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.


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 2 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 6 people were arrested during the protest. No injuries were reported during the protest. The matter remains the subject to the police.

By: Fortunate Machaba


Sabelo Mnina-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!


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 power to make changes. I’m actually looking for a way to change this although there won’t be nothing but tell 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 heart breaking 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 your self 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 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…

By: Fortunate Machaba

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


my self

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 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.


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 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.


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


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 member said the community members from the informal settlement had an argument with those who lives in “bond” houses earlier before the strike about the cable that they allegedly use to steal the electricity from them and resulted to the protest and the attack. The reason being that the attackers complains that they pay rent including water and electricity yet they still have shortage of electricity. The victim said they were attacked this morning (12am) 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, some where 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 where as 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 says 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 where as 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.

Home affairs

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


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.


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



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 



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).


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


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.

IMG_0522During their speech everyone including the kind and chiefs was asked to hold a candle and have a moment of silence to commemorate those who died of Aids and those who are still living with HIV & AIDS. After the moment of silence everyone was asked to snuff the candles and not blow it so to give them an idea of what people living with Aids feel. “You feel pain for only two seconds when you snuff the candle, can you imagine how much pain people who live with Aids gets everyday? but yet we are still calling them names, gossip about them not knowing how they’ve got it and how much pain they are going through”, said Dina Sibanyoni .

Almost end of the event

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.

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By: Paul Botha

Published by: Fortunate Machaba


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.


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 


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.




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.



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.





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


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


Phase 2 near the train track after clean

Ward 17 waste operating team were cleaning the dumping site around Mamelodi East today. They visited Mamelodi Phase 2 (Sporo village), Block 5 & 6 near Tsamaya road and Phase 3 (Mannyeu). The team come once after 2 weeks to clean the areas. There’s still no solution for illegal dumping. “We clean once after  2 weeks but it’s not helping the areas of dumping to be clean because people use this area to dump their rubbish, we are here today and tomorrow there will be people dumping rubbish in the clean areas, said the coordinator of the team.


One of the team member said is not going to be easy to come up with a fair solution because the municipality fails to come and collect the rubbish some days and that cause people to use open spaces to dump the rubbish.





“At first they used to give people who live in the informal settlement rubbish bags to use but the issue we are facing right now is that people who collect tins and bottles in the dumping areas destroy the plastics when they looking and rubbish will be everywhere”, said the member. One of the truck drivers said the issue of dumping is horrendous  in Mamelodi, he suggested that they should at least come twice a week to better the situation. The issue remains the subject to the municipality.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Motlagomang Malesa known as DJ Bum Jive, co-founder of Mamelodi Models Agency made his start with 25 models and still has bigger plans for the Agency. Mamelodi Model Agency started running in June 2016.

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Most of his models are based in Mamelodi but some are from Soshanguve, Soweto and Johannesburg. “I want to help prevent young people from going on streets, drugs, blessers and keep them busy while they are earning”, said Motlagomang.



model 3The best innovative Mams young man takes his models for business lecturers where they gain skills that will benefit his other businesses apart from the agency. “I don’t want them to just be models but business men and women to gain skills, be innovating and make a living out of it”, said Dj Bum Jive.

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Malesa said he want his company to get as far as it can “in space” he said, he wants to see his company helping others to get opportunities as well as being in partnership with 100 companies in the next few years. I call this dreaming tremendously!






