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FIRE BLAZE DESTROYS SHACKS

Fighters and residents in action as billows of smoke and flames leap into the air. KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA

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ighty families at No.126-11th Avenue were left homeless when a massive fire broke out on 23 August 2013, completely destroying their shacks. Billows of smoke and flames leap into the air as fire-fighters together with the residents struggle for over three hours before putting the blaze out. “I don’t know the cause of

the fire. I am hurt because my niece, Simphiwe Chauke (22) was rushed to Masakhane Clinic for burnt injuries on both of his legs. All my belongings were burnt to ashes, “said Hildah Nkuna. Anna Mothoa said: “I was called from work and told that our shacks are on fire, and unfortunately I’ve lost everything. This is devastating. I cannot even begin to imagine what everyone is

going through right now,” while Miriam Matabane also reported that she has lost all what she had in the blaze. Other residents were removing goods from their shacks to avoid them being damaged in case the fire spread to their side. However, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela commented that: “About 100 shacks were destroyed in the fire blaze

but the cause of fire is still unknown.” In the mist of all these frustrations, the Department of Housing has instructed a construction company in Alex, Tedvest Development to clear up the place and rebuilt the shacks. “The department will provide corrugated iron sheets and the poles for the reconstruction of the shacks,” said Ephraim Ranamane of Tedvest Development. “It was not clear what

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sparked the fire that started from one of the shacks, but other residents reported that an electrical stove was left burning. We donated 100 blankets and food parcels while Muslim Agency provided the fire victims with soup,” Sandton Disaster Management spokesperson Robert Mlaudzi. Ward 75 Committee member Zanele said the South African Social Security

Agency (SASSA) donated food vouchers to all the affected families. “Most of the affected families were accommodated by their neighbours while other men spend the night sitting around the fire.” Other residents who were there to help out reported that there should be spaces between shacks so that fires don’t spread, and fire exercises so that people know how best to put out fires.


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Hamilton and his mother in her shack. KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has responded promptly to the Pheeha family’s problem of their disabled mother who is not getting a Disability Grant (DG). Hamilton and his two siblings at No.161-10th Avenue find it difficult to cope with their everyday lives because of their mother’s disability. “My mother was born normal and started in 2010 to suffer from blindness and deafness. She lost her job due to her condition. She was working in a control room for a security company in Woodmead. She first

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complained of headache that later affected her eyes and ears. It was difficult for us to take her to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital for her treatment as she needs special transport. We then stopped transporting her due to financial constraints. We had no idea how to get hold of SASSA to assist her to get the DG,” said Hamilton. Hamilton said his mother do not get a grant because SASSA needs confirmation from the hospital doctor to declare her condition and proof for grant accessibility. He said they appreciate the intervention by SASSA for providing them with forms to be taken to the hospital

doctor. “SASSA wanted a report from the hospital doctor, stating the main cause of my mother’s permanent loss of hearing and sight. I will be taking the information back to SASSA offices on 27 August 2013,” said Hemmilton. SASSA commented: “On 02 August 2013 the family was provided with a Medical Referral Form to be completed by a consulting Doctor. The applicant will report at SASSA Midrand for a Medical Examination by a SASSA Doctor, who will then after her assessment, recommend or not recommend a Disability Grant (DG), If a SASSA Doctor, recommend a DG, the SAS-

This has forced the community stakeholders to conduct a door-door campaign against drugs and substance abuse, educating the people about the consequences of these substances. Ward 75 Solomon Mahlangu Branch Secretary Rachel Phasha said they received many reports of domestic abuse due to the high intake of alcohol and heroine. Actions have been taken in various ways within the communities in the fight against drugs and substance abuse. Also, a number of unnamed mothers from Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, submitted a heart-rending letter from residents that prompted President Jacob Zuma to pay the community a visit. I appeal to communities to work together so that we can eradicate this scourge completely.

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to apply for an internal reconsideration, in the event the outcome is still negative, she will be advised to lodge an appeal to an Independent Tribunal through the Minister of Social Development.”

