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End rape and brutal killings of women

Gauteng has experienced some of the most horrific incidents of rape and brutal killings in recent times. I write against the backdrop of calamities that befell the families of Karabo Mokoena, Lerato Moloi, Jeannette Cindi just to mention but a fewat the hands of spineless men.

  It is indeed worrying and shameful to witness it within out Province. Many of these young women were raped and burnt beyond recognition which seems to be an ongoing trend lately. 

 The most recent reports in the media on violence against women depict the continuous challenges women face in their homes and at the hands of their loved ones. 

The physical and emotional abuse of women is a grave violation of human rights which leaves short or long term scars.  

The law enforcement agencies are hard at work to ensure the perpetrators of violence against women are brought to book and dealt with accordingly. In the process of dealing with the perpetrators, our law enforcement agencies are compromised because some women are not resolute. 

On the one hand, they raise alarm for law to take its course, on the other, succumb to manipulation and beg the law enforcement officers to withdraw the charges. 

These are some of the challenges we need to address as a society in general. The violence against women takes the character of a vicious cycle. One incident of abuse leads to another.

The fight against women abuse needs social cohesion with its constituent elements that include social inclusion, social capital and social mobility. The significance of the faith based organisations, non-governmental organisations can never go unnoticed. 

As a society, we need to strengthen the role played by the above- mentioned stakeholders and as a collective begin to walk the talk in our quest to eradicate this monstrous behavior.

A big applause to those resolute women who amid the numerous attempts to be manipulated by their abusive partners and husbands stand ground and soldier on to ensure the perpetrators receive the full might of the law. The Gauteng Provincial government has various Victim Empowerment Centres (VEC’s) which are havens for abused women.  The officials at the victim empowerment centers are trained personnel who offer professional support services thus restoring dignity and instilling hope to those who have been subjected to physical abuse and gross emotional turbulences. I call upon men to be protectors of their families and society at large.

A drastic paradigm shift is required as a matter of urgency in dealing with matters that relate to violence against women. Let love and common decency characterise the manner in which we treat each other as reasonable and self-respecting human beings.

 

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Its Wooo Haaa! at Berea Park

By: Ntombekhaya Zibi Master Mukubwa has taken karate by storm at the Berea Park. He teaches various age groups and different nationalities everyday in the morning at the park. “Club Mukubwa is very new, I started it eight months ago to help people learn karate, i teach people karate as an art, for self-defence and also staying fit,” he said. The club meets everyday in the morning and train at the park. At the moment Club Mukubwa has seven males and three females. Captain Thokozani Nkomo who also trains under the club said, “People are encouraged to join the club it’s free, we only contribute anything we can afford to support Master and help him participate in fights.”

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City wins legal battle against Yeoville church

Residents of North Hills Mansions in Yeoville, Johannesburg, will sleep tight from now on after the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday May 17 granted the City of Johannesburg an order against a pastor who had been operating an illegal church for several months and disturbing the peace of the locals. The order was granted by Judge Justice Twala.

Selvan Crole Marcelle, who was not present in court, had illegally converted his flat into a church after tearing down not only the internal walls but also an outside wall with heritage value belonging to the complex. As a result, Marcelle, popularly known among his congregants as Pastor Eiljah, was in contravention of a number of by-laws, noise pollution regulations and church zoning rules.

“The sheriff of the court will serve the pastor with an order to stop conducting church services. Violation of the order will result in the pastor being held in contempt of court,” said Prince Mudau of Prince Mudau & Associates, a law firm representing the City. Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba briefly attended the court proceedings in support of the residents of North Hills Mansions, who had complained about the disruptive and noisy church services, which were held almost on a daily basis and often went on until well into the early hours of the morning.

Following the complaints, the City applied for a High Court interdict on April 18 to stop Marcelle from conducting the illegal church services.

Speaking on the sidelines of the court proceedings, Mayor Mashaba said the order signalled the beginning of the end of illegal churches across the city. “Illegal churches are disrupting the lives of law-abiding citizens,” said Mayor Mashaba.

“We have law-abiding citizens who have invested in their homes, which are being devalued by these illegal activities. We are going to reclaim this city.”

The Mayor said illegal churches were a big problem in Yeoville. “It’s time we deal with the matter and send a strong message that there is no place in Johannesburg for people who disregard the law,” he said.

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Save Big and Win with AFHCO

“AFHCO” Africa Housing Company wants you to save more so you can do more. 

  With the rand dropping, and the country being rated junk status by two international agencies which impacts your pocket; AFHCO has introduced new promotions, valid from now until  the 30th of June 2017. 

  When you apply to live with us, you will automatically get an admin fee reduction of R400, you will now pay your admin fee when your application is approved, at only R450. 

  There is a 20% discount on all available units, you will pay the discounted rent for the duration of the period that you stay with us.

