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Region F Director Nathi Mthethwa (right) with stakeholders who attended the summit. PIC : INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY

City holds hijacking summit

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‘There is no fire-fighting equipment, there are illegal connections of electricity, no light, fire escape doors are closed and overcrowding make the building a fire hazard’ Sizwe Mathe sizwem@inner-city-gazette.co.za The recent Joburg’s Region F first building hijacking and slumlording summit in Braamfontein was attended by stakeholders from City Power, Emergency Management Services (EMS), Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc, SAPS and Connaught Properties. Region F director Nathi Mthethwa said the summit is part of the Inner City Charter Review Process. “The target set by various stakeholders as part of the Inner City Charter to eradicate slumlording in the inner-city by 2015 remains intact. Fifteen months ago we established a multi-agency task team to deal with building hijacking. Over 70 properties returned to their rightful owners. Moreover, 52 cases are currently on trial, 244 suspects arrested, and 321 buildings under investigation.” Joburg MMC for Development Planning and Urban Management Clr Rosslyn Greef said tackling bad buildings requires different actions and support from multiple agencies. “Summits such as this are so important because slumlording and building hijacking has a negative impact on the image and economic viability of any city.” January Molo of EMS highlighted challenges EMS faces in bad buildings. “When you enter the building there is no fire fighting equipment, there are illegal connections of electricity, no light, fire escape doors are closed, and the issue of overcrowding makes the building a fire hazard.” Molo suggested that buildings identified as

fire hazards must be sealed and monitored. Kirsty Simpson of Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc said legal departments must play a major role in terms of dealing with slumlords and hijacked buildings. “The legal backdrop to the challenges faced in the inner city emanates from lack of respect for the environment by occupants. Difficulties in transferring ownership and defunct body corporates remain major challenges in the inner city. The city must enforce stricter policing, stronger sanctions against criminals and facilitate private investment in the inner city,” she said. The summit resolved that a communications strategy must be developed to ensure a broader public awareness around building hijacking: establish a permanent anti-hijacking unit of SAPS; register building hijacking as an offence on its own; in December 2011 develop a programme of action on how to influence policy; and report back in two weeks. Another resolution was to engage with intergovernmental colleagues in housing to look at suggestions like dedicated programmes of housing for foreign nationals; and establish a regeneration fund for the Region F. Mthethwa added that decisions taken must have strict time frames. “People must be made to take full responsibility. As a collective we must work in unison for the sake of our inner city.” If you know of bad buildings or someone that is hijacking the buildings report it to an anonymous hotline: 0860 111 381 or email, innercityhotline@joburg.org.za


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State of the cities report It stresses the need to change the racial spatial patterns and improve their population density to encourage greater integration

The original design of the cathedral in DeVilliers Street was for a church with a hall beside it. The design is described in a booklet by Margaret Barker as a hall in the Gothic style with pinnacles and finials, together with a magnificent Gothic parish church with a spire on the northern side to stand next to the hall. The hall has aisle passages and narrow galleries in recessed arcades each side, with a large gallery at the west end, and under which were accommodated offices, cloakrooms etc. There were galleries also to house an organ on the north side and choir opposite. The elliptical barrel roof was apparently found to be excellent from the point of view of acoustics. There was clearly an ecclesiastical feel to the design of this building, which was in fact used for public worship pending the construction of the church. In 1911 Johannesburg became the centre of a new diocese and St Mary’s was to become the cathedral. However, the rector, who was also the Archdeacon, wanted the hall to be paid for before any further schemes were looked into. He made the suggestion that Fellowes Prynne’s design for the church was not acceptable, and that a simpler building be envisaged. The new cathedral, whose eventual design does seem to reflect some of Fellowes Prynne’s ideas, was dedicated in 1927.

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comprehensive study of the state of South Africa’s cities over the past decade has been released. It was launched at a press briefing on 20 April at Turbine Hall in Newtown. The 178-page document, compiled by a range of independent academic experts, and called Resilient Cities, covers 10 years, from 2001 to the current year. It contains a review of all the cities in the country and identifies new municipal trends and some of the challenges that need immediate attention. Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Yunus Carrim said the report points to the resilience cities have shown, and will need to deal with issues largely beyond their control, such

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as in-migration, fluctuations in the global economy, levels of foreign direct investment and aspects of climate change. It states that limited progress has been made in transforming the geographical patterns inherited from the past and in promoting urban integration. It advises municipalities on how to improve their strategies, vision and resources, and recommends that South African cities need to prepare for increasing prices of oil and other products, erratic and unpredictable rainfall patterns and other challenges. It stresses the need to change the racial spatial patterns and to improve their population density to encourage greater integration, lower transport costs and more effective use of limited energy resources. Carrim pointed out that the report examined common problems and opportunities facing cities, from economic, spatial, to structural, environmental, governmental and financial.

