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Ward 79 Councilor Petrus Zitha in Region A

One of the un-tarred streets that intersects the tarred ones.


espite its poverty and lack of services, its housing shortage and hunger, there is a resilience and optimism in Ivory Park that is hard to beat.From a distance Ivory Park could easily be mistaken for a slum, yet it is a habitable place with an urban design. The area is clustered and unkempt, but its uneven look adds a unique dimension – it’s a township whose inhabitants are a close-knit community of different cultural backgrounds. Clean streets intersect untidy ones,

potholed roads cross tarred ones. he township is characterised by corrugated iron shacks, RDP structures and other houses juxtaposing one another. There are litter-free, paved walkways, as well as an old bridge and germ-infested culvert; alleyways are ubiquitous. For some households, access to electricity is a luxury, while construction work on roads and some private properties continues unabated. Some parts of the densely populated area have


adequate infrastructure like roads, sanitation and running water. There are social amenities, such as two libraries, two community halls, a police station, seven clinics, adequate housing for some, a school for all and a shopping complex. “Regarding services, almost all residents receive their water through a regional/local water scheme,” explains Petrus Zitha, a councillor in the area, which falls under Ward 79 in Region A. “The unemployment rate in this area is too high; at some

point it was around 47 percent. The unemployed are predominantly those who completed matric or are unsuccessful job seekers,” says Zitha. Most people live in a state of dire poverty. The area is geographically remote from the stronger economic nodes in the city centre, and the settlement is plagued by myriad socio-economic challenges, including illiteracy, child-headed households and hopelessness. There is a battery of social ills, like drug and alcohol

abuse, peer pressure and petty crime. “The report that I got is that the CPFs [community policing forums] have arrested more criminals than the police. We used to have a crime a nd drug problem because there was a certain squatter camp that was a haven for drugs, but we have subsequently dealt with it and it’s now low,” he says. Despite all these challenges, he adds, locals have taken ownership of their community and there is a sense of

ubuntu. “This area is so dynamic, adding: “We never even had taxi violence or strikes. Taxi drivers in our community provide poorer residents with transport if they have a funeral and can’t afford buses,” he says.Nine years after he took the helm of Ward 79, Zitha concludes that Ivory Park is home to an optimistic population. The people of that compact community remain exuberant and resilient Joburgers, highspirited despite their socioeconomic challenges. Source: EDITORIAL TEAM CONTACT US Tel: 011 485 2018 Fax: 086 658 1415 P.O Box 46248 Orange Grove 2119

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MMC for Finance in the City of Joburg Clr Geoffrey Makhubo presenting the budget speech. Picture: Enoch Lehung


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He said within the City of Johannesburg there is a strong commitment to prudent financial management at all levels; ensuring tightened controls, strengthened policies and procedures and the attainment of a clean audit, adding: “Four of the key ratios that include the measure prudent financial management improvement are solvency; debt to revenue; net operating margin and cash coverage. On the expenditure side of the 2013/2014 Budget, the MMC highlighted briefly that Sustainable Services Cluster which oversees and coordinates the bulk of the City’s service delivery obligations was allocated a budget of R21.9 billion, which is more than half of the total operating budget of the City. City Power received an operating allocation of R13.2

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance in the City Of Johannesburg Clr MMC Geoffrey Makhubo recently delivered the city’s 2013/14 budget speech at the Council Chambers in Braamfontein. In his opening presentation, MMC Makhubo tabled a ground breaking budget that exceeds R40 billion which consists of an operational budget of R36.3 billion while R7.5 billion is allocated towards capital expenditure. The MMC emphasized in their financial strength: “To date, we have not used any external borrowings to meet our cash flow requirements. We attribute these achievements to effective financial management and sound planning of our operations.”

