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North 10th Edition

16 May 2013

THE STATE OF YOUR CITY

Executive Mayor of Joburg City Mpho Parks Tau before taking to the podium for his State of the City Address (Soca). KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA

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n his State of the City Address at the Wits University’s Linder Auditorium in Parktown, the Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Mpho Tau said that in the 2013/2014 financial year which starts on July 1, the City would spend R7,3 billion on infrastructure, of which R450 million would be channelled into the inner city to address issues such as crime and filth, poor urbanisation, overcrowding and safety.The Mayor pointed

out that they’ve embarked on a citywide process, engaging with communities and stakeholders for the future vision of the city to develop their Joburg 2040 vision for a city that is sustainable, liveable and resilient. “Residents want to live in a city that is not only effective and efficient in the delivery of services, but also a city that listens to its people, and we are making progress in all aspects of service delivery. We are also winning the war against crime and ur-

ban decay, attracting new investments across the city,” announced the Mayor.Tau said working together with the residents, stakeholders and the media, they managed to root out corruption and uncovered cases from various government departments including Planning and Health, JMPD and Municipal Courts. “The city’s fight against corruption was beginning to pay off. Since the launch of the anonymous anti-corruption tip-off hotline, the city has seen a dramatic increase in the

number of tip-offs received from residents, leading to arrests, conviction and suspension of employees. In another major announcement, Tau said through their sustainable Human Settlement and Urbanisation Programme, they are implementing the rollout of various housing programmes through upgrading of informal settlements, upgrading of hostels and provision of social and transitional housing. “We will continue with our inclusive use of housing programmes in areas such

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as Alexandra, Fleurhof and Lufhereng, and will create a regulatory environment, as part of our programme, where shacks will be transformed to become acceptable rental accommodation.In terms of revenues, Executive Mayor Tau announced that they’ve drastically reduced the number of unresolved queries on their billing system and have improved their collection rate to 91%, giving them cash in excess of R800 million for the ten months up to

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30 April 2013. The Mayor said that Phase 1B of the Rea Vaya transit bus (BRT) system – which runs from Soweto and passes through Noordgesig, New Canada, Auckland Park, Auckland Park and Parktown, was expected to become operational in October.Tau said the third phase of the BRT system – which will link areas such as Alexandra and Ivory Park with Sandton and Rosebank – would be rolled out in 2016.


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JMPD officials and the community stakeholders attending at the Joburg 10 Plus meeting held at Parkinson Park, Norwood. KGADI JOHANNA LAMOLA

he JMPD officers and community stakeholders held the Ward based integrated service delivery programme (Joburg 10 Plus) at Parkinson Park at Norwood. It aimed to address issues of basic service delivery while addressing issues of crime prevention, by-law enforcement and traffic management within the 130 Wards in the City of Johannesburg. This is a comprehensive

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programme involving the deployment of 10 JMPD officers per ward to tackle crime and improve the safety and quality of life of the City’s communities. During the meeting it was reported that work that is under progress includes; the development of Score Card for each rank, Master Plan with solutions for each Ward and Integrated Multi-skilling Training program for the Officers. Since its official launch last year July by the Ex-

On Sunday 12 May at 18h30 on SABC 1 Ndumiso Hadebe was announced winner of One Day Leader 2. Clearly overwhelmed, Ndumiso Hadebe aged 21 from Vereeniging is a firm believer in the importance of honouring those around you. He says “this life is about service to others and the persistent pursuit to leave a place better than it was when we found it. That the greatest accolade man can achieve, is that of making a difference and establishing a legacy of nation building.” Ndumiso’s prize as winner of One Day Leader 2 includes: 1. A Shanduka Black Umbrella three year mentorship programme to start a business. 2. R50 000.00 cash prize. 3. R10 000.00 for their community project. Ndumiso is highly motivated and inspired by seeing people realise their true and full potential. He is a sports fanatic, loves music and singing, leadership and governance. “My life is centred on people, working with them, experiencing challenges with them and being of service to them. I’m so grateful for this One Day Leader opportunity; I will use this platform to serve, inform and inspire a new kind of leader, a new kind of young person and a new generation of young people who are driven to become masters of their own destiny” ends Ndumiso.

ecutive Mayor of Johannesburg, the pilot project that started on 28 May 2012 has to date successfully managed to deploy 81% of officers and 61% of vehicles, identified and placed clusters and teams in the wards, consulted with stakeholders and trained a number of officers in the use of Joburg City Safety Process.Present at the meeting was the MMC for Public Safety Sello Lemao and metro police officials.

