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Youth empowerment programme in Wedela
On the 17th of October 2018 the Merafong City Local Municipality Youth Office in partnership the West Rand District Municipality and stakeholders such as Tshepo 1million, I-College, Second Chance Foundation and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) gathered at the Xhobane show grounds in Wedela with a purpose of giving out information and opportunities in empowering and bettering the lives of the youth of Wedela. Before the programme kick-started, young people from Wedela participated in a fun walk for an exercise, which started at the Wedela Clinic to the Showground. The Municipality’s Youth Coordinator, Andrew Mbaliso welcomed and thanked everyone for their presence and urged young people to make use of the opportunity given to them. The Tshepo 1 Million is an initiative to empower young people by providing skills and training, job placement and entrepreneurship development, the youth is encouraged to visit and like the Tshepo 1 million page on facebook and get tips on writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV), interview skills, opportunities within the organisation and more. Second Chance Foundation offers programmes including entrepreneurship and work readiness for a period of one month. The programmes are paid for by government institutions.
The other stakeholder that was present was I-College. It’s an institution that specialises in Business and IT courses free of charge. A representative from NYDA Lydia Tshwanyane mentioned that the programmes that they have at their institution helps people from 18-35 years of age to start their own businesses and offers internships and learnerships to prepare them for the corporate world. She encouraged the youth not to miss such opportunities. A 25 year old Nomthandazo Nhlapo from Wedela said she thanks the Municipality’s youth desk to bring such platforms because some of the institutions are far from where they live and it is very costly for them to visit them. She mentioned that the programme was very beneficial to them because most of the people managed to apply to study for 2019.
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Official handover and opening of the Solid Waste Depot
The municipality’s Department of Community Safety officially opened the Solid Waste Management new depot on 26 October 2018. The event was honoured by the Executive Mayor Cllr Maphefo Mogale Letsie, her entourage, executive directors, managers and the Solid Waste Management staff members.
The depot will be in operation seven days a week and will be of assistance in the section in ensuring that the challenges experienced by the section before, will be the things of the past. In her address, Cllr Mogale Letsie applauded the contractors who were responsible for the depot’s infrastructure and concluded by saying that “Indeed, the municipality is taking good care of the community.
Community Safety Forum Award Ceremony
Merafong City’s Members of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) were honoured on the 26 October 2018 at the awards ceremony that was held at the Carletonville Sports Complex. The main purpose of the awards was to thank and acknowledge all the volunteers who have contributed to crime fighting in the Merafong City area of jurisdiction. Community members came in numbers to witness the ceremony. The municipality’s public safety acting manager, Phillip Olivier briefed everyone that was attending on the importance of public safety in the community. Olivier said that safety is the number one thing that must be considered in each area for people to live in peace. He further said that safety and security in the community must be implemented at all costs to eliminate crimes that can degrade an area.
Public Safety and Security, Roads and Transport Cllr Nelson Matshe emphasised the fact that people who ensure that the environment is always safe at all times are the true champions in Merafong City. According to Cllr Matshe, these people should be really rewarded for the hard work they do as this is not an easy job but it takes true courage to fight crime in the area. He told the CPF members that they really deserved the awards. “To show how dedicated the members are is that they use their own resources to ensure the safety of the community ,they also assist in a wide variety of prevention programmes ,the members work well together as a team and their administration is very professional.” Concluded Cllr Matshe. The Fochville Community Policing Forum (CPF) was the overall winner at the awards, The Khutsong CPF also won an award for making the area in which they operate safer and these volunteers work without payment for the work they do. Another award went to the Carletonville Patrollers, Khutsong Youth Desk and the Victim Empowerment Centre. The event was a success and everybody was happy with what they got rewarded with. A vote of thanks was done by Superintendent Gwen Mthembu of Public Safety. Members were awarded certificates and trophies.
Arbor Day 2018
Arbor Day celebrated in Greenspark the community of Greenspark came in numbers on 14 September at their community hall, to celebrate Arbor Day with the municipality as this year’s theme was “Forest and Sustainable Cities”. Every year Arbor week is celebrated from the 1-7 September and every year two indigenous trees get selected to be celebrated. The two that have been selected for this year are the Shepherd tree (Boscia albitrunca) and the Yellowwood tree (Podocarpus latifolius). Stakeholders that where present on the day to give support to both the municipality and the community, were the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF), Gauteng Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (GDARD) , South African Police Services (SAPS). Greenspark’s Ward Councillor, Cllr JDW Zwart welcomed everyone that attended the event. In her speech, the municipality’s Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Integrated Waste Management, Cllr M Lephuting indicated that Arbor day is about the planting of trees, and that it was very important in our communities to keep them safe and take care of them in our surroundings as they provide shade and oxygen for us to breathe. Cllr Lephuting further said that without trees it would be a struggle for us to breath in this atmosphere. More trees were then planted around the area.