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billion and capital budget amounting to R6.8 billion for the improvement of the quality of supply and quality of service as well as key projects such as the continuing roll out of the pre-paid system; introduction of smart meters; the upgrading of the electrical network in various areas and substations such as, Wilro Park, Fleurhof, Lehae and Cydna. “We are also investing in the Sebenza new

bulk intake point.” MMC Makhubu further said that the budget for Joburg Water consists of an operating budget of R5.9 billion and R3.7 billion for capital projects in places such as Orange Farm, Doornkop West, Protea Glen, Roodepoort, Diepsloot, Sandton, Alexandra and Bramfischerville, and they strengthen their ability to respond

timeously to leaks and disruptions of services. However, the Department of Housing received an operating budget of R634.1 million and capital budget of R2.4 billion, Joshco is allocated a capital budget of R1.8 billion while Pikitup’s R1.6 billion operating budget which will enable it to continue its focus on the round collection of refuse; street and Inner City cleaning; separation at source; the cleaning of informal settlements and addressing illegal dumping. The operating Budget for Public Safety will grow by 5.1% to R2.3 billion with a capital budget allocation of R432.2million. The focus is on crime prevention operations targeted at violent crime in particular and the continued roll out of the Joburg 10Plus strategy. This initiative combines crime prevention, traffic management, By-Law enforcement and community outreach programmes within wards and neighbourhoods and the strengthening of the Anti-Fraud and corruption campaigns. “One of the bridges to the future that the City is building is the introduction of technology and systems to enable residents, business and industry to control and manage their own water and power consumption,” concluded MMC Makhubo

MMC for Health and social development Clr Nonceba Molwele , MMC for Finance Geoffrey Makhubo and the MMC for infrustructure and services MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe during the budget media briefing Picture: Enoch Lehung

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he City of Johannesburg is to embark on a multi-pronged approach to deal with crime. Delivering his budget speech recently, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety Clr Sello Lemao said his department had decided to try “different tactics” in the fight against crime, including building “a critical mass of citizens who would enforce the law and encourage others to comply”. “By far the most important safety and crime prevention intervention is for communities to join in the fight,” Clr Lemao said. He reiterated that the new strategy that the City had adopted - the “Joburg 10 Plus” - would bring metro policing closer to communities through ward-based

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety Clr Sello Lemao.

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deployments. The initiative, Clr Lemao said, was aimed at strengthening engagements with communities on policing issues through existing partnerships and structures such as community policing forums (CPFs). He said the City would also forge new relations to seek solutions that would achieve maximum impact. “Our focus area with this strategy is that of winning back the streets. That for now is our priority.” Cllr Lemao said another area of importance was to establish the “underlying causes” for criminal activity. The city, through the department, would bring together all relevant stakeholders in crime prevention initiatives to “effectively respond to acts of violent crime”. Crime hotspots, in places such as the inner-city precinct, and also tourist attractions, would receive top priority. He also pointed out that the department sought to create a law abiding citizenry to reduce the “load” on law

enforcement agencies. One way of achieving this long-term strategy would be to improve the quality of life generally even though this would require the active involvement of other departments, such as Social Development, as well as the business sector.

“Our focus area with this strategy is that of winning back the streets. That for now is our priority.” “We are also aware that this will also require some kind of behaviourial change and ‘widespread’ mobilization of the residents and users of the city,” the MMC said. Compliance with municipal bylaws was critical. He said it was against this background that his department was looking at setting up municipal courts to deal with infringements at this level. Cllr Lemao said under-

pinning the city’s crime prevention initiative was public trust. “Public trust and confidence in policing is directly associated with police conduct, attitude and actions. Similarly, police visibility and stakeholder management are of paramount importance. “The projects to be implemented will focus on substantial improvements in the public’s experience of metro policing service delivery and a decrease in the perception of police corruption. The City will intensify its efforts with respect to anti-fraud and corruption campaigns. Where misdemeanours have occurred, the City will carry out an effective investigative response. Misconduct and abuse of power [by police] will not be tolerated,” Cllr Lemao said. He added that the City would monitor the relationship between policing agents and the community. This, he said, would be done through “perception surveys”

