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Abandoned filling station turned into chop-shop Charity Moyo The deserted filling station situated at the corner of Yende and Nkaki Street in Thokoza has turned into a chop-shop. The building is now used as storage for stolen and hijacked vehicles before being dismantled to sell their parts. According to Wilfred Kgasago, EMPD spokesperson, the EMPD Intervention Unit members received a tip-off about the chop-shop and responded immediately to the building. Three stolen vehicles were found, one was still intact and the other two were disassembled. Upon investigations police found that the three recovered vehicles had Edenvale, Bedfordview and

Katlehong case numbers. A woman in her twenties was found sleeping in a caravan within the premises of the garage. She was arrested with the male security guard and they were taken for questioning at Thokoza Police Station. Kgasago said apparently the main culprits got wind of the metro police officers’ intentions and ran before their arrival. He added that in-depth investigations are underway and the police are following up on concrete leads with regards to the key individuals involved in the stealing, stripping and storing of vehicles in the deserted garage. The garage is no longer in working order and is generally used by taxi drivers for parking and washing their cars.

This is one of the taxis and other mechanical parts found inside the deserted garage in Thokoza.

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Ekurhuleni moves on to fixed refuse removal system

We have come to the end of the month of love (February), but this does not mean that it’s the end of the expression of love. Some people only show affection to their partners this one month by showering them with gifts. Why is Valentines is not practised in our daily lives? Why not receive gifts and flowers more often and not wait for this designated day? It was a good month to those who were given precious treatment and bad to those who were expecting something and received nothing. The theme of February is love; we have to learn to love one another. In most cases people “love a lie”, because they are under pretence to gain something in return. It might be for material things or to gain a certain status. As we are spreading the word of love, people can show affection not only to their partners, relatives, family and friends, but to anyone that they don’t know who is in need of love. Included is an article of Chris Hani Mall celebrating the month of love with the elderly from Vosloorus Old Age Home. This encourages the privileged to give to those who are less fortune and it is a way of expressing love. Inside the newspaper there is also a story of four friends, who are originally from underprivileged backgrounds, who also lent a hand to the needy children around Kathorus. This gesture educates people to share a with the less fortunate. In closing the love month, Vosloorus Spruitview Business Against Crime will be hosting the Ekurhuleni business gala dinner to educate people about loving one another in business, at the workplace and at home. We will continue expressing love to our community by publishing interesting, relevant and community based stories. Let’s continue expressing love 365 days a year. If you have any activity that expresses a love for others, please don’t hesitate to contact our editorial team or follow us on Facebook at: tame TIMES KTV / We love you and we will continue loving you. Cheers for now.

Refuse collection is an essential service to which all citizens of Ekurhuleni have a right and it is crucial that such a service be rendered in the most efficient manner possible. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has revised its waste removal operations and will, from 1 March, introduce the fixed refuse removal system. This means that each resident of the metro will only have to know which day of the week their refuse will be collected and put their bins or bags out on that day. “As part of our business process re-engineering, the EMM’s Waste Management Services Department has been considering ways to improve our operational efficiencies with the view of enhancing service delivery. Introducing this fixed system is one of the results of the rationalization exercise we have undertaken not only to improve productivity, but also to save operational costs,” said Head of Department, Qaphile Gcwensa.

For a number of years the municipality has been implementing a move-on system which has proved to be inefficient. Now the collection day will remain constant for the year, eliminating confusion on refuse collection days. All ratepayers will still receive a colourcoded removal calendar, which will reflect the same collection day for 52 weeks of the year. “Furthermore, waste collection services will be provided on all public holidays except on 25 December and this will result in consistent service all year,” added Gcwensa. Those areas whose cycle runs from January to December have already started operating on the fixed calendar, while those whose cycle runs from March to February will be changing over from next Monday. The calendars will also be available in due course on the city website: Residents are urged to ensure that their refuse is on the sidewalk as early as 07:00 on collection day.

Thokoza Pan Africanists Congress branch launched Lebo Mosolodi The Thokoza Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania was officially launched in Thokoza, along Khumalo Road, in a bid to revive the organisation and mobilise its supporters for the coming general election. According to the PAC coordinator in Thokoza, Thabo Bodibe, their previous branch was closed down in 2002 due to internal squabbles. “However, today we are here to launch a new branch and elect a new PAC’s executive committee in Thokoza. The new committee members are: Chairperson Themba Kheswa, Deputy Chairperson Orapeleng Jelosi, Secretary Ayanda Mtshali, Deputy Secretary Mahlomola Diphoko, Treasure Vuyisile Tsholisile and Coordinator Thabo

Bodibe. We will soon embark on a door-todoor campaign in a bid to find out about their needs,” said Bodibe. He said there are social challenges facing people from Thokoza, which include poor electric meters reading. Bodibe cited that the residents are getting high electricity billing from Eskom. He said rightful beneficiaries of Eden Park RDP houses are being left outside the relocation process while the wrong occupants are being given their houses. “We advised local residents to vote for the new structure because it will help to address their social challenges in Thokoza. We remain unshaken in our policy of acquiring land and economic emancipation. Our people can only be liberated from the shackles of apartheid if they get their land first,” concluded Bodibe.

