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xecutive mayor of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba revealed a 10 point plan to fix Joburg – chief of which is to eliminate corruption. The mayor outlined his vision for the city and the progress he has made during his first 100 days in office, having won the metro from the ANC in the municipal elections in August. “When I took office, I met with the senior administration and the political leadership of the City and we devised what today is known as the 10 point plan,” Mashaba said. The 10 point plan: • Collaboration – Every employee of this City must adjust their mindset to the environment of a new coalition government. • Pro-poor – The City must run a responsive and pro-poor government. “When we determine our budget of the 2017/2018 financial year, we will focus on the most deprived in our City”. • Economic Growth – “We aim to grow the City’s economy by a minimum of 5%. This is essential if we are going to turn around the high unemployment rate in our City,” Mashaba said. • Skills Audit – “As part of creating a professional civil service, I have announced a ‘Service with Pride’ campaign within the City.

I have also initiated a skills-audit to ensure every manager in the City is in their position because of what they know and not who they know,” the mayor said. • Stop Corruption – “Corruption has been declared public enemy number one and I have already appointed former Head of the Gauteng Hawks, Mr Shadrack Sibiya to head our new internal investigations unit,” Mashaba said. • Housing Maintenance – A list must be produced of all semi-completed housing units within the City that require work in order for people to take occupation of these units. “This list has been completed and we will seek funding to urgently complete over 3,000 units to house our people,” Mashaba said. • Housing List – Producing an official housing list, open and transparent, available to residents in government offices and on the City’s website. “I am pleased to announce for the first time in the history of Johannesburg, a housing list have been completed. I am in possession of a housing list which bares the details of 79,000 people who have registered for housing dating back to 1996,” the mayor said. • Title-Deeds – Title deed delivery to the beneficiaries of the City’s housing projects must be fast-tracked. In 2013/14 not a single title deed was handed out in Joburg. Within a week of the new administration, the DA had 2,000 title deeds ready for processing.

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ohannesburg Central Police arrested a 35-year old male for murder on the 30th of November. The suspect handed himself over to the police at Johannesburg Central Police Station. It is alleged that the murderer, a taxi driver shot and killed a 32-year old passenger at corner Commissioner and Von Weilligh Street on the 29th of November 2016 in the late hours of the night, at around 11pm. Allegedly the victim had an argument with a taxi driver and he went out of the taxi, the taxi driver shot him once in the upper body with a licensed firearm.

Upon arrival Paramedics certified him dead on the scene. The driver fled the scene with the taxi. As preliminary investigation continued, the police were led to the owner of the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle assisted the police with information that led to the arrest of the suspect. After the arrest, the firearm used in the commission of the crime was recovered from the suspect. — Staff Reporter

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• Clinic Project – Initiating a pilot project for a clinic to operate for extended hours. “On the 31st of October 2016, together with the MMC for Health and Social Development, I launched this pilot project at the Princess Clinic in Roodepoort. Today I am pleased to tell you that this clinic now operates from 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and is open Saturdays from 7 am –1:30pm,” Mashaba said. • Inner City Revitalisation – “By world standards the infrastructure of our Inner City is young and it has the potential to become a model for a modern, post-Apartheid, South African city. Investors and developers with millions invested in the City are dedicated and passionate – they just need a government who can clean up the City and get the basics right,” the mayor said. “We are going to be that government.” The mayor said his administration will table a motion before Council in December to absorb all City Entities so as to ensure that service delivery is fast-tracked. “I plan to decentralise the rollout of service delivery into our regions. In this respect, we will be structuring and empowering our regional structures to become the service delivery hubs of our City,” the mayor said. “It is without doubt the greatest honour of my life to have the opportunity to serve our City and its residents. I intend to use every day that I am tasked with this important responsibility to make this City and its people realise their true potential,” Mashaba concluded.


