FOUR SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC VIOLENCE IN MAMELODI EAST

Mamelodi East police arrested four suspects yesterday morning after the sporadic breakout of public violence in demand of proper roads, clean running water, electricity and other services. The protests were triggered by disgruntled residents of “Skierlik” informal settlement and Lethabong in the far east of Mamelodi. “the incident started on Monday night where communities took to the streets burning tyres, blocking roads and throwing stones at motorists. Streets affected by protests includes Solomon Mahlangu drive, Hector Peterson, old Bronkhorstspruit and gravel entrance to “Skierlik”informal settlement” said the police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that in the mean time, public order, Tshwane Metro and Mamelodi East Police were deployed around all affected areas to monitor the situation. Motorists were diverted to use alternative roads. Arrested suspects are aged 25, 28, 52 and 58 years and will appear in Mamelodi court on charges of public violence.

By: Fortunate Machaba

       

 

Man Demands Bail After Murdering His Wife; Mamelodi West

Phineas Mampane appeared in court on Friday 21, 2017 after his case was postponed in May 2017. He murdered his CPF wife two months ago, allegedly took her from school on duty and stabbed her multiple times in front of their two children in their back room where they used to live. The police attended the matter and arrested him. Police spokesperson Captain Johannes Mahlahlane Maheso said that the case is no longer on their hands but of the court to decide. They will get information after the magistrate takes action against him. Phineas Mampane has been remanded in custody since May and recently appeared in Mamelodi West Magistrate Court. The senior prosecutor said that his case is again postponed to 18 of August for the bail application. Apparently, Phineas Mampane is going to demand bail and it is not yet known if it will be successful or not. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mams Protest Leads To Numerous Pupils Missing Their First Day At School

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Mamelodi East residents had a protest this morning for service delivery. They were protesting to get electricity and water in their area. The memorandum including their needs will be soon delivered to the local ward councillors. The protest took place in three different places in Mamelodi, places including Mamelodi East Mahube Bp, Fourways Extension 6 and Nelmapius on Solomon Mahlangu road. Two of these areas (Nelmapius and Mahube Bp) were protesting for the same reason. It is not yet known why the extension 6 residents had a protest this morning. During the protest, residents burned tires and blocked the roads.IMG_0682 Residents of Mahube Pb started the protest this morning 12:00 midnight and continued until later this afternoon. Earlier this morning taxi drivers both in Mahube Bp and Nelmapius were not allowed to use the roads as they were threatened to burn or stone their taxis if they did not make their turn. These caused a clash between residents and taxi drivers because the taxi drivers were fighting with residents and wanted to use the road. The police were in all three areas of strike attending the matters. IMG-20170724-WA0011 (2)The protest in Mahube Bp affected students, causing many of them to miss their classes on their first day due to taxis, transport non-operation and blocked roads. “We were not as many today at school, most of the students at our school are from the informal settlement and they did not come to school because of the strike, some are using transports and some taxis to school “, said Koketso Moerane, a student from Lehlabile Secondary School. Other schools include Sediba Sa Thuto Primary.

By: Fortunate Machaba

What Does It Mean To Celebrate Mandela Day?

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Mandela Day? This will help you find out!

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Mandela Day is a day we celebrate every year 18 July (Nelson Mandela’s birthday) to honour him, not just us but the entire world. It is an international day in honour of Nelson Mandela. From Mandela Day campaign: “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes. We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peacereconciliation and cultural diversity,” according to a statement issued on Mandela’s behalf.

To me, this day means to bring back positivity to the community.

Have a little tour with me and see what I did as well as others on that day. 

 

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Anglo-American bringing their best at children’s home. I helped catering ladies with preparing about 150 food packs for children at the village.

After that, it totally made sense why there should be this day. I honestly feel that we should do this very often, practice this every day and not just do positive things or bring back to the community once a year. Won’t it be amazing if you see what I will share with you just now very often? I’ll be thrilled!

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Ward 10 councillor and members of the community cleaning the schools in Mamelodi East.

It always pains me when I see the guys sleeping on the streets in my community without warm blankets and what you see near them is fire just to keep warm. I wish I or someone else could’ve donated some for them.

 

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Lehlabile Secondary School Students cleaning the library.

 

 

Some students from Lehlabile Secondary School took their initiative and cleaned the library at their school for Mandela Day.

 

 

 

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children playing soccer to entertain Pact SA visitors

 

Pact SA, Pick’n pay, Denlyn and Mahube and GSK organisation also contributed to Sediaba Sa Thuto dropping centre, giving children from unprivileged family food and school uniforms for Mandela Day.

 

This day is the most special day. I never considered going to the orphanages or school to help before but since I have been to many places on Mandela Day, I’ve seen how important it is. Don’t hesitate to help when you see someone in need and you see that you can help. Let’s help each other, develop each other if we can and improve our society. Stay motivated cheers!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Interview With Howard Zondo, Young Author Of Young Black And Powerful.

 

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First, tell us about yourself, where you live and what you do for a living

My name is Howard Zondo, I’m 17 years old and a student from J Kekana Secondary School, a motivational speaker and I run projects as well for students at school. I live in SNS, Mabeshane.

When did you start the process of writing a book?

I started writing when I was 15 and most of my writing came from writing a lot of speeches at school. So I combined all my writings into one piece. Some of the things were things that I wanted to express as a young person or can’t talk to my mum about. I felt like there is a need to address all these issues in a form of writing because if I don’t they will never be solved.  So basically it was me putting my feelings, opinion and views down on paper.

When was your book published and How many books have you read before you published your own?

My book was published this year around April. I read a lot of books before, one that has transformed me it was one written by Fred Bohasu (Make A Way Out Of No Way), I bought it when I was 15, it was one of his book I ever read. Most of the other books I read were from e-books (electronic books). I read many from before and after I wrote mine. I could call myself a book worm.

How would you describe your book to the audiences? What’s the message you trying to get out there?

This book is literally meant for everyone who is motivated by a fear of being average, like people who have A fear of being employees but want to become employers. Everyone who wants to achieve beyond that. As for young people, I believe we might be young today but we are parents of tomorrow. They should start reading and make good foundations for the future.

What were the challenges you came across as an author while writing a book and before you actually published it?

The main challenge I experienced was that I had a low self-esteem because I felt that maybe because of the colour of my skin has to do with what I want to do in life, looking in the lights of songs and music video’s that promote light skin people “ma yellow bone” and when you dark you will think that you won’t achieve anything. Since many are from a poor background when you light skin they think you will achieve what you want, you’re the most beautiful person so I have no problem with it but my problem is when you’re dark skin and want to change your colour because you are trying to fit in that society. I’ve seen many of my friends doing that. This was my first challenge. I sometimes feel like I would be best if I was yellow bone or white and that’s not even necessary. Hence my book says it all that I’m young black and powerful. I remember Martin Luther King’s words saying that is not about the colour of your skin but the content of your character. Those words motivated me.

What are your dreams or goals that you want to achieve/ accomplish and how are you going to accomplish/achieve them?

By the age of 25, I want to have my own law firm which is going to be my profession because I want to study law and on the other side, I want to write over 10 books at that age and also want to be a motivational speaker throughout. My dream is to become an advocate of black consciousness, to all those who have lost their image and thinking that their skin colour hinders them from succeeding. I want to bring those who have lost themselves along the journey, motivate them and bring them back. I’m going to achieve my dreams and goals by going to the university, especially law, being an author and motivational speaker I’ll have to read more books, write more of the stories that inspire and every message I want to get out there.

Who is your role model/inspiration or mentor, someone who actually helped you to get where you are today?

I’d like to define what a mentor is because for me I believe a mentor is not someone who takes you for zero to hundred but someone who takes you from 50 to hundred so that person has to be Thulane Mphahlele (motivational speaker and currently a teacher at JK high school), I met him while I was in grade 9, he got me to public speaking. He is really a mentor, father figure to me and helped me a lot and I got this far. He always told me that he’s going to guide me and not hold my hand and get me to do what I want to do, I had to work. I have learned a lot from him and have borrowed many books from him as well.

What would you like to say to everyone out there, how should they stay inspired striving to become successful?

My message would be, but firstly I believe that we are all born and created to create, designed to deliver and I believe that one day what ever dreams they have they are going to achieve them and they should bear in mind that they will be people who doubt them, laugh at them and people who will say they will never make it. All this comes down to how individual responses to what other people say about them because for every test that people face in their lives they need to be aware that it is actually preparing them for the price they going to get at the end of the day. They should never give-up in life no matter how hard it is. They have to achieve. There are a lot of people out there who have not yet achieved their dreams because of doubt or fear of failure. The honest truth is that in the journey there is pain, disappointment, heartbreaking, stress but in the end, they will succeed. They should go out there work hard and only God knows when the time is right.

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In addition I’d like to say that age has nothing to do with your goals or dreams you want to achieve because your maturity doesn’t necessarily define achievements at school or the position at work, so if someone has to tell you that you can’t start something because of your age, for me if I want to achieve something I will go for it because age is just a number and doesn’t necessarily have to be a reason for not being an achiever.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Favours Catheral Church Celebrated Mandela Day; Mamelodi West

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The Favours Catheral Church, Mamelodi branch has celebrated Mandela Day, providing soup to members of the community in Mamelodi West on Tuesday morning. The community was waiting to be served that morning at Mamelodi West clinic.

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The group came on behalf of the church, under the leadership of Prophet Maggie Thulare and served the community.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Anglo-Amerian Donated R 10 000+ To Mamelodi Village Children

 

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Anglo-American and their donation to the village

 

 

Anglo-American donated R 10 000 and other needs to the village children (SOS) yesterday for Mandela Day. About 60 children live in the village and more than 150 children visited the village. The needs include Winter Jackets, Sponsoring Boot camp for village children, School stationery, toiletries, Groceries, 1 big drum and 3 x small drums, Bedding for children, kits for soccer and netball teams, rain boots and rain coats, indigenous games sets, school bags, sponsoring Christmas party.