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Neighbours at loggerheads

Charity Moyo Neighbours are supposed to be living together happily and to assist each other in times of need. In a biblical verse it says “love your neighbour as you love yourself”; however this does seem to be the case with two opposite neighbours, Diana Brand (32) and Quintell Minnies (31) from Rolls Street in Eden Park. These neighbours don’t see eye to eye. Diana Brand is serving a 5 year suspended sentence after fighting with her next door neighbour’s daughter, who is currently a friend to Quintell Minnies. She claims that Minnies swears at her and that she threatens her children whenever they are playing outside. “She screams at me every time, swearing and calling me names. My children are now suffering because they don’t want them to play on the streets and they beat them often. She always reports me to the police and l have been served with many interdicts. She also claims that my children broke her windows and l am always fighting her,” said Brand. “She also owns a tavern and a shop and plays loud music that is disturbing our peace.

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I am appealing to her to stop dragging me to court for nothing and l need peace now,” said Brand. Quintell Minnies, a single parent running a tavern and a shop, also claims that Brand’s children damaged her wall and broke the windows. “Brand and her children threaten to kill me and my employees. They throw stones at my house and broke my windows. I have sent my children away to stay with my mother because of this drama. I am being abused, physically and emotionally. We need intervention to settle the problem. I really don’t know what the cause of this hatred is and I want to make peace,” said Minnies. “I have opened many cases against her at the police station and acquired a protection order at court. I have not received any case that she has opened against me. I am running a business and I don’t want to fight with people,” said Minnies. Robert Pienaar, ward councillor said, “The two parties have opened cases against each other and the matter is now handled by the court. It is a society challenge that needs to be addressed. I will have a meeting with the residents along that area to mediate the problem and try to solve it internally.”

Diana Brand displaying the interdict served Quintell Minnies showing the windows that she claims were broken by Diana against her by Quintell Minnies. Brand’s children.

Friends lend a hand to needy children Charity Moyo

Mosala Mochela, Mozi Miya, Tshepo Thobejane and Tshepiso Mazibuko with the five learners who received donated school uniforms. Some people are good friends for a good reason. This saying is particularly true to four best friends: Mosala Mochela, Mozi Miya, Tshepo Thobejane and Tshepiso Mazibuko, who are currently working and based in Pretoria. They donated school uniforms to five children from Palm Ridge and Katlehong. The five needy children’s parents and guardians went seeking for help at the local social development offices. Their prayers were answered when four good Samaritans donated school shoes, jerseys, shirts, trousers and uniforms. Speaking to tame TIMES, Mosala Mochela, one of the friends said, “It is a way of empowering a black child and giving back to the communities. We are all from underprivileged backgrounds and we are now able to work for ourselves. We are educating those who are privileged to take responsibility in ploughing back by giving a little to the less fortunate.” Nokufa Miya, a social auxiliary worker from Katlehong social development said, “The children were chosen randomly as we have a list of their names given by parents and guardians seeking assistance. Some of the children don’t

have access to social grants. The selected five children who benefited from the donations are from Palm Ridge extension 6, and in Hadebe and Hlahatsi section. We are grateful for the donations and we are still seeking for more. Those who are seeking for social help should also come forward.”

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Youth empowered on financial matters Charity Moyo

Thokoza Progressive Youth (TPY) hosted a financial workshop in conjunction with South African Revenue Services (SARS) and South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) to empower the youth on financial matters.