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31-year-old woman was arrested for murder by the Johannesburg Central Police at Fattis Mansion corner Jeppe and Harrison Street. It is alleged that the woman stabbed her boyfriend aged 36-years of age, twice in the upper body. Paramedics were called to the scene and certified him dead. The motive for the murder is not yet known. The knife that was used in the commission of the crime was recovered by the police. — Staff Reporter

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City of Johannsburg and Gauteng step up HIV-AIDS fight The City’s health volunteers are visiting households to provide education on HIV-AIDS to increase awareness of the benefit of HIV testing and counselling, prevention and treatment programmes. Staff Reporter


ommunities must openly accept men in sexual relationships with other men in order to assist in the fight against the rising prevalence of HIV-AIDS within this group, a dialogue on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community heard recently. The dialogue, held in the City of Johannesburg, was part of a health drive ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday December 1. Scores of community members listened as Anova Health4Men officials spoke openly about sexual risks and prevention methods among the group. Anova Health4Men Training and Mentoring Manager Nozipho Gume said it was important to raise awareness of sexual choices made by men. She told the community that they must accept that there were men who were having sex with other men. “Men who have sex with other men (MSM) are a hidden community. You can never tell by just looking at men. It’s important for us to educate primary health personnel to have knowledge about MSM and to take a comprehensive history from males to identify those who have sexual relations

with other men,” she said. Gume said the biggest challenge was MSM who engaged in unprotected sex as they could easily spread HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases between the heterosexual and homosexual communities. “The challenge is that we don’t know who they are. It could be a married man or someone in relationships with women. Through engaging with them we can address risks in their sexual choices. Through engagements and community awareness programmes we can minimise HIV infections in our communities,” Gume said. Sister Thandeka Mthimunye, who works at the Zandspruit Community Clinic, urged the community to use programmes at the facility to empower themselves on sexual health. She advised residents to speak openly about the sexual behaviour of men in sexual relationships with other men. Mthimunye said doing so and accepting that such relationships did exist would enable steps to be taken to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Department of Health have embarked on a series of activities as a build-up to World AIDS Day. The City’s health volunteers are visiting households to provide education on HIVAIDS to increase awareness of the benefit of HIV testing and counselling, prevention and treatment programmes. They are also providing information about testing and treatment policies and linkages to treatment.



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City turns the tide on women and children abuse Staff Reporter


he City of Johannesburg’s move to turn the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign into 365 days of combating gender-based violence and abuse has over the past two years resulted in the empowerment of a significant number of vulnerable individuals. This is according to a report released by the office of the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, Cllr Mpho Phalatse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign is observed annually from November 25 (International Day of Women) and December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The City

made it a year-long drive to address and combat gender-based violence and abuse. The campaign seeks to create and maintain an environment in which women and children in Johannesburg feel safe and secure at all times. It is also in response to the City’s Growth and Development Strategy 2040’s outcome one, which calls for the delivery of improved quality of life, development-driven resilience and a safe and secure city for all. The report, which details the City’s Prevention and Intervention Strategy for Violence Reduction, reveals that regional support and outreach programmes during the 2015-2016 financial year have assisted in the empowerment and information upliftment of more than 17 000 vulnerable people, including young women, women, senior citizens, children and men.

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The 2015-2016 financial year’s focus was largely on senior citizens, who are often abused mainly because of dementia and the communities’ lack of understanding of the condition. To educate communities about dementia, the City embarked on an extensive awareness programme in partnership with the Healthy Ageing Society of South Africa and Dementia SA that reached 9 495 senior citizens and several women and men’s forums across the city. Ten men’s forums were established in the city. The forums have a total of more than 110 male ambassadors who hold dialogues and act as role models against violence and the abuse of women and children. Through these forums 2 422 men were reached in the 2015-2016 financial year alone. These forums are now linked to the Gauteng Men’s Forum. Young women also benefited from the

City’s 365 Programme through the Young Women’s Programme, launched in January 2015 to empower young women with skills to improve their lives. About 400 young women were enrolled on the programme. Of these, 298 completed their courses and 199 were placed in permanent employment. The 2016 Young Women’s Programme resulted in 111 completing their courses, with 30 women placed in permanent positions. “During the programme it became clear that there were so many undealt with issues with these young women that they will also have to go through an inner-healing process. A non-governmental organisation called Peace Circle assisted with inner-healing,” says Carina van Zyl, Head of the Women and the Elderly Unit in the City’s Health and Social Development Department. Van Zyl says the 2016-2017 Young Women’s Programme, which is currently in progress, has an enrolment capacity of 252.