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CHE and their donation to the village

The needs were also mentioned on the village wishing list. Other organisation such as Universal church, discover the reality of education in all minds (DREAMS), RW Arttoneys, Guilternhuis Malatjie Attorneys, Council of Higher Education (CHE), GTAC (National Treasury), Distel Limited and Virgin Active, SANDF and NBA.

 

 

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children playing games with UP students

 

 

A team of 25 students from the University of Pretoria, Hartfield also came for the day to play with the children. They donated a washing machine, food, toys and sanitary towels to the village. “We came to engage with the community around us and taking advantage for Mandela Day”, said Kevin Lubembe, on of the students. According to these organisations, they were given a wishing list to all the village and children’s needs and they donated according to what they have been given. IMG_0662.JPG“We have been given the wishing list and is for all 60 children from the village we also provided food catering including breakfast, lunch and cake. Is in response to Nelson Mandela Day but also respond to corporate responsibilities to do so”, said Pauline Choshane, Anglo-American spokesperson.

Different organisations participate every year at the village. More will be expected next year.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

 

 

Ward 10 Councillor And Mamelodi East Community Celebrated Mandela Day

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Morwangwato Mantjane, Ward 10 Councillor celebrated his 67 minutes with the community today cleaning Sediba Sa Thuto Primary School in Mamelodi East RDP Zone. They started at Rephafogile Secondary School this morning at 10 then spent the rest of their afternoon at Sediba Sa Thuto Primary School. IMG_0667During the period, the school yard was cleaned, broken furniture was fixed and classrooms were cleaned. “We gathered here today as members of the ANC including the community members, and former ANC Councillor because we use the school for most of our meetings, but this is a continuous program.

The other group went to the elder’s homes in the community, helping them with cleaning and cooking”, said the Ward Councillor. Some of the community members were volunteers and assisted with cleaning and fixing the furniture for the school children. “I’d like to thank the community for what they did, I believe that the partnership will grow stronger and stronger and should continue for the sake of our children”, said Steve Mothwa the School Governing Body (SGB). IMG_0676The branch chairperson of ANC, Nkabotsana Mogoboya said that he was very happy to see people who have attended the event for Mandela Day, members of the ANC were also there to attend and support the community. ” We are here for 67 minutes for Tata Madiba and we will continue to assist the community when needed”, said the branch chairperson. More programs are expected take place, their intention is that they want to come with a new program at the end of this month. Their program includes visiting orphans and is still being discussed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

About 3 Families Left Homeless Due To Burning Of Electric Cable In Mamelodi East

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About 3 families (9 family members) lost their homes yesterday due to the electric cable that caught fire and burned four shacks to ashes in Mamelodi East Extension 18. It is not yet known what caused the fire. Anyone who is able to assist these families is asked to come forth and help with donation. IMG-20170717-WA0007The families have rented at the back yard in one of the houses in Extension 18 and they have no relatives to help them with food or clothing. “The fire has affected us more than the tenants, therefore we are trying to help them to get people to donate food and clothing since they have no families or relative close by, we are the only people they know”, said the owner’s daughter

Mahlatse Tlhako. IMG-20170717-WA0008Anyone who has anything to help with food or clothing is more than welcome to  help the tenants since they lost everything including their homes. The tenants are living with their children as well.

If you can be able to assist them please phone this number: 074 400 1132 (Mahlatse).

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Nkosinathi Mahamba hosted an event at Mamelodi East RDP Zone on Saturday. The event took place at Sediba Sa Thuto primary school. The purpose of the event Themed: Awareness Conversation and Advice for Male and Female, was to engage with issues that the community face every day, have an awareness sessions with the members of the community and advise them with regard to what causes the negative morality from male to female, looking at the fact that most females have to deal with it and how are we able to fight this negative morality against women and also to come up with solutions to the problems. IMG_0634

 

The program had a dialogue, support message from different community-based organisations and entertainment. During the event, Morwangwato Mantjane, Ward 10 councillor extension 18, gave a support message to the community. Sector 4 Youth Crime Prevention Desk and Mentors Movement, Daphney Aphane from Mamelodi East police station was also involved in organising the event. Issues such as rape, drug abuse, murders and domestic violence were raised during the conversation. The social worker from Mamelodi East police station, Mrs Betty addressed the common issue that residents complain about, domestic violence, its causes and possible solutions. ” We are working with social problems (victim empowerment), we face challenges every day at the police station, a core business being domestic violence. We don’t allow people to drop their cases of domestic violence at the police station since it is a serious issue, it is a common problem that we have in Mamelodi”, said the social worker Mrs Betty. IMG_0624She suggested that the youth make changes to the way of living, she believes that domestic violence.We don’t allow people to drop their cases of domestic violence at the police station since it is a serious issue, it is a common problem that we have in Mamelodi”, said the social worker Mrs Betty.

She suggested that the youth make changes to the way of living, she believes that domestic violence start at home. If children are brought up in a house where domestic violence takes place, children tend to grow with a mentality that is a good way of living. It suddenly becomes a norm since that’s what they know. The ward councillor said that it was not about the count on how many people attended the session but who attended the session was more important. “Domestic violence has to do with family, where the child was brought up. Abuse is in many things and if a child is raised in an abusive way, they will do the same to their family”, said Mantjane. He added that they don’t want to be abusers, they want to build a better family. IMG_0637He urged the community to go out and spread the message about abuse and domestic violence. “It mustn’t only be on a special day of women and child abuse but people should practice that throughout the year”, he added. The host, Nkosinathi Mahamba thanked everyone who attended the session including the councillor who he said he always supports the events he hosts in the community. The councillor said that he’s expecting more of the same session to take place in a bigger venue, where most of the young people are expected to attend. He appealed to young women to avoid being victims of all situations. He mentioned that he wants to start a platform where they empower young people to overcome the circumstances. More events are expected in the community.

IMG_0623He urged the community to go out and spread the message about abuse and domestic violence. “It mustn’t only be on a special day of women and child abuse but people should practice that throughout the year”, he added. The host, Nkosinathi Mahamba thanked everyone who attended the session including the councillor who he said he always supports the events he hosts in the community. The councillor said that he’s expecting more of the same session to take place in a bigger venue, where most of the young people are expected to attend. He appealed to young women to avoid being victims of all situations. He mentioned that he wants to start a platform where they empower young people to overcome the circumstances. More events are expected in the community. She suggested that the youth make changes to the way of living, she believes that domestic violence starts at home. If children are brought up in a house where domestic violence takes place, children tend to grow with a mentality that is a good way of living. It suddenly becomes a norm since that’s what they know. The ward councillor said that it was not about the count on how many people attended the session but who attended the session was more important. “Domestic violence has to do with family, where the child was brought up. Abuse is in many things and if a child is raised in an abusive way, they will do the same to their family”, said Mantjane. He added that they don’t want to be abusers, they want to build a better family. He urged the community to go out and spread the message about abuse and domestic violence. “It mustn’t only be on a special day of women and child abuse but people should practice that throughout the year”, he added. The host, Nkosinathi Mahamba thanked everyone who attended the session including the councillor who he said he always supports the events he hosts in the community. The councillor said that he’s expecting more of the same session to take place in a bigger venue, where most of the young people are expected to attend. He appealed to young women to avoid being victims of all situations. He mentioned that he wants to start a platform where they empower young people to overcome the circumstances. More events are expected in the community.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Don Dada Visited Mams FM Dropping His Hot Track For Tata Madiba

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Menelik Nesta Bibbons, stage name aka Don Dada, 30-year-old artist from Johannesburg visited Mamelodi FM in Mamelodi East Mahube yesterday to drop his album. He released his first album Avant Garde with the first single coincidentally released on Mandela Day in 2016. As it’s known that every year on the 18 July the entire world celebrates the birthday of the late former South African president, known as world icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. A day which will be celebrated tomorrow. 1

This year hip-hop star Don Dada is celebrating Mandela Day with the release of his official 2017 song titled “Viva Mandela” exclusively available on MTN CallerTune and also available for streaming and download on all major music platform. “This brought inspiration and added to the task of writing a Mandela tribute song”, said Don Dada.IMG-20170716-WA0010

The song is Mandela-themed and inspired by the book ‘Mandela Long Walk To Freedom’. He added that the song is has a Distinct African Flavour incorporating hip-hop and reggae. Menelik thought of making his song unique and upbeat considering the fact that most of the songs about Tata Madiba are sad.

IMG-20170716-WA0006“Most of the Mandela songs are sad and I wanted to make mine more upbeat. I wanted to change the way we think about the man who brought freedom to South Africa”, said Menelik.

His album (Viva Mandela) was recorded at Don Dada’s studio and record label, RuFF cuTT  studio and was produced by Super Producer Rapz coordinated by RasMoe. Don Dada also featured female close friend Somila Menjane known as Seed_Under.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Mamelodi Happenings brings you one of the Hero’s friends who died in the struggle during the apartheid period. Expect more people who contributed to the struggle but are not yet known.

Firstly, tell us about your self and what you do

My name is Len Ngoma and I’m a pensioner. I used to be a teacher at Lehlabile Secondary School. I own a couple of businesses n Mamelodi West. One of them being flats that I rent out.

Can you tell us how well you knew the late Solomon Khalushi Mahlangu, was he a political activist?

Solomon Mahlangu was my friend, we grew up together playing soccer, while we were young we used to call him city councillor because he was playing number 3 and he was a good defender and used to like to be in control. He wasn’t a political activist he was a soldier for the party called Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK). He was one of those during the struggle showed the spirit of non-compromising even when he was in court.

What can you remember from the last time you were with Solomon Mahlangu?

One of the things I will never forget in my life…before he was hung, i remember the boer came at his house, we were together at the time, sitting outside cooking on the fire, they came kicked the pots and the fire died out, I remember we were cooking…and after they left. We didn’t know what they wanted or what we did.

