Communities urged to gamble responsibly and legally

Government loses revenue due to illegal gambling. Therefore, it is important for communities to gamble responsibly and legally. This was said by the Director of Gambling Law and Policy at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Nkoatse Mashamaite. Mashamaite was speaking during the education and awareness campaign on the Liquor, National Gambling, Lotteries Amendment, National Credit, Consumer Protection, Copyright, Performers Protection, and Companies Acts that was held in Ga-Masemola village in Limpopo today.

Mashamaite, whose presentation unpacked the National Gambling Act, urged community members to treat gambling as entertainment and not a way to get rich quickly or to pay off debts but to gamble responsibly and legally. He cautioned the community against addiction from gambling, which he said would affect them negatively. According to Mashamaite, responsible gamblers know when to stop.

Mashamaite further outlined that any gambling activity not authorised in terms of the national and provincial legislation is illegal. This, he said, include betting on dog racing, online casino gambling, unlicensed casinos, cards, fafi and dice. He added that illegal gambling was associated with violence and anyone found to be gambling or providing gambling activities without being authorised in terms of the legislation in the country will be prosecuted criminally with possibility of a fine or imprisonment not exceeding R10 million or 10 years.

“Legal forms of gambling include casinos, limited payout machines, bingo, betting and lottery,” outlined Mashamaite.

The campaign, which will be rolled out across the country until February 2018, will proceed to Polokwane on Friday before it goes to KwaZulu-Natal next week.

Enquiries:

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson

Tel: (012) 394 1650

Mobile: 079 492 1774

E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.za

Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry

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Cosmo City Medical Centre Offers Free Circumcision

Medical male circumcision decreases the chances of HIV infection by 60% for life. Medical male circumcision is an essential practice that reduces the spread of HIV and it also reduces the risk of sexual transmitted infections (STIs) such as chancroid, syphilis, genital warts and herpes.

Cosmo City Medical centre is running a free male circumcision programme this season. Nevertheless this programme will run throughout the year. During this season most young South African men go through cultural circumcision, which is a part of an initiation process that marks the passage from boyhood to manhood. Usually these young men, they found themselves going to illegal clinics where circumcision is performed by someone who is not trained to do circumcision and often times it results to death.

Medical male circumcision at the medical centre is done by a trained health care provider who is trained to perform this kind of procedure.

  1. Johan. C Botha and SR Joey Du Toit explained why male medical circumcision is very important in reducing the spread of HIV.

“Your risk of contracting HIV drops by 60% if you are circumcised. It does not make you HIV free but your risk of contracting it much less and we also council the people on safe sex practices even if they are circumcised,” said Botha “Specific for ladies again, if they are married to a man that is circumcised the risk of the cervix cancer is much less.”

“All in all there are a lot of benefits of being circumcised, “he added.

The centre has circumcised more than a 1000 patients to date. Boys as young as 10 years old can get circumcised but they need to be accompanied by a parent.

“With children under 18, their parents or one of their parents must come along to sign along with the child for consent since they are minors and only a patient of 18 years and older can sign without parental supervision.” said Botha.

All patients are advised to take a voluntary HIV test before the procedure.

“We do voluntary testing; if they don’t want to be tasted we don’t push them. If they are positive we refer them to a clinic or investigate them further and if their CD-4 count is about 350, then we do the circumcision,” said Botha. “If their CD-4 count is below than 350, we give them treatment and over the months as the CD-4 count peaks up once it reaches 350 we do the circumcision.”

He went on to state, “Even when one is HIV positive, there are still many benefits from circumcision.”

Botha also mentioned that being circumcised only offers partial protection against HIV infection and that it does not prevent pregnancy.

“As the clinic we offer this throughout the year but with special emphasis over the winter months when it is traditionally the time that circumcision is done, “said Botha.

Cosmo City Skills Development Centre

The development of skills in South Africa is extremely important not only to facilitate the creation of employment but to better the skills of people. South Africa has a past where certain people had no way of learning certain skills, those people now have the opportunity to learn such skills. The Community Knowledge Centre is based in Cosmo City at the multipurpose centre. The Centre began its operations in 2015 when it was registered as an NPO (Non-Profit Organisation). ‘The objective of it is to empower young people and equip them with the skills they need to be employable’ said Mustaf Makaudi co-founder of the community knowledge centre.