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Festive entertainment galore in Joburg Staff Reporter


re you looking for something to do in Johannesburg over the festive season but do not want to break the bank to make the dream come true? The City of Johannesburg has put together exciting and action-packed activities to keep you and your family entertained throughout the holiday season. Almost every day of the week in Johannesburg presents a choice of markets where one can shop for almost everything - from arts and crafts to hipster fashion, and from gourmet food and second-hand books to local craft beer. One of the places to be these holidays is the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market. It is not only an ideal attraction for leisurely Christmas shopping in a peaceful festive environment, but it also gives children the opportunity to make their own festive season gifts by taking part in activities such as ceramic painting, T-shirt painting, candle making, wood painting and stone crafting. Every Tuesday evening, the market is enveloped by the sparkle of festive lights and trimmings and offers a tempting array of uniquely hand-crafted gifts and Christmas decorations. If you want to see some of the places that make Johannesburg tick, then the red City Sightseeing Tour Bus is your best bet. The bus gives families a day packed with visits to some of Johannesburg’s iconic places to learn about the rich history of the City of Gold at affordable prices. The bus stops at places such as Ghandi Square, James Hall Transport Museum, Wits Origins Centre, Apartheid Museum and

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Constitution Hill. On Sunday December 4, the James Hall Transport Museum will host an “open day” to celebrate transport heritage. This will afford visitors the opportunity to view the

large collection of land transport vehicles available at the museum. You can enjoy rides on some of the exhibits, eat good food and enjoy good company. The model tramway on the first floor of the mu-

seum will also be operational. There will be old motoring magazines on sale for R5 each. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Museum, which raises funds for the museum. The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia - one of South Africa’s eight botanical gardens - is the perfect spot for picnics. For only R40 a person, you can snack on sarmies beneath the waterfall, walk through the succulent rocket and fern garden or look down on the sprawling lawns from the top of the waterfall. The Zoo Lake pool is the perfect place to take the little ones to cool off. The beautifully maintained and fresh-looking place is used as a base to celebrate birthdays and other milestones. Whether it’s comedy or a musical that you want, the Joburg City Theatres Company has just what you need to keep the whole family entertained. Janice Honeyman’s Robin Hood And The Babes is on show at the Joburg Theatre until December 30. The Soweto Theatre will host the Manhattan Brothers show by musical group Complete from December 8 to December 18. The Manhattan Brothers is a renowned South African acapella singing group that had a US Billboard pop chart hit, Lovely Lies, in the 1950s. The Big Bad Musical will be on show from December 15 to December 23 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

Joburg Zoo’s Tree of Light shines on the terminally ill Staff Reporter


s the evening’s darkness enveloped the lawns of the Johannesburg Zoo, hundreds of eager witnesses awaited the annual lighting of the Tree of Light. And, just after 7pm, more than 10 000 golden globes were lit as a show of solidarity with people suffering from terminal illnesses and in remembrance of those who have died. “Lighting this magnificent tree is done in the spirit of love and support for those suffering from terminal illnesses and those who have passed on. But it also signifies the ushering in of the season of goodwill,” said Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo’s Jenny Moodley. “As JCPZ we’re honoured to observe this tradition of peace and goodwill and hope it continues for generations to come.” The annual event has been hosted by JCPZ in partnership with Hospice Wits since 1989. Attendees this year bought a globe in the Tree of Light at R100 (for individuals) and R350 (for corporates). “Proceeds from the Tree of Light are used to ensure the sustainability of the hospice’s palliative services and the support of those with life-limiting illnesses. We’re honoured to be part of a community that is involved and supportive in ensuring that all patients and their families receive our services,” said Hospice Wits Chief Operating Officer Jacqui Kaye.


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little over two hours later, Brandon Davids returned to the Riversands Commercial Park in Fourways, triumphantly crossing the finish line ahead of the pack and, by so doing, becoming the 20th winner of the gruelling annual race. Eddie van Heerden grabbed second spot and Morne van Niekerk came third. Charlotte Becker won the bragging rights in the female category after beating Mavi Garcia to second place and Lisa Olivier settled for third. Becker said afterwards that the race was “refreshing”. She said the change in the route meant cyclists did not know the kind of obstacles they would be faced with. “I’ve participated in a number of cycle challenges this year and I’m glad I managed to reach what I set out to do,” Becker said. The atmosphere was electric, with many celebrities and personalities gracing the occasion. “It gives me pride to see the City of Johannesburg hosting such big sporting events,” Mayor Mashaba said. “The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge

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