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Transforming the Inner-City into an urban farm ‘The Executive Mayor is passionate about transforming the inner city, if the inner city is going to be transformed it is going to be a collaborative effort’ - Balisa Finca

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he office of the City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Development Planning, Cllr Funzela Ngobeni expressed the City’s commitment to revitalise and transform the Inner City at the launch of the Urban Agricultural Initiative on Wednesday. This exciting initiative between the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership, Chamber of Mines,

Wouldn’t It Be Cool (WIBC) and other stakeholders aims to create a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem. This agricultural ecosystem is underpinned by the innovative rooftop farms using hydroponics and aquaponics to grow fresh produce for the Johannesburg inner city communities. Balisa Finca, Special Advisor in MMC Ngobeni’s office said: “We are excited about this project. The Executive Mayor is passionate about transforming the inner city and the reality is, if the inner city is going to be transformed it is going to

be a collaborative effort.” “The Johannesburg Inner City Partnership Forum is a very important partner and along with other stakeholders, we hope to work together with them to transform the inner city, particularly through establishing more rooftop gardens,” added Finca. The project aims to afford entrepreneurs with opportunities to buy produce from rooftop farms, process them and sell it back to residents within the inner city and other areas that lack fresh produce markets.

In addition, it also seeks to provide residents of the city with educational opportunities in this field, create jobs, transfer skills and contribute to the sustainable social developmental goals. Since the inception of the project, various partners have offered spaces and resources in their buildings to enable entrepreneurs to create sustainable farming enterprises on rooftops Through this project, the inner city can establish a complete agricultural ecosystem that meets the needs of the majority of food needs in the City, Finca said.


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chooling in South Africa can be a difficult landscape to navigate for parents. You want the best for your kids, culturally, academically and

socially. There are school that shine in one area but maybe not others. How do you find a school with the right balance of success for their students in all areas? There is a gem of a school that has its learners achieving far beyond their own as well as beyond the school’s expectations. Despite being a small school that has only been in existence since 2012, Ivy Academy has distinguished itself academically and culturally in ways that far exceed the size of its student body and staff contingent, as well as its time in the education market. In 2015 and 2016, the school achieved a 100% matric pass rate, which led to it being presented with an award from the Gauteng Department of Education to commemorate this standard of excellence. In addition to this, Ivy Academy was also awarded the Most Improved School in the Johannesburg East District in 2016. This achievement is all the more astounding as it has only offered the National Senior Certificate since 2013.

Ivy Academy has participated in the SACEE Public Speaking Festival, consistently achieving Grades of either A or B+. In 2016, Kamogelo Makumba, achieved an “A” grade in the Individual Speaker Category. The school has won twice in the afternoon events, taking away “A” ratings. Participation in the National English Olympiad has yielded results of Bronze and Merit awards for students since 2013. The school would be nothing without their talented and enthusiastic student body. In 2016, Sizwe Msimango entered the South African Development Committee EssayWriting competition, achieving third place in the National Leg, earning both a prizeand an award at the Department of Basic Education prizegiving ceremony. This award was presented by the Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga. This year, three students SizweMsimango, Yaakov Brill & Moshe Brill entered the CFO Junior Case Study Competition and were awarded a place in the Top 20, out of manifold institutions nationwide, some of which are ranked as the best schools in the country. Not only did they achieve this, they were also placed in the Top 6, trumping the efforts of much larger and more established schools.

In 2017, Ivy Academy achieved 1st Place in the Johannesburg East Economic and Management Sciences Olympiad for Grade 8. The Grade 9s achieved 2nd place in this same Olympiad. Grade 12 student KutloanoTabane won a Mathematical Literacy Competition in Soweto and participated in the National Round of the Competition at the University of Pietermaritzburg during the July holidays. Tsholofelo Nkosi, also in Grade 12 in 2017 has won a scholarship to study either in London or the United States of America. With achievements coming fast and furious, Ivy is expected to continue to outshine other schools as they broaden their horizons and continue to encourage learners not only to achieve their full potential, but to participate in activities out of their comfort zones and stretch themselves! Solomon Ortiz said that “education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students”. This is a philosophy that Ivy academy adheres to, with admin and academic staff taking an intense interest in the total achievments of each learner as an individual. Make an appointment with a students advisor and investigate this awesome school for yourself.

