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YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT CHALLENGED
Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Bulelani Magwanishe addressing delegates and unemployed youth during the City’s Job Summit and Career Exhibition at the Alberton Civic Centre.
he City of Ekurhuleni has brought a viable platform to the most deserving sector of our economy – the youth, by exposing them to a variety
of career options and employment opportunities, the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Bulelani Magwanishe told delegates attending the City’s Job Sum-
mit and Career Exhibition. The municipality hosted hundreds of unemployed youth and presented to them employment and training opportunities through
partnering with a number of organisation both in the private and public sectors. When opening the event recently at the Alberton Civic Centre, The Deputy
Minister said this was an important occasion to acknowledge the role played by young people in the fight for freedom, saying history should remind the nation that it was an intention of the apartheid government to deprive the youth of career opportunities. In this regard, Magwanishe said the period post 1994 presented the democratic government with a responsibility to transform the economic sector by equipping young people with skills and opportunities that enable them to fully participate in the economy. “South Africa boasts a youthful unemployed population. Unless these young people are prepared today for their tomorrow, the concept of transformation will remain an elusive dream. It will mean the struggles waged by generations of young people would have been in vain,” said the Deputy Minister. In line with the Presidency’s call for all spheres of government to channel all efforts to job creation, Deputy Minister Magwanishe commended Ekurhuleni for responding to the President’s call with vigour. “Our response to the announcement by the President was to adopt a new vision to drive investment, productivity and transformation in the Department’s portfolio
of State Owned Companies, their customers and suppliers so as to unlock growth, drive industrialization, create jobs and develop skills,” he said. The Deputy Minister further indicated that through interactions with provinces, the department has aligned planning in the different spheres so as to direct and heighten investment to the South African youths’ participation in the mainstream economy. Magwanishe said the partnership between Ekurhuleni is critical because it will take a coordinated and proper planning to address the dire situation of our youth. “The objective in this regard is to collaborate and maximize the impact in areas where needs have been identified. Our Youth Economic Participation programme has been able to identify some areas requiring our intervention,” he said. The City of Ekurhuleni’s job summit comes in the wake of statistics that Ekurhuleni’s broader unemployment figure is 39.5%, thus implying that over 1, 185, 000 people in the region have no income source. Of these people, 61% are young people of 34 years old and below. Moreover, 42 percent of the population does not have a matric. Only 3% of the population has a qualification equivalent to a university degree. Source:www.ekurhuleni.gov.za
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ohannesburg residents who manage their consumption of water and electricity well will benefit most from the new tariffs announced in the 20132014 budgets. The budget provides for tariff increases that are, on average, lower than the prices determined by the bulk suppliers – Rand Water and Eskom. Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance, Geoffrey Makhubo, says the City is keenly aware of the difficult economic circumstances experienced by households. “Families are faced with very real challenges when it comes to disposable income and our tariffs need to respond to these pressures,” he says. This year the city responded to the submissions made by residents and stakeholders and some of the original proposed increases were lowered. The average tariff increase for electricity for 2013-2014 budget is 7.32%. This is lower than the 8% Eskom increase approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Through the city’s stepped tariff structure for electricity services, residents can, however, manage their own monthly bills. The principle is: the higher the consumption, the higher the cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The monthly electricity bill for
a household consuming 350kWh will increase from R17.49 to R22.40 This percentage increase gets higher as consumption patterns grow. Consumers of 500kWh of electricity will see a R68.49 rise in their monthly bills. The city’s water bills reflect the same stepped tariff approach to encourage savings on a very scarce commodity. Though all households receive the first 6 000 kilolitres (kl) of water per month for free, those consuming between 6 000kl and 10 000kl will experience a modest increase of 5.3% –way below the av-
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erage increase of 9.82%. The size of the new increases grows bigger as water consumption patterns escalate. Those consuming up to 20kl per month will pay 11.82% more and the households using more than 40kl will see a 12.82 % increase in their bills. MMC Makhubo says consumers themselves can take steps within their own households to reduce their monthly bills. Information on practical measures to lower consumption is widely available from the City, from City Power, Joburg Water and Eskom. “We can all contribute to the national efforts to con-
serve electricity by limiting our consumption during the peak hours – between 5pm and 9pm by switching off the geyser and unplug-
ging appliances not in use through better insulation in our homes and through switching to energy-efficient light bulbs,” he said.