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MAYOR LAUNCHES LIFESTYLE AWARENESS DRIVE "A healthy lifestyle is an individual choice, which cannot be forced on people. We can provide jobs, environmental issues, economy, safety, housing and transport but we can only facilitate that health comes to the people"

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h e C i t y o f Johannesburg at the weekend launched a major health awareness campaign as part of an ong o i n g e ff o r t t o b o o s t residents' longevity and life expectancy in the city. The brainchild of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau, the new drive was launched under the City's Healthy Lifestyle Campaign at Thokoza Park in Rockville, S o w e t o , o n S a t u r d a y. Scores of residents braved the chilly weather to witness the launch, graced by members of the City of Joburg's mayoral committee, including Health MMC Nonceba Molwele and Safety MMC Sello Lemao. Also present were City Manager Trevor Fowler and the Chair of Chairs Clr Isaac M o g a s e . Launched under the theme "We Are All Players" and in line with the City's Growth and Development Strategy 2040 (GDS 2040) objectives, the campaign seeks to tackle risk factors associated with obesity, unhealthy diet and p h y s i c a l i n a c t i v i t y. Executive Mayor Tau said the high mortality rate among Johannesburg residents was of a prime concern to the city. He emphasised the need for people to take it upon themselves to be health conscious at all times. "A healthy lifestyle is an individual choice, which cannot be forced on people. We can provide jobs, environmental issues, economy, safety, housing and

transport but we can only facilitate that health comes to the people," said Tau. To make the campaign a success, the city has teamed up with several stakeholders, including Old Mutual, Dischem, Moso Consulting, Ekhayalethu Health Centre, Road Show Marketing,

Green Outdoor Gym, Nedbank and Virgin Active and First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma through her diabetes foundation. In her speech, MMC Molwele said: "Our Growth and Development Strategy 2040 (GDS 2040) addresses, among other key outcomes,

the issue of healthy living, of which a healthy lifestyle is highly critical factor to be c o n s i d e r e d . " Ngema-Zuma also addressed the audience, warning Johannesburg residents against eating fatty and oily foods. Her speech was mainly directed at the youth

and the elderly. Ngema-Zuma established the BNZ Foundation in August 2010 to create awareness of diabetes, a lifestyle disease that is sometimes referred to as a "silent killer". She is determined to ensure that no one dies of the disease because of a lack of

a w a r e n e s s . The day started with people taking part in various sporting activities such as aerobics and cycling. Residents also underwent free testing for sugar diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure and HIVAids.

MINISTER MTHETHWA WELCOMES ARREST OF SAPS AND HOME AFFAIRS OFFICIALS E

fforts to rid the South African Police Service (SAPS) of unwanted and corrupt police officers are being intensified and will continue, and stern actions will be taken against any member who shames the department through their corrupt deeds. This is an assurance by the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa as he commended the arrest of nine (9) SAPS officers and seven (7) Home Affairs official at Caledon Spoort Border Post, Free State this afternoon.Police

officers stationed at the border were conniving with Home Affairs officials to conduct their illegal actions through soliciting bribes from people crossing the border from South Africa to Lesotho and vice versa. A provincial investigation and covert operation was then set up led by the SAPS Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khehla Sithole and following intensive investigations, the sixteen suspects were arrested today and will be charged with

fraud and corruption.All the seven Home Affairs officials that arrested were responsible for the migration duties and following the arrest, there was a delay in processing of movement at the border gate. However, arrangements are currently being made by Home Affairs for replacement of the suspects to ensure that operations continue effectively.“We congratulate General Sithole and his team for a tremendous and successful operation. We cannot have police officers

who contaminate our service when they should be discharging their duties with loyalty and dedication. We have emphasized to SAPS management to intensify the war on corruption.We shall ensure that we clean the SAPS and further believe that today's arrest will send a message that tsotsi-cops have no place within SAPS.”Minister Mthethwa reiterated that police derive their mandate from the Constitution of the Republic as well as the SAPS Code of Conduct. “This is an

excellent code however the Code of Conduct within SAPS needs to be elevated to ensure that it is being practiced, daily. All SAPS members need to understand and adhere to this code and they need to understand an indeed experience, the dire consequences of violating this Code of Conduct.”The Minister has further cautioned those who pay bribes to official to refrain from such practices. He has urged officers to arrest without hesitation any person who tries to bribe them and

equally urged the public to report any official who solicits bribe. In recent times, the police have been in the media recently regarding certain members' actions and we believe that this is an issue that has, at times, unfairly portrayed the whole SAPS in the same view. We are aware that the majority of our members are hardworking and committed to fighting crime and as police leadership, we shall always elevate such dedication to the public.


