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Thugs terrorise Winterveldt residents
By Tebogo Senosha
Residents of Mathe area Ward 24 in Winterveldt, North of Pretoria, are crying foul over the recent spike in the number of house breaking, robbery and hijacking and have called for police swift action.
Residents held a community meeting the area to map a way forward in the fight against crime. Members of the Police Community Forum (CPF) as well as Community Street Forum, who were expected to attend the meeting, did not pitch.
Speaking to Sosh Times, the Chairperson of the Community Street Forum, Mr. Jonas Phahlane, said they could not let criminals to terrorize the community. "The sad truth is that families of these thugs refuse to disclose them to us and this makes it even harder to get rid of this problem. All the victims must come forward with their case numbers in the next meeting so that we could help them to track the progress of their cases,” added Phlahlane.
Several homes in the area were broken into since last year. One of the victims, Mr. Tebogo Modiba, said that thugs broke into his home in November last year when he was at work and helped themselves to a laptop and other electronic gadgets.
Another Mathe area resident, Mr. Jimmy Mokoka, urged community members to attend the meetings and to voice out their grievances. "The issue of crime is totally out of control in our area, and the police do not seem to do much about it because we report these crimes to them, but never get to know how these cases end up," said Mathe.
TUT Pretoria FC seals victory
By Wandile Ngwenya
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Pretoria FC scored two goals to secure a victory over the Soshanguve based invaders FC in the SAB Tshwane Regional league encounter match played at Giant stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The students came into the match on a high following their victory over rivals Edusport FC.
The match started as anticipated with both teams creating numerous chances in the first 10 minutes of the game but failed to capitalize on chances. Although the Invaders somehow had all the respect for the defending Varsity Cup champions, they were not afraid of breaking the game to flow.
Invaders were saved by the upright Katlego Tsotetsi failed to failed to put the his thunderous strike ball in the back of the net.
The crowd got into their feet when the referee awarded Invaders a free kick near outside the penalty box after Thabiso Mabena was allegedly brought down by Mohou Mogotsi.
Invaders middle fielder, Thabo Senamela stepped in to take the free kick only to find TUT’s goalkeeper in position who snapped the shot out.
Any hopes of the match going into the break goalless were quickly squashed when TUT striker, Thabang Makgwane unexpectedly took a long stunning shot that found Invaders keeper off position and made it 1-0 for TUT.
Invaders’s forward, Thapelo Rasimathe almost equalized before the half-time break when his close range shot was deflected out of danger by TUT’s defence.
The second half saw being awarded a free kick outside the penalty box after Tlotlo Afrika was brought down. However Jacob Hlalele’s was kept out by Invaders keeper, Michael Simelane.
Invaders had the crowd and bench on their feet when their striker, Emmanuel Mojalefa found himself one on one situation with the keeper who went quickly off his line ball off danger.
The students eventually doubled the lead towards the closing minutes when striker, Lebogang Radebe headed homw to make it 2-0.
TUT Pretoria coach, Bushy Moloi attributed his side victory to their perfected transition from attack and defence; “We started the match well, created a lot of chances and we were able to run behind them”, he said.
However, Invaders coach, Samual Mojapelo said they need to improve in terms of defence in the next upcoming games; “We were good in defence but we allowed them space in the back which cost us the match.”
In other matches of the day, Thiba Home Stars and Glamour Boys share points.
Students stun Pull Together FC
By Tebogo Senosha
TUT Soshanguve FC stunned Pull Together FC 1-0 in their SAFA Tshwane Super League clash at TUT Soshanguve Stadium recently.
TUT went into the match having walloped Mike One Stars 4-1 in their previous encounter, while Pull Together FC drew 1-1with Blue Birds in their previous outing.
Pull Together started the match lively combining nicely in the home side's half. Despite the visitors' bright start to the game, they failed to find the back of the net.
As the game progressed, the home side began pushing numbers forward in search of the opening goal. TUT's midfielder Gif Malebana, unleashed a thunderous rocket from range in the 36th minute which came off the crossbar.
The best chance of the first half went to TUT striker Xolani Mashinini on the stroke of half time, but failed to convert from close range. The score line was 0-0 at the half time interval.
An entertaining second-stanza followed as both teams launched attacks looking to break the deadlock.
The students were the better team in the second half and created lots of chances which they failed to bury. As a result of the continued pressure by the students, Pull Together defended deeply and looked a bit disjointed at the back.
It was the home side who broke the deadlock in the 71st minute through their star striker Nape Mangoale who made no mistake in taking the students into the lead.
Pull Together nearly equalized in the 87th minute following a mistake by TUT keeper Tami Qwaba, but it was not to be. TUT's defence which led by Xolani Zulu, stood firm at the back in the dying minutes of the game to ensure that the home side grabs maximum points.
The match ended with TUT edging out Pull Together 1-0 to go top of the SAFA Tshwane Super League table with 28 points.
TUT coach, Maud Khumalo, praised her players for not conceding a goal even though the game was very tough;"Pull Together are fifth on the log, which means they are a good side. We knew it was not going to be easy beating them. They gave us a run for our money tonight," said the ecstatic Khumalo.
Pull Together coach, Sipho Sedutla, bemoaned their wasted chances in the first half;"I think we could have wrapped the game in the first half as we created lots of clear goal-scoring opportunities. Those missed chances came back to haunt us."
TUT would be hoping to extend their lead on the log when they visit Blue Birds on Sunday, while Pull Together would be looking to redeem themselves when they host City Rangers on the same afternoon.
Sosh Rangers thump Spartans
By Tebogo Senosha
Benedict Modisane's injury-time strike sealed Soshanguve Rangers' 1-0 win over Young Spartans in their SAFA Tshwane Super League encounter in Block T Sporting Ground recently.
Rangers came into this match with just 4 points out of 10 games after having drawn 4-4 with Thiba Home Stars in their previous match, while Spartans lost 4-1 to The Movers to drop to position 10 on the log with 8 points.
Rangers were the better of the two sides for almost the entire first half, creating a lot of scoring chances but failing to convert them into goals. The match went into the half-time break still at 0-0 stalemate.
The out-of-form Spartans found their feet after the break, but their efforts were fruitless, as they could not break down Rangers' defence.
Rangers nearly broke the deadlock in the 80th minutes through the captain Johannes Mokonyane whose shot was cleared off the line by Spartans defender Mogomotsi Makha.
The match ended with Rangers winning by a slight 1-0 over Young Spartans.
Rangers coach, Donald Msiza, said that he was happy with team's performance despite not converting most of their chances; "I think we played well today, especially in the first half and we were just unlucky to not score more goals. I am happy with the three points," said Msiza.
Spartans coach, Paul Maake, said that they will continue working hard and rectifying their errors until they get back to winning ways; "We will not give up on this team. Today's game has passed and we are looking forward to our next game. We cannot afford to feel sorry for ourselves".
Rangers go away to Mike One Stars on Sunday afternoon while Spartans visit Sosh Real Stars at Kopanong Sporting Ground on the same day.
Residents receive title deeds amidst bitter ANC members
By Nomathemba Misiteng
The Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, joined the Gauteng Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) responsible for Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance, Paul Mashatile, and other dignitaries during the official handover of title deeds and houses to the residents of Ward 90’s KT Motubatse Hall in Soshanguve Ward 90 recently.
The ceremony took place amid the disruptions allegedly by ANC members who are still bitter about their electoral defeat.
The hand over was part of a series of joint partnership between the metro and the provincial government to ensure that houses are built for people in different income levels and to speeding up the delivery of title deeds.
Msimanga sang praise of the partnership between the two government entities;”The value of your house cannot be measured in commercial terms. The best advice to you would be not to sell your house, as this could have an adverse effect on your family, especially your children. Please get advice and think carefully before losing your standing as a homeowner”.
The City of Tshwane Member of the Executive Committee responsible for Human Settlement, Mandla Nkomo, urged the residents to pay for their services. “You are obliged to pay the Tshwane Municipality for basic services like water and electricity and other services and facilities provided in your area. Remember, the continued supply of these services requires regular payment. Although the Tshwane Municipality provides you with a certain amount of free basic water and electricity, the amount you pay for these services varies according to your usage.”
The area was established in 2001 after the residents were relocated from dilapidated buildings in Edmond Street, De Villiers Hoff, various areas around Gezina, Pretoria North Station and Pretoria North under the bridge.
Other projects which are currently underway in the area include the construction of tarred roads in Soshanguve Extensions 12 and 13. The 3,5kms road is expected to be completed by the end the year, with the rest to follow in the next financial year.
Internal streets of 3km distance are being tarred in both extensions and the remainder of 17km will be completed in the next two financial years. A total of R46 million has been approved for the work for the current financial year.
Open sewage’s poo is a health risk
By Nothisa Sibiya
A LEAKING TRENCH in Soutpan Informal Settlement outside Soshanguve that has been left open and unattended for over two years, is causing havoc as it spills its poo into the yards of nearby households. Adding to the residents’ woes the open sewage had claimed the life of a boy who drowned in it.
The sewage was damaged by the recent heavy downpours. Residents complain that human waste flooded the street and their yards and they had to prop the waste from getting into their shacks.
The dirty water in the sewage is filled with condoms, pads, nappies and under wears. Community members fear for the health of their children as waste poses a health hazard. When it rains, children are locked into their homes and cannot go to school. They do not know who to go to for help.
Residents have pleaded with the contractor to complete their work and close the trench. Ward councillor Pahlane Khala was not available when contacted for comment