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MORE LEARNERS PASSED SUPPS Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says more learners have passed the matric supplementary exams. Motshekga on Monday said the number increased from 377 829 in 2012 to 392 178 this year, representing an increase of 14 349 candidates. The minister said there were fewer candidates that enrolled for the 2013 National Senior Certificate supplementary exams, compared to 2012, as the matric pass rate had improved. “The decrease in enrolment in 2013 is understandable, given the improved pass rate in 2012, which will justify a lower number of candidates seeking to write the supplementary examination,” Motshekga said. She expressed concern at the number of candidates that enrolled for the examination and did not show up across all Provincial Edu-

cation Departments (PEDs). KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of “noshows”, with 8 531 candidates, followed by the Eastern Cape with 5 901. “The 27 percent of candidates that registered but did not arrive to write the examination has serious implications in terms of costs incurred in the running of this examination,” she said. The Supplementary 2013 question papers were set and moderated concurrently with the question papers for the November 2012 examinations, to ensure that these papers were of comparable standard, given that these two examinations were regarded as one sitting. According to Motshekga, a total of 262 question papers were set by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for the November 2012 and Supplementary 2013 examinations, with 130 of these question papers set for the Supplementary Examination.

Motshekga said external moderators from Umalusi verified, evaluated and approved all question papers. “The rigorous external moderation process ensured that the question papers were of high quality and of an appropriate standard,” she said, adding that all question papers were set within the secure environment of the DBE offices. The exams commenced on 11 February 2013 and concluded on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. The exams took place in 5 288 centres and there were 12 marking centres with 3 072 markers involved. The marking process across provinces commenced on 20 March 2013 and was successfully concluded on 7 April 2013. A total of 86 113 candidates enrolled for the NSC Supplementary Examination in February/March 2013 and 62 682 candidates finally wrote the examination. Of the 62 682 candidates that wrote the supplementary examination, the larger number are candidates that wrote the 2012 November examination and are now retaking the examination to improve their results. –

Bins rolled out to Ekurhuleni communities T

he health hazards presented by illegal dumping and a high rat infestation in Actonville and Wattville in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, will soon be a thing of the past as the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality rolls out the distribution of 240 liter refuse bins in the area. The distribution of the bigger refuse storage bins begins in the area last week and approximately 64 800 bins will be given to households in the two areas, plus parts of Brakpan by the end of June. “The metro is aware that residents in these areas have been complaining about the presence of rats and this is one of the remedies which the municipality is offering,” explains Ekurhuleni spokesperson, Sam Modiba. “Rodent infestation in communities is fortified by access to food, water and harborages.

Reducing access to food for the rats, by way of providing better storage for refuse, is a step in the right direction for the eradication of rodents.” One bin will be delivered to each household and recipients will be required to sign acknowledgment of receipt. Residents will be required to present either their most recent municipal account or their South African identity document in order to take receipt of the 240 litre container. Once the roll-out is completed, residents will be notified when the Metro will begin utilizing specialized roll on-roll off truck for the scheduled weekly pick up of refuse. “It is crucial that residents make use of the bins, and not refuse bags, because the trucks that will be used for collection have been fitted with a mechanism that picks up the bin itself, and then loads the refuse into the compactor,” em-

phasizes Modiba. Households in need of additional bins are advised to apply for them. The roll out is part of the EMM’s initiative to streamline its waste management processes to ensure that a uniform effective and efficient service is rendered throughout the region. The roll out will first be completed in the Benoni areas, and will be followed by Geluksdal this financial year. The metro will continue with the other areas of Brakpan in the new financial year starting in July. Distribution will take place Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 17:00. Residents who will not be home during those times are advised to contact the depot below for details on how to obtain their bin, or listen out for announcements that will be made through a loud hailer. Source: www.ekurhuleni.


