New Ackerman’s shop robbed in Cosmo City

Nine armed robbers invaded the newly opened Ackermans shop in Cosmo City’s Shopping Center on 2 October, getting away with R3000 and cell phones valued at R100 000, according to Honeydew Police who are still investigating the matter.

The shop was robbed two days after opening. It was not the first shop in the community to be robbed soon after its opening.

Honeydew Police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan told Cosmo City Chronicle that the robbery took place at about 10 am and no one was injured.

“Three of the armed robbers entered the shop, pretending to be customers,” he said. “The other six followed and forced nine employees to lie on the floor before demanding for cash.”

Captain Muthan said police were still hunting for the robbers.

“The shop does not have cameras yet,” he explained. “The available footage captured by external cameras shows that the robbers travelled in a white Nissan Almera and a maroon Hyundai.The vehicles did not have registrations.”

When Cosmo City Chronicle visited the shop on 3 October, it was already operating on its normal business hours. The Ackermans manager Julius Matlou described the incident as unfortunate.

“It was not expected, and we could not control the situation. We will see our way forward after taking the stock, but it has really affected us,” he said.

A resident who witnessed the incident said the robbers moved very quickly as they shoved one of the security guards inside the shop.

“I was just coming from the other shops and I saw about six men violently pushing a security guard into the shop,” said the resident who identified himself as only Mabhena. “I could not understand what was happening, I tried to get inside the shop but the door was closed. Through the window I could see the employees lying on the floor and I assumed it was robbery. A few minutes later they got into their runaway cars and escaped.”

The community feels insecure from armed robbers as the festive season approaches, Mabhena said.

SSCC helps disadvantaged orphans and elderly women

“Our aim is to take women out of poverty,” said Seipone Sasechaba Community Center (SSCC) vice chair- person Nhlanhla Ndlovu at the 29 September Pick ’n Pay Cosmo Mall grocery give-away for vulnerable women and children in Cosmo City.

SSCC helps disadvantaged orphans and elderly women in Cosmo City by providing free health and women rights education, clothing and groceries.

SSCC, which currently caters for more than 400 residents, is a Non- Profit Organisatiion founded in 2017 by six women: Rejaina Moipone Sephiri, Nhlanhla Ndlovu, Kholiswa Manyana, Nomsa Prudence Sephiri, Minah Mpho Lekwane and Livhuwani Elda Mokgabi. SSCC works together with various stakeholders to fight against gender discrimination and gender-based violence in the community.

Every month SSCC gives away food and clothing to the needy. On 29 September, the NPO teamed up with Pick n Pay Cosmo Mall to give away groceries.

“We would like to thank various stakeholders who support our initiative,” said Ndlovuat the Pick ‘n Pay Cosmo Mall give-away. “A lot of women have been affected by poverty in our community. We try by all means to find the most affected women and children in the community to provide them with a sense of belonging.  We provide them with training programmes that will improve their livelihood. We also want to help the community get rid of child and women abuse.”

Ndlovu explained that they teach women about the importance of child immunization and encourage those who live with HIV to adhere to treatment.

Elsie Nthapelang, one of the SSCC beneficiaries, said that she was happy to be considered by the NPO.

“I am happy, not only for myself but for everyone who is benefiting from SSCC,”she told Cosmo City Chronicle.  “I hope they continue expanding beyond Cosmo City. We are also happy for the committed stakeholders like Pick n Pay, we really appreciate their effort.”

Zolile Nomcweya of Pick n Pay Cosmo Mall said giving back to the community is a good process as we are building good relationships with people that support us .

Small Business kickstarter set to empower 100 entrepreneurs

Small Business Kickstarter (SBK) advances entrepreneurship by providing business incubation to 100 entrepreneurs with viable business ideas, funding 10 of them with R30 000 each.

SBK will provide 10 entrepreneurs with 10 gigabytes of Vodacom data each and also offer 10 business study scholarships to Damelin Correspondence College. SBK was founded by three young entrepreneurs namely Lungako Magida, Cynthia Hass and Michelle Bam. In an interview with Cosmo City Chronicle, SBK co-founder Lungako Magida said the aim of the initiative is to advance entrepreneurship in an effort to combat unemployment.

“With the assistance of Vodacom and Damelin Correspondence College, we are recruiting 100 entrepreneurs who will be trained to create fundable business plans,” she said. “We need people aged between 18 and 50 with problem solving business ideas. The incubation program will be done online and equip the entrepreneurs with basic business running skills, including financial management, sales, marketing, and Human Resources.”

To enter the competition, Magida said, go to www.smallbusinesskickstarter.co.za and download an entry form. Applications will be closed on 12 October 2018, and the winners of the competition will be announced on 15 October 2018.

Magida, who is also a member of Cosmo City Women’s Forum, added that the initiative could benefit a lot of entrepreneurs in the community.

“There are many ambitious people in Cosmo City and a lot can benefit from this initiative,” said Magida. “I know that there are many women and men who have business ideas but they do not know where to knock.  So this incubation will assist different people from the community.”

Magida’s other projects include Miss Tertiary SA, a beauty pageant open to South African female students in all legally registered public and private universities and colleges nationwide.  In response to the 2015 #FeesMustFall movement that highlighted the increasing number of financially excluded students in tertiary institutions, the pageant’s aim is to bridge the financial struggles of students in tertiary institutions. The pageant disburses scholarships to the winners and provides mentorship and exposure that can enable future opportunities whilst creating jobs in various sectors. The first Miss Tertiary SA winners were crowned on 11th August 2018.

Cosmo Funerals celebrates five years of existence

Cosmo Funerals turned five years old and celebrated the anniversary on 24 September 2018 at Multipurpose Center, with scores of community members attending the event.

KgomotsoLanga founded Cosmo Funerals in 2013 out of her love for the community after she noticed people without funeral cover. Cosmo Funerals became the first parlor in the community. It intends to create jobs for youth and reduce poverty for underprivileged people. It works hand in glove with Kgomotso Foundation to bring positive change in the community.

“We are marking our fifth year of existence in the Cosmo City community as a funeral parlor,” Cosmo Funerals founder KgomotsoLanga told Cosmo City Chronicle. “We are celebrating our members for being with us for five years.  Not everyone is appreciating our effort but at the end of the day we want to do the right thing by giving back to the community.”

The day was marked by a raffle draw in which people won valuables like a fridge, plasma TV, washing machine, microwave, cell phones, kettle, and irons.

“I would like to encourage those people who do not have funeral covers to join us as we aim to provide a very dignified sending off of their loved ones,” Langa said. “We are also there to provide assistance to indigent families. The love that we are giving to the community, we also get it back.”

In the past five years, the parlor created jobs for youth and assisted needy people in the community. It won two awards from the GEP and Gauteng Department of Legislature for being the best funeral service provider.

Langa said that the parlor faces financial challenges to purchase land and develop a state of the art mortuary in Cosmo City. They aim to continue providing their best, she said, when it comes to funeral cover.

 

 

 

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