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ensured a fun day out with a free fashion show and Performances by local
artists. One lucky mom won big with a makeover from Coco Queen. Cosmo mall cares
owned by the Bentel Group.
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A Very big thank you to Coco Queen, Justine, Cash crusaders, The gym
Company and the Cosmo city Community
attended a prayer meeting this morning in Fairlands as a way to gain more
divine guidance when dealing with crime activities in areas like Cosmo City and
Anglican Parish: St Mihcaels and All Angels
Weltevreden Park churches organised the breakfast prayer meeting. During the
event, police interacted with the religious individuals and community members.
Churches want the communities to get
together and assist the police to reduce the crime, according to Hettie Wessels
of NG Weltevreden Park church.
“Communities need peace, and we can achieve
that through divine intervention. We decided to get the police involved as
well,” she said.
Nicolette Segeel said it is very important
for the police to be part of community prayer meetings. “We appreciate the
police for the work they do out there,” said Segeel. “We need to show them that
we really want to work with them do reduce crime which is prevailing in our
communities and throughout the country.”
It is a positive thing to see religious
people willing to work with the emergency services, said Colonel Mila Makgamatha of Honeydew Police Station.
“At our station, we are dealing with victims of different types of crimes,” said the Colonel. “Most of the people who handle such crime cases need services like counseling. I think we really need such spiritual, religious people on our side so that we can bring change in the communities.”
Logwood Village in Muldersdrift has thrived
these last few years with residents exploring society and Special Olympic
Games, despite South African stigmas on mental health.
Logwood Village is a residency for
intellectually disabled adults, according to their website, with over 20
Logwood Village’s 51 staff workers provide
a safe and loving home for all the residents.
“The people who work here are experts in their field,” said Wolhuter.
Families who rely on state facilities for
their loved ones only receive sub-standard care, according to an Independent
Online article. Every Logwood resident, however, gets state-of-the-art care
and living arrangements, Wolhuter said.
Logwood has three types of living.
Independent living consists of two to four residents in a home. A care
facilitator lives with those in semi-independent living. Those in high-care
living receive 24/7 assistance.
“Our philosophy is to bring the world to
us,” said the director, “which can be done by giving our residents in-house
The Village has three workshops. In the
income-producing workshop the residents work on labor-intensive assembly work,
which includes packaging, folding serviettes, assembling electrical appliances
and electric fence bobbins and attaching medals to lanyards. Sixty women from
the Video informal settlement on Elandsdrift Road work alongside these
residents in the income-producing workshop, as part of Logwood’s outreach
program. Logwood also provides these women with income and basic healthcare.
Logwood is accredited by SMETA (Sedex
Members Ethical Trade Audit), said Wolhuter. SMETA is a standard of improving
ethical supply-chain practices, according to their website. With this accreditation, the
residents can sell their products to Sedex members. A portion of the profits
are used for the residents’ families who cannot afford the Logwood fees, said
Wolhuter. Currently residents are making squares for Mandela Day blankets.
Besides work, the residents partake in
sport to keep them active, she said. Activities include swimming, horseback
riding, golf, yoga, dancing and more. Emmanuel Maqashalala, a resident, said
that his favourite activity is soccer and that he practices at four o’ clock
almost every day.
Bocce is another favourite sport amongst
the residents. Rosemarie Waidalich plays it often and says that it is one of
the few sports that she can participate in. Bocce is an Italian game closely
related to bowling, according to the Special Olympics website. The
objective is to roll the bocce ball as close to the target ball as possible,
Three Logwood Village residents
participated in the Special Olympics overseas in swimming, aquatics and golf,
said Bonita Bondesio, Logwood sports and activities coordinator, and Andrew
White won a gold medal in golf.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver (John F. Kennedy’s
sister) founded the Special Olympics in 1968. All the Special Olympics
participants are intellectually impaired. The Special Olympics organization
thrives on donations and has an office set up in South Africa, explained
Everyone at Logwood gets the opportunity to
participate in sports, said Bondesio. “If you can run 100m in 30 seconds or in
eleven seconds, it doesn’t matter, everyone gets an opportunity to
Opportunities also arise for residents to
partake in external activities outside of the Village. Maqashalala celebrated
his 21st birthday at Burger King. “We try to make their 21st
as special and memorable as possible,” said Lennon Chikumbirike, the Logwood
The staff provide the residents with transport
to be with their families during the holidays, said Wolhuter. Rosemarie
Waidalich sometimes visits her mother’s family in America.
Community members are also encouraged to
volunteer at Logwood, said Wolhuter. “We are very careful when it comes to
selecting volunteers as our residents can be quite vulnerable,” said the
director. Volunteers are usually parents of the residents and one of them helps
with adult education.
Although selecting volunteers is a tough
process, it is also challenging for Logwood to find volunteers in the first
place. “When we send requests out to the community, we don’t get much feedback from
them,” said Dawn Engelbrecht, Logwood’s administration manager. “Some don’t
know much about Logwood and others are discouraged by stigmas.”
Mental disability stigmas evolve from fear
or ignorance and can be combatted through education and increased contact with
the mentally impaired, according to a Health24
Four out of every 100 South Africans have
some form of intellectual disability, according to the
South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP).
Stigmas arise because people do not understand that people with intellectual
disabilities have trouble learning, understanding and processing information,
according to SACAP and a Camphill
article. It is a permanent condition, not a disease or illness.
Logwood has a quote on one of their
workshop windows that reads: “Every day may not be good, but there is something
good in every day.” And so, the Village tries to make their residents’ days as
joyful as possible.
“When you get here, it’s a feeling of unconditional love,” said
Engelbrecht. “It’s not an institution; it’s a home away from home.”
“Workers day is one of the greatest days for me,” said Pardon Madzivire when the chronicle asked him what he thinks of the workers' May Day holiday. “The day is important to me because it means that us as workers are highly appreciated in the constitution of South Africa”.
The chronicle collected resident’s opinions in the
streets of Cosmo City, about why the holiday is important to them. It also
asked what activities they participated on in celebration of workers' May Day
Workers day serves as an important day that celebrates
the role played by Trade Unions, the Communist party and other labour movements
in South Africa. The day originates from the battle that South African workers
struggled to conquer in the late 1800, in order to improve working conditions,
new labour laws and other steps towards social justice.
However, workers day and its ethics were only legitimised
officially on the first democratic elections in 1994. The day still serves as a
significant historical holiday, not only in South Africa but across the world,
basically offering a platform for workers whether in the health, Educational,
Industrial, Farming and Mining Sector to be appreciated for their hard work.
“I celebrated the Workers Day with my beloved
sisters," Madzivire added, "because we hardly spend time together and
this day offers us the opportunity to exactly do that as a family."
“With the unemployment rate being at 27.1% in South
Africa,” said Alberto Zikwimba, “It’s then as a human you should appreciate and
cherish your job and commemorate those who made it possible.
“I spent this holiday by advising my kids on the
importance of workers day and reminding them how important is this day to those
who sacrificed for the 8 hour labour holiday,” Zikwimba concluded.