No contamination of water in Northriding

Johannesburg Water would like to update the residents of the following streets (Boundary & Aureole  and Spionskop) in the North Riding  area  that the first sample results that came through late last night indicate NO E-coli bacteria was found from the samples taken at Honeydew and Cosmo City reservoirs and the hydrants in the area.

We are however waiting for a second round of results from the samples that were taken yesterday. This is to ensure that we have two consecutive clean results. Residents can use water for all other purposes except consumption (drinking and cooking) until further we receive  the second sample results.

All other residents of North Riding are free to use the water and water tankers are still  available for the affected  residents on Boundary, Aureole  and  Spionskop as an alternative water supply.

Johannesburg Water is committed to provide water and sanitation that is of high quality to all residents of the City of Johannesburg and we apologize to residents for the inconvenience caused.

For media enquiries:

Mr Isaac Dhludhlu

Manager: Marketing and Communications

T: +27 (0) 11 688 1577

M: +27 (0) 72 638 5346

E: Isaac.dhludhlu@jwater.co.za

Community Public Meeting

The community of Cosmo City gathered at the multipurpose centre last Saturday the 21st of October, for a community meeting held by the Ward counselor Mapula Mosito. The meeting was so she could give the community feedback on issues that were discussed in the last meeting as well as hear the current issues faced by the Region C residents.

‘’We invited public entities like Joburg water, we wanted them to address the issue of drain and sewage system blockages in the community, which they have addressed and said they would be upgrading the pipes in South Africa drive,’’ explained Mapula Mosito, Counselor of Cosmo City.

This meeting was to address more than just water problems but it was an opportunity for community members to engage their counselor, address issues that concern their daily lives and an opportunity for them to be heard by the respective people in positions to help them. Some voiced their grievances about things such as dustbin pick up times and where they should be left to be picked up.

Residents of Itsoseng and Eskom were also present as the councilor also represents their areas. Residence who came from there addressed issues of improper housing, corruption, crime and issues that affect even the residence if Cosmo City like the need for a public hospital facility that would operate on a  24/7 basis.

‘’ As requested from the previous public meeting the different settlements of region C were invited. The housing department is trying to do away with informal settlements that is why we are now having RDP houses built there, but coming from a shack it will not be able to just allocate someone without them being on the allocation list’’ she explained.

Cosmo City, Itsoseng and Eskom are locations that were created as a result of people wanting better lives for themselves and the government trying to accommodate them. They are communities that are still waiting to receive that which was promised to them and that is why RDP houses are still being allocated to their residents

‘’ I think we should appreciate the successes of the government, Cosmo City on its own is a success story because the residents of extensions 2,4 and 6 previously came from an informal settlement that was called Zevenfontein, so far as a government we have managed to build  5000 RDP houses, and that informal settlement was eradicated’’ Mosito said.

The Rewards of hard work

The 11th of October 2017, marked a special day for some residents of Cosmo City, They were being presented with certificates for completing a 3 month course in the Agricultural sector. The purpose of the course was to equip people with skills to be able to be self-sufficient, to have food to eat every day and a way to grow through agriculture.

Agriculture is the art and science of growing plants and other crops and that of raising animals for food, other human needs, or economic gain“. Agriculture can be defined as the cultivation and/or production of crop plants or livestock products.” Agriculture includes Crop Production, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Science, Agriculture Chemistry & Soil Science, Horticulture, Agri Economics, Agri Engineering, Botany, Plant Pathology, Extension Education and Entomology, which develops its separate and distinct branches of agriculture occupying these days place in several Agri Universities in the world.

‘’ Today we are meeting here, to hand over the certificates to the class that did the Agri-Seta course which was crop production as well as plants, 25 people managed to finish the course. So today we are handing them their certificates,’’ Said Sibongile Mnikathi, one of the participants in the programme.

This programme allowed people to have the ability to change their own economic situation at home. It promoted entrepreneurship, skilled people in a field that could help sustain them and it gave them a starting point if they want to go into business for themselves.

Seeing their work on display brought smiles and even tears to the participants because it showed them that they did not need to live in situations they had no way of changing, and gave them the pride to know that they could do anything they put their minds to. It also made them realise that government could only go so far and do so much, the rest is up to them.

‘’  These vegetables that you see are the peoples hard work, it was them that made all of this possible and it was them who worked hard and set goals to achieve and build a future for themselves using the skills that they have learnt here. Some have even started their own businesses,’’ She explained.

Self-sufficiency is extremely important these days it may be the only way some families have food on their tables.

Community Health initiative story

On Saturday the 07th of October 2017, the Gauteng Department of health together with the health promoter for region C ward 100, came together to host a health drive for the community of Cosmo City. It was hosted at Cosmo Mall.

The community was invited to get various tests done; they tested for blood pressure and sugar levels, for diabetes, for HIV/AIDS, for Prostate cancer for men and cervical cancer for women. The initiative started in Pick n Pay when the staff was voluntarily tested for these ailments.

‘’ We are giving people information about all the services, information about personal hygiene, hand washing, food preparation and how the food prep area should be kept clean. We are encouraging people to prepare for the festive season and cautioning them to use protection, get tested and know their status.’’ said Eric Matsila, ward 100 health promoter.

The purpose of this initiative was to promote healthy life styles, health education and for the community to be able to get help if there are ailments they have that they do not understand. It was to deliver a service that some people may not be able to access on their own and it was to show the community that they matter.

People are encouraged by the health promoters to use the available clinic facilities in order to access these services, clinics in Zandspruit; Velderfryn Park; Boskruin Clinic; Rex Clinic; Dobsenville clinic; Bupilong and Siphumulile clinics as well as Florida which is currently under renovation.

‘’ People should go and use the clinics and if they encounter a problem, they are encouraged to report them and if the service they receive is not satisfactory they should also report it to the relevant people, our reporting system is easy because our phone number is written on a chalkboard at these places.’’ He explained.

This outreach initiative is not going to stop in Cosmo City; it is a regional and city wide initiative. It is a mandate carried out by the region that comes from the health MMC. Who made it a priority to ensure service especially regarding peoples’ health was taken into account.

‘’ We are here at the mall because many people cannot access the community clinic that is open Monday  to Friday because they work so we came here for those, and there are many people in Cosmo City and not all get the opportunity.’’ Said Peter Mpahlele, Region C Health Promoter.

Health is a very important part of the human condition and communities are encourage to take care of themselves and others by knowing where their health facilities are and to take advantage of the services they offer.

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