Here's how to leave a toxic relationship while still in love

You are so in love but your relationship has just became so toxic! This simply mean leave… Of course it doesn’t sound as easy at it is written.

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It is obviously difficult to leave someone you love but that doesn’t mean fights flashbacks night after sleepless nights must continue. At some point you cant understand why your partner won’t change or feel that they ignore how you feel about certain issues in your relationship.

You have put so much effort, done all you could to save your relationship but nothing has worked. That means is time to end it. Stop getting petrified that you might end up being lonely because you will end up loosing your-self than your partner. In this case you need to choose what’s best for you.

This is how difficult it can be:

I was in almost a year relationship with my partner, it was okay to start with, easy to understand what he’s going through and I thought it will change.

We got engaged and planned life together, obviously thinking the situation will change and it never did even a year later.

For the fact that I was engaged with him, letting go was absolutely terrifying me! I’d never thought I will be alone but yet I waa worried about if I will get a partner like him despite all the issues we had in our relationship.

It didn’t matter how I cared, supported him and loved him, It didn’t matter how much he said he couldn’t live without me or how nothing he was without me, which in that case was true but I knew that I had to remove him in my life.

My family was supporting the fact that I’m leaving because I was not happy. Whether or not they supported it, I would still choose to leave. He was not worth it. What I needed it was to find strength to get out of it and move on.

If you are also stuck in a toxic relationship know that you can find strength to let yourself out, learn to let go and move on with your life. There’s nothing best to live happily, be with someone to create best momories with each other than negative flash backs in your mind.

Stop waiting for change

Change will never come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the one’s we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek – Barack Obama

Waiting for someone to change is a biggest mistake one could make. I would say also a waste of time, effort and love. They might promise to change and never do. Change must come from them and not them being forced to change. It doesn’t matter how best you think they can be.

Know your worth

If you know what’s your worth, you will know whether or not they deserve to be with you. Everyone deserve better. If they know they deserve you why they fail to change and make you happy?

It took me a while to realise this…

Look at what you could do better without them than with them. Analyse facts for you to leave than to stay. Sometimes we make mistakes and try hard to find reasons to stay than to leave. It will break you apart…

Before the break-up, it happened that my ex-boyfriend finds himself to be with the wrong person and I’m always the one he could speak to about his concerns. I always came through for him when he needed me. So we spoke about it and planned to both leave toxic relationships and get back with each other. He is one of the reasons I believe you could be happy, there’s someone out there waiting for you!

Accept it won’t be easy

It won’t take a night to decide whether or not you want to leave a relationship. That doesn’t mean you should stay wait to heal or let go. Learn to let go at that point and time before you accept that toxic is fine. The pain might be unbearable but let it go. It is better to let it be part of your life than letting it be your entire life. Get over it, it will hurt and it might take long to heal but eventually it will be over.

Cry it out if you can

Some people use crying as a cure and believe me it works for many of them, even for me. There will be one point where crying will just have to stop, you won’t see a need toccry and see it as a stupid thing you have ever done in your entire life but at least you cried it out.

You will smile again and everything will be over. After all it will be a fresh start for you!

Be in control of your happiness

If you can’t be in control of your life no one else will. Taking back your control it starts with you. I believe that everyone is responsible for their happiness. I know you can get through this and be happy again!

Believe in yourself and know that you deserve better!

By: Fortunate Machaba

eNCA Crew Robbed in Mamelodi East

The eNCA crew including a reporter, Xoli Mngambi were robbed at Phatudi Street, a house clinic in Mamelodi East on Wednesday afternoon during their assignment.

The journalists reported to have lost some of their equipment including camera and a tripod.

Xoli shared a picture of what has left and tweeted immediately after the incident occurred, saying: “This is what’s left of our equipment [two news cameras and a tripod gone] after being robbed at gunpoint in #MamelodiEast while filming a feature this afternoon. A short video of the car that the three gun-wielding robbers were travelling in to follow … #Crime. 

He also shared a short video on twitter of the robbers driving off in a grey VW Polo. The case was opened after the incident.

The Mamelodi East police spokesperson, Constable Lethabo Mashiloane said the case is being investigated.

By: Fortunate Machaba

What you should know about February month

We are all excited for this month of “LOVE” (Valentines Day) and probably have plans with our partners, but is February only a month of love?

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There is a lot that has been going on this month, a lot that we were not aware of and there is still more to happen this month.

We all have different definitions to what love is. Love is sometimes defined according to our expectations, experience, association, wish or how it is revealed to us and knowledge. There’s even a popular saying “Love is Blind”… Some love is about money.

Most people believe that love is a strong feeling of affection while others means different when the term love is said or mentioned. We can all agree that we don’t have one definition of love.

Doctor Adam Sheck, a Phsychologist, couple counsilor, sex therapist and relationship coach one said on one of his posts on social media “Life is fragile, even for those who are wealthy, successful, talented, beautiful and extraodinary. Be loving now. Be kind now. Connect with those you love now”.

According to Dr. Antonio Borrello, love is doing for another without need for recognition.

February is not only a month of love but also Health Awareness Month!

When talking about health is not only about diet or excising but also eating clean and looking after your body #SelfLove. It is very important you look after your mental, emotional and physical well-being self!

Read: 27 Health and Nutrition Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based

Also this month according to Health Calendar 2020 expect, Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Month, Reproductive Health Month, Environmental Health Awareness Month.
National Epilepsy Week (10-16 February)
Pregnancy Awareness Week (10-16 February)
10-16 STI / Condom Week (10-16 February)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination first round (11-20 March)
Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day (21 February)

By: Fortunate Machaba

This Is Why World Cancer Day Exist

Every year on the 4th of February the world is celebrating this day. What does this day mean to you?

  • Are you only supporting victims of cancer?
  • Fighting cancer?
  • Want to change people’s perception on cancer?
  • Giving them hope?
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Since I started my journalism journey in 2014, I’ve seen many people across the country supporting this day by wearing tops of a certain color, some visiting hospitals to see cancer patients, some donates to NGO’s, orphanages, old age or whatever the case is…

But what do we actually do to give them hope that they can beat it? they can survive it? for instance, if I as a victim of cancer have been suffering for 5 years and been through different tests or therapy with different doctors of different countries, will I still believe that I can survive it, would probably have lost hope?

Well I’m not trying to be funny or negative about it, my point is what do we actually do enough to support them, motivate them or give them hope that there is life for a cancer victim. Do we educate them enough for them to understand in what circumstances they can survive cancer? Are we also doing enough educating members of the community how to prevent it before having it?

According to Word Cancer Day organisation, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organisations and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship in the streets and online acting as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.

Read: Nobody’s Child launches GirlvsCancer collection

In my language we say, Thibela bolwetsi e phala kalafi meaning that prevention is better than cure.

It is important to take part in this day, give each other support and give hope that we can all fight against cancer and create a better world. Through all this activities cancer victims will have strength and will commit themselves in fighting cancer and maybe those who are not aware that they have it they will be aware by paying attention or participating in spreading the message.

“World Cancer Day is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history” – World Cancer Org.

Also read: World Cancer Day 2020: five initiatives to stay optimistic about the future of cancer

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East Flats Illegal Occupants Removed By Red Ants

Illegal occupants in Mamelodi East Extension 5 flats were removed yesterday by Red Ants, Tshwane Metro police and other law agencies.

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The occupants are believed to have occupied about 550 rentals in December.

During the evacuation period, the rightful owners of the flat were queuing outside for collection of their keys while others said those flats belongs to them.

The houses are still incomplete and have no basic services such as water and electricity.

