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SPCA, organisitions care for animals KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA


bout 250 dogs were recently washed and treated at Pholosho Secondary School. The programme was lead by Women and Men Against Child Abuse in collaboration with the SPCA, Sandton and Onderstepoort Veterinary Students. The

main objective was to teach the children about compassion as concerns animals, to start them at their tender age to stop being abusive, and also teach them on how to take care of these animals. The schoolyard was crowded with dogs hauled behind by young boys who were under pressure of trying to

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stop dogs from bullying each other. We are running this programme with Realogile, Pholosho, Carter and Emfundisweni, and we can get our message to the community through these schools. We have realized that kids love animals the most, and appreciate the fact that they

are the ones bringing them for treatment. We visit the area twice a year to wash and treat dogs, giving them an injection for worming and rabies, food and toys,” said Wilma Blakeway of Women and Men against Child Abuse. Blakeway said two dogs were removed from their


owners to the SPCA due to dogs bad conditions. “We strive to get sponsors for this initiative, and we are willing to have more visits, but it’s hard due to financial constraints.” SPCA General Manager Candice Scorer said they also visit the Eastbank area, further citing: “In the last two years we have

had an increase on good animal treatment. Our next visit will be in March 2014.” “I bring my dog here every time for treatment to ensure that it’s well and healthy. Today it was given an injection, de-worming tablets, food, shampoo and toys,” said Sibusiso Mncube. .


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Dear Reader, While we do acknowledge the spirit of giving that characterizes the Christmas season, we believe that responsible spending without incurring debt is a far healthier option for any household. South Africans often hit the festive season as if it is the end of time, choosing to ignore the looming financial responsibilities, such as school fees and other bills that come only too quickly in the New Year. The best way to ensure that you do not overspend during the festive season is by saving for it. Keep to your spending limits and avoid being destructed by “no deposit” deals as this can often place you in huge debt.

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ore than 200 elders celebrated their Christmas party in advance at Itlhokomeleng Old Age Home on 21 November 2013. The party was aimed to bring the elders together to bid farewell to each other before going their separate ways for the festive holidays. Nosisi Tshatshu of Itlhokomeleng said the party

was made possible by the Luncheon Club with about 230 of its members who donated cash for Christmas gifts for the 135 outreach members who don’t reside at Itlhokomeleng, and bought Christmas boxes and prepared a decent Christmas dinner for them. “We want them to have a chat and interact with each other and forget their personal problems,” concluded Tshatshu.

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Most of the elders from outside Itlhokomeleng were accompanied by their families for the celebration with their counterparts and to ensure they are safe to and from the party. Itlhokomeleng Director Marjorie Manganye said: “I feel blessed and honoured by such a large community of Alexandra, the young and the old. This is the outcome of harmoniously and respectfully working with

If you did not budget for the Festive Season, stay at home, if you did not save, don’t borrow to spend. Try and save enough during the year so that you can have enough to spend during the festive period. “The biggest killer over the festive season is the obvious use of credit,” says the General Manager of Financial Product, Andy Gilder. Celebrate your festive season responsibly. N’wa Hlungwani (Patricia)

people and serving them passionately.” Manganye further appreciated the staff, management and the board for its team spirit. The elders were entertained by various

groups including a soloist, Grace Abrahams, choirs rendering choral music and the Zulu traditional dancersIsigege.


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Cycled Alexandra ( ICA) is a cyclist initiative whose core goal is to help disadvantaged families in Alexandra by giving them food parcels for December. Alexandra Bicycle Tours identified a number of

households who were in dire need of food aid and have taken it upon themselves to come up with a solution to try and assist these households in this festive time of need. Annually on the last Saturday of November, the

WORDS OF INSPIRATION “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”- Jim Rohn

team of Alexandra Bicycle Tours invites both local and international tourists to visit their township and utilizes half of their proceeds to buy food for those in need. This is how ICA was born. This was their way of allowing outsiders to experience the true sense of township life while giving to their community. ICA is a fun day out with family, friends or colleagues that will open your eyes and expose them to the misconception that we all have about the famous

township. Tourists or cyclists will get an opportunity to explore the famous township on a bicycle tour whilst taking in the scenery, indulging in Kasi cuisine and interacting with the residents. The movements will give the cyclist a chance to see Alexandra in its full glory and enable them to feel like part of the community. You will also visit the historic heritage sites that haven’t been highlighted such as the home of former President Nelson Rolihlahla

Mandela and musical icons such as Hugh Masekela amongst other heritage sites. Cyclists will be charged an entry fee that will include a tour of Alexandra and half of the proceeds will be used to purchase groceries that will be used in the food parcels. These food parcels will be distributed to the identified disadvantaged families at the end of the day. This year ICA will take place on Saturday, 30 November 2013.

