Hundreds screened for COVID-19 in Cosmo City

Hundreds of residents turned out at Cosmo Mall on 22 May when Cosmo City Clinic partnered with COVID-19 Outreach Mass to screen and test individuals for Coronavirus.

The mall is where most community members meet, said Bentel Group manager Frank Sebetola. “it was necessary to get the residents tested, he said.

“At Cosmo Mall, we are doing our best to avoid the spread of the virus, “he said. “We make sure that no one gets into the mall without a face mask, and all the customers are getting sanitized before entering the shops.”

Sebetola said at the mall they conduct body temperature checks. “If your temperature is above 38 degrees, you are not allowed to enter into the mall. We are also encouraging every shop to screen their workers for temperature every morning before they start working.”

More than 600 residents were screened during the day. It is not yet revealed to the Chronicle how many people have been tested positive so far in Cosmo City.

Dithupe Foundation pushes to help foreign nationals amid lockdown

There is need to also consider some foreign nationals when distributing food parcels,” said Itumeleng Dithuphe the chairperson of Dithupe Foundation, a Non-Profit Organization operating in Zandspruit informal settlements.

“We have been approached by some residents in our community asking for help because they do not have anything to eat,” he said. “Our mission is to help the vulnerable members of the communities around South Africa. We are also including our fellow brothers and sisters from the neighbouring countries.

During the struggle against COVID-19  it is unnecesaary to discriminate the foreign nationals when giving away food parcels, Dithupe said.

“Every Sunday, our organisation cooks proper meal with the aim to help the starving community members. We are facing serious challenges because we are running the organisation from our own pockets.

Dithupe said they currently catering for 450 Lesotho citizens. “Most people are not working and do not have anything to eat. Therefore, we are appealing to the corporate communities to chip in and help us save people’s lives. Currently we are looking for more donors to help us with food parcels, sanitizers and face masks. We also need gas stoves to continue cooking for the residents.

On Sunday the 24th of May the foundation cooked food for more than 100 people in Zandspruit community.

People who are willing to contribute to Dituphe Foundation can contact them on 071 999 2456/079 341 4428 or email

Meet Rileyza: A local producer with a different touch

Based in Cosmo City’s extension 5, producer Rileyza is increasingly becoming a household name in local music production as he continues to work with local artists.

Born Sibusiso Bongani Khoza, Rileyza was raised in Newcastle KwaZulu-Natal. He then moved to Johannesburg in 2016 to pursue his musical journey.

“I started by producing my own music back home,” he said. “My love for music developed when I continuously produced beats for my friend for free. Since there were no musical opportunities in my home town, I had to relocate to Johannesburg to pursue my career.”

Rileyza is not only a music producer, but he is also a rapper and songwriter. In 2019, Rileyza won a best freestyle competition on Cosmo FM.

In his production, he has worked with the likes of Scima, VeebeatsExclusive, Ishmiza, Ghandi, November19thKid, Wayne, Space Youngkeed, Rey Marz, Drae tiz, Prof maxi, Thando, SHimza, Flaco, Coolkid,Lungi, Vein and many more.

He is currently working on his new “EP titled Souls of Unfamous Stars.” The project is a dedication to all the inglorious artists,” he said. “There are many local artists who are doing cery well, but do not get the spotlight they deserve. The project its self will be featuring Cosmo City local artists named as follows Rey Marz, Drae tiz, Wayne, Clark the product.”  

“Seeing young people evolve into arts each and every day means a lot to me and producing for them has been a wonderful journey. Music is the only escape for many including myself because without it i would be nowhere, i encourage my peers to be the better human beings through it.”

People who want to link up with his work can visit the website site Rileyza is also an entrepreneur, and he said COVID-19 regulations have affected his business side.

Pirates’ Palacios outlines measures to bring back the PSL

t would be a means, as much as anything, of easing the widespread depression and lowering morale that has gripped the country as a result of the deadly coronavirus and its lockdown restrictions.

This is the view of former Peruvian World Cup player and Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates coach, Augusto Palacios, in calling for the resumption of the PSL’s halted competitions – probably sometime in June.

Palacios, currently the Orlando Pirates development director, stresses that any resumption at this stage would need to take place without spectators present, but for the many millions of soccer followers throughout the country – and others with only a casual interest in football – this would be off-set to a considerable degree by the games being televised, while helping take thoughts briefly from the grim crisis that has spread through the country.

“I see depression, low morale and even fear wherever I look,” added the cosmopolitan Pirates development director, “and the resumption of soccer would take the minds of many from the wider issues with which they are faced – if only briefly.”

The urbane Palacios, nevertheless, stressed that any return of games would need to be implemented under strict rules, which include:

– An agreement between the PSL and soccer controlling body SAFA that would receive the approval and consent of the Government.

–  All players and officials to be tested for the coronavirus, with those testing positive not eligible to participate.

– A system, with government consent, allowing for a limited relaxation in the travelling of teams.

–  The extension of substitutes from the standard maximum of three per game to

five – implemented by FIFA as a temporary arrangement.

– A minimum number of officials and workers allowed at games.

In addition, attention needs to be focussed on the leagues expected to be resumed shortly in some European countries as a guide to the process.

Palacios said he had confidence in the PSL’s top administration to devise a plan that would fall in line with government’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus pandemic – and lift the spirits of many who are understandably overwhelmed by their current problems.

“From a purely soccer point of view,” added the Pirates development director, “it would eliminate the potentially unsatisfactory and undesirable situation of abandoning the season without a champion club or one appointed artificially and thereby arousing much controversy.”

And with this in mind, it is worth noting that Kaizer Chiefs, with a four-point lead at the top of the log over defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, but having played an extra game, stand out as the top, intriguing contenders.

Sy Lerman News24

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