Mamelodi East: Family Mourns Death Of Lethabo Nkwana

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is why you should have sex in the morning

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are three benefits to morning sex:

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Shocking facts about why men stay single

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

How to improve dating life

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

These healthy foods can make you fat

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

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

Dried fruits

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

Cereal bar

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

Fruit juice

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

Avocado

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

Body shapes to aim for this summer

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Body shapes to aim for this summer

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is how to keep your body in shape

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

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Read: 5 Habits To Get You In Shape Quickly

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Top four fashion trends for 2020

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

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

Shorts Shorts

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

The spring-boot

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

The fashion Safari

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

The Power of polka dots

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Being a Sangoma: A course or a gift?

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

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

Read: Traditional Healers: How to spot a fake

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Simple ways to protect your natural hair

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Indoor exercises that burn calories in less than 20 min

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

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

Mountain climber

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

Tabata training

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

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

Jumping jacks

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is why your skin needs pampering

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Are women responsible for their own orgasm?

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

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

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

Read: 9 Tips for How to Have an Orgasm

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Look out for Mams Art Festival on the horizon

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Six year-old undergo surgery after raped by neighbour

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

The pupil is currently recovering in Mamelodi Hospital.

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

Read: Girl (6) undergoes surgery after rape

The suspect was arrested and to appear in court today.

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

This matter remains a subject to the judges.

Discover your own purpose; Discussion with Daisy Tlailana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

City of Tshwane mayor to call for unity GBV

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

By: Fortunate Machaba

The significance of celebrating Heritage Day

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

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

Culture link us to our ancestors

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

Read:Pretoria to come alive with colour this Heritage Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

The Importance Of Celebrating Women’s Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Student Motives Org Is Formed To Improve Reading In Communities

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

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

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

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

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

For any donation please contact Thabang Ngobeni on: 064 695 1555, or email him at: tillythabzz@gmail.com

By: Fortunate Machaba

RANYAKA Plans To Transform Lives In Mamelodi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Family Demands MEC Dr Bandile Masuku To Fulfill Promises

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

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

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

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

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

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

The MEC is not yet reached for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku To Do Follow-Up After Mamelodi Hospital Handcuffed Patient

Provincial Health MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku is expected to visit Ms Martha Marias home today as a follow-up to the unfortunate incident which occurred in Mamelodi Hospital. This happens after the family of 76-year-old Martha Marais who was handcuffed to a bench at Mamelodi Hospital on 30 May 2019.

The family laid assault charges against the hospital leading to four people been placed on special leave last month 02 June 2019 due to pending their suspension over the alleged ill-treatment of Ms Martha. Although, Dr. Bandile Masuku visited the family’s home after the incident had occurred to update them on the investigation and apologise for the treatment, the family said that there are still more questions than answers.

The department provided counselling for Marais and her family for the trauma they went through. The follow-up visit will be conducted as part of commitments made by the Gauteng Department of Health to Ms Marais and her family. It is not yet known how the MEC concluded this matter.

More updates to follow

By: Fortunate Machaba

Pregnant Women Gave Birth Outside Stanza – Bopape Clinic

Stanza Bopape Clinic Nurses allegedly insulted 45-year-old pregnant women saying that she’s too old and “at risk” and refused to help her.

A pregnant women, Elina Maseko, 45, was allegedly turned away on Sunday from Stanza Bopape Clinic in Mamelodi East after nurses told her she was too old to be pregnant and therefore a “high risk”.

As a result, Elina was then forced to give birth outside the clinic’s yard after nurses allegedly refused to help her. “It was just after 6pm when I felt the labour pains. I asked my neighbour to rush me to Mamelodi Hospital and was accompanied by my niece Sibongile Morudu. She added that unfortunately, his car ran out of petrol and they had to wait for his friend. By the time he arrived, the pains had intensified and we had no choice but to go to the nearest clinic.

On Elina’s statement, she said that the nurses at the clinic looked at her clinic card and told her she was old and a high risk, therefore she should go to the hospital without listening to her side of the story. When she approached the gate her water broke and she couldn’t move. During the incident, a security guard brought her a wheelchair, but the baby’s head was already out, so she could not sit on it,” she said. Morudu said she had no choice but to take off her jersey so as to welcome the baby.

District spokesperson, Sydney Mahlo said they had sent quality assurance officers to investigate the matter as he was disappointed over the incident occurred. She said they were very disappointed at the clinic and their next step was to sue the clinic for negligence.