” I saw the police evict people from the flats, it was caos, their furniture was outside. I heared that last of last week this people were given three days to leave the flats from the authorities, not the police took them out by force. We are not sure what to expect today”, said one of the residents who wish not to be named.

No violence occurred during the incident.

Last year the 15th of April 2015, it was reported that hundreds of people were removed by Red Ants using rubber bullets in Nelmapius flats and left sitting on the side of the road with their belongings.

Councillor Mmina-Tau Marishane of Ward 15 in Mamelodi declined to comment on the house saga that continues to occur in Mamelodi.

Rumors says there will be war in Mamelodi regarding the flats.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Busisiwe Mkhwebane Leave Words for 2020 To Lehlabile Learners

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane visited Lehlabile Secondary School On Wednesday in Mamelodi East, Gardens.

This happened after the school had an open day for learners and invited various speakers from different institutions including Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club and Members of the ANC to motivate and inspire the kids for the year 2020.

“The purpose of the day was to motivate leaners to shoot for the stars as they were reopening schools and to also introduce new opportunities and careers they can choose if they do well at school”, said Daizy Diamond Tlailane, Founder of Queendom. Organisation.

Daisy added that she feels that the event had a great impact on the learners and have learned a lot from Mrs Mkhwebane, as she has mentioned that you can achieve anything regardless of the challenges you face or background they are coming from.

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“It is a great impact and sense of motivation and inspiration. Usually people of her caliber don’t attend such events they instead send their representatives and don’t stay for the whole event . Our public protector came before even the event start and stayed until the and and also an honor to be in the same room with such greatness because we also get to be inspired”, said Daizy Diamond Tlailane.

Other speakers were including Miss Mamelodi Sundowns, 2020 Princesses from Gauteng and other provinces, Miss Bachelorette Finalist 2020 who were also invited to inspire learners.

The school is not yet reached for a comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Residents Welcomes New black-owned Private Clinic

Residents in Mamelodi have welcomed a newly launched private Clinic called Wellness Today at Mamelodi East, Gardens.

The clinic is owned by three nurse who have passion with their profession and want to play a role in the community.

“Its a good thing for our community and shows that our community is developing because things like this were only available for white people only back in the days and now we are they coming to our community so it is a good initiative and for black women to own this clinic it shows that the stigma of racial and gender equality is changing”, said one of the community member, Teboho Marothodi.

Another young community member said “The clinic is a great idea because there will be no more long queues and it will create more jobs opportunities for people in Mamelodi and maybe their service will be the best” said Nthabiseng Mbonani.

According to source, One of the founders, Paulinah Mafatshe, said she and co-founders Mabu Sekhaolelo and Veronica Mogashoa decided to open the private clinic because they were about to retire but still have a passion to help the sickly.

Adding that they loved helping the community and they realised there was a need for such clinic in Mamelodi and they were encouraged by the doctors they worked with who realised they loved their jobs. Their service prices ranges from R30 to R150.

By: Fortunate Machaba

"ALKEBULAN"! Look Out For Don Dada's New Album To Be Released Soon

Speaking of Don Dada a humanitarian, RuFF CuTT Studio owner and recording multi-platinum selling Reggae / Hip-Hop artist.

Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada will be officially releasing his highly anticipated album, ALKEBULAN on January 17.  DON DADA is determined to raise and promote his ALKEBULAN album as an important part of black history that must become known as “OurStory”.  

The album’s release coincides with the African continent leaders’ unity conversations, will be available on all digital services worldwide distributed by Tuff Gong International.


Alkebulan is The Original name for Africa: ” The Land Of The Blacks”.

According to Don, Alkebulan is the oldest and the only name of indigenous origin. It was used by the Moors, Nubians, Numidian’s, Khart-Haddans (Carthaginians), and Ethiopians. Africa, the current name adopted by almost everyone today, was given to this continent by a European invader by the name of Louis Africanus. Like all methods of manipulation, the Romans sought to completely disconnect the indigenous Africans from their culture, deities, and knowledge.

“Think about your Alkebu-lan consciousness, your culture, your names, your homeland, your past, your civilizations, your heritage, your ancestors, and your Mind. Today we have a false identity of self, self-hatred, hatred for your brother, and a deep hatred for Alkebu-lan our origin” A quote from Ghana Chief, Nana Nasi.

Don Dada is bringing you a ALKEBULAN as a phenomenal physical interpretation of the power of Afrkans coming together at home and abroad, to deliver a common purpose.

This track is born to transform the narrative of the negative events that affect our beloved Afrika, addressing social issues while bringing messages of self-pride, love, hope, peace, reconciliation and celebration yet still capturing the essence and vibrancy of Africa, the eight track album “ALKEBULAN“ was birthed.

Dada has already won the hearts of many people with his multi-platinum hit “Viva Mandela,” and newer releases “Heal Mama AfriKa” and “WAR” an apocalyptic song showing that not much of the social ethos has changed across the globe.  

ALKEBULAN is expected to show the whole world that peace and love changes everything. There is still more hits to come to keep the sparkle going!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Only this facts will prove you are a journalist

Hunger for writing, curiosity and telling meaningful, honest and factual stories make one a good enough journalist? Then in that case my answer in No.

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Journalism is more than just telling a story or pursue truth in an absolute sense.

These facts will help you prove if you have characters of being a journalist.

Report truthfully

In my 5 years little experience as a young journalist, I’ve learned to report the truth. I’ve heard a lot of rumors about journalist making up stories or reporting stories without any good enough reason to. To build trust with your sources and the public you always need to report truthfully.

Loyalty matters

Loyalty doesn’t only apply on your personal relationships, as a journalist you nee to be loyal to the citizen, country or world who ever you are reporting to. They must have an interest in stories you are writing to them. Remember is not only about what you want to read/know but what they are interested to read or know.

You need to be disciplined

As a journalist you need to be discipline not only for professional reason but also for being able to get the right facts and verification of information. We can all agree that as journalists we are all different and we have our own different ways of getting information without being objective. It is unethical to only get one side of the story, only rely on one source or perhaps a witness.

Don’t take bribes

I’ve heard and not only heard but read a lot about journalists paying sources to get a story or get paid to write stories in favor. Remember you can’t be objective or take sides or even write in favor for someone. Report truthfully, factual and fairly. Another thing make sure you do research or interview as many people as you can. You will be surprised how many stories you can write, learn and grow from everyday.

Spell check before publish

We sometimes underestimate things but sometimes little things matters. Things like your grammar or spell checks are important to check before you get the story out. Some people are lucky to have editors to rely on but if you really your own author and editor like me then it is very crucial to check. If you can’t pick up mistakes while reading silently try reading out loud and see if it still sounds right. No one one is really perfect and we all make mistakes but it is worth checking.

When I was studying journalism 3 years ago we were taught to follow the 5 W’s and a H the Who, What, Where, When and How to start your piece and on my writing journey I have learned to follow the four C’s, Clear, Concise, Compelling and Credible.

As a writer prepare to have a room to learn, because you will surely learn everyday. Although there is more to this facts, these are my top five priorities. 😁😁😁

By: Fortunate Machaba

Disappointed about matric results? Here is what to do

It has been a long and frantic year for matric students, worked hard to achieve good marks at the end of the year 2019. Some of them sacrificed their hobbies, had sleepless nights and only focused on their studies.

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Although hard work pays, some students still worked hard but didn’t achieve as good results as they have expected.

If you worked hard and didn’t do well in your exams that’s not a train smash!

Fortunately, there are options you can go for to better things. Thins options are good for you to brighten your future.