HIJACK VICTIMS’ BODIES RECOVERED
SIYASANGA JOYI Two suspects have been arrested for the alleged murder of Nthabiseng Kekana, Stephen and Joy Matlaila whose bodies were found at an open field in Esselenpark near Norkem Park.on Friday morning, 2nd June 2013. It is alleged that the victims were involved in a hijacking and abduction incident. Investigations in this case led the police to Tembisa where two suspects, who cannot be named, were found in possession of the victims’ belongings. The suspects then led the police where the bodies had been dumped. According to police reports, the victims died as a result of being shot as all their bodies were found with bullet wounds. A murder case was opened at Norkem Park Police Station where the investigation will be managed from now on. The suspects have been detained and are currently in police custody. Police are still looking for a third suspect they believed to have taken part in the murder. “This is very unfortunate. We are grieving with the families and our prayers are with them in this difficult time. We appreciate the information supplied by the members of the public which lead to the apprehension o the two suspects. We will do everything in our power to make sure that all the suspects involved are brought to book,” says Sergeant Joyce Setshedi, of the Rabie Ridge Police Station. The police are also asking the public to come forward with any additional information that could further assist in the investigation.
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CHARITIES SCORE BIG AT JMPD CHIEF’S GOLF DAY
his year’s Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department’s Golf Day was a highly contested affair but the biggest winners did not come off the fairways. Rudd Kirsten and Bernard de Gouveia may have emerged as the “actual” winners of the tournament when they shared the top spot, with 47 points each, but the day’s proudest victors were the city’s disadvantaged children. Wheel Well, an organisation that promotes road safety among children, was one of the major beneficiaries of the R40 000 raised during the tournament. The non-profit organisation collects old children’s car seats, refurbishes them and donates them to people who need them. Wheel Well founder Peggy Mars
said the donation from the golf tournament was “a lovely gift” that showed that JMPD really cared. “The organisation receives used car seats that we refurbish and donate to those who cannot afford to buy a car seat for their children. The donation from the JMPD shows that they do care and that they are working with us to make a difference. The donation will go towards ensuring that more car seats are put under children to ensure their safety,” said Mars. So far about 1 000 refurbished car seats have already been donated by Wheel Well to deserving organisations. “As the JMPD, we intend to continue working towards raising money for deserving charities,” said JMPD spokesman Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.
From Left: JMPD Spokesman Superintendent Wayne Minnaar and Clr Sello Lemao MMC for Public Safety (in Black jacket) together with Wheel Well Organization members.
EMS WINTER SAFETY CAMPAIGN A
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fter months of edu- ucation,” said the spokestheir homes with gaps cation programmes, person for the City’s between so we can get the City’s Winter Safety emergency management fire trucks in to put out Campaign has resulted services (EMS), Malcolm fires quickly.” in the number of fire in- Midgeley. Referring to drop in the cidents dropping by more “As part of the Winter number of fires, than a quarter. Midgely said, The number of “This is great fires in infornews but it can “This is great news but it mal settlements only be achieved over the current can only be achieved by by citizens workwinter period citizens working together ing together with has dropped the City of Johanwith the City of Johannessignificantly nesburg, heeding burg, heeding the warnfrom last year. the warnings of This trend is ings of the Winter Safety the Winter Safety thanks to the Campaign” Campaign.” City’s WinStill driving the ter Safety message home, Campaign, a the Winter Safety programme Campaign warns resilaunched at the end of Safety Campaign, we dents to take special care May to educate residents have been out there talkwith their gas heaters about how to prevent ing to the people in the and to keep a sharp eye fires. “We think the rea- informal settlements, adout for leaks. son there are fewer fires vising them what mateSource: www.joburg. this year is because of ed- rials to use and to build org.za
HOW DO I GET A NSFAS LOAN ?
If your family cannot pay for your University fees, you should get a NSFAS loan (National Student Financial Aid Scheme). The good news is that it does not depend on your school marks. The bad news is that, last year, there was not enough money in the Fund to give a loan to all the students who needed one. NSFAS pays for most of your tuition fees, books and accommodation on and off campus (you can also get free meals at UJ). It is a loan: it means you’ll have to pay it back when you start working, but you don’t have to pay back 40 % of the loan if you pass all your courses, 30 % if you pass three quarters and 20 % if you pass half of them. Even better: the loan for your last year (if you pass) will be converted in a bursary. More info: www.uj.ac.za, click on Finance (on the top), then NSFAS on the right. Where and when should I apply? You have to fill an NSFAS application at each University where you have applied. Check the application deadline, as it depends on each Varsity! You can apply for the loan, as soon as you have received a student number: you don’t need to wait for the result of your application. In any case, at UJ or TUT, you might be only admitted in January (with your Grade 12 results): it will be too late to apply for NSFAS (deadline at UJ is end of September at UJ) or you will have to stand in long queues (at TUT). You can apply online, but you will need to upload a lot of documents! Get all the documents during your June holiday When you apply, you need a lot of documents! If one is missing, your application will not be accepted. Read the list of documents needed on UJ website well. Make at least 2 certified copies (keep one for you, in case you need it for another Varsity) info :email@example.com – blog : Sizanani mentors
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DIFFERENT FORMS OF BUSINESS ENTERPRISES TO CHOOSE FROM T