Artists paint town red through ArtMyJozi Staff Reporter news@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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ver the past two months, the Louis Botha and Empire/Perth Development corridors came alive with multidisciplinary social activations and creative

design workshops. This formed part of the Johannesburg Development Agency’s (JDA) Public Art programme has initiated the ArtMyJozi programme. Strategically aimed at local creatives and residents of Noordgesig; Norwood; Orange Grove and Brixton, communities were asked to collaborate on special performances, events and installations designed to unearth and express new ideas about local place making through community participation. This culminated in a rich and multi-layered exhibition at the Bus Factory, which invited residents of Joburg to engage with the various creative outcomes from the ArtMyJozi place making through art creative campaign. Part of the exhibition included walkabouts and evaluation of the work from 6-9 October 2017 at The Bus Factory, 3 Helen Joseph Street, Newtown. Many local stories, combined with multiple modes of documentation and design translation gave residents the opportunity to take in the various opportunities for artistic works in the various development areas within the Corridors. The exhibition is a revelation and celebration of intensive process based on creative experimentation, made possible by numerous local participants, who willingly gave of their

The exhibition is a revelation and celebration of art in Joburg time and creative energy, to translate the unique characteristics of their neighbourhoods. Acting CEO of the JDA Christo Botes thanked residents and artists for taking part in the historic and heritage-rich event. “Over the past few months, the JDA’s ArtMyJozi campaign has held a series of interactive, community based activations and workshops, with the communities of Noordgesig, Brixton, Orange Grove, and various points along the Empire-Perth and Louis Botha transit Corridors. “These activations and workshops consisted of special performances, events and installations designed to unearth and express new ideas about local participatory place making. “What we will see here today is therefore a rich assemblage of local community voices being heard through art, through signs and symbols, through play and dance, through patterns and text and colour and artefacts,” said Botes.


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o celebrate Transport Month, the City of Johannesburg took several pensioners on a free Metrobus and Gautrain ride before treating them to a three-course meal at a top Sandton hotel. City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, Cllr Nonhlanhla Makhuba, accompanied by officials in the Transport Department, hosted the excited senior citizens on Tuesday. The City chose senior citizens of

Riverlea Old Age Home, who were exposed to VIP treatment all the way from the south of Joburg to glitzy Sandton. Not to be outdone, the pensioners were dressed for the occasion in their Sunday best and looked every inch like royalty. The City of Johannesburg seeks to raise awareness on the important role of transport in the economy including the provision of a safe and more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system. Cllr Makhuba told the special guests that the City was working hard to ensure that public transport was more reliable, convenient and

affordable to all resident of Joburg. “This is my second Transport Month as an MMC and I have chosen to continue with a programme I started last year where we identify a group of senior citizens to join me on a public transport experience,” said Cllr Makhuba. “We encourage residents to use public transport among many other activities that we have throughout the month,” she said. An elated chairman of the Riverlea Old Age Home, Ibrahim Toffie (65) expressed his excitement about what he and fellow residents of the old age home had experienced.

“Today was the first time that I have been on the Gautrain. I had a wonderful ride and I can’t wait to go on it again,” a beaming Toffie said. On their arrival in Sandton, the jubilant senior citizens were treated to a delicious lunch made up of a mouth-watering starter, main course and dessert at the Radisson Blue Hotel. For 74-year-old Maude Binderman, the experience was wonderful and something she will never forget. “It was very nice. The service was fantastic and I am going to tell people to make use of the Gautrain and Metrobus,” added Binderman.


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Joburg Metrobus boosts workforce ...as 83 bus drivers and 26 artisans including auto-electricians and mechanics are employed as part of its turnaround plan. Staff Reporter news@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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ohannesburg Metrobus, which ferries thousands of passengers on daily basis and operates in over 200 routes within the City of Johannesburg, has employed an additional 83 bus drivers and 26 artisans including auto-electricians and mechanics as part of its turnaround plan. These new employees have been appointed by Metrobus to deal with the bus drivers and technicians’ shortages and are expected to commence on 01 November and 01 December 2017. The new recruits will undergo driver training for the next four weeks to enable them to operate buses and routes effectively. The new drivers will assist Metrobus’ Operations department to improve its turnaround times and bus operating frequencies. “We are confident that the recruitment of the new bus drivers and mechanics will assist in improving the overall Metrobus customer service and experience. Metrobus wants to offer a high-quality and customer-oriented service that delivers a reliable, efficient, comfortable and low-cost urban mobility service,” said Cllr Nonhlanhla Helen Makhuba, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport in the City of Johannesburg.

