Jozi Regional entrepreneurship summit

On the 14th of September 2017, the Roodepoort Theatre together with the City of Johannesburg hosted the Jozi Regional Entrepreneurship Summit. The summit was organised so as a way to drive the need for small businesses and young entrepreneurs in order to grow the city of Johannesburg as well as the Gauteng economy.

A key part to assisting entrepreneurs is to help Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) collaborate and foster relationships to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will bolster the economy and create more jobs. For this reason the City has decided to host the 2017 City of Johannesburg Regional Summits and Symposium. The vision is to create an ecosystem where entrepreneurs collaborate to meet the needs of society and grow the economy.

During the Summit issues such as funding for new or starting out entrepreneurs was discussed. As well as the red tape that many small business owners have experienced when dealing with the city of Johannesburg. The city has to address the various issues that accompany being an entrepreneur in Gauteng

‘’ The City of Johannesburg’s( CoJ) Department of Economic Development (DED) is preparing to host a Joburg Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Symposium to address and improve entrepreneurial ecosystems, in order to grow the economy and facilitate job creation. Catering for delegates drawn from the City’s seven regions, the Symposium is set to take place at the Joburg Theatre on 23 & 24 October 2017.’’ Said Clr Leah Knott, MMC:Economic Development

This will be the first entrepreneurship ecosystem symposium in Johannesburg – a gathering of government, private sector, educational institutions, NGO’S and, most importantly, entrepreneurs.  The purpose of the entrepreneurship ecosystem symposium is to create actionable plans that will assist in growing entrepreneurship.

“As the department of Economic Development’s 17/18 Financial Year deliverables, we have committed to increased regional economic development and support towards entrepreneurial development. In order to succeed, such an approach can only work through stronger alignment between the department and regional offices as well as collaboration between the city, private sector and small businesses.’’ She explained

Leading up to the citywide symposium will be a series of Regional Economic Summits, which the DED will run in partnership with the regions.

“This is a citywide event, looking at affirming the city’s position on entrepreneurship and future working groups with regional offices, small business, the private sector (Business Chambers), academics and industry players.” She continued

This summit is meant to introduce and help entrepreneurs to the economic landscape of Gauteng and will hopefully help young entrepreneurs be able to get a foot in the door and be a part of the economic transformation of the city as well as the province.

Meridian Heritage Day Celebration

On Friday the 22nd of September 2017, students from Meridian Cosmo City came out in their traditional attire to celebrate Heritage Day. This day was also celebrating Mandela Day for Meridian. The festivities took place at their school hall, the whole school was involved, grade R to 7 in the morning and 8 to 12 from 11am until 2pm.

Heritage Day is a day in the South African calendar where being different is celebrated instead of misunderstood. It is a day where people show off where they come from through their traditional clothing, and one where people do not mind talking about the things that make their culture unique and beautiful to them.

‘’ These 2 days are significant in the history of our country. Looking at Heritage Day, it is very important to remind ourselves about our culture, about our diversity and for us to always remember that in our diversity we must find unity.’’ Said Mr Vusi Masuku, Executive Head of Meridian Cosmo City.

Mandela Day is a day where South African hearts are open to giving and doing more through their resources, to help the less fortunate by remembering the sacrifice made by the late Nelson Mandela for the liberation of this country. It was celebrated on the 18th of July, which is Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

In celebration of this spirit of ubuntu the students of Meridian came together and collected nonperishable food items. They then packaged them into food parcels and selected from the elderly people of Cosmo City, 18 fortunate grandparents were given these parcels.  .

‘’ These days are an opportunity for us to remember how privileged we are and that there are people out there who are not as privileged and for us to lend a helping hand whenever possible so that people do not feel forgotten.’’ He explained

Celebrating who you are and where you come from is what heritage day is all about, it unifies all 11 official South African languages through culture are celebrated it is an opportunity to learn about different cultural norms.

‘’ Our children respond very well to days like these and parents do very well in educating our children about their cultures, they are very proud and excited about today’s festivities. Parents have done an amazing job in instilling the importance of knowing who you are. Just as the colours of the rainbow sit neatly next to each other, we can also unify as people.’’ He concluded.

Happy Heritage day

On Sunday the 24th of September 2017, Cosmo Mall was filled with talented young people celebrating their heritage through poetry, dancing, singing and speech. It was done to celebrate heritage day and to showcase the young talent within the youth of Cosmo City.

Heritage Day is a day to celebrate all that makes South Africa the diverse nation that it is. Filled with people walking around in their traditional attire, proudly showcasing everything that makes them proud to be both African

‘’ The reason this event is here is because I felt the community is a little under privileged and I wanted to give back to the community and also be able to help them with something they use for a long time.’’ Said Shongi Madabula, Marketing Manager for Cosmo Mall

The event at Cosmo Mall was meant to showcase both talent and cultural pride both from the people watching and the people on stage.

‘’ For this event we invited different schools to participate and the best in dancing, singing and poetry will win a bursary from Boston City Campus, who has over 2000 short coarse bursaries and 20 000 full bursaries to offer.’’ She said.

This event also gave students of Cosmo City the opportunity to be able to afford higher education after high school. Students from Meridian  Cosmo City, Blue Eagle high school, Far North school and Scodi Polar school were invited to part take in the event

‘’ We know that if you educate one child in a community, you can educate a nation, there for we want to better Cosmo City and its community members by promoting the need for education and giving them a way to become better for themselves and their community.’’ She explained.

Cosmo Mall is a Centre that when it was built, brought many new opportunities to Cosmo city and its people. It is a place that brought unity and jobs and a new way of existance for its community. Now it can also be a place that promotes and advocates for the betterment of its future residents and allow the people of Cosmo City to have pride in their Mall.

Silence

This movie is based on the 17 century where two Portuguese missionaries embark on a journey to Japan father Sebastian Rodrigues played by Andrew Garfield who played Spiderman and father Francisco Garupe played by Adam Driver. Reasons for the journey is to find their missing mentor played by Liam Neeson better known for his blockbuster movie franchise Taken. On this journey the two missionaries go through some difficult hardships that test their relationship with God and religion itself. As Catholicism was outlawed and their presence was forbidden.

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