Learners from Greenspark Primary School also entertained the crowd by performing an African dance. The DAFF senior forester, Itumeleng Monei educated the audience about the importance of having trees in our surroundings and further explained the background and history of Arbor Day. A second session commenced to the Greenspark Library to plant the trees and the official launch of the newly planted trees was made by the Executive Mayor Maphefo Magale Letsie and his entourage then everyone that attended went on to do a clean up around the community hall area and it was a success putting a smile in the people’s faces seeing the improvements in their area. The library was then chosen as the centre to represent the symbolic planting of Arbor Day.
Heritage Day Celebration
The month of September has been marked as a Heritage month in South Africa. Heritage Day recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. On 21 September 2018 The Merafong City Local Municipality together with Khutsong Libraries held a heritage celebration where the community members of merafong gathered together at the Khutsong community hall to celebrate and learn about different tribes. The event started with a word of prayer which is a norm for Africans. Karabo Ratshwene from the Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture and Heritage (SRACH) welcomed everyone and told the community to rejoice and celebrate. A library assistant, Douglas Motsepe said the important element as far as the South African cultural and heritage institutions are concerned is that, as centres of wisdom or reservoirs of knowledge, they should be accessible to all.
They should be among the best when it comes to the promotion of indigenous language. Research all over the world has proved that where learning is conducted in one’s mother tongue there is significant progress than where the colonial language is used. When community members visit libraries, galleries, heritage sites and cultural villages, they should be able to engage and understand the work in their own language. It should not only be for adherence to the language policy but with a deeper understanding that the community members are the important stakeholders. There was a group of grannies from Tshirangwana Choir who entertained the crowd with their choral songs. The leader of the choir, Bertha Legoete thanked the municipality for such a platform to embrace their cultures and teach the youth about different cultural heritage of South Africa. During the programme there were performances by members of the community, people were dancing and one of the community members Ogodiseng Force who is a Tswana poet delivered a poem on drug abuse. Later on, the community was served with traditional food and drinks as part of the celebration.It was a joyous day for the community of Merafong.
Wellness Day 2018
Wellness Day 2018 Wellness day is a day celebrated by municipal employees, as a mechanism strategy to unite all the employees by having a fun day. 2018 was no different year as the employees assembled at the municipality’s head office. Executive Mayor, Cllr Maphefo Mogale Letsie together with the Municipal Manager Morakane Mokoena welcomed all the employees and thanked them for attending such an event. Cllr Mogale Letsie encouraged employees to take this opportunity in creating good relations amongst themselves.
She further assured the employees that wellness day is an even that will be celebrated every year and also encouraged employees to participate in all the activities and enjoy the opportunity granted to them. “Moving forward take care of your health so you may continue to work for our municipality for the upcoming years.’’ Concluded the Executive Mayor The first activity of the day was aerobics, employees together with some managers joined in the exercise. They seemed to have enjoyed themselves while others had it rough. While the exercise was in progress some men were playing finger pool and competing amongst themselves. The women also engaged in a friendly netball match, it was evident that they are netball players as they played with experience and enthusiasm. One of the players Masechaba Kgarejane commented by saying “as much as this match is fun it is really tough, the players are well trained’’. The soccer match was no different from the netball match, as the team played their hearts out. The teams and individuals that won were awarded with trophies. Amongst other institutions that were part of this day were: • Different Banking Institutions • Bonitas • Gauteng Department of Health • Old Mutual The employees and senior management were happy with the services rendered by the institutions.
Rapid Land Release Programme
The municipality’s Section: Human Settlement launched the Rapid Land Release programme on 31 September 2018 at the Elijah Barhayi site. Community members from Khutsong were invited to witness the launch. Human Settlement manager Lemmie Jofile briefed the community about what the programme entails. In his briefing, he indicated that the community members that will benefit from the housing project are those that have been affected by the sinkhole formations. Seventeen title deeds were issued and one of the beneficiaries was Ms Evodia Letsoara who was happy to have received her title deed. More title deeds will be issued in future as soon as the project is complete.