If you are in Grade 12 and want to study at UJ, apply as soon as possible. Last year, more than 100ENS 000 learners applied for 10 000 “first year” spaces! The more you Nikita Dehal, wait, the less chance you have to get in! Don’t wait for the deadline (September 27) as some courses might be already full from July! How to apply? The UJ prospectus is available online. Pages/Prospectus.aspx You can apply online (but last year, some documents got lost) or better, download the application form, fill it and bring it to any UJ campus (you cannot fax or email it and post is not reliable) You need a certified copy of your final Grade 11 results + ID (or birth certificate) + proof of payment of the R100 application fee (R950 if you apply for residence accommodation).You will apply later for Nsfas loan to pay for your studies. Our tips - You need to have at least the minimum APS score (more is better). If you are short of 1 point in 1 subject, you can try your luck but it depends on the faculty -Law, Eco and Financial science, Management: You need to have the minimum points for all subjects. Faculty of Law takes only 600 learners – even if the minimum APS is 27, they put you on a waiting list if you have less than 32! -Engineering, Science and Health: minimum points in Maths physical and life sciences. Maths results very important in Sciences; -Humanities: minimum points in languages; -Art, design and architecture: portfolio important; Even if you have all the minimum points, you might still not be admitted as only the best learners are admitted (especially if you apply late) - check also the “extended diploma/degree” (with a preparatory year)... - you can reapply in January for another course, depending on your Matric results Contact : UJ Call Centre on 011 559 4555

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THE NATIONAL CREDIT ACT – RECKLESS LENDING I t is clear that credit plays an important role in our society. It allows consumers who do not have enough cash or money in savings to buy valuable assets, such as homes, furniture and motor vehicles on credit. We are also able to buy clothes or pay for our studies on credit. Whilst credit is beneficial in this sense, it also has a down side. Credit can and does uplift the lives of consumers; however, it can make their financial circumstances worse. In particular, consumers find themselves in a bad financial position where reckless lending and/or borrowing took place. The National Credit Act 43 of 2005 (“NCA”) aims to regulate all aspects of consumer credit. In doing so the NCA aims to solve specific problems in the existing consumer credit market including the prevention and alleviation of the overindebtedness of consumers, the prevention of high costs of credit and importantly the prohibition of reckless lending by credit providers. Reckless lending and/ or borrowing is a big problem in South Africa as it is known to result in consumers owing more money than they can afford to pay back. For this reason reckless credit forms the focus of this article. What is reckless credit? When a consumer wants credit, they have to go through the following stages: 1.Apply for credit; 2.Verification of credit worthiness; 3.Approval or decline of credit extension; and 4.Default or settlement of credit obligations. Reckless credit is governed by sections 80 to 84 of the NCA and fits into stage 2 of the abovementioned process to obtain credit. This is because reckless credit occurs when a credit provider concludes a credit agreement where no affordability assessment is done regardless of the outcome; or

an affordability assessment is done but the consumer cannot afford the debt and the credit provider nonetheless proceeds to provide the credit; or where most of the information indicates that the consumer does not generally understand the risks, costs and obligations of the proposed credit agreement and therefore finds it challenging. The assessment here requires that the credit provider take reasonable steps to assess: the consumers general understanding of risks, costs and obligations of the consumer under the credit agreement; the debt re-payment history of the consumer under credit agreements; the existing financial means, prospects and obligations of the consumer; and whether there is a reasonable basis to conclude that any commercial purpose may prove to be successful, if the consumer has such a purpose for applying for that credit agreement. The person who decides whether the credit agreement is reckless or not must apply the above criteria as they existed at the time the agreement was made between the parties. The effect of a reckless credit agreement: In any court proceeding where a credit agreement is being considered, the court may declare that the credit agreement is reckless. If this is so, then the court may make an order setting aside all or part of the consumer’s rights and obligations under that agreement, as the court determines just and reasonable in the circumstances; or an order suspending the force and effect of that credit agreement until a date determined by the court when making the suspension order. If the court declares the credit agreement is reckless because of the over-indebtedness of the consumer at the time of the court proceedings, then the court may order, in addition to the suspension or-