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“The suggestions it offers are intended to assist a new generation of civic leaders and officials who will be in charge of planning, developing and managing cities after the 2011 municipal elections,” he said. The report would be of particular value to policy makers, business and labour, including civil society activists, and would broadly influence policy making, Carrim added. Sithole Mbanga, CEO of the South African Cities Network (SACN) said the report had placed particular emphasis on Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Cape Town, eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Mangaung, Buffalo City and Msunduzi municipalities, because these had been restructured to be autonomous. “These cities enjoyed a period of more robust growth and job creation than had been experienced in the previous two decades.” Mbanga added that investment in

research and development, human capital, greater external connectivity and higher investment in physical capital were the main points of success for most cities. “Much more needs to be done so that they can spread prosperities to other municipalities that were not so resilient during the economic downturn,” he said. For cities to be more effective they would need support from provincial and national governments as part of an integrated co-operative governance system. The report recommends that the developmental vision of metros must be refreshed. “Metro government must be stabilised and trust must be restored,” it reads. The report is available on the South African Cities Network website. A hard copy is available on request, tel 011 407 6471 or email info@sacities.net .


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City strike cost us most COMMENT

As the cold season creeps in some communities recall sad memories of losing relatives in accidents that have been associated with the period. One of the most common accidents in the season has been fire and inhalation of carbon monoxide. This is especially so in communities who do not have electricity supply, or where power supply is intermittent. As a natural human response to keep themselves warm people make fire from various sources: coal, cardboard, wood and anything else that will burn. Some of the worst fire accidents occur in hijacked and abandoned buildings. In such places residents live in crowded Street filth...rubbish accumulates in the street next to a vendor stall PIC : INNER-CITY PRESS AGENCY compartments, some of which are separated by wood, clothing and other materials that can easily catch fire. To make matters worse, in such comHealth centres may as well expect large numbers of people infected by various diseases munities alcohol consumption and abuse is rife. A person may leave a fire burn- In this past week the effects of the ‘plan B’ if this happens. They must ment brought in the army to prevent ing while they fall asleep, and soon the SAMWU strike have been devastat- not be caught wanting in the event a total collapse of the health syswhole place is afire. Sometimes people ing. In nearly every street there were of such a strike, and their solution tem. The striking medical staff did leave coal braziers burning while they mountains of stinking rubbish that must not be just to resign, as it hap- not challenge the army doctors for fall asleep in poorly ventilated places, remained uncollected. When the rain pened with some of them. The ‘plan ‘undermining their cause’, as they leading to over-inhalation of carbon fell some of the rubbish was swept B’ must be geared at preventing the understood that it was a temporary monoxide and possible death. In such cir- away, and some people thought there city to stink the way it did, posing measure to prevent a total collapse cumstances it takes some time for emer- was going to be some relief, but the a horrible health hazard to its resi- of the health system. Similarly, the army could be gency services to be notified, and access rain swept up the rubbish and depos- dents. After all this is supposed to be brought in to collect the rubbish if to such places is difficult, which reduces ited it along the streets, making it a world class African city. I may not try to take away the rea- municipal workers go on strike, even worse. the chances of victims to be saved. In this period the health centres sons of the strike because I am aware for similar reasons. The soldiers Such accidents also occur in places of normal accommodation, where people may as well expect large numbers of the plight of the workers and their are trained and employed to do the sometimes use faulty electric heaters and of people who have been infected need to be paid more for their ef- dirty work of the politicians, so usstoves, and fires break out. In highrise by various diseases, as a result of forts in keeping the city clean. But ing them under such circumstances buildings this is often exacerbated by the billions of germs that have been at the same time something must be would as well be part of their duties, that residents often panic when they see a distributed in their communities. In done. It is obvious that the workers since the strike was in part caused by fire, and attempt to leap off the balconies some cases children play on the rub- may not allow other people to be them politicians. Striking workers for safety, instead of remaining calm and bish heaps, collecting the hundreds brought in to do the work in their may not even have enough guts to of germs and taking them home to place, which may lead to violence challenge the soldiers as they collect wait for professional assistance. the rubbish in their military trucks. and worse circumstances. pass on to other family members. The authorities have experienced A short while ago when health Janine Otto Distribution – 40 000 copies free door to door delivery fortnightly to all households and strikes long enough to consider a staff went on strike the govern- Newtown

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We ask the city council to at least allow us to recover the losses we ran into, as a result of their dispute with their employees. I work as a vendor and write on behalf of all the street vendors in the city of Johannesburg. In the past weeks when the municipality workers were on strike we lost large amounts of money, which was directly caused by the strike. When the rubbish kept piling up in the streets it became our duty to clean the area around where we work. But the rubbish kept piling up, until it took up many of our trading positions, and it became impossible for us to continue trying to clean the streets, and even to trade. While we cleaned the streets, we missed attending to our customers, and the stench of the rubbish also chased many of our customers away. The strike cost us much more than anyone else in the city. We do not even expect to get paid for doing this work. At the end of the strike the council workers will be back in the streets doing their work. At the same time the city council officials will expect us to pay the rent for our stands, and the police will be out to seize our goods. As vendors we ask the city council to at least give us a break this time, and allow us to recover the losses we ran into, as a result of their dispute with their employees. Maryse Kakonde Johannesburg

