City hosts waste awareness campaign

MMC for Environmental and Infrastructure Development Services, Cllr Nico de Jager together with the Managing Director of Pikitup, Mr Lungile Dhlamini, held a waste awareness campaign and public meeting at Emthonjeni Community Centre in Zandspruit on the 14th of June as part of Pikitup’s Community Upliftment Programme (CUP). Zandspruit was chosen among many Informal Settlements, which has been proven that “it has almost 24 900 housing units”. Because of its high population in the past it has been challenged by a number of socio-economic issues, one of them being illegal dumping in the area.

The aim of the waste awareness campaign was to encourage residents and illegal traders to actively participate in recycling, to reduce waste products that go to landfill sites. De Jager said that he did not believe the level of cleanliness on this informal settlement, because there are other suburbs in the city that have nothing compared to what he sees at Zandspruit and he urged the residents to form a relationship with waste as a form of maintaining their lifestyle in keeping the environment clean. “this is not my suburb it is a community suburb,which needs partnerships with pikitup’s and city power to work together in ensuring that they deliver on the promises that they made a couple of years ago to keep the area clean”.

Lungile Dlamini spoke about ways of using waste materials and sustaining cleanness, as well as recycling as a business. “A clean environment is started by waste removal services whereby, bins are collected not left overflowing and solid waste is not dumped illegally, which will benefit the city in creating a productive economy by flourishing business hubs for recycling”. He said that to settle in, in the next five years he would like “to achieve a good relationship with waste, but not only with the relationship of leadership from Pikitup’s but with the leadership of the community, by all the citizens and stakeholders within the city of Johannesburg and progress from campaign programs and bi-ins”.

On the 13th of June a day before this cleaning campaign City parks and Pikitup’s workers in Cosmo City spent the whole day at the suburb cleaning up on Granada Street at Ext 4 and Uganda Street in Ext 6 as they have been known as the dirtiest streets in this suburb.

Victor Mafinya, Ward 114 councillor and Nico de Jager, MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Development MMC, taking a walk some polluted streets in Zandspruit.


Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the launch of Musina Intermodal Terminal by the Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies who will be joined by the Limpopo MEC for Economic Development, Mr Seaparo Sekoati.


DATE              : Monday, 26 June 2017

TIME               : 12:00

VENUE           : 787 Pat Harrison Street,

Musina Intermodal Terminal,



The Musina Intermodal Terminal is one of the key support facilities for the newly designated Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ), especially the Energy and Metallurgical Cluster will result in an investment of over R40 billion in at least 8 large scale industrial projects including a power station, a coking coal plant, ferrosilicon plant, a steel plant, and a stainless steel plant.

Minister Davies says the launch of the Musina Intermodal Terminal is a testament to the strong impact of the new Special Economic Zone and the economic potential of the Musina-Makhado region. He further believes that other entrepreneurs will also seize the diverse entrepreneurial and business opportunities linked to the SEZ in various industrial sectors including education and training, health, automotives, financial services, personal services, transportation, and many others.

RSVPs should be forwarded to Tshilidzi Madinani via telephone on 063 580 3992 or e-mail:


Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson

Tel: (012) 394 1650

Mobile: 079 492 1774


Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry

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Transformers Last Knight:Movie Review

In this 4th installment the opening scene and plot, is taken back to the mystical times and error of King Arthur and Merlin. This is where the first humans fought side by side with Transformers dating back before the arrival of “Optimus Prime” 1600 hundred years before modern times.  Therefore in the 4th installment, humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. With the key that could possibly save the world and future is buried in the secrets of the past, along with the history of transformers on earth. This leads to an unusual plot and alliance which includes, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, and an English lord (Anthony Hopkins). The 3D IMAX experience makes you understand why the budget of the movie was a whopping 260 million USD. Together with the vision of the Director Michael Bay, who has directed blockbusters films such as “Bad boys and The Purge”. It is a good action movie with parental guidance needed for the young.

Rating:4 /5

Correctional Services Youth Imbizo

In the context of the 41st Anniversary of the Soweto youth uprisings, the Department of Correctional Services has identified the importance of encouraging young people to refrain from criminality and substance abuse as a key building block towards the creation of a safe and secure South Africa.  The promotion of anti-crime awareness within the youth constituency, both inside prisons and within communities, forms part of our on going efforts to promote security and comfort. More than  7000 of South Africa’s prisoner population is constituted of youth under the age of 21 years.


Community participation in the social reintegration of parolees and ex-inmates upon their release back into their families and respective communities remains  a key pillar in our programs to reduce re-offending. In Ekurhuleni, the DCS Correctional Supervision is responsible for a total 2 688 parolees and 630 probationers who still serve their sentences from outside our facilities.


It is in line with the above,  the office of the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla, working in collaboration with Gauteng MEC for community safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Mzwandile Masina will be embarking on an Imbizo, targeting mainly youth and the broader community of Kathorus. The overall aim of the campaign is the mobilization of society to rise and contribute meaningfully to the creation of crime free zones.


On the day, more than 200 TVET youth will watch a stage theatre/drama to be performed by inmates from the Johannesburg Correctional Facility (‘Sun City’) and receive a motivational talk from well known ex-inmate Themba Lukhele, popularly know as ‘Skeem GP’. Thereafter, the entourage will proceed for a walkabout to distribute anti-crime literature at Natalspruit Hospital Precinct (Ward 52). The final activity will be a community/ public Imbizo to be held at Change Bible Church where more than 2 000 community members are expected to gather and dialogue with public representatives.


The media is invited as follows:


Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Time: 9am

Venue: Usizo TVET College, Katlehong



Venue: Natalspruit Hospital Precinct (Ward 52)

Time: 11h30


Community/ public Imbizo

Venue: Change Bible Church, Katlehong

Time: 14h30

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