Residents Blocked Tsamaya Road For Electricity; Union Buildings Is The Next Target

In the early hours pf today, Monday 21 September 2020 residents of Mamelodi East blocked Tsamaya Road due to the issue of power in their area.

This happens after level 1 of lock down commenced today and people getting back to work. Some residents replied on the Facebook posts about protesters blocking the roads. Others suggests soldiers to intervene to prevent the protest.

Some residents have concerns that protests in Mamelodi are endless. According to their comments, it is believed that residents do not protest near their homes but taking it in the streets. Others on their comments raised a fact that the protesters should protest near the municipality offices instead.

There were strikes before in Mamelodi regarding the issue of electricity. Most people think they are residents who relocate to places with no access to service delivery and expects the government to solve the issue immediately after they have moved in those areas.

Some residents complained on the comment section that some of the protesters don’t even pay for the services causing the protests. Another suggests that the protest should be taken to Union Buildings to complain that they are being sabotaged in the community.

The protest started last night and it is not yet known when it will stop.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Thandanani Drop Inn Centre Cleaning Campaign Runs Successfully In Mams

Thandanani Drop Inn Centre ran a successful cleaning campaign on Saturday, 12 September 2020 in Mamelodi East. This happens after the Tshwane municipal worker’s strike took place and leaving the community with rubbish thrown on the road.

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“As Thandanani Drop Inn Centre a youth driven organization based in Mamelodi we saw it fit for us to collaborate with Mamelodi Community Policing Forum (CPF) and initiate a clean up campaign that will clean Tsamya Road the Main and Provincial Road in the Middle of Mamelodi, the face of Mamelodi”, said the co Founder and Director of Thandanani, Thabo Kgotsi.

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According to the founder of Thandanani, the community strive and recently the waste collectors contract with the municipal expired on the 31st of August 2020 this are the three factors that contributed to the community to dump of the main road but for us this course the environmental health hazard, we took an initiative to invite others stakeholders and the community at large to come as the unity and clean Mamelodi. Love and care for environment.

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Thabo send his regards and thanked all the stakeholders who took part in the initiative, including Coca-cola Beverages South Africa, City of Tshwane Region 6 Waste management team, Mamelodi Online Community, Water Sisulu, Centre CPF and SANCO for your immense contributions in the making the day a reality and greatness.

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He added to his statement that he was happy about the turnout and the support by the community as it was overwhelming.

“The environment looking beautiful and smelling good for the health of our community and we pray that we can all sustain the beauty that we see”, said Thabo Kgotsi.

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The founder urges young people in the community to take part in the initiative of looking after the environment to protect their health.

“To the youth of my community, let us love Mamelodi, let us care about environment also as youth love to live on a clean and healthy environment”, said Thabo Kgotsi.

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This campaign is set to be an ongoing program as the members are trying their best to keep the environment clean even after the workers resume their duties they are prepared to work hand in hand with them.

By: Fortunate Machaba

K9 Police Finds Abandoned Child In Moretele View

Mamelodi West police K9 reacted to a complaint of abandoned child that was found at the park in Moretele View, Mamelodi West on Saturday morning.

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According to the police, on their arrival, they found a baby boy wrapped in a jacket and abandoned.

They took the child to the Mamelodi Hospital where he was admitted and given medical attention. The child is alive and still been given medical attention.

“A person who has committed this crime will be charged with child abandonment”, said the police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo.

The Police are investigating a case of Child abandonment which the FCS will give attention and are looking at finding the suspects.

The police are pleading with anyone with the information regarding this incident to kindly contact the police on: 012-8129024 or 10111 or 0860010111

By: Fortunate Machaba

Koko wa DIMPHO Foundation Throws Party For 6-year-old

Koko wa DIMPHO Foundation threw a party for a 6-year-old Refilwe Matlala in Mamelodi East Extension 11.