“We are taking action regarding this matter and it’s high time that those nurses who are responsible be removed from the health sector. We will also report them to the nurses council, so that they don’t operate anywhere else. We will ensure that there is accountability,” said Bobby Matimba, chairperson for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Nurses couldn’t be reached out for comment at the time.

By: Fortunate Machaba

CATCH HOWARD ZONDO ON MAMS RADIO!

Did you ever wonder why we have so many grown-ups still depends on their parents? Why you’re never taken serious with your life decisions? Perhaps why some people need to unlearn and relearn?

Listen to the podcast below and retain thrice as much information!

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By: Fortunate Machaba

IkamvaYouth-Mamelodi Branch Hosted Youth Dialogue for June 16

CCBSA TO JOIN WITH IKAMVAYOUTH IN COMMEMORATION OF YOUTH DAY

IkamvaYoputh hosted an event on Saturday, 15 June 2016 in commemoration of students who died in 1976 in Soweto. The event was with a joint celebration between IkamvaYouth and CCBSA (Cocacola Beverages South Africa) was titled: The Youth For Change Movement” .

The event took place in Mamelodi West, D6. The event involved a dialogue where young people discussed issues such as teenage pregnancy and drugs abuse. Show case of talents including poets and drama was also done as part of the Youth day commemoration.

“Many times this issue is deemed as a problem for girls only as they are ones carrying the baby and have to look after the baby when its born”, said Neo Rakoma , Branch Coordinator. She added that they want to hear male perspective on the issue of teenage pregnancy. The dialogue also focused on the issue of drug abuse.

During the event, speakers including Thabo Modisane who gave a speech based on his own experience about June 16 and also presented to the youth on Education, skills and ICT.

Johannes Kutumela and Tlotlo Mosadi’s talk from CCBSA was based on the career opportunities and internships available at CCBSA. Sammy Matlebyane Spoke about his 8 years experience as a drug addict, how he changed his life and works as part of the youth in art. Jessica Sithole also from CCBSA gave a talk on how alcohol can prevent one from getting employed, she also mentioned diseases affecting young people such as HIV & AIDS, STI’s and encouraged family planning as part of preventing teenage pregnancy.

According to history shared by the branch on June 16 and a reason to host this event: The June 16, 1976 Uprising changed the history of South Africa forever. A day that was supposed to be a peaceful march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools turned turned out to be a massacre. Although the march took place in Soweto, a lot of students movements were involved in different parts of the country, many young people were killed and some injured throughout the month. On this faithful day, a young man Hector Peterson was killed and this sparked a lot of international media coverage. After the incident, the communities the communities across the country as well as international started putting pressure on the South African Government and it is believed that is how the battle against Afrikaans language to be used as a medium of instruction won. The outstanding factor about the youth of 1976 is their courage and bravery, they wanted change and willing to sacrifice with their lives for change in the country.

“Today as we commemorate those who lost their lives, enjoying freedom of their sacrifices, we honor them, salute them and still look up to them as our role models”, said Dineo Rakama, Branch Cordinator.

“We, therefore wanted to host the first Youth Day to commemoration at the IkamvaYouth Mamelodi Branch, not to only celebrate the significant of the day but also to deal with challenges we encounter on a daily basis as young people”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.

She added that, the gathering was a great success and the aim was to motivate learners and motivate them to out education first, seek change and fight against social ills”, said Neo Rakoma. The branch planning to have this event every year.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Easy Ways To Improve Writing Posts

Writing well is difficult, isn’t it?

I’m sure you have realised how easy it is to make grammar mistakes and sentence construction while putting sentences together to communicate your thoughts.

If you know how to correct there’s and theirsthen and than, and you’re and your. You shouldn’t be too bad.

I have been writing blog posts for almost five years and here is what I’ve learned:

-Develop right writing habit of writing and be passionate with it 

-Never rush to publish an article without double checking correct facts, spelling and grammar mistakes.

-Start writing with a plan and goal in mind.

-Choose a topic of your reader’s interest or that they wants to read.

-Always get the right people to communicate or interview.

-Find out first who are your audiences and what they like to read about.

-Know the right tags to use on your post.

-Support content with research or experts quote, you have a right to borrow authority.

-Use inviting headlines and sub-titles on your article.

-Write a smooth article so readers glide from sentence to sentence, and from paragraph to paragraph to avoid getting them lost in the way.

