Ext. 5 RA builds wall alongside conservation area’s palisade

The Cosmo City ext 5 Residents Association (CCex5RA) officially launched the building of the Masonry Wall project alongside the conservation area’s palisade on Saturday 18 October. “The City Parks palisade is not going to be destroyedbut we will just build alongside it for security” said their spokesperson Elias Zama. “This is going to be a 3 year project because the wall will be built on the whole length of the extension 5. The building of the wall is considered to be the stage 2 of the ext 5 long term security plan for the area. Ext 5 Residents Association has adopted the policy which says “if you can control the movement then you can control crime in your area”he said.
Out lining the reason for the building of the wall Zama said the palisade was easily vandalized and not frequently repaired. “It is low in some places and does not provide sustainable security in the long term” he said. Without providing somefigures on the crime which they said had been monitored for 6 years, the association’s written release also added winter fire hazards, dumping that give rise to breeding of rodents as some of the reasons for favouring the wall construction.
The association solicited some funding from local businesses such as the new Meridian school, Mjayeli security, received left over construction material from the Cambridge store, castle cement who donated 40 bags of cement. Mjayeli and the Meridian school donated R12 000.00 and
R10 000.00 respectively while residents in the extension are being asked to donate R400 per household. “Collections and donations collected amount to R35 000.00 so far” In their earlier project the associassion says it closed almost every known passage except for one which they will still close in due course.

City appoints Cllr. Maisha caretaker for Ward 100

PR Councillor for Randburg, Patrick Maisha was appointed as caretaker councillor for Ward 100 after Councillor NoniRaphata was booked off sick since August. Councillor Raphata last officiated at the opening of the Cosmo Mall on the 27 of August. The Ward was without official leadership and issues, according to the many stakeholders’correspondence, have been going unresolved.
“Given the legitimacy of the concerns, the Office of the Municipal Chief Whip of the City of Jo’burg responded to the concern of the local leaders by appointing Cllr Patrick Maisha as a caretaker ward councillor until Miss Noni Raphata has fully recovered. As at the time of passing this communication, we are reliably informed that doctors have booked her out of work indefinitely” read the communiqué sent from the office of the councillor.
Ms Zodwa Mahlangu who heads Ward Governance Department in the region, confirmed the appointment of Cllr. Maisha who has had to hit the ground running. One of the major issues which the councillor has had to deal with urgently was that of the sewer systems along South Africa Drive opposite the Multipurpose Centre which was spilling its contents almost every third day. The councillor said they suspect that the system’s pipes were intended for a smaller population than the current one created by the ever increasing back yard rooms in that area.
Councillor Maisha said he intends to get the office of the councillor to become more interactive than what it has been. “the perception that the office is kind of lacklustre has to be corrected” said the councillor.“We will bring back the quarterly public meetings and I am going to be convening ward committee meetings on a regular basis so that we begin to receive the residents’ concerns and deliver appropriately” he said.
Meantime,the recently sworn in DA shadow councillor for the Ward, PR Cllr Funzela Ngobeni, had wished councillor Raphata a speedy recovering. “The Democratic Alliance wishes Councillor Noni Raphata a speedy recovery and calls for the ANC and City of Johannesburg to put a plan in place that will ensure non-disruption of the much needed service delivery. This comes after the announcement of her hospitalisation following the councillor’s prolonged absence from office” Cllr Ngobeni said in a written statement.

Council must sell serviced land direct to people

The issue of land has been a thorny one since the ANC government came into power 20 years ago. It is without doubt that it is going to remain on the agenda for many years to come as long as it is not addressed. Land changes lives and people’s economic status. In urban areas, where many have received land in the form of RDP houses, profiles have been changed from un-bankable to bankable. When Zevenfontein was destroyed and its residents relocated to properly constructed houses on sizeable pieces of land, those residents’ lives changed for the better in a big way. Today they have built back-rooms and have become landlords earning up to a R1000 per room.
If one drives around the RDP extension you will be amazed with the kind of extensions that people have done to their houses and you realize what restricted them while they were in Zevenfontein – lack of land.
It is time that City Council must consider selling serviced land to people. Almost every piece of land that the City acquires or has, is sold to Developers who then resale that land in packaged housing deals that confined our people to perpetual poverty. Some of the extended house in the bonded extension would fetch millions if they were in rich areas. The argument is that if City Council sold serviced land to people, many would not be imprisoned by bank bonds that forever tie them to a type of house they never liked in the first place.
With serviced land one would design their own houses right from the foundation level and build slowly but surely using funds from selected choices including from their pockets. If for instance one extension in Cosmo City was sold as serviced land – we would be having a different type of house owners than we have today. East Rand, before it was Ekurhuleni, sold serviced land in places like Dawn Park. Other municipalities like Tshwane, do sell serviced land and people there are taking their time to build beautiful properties.

Search for Face of Cosmo begins

By Clementine Mogami

Young women came in their numbers at the Cosmo City Multipurpose Centre on last Saturday to do a screen test for the running of the new Face of Cosmo City 2014 competition. Girls and ladies aged from about 16 to 26, in their beautiful clothes and make-up, got ready for the cat walk and pose at about 14Hr00. The girls needed to convince the audience why they deserve to be the face of Cosmo.
Tebogo Sheela, founder of Tee Models and Image Consulting, organized ladies from Tee Models and used social network to give details of how others can also enter this pageant. One of the contestants, Boineelo Molebiemang a third year journalism student at the University of Johannesburg, said that she joined the competition because she wants to make a positive difference in the media industry. “I am passionate and my heart is married to modeling. I also want to inspire young people who want to be models,” said the 22 year old Molebiemang. She concluded that “modeling is not only about having a beautiful face. If you have brains and a beautiful body, you can still do it.”
The organizer of the pageant, Richard Ntjana, said they have not yet finalized on winner prizes. “We have not yet finalized what the winner will get but the top 10 will definitely get bursaries,” said Ntjana. He also explained that there will be an SMS line that the viewers will use to vote for their favourite contestants when the video clips start being shown on SABC1’s Yo.TV in September after the final auditions to be held at the beginning of September.
Ntjana and Sheela were also on Metro fm with Sibusiso Leope, popularly known as Dj Sbu, this past Saturday to promote the pageant. John Ingleby from Yo.TV said that there will be a celebrity panel of judges at the finals but the list has not yet been finalized. “However, Akhumzi Jezile, former Yo.TV presenter and actor, confirmed with us that he will definitely be the MC,” said Ingleby. The finals will take place at the Multipurpose Centre on Saturday, 27 September 2014. The new face of Cosmo City will be crowned on that day.

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