  1. Take a bridging course : This is as good as re-doing your subjects but not exactly the same thing. Here you will be taking short courses to improve your marks and even achieve a degree/diploma qualification which in turn will help you to get to the varsity.
  2. Ask for a remark: If you know that you worked hard for your exams and feel that is not a fair mark you have got then ask for a remark, although your marks might not be changed so much but who knows they will be good enough to get you to varsity?
  3. Redo some subjects: Redoing your subjects doesn’t necessary mean you thick it means you want and deserve better! This will give you an opportunity to focus on few subjects and get good results, less work, less pressure and better results!
  4. Register for supplementary exams: Although there are requirement to obtain before qualifying for supplementary, this is still a good choice to go for in order to improve your marks to get to a senior level. You have until 31 January to apply. This is what you need qualify for a supplementary exam , click here>

By: Fortunate Machaba

Vlakfontein Tops Mamelodi Schools With Matric Results

Vlakfontein Secondary School is known to be the top achieving school with 2019 matric results in Mamelodi.

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The school achieved 98,1 % pass rate followed by well known best achieving and every year top achieving school Ribane- laka with 96.9% beating all other 12 high schools in Mamelodi. Amongst this High Schools in Mamelodi, Ikamva Youth Orgaisation which works hand in hand with school around Mamelodi to build on on intensify what they have taught learners in the classroom and help student with extra lessonsThe school achieved 85% pass rate.

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“I knew my students struggled during the year so the results are a quiet surprise”, said Neo Rakoma, the Ikamva Youth branch coordinator.

According to source, the schools in Mamelodi were not producing good results but have improved in 2019.

Reports shows many students who have achieved good results including distinctions and bachelor pass.

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Other schools that produced good results were Vukani Mawethu Secondary School with 95.8% pass rate, Tsako Thabo Secondary School 90,3%, J Kekana Secondary School (84,1%), Jafta Mahlangu Secondary School (93,42%), Lehlabile Secondary School (90,6%), Mamelodi Secondary School (94,4%), Somafco (93,3%), Modiri Secondary School (73%), Phateng Secondary School (90%), Rephafogile Secondary School (93%), Stanza Bopape Secondary School (96,1%) and Bona Lesedi Secondary School produced (84,4%).

By: Fortunate Machaba

One Of Our Own Annikie Rabohlale Crowed The New Empress SA 2020

Annikie Rabohlale, 21 year-old young women from Mamelodi West has been crowned the 2020 winner of Empress South Africa, competing against over 45 000 other members who have applied to enter the competition.


Annikie has received many prices including a large large cash prize and she will embark on her journey as Empress South Africa,by promoting women empowerment via her campaign #Undefiable and her plans are to serve the community and be a role model to young girls and the youth.

Annikie won against 60 delegates from all around the country, progressed through the  became part of the Top 16. After mentioning her campaign #Undefiable she made it to the Top 5.

Her strong confidence of answering questions on stage lead her to be crowed the winner of the year 2020. When she was crowned her family immediately came on stage in an emotion of love and affection for her.


She was crowned by Tshepo Makup, last years winner and the first Empress South Africa 2019.

When she was asked to describe herself she said “Beautiful, extrovert, loving & kind, strategic, observant, determined and hard working young women”.

She is very sociable and friendly and can make friends easily, she had mentioned that she has a very circle of powerful forces around her and her passion is public speaking either on Radio or Television or journalism. Annikie is currently a student at University of Pretoria.

This event was a final beauty with brains and purpose pageant in the world and it was supported by hundreds of celebrities as well as the South Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The event particularly in display of most beautiful young women in South Africa took place at Suncoast Casino, The Barnyard Theatre.

By: Fortunate Machaba

About 700 Families In Mamelodi Remains Homeless

Residents in Mamelodi East remains homeless after floods have hit the community in Eerste Fabriek earlier this month.

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It is reported that about 700 homes were destroyed by floods during heavy rain period that had occurred accross the province.

According to source, Gauteng Premier, David Makhura have promised to relocate them before Christmas.


Although the mater is not resolved as yet, the provincial government spokesperson Thabo Masebe said residents would be placed on new land in the new year.

By: Fortunate Machaba

How to make your travel easy

GPS and google maps are a good choice to go for especially travelling to unusual places or places you have never visited before.

I’ll tell you my experience with google maps and GPS. So I was going to Midrand for a business event and they gave me a location of the place and I put it on the map and it led me there. It was just as easy….

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It was easy to navigate to that area, it told me where I should turn and all that, it made my travelling more manageable.

The only problem started when my phone died when I just left Midrand. What the heck?…. and I had no clue where I was going. I ended up on a motor way where I didn’t want to be any close to, now had to use boards and road signs for direction. As a first time driver it was hell. I just prayed I get home still in one piece.

Luckily I followed boards and signs leading me to Pretoria, although I ended in Sunnyside which is like an hour away to my place it wasn’t as bad.

I left Midrand at 3:40pm and I didn’t get home until 8pm. It was an adventure of some sort. Luckily I’m very confident with my driving, it wasn’t too bad for going in and out of the motor way and places that i wasn’t familiar with.

The best thing to do is to put a spare cable in your car in case your phone dies and make sure you have enough data for travel. That will save you from a hustle I have experienced last night.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Motsepe Foundations Shares Xmas with the community

The Motsepe Foundation organisation visited Mamelodi yesterday to share their Christmas with the community and giving toys to kids from the age 0 to 15 years.

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This was done with a purpose to celebrate Christmas holidays and share their joy of holiday spirit with underprivileged families in the community.

According to source, in previous years she usually took her daughter and son to Moretele Park in Mamelodi West this time of the year to collect the toys with them, she said she enjoys seeing her kids joy in their faces after receiving the toys. Adding that she appreciate their visit in the East side as it becomes costly for transport fares to be at Moretele Park with the kids.

This event took place at Mamelodi East Extension 5 community sports grounds.

“The Foundation’s National Christmas Toy Distribution initiative is a social outreach programme launched in 2011, to share the spirit of Christmas with children between the ages of 0 to 15 from mostly disadvantaged communities. The programme is predicated on the spirit of giving and sharing, born out of the recognition that millions of underprivileged children cannot share the cheer and joy that traditionally comes during the Christmas season, due to poverty”, said Motsepe Foundation.

Although this time of the year can be one of the most stressful times for most families, the Mostepe Foundation says this time of the year “festive season” is a time of joy and a time to share in the spirit of Christmas, yet so many families are hindered by poverty and despondency.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Makhura Responds After 700 Shacks Destroyed In Mamelodi

The Gauteng Premier, David Mahura said that residents who lost their homes over the past few days after floods hit Eerste Fabriek will be relocated.


According to news24, some of the people are temporarily placed at community Methodist church until a place of relocation is found.

Residents were worn by the premier to not go back to  Eerste Fabriek as the area is not safe especially during the heavy rain period.

“We will not rest until we have resettled the people in appropriate places, but one of the key things includes urging the people not to go back to where people have built on flood plains, said David Makhura.

It is not yet known when the committee will release a report to state when people will be relocated.

According to a sources, people have been living on that area for quiet some time and that was not the first time the floods hit the area and leaving people homeless.

By: Fortunate Machaba  

Miss Signature Top 10 Finalist Visited SOS Children Home Village

Miss Mamelodi Sundowns, Faith Nonyane visited home for children (S.O.S) in Mamelodi West on Saturday to donate hygiene and cosmetic packs.

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During her visit at children’d home she gave the kids lessons about hygiene.

“The reason I chose children’s home is because I love kids and I believe that children are the future of this country and we need to take care of them at a maximum effort. They need to be empowered for them to become better leaders tomorrow”, said Faith Nonyane.

Faith Nonyane is currently on Top 10 for Face of Misss Signature cosmentic and as part of the programme she part-take in she was required to organise a CSI project and chose to complete her project at children’s home.