-Mostly importantly, make your content memorable by including rich taste that breathe life into your arguments or story.

I did a bit of research on how you can improve your way of writing. Here are few steps how, 

  1. Learn how to write good sentences, a sparkling sentence is the basic ingredient of good writing.
  2. Become more conversational than telling a long story, including few questions in your article. 
  3. Study how to choose words; and learn how to avoid bland phrases that make your writing tasteless and boring. Readers loose interest quickly. 
  4. Try experiment with your voice by reading it out loud to yourself. 
  5. Play with short stories to engage your readers. 

Wishing best of luck with blogging life, it’s so much fun you should try it…

By: Fortunate Machaba 

CCBSA Launched 1st Clean-up Campaign in Mamelodi

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) launched its first clean-up
campaign for 2019 on Saturday 11 May 2019, at Nellmapius Primary School, Mamelodi. The clean-up campaign is in partnership with the City of Tshwane and aims to educate school learners about the
importance of recycling not only in their schools but their communities.
Speaking at the event, CCBSA CSI Specialist, Unathi Mbanya spoke about the impact of waste in our communities and encouraged learners to get into the habit of separating waste.
During the period of the event, Dinah Tshifura, Environmental Officer from the City of Tshwane reiterated the impact recycling has on landfills and explained to the learners that municipalities spend millions on waste management.
“By recycling waste, you will be assisting in reducing landfill waste, the more waste we have, the less land we have, which means communities are robbed of space to build infrastructure that could benefit the development of the community,” Said Dinah Tshifura, Environmental Officer from the City of Tshwane.
Earlier last year, the Coca-Cola Company announced an ambitious goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle and can it sells globally by 2030 through its World Without Waste strategy. The strategy will include making packaging 100% recyclable globally by 2020.

According to Coca-Cola, in South Africa, the company is working to support healthy, debris-free environments and oceans through organisations such as PETCO (PET Recycling Company), to increase collection and recycling of packaging in the most risk-prone areas for marine debris. The world without waste campaign includes schools that are involved in the CCBSA Schools Recycling Programme. Nellmapius Primary School also forms part of the programme. With the money schools make from recycling waste, they are able to improve the infrastructure and/or buy equipment to improve the quality of learning.

Through the first clean-up of the year, the school managed to collect 6 tonnes of recyclable waste, including PET, plastic and paper. CCBSA is committed to work with communities and schools through our partnerships, to create a world without waste.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Gauteng Police Searching For Suspects After Robbery In Lusaka Pre-school

Gauteng police are currently searching for suspects after a robbery that took place at Lusaka pre-school in Mamelodi East on Monday.

Preliminary reports indicate that on Monday after midday, a group of 19 international students and two professors arrived at Viva Foundation School in Mamelodi East for an outreach programme. “It is alleged that a group of not less than five armed suspects accosted the visitors and robbed them of personal belongings including: laptops, cellphones, cameras, passports, plane tickets, bags and US dollars,” police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement on Monday.During the robbery, a school staff member was assaulted by the robbers while one of the public members was struck by a stray bullet by the suspects who allegedly fired shots as they fled the scene. “Police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these suspects are found and brought to book,” said Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said. Police are appealing to the public to come forward with any information leading to the suspects’ arrest. The wounded or assaulted victims were not immediately available for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

MAMELODI ANC VOTERS CELEBRATES

Mamelodi East residents took initiative to vote on Wednesday. For those who were voting for ANC are currently celebrating with the party. The top five parties in the country are: ANC (61.87%), EFF (18.64%), DA (11.18%), VF+ (4.32%) and UCDP (0.48%). ” I voted already, I feel good about voting and is not my first time casting my vote, I feel that ANC still need a chance to rectify mistakes, have to be acknowledged to continue growing South Africa”, said one of the resident, Amanda Mangadi.

Other voters on the queue felt that ANC has done so much for people including RDP houses and free medications and said that they are really hoping for change in the country. ANC will be continuing to run and govern the country.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Miss South Africa Visited Mamelodi After Queendom Was Lauched In Mamelodi West

The initiative called Queendom was launched on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Naledi Push Us Lifestyle with a purpose to develop young women who are slightly fighting battles, dealing with teen parenting and seeking to be young leaders.

“My event was about helping young people discover their purpose and unleash their potential”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.

She added that her goal is to see young people participating in such event that will elevate their reasoning capacity, and level of intellect and also to see them gaining knowledge and becoming leaders they wish to be.