The workshop was conducted at Thokoza youth centre. Speaking to tame TIMES, Moses Tlemo, Chief operating officer of TPY said, “We have to empower youth by giving them useful information regarding finances. SARS educated them on the importance of paying tax, different types of tax and how to claim it. SABRIC also created awareness on the increasing incidents regarding card fraud.” Daya Moodley, Manager Project of SABRIC said, “We were giving tips on ATM and card crimes. There is a high increase of cases of card fraud; we warn the youth to refrain from seeking assistance • Printing (Colour) • Lamination from strangers to help them • Scanning • Faxing at the ATM. They should • Internet Access • Computer rather seek assistance Accessories from the bank officials. • Copies (Colour) They should never let the • Typing card out of their sight when CALL US NOW!! • Stationary making payments. People Setsing Shopping Centre should never send e-mails Opposite Tlokweng Bottle Store9705 that quote their card numMokoena Street, Thokoza1426 bers and expiring dates to Tel: 084 939 2909 Fax: 086 403 5412 avoid being victims of bank


card fraud.” Morgan Ntombela, team member campaign for SARS said they educated the youth on different types of tax; individual tax that is paid by an individual employed person and self-employed tax (pay as you earn). He said it is a law that people have to pay tax and the money is used to benefit the country and people who live within its borders in terms of public health resources, infrastructure development, law and enforcement resources and many public sectors’ needs. “People are encouraged to declare their total income and expenses to SARS when self-employed. We advise people to refrain from using agencies to claim back their tax returns. They should visit any SARS branch and they will be assisted in claiming their tax returns free of charge. In most cases these agencies charge them a lot of money and they claim tax returns that do not exist at SARS. If it happens that the money is paid to their client by SARS and investigations are conducted and reveal that there was fraud, the person will have to pay back SARS the money with penalties,” said Ntombela.

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Say no to road carnage

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Enormous career prospects in engineering field Lebo Mosolodi

Bafana Mncwngo says is it very important for drivers to be observant on the road. He said people should concentrate while driving and avoid thinking too much, as it affects their focus to avoid road carnages. Mncwngo said in several incidents accidents occurred due to stress, depression and fatigue from the drivers. He said road users should unite and say no Mncwngo is enjoying the attention that he receives on the road when driving his BMW. to road carnage. What type of a car do you month. drive? Do you have any traffic fines? I drive BMW 320 diesel, silver in colour Yes, I have three and I will pay the fines. How long have you been driving this car? How far have you travelled with your car? I bought the car last year in October. I mostly travel from Johannesburg to KwaZuluWhat do you like most about your car? Natal. It is very comfortable and fast. My car is What advice would you like to give to road efficient on fuel consumption as it is a diesel users to reduce road carnage? engine. People should tolerate one another on the Do you spend a lot on fuel? road and avoid conflicts that might lead to I don’t drive round a lot, I spend R800 per violence and death.

Lerato Mkize (20) is unlike most other ladies who like to pursue careers that were formerly tailor-made for ladies, neither does she like to work in the office. She considers fixing mechanical problems as her favourite hobby. She described herself as a person who likes to explore, traces mechanical challenges and had the tenacity to withstand life’s challenges. It is because of her tenacious character that she is now pursuing a career as a Fitter and Turner at Ekurhuleni West College Kathorus Campus. “It is my first year at the college and I hope to do my best in my chosen career. My cousin is a qualified Auto Electrician and he is my role model. The first time I saw him in action, I decided that I will definitely be following in his footsteps and pursue a career in the engineering field,” said the gorgeous Mkize. She said it is encouraging to see

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women pursuing various careers in the engineering field. The outspoken Mkize said that it shows that as a country we are moving a step in a right direction. She also cited that companies pay a lot of money to qualified engineers. That is another reason most young black people are pursuing careers in the engineering field. “Ladies shouldn’t be judgemental but rather make use of their talents productively. Gone are those days when our world was confined to only the kitchen. Ladies are now allowed to pursue any career of their choice without being discriminated against because of their gender. We are the most powerful species on earth and we shouldn’t allow anyone to suppress us,” concluded Mkize. Lerato Mkize urges ladies to explore careers in engineering.

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Duzenaye to release Business gala dinner to promote unity second album Charity Moyo

Lebo Mosolodi Maskandi music’s rich history is well documented; its success is visible and the world embraces this ethnic music genre with open arms. It is because of the selfless contribution made by the Maskandi music ambassadors such as the late Busi Mhlongo, Mfaz’omnyama and Bhekumuzi Luthuli that inspired the talented Thokoza Hostel-based rising Maskandi artist Duzenaye Buthelezi. The talented musician is currently working tirelessly in Studio 2088 in Johannesburg on his second Maskandi album titled Duzenaye Two. In this coming album Duzenaye is featuring talented Maskandi stars such as Fihliskhwele Magubane on lead guitar, Khehla Nkosi on bass guitar and keyboard, and his music mentor Msondezi Mchunu on accordion. “I’m also featuring Bafana Mncwango and Fihliskhwele Magubane as backing Duzenaye Buthelezi flanked by Fihliskhwele singers. My new album consists of 14 Magubane and Bafana Mncwango. tracks and I have produced most of the songs. Some of the songs were written store this July. It will first be promoted at by me and others were co-written by all the the community radio stations across the artists featured in the new album,” explained country,” said Duzenaye. Duzenaye. Leading backing singer Bafana Mncwango Songs to look forward to in Duzenaye’s cited that the Maskandi music supporters latest offering includes the leading tracks should expect fireworks in this coming Oben Ten, Sibuyakude, Smonqoza Two album. He said most of the songs from the and Ayoba. “The album will appeal across new album are well written and the crew is all age groups and it will be available in dedicated to make this project a success.