How did it feel after you heard that your friend was hung in Pretoria Central Prison?

I never had a chance to feel pain because we were always fighting with the police. What pained me was that I couldn’t bury him. He was supposed to be buried in Mamelodi but due to circumstances, they took him to Atteridgeville. That day after we heard that he was hung the whole street in C2 was out and fighting. So many of young people in our street were arrested that day. He was later brought to Mamelodi after the late Nelson Mandela was the president.

Have you participated in the struggle and can you still remember what happened that day?

Yes I have. I was one of the people who was involved in the bombing of Ellis Park Rugby Stadium in Johannesburg. It was 1988 when the incident occurred. You can have a look at Ellis Park rugby stadium bombing in 1998, Johannesburg.

What do you think about the movie made about him?

I think the movie needed more research because is not entirely based on the true story. The movie is distorted. The story line has changed so much. In the story, they showed Solomon and his friends going to exile and coming back together and that is not true. I was there when he left the country, I remember taking him to the train station in Eestefabriek, although I didn’t know that he was leaving. What I knew was that he left with them and they didn’t go to the same places, they went to different training and even when they came back, they didn’t all come back together. He went into exile with four people who ended up on death row like he did. The purpose of them in exile was not to make friendship whereas in the movie it looks like it was about friendship. They were there to be trained and prepared to fight.

Do you think is important for young people to know about history especially what used to happen during the apartheid period and people who fought for the struggle?

Yes, it is, I’d urge them to read a book called In Different Times. Although it was published way after our heroes like Solomon died but it is of importance for them to read and know was happening then. There are also heroes in that book from Mamelodi whom people didn’t know about and participated during the struggle.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Solomon Mahlkangu’s Family Celebrated Son’s Birthday In Mamelodi West

Solomon Khalushi Mahlangu’s family celebrated his birthday on Monday at C2 in Mamelodi West . It is not yet known who organised the party yet. It is alleged that ANC (African National Congress) members and ministers were present during the celebration. The full story remains the subject to Gideon Mahlangu, the family spokesperson who has yet to comment. Solomon Khalushi Mahlangu was born in 1956 on 10 July. He was born second in his family. He attended school in Mamelodi High School and didn’t complete his matric because of the school closure due to the students’ riots during the apartheid period. He joined the ANC in September 1976 and left the country to be trained as an MK (Umkhonto Wesizwe). “I didn’t know what he was up to, I remember taking him to Eesterfabriek train station to catch a train, I didn’t know he was leaving the country. His last words he left me with while the train was taking off were ‘We can’t all be soldiers there must be kings’ I didn’t know what he meant at the time”, said Solomon Mahlangu’s friend he grew up with, Len Ngoma. He added that when Solomon came back to the country he had a mission to complete, he didn’t know what the mission was but it was interrupted by the police who suspected them and that led to an exchange of fire between them and the police. He was later arrested and charged with the attacks and two accounts of murder and other charges that had to do with terrorist attack act, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to death. He was hanged at Pretoria Central Prison. “He was supposed to be buried in Mamelodi but because of the fight in our community, we had with the police after we heard that he was hanged we couldn’t bury him in Mamelodi. He was instead buried in Atteridgeville and later brought to be buried in Mamelodi, B3 after the late Nelson Mandela became the president”, said Len Ngoma. More updates to follow about the family’s party.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Interview with Keabetswe Shilakwe; Blogger, writer and a photographer

Keabetswe Shilakwe 23 years old of a blog theanchor2016.wordpress.com, she blogs about being a modern-day Christian and has been a blogger since last year 2016.

As Mamelodi Happenings never shared a story of this kind, we thought of bringing you a new style of telling news about a new person from a different area. New beginning….

First, tell us about yourself, your passion for writing, hobbies and job.

I’m Keabetswe Shilakwe, news intern and host of a show called The Movement. I’m a 23 years old blogger, photographer and writer. I began writing from a young age, from as young as Primary school and my teachers and family could tell I was gifted (still think they’re lying) haha and well yeah that’s how I started my writing career. It was poetry at first in both English and Afrikaans and then it would span to things like speeches and short stories and as of late, news articles, blog posts as well as the script for my own show. My hobbies are of course reading, as well as writing, and being an aunt to my nephews and niece.

What is your blog about and what encouraged you to start blogging?

Well my current blog is about being a modern-day Christian and how I tackle life though my posts are erratic and are never in time lol that’s the whole point, even my life is a mess. My other blog was about my poetry but I’ve stopped using it. We were encouraged last year to start blogging for a school assignment and I’ve been stuck on it since.

What content are you most proud of?

I love all my content really if there’s something I don’t like, it gets deleted or it just never goes up there at all… It could take up to two weeks for me to come up with one post because I believe in quantity over quality… so it doesn’t really matter as long as I know what I’ve put out there is my best.

If you get a chance to change something about your blog what would it be?

Uhmm I’d break my own insecurities and start talking more about myself and make it more p[personal but I’m afraid.

Who’s your inspiration, do you have any book you’re reading at the moment?

Haha I inspire myself really…That and the concept of strong women… I have books I’m always reading…I’m currently busy with likes 3 all at once. Books called Abducting Abby by S E Smith, What kills me by Wynne and White Fang by Jack Landon.

Does your family support you in what you do?

Yep, for black parents, they support me more than I could ever hope I’m grateful.

What do you think about Mamelodi Happenings?

I think is beautiful sentiment to have an online platform for the community. Not a lot of them have such opportunity to have their voices heard on a global scale.

In addition, Keabetswe said she was happy that Mamelodi Happenings honoured her with an interview that few would kill to have. It’s important that the youth uplift each other because people are out there trying to get to the top by themselves.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Residents of Mahube Valley extension 1 and those who lives in the informal settlement had a protest on June 22 2017, where many of them from both communities lost their homes. Resident had a clash due to illegal connection of electricity by the residents in the informal settlement. City Of Tshwane shared on their official page that on the 28 June 2017, the city under Mandla Nkomo, the leadership of Member of the Mayoral Committee for Housing and Human Settlement held a committee meeting with representatives of the Mountain View informal settlement following a violent clashes that happened two weeks ago between formal home owners from Mahube Valley Extension 1. It is confirmed that resident in Mahube didn’t attend the meeting raising safety issues. The MMC said that he will meet with them separately and proceeded with those from the informal settlement.  It is resolved that the city team commence the shack marking and registration of house holds in Mid July 2017.  The progress made to create Mahube Valley and Tshwane by commitment of executive Mayor include, installation of new 11KV feeder cable to Mahube Valley is completed, the team were testing the cables on Friday before it was commissioned. They have repaired all 14 vandalised water metres at Mahube Valley and water was restored. The city had obtained a court order to ban the residents from the informal settlement from connecting illegally on the service infrastructure and also not to vandalise the infrastructure. The city continues to engage the community in finding the sustainable solution between the two communities, within the confines of the law.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Assist Elizabeth with Looking For Sponsors; About 37 Elders and 15 Orphans Count On Her

IMG_0617Poppy Elizabeth Ramakgapola, chairperson in her 60’s started her organisation this year March. She’s running a community project and currently looking for a sponsor for her project. She’s looking for anyone who’s interested in helping orphans and elders in her community, Nkangala. They are a team of six ladies who are helping the community but only two contributes to the project due to a lack of jobs. They are helping about 37 alders and 15 orphans. She had received sponsors before from VIVA petrol garage in Mamelodi East, Mahube complex. The lady whose the owner funded her with a R 1000 and nine bags clothes for her elders. She also received funding from a lady who owns a hardware business in Mamelodi. The challenge she’s facing at the moment is that she does not get anyone to help her to grow her project and to continue her project. She uses her money from the government (pension) to feed the elders and orphans every month. “I have been asking in many places before and they haven’t phoned me back yet, I have to take my own money to feed the elders and orphans because they count on me. Sometimes I live with nothing to eat and make sure that they have food”, said Elizabeth. The other problem she faces is that she spend a lot more money on transport to travel from Nkangala to places where she get funding because most of the people who funded her are from Mamelodi. She still uses more money to travel and look for sponsors. She approached Lottery board and they promised to fund her. She went in many places such as Motsepe foundation, Mamelodi Mahube KFC, Pick’n Pay Mahube, taxi associations, Spar and Woolworths Sylverlakes. “When I approach them they sound promising but they haven’t got back to me but I’m willing to wait until the right time comes. Anyone who can assist her, it could be clothes or food that you want to donate please contact Mamelodi FM on 0128403891 to get hold of Elizabeth.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Family Found Sadam Karrim After Being Allegedly Kidnapped By Nigarian Women

 

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Sadam Hussein Karrim, 19 was found in Marabastad and safely returned home by his uncles this morning after he was dropped off. He has been missing since Monday. It is allegedly that a Nigerian woman kidnapped him and took him to Johannesburg. The family believe that their son has been in contact with her because he was looking for a job. Before he went missing they promised him a job and told him not to tell his family where he was going. The lady came to Mamelodi extension 5 and picked him up on Monday. Before he was found, his family first went to Garankuwa’s police station last night to ask them to help look for Sadam. One of the family members said that they had a lead that Sadam was kidnapped in the dumping site. They said that the police said they couldn’t go to the dumping site at the time due to security reasons. They then went to Cellc in Menlyn to track his sim-card, when they checked his last call they found out that the “Nigerian” lady was last to phone their son. They phoned her to ask where Sadam was since they couldn’t reach him. The lady answered their call and replied that Sadam was happy where he was, his aunt asked where he was then the lady hung up. His aunt Norah Karrim said that the lady let Sadam to phone his family back to tell them that he was okay. Although the family didn’t believe it was true. “I have been in contact with the lady and she also sent us the video as her proof that Sadam was okay, he didn’t look happy at all, we know Sadam”, said his aunt Norah Karrim. She added that she thinks they were feeding him drugs because he didn’t look like himself when they saw the video, he still didn’t look right when he got home. Karrim’s family continued phoning the lady to ask her to release their son. The lady then phoned them back and said she’s going to get him a taxi to Marabastad. The aunt said they were threatened and told that they think they were smart to call her and ask for their son. She asked the family not to bring the police with them. Sadam’s uncles went to Marabastad to get him this morning. Sadam has now gone to Limpopo with his mum for recovery. Norah (aunt) said that he’s going to go for counselling and also see the doctor for his health purposes. It is not yet confirmed what has happened while he was kidnapped. “Our son looks traumatised he hasn’t said anything yet that has happened to him, we don’t even know if he’s still going to live in Mamelodi or not, that will depend on the Psychological process”, said his aunt Norah Karrim. The family has been fasting for three days praying for their son to come back and they like to thank everyone who helped with their prayers.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East Police Investigates Missing Person