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“The party was sponsored by Simelane and Son’s funeral Parlor, as well as a few community members, two ladies from Mamelodi East police station Mrs K Mphahlele and Mrs M Sibanda, Mams Radio and myself”, said Koko wa Dimpho.

Koko wa Dimpho said that Refilwe’s health is worrying as she was diagnosed to have a kidney failure and heart issues, the party was to show her that she is important and she deserves to be happy as a child. Refilwe asked for Koko wa Dimpho Foundation to throw her a party as well.

Adding on her statement that during the party, they also organised party packs and clothes for Refilwe.

“The party was okay and we really have enjoyed it”, said Refilwe’s mother, Christina Matlala.

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According to Refilwe’s mother, the Foundation has helped them a lot and she said that she is really happy and appreciates it.

The kids were almost 27 according to her estimation and later that day she donated food for the elderly from that area.

Bamoshate, from the royal family of the late Mr Lekhuleni, Mr phahlane, Mr khumalo, Mrs makola and Mrs joy were there to support the party and donated clothes to Refilwe.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sandy MRD Releases New Sizzling Single; Bum Bum Ft Galaybanton

Sandile Maredi, AKA Sandy MRD originally from Mamelodi has released a new single called Bum Bum featuring Galaybanton. The female artists is known for her fierce talent in music and dancing.

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“My new single is called featuring a Nigerian artist called Galaybanton, the experience was very very exciting cause as Amapiano vocalist I also want t venture in Afro-beats collaboration with Burna Boy and Wizkid, so is basically a start of me venturing in Afro genres”, said Sandy Maredi.

Sandy MRD started her music journey in 2017 as Team Mosha and now she’s SOLO, her first song was called Buti with Team Mosha a dope song that made her first experience very comfortable.

“Just be authentic as a person, from the first song you can hear that I’m original and try not to copy anyone else”, said Sandy MRD.

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According to Sandy, you should look out for her blistering EP that is about to drop this month, lattes first week of September where she’s featuring Vine Music and Richard K, known for their talents in producing, also ft Optimist who’s an upcoming Amapinao vocalist very talented as well.

‘I want to own a fair record label one day, also want to encourage a lot of young women to believe in themselves and be independent to avoid men abuse, encourage young women that is possible, what you are passionate about and put your mind to is important, they have to pray about it, there will be challenges is up to you how you react, some you have to learn from them, some ignore and some put your foot down”, said Sandy MRD.

Sandy MRD is remarked as the first female to give the stages of “AMAPIANO” some heat through her blazing performance, and she’s famously known for winning the Best female performance at Mamelodi in 2018.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Footballer Jappie Motale Turns-up At Evah Mokwape Foundation’s Celebration For Women’s Day

Evah Mokwape Foundation has celebrated Woman’s Day at Mamelodi West central grounds yesterday, 9 August 2020. The professional footballer, Jappie Motale was part of it.

Footballer Jappie Motale

This year as it is pandemic, she decided not to host football tournament like the other years instead, she donated masks, sanitizers and T-shirts to all the local teams that would have participated in the 2020 football tournament.

Dep President of Mamelodi Local Football Association, Mrs Rachel Taukobong – Founder of Foundation Miss Evah Mokwape

“This was the way of celebrating Women’s Day and to also convey a message and motivate the ladies not to be demoralized during this pandemic”, said the founder of the Foundation, Evah Mokwape.

Evah Mokwape and Ntsoka from Vista University Alumni Foundation

The teams were including Golden girls Netball Team, Shining Stars Netball Team, Nelmapius Tigers Netball Team, Emarites Netball Team, Mams Ladies Football Club, Mpendulo Football Club, Entokozweni Football Club and Cullinan Football Club.

“The donation has helped my team, my players are very happy with the donation. I think it really meant a lot to them because they have been home and unable to participate in sporting activities”, said Kabelo Boshielo from Mpendulo Football Club.

President of Mamelodi Local Football Association; Mr Mashifane

“It was a blessed and happy day for me and everyone present, I got more support than I’ve expected”, said Evah Mokwape.