der, the restructuring of the consumer’s obligations under any other credit agreements. How to prevent reckless credit It is important for us, as consumers, when applying for credit and while our application is being considered by the credit provider (for example the bank), to fully and honestly answer any requests for information made by the bank as part of the assessment they have to conduct. This will prevent any misunderstanding by the bank as to our understanding of the risks, costs and obligations of the credit agreement, our credit-worthiness and our existing financial position and prospects. Consider for example: Sipho, a consumer, wants to start a small business selling used cars. To start his business Sipho applies for credit from the bank. If Sipho has not been able to pay his debts for the past six years because he has no money, and he does not tell this to the bank, then if the bank does not take the reasonable steps to find this out about Sipho, the court can declare the credit agreement to be reckless and may set aside all or part of Sipho’s rights and obligations under that agreement or the court may order the suspension of the force and effect of the agreement. Therefore Sipho will not be able to get the money he needs to start his used-car sale business. However, whether it is Sipho’s fault or the banks fault that he was granted credit recklessly depends on whether or not Sipho told the bank the full truth at the time he applied for credit. In this example because he did not tell the truth, Sipho is the cause of his own unfortunate circumstances. If Sipho had told the bank the truth, then they would have considered this in their assessment before granting him credit – in this way the bank and Sipho would not be acting recklessly.

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Andile Kolanisi, Andile Mbatha(Best Actor), Alba Letts


hanks to the assistance of the National Lotteries Board, the South African theatre scene was given a boost, as young and talented directors were unleashed onto the local cultural industry at the Grand Final and Awards Ceremony of the Gauteng Directors Drama and Theatre Festival. The event took place at the Soweto Theatre with the performances giving focus to South African scripts. The programme promoted and supported young Directors to make a career from their obvious talent and move them into the next level of creating more artistic opportunities within the sector. An array of prizes was given to the top 10 finalists that were initially selected at the five regional festivals. The stage was set alight by unrestricted creativity as the audience from the four corners of the Province together with art enthusiasts marvelled as The Calabash Runs Dry (from Tshwane, directed by S’phiwe Malusi) won the Best Production Award, The Comrade (Ekurhuleni, directed by Errol Ndotho) claimed the second prize, with Soweto’s Gift From God (directed by Alex Motsweri) scooping the third prize accolade. One of the most coveted awards of the day was the Audience Choice Award, which was clinched by The Bucket (Soweto), directed

by Paul Noko, a production that saw him push the envelope in terms of abstract theatre. Later in the day the GOMACC’s Choice Award for Following a South African Script went to Nothing but the Truth, (written by Dr John Kani) and directed by Rachere Khupane. But undoubtedly, the category everyone was eyeing was the Best Director Award, won by Siphiwe Malusi from Tshwane, who directed The Calabash Runs Dry. This is a tale of an intrusion that occurs in a magical village of Khilimela. The Community is stricken by a stranger who came in with the sole aim of robbing the community’s treasure - the Calabash. To the villagers the calabash is the most valuable object and is believed to be a life giver, nurturer, well of life and the spiritual mother. The gathered Sowetans could not contain their excitement as it was announced that the Best Ensemble award went to the local production Gift from God. The audience was just as enthralled when the Best Actor accolade was awarded to Andile Innocent Mbatha (The Bucket), and Best Supporting Actress was handed over to Keneilwe Sejake (also from The Bucket). The rest of the awards were distributed to: Nteboheng Molaba (Best Actress from Purdah the Veil – Sedibeng, Heidel-

Andile Kolanisi, Sphiwe Malusi(Director Calabash)& Alba Letts burg Ratanda) and Tsepo Mohlala (Best Supporting Actor from Bopha – Ekuruleni, Tembisa). Guest speaker Andile Kolanisi (Provincial Chief Director Statutory Body, Cultural Affairs) fitted right in by delivering an inspiring keynote address and kept the audience engaged and

entertained. “As GOMACC, we are more than confident that not only Gauteng but South Africa’s theatrical landscape will be positively shaped by these winners,” said Jerry Mabuza, Gomacc’s Operations and Festival Manager. “It gives me great joy to know that in the not so dis-

tant future, these directors will be at the helm of some of the most influential theatre productions to grace our stages. But of course, we have to thank our main sponsor, the National Lottery Board, whose generous contributions made all of this possible,” said Mabuza.


