16 Days of Activism

Women and children abuse is something that has been occurring for decades. It is an ideology that some men have that their superior and therefore use violence (verbal and physical) to portray their superiority and to get a point across. This is not something that should be a norm within our society. Women and children have as much importance and rights as men if not more. Therefore, 16 Days of Activism, aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse has on women and children and to rid society of abuse permanently. The campaign kicks starts on the 25th of November till 10 December, However, the success of this campaign rests on our daily individual and collective actions to safeguard our society against this cycle of abuse. This goes for us as a community of Cosmo City to stand against violence, and make our community safe from any kind of violence. In our fictional character Stokkie le Jojo tackle 16 days of activism in their own unique way.

 

City gears for new regional SME Hubs

In line with our administration’s commitment to achieving 5% economic growth by 2021 and reducing unemployment, the department of Economic Development will be launching job seekers and innovation desks, within each of the City’s regional hubs. This leading edge initiative will serve to grow and develop the labour market within the City as well as link job seekers to opportunities both within the public and private sector.

This follows the City’s first ever Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Symposium which sought to find ways we can use to improve the current entrepreneurial ecosystems within Johannesburg, in order to stimulate our local economy and create jobs. The entrepreneurship ecosystem symposium brought together government, private sector, educational institutions, NGO’S and, most importantly, entrepreneurs for this purpose.

With conversations around pioneering the entrepreneurship ecosystem, the city received a number of innovative and practical submissions to the challenges that face entrepreneurs and SMEs operating in Johannesburg.  These submissions are being used to inform our ongoing discussions on the type of support needed by the city’s business community.

As per 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 business.

The City’s job seekers’ and innovation desks will be entrepreneurial spaces and meeting points for like-minded individuals to engage, collaborate and find solutions to job creation and economic growth.

The City has also approached two Institutions of Higher Learning in order to give their learners the opportunity to conceptualise an appropriate name and logo for these desks. The learners providing the successful name and logo, will be recognised for their flow of creativity and will for innovation. This approach will also provide platform to emerging graphic designers and young professionals an opportunity to create a unique portfolio.

The new business model will increase hubs to 2 per region, as there is currently one per region and ultimately, the city will have a total of fourteen (14) of such facilities by 2021.

Cllr Leah Knott

MMC of Economic Development

City of Johannesburg

Cash build helps uplift Diepsloot schools  

Diepsloot Primary School No 4, Akani Metmar School and Rabasotho Combined School were three of the eight schools which received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of R15 000.

 

Diepsloot Primary No 4 School’s Principal, MJ Makhafola said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen and so proud of our learners. The vouchers would be used for much needed paving as the school was originally built on a dump site and is always covered in dust and mud so the paving will make so much difference to the learners.”

They would also like to replace the window handles as most of them are broken so they can't close them which makes it very cold for the learners in winter and the other handles have been stolen.  MJ Makhafola added:  “They would also like to paint the outside of the school as it hasn't been painted in many years.

”SI Jeke, Principal of Akani Metmar School said: “We are delighted and very grateful to Cashbuild to have been chosen for this.  Our main priority is to erect fencing around the school grounds to keep learners safe.  We would also look at painting the outside of the school to make it as beautiful as our scholars which is just another one of the much needed upgrades we would love to do.”

The Principal of Rabasotho Combined School mentioned: “Our priority at this stage is to build another classroom for our learners and then do as much maintenance as this wonderful donation will allow.”

 

At the official Cashbuild Diepsloot Store Opening Ceremony on the 23rd November 2017, when the building material vouchers totaling R120 000 were handed to all eight schools, the children entertained everyone with singing, cultural dances and theatrical performances.

The Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition entails learners from each school submitting their best artwork to Cashbuild. This artwork is displayed at the ceremony, and then remains on display in the Cashbuild store for the next six years.

 

Artwork was judged and three winners from each school were chosen.  Winners received Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificates for first, second and third place respectively. The Manager’s Choice award was also presented to the overall winner, Mbalenhle Radebe from Diepsloot Primary School No 4.  This award was announced on the day and the winner received a stationery pack and a glass trophy. The winner also officially opened the store.

 

The schools that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations were:
AKANI METMAR PRIMARY SCHOOL

Gold Award                   Marvelous Nkwe

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Creates The First “Pop-up Store” locally

midrand, South Africa - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will be opening the Brand’s first Pop-up store featuring the company’s full line of products during the month of December 2017.

The Pop-up store will be erected by Arnold Chatz Cars, a franchise of FCA, at Johannesburg’s Clearwater Mall in the West Rand and will be supported by FCA South Africa head office.

The idea behind the store is to bring the brand’s vehicles to the customers, offering a convenient and hassle-free way to shop for a new car. Arnold Chatz Cars’ sales staff will be on hand to assist with all customer queries, and test drives will also be facilitated during this period.

Amongst the vehicles on display during the course of the month from the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep products, will be the recently launched all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand’s first entry into the burgeoning SUV segment, as well as the Alfa Romeo Giulia, nominated as a finalist in the WesBank South African Car of the Year contest taking place in early 2018, and winner of Motor Trend’s 2018 Car of the Year contest in the USA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are planning further Pop-up stores based on the success of this inaugural placement, furthering the Brand’s commitment to the South African automotive market and the country as a whole.

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