The sponsors were, Silverhorns Consulting pty Ltd, SKM, Dinaka Attorney, Serame Printers and Morare Thobejane Attorney. Vista University Alumni Foundation was also there to give their support.

To practice social distancing as per the President rules and regulation, only the team mangers were invited to collect the donations.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Hospital Confirms Few Covid-19 Cases

Dr Naing Soe has reported Mamelodi Hospital to have only 18 patients who were affected by Covid-19 in the past 5 months.

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According reports, in 1000 employees that the hospital has, about 100 had tested positive.

“Almost every day we do tests and most of them come back negative, luckily no staff member has died, and most of them don’t have severe symptoms or are asymptomatic”, said Dr Soe.

Mamelodi Hospital patients has previously raised bad complains about the hospital’s service and treatment. Most Hospital across the country also reported to have a poor hygiene practice.

However, Dr Soe reported to have repaired the hospital from in and outside including walls.

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“The walls are painted, tar roads resurfaced, boom gates are new, and CCTV cameras have been installed from parking to entrance. Every staff member has an air con and genuine leather chair. The CT scan has already been purchased and we will soon install it,” said Soe.

The doctor reported to have received support from MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku and other seniors, who has encouraged him to continue with all his projects even after the pandemic.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Evah Mokwape Foundation Celebrates Mandela Day With Thandanani Drop Inn Centre Children

Evah Mokwape, co-founder of Evah Mokwape Foundation has visited Thandanani Drop Inn Center on Mandela Day, 18 July 2020 in Mamelodi East. The event took place in the early hours of Saturday.

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The foundation with a help from CEO of SilverHorns Consulting Pty Ltd, Thabo Monyai has donated musk, hand sanitizers and hand soap to the center.

“We started at 10am and we donated PPE’S ( musks, hand sanitizer and hand soap)”, said Evah Mokwape.

Evah expressed her feeling of joy and excitement of being around kids and see them around a safe area.

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According to Evah, the reason she chose to go to the Drop Inn Centre on Mandela Day is because she loves kids and believes kids are the leaders of tomorrow.

“It was my first time however, I have been with the founder of the centre at my soccer events”, said Evah Mokwape.

The co-founder of Thandanani, Thabo Kgosi expressed gratitude towards effort put by the foundation as well as donation to the centre.

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“We as Thandanani we are happy to receive this essentials donation after Evah Mokwepe Foundation hear our cry as the Centre we serve as an essential service were we serve daily with feeding Scheme for less fortunate children, homeless people and drug addicts and some times we close our doors and send our clients most children home without giving out the Food for the day due to shortage of PPE’s”, Said Thabo Kgosi.

Adding on his statement that they are happy to receive the PPE’s from the foundation to bridge the gap and be able to serve their beneficiaries.


More projects are planned in place moving forward with the centre.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mams Mall Donates Winter Blankets To Mamelodi Old Age Home

The Mamelodi Old Age Home in Ikageng, Mamelodi East was a hive of activity on Friday 17 July 2020. This happens after Mams Mall Center Manager Bafana Radebe and his entourage donated various useful items to the elderly citizens living at the center.

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A total of 135 blankets, 20 packets of washing powder, cakes and biscuits were given to the senior citizens.

“This gesture is inspired by the spirit of Nelson Mandela Day, which entails helping and thinking about those who are vulnerable among us, especially the elderly. It is also in line with our corporate social responsibility policy,” said Mams Mall Center Manager Bafana Radebe.

“Another reason for handing out blankets is to help the elderly to keep warm during the cold winter season which comes at a time Covid-19 has reached alarming proportions in the country”, said Bafana.

Furthermore, Mams Mall management will also be giving blankets to elderly and disabled people who will be coming to SASSA in Mamelodi East to seek help concerning their grants,” he added on his statement.