By: Fortunate Machaba

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Mamelodi Concerned Mothers marched this morning in Mamelodi West, A5 area in protest against the killing of women. Vlakfontein students joined the march from outside A5 police station to Maseko garage where they were addressed by the coordinator. The march took place after Phineas Mampane, who killed his girlfriend Lindiwe last week appeared in court this Monday. Phineas Mampane didn’t get bail and his case was postponed until July 21st. The ANC members, ANCYL, ANCW, EFF and COSAS were part of the march. “We were marching in court to combat crime rate of killing women is high, police must participate and listen to our complains, we are not saying they should arrest but they should combat crime”, said the Mamelodi concerned mother coordinator, Pretty Pimblett. The concerned mother of Mamelodi demonstrated the march with Phokoane Funeral Service hearse. After the march the students together with the concerned mothers gathered for updates for their next march that is going to be held on July 21. “We are expecting changes after the march, I want to see this man down or being killed because he killed someone”, said the student. Pheneas life seems to be in danger because the community doesn’t wish to see him free. Community members said if they see him they will hang him. ” This man should hanged because he’s ruining our reputation as men, now we are seen as murders in the eyes of the community”. According to the Law provided by an attorney who wish to remain unnamed, the state will have to enlighten the court if the investigations are complete. If not, it will have to be postponed for further investigations. If the investigators have completed then they will postpone for a disclosure to allow the accused to prepare a defense.

By: Fortunate Machaba

mamelodi Police

A 27 year’s old suspect has been arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle in Mamelodi East yesterday. Police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe said that a Datsun Laurel believed to have been stolen in Limpopo earlier this month and brought to Mamelodi East. The police launched immediate patrols in Mamelodi East Extension 11 after receiving an alert “tip-off” from the community members. After the arrest, Mamelodi East acting station commander, Colonel Charles Matji extended his gratitude to the community of Mamelodi East for assisting the police. The suspect is detained in Mamelodi East, facing charges of possession of stolen vehicle and will appear soon in Mamelodi court.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Students March Against Women And Child Abuse

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Vlakfontein students during march

Students from Vlakfontein Secondary School had a march yesterday morning against women and child abuse. The march took place after a man killed a women in front of their 2 children on Monday. The woman was working at Vlakfontein secondary school as one of the CPF’s. Eye witness said that the man came to take the women at school and took her to their room where she was killed. It is believed that the women was stabbed to death since the police found a knife covered with blood. The man is currently in custody and going to appear in court this Friday. The women opened  a case of sexual assault against the man before. “We are not satisfied about the decision that the police took and also not happy about what has happened to this women”, said Chairman of Vlakfontein leadership Tshepo Lekalakala.

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Students post written Stop women and child abuse; Away with killing of our parents away!

“we feel like the police are failing to protect us hence we had a peaceful march against women and child abuse”, said Amogelang Bogoshi, deputy chairman of Vlakfontein leadership. Vlakfontein charman and deputy chairman delivered a memorandum of their concerns and issues they face as students and leaders to the police commander at Mamelodi West, A5 police station yesterday morning. The police commander said they will take care of the issues rose by students and go back to school to address the leaders. “We have received the memorandum and we are still waiting for the date from the principal so we address the leadership students who was leading the delegation”, said Brigadier Tshayana, station commander. The commander said captain Mahwibila together with sector manager Lt Col Tshishonga will go to school to address the student leaders.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Upcoming Artist Risen In Mamelodi

Gill Marcus

Photo from his Album

It is breathtaking to hear that in this day and age we have young people who want to change other people’s lives or who actually want to be a positive impact in others. Gill Marcus a hip-hop singer and rapper from Mamelodi East Extension 4 wants to give back to the community and teach young kids about music. Talking about his talent and passion he dropped his first album in 2014 called Don’t cross the line followed by Drop it low, Understand, They Wanna Know, Broken Heart, Expectation, Last Man Standing and You Know Whatsapp ft Bonx all available online. “I have been in the game for six years, I sing and rap and all my songs are available to download”, said Gill. Moving on to the fascinating part about Gill, he once featured Nano Jinx, Just cougar, Kastro, Lawd and P kid, achieved been part of Emtee rap auditions and performed for Richfield College and his music has been played by Pheli FM. As we speak he’s one of the Top 27 qualifiers in a Johannesburg competition that took place in Aukland Park. “I’m one of the top 27 qualifiers people have to vote on SMS: Rap 4 me Gill Marcus at 34907 and the SMS costs only R 1”, said Marcus. A proudly young man says he feel great about being an artist knowingly that he will be able to change other people’s lives out there and to save them from crime, drugs and abuse. For those who want to join the game or already in and want to be inspired Gill throws some astonishing advice “It is not about where you come from, it’s about where you going and setting your mind on your dream, keep on focusing, working hard and never give up”. So why not take the advice!