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s we are about to close our ARP programme for the year 2013, one family in Alexandra will be spending their first Christmas in a newly renovated flat. The Mahlangu family was one of the first to be relocated into their newly renovated unit as part of the Community Residential Units (CRU) built for the primary purpose of providing housing for families. The CRU strategy is a departure and a corrective measure to do away with single sex hostel strategy that was previously adopted by the Apartheid regime. Mr Ray Mahlangu, the father and grandfather who heads the Mahlangu family was beside himself with joy when he was finally handed keys to his family unit. He said that life will never be the same for him, his wife and the entire family as they will for the first time live under the same roof without fear of harassment and intimidation from officials. The new unit boasts amenities that are suitable for a decent family life and most newly relocated families are very happy with their new homes. “I have no words to express my feelings; instead all I have are tears of joy as you can see for yourself. This unit has restored my faith in government and it has also restored my pride and dignity as the head of the family,” said Mahlangu. “Now I can do simple things like monitor my children’s home work, enjoy dinner together and many other things that most people take for granted. Our dignity and humanity has been restored.” On the first day of the relocations, young men could be seen excitedly moving their belongings from their old dilapidated units into freshly painted and relocated homes. Those families whose units were still under reconstruction were equally excited as they helped their neighbours carry and move their belongings into their MEC Ntombi Mekgwe with a helmet on, is known for her hands-on approach to building sustainable human settlements. newly acquired family units. The renovations at Kwa Madala Hostel were undertaken by the City of Johannesburg Housing Unit in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements. The MEC Ntombi Mekgwe in the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, also expressed her joy at providing sustainable human settlements 20 years into democracy. She said: “For us a department these units provide us an opportunity to celebrate twenty years of democracy with our people by ensuring that they have adequate access to decent housing, sanitation and most importantly, ensuring that the family is kept together”.“These units will change the landscape and nature of hostel accommodation, something that our communities desperately needed over the past years” concluded Mekgwe.

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WAR AGAINST PIRATED GOODS P aying a fraction of the price for your favourite DVD might seem like a sweet deal, but the Department of Trade and Industry has warned that there is a very bitter side to pirated and illicit goods. “Counterfeit and illegally imported

goods deprive honest workers in the creative industry of jobs and sustainable income. Manufacturing, selling or buying these goods is not only illegal; it literally takes the food out of the mouths of honest businesses, up and coming artists, en-

trepreneurs and their families. “Piracy perpetuates poverty,” Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Sunday. His message comes as the country gears up for the festive season, where many consumers are bitten by the spending bug.

However, many are prepared to take short cuts to save a few rands, and not necessarily the right way. South Africa is regarded as a top dumping destination for fake and illegally imported goods due to the high demand

created by local consumers. Last year alone, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) conducted over 25 000 seizures and confiscated illegal goods valued at R2.6 billion. Goods are often smuggled into the country from places such as

South-East Asia. According to the SARS 2012/13 Annual Report that was presented to Parliament in September, the methods used by illicit traders to circumvent customs and other government agencies include identity theft, falsification of documents and ghost businesses. This costs the country’s economy billions of rands in lost revenue. “As proud South Africans, we cannot allow our creative industries to continue bleeding while criminal scavengers illegally benefit through stealing the work of our artists and creative minds. “Pirated goods rob the original creators of their future. This also robs the government of tax revenue and ultimately has a negative impact on the South African economy,” Proudly South African chief executive officer Advocate Leslie Sedibe said. Success in the detection of illicit CDs, DVDs and tobacco products was achieved at ports of entry and mail centres by Customs Operations. It secured an average of 26 busts a day at ports of entry across the country and detections included illicit cigarettes worth R37.8 million, counterfeit clothing worth R155 million and counterfeit CDs and DVDs worth R671 million. “However, the success of our enforcement agencies is undermined by the continued demand for these illegal products by us consumers. We must say no to pirated goods and illegal imports. “By buying pirated goods, consumers are not just saving a few rands – they are effectively supporting a worldwide franchise of criminal activity,” said Davies. Davies said it was important to unite behind efforts to fight piracy and illegal imports in order to prevent job losses, stimulate job creation and ultimately fuel economic growth. Both the DTI and Proudly SA have urged consumers to support local industries by buying original and genuine products from legal and reputable retailers and shops. Consumers are encouraged to support local products and be proudly South African. The call to boycott pirated goods is supported by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), Southern African Federation against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) and the South African Police Service (SAPS). Source:


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Co-operatives: Community at its best (Part II)

Lara Fitz-Gibbon.