The centre management also gave out face masks branded in the name of Mams Mall to the elderlies. Radebe says all these efforts are a way of interacting with the community and lending a hand in the fight against Covid 19.

From letf to right: Bafana Radebe, Olgar Radingwana & Nthabiseng Moremela

Radebe announced that this was not the first time the mall’s management was helping members of the community in their time of need. He said in December last year, Mams Mall management helped destitute flood victims of places like Eersterust, Riverside and Nellmapius with clothing items, blankets and food parcels.

Radebe made it known that their tenants (the businesses renting space at the mall), were also involved in various campaigns to relieve social distress in the community. 

“The gifts were off great need for our center and we want to say thank you to everyone who made this happen and on behalf of the center we want to say hope this is not the first and last time Mams Mall gives help to the community of Mamelodi” said, Old age home Centre Manager, Dorothy Dikhali.

Dorothy thanked Mams Mall for the donations and said that the blankets will keep the elderly warm during these winter season.

By: Nhlanhla Peete

Edited by: Fortunate Machaba

MATA Announces Taxi Fare Increase

Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association has announced the increase of taxi fares from 31 July 2020.

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According to source, fare increase will be as follow:

From Mamelodi to Pretoria CBD/Town Willows and Kolonade will be R 20, scholars R 18 and local Mandela R 12, from Mamelodi to Tembisa will be R 25 rand.

“The president has granted taxi drivers to load 100% for local trip which means they re back in business so its very unfair to increase the taxi fare, the “law” taxis should go up every 3 years and also we are in a financial crisis and it not right to pull us down”, said Neo Rakoma.

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Another resident said “I honestly don’t understand why would they want to increase because now the taxis are at full capacity of the commuters. Are they aware that people don’t have money? People are losing their jobs? Why is it that when the fuel price decrease, they don’t decrease their prices? I’ll just take a bus”, said Augustine Moagi.

As taxi fare increases some of the residents see a bus an alternative transport as it is cheaper.

MATA said that they apologise for such inconvenience.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Appointed Hettie Groenewald To Rebuild MATA


Gauteng’s MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo has recently appointed Heetie Groenewald to rebuild Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (Mata) also following the order of the court. This happens after a violence has taken place in the area.

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MATA says they another achieventment to communite to its memebers. That includes allowing equal opportunities for alll drivers to a fair trade and earn a living.


“This transpired when some vehicles were not following the association rules of queuing and instead always taking better advantage of loading passengers as and when they can”, said the Association.


However, since May the association had reported to have restored order amongst taxi drivers at the taxi rank.


Reports says, Groenewald, has been an attorney for 40 years, and specialises in taxi-related matters, has been tasked with rebuilding Mata – and restoring orderly operations over the next three months.

According to source, Jacob Mamabolo, launched an urgent application with the court after the violence had claimed the lives of at least 19 people.
The MEC on his statement added that the re-creative road of Mamelodi is the end game to all the fights.

However, he decided to not close the roads instead he is going to ensure that the lives of commuters are not disrupted.


Mamabolo took an oath that the lives of the taxi associations will be saved as well as the commuters.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Patient Turned Into “Prisoner” After Reporting Unfair Treatment In Mamelodi Hospital

Nthabiseng Masenya, 31 years-old mother of a newborn of 19 days old who had a infected wound on the ankle that was nearly amputated has reported to have not discharged in hospital after she reported unfair treatment at Mamelodi Hospital.

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Nthabiseng said the baby started getting a better treatment after she reported the doctors to the media, the hospital sergeant said they where ready to go home as the baby’s wound is responding positively to the medication and more medication will be given to them to use at home.

According to Nthabiseng, the head doctor said they can’t go home because they have laid a complaint at the head office.

“I feel like I’m a prisoner now, they are keeping us here because we laid a complaint about the hospital”, said Nthabiseng.

The mother was admitted on the 4th of June 2020 for check-up and she delivered the baby on the 24th of July 2020. The father of the child, Nicolas Sebati said the baby had a shortness of breath and was taken to the ICU.