20170705_131301Sadam Hussein Karrim,19  a grade 11 student from Lehlabile Secondary School, living in Mamelodi East Extension 5 has been missing since Monday. The family opened a case of a missing person at Mamelodi East Police Station yesterday morning. “We have realised that he’s gone on Monday night when he did not return home”, said his aunt Sakina Karrim. She added that Sadam is very quiet boy, you could hardly find him on the streets and spend most of his time indoors and that’s what made them realise he’s missing. They have another family in Mamelodi East Extension 6, where he normally visits but when they phoned to ask if he’s with them they found out that they’re not with him. One of his close friends said he last spend time with him on Monday, he said that Sadam told him he was going to Johannesburg and never mentioned what he’s was his business there. The family says they have no family or relatives in Johannesburg. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to come forth and kindly assist with finding him. If you have information about where Sadam Karrim is kindly phone his family on the numbers given.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Mamelodi Different Parties Marched Against Women & Child Abuse; Memorandum Submitted To The Police Station

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The SACP Mamelodi district, ANC Mamelodi Zone, COSATU Tshwane Local, SANCO Mamelodi Zone, MKVA Mamelodi, Train Sector Mamelodi and other progressive organisation in Mamelodi had a march on Saturday from Baleboheng Primary School to Mamelodi Police Station. The police were also present at the march. The march was about their concerns in a manner in which South African Police Service is responding to issues that frustrates the community. The Mamelodi East police received a memorandum that day. The memorandum was about issues that they raised. Issues such as crime against women and children, abuse of drug and other substances, house breaking, rapes and killing of children  which it is believed that it’s traumatising the community members. The group on the memorandum that they cannot speak and walk freely and that contributes to suppression of their birth rights that accepted and adopted by the police of South Africa As stipulated in the Bill of Right hence enshrined in Chapter 2 in the constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 0f 1996. IMG_0561The group complained that there is no progress from SAPS on cases reported, Mamelodi is turned into a free drug zone, people are afraid to walk due to invisibility of policing and the police are failing to respond positively when called to attend this matters. The group mentioned that when the SAPS fails to listen and provide appropriate services to the people of Mamelodi they are saying that they have no enough resources such as cars but yet the police cars are idling all over and they believe that is a sign of lack of commitment to crime combating. They demanded that the victims of rape and death threat be respected and their cases be followed up to the later, reinforce the law against drug abusers and drug dealers, positive and speed respond to the calls of the victims and visibility policing across all sectors. The group say that this causes people asking law in their hands and that cannot be encouraged. They added that they start losing hope and they will have no choice except to call for the transfer or deployment of those occupied high position in SAPS station across Mamelodi. The police spokes person hasn’t yet commented. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

How Does it Feel To Meet Celebs? Let me put this question on you..How would you feel after meeting a celebrity?

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Marah Louw, I (Fortunate) and Hlubi Mbuya

Normal? excited?I’ll tell you about how I felt. You will find my side of the story more interesting if not better! I was walking about during my break time at Campus. It was during the Tjo!StoryFest program so we had a long break in between. I bumped into Hlubi Mboya. At the time she was taking photos with students…and I went hang on is that who I think it is? some student next to me replied…”Oh yes it is! I was also trying to figure it out” we laughed. I gave her some time and few minutes later she went to speak to this other lady I couldn’t figure out who it was. She looked familiar and I was trying so hard to remember who it was. Guess who it was? Marah Louw…I went OMG Is it really her? My jaw dropped immediately is not even a joke. I gave both of them a chance to talk while I was thinking of how to approach them. They never stopped talking haha.. Do you want to know how you approach a celebrity? I went and interrupted their conversation. You don’t want to know what I said to these ladies…I wen’t, Hi there my name is Fortunate can I take a picture with you guys?  They graciously agreed… I excitedly posed for the photo and believe me they made my day! At the program I listened to Marah Louw talking about her book that she launched not long ago, I was inspired and have learned from her. During the discussion I asked her two questions..Do I need to be someone to write a book or anyone can write a book if they want?, Do I need to read a lot of books to write one? I know I sounded silly and obvious but I was more interested in listening to how she was going answer me back. And you know what she said? She said “No my baby you don’t need to be someone to write a book, anyone can. and as for reading, of course you need to read a lot before you write. I read lots of books before…She added that if I want to write a life story, I’m too young for it and haven’t experienced anything. The funny part was when she said “You haven’t seen anything yet, I’ve seen a lot” she said. As everyone was laughing I though she’s funny, very kind, has a good sense of humor and more importantly she’s good at telling a story. She’s a women with a good smile. Going back to the first celebrity I met that day, Hlubi…I remember someone asked a question and because she was facing opposite direction she had to turn and listen to the audience from her back, I was looking at her and couldn’t believe I’ve met her. She caught me looking at her haha that’s one thing I will never forget…she took her tongue out and we both sighed. I’m not sure if I should repeat myself but she has a good smile too. It was a best day ever. I was excited and could’t wait for the program to finish so I can talk to them. They were friendly, kind and made me feel like we knew each other for quit a while. I wasn’t sure whether I should feel blessed or grateful to talk to them if not both. Especially when they are successful women. It was a great opportunity to have them around. Mamelodi is blessed to have celebrities visiting and I wish we get that very often they were super cool!.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Marah Louw visited University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus on Saturday to talk about her book (Autobiography) It’s Me, Marah that was recently launched.

Marah Louw had a lead role on the SABC2 television soapie Muvhango and has acted in numerous musicals, stage plays and feature films. She is currently acting in Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen.

She had her book discussion with the audience as part of Tjo!StoryFest program. She described her book as a life story, all the sad times she had, joy and triumph that has been part of her life.

Even although she’s famous, she said that she’s never scared to be judged by her readers. What was important to her was to be as honest as possible. She also encouraged the audience who were also interested in writing their own books to be honest while writing and that it has to be a true story, what has happened in their lives and not what they make up.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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SABC journalist, Obuseng Maluti interviewed student from Lehlabile secondary school about the Tjo!StoryFest program that took place at University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus on Saturday. Students showed more interest in the program and took part in community talks especially with SA Depression & Anxiety Group. The group brought one of their “service users” to share his story with the audience. The group discussed with the audience about drug abuse. The ex-drug user, 29 with a diploma had been using drugs for more than 10 years and he said that he want to change his life and start focusing on the future, making the right choices and doing good to the community. He added that students have to go to school with a purpose, knowing what they want to do with their lives and not just to attend school. “I’ve  learned a lot from the program, it helped me to grow. I didn’t know what we young people are going through in the community. I’m encouraged about what he’s doing, it is a good thing and he has to improve. For the fact that he has a diploma he should focus on the future”, said Katlego Boikanyo, a grade 11 student. Students were also able to share their thoughts about the topics that came up during the program. The topics were mostly about personal stories that are happening in the community. “Substance abuse is a hard thing to quit, but at the end of the day is the decision that we make, we just have to stay positive and not let peer pressure to take over us because it destroys us”, said the student, Koketso Moerane. He added that he’s going to take the message back to the community and make sure others does’t go through the same issue. He believes that the program helps them to help others. Most of the audiences believe that people who uses drugs started at an early age where they didn’t have enough education and guidance. It is believed that if children get education about drugs and get reasons why it’s not the right choice to use drugs it will help the issue to stop in future rather than to preach “SAY NO TO DRUGS” to children without explaining to them why.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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SA Depression & Anxiety Group, Inqubelo Foundation

 

Tjo!StoryFest held their last program today at University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus. Their first program started yesterday 12 pm and was closed this evening. Today’s program was about community talk. Issues that Mamelodi residents face everyday. Issues such as drug abuse, teen suicide and gender tolerance. SA Depression & Anxiety Group, inqubelo Foundation and Florence & Fabian Ribeiro Treatment Centre were there to discuss personal stories from local organisations with the public.

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Florence & Fabian Ribeiro Treatment Centre’s Psychologist and the service user

The Centre also brought their “service user” to the discussion so he shares his story with the public and also to let them know how helpful the treatment he receives from the centre is and how it could possibly change lives of other drug users. The “service user” has been using drugs for more than 10 years and joined the centre for treatment to stop using drugs. He started taking treatment on the 14th of June this year (2017) and already sees changes in his life and planning to stop using drugs. He said that he’s still in prison and the court has referred him to receive treatment from the centre. The centre is open to assist anyone who needs their service.

 

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Author Nape Matana

Nape Matana, author of Hamba Sugar Daddy was part of the program, shared the story in his book, Sisanda Henna was an extract reader and they had an interactive discussion with the audience about the book and issue of sugar daddy in communities. Marah Louw and Hlubi Mboya, famous actresses were also there to discuss Marah’s book, I’ts me, Marah. Her book that was recently launched.

They also had a discussion with the audience. Hlubi Mbuya was the extract reader and the book was introduced by Thabiso Mahlape.

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Marah Louw and Hlubi Mbuya

Questions that were mostly asked during the discussion was the challenges that they faced as authors while writing their books, if it was easy to write one and the message they’re sending across. The Campus Director, Edwin Smith, SOMAFCO alumnus and Tjo!StoryFest Director, Kgauhelo Dube were also attending the program.