People across the country including Pearl Nthehi (Miss South Africa), Santram Blair, Daisy Kgopa and Angela Khubheka (Mamelodi Sundowns team representatives).

Daisy was sponsored by the owner of Push us Lifesyle, Miss Traucia. “The turn out was more than what i have expected as I started marketing the event late and people were also not familiar with the place i was hosting the event, I couldn’t have a source of communication with people who were coming as i lost my phone a week before the event took place”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.

More events of this nature are expected to come.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Jan Malombo Lechaba: There’s A Lot Of Talent In Mamelodi!

Masokolare VS Dream Team Mamelodi

Champions of the tournament

Masokolara Team from Attridgeville were declared Champions of 2019 Tournament after beating Dream Teams, Mamelodi 1-0. This happens after B3 and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation hosted an even to honour legend Jan Malombo Lechaba from the 19 April to 22 April 2019.

“I feel that we did a good job as it was our first tournament honoring legend Mr Malombo Lechaba, we are planning to honour many more legends in future, we showed other townships that is it possible to invite teams outside Mamelodi, Mamelodi community responded positively as they came in numbers to support the tournament, everyone looked happy,”, said one of the team Managers, Mr Charles Mawai.

He added saying “We as a foundation we promote football and social responsibility and we are here to help in anyway we can in all sports not only football.

Under 17 also took part in the tournament as well as 2 Netball Teams from both East and West side of Mamelodi and Mamelodi West were declared champions of the tournament.

“For a team outside Mamelodi to come and win the tournament shows that we are transparent and fair to every team, we give a trophy to team that deserves and worked for it, we don’t take sides or do favors”, said Mr Charles Mawai.

Mamelodi West Squad

Mamelodi goalkeeping academy rendered their service to goalkeepers before the games began. Legends such as Godfrey Sapude and Edward Motale were there to support the tournament.

“As a sports person you need to sacrifice a lot, time is essential, you can’t be a good player if you don’t sacrifice your time. There will be challenges in life they will face as young people but as a player You must know what you want and that you are an entertainer and there are a lot of things that you be can’t be part of. Discipline is key, need to look after their body, see what they eat and drink to keep the body going. Being a star we retire at a certain age but most retire early because they don’t practice healthy lifestyle. Football can change lives of these young people if they take it serious”, Said Mr Malomba Lechaba.

Teams Performance:

1st Semi finals, Masokolara 3-1 Seboga, Goal Scorer, Leroy Ntlapo, Solom Mojerola and Ntlantla Mhlanga.

2nd Semi finals, Dream Team 2-0 Limpopo City, Goal scorers: Tshepo Shoutja, Keshiro Zaka and man of the match, Jan Delangu.

Quarter finals, Masokolara won 5-4 penalties and Dream Team vs Chego won 5-4 penalties.

Final Match, Masokolara vs Dream Team 1-0 Goal scorer Thabo Mahlangu, Man of the match Pule Matlokotsi.

Masokolare from Attrigville won R50 000, Dream Team Mamelodi R 25 000, Seboga Team, Mahmelodi and Limpopo City received R 5000 each.

By: Fortunate Machaba

100’s Turned Up For Honoring Legend Jan Malombo Lechaba

Mamelodi Community Responded Positively to Tournament

Jan Lechaba Malomba hosted an event from 19 April to 22 April 2019 in Mauklenuek sports grounds, Mamelodi West. This happened after B3 Insurance Brokers and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation joined together to host in celebrating legend Lechaba. This was to encourage kids in Mamelodi to participate in sports. “We starting this initiative to respond to the community of Mamelodi, saying thanks to the people of  Mamelodi and promoting football”, said Mr Malomba.

The legend visited Mamelodi with the aim to identify talents and give kids courage that they can make it in sports. “It is not only about Malombo, is giving back to the community and taking kids away from drugs and streets.
“We have to expands this initiative, this is the first one in Mamelodi, is the fist year of the initiative and the respond of the people is good since the first day we launched it until finals which is today , I’d like to thank Mamelodi people for supporting the event.

About 100 members in the community turned up to support this event and many of their responds to the game was positive as they came in numbers from day 1 of the tournament. “This is the first event I saw legends in Mamelodi, I’m really pleased for seeing such an event bringing people in the community together”, said one of the community member and sports fan, Tsiamo Matlala. He added that this initiative will make a greater impact into the lives of current and future soccer starts.