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West Rand Regional Elderly choir festival at Carletonville Civic Centre
Merafong City Local Municipality gathered over 100 participants from the West Rand Region in taking part in a ground breaking choir festival at Carletonville Civic Theater. The event was organized by the municipality, Department of Social Development, and the West Rand Elderly Forum. The purpose of the festival was to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary. Participants ranged from youth to the elderly all eager to grace the audience with their voices.
Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) Elizabeth Motshepiwa Lekopa welcomed both the participants and the audience by telling them that music is a universal language that unites people together, she also highlighted the fact that July is Mandela month and that everyone should be jolly, by not depriving oneself from being active citizens who do not give back to the community.
The following choirs graced the audience with their songs;
• Aganang Duet • Kgoro Choir
• Lesedi La Mohlakeng • Simunye Thuso Choir
• Toekomsrus Choir
• Merafong joint Choir
• Mzimhlophe Choir
• Ithemba Lo Mama Choir
• Emmanuel Outreach Choir
• Traditional Home Choirs
The crowd was tremendously moved by the performances of the choirs as they cheered and sang along. Peter Mulalo from the West Rand Elderly Persons forum gave a word of appreciation to the organizers of the event, Department of Social Development, Merafong City Local Municipality, West Rand Elderly Forum and, to all the choirs that participated. In his thank you speech he once again shared words of appreciation to Merafong City Local Municipality for opening up their doors by allowing the community to showcase their talents ‘this goes to show that music does unite people together he concluded. One of the elderly who was an audience, Nonzwake Mandeu could not hold her excitement and told the municipality that this is one of a kind festival and her wish was for this kind of events to be continuous, especially for the elderly as this is one way of entertaining themselves.
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Youth Dialogue In Blyvooruitzight
Merafong City Local Municipality youth office in partnership with Blyvooruitzicht clinic hosted a youth dialogue on pregnancy and substance abuse which was held at NG Klerk in Blyvooruitzicht during youth month which is June. The aim of the dialogue was to inform and caution the youth about the consequences of falling pregnant at an early age and substance abuse. Amongst other guests were Councillors, representatives from Merafong Anti Substance Abuse Centre (MASAC), social workers, health officials and community leaders.
Cllr Nwabisa Mcetywa who is the ward councillor welcomed all the guests and youth present and informed the youth about the importance of youth month and how they should conduct themselves for a better future ahead of them. Cllr Mcetywa told the youth that soon they will be launching a new programme for girls and young women to fight for free distribution of sanitary towels. She asked them to be part of that programme and told them that she will need their support. A health promoter, Martha Mashabela from the local clinic kick started the programme by educating the youth about teenage pregnancy. According to Mashabela, teenagers involve themselves in relationships at a younger age because of peer pressure without knowing the consequences. She also advised them not to date older men as they leave them pregnant, having contracted sexually transmitted infections and all that leads in them ruining their own future.
Social worker Keletso Modibe who is also a young person and works at the local clinic, pleaded with them to come to the clinic every Tuesday when they come across such difficulties so that they can get help. Modibe further said that all those that are addicted to substance abuse and need counselling, will be given therapy and can also be assisted with placements at rehabilitation centres. MASAC’s Priscilla Oliphant said that lack of knowledge is a serious problem because youngsters don’t know what they are doing with their future. She warned them about a date rape drug which is a drug that people spike in your drink when you are a female to drug you and then rape you. “
Nyaope which is now very common and easily found, is very dangerous and can really damage your future,” said Oliphant. She concluded by warning parents to stop sending their kids to buy them alcohol as it is a start of a bad future. Her message to the youth was “Your future lies in your hands”. The programme was concluded by the municipality’s youth coordinator Endrew Mbaliso who pleaded with the youngsters to come to his office for assistance on bursaries and learnerships.
The municipality Local Economic Development (LED) section as well as Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) held a local and traditional outlets training that was held in the banquet hall of the municipality in June. Small business owners across Merafong were invited to attend, as the main aim of the training was to assist small business to acquire knowledge and skills in the businesses that they have ventured into. Coca Cola Beverage South Africa saw a need of training small business owners on how to further expand their businesses by educating them about being a good business woman or man in your own territory The training session was conducted by CCBSA’s Thabang Dlamini.