Metrobus commutters seen boarding a bus in Johannesburg

Metrobus currently has 436 buses and over 400 drivers to meet commuter demand. As part of the Turnaround Plan, Metrobus will procure additional buses to replace its aged buses over time. It has already purchased 175 new buses as part of this process. The company is also in the process of increasing the number of ticketing outlets across the City to make buying of tickets easily accessible to all passengers.

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ver the past year, the City has fixed potholes, resulting to a significant increase of 22% more pothole repairs compared to the previous period (2015/2016). Following several torrential downpours between November 2016 and January 2017 which damaged roads across the City and causing proliferation of potholes, repairs gressive impact on the quality of roads and were prioritized. public safety, pothole repairs are a short term Earlier this year, the Executive Mayor, Cllr fix to ensure the safety of all road users. Herman Mashaba, declared a “War on Pot- While resurfacing and or reconstruction of holes” and committed an additional R88 mil- roads remain the long-term solutions to imlion to fast-track the repair of failing road proving the overall condition of the road netsurfaces to address the crisis on the roads. work. “I am delighted to confirm that through our The City’s 13 428 km of roads infrastrucpositive interventions, the Johannesburg ture is ageing and has not been sufficiently Roads Agency (JRA), the City’s entity re- maintained over many years. This means that sponsible for the maintenance of our roads, potholes, which are a sign of failing surface has resolved the crisis by working overtime and structural layers, will continue forming on evenings and weekends, with each new rainy season. utilising R60 million for While the current budget The City has resolved much needed pothole repair allocation for resurfacing material and equipment. to working overtime to and reconstruction does not “The funds were also utifully address these backlogs, ensure road safety on lised in appointing contracit is the intention of the City Joburg roads tors to supplement internal to gradually increase the capacity to assist with the budgets for these activities backlog. over time. Added to this, R28 million has been proThe JRA embarked on a study to assess a vided to recruit the 40% JRA road mainte- visual condition index of the state of the nance staff capacity shortages. City’s roads, which explains whether the conPrior to these interventions, the JRA was dition of Joburg roads is improving or deterinot keeping up with increased service re- orating, project future road condition trends, quests for pothole repairs following heavy determine maintenance and budgetary rerains, but the interventions have enabled the quirements as well as inform prioritisation of situation to be stabilised. maintenance projects such as resurfacing and “While the interventions have made a pro- rehabilitation.

“We are also looking at selling our tickets in other places such as supermarkets and through auto-teller machines (ATMs) including online platforms,” explained Cllr Makhuba. The entity is also exploring a new cashless fare collection system. Metrobus is currently scanning the market to find a suitable system tailor made for its needs. “Metrobus is providing continuous training for all its bus operators to enhance customer service, etiquette and to meet road safety standards. The professional driver training and development programme has resulted in reduction of the accidents over the past 12 months”, said Yolisa Kani, the Chairperson of the Metrobus’ Board of Directors. The company is also working towards reducing the number of breakdowns of buses and to ensure that its buses are in a good condition and are punctual. “We conduct Customer Satisfaction Surveys annually to get commuters’ inputs on the company’s level of service, including areas that need improvement”, said Kani. “All these interventions are responding to the customer satisfaction surveys conducted by Metrobus. We are committed to providing a quality service to all our commuters as well accommodating diversity and disability,” explained Kani.