   You also qualify for a Rent Free Month, 50% off the first month and 50% off the second month and you pay your deposit over 3 months. 

 

This promotion will be launching on Saturday, 20 May 2017 at the following buildings: 

120 End Street at End Street Mall

Khan Corner at 102 End Street

Frank and Hirsh at 352 Lilian Ngoyi Street 

Lustre at 114 Goud Street

Ilanga at 131 Pritchard Street

Nukerk at 73 Nugget Street

Cavendish at 183 Rahima Moosa Street, opposite Jeppe Post Office

Maxwell Hall at 96 Small Street

Legae at 217 Lilian Ngoyi Street

Sambro at 25 Kruis Street

 

Save! Save! Save!

 Can you imagine what you can do with that saving? Perhaps a holiday? No, if you stay with us before the end of June, you and 10 other tenants also stand a chance to win a trip to Durban with a partner, all expenses paid. There are so many benefits of being an AFHCO tenant, at your 6 months anniversary of staying with us, you will get 25% discounted on your rent, 

FOR EVERY SIX MONTHS, which makes it even better to stay with us for longer as you will save more and do more. 

 Visit us at AFHCO Corner, 1st Floor, 64 Siemert Road (Corner Siemert and Error Street) New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2094. 

Our operating hours are:

Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm, Friday from 8am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm. 

 You may call us to arrange for a viewing of any of our flats on 

087 075 0837 or via email at: 

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WannaCry – a new corporate hostage issue

An unprecedented wave of ransomware infections is hitting organizations in all industries around the world. Hospitals over the weekend were held ‘ransom” to this virus and were forced into a position where they were unable to operate at all.

  The culprit: the WannaCry/WCry ransomware. You may not be an organisation but any private user with a laptop or cell-phone is vulnerable – you have to be incredibly cautious!

Ransomware is a type of malware (computer virus)  that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the users’ files - unless a ransom is paid. 

More modern ransomware encrypts certain file types on infected systems and forces users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key. Ransom prices vary. 

Thanks to the perceived anonymity offered by cryptocurrencies, ransomware operators commonly specify ransom payments in bitcoins. 

Currently for this ransomware the ‘hijackers’ are demanding payment in bitcoin. One bitcoin will cost a South African just under R23 000.00!

Recent ransomware variants have also listed alternative payment options such as iTunes and Amazon gift cards. 

Organisations that are held ransom in this way feel they are left with little choice but to pay to have their files released, however paying the ransom does not guarantee that users will get the decryption key or unlock tool required to regain access to the infected system or hostaged files.

Users may encounter this threat through a variety of means. 

Ransomware can be downloaded onto systems when unwitting users visit malicious or compromised websites. 

Some ransomware are known to be delivered as attachments from spammed email, downloaded from malicious pages through malvertisements, or dropped onto vulnerable systems. 

Using sites that promote illegal activity such as copyright infringements of music and movies, makes the user particularly vulnerable to viruses.

Ransomware can either lock the computer screen, or, in the case of crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain vital files. In the first case, a full-screen image or notification is displayed on the infected system’s screen, which prevents victims from using their system. 

This also shows the instructions on how users can pay for the ransom.  The second type of ransomware prevents access to files to potentially critical or valuable files like documents and spreadsheets. 

Be wary also of FAKEAV which will  encourage the user to purchase bogus antivirus software.

So what do we do with this information? “At Boston City Campus & Business College we see a career opportunity!”. So says Ian Becker of the Higher Education Division at Boston. 

“Consider that this type of virus brings new ways and more opportunities for people to earn money anonymously in huge amounts, without having to really ever work a day. “This attack of virus ware will not end, it will get worse”, says Becker. 

“So we have to learn to protect ourselves. Boston has specific and broader Information Technology courses that will provide organisations with skilled personnel to protect their resources”. 

Becker recommends specifically the Security Technician Administrator qualification for these skills. 

Computer Security Specialists help plan, coordinate, and implement the organization’s information security. 

These workers educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. 

The responsibilities of Computer Security Specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more common.

What type of person do you need to be? Becker recommends that  Security Specialist Technicians must have strong problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills, troubleshooting and a sense of logic!

 The constant interaction with other personnel, customers, and employees requires Security specialists to communicate effectively on paper, via email, over the phone, and in person. 

Strong writing skills are useful in preparing manuals for employees and customers.

How to avoid being infected: “If you do not personally know the sender of an email, do not open it”, says Becker. 

“When you get a call to say that Microsoft has identified a problem on your computer and you must log in so they can solve it for you –hang up! Do not open attachments with strange names, and always be on the lookout for strange items in the subject line.

 Trust me – you have not won 1 million pounds in the UK lotto.”

Contact Boston on 011 551-2000, 

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visit www.boston.co.za, or Facebook. 