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Attack Over Girl Leads To Young Man’s Death

Young man on his early 20’s allegedly died because of a fight about a girl. The incident happened on Saturday midnight in Mamelodi East Extension 5. The eye witness said the victim was assaulted before he was beaten to death. “The guy who was beaten up on the street in front of my house . After midnight on Saturday died from his injuries and even more shocking is that its someone I know and went to school with”, said the witness who wish to remain unnamed. The family reported a case of murder at Mamelodi East police station on Wednesday morning. It is not yet know what lead to the fight. One of the family member said the funeral will take place this Sunday. The police are still investigating the cause of his death. No arrest has yet been made.


By: Fortunate Machaba

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One Dies And One Severely Injured After Attempted Robbery In Mamelodi East


Mamelodi shooting resulted in one death and one critically injured during a robbery.

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One man died and the other is injured due to the shootout in Mamelodi. The incident took place this afternoon at Mamelodi East Extension 4 on Serumula Street. It is alleged that the men had attacked RAM courier vehicle resulting in the shooting. Paramedics attended a 39 Years old victim who has been shot, he was severely injured and was placed on a ventilator by the advanced life support paramedic at the scene.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Nick Dollman said Netcare 911 paramedics were close by and were first to arrive on the scene within a short period of time.

robbery photoThe Netcare 911 air ambulance was called to the scene and landed in an open field at University Of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus. “The victim was airlifted to an awaiting specialised trauma centre in Johannesburg for further urgent care”, said Nick Dollman. Other ambulance, security services and SAPS attended the scene. “The paramedics told us about the shoot out and that one was critically injured and the other one died and they asked to use the space for the helicopter to land”, said one of the securities at the university. “The matter remains the subject of a police investigation.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Mamelodi Students Attend ALA Workshop

Mamelodi students and others attended the ALA (African Leadership Academy) workshop at University Of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus on Saturday and Sunday.


Students during the workshop

The program started at 9am until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday was from 9am to 4pm with lunch provided for the students. The students who participated in the workshop were from Gatang Secondary School and Solomon Mahlangu Secondary School. Other students were from FH , Himalaya and Laudium Secondary School. After the program students got the certificates for their participation. The curriculum of the workshop was based on BUILD (believe, understand, invent, listen and deliver). Meaning that the students were trained first to believe in their ideas and that they have power to change circumstances around them, understand the community and their needs, invent solutions to solve a problem, test their ideas by listening to people they serve and deliver new solutions to solve the problem.

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Students and the workshop team

The purpose of the program was to develop and teach the youth entrepreneurship as a way to prevent unemployment issues and engaging them to lead solutions to community problems. Students were given the opportunity to discuss problems they encounter in their communities. Issues such as human trafficking, illegal dumping, teenage pregnancy, mob-justice, substance abuse, poverty, lack of education and crime were raised during their discussion. After they raised the issues, they were asked the causes and possible solutions. According to African Leadership Academy, the team believes very strongly in peer learning and the power of youth leadership in Africa.


The interesting part 

The interesting part of the workshop was that students were given materials such as strings, marshmallows, sellotape and spaghetti to use and build a highest structure and a group that wins the game was getting a bag of marshmallows. Funny enough some students were using a table as part of the materials which was not allowed. That caused most of them to loose the game.