The main focus of the session was about outlets owners being educated about how to manage and run a successful outlet. Dlamini applauded the participants on their commitment towards the training that he offered them. According to Dlamini, finding employment has become a very stressful phrase for many people in our country, and that is why some people venture into starting their own businesses. The biggest problem would lie in starting your own business without acquiring relevant skills or knowledge of the type of business you are venturing into.
The purpose of the training was for the outlets owners to do and know the following:
• How to manage a successful outlet – a business sells goods or services to customers for a profit, to create a satisfactory income for the owner and shareholders and thereby improve their standard of living.
• Good customer services – always greet your customers with a smile and never take your frustrations out on them. Help them to find the product that they want and always tell them about your specials.
• Ask customers questions to know their needs – to understand why people would want to buy your products or services you have to know what the features and benefits of your products or services.
• Know your competitor- if you know your competitors you may be able to predict their next move, take advantage of their weakness and undermine their strengths.
• Sell quality products – sell products that will benefit you and your customers. Products that you know that they are valuable and are in need also products that are not expired but fresh.
• Promote your business- in order for customers to know keep on coming you need to promote your business always and keep on doing specials and combos.
• Good advertising – good advertising is when you let your customers know what they will buy, have access to your outlet and do they like your outlet, how much will they be willing to pay for products and how can you combine your products to make them more attractive to your customers.
• Cleanness – your business should always clean and neat so that your customers will not have to worry about catching infections when they are buying products from you.
• Manage your stock –as the outlet owner you need to manage the stock in the outlet.to do this you need a way to track your daily ,weekly and monthly stock. This will help you to decide when you need to order stock and to track the fast selling items and will allow you to order in time and not run out of stock.
Coca Cola empowers young enterpreneurs during youth month
June is known as youth month in our country. On 18 June 2018, Coca Cola Beverage South Africa (CCBSA) together with the provincial government, Merafong City Local Municipality, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) partnered together for the event, aimed at the development of young entrepreneurs in the area of Merafong City. Coca Cola Beverage South Africa (CCBSA) implemented a programme called “BIZNIZ IN A BOX” which was piloted in 2015. Merafong City was the first town in Gauteng to be visited by CCBSA to launch the BIZNIZ IN A BOX programme for the youth of Merafong.
The purpose of the programme is to foster entrepreneurial related skills through CCBSA’s Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP). The workshop was held at the Carletonville Civic Centre. The workshop was also attended by the following leaders from the different participating institutions; Tshidiso Mohlomi from Gauteng Economic Development,Merafong Municipality’s Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Local Economic Development Cllr Nozuko Best, Acting Executive Director, Lemmy Jofile, CCBSA District Manager Tlhako Rachidi, Enterprise and Development Project Manager Akona Sishuba and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Manager Alexandra Stimela. The programme was officially opened by Cllr. Best who thanked CCBSA for honouring Merafong with the programme.
Tshidiso Mohlomi indicated the high unemployment rate of the youth of our country of 36 % and, how the provincial government saw it fit to partner with CCBSA in creating a platform where the youth of our country could be pioneers of their own destiny. “The main focus of the provincial government is to create entrepreneurial spirit by developing future employers he said”. Rachidi emphasised how the youth of 1976 have fought their own struggle of the apartheid regime and, now it’s time for the youth of our generation to fight the struggle of unemployment by creating employment “an army of youth can change the economy of our country’’ Sishuba took the stage to explain the programme in detail; she stated that the programme in Merafong City will only operate in the townships of Merafong. It will run for a period of four to six weeks which will include assessments followed by a boot camp, where the entrepreneurs will be taught business skills in theory and practice. Those who would have successfully completed the programme will graduate and receive certificates. Thereafter CCBSA will provide with containers to those who would have completed the programme to operate their businesses.
The youth of Merafong were eager to be part of the programme as they filled in the application forms immediately after the workshop. “We are honoured as a municipality to have a programme of this sort in our communities, a programme that will uplift the livelihood of our youth and boosts the economy of our town by creating young business pupils who will be future employers.” concluded Jofile.
Coca Cola Empowers Young Entrepreneurs During Youth Month
June is known as youth month in our country. On 18 June 2018, Coca Cola Beverage South Africa (CCBSA) together with the provincial government, Merafong City Local Municipality, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) partnered together for the event, aimed at the development of young entrepreneurs in the area of Merafong City.