Make the right career choice Be liberated from economic oppression

Business as part of the society codefines the reality in which education needs to take place. Business exists and functions on the basis of its own definition of reality, and therefore presents unique characteristics. Education therefore responds to business, but also directs business through the tenet and content it delivers. In the educational approach, provision should be made to prepare appropriate competencies for a labour market. Entrepreneurship gets its definition from the type of business reality to be addressed. Education should stimulate economic growth although in the current circumstance the demand for a skilled labour-force far exceeds the supply and availability of skilled people. The career choices we make today have significant implications against our future endeavours. Historically, black African people were highly disadvantaged in making career choices. They have always

been subjected to certain fields of career opportunities because of the limiting apartheid educational system. Since the ANC victory in 1994, many black South African matriculants, previously excluded from tertiary education are gaining access to educational opportunities, and thus being exposed to a wide variety of careers. The rapid transformation from the limiting apartheid system which DA is partially responsible for, to an open system introduced by the ANC led-government, has provided many opportunities to reach previously unattainable goals. Young people entering tertiary education may have inadequate insight to pursue appropriate educational opportunities. One reason for this is the lack of adequate career guidance at disadvantaged schools. These factors then impact on the ability of learners to make career choices and decisions. Career counselling and guidance, especially for high-school learners is essential for full exploitation of available opportunities. It is therefore vital that students entering tertiary education be equipped with necessary skills to make informed career decisions demanded by the labour market. The word Engineering, Science and Technology were very foreign to

many of our people. One of the things the National Party apartheid government, which is currently DA after being swallowed by the Democratic Party (DP); successfully developed a perception that fields of study like Maths and Science were very difficult, to make our people not opt for them, while in reality they were not as difficult as they were viewed. Many of our people, because of being colonised psychologically, chose to study in fields which would not enable them to enrol in areas of skills which are highly employable like Artisan, Engineering, Science and Technology. The number of unemployed graduates in South Africa graduated from fields of study which are overcrowded. Even after the dawn of democracy in 1994, we still have those who believe studies like Maths and Science are difficult. As a result this automatically channels matriculants to the deep end of unemployment, as they will not manage to enrol for most of the areas of scarce skills, as they will not meet the minimum requirements of Further Education and Training Institutions (FET) or tertiary institutions. Currently in the labour market the supply-demand mismatches in the provision of qualified graduates have

reached serious proportions with adverse short, medium and long-term consequences for economic growth, investment mobilisation and socioeconomic stability as most of them are qualified from areas which are not of scarce skills, as a result it is difficult for them to be consumed by the labour market. Factors impinging on the unemployment of graduates could be two-fold, resulting in the possible lack of institutional preparedness in catering for industry needs, or inadequate quality of education. Labour market signals of the above type tell a tale, too, of institutional misalignment between players on the supply and demand side of the equation and business. These challenges are dominant especially to students from rural areas and townships because of lack of proper career guidance and role models. It is important to those who have made it in their studies to plough back to their communities through providing some career guidance to learners, especially those in Grade 8 to 9, before they find themselves in streams which will lead them to further studies in areas which will not assist them to find employment. Doing will take our people out of poverty and therefore contributing in liberating our people, to ensure economic freedom.


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Ransom for WFP pilots Khartoum - The government has paid a ₤500 000 ransom to free nine UN World Food Programme pilots held in the restive Darfur region, a Sudanese court has disclosed. The court, trying Sudanese accused of abducting the air crew last year revealed that authorities paid the ransom; and that ₤20 000 was paid to the abductors for the release Omar al Bashir of members of the UNAMID peacekeeping mission. The pilots were abducted in November 2010 in Nyala. The government denies paying the kidnappers, who are often former members of the government militias, who blame Khartoum for not honouring promises received to fight the rebels. Darfur has been beset by violence since 2003 after rebels fought Khartoum, accusing it of supporting land grabbing by Arab tribes and neglecting development. To counter the rebels, the authorities used local militiamen. The Janjaweed militias killed villagers and burnt their homes. They are also accused of rape and torture. The UN estimates that 300 000 people have been killed in the conflict, and 2.5 million fled their homes. President Omar Al Bashir is accused by the International Criminal Court of genocide but he denies the charges.

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African Court summons Gaddafi Arusha- The African Court of Justice has summoned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to appear for violating human rights. Kamel Grar, spokesperson for the African Court stated that the order for provisional measures issued by the court declares that the Libyan government must also refrain from any action that would result in loss of life or breach human rights. The court, presided by Justice Gerald Niyungeko of Burundi, is the continent’s equivalent of the European Court of Human Rights. The legal action against Gaddafi’s regime was initiated by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. It also accuses Gaddafi’s forces of excessive use of heavy weapons against the population, which amount to serious violations of the right to life, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. The indictment refers to other international condemnations, including the 26 February UN Security Council resolution that criticized the regime for violation of human rights and the Arab League’s call for an end to violence.

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Govt to support rebels Addis Ababa - Ethiopia will increase support to Eritrean rebels in their bid to topple the regime of Issaias Afeworki. In a press statement the Foreign Ministry said in light of Eritrea’s continuing ‘nefarious campaigns’ Ethiopia has given up on the ‘passive approach’ it has pursued in dealing with the Eritrean regime. Last week Ethiopia threatened to take military Issaias Afeworki action, accusing Eritrea of ‘terrorist acts’ and attempts to destabilize Ethiopia. Ethiopia has given refuge to Eritrean resistance groups, including Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA); and hosts over 50 000 Eritrean refugees who fled in protest to the current rule. Many of them join Eritrean resistance groups in Ethiopia. “Ethiopia will force the regime to change its policies, or change the government itself.” Since the 1998-2000 war that killed 70 000 people relations between the two states have remained tense, and increased recently due to clashes at their disputed border. The Permanent Court of Arbitration defined the border in 2002 but Ethiopia does not recognize the award of Badme town to Eritrea. Eritrea became independent from Ethiopia in 1993, following decades of armed conflict.