here are four main forms of business enterprises to choose from, being a sole proprietor (one man business), partnership, close corporation and a company. When you want to start a business, there are four important aspects to keep in mind, being the number of persons involved; the amount of money required to start the business; the amount of money available; and the requirements of the potential customers.By discussing the main forms of business enterprises, the above four aspects will become clear. The simplest form of business enterprise is a sole proprietor (one man business). A single vendor conducts a business, without any legal requirements to register the business. (As will be discussed below, close corporations and companies need to be registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), which falls under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)). Should Sam, for example, want to open a tuck shop, this form of business enterprise is ideal. A partnership is a form of business enterprise consisting of at least two people (there is no limit on the maximum amount of partners in a partnership), who want to conduct their business with the aim of making a profit. In order to establish a partnership, two or more parties need to enter into a partnership agreement,which agreement does not need to be in writing but can be an oral (verbal) agreement. From a practical perspective, however, it makes more business sense to reduce this partnership agreement to writing, as the parties need to agree on, amongst others things, their profit sharing ratio. Should a dispute arise between the partners at some stage, a written partnership agreement may be useful to prove the terms agreed to by the partners initially. Another important aspect
of a partnership is that each partner needs to contribute to the partnership. This contribution can be in the form of money, assets, labour or skill. Should Jonathan, Sandile and Thabo want to start a plumbing business together, a partnership could be ideal. They will need to enter into a partnership agreement with each other, which agreement must spell out, amongst others, their various roles in the partnership, how they will each share in the profits or losses of the partnership, and what each partner will contribute to the partnership. Jonathan can, for example, contribute a minivan with which they can travel to where the plumbing needs to be done; Sandile can contribute his plumbing skills; and Thabo can contribute money which they can use to advertise their newly formed business. A partnership does not need to be registered with CIPC, and as a result, it is simple to start. A partnership does not legally exist separate from its partners, so the rights and responsibilities of the partnership are the rights and responsibilities of the partners. When a partner is no longer a partner in a partnership (due to death, for example), the partnership does not exist any longer, and the remaining partners will have to conclude a new partnership agreement, and establish a new partnership. The third form of business enterprise that may be chosen is a close corporation. Close corporations are based on an association agreement between its members (it can have 1 to 10 members), and each member of a close corporation also needs to make a contribution to the close corporation (such a contribution may also consist of money, assets, labour or skill).It is important to note that in terms of the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (the Companies Act), no new close corporations may be registered with CIPC any-
more. All close corporations that existed prior to the commencement of the Companies Act (that is before 1 May 2011), will continue to exist, and do not need to be converted to private companies (companies ending with (Pty) Ltd).If you are a member of a closed corporation (which would have been registered before 1 May 2011), it is a good business entity to carry on using, as it has legal personality (which means that legally it exists separately from its members, and a change in its membership does not have an effect on the existence of the close corporation). An existing close corporation may still be amended by, for example, adding more members to the close corporation. Any amendments must be effected through CIPC. (Some amendments may cost money.) Should you want to start a new business, and would like to have the benefit of an entity which legally exists separate from yourself, then incorporating a company may be ideal. A company needs to be registered with CIPC, and a copy of its memorandum of incorporation (which is the document setting out all the information of the company’s shares, directors, classes of shareholders, etc.) needs to be submitted along with it. The simplest type of company to have is a private company (companies ending with (Pty) Ltd). A private company may have shares which it issues to shareholders, but the Companies Act restricts it in such a way that shares may not be offered to the public, but only to parties mentioned in the memorandum of incorporation. Shareholders share in the profit of the company. The Companies Act has strict requirements on how a company must conduct its business, and there are many legal requirements to follow. It is advisable to obtain legal advice when deciding on a company as business form.
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DESTINED 4 GREATER HEIGHTS
the Youth of Alexander Baptist Church who opened hat was the theme sur- with a song titled ‘Modirounding the Youth Mu- mo’, followed by a Rap sical and Word Convention performance by AFM. A hosted by Care Bible Church number of poets also graced on the 14th to the 16th June the audience with their cre2013. The function which ative recitals right before takes place in the church the Gumboot dancers, also every year on youth month known by the name Kasi aims to empower the com- Rise Up, took the stage. munity’s youth by providing “It was a joyful and enterthem the opportunity and taining event and we had a platform to showcase their lot of fun! I hope we will talents. One would expect a have more functions such boring church service which as this one” exclaims Vusi aims to impose certain be- Khofi, also a member of the liefs upon the youth, but this church. Other acts incorpowas far from that. In fact it rated a Ballet dance as well as Gospel Hip-Hop was quite the oppoperformances site as the event “We wantfrom Brothwas rather ed to find a way er Sancientertainand ing and to inspire the youth no Vu k i l e . included to attend church by Also on a variety of perfor- collaborating activi- the menu was a Talk mances ties that they find Show hostsuch as pointeresting” ed by Thando etry, drama, Maseko, which dancing and addressed social ismusic, to name a few. “We wanted to find a sues such as drug abuse, way to inspire the youth to crime and sex, and an interattend church by collaborat- view with former drug ading activities that they find dict Mike. “It was a blessed interesting.This was not just event and people were a church service but a way to saved through it. It was also induce enjoyment amongst a way to commemorate and the youth in a spiritual man- celebrate the spirit of Youth ner, thus proving to them Day in the Christian form. that worship and praise can All I can say is that this was also be fun” says Mxolisi God’s divine favour and we Nkanyana, church member plan on having many more and one of the organizers of events like this one” conthe event. The event kicked cludes an ecstatic Mxolisi. off with a performance from SIYASANGA JOYI
One of the artists that entertained the crowd on June 16 at the Care Bible Church.
