National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

South Africa is a water scarce country with a rapidly increasing population, according to Department of Water and Sanitation officials who visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021 to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign, which was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo City to give residents information on how important it is to save water.”

South Africa is one of the 30 driest countries in the world, according to DWS. Its rainfall is unpredictable, and common periods of drought – together with the impact of climate change – limit the country’s water resources even further.

Years from now, demand for water may exceed the amount of available water. This means that people must use and share water more effectively, according to DWS.

Communities need to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe, Sithole said. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole was happy seeing other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government agencies. When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information to share to the community members.”

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

Dumani Moyo

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign. The campaign was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole during a visit to Cosmo City.

“South Africa is a water sacrce country,” he said. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo city to give residents information on how important is to save water.”

Sithole said at DWS they need communities to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole said he was happy to see other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government,” he said. “When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information share to the community members.

According to DWS, South Africa is a water scarce country and named one of the 30 driest countries in the world; with a rapidly increasing population. South Africa’s rainfall is unpredictable and common periods of drought limit the water resources even further. This is also due to the impact of Climate Change. Years from now, the demand for water might exceed the amount of available water in our country. This means that people must use and share water more effectively. E�w��

National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

Dumani Moyo

South Africa is a water scarce country with a rapidly increasing population, according to Department of Water and Sanitation officials who visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021 to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign, which was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo City to give residents information on how important it is to save water.”

South Africa is one of the 30 driest countries in the world, according to DWS. Its rainfall is unpredictable, and common periods of drought – together with the impact of climate change – limit the country’s water resources even further.

Years from now, demand for water may exceed the amount of available water. This means that people must use and share water more effectively, according to DWS.

Communities need to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe, Sithole said. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole was happy seeing other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government agencies. When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information to share to the community members.”

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

National Water week embraced in Cosmo City

Dumani Moyo

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) visited Cosmo City on 17 March 2021to educate community members about the importance of water resources.

Independent Electoral Commision (IEC), SASSA, and Joburg Disaster Management joined DWS in the campaign. The campaign was part of celebrating this year’s National Water Week from 15 to 22 March 2021.

National Water Week is celebrated every year to raise awareness on the use, management, conservation and protection of water resources.

Water is one of South Africa's most limited resources, said DWS Gauteng Region Communication Manager Hosia Sithole during a visit to Cosmo City.

“South Africa is a water sacrce country,” he said. “Therefore, we are encouraging people to use it sparingly. We are here in Cosmo city to give residents information on how important is to save water.”

Sithole said at DWS they need communities to be actively involved in making sure that water is kept safe. “People should not throw foreign objects into streams, dams, rivers and other water sources because it is very expensive to treat contaminated water.”

Sithole said he was happy to see other stakeholders supporting DWS during the campaign. “We are working collaboratively as government,” he said. “When one department does something, other departments get involved as well because they have information share to the community members.

According to DWS, South Africa is a water scarce country and named one of the 30 driest countries in the world; with a rapidly increasing population. South Africa’s rainfall is unpredictable and common periods of drought limit the water resources even further. This is also due to the impact of Climate Change. Years from now, the demand for water might exceed the amount of available water in our country. This means that people must use and share water more effectively. E�w��

Police move against drink and driving

Johannesburg Metro police and South African Police Services (SAPS) braved the rainy weekend of 6 February to arrest more than 20 motorists  for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The arrests took place during the O Kae Molao operation for driving under the influence of alcohol and breaking the curfew regulation, according to Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan.

 “The aim is to ensure the safety of the road users,” said Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Muthan. “We had to conduct roadblocks in different areas to minimize any possible road accidents resulting from the abuse of alcohol. Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela is leading a collective of law enforcement agencies at a roadblock in Honeydew and nearby areas. The entourage is searching vehicles and motorists for illicit goods and ensuring the safety of the community of Gauteng.”

 The agencies mostly arrested were men, according to Metro Police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar.

Law enforcement took them for blood sample tests, and then detained them at police stations where they were granted bail and a date to appear in court.

“The driver, who tested 0.98 mg per 1000 ml of breath, was one of the highest, which was four times above the legal limit of 0.24mg per 1000 ml of breath.”

When asked why so many motorists were driving under the influence in such a short space of time, Minnaar said: “It’s because alcohol is now permitted for off-site sales from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Thursday, and for on-site consumption from 10am to 10pm.” Rβ�g4

Shoprite and PEP Cell robbed in Cosmo City

“One of the suspects fired two shots and hit two of the Shoprite staff members,” said Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan speaking of an armed robbery  which took place at Shoprite Cosmo City yesterday (10 February 2021).

Nine armed suspects allegedly robbed PEP Cell at around 14:30pm before proceeding to Shoprite at around 14:55, according to the police.

“The suspects entered PEP Cell and Shoprite pretending to be customers,” said Captain Muthan said.

At PEP Cell, the captain said: “One of them came to the counter and showed a firearm to the tellers and instructed them to open the tills and hand over the money. They ordered the manager to unlock the cupboard where focal points were kept and took them. Three of them went to the back office and took unknown total number of Cellphones valued R250000.

“They also took her Prime Y7 Cellphone and ran away. No shots were fired.”

When they moved to Shoprite, Captain Muthan said, they were all armed with fire arms.

“They went to the tellers and instructed them to open the tills and took the money,’ he said. “One of them followed the tellers and before she could enter the cashier office he stop her and took the bag with money. They also took packets of cigarettes unknown value.

 “The robbers fled the scene in three vehicles a Honda Accent, Honda Amaze and Toyota Etios with unknown registration. CCTV footage is available.” ��β��g

Road corrosions become worrisome in the community

Motorists and residents are upset about the endless road corrosions in South Africa Drive and Central Africa Republic.

The roads became corroded during the recent consistent rains, and Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) filled some potholes and appeared to have started resurfacing the damaged streets.

 Construction work appeared to be completed in March, but the road is deteriorating once again.

However, motorists and residents say they feel hopeless despite JRA’s efforts. “I think they always do not do it properly,” said Clement Kekana. “Last year in March, I thought the road would be sorted for good. But it seems we always quickly get back to the crisis. We understand it is raining, but stronger roads do not get easily corroded whenever it rains. The most disturbing part about South Africa Drive is that we find ourselves stuck in a bumper to bumper traffic situation.”

 Taxi driver Themba Maphumulo said the situation compels them to avoid the roads. “We mainly use South Africa Drive and Central Africa Republic roads on a daily basis,” he said. “The situation is no longer user-friendly, and we are forced to use other routes. It is a challenge because our passengers end up arriving late in their destinations.”

 “We do not like it when we always get back to bad situations,” said one resident. “We want to see progress in our community. The previous situation saw several cars bumping against each other and it is also going to happen if nothing is done.”

Local authorities say the project is still moving forward. JRA is expected to get back to re-constructing the road as soon as it gets dry.

People should understand that these road corrosions happen everywhere, said Ward Councilor Mapula Mosito.

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