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Witchcraft suspects jailed Lilongwe - Hundreds of people have been jailed on charges of witchcraft, although there is nothing in the country’s laws to do so. The director of Association for Secular Humanism (ASH) George Thindwa says the police detain people accused of witchcraft, when it is the accusers who need to be arrested. Elderly women are mostly accused of witchcraft, but people of all ages have been jailed, attacked and even killed on suspicion of being witches. Chigayo Tchale, 75, has served

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two years of a three-year sentence at Maula Prison. The community accused him of practicing witchcraft after the unexplained death of a child. ASH has been campaigning for his release for months, along with dozens of other people. Thindwa said there could be hundreds more victims of this. Malawi inherited a 1911 Witchcraft Act from the British, which assumes that it does not exist, and makes it an offence to accuse someone of practicing witchcraft, or for an

Paul Kagame individual to claim that they practice it. Thindwa said the legislation was misplaced because the overwhelming majority of the population believes in witchcraft. “Traditional leaders, the police, and even magistrates are more influ-

enced by their beliefs than the country’s laws or constitution.” Most witchcraft cases affect the poor and legally naïve, who could not afford bail and could be remanded in custody for years even if they appealed against the injustice.

Kigali - President Paul Kagame has criticised the international justice system for failing the victims of the 1994 genocide. He referred to the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) trial of ex-Rwandan military officer Col Theoneste Bagosora, believed to be among the masterminds of the genocide, as an outstanding case of failed international justice. “Even when there is more than enough evidence it has taken 17 years, because they are worried that Bagosora would bring evidence implicating them; they do not care about us,” he said. Kagame wondered why within the 17 years the case is yet to be concluded, reaffirming the inefficiency of international justice system. Statistics indicate that over a million cases of genocide perpetrators were tried under the traditional Gacaca system, compared with 52 cases by the ICTR.


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Housing ‘Fraudsters promise to help crooks unsuspecting housing applicants the waiting cash in jump list queue’

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he City has issued a warning concerning fraudsters who promise to help housing applicants jump the waiting list queue and collect money from them. This follows a complaint that was forwarded by some Soweto residents to MMC for Housing Ruby Mathang. In a statement Mathang said housing applicants are offered assistance with application for a Housing Subsidy Scheme, and upon approval are misled into believing that the reference number is an allocation to a specific house. “We urge anyone who has information about the culprits to come forward so that we can take action against these organisations and avoid unnecessary rais-

ing of expectations,” he added. City spokesperson Virgil James added that the housing database lies in the hands of the provincial Department of Local Government and Housing, not of the City. “No one has the power to change names on the housing list. The number of houses allocated each year varies, depending on the budget allocated and the number of people targeted. In a year the City can build 200 to 500 houses.” According to the Department of Housing, the process of applying for a government subsidised house is: * The applicant applies for a project linked to the subsidy through the Housing Subsidy Scheme which is administered by the national Department of Human Settlements. * The applicant is given a reference number, which is reflected on a demand database receipt.

* On meeting the criteria, the applicant is then entered into the demand database for approval. * When the housing project construction begins, the successful beneficiaries from the targeted project area are formally informed. * The applicant will thereafter be allocated a house by a housing official only. The spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing, Motsamai Motlhaolwa, said people were welcome to check their names on the housing database. “We are open Monday to Friday. Residents must bring their ID documents, reference number and C form.” A ‘C form’ is issued after a person applies for subsidised housing. The department’s offices are on the corner of Commissioner and Sauer streets in downtown Johannesburg; tel 011 355-4028. Joburg.org.za

How to void negative people It is easy to get caught up in the negativity of today’s society, especially if you are closely connected to negative individuals

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voiding negative people may bring on guilt, particularly if it is a friend or loved one. However, when you are surrounded by these emotions, you in turn will become negative. Choose friends wisely. It is easy to get caught up in the same routine, however you need to decide if the person you have around is healthy. Don’t answer the phone or open the door if a certain negative individual is calling or coming. If you socialize with negative students at school, this can lead to you having negative feelings towards your classmates Turn the television off during news briefs that focus on everything going wrong in your community or the world. News anchors relay negativity each time they air, and hearing such negativity may make you depressed or angry. Listen to upbeat music, instead of talk show radio programmes. Usually the people on here are having discussions focused mainly on who did something wrong or telling news that may bring negative emotions. Avoid reading books or magazines that tell a story on negative people. Even if it’s fiction, the characters can cause negative feelings. Read something uplifting and encouraging, or

something that will make you laugh. Stop hanging out in bars and clubs. Although you may enjoy the atmosphere and social aspect, usually people who drink and party heavily can become negative. Find other avenues of socializing, such as clubs, going for walks in the park or opting for a nice dinner out instead. If the negative people that pull you down are the ones you cannot physically avoid, for instance, family, try being upfront with them, and let them know that you don’t appreciate their opinions. When you confront them, they are likely to accuse you of wanting to isolate them. Calmly explain that they have a pessimistic streak, and that it is negatively impacting on your life. Sometimes perpetually negative manner indicates depression or mental illness. Many people have bad days or tend to see the glass half empty, but if someone was reasonably happy and now is very negative, keep an eye on them. Another sign of a mental illness is the sudden appearance of drastic mood swings. If these symptoms persist for over two weeks, talk to one of the family members about having them evaluated for depression. Patricia Rahlagane is a Journalism student at Damelin College, Braamfontein.