 

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Tjo!storyFest hosted an event today at University of Pretoria ,Mamelodi Campus. The purpose of the event was to close off the Youth Month and welcoming Mandela Month with a new, exciting edition to the cultural calendar. Their theme of the day being: Everyone Has  A story.  The two-day (3o June-01 July) program will be about a special tribute to community activists Florence and Fabian Ribeiro, celebrating Tshwane-born writer Kagiso Lesego Molope’s novel The Mending Season being included into the Grade 12 curriculum, and interactive readings featuring South African celebrities Hlubi Mboya, Sisanda Henna, and Lindiwe Matshikiza. 

Tjo!StoryFest is an exploration on how communities can practically assert and implement the unanimous need for ‘telling our own stories’. The choice to pay tribute to Fabian and Florence Ribeiro was a way of highlighting the importance of biographies in our communities. Many of us travel along Florence Ribeiro Drive but wouldn’t know what to say if a child asked us who she was,” explains Festival Director, Kgauhelo Dube.

2The project has been a close collaboration between Kgauhelo Dube’s Orenda Arts Collective Non Profit, The University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Humanities, the Mamelodi Campus, and Elinor Sisulu’s Puku Children’s Literature Foundation.

Prof Vasu Reddy added that, as Dean of Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, I’m most excited to be part of the celebration of the often-underplayed yet vast cultural and intellectual output coming from our capital city. Tshwane is a place so many of our greats called home… think Nakedi Ribane, Eskia Mphahlele, Dolly Rathebe, Zanele Mbeki, Vusi Mahlasela – the list is endless. Tjo! Storyfest presents an opportunity for the community to reflect on big stories, dig into collective memory with a long-term goal of building a community archive. Because the festival also clashed with the beginning of school holidays, the program will feature exciting mini-events for the youth with young and dynamic speakers touching on different topics such as running active book clubs, careers in the media and publishing sector, and a lot more. Publishing maverick, Thabiso Mahlape, is set to give a punchy motivational talk about how being a “bookworm” eventually led her to an exciting career. Tjo!StoryFest will also celebrate Thabiso’s achievements; especially Bonang Matheba’s book “From A To B” which her imprint BlackBirdBooks will be launched soon.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Dr Barbara-Ann Ribeiro addressing at the program

Dr Barbara-Ann Ribeiro visited University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus today. She was invited to TJO program that was organised by Kajeno Media and Pretoria News.

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The purpose of the program was to honor Dr Fabian and his wife Florence Ribeiro and the significance of updating local history.

 

 

 

 

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From left to right: Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile, Val Boje and Dr Lindelwa Dalamba.

Also to stimulate the youth and encourage them to start reading. Dr Fabian Ribeiro and his was wife were assassinated on the first (1st) of December 1986 by agent of the state in their country yard. The couple were human rights activist, they were well known as one of the ionic figures in the township and contributed to the democracy of South Africa. The department of Education were also part of the program donating books to local school libraries.  Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile (National Poet Laureate), Val Boje (Editor at Pretoria News) and Dr Lindelwa Dalamba (Cultural historian) held Drs Fabian and Florence Ribeiro Tribute Conversation during the program. The program is going to take place again tomorrow starting at 10 Am until 18:30. At the beginning of the program,  Prof Nthabiseng Ogude officially opened the program. Followed by Prof Vasu Reddy, story telling in exploring the community archive, Spiritual motivational session by Nkini Mokone Phasha. Zanele Ndlovu was featured in musical performance, Lindiwe Matshikiza read the book extract and had interactive discussion with the author and audiences.  More updates to follow…

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

MYSTERY BEHIND THE DEATH OF A WOMAN INVESTIGATED

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The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 33 years old women in Mamelodi East. The incident took place at Mamelodi East Phase 3 in January 16, 2017. It is alleged that the deceased was from Venda and was in Mamelodi for a short visit. “Police believe that the man on the picture could assist them solve the mystery behind her death”, said the police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe. Anyone with more information to locate the man is asked to contact Mamelodi East Police at (012) 8157051/52 or phone: 0824919673

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Phase 1 near Putco

Mamelodi East residents protested today in phase 2 blocking Tsamaya road. The protest was caused by Phase 2, New Town residents. Residents say people who live in New Town have been given the land 2-3 weeks ago and some of them extended the piece that they had been given. The owner of the area called the police and some of the shacks were removed.

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Phase 2

The community is still protesting against the shacks being removed from the area. The protest started at Tsamaya road in Phase 1. During the protest residents burned tyres, blocked Tsamaya and New Town road and two brewery waggon were attacked during the protest. The police came during the protest and dispersed  the crowd.  The protest continued until this evening. The police were still shooting at residents who were trying to block the road from the top of the bridge. It is allegedly that six people were arrested during the protest. No injuries were reported during the protest. The matter remains the subject to the police.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Sabelo Mmina-tau Marishane, the ward councilor is involved in a project of installing a row of electric pylons to improve the electricity system in Mamelodi. The pylons are situated in Mamelodi East Phomolong, University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus and extension 22 Nelmapius. New RDP’s and rental houses in Nelmapus extension 22 are also going to benefit from the new pylons since they are also going to have electricity in their new homes. The project is still on going and it is not yet know when is going to be complete. “We are working on a substation development to improve the electricity system in Mamelodi”, said the ward councilor. He also said that he’s looking forward to complete the project considering the fact that now is winter and it is vital to have electricity and the want to solve the issue of power cut in the community.

By: Fortunate Machaba

I have been through a lot of pain in life but what I have experienced wasn’t a usual pain it was prodigious!

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I know I’m writing from pain but this doesn’t mean I will forget about it once the pain heals. I walked in one of the areas of Mamelodi on the 22nd of June, a Thursday evening. This area had an enormous protest where many people were injured and some lost their homes. As I walked in the area, I saw sad faces like people were troubled…I continued walking until I reached the area where the protest took place. The first thing I saw was burned tyres, rocks blocking the road and burned shacks. What caused me pain was when I saw people taking their belongings from their homes (burned shacks), some where leaving from the area with vans. My heart bled. At the time the police were there looking after the area preventing more violence. I think I saw about 10 or more police in the area all sitting at the top of a hill and trust me that didn’t even make me feel better about the situation. I asked myself one question that I still haven’t got an answer to it. Where is the humanity? I’ve realised that some of us still fail to practice the concept of “Ubuntu”. I could’t find reason enough for the cause of the violence. When I asked what caused the protest they told me that they are fighting over an electric cable. IMG_0528Would an electric cable cause someone’s home to be burned? It was unbelievable…Not to forget to mention that people were still in their homes with fear..fear that the attackers would come back and burn their homes. Some were still outside cold, with children on their backs scared to go home just walking in the streets. Elders not knowing where they should go. Is this a life that any people should be living in this day and age? I suggest we look after each other but that looks like it is going take a while to sink in. Care about each other and help each other out. One of my good friends said “I’ve realised that we people live like birds, once one gets attacked we fly away”, I totally agree with him. How many of us are helping other people who struggle? I bet very few. As for I, I wish I had the power to make changes. I’m actually looking for a way to change this although there won’t be nothing but telling their story. I spoke to a few people in the community trying to get as much information as I could to understand what happened and why it happened. One of the few people who was able to talk to me expressed how he felt about what happened to them, it was heartbreaking to hear the whole story. I listened to his cries, gave advice where I could but it wasn’t good enough. I even felt like I’m not good enough to give advice. If you could give yourself time and listen to people stories you will be shocked. I know in your mind you think I’m just a journalist looking for stories, but this isn’t about journalism anymore it is a reality. Listening from where these people are coming from, some are here for work. I wish we would all feel the same way and try and help other people and if we were, one of you will understand the pain I’m going through…

Later on when I did a follow-up to the story and found more information about what happened that day. I found out that some of the people in the informal settlement also burned Mahube Valley Extension 1 bond houses. There were others from Mahube who also lost their homes that day. The residents were lucky enough because it is said that Tswane Mayor, Solly Msimanga is going to build a wall between them and the cable as well as water metres were later replaced by Tshwane. Maybe now I should say I feel so much better because they also looking for a fair solution to solve the issue.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Yesterday was an amazing day at Boston City Campus in Acadia. Do you know why? I was graduating!!!

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I have been waiting for that day and it was the best day of my life. I’m still shocked though I knew it was going to come with no doubt. My first walk at college when I saw everyone who was there before me dressed up and looked amazing with their regalia on, I then thought OMG this is really happening. I walked in the room where they were all getting dressed and I saw this queue, students were looking for their names on the list…I went hang on a minute what is the first impression I’m gonna give if I’m not on the list? and I went Ah…that is impossible. I eventually found my name on the list like I expected it to be. I got my regalia, put it on and went for my first photo.

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My friend Keabetswe and her parents

I got outside where everyone was with their families taking photo’s. I looked around me and I couldn’t believe what I just saw. I saw happiness, proud parents faces seeing their daughters and sons graduating. Tear of joy dropped down my face and I have realised how proud mine will be. As I was enjoying the view I saw a car I thought it will be my mum’s and I slowly walked to the gate. When I looked it was my parents.. it was like someone just told me that they got me a box of chocolates..lol that’s how grateful I was when I saw them. I walked back into college with them by my side giving me warm hugs and all that. After 5 minutes my younger sister and grandma arrived.

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Me and my family

I saw this big smiles on their faces, more hugs and complements. That’s when I started to realise how amazing it is to graduate. More photos obviously with everyone. The best moment came when our names where called and have to walk on the stage and shake hands to the lectures and pose for the picture. Remember it was too many of us in there. I mean like it was fully packed!!! I just told my self one thing..like my dad said “Is gonna finish before you know it, enjoy your moment on the stage, don’t rush it” and I did. I walked slowly and enjoying the time I was given to walk on the stage. As scary as it was I still made sure that I enjoyed it with my dad’s word in mind. It was amazing.. seeing everyone as well full of joy and enjoying the ceremony.  It was like a dream. In my mind I thought, we are all going somewhere and this was the first step of our journey.