In 2013 Mustaf Makaudi was selected at a conference called One Young World to be one of 200 people to represent the city of Johannesburg at a conference in Sandton. After that conference 11 of them decided to open an organisation called United 2013 which never materialized, because of different ideas, but they managed to donate computers to Far North School. He was the one managing the donation of those computers. Those computers were then stolen but the organiser was able to get more computers to the school which also services the community as a result he and other partners collaborated to start The Community Knowledge Centre.

The centre offers End User computer course, they provide computer training with different programs, HIV/AIDS awareness workshops and causes in leadership and entrepreneurship. Last year an organisation called Girl Guy South Africa provided leadership training for young people in Cosmo City. Currently the centre is working with an organisation called Lulaway which helps people with employment opportunities. Young people can come in and they are then put on the databases of Lulaway where there are employment opportunities, entrepreurship opportunities among other things. Currently the organisation is not being funded by anyone so they need to raise funds themselves. They have free rewards like the use of computers for 30 minutes. They do charge for the 3 month End user course where the accreditation has been offered by Siyafunda CTC which costs R1500. They also work with Intel, which offers leadership, entrepreneurship and Marketing courses. That is offered to the community for a period of 2 weeks to a month free of charge. Upon completion the participants receive a certificate. The centre is opened from Monday to Saturday but the classes are daily from 8am until 4pm. it also has Saturday classes from 8am until 1pm.

 

Gauteng Department of Community Safety on Road Safety in Cosmo City

By Doctor Moyo

The Gauteng Department of Community Safety in partnership with South African Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg Police Department (JMPD) held an awareness day where they were teaching members of the public about the road safety on Wednesday 10th of May. This awareness day is also a result of United Nations’ Global road safety week, which started on Monday the 8th of May until Friday the 12th.

“This week is actually UN Global road safety, so we decided to come to Cosmo City, because we noticed that the behavior of the taxi drivers had become hazardous.

Most of the Avanza taxi drivers do not have licenses and they do not respect pedestrians or the safety of their own passengers”, said MonkieRammala, Senior Road Safety Officer. “We decided as the department to visit the area and do awareness speaking to the taxi drivers and owners,” he added. There have been numerous complaints from passengers and other road users, about how Avansa taxi drivers conduct themselves when driving. Although some of the complaints have been addressed, the parties involved still believe that awareness is a necessity for the taxi drivers. “It is the responsibility of a driver or any individual to respect rules and regulations of the roads. It start with you as an individual, you have to respect other road users. We should not need to bring law enforcement to tell people what the right thing to do is, people should know that they should do the right thing, and that starts with respect” Said Rammala Randburg United Local and Long Distance Taxi Association (RULLDTA) were invited to the awareness day. NgwokoMokoala , who is the spokesperson for the association said that they working effortlessly to make their drivers to comply with road laws. “We as the association, have a disciplinary office.

Whenever we get a bad report about a certain driver, they go through the disciplinary committee,” said Mokoala. When taking about a situation whereby other taxi drivers drive without licenses, Mokoala said that whoever the owner of the taxi decides to employ is the responsibility of the owner not the association. “Taxi owners should take responsibilities for their drivers. All the Toyota Avansa’s that belong to the association have an association sticker,” he added Officer OomaMorudi from JMDP stated that as the department they will be working closely with the association, “We are going to be having programs in taxi ranks teaching both taxi drivers and the commuters about their safety. In regards to commuters we will focus mostly on the precautions methods that they should be aware of, in terms of their safety,” said Morudi. “If we work together with them, we will be able to educate them bettter.

 

That is the kind of relationship we have between the association and the JMPD in the area.” On the day, Scholar Patrollers in Both Cosmo city Primary and Junior Primary were launched. Angola Street is one of the busiest streets in the morning at Cosmo City, traffic is being caused by the taxi rank that is near the schools. This includes parents and school transport drivers who drop off kids in the morning.

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