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Doctors said the baby also have a shortage of blood and need a donor, the mother donated blood. After the baby had couple of injections for blood the baby’s foot got infected.

“I think they neglected my baby, they didn’t clean the wound properly after few injections, when we complained they undermined us and we laid a complain to the head office and they promised to give us answers after 5 working days”, said Nicolas Sebati.

According to the father the doctors saw the paper and they took further steps and cleaned the baby’s wound.

CEO of Mamelodi Hospital Dr Naing Soe has no comment on the statement.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Accused Murderer On Bail


The accused murderer was granted a bail of R 2000 on Wednesday, 08 July 2020 at A5 court, Mamelodi West.
The accused appeared in court for the second time for allegedly killing a 39 year-old women, Kedibone Skhosana.

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His first appearance was last month on Tuesday 30 June 2020.”Im shuttered, I can’t stop crying, I’m in tears even now I was happy that finally we going to get closure but what happened opened all the wounds our law is failing us”, said Hellen Skhosana.

Hellen Skhosana said she doesn’t understand how much of proof the courts want against the accused.

“It was the division of the magistrate, no one can go against the magistrate decision, the case will still continue, investigations will proceed it doesn’t mean that when he’s granted bail he’s not going to be found guilty”, said the policespokeperson, Constable Lethabo Mashiloane.


Helen Skhosana, Kedibone was killed by her boyfriend on 14 February 2016. This happened after Kedibone told her boyfriend she was breaking up with him.

The deceased sister said the couple started fighting after Kedibone found out someone opened a case of rape against her boyfriend.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Former Learners Mourn Passing Of Business Teacher

Learners of Lehlabile Secondary School took their sadness to social media about one of the teacher who passed on, saying that the school has lost a legend.

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Most former learners shared their disbelieve about the teacher’s passing. Mr Sibidi was known to be a business teacher at the school.

“He was a wonderful teacher and a comedian with a good sense of humor”, said one of the former business learner, Prisca Lehong.

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According to source, the teacher has a mild stroke before his passing.

His funeral took place today in Mamelodi East.

Only few teachers attended the funeral due to the government rule regarding the level 3 of lockdown.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Accused Murderer Appears In A5 Court

The police arrested a 40 years-old man who allegedly murdered a women at far East of Mamelodi, Phase 5 on Sunday, 28 June 2020.

Kedibone Martha Skhosana 39 year-old women was allegedly strangled to death at her home by her boyfriend on Valentines day, 14 February 2016.

The man appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

“On 14 February, he killed my sister and ran away. He used to live with us at our home”, said Hellen Skhosana, the deceased younger sister.

According to Helen, her Sister Kedibone was killed by her boyfriend after she told him they were breaking up. The couple started fighting after Kedibone found out about rape case opened against her boyfriend.

“They started fighting after the rape case opened by some lady, she then broke up with him but he didn’t want to leave her, he started stalking her to work”, said Hellen Skhosana.

Young people were outside chanting and pleading no bail for the accused after the court was dismissed.

The case was postponed until next Tuesday for further investigations.

The extension 4 police spokesperson Constable Lethabo Mashiloane is not yet reached for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tshwane Bus Service To Resume Operation

Tshwane bus Service (TBS) are ready to resume on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 after a temporary suspension. This happened after the the bus driver was tested positive of COVID-19.

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Some areas including c de Wet, East Lynn and Pretoria North are still closed to allow for the disinfection and deep cleaning of the buildings and the bus fleet.

The process is expected to be complete later today and customers will be confirmed after the occupation certificate is issued.

According to Metro Spokesperson, Selby Bokaba, a total of 19 drivers who were in contact of the driver who tested positive are self-isolating while the driver is in self-quarantine.

“The closure of the buildings and suspension of the bus operation helped to enable the tracing of the personnel that came into contact with the bus drivers who tested positive for the corona virus”, said Selby Bokaba.