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LINDI MALINGA EKHAYA NEIGHBOURHOOD CHAIRPERSON How did you get into the property game? When? It was by default. I joined the JHC in 1999 as a community development officer. At the time my main focus was providing community development programmes to our tenant communities, and did not see myself as a player in the property environment. Memorable moment you have had in the inner-city? Initiating Ekhaya Neighbourhood and making it work for the property owners and the community alike. Ugliest thing about the inner-city? * Prevalence of crime, which makes it uncomfortable for ordinary citizens to appreciate, enjoy and patronise the inner city. * Building hijackings; resulting in buildings not being taken care of, and residents exposed to hazardous situations and evictions. * Citizens who do not take pride in the visible regeneration of the city and continued exposure to squalor. If you were mayor for a week, what would you change? I would call for the re-enforcement of bylaws across the spectrum to keep the city clean and manageable. I would also learn from the experience of Ekhaya Neighbourhood and encourage citizenry among the residents of the inner city, with the resultant establishment of several associations of this nature. This not only organises a particular grouping of people, but also brings about responsible and participatory citizenship. Favorite building in the inner-city? My JHC buildings are my most favourite, but there are several buildings that I love in the city which serve different purposes. Obviously those that accommodate, empower and serve the interest of the communities of the inner are close to my heart. Favorite restaurant in the inner-city? Those that serve African Cuisine. I would say I have a favourite among them, but my motto is to visit each one of them and enjoy the experience. How do you get around? By car, bus, on foot. Ekhaya Neighbourhood is? An association of property owners who love and care for the city, care about their community and are interested in retaining tenants who love to continue residing in the Hillbrow area. They care about matters that negatively affect their communities, and they will go to great lengths in ensuring that those are dealt with to ensure a comfortable stay for their tenants. The members of the association are truly catalysts, change agents and ambassadors of this forgotten area of the inner city. The programme is aimed at promoting more inclusive cities and effective community, and extending ownership and management of safe and healthy public space among residents, building managers/ caretakers, owners and municipal structures in a neighbourhood comprising of residential buildings in central Hillbrow. It is a living example of responsible citizens who do things for themselves and does not wait for the government to make things happen. The programme is aimed at Making the City your Home. 2011 plans for Ekhaya Neighbourhood? We have very big and ambitious plans * Extending the programme and model to other areas in Hillbrow and increasing our membership. * Strengthening our fight on crime for the benefit our communities. Establishing a ‘one stop shop’ office where tenants can get information about anything from accommodation, social events and career guidance. What do you like about your job? It is aimed at empowering people, improving their living conditions, and helping them become better citizens. For more info on Ekhaya Neighbourhood contact them on 011 442 7125.


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Free swimming lessons “This will reduce the number of drowning cases’ Kgopi Mabotja

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he city’s Learn to Swim programme is geared at teaching children from disadvantaged communities how to swim, with free lessons facilitated by Swimming South Africa (SSA). Joburg city’s deputy director of communications, Nthatisi Modingoane says the idea is to make swimming one of the dominant sports in the townships, and the programme has been under way since the beginning of the year. “During winter lessons will only take place at heated swimming pools; from September 1, when all public pools reopen for the summer. It will then be extended to non-heated swimming pools. Qualified SSA instructors will pro-

vide training at all participating pools,” Modingoane adds. Learn to Swim forms part of the campaign around swimming pools and water safety, which is spearheaded by the City’s Department of Sport and Recreation and Emergency Management Services. Modingoane says this is well attended by the community and schools, and some swimmers have escalated to club level. “Last year over 3 500 children attended lessons. This year‘s focus is to train children from grades one to seven. It is crucial for children to know how to swim, as this reduces the number of drowning cases.” In this programme participants learn various swimming practices, and there are programmes for be-

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Youths enjoy a splash in a city swimming pool.

ginners and for those at advanced levels of swimming, Modingoane adds. Clubs and individual applications are welcome, and people are advised to register at pools close to their area. Adults are also encouraged to join. This project is an initiative of the City in partnership with SSA; the

Gauteng Departments of Sport and Recreation, and Education; and Central Aquatics. Lessons are offered at the heated swimming pools that include Ellis Park at corner North Lane and Erin Street, tel 011 402-5565; and Pioneer Park at corner Rosettenville Rd and 11th St Tel: 011 436-0207.

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The City of Johannesburg embarked on a series of public meetings to present changes in the 2011/2012 Draft Rates Policy. The City implemented the Rates Policy on 1 July 2008 and since then it has been reviewed annually. The Department of Finance under the Directorate of Rates and Taxes held public meetings in January this year for suggestions in the policy, and returned to the public to present changes in the policy in April.

The policy guides the City in all aspects of levying rates on property owners. The Director for Rates and Taxes, Sihle More said there have not been major changes in the policy. “The first R150 000 of value to all residential property doesn’t pay rates. Pensioner owners where their gross monthly household income is lower than R5 600 can apply for 100 percent rebate. But those with a monthly income higher than R5 600, but lower than R10 300 can apply for a 50 percent rebate,” explained More.