n Part I of this series, a co-operatives was described as a business where a group of people voluntarily get together to form a type of enterprise that provides services and/or products to its members. Co-operatives are governed and regulated by the Co-Operatives Act 14 of 2005 (“Act”). In this Part II of this series, we provide an overview of how to set up a co-operative and consider certain aspects of running a co-operative. A co-operative must be registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Office (“CIPC”). The effect of registration is that the co-operative is incorporated as a legal person with effect from the date on which it is registered. There is currently a fee of R215 payable to CIPC for registration. Prior to registering a co-operative, a formation meeting should be held with potential members. At this meeting, the business plan and the objectives of the co-operative should be explained. The meeting should discuss the operational needs of the co-operative, such as the equipment that will be required, the financial needs of the co-operative and how they will be met, and the premises at which the co-operative will be located. The new members will also need to choose a name for the co-operative. In this regard, the Act provides that the name of the co-operative must have the words ‘co-operative’ or ‘co-op’ as part of its name, and the word ‘limited’ or the abbreviation ‘Ltd’ as the last word of its name, unless the constitution of a co-operative does not limit the liability of its members. The Act provides that, at this meeting, a constitution of the proposed co-operative must be adopted. The Act sets out the details which must appear in the constitution of the co-operative. These include (but are not limited to) the: • name; • type of co-operative (primary, secondary or tertiary); • main objectives and business description; • number of directors; • requirements for membership; • rights and obligations of members; and • structure for decision making whereby members can participate in decision-making processes in a democratic and participatory manner. A co-operative could be registered as quickly as one week from lodgement, but it could take up to six weeks to get registered if there is a backlog at CIPC. In many ways, the functioning of a co-operative is similar to that of a company. The affairs of a co-operative must be managed by a board of directors, the first of whom are elected at the first meeting of the cooperative. The board of directors must be elected for such period as may be set out in the constitution of the co-operative, provided that this period is no longer than four years. The highest decisionmaking structure of a co-operative is a general meeting of members.

A co-operative is required to hold its first annual general meeting within 18 months of its registration and subsequent annual general meetings within six months after the end of the preceding financial year. If a director or manager has an interest in a material contract or

transaction, or a proposed material contract or transaction, with the co-operative, he must, in writing, disclose to the cooperative the nature and extent of the interest and any changes thereto. The constitution of a co-operative may provide for membership shares to be issued to members. Other than the consideration for membership shares, the Act provides that

capital contributed by members may comprise entrance fees, membership fees or subscriptions, member loans, and/or funds of a member. A co-operative is required to be audited on an annual basis. Any co-operative that is not able to afford the costs of an annual audit may apply in writing to the registrar for an exemption in terms of the Act. In order to wind-up a co-

operative voluntarily, a special resolution of at least 75% of its members is required. It can also be wound up, if ordered to do, so by a court or the Minister of Trade and Industry. For more information on co-operatives visit the CIPC website (http:// or the Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Alexandra office.

- Lara Fitz-Gibbon, an associate in the Corporate & Commercial department of Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc -

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Entertainment and Lifestyle

Santa’s Playground Unique Entertainment for free. Santa’s Playground has more treats in store with Santa’s Playground Concert on events to be hosted between the 1st December 2013 and 01 January 2014. Santa’s Biker Run, Afrikaans Music Festival, Boeremusiek Festival and the best in South African black artists in the names of Dr Victor, MiCasa, Zahara and the popular DJ Fresh will be taking the people by storm. The exciting playground is conveniently situated adjacent to Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. Visitors will be able to use the safe parking at Emperors Palace, from where Santa’s Playground is a short walk or golf cart ride.

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UE to popular demand, @thePark Events is bringing back the ever popular Santa’s Playground. Hosted at @thePark Events next to Emperors Palace, Santa has a big surprise in store for both young and old with a brand-new and exciting playground consisting of 16 in-

flatable, 18 funfair rides and a new toddler play area and kiddies pools. Santa’s Playground will offer a unique entertainment experience in a safe and secure environment under adult supervision as well as lifeguard supervision at the water park area. Live music will entertain visitors

on a daily basis and to make the experience even more fulfilling, a number of prize and cash giveaways will take place at the playground. There will be a range of food and beverage stalls, including merchandise from selected brands. The big prize on offer this year is a trip to

Disney World. The trip is for a family of four, all expenses paid. Every person that enters through the gate will get an entry form and will be able to enter the competition. The park will be open daily from December 1 to January 12 from 10am to 10pm, weather permitting. The

funfair will be open during weekdays from 2pm to 10pm and from 10am on public holidays and on event days. The water park will close at 7pm; whereas the remaining funfair rides will close at 10pm. Tickets are R60 a person and persons under the height of one meter will enter

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The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day. Don’t look away, act and speak out against all forms of abuse and create a safe environment for all. “KWANELE”, Working Together Towards a Violence- Free Society


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The recent opened Football For Hope Centre. KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA


ollowing its promise during the 2010 World Cup, of developing, constructing and running 20 Football For Hope Centres for education, public health and football across Africa, FIFA finally fulfilled its commitment by officially opening the 16th of 20 Centres at Altrek, Eastbank in Alexandra. The importance of this legacy is highlighted by the fact that many communities in Africa continue to face serious social challenges. “After consultation with our local government for

land to build the center, Altrek was identified as it is neutral to the entire community. We hope that the centre will benefit the youth who are willing to utilize it to their advantage,” said the Centre Manager, Skhumbuzo Mnculwane. He said their priority focus program is the health education that encompasses HIV prevention and awareness among young people and life skills. “We are also looking forward to introducing some new programs such as computer literacy and kids programs that include soccer games.” Mncul-

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wane said the centre is not like a soccer stadium, but a place at which young people will be provided with comprehensive HIV knowledge, reduce stigmatization and discrimination and gender based violence through soccer games. The centre was officially opened on 12 November 2013 by SAFA President Danny Jordaan, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke and the Deputy Minsiter of Sport Gert Oosthuizen and was aimed to give young people skills on health education.

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