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DIKGANG Tsa Mogale is produced by the Mogale City Local Municipality to keep residents informed about Council and community activities. It is edited by Refilwe Mabena.

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IN spite of the cold weather, residents and youths of Ward 26 in Kagiso Extension 12, better known as Ramaphosaville, recently came in droves to the community hall to cheer on their sports personalities.

The event, that was intended to be an awards-giving celebration for sportsperson and clubs that competed in the sport tournament, turned out to be a memorable fun-filled hive of activity.

If there ever were doubts that councillors could not rock, they certainly showed themselves in a different light on this fun-filled day.

Youthful councillors, Moeder Sibeko and Tilly Ntlantlane, sent the crowd into frenzy the minute they took to the stage. The two mesmerised the crowd when they responded to the well-known and popular kwaito song Nkalakatha by the famous Mandoza.

Patrick Agondo, chairperson of the Ward 26 youth forum, told Dikgang Tsa Mogale that all credit and accolades were due to the three councillors Moeder Sibeko, Sam Oliphant and Peter Mahlaule, who made it possible for them to host the tournament and awards ceremony.

Agondo said councillors contributed a total of R17 000 that was used to buy trophies, medals, sports clothes and equipment. The highlight of the event was the presentation of medals and trophies to the winners.

Agondo said his committee had started small, with only netball and soccer, and hoped to increase the number of sporting codes, as the event grows bigger. Netball and soccer seniors and under-14 soccer and netball teams were hosted at the inaugural event.

The organisers say that by involving the youth in sporting activities they have already managed to bring down the crime rate in the area.
- Dikgang Tsa Mogale, August 2003

ON Tuesday, July 15, the day schools re-opened after the winter recess, the bright sunshine heralded another fresh beginning for the children of Kagiso Extension 12 who have to cross the busy main road every school day, often at great risk to their lives.

A new set of robots was officially switched on.

At the short prayer session to mark the opening of the robots, the Executive Mayor of Mogale City, Lentswe Mokgatlhe reminded the gathering about the upcoming general elections and urged them to ensure they each had valid identity documents so they could be eligible to vote. In another world, the mere installation of traffic lights would be looked upon as a non-event but for the people of Extension 12 and others who are forced to use the Geba Street/ Randfontein Road intersection, this is big news and a relief.

The intersection had long been a cause for concern. Many pupils crossing the road between the two locations had never made it to their desks as some had been run over by speeding vehicles.

Some have never arrived back home, much to the grief of their parents.

A few adult lives have also been lost on this infamous road.

So serious had the "Killer Road" become that it had once been the subject of a radio talk show.

Next to speak after the Executive Mayor was the motherly Sister Bernard Ncube, the Mayor of the West Rand District Municipality.

She stressed the importance of pedestrian safety and slammed the jaywalking that had contributed so much to the death toll on the busy road.

The most important point on the day was perhaps the one made by Dedrick Kekae, a local councillor, who capably served as Master of Ceremonies.

"While the robots are not meant for the exclusive use of Extension 12 residents, we need to take ownership thereof. We must make sure that they are not vandalised," Kekae said.

The erection of the robots could not have happened at a better time as the residents can now use them to teach their children about road safety, Kekae added.

The crowd, led by the two Mayors, shortly left the venue of the prayer session to the site of the official switch on.

As the singing residents followed, it was clearly a case of the Mogale City Mayor "walking the talk" as he continually waved to on-lookers with a broad smile on his face.

At the crossroads, it was left to Terry Gumede (6) of Lesedi Creche to do the honours on behalf of the Mayor who found it cumbersome to mount the main switch.

In no time the flow of traffic was controlled by the red, green and amber of robots, not left to the discretion of motorists anymore.

The crowds clapped excitedly as happy parents realised the days of the "Killer Road" had finally come to an end.
- Dikgang Tsa Mogale, August 2003

MUNSIEVILLE woke up to a different sort of activity on 11 July as a few hundred residents took to the streets in what was called the "Zero Tolerance March Against Crime".

Escorted by a convoy of vehicles from the traffic department, the chanting crowd drew curious stares from on-looking residents, most of whom were unemployed men.

"My immediate worry is to get a job," a resident said, "not just to follow the crowds blindly."

However, had the man listened, he would have known that following the marchers would not have been in vain.

According to the organisers, the Munsieville Youth Development Forum and other stakeholders, the men were to blame for the high incidence of crime in the township.

Bishop Ephraim Banzi, a local cleric who also doubles up as a member of the Community Policing Forum (CPF), says Munsieville is indeed experiencing an increase in the rate of crime.

"There are increasing reports of crime in our society. Many of the fights, which sometimes end up with fatal results, start at the games of dice and cards that are so popular here. Many of the youngsters carry guns to such games," Banzi says.

Housebreaking and resultant theft is another problematic symptom of bored youth in the township, the Bishop adds.

"This has now spread to nearby Dan Pienaarville and other neighbouring suburbs. The white people from those areas never stop complaining to us about the losses they incur."

With a sad face, he adds that the criminals do not think twice about disrupting church activities. He said he had witnessed two incidents where night vigils hosted by his church were invaded by the criminal element.

Banzi only has praise for the efforts shown by the police since the CPF came into being. "Now the only missing link in this fight against crime is the youth," he says. But not all young people are a lost cause, according to Sharon Phokansti and Mike Matthews.

Their organisations, the Youth Development Forum and the ANC Youth League, are involved in campaigns to draw young people to positive life skills projects in the township.

Phokantsi says they have even started visits to the prison to "engage young people so that when they are released, they come back to a positive way of life, and do not drift back to criminality".

Matthews, who admits the township has a problem with housebreaking and youth who are into drugs, points out a few hurdles.

"Ours being a satellite police station, we experience an abnormal delay in reporting and attending to a crime. More often than not, a complainant has to wait for a van to be dispatched from town. If not that, one is likely to be told that there are not enough officers to go out on a call. These delays contribute a lot to the increase in crime."

The biggest setback in the fight against crime is the local squatter settlement - Mshenguville. Matthews says it is a breeding ground for crime and violence and sporadic patrols by the police and the army would go a long way towards eradicating crime in Munsieville.

At the stadium speaker after speaker outlined how the youth could be salvaged from sinking further into crime by getting involved in community projects. They should stop using unemployment as an excuse to do wrong, one speaker said.

Child and women abuse were other problems that received attention, even on placards carried by the marchers.
- Dikgang Tsa Mogale, August 2003

MOGALE City Local Council gave its support to the Proudly South African campaign at its recent meeting, after hearing an address on its benefits from chairperson Tim Modise.

Modise, who is also a well-known television presenter and talk-show host, outlined the objectives of the campaign, which began in 1998.

He said the campaign arose out of concern at the increasing rate of unemployment, discussed at the 1998 Job Summit. The campaign's primary objective was to stimulate the demand for South African goods and services of world-class standards.

Stringent standards are applied before companies are accepted as Proudly South African companies, including the local content of their products; the quality; fair labour practices; and their commitment to the environment.

Major companies that have been accepted as Proudly South African companies include Telkom, Eskom, SAA and Old Mutual.

Modise told the council that unemployment was one of South Africa's biggest challenges and added that some major businesses, municipalities and even government departments, did not know that accepting a slightly lower tender from an overseas company might result in as many as 300 South Africans being laid off at a time.

He emphasised the need to educate decisionmakers so that they would support the campaign, which would help South African companies grow, enabling people to keep their jobs.

"If you really want this country to work it makes sense to support South African companies," Modise said.

He pointed out that many people purchased expensive imported bottled drinking water, while Rand Water provided top-quality water. Even if one preferred bottled water, one should buy a South African brand to avoid local jobs being lost, he said.

Mogale City Local Council's Speaker, Clr Farouk Bhayat, thanked Modise for his address and said that the City was committed to the ideals of the Proudly South African campaign.
- Dikgang Tsa Mogale, August 2003

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