“The purpose for us to this event is to promote football, we are not only promoting tournaments, through the Mamelodi all starts foundation we are looking at promoting the games where by we will be identify talents and as footballers after the tournament we are willing to do this tournament every year, we will be doing soccer clinics to motivate this kids”, said Mr Malombo.“If we find people watching football for more than 6-7 hours, then you can say you have done something for the community because they are here watching the game you brought to them, we are keeping them busy of which we are happy about. Seeing people smiling, watching the game, enjoying themselves it makes me happy, It’s something that I am proud of. We wish the Mamelodi stadium to be functional we hope that it will be ok one day to use for everyone to be sited and watch football comfortably and I wish our kids to take sports seriously, to let sports be their lives and live a healthy lifestyle” , said Mr Malombo. During the 3 days tournaments, different teams from different areas and province played against each other from semi finals until they made it to the finals as well as 2 Netball Teams from both Mamelodi East and West.

Mr Malombo also said people including retired legends shouldn’t keep the skills for themselves and they need to plow back. He added that he is open for communication and assist NO’s and other football association in the community, “We are open for NGO’s who wants to grow young kids in sports, but they must have a proper structure of what they do and where we could be of help”, said Mr Maloka. He added saying sponsors need to see where their money is going and how it is going to be used then they will be interested. Donators of the tournament including chairs, tents, David Maboja, Andrew Kambule, Makhura from Don Don. The next tournament is expected to take place the following year, 2020.

By: Fortunate Machaba

B3 In Celebration Of Legend Malombo Lechaba

Who Will Take This Trophy Home Tomorrow?

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Batho Batsho Bakopane (B3) Insurance Brokers, in partnership with Mamelodi All Stars Foundation hosting the inaugural Jan “Malombo” Lechaba Easter 16 tournament at Muckleneuk Grounds, Mamelodi West. The tournament started on 19 April 2019 and will finish tomorrow, 22 April 2019.

This was done to honour football legend Jan Malombo Lechaba who retired 2 decades ago, for his contribution in the football industry to ensure the community of Mamelodi have a platform to showcase their football talent. He started this contribution in the beginning of his professional football career in 1973.

Finals will be taking place tomorrow where we will celebrate the ultimate  Trophy champ and the following prices won by the four best teams: 1st- R50 000, 2nd-R 25 000 and 3rd and 4th- R 5000 each.

More updates to follow

By: Fortunate Machaba 

About 100 People Left Homeless After Red Ants Kicked Out Residents In Flats

61-year-old Shot And Other Wounded During Extension22 Flats Eviction

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The Red Ants and other law enforcement agencies used rubber bullets to disperse residents who were living in Nellmapius, Extension 22 flats on Monday morning. This happened after residents claimed to have held several meetings with previous Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga and housing and settlement MMC Mandla Nkomo. The meetings took place after the local elections and they were assured the flats belonged to them. Residents moved in flats last month.

They said they are fed up with empty promises and  have been on the waiting list for a long time. Most of them said to have no where else to go. During the eviction, a number of people were left sitting on the side of the road with their belongings. According to a source, at the point, Red Ants started shooting at the crowd as well as some of the people who were standing around the apartments.

Many of them said they would not allow voting to take place until this matter is resolved. Although people moved in unfinished flats with no water and electricity installed yet, they said they were prepared to pay rent and finish the units themselves as they were desperate for homes. Community members also said the apartments had been left open and unfinished for around three years. Many refused to leave the area until government intervene in this matter. A 61-year-old woman was reported shot in the leg and several other people were wounded during the eviction.

More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Taxis On Strike Today Due To Disapproving To Pay Vusi Khekhe

Mamelodi Taxi Association today 10 April 2019, on strike due to the money they are forced to pay to Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela. Residents were burning tyres since 5am this morning on Tsamaya and Solomon Mahlangu Drive. Buses also can’t operate and left commuters stranded. Rumor says the taxi drivers started paying R55 to the association and now the’re forced to pay R200 to Vusi. Bheki Cele on his last meeting with Mamelodi residents said that the taxi drivers should stop paying Vusi until his case is resolved. The association planned to have a meeting with the drivers today. It is not yet known what are the outcomes of the meeting.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

SJAY ARTWORK Grew From Local Events Making To Global Brand Making

IMG-20190409-WA0000When Junior Stephen Baloyi, an entrepreneur from Pretoria, Mamelodi launched SJAY ARTWORKS with a slogan titled “BRINGING VISION TO LIFE” in 2016, he wanted to create a niche business which was to make posters for local businesses around Mamelodi. He did not make money in the first place and wanted his work to be seen by his potential customers. He then started running events with a team around Mamelodi.