Bokaba said the staff is expected to return to work after the certificate is issued.

City of Tshwane Head Administrator, Mpho Nawa has apologised to commuters for the inconvenienced caused by the suspension and said this was done to protect the health and safety of staff members and the public.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Residents close Roads Due To Power Cut

The power cut issue continues to be a disruption in other parts of Mamelodi. Residents took it to the streets this morning at Tsamaya road where they blocked the road with burned tires and bricks.

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Residents in Mamelodi Mahube, Phase 1, phase 2, Tsamaya road near the hospital, Marikana, Nelmapius extension 2, 4 and 8 are currently facing a black-out issue.

“We didn’t have electricity last night and it only came back this morning, it is cold and having to not have electricity makes it worst”, said Nthabiseng Marema from Extension 4, Mamelodi East.

Residents in Nelmapius extension 2 also experienced power cuts from Tuesday 16 June 2020 until Saturday 20 June 2020.

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City of Tshwane on their page shared contact details that residents can use when experiencing power issues. Residents are urged to send either SMS or contacted the number provided if experiencing power disruption.

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On their post they also mentioned that other communities such as Soshanguve block V will be experiencing the same issue due to overloading.

It is not yet know what are the cause of power cuts in Mamelodi and when the issue will be resolved.

By: Fortunate Machaba

SANTACO Confirms R 3500 Embarked National Taxi Shutdown

Taxi organisation Santaco has confirmed that the R 3500 taxi relief fund has caused the national shutdown of taxi that took place yesterday, 22 June 2020.

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According to the secretary of Santaco Gauteng Region, Mr KP. Chabalala, the Provincial executive committee gave directions informing national associations to shutdown on 22 June 2020 and 23 June 2020 due to the R 3500 relief fund that the Minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula is giving the taxi industry while the industry is expecting at least R 20 000 per vehicle.

On the letter provided, Mr Chabalala said that they will appreciate an immediate implementation of this resolution.

No further taxi strike is expected today, 23 June 2020.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mata Apologises After Taxi Strike Left Commuters Stranded

Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (Mata) apologised after taxi strike left commuters stranded. This happens after the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) embarked a strike today 22 June 2020.

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“To our commuters we really apologise for the inconvenience, this is the only way to talk to the government after 26 years of freedom”, said the secretary of Mamelodi Amalgated Taxi Association (Mata), Bonny Ndjishe.

According to source, the government has offered the taxi industry a relief package of R 1.135 billion and each is expected to get R 5000 but the taxi owners said they were expecting to get R 20 000.

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“I’m in support of the strikes the government doesn’t have any plan for the taxi industry and they are not prepared to help, fare increase of R 7 is something we are busy with now as two associations in Mamelodi”, said Bonny Ndjishe.

In his statement he added that the amount and date of the taxi fare will be announced on Wednesday.

Taxis are expected to operate as usual tomorrow, 23 June 2020.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Has June 16 Lost Meaning To Today’s Youth?

Every year we commemorate the Soweto youth uprising of 1976, where about thousands of students mobilized by the South African Students Movement Action Committee supported by the BCM marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the Afrikaans language which was expected to be compulsory as English in schools.

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Does that have a meaning to the youth of today or it lost it?

I have asked few young people about what Youth Day means to them, it doesn’t look like the meaning has lost after all.

According to the government website, in 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools.

The June 16 1976 Uprising started in Soweto and spread across the country which resulted in the introduction of the Bantu Education Act in 1953. government’s directive.

Today we still have young people celebrating Youth Day because they believe it was done for them and it is important to commemorate young lives that were lost in 1976 in Soweto.

Here are few of thoughts from young people:

Nthabiseng Maleka: “June 16 is a day where we as young adults have to embrace the struggle of the youth of 1976 had to go through in order for them to get same basic education we have today”.