Coca Cola Beverage South Africa (CCBSA) implemented a programme called “BIZNIZ IN A BOX” which was piloted in 2015. Merafong City was the first town in Gauteng to be visited by CCBSA to launch the BIZNIZ IN A BOX programme for the youth of Merafong. The purpose of the programme is to foster entrepreneurial related skills through CCBSA’s Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP).
The workshop was held at the Carletonville Civic Centre. The workshop was also attended by the following leaders from the different participating institutions; Tshidiso Mohlomi from Gauteng Economic Development,Merafong Municipality’s Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Local Economic Development Cllr Nozuko Best, Acting Executive Director, Lemmy Jofile, CCBSA District Manager Tlhako Rachidi, Enterprise and Development Project Manager Akona Sishuba and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Manager Alexandra Stimela.
The programme was officially opened by Cllr. Best who thanked CCBSA for honouring Merafong with the programme.
Tshidiso Mohlomi indicated the high unemployment rate of the youth of our country of 36 % and, how the provincial government saw it fit to partner with CCBSA in creating a platform where the youth of our country could be pioneers of their own destiny. “The main focus of the provincial government is to create entrepreneurial spirit by developing future employers he said”. Rachidi emphasised how the youth of 1976 have fought their own struggle of the apartheid regime and, now it’s time for the youth of our generation to fight the struggle of unemployment by creating employment “an army of youth can change the economy of our country’’
Sishuba took the stage to explain the programme in detail; she stated that the programme in Merafong City will only operate in the townships of Merafong. It will run for a period of four to six weeks which will include assessments followed by a boot camp, where the entrepreneurs will be taught business skills in theory and practice. Those who would have successfuly completed the programme will graduate and receive certificates. Thereafter CCBSA will provide with containers to those who would have completed the programme to operate their businesses.
Merafong Youth celebrates Youth Day in Khutsong
June 16 is a month that is celebrated by the youth of our country, celebrating the victory of the apartheid struggle which the youth of 1976 tersely fought. To date the day is still celebrated and the lives of those who lost their lives on that day are remembered.
The celebration was held at the Khutsong stadium and Executive Mayor, Cllr. Maphefo Mogale-Letsie was amongst the guests who graced the event. Mogale-Letsie gave a warm word of welcome “this day is a special day in our country we ought to celebrate it with understanding, knowing that young lions and lionesses took up the streets to fight battles which we are taking delight of in the democracy we live in.”
The municipality’s youth coordinator Endrew Mbaliso gave an informative speech, encouraging the youth to not give up in education and becoming future leaders of our country. He highlighted the fact that, “you become a young person once in your life, and we need to work hard for us to enjoy the benefits of our labour. If we indulge in substance abuse we are slowly killing our nation.”
A representative from MASAC Tumi Kubu indicated that the youth of Merafong is highly exposed to drugs. She also mentioned that the cause is the lack of knowledge of the issue. She then encouraged the youth to take part in youth programmes that are available in their areas so that they can be aware of the consequences of taking substance abuse.
A platform for engagement was opened where young people asked questions to the panel of guests, one of the frequent questions that was asked was, what is our local government doing to eradicate nyaope. Mbaliso indicated programmes which are available in our local communities, programmes which extract young people from street life, he also said they are working closely with SAPS to catch people who are selling nyaope to the youth. He further indicated that it was time they worked together as communities for a better South Africa for all.
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On the 22 May 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, WRDM Executive Mayor, Cllr Boyce Maneli, Executive Mayor, Cllr Maphefo Mogale-Letsie and the Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs) met with community of Merafong as part of the Mining Charter consultation roadshow that is aimed at seeking inputs from members of the public on the draft mining charter The event was held at the Carletonville Sports Complex. Mining stakeholders such as Sibanye Stillwater, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Gold fields and Harmony were also part of the event.
Cllr Mogale Letsie welcomed everyone present and thanked them for attending the consultative meeting as this was a good opportunity for the community to engage in talks and raise concerns that are affecting them.
According to the Minister “We want to hear all the views of everyone affected, they will help us to reshape the department going forward .As we consult, people raise issues beyond the mining charter that affect them daily and we take note of that.”
Mantashe said it was important that they took note of all the concerns the community raised especially the social responsibility aspects .He said the consultations were more of an educational drive for the Department and that this is a continuation of transformation in the mining sector.
Mantashe stated that the objective of the charter was also to encourage black communities to produce more black industrialists.
A presentation was then done on the Mining Charter and concerns were raised.
