MTN AWARD FOR SOCIAL CHANGE GOES TO AN EKURHULENI SOUTH MATHS EDUCATION PROGRAMME

JumpStart, a primary school mathematics education and youth employment programme, which is benefiting 22 000 foundation phase learners in the Ekurhuleni South District, has won The MTN Award for Social Change, worth R300 000. By happy coincidence this took place during Teacher Appreciation Month!The award, which attracted 143 entries across the three categories, was made at the Trialogue Business in Society conference on Wednesday, 14 October. The goal of the award is encourage and reward good monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practice in the non-profit sector. A total of R1 million…

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School classes torched

Six mobile classrooms were set alight and the seventh one vandalised in the absence of scholars in Thabotona primary school Tsietsi section in Katlehong, City of Ekurhuleni. Disaster and Emergency Management Services firefighters from Zonkizizwe fire station received the alarm at 11H25 Monday morning asking for their intervention for well alight portable classrooms. According to the information on scene, members of the school governing body and the parents are demanding brick and mortar structures to be erected unlike mobile classrooms that are currently being used by learners. On arrival of…

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HOUSES THAT NEARLY SUCCUMBED TO SINKHOLES, NEWLY RESTORED

The City of Ekurhuleni’s City Planning Department fixed four properties which were affected by sinkholes at Nhlapo section, in Katlehong.The sinkholes were discovered in 2017, whereby the City Planning department acted instantly by conducting a thorough research that resulted in endorsing the vital construction work, however only two houses were demolished due to the severity of the sinkholes as the surface on both sides were the houses were erected needed to be rehabilitated before the houses could be reconstructed. The official house handover ceremony was held on the 8th of…

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GBV SURVIVOR TELLS HER STORY

Since the beginning of lockdown in South Africa there has been a huge outcry of Gender Based Violence and femicide. Despite these outcries, a lot of women did not come out to report the abuse they have endured from their partners. When you are a victim of abuse, fear is natural and understandable. It’s hard, but facing that fear and getting help will give you strength to remove yourself from abusive situations in the long run. Recently, a young woman who has found strength to speak out is a 24…

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Pensioner dies in a Shack Fire

An elderly male pensioner died in a burning Shack in Tshongweni section, Katlehong this morning, Monday the 28th of September 2020. City of Ekurhuleni Fire and Rescue team from local Hlahatsi fire station received the call at 08H30 in the morning and swiftly responded to the scene for intervention. On arrival, members of the public were found frantically battling the blaze using water buckets brigade system before they “firefighters” could take over. After the fire was extinguished, search and recovery of the body was conducted. The charred body of an…

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LIGHT AT THE END OF TUNNEL

The Executive Mayor of the City, Cllr Mzwandile Masina has called for heightened security measures to protect the new Eden Park Substation which comes at a cost of R42 million. Mayor Masina was speaking during a site visit to assess the state of readiness of the 33kv substation on Monday, September 14.Not only has the substation project employed 24 locals, but it is set to lighten up the lives of residents from Eden Park and Phola Park, through the provision of a stable and reliable power supply.The substation, set for…

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RESERVOIR ALMOST COMPLETE

The Bredell reservoir in in Kempton Park is almost complete with contractors applying finishes before it is ready to take in water. Once completed, the reservoir will add 22.5 mega litres of storage to the City’s existing 954 mega litres. It is part of 29 reservoirs that the City has committed to build from 2016/17 to 2020/2021 financial years, which will altogether add 417 mega litres of water storage translating into approximately 12-hour additional storage capacity taking the total storage limit to 48 hours. This means the City will be…

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AN ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER PLUNGED INTO A VIBRACRETE FENCE IN VOSLOORUS

An alleged drunk driver plunged into a vibracrete fence securing a house in Vosloorus at Roets Drive (main road) on Monday, September 7, 2020.Sydney Rasiovhoro who was driving a white Toyota Tazz revealed that he was going to buy a beer with his friend when he lost control of the steering wheel, he tried to pull the handbrake up in an effort of stopping the car but it was faulty claims the driver. Busiswe Mgcina who lives in the property where the accident occurred, said to Ekurhuleni news that, “We…

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‘UGOGO MTHETHWA’ NURTURING VIRGIN GIRLS

Elderly people, especially in rural areas still see the value of having virgins but in the townships and suburbs a virgin is disregarded. However, Ekurhuleni news discovered a place in the Daveyton township, Emaphupheni where young girls still celebrate being virgins or “Intombi”.These young girls are 386 in number and are all guided by Ugogo Mthethwa who is the founder of ‘Ubuhle bey’intombi Zegcuce foundation’. They are brought to ‘Ugogo Mthethwa’ by their parents trusting ‘Ugogo’ to guide them towards greener pastures with her ancient wisdom as an elderly member…

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PREPARING TO REBUILD A TRAGICALLY BURNED DOWN HOUSE

An initiative comprising of firefighters dubbed ‘Brotherhood’ garnered funding and rebuilding assistance from Xtenda Housing Finance and Construction Company to rebuild a tragically burned down house of their late colleague Samuel Mthobo Sambo in Daveyton, Ext 6.The preliminary project preparation took place on August 14, 2020 paving the way for the concrete construction work that will embark on Monday, 17th of August 2020 carried out by Xtenda Housing Finance and Construction Company that constructs home improvements, new houses and extensions of buildings. The house which burned down on December 13,…

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