Impophomo celebrates women’s month with Zandspruit women

To celebrate the immense, but often overlooked contribution of the Zandspruit women, Impophomo Rushing Waters celebrated women’s month with two outreach events in August 2019.

Every year on 9th of August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day to honour the vital role that women play in our society.

On Friday 9 August, together with the Zandspruit Men’s Forum and Mashile’s Soup Kitchen, Impophomo was a contributing partner in a celebratory meal to honour the women of Zandspruit. It was a day of celebration, affirmation and co-operation which brought together three organisations whose purpose was to show appreciation to those that are often marginalised in the society.

The men did all the cooking and serving, while the women enjoyed the attention and the delicious meal so lovingly prepared. The Zandspruit Men’s Forum also brought forward the proposal of starting a Zandspruit Women’s Forum which was enthusiastically received and will be going ahead.

Impophomo’s second outreach event on Saturday 17 August was a morning of encouragement, fellowship, praise and sharing. Impophomo, together with volunteers from Northpoint City Church (NPCC) were honoured to host a multigenerational audience of over 100 women from different organisations in Zandspruit, and a few men from the Zandspruit Men’s Forum who came to lend their support.

With this event, Impophomo and NPCC aimed to promote the building of good relationships within the community and to put in place a structure of support for the women of Zandspruit. For a society to flourish, there has to be co-operation, understanding and an acknowledgement of the many common goals that bring us together for the benefit of all.

Impophomo runs numerous empowerment programmes throughout the year aimed at a wide range of needs. Some of our projects have been running since the creation of Impophomo 11 years ago, and focus on Poverty Eradication, Education and Skill Development, Life Guidance and Support, Corporate Social Investment, Community Development and Disaster Relief.

To find out more about their work, and how you or your company can get involved, please visit our website Impophomo.org.za.

Using entertainment to keep the youth off the streets

Scores of youth members turned out to Multipurpose Centre when RCJ Media hosted Ultimate Talent Showcase on 10 August 2019.

“Our goal is to keep children off the streets,” said RCI Media co-founder Jonathan Ramoba. “I am very happy we managed to host our first event even though we did not get enough sponsors. Without adequate resources, we managed to bring children together and help them showcase their talent.”

People from Cosmo City, Zandspruit, Diepsloot, Lion Park and other areas attended the talent showcase event.

 A lot of talent in Cosmo City hides in the underground, said Ramoba. “We are not going to stop exposing the hidden talent. Next time we are going to do something very big. We also want to move to other communities beyond Cosmo City like Tembisa.”

You always learn a lot from your mistakes, said another RCJ Media co-founder under, Ronald Thabo Kubisa.

“I think such events are important in our communities,” he said. “We are trying to keep the youth away from drugs and unplanned pregnancies. We see a lot of young people getting hopeless and ending up  resorting to drugs. We want to keep them busy through entertainment. At the same time, we expose their talent.”

 “If we were doing something irrelevant to the community,” he added, “we wouldn’t have gotten the permission to use the Multipurpose Centre. I would like to thank the Ward Councilor Mapula Mosito and her team, especially Sibongiseni, for believing in us and allowing us to use the community hall.”


Health scare in extension 6

Besides making the streets look filthy, constant sewage spills collecting along Sudan and Uganda Streets in Cosmo City’s Extension 6 are forcing residents to breathe harmful stink air and exposing them to health risks, these residents complain.

 “We have been receiving reports of children being sick and failing to go to school,” said Hlulani Ngwenya. “We know that most of the diseases are connected to the sewage.”

“It keeps flowing, and it is not easy for us to use the road,” she said . “We reported the issue to the City of Johannesburg, and we hope the situation gets fixed soon.”

Living with constant health risks is what residents always face in our community, said another resident who preferred to be anonymous.

“We expect to get better sanitation as in other places, but we seem to be failing to get there,” said the resident. “We try to notify our local authorities. However, they appear to fix in one area at once.[ Sometimes we feel they have simply overlooked some environmental policies to the disadvantage of the residents’ health.”

Overcrowding seems to be the main cause of Cosmo City’s ongoing sewage problems, said MMC of Finance Funzi Ngobeni during his recent visit to the community.

“”Cosmo City was planned for a certain number of households,” he said. “The households have over-doubled in the past years and months, and this has led to the sewage calamity. It is a challenge that we are aware of, and we have embarked on a process of upgrading the sewerage system in Cosmo City.”

The MMC also asked the residents not to throw foreign objects into the sewer system.

“There is need to educate residents about the causes of sewer blockages and the effects of sewage crisis.”


Diepsloot pedestrian bridge will bring safety, says Johannesburg Mayor Mashaba

Diepsloot community needed a proper bridge at Jukskei River to provide safety during the rainy season, said Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on 07 August 2019 at the official launch of a pedestrian bridge.

 Situated in Diepsloot West, Ward 95, connecting extension 1 and 2 in Region A.  The bridge ilinks the two extensions, providing safe passage across the Jukskei River during heavy rains and flooding.

MMC for Transport,[ Councillor Nonhlanhla Makhuba, and the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA)  joined the Mayor to officially open the bridge. 

“In 2016 one family lost a six year old who drowned in the floods,” the Mayor added. “I think this bridge will enhance safety and provide easy access to schools and shops. It will also make communication between the two extensions better and safer.”


The bridge construction commenced in May 2018 and installation of lighting aside is ready to serve the community. The City of Johannesburg and its entity have finally delivered this bridge, said JRA Acting Managing Director Siya Ndou.

“Community members and, especially, scholars had to navigate perilous conditions during the rainy months,” Ndou said. “We envisage this bridge will enhance the safety of the people of Diepsloot.”

 “I would also like to urge the community to look after this infrastructure” he continued. “At a time when we have limited resources and massive infrastructure backlogs, it is critical that we do not damage them in any manner whatsoever – no matter the gripe people have with government.”

In total, the project cost R23 million, according to Ndou. “However, what was particularly pleasing was the creation of employment opportunities. The project employed forty local laborers and appointed four SMME  contractors.” 

“As the JRA, the construction of the pedestrian bridge motivates us because the wellbeing of communities is our priority” he concluded. “The main objective for this construction is to improve the safety of community members particularly children who cross the wetlands every day on their way to school and back”


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