“We used to host events at one of the pubs in Mamelodi west but I then thought is not really what I want to do, we all had different ideas and visions and goals and people don’t know what you actually looking for. We later formed an event company management called divergence and collaborated with few others around Mamelodi but I later left the group, said Junior Baloyi.

If we were to sell different ideas in Mamelodi we would all be successful entrepreneurs. The problem with being an entrepreneur especially in Mamelodi, is that we do not support each other financially although you learn what to do and what not to do in business in the end. I’ve learned to have my own code of conduct for my company to avoid people taking advantage especially when coming to payments. He mentioned that he has gained a lot of exposure in the industry and even learned how to be a DJ, events marketing, Own HR and branding. That has helped him to find himself of a massive brand and poster making that has been growing far beyond his original vision. He’s rolling with it adapting right alongside his one-man company.

IMG-20190408-WA0025Junior has been in the industry for 3 years. He still pursue doing more to develop others in Mamelodi and to get his business abroad. “My work motivates me, I believe more in putting words into a picture and seeing my work out there inspire me to do more”, said Junior. He had people who mentored him throughout his journey, although he has done most of the work to get himself at a peak and some of those people were very inspirational to him, one of them being Ron Epidemic who is a producer and produced for popular artists. He influenced him positively in the journey and that tough Junior perseverance and humbleness.

“My sense of focus helped me to be where I am today, responsibilities made me want to be in this business and work for someone at the same time, I always thought it wasn’t enough to live off. I invest more time and money in myself and company to generate more income”, said Junior.

Junior says for those who pursue being in the same business, grasp your skill, everyone has their own way of designing things, use your own designing skills, get your skills right and don’t be in it for money! In few months time, he said he will want to see himself having his own space of work and have a team to work with.

by: Fortunate Machaba 

The Book Launch of Howard Zondo

As guests gathered for this launch, I’d say it was more than just an afternoon dedicated to Mamelodians

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From left to right: Edmond Masemola, Kabelo Mabona, Evelyn Zondo, Tiyiselani Mukhari & Neo Rakoma

 

Howard Zondo launched his book on Saturday at Blueroon in Pretoria Central. The launch was more about changing from pain and disappointments his mom went through into success of his son.

How he was raised played a crucial role into who he has become.

IMG_20190330_123405“I’m grateful for everyone who attended to make the launch an absolute success”, said Howard Zondo.

His supporters, Edmond Masemola, Kabelo Mabona, Evelyn Zondo, Mr Tiyiselani Mukhari and  Neo Rakoma were all there to give him their full support for his accomplishment.

Tiyiselani Mukhari, a founder of Rich Learning Mentorship Programme for Boys, prepared a speech for guest to know where and how he met with Zondo and also shared his experience in his journey.

“That was impressive especially when he launched his book without even a sponsor, I wish we had more time after the launch for networking purposes”, said one of the guests Mr Matlhaga.

PHOTO-2019-02-21-15-23-15Not only Mamelodians have attended the event, some people came from Cape Town, Brits, Tembisa, Soshanguvhe and Johannesburg. Howard said that he was happy that his mom’s dream became true because of his gift and hard work. The event saw socialite including poets, singers, a play (drama) on stage and everyone coming together to support and making the launch an absolute success.  Three more events are to come.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Pretoria Magistrate Court Violates “Khekhe” Rights

Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela is currently waiting on judgement after he abandoned bail – Lawyer convinced High Court his arrest was violating his rights.

Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela’s lawyer arrived at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria on Friday after he convinced the high court that Mathibela’s arrest was violating his human rights. In the mean time Vusi is waiting on Judgement of his arrest after he abandoned bail. Mathibela’s co-accused had been given R25000 bail each for being involved in allegedly intimidating Mamelodi business people including taxi operators who were forced to pay protection fee. Annelise van den Heever, who was representing Vusi in court said that he could have obtained his bail if he chose to. However, he chose to challenge his arrest as he believes that his arrest was unlawful. She raised a fact that Vusi’s arrest did not have a warrant of arrest or an affidavit required by law. She also mentioned that her client was taken to Mamelodi by police and added that his house was searched illegally but when he tried to bring the matter of his arrest to the attention of the magistrate’s court, he was told to take his complaint to a civil rights court.