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Me and my friends: Keabetswe and Precious

I still couldn’t believe until when I had to go and collect my Diploma and I went Oh yes! this is really happening. God is great and I thank him everyday for bringing the best in my life. Not to forget a couple I met 3 years ago. When I see them is just a reflection of my mum and dad, I see them as my parents and they are parents. They have been there since the first day at college until the last. I’m very lucky to have them in my life and I’m still grateful.  Also my family and all those who helped me and been with me from a young age I made all of them proud and this was what I always wished for. After graduations we went for the best lunch at the Greek restaurant. It was awesome! That was about it. If you haven’t got where I am right now. I wish you all the best and I know you gonna make it. For all of you out there, I’m sending best wishes. xx

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Mamelodi East residents, the informal settlement near Mahube were attacked this morning due to fighting over a cable, leading to many people injured and some losing their homes. The attackers burned down shacks, tires and blocked the road during the protest. One of the community members said the community members from the informal settlement had an argument with those who live in “bond” houses earlier before the strike about the cable that they allegedly used to steal the electricity from them and resulted in the protest and the attack. The houses of residents in Mahube Valley Extension 11 were also burned by residents from the shacks and it is not yet known how many houses and shacks were burnt that day. The reason being that the attackers complain that they pay rent including water and electricity yet they still have a shortage of electricity. The victim said they were attacked this morning (12 am) while they were sleeping in their homes. There were people in the community who were going door to door to make them aware of the attack and telling them to run away from their homes. Many people in that area evaded to the mall, somewhere on the street not knowing where to go and others were reported injured.”I didn’t know what to do to help those who were injured, they are in hospital as we speak, some were injured from running away from rubber bullets whereas some were injured from running away from the attack”, said the community member. It is not yet know how many people were injured and where they were taken.IMG_0528 Apparently, it is said that informal settlement residents were given 3 hours to move from the area. The statement is not yet confirmed. Members of the community say the police later arrived at the scene and started shooting (rubber bullets). It is believed that the attackers had guns during the protest. Few people in the area had moved out with their belongings this evening to avoid the conflict whereas many of them are currently in their homes. It is not yet known when the issue will be resolved. The police spokespersons, Captain Michel Mbewe (Mamelodi East police) together with Captain Johannes Maheso (Mamelodi West) are attending the matter at the moment. The police who are currently in the area are expecting the protest to take place. The police have been operating in the area since this morning, 5am.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Community members together with Tshwane government and initiation school owners around Mamelodi had a meeting on Saturday at Mamelodi East Extension 6, Africa Church. All the stakeholders were called including the councilor, priests, COPTA members, CONTRALESA and the SAPS member Mr Chivukadi from Mamelodi East police station. The meeting was concerning some of the owners of initiation schools who pays druggies R50 for bringing more kids to the schools. It is believed that is more than one school but not specified was recently paying druggies to take kids without their parent’s permission to the schools. It is said that most of the kids were taken from the streets playing with friends. The owners who attended the meeting said they will no longer take kids who are not taken in by their parent’s and from now on parents have to sign while bring their kids to school as well as giving them the doctor’s conformation letter to confirm that the child can go to the initiation school. “Those who were in the meeting, they said they will not take any child without their parent signatures. Even if the child is without a parent and decide to give the principal their parent’s phone numbers the principal will take the initiative and visit their homes for confirmation”, said Dina Sibanyoni, Team Leader ward 40 and one of the parent whose child is currently at the school. It is confirmed that any school that take children without their parents concern they would be charged and could end up sentenced to 12 years in prison. Ward 40 Team leader said most of the parents complains were that when children return home from from these schools, they are becoming disrespectful, get involved into drugs, suffer from health issues and they believe that initiation schools are loosing dignity this days, it is not more about culture but rather business. Some kids don’t even return they die in the schools. More investigations still in process. It is still going to be discussed when and where the next meeting will take place. The Team is currently looking for a bigger venue where everyone in Mamelodi is expected or invited to attend the meeting.

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is the Media Release from The Public Servants Association Of South Africa:

The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) won the battle against Department of Home Affairs regarding the new working hours which expected members to work on Saturdays without getting paid.

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Department of Home Affairs’ application for an urgent interdict to stop the PSA from starting the national strike was struck of the roll by Labour Court last Thursday 15 June. An urgent intervention by Ministers of Home Affairs, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize and Public Service and Administration, Faith Muthambi was called with affected labour parties to try and find a friendly solution and stop strike from today 19 June 2017.

“The PSA represents about 75% of workers in home affairs and the strike would have seen a total shut down of Home Affairs offices across the country”, said PSA General Manager, Ivan Fredericks. At the PSCBC on Thursday night, the ministers withdrew the circular that unilaterally introduced a new shift system for weekend work. In light of that, organised labour also agreed to withdraw their strike notice and suspend any intended strike action.

All parties have agreed to continue to engage in a process of negotiation on working hours in the Departmental Chamber of the GPSSBC. “The PSA will address it’s members of the outcome at major affected areas on Monday, 19 June 2016. The positive outcome of the dispute is a powerful message to employers that the PSA will stop at nothing within the law to protect the rights of it’s members”, said Mr Fredericks.

The workers are going back to work tomorrow and expected to work normal working hours.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Home affairs workers are on strike. Apparently the strike is Nationwide and not only Mamelodi East, Mahube Valley office is closed. The workers including the department of Home Affairs in Mamelodi East started their strike today. Rumors says the workers works over time including weekends without getting paid. EWN reported that the trade union representing home affairs front office workers have called for a Nationwide strike due to the department’s withdrawal of a circular aimed at forcing its staff to work overtime including Saturday without paying them overtime. It is not yet know when the issue will be resolved.

By: Fortunate Machaba

I was one night out for a jog and met this guy Buyi Mnyakeni one of the owners of Voiceofkasikats. I was jogging for about 2k and I stopped for a stretch and he approached me so I listen to him and gave him attention. For that I got an invitation for attending a poetry session that took place today in Mamelodi East, Makuwe Chisanyama just opposite Putco. Him and his team of 3 have been running these sessions for 10 years. 20170618_173721 (1)Believe me or not if you one day take your time and listen to these young voices I swear you would want to do poetry. Either that or nothing. It was my first time and it rocked my world!. I thought I was going to write about it like I always do with any event I attend. Guess what? I ran outa words and don’t know yet the right words to describe what I saw today. It was flipping stunning. I still can’t get the right words as I speak! It was like a film, you know one of those movies where your attention is fully caught, that makes you feel like there is nothing you could do for that moment but just to watch it and give it even more time to. That moment when a young lady or men enter the stage and you don’t know what to expect and what you get is like “truth in its Sunday clothes”? That is poetry…I still admire Joseph Roux for his words. 20170618_165719When they entered the stage I felt my toe nail twinkled, I immediately fell in love with poetry and I’m like where is all that coming from? I wish I could ask if it took them a life time to bring that on stage in a day. Some of them made me feel like I’m lost and alone in the unknown world. We used to see many druggies, beggars, hijackers or criminals and all that in Mamelodi that people discourage this township about but today…today proved that Mamelodi have amazing and talented young people. Listening to them expressing their feelings, telling a story in a way made me realise I’m a poetry fan. So why don’t you try and see it for yourself. It’s worth it!!!

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Touch line was re-opened last night 16 June at Mamelodi East Extension 5. The club was closed for two months due to financial problems. “We are entertaining people and bringing friends and colleagues together to have fun. We are doing this to save people from going too far to enjoy themselves but rather come to a place convenient to them”, said one of the owners, Lehlogonolo Molahlegi.

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The event started at 6 and finished later that night. The club is running by three young men including Immanuel Mahasha  and Mongezi Thabethe. They said that people in the community were complaining about the club being closed down since they had no anywhere else close to go and enjoy. They all three thought of re-opening the club. The club is currently running and they plan to grow it together as partners. “I expect touch Line to grow, the club has been running for two years and what I want to see is growth, said one of the owners.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

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Chief Phala was newly appointed as a traditional leader this morning at Mamelodi West C2. Chief’s  from different areas and king Swazi were there to support the new chief.  Rev Kotu and his wife were also invited to match out the new chief. The event was not only about the king and chiefs appointing the new leader but to commemorate those who lost their lives during the student uprising in 1976. The purpose of the event was also to bring the youth together and educate them about the right way of following tradition. They also had candle memorial for those who have died of HIV & AIDS. “The purpose of the event is Mr Phala, the host made us come together as chiefs and being introduced as a traditional leader and also to commemorate those who have died on this day June 16”, said the spokesperson of King KK Sekhukhune, Nelson Phakwago. The spokesperson said he is very disappointing on how the youth of today celebrate this day. He said that young people need to change the way they celebrate this day. “Maybe we should blame parents for not teaching their children history and the purpose of June 16”, said King Sekhukhune’s spokesperson. Chief Phala gave a speech during the event, educating people about his culture. “We are celebrating culture, bringing the youth together and lead them to the right of way”, said Chief Phala. He also thanked Mrs Phetla for a firm welcome.

At the beginning of the event 

 

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At the beginning of the event a Tswana dance group, Magogashedi (a group of young people) from Mamelodi west D1 welcomed the chiefs when they arrived.

Chiefs including Maritz Cape Kooi (Kooi san chief), Van Rooyen Griqua (Royal council), chief Mahlangu Ndzundza Mabhoko, National house of traditional leaders Londolozi and Nelson Phakwago (King Sekhukhune spokesperson).

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Followed by Mamelodi Saint John Apostolic church from Mamelodi East, section 14 band formally matched out chief Phala. They participated throughout the event by playing the religious hyms in between the programs. IMG_0516

Later that day they had about 18 men called SK Sekhukhune performing their Sepedi dance.

ater that day they had about 18 men called SK Sekhukhune performing their Sepedi dance.