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Other than just to do a programme, Faith’s goal is to teach children at S.O.S about hygiene and personal care.

“It is very difficult to grow up without parents and some of the staff are not part of their school work. They don’t get to be taught that when you wake up you have to make your bed and bath and even when you are not going anywhere. So it takes us a community to be responsible for such issue” said Faith.

Adding that hense we say “It takes a village to raise a child”.

Her visit brought joy to the kids, they were cheerful to have received cosmetics from Miss Faith sponsored by signature cosmetics.

“It was very fulfilling and overwhelming seeing those children smiling and it made me realise that indeed its thoughts that count, it doesn’t take much to give” said Miss Nonyane.

The face of Misss Signature Cosmetics finals are taking place on Saturday 12pm, at Maponya Mall and anyone is welcome to attend and give support to the event.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Vodacom launch small business finance product

Are you owning a small/media business and looking for funds to grow your business?

Vodacom has launched its new financing business product called VodaLend Business Advance with a purpose to finance small to medium size businesses.

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VodaLend Businesses Advance is done to ensure that SMEs have access to the funding they need which in turn will allow business owners to grow their business and create job opportunities.

Allowing business owners to create jobs will play a crucial role in growing the country’s economy.

“Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of South Africa’s economy and contribute significantly to employment in the country as well as the gross domestic product (GDP) which is why ensuring their growth and success is vitally important,” said  Vodacom Financial Services Chief Officer, Mariam Cassim.

In July ITNewsAfrica, reported Vodacom to have launched a range of “Internet of Things products” that allow customers to connect and monitor their compatible home and leisure IoT devices to the Vodacom dedicated global IoT network using a dedicated IoT V-Sim.

According to Vodacom, in order to qualify for this funding, business owners need to have; SME’s to be registered and operational for at least 12 months, an annual revenue of over R500 000 and a good credit standing.

This business funding varies from R10 000 to R1.5 million and is repayable over 6-12 months. The application process is fully digital, user-friendly and could takeless than 10 minutes to complete.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Companies Hiring for the festive season

With 2019 nearly at the end, most people take a break from job hunting during festive as they think is a hectic time of the year, there’s a lot of competition or no jobs at all. That’s where you are making a mistake because the festive is where most companies look for new staff. Actually the busier it gets, the more employees are needed.

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The festive season is just around the corner and no one wants to hungry or be broke that time of the year.

Most retail stores are hiring this time of the year due to the fact that most staff is going home for festivals, leaves are taken mostly during the festive season, most are overwhelmed with the whole year’s work and need a break or have no energy for festive.

Here are the companies hiring during this festive season:

Although you might be looking for something permanent or lasting a bit longer to survive, it still worth looking for a job during holidays, who knows you will be lucky to attain a position for the following year. Sometimes employers like seeing hard-working people and most of them are keen to employ someone who impresses them.

Besides getting a possible job, workplaces are best for networking you might not get a position but meet someone who knows someone who can give you a better job. There’s really nothing to lose you will, in the end, have money to spend over the holiday or get a long-lasting job.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East: Family Mourns Death Of Lethabo Nkwana

Lethabo Nkwana’s family is grieving his death after he was shot dead in Hamaskraal while he was protecting his friend who was under attack during the league meeting.

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Lethabo was a member of ANCYL Youth League and well known as a fighter for the rights of the pupil in Tshwane.

“Nkwana was a nice boy, he was a good leader, he was everything to us, when we have a problem and we call him he will come with a smile and we know everything will be fine”, said the family representative, Pshychology Lethuba.

Lethuba added that the family is still in shock of Lethabo’s death.

According to a source, Lethabo Nkoana, 25, was hit by a bullet apparently meant for his friend on Saturday afternoon during a league meeting at Temba Stadium in Tshwane.

The meeting was reported to have turned violent after he was murdered. The memorial service will be taking place on Thursday, 2pm at Mamelodi East, Stanza Bopape Community Hall and his funeral will be on Saturday.

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is why you should have sex in the morning

Small and great moments you spend with your partner counts in a relationship.

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Sex can be different every time you try it with your partner but it never goes wrong in the mornings, it is always the best.

Read 10 Reasons You Should Be Having A LOT More Morning Sex

Some call those moments the morning haze when you are at your most vulnerable and still at ease to start a day and waking up next to your lover giving you some warmth full of love.

From having sex in the morning your day is completely perfect with a good mood to tackle the day.

According to Dr Debby Herbenick, an American research scientist and author of Because It Feels Good, individuals who partake in morning sex can be healthier and happier people.

Here are three benefits to morning sex:

  • Usually, sex lasts longer in the morning, especially for males.
  • You are more relaxed and willing to explore all your body parts without overthinking.
  • It will create a feel-good mood that can last you the whole day.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Shocking facts about why men stay single

Most women find it difficult to understand how men stay single, some even say it is too good to be true. While a study reveals shocking comments from single men.

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Men’s comments on Psychology today on why they prefer being single most of the time are shocking.

Evidence from Reddit says among the most persistent reasons that men stipulate for being single included poor flirting skills, low self-confidence, poor looks, shyness, low effort, and bad experience from previous relationships.

Some comments were based on what they don’t like seeing women wearing, especially moms. I’m sure anyone can wear anything they want regardless of being a mom or not: “Our tinder is a bad show filled with single moms wearing a camo hoodie.”

By: Fortunate Machaba

How to improve dating life

Relationships need to be kept alive and new all the time.

Some partners get bored easily or give up easily if there is no spark in the relationship. It doesn’t have to be indoors all the time or it all ends in the bedroom but it has to be even freaky if possible. Try outdoors fun activities together or go for a couple treat in special places to add some fun in your relationship.

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Read: How to Spice Up Your Relationship and Keep Things Fresh

Have a night out together or do things that both interest you. If you both enjoy keeping fit then go hiking together, if you both fancy trying new food then have dinner or lunches out to try different foods from different restaurants. If you both love travelling go somewhere.

Making a relationship last longer sounds almost impossible but if you both keep on improving in your relationship it might possibly turn out to be a long-term relationship.

By: Fortunate Machaba

These healthy foods can make you fat

They might look healthy at first glance but they can make you gain weight in a short period of time.

It has been proven that most people who want to gain weight quickly eat these foods especially for those who want to put on muscles.

Dried fruits

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These are just as normal as fruits but the only issue is that water has been taken out of them and they have more sugar which makes them be rich in calories which can make you fat.

Cereal bar

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We all think this is a great idea of snacking and getting through the day, they are a quick breakfast for a busy day but not so good for your health. most have high sugar and salt, whereas others have high calories which can affect your weight.

Fruit juice

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For the fact that it sounds fruity or has fruits in it doesn’t mean is healthy, it is as good as a smoothie. The number of calories you will consume from a fruit juice are drastically high, try have more water instead.


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This fruit is healthy but eating too much of it can make you fat. It has got a lot of calories as well as fats, although they are good kinds of fats. If you eat less of it can add up a good health into your body. It has nutrients that the body needs but if you overeat it your body will consume more calories than it should which can make you fat. Tags: Food and drinks

Body shapes to aim for this summer

Although is not easy to eat healthily and exercise, it is important to stay away from bad eating habits for a good and healthy body.

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It might sound impossible at first but once you stick to your fitness routine it will become easier.

Being fit has to be your first priority if you want to look this good followed by a healthy diet and working towards your goal.

Focus on a full-body exercise for balance in your body and the exercises must also be done consistently. The more you work out, the better the results you get. During your exercise, be careful you don’t overdo it and injure your body. Take your time.

