police were conducting patrol duties when they received information about an African male who was seen with a firearm,” the Captain said.

When police went to the suspects’ reported location, Captain Mathebul said, they found two African males matching the informant’s description. So, they searched the suspects and found that one was carrying an unlicensed firearm and the other one had four cellphones, which police suspected were stolen. At the same time police were detaining these two men, they also detained a man suspected of domestic violence. This man recognized one of the four cellphones and said that it belonged to his wife and had been stolen from her the previous day.

When police confirmed that the cellphone was indeed the one robbed from the woman in extension 4, the domestic violence suspect confirmed that the two other suspects were the ones who robbed his wife.

“This occurrence gave the police a springboard to build a watertight case against the suspects,” said Captain Mathebula, “which led to a successful prosecution.”

The station commander, brigadier Koena Moichela commended the members' investigative efforts which resulted into a substantial sentencing. r_y":�� ��

Greater Lanseria Master Plan Draft out

The Greater Lanseria Master Plan is the first stage in the development of the new post-apartheid Smart City in Lanseria announced by President Ramaphosa in his 2020 State of the Nation Address and a draft of the master plan is now available for public comment.

 A Smart City in the South African context must use innovative technologies to provide smarter and more sustainable services to create a new normality that will change the apartheid spatial architecture and provide social and economic opportunity for all South Africans.

The Lanseria Smart City will not be a new, glitzy Dubai or Singapore but a true post-apartheid city based on the “TRAM” principles: a Transformative city structure for true social and economic inclusion; Re-industrialization of the city economy; Adaptive and resilient to change; Modernizing to be more internationally competitive. 

Lanseria will become a modern South African city in which people find normality, urban prospect and dignity in a place that subscribes to the fundamental principles of inclusion, sustainability and life-enhancing smartness for all. It will create significant economic opportunity, building on the influence of Lanseria International Airport, in the vicinity of marginalised communities like Diepsloot and Cosmo City on this north-western periphery of the Gauteng City Region and provide a basis for sustainable urban consolidation in this area.

Lanseria is one of the places that can absorb a lot of that growth in a structured way and although the private sector has been wanting to develop in the Lanseria area for the past 20 years, there has been no development because the area sits on the edge of four different municipalities – City of Johannesburg, Mogale City, City of Tshwane and Madibeng - and is not a priority for any of them. As a result, the required bulk infrastructure to enable development is inadequate.

The Gauteng Provincial Government appointed a professional team led by GAPP Architects and Urban Designers (GAPP) to draft a master plan for the Greater Lanseria area. The objective of the Greater Lanseria Master Plan is to determine the bulk infrastructure requirements to ensure the realisation of the smart city at the core of the wider development node. The master plan looks at transport, water, sanitation, stormwater management, electricity, solid waste, information and communication technologies, health, education, social and economic infrastructure, agriculture, environmental and heritage aspects and will also propose governance and institutional arrangements for the area. It covers the infrastructure programmes and projects of several stakeholders within the Gauteng City Region, including the National Government, State Owned Enterprises, the Gauteng Provincial Government and its agencies, municipal governments and entities and the private sector.

The draft master plan can be viewed online or downloaded from the following website: or the following link

Videos of detailed presentations on different aspects of the draft master plan are available on YouTube at the following link:

A Facebook page and Twitter account have also been set up for the master plan as follows:   and  @LanseriaSCity

Written comments on the draft master plan can be sent to the following email address: until the close of the comment period. For further information on the draft master plan please contact Nomi Muthialu or Julian Drew of the GAPP professional team at 011 209 2698. ��

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