More updates to follow

By: Fortunate Machaba

Khekhe On Bail After Declaring Unlawful Arrest To High Court

Vusi ‘Khekhe’ Mathibela was granted bail after immediate application declaring his arrest was unlawful.

Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela and his co-accused, Elias Skhosana and Stemer Monageng’s Attorney yesterday said the charges laid against them must be dropped as what they were accused of was declared inconsistent.  They appeared in Pretoria Magistrate Court on Friday, 22 March for an ongoing bail hearing and his application was accepted by the court. They are accused of extorting money and intimidating businesses and taxi owners in Mamelodi.  According to the charge sheet, read by the state prosecutor earlier this week, the three of them are facing schedule five charges as the amount they allegedly extorted was just over R600 000. On the other hand, the investigation officer, testified on the same day that the accused actually demanded millions in exchange to protect the development of Denneboom Mall in Mamelodi West.

“I’d say millions. They were demanding R2 million a month for protecting the project. They also wanted another 30% [of the contract] which we haven’t calculated yet”, said the investigative officer, Vongani Shihangule.

He added that witnesses have also accused Monageng of getting contracts for his security company through intimidation. It is suspected that more money than the allocated amount will be lost on the project due to such circumstances. More people are expected to come forth with evidence against the other suspect, Skhosana. He was urged not to go anywhere near malls or people at the moment until further notice. Officer Shihangule opposed bail of the two accused, stating that witnesses still felt intimidated while the extorted deals were still standing. However Mathibela, known as “Number 1 Tsotsi”, had abandoned bail, as an urgent application to regard his arrest unlawful was accepted by the High Court in Pretoria yesterday. According to his defense, his arrest was unlawful as the arrest warrant against him was not presented when he handed himself over. The court was to decide on a date for the urgent application. Mathibela is now on bail.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Vusi Khekhe Awaits For Bail

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The alleged No1 Tsotsi Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela will wait until Friday to find out if they grant him a bail at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Elias Skhosana and Stemmer Monageng appeared in court as they were also accused of intimidating and extorting money from Mamelodi business people for so called “protection fee”. They both submitted affidavits stating that the court did not need to keep them in police custody for justice to be served.

Vusi’s counsel has last week announced that he was temporarily abandoning his bail application and instructed his counsel to lodge an urgent high court application to challenge the legality of his arrest.

More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Tips on how to have a happy and healthy relationship

Although a relationship is between two people is it also good to take expert advice to improve the quality of your relationship.

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Relationships require a lot of time, effort and commitment that is if you want them to work.

Read: Here’s What 15 Relationship Experts Can Teach Us About Love

Most women who experience or have experienced an abusive relationship have a negative perspective on a good relationship because of their bad experience.

But in order to have a positive relationship you need:

  • To have a positive and healthy mindset before starting on a new relationship.
  • To have different thoughts about men, not all will be the same.
  • Always communicate things you like and dislike in your relationship with your partner.
  • Always meet your needs as well as your partners, it doesn’t have to be only one-sided or about you and not your partner.
  • Have weekly or monthly dinner set up where you only talk about relationship issues or things you want to achieve together.
  • Be open about your feelings, keeping a secret on how you feel about certain things in your relationship might cause problems.
  • Be responsible for your happiness, sometimes if you rely on your partner to make you happy and they don’t you will never be happy and end up being single.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Hot tips for having a sexy night with your lover

Sometimes when you had a long week and you are tired from work, you need something to cheer you up when you get home to your lover.

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Is it not a great idea to take your stress and worries from work to your bedroom. What you can do is start with a sexy text on your way home to give them an idea on what you are on about.

  • Once you get home run a nice warm bath for you and your partner.
  • Prepare a lovely breathtaking dinner after a good bath.
  • Catch up for a great romantic comedy movie that you both fancy.
  • Pick a hot sex game you can play with your partner, maybe try “x” marks the spot where your partner’s job as explorer is to kiss a different part of your body ‘till he/she guesses which spot you’re thinking about.

Never underestimate little things you do to make your partner happy. It doesn’t only have to be when it’s still new love, even when you are planning a long-term relationship.

This tips will brighten your night with your partner and it will be a long-lasting good memory for that night.

By: Fortunate Machaba