Students building a structure

Their structures couldn’t stand on their own. In the end three groups whom their structures were able to stand on their own remained in the game but only one group had to get a prize. The group that won had a highest structures giving them the opportunity to win. Most of those who did not win said they were not upset about it, it was fun and they have enjoyed it. They believed they could win the game and never had conflicts within their groups. Student had a lot of confidence and interest while they were building the structures. lucky are those who won the game!



Students who won the game and their structure


“Since I went there already owning a business, as an entrepreneur it has enhanced me and the perspective towards leadership and being an entrepreneur. I’d like to thank everyone who made it possible, the skills I have gained will definitely have a good impact on my business and I would advise everyone to attend it” said Prudence Hlatswayo, a matric student from Gatang Secondary School.

One of the team member stated that their policy does not allow them to give comments.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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No Action Against Illegal Dumping; Mamelodi East


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Mamelodi East residents are facing challenges of illegal dumping. Still no action taken against those who still dump in public places. Residents blame each other for dumping the rubbish. Permanent residents blame the informal settlement residents, saying that the bin man does not enter the informal settlement areas to collect the rubbish instead they collect outside of the permanent residents.


Rubbish left unattended outside the informal settlement

The informal settlement residents see the space as an opportunity to use for dumping. “Most of the people who dump the rubbish here are from the informal settlement because the bin man does not go into the informal settlement areas to collect the rubbish but they pass outside our homes to collect ours”, said the resident who live in permanent houses. Although the area was clean on Fridays there’s some people who still dump in the clean areas. The issue being that rubbish is not collected from all areas where people live.


Mamelodi Phase 3 rubbish near the train track


“We put our rubbish in the bags and put them at the corner so the bin man can collect all of them at one place since they don’t enter in our area and they don’t collect them all the time that is why you find rubbish lying about everywhere”, said the resident from the informal settlement.


The other issue is that in most areas when children see rubbish bags unattended they start playing with them and the place looks messy! what do we do about those who actually play in the dumping site. Children’s health is at a high risk of catching diseases.

On the other hand attraction of rat issue will not end until the community start sorting out the illegal dumping issue.


Mamelodi Phase 2 rubbish next to the main road



People need to start thinking about children’s health and their safe place to play. Not only kids will suffer from diseases but everyone who’s part of the community.




For as long as the bin man does not enter all the areas where people live and people keeping on dumping the rubbish everywhere this matter will not come to an end.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Broke Tshwane Lead To Water And Electricity Issues In Mamelodi


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.


“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.


“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


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.


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

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Reasons Why Women Should Be Treated Fairly In The Work Place!

Women are just as special as men and deserve to be treated fairly, it doesn’t matter what type of job they work.

The fact that some women do not have power or have not advanced to positions of power because they don’t want to hold themselves out as leaders, does not mean men should take advantage of them. We know in many cases that women negotiate aggressively in terms of payment or how much they need to earn. However, sometimes women tend to accept any salary no matter how low it is. That’s where the problem starts… Because we start by accepting a lower salary just to get a start, they think we are desperate. I’ll share this from my experience…I grew up in a township and I’m not from a rich family. When I grew up I never understood what was too much or was too little for me, we used to accept anything we get and had hope for the best in future. Now reflecting this from when I was a kid, this plays a massive role. Why am I saying this? It is because some rich or successful business men take advantage on young women who want to succeed in life and want to pursue their dreams and have a better life but some of these men don’t want it to come easy for them and that is so wrong!!! Being from a disadvantaged background does not mean you are worth less than those who are not. They obviously think young women are desperate to such an extent they will do anything to keep their jobs and that is untrue. Some say women are hard workers, some say women collaborate and I say women are beyond all these words they use to describe them. I don’t see a reason for them not to be treated fairly. Can you imagine what the world would be like without women? Have the same perception for the work place…Men need to learn how to do things right, adapt to the concept of “professionalism” and use it when needed. Now the issue here is how can women end this. Women need to stand up and fight, build confidence, even where they think they don’t fit, have confidence to fit in, to make the right decisions and know their worth!!!

By: Fortunate Machaba