aibo! Motho, Brika. What demonic spirits have possessed Generations’ Akhona? Ao shame, I’m very disappointed in the manner in which she treats her own mother. That lady needs to get off her high horse. Nonetheless, I give her a thumps up on her hair styles these days. I see she is redeeming herself from the hideous wig Sello forced her to wear. Yazi, maybe she should help Dineo with hers, *ha ha ha, Loliwe*. And walla, the tables have turned, very much for my liking. Noluntu won’t know what hit her this time around. S’busiso is coming after her with everything he’s got and gone are the days of “mama, can I make you tea?” Helang! Can someone please help with Isidingo’s Prada? Can’t he just get over his sulking and move on with life? Clearly Len gives no damn about him and yet he’s on the other hand moping Len this and Len that. Dear, words of advice, let love not entrap you in a cage. By the time you open up your eyes, everything you had will be gone while Len’s career booms. And then, when did Lerato become so holyholy? Haike, women empowerment even in prayers. Listening to Lerato’s prayer, God must have been rolling in tears wherever He was. The rhythmic beat hits hard on Rhythm City. Once a bastard, always a bastard. The tables have flipped onto Gail and I feel sorry for her. How many times do I have to say it out loud? NAOMI IS A CONNIVING BASTARD. -Yawn- I’ve lost interest in Tshidi’s mini dramas. She always goes all out to look for trouble, standard! Like mother, like daughter. I can’t pretend to be surprised Muvhango’s Busi is being manipulative to get what she wants. It’s simple, she took after her conniving mother, Doobsie. At least Meiki should be happy she’s not dealing with Doobsie herself. She should ask Thandaza, Doobsie gave her many varam klaps while she was 8 months pregnant, pha-pha! Who knows, maybe Busi might pull the same stunt on Meiki. Speaking of Thandi, finally, the mysterious yellow dress has been identified but the price is too high to pay. There we go again with Ranthumeng unable to handle the heat in his own kitchen. What is new to this story, every time there are problems in his marriage, he packs his sacks and leaves!


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A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE Pioneer Mirror looks at what happened in soccer this time last year



t was an intense battle between Klipfontein based Liquor FC and the Alexandra based City Spurs, 20 May. The match took place in the Klipfontein Extension 1 sports ground near the multipurpose centre.Despite the odd name, Liquor FC (in red) managed to qualify for the finals of the top eight tournaments that took place over the weekend. The game started in favour of the Alexandra boys, (in purple), with City Spurs leading 2 – 1 immediately after the second half began. However, with a late substitution, Liquor FC managed to turn the game around and scored two goals ten minutes prior to the final whistle. Possibly the most dramatic turnaround in the tournament, the substitute, unknown to the coach, a (player key to their success) win led Liquor to a win. C.S Moloko (striped shirt), the self- proclaimed coach for Liquor FC was thrilled and over the moon when his “boys” won the game. Although the game could

have went either way, much appreciation should go to the Midfielders or defenders of the Liquor FC, showing skill and persistence throughout a war with a tougher opponent can be draining. The City Spurs still have room for improvement, as the Liquors showed no signs of drowsiness or blurred vision in their judgement.The supporters lined up to show the excitement for their home team. Making it to the final meant a lot to the coach, even though for City Spurs it meant packing and heading back home after a long sunny Sunday at the dusty grounds of Klipfontein. It was a game worth watching for the laid back spectators, and the result was a surprise to most. Even though the referee was not the most cheered during the game, both sides agree that it was indeed a fair game and all is well, the Alexandra boys left with pride. A game well played. The next tournament promises to come with more action.

The ground dances to the midfield battle


The City goal keeper stretches to a close encounter

PICTURE: Katlego Rapolai

PICTURE: Katlego Rapolai

A supporter watches from a distance

PICTURE: Katlego Rapolai

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