She added that the Sectional Title Residential rebate of 20 percent is automatic. “The residential properties valued at R300 000 will be paying R65 per month in rates and taxes for the next term, which will start in July, whereas residential properties under the value of R300 000 will pay R6 per month,” she said. More added that the City will be doing property evaluations through satellite technologies in January next year. For more details you can email comments to RatesComment@ joburg.org.za or call 011 703-5491.

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) recently hosted political dialogue at the Constitution Hill to establish political parties’ commitment to implementation of gender equality at local government level. Political parties represented at the dialogue included the ACDP, ANC, DA, IFP, COPE and UDM. CGE Commissioner Janine Hicks pointed out that the ANC has committed itself to the 50/50 quota in its manifesto. “COPE, DA, IFP, ACDP and UDM have no mention of the quota in their manifestos,” explained Hicks. Hicks added that the analysis of Proportional Representatives (PR) candidates list released by IEC on 12 April has no gender disaggregated per political party. “The disaggregated data only captures the overall numbers of male and female candidates during the 2000, 2006 and 2011 municipal elections. Women comprised roughly 8 500 of 30 000 candidates in 2000 (28 percent); 15 700 of 45 000 in 2006 (35 percent); and 19 700 of 53 500 in 2011 (37 percent). This is despite recommendations in Municipal Structures Act that each party should seek to ensure that 50 percent candidates are women,” she said. The CGE recommended that the IEC request parties to submit gender disaggregated lists of candidates to track the application of women representation. IEC CEO Adv Pansy Tlakula said the trends show that more women participate in elections, including those above the age of 80. “If the citizens do not hold politicians accountable there will not be any democracy.” Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said gender equality starts with patriarchy. “Women must first struggle for themselves within their parties, and there should not be an attitude that it is only women who fail, as men also fail.” For more details contact Lorraine on 011 403-7182 or visit www.cge.org.za

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Centre: Khabonina Qubeka dances with the youths.

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Celebs party with streetkids The boys performed a sketch showing the importance of respect and forgiveness Makoena Pabale

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oys housed at the Twilight Children’s Home in Hillbrow recently danced with celebrities during a party that had been organised by actress Thandi Matlaila and Lebo Semetsamere. Matlaila said she organised the party because she was an ambassador for change. “Two years ago I realised that when you do not have problems you may forget about the next person. Doing this is a way of serving those who are less fortunate than me. It is also a way for me to share my happiness with others,” she said. The idea was to spend some time

with the children and to get people to donate winter clothes, blankets, stationery, school uniforms, toiletries and tinned food to the centre. The shelter welcomed a host of celebrities. To entertain them the boys performed a sketch showing the importance of respect and forgiveness. Set on the streets of Joburg, the play was about three boys who talked about how they ended up on the street. One of them is convicted of his mistakes. As a result, he returned home and apologised to his parents. They accepted his apology and took him back to school. At the end of the play, he went to his friends, who still lived on the street, and talked

them into making amends with their families. Other activities on the day included the repainting of the sickbay, an art exhibition, a braai and other live performances. Khabonina Qubeka and Ntombi Ngcobo of Amaponi music group, sang and danced with the boys. They were joined by other wellknown folk, among them Rami Chuene, Azania Ndoro and Sade, of So You Think You Can Dance. At the end of the day, the children received party packs of mini Easter eggs, marshmallows and sweets. Among the youths there was trainee-care worker Sandile Mdlalose who lived at the shelter before tak-

ing up studies as a care worker. He came to Joburg with his grandmother in 2004 after leaving Durban. He then lived with her in Newtown for a few months before coming to Twilight Children’s Home. He left her because she mistreated him, he said. “This place is like home for me, I have found friends here and the house parents treat us like their own children,” he added. Mdlalose finished high school in 2008 and would like to study photography, but had not found someone to fund his studies. He is also interested in poetry, cooking, keeping fit and art, he said. The Twilight shelter was formed in 1983 to help children living on the

streets. Originally a soup kitchen, it was extended to a shelter. Today, it supports children who live without adequate adult and family support, focusing on delivering quality support for boys aged between eight and 18. The organisation shelters over 90 boys who are enrolled in local schools if they are still of a schoolgoing age. Those who are older are trained in different jobs, such as pottery, bead-making and baking. Employed staff manages the shelter and provides services and support to the boys. The Twilight Children’s Home also has an outreach programme that provides support for boys who remain on the street.

Freedom Day festival The event is aimed at bringing the youth back to the city Sizwe Mathe sizwem@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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he fifth edition of the Back to the City hip hop festival will be held in Newtown on Freedom Day,

