Stakeholders vow to help in tackling Gender Based Violence

Stakeholders from City of Johannesburg Region C vowed to help the government in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) on 31 October when Government Communication Information System (GCSI) brought together government representatives and stakeholders from Cosmo City, Diepsloot and Zandspruit to discuss social problems in their communities. Gender Based Violence affects the physical, spiritual and social well-being of the people, stakeholders said during the meeting.

“Domestic violence seems to be ever increasing in our communities,” said Mthethuvumile Gqongo, a community development worker from the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). “We are going to support any government initiative to fight against Gender Based Violence. We need to develop communities where men are not abusive to their families.”

Unemployment is one of the factors leading to the rise of GBV, Gqongo added.

“I think we can help fighting against GBV by creating jobs to the community members,” he said. “Men who are not working tend to be more frustrated, which makes them likely to become violent to their wives. So by creating more jobs, we can help government tackle these social problems,” Gqongo said.

Violence against Women has been labeled a serious problem in South Africa. Awful stories of intimate partner violence have been highlighted in the media since #MenAreTrash went viral. According to government reports, death of women due to GBV is on the rise in South Africa. Statistics show that the murder rate for women rose drastically by 117% since 2015.

Most  domestic violent activities are caused by relationships for personal gains,StephinahBoshielo of Cosmo City Women’s Forum said.

“I think the mixture of different backgrounds we have in our country has led to some destructive relationships,” said Boshielo. “Some people come into South Africa targeting to get citizenships through marriages. When they get that citizenship, violence erupts because that relationship was just for personal gains. However, not every foreigner does that.”

GCSI Regional Communications Coordinator PakengMatsese said the aim of the meeting was to create awareness about gender based violence.

“Our aim is to have different stakeholders discussing a possible way forward to stop GBV,” he said.

Gladiators of Hope’s cancer awareness reaches Cosmo City Community

 

“Breast Cancer is painful, and it has nothing to do with witchcraft,” said Nomvula Reba of Gladiators of Hope. “With God’s help, it can be cured and we are a living testimony of that.”

Reba, a breast cancer survivor, spoke during the Breast Cancer awareness programme held at the Cosmo City Shopping Center on 3 November.

The Breast Cancer awareness programme was organized by Gladiators of Hope NPC in association with Wings of HOPE.  Gladiators of Hope is a group of young breast cancer survivors that aims to educate communities about the realities of cancer.

Community members attended the event, where they were given advice on how to tackle cancer. During the event which was also attended by the first black South African oncologist Dr KeoTabane, cancer survivors encouraged the community to have faith in God and hope to beat cancer.

 

“This is the first event to be done in Cosmo City community,” Reba said. “It is an event that we thought it was really necessary to have. Cancer has a lot of stigma in our community, and we want to debunk that.”

People should understand that not only women are victims of cancer, Reba added,but anyone can be affected.

At Gladiators of Hope, Reba said, they support the newly diagnosed with cancer as they keep the hope alive.

She was thankful to everyone who made the awareness programme a success.

“We were honored by the presence of Dr. KeoTabance from Sandton oncology,” she said.

“Aruna from Renico supported us by allowing us to use the premises free of charge, we are thankful for that. We also thank the Outreach Team from St Mark Anglican who supported with a donation for fruits that we served. We were also humbled by the presence of Pastor Sbu and the praise team from GNF church, not forgetting the sound system and the stage. We thank you.”

 

 

 

 

Nooitgedacht’s cultural pride celebrated on fun day

Nooitgedacht students, teachers and families united on 3 November for a day of fun and cultural activities at Lion Park for the school’s cultural fun day.

Children and their families celebrated the school’s cultural diversity with food, music, and activities from different cultures.

The event’s purpose was to bring the community together and to raise funds, said grade five English teacher Neo Tlhagale-Molefe.

“We just want to bring the community together,” she said. “We want to showcase the cultural diversity that we have at our school and raise funds at the same time. It is really important for our kids to learn and understand their culture. We want to continue with such activities to build good relationships with the community,” she said.

The school has students from different countries with different cultural backgrounds, Tlhagale-Molefe added. The school’s cultural diversity ranges from whites to blacks with some students coming from countries like Nigeria, DR Congo, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. The community members were invited along to the celebration with many of them taking part in the dancing and cultural activities.

The fundraising event was meant to take the school to another level, said Paul Chatindo, who teaches grade seven students.

“We are trying to raise funds so that we keep the school going,” Chatindo said. “With those kinds of funds, we can do the feeding scheme for our kids. Some of our students come from informal settlements and they do not have money.”

The cultural part of the event serves as a reminder of where people come from, Chatindo added. the cultural dances that students showcased are examples of what they learn at home.

“We have so many different cultures at our school, and we are learning a lot” said Cleopatra Mwale, one of the grade six students. “I think it is a good thing to see other people’s cultures because you can understand them better.”

 

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