Khara Baloyi: “June 16 is about honoring the youth, respect to the youth about what they have accomplished in their lives. Youth Day is a day where we celebrate the autonomy of the youth and its influence on society as a whole in terms of the policies and ideologies which we are surrounded by”.

Annikie Rabohlale (from The Majesty, Empress South Africa 2020): “In early mornings of the day 16th of June, in 1976, in Soweto, a peaceful protest of a loud cry for equality was led by black South African youth. They firm, bold and hunger for a life they could only dream of, a life they knew they deserved. A life they knew they might not live to witness but still fought for. Now, they did that for us. The youth of South Africa. Although the war is not yet over, victory isn’t worn yet but it is up to us to apologetically confirm and live the wildness dream of those who died fighting for us in 1976. And if we can’t do it for ourselves, let’s at least do it for our children. Youth Day means Stand Up! Do Not Settle!

Howard Zondo: “June to 16 to me always bring this burning question to me: “has my generation found its struggle and if so are we unified to concur it? As said before: with youth comes courage and with age comes wisdom. Therefore, we need to use the courage and energy we posses today to fight the social ills at hand and even more so relying on our God given talents. As a young person today what are you doing to help the next generation, keeping in mind that we don’t have to do anything, it only takes one thing for us to inspire other young people and i believe is is through our God given talents, those who can sing let them sing to inspire us to be great, those in the space of art, let their art and creativity portray the reality that we are faced in, let the poets, speakers, writers tell us about our struggle and how we can conquer it. I believe when we speak in one voice we are more louder, is only different voices fighting a different struggle. Young person always keep in mind that what we do today will be written in the history books. The question is how do we want our history to be told? We are privileged to have platforms to write our own history because for once as a black young person you can finally tell your story and let it be true. So now the question is how much more do we need to do as young people in order to fight the injustices, social illness, the mental illness simply using our God given talents”.

Jostina Rakoma: “For a young South African women who has reeped the rewards of those who fought to liberate us from the struggle, especially educational inequalities which was and is still deemed as passport to a “good life” and a tool that holds power. I for one am grateful. Although after almost 300 years of apartheid and 26 years of democracy, there is still micro-racial segregation, unspoken hierarchy, millions of uneducated kids, students drowning in loans and hatred towards one another but there has been more black doctors, lawyers, psychiatrist you name it… 1976 uprising has still achieved a milestone. Therefore, for me, 16 June represents ongoing struggle, courage to propel South African security, achievement, quality education (Malcom X just because you have colleges and universities doesn’t mean you have education), increase in space to use that education (employment) . Therefore salute to all the heroes who bled for that change”.

Young people should start showing respect of this day by doing the right things, making the right choices in their lives and not only for them but also for others.

Looking at issues such as drug abuse, gender base violence, teenage pregnancy, killings of young women and men to name few that they are facing today which is completely opposite to what was fought before.

It is fair enough that some do fight for equal and free education, but if we constantly loose young people through murder or drug abuse, free education will be meaningless after all.

Start thinking about positive things you could do in the community, it doesn’t have to be a lot and think about who you will be remembered for.

The 1976 youth is remembered for fighting for education that has benefited many after their passing. What mark are you going to leave in other people’s lives?

Young people must take the lead and change the world for the upcoming generations, give directions and change has to start with them.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Schools Closed After Teacher Tested Positive

Mamelodi schools were closed on Monday 15 June 2020 after the teacher was allegedly tested positive of Covid-19 at Zaminthutuko Primary School in Mamelodi West.

This led to students who are believed to be part of the COSAS (Congress of South African Students) to dismiss schools in Mamelodi.

“We have been saying that schools must not be opened due to infrastructure, Covid-19 has exposed inequalities in schools”, said COSAS Secretary General, Teboho Magafane.

He added that most learners will be affected from their homes and suggests the learners should be tested before coming to school.

As a student organisation, he said they can’t predict how long the students will miss school and they are expecting to meet with the Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga today, Wednesday 17 June 2010 to discuss a way forward in keeping the learners and teachers safe.