27 April. The event celebrates Freedom Day through live performances, exhibitions and street art. It will be outside Ritual Stores at corner Bree and Henry Nxumalo streets. It will open with a hip hop summit in Museum Africa where the youth will exchange knowledge with the gurus in media, advertising and music business. Thereafter the artists and the public will walk to the entrance where there will be three metre wide boards reflecting the history of South Africa from the 18th century. The main objective of the hip hop festival is to bring all youths around South Africa back to the city. Organiser Osmic Menoe says a large number of young people do not understand the true meaning of the day. “As the youth of South Africa we need to know our history and embrace it. The boards will depict the history of Shaka Zulu, the Anglo Boer War, the first white settlers, slavery, and the final board will be about Freedom Day, reflecting the

hardships leaders like Nelson Mandela endured.” Other activities include skateboarding, BMXing, live graffiti art, and merchandising. Two stages will be erected for graffiti exhibitions, DJ’s and performances by dancers. “We also expect local designers,” said Menoe. Last year’s event attracted 9 000 people, and more are expected this year. Ritual Stores will host fine arts, digital arts and a fabric exhibition which will feature a collective of artists from various backgrounds, exposing the wealth of talent that exists amongst our communities. Throughout the day the hosts and the artists will give information about Freedom Day. There will be 14 DJs, 40 artists and 12 graffiti crews. The event is sponsored by the City of Johannesburg, Red Bull, Willards, Spanish Embassy, The Star and Channel O. For more information visit website www.backtothecity.co.za.

Hip-hop artist Khuli Chana (left) will perform at the festival.


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First black violin maker ‘Making an instrument is essentially sculpturing’ Lucille Davie

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oburg resident Thembi Buthelezi will soon be the country’s first black luthier, a maker of stringed musical instruments. After studying the intricacies of violins for the past four years, she is now ready to make her first violin. She plays a double bass and sings in a choir in her spare time. This rare skill of making violins was once the domain of the Italian and French master violin makers; but after the Second World War the Chinese took up the challenge, and are now major manufacturers of the world’s best violins. Buthelezi, 33, born in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, has a long history of involvement in music. She sang in her church choir for many years; then five years ago, her brother took her to the Joburg Foundation Orchestra, where she began playing the violin. Within two years she had switched to the double bass.

Buthelezi plays for the foundation orchestra and the FBA Brass Band of the Faith Brethren Apostolic Church. Four years ago she became an apprentice to Svend Christensen, a violin maker and restorer. “Making an instrument is essentially sculpturing,” Christensen says. Buthelezi says she started with watching Christensen cleaning instruments and sharpening tools using wet stones. “I can now set up a violin, and I am now making my own,” she says. So far, she has made the template or shape, and the ribs or sides. She is busy making the bottom of the violin, and will soon be thinning the body by scooping out the inside. Next is the scroll, which she has already begun. She expects to finish her violin by the end of the year. She plans to buy it when it is finished. “I want to show it to my grandchildren.” Christensen runs a thriving instrument repair and restoration business

from a studio in August House in End Street, a converted factory building that now houses loft apartments and creative industries. His involvement in music and instruments goes back to 2000. His mother always challenged him to come up with creative solutions to problems in his life. He grew up being exposed to orchestras and classical music. He learned from local violin repairer and restorer, Dawn Hadad, who is based in Cape Town. Christensen imports spruce, willow and maple, the last being the best wood with which to make violins. He has made one violin and several dozen violin bows. But swamped with repair and restoration work, with violins, cellos and pianos spread around his studio, Christensen doesn’t get much time to make violins. At present, he is working on an 1821 violin; and building a Dr Seuss double bass in steel. He has also built his own cutting machine, which fills an entire room.

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Kwaito group Big Nuz dominated the Samas last year.

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his year the South African Music Awards (SAMA) ceremony, to be held over two days, will be hosted in Joburg for the first time in 17 years. The event is moving from its traditional venue at the Sun City Superbowl in North West, to be held on 20-21 May in Joburg. SAMA CEO Jandre Louw says the awards were moved to Joburg to make them more accessible to fans. “We want more participation from the public; we hope to double the public audience that is normally at Sun City.” The main awards event will take

place at Montecassino in Fourways, and about 5 000 people are expected to attend. A SAMA publicist from Red Flag Design and Marketing Caroline Hillary says they will ensure that this proposition remains current, fresh, cutting edge and ahead of current trends. Thousands of music fans will experience first-hand a multi-dimensional world-class event, and televised production accompanied by a host of exciting live performances and star-spotting opportunities on the yellow carpet,” Hillary adds. The names of more than 100 nominees, many of whom cut their musical teeth in Joburg, were an-

nounced at a nomination party on 13 April. Finalists will be chosen from these. There are over 50 categories in the SAMAs. But the most-watched are for album of the year, duo or group of the year, female artist of the year, male artist of the year, newcomer of the year and the modified MTN record of the year. A SAMA is the highest music accolade an artist, band or producer can get in South Africa, making it the most coveted award for musical excellence. Sponsored by cellphone service provider MTN and beer producer Heineken, the awards cross all genres, and also include produc-

tion, engineering and video. MTN South Africa’s acting general manager for brand and communications, Natasha Basson says the company’s support of the awards underpins its ongoing commitment to promote local music. “They are a platform for growth, development and sustainability for local musicians,” she adds. Heineken spokesperson Jan Willem van Wensem says the SAMAs are a benchmark for South Africa’s diverse musical talent. “To be a part of the SAMAs is a great achievement, and we are proud of the mix of great South African artists featured annually through this event,” he adds.


