Empowering Female entertainers

Each year Cosmo Mall (owned by The Bentel Group) commits to giving back to those in need in almost all our events, and this event was no different. According to our research, we have found that only 10% of performers at music festivals around the world are female, and an even smaller percentage of women are on music label rosters than Males. Despite pumping out great mixes and working as hard as you can, the recognition from booking agents and promoters – and the subsequent gigs and success – remain elusive. 

On the 11th of June 2022, Cosmo Mall partnered with the City of Johannesburg and hosted an event competition called Queen of the Beat. It was an all-female DJ campaign that was open to all Joburg-based female DJs. This initiative was aimed at creating a platform to discover new and fresh talent, and interested contestants entered by sending an 8min video of themselves mixing music to get an opportunity to do a live audition at Cosmo Mall Saturday the 11th of June.

 10 contestants were picked from Cosmo City, Northriding, Kya sands, Diepsloot and Fourways to participate. The programme had a competitive edge where there were renowned Female celebrity Djs like Lady Leah, Scot the Dj and Lady Sakhe who blessed the cosmo city community with their appearance as a Judging panel on the day. and all finalists will get an opportunity to be workshopped by an acclaimed industry female DJ. “It’s nice to see that female entertainers are given an opportunity to shine in the male-dominated industry and the contestants are good as I found me dancing” Said Nobantu Ngoma a resident of Cosmo city.

Cosmo Mall had lovely giveaways on the day where we gave away free haircuts, coffee, kid's toys by McDonalds and free nail dos from Amanzi academy on the day of the event as a token of appreciation to the community that supports the mall.

A big thank you to our sponsors City of Johannesburg, McDonald's, and Amanzi academy for supporting the event. 

Cosmo Mall owned by the Bentel Group is a citizen of Cosmo City and continues to endeavour to support the residents within the area. Cosmo Mall cares for its community!

For more of our exciting events visit our website at www.cosmomall.co.za or Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cosmo_mall

Private Schools in Cosmo City shine in sports

 Joshua Mukwevho and Oratile Magabe

Sweet Valley Academy put up a splendid performance and dominated in this year’s Cosmo City private schools’ sports competition held in extension 8 grounds on 3 June 2022.

Four private schools Sweet Valley Academy, Faith Christian College, Rand Hills College, and Rising Stars competed in both athletics and ball games.

Sweet Valley Academy became the overall winners in 100 meters race followed by Rand Hills College, Faith Christian College and Rising Stars. Sweet Valley Academy further won the volleyball competition followed by Faith Christian College, Rand Hills College, and Rising Stars became fourth.

Sweet-Valley-Academy-celebrating-their-victory-during-the-sports-competition

Sweet Valley Academy also won in both junior and senior netball competitions. Rand Hills College became winners of the girls’ soccer competition followed by Faith Christian College, Sweet Valley Academy and Rising Stars.

Faith Christian College defeated Rand Hills College to become winners of the boys’ junior soccer tournament. Sweet Valley Academy became third, putting Rising Stars on the fourth position.

Coming to the boy’s senior soccer tournament Sweet Valley Academy beat Faith Christian College 3-1 in penalties to book their place in the final. On the other side, Rand Hills College beat Rising Stars 7-6 on penalties to meet Sweet Valley Academy in the finals.

The youngsters having fun during the netball tournament.

During the final match, Sweet Valley Academy won, but they were disqualified for allegedly fielding over aged players, who happened to be school leavers.

After Sweet Valley Academy got disqualified, the sports directors decided that Rand Hills College should face Faith Christian College in a final match. In that final match, which took place on Wednesday 8 June, Rand Hills College beat Faith Christian College 4-1.

Faith Christian College principal and the event organizer Taisley Tandayi said: “One of the reason we take part of this extracurricular activities is to recognize talent”; last year when they host the athletics event two student around Cosmo city found a door of opportunities, who one is in India and another going to Spain because of sports and art.

Penalty shootout

He further explained that they are receiving devoted and undoubted support from parents. “We want to thank the parents for trusting us with their kids.” When it comes to facilities which learners are using, they are not as applicable as they should be, but since they are not the one people who are using the ground they would also appreciate it if other social link (communities) that use the space in helping facilitate the ground (sports field).

An elated Sweet Valley Academy netball coach Vongai Nyirenda expressed her happiness towards her team’s achievement. "Our junior and senior netball players won and we are so delighted."

Public urged to report brown locust sightings

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has called on the public to alert the department’s nearest district offices when they spot brown locusts.

Updating the nation on the outbreak of brown locusts (Locustana Pardalin), Didiza said South Africa has been experiencing this outbreak in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape since September 2021.

The outbreak tends to escalate due to the amount of rainfall received, and this has resulted in the development of more locusts.

“This locust outbreak is the highest in decades, as continuous rain is falling in the Karoo and nearby areas. The wind is also playing a role in migrating the swarms to areas where they have never been, such as the Garden Route area in the Western Cape and on the citrus farms of Kirkwood and Patensie in the Eastern Cape.

“It had affected the veld, grazing lands, crops, roads, railway lines and further reported in towns and residential areas,” Didiza said.