During the event

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A team of two ladies from Multisectoral Response to HIV & AIDS in Tshwane their theme of the day being Candle Light Memorial, were given a platform to motivate the youth and adults including the king and chiefs about HIV & AIDS.

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Everyone who have attended the event were given food and they were thanked for being part of the event after a long day from when the event started until it finishes.

By: Fortunate Machaba

pride factorThousands of teenagers and young adults were inspired to Strive for Success by Role Models at Nasrec Youth Month Expo last weekend in Johannesburg. After the event they were all energised, inspired and determined to strive for successful and fulfilling lives after being motivated and guided by personal insights from several of South Africa’s highest profile youth role-models.

The first of two free Inspired Youth events at the 2017 Gauteng Provincial Government Youth Careers, Jobs and Entrepreneurship Expo opened with a high voltage performance by pop sensation Alexandra May before Dene Botha, MD of Pride Factor and the organiser of the event, laid the platform for the day’s activities.

Wheel-chair bound motivational speaker Sandile Mkhize is living proof that people can overcome any obstacle and he spoke of being ‘differently enabled’. High profile digital agency head Mike Sharman carried the audience along in a wave of energy with his tales of his multi award winning campaigns with Nando’s and Rocomamas. Young photographer and YouTuber, Sibu Mpanza, explained their work in the digital realm and the opportunities for earning income from using social media platforms.

Comedian and TV presenter Nina Hastie from the popular Trending SA show used her traumatic early life as an example that no matter what your current circumstances are, you can turn your life around and become the person you want to be.

DRC born sisters, Sophie and Louise Kanza, spoke of the ‘culture of good deeds’ they are looking to create across Africa through the Sophie A Kanza Foundation and their involvement in the Trace Foundation for Youth Success. They went on to introduce mega star Sjava, who held the audience spellbound as he encouraged them to stay in school, never give up and to keep striving for greatness. Followed by a rapper, songwriter, poet and media studies graduate Gigi Lemayne who had the audience in raptures as she performed three of her popular numbers before telling them that they too could be stars if they applied themselves and persevered.

Between the motivational talks and performances, Botha invited members of the audience to participate in interactive tasks that displayed their talents and earned valuable prizes that included a tablet and two gigabytes of data per month for a year from Dare to Share, the official beneficiary for the Inspired Youth workshops at Nasrec on 10 and 17 June. He also introduced the Pride Factor membership programme that will be launched on Friday 16 June, Youth Day.

The programme is designed to inspire and guide members to become entrepreneurs and future leaders of their generation. The Pride Factor membership platform is the culmination of three years of feedback from tens of thousands of teenagers and young adults who have attended the Inspired Youth workshops countrywide.

The 26-week course provides members with weekly motivational video clips, thought provoking tasks, guidance on entrepreneurial resources, a branded bank card that enables them to start their own business and earn income from the very first day, and opportunities to win awesome prizes from airtime and clothing to bursaries for higher education.

Everyone who attended the Inspired Youth workshop on 10 June was well hydrated by Vita Coco coconut water and lucky participants won an Acer computer and Epson printer from Tarsus, behavioral assessments from PDA (valued at R20,000 each), apparel from Brand Collective and many more give-away.

During the event, exhibitors enabled attendees to consult with experts on life skills and guidance from the Growth Institute and about banking services from ABSA. The next free Inspired Youth workshop is on Saturday 17 June featuring SA and African Boxing Union (ABU) Champion Tulz Mbenge, acclaimed motivational speaker Romy Heldsinger, current Mrs South Africa finalist, philanthropist and businesswoman Candice Robbertse and global entertainment super-star Danny K.

The 2017 Gauteng Provincial Government Youth Careers, Jobs and Entrepreneurship Expo runs from 9-18 June and features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing information from different industries and academic institutions, fashion shows, entertainment, MEC dialogues and a march to commemorate Youth Day on 16 June.

The media partner for the Inspired Youth workshops is Trace TV and the official beneficiary for the events is Cape Town based Dare to Share who will be presenting their Game for Humanity programme. The events are produced by Pride Factor and Liquorish Inc. and proudly supported by the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Growth Institute, PDA, JB Marks Education Trust Fund, ABSA Bank, Tarsus and Vita Coco.

To see their Facebook gallery with dozens of images visit: http://bit.ly/June10Gallery

You can also view their website on: www.inspiredyouth.co.za; Facebook: www.facebook.com/inspiredyouthsa and Twitter: @InspiredYouthSA

By: Paul Botha

Published by: Fortunate Machaba

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Materials he get from his people

Nkosana Leso his in his early 30’s and works as a recyclist in Mamelodi East near the University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus. He started his business in January this year. He got funding that assisted him to purchase a storage container that he uses to store his plastic bottles, tins and glasses. Nkosana  permanently employs one guy and works with over 70 people on a daily basis. Those people collect the materials in different areas in Mamelodi and deliver them to Nkosana three times a day and they also get paid for the work. After the materials are delivered to him he get’s a truck that takes them to Hercules reclaim in Pretoria North. “My vision has encouraged me to have my own business, this is not where I wanted it to be and I want to take it further”, said Nkosana Leso.

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His storage container and the scale he uses to weigh the materials

Nkosana has a vision of having a company that processes materials. He currently owns two small taxis that also brings him money everyday while he’s still running his own business. His business is successfully registered and he’s paying tax every year. “In the next few months I want to open another business in a different location”, said Nkosana. He was in custody for more than a decade and he met a guy in prison who happened to be his spiritual brother, mentored him throughout and encouraged him to go to school and become successful. He is also someone he talks to when he has issues. He studied financial management at University of South Africa (UNISA) during his time in prison. “I recommend anyone to have this kind of business nature but my advice is, they must be hard working, dedicated, not after money, have passion first then money will follow. Nkosana said there are a lot of people in the community that have best ideas of business but the problem they have is funding and enough support. He believes that if the local government becomes closer to the resident’s needs their businesses will also become successful.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

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Children in the sports ground after performing

More than 300 kids attended child protection day awareness in Mamelodi East Extention 5, community hall on Friday, June 9. The kids were from 16 creches around Mamelodi and some were from Eersterust and Silverton. Mamelodi East police were involved in the program together with the fire department, ambulance and police mounted unit.

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The purpose of the program was to teach the children and parents about their rights that will protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse to ensure their safety.

 

 

“We wanted to educate children about their rights that parents should respect children’s month and that they should’t only practice it that month but everyday”, said the Spokesperson police, captain Michael Mbewe.

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The program started in the morning with children performing on stage and singing their songs and later they had activities such as horse riding with the mounted unit.

 

 

 

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Children queuing for horse riding

“We have enjoyed being here today it was really amazing seeing our kids excited, seeing them performing on stage and riding horses”, said one of the teachers from Rethabile Day Care.

 

 

 

The teachers thought the program had educated and entertained the kids and hopefully will benefit them in the future.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Did you know about the US Embassy Mae Jemison library? This article will help you!

Mae Jemison library is the library located in Mamelodi East inside the University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus. This library was named after Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space. It helps mostly science students and others with homework, assignments and extra maths classes. The library have a free access of Wifi for students to do their school work, books that they can read and borrow from the library, free copies of anything students need copy of and Wednesday programs. Scienza visit the library on Wednesdays. They normally host science programs where they do experiments with the kids and some fun activities that will benefit the kids educationally. “It is a great place for the students to come and get help with their education. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly”, said one of the library staff members, Philip Craig. I also agree to his point. I also used to visit the library when I was in high school from grade 10 until grade 12 it was from 2011 to 2013 and it helped me pass my maths and sciences. There was also one time where we had an amazing day at the library, the US ambassador, Patrick Gaspard came to the library to motivate us. I was so thrilled to see him and listen to his speech. So I would recommend anyone to go despite their subjects. Moat of the kids around Mamelodi whether from local schools or not who have passed their matric with distinctions are from this library. I know one who had got 6 distinctions and currently studying in Stellenbosch, University in Cape Town. Some of the students come back to the library after their matric and volunteer to help the kids with their school work. If you are not doing science it doesn’t mean you are not welcomed to the library. I encourage you to go pick a book you like and read. I’m sure there will be many you like. Improve your English, vocabulary and writing skills. That’s how I’ve learnt and trust me it worked for me. I see no reason why it won’t work for you too and besides this library is also a great place for young kids to associate with others, make friends and socialize!

By: Fortunate Machaba

I’m a true creepiest South African Mythbuster, who’s with me or against?

I’ve been raised by my grandmother all my childhood and trust me it is not always fun to hear things we were told when we were younger and not allowed to ask why. I admit the fact that the presence of elders especially when they are telling stories they convey a sense of reality to such an extent that they make a myth even more believable. Ask me why?. I’m going to share some of the creepiest myth my grandmother used to make me believe…Please don’t fall for it too haha!! If you ever thought about mysterious African stories then it’s  worth reading this article.