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Mayor welcomes new JMPD recruits

One hundred and seventeen newly qualified metro police officers will be deployed to the streets of Johannesburg this week after successfully completing a gruelling and intensive 18-month training course at the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) Academy.

The new recruits were congratulated by Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba during a graduation ceremony held at the academy in Eloff Street, southern Johannesburg, on Wednesday May 17.

“My administration is proud of you and we will support you all the way in your difficult task of fighting crime, corruption and grime,” Mayor Mashaba said.

“You all know that this administration has, among others, declared crime as public enemy No 1. We have zero tolerance on corruption, crime and grime. We place that responsibility on your shoulders but we will assist you all the way,” he said. 

The training included courses in the Criminal Procedure Act, Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, Firearms and Ammunition Act, National Road Traffic Management Act and Transport Regulations. Mashaba said the City would soon recruit a further 1 500 JMPD officers to fight crime in the city.

An overwhelming 65 000 people had applied for the posts when applications closed earlier this month. “This shows the high levels of unemployment in our City and the country as a whole. But we are pleased that we will be making a difference to some members of our communities,” he said. Mayor Mashaba, who was accompanied by Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety Cllr Michael Sun, said the law enforcement cluster was faced with a trust deficit.

“Our communities no longer trust our men and women in blue. This is because of the rampant corruption they experience in the hands of our police officers. Our police officers take bribes and sell dockets,” he said.

“My administration will deal harshly with any member of JMPD who is found to be involved in criminal activity,” he said. Mayor Mashaba said he was placing a heavy responsibility on the new graduates to help return and restore the respect police officers once enjoyed. 

The course’s top performers – who were presented with trophies – were Onica Monareng (Criminal Procedure Act), MTA Mabatla (Traffic Act and Firearms and Ammunition Act), KS Sikhosana (National Road Traffic Act) and EK Kekana and NE Butamo (AARTO Act). 

Monareng was also named the overall best performing student for displaying excellent professional conduct and an understanding of the application of the rules and regulations of the Transport and Traffic Acts.

Monareng, of Walkerville, south of Johannesburg, said she had always wanted to be a law enforcement officer.

“When I was still growing up I always admired a police uniform. And I knew that one day I would wear it. Today my wish has come true,” said Monareng. She said hard work, dedication and determination were key to success.

 — additional reporting by Kudakwashe Hove

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Fighting crime and poverty through football

By: Ntombekhaya Zibi

Inner City Ambassador (ICA) was found by former cop John Maluleke (55) who’s aim was to remove the children off the streets. 

When he was working as a cop he said he used to see a lot of kids rooming around the unsafe streets of the Johannesburg City with nothing to keep them busy, he then took it upon himself to ask them for reasons as to why they left home which lead him to opening the football club.

“As a police officer working in the Inner city at the time, I believe I was driven by passion and the love of working with the youth, especially disadvantaged children,” said Mr Maluleke, who has served at Alexandra and Johannesburg central police before deciding to retire in 2014 and give his full attention to the ICA.

The club has a membership of more than 160 children within the inner city from ages eight to 18. It has four volunteer coaches and consists of five teams which include the U10, U13, U15, U17 for boys and U18 for girls.

The South African Police Service is working together with the club to help fight crime. They are also teaching the children about substance abuse and violence prevention, but mostly, the club pushes the players to reach their potential as they already have about nine players who are playing for premier soccer league clubs such as Wits University and Highlands Park Football Club.

The ICA is sponsored by the African Housing Company (AFCHO), Staycity hotel and Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust. They hold street soccer once in a while to assist the City of Johannesburg with identifying homeless children and facilitate some with their families. 

In recognition of the Nelson Mandela International Day, the club in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services introduced Mandela Day Cup that has been taking place for the past seven years. From the first of July until the 22nd of the same month this year, they will be hosting their 8th annual tournament at the following cities, Johannesburg, Tshwane, Emfuleni and Ekrhuleni. 

The finals will be held at the University of Johannesburg, 16 Bunting Road Campus Auckland Park, Johannesburg, where the winners will get a trophy, gold medals and winner certificates while runner ups will receive silver medals and runner up certificates.

 

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Jozi farmers score big

Several farming co-operatives that had been assisted by the City of Johannesburg to get their enterprises off the ground received a major boost again when they were afforded the opportunity to sell their produce during the City’s Region F Market Day at Metro Centre in Braamfontein recently.

The small-scale farmers present on Market Day were some of the beneficiaries of the City’s Food Resilience Programme, which is aimed at enabling citizens to have better access to prime agricultural land for better productivity and profitability.

The programme also explores new customers to sell their produce to and ensures that the poor are able to produce their own food. It further seeks to help co-operatives generate their own income and feed their families.

At the event, the City provided the co-operatives with trolleys, banners, tables and chairs to set up their stands to ensure the success of the day.