The Minister said the department has appointed ground teams to control the locusts in the three provinces. The ground teams include 1 200 controllers and two helicopters that are currently doing aerial spraying, mostly on inaccessible areas and where there are huge locust outbreaks. 

Over R80 million spent on locust control programme 

To date, the department has spent more than R80 million on the locust control programme. Most of the funds have been spent on the procurement of insecticide, including spray pumps, protective clothing, payments to controllers and aerial spraying.

Didiza said the Western Cape has contributed R5 million to assist in the locust control programme and also procured insecticide, protective clothing and spray pumps.

“The department has established a Joint Operation Committee (JOC) that meets once a week to discuss locust control issues. The participants include the department; the Agricultural Research Council; Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape officials, and organised agriculture.

“To date, the Registrar has assisted by registering new insecticide to be produced for the control of brown locusts, as well as the registration of BAYER’s Decis to be used for aerial spraying, as it was originally used for ground control to alleviate the insecticide shortage for both ground and aerial control,” Didiza said.

Members of the public can also report brown locusts to the department’s officials: Vuyokazi Jongwana on 084 760 8176 and Mulalo Matodzi on 083 326 7773. – SAnews.gov.za

FAMILY AND NEW FRIENDS GATHER TO HARVEST NERO


The only vineyard of its kind on African soil. Harvest! It’s happening at a vineyard near you!!

Forget sipping cocktails on the strip in Camps Bay, forget turning up under the Jozi skyline, picking grapes in a vineyard in the Winelands and then watching them get crushed in a press and aged in a barrel to make beautiful red wine – that’s where it’s at this season!!

A bunch of special friends and extended family did just that last week when they gathered at the Bosman farm in Wellington to pick Nero, a one-of-a-kind grape grown exclusively by them in South Africa, with partner actor/producer Thapelo Mokoena of Bakoena Brands (Pty) Ltd.

Jumping onto ‘bakkies’ armed with secateurs and a basket, then zooming up into the vineyard under a bright summer sun, the group started the harvest under an oak tree (as one does!) with a sabraged glass of Loose Cannon, the Bosman Cap Classique.

Then it was all hands-on deck as the group scavenged for the heavy bunches of dark red grapes, learning all about optimum ripeness and vineyard management from winemaker Natasha Williams. Then back down the mountain to the cool cellar to see the grapes being sorted, destemmed and crushed, and a quick trip past fermenting tanks, before gathering in the 270- year-old barrel cellar where Natasha explained what winemaking was all about: “People like to debate whether winemaking is an art or a craft, but it’s actually a story. Each barrel tells a different story, and my job is to blend these individual stories together to give a holistic picture of the terroir. And terroir is not just the soil, the microclimate and the slope, it’s also about all the people along the way who have helped form the wine’s ultimate story. A winemaker has to listen carefully and respect the contribution of each component.”

Every year the Nero grapes have been harvested by Petrus Bosman and his family, but since joined by partner Thapelo and his wife Lesego Mokoena, over the past few years, this year a few special people joined in too.

It was a special occasion, because these are special grapes and here’s why: At the dawn of the 21st century, climate change started rearing its frightening head, and farmers started worrying about the sustainability of their crops as the world threatened to become hotter and drier. Always one for a challenge, Petrus Bosman visited the island of Sicily where grapes thrive in the hot, dry climate and are planted in volcanic soils, very similar to the conditions on their farm in Wellington. There he found the Nero d’Avola grape which seemed un-phased by heat and desiccation, producing the luscious fruity wines for which Sicily is famous.

So he brought a few cuttings back to the farm, only 2 survived, but eventually they were able to propagate enough to plant a vineyard after which began the laborious process of certification and in 2014 the first vintage of the first South African Nero d’Avola was produced. Since then, Natasha has been involved in every vintage, working diligently to refine the Nero wine into something that honours its Sicilian history, but also tells the story of African resilience and passion: “Making wine is a journey, it’s a marathon not a sprint, because the wine speaks, and you have to listen to it and then help it express itself. It’s a sensitive, humbling process.”

The guests got to taste the 2021 vintage directly from the barrel, and then enjoy more of the previous vintages, and other Bosman wines, over a loud and lovely lunch served in the cellar that stretched long into the late afternoon. Amongst them were so of Thapelo’s industry friends: Master Chef’s new judge Chef Zola Nene; Jamie-Lee Domburg of the Expresso Morning Show; actress Nicole Madell; presenter Katlego Maboe; actress Tarryn Wyngaard; winemaking student Kari Masoleng; actor and funny guy Sobantu Nqayi with his lovely lady Amron Siebritz; and model Imaan C Mac Quena, to name but a few.

“What a memorable experience for all! It changed each harvester’s view of wine, from a simple liquid in the bottle, to a rich and intricate story of people and nature working together for the best possible outcome,” said Mokoena. “The day also reminded us of the value of sharing with friends and family and celebrating our connection to each other and to the land we love so dearly.”

Petrus and Thapelo have their sights set on introducing this special varietal to every corner of Africa and beyond. “We’re conquering the world one bottle of Nero at a time.”

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