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No to amaphela in Zonkizizwe Charity Moyo firstname.lastname@example.org Zonkizizwe Taxi Association (ZOTA) members are strongly against the operation of Zonkizizwe Local Taxi Association (ZOLTA) \ amaphela by a group of community forum. Happy Mahlangu, the leader of ZOLTA said, “We do not have local taxis (amaphela) in Zonkizizwe and it is a challenge to the residents. We walk from Zonkizizwe to Sunrise, Tsamahantsi, Emaxhoseni, and Magagula and from zone 1 -6 at Zonkizizwe. ZOTA only offers transport from Zonkizizwe to the neighbouring suburbs namely; Katlehong, Vosloorus, Johannesburg, Thokoza, Germiston and some areas not local. We are experiencing a challenge of murder, rape and robbery in the open spaces, criminals targeting people walking to and from work in the morning and evening. We hope that the local taxis will bridge the gap and make the lives of people safe.” Mahlangu stated that they made a petition
and the community is in need of local taxis. He said they tried to engage the ZOTA about the matter but they are not helping in bringing local taxis. “We have been hearing of threats from ZOTA that they are going to shoot us when we start the local taxis operation. We have approached some local taxiassociations from the neighbouring suburbs and are supporting the idea. We are going to launch the local taxis and start operating on 24 May, despite not getting the support and response from ZOTA,” said Mahlangu. Speaking to tame TIMES, Constance Mkhize, Public Relations Officer of ZOTA said, “We are against the operation of local taxis in Zonkizizwe and we don’t want them. Zonkizizwe is a small township with no factories and shopping centres and we don’t need local taxis. We render quality service to the residents; all the time we collect people in different areas around Zonkizizwe and drop them to the rank for no fee for them to ride taxis. We don’t drop people at the taxi rank but to their respective destinations around Zonkizizwe every day.”
She added that they know nothing about the shooting threats. “We want to have a meeting with ZOLTA; we need to meet with their top six executive members, to know the registry who granted them permission to operate, their registered routes, operating license and the letters of agreement with the other neighbouring suburbs taxi associations before the launch. We are not going to fight with ZOLTA but the law is going to protect us,” said Mkhize. Teboho Letsoha, ward councillor said, “I have meet with ZOTA and other associations to discuss the matter and we are at advance stage. I have not yet received a petition from ZOLTA and am not informed of their mission.”
Gcina Mabaso, Rank Manager and John Buthelezi, Transport Manager for ZOTA are against the operation of local taxis (amaphela) in Zonkizizwe.
24 April 2014
Liberty employees donates school shoes to learners 825 learners of Thulisa Primary School in Katlehong are the proud recipients of a new pair of school shoes, donated by Liberty employees. The donations were made possible through Liberty’s staff volunteer programme, launched last month. Employees were encouraged to get involved and make a difference to each one of the Thulisa Primary School learners. Along with the shoes that were used in the actual making of a recent Liberty advert, staff donated a total of 825 pairs of shoes. Each child received a pair of shoes that match their size and gender.
Employees who sponsored the shoes also included a handwritten note for each of the students with words of encouragement for their schooling years ahead. Ivan Mzimela, Group Executive, Group Strategic Services said, “Aside from the health benefits of wearing properly fitted shoes, school shoes are an integral part of building the confidence of any school-going child. They give children a sense of dignity and pride, a critical element in fostering early childhood development. When children are confident, they have a far more positive self-image, and this lends itself to
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them having a remarkably better experience at school by allowing them to focus on their learnings. This is truly a gift that can change a child’s reality.” Sipho Kumalo, principal of Thulisa Primary School said, “The donation is a miracle to the school, the department of education did not roll out any school uniforms for this year and Liberty came to our rescue. We thank you, Liberty, for the support, our learners are from impoverished backgrounds and some can’t afford to buy school shoes.”
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Shortage of soccer grounds hinders football development Lebo Mosolodi
Kathorus Township is renowned for producing football talented stars that have played in the highest level of soccer competitions including, African Cup of Nations and Fifa World Cup. Former Jomo Cosmos industrious midfielder Teboho Mokoena originates from the dusty Kathorus Township, he was South African star in Korea\ Japan 2002 Fifa World Cup. Speaking to tame TIMES, Safa Ekurhuleni Executive member Buti Mofokeng, said despite the fact that Mokoena has set a landmark for local aspiring soccer stars, Kathorus soccer development continued to be hindered by shortage of playing soccer fields. “That makes it impossible for us to fulfil our mandate of producing the best soccer stars. In Thokoza alone, we have 14 Safa affiliating teams and 18 junior teams. There are only Safa Ekurhuleni Executive member Buti Mofokeng is concerned about township soccer fields which continue to be bought by churches.
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two playable soccer grounds and one unplayable soccer pitch. It is unfortunate that one playable soccer field in Thokoza has been recently bought for construction of a church. We have one stadium which is always booked in advance by political parties or churches. Vosloorus has 32 Safa affiliating soccer teams and more than 70 junior teams. We have six soccer fields and Vosloorus Stadium which is undergoing a facelift. We have over 80 soccer teams affiliating to Safa in Katlehong with eight soccer grounds and one Soccer stadium,” explained Mofokeng. Masiyanoke Soccer Grounds was also closed down five years and Vosloorus Extension 26 Soccer Ground was also closed down. Both soccer grounds were bought by the churches
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and playing soccer fields continue to shrink. Mofokeng cited that shortage of soccer grounds ‘kills’ township soccer which annul great work done by Kathorus football stars of yesteryears such as Eric Machiche, Adam Mabena and Teboho Mokoena.