One of the highlighted concerns was the “Zama Zama’s” illegal mining happening in Merafong which was of big concern to the community, as Illegal miners damaged the infrastructure and is costing the municipality major losses. One of the community members who didn’t want his name to be publishes said he was very happy about the outcomes of the meeting and hopes that everything that was discussed will be taken into consideration.
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Merafong City Local Municipality as well as Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation held the provincial freedom day celebration in April at Khutsong Stadium.
About 15 000 people across Gauteng came to celebrate the day. The event was graced by amongst others, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Faith Mazibuko, Member of Parliament (MP), Zitho Kwane, MEC of Finance Barbra Creecy, Human Settlement MEC Dikgang Moiloa, West Rand District Mayor Cllr Boyce Maneli and Merafong City Executive Mayor Cllr Maphefo Mogale-Letsie.
The event started with an official parade done by South African Police Services (SAPS), the South African Defence Force (SADF) as well as Merafong City Traffic Officers. Cllr Maphefo Mogale-Letsie gave a warm welcome and showed a sincere appreciation to the Premier and MEC for the event to be held in Merafong City.
According to Gauteng Premier David Makhura, freedom day is celebrated because we are a constitutional democracy and we must celebrate our constitution which is based on the ideals of the Freedom Charter. South African constitution is not just one of those constitution, it is a constitution that is premised on human rights and human dignity. We must celebrate all these values because we have a bill of rights as a nation.
Makhura urged the citizens of the country to resist the temptation to dismiss the core values of having a progressive constitution.
Residents of Merafong and all the attendees were once again given the opportunity to access government services directly. Tshepo 1 million together with the department of Labour were there to assist the youth with job opportunities. There was also a Kiddies Corner whereby children were taught to read and write.
“It’s time that Merafong is placed on the map and it will never be the same again.” Concluded Cllr Boyce Maneli. People were later entertained by local cultural groups.
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Ishashalazi Celebrity Roadshow
The Gauteng Ishashalazi Theatre awards (GITA) is an annual event held to raise the status and profile of theatre practitioners and those involved in the development of the genre and the sector in the Gauteng province. Ishashalazi theatre program is an initiative of the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation in collaboration with the Gauteng Theatre Practitioners Committee.
Before the actual event took place which is the 4th annual GITA that was to be held on 20 April 2018 in Carletonville Civic Centre, there was a celebrity three day road show.
The Merafong City Local Municipality Arts and Culture section saw it fit to visit several schools in Merafong to talk about issues affecting their everyday day life, the schools that were visited were Badirile High School, Imfundo Secondary School, Thuto-kitso Comprehensive School in Kokosi and Wedela Technical School. Learners were thrilled to see the celebrities in person, they were screaming their lungs out as the celebrities introduced themselves.
In the midst of the celebrities was Mogau Motlhatswi well-known as Mmapitsi and Dieketseng Mnisi from Skeem Saam, Obed Baloyi known as Tsutsuma from Garedumele, from the Isethembiso cast was Sboniso Nxumal as Oscar, Hamilton Dlamini known as Banzi, Khwezi Ndlovu known as Vivian, Tshinondiwa Thovakale recognised as Shonisane from Muvhango, and Linda Sebezo from Greed and Desire known as Sharon D, as well as Miss SA schools 2016/2017 Lesego Mashego and Thandile Lithintwa.
The aim of the roadshows was to encourage and motivate learners to focus more on their studies. Drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy and gangsterism were one of the topics discussed. The emphasis was about the importance of decision making, Motlhatswi said “as a young person it is crucially important to understand and make right decisions because, for every decision you make it will have an impact on your future”. Siboniso Nxumalo and Tshinodiwa Thovhakale went deeper by sharing their personal experience with the learners on how they grew up, Oscar mentioned that he was a rebel growing up, and was involved in alcohol abuse. ‘You are the future leaders of our country,” he said. However through the decisions they took to transform their lives individually they have accomplished a lot.
It was a great inspiration to the learners to have the celebrities brought to them to talk to them about matters affecting leaners. Advices were given to the learners on how they could pursue a career in performing arts industry. The Principal of Badirile High School Mr Lucky Motlhabane said the visit was of a great encouragement to both learners and teachers of the school, he is hoping for a better change on the pass rate at the end of the year.
Merafong City hosts Ishashalazi Theatre Awards
The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in partnership with Merafong City Local Municipality and Sello Maake- Ka Ncube Foundation hosted its fourth edition of the Gauteng Ishashalazi Theatre Awards in April to celebrate the efforts and dedication of artists who have kept the arts alive in Merafong.
The Ishashalazi programme is about the promotion of theatre as a story telling mechanism. It seeks to ignite the love and passion for performing arts and help discover those with hidden passion. It has helped many launch and propel their careers to new heights and today they are stars in bigger stages including on TV they were given the foundation, skills and experience to make an impact in becoming established actors. The Ishashalazi Awards hosted a number of celebrities that are famous actors, acting on our TV screens on programmes such as Isithembiso, Skeem Saam and The Queen.
Among the dignitaries were Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Sports, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage Faith Mazibuko and Merafong City Local Municipality MMC of SRACH Maki Lydia Skosana.
The event kick-started with the welcoming address by acting Executive Mayor Cllr Sello Mogomotsi and wished the nominated participants for the awards all the best for the night
The Programme Director for the night was Tshepo Maseko who was a professional actor on popular soapie Isidingo that plays on SABC 3. The Awards that were presented as follows:
Number of people
Name and Surname
Best Actor Male
Best Actor Female
1.Asanda Mvusi(Meokgo ya lesego)
Best Supporting Actor Female
R10 000(R5000 each)
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2.Sindiswa Khumalo(You are an eagle)
Best Supporting Actor Male
2.Thabang Chauke(Sello sa tlou)
3.Bulelani Mbele(Meokgo ya lesego)
1.Khanyisile Vilakazi(You are an eagle)
Most Promising Production
Against All Odds
1.Calvin Jeremiah Ngcaku
Life Time Community Theatre Developer
Best Script Written by a Woman(as a product of Basetsana Script Writing and Directing Workshop)
Gauteng Ishashalazi Special Awards
R30 000(R10 000 each)
Gauteng Dance Motjeko Winner
1.Umzekelo(Sepedi dance group)
Mec Mazibuko delivered the key note address. “As we celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela, we remember the journeys of our people and our country. The stories of shame, sorrow, pain, anger, courage, joy, kindness and laughter, -we should not be afraid to tell it all. As artists we should be inspired to continue using the arts to tell stories that will help the country achieve Madiba’s principles of an equal society. Arts must assist the country in entrenching this vision and the ideals of our freedom,” said Mazibuko
There were performances by Merafong local artists such as Balaola Koma cultural group, 3 am poets and Charmers choir. The event ended up with a performance by Dr Malinga who made the crowd dance in the closing stages of the event.
Ntirhisano is an initiative from the Premier’s office launched by the Gauteng Premier David Makhura, whereby different government departments render services to our communities. The name Ntirhisano originates from a Tsonga word which means “Working together”. The event was held by Merafong City Local Municipality in partnership with the West Rand District Municipality in April 2018 in Khutsong Extension 3. Among the attendees were the officials from the Department of Housing, Department of Health, Department of Labour, Government Communication and information System (GCIS) and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) who gave information on how their departments offer services to the community. The community members came in numbers to seek for assistance they needed.
The Ward Cllr: Michael Links from Khutsong Extension 3 ward 3 opened with a word of welcome. Jimmy Daweti a representative from the IEC encouraged young people to send their Curriculum Vitae to the IEC office in Carletonville around August 2018 so that they can be able to work and gain experience during 2019 elections. He is also part of a campaign that aims at protecting the environment and the government’s property through educating them about the effects of destroying government facilities. Daweti urged the people of Merafong to stop burning government facilities during protests, “Yes, it’s a constitutional right for every citizen of the Republic of South Africa to strike, but please stop destroying buildings because you are the ones that suffer the most at a later stage” he said.
One of the officials from the West Rand District Municipality Moeder Ndlovu explained to the community members the importance of getting help from these different Government Departments and to enquire of any problems that the community members might encounter as they will get the necessary assistance they need. Some of the problems that the community in Extension 3 experienced were that young people don’t have resources such as internet facilities to apply for job posts. Labour Department was present on the day to ensure that unemployed youth in Extension 3 were registered on job search database. Boithuto Health Services were also offering services such as taking blood pressure, cholesterol and testing for diabetes, HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis.
The Outreach programme went as planned and was a huge benefit to members of the community who had struggled in the past to access these services. Some of the officials managed to assist the community immediately on the services that they render.
The Merafong City Local Municipality’s Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage (SRACH) in partnership with Sello Maake kaNcube Foundation were on a four day roadshow searching for talented singers, actors and actresses across Merafong.
The Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture which will be monitoring and evaluating performance of this programme has identified Merafong City Local Municipality as a pilot area for this programme. Through this programme, thirty young people within the Arts industry will be selected as participants wherein relevant capacity building will be provided.
The Actors Youth skills Incubator Programme is an initiative by the nationally renowned actor Mr. Sello Maake Ka Ncube. The main objective of the project is to inspire and nurture artistic talent which will contribute to the Growth, Development and Prosperity of the creative industry. The programme is fully funded by the Mzanzi Golden Economy (MGE) and is expected to also meet the objectives of job creation and promote the development of a sustainable creative industry ecosystem. The conceptual overview of the programme outlined will ensure that participants acquire skills in Acting, Directing and Writing.
The search started at Khutsong community hall on 6 March 2018, where young people from around the area came in numbers to participate on the day. The next day the programme continued to Wedela, where contestants did their best. On 8 March the auditions were held at Carletonville Civic Centre, young women came through in high numbers compared to young men. The auditions ended in Kokosi where the majority of participants did well. All the participants that did well from all the areas went through to the semi-finals that were held on 14 and 15 March 2018. They were enthusiastic and determined to give their best, as a result they performed to their optimal level and it’s evident that there is talent in Merafong.
During the process of the auditions there were some participants who showed a high resilience by forming groups to warm up their voices. The founder Maake ka Ncube gave a sincere appreciation to Merafong City Local Municipality for playing a big role by working as a collective with the foundation.
Maake ka Ncube mentioned that he was very impressed with the talent shown in Merafong, “I am going to train these youngsters further and they will be untouchable afterwards” he said. However those who did not perform well but showed passion were encouraged to work on their voices and come again to the next audition which will take place in 2019
One of the participants 22 year old Mpho Kekana said, “It’s an honour to have a person like Sello Maake kaNcube in our area, it shows that there’s a bright future for the youth of Merafong”.
The municipality is very excited at the opportunity provided to unearth talent and exposing theatre to areas generally referred to as smaller towns. In support of the program, the Municipality has availed venues and related logistics to ensure that the program is efficiently implemented.
All the participants that went through to the semi-finals will go through to the finals on Thursday 29 March 2018 at the Carletonville Civic Centre wherein the thirty finalists will be selected for participating in the programme.
Community members from Kokosi came in numbers to witness the public wetlands awareness campaign at Kokosi Community Hall in February 2018. The campaign was held by the Department of Environmental Affairs in partnership with Merafong City Local Municipality and Rand Water Foundation. The main objective of the campaign was to create awareness amongst community members on the importance of preserving wetlands for the future generation.
Amongst other dignitaries, that attended were MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile, Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC’s) councillors and primary school learners. MMC for Integrated Waste Management Cllr Bella Lephuting gave a warm word of welcome to all present and informed everyone about the importance of Wetlands.
Wetlands are important for the prevention of flooding by holding water like a sponge. By doing so wetlands help keep river levels normal and filter and purify the water surface, they accept water during storms and whenever water levels are high they slowly release water. Unlike most other habitats, wetlands directly improve other ecosystems. Because of its many cleansing benefits, wetlands have been compared to kidneys. It’s quite simple: no wetlands means no water.
The West Rand District Municipality MMC for Environment Cllr Matuwane gave a scope of the purpose of the event, which is to educate the community on wetlands and where they can be found. She also gave an emphasis on the fact that they need to be clean and people should stop polluting them.
Environmental Affairs Dr.Tererai focus was on sustainable livelihood. According to Dr Tererai “Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment, by protectecting our shores from wave action, we reduce the impact of floods .Wetlands provide habitat for animals and plants, many contain a wide diversity of life.”
Mr L. Lambini from Rand Water Foundation then took to the stand, to inform the audience on the importance of reserving water for the future generation. He further explained that water that is found on wetlands is the same water that is being used when there are droughts for vegetation’s and for the provision of water in our communities. Rand Water also donated bottled water to all present.
Wetland’s Forum Keitumetse Mekgoe gave a word of support to all present and, encouraged officials of Merafong City Local Municipality to take part by joining the forum.
MEC Maile concluded the campaign by giving an overall summary on how to take care of our wetlands.
Learners that attended were from Retlile Primary School who rendered a musical item followed by Reakgona Primary School and an educational poem on wetland was done by learners from Kokosi Primary School.
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Merafong City Draft SDBIP 2018
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