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28 year old man has been convicted at the Johannesburg Regional Court after being found guilty of rape, kidnapping and assault. It came to the attention of the courts that the suspect, who was in the company of his girlfriend on the day in question, became inquisitive after suspecting infidelity – accusing her of cheating. It came to the extent that the boyfriend started assaulting the woman and went on to drown her in a basin full of water. As if that was not enough, the woman was strangled and subjected to gross beatings as the man bashed the woman’s head against the wall. It is further alleged that rape ensued, “he slept with the victim several times without her con-

sent”, said Captain Xoli Mbele of the Johannesburg Central SAPS in a statement. The man also prevented the woman from going to work for 3 days, subjecting the woman to assault and rape. Luck however managed to rescue the woman as she sneaked out of the flat and went straight to the police to report her boyfriend’s abusive treatment. The long arm of the law was quick to arrive and arrest the suspect as he was found sleeping in the flat. SAPS has issued a stern warning against women abusers, “this should send a strong message to those men who intend committing crime against women, that the weed of crime bears bitter fruits. “We shall continue to do our utmost best through our investigation, to ensure that those who commit acts of crime are put away for a long time.”

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ohannesburg Central Tracing Unit arrested a 42-year old male for impersonating police at Lillian Ngoyi and End Street on the 10th of October 2017 at

13:00. Police were busy with their routine crime prevention duties when they saw a silver grey Mercedes Benz ML350 CDI parked with only a driver inside. They approached him and asked him if he is a police officer but he denied it. They questioned why he had a blue light and a siren in his vehicle, he was placed under arrest for impersonating police.

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he talented finalists from around the country travelled to Joburg in the hope of winning a scholarship to pursue their dreams. Having spent the week working with specialist coaches, and fuelled by passion for their art, the students gave a fantastic performance. ACT CEO, Marcus Desando responded to the first event under his leadership saying, “It was heart-warming to see the kind of young talent we have in this country. “I would like to congratulate the winners and thank the sponsors for a great evening. We wish all the finalists the best in their future endeavours. This is the first year scholarships were awarded in four categories, acting, singing, dance and musical theatre.” The twelve finalists, three in each category, had the chance to show off their talent in front of a live audience and impress a panel of tough judges. Wonder Ndlovu (Acting), Mampho Letsie (Singing), Sithembele Dotwana (Dance) and Hlumelo Yawa (Musical Theatre) walked away with the prizes. The judges this year include South African stars Gina Schmukler and Ilsa Klink, dancer and teacher Sunnyboy Matau, ACT trustee Maureen Lahoud, Head of SAMRO Foundation Andre Le Roux and owner of Canvas C.A.M, Anna Hlalele. Each winner will receive R50 000 to study their performing arts subject at any tertiary in-

stitution in South Africa, as well as the chance to be represented by Canvas C.A.M. Talent Agency. Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank is excited to once again be part of giving young artists the chance to pursue their dreams. Nedbank’s brand essence is money experts who do good and this has everything to do with why we fund the Arts and Culture Trust and these incredibly important performing arts scholarships. he said. “DALRO is proud of its partnership with the Arts & Culture Trust and that we are able to contribute to the training of young talent in South Africa.” said Elroy Bell, Theatricals & General Licensing Supervisor at DALRO. “We must all do what we can in the goal of attaining free education for all. It is through investing in talented young students that we continue to grow the rich canon of work we showcase as a nation. As DALRO celebrates its 50th Jubilee, we consider it our duty and privilege to contribute to the education of the artists of tomorrow.” The event was MC’d by 2014 winner Usisipho Nteyi, who is in her third year of musical theatre at TUT. What a privilege for these young performers to start their journey on the stage that has seen so many South African legends. Ismail Mahomed of the Market Theatre says, “The ACT Scholarship Awards is a dynamic investment. “It ensures that tomorrow’s stars can accelerate their careers by building it on the foundations of a quality education”.

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Young tennis enthusiasts from the inner-city attended the Tennis Get Ahead Sports Programme (GASP) in Soweto. Tennis Courts is the pride of Joburg. Other functional tennis courts in the township are the Moletsane Sports Complex, Protea Shopping Centre, Dobsonville Tennis Court and David Pine in Dobsonville Extension. The City is working on plans to renovate 14 other dilapidated tennis courts in Soweto. The eager learners threw tennis balls in the air with one hand then hit it with the other. They had their hits and misses, but they were in good spirits, eager to learn more. Dressed in white T-shirts, they clutched their tennis rackets tightly, practicing ball-hitting techniques. Coaches shouted

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