Thoko Nhlapo, Region F’s Acting Manager: Urban Agriculture, said a survey conducted a few years ago had found that many Johannesburg residents were undernourished and there were some who even went to bed on an empty stomach.

“We started by handing out food parcels to needy residents and encouraged people to start their own gardens in their own back yards. We then realised that many of them were managing their gardens well. We then provided them with bigger spaces so they could plant, produce and sell. Now they are able to generate their own income.”

“We hold Market Days once a month where we try to help them find customers easily. We had realised that even though co-operatives were growing their food, most of them were struggling with finding proper spaces to sell in. This is why each region has a manager who assists them with selling,” Nhlapo added.

Nhlapo said on average each co-operative, consisting of five about members, could generate between R36 000 and R40 000 a month in revenue.

Catherine Khambule, a hydroponic farmer trained by the City last year, sold most of her co-operative’s produce by midday. “And we have only been here for a few hours,” said Khambule.

“Our method of farming is simple. We were trained to tend to the crops in roof gardens. I do not think that we would be where we are today without this knowledge. We are living in the Johannesburg inner city but we are able to produce food without using conventional methods.”

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Hope for children, one meal at a time

Dedicated staff at non-profit organisations across the country work hard to serve the community’s youth. In a country where hunger and poor nutrition pose a major risk to the health, wellbeing and education of millions of children, the resounding message from people like Lerato Moyo, a lifeskills facilitator for NPO Afrika Tikkun, is clear – hungry children struggle to learn, grow and thrive. 

Afrika Tikkun is one of 137 organisations supported by Add Hope, with funds raised through KFC customer donations as well the company’s own Corporate Social Responsibility contribution to fund sustainable feeding schemes. 

Lerato works at the Afrika Tikkun Uthando Youth Centre in Braamfontein, a centre which provides education, health and social services to children, young adults and their families.

She has been dedicated to this community for the past six years and she is passionate about teaching and changing the lives of young people. 

When children in the Braamfontein area come to the centre after school, they get support, warmth and coaching from facilitators like Lerato – and a meal for the day funded by Add Hope that will make their lives just a little easier. 

 “Hunger is really a huge issue here in our community,” says Lerato. “Most of the children who come here are from disadvantaged families. They live in poverty in Hillbrow and when they do go to school, they don’t get a meal. Their first meal of the day is the one they eat after school, here at Uthando.”

As a teacher at the centre, Lerato is really able to see and experience the benefits of the feeding scheme funded by Add Hope and the impact it has on the lives of these children. 

She says, “When the children arrive hungry, it is very difficult to work with them. Then after lunch, they are able to concentrate so beautifully and fully participate in the activities. A meal does so much more than just fill their tummies,  it builds their self-esteem, it actually builds their confidence and it helps them relate well to other people.”

Another key benefit is that the meal brings the children into a safe environment, keeping them off the streets. “Children know that they will be taken care of when they come here and receive a good meal. 

They then stay on and we can coach and guide them, helping them to achieve more at school and giving them positive activities to help them learn, rather than the negative things they could be exposed to out on the streets.”

Lerato highlights that malnourishment in children has severe consequences for their development and ability to grow and learn.

 “Children are so precious, they are our future, and it’s sad to see young children with so much potential suffer from hunger. 

If we can just work together to take care of their basic needs, we can help them to achieve their potential.  

It is amazing how your R2 donation, made into a nutritious meal, can change a child’s life.” 

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City power urges residents to save electricity during winter

 

City Power, the City of Johannesburg’s electricity utility, has put several contingency measures in place to mitigate possible power outages as temperatures begin to plummet with the onset of winter.

The move was announced at the launch of the entity’s winter campaign during a media briefing at its Booysens head office.

The plan, which includes the replacement of 30 generators, is in response to the expected increase in electricity demand as a result of the anticipated icy wintry weather, which has the effect of overloading the entity’s network and making it prone to outages.

City Power spokesman Virgil James said focus would be on areas that had been frequently experiencing repeated power outages.

“Residents should consider alternatives and less-intensive heating methods such as gas, compact lighting and solar water heaters or generate heat through conventional fireplaces. This will, in turn, decrease the overloading of the network and prevent unplanned outages while easing pressure off the grid, especially during winter,” said James.

The following are some of the tips that can help to save electricity during winter:

Set up your pool pump to run for shorter periods;

Switch off lights in unoccupied rooms;

Use electric blankets to preheat the bed for 15 minutes;

Dress warmly and use fleece blankets;

Use thicker curtains and change to darker colours as they retain more heat;

Let in plenty of warm sunlight during the day by keeping the curtains open wide;

Close the curtains as soon as the sun sets to seal in all the warmth;

Use appropriate size pot for each plate when cooking;

Use or change to oil or wall heaters;

Open spaces are more difficult to heat; and

Make use of a geyser blanket.

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