As part of a project run by the Simphumelele Youth Organisation, a local entrepreneur uses paper to make beautiful jewellery and practical furniture. “Originally from the Eastern Cape, I was previously involved with a similar project where I learned the skill of turning paper into products. When I arrived on the West Rand, I realised that unemployment and crime are big problems here,” said Mzwakhe Hadi, who teaches locals to make products using only paper and glue. The process is called paper casting and Mzwakhe and his team are making the jewellery in a small office at the Recreational Centre. Using rolled-up paper as beads, it creates colourful jewellery.
The 2018 Portuguese Festival once again saw a great number of people from all walks of life come out to enjoy the culture showcased at the St Anthony’s Catholic Church on Sunday, 28 October. It’s said that 18 200l drums of Caipirinhas was sold – a record – as well as 1 200 Pregos, over 600 chickens and over 500kg of meat.
Happy little princesses and their proud fathers recently shared a special date night. The first annual Daddy-Daughter Date night was held at the Randfontein Golf Club on 3 November. During this special night, fathers put on their best suits and tuxes and their daughter wore princess dresses and fancy jewellery. Some girls were gifted with roses and others were swept away with the gentlemanly treatment they received. According to Louise Barney of Kidz Partnership, an organisation which aims to bring family members closer, the event was a major success. “The event was sold out and I was wiping tears throughout the evening. It was special to see fathers and daughters share a moment, especially during the crowning and the first dance,” Louise said. The idea for this event started with Louise’s daughter and her father’s first date night. Louise realised that there a need for better father-daughter relationships in the community. Although fathers always try their best to provide for their family financially, they sometimes forget the little things. “We wanted to remind fathers that it’s up to them to set a standard for the treatment their daughters should command in future years. They should always remember to set an example for their princesses. We also wanted little girls to know their worth. If they know that they are princesses because they are the daughters of kings, they won’t let anyone fool them and get away with it,” she said. Louise is excited to organise the next Daddy–Daughter Date Night as there is a serious need for quality father-daughter time.
Op 17 Oktober het Toekomsrus se oudste vroulike inwoner haar 100ste verjaarsdag gevier. Sarah Wankra, of Mammie soos die gemeenskap haar noem, het het op haar verjaarsdag flink op haar hoëhakskoene tussen familie en vriende met ‘n bordjie koek in die hand rondbeweeg. Foto: Jaco-Mari Futcher
Ten Westcol students have left both the town and the country, on their way to China, where they will be spending a year. According to Oblivious Motlhasedi, the project assistant, the students are going to China for a Work Integrated Learning Tourism, Hospitality & Chef Internship Programme for 12 months. A send-off ceremony was held at Expresso la Vintage Coffee Shop in Greenhills on Friday, 12 October and can best be described as a very emotional event. Parents and faculty members gave their best wishes and advice to the eight tourism students and two hospitality and chef students.
According to Rienette Herbst, a Mrs Africa 2019 finalist, hosting a charity high tea is part of the pageant journey but she wanted to do something different. She wanted everyone to go home with a smile on their faces so the theme was a Great Gatsby High Tea With a Twist, Nadia Zara, a performer, started off the event with songs from the 1920s followed by an opening by Giselle Rautenbach.
Op Saterdag, 6 Oktober, was die Connie Mulder Sentrum se gronde gevul met vrolike geselskap, spelende kinders en heelwat kosstalletjies wat smullekker eetgoed verkoop het. Tydens die jaarlikse Connie’s Karnaval het die gemeenskap en dié sentrum se inwoners bymekaar gekom en hope pret gehad met kameelritte, dansoptredes, kosstalletjies en die gewilde 5km ‘Colour Run’.
Police stations of the West Rand Cluster proudly captured the country’s rich cultural and ethic diversity during their Heritage Day celebration at the Greenhills Stadium on Thursday, 27 September. Each station was allocated a tradition to represent, namely Bekkersdal – Kaapse Klopse, Carletonville – Afrikaners, Fochville – Indian, Hekpoort – Ndebele, Kagiso – Sesotho, Khutsong – Tswana, Krugersdorp – Tsonga, Magaliesburg – Xhosa, Muldersdrift – Swazi, Tarlton – English, Wedela – Venda, Westonaria – Sepedi and hosts Randfontein – Zulu.
Weights were not an obstacle for the women and men at Sungate Farms’ 23 birthday celebration and Strongman Show on Saturday, 29 September. The show is usually a big drawcard for Randfonteiners, as both men and women showcase their strengths by taking part in various items and forms of heavy weightlifting.
This year’s Mamma Mia-themed Eisteddfod held at the Connie Mulder Centre on Saturday, 15 September was all fun and games, accompanied by some impressive on-stage performances. Multi-disabled residents from five centres – Logwood, Sunfield, Die Oord, Wesrand and Connie Mulder – showcased their talents in mixed teams and at least 26 items, which ranged from speech choir, solo dance, Mamma Mia, play, drama, solo, duets and choir and more.
Dit was ’n aksiebelaaide skouspel soos min op 22 September toe die Hervormde Kerk Sionspoort en EPR Sekuriteit kragte saamgesnoer het om ’n 4×4-uitdaging aan te bied. Die gewilde jaarlikse instelling onder viertrek-entoesiaste het vanjaar vir die eerste maal by Doringfonteinpan, Rodora, plaasgevind en die hoofdoel was om fondse vir die gemeente in te samel.