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It doesn’t only feel good to have a great body, you also look good, you are stronger and your body metabolism is right on point. Having to be fit is not only about looking and feeling good about yourself but it is also about what is good for your health. Nutrition plays an important role in our lives.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Body shapes to aim for this summer

Although is not easy to eat healthily and exercise, it is important to stay away from bad eating habits for a good and healthy body.

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It might sound impossible at first but once you stick to your fitness routine it will become easier.

Being fit has to be your first priority if you want to look this good followed by a healthy diet and working towards your goal.

Focus on a full-body exercise for balance in your body and the exercises must also be done consistently. The more you work out, the better the results you get. During your exercise, be careful you don’t overdo it and injure your body. Take your time.

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It doesn’t only feel good to have a great body, you also look good, you are stronger and your body metabolism is right on point. Having to be fit is not only about looking and feeling good about yourself but it is also about what is good for your health. Nutrition plays an important role in our lives.

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is how to keep your body in shape

It might look easy to always be in good shape, looking extra ordinary in any outfit you pick, but maintaining that body takes a lot of effort.

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Read: 5 Habits To Get You In Shape Quickly

Of course it wont happen over night to have that body, you just need to be patient, make time for whole body exercise, avoid cheating and stick to the goal.

We sometimes tend to look out for results quickly, this can take so much of your time and if you don’t believe in yourself you will give up in the end.

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You don’t need to over work yourself or starve yourself for quicker results. Keep eating as healthy as you can and work out as much as you can. At the same time, you don’t only need to go to the gym to maintain that body. You can still do cardio or yoga at home and they both can transform the shape of your body.

Being fit is about making good choices from your eating habits and making that consistent. If you need motivation to keep going involve your partner, family member or friends to keep you going. Take your time and work on that fitness routine to maintain a good shape.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Top four fashion trends for 2020

The top four 2020 fashion trend is bringing you a very hot collection from shorts to polka dots summery design.

Here’s are the top four styles to look out for in 2020:

Shorts Shorts

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Are you are shorts lover? If so this collection will suit your desires, show off different designs of your favourite types of shots the next summer. Wear your shots in different summery styles and embrace your divine legs!

The spring-boot

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The trending boots for spring brings warmth and colourful look to your outfit for the day. This is a chic way of showing off your outfit, the midi-length boot is easier to style with dresses if you will be looking for a higher angle they will look better with trousers.

The fashion Safari

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The military-style still looks incredible in women’s bodies. Whether be short or long outfit doesn’t change the look. This collection is easy to channel with any style you can imagine.

The Power of polka dots

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Pack away the old prints in your wardrobe because there is a new print rockin’ it! Polka dots go with any outfit, whether with your workwear or for a night out, polka dots are taking pride as one of the hot collections for 2020.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Being a Sangoma: A course or a gift?

Being a Sangoma or a traditional healer is not a business it is a calling to heal, diagnose patients illness, prescribe remedies and performs rituals to heal people’s physically, emotionally or spiritually problems.

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People shouldn’t be scared to ask for help from Sangomas or traditional healers however they must be careful to ask the right Sangoma, there are a lot of people claiming to be healers even when they are not. They just con people out of their money for their own selfish reasons.

Read: Traditional Healers: How to spot a fake

Practice comes differently, not all healers have to go through the initiation school, some it comes naturally, they learn about different herbs in their sleep. They will then know who they are expecting at their sacred house, what they are suffering from and what herb to use to help them.

On the other hand, others need to throw bones to tell what the issue is and how to resolve it. Some get visions and some hear voices conveying messages to other people. Not all healers dance and wear traditional sangoma regalia or wear beats as a sign of being one.

In general traditional healers are normal people, they just have a unique gift. Of course, not everyone can become one, the calling is deep and personal and not everyone can express this gift clearly in a way everyone will understand what it is really about.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Here’s what you do after finding out your man cheats

You will be lucky of you won’t come across homewreckers in your life or have to deal with your cheating man.

Men are cheating It can get really frustrating, you might not know what to do when you immediately find out. Some women cry some develop anger, while some begin to stalk their men.

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Read: 10 Things to Do Immediately When You Find Out Your Partner Is Cheating

Although is not easy to deal with a cheating man, it feels like an emotional roller-coaster but don’t be that girl who always blames herself for her man’s wrongdoing. Don’t ask your self why is he cheating on you because it is more likely to happen to any women regardless of who they are and what they have. Also avoid to rebound in the same direction if you want to deal with him better.

The best thing to do according to relationship experts, don’t rush or come to conclusion without gathering information, get a friend to speak to and get you out of the situation. Some women use exercise to their advantage to relieve stress or try and forget about what just happened between them and their partner, while others seek professional help for advice or whatever that works for them.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Ladies: Can we talk about weird things men do in the bedroom

A bedroom is generally a crazy place, we do weird stuff with our partners but what men do is just beyond what some women can handle sometimes.

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Read: 11 Women Reveal the Weirdest Things Guys Have Done During Sex

According to Femail’s sex and relationships expert Tracey Cox, there’s a lot of things women do during sex that men can’t stand and vice versa.

Most women can take a bit of moarning and groaning but hitting and suffocating them with a pillow or chocking them thinking you are giving her a powerful orgasm can be a little scary.

Women favour licking or touching of certain parts of their bodies preferably where they feel comfortable, going down on her is most favoured as well as her neck or belly it gives her a little tingle and if she orgasms then is a good sign that she loves it. But biting a woman during sex can sometimes be seen as strange and violent and you should always ask for permission or have the discussion prior sex.

Sex is supposed to be a mutual pleasure, although it can sometimes be hard to feed all your partners desires at all times, if it isn’t mutual then talk about it and come to some type of middle ground.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Here’s why you should start your day with a glass of water

The idea of drinking water first thing first before you start your day might sounds boring and seem not as important to do but actually water is a very crucial in our bodies, our bodies uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to keep them functioning throughout the day.

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Read: 7 Science-Based Health Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

As we all know survival without water sounds pretty much impossible, your body needs water to get your brains working, energy you need for a busy day and to keep going.

You will always wonder why your body get’s tired throughout the day, get headaches, experience fatigue or moods swings, or even struggle to focus that indicates you not consuming enough water.

Most importantly, your immune system needs water to function better, fight bacteria and other diseases. The more water you drink you less likely to deal with health issues. If the taste of plain water bothers you or brings boredom, try unsweetened flavored water, or add a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber to enlighten your moods for getting water in your system. In conclusion water is healthy for you, make you drink as much as you can for general good health.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Simple ways to protect your natural hair

It might look as easy to look after black or afro hair, it actually takes a lot of work to keep it natural and always at its best. You obviously need to preserve your hair from breaking or damaging.

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Get in a habit of going the extra mile and look after your hair to maintain that natural beauty. Products are different and your hair will react differently on them, pick a product that is suitable for your hair and stick to it.

Read: 10 Simple Ways To Take Care Of Your Natural Hair

Most natural hair breaks if you give it a hash combing, try and be lenient towards it. Some don’t like the idea of leaving it dry, some prefer no products and will still look fabulous.

Find your type of hair and choose the right products for it. That will help you avoid breakage, damage or even hair loss.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Indoor exercises that burn calories in less than 20 min

We won’t all be huge fans of marathons or jogging outdoors, some of us are not really made for those but we desire to keep fit and burn calories.

To burn calories fast and in no less than 20 minutes try the following workouts:

Mountain climber

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This is where you get to do a full-body workout, it’s like you are running but you trying to move as quickly as possible, it said to be good for your core. Depending on how fast you move, you can burn about 50 calories for 15 to 20 reps.

