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Technical Secondary School gets a facelift

MEC for Education and Youth Development in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi on Tuesday, 20 August, unveiled Technical Secondary School in Katlehong as an engineering school of specialisation: Manufacturing, transportation and logistics. “We are excited about our partnership with different companies in the private sector, among others they will also sup-

port the school with training services and material. Indeed, we would like to thank all our partners for investing in our children,” said MEC Lesufi during the launch. The MEC also stressed the importance of upgrading the education system of this country. “If we fail to change the education landscape, we will never succeed on empowering our children with necessary skills to

improve our economy,” he said. Samsung Electronics will take Grade 1012 learners doing electrical technology to their academy in Midrand for additional training on weekly basis. Learners will be exposed to the latest technology in electronics. The Mayor of the City Of Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina welcomed the opening of the school and expressed his utmost

MEC Lesufi shuts down bogus schools Following the closure of the schools, the department has begun an audit with the intention to accommodate all affected learners in neighbouring schools. A total of 20 bogus schools were shut down by Gauteng Education and Youth Development MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Monday. “My interest lies in protecting the future of these children and as such, they must all be accommodated in public schools. We call upon parents to cooperate and not continue to register their children in unregistered learning institutions,” warned MEC Lesufi. The schools are based in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni,

where

the

blitz

was

undertaken. Amongst the bogus schools are Star Combined, Four Comprehensive and Our Legacy Combined, which accounted for more than 400 learners.

Following the closure of the schools, the

engaged with parents at the Apostolic

department has begun an audit with the

Safe Gospel church where he urged

intention to accommodate all affected

parents to verify the authenticity of

learners in neighbouring schools.

schools and assist the department to

After the clampdown blitz, the MEC

close all the illegal schools in the area.

gratitude. “It gives me great pleasure to stand before you this morning at the launch of an institution that is undebatably going to play a significant role in the development not only of young people in the City of Ekurhuleni, but of the economy that anchors the development of this great City.” By Pamela Vilakazi


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Palm Ridge Woman Shines Against All Odds Zandile Olivia is from Tsietsi in Palm Ridge. Along with 12 other people, she has started a construction company Simunye Trading Construction. Not only have the 13 of them started their own company but they also landed a big deal to build low-cost housing. Olivia said she first got involved in construction while completing a learnership programme with Motheo Construction. Motheo Construction is one of the biggest construction companies in South Africa. Part of a class of 20 learners, Olivia participated in the learnership from 2017 to 2018. After graduating from the programme, she spent 2019 searching for a job. “We were hustling to get a job,” said Olivia. After still being unable to find anything she and 12 other classmates decided to open their own company. Olivia says they

“noticed they had nothing and there was no one to help them to start the company.” The group went to Motheo Construction and Arc Skills to ask for help with their company. Arc Skills is company which “creates programmes that are transferable, industry relevant, and accessible to all.” The learnership programme which Olivia and her classmates participated in was put together by Arc Skills. The company was awarded a contract to train 60 unemployed youth. This training programme was conducted in the Motheo Construction Group. Students from three underprivileged communities – Westbury, Palm Ridge and Fraser House were selected. Olivia is truly and inspiration and serves as an example to those looking for opportunities to never give up.

Single mom in desperate need of pram for twins By Pamela Vilakazi

17 suspects arrested in Katlehong Social Crime Prevention and Second Hand Goods office together with the Station Commander, Colonel Rampota managed to arrest the suspects for possession of drugs, dealing in dagga and one shebeen was also closed and the liquor confiscated.

The Katlehong North Station Commander led an operation conducting liquor license check-ups and the investigation of related criminal activity which resulted in the arrest of 17 suspects.

During the weekend Katlehong North SAPS also arrested other suspects for: drunken driving, theft of motor vehicle, dealing in drugs, dealing in dagga, possession of drugs, shoplifting, assault common and interfering with police duties.

SANCA TO HOST DRUG AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN PALM RIDGE

25-year-old Patricia Wezfo, originally from Zimbabwe was blessed with twin boys recently. Although getting 2 for a price of 1 was a beautiful experience for her, maintaining them has proven to be rather a complex exercise. Wezfo has other 2 children, both girls aged 7 and 2 years who are not capable of assisting her with her twins. “I have to put them both on my back every time I move around, I had to come up with a plan as it was difficult for me to even take them to the clinic,” she said. Wezfo worries that her sons are growing up and she won’t be able to carry them.