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Veteran muso’s debut solo album A mellow string progression that brings a hypnotic Afro-jazz feel

Veteran guitarist Skipper Shabalala

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eteran musician Skipper Shabalala, who has spent the past two decades as a guitarist with acclaimed artists who include Eddy Grant, Siphokazi and the late Lucky Dube, has released a debut solo album called Bekezela. The 13-track offering was co-produced by David Manuel and Dave Segal at Downtown studios in Joburg, and features

lyrical contributions from the late Bhekumuzi Luthuli. On his first solo attempt, Shabalala presents an interesting fusion of maskandi, reggae, West African music and a little hip hop. Powered by a six-piece band, the highly skilled guitarist crafts a modern sound that also appeals to traditional music enthusiasts. One of the best songs on this album is Ngesab’ Amacala. On this one, Shabalala showcases his outstanding musicianship. He builds the track on a mellow string progression, bringing a hypnotic Afro jazz feel to the disk. Performed in Zulu and English, the track also features a smooth piano melody that synchronises well with Shabalala’s voice. Another song, I Won’t Go, discusses the dynamics of relationships. This is in the genre of mellow music, and the band makes it more enjoyable with a stringpowered instrumental. Another great song is Phezulu, a maskandi track that also borrows a lot from Western music; the bass guitarist did justice to this one. The disk’s sound quality is also commendable, and can be attributed to the great production equipment at Downtown studios. This is a cool album for African music enthusiasts.


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Boxers on the move SA champion to defend his belt against mandatory challenger Argenis Mendis from the Dominican Republic Ron Jackson At least three SA boxers have left their trainers or promoters to join others in recent weeks. One of them is Gauteng welterweight champion Boitshepo Mandawe of Meadowlands, Soweto, who has left veteran trainer Norman Hlabane and joined Nick Durandt. Mandawe’s professional record stands at 8-2, with six knockouts. He was trained by Jerry Phukuje before he moved to Hlabane. The promising Mandawe has taken SA champion Chris van Heerden (15-1-1; 10) to two close decisions in challenges for the title. He now hopes to fight Van Heerden again after beating Tsiko Mulovhedzi and Jerry Nekubve from Limpopo, both ranked above him. Van Heerden, who has been with Durandt for four years, has left the respected trainer to fight under the Golden Gloves Promotions banner. He has not yet announced

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Former IBF welterweight champion Isaac Hlatshwayo (30-2-1; 10) returns to action on May 17 when he faces Tunisian Naoufel Ben Rabah (32-3; 17) over 10 rounds in Indonesia. Hlatshwayo, 33, is still ranked at Number 5 by the IBF. The Number 1 spot is vacant. Hlatshwayo was defeated in three rounds by Jan Zaveck in November 2009. In his only fight since then, on October 31 last year, he beat Nkululeko Mhlongo on points over eight rounds but failed to impress. His ranking is therefore surprising. And Rabah does not feature in any of the rankings of the major organisations. Jeff Ellis, of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions, will present a box-and-dine tournament at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on May 10. Heading the bill will be a lightweight bout between Jason Bedeman and Kyle Bothma.Supersport.com

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Soweto giants...Kaizer Chiefs (left) and Orlando Pirates (right) are set for a thrilling encounter with English side Tottenham Hotspurs.

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English soccer comes to SA Vodacom Challenge returns : English side set to face Soweto giants in top class soccer expo Sports Reporter

Touches of class...Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Aaron Lennon

ABSA Premiership sides Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are set to face English Premiership team Tottenham Hotspur in the 12th edition of the Vodacom Challenge soccer tournament in South Africa from July 16-23. After a break last year due to the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, the showdown between the Soweto giants and 2007 Vodacom Challenge champions Tottenham Hotspur, is back. With the South African connection in Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo and midfielder Steven Pienaar, several of England internationals in defender Ledley King, midfielder Aaron Lennon and striker Jermain Defoe likely to be a part of the Tottenham Hotspur team, the stage is set for quality soccer. Chiefs, who saw off another Barclays English Premiership club in Manchester City to lift the 2009 Vodacom Challenge title, will have first chance against the visiting English club on July 16. Pirates will face the White Hart Lane side on July 19. This will be followed by the Soweto derby between Pirates and Chiefs on July 21. The winner will then face the London club in the Vodacom Challenge 2011 final on July 23. All three clubs are expected to field their strongest squads, including the new additions they secured during the off-season. Tickets will go on sale at R50 and R150 for reserved grandstand on May 17 at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper stores around the country.

Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza said: “We have been delighted to have been a cornerstone of the Vodacom Challenge since its inception in 1999, and once again look forward to taking up the challenge against our long-time rivals Kaizer Chiefs and the visiting Tottenham Hotspur club. We look forward to proving just how much South African club football has progressed in terms of quality.” Chiefs MD Kaizer Motaung said: “Having won five of the 11 Vodacom Challenge competitions played to date, we view a win in this competition as the perfect prelude to the 2011/2012 PSL campaign; and we look forward to making a major contribution to this year’s Vodacom Challenge tournament.” Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson said: “Pre-season is an important time and preparation is key in order to start the season well. The tournament will be a good test for us. We have a strong relationship with South Africa and there is a real passion for football in the country. The Club works with SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa and I had the great pleasure of visiting the Tottenham Hotspur orphan house in Rustenburg last year.” Tournament promoter Jabu Mathibela said the Vodacom Challenge is a prestigious tournament on the domestic football calendar, with Manchester United having competed in the competition in 2006 and 2008, Tottenham Hotspur in 2007 and Manchester City in 2009. “This year’s edition will provide the best in football action to provide the perfect spectacular for July.”


Inner City Gazette