Tabata training

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This workout involves rounds of intervals, each round is 20 seconds of movement and you are advised to take 10 seconds of rest in between the period of exercise.

“Participants warmed up for five minutes, then did four rounds of Tabata and burned between 240 and 360 calories each. Sounds effective to us”, said the American Council on Exercise.

Jumping jacks

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Indoor workouts are as good as outdoor workouts, you just need to work towards a goal in mind. Either it being burning calories, making room for more food, keeping fit or just for the fun of it.

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is why your skin needs pampering

Your skin has ways of communicating your health to you, you just need to read the signs carefully. Skins can even give us clues regarding emotional and psychological health.

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Read: 7 Benefits Of Getting A Facial And Why You Need One Every Month

This is not just about improving your looks but facials are believed by many to fix skin issues, Of course, if you looking for your face to just be pampered you will always get what you looking for, no downside about it.

Cleansing of skin is also advised by doctors to be done, just know the right product for your skin and it is always best to get products prescribed by a trained skin specialist, they will know your skin better and choose what is best suited for your skin.

Start improving your skin routine to avoid ageing quick, skin issues and boost your beauty.

Don’t let your skin miss out what is good for it. It can be seen as a once-off waste of money but you will relish the rewards and your skin will always look healthy.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Are women responsible for their own orgasm?

Most women demand men to make them have an orgasm. Well there’s nothing wrong if you demand to climax as a women, I think is the right thing to do but at the same time you are also responsible for your own orgasm it doesn’t matter if its real or you faking it.

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There are women who always lie about sex, trust me if you haven’t lied then it wasn’t really sex, some even fake it because they are tired, anxious to please or not sure how to climax.

Most women are open and talk about their multiple orgasms, are you worried that you don’t get to climax as you desire?

Read: 9 Tips for How to Have an Orgasm

Orgasms are good and they all transpire only when the conditions feel right.

According to experts, sex glow is a real thing, when women orgasm, it increased blood flow to the skin causes blood vessels to open up, giving the face a flushed look. Get that multiple orgasms and glow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Look out for Mams Art Festival on the horizon

Mams Art Festival is soon to bring a blaze in Mamelodi West, Moretele Park on the 7th of December 2019.

This is the 13th annual Mams Arts Festival that will be held in Mamelodi.

This event is brining you a strong lineup of international acts, including Monique Bingham, Harrison Crump, Rocco Rodamaal and Ralf Gum. In addition to music, the festival will also showcase comedians, creatives and entrepreneurs.

“Fans and revelers coming to the festival can expect to be treated to local sounds from the likes of Pretoria’s leading entertainers including multiple Samawinning duo Black Motion, Mo Flava, Lerato Kganyago, Simmy, Dinho, De Josh, Bothlale, Cassper Nyovest and the most-loved lady of house and sensual sounds, Lady Zamar, who is one of the biggest names to come out of Pretoria”.

The festival grant you a multi-disciplinary music and lifestyle approach to arts and entertainment to transform your entertainment lifestyle taste and add up some relish into it.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tens Of Thousands Reassembles To End Modern-Day Slavery Around The World.

Tens of thousands of people gathered all over the world for A21’s 6th annual fundraising and awareness event, Walk For Freedom on Saturday.

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This was done in response to human trafficking, reaching millions with the important message:” that slavery still exists. By fundraising and rallying thousands of people around the cause, the hope is that awareness would spread and lead to the rescue and restoration of human beings who are being exploited”, said Christine Caine, Co-founder of A21. 

This walk took place in over 450 cities across 50 countries including in Cameroon, Hong Kong, Iceland, South Korea , Virgin Islands, Zambia and Zimbabwe all with the aim to raise awareness for the millions enslaved across the globe. 

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Participants walked in single-file lines all over the world including in local towns, through busy intersections and city centres, on dirt tracks in crowded villages, along bridges, tunnels, and water banks. Hundreds of local walks were marching for a global end to modern-day slavery. 

According to A21, millions enslaved. $150 billion industry. 1% ever rescued. 

“There is so much power in gathering together, in showing up in force, and saying, ‘There are more of us against slavery than for it”, said Christine Caine.

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Walk For Freedom is operated by a global anti-human trafficking organization, A21 with a purpose to reach millions of people each year with an important message: slavery still exists, and it’s happening on our watch.

The organisation believes that there is so much power in gathering together, in showing up in force, coming together, on one day around the world awareness will spread and lead to the identification and restoration of people who are being exploited in vast numbers.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East streets are set to be gun free – declared SAPS

Mamelodi East police arrested a 29 year-old man for possession of unlicensed firearm yesterday in Extension 4 near Bajabulile Primary School. The suspect is believed to be terrorising community members.

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“Mamelodi East police were busy with their routine of crime prevention duties and patrols, they received a complaint from a community member that a man is carrying firearm, the police responded quickly and and the suspect was searched and the firearm was recovered”, said Constable Mashiloane.

Mr Mashiloane said the firearm will be sent to ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used for crimes or any violence before.

Mamelodi East Station Commander, Brigadier Terrence Naidoo applauded the members for the good job they have done to prevent criminals from terrorising community members.

At the moment the investigations is underway and the suspect will be profiles for possible linkage to previous crimes.

The suspect will soon appear in Mamelodi Magistrate Court for possession of unlicensed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Six year-old undergo surgery after raped by neighbour

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A grade1 pupil, who is believed to be six years-old had gone for surgery after she was raped by a 26 year old neighbour in Mamelodi East on Saturday.

The pupil is currently recovering in Mamelodi Hospital.

According to reports, the pupil came home crying and explained to her mother what the neighbour had done to her and came home with a tub of yoghurt, a lollypop and a pack of snack. The mother was shocked after she had checked and found out that he daughter’s panties was full of blood.

Read: Girl (6) undergoes surgery after rape

The suspect was arrested and to appear in court today.

“The suspect is arrested and I wish him to be sentenced to life to teach others who are thinking of committing the same offence”, said Constable Mashiloane.

This matter remains a subject to the judges.

Discover your own purpose; Discussion with Daisy Tlailana

Discover your purpose session titled “POWER OF PURPOSE” took place on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Pretoria with a local radio presenter Daisy Diamond Tlailana, Kakgiso Monyemonwa with an assistant from Kutlwano Zimu.

“It was a educative session where we were talking about purpose, how to align your passion with purpose and how to orchestrate ways of living a purpose driven life”, said Daisy Tlailana.

Young people from the community including local speakers, Howard Zondo (Author of Young Black and Powerful book), Edmond Masemola, and Nkosinathi gathered for the discussion and concluded that purpose it is within each and everyone one of them, everyone who attended seemed to have their own desires and had own definitions of purpose. Everyone needed to leave a mark in their lives for future purposes.

During her speech Daisy said, “Purpose is unique to each one of us, we can only learn from each other but can’t adopt the purposes of others, we must all discover our own”.

The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.

“I’m glad young people were participating and were very interested and I feel that such events are very relevant to us as young people and I’m glad we are making progress as the youth of Mamelodi and finally drifting away from all the negativity around our region”, said Kgakgiso Monyemonwa.

Daisy said she has realised many young people are busy doing something with their lives, yet half of the work they do is not aligned with their purpose, such events are a wake up call to people who are not living to their fullest potential. She urged that events of this nature should be done to help others discover their purpose.

By: Fortunate Machaba

City of Tshwane mayor to call for unity GBV

The City of Tshwane mayor, Stephen Mokgalapa is calling to Tshwane residents including stakeholders cutting across a spectrum of communities in universities, corporate, government and civil society organisations to join the night vigil which is initiated to fight against Gender Base Violence (GBV).