“My sons are growing, although they are used to sharing space, at some point there will be no room for me to carry both of them,” she said. Wezfo had to leave work because she had no one to look after her kids and not receiving any support from her baby daddy made things even harder. Her 7-year-old daughter is not in school because she cannot afford to buy her school uniform. Anyone who can assist her with any kinds of donation can contact 0767305442 or 0842136385

Family left stranded after undertaker refused to bury loved one

The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA), is a support organisation based in Palm ridge which will be hosting a drug overdose awareness campaign and also commemorate all those who died of drug overdoses SANCA is a non-governmental organisation with the main objective of preventing and treating alcohol and other drug

dependence. The awareness will be held at Palm ridge community hall starting from 10am with their main sponsor, Matshepo Malokoe from X WOMEN SPA The centre is calling for all local business to help make the day a success by sponsoring the event, and also inviting the community to be part of this great initiative.

The Masilo family in Thokoza have found themselves in a war with their undertaker after he refused to bury their grandson. According to gogo Masilo’s daughter, gogo only missed 1 month (August) and her grandson passed away also in August and therefore the undertaker refuses to cover the funeral. “My mother joined the undertaker in 2017, and this is her first claim, we are disappointed that now we are left stranded because the undertaker won’t provide us with the services.” Masilo alleges that, Peacock Funeral Scheme asked them to pay and additional of R8840 for them to be able to assist in burying their brother. “I am extremely angry because I feel what he is doing is not fair and he is cheating my 75 year old mother out of the services he promised us,” she said. Gogo Masilo was paying R300 monthly for the following services: Removal, storage, registration, casket with open face option, hearse, 2 family cars, 6 taxis, 50 chairs, tent, toilet, headstone, program x40 and 1 A1 photo. The family claims that there was no formal agreement about when they were

supposed to pay their monthly cover. “If you can see on the payment card, my mother made payments on different dates and he accepted the money, now he is telling us that his deadline is on the 7th, after we asked him if we could pay this month’s money so he can bury my brother and he refused.” Peacock Funeral Scheme owner, Gift Tshabalala defended his undertaker stating that his funeral scheme only service clients with no outstanding fees. “Our policy clearly state that no premium no cover.” He further stated that he loves providing good services and maintaining his good name in the community as a respectable undertaker. “I am willing to help the family, provided that they give me R8840, so I can provide gogo with all that I promised her,” said Tshabalala. Although the pamphlets state that “If you fail to pay for 2 consecutive premiums your policy will lapse/cease,” Tshabalala has come out with an explanation saying that missing a month means you are not covered but still part of the funeral scheme. By Pamela Vilakazi


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Women in Ekurhuleni gradually taking the lead in athletics politics

By Meshack Khotha

This became a reality when a woman runner Jennifer Motsai, who resides at Rondebuilt, was unanimously elected as chairperson of the Vosloorus-based Lesedi Athletic Club at the annual general meeting held in Vosloorus recently. This amateur development athletic lot was formed in 1989 and is running under the auspices of Central Gauteng Athletics in Germiston. It was a great and delighted moment for Motsai who became the first female chairperson to take the leadership role since the formation of the team 30 years ago. In an interview with Taxi Times, Motsai did not hide her excitement about the new role ahead of her “that goes hand

Lesedi Athletic Club new chairperson Jennifer Motsai address the club members. Next to her (right) is Kwena Phooko ( vice-treasurer).

in hand with immense responsibility.” “A chairperson key role is to lead effectively. And I am quite aware that leadership comes with a host of challenges. But in order to lead effectively, you need to be able to work together with other members of the executive committee as a unit. “In this regard, everybody has to pull up the socks ensuring that development take place,” remarked Motsai, who is still active in the sporting code. Other executive members are: Enos Maleke (vice-chairman), Zwido Mathabathe (secretary), Mpho Ratsane (vice-secretary), Peter Ntloge (treasurer), Kwena Phooko (vice treasurer) and Linda Ladlokova (PRO).

Sports analyst David Kekana has died Joburg. The sportsman was hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, according to reports. The SABC reported that David died after suffering from a long illness. Meanwhile, the Sunday World reports that a nasty was has broken out between David and his estranged “sugar mama” over the division of their estate and control of their company.

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The paper reports that his wife Lesley Jane Kekana had applied for an order in the Joburg high court to force him to hand over share certificates of trust accounts he allegedly took when vacating their multimillion rand home in Dainfern Estate, north of Joburg.

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