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THE ULTIMATE NIGHT OUT. THE NEW MINI PACEMAN T

he new MINI PACEMAN has been revealed in Johannesburg and - in true MINI style – was done so at an event of manly proportions. MINI, the originator of the premium small car segment, offered guests an opportunity to not only experience the perfect boys night out in Jozi, but also fuelled their excitement with an opportunity to test drive the brand new MINI Paceman on the evening. The MINI Paceman is the 7th and latest urban player to join the MINI family and boasts incredible coupé-

like design features. It combines sportiness, masculinity and versatility resulting in a MINI with visual “muscle car” design cues. It is the ideal car for young, modern, extrovert urbanites that love standout individuality. The rooftop of 3 Desmond Street in Kramerville, Sandton played host to the Man Space event as MINI brand ambassadors, Goldfish, Euphonik and DJ Fresh hit the decks and entertained guests late into the night. “MINI has been delivering its trademark go-kart

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handling to the premium compact segment for more than a decade. Not only is this characteristic instantly recognisable when you drive the MINI Paceman, but this typical MINI feeling is enhanced by genuine automotive personality and distinctive c h a r a c t e r. T h e M I N I Paceman is just further proof of MINI's out-of-theordinary culture and really speaks to the brand's ability to constantly excite,” said Kabelo Rabotho, General Manager for MINI South Africa.


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If you are in Grade 12 and want to study at UJ, apply as soon as possible. Last year, more than 100 000 learners applied for 10 000 “first year” spaces! The more you wait, the less you have chance 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. http://www.uj.ac.za/EN/StudyatUJ/StudentEnrolmentCentre/ApplicationProcess/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 Valou.hirsch@gmail.com – www. beststudentsofalexandra.blogspot.com

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THE NATIONAL CREDIT ACT – RECKLESS LENDING Nikita Dehal, ENS It 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 can-

not 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 order, the restructuring of the consumer’s obligations under any other credit agree-

ments. 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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trong demand for the internationally renowned St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Johannesburg tour in July this year has resulted in six extra performances of Swan Lake being added to the run – two months before the show has even premiered. Konstantin Tachkin’s St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, will come to South Africa direct from critically acclaimed, sold out, tours in Europe. It will perform the full-length, four- act Tchaikovsky classic, Swan Lake, backed by a live orchestra. The production premieres at The Teatro at Montecasino on Wednesday, 10 July 2013. The 55-member company now spends many months of every year travelling the world with their magnificent repertoire of full-length classics.In 2004 and again in 2007, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre toured South Africa collecting rave reviews and hanging out the “Sold Out” sign at almost every performance. Since

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ticket sales opened at Computcicket early in March 2013, public demand has been extremely strong. “Tickets have been selling extremely well,” says Tour Producer Andrew Guild. “We anticipate another soldout season in South Africa. This is real ballet – the real Swan Lake in all its glory. It thrilled South Africans last time around and it will do so again.” Guild adds: “Johannesburg is being treated to the world’s best touring ballet company performing the world’s most-famous ballet. “First performed in St.Petersburg in 1895, Swan Lake with its unrivalled ‘white acts’, its spectacular and dramatic Ballroom scene, sublime music and deeply moving story, is the ballet that towers above all others. “The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally not just for beautiful dancers but also for stunning and grand full-length productions. Not only do The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre bring their troupe of Vaganova trained dancers , they also bring their magnificent

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lready world famous as the official seat of government and the city where Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the country's first democratically-elected President, the City of Tshwane has played host to several world-class sporting events, with several more in the pipeline. The inaugural Tshwane Open where South African Dawie van der Walt

won in a closely competed tournament in March 2013, drew a strong field including former European Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal and 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke.The Tshwane Open 2014 is being planned, based on the resounding success of the Tshwane Open 2013. Next year's Tshwane Open forms part of the 2014

Sunshine Tour and is cosanctioned by the European Tour. The Sunshine Tour represents the highest level of competition for male professional golfers in Southern Africa.The Els Club at Copperleaf is the host venue for this prestigious event – a premier course designed by Ernie Els using the natural topography of the area to create a course

that is challenging and enjoyable for golfers of all levels. It is the second “signature” golf course by Ernie Els in South Africa. The Tshwane Open is about “more than just golf”. It positions Tshwane as a distinguished business and tourism destination, receiving almost R1 billion worth of TV coverage over the four days of broadcasting

to over 3 500 million homes around the world in 2013. The 2014 tournament promises to do even better in exposing Tshwane to the world.The City of Tshwane also invites you to experience the Union Buildings as they come to life when the Red Bull XFighters World Tour takes stage in the Capital City. Tshwane will be the last stop

on the Red Bull X-fighters six-stop tour and will bring something to the Union Buildings that not many South Africans are likely to have seen in their lifetime – the world's best freestyle motocross riders performing gravity-defying, breath taking tricks at what many consider Sir Herbert Baker's greatest achievement, the Union Buildings. Schedule: 8 March - Mexico City (Mexico) 12 April - Dubai (United Arab Emirates) 11 May - Glen Helen (United States) 1 June - Osaka (Japan) 19 July - Madrid (Spain) 7 September - Pretoria (South Africa) Tshwane also plays host to a variety of other local, national and international sporting events. Some of the more memorable ones are the Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup, All Africa Games, World Tug of War Championships, World J u n i o r C h e s s Championships and the International Karate Championships. The most memorable of them all was the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when Tshwane was one of the best host cities to one of the most spectacular sport events ever on the African continent.

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