Women with purpose fulfilling their talent

The Sizanani team showcasing some of the work they have done in the past weeks

Members of Methodist church at Cosmo city Ext 6 are working hard to fulfil their dreams. Last year at around February they decided to come with an idea to keep themselves busy by starting “The Sizanani (Help each other)” project which is run by a few women who have passion for hand craft work as part of their daily routine.  Later after months other dedicated members from the church joined the project after realising how designing is so important. The name of the project was chosen by, ordinary church members who gave up their time to assist those in need. The Sizanani Project is a non-profit organization on a mission to help, eliminate the burden of those who are unemployed to at least make something and sell to the community to help have an income.

In this project women are trained to make, blankets, hats and other countless products that are done by wool. One of the members who wanted to remain anonymous stated that “they had experienced some challenges with most of the members joined, because they were desperate and they needed money so fast, this resulted to them lacking patience with regards to the development of the organisation and they left”.

In order for them as women to prosper, they said they need donations. One member from the team said “as a team we would accept any form of gift, be it wools crotch needles to be delivered at their church during the week on Tuesday at 10 am up until 12pm”. They added that anyone who wants to join their team from the community is welcomed and that they are no educational standards for one who needs to participate in the projects. In future they are planning to adapt students who are interested in hand craft designing to teach them.

“As Sizanani Project we cannot wait for jobs to return or the economy to improve. We only strive in helping each other to beat unemployment”.

MMC for Finance to Improve Revenue Collection in Joburg

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By Doctor Moyo

On Tuesday the 27th of June, member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance Cllr. Rabelani Dagada hosted a stakeholder engagement session at Joburg Theatre.

On his presentation, Dagada talked about the ways that they are going to implement as the Group Finance Department of Johannesburg to improve revenue collection in the city. He also mentioned that the department has several measures to address the Rates Policy and Tariffs problem that they are currently facing.

“The two big things that keep me awake at night; the billing problem is number one. Number two is revenue collection,”said Dagada. “We cannot ignore the fact that challenges in our billing processes have reached crisis level.”

During the month of March this year for the first time in the City of Johannesburg, the City collected R3 Billion, which exceeded the City’s revenue budget.

“We need the City that has a robust infrastructure and that services are delivered on time. We want Johannesburg economy to grow by 5%,” said Dagada.

Dagada compared Johannesburg to Cape Town by saying that the actual reading per month in Cape Town is around 95% coverage compared to Johannesburg which is less than 50%.

“We are targeting 95% meter reading by March next year and we are going to establish something called Revenue Nerve Centre, where Joburg Water, Pikitup, City Power and Group Finance will look at the revenue chain,” said Dagada.

The Revenue Nerve Centre that they are planning to establish is going to monitor the performance of the revenue value chain, detecting revenue loses.

Group Finance Department is also going to take over the responsibilities of reading meters from Joburg Water and City Power.

“Better metering management and bringing missing meters into the billing system will increase the revenue by 900 million to 1.2 Billion.” said Dagada.

He went on to state that as the department, if they are quick enough they will recover R200 million in the current valuation roll.

“There are properties that are overvalued, we are going to introduce a supplementary valuation panel and improve the capacity of the valuations department,” he added.

In conclusion, Dagada said that as the department they are committed to bring quality services to the residents of Johannesburg.

Transformer Bursts into Flames.

A transformer failure in Cosmo City Ext 2 behind Multi-Purpose Centre sparked a fire that ended up causing some residents from Luyanda and Harare streets to spend days without electricity. The incident happened on Saturday 11 of June at around 18:00 pm to 19:30pm.

One resident said when the transformer caught fire he was very scared; “the fire reminded me of the shocking incident that just happened in Knysna in Western Cape. I heard a sound, and when I got outside I saw the box burning” he said. When conducting Eskom they said that “the transformer is overloaded and that also affects the performance of power supply”. Councillor of Ward 100 Mapula Mosito commented that “they had just replaced the transformers on the same day when it exploded and that Eskom promised to replace it as soon as possible”.

Tripping due to technical fault is a major concern for us, but our complaints fall on deaf ears. Shop owner next to the transformer, said “getting through Eskom toll-free number to complain is also a tough task since they just tell us that the transformer carries power which is beyond its capacity”.

Buhle Mchunu, a resident of the street said, They request Eskom to supply them with two transformers in future to prevent situations of this nature. “We cannot live like this, our children cannot study at night, the worse part exams have just began, and our food rotting”.

Bishop Benjamin Dube in Cosmo City

On Sunday 11 June 2017, Cosmo City was fortunate enough to be graced with the presence of Bishop Benjamin Dube, at the multipurpose centre in extension 2. He came to Cosmo City through the High Praise Centre church; He came in support of Pastor Vuyo Gxagxama in presenting the High Praise Centre to the public. “My involvement with the church is that all along Pastor Gxagxama has been doing it alone, so now I have come as a covering and we are now taking responsibility in saying, now we are going to run with you Pastor Gxagxama and be relevant to the Cosmo City community” he said. People came in their numbers to see the Bishop perform, but that Sunday was not just about him performing it was also about ushering Gods government into the peoples space, ‘We are bringing High Praise Centre to where the people are’ he stated.

He performed beautiful songs of worship and really ushered the people into a space of worship and discovering themselves in God. “The songs that I write are all about my experiences, there a song called I rise again which talk about the difficulties I once had, my songs are from real life experiences and challenges” he said. The people were able to feel his personal message which he brings through with all his music. He performed songs such as Ngiyakuthanda Moya ongcwele; El Shadddai Adonai; ‘people that really know me will know what to expect, latest songs like In your presence’ will be specially performed He said.

On the 1st of July 2017 Bishop Benjamin Dube will be in Carnival City at the Big top Arena, He will have a show called Victorious in his Presence, ‘ When you come to shows and recordings like that, you can expect surprises, because I’ve got my boys The Dube Brothers who are presenting hip young music to songs like those of Judith Sephuma and this time I’ve got quite a number of singers who are from Joyous Celebration who are going to be helping me in making this a reality.

As a legend in the South African gospel music sphere, Bishop Dube prides himself on always being humble and grounded ‘ To start off one cannot say i have already arrived, that is number one and number two, be grounded because greatness has everything to do with grounding’ he said. ‘When you are big it simply means you are bloated, when you are great it means you are grounded he said. Bishop Dube has proven that he is not just any talent but a force to be reckoned with, a grounded shoulder of God and a mentor to not only his sons but to the Cosmo City community as well.

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