On Tuesday, the City Council lit up candles inside the Chambers in support of victims and survivors of gender based violence.
According to Stevens Mokgalapa, lighting of candles was a symbolic action they carried out that day.

Mokgalapa is expected to lead the City’s Night Vigil against Gender Based Violence taking place on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at Tshwane House.
The night vigil is initiated to be the first response to ensure the City responds to the murdering of women and children in a comprehensive manner.

On the statement released, Mayor Mokgalapa said it was important for the Capital City to lead not only by example, but with the intention to encourage other cities and sectors of society to highlight this challenge filling both personal and professional space.

“Today we say to them that they are not alone, their voices have been heard, their pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. Today we say to South Africa that no more will it be business as usual while our women and children suffer at the hands of unscrupulous men,” said Mayor Mokgalapa.

Mayor Mokgalapa emphasised the significant moment in South Africa’s democracy, making special mention of the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the City’s Gender Unit and the Chairperson on the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus, Cllr Rose Maake, who are integral in planning the night vigil.

Tshwane residents are all encouraged to join the vigil and lend their voices to end the issue of GBV in communities.

By: Fortunate Machaba

The significance of celebrating Heritage Day

This day 24 September was proclaimed a national holiday during Nelson Mandela term of his presidency to ensure the nation is built, not only in government but also between families and friends.

Each year people across the nation get together, do family or friends braai, eat together, drink to celebrate what makes us all uniquely South Africans (Culture).

Culture link us to our ancestors

Culture is important to us because it defines our evolutionary identity most importantly. It helps us to understand our ancestral values and gives us the very meaning of life, link us with our ancestors, which is valuable and should not be lost and shapes our lives in becoming who we are today. The traditional bond just stays forever!

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The is a culture I’d like to use as an example, the Zulu culture. History shows us that they respected this day, to them is a day which commemorates the legendary King Shaka Zulu who played a crucial role in uniting different Zulu clans into one cohesive Zulu nation in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Each year, thousands of people would gather at King Shaka’s grave to pay tribute to his and to honour his memory.

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It is a day we get to wear our traditional attire, lucky if we see different dances, braai with friends and families and enjoy our traditional meals. So be part of the national heritage by joining and understand why culture is important to us and why we should celebrate it.

It is important that we appreciate this day and celebrate it well. We all have cultures, let’s all embrace it!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Do you have any plans for Heritage Day? This might be useful for you

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The provincial government and the City of Tshwane, have organise Heritage Day event celebration to be taking place at Union Buildings.

This event is expected to bring in participants from other parts of Africa together with the Chinese, Peruvians and Argentinians. Over 30 000 participants are expected to take to the streets to showcase the province’s rich cultural heritage through music, dance, fashion and the arts.

Read:Pretoria to come alive with colour this Heritage Day

Residents and visitors of Gauteng should expect to see a blend of cultures into one big spectacle showcasing Africa’s creativeness through floats, 3D costumes, acrobats, enthralling dancers, an eclectic mix of music colourfully parading the capital city.

The walk starts from the Union Buildings and will make its way around Sunnyside before returning to the Union Buildings.

“We are encouraging all residents of Gauteng and South Africa at large to come and witness the true spirit of ubuntu as we showcase our African cultural diversity, while advancing African solidarity and social cohesion,” said MEC for Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe.

There will also be a festival at the end of the day and South African artists including a singer Sho Majozi, as well as Dj Lamiez, Dj Sumbody and legendary singer Mercy Pakela will be part of it to entertain the crowd.

“This day will provide the people of Gauteng with a unique way to learn more about one another’s cultures it allows us to discover all that we have in common,” said Hlophe.

This day will also bring an array of entertainment, fun and laughter with performances by traditional music groups across the cultures, id it free and everyone is allowed to bring families and friends to be part of the display.

By: Fortunate Machaba

TJ Fitness hosting Anti-Drugs Campaign in Pheladi Nakene Primary School

TJ Fitness is currently hosting an Anti-drug abuse campaign at Pheladi -Nakene primary school in Mamelodi West Pretoria.

“We have realised that there is a lot of drugs issues in schools, so it is an awareness to stop it. Kids performance is to show that this is where the should rather spend their time doing rather than waste it with drugs”, said Thabo Lepule, from TJ Fitness.

“I believe that the education we received today as learners from Pheladi they will change us and I feel good about what has happened today at our school”, said one of the learners, Boitumelo Kgaphola.

A social worker and representative from Mental Health, Sophie Monkwe shared the impacts, causes, and consequences of using drugs to the kids. On her statement she mentioned that people who uses drugs approach them for assistance and they do give them assistant they need.

“Do not start smoking drugs and focus on your studies”, said Sophie Monkwe.

Rev Divhani Tshivhula representative from Mamelodi Men’s Forum (MMF) was fist to open an event of the day with a prayer and singing praise and shared a word of God.

Activities such as, gumboots dance, poets, dancing group, as part of the event were performed by the kids.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sister’s Seminar Foundation & Family Of Christ Hosted Annual Youth Empowerment Event

Sister’s Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ together hosted an event on Saturday with a purpose to empower young women. The team believes that it is their responsibility to take charge and give back to the community, not only in Mamelodi but in South Africa as a whole. About 250 community members including youth turned up for the event.

“We saw that our youth needs a good motivation in their lives, so that is why we deiced to do a seminar”, said the Founder of Sisters Seminar, Thapelo Makopo.

The seminar was established in 2018 in August, first seminar annual huge amount of people turned up, about 150 and they decided to continue with the seminar. “Our aim for this year, 2019 was to focus on both genders, and the youth, to empower them with a theme Youth Empowerment Seminar Gender Base Violence, Business Session and Motivation since well we have victims of gender base and connections in business, we know people who are doing business in their lives, we know motivational speakers , that is why we decided to come with other angle that will pull many people to the event”, said the Thapelo Makopo.

He added that the Seminars that are hosted in August are to empower youth to show them that is it possible, doesn’t matter where they are coming from but what matters the most is where you’re going with your life.

Speakers from various places came to support as well as to participate at the seminar. Speakers such as Thulani Mphahlele, Sfiso, Happy Simelane, Nontlantla V, Thato Nyathi, Pear Miss Africa 2019, Glen Lee-Jones, Mangi, Aobakwe, Mangi, Letlotlo, Prof Bishop Dipuo, Howard Zondo, Mr Mbelengwa, Oratilwe Mashigo, as well as poets including: Sharon Sindane, Katheliah, Mpendulo, Tumisho Rabalao, Banetse, Promise, Sister Hlogs, Mpendulo Skhosana and Buhle. Some of the speakers touched on the issue of gender base, some were there to motivate the youth and some to entertain them. Vukani Mawethu Choir participated in the event as well as Clique Crew, Ekzotic music group took initiative to perform on stage. Other participants such us Charity Masha, Future Miss SA Ambassador, Thando Chabalala, Miss Mamelodi 2019 and Khutso Matlala, Miss Teen SA Finalist & Miss Damelin were there to support the Sisters Seminar event.

“You were born with a purpose that the wold cannot do without” said Glen Leece-Jones, one of the motivational speakers of the day.

“When I got on stage, with my Empress sash, everyone wondered what does she have in store for us, and I had everything positive and my level of confidence spoke volumes. They were amused and they gave me an impression that we depend on you Annikie, you are a future leader, not only on the impression but the comments I got after that. I was asked to speak on the spur of the moment and still without worrying about preparations I owed it!”, said Annikie Rabohlale, Empress SA Finalist.