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tia. She said the kids are call- and MC Weiler. The staff ing their home a “Restaurant”, members of Alex Pioneer who because their mother fed them during the previous year(2012) with dessert, freshly cooked had done their 67 minutes with delicious meals and fruit. Ma- Mama Sheila deeply regret the More was not only caring for passing of this great and wonthe kids, but also extending her derful human being who had so hand to the grown ups who had much care and dedication for a life challenging status. Eddie the children. She will be sorely “Yster” Mphahlele stated that missed by the whole commuhis pain was that: “When the nity of Alexandra. going gots tough for me financially, she was my only hope.” Sheila Moshilela More is leavThe Afikile Amakhosikazi ing behind her husband, Herproject was established in Sep- man, three daughters and six The late (Sheila More) adressing Welcome Moyo during the 2012 Mandela day. tember 2010, providing food grandchildren. children. We built the scheme ing the work with me and Eliz- for the underprivileged children She was buried on 24 August KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA together with no sponsors, abeth Kutu as usual. I was so from the local primary schools- 2013 at Waterval Cemetry in The Alexandra Community and we recently have sponsors shocked to receive a call during Bovet, Skeen, Ikage, Zenzeleni Midrand. the same evening that she had mourns the passing on of Mama pouring in. Her death deeply disappointed passed away.” “My mother was Sheila, the founder of Afikile Amakhosikazi who has passed us because we were all look- a peoples person and loved by away unexpectedly on 19 Au- ing forward to celebrating the everyone because of her care gust 2013 during the evening success of our hardship,” said and the service she was offerat her home in Eastbank. “We Nazo Matlou, one of the care- ing within the community. struggled with Mama Sheila givers of Amakhosikazi. Mat- Her death is a tragic loss to us, “Any woman who understands the problems of running from the start of this project, lou further commented that: but her values and lessons will a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of taking from our own pockets “Mma-More was healthy and live on for everyone who knew running a country.” - Margaret Thatcher to provide food for the school looked her best on that day, do- her,” said More’s daughter, Por-

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GAUTENG TO ROLL OUT ACCREDITATION IN METROS WHAT IS ACCREDITATION? The Accreditation Framework states that “the national government and provincial government must assign to a municipality, by agreement and subject to conditions, the administration of a matter listed in Part A of Schedule 4 or part A of Schedule 5 which necessarily relates to local government”. The frame work will address various policy, constitutional and legislative aspects in order to enable municipalities to manage the full range of housing instruments in their geographic areas. The Housing Act No: 107 of 1997 sets out general principles applicable to housing development across all three tiers of government to be adhered to. At a provincial government level, the MEC responsible for the delivering of sustainable human settlements has the powers to accredit municipalities to carry out certain functions, subject to the level of accreditation conferred upon the said municipality. Accreditation facilitates democracy and accelerated service delivery, depending on the capacity at municipal level, the MEC can either do this through delegation or assignment.There are currently three levels of accreditation that the MEC can opt for (Level 1, 2 or 3) subject to capacity of each municipality. In a nutshell, these three levels are broken down as follows: Level One: deals with issues of beneficiary management, subsidy budget planning and allocation as well as priority programme management and administration (delegated functions) Level Two: deals with full programme management and administration of all housing instruments/programmes (in addition to Level One) Delegated functions Level Three: Financial administration (in addition to Level Two) All functions-Levels one, two and three-are assigned. The framework further states that Local Governments are required as part of the Integrated Development Plans (IDP) to ensure that all reasonable action within the national and provincial legislation are carried out at municipal level. Municipalities are mainly responsible for services in respect of water, sanitation, parks, electricity, roads, storm water drainage and transport provision. Furthermore they must also ensure that they promote housing delivery projects by developers. They must also ensure that they set development goals in respect of their area of jurisdiction. The Housing Act also enforces adherence to Section 26 of our Constitution. In most cases, municipalities, except metros and higher capacity local authorities often do not have housing departments or representatives. The successful implementation of the National Housing Programme is central to the achievement of the national urban vision and goals. Delegation: •It is the authority to exercise powers of another sphere of government by agreement with the metros •MEC’s can delegate powers conferred on them and assign any duty imposed upon them, excluding any duty relating to their responsibilities as the Accounting Officer in terms of Section 11 (5) or 12 (2) (b) •Delegation assists in the decentralisation of policy formulation •Facilitates effective implementation of IGR systems across all three spheres of government


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MATRIC TIPS FET colleges

There are 8 public FET colleges Gauteng (www.careerhelp.org.za Search : “FET colleges”). They have a bad reputation : poor pass rates, unqualified lecturers, outdated curricula and technologies, lack of postcollege opportunities for FET graduates, poor financial management. But some colleges, like the Johannesburg Central college, are better than others and some courses are very good ! What do they offer ? A wide range of studies in engineering/artisans, services (hairdressing, child care, cosmetology, catering, commercial, tourism), business (secretary, financial, clerical work), computers, arts, agriculture, etc. The studies are more practical than at Universities. For instance, if you study accounting, you will do 18 months of theory and 18 months of work in a company. At the end, you will get National Diploma, the same as the one you get at University. But you will have work experience and many employers prefer to hire someone who is already trained for the job. There are also plenty of job opportunities for artisans (electricians, carpenters, plumbers..) You can get a NFSAS loan and even a bursary. Qualifications: The 3 years studies lead to a : - NCV (National Certificate Vocational) certificate : an industry focused, 3 years certificate for learners who completed Grade 9. Certificate eequivalent to Matric (NQF level 4). - - Nated (Nated National Technical Education) programmes : for Matric learners ; lead to a national diploma (NQF level 6), If you get good results (above 60-70 %), you might be able to further you studies at Varsity. Our advice : -Visit the FET college before enrolling, speak to learners and teachers and ask for career advice. One department in a college can be excellent while the other is the opposite. - find out if the college is linked to an employer network ; ask what is the percentage of its graduates that finds work and what kind of jobs. - Check the level of the certificate (level 5-8) -Check the financial assistance provided by the college ; - Check registration dates, every Semester to be able to book your place and avoid disappointment. Some studies, like Engineering, are full after 2 days. The registration for 2014 is in January next year. - If the college is far from home, check if it offers boarding facilities Valou.hirsch@gmail.com – blog : beststudentsofalexandra.blogspot.com

Milton Buthelezi worried about learner attendance for SIP classes.Picture: Kgadi Johanna Lamola

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The Department of Education has initiated the School Improving Plan (SIP) for the under performing Grade 12 learners as part of preparing them for the final year exams. According to the Johannesburg Region Chairperson of the National Association of School Governing Body NASGB, Milton Buthelezi, many learners fail to attend these classes. “The SIP classes are conducted only on Saturdays. It’s so disappointing to see learners dragging their feet in their exam preparation sessions. Almost all the five

high schools in the area are offering these extra classes intended to better the matric results percentages.” Buthelezi said in some schools only six learners will show up for the lessons, adding: “This is because our children roam around on Friday nights, unable to wake up and catch up with classes for their exam preparations. This really needs parental intervention because teachers alone can’t manage the situation.” He further said that the schools in Ivory Park had adopted the SIP, and parents are actively involved in the program as they prioritise their

children’s education. “We appeal to other parents to be actively involved in learner education.” Buthelezi added that top performing high schools like Bryanston are currently busy revising their syllabus while most of the schools in Alexandra have not yet completed their syllabus.” It’s hardly two months to go for the final exams, yet learners still show no interest in their academic education.” He said parents should take charge of their children’s education amongst other things, attend parents meeting and check on their kids’ school work daily.


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Mfesane Siboto ENS A government is a body that exists for practicality and not for its own ends. In mediaeval times, the whole community met to make laws that will govern the respective community. This was an appreciation of the fact that people are free standing bodies with full rights to charter their own course. No law should govern anyone without his consent lest an individual’s inherent dignity and liberty be violated. It was over the course of time and expansion of societies that there was a practical need for governance by elected bodies. That is the modern concepts of parliament, politics and presidents. From this flows the fact that governments, and certainly presidents, do not exist for their own ends but are proxies for those they represent. What also stems from this is that no governmental conduct should be incongruent with the will of the people – the socalled “people shall govern” concept. At all times and in all conduct, the laws and conducts of governance should be in the best interest of its legal subjects. For this reason, any conduct by any elected political or legal representative that is not in accordance with such interests is illegitimate. This obligation does not bind just the upper echelons of governance but any political level body including local mayors and councillors. In sum, the community must appreciate that it has power and a duty to hold government to account. Because politicians do not have the mandate to fill its own bellies but that of its legal subjects, if and when the community is disenchanted by government for reasons that may range from corruption by governmental bodies and representatives to perversities of disregarding the socioeconomic plight the communities suffer, the duty rests on such communities to vent their grievances politically, if not for their own and their descendant’s direct benefit, then certainly as a matter of principle and preservation of own dignity. That is what it means to be a political human - to not allow the supposed representatives to use power given by communities through elections to violate the very communities. It is on this backdrop that this

presentation becomes relevant. Communities must ask themselves questions. Are we happy with our government? Is our political mandate carried out? Are we reaping the gains of politics? Could things be better? Is our government not corrupt? Do the socioeconomic lifestyles of our representatives reflect those of our own, if not, is such inconsistency justifiable? After all, if we accept that governments exist as agents thus should act for the benefit of its constituencies, no agent should be greater than his principal. No agent should benefit by virtue of his agency to the loss of his principal’s own interest. If one finds more negative responses to the above critical questions, the community should and must re-evaluate its choices of leaders. One important tool to hold government to account is the power of enfranchisement; that is the power to elect the leaders that will best represent your interests. The fact remains, no government is going take any steps to best protect your interests without the necessary encouragement to do so by its represented constituent. Where people lead, leaders follow. What follows is natural. If you as the community are not prepared to hold your government to account but content with honeymoon politics, your situation will never change. You will remain people of strife and endless need. Your beloved husbands, brothers and fellow men will continue to suffer the indignities of Marikana and the like. You will rant and mourn in your private areas to no avail if you do not appreciate the power that lies in your political being. For avoidance of doubt, I must note that this not my indictment of the present government but I find it fitting that I make the examples practical mindful of the fact that politics should not be a subject for the preserve of academic debates far removed from practical meaning. I have come here to tell you one thing. The elections for your next government – that is who will decide whether you reap the benefits due to you will be held early in the next year. One of two things will happen. You will vote blindly on the basis of loyalty because of political figures you hold dear or on no sound basis such as voting for the party you

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yourselves the benefit of testing whether something out there is better for you, at the least for making the current government better its delivery of its political service to you. Remember the cliché always, absolute power corrupts absolutely. The more power you grant one person, the greater such person’s power to disregard even you, the source of such power. Functional democracies do not exist where no one has political power to

hold the other to account. Any other set of facts and circumstance is in effect nothing less than sophisticated dictatorship and I dare say anarchy. It is simple logic, where there is competition, the competitors act best to please the source of their goals. The inverse holds as well. In simple terms, there is no incentive on the ANC to please you if there is no threat to its power. For that reason, you will remain, in an event you are in the first instance,

unfulfilled politically. I therefore dare you. I dare you to be brave. I dare you to take control of your lives. I dare you to follow in the steps of the June 16, 1976 game changers, the legacy of the political man we admire, Nelson Mandela. Common in all of them is the bravery and nerve to dare to be different, to dare to not be content with being treated with contempt and disregard. I dare you to dare.


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eclaring a war against Generations’ patronizing Noluntu never end in peace. The minute Wandi resorted to revenge, I knew that would be the end of Mawande. Luntu never takes lightly to people betraying her and I suppose Mawande is not expecting an emotional bye-bye from me, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen my sister. But who could have fathered MJ? Anyway, forgive my sarcasism, but Phenyo and Dineo won’t survive this perlious time and in my books, they should kiss goodbye this absent and marriage of convinient relationship. If Queen thinks gambling is all darling, then I have a message for her, stop it now or run a risk of losing almost all your personal belongings. As always, I see nothing wrong with Isidingo’s Lerato’s quest for woman empowerment in her lifetime, but the manner in which she executes the course always backfires in her face. I envisage a hell to pay when maAgnes finds out what Lerato is been doing right under her nose. Since Lerato claims to be a beautician, when is she going to realise that her hair-do is just not so on? Hai, she should slow down on the red colour, is too much for my liking. How lucky I am to be me, and not Prada. The man does not deserve what he’s family is putting him through. Is this the end of Rhythm City’s Naomi? Not once have I trusted her around Gail and the baby. Indeed when the lady sneezez, the rest of the country catches the cold and Ronald and David are being relegated to her lapdogs. Only if naive Mampho listened to me in the first place she wouldn’t be in this mess. Welcome muvhango back on Muvhango. Grab yourself a pack of popcorn for the show is on! Is about time Teboho teaches uptight, miss goodytwo-shoes and ‘kenang bohle sebaka se sa le gona’ Thandaza a lesson. I wish she could have done better than pulling the trigger only 5 times. Thandaza should not act as a victim in this whole situation. She’s as to blame as Teboho. If she didn’t act like the president of the world in the first place, she wouldn’t be in this predicament, so stop the vivtim act my dear. Maybe heavenly God blesses Joyce’s soul. The lady is so nice and humbled and having a life that turned up like that, is really traumatizing. But at the end of the end, we’d all be subjected to that path; Hamba kahle!

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amogelo Matjila (16) of No. 120-19th Avenue, a Grade 10 learner at Marlboro Gardens Combined School has returned from a one week trip from United Kingdom together with other nine Junior Commission members chosen, and was solely representing Africa, while other nine members were from different countries including Australia, Netherland, Hampshire, Singapore and New South Wales. “Being chosen to be a Junior Commissioner and going to the UK has really been the highlight of my life. I have met some extraordinary people and have learnt a lot from them. I enjoyed it, but most importantly I have learned and seen a lot within those few days that I was there,” said Kamogelo Matjila. This after she entered the competition where she was told to write a 2000 word article based on internet and education. “I was interviewed via skype and fortunately the interview went well, “said Kamogelo. The competition was an International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) Junior Commission which is an educational and social network created by the University of Warwick in United Kingdom (UK) aimed to help young gifted people aged 13-18 to realize what they are capable of. “The main purpose of the trip was to enhance skills, and help us develop new ones. We were all taught marketing skills, but in addition, we were taught other skills including interviewing, presentation, leadership and researching skills as well as working with media tools. Professor Gary Watt from the University of Warwick, who specializes in Debating, taught us ‘The Art of Debating, influencing and persuasion which was one of the powerful sessions I have ever experienced,” said Kamogelo. She said in one of their tours, they were taken around the University for

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the Energy Trail Walk. “That was an experience that left me thinking about South Africa’s lack of environmental awareness. As a result, this motivated me to be part of the newly created school environmental committee, created not only to benefit the learners but our planet.” Kamogelo said on some of the deliverables at the Global and Gifted Conference she was

given an opportunity to socialize with major business people; such as the CEO of Mensa which happens to be one of the well known companies in Europe. Stephen Carrick – Davies, a well known spokesperson, Dr Doug Brown and Lord Jim Knight are some of the advisors that were present. “The session with Johnny Heron who taught us presentation skills was an

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improvement of myself awareness as I stopped embracing the negative and began appreciating the positive outcomes in my life, and talking to one of the Judges, Adam Boddison who taught us interviewing skills, has changed the outlook about myself. He thus commented on my entry essay as to why I was chosen. He told me that despite my education, I managed to top many

entries from good schools. As I have mentioned that I have learnt a lot, what is more important to me now is to put what I have learnt into good use. My dream is to open a gateway for many young South Africans to be Junior Commissioners so that they may have a glance of reality, which will influence them to be active change makers in their own communities like me.”


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DRIVERS CHALLENGE EACH OTHER KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA

This how skilled the Joburg Drivers are on the pitch.Pictures: KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA

I have been satisfied with the way we have started the game and how the players teamed up to finally take a win home,” said Sandton Taxi Drivers’ Coach, Bheki Mdlalose. This after they hav e walloped Joburg Taxi Drivers’ team 3-2 during their friendly game played at the Rotary Sports Ground on 20 August 2013. Mdlalose said they have continued playing good football, adding: “Apart from the game being so tough, we managed taking full control of play. We scored one goal in the first half, leaving JHB Drivers lacking behind with nil.” He said they did not expect an easy game and they came out very stronger

in the second half, scoring 2 goals while JHB also follow suit with two goals. However, JHB Taxi Driver Coach Collen Duma expressed his disappointment: “We’ve lost the game and the money because we’ve put some bucks in the game. “We will prepare our guys better for other games, though, and will probably have to change our strategy to beat our counterparts in future.” Tyason Dlwathi who scored 2 goals for the JHB Drivers said: “We have shot ourselves in the foot by starting the game slowly, giving Sandton a leeway of defeating us, and we will not allow this to happen again, but to start counterattack from the start of the game.

Sandton Taxi Drivers’ Team slapped their counterpart. Pictures: KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA JHB Taxi Drivers’ Team mercilessly walloped.

“This is all about teamwork and commitment. The game was tough and heavy for us because we played with Randburg Taxi Drivers earlier on before playing with JHB. I am happy because we’ve beaten both of them, Randburg 2-0 and JHB 3-2. This is a point well made,” said Thami Mtjale who scored all the goals for Sandton against JHB and Randburg. The JHB Taxi Drivers’ Coach Collen Duma said these games are played every Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week, and are aimed to relieve drivers’ workplace stress and to help them not to indulge a lot, adding: “We play during the week to give other local soccer teams a chance to play their matches on this pitch.

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