Vosloorus Spruitview Business Against Crime (VSBC) will host an Ekurhuleni business gala dinner on 28 February at Vosloorus Civic Centre. The theme of the event is “love and support each other”. Speaking to tame TIMES, Wiseman Langa, the chairman of VSBC said, “February is the month dedicated to love. The event is about educating business people to talk about love at work places, business places and at home. The main objective is for business people to be taught about love and support for one another. There are different types of businesses and services that the local stakeholders render to the community; we are

encouraging them to buy local products from one another.” Faith Mazibuko, MEC for Gauteng Department of Community Safety will be the keynote speaker of the evening. There will also be a motivational speaker, Dr John Tibane to inspire business people on the day. The prestigious gala dinner run from 18:00 till late. A two course meal will be served (main meal and desert) and there will be a cash bar. The dress code is formal and the entrance fee is R260 per person and R2600 for a table of ten people. Tickets are available at Shoprite stores or Computicket.

Old tyres used as garden chairs

Ready to make a fashion statement Lebo Mosolodi

Nhlanhla Dhlamini is ready to make his mark in clothing industry. There is a common perception within the township that goes by the saying: “a person’s background always determines their attitude in life.” However, Nhlanhla Dhlamini is the opposite of that negative perception. He uses life’s more depressing encounters to free his Godgiven talent, for it to be shared, cherished and embraced by society through his fashion designs. “I was raised by both my unemployed parents in the Katlehong township. While I was still at school it was an impossible mission for my parents to buy me clothes to wear for the

school’s special events. I then befriended a local fashion designer who designed clothes for me to wear during these events for free. That is when I got inspiration to study to be a fashion designer,” explained the 29-year-old Dhlamini. Lately, David Tlale and Ephraim Molingoana are his inspiration in his chosen career, because they are both from humble beginnings but today are renowned fashion gurus. The talented Dhlamini was fortunate to obtain a government learnership programme in clothing design in 2004. He completed the course in 2008. He launched his clothing label Nhlingo’s Creations, which is popular amongst the Kathorus people. “I’m designing for various markets, ranging from Bhujwa’s traditional, to formal and casual wear. My long-term goal is to establish a factory so that I could create employment opportunities for the local people. It would be fulfilling experience for me to impart my clothing designing skills to the local people free of charge. The highlight of my career was when I showcased my clothing label at the South African Fashion Conference held in Naturena. I’ve also won R5000 in a fashion show competition held last year in November at Lesedi Mall, where I obtained the fourth position,” said Dhlamini. A major challenge aspiring fashion designers often come across is a lack of funding and the inability to pay for the registration of their clothing label to be showcased in the clothing competitions. He said that it denies fashion-loving people an opportunity to know about the latest fashion trends coming from the townships. People who are interested to Nhlingo’s Creations should contact Nhlanhla at 076 735 8874, e-mail him at Clingos696@, or visit him at Ramokunupi East 696 in Katlehong, next to Sijabulile Secondary School.

Nkanyiso Ngwenya, Tshepo Motoung and Sisanda Tshangela are the members of Tshangela Cleaning Services, who are making chairs with old tyres.

Charity Moyo During most protesting actions, old tyres are burnt by protestors and used to barricade roads. The activity is not environmentally friendly and it pollutes the air. However, for Tshangela Cleaning Services old tyres are the source of their livelihood. They recycle tyres and use them to make unique garden chairs. Sisanda Tshangela, the project manager said, “We saw people sitting on the tyres and we realised that it is because they are comfortable and strong. We then decided to start producing garden chairs using them. The tyres are durable, unique and appealing. It is our first project and we started it last year June.” He said the project is environment friendly and it reduces air pollution, as in most cases the tyres are burnt and remanufactured. “It is time that people realise that the things that they throw away as garbage can be recycled. People should learn to create their own employment and generate money through recycling,” said Tshangela. He said they are appealing for funding in terms of the equipment to be used when