  1. Collecting water late at night. In my culture (Sepedi) we are not allowed to collect water from the outside tap into the house, they say we are inviting ourselves bad lucks, you loose your dignity and can invite things like “Tokoloshe” or witchcraft into the family. It is the same as when your neighbor come and ask for salt, say they were cooking and later realised that they have no salt and decide to come and ask from your house, that was not allowed at all. We were suppose to pretend or lie about it saying maybe we have also ran out or make up a story. Leaving the mob and broomstick outside they had a similar consequence.
  2. Jumping a broomstick. They usually say if you jump a broomstick especially if you are female you will never get married. Trust me I’ve seen a lot of my cousins and some of my relatives getting married today and they used to jump broomsticks. Not that I encourage you to jump them girls…
  3. Life after death. My grandmother told me a story about about a young boy who his family thought he died (Poka) that was his name. I know it sound weird I thought the same..The was a bakery they knew about and it didn’t make a lot of money so they decided to kill a young boy and use his body parts to attract many customers (Ngoma). We were also told that when we die someone (witch) can wake you up and make you work for them. If they don’t have money they will send you to a house where they have money and you will have to steal from them. It work the same way with anything the witch wants. Last but least, we were told that when we die we wake up in another town where you will start over your life again…
  4. Going outside after midnight. We were not allowed to go outside after midnight. We were told that if we go, we were going to see things that walks only at night and if it happens that you see them you go blind and if you scream you will be voiceless. They believed that things at night can take your voice so you won’t be able to tell what you saw…
  5. Township pets. We were told it was a taboo for a black person to have a cat or monkey as their pets and if they did they used them for witchcraft. Funny enough even when they see a friendly bird, dove or any animal that associate with human it’s witchcraft. They will usually say someone has sent it to do weird things to you…

By: Fortunate Machaba

June is a youth month and remember you are young once in your life time. Think about how you can make a difference in the community all these years you have been celebrating this month. Are you going to be one of those people who is spending their youth day in Taverns get drunk piss people off and get stabbed? or are you going to be one of those who’s going to make a difference in the community in respect to commemorate ones who lost their lives in June 16 1976.

June 16 is a youth month that South Africans celebrate every year. This month is the month where people commemorate the school pupils who lost their lives during the uprising 16 June 1976 in Soweto.

According to the government’s website. On 16 June 1976, more than 15 000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention to participate in a peaceful march to the nearby Orlando Stadium. The demonstration had been planned in protest against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at schools.

During the time of demonstration police responded violently to students. The first student who was shot by the police was a 12 years old boy, Hector Peterson. It is said that 175 others were also killed that day. It’s going to sound a bit awkward to say happy youth day but any way spend it wisely and remember you are still lucky to live and get to celebrate this month, we lost many lives before on June 16. Take care!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi west, A5 police visited Vlakfontein Secondary School to address the student leaders concerning the memorandum that the students handed in to the police on Monday May 29. This happened after Phineas Mampane murdered his wife 2 weeks ago leading to students peaceful march against women and children abuse. The memorandum was concerning students complains that needed the police’s attention. Issues involving murder and security around the schools was part of their complains stated on the memorandum. “Police address school delegation yesterday and it was clarifies to them that the murder suspect is not released but still in custody”, said the Mamelodi police spokesperson captain Johannes Mahlahlane Maheso. Students expect Pheneas Mampane to remain in custody although they say they are still not satisfied with the judgement until the suspect is sentenced. The police said they are going to work hand in hand with the students to improve the security issues around the schools.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Mamelodi residents had a protest against electricity this morning at Mamelodi East Phase 2. During the protest, residents burned tires and blocked the street. The community says the electric cable had been stolen and they haven’t had electricity since last night. The police were operating around the area of strike this afternoon. It is not yet known when the cable is going to be replaced. The subject remains the matter to the municipality.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Broke Tshwane Lead To Water And Electricity Issues In Mamelodi

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Broke Tshwane caused Mamelodi East residents to face issues of water and electricity. The power cut issue has affected areas such as Extension 4, 5, 6, and 12 while Mahube extension 10, phase 3 and 4 were facing water issues. Mmina-tau Sabelo Marishane, the ward councilor mentioned that there are challenges that they are currently facing but they are currently working on resolving the issue. Residents had to move from one place to another to collect or seek water. “We have a very serious challenge but we are working on fixing water and electricity issue. The challenge we are facing is that we have no materials to fix the issue and that’s what takes more time to fix the situation, we also have the issue of paying the workers to do their jobs”, said the councilor. IMG_0380Residents have been experiencing this situation since Sunday morning. Rumors said they heard that the water issue will be resolved on Thursday but residents were fortunate enough to get water back on Wednesday morning despite in some areas they’re still experiencing power blackout. “We had electricity on Wednesday night but this morning when I woke up it was gone and I had to go to my friend’s house who lives in Phase 3 to get my uniform ironed and have a bath for school. We had the same problem on Sunday”, said a student from Extension 5. Although the local government is working on resolving the issue it is not yet known when the issue will come to an end.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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May 12, 2017

UP-1A group of University of Pretoria honours students from Hatfield was involved in community projects around Mamelodi and came up with a vision for Mamelodi. They presented their vision and new ideas on Tuesday at University Of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus. Three groups of students extracted information about Mamelodi as a township. They found out that large majority of Mamelodi has internet access which gives the community the opportunity to connect, there are various spaces that are not being used especially illegal dumping spaces. They believe that illegal dumping prevents the opportunity for Mamelodi to grow or turn into a better and safer place.

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“Crime and informal dumping in Mamelodi East are largely connected to this open spaces especially wetlands and existing waste networks prevents the opportunity to turn the space into a safe educational places”, said Sarah Tuke one one of the students. Mamelodi route group highlighted Extension 4 park in Mamelodi East and the street for students wanted to be activated so is the safer place for the kids. It has been pointed out that Mamelodi is growing fast especially in the East and South. According to students research most people in Mamelodi travel out of Mamelodi for work. “We met a lot of parents at the creche and we found out that people travel very far for recreation pleasure as well as work from Mamelodi itself hence migration takes place everyday within Mamelodi, said Alexia Kolatsis. Mamelodi East is regarded as a strong place for culture and has resources such as rivers and traditional African resources as well as what the river can bring to the community.

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“Mamelodi has a very high access of internet but low access to computers, high density in Mamelodi, very few business facility and poor tertiary education”, said Maxine Levy. Students were basically bringing new ideas for Mamelodi community, identifying what already exists and sort of come up with solutions that will change Mamelodi into a better place in future. They believe that Mamelodi can produce a potential of motivating and educating the youth. “We are quiet excited about what we want to do in the community, we are working with the local government municipality, we take the ideas everywhere we go because it’s important” said the Campus Director and head of residence, Edwin Smith.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Mamelodi Is In The Dark

Mamelodi Phase 3 residents have no electricity tonight due to a power failure. City of Tshwane shared a post on Facebook saying that various surbubs in Pretoria specifically the west of Pretoria are experiencing a power failure. The issue is caused by trips at substations. Areas such as Booysens, Claremont, Andeon, Suideberg, Mvs-line, Kirkney, Lady Selbourne, Daspoort are affected by the matter and not just Mamelodi Extension 8/Phase 3. “I feel bad when there is no electricity, it was after 3pm when I’ve realised that the power is gone”, said a resident Mulalo Monyanea. “Is my first time experiencing this since I lived in this area, the sad part is that I’m going to work tomorrow, I couldn’t iron my uniform, I haven’t cooked and I have a child. The other thing is that I work as a retailer and come home late so it is not safe when I come back home, said a resident, Tshepiso Ringane. It is reported that technicians are attending to the matter and is not yet known when the electricity will be back. City of Tshwane is asking the residents to switch off all non-essential equipment and geysers to make it easier for the technicians to switch the lights back. It is said that overload on the system can cause unnecessary trips at substations.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Scams These Days Are Unimaginable!

I’m working at the restaurant in Pretoria as a waitress. Yesterday when I was serving customers, a guy and a lady walked in the restaurant, placed their order and grabbed a seat. As I kept my eye on them the guy kept on going outside to answer the phone. Fifteen minutes later the lady came to us to ask if we saw the guy. My colleague and I said he went outside to take a call and we ask if she knew him since we thought they were a couple. The lady said the guy was a stranger and borrowed her phone and ran away with it. We called the manager to talk to her and we found out that it was a scam that the manger was aware of. The girl said she was going to Spar for her shopping and met this guy. The guy asked her to join him for lunch and she was interested in joining him. The guy borrowed the girls phone and it never came back. He was pretending to phone someone and this it’s just a scam. Apparently this guy is how he steal phones from people, said the manager. Be aware of people borrowing cellphones. It’s a shame because we can’t trust anyone this days even when you meet someone who’s in need you will just never know. Ladies be careful of these young men who pretends to be your date and steal your belongings especially cellphones. Who knows is not only men but women as well. Never hand in your cellphone to a stranger you won’t get it back scams are just beyond how we imagined them. I never took scams seriously until I read them on google after I got an email from a stranger asking me to help them get money out, it was something to do with money trapped in the bank and I had to help them by using my bank details since there was something wrong with theirs. I guess they think I was stupid enough to buy their story and I never did. I was lucky enough to ask my dad about it before I replied to the email and he told me that it was a scam. So be careful out there because I believe you will one day meet such people. Don’t let it happen to you. 🙂 Cheers!

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Black Whole Host Shattering Fashion Show

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Black Whole, a lounge in Mamelodi West A5, hosted a fashion show on Saturday night. The show was for South African fashion designers to showcase their talent and it was a breathtaking event.IMG_0256

Not only fashion designers were there but also artists from Gauteng were also there to show their talents. Singers included Nicho Dolo and Khomotso Maseko, the soulful team of two, who performed Bongiwe on stage.

 

Fashion designers included Paul Abrahams who feels that designing is just a gift. Kgale Ignetious from Benoni who’s planning to make his brand successful in two years.

 

IMG_0291 Also there were, Langa Deborah from Kwazulu-Natal focusing on traditional wear and Victor Garebowe from Taung who designs casual and traditional wear and lingerie.

 

His company operates in Vista, Mamelodi East Extension 4. The hairstylist, Peter Matlala, who was nominated as the best South African stylist in 2016 was responsible for the models hair styles on the evening.

 

Jabu Shumba, a popular comedian from Mamelodi East,  was there as part of the evenings entertainment. The host of the show Thato Khwinana said he wanted to bring something new into Mamelodi “I feel great about the event, it turned out great,” said Thato.

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The event stared at 8pm until late and the crowd liked what they saw. “I feel absolutely fantastic to be here, I’ve never been to the fashion show before and I think is amazing,” said one of the female attendees. IMG_0252

 

 

 

 

 

The event showed new styles and a taste of fashion from different designers which was amazing. More events are planned for the Black Whole Lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba