EldosFM News Wrap Week Ending 20 April 2018 FeaturedWritten by EldosFM News Desk
Our main headlines in this week cover The Halting of Taxi Services in Eldos after the Alleged Killing of a Taxi Driver; The Ongoing Bus Strikes Affecting Commuters; More News of Changes to SASSA System; GDE Admissions Goes Live; The JOSHCO Devland Housing Project Reopens Applications; Bara Hospital Announces Open Day and Learners Receive Reflective Beanies in Road Safety Campaign. Read more of all the news and see all the photos in our EldosFM Weekly News Wrap below.
16 April 2018
No taxis today following the alleged killing of an Eldos taxi driver
It is alleged that an Eldorado Park taxi driver was shot and killed yesterday in Selby. There are also claims that the deceased was targeted by Rival Bara Association Members, while the motive behind the alleged killing is still unknown. As a result of the incident, a warning has been sent out of no taxi's, with reports of The Johannesburg Southern Suburbs Taxi Association (JSSTA) - including Eldos and surroundings - not operating today. Taxi commuters are encouraged to make use of alternative transportation until further notice. JSSTA also apologises for inconvenience caused.
Gauteng admissions go live
The Gauteng department of education has said that its online admissions system for grades 1 and 8 has gone live at 8am this morning. Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi says that parents with children who are eligible for these grades are encouraged to apply for the 2019 academic year using the system. The department has said that the system was upgraded in order to identify pupils using I.D numbers which has been made possible through its partnership with the department of home affairs. The MEC has further advised parents who did not have computers or data, to apply at their local community library. Parents can apply on www.gdeadmissions.gov.za
17 April 2018
SASSA ready to move over to South African Post Office
The South African Social Security Agency has said that it is ready to go live with the South African Post Office as their new method of payment. This comes after a constitutional court ruling declared that the tender with Cash Paymaster Services had been invalid. The Social security agency has said that new beneficiaries would automatically be placed onto the new system and will be given the new SASSA/SAPO card that can be used to withdraw grants as of May 2018. SASSA further stated that issuing of the new cards will be done from this month to about 1.5 million beneficiaries and current beneficiaries are advised to keep their current cards and wait on the agency to contact them to swap their cards for the new ones. The agency will be piloting the new system at their office in Maponya Mall, Tomorrow from 9 am.
Kliptown Secondary educator offers his services to assist with online admissions
Department of Education in Gauteng has said that the online admissions system has been running well so far, and stated that they have received about 150 000 applications thus far, after going live yesterday. To make it easier and more convenient for parents in Eldorado park and surrounding areas Mr Mark Van Wyk an educator at Kliptown secondary is willing to assist.
The Gauteng Department of Education MEC advises parents who did not have computers or data, to apply at their local community library. Parents can apply on www.gdeadmissions.gov.za.
PUTCO commuters displeased with strike action
PUTCO bus services across the country will be affected as a nationwide bus strike is set take place tomorrow. The Southern Africa Bus Operators have given notice of a strike to the South African Road Passengers Bargaining Council after a standstill in wage negotiations.
18 April 2018
Wage talks to continue during strike
Wage negotiations between bus drivers and their employers are set to continue amidst the current national bus strike. Majority of Bus Services has been suspended due to the curret nationwide bus. Bus services affected by the strike include: PUTCO, ReaVaya, as well as Guatrain in the Gauteng Areas, however, MetroBus in Johannesburg will be operating as per usual. Commuters will be affected from today until further notice. Bus drivers are demanding a 12% pay increase, while employers are offering 7%. Unions have planned to take the wage deadlock to the CCMA.
Sassa briefs the public on how its new payment system operates
The South African Social Security Agency (sassa) has said that it is ready to go live with the South African Post Office (sapo) as their new method of payment. The agency began piloting the new system at their office in Maponya Mall, since 9am this morning.
New developments include the new sassa card being fully electronic and not limited to the post office. Beneficiaries can also make use of ATMs, Shoprite, Checkers, Boxer Stores and Pick n Pay.
Bus commuters fill taxi ranks amid nationwide strike
long queues become the view at taxi ranks as bus commuters scramble to find transport to work this morning. Bus drivers nationwide have downed tools, demanding better salaries. It is reported that workers are demanding a 12 per cent pay increase while allegedly being offered 7 per cent. A total of 60 bus companies have been affected, however, the eThekwini Municipality says its services will not be affected as a wage agreement was reached prior to the strike.
JOSHCO applications open for two days only
JOSHCO reopens applications for the Devland housing project today and tomorrow at their head office as of 08:00 am to 16:00 pm. Residents earning between two thousand six hundred and forty thousand to fifteen thousand rand per month and reside in the following wards are invited to apply wards 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25 and 119. The head office is based 137 Sivewright Avenue New Doornfontein Johannesburg. Residents should take note that the applications are for two days only.
19 April 2018
Bara hospital invites the Soweto and Eldos community to its open day tomorrow
The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Dieplkoof Johannesburg has announced that it is hosting its annual open day to showcase services offered by the hospital to the community. High school learners from grade 10 to 12 are also encouraged to attend to learn about careers that exist within the health fraternity.
20 April 2018
Final day for JOSHCO housing applications
After JOSHCO applications were disrupted yesterday by the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) applicants are reassured that applications will go ahead as scheduled today. Applications can be completed at JOSCHO head offices between 8:00 am and 16:00 pm. Applicants should take along a proof of residence, a confirmation letter from the ward councillor, a certified copy of their ID as well as the original ID, a recent payslip and a proof of employment.
Nationwide bus strike continues
commuters stranded by the nationwide bus strike will once again be forced to make alternative plans today as the strike continues. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) spokesperson Phakhamile Hlubi says that NUMSA and the four other unions who deadlocked over pay and working conditions were all at yesterday’s CCMA talks as required. Hlubi furthers says that until the unions and employers can find each other and say that this is all over the strike will continue.
Road safety hands out beanies at Elridge Primary
Today at Elridge Primary school Road Safety representatives are handing out beanies ahead of winter time. The initiative is in aid to spread the importance of wearing visible clothes during the day and at night. Not only learners have received the reflective beanies but this included all employees at the school.
SAPS arranging a mass search for three years old Liyaqat
The South African Police Service are making arrangements for an intensive search for three years old Liyaqat Akheem Mentoor who went missing on March 16th 2018. The search will be taking place tomorrow starting from the play ground at Ridgevale Primary school. The search will commence at 06:30 am and anyone who is physically equipped to join in on the search is requested to attend as various organisations such as SAPS, and Eldorado Park LDAC, and CPF. Participants are also requested to wear solid foot wear and yellow or white t-shirts. Residents in the area are requested to keep their children indoors due to the intensity of the search. Community members can also register on helpfindlee.co.za
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