manufacturing the chairs, such as grinders, a drilling machine, welding machine, sander and drill presser. “We are also appealing to the community to support our initiative by buying our products, so that we can also create more job opportunities for our youth. We are also requesting people not to throw away old 17 and 18-inch tyres of motor vehicles and bikes, as we are using them to make chairs. They can bring them to us,” he said. Tshangela advised the youth to start engaging in different community projects for skills development and to generate revenue. He said in most cases the youth are involved in criminal activities, because they have nothing to do and they are in need of money. Tshangela said they should also associate themselves with positive people. Tshangela Cleaning Services and Projects was registered in 2010 and it consists of three members from Katlehong. The chairs are sold from R300, depending on the design. For those who are interested in buying chairs, or to assist the project or to gain skills, should contact Tshangela at 074 770 5446 / 078 659 1008 / e-mail: sisanda.

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This week in our cooking column we are sharing with you a lemon meringue cupcake recipe.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes Ingredients Method: - 3 cups all-purpose flour - 1 tablespoon baking powder - ½ teaspoon salt - 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature - 2 cups sugar - 4 large eggs, room temperature - Finely grated zest of 3 lemons (about 3 tablespoons), plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract - 1 cup buttermilk - Lemon Curd

1) Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. 2) Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy using an electric mixer on medium-high speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in zest and vanilla. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk and lemon juice, and beating until just combined after each. 3) Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarter full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in canters must come out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers. 4) To finish, spread one tablespoon lemon curd onto middle of each cupcake. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large open-star tip with frosting. Pipe frosting onto each cupcake, swirling tip slightly and releasing as you pull up to form a peak. Hold a small kitchen torch 3 to 4 inches from surface of frosting, and wave it back and forth until frosting is lightly browned all over. Serve immediately.

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Sanlam Kay Motsepe Cup registration opened Lebo Mosolodi The registration process for the 10th Sanlam Kay Motsepe Cup has already started for all schools. Registrations started on 20 January and will run until 21 March. According to South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) administrator Themba Tshabalala, the football tournament continues to grow annually. “Ten years ago we started with 620 entries and last year we had more than 2300 high schools that took part in the competition. This year we are rising the bar a little bit higher, we intend to register 3500 schools countrywide. We have already put the measures in place aimed at improving our distribution of the registration forms and the collection of entry forms. There is no money expected to be paid by all the participating schools,” said Tshabalala. He said a total of R900 000 will be shared equally by all nine winning schools at their respective provincial finals. Tshabalala said all nine provincial winners and their respective first runner-up schools will compete in the national finals of the competition. “The overall winning school will pocket R1 million, the first runner up will get R600 000, the second runner up will be given R500 000 and the fourth place school will walk home R400 000 richer. The money won by all schools during the tournament stages will be used to improve their respective schools. They can either install a multimedia centre, upgrade the school sports facilities or build a library,” said Tshabalala. The Clapham High School from Pretoria were crowned the tournament champions in 2013 and they were rewarded R1 million for their heroic efforts. Some of the household names that once took part in this schools lucrative soccer tournament include Itumeleng Khune, Senzo Meiwa, Tlou Segolela, Bernard Parker and May Mahlangu. The preliminary round of the tournament will be held during the month of April countrywide.

Orlando Pirates F.C defender Happy Jele is one of the Sunlam Key Motsepe Cup’s former participant.

Thokoza Super kings won against Katlehong The Thokoza Super Kings played against their counterpart Katlehong Cricket Club u/15 in a friendly match held recently at Eden Park Sports Complex. Each side had 16 overs and the Thokoza Super Kings successfully made 110 runs. The Thokoza based cricket team u/15 coach, Teboho Mofokeng was full of praises for his team’s best bowler on the day, Desmond Mokoena. “The talented Mokoena got three wickets in two overs and three runs. Our best batsman on the day was Dimpho Bodibe. The talented Bodibe made 29 runs. We have beaten our counterparts from Katlehong by 36 runs,” said Mofokeng. The loosing team coach Moses Moreku said their team managed to make 74 runs on the day. He praised their rising cricket star Thapelo Tladi for taking three wickets and was also the best batsman for his club. Moreku cited that cricket is one of the expensive sporting codes played countrywide. He urged parents, the business sector and local government to invest in the sport at the grassroots. “Investing in cricket will help to unearth young aspiring stars that could feature in the Protea team. We have youngsters with enormous talent in both teams (Thokoza and Katlehong) that could literally walk in any first team of the leading cricket clubs. However, lack of sponsorship at the grassroots hinders their progress in their favourite sport,” concluded Moreku.

Thokoza Super Kings won against their neighbours in a friendly match.


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