EMPILISWENI DWELLERS DEMAND ELECTRICITY

Empilisweni informal settlement community members in Thokoza barricaded Serema road, demanding electrification to their homes on the 30th of July, 2020.They demonstrated by burning vehicle tyres and barricading the road with huge stones and relentlessly destroying some of the vending stands which are based aside the khumalo main road, before being dispersed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the deployed South African National Defence force(SANDF).One of the committee members in Empilisweni ward 52 Mhlonipheni Zungu shared that, “We have been meeting with the ward 52 councillor, Kenneth Boromane…

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Shoprite’s Act for Change Fund

Inspired by customer donations in excess of R1.7 million to its in-store Act for Change Fund, the Shoprite Group is making it easier for shoppers to support organisations that are assisting the most vulnerable in local communities. Now when customers donate R5 or more to the Act For Change Fund at the till point in any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave nationally, the funds collected will go to vetted beneficiary organisations involved in Covid-19 relief efforts in the province where the donation was made. The Group heeded President Ramaphosa’s call in…

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Recycling collectors receive care packs

From Wednesday 15 July to Friday 17 July, 1500 recycling collectors received care packs as part of a Mandela Day Initiative by the South African paper and paper packaging sector. The activations took place in Springs, Ekurhuleni, serving people in Daggafontein, Never Never and Everest informal settlements. Fibre Circle, the producer responsibility organisation for the paper and paper packaging sector, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and its recycling arm RecyclePaperZA invested a combined R600,000 to deliver handwashing units, soap, cloth masks, food vouchers, children’s activity packs and blankets to…

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A corner of fresh fruits and vegetables brings uniqueness in the township

Black excellence is what best describes it when a business from the township is set to be an inspiration to others; it gets even better when two businesses merge to create something out of the ordinary.   By: Lerato Moteane A young business-man from Vosloorus, Thapelo Ndala, is breaking boundaries with his partnership establishment of selling fruits and vegetables at a corner in Vosloorus. An accounting graduate from the University of Johannesburg, Thapelo started his business called ‘Bundle of Freshness’ on the 1st of April 2020, which was his son’s…

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WATER RESTORATION IN KEMPTON PARK 90% COMPLETE

Residents are informed that the repairs to the water reticulation network in Kempton Park is expected to be completed this afternoon. As of this morning 90% of repairs had been completed by the City’s technicians who worked tirelessly in the last 48 hours, and continue to do so. As a result of the team’s hard work, the Isando supply system is now open and providing water to the following areas: Spartan; Kempton Park CBD; Glen Marais; Allen Grove; Aston Manor;  Bredell; Bonaero Park. The team suffered a setback when they…

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Gogos Begs Grandson’s Safe Return

He had hoped to become a teacher but his poor background made that dream unaccomplished, now he’s nowhere to be found and his gogo is desperate!  This because her grandson Khaya Mthonjana (28) is missing…and someone is trying to get money from her. Two weeks ago, Gogo Olga Mthonjana (82) received a call from Khaya saying he was in trouble. He needed money immediately or otherwise she won’t see him alive again. Said the Gogo: “He woke up very early that Wednesday and left, that evening he called and said…

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A youngster set to succeed

Working with computers it’s  his passion and he doesn’t see himself doing anything other than that. Lesego Mabena (24) from Spruitview, had a love for computers for the longest time and  that’s the reason he done computer studies in both his high school and varsity years, he has never stopped being in the field ever since. It all started at a young age, when all he wanted was to play computer or video games  though he didn’t know much about the depth of computers. Lesego says , “I remember years…

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PROTESTERS LOCKED UP

EIGHT PROTESTERS LOCKED UP FOR PUBLIC VIOLENCE IN PHUMULA PARK AND A STOLEN VAN RECOVERED IN BOKSBURG Between Friday (26) and Saturday 27 June 2020, the EMPD Public Order Policing with Anti-Drunken Driving Units Members, apprehended eight (8) male and female suspects where the stolen bakkie, was also recovered. Eight (8) protesters between the ages of 25 and 56, were handcuffed by EMPD Officers under Specialized Services, for public violence, contravening the National Road Traffic Act and convening of prohibited gathering under lockdown level 3, yesterday (26 June) between 08:00…

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BENEFIT FROM HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAMME

The Boxer Hunger Relief Programme was created to assist organisations which are helping communities who have suffered as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic across South Africa and eSwatini. All Boxer Superstores in South Africa and the Kingdom of eSwatini added in-store donations from customers to their allocated monthly community outreach budgets which were then donated to store chosen nearby community organisations.  As the community champion Boxer has made a remarkable difference to many families and provided much needed groceries to organisations chosen by each Boxer Superstore. In May alone,…

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ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS IN THOKOZA

The City of Ekurhuleni takes note of power interruptions in Thokoza and Phola Park largely due to illegal connections and meter bypass. The areas have a high rate of illegal connections by means of direct connection onto distribution pillars, streetlights and high mast lights which have resulted in about 63% of customers not buying electricity. This has consequently resulted in poor grid stability and grid sustainability, with a peak of electricity interruptions in winter months. The City has deployed various interventions, among them replacement of smaller and accessible electricity poles…

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