She added and said that she felt proud of the Seminar because the township like Mamelodi didn’t really have such as empowerment sessions like seminars, the only thing that Mamelodi is known for is turning up at Clubs or Tarvens and such things so seeing different women from different dimension of lives, backgrounds from different cultures and beliefs coming together to empower one another, to encourage success, and where we are headed as a country we know that haven’t accumulated everything that we are yearning for, that I saw on Saturday is promising one can affirm that indeed the future looks bright because we are in an era where women believe in themselves, where they believe is not enough until they stand up to themselves so I personally felt proud and empowered by sisters standing together and planning on how to take each other through to the bright future.

Pastor in his statement said that the event was educational and encourages to go fetch that dream, “As Sisters Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ host this kind of seminar every year, we think of hosting very often so we can empower young people and we are thinking that it should be a national road show where people can be educated about self-worth”, said Pastor Raphokoane.

The founder, Thapelo Makopo and his team of 15 members organised the event with their own money and with help from Street VIP, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mamz Grill bar with T-shirts. He said they are planning to have another seminar next year, 15 August 2020.

By: Fortunate Machaba

The Importance Of Celebrating Women’s Month

The importance of celebrating Womens Month Know why you should celebrate Women’s Month, Knowledge is power! 😉

We all know every year in South Africa we celebrate Women’s Month but do we actually know why we do? Here is why…

Every Year in August, our country marks Women’s Month with the aim to pay tribute to over 2000 women who in 1956 August the 9th marched to Union Buildings to protest against the extension of Pass Law to women. The system established to oppress women, control them and even reduce women to passive beings at the mercy of men.

After 24 years of democracy, where all racial and economic discrimination and oppression, sacrifices and resistance of the oppressed people, the struggle itself was terminated, we mark this day, 9th of August as women showed their strength and that they are powerful, that they can lead, fight and challenge situations without fear!

There is a quote I’d like to share with all the women today that says: “A strong woman always knows how to use all her exceptional abilities which no man has: the ability to seem weak and helpless, logic, intuition and emotional connection”.

As a women always have a room for criticism rather embrace it! Of course take it serious but not personal, learn and grow from it. Strong women are fearless they are not afraid of challenges, storms you can name all the hardships, look at the likes of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela she was a strong women herself.

Let’s take the initiative in this day 9th and the month of August and celebrate achievements and the important role that women of all races and religion have played and continues to play in our society and always remember this, Wathinta Abafazi Wathinta Imbokodo, a freedom song that means women’s courage and strength.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Student Motives Org Is Formed To Improve Reading In Communities

Founder and Director, Thabang Ngobeni and Deputy Director, Lebohang Malefane from Mamelodi East formed an NGO called Student Motives in 2015 with the aim to promote reading and also other forms of literature in the community. The organisation is currently running with a team of six members.

“Through our background and how we were raised as well as the struggle we see in the society, we want to tackle challenges and make change, we want to produce free thinkers, promote critical decision makers, we want to create a new forms of fighting drugs and substance abuse”, said Thabang Ngobeni, Director and Founder of the organisation.

He added that they want to enhance young thinking abilities and create a community of believers and innovators.

The NGO has before created programs where they donated clothes and school shoes to Matimba Community Care Centre, Cleaned the community clinic and Stanza Bopape High School, donated books at Ekhaya Lami Le Themba in Soshanguvhea and donated two wheelchairs to Itumeleng Monareng from Mamelodi East RDP.

The Director and Founder says in few years’ time they want to see their NGO as one of the leading NGO’s in the industry with fresh, creative and innovative initiatives. He added they are hoping to receive funds this year 2019, to donate toys and shoes during the festive season.

For any donation please contact Thabang Ngobeni on: 064 695 1555, or email him at:

By: Fortunate Machaba

RANYAKA Plans To Transform Lives In Mamelodi

Ranyaka visited Mamelodi East on Saturday the 13th of July to bring the community together and discuss a way forward to current issues that are a stumbing block to their success, as well as collect baseline data to check how they can go about impacting this Community. This Initiative is part of Nedbank’s three year-project under the slogan “Proud of my Town”. Ranyaka is appointed by Nedbank as an implementation agent towards community development, hence this workshop.

“It is our first visit in Mamelodi, we are running a similar initiative in other areas such as Magaliesberg,  Kanyamazane, Boitekong, Turfloop, PE and Western Cape. We are looking into empowering people in the community. We wanted to find out what they are busy with and what they are struggling with and what makes it difficult for them to succeed”, said Maggie Tsotetsi, Consulting Urban Planner for Ranyaka and CEO of Motheo Resources.

Maggie added that Ranyaka is an NGO led by qualified urban planners with a heart for community development. They take the community through a professional community-based planning approach in the form of a workshop, this serves as the basis of their planning process for a specific community. She also mentioned that if they get more funds the project can run for more than 3 years. She believes that to impact the community we must plan with them and not just for them, empower them and identify readily available resources in order to ignite their potential. 

“We are very happy because we are looking for initiatives of this sort, we also started an NGO for disabilities and so far there has been no changes, we have approached many stakeholders before for funds but we were declined. We now see the light at the end of the tunnel, they will change the community in terms of development, I’m overwhelmed with what just happened”, said Nkosinathi Mzansi, founding member of Under One Shelter One Umbrella and on behalf of Mamelodi East Ward 17 Councillor, Absalom Borotho.

Ranyaka Team is planning to look closely into key issues within Mamelodi East. Their goal is to get as many funders as possible. The Community members listed the following as their main challenges: funds for starting their own businesses and safety in the community. They have mentioned that lack of safety is a threat to their businesses as crime not only diminishes their clientelle but robs them of their daily bread. One member gave an example that he was pursuing Travel and Tourism in Mamelodi, but he can’t bring tourists into the community due to high levels of crime experienced almost daily.

“Ranyaka will continue to be a collaborative platform for the community where issues are discussed and solutions identified for various sectors such as local businesses, ECDs and self-help groups”, said Maggie.

Ranyaka was established as a non-profit, urban planning consultancy in 2013 with a purpose to develop transformative strategies for towns and neighborhoods. They work hand-in-hand with residents, civil society entities, faith-based institutions, business, all levels of government, academic institutions and local change agents to co-create places where people can prosper in every sense of the word. By the end of 2019 they are planning to be at work in eight towns in six provinces across South Africa. Mamelodi has thus become one of the communities they desire to make goodly impact.

The data and information taken during the event is to be analysed and the team will be come back to the community with a strategic plan or community spatial plan as a solution to issues faced by the people of Mamelodi East.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Family Demands MEC Dr Bandile Masuku To Fulfill Promises

The Marais family spokesperson Virginia Keppler said on Monday the department had broken promises regarding the after-care of Ms Martha. This happened after the department promised to follow-up with the investigations regarding the ill-treatment that Ms Martha experienced at Mamelodi Hospital.

A 76-year-old Ms Martha Marais of Eersterust, who was found tied to a steel bench at the Mamelodi regional hospital on May 29, is still recovering at home. The Marais family was, said that they were, “disgusted” with the department of health after its public promises to the family failed to fulfill.

“Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku never kept his promise to arrange counselling for Ms Martha at home. She only received one visit by a psychologist, a doctor and nurse and they also brought new crutches for her,” Keppler said in a press statement.

Keppler said Ouma Martha was instead taken to the Eersterust clinic for trauma counselling once.

“She is still very much traumatised. She cries a lot and is still scared of those who were involved in her being tied with her hands behind her back to the legs of a steel bench at the Mamelodi hospital.”

The family has demanded that the MEC step up to the plate and keep his promises. Health department spokesperson Lesemang Matuka confirmed receipt of the press statement from the Marais family. Matuka added that there were no new developments in the case against the three doctors, a nurse and two security guards suspected of involvement in the abuse of Ms Martha.

The MEC is not yet reached for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba