Spending My Weekend Babysitting Lara

 

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This is amazing and it always is. She’s seven months old and believes me is just like looking after a baby. In the morning when we wake up (7 am) we make sure we take her out so she pees outside. It’s amazing that she doesn’t pee or poo in the house unless she’s doing it deliberately, haha I know that’s silly but that’s what she does.

IMG_7575From there we go for a walk except for this morning, Gosh! it was so cold that I didn’t wish to stay out of bed. But guess what? Lara wanted to play outside as cold as it was. Don’t think when you let her play and get her tired she will easily get tired and sleep, no that’s not her she will play all day, we will try to take her out for a walk just to get her tired…well it doesn’t work until she decides to sleep herself.

That’s when I get my breath back. Looking at her during her sleep it the most beautiful thing ever! She’s adorable…

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She reminds me of when she was a baby, her first day at home. She was struggling.

We all thought that she must have been missing her mum and brothers. We all felt bad about it but she eventually got over it. After that, it was always fun. You won’t believe how much I miss her all the time when I’m in Mamelodi. Funny enough my parents think Lara get’s all the attention than everyone else “we know our place”, they always say.

Freaky part of babysitting 

When we have to go to bed, we have to put the alarm on and if we don’t get the instructions right the alarm will go off. Monitor net (security) guys get at the house as quickly as possible and Lara doesn’t like seeing those guys in the garden with their touch on. I’m not sure if it freaks her out or she just becomes over protective. She won’t go to bed immediately. We freak out too when the alarm is off. Because they will come after we reset if they will set the alarm off and we would think is somebody else and not them.

The interesting part 

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The interesting part is that she has her own bed in my parent’s bedroom but she never uses it haha! she always sleeps right at our feet and she enjoys it. She does the same thing with my parents. I always miss these moments. When she’s about to eat and when we play fetch, the excitement and energy…I love seeing that. I can watch that all day.

The sad part

When I have to leave home to come back to Mamelodi. Leaving my family and Lara it is always sad. For some reason, I feel like I’m not coming back even although I am. Every time I come back even after a week or so it feels like a year and I always tell them how long it feels and it turns out to be a joke. I always look forward to the next time when I come back home. It is true that “there’s no place like home”.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sitting At Court This Morning Made Me Wonder…

I woke up this morning, got ready, had a cup of tea and went to Mamelodi West Magistrate court. I got there an hour early. As I was looking at the list at the hall way I saw the name I was looking for and waited in court. Well, first I had to make sure I was at the right court. It was just a few of us to start with, then more people started coming in.

30 minutes before the court started prisoners started coming in and out of the cells with the police and I wondered what was going on. I went out and asked the security where they were going and he said “oh them? they going to court, they are different courts around here and not just one you are from”, and I went oh gosh! isn’t that obvious? and laughed. That’s curiosity!

We were supposed to start at 9 am they called people I was not there for but it was interesting, sitting there listing to what they were arrested for and the charges against them by the magistrate. Others were on bail and most were postponed for further investigations. When they got to the name I was waiting for and not just I, they said he’s delaying we have to wait till 11:00. We waited…

There were many court cases attended and I began to wonder how many cases are reported every day, how many they are currently dealing with at court and what mostly these people are arrested for? It got me worried when I saw a lot of young faces arrested for theft, robbery attempted murder…

When they got to the name I was waiting for and not just I, they said he’s delaying we have to wait till 11:00. We waited… As there were many court cases attended that day I began to wonder how many cases are reported every day, how many they are currently dealing with at court and what mostly these people are arrested for?

11:00 when the magistrate came back for other cases he was never called and they said we have to come back at 11:30, it happened again and again until 2 pm, the last case of the day. He appeared by then I left the court for family matters.

According to the source, he appeared to court and started denying the allegations. He claimed that he did not kill his wife and later admitted it and said he did not kill her deliberately. This matter was postponed to Monday. From last time when I was following this case, they said that he was applying for bail. I don’t know what I’m expecting from the court. I’m still wondering…

I can’t wait to write more about this.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Taxi Drivers And Owners Demand Answers From MMC

 

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Mamelodi this morning

The city of Tshwane MMC for Trasport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge has received a memorandum today at Pretoria’s Tshwane House from taxi drivers and owners of different areas. This happened after local taxi drivers and owners from Mamelodi, Soshanguvhe, Mabopane and Marabastard protested today in Pretoria to Tshwane House.

Mamelodi police monitored the situation to prevent the protest in Mamelodi, taxi’s were operating in the morning. The deputy chairperson of Mamelodi Local Taxi Association (MALTA), Monageng Stuurnan said that they do not support the protest by the taxi drivers and owners of Mamelodi.

 

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Pretoria near Tshwane House

Reports say Soshanguvhe, Mabopane and Marabastad areas were affected by the protest and taxis were not operating in those areas including the railway station causing the train to stop operating as well.

 

Taxi drivers and owners from those areas came together to hand their memorandums to the Tshwane MMC and asked for the MMC to sign the Memorandum to acknowledge that she has received it.

“I have received the memorandum from the taxi drivers and taking the matter to the province to negotiate, I told them that I will give them feedback within 14 days”, said the MMC.

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Tshwane MMC for Transport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge

She described the matter as long term process because the taxi drivers and owners haven’t paid the money that they owe Tshwane which causes them not to be able to get their licence renewed, permits and allowance to use the roads. This issue, in turn, causes the Metro police to give them tickets for not having the right documents with them while driving passengers.
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During the protest, the drivers had boxes written “Tickets must fall”, in their hands. The complaint was also mentioned in the memorandum.

According to the taxi drivers from Mamelodi, not many from the area have joined the protest to Pretoria CBD.

The taxi drivers and owners are currently waiting for 2 weeks to pass in order for them to get their answers from the MMC. The matter remains the subject to Sheila Lynn Senkubuge.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Just Faith Concert At UP Campus; Mamelodi

Just Faith had a concert on Sunday at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus.IMG_0998

Different organisations were invited to the exhibition to share their services with the community.

During the event, the campus Manager, Edwin Smith was called on stage to present his speech about the faculty of Theology to the audiences.

“The event ushered in a new pathway to the University of Pretoria for local residents interested in studying at our University, It also strengthens the University’s offering for the community and our local partners dealing with a number of pressing challenges in our community”, said Mr Smith. He added that he was very excited themselves broadening their involvement in the community through their campus.

IMG_0994Music bands were there to perform on stage as well as poets.

According to their website, the organisation “Feast of the Clowns” was established in 2000 and started as a small street festival and has now grown to the large annual festival in the city.

Their campaign this week will be focusing on substance use and harm reduction, homelessness, mental health and gender justice. Their main focus will be on substance abuse with a sub-focus on homelessness and mental health.

 

IMG_1002All of their workshops will be hosted in Pretoria including Mamelodi.

The exhibition has also given the organisations a platform to make contacts as well as to know about each other’s services that they offer the community.

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Their event in Mamelodi took place for two days in a row (Sunday 13 Aug and Monday 14 Aug). Sunday being used for the exhibition and Monday for the address of the matters including, gender justice and substance use.

 

 

Other events will take place in different venues this week until the 19th of August.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Tateni Want To Transform Lives Of Young People; Mamelodi

IMG_0991Tateni Community Care Service want to change lives of young people in the community. The centre has introduced their new program “break the circle of poverty” where they assist young people in the community with getting job opportunity and those who have matric and want to further their studies to get opportunities to go to university.

IMG_0988They are currently running a three days program (Monday 14 August- Wed the 16 August) at Vista University for the youth. On Friday they had a workshop at Rephafugile Secondary School for young people and also invited Kedibone Kekana from German Government which is in partnership with the City Of Tshwane to have a discussion with the youth.

The purpose of the workshop was to give the youth the opportunity to bring their ideas forth that they want to resolve because it matters to them.

IMG_0980During the workshop, they discussed things needed to be done to make the community safe which resulted to young people mentioning that there has to be patrolling in the areas of Mamelodi, young people have to get involved in various activities or form any part of a group in the community to educate each other and illegal dumping issues causing health issues.

IMG_0983Forms were given to the students to assist completing the survey.

“I’m here today talking to the youth because their ideas are important to us”, said Kedibone Kekana from German Government. She added that their program is focusing on the youth as well as the infrastructure that is going to be changed in the next four years.

Students from Rephafogile said in the next 10 years, they want to see themselves studying teaching, educating men about fatherhood, building a community centre for activities, helping vulnerable children with basic needs, creating jobs opportunities for the youth and creating youth forums to address challenges faced by young people.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Prof. Phaswana-Mafuya Visits Mamelodi To Motivate Students

 

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Prof. Phaswana-Mafuya

 

Prof.Nancy (Refilwe) Phaswana-Mafuya, Research Director in the HIV/AIDS/STI/TB (HAST) Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University visited Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC) today to motivate students to take Maths and sciences as a career.

IMG_0963“We invited girls from schools who do maths and sciences and encouraged them to take them as a career. We had a speaker, women of science award from Port Elizabeth. She won a national award for science by NSTF. She addressed the students and we did this for Women’s Day, we also invited mothers to be part of the event”, said Christa Van Schalkwyk, the Centre’s Manager.

The main purpose of the event was to encourage the kids to take the scientific field as their career.IMG_0971 “I have learned a lot from the programme, it taught me so many things including that even if you are from a poor background you can still make it. If you don’t have money to further your studies, we were encouraged to study hard to get bursaries to further our studies”, said Lerato Thlako from Bonang Lesedi Secondary School.

Students were from Lehlabile, Bonang Lesedi, Solomon Mahlangu, Stanza Bopape, Mamelodi High School and Phateng Secondary Schools.

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Most of them are maths higher grade students and the idea behind this event was to encourage and motivate them. The subject adviser for maths, Mosima Bokhosi was also invited to take part as a speaker at the programme.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Evah Celebrated Women’s Day Supporting Women’s Soccer In Mamelodi

IMG_0959Evah Mokwape, the former vice captain for South African National team Banyana-Banyana and an organiser for the event, celebrated Women’s Day yesterday at the University Of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus. The event was involving netball and soccer for both female and male. “The event went well, I did what I did because I wanted to see the girls enjoying sports, as a supervisor captain, I played to the professional level, I wanted to plot that to the community and motivate girls that they can do it well”, said Evah Mokwape. She added that the event was women’s day celebration and she also invited legends to support at the event.

 

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Evah Mokwape motivating the crowd

 

According to her, the event was beyond her expectation as it was her first and she’s expecting more events to come and also getting more sponsors. The legends were including Go Mabusela, Magents Motale, Trott Moloto and Thomas Kwenaite.

Teams played were, from Netball, Lovers Girls, Church New Apostolic and Mamelodi West. And from soccer (female), Tukkies Mamelodi Ladies, Mamelodi Ladies and Aqualle, (male), Golden Legends and Liverpool.  Mams Ladies played VS Mams Tuks and scored 3-0, Liverpool VS Golden Legends 7-5.7D1_7298 (2)

Best player No 4 Tuks and Mamelodi ladies goal keeper received a trophy for their excellent performance during the match. The games were featured Magents Motale from Bafana-Bafana, Orlando Pirates, Jappie Motale from Supersports, Darkie Morudi from Sundowns, the youngest of our players were 35 years old and older, they played against under 19’s coached by the ex-Sundowns legend, Alpheus “Go” Mabusela.

7D1_7380“They have the energy, we have the experience though it was not good enough today. At least we showed them how the game is played. Not giving up even when is tough. Adjusting our game plan as per the requirements of the game.

“In the end to us is about having fun enjoying what we love and sharing with them. Inspiring and motivating the youth”, said Sam Mphaki Mashifane from Golden Legends.   IMG-20170812-WA0006                                                                                                                                        The sponsors for the event were, Curro Mamelodi School, Thibo Cafe, Spaza Sam, City Of Tshwane MMC, Gauteng Province MEC, Buti Molefyane, Aquelle for water and UP for the venue.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Couple Runs Children Centre In Mamelodi

A couple runs children centre in Mamelodi East, Extension 5. The centre called House Of Faith and it opens six days a week including Saturdays. The children’s age ranges from three to 14 years old. The organisation is depending on the parent’s contributions and does not have anyone relying upon. They have about 50 kids that they currently assist with homework, food and clothing that another organisation donates to the centre. “The challenge that we are having is that not all the parents contribute and we sometimes don’t have enough to give the kids”, said Lucky Mbatha. They used to cook for them before and their stove broke. They now give the kids biscuits and juice until they get a new cooker. The organisation was registered this year February. They help all the kids who can benefit from the organisation. “We are not only helping children from disadvantaged families any who can benefit from this programs, we believe that all the children need someone to help them with something”, said Khosi Mchunu. The couple sometimes visits schools to motivate children. They are not only helping with school work but they also do parent to children talk, play games, sometimes have a movie day and fun days at the centre. Khosi Mchunu says she plays a mother role to the kids as well where as Lucky plays a father role. They would love to get a sponsor for table and chairs for the kids, reading books, indigenous toys, a day to day food and furniture (shelves for the books). They plan to bring more people or volunteers to assist with teaching differently. Anyone with any help for the kids can directly phone Aus Khosi on 079 740 8403. Sharing is caring.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Docket Opened After Train Struck Man Near Phase 2

Mamelodi East police were called to the scene in Phase 2 yesterday afternoon after a 32-year-old man was hit by a goods train. “It is unclear what exactly happened at this stage but deceased known in that area was found lying near the rail line in what appears to be hit by a train”, said the police spokesperson captain Michael Mbewe. Inquest docket is opened for investigation.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Police Believe Man Hit By Train

Mamelodi East Police believe that a man who was found dead this morning at Phase 2, Mamelodi East was killed by a goods train. It is alleged that the man was drunk before he died. It is not yet known whether the man committed suicide. The identity of the man is yet to be confirmed. More details will come later after the investigation is done.

By: Fortunate Machaba

EdTech Summit Africa Workshop In Mamelodi

IMG_0937EdTech Summit Africa had a workshop at the University of Pretoria in Mamelodi East on Saturday. EdTech Summit is an innovative technology conference shared with educators across Africa free of charge. They are focusing on teachers training and program development addressing education equity and social justice issues by working to implement creative and cutting edge technologies in schools and communities. The team also visited Mamelodi to share their skills, support teachers and learners with technology tools. During the workshop, they introduced the tools that teachers can use to improve their classrooms and education that they can not provide without the use of technology, looking at the history of this country that it has been disadvantaged and have not had opportunities to learn and teach things the way private schools do.  IMG_0931This program is to help the teachers to help students to learn better online or by making use of technology. One of the team members, Gugulethu Radebe, believes that the education system in South Africa does not reflect where South Africa is in terms of the economy and staff that they, as teachers are doing globally, does not reflect the education system. They came to offer teachers a tool to create a bridge for the local school students to get the same opportunities as the private schools. They wanted the teachers to acquire the skill and pass it to their students and make education more exciting and engaging. It is believed that if the teachers learn that technique it will help improve the education system in their schools and helps the students to learn better. IMG_0938“Is our part to work with teachers and devices and free strategies that people will share all over the world but what needs to happen from the government and infrastructure like Telkom who can affect education far greater by making connectivity everywhere”, said Karen Kirsh Page, the founder. They started in 2013 and they are having workshops continental and not just in South Africa. Siobhan Thatcher said that education is a life long part of her life, she has been to school, went to University and went to the classroom and for her, education and technology is one and the thing. The teachers described technology as something logical to have in the classroom because it helps the learners to know what is currently happening (current affairs), expose them to things that they will not have exposed to and make them conscious of what is happening around the world. The teachers who have attended the workshop were from different schools across South Africa. Student teachers or interns were also part of the workshop. The conference was for free including transport and food. The workshop was mainly for teachers from under source schools or schools that can’t afford to pay for teachers to attend the conference and it was one of their reasons to be in Mamelodi. The workshop was not about how many people attended but the changes it would be made by those who have attended the workshop. The challenge that they came across in the education journey is that they reach a lot of teachers but is not all of them who understands what the program is about, although they have a vision of how things should look like not everyone sees it the same way. IMG_0943They believe is not teachers being negative towards the vision but they think that teachers might feel uncomfortable. Kevin Baloyi said that teachers should understand that they are dealing with different generations and therefore, they should not rely on the method they use to teach children 20 years ago. They should think for students as much as they think for themselves. At the end of the workshop, lucky teachers were announced and won prizes. This happened after they called their ticket numbers. The workshop started at 10 am and finished at 4 pm. More workshops are expected to be hosted in different areas around South Africa and globally.

By: Fortunate Machaba

“Searching Soul”

I Crawl In Bed And Lay My Head Upon My Pillow, With Thought?s Of The Day Falling Away Behind My Eye?s Your Face Comes To Me With Love, I Can See Your Trust For Me In Your Eye?s Your Window,

I reach Out My Hand To You As You Turn to Leave Me. I Touch Your Hand You Stop I Move To Face You To See Your Soul As I Come To Your Face Only For You To Turn Away Again What Are You Hiding From, Let Me See, You Tell Me That You’re Not Free In Your Heart, You Don’t Know How To Give Your Heart Away Pain Keep?s You Scared…Afraid To Be Open, Fear Has You Frozen, I Place My Hand?s Along Your Face Bring You Down To My Eye?s Look Deep Within Your Windows?s To Your Soul,

I See Your Fear There Holding Tight To You, I Place My Lip?s To Yours And Breathe Your Air Mine Into You, With One Deep Breath Your Walls?s Fall And A New Feeling Is Replaced, Love Is Now Within You I Close My Eye?s And Kiss You Goodbye, You Ask Me To Stay Why You Must You Go Say, I Say I Have Gifted You, My Love Is Now Yours Keep It Safe, Share It, Love It Like Never Before, Share The Gift We All Giving,

I Turn From You And Walk Away With Joy In My Heart, My Love For You Now Is Never Ending, You Will Always Carry Me Within Your Soul, Even ThoughI Have Never Been With You.

By: Tshepo Lekalakala

Gogo Ramushu Turning 100 Years Today

Living 100 years old is rare and deserve to be celebrated.

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Mmakabe Ramushu is turning 100 years old today in Mamelodi East. Her granddaughter, Kedibone Ramushu shared this message with us yesterday.

 

The family was celebrating her birthday today, having lunch with relatives and friends. Kedi Granys grandchild 20170805_135405“The amazing queen

The family is currently having lunch with relatives and friends. “The amazing queen Mmakabe Ramushu turning 100 years today, we say to you happy birthday and God shall bless you with many years to come,” said , Kedibone Ramushu, the granddaughter. Gogo Mmakabe has one daughter (Johanna Madikofi Ramushu), and two granddaughters (Kedibone Ramushu and Reitumetse Ramushu). Gogo upgave a speech on her birthday and shared a history of where she grew up with family, friends and relatives.

By: Fortunate Machaba

My Journalism Journey: Story Behind Pen And Paper

My journalism journey has been fantastic despite the challenges that I bump into sometimes and the sponsorship I’m currently struggling to get…

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I’m the first person in my family to graduate and hopefully not the last, the only one to make it to Boston Media House. I have spent my childhood with my grandparents and uncles, life wasn’t easy back then. I’m first to move out of home age 21 and first to own my own company/publication and believe in my dreams. I had an amazing time at college, I’m not going to talk about high school because is a different story. Let me put it this way, back in high school I was the nerdy kid.

I remember the first day at college when my dad and I walked into campus to pay for my fees, seeing the students from rich families, all fashionable, classic back packs and all that and to my mind, I asked, am I going to make it here? by the way, I was convicted it was a bad omen. I later realised that if you really believe in him (God), yourself and work hard and live around positive people you definitely will make it in life.

My journalism journey so far…

People who have not yet been at Boston think everyone from Boston is rich, posh and privileged. I certainly don’t they think so because I’m not. After three years down the line, here I am, have a Diploma in Media, have my own Mamelodi Happenings and want to pursue a Degree in Criminology.

My journey started in 2014 when my dad and I thought I could blog to learn. Now I want to blog to earn. Journalism for me is not about money but passion. I have been blogging for more than three years and haven’t yet started making money out of it. I have helped many people in the community before and still will, I believe my purpose is to help others. Most people think all the journalist are interested in just chasing out stories. That is not true.

For example, someone can lose a house, maybe it burned, I as a journalist will write about it, you would probably think I’m writing because is a story. When someone out there read about it, they get interested in helping that person with food, clothes etc. There are many ways that journalist helps the public and not just chasing stories…

I met a lot of famous people that I always loose count and got opportunities to interview them. I have been in situations where I felt uncomfortable, unsafe and there are some, where I’m still proud of. I remember one of the days I still can’t forget. When I was attending a protest somewhere in Mamelodi. Some strangers approached me and asked me to delete all the photos I took during the protest, of which I did.

I have once interviewed a child molester which was my first time being in such a difficult interview, was a bit nervous but no one could tell (spilling the bean I guess). I had to look at him in the eye and all that in mind I went, I’m possibly interviewing a rapist here, I don’t know. I spoke to one guy I haven’t seen even today who told me that he was robbing banks for a living and I was stupid enough to tell him that I was a journalist. Gosh, I’m such a journalist!

When I was attending a protest somewhere in Mamelodi. Some strangers approached me and asked me to delete all the photos I took during the protest, of which I did. I have once interviewed a child molester which was my first time being in such a difficult interview, was a bit nervous but no one could tell (spilling the bean I guess).

I have met a lot of men and women whom I wanted to do business with and those I’ve approached for sponsorships for Mamelodi Happenings. Some men were never interested and some wanted to take advantage and I didn’t let them. I believe it has to be out of a pure heart to help someone pursue their dreams.

I’m currently starting an advertising magazine for the community, most of my advertisers pulled back and I can’t find anyone to fund my business. It’s a challenge. Unfortunately, I haven’t met the right people yet, maybe some day, although it takes time. Patience…

I  have attended many events which were educational, environmental, political, violence/consists of crime, sport, fashion shows, business and entertainment, of which I’m still proud of. There are a lot more coming and I can’t wait since I’m not intending to stop. I love a career path I choose and I choose it for a reason.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

 

Interview With Child Molester

This interview was conducted after a 40 years old man sexually harassed a 10 years old girl. Note that it was conducted in Sepedi and translated into English. The incident took place in Mahube mall, Mamelodi East. I was at the bank and saw about four security guards including SPF dragging a man into Mams FM studio. I followed them, asked what happened, I got the story and interviewed the man…

Some answers he gave didn’t make sense at all..you will be surprised. 

Have you sexually assaulted anyone before?

No, I’ve never done it before is my first time to do it here

When you say “first time to do it here” does that mean you have done it somewhere else before?

No is my time…

Do you have any reason why you did what you did to the girl?

It was just an accident, I didn’t mean to do it.

You didn’t mean to touch her, you were passing by then what happened?

I was going to pay for my account in rail way.

The parents of the daughter and her uncle were outside Pep at the time, so how did you manage to pass near them?

I paid my account and wanted to go to Pick’n Pay to buy food, that’s when it happened. Is not something … I got shocked when people took this seriously because I was playing with the girl and passing by, got to the shop and buying food. They were with her when it happened and I really want to apologise it won’t happen again. I will just come to the mall, pay the bills and you see what I mean.

I have been told that you denied the fact that you touched the girl’s bottom is that true?

No I was just greeting and I get it that they didn’t like how I did it, so that’s how it is, at the moment there is nothing I can do, as we standing, you understand…

So you couldn’t talk to the parents or apologise to them?

I’m one person who likes playing you see…

Why didn’t you tell them before the police were called or get’s this far?

No let me tell you what happened, after that, the guy (father) came and followed me to the shop, I was shocked when people approached me and I was supposed to pay my food and leave the shop and told me what I did, what was terrible and scared me is that the uncle beat me up and fought me and it happened when there were there. I apologise.

Do the parents know how guilty or sorry you are?

No the parents were there and I have asked for forgiveness and that it will never happen again, I made a mistake I’m a human being, I’m so sorry… I came here for what I came for and anyone can play we kids, people differ.

Do you have any children or a wife?

No I don’t have children nor a wife I only have a girlfriend, I ‘m not yet married.

Tell me how you would feel if the other men did the same thing to your child, would you be ok with it?

Yes, Becuase I and the wife will be present and is not a bad thing. I won’t feel terrible. I was just passing by greeting the girl, maybe I offended them you understand.

You just passed by and greeted her? Do you know the girl?

Yes I just greeted her, no Idon’t know her I was just being friendly and they accused me of touching her bottom. I’m really sorry it won’t happen again. Please forgive me it won’t happen again.

by: Fortunate Machaba

 

Angry Residents Demand The Mayor Removes Shacks

 

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Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga

The angry residents in Mahube Valley extension 1 demanded the Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga today to remove shacks in extension 17, Mamelodi East. This comes after the protest that took place on June 22, 2017. Residents in Mahube had a clash due to the illegal connection of electricity by the residents in the informal settlement.

 

The Mayor addressed the community about feedback for the issues they have raised. During his address, he mentioned that shacks can not be removed in that area according to the court of law. Residents complain that the mayor has promised to remove the shacks but yet he hasn’t fulfilled his promise. “We had many demands before and we came down to one demand which is eviction”, said the community leader Jack Lekgau. He added that the mayor promised them that he was going to remove people who live in the informal settlement to Pinaspoort and other parts of Mamelodi.

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According to occupants, they later heard that the mayor made a commitment to the people who live in the informal settlement that he will not remove them and promised them to get mobile toilets which they have recently received. “The court said that I can not remove these people, the only way that I can is by building them houses which I can not afford”, said the mayor. He further said that by law, people in the informal settlement have to receive services and they are going to get help because most of them are not registered to get houses.

 

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Resident asking questions during the address

Mahube Valley residents believe that the court interdict has nothing to do with what they have asked for. “We have asked you to relocate the people, move them to the place you said you will move them to and the problem will be solved”, said one of the residents. Some said in public that they want to take the mayor to court and let the court decide the action against him.

 

 

The memorandum was read during the address, the mayor was asked to sign the memorandum and occupants were given the opportunity to raise their complaints. One of their complaints was the bill which they believe has risen due to the illegal connection of electricity by residents in the informal settlement.

 

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Msimangs signing the memo

 

 

The mayor said anyone who has a complaint about their bills they should come to the office and their matter will be attended individually. Occupants claimed to take law in their hands if Tshwane fails to take action.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Students Released Early Due To COSAS March

IMG-20170731-WA0018Mamelodi students were released early from schools due to COSAS march yesterday into Pretoria. The march was concerning free education that the students are demanding. Students who are under COSAS from different schools have organised and participated in the march which caused Mamelodi high schools student to leave school early. There was two separate march by students, some went to Absa while others went to South African Reserve bank. During the march, the memorandum was submitted to the bank. Absa was forced to close down during that period. The march started in Pretoria, Bosman station. Students said they were marching concerning “Radical Education Transformation” which includes the struggle of free education that is believed to forever remain a priority within the student’s revolution which lead to students calling on private sectors  that are “owned by white” monopoly capital or private companies to start building schools, colleges, libraries to enhance the education system. IMG-20170731-WA0024 “We are calling on private sectors that are owned by white monopoly capital to start with, we want these privately owned companies or businesses to start building schools, libraries, college and start contributing 40% of their means of productions towards developing and enhancing the education system”, said one of the march organisers Thabo Nkoana. Students are expecting Absa not to pay back the money but have the money as a budget to transform the country’s education and economy.  He added that the South African Reserve Bank must contribute 70% of their profits towards free education including all companies listed on the JSE, they have to contribute 10% of their means of production quarterly towards the implementation of free education, the white monopoly must be dealt with harshly. The march lasted for a day and businesses who are expected to contribute are given 7 days to reply. It is not yet know what was the reaction to private companies owners when they received the memorandum. The matter remains the subject to the owners.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Fascinating Mahube Valley Popup Market

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Atang General Training and Conviction, specialising in cooking,  baking and selling cocktails and shooters.

 

 

Local business owners had a fascinating event yesterday at Mahube Valley, Mamelodi East.

 

 

 

 

Business owners including tavern owners, fashion designers, product sellers and agencies. They were all invited to the event to showcase their work and sell their products.

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Lekaiba’s Design, specialising in beats and accessories

 

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Spit Fire, specialising with sun glasses from London

 

 

 

 

 

The event started in the afternoon and its purpose was to invite the community to support local businesses titled: Hashtag SupportLocalBusiness, Bring Own Chair.

 

 

 

 

Atang General Training and Conviction, specialising in cooking,  baking and selling cocktails and shooters. The owner of this company organised the event.

 

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Inuka, specialising in perfumes and hand lotions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

 

Black Whole Lounge Hosted Winter Fashion Show

Black Whole hosted a winter fashion show last night in Mamelodi West, A5. Local, talented fashion designers showcase their fashion trends and artist from in and outside Mamelodi were there to perform their best music for the audience. Mamelodi Fashion designers including Moleboheng Sease, Victor Galeboye, Thato Kwinana, Thandeka Nkosi, Alcanest, Longile Buthelezi, Dk Ignitious, Sonia and Konko Representative. People to show how to dress for your body, fashion with function. Artists including Paris June from Soshanghuve who has opened the stage, Pretty Simple, AK from Nigeria and Panga has performed their few songs. The original Shumba, a  comedian was also at the event to entertain the crowd and played a role as MC. He turned the stage into flames cracking most of his best jokes and kept the crowd entertained throughout the event. During the event, there were stand-up comedies that you never imagine of by Shumba. The team, Levita Entertainment (Thato, Victor, Leno and Thandeka) organised the show. The show started at 8 pm until 12 am. “It was great even though we could’ve done better”, said Thato Kwinana, one of the organisers. The next fashion show is in summer.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Don Dada Visited About 19 Radio Station Including Mams FM

“Viva Mandela” by Don Dada, The official  2017 Mandela day song to pay homage to the late world icon.

1The 30-year-old singer, Don Dada from Johannesburg recently released his first album Avant Garde with the 2nd single ‘Phese Phaya’ coincidentally released on 2016 Mandela Day Concert stage. Since from the release of the song on the 7th July, Don Dada has completed interviews on 19 Stations including Mamelodi FM (Mams FM), done several print media interviews and attracted the attention of neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe ZiFM Stereo and the Daily News. The song is currently receiving airplay in those countries.

This brought inspiration and added to the task of writing a Mandela tribute song. While the song is Madiba-themed and inspired by the book “MANDELA LONG WALK TO FREEDOM,” it has a distinct Dada flavour incorporating hip-hop and reggae, featuring a versatile female artist Seed_Under and Phiwe Romeo Phekana his close friends from PE. The footage below includes MadibazRadio PE Crew and locals.

“Viva Mandela” was recorded at Don Dada’s studio and record label, RuFF CuTT Studio, produced by Super Producer Rapz and coordinated by his dad RasMoe.

The recording of the Viva Mandela track, however, was a four-day process and unlike most songs about Tata Madiba, Dada decided to make his special song upbeat.  When asked about the type of the song made Dada retorted. “Most of the Mandela songs are sad and I wanted to make mine more upbeat. I wanted to change the way we think about the man who brought freedom to South Africans and inspired the world”, said Don. On hearing the song, Impressed and inspired,  Don Dada and his family were invited by the ANC Joburg Region 1912OnlineRadio to spend Mandela Day together.  image 4

The day started off with a one-hour LIVE tribute interview, followed by the distribution of sandwiches ( made by Don Dada), keeping the streets tidy and finally enjoying a Tata Madiba Birthday cake. footage for some of which we extracted from the ANC Joburg Region 1912OnlineRadio Instagram pagehttps://www.instagram.com/1912onlineradio/  

 

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It is very inspiring to see youths band together exceeding 67minutes by putting in a full day of servicing others together:

 

The team decided that a VIVA Mandela Music video was a must! The ANC Joburg Region 1912OnlineRadio media man was quick to volunteer his services, unphased by limited funds and zero sponsors the crew worked on a 3day project [including travel], elated by how successful MANDELA DAY was. It took a 13hour overnight trip to the Eastern Cape where Don Dada did 3 radio and 1 TV interviews and completed the first phase of the music video.

 

At the time of this release, the actual filming in two regions is complete the music video is in editing and should be available in a few days from now.

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The final filming in Soweto

 

Don added that VIVA Mandela has been well received by most stations and locals in the community. “This has been the most enlightening experience that one can only attain by serving, TOGETHER we CAN achieve so much more even without money,” said Dada.

Every year on 18 July the world celebrates a birthday of the late former South African president and world renown icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. This year is no different and Hip hop artist Don Dada is celebrating with the release of his official 2017 Mandela Day song titled Viva Mandela. The song is available for streaming and download on all major digital music platforms.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Howard Zondo Finally Launched His Book; Mamelodi West

IMG_0770Howard Zondo, the author of Young Black and Powerful launched his first book (Young Black and Powerful) today at Mamelodi West community hall in A5.

Students from his school, J Kekana, teachers, guests from the community and others from Rustenburg and Middleburg came to attend the event and gave their full support to him. All his first 30 books published were sold today. The department of sports and recreation and Tshwane were also part of the people who purchased his book. His family, The Zondo’s including his mother Evelyn Ndlovu and brother Justice Zondo, uncle and his two sisters were at the event to support him. Other people who had an impact in his life were also there.

His family, The Zondo’s including his mother Evelyn Ndlovu and brother Justice Zondo, uncle and his two sisters were at the event to support him. Other people who had an impact in his life were also there to support and celebrate his achievements.

During the event, guests presented their speech

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People who had an impact in his life were also at the event giving their speeches and motivating the public. People such as his mentor, Thulani, Sam Mphahlele. He believes that every person in the world has a purpose of contributing to humanity. During his speech, he spoke about how people can find their contributions.

Young inspirations, motivational speakers, brand ambassadors, business owners, leaders and authors such as Gomolemo Mara Bogopane, co founder of Perls Africa, leader, motivational speaker from Rustenburg shared his speech to the youth that what defines the youth is not their age or colour of their skin but the role they play in the society. IMG_0723

“First Lady” Miss inspiration teen 2017 2nd Princess, Co-founder of Fresh and brand ambassador, Letlotlo Matabane was also there to inspire young people and to tell about her brand. She is regarded as the first lady to have her own brand in Pretoria.

Social entrepreneur, Phumulani Mngomezulu from Middleburg specialising in corporate branding, owns his own business. He also described Howard as a young powerful young man and spoke about the business that matters to the community. one of his quotes “Invest time in helping other people, put yourself in someone else’s story and help”.

 

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JK students and deputy principal

J Kekana deputy principal described Howard as a young person and powerful pupil. “It has been tough throughout the journey so, in the end, we are not saying is it’s over, we say raise up the flag, know that you have been raised at JK. All this happened because there has been a teacher in your life, keep up the good work, represent the school”, said Betty Lebelo the school’s deputy principal.

 

 

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young entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, brand ambassadors, business owners and leaders.

 

 

Editor of Young Black and Powerful, motivational speaker and an entrepreneur, Mmatepeng Temane, said that the book is her life, describing herself as passionate about young people. “We all have the power to change things that we don’t like, I’d like to thank the family for supporting and understanding their son’s journey and Howard to believe in himself”, said Mmatepeng Temane.

At the end of the event 

 

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Howard Zondo and his family

 

His youngest brother, Justice Zondo came to pass gratitude to the organisers. He described his brother as a strong character and always a challenge. “As a family, we are honoured, Mamelodi is blessed with young people with talents, I’d like to thank everyone for their support, we fully support people in the community and I urge that they shouldn’t choose the wrong people”, said Justice Zondo. Howard spoke about his book and also thanked everyone who has supported him through out and who came today, he also handed out gifts to show them how grateful he was.

Howard is expecting to write more books and more launch is to come.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

SAPS Visited Stanza Bopape Clinic; Mamelodi East

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South African Police Service (SAPS) and other stakeholders visited Stanza Bopape Clinic, Mamelodi East today to deliver the message to the community. It was an open day for the clinic and they invited different organisations to convey the message on behalf of their organisations to the community of Mamelodi.

SAPS was there to talk about services that they offer and careers for young people that are available within the SAPS. IMG_0712Other stakeholders such as SYNEXUS from the centre introducing their new vaccine that will help preventing HIV AND AIDS, Old Mutual, Avbob, Law For All, Department Of Home Affairs, Love Life, SASA, National Prosecuting Authority of SA, AIDS FUND, USAID and Department of Social Development attended the event and made people aware of the services they offer.

 

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“We wanted to convey the message about safety, we had to give people information about careers in the SAPS, give them hints on rape and under age drinking”, said Captain Michael Mbewe, Mamelodi East Police spokesperson.

 

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He added that the awareness program was a continuous programme and that they normally host their own in the community but today they were invited to the clinic. Both adults and youth from the community attended the event.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sediba Sa Thuto Drop In Centre Support Families Including Children In Mamelodi

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Sediba Sa Thuto dropping centre is created for underprivileged children in the community of Mamelodi. The centre is currently supporting about 170 families including 331 children from those families. These families are from 10 dropping centres in both Mamelodi East and West. One of the centres is situated at Sediba Sa Thuto Primary School (named after the school), Mamelodi East Extension 18. It was established three years ago (youngest centre) and its purpose is to provide social, emotional, physical and spiritual support to the families and children. Children visit the centre every day after school and they help them with their homework, food and clothes including school uniforms. They sometimes have social issues discussion with the kids to help them deal with issues better. Children get food every time when they visit the centre. The workers at the centre sometimes visit the families to ensure they cover all their needs and help where they can. They assist children from both primary and high school. “We want to see Mamelodi as a successful community and alleviate poverty. We don’t want to see poor families and kids into drugs”, said Sello Motabeng, one of the centre’s manager. He confirmed that most of the kids are orphans living with their grandparents and some live with single parents who are unemployed. The challenges that they face in most cases is financial problems when they have to assist the families, they sometimes find families living without food for a week, children missing school because they have no school shoes and also looking for councillors after children got raped or involved in traumatic situations. The centre is funded by the Department of Social Development which is in partnership with Pact SA.

By: Fortunate Machaba

WSEC And Sage Foundation created Vegetable Garden For MV Primary; Mamelodi East

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Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre and Sage Foundation Visited Mahube Valley Primary School today to create a food gardening for the children. The project was voluntarily and was to replace their 67 minutes for Mandela Day. The garden is done to benefit children who depend on feeding scheme at the school as well as agriculture lessons. IMG_0693France Mamogobo, Walter Sisulu Environmental Center chairperson gave thanks to his team for doing a “wonderful” project for the school. Sage Foundation volunteers were taken to the centre after completing the project to have a tour around the centre. They have never been to Walter Sisulu’s Centre before.”We have a good relationship with them since last year after they helped us with the indigenous plant garden. Today they helped with the food garden and we want to teach the kids agriculture”, said Karel Gulton, the school principal.

IMG_0699He added that the garden will help with bringing more vegetables to the school for feeding scheme use and children will be able to take the vegetables home during school holidays.

 

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“We are very happy to have them here”, said the principal.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Man, 40 Arrested For Sexual Assault; Mamelodi East

Man, 40 was arrested yesterday at Mahube complex in Mamelodi East after allegedly caught by the girl’s parents for sexually assaulting their 10 years old daughter in public.  According to the family, they were in the mall for buying a school bag for the child, while waiting outside Pep shop after paying, the guy grabbed their daughter’s bottom and walked away. “We were standing out side Pep after paying for the bag, he grabbed my daughters bottom and passed to go to Pick’n pay for his shopping, My husband asked my daughter if she knew him and what he did to her because we didn’t see that he grabbed her bottom we just saw a hand and thought that he just poked her and my daughter said he grabbed her bottom”, said Sarah Sithole, the mother. The father added that he thought it was a teacher from school who just poked her and he followed him to the shop to check if the man was mentally disturbed or not and found out that he was paying for his food at the till. He then approached the Securities and CPF’s for help.  The securities were including, France Pitseng, Judy Chauke and James Khoza with two female CPF’S Francina Mashitisho and Dikeledi Sibaya. “we were called by the father to address the matter of sexual assault, we caught the guy at Pick’npay paying for his food, when we asked him at first he denied he had done it and wanted to escape in our hands. He also didn’t want us to hand cuff him but we managed and took him to the station for Mams FM to know and broadcast about it”, said Judy Chauke , one of the securities. The securities called Mamelodi East police for arrest. The man said he was in shock when he was caught, he never thought it will go as far as he claims to be playing with the unknown child. He asked for forgiveness to the parent before the police took him away. The matter remains the subject to the police.

By: Fortunate Machaba

FOUR SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC VIOLENCE IN MAMELODI EAST

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

       

 

Man Demands Bail After Murdering His Wife; Mamelodi West

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

What Does It Mean To Celebrate Mandela Day?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Lehlabile Secondary School Students cleaning the library.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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children playing soccer to entertain Pact SA visitors

 

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

 

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

 

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

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

When did you start the process of writing a book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Favours Catheral Church Celebrated Mandela Day; Mamelodi West

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

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

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

 

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Anglo-American and their donation to the village

 

 

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

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CHE and their donation to the village

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

 

 

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children playing games with UP students

 

 

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba 

 

 

Ward 10 Councillor And Mamelodi East Community Celebrated Mandela Day

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

 

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

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

Firstly, tell us about your self and what you do

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think about the movie made about him?

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Interview with Keabetswe Shilakwe; Blogger, writer and a photographer

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

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

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

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

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

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

What content are you most proud of?

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

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

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

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

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

Does your family support you in what you do?

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

What do you think about Mamelodi Happenings?

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

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

By: Fortunate Machaba 

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Family Found Sadam Karrim After Being Allegedly Kidnapped By Nigarian Women

 

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East Police Investigates Missing Person

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

By: Fortunate Machaba 

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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Marah Louw, I (Fortunate) and Hlubi Mbuya

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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SA Depression & Anxiety Group, Inqubelo Foundation

 

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

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

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

 

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Author Nape Matana

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

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

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Marah Louw and Hlubi Mbuya

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

 

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Dr Barbara-Ann Ribeiro addressing at the program

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Are You Young And Unemployed?

Tateni is here for you!!!

I know the frustration you are going through right now but is not the end yet! Join Tateni Community Care centre programmes that will help you get the opportunity to get a job or further your studies. You might be home sitting with your matric certificate or maybe degree if not a diploma. Sitting home with those qualifications will never help you achieve your dreams. Start interacting and associate yourself with positive people. I’m just helping to give you a start.

Remeber what is like to build a house without a foundation.

So consider this as an opportunity! The centre has introduced their own new program called “break the circle of poverty” where they help the youth with getting opportunities. Do you really want to miss this? Do not hesitate in fact start right now! Their last program of the month has already started and going to finish on Wednesday at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus. Don’t miss the opportunity. Never give up your life. Cheers!

By: Fortunate Machaba