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he! Kwerekwe, if you think Generations’ Khethiwe suffers from alcohol addiction, I say she’s still alcohol intern, still trying to find her feet. This situation will escalate into something big and Khubone will use everything he has on her to put Khethiwe in her track. Hasn’t she heard me singing my favourite line “what goes around comes around?” Ijo! The unprecedented has happened and I like the vava-voom spirit around her. Who could have thought Miss Fashionista, bubbly Queen Moroka would ever find herself behind bars? This buddy-buddy Jason-S’busiso friendship does not bother me at all. It is only based on manipulation and exploitation and soon it will blow away. Naa S’busiso o wa tshwenya? His moods are unpredictable my dear. Dear Isidingo’s Nikiwe and Frank and everyone in the Deep who has been affected by the recent ordeal. I hope this ‘you are not alone’ condolence note finds you well. I have learnt with a great dismay of the dark cloud that has covered your community in the past week and I would therefore like to express my sincere condolences with regard to everything that has happened. Please put everything in God’s hands and he shall deal with the perpetrator, thanks. Helang! Can someone please wake up Rhythm City’s missJabu-loves me in her lala land? I understand she has earned herself a decent reputation in fiddling with urinal toothpicks of her seniors but sugar daddy business is unfortunately out of her field of expertise. The problem with Mampho is that she sets her eyes high and the permanent benefit of her not settling for less is HIV. Sesi wee, in the eyes of Jabu, you are nothing but naive teenage nyatsi who deserves no respect, get that through your head. On a sadder note, my heart bleeds with sorrow as I bid Muvhango’s Meiki a final goodbye. I guess I have to get used to not seeing you rolling up your Chinese-like eyes anymore. You have played your role dear. Once in a while James, Agnes, Busi, Sizwe, Thuli and Nonny will remember you for making them sing “the roof is on fire.” Speaking of James, I would advise you to get your bald in check and your floral shirts ready as the no-good work has just begun. But would you ever learn? Every time you have a one night stand with a woman, you are later faced with the predicament of raising the child alone.
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22 June 2013
GALLOP THWARTED KLIPFONTEIN “We felt that this was important as this gives the youngsters a chance to formally practice for when the season reopens…”
Klipfontein FC suffered in the hands of Gallop. SIYASANGA JOYI
hile some were huddled in front of their warm heaters at home on this cold winter’s day, soccer enthusiasts took to the grounds in Klipfontein View Extension 1 to witness young players igniting their own fires in the soccer field. Supporters watched in anticipation as local soccer teams gathered
this Saturday afternoon to battle it out and compete in a few matches against one another. “Since the league has closed and soccer season is at an end, we as coaches decided to come together and organize some matches between the local teams. We felt that this was important as it gives the youngsters a chance to formally practice for when the season
Gallop team ( Green & White) playing with eight players defeated Klipfontein reopens and it also keeps them out of trouble” says U13 and 17 Klipfontein FC coach Kenny Motsieng. Six teams partook and a total of five matches were played. However, it was one match between U13 teams Klipfontein Football Club (KFC) and Gallop, who scored a surprise goal in the first ten minutes that stood out from the rest. “I
was very nervous about the match in the beginning because we were short of three players. We had eight players and our opposition had eleven, which did not play to our advantage at all. But we had to adjust and we ended up winning,” says U13 Gallop coach Sydwell Rasabotisa. “Last week they had beaten us and before today’s match Kenny told me not to
make excuses about us being short of team members when they beat us again today, but unfortunately for him, his words were in vain” he continues boastfully. Emotions were high as the vigorous game between the two teams progressed. The match finally ended in penalties which led to Gallop winning 4-2 against Klipfontein FC.
“I am satisfied about the outcome of the match because we played a good game. Last week we beat them and this week they came back with guns blazing and conquered us fair and square.” expresses a disappointed Kenny. Other teams which participated in matches include Mission Academy (in orange and black), Manchester and Future Stars.