In his statement he said that their concern is the learners camp for this year, considering the fact that learners walk 2 km to school everyday and some cross rivers to make it to school, a camp will save them from those.

“We need to have a solution to problems affecting the country and see how we can deal with the virus”, said Teboho.

As the virus continues to spread even more, Tebogo said that both learners and teachers must be tested before going to the camp and the government should assist kids to be able to go to the camp.

One of the high school teachers in Mamelodi East who would like to remain anonymously has confirmed learners to have dismissed at school by COSAS on Monday.

Teboho Magafane pleads with people to stop disrupting schools using COSAS name. Those who are not part of this student organisation are urged to stop using the name as he mentions that COSAS is a disciplined organisation.

Zaminthutuko Primary School principal is not yet reached for confirmation of the teacher’s results.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Miss Teen Mamelodi Princess 2020 Launch First Project

Asanda Dibakoane, 16 year-old Miss Teen Mamelodi Princess 2020 has launch her first project ( Soup Kitchen) with a purpose to help the needy families in time difficult time of pandemic.

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The launch of Leaders Victory took place in Mamelodi East Extension 18 at her home.

“It was the exposure of the social issues that made me realise that there is poverty stricken households that are depending on the government, that children depend on school nutrition and given these circumstances they are struggling. So I started the project initiative to help provide to the needy families at time time of need”, said Asanda Dibakoane.

Her parents sponsored her first project and she mentioned that she would like to expand the project to other parts of Mamelodi and not just the area she lives in.

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” I want to inspire young people and normalise educating the society that unity and humanity is what brings the community together, I want to be able to help every young person in their social and personal spaces so that they know it’s not about age to do what you want to attain”, said Asanda Dibakoane.

Asanda Dibakoane was crowned Miss Teen Mamelodi Princess 2020 on the 14th of March 2020.

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“I feel so proud and excited that I have started this initiative to help those from a disadvantaged home and that I’m able to put a smile on someone’s face with just a little I can do. I want to establish it all around the country, as far as I can, especially at informal settlements where there are a lot of people in need’, said Asanda Dibakoane.

One of the parent who’s child was one of the beneficiary of the project said that as parent she is willing to support more of Sannda’s projects in the community.

“It is a great idea because some of the kids don’t have food at home and it’s the best thing to give them food so that they don’t feel disappointed at home”, said Elizabeth Mashishi.

At the moment Asanda is working on her second project of donating sanitary pads.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Queendom launched Online Tutoring For Matriculants

Queendom has launched an online tutor for matric students, the tutor took place on the 11th of April just after President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the extension of lockdown and ended yesterday.

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The campaign occurred in all 9 provinces on subjects including Maths Literacy, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Life Orientations, Sepedi, English, History, Accounting and Economics.

“The purpose of this online tutoring campaign was to keep learners busy and focused in their studies and also to meet their school teachers half way. I’ve never been so excited and dedicated in doing something like this with the campaign”, said Daisy Diamond.

Adding that after the announcement of the lockdown extension she knew what the students were going through, the panic and pain of missing school, and saw an opportunity for her campaign to helping with fighting the pandemic, which in turn made her realise the thirst and hunger the young generation of South Africa have for education.

This picture below shows students sending their message of appreciation to the campaign for .

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According to Daisy, Queendom wouldn’t have done this prestigious initiative if it wasn’t because of the help of selfless individuals who volunteered and make this campaign a success.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to out hero Tatana Tinyiko who sponsored us with data for the first month, our tutors who were accessible day and night for the learners”, said Daisy Diamond.

The tutors are the following, Shantel Chinerera and Tumelo Tshabangu for Life Sciences, Bhekumuzi Phala for Mathematcs Literacy, Xoli Grace Mokoena for Physical Sciences, Accounting, Vanessa Mutisa for Business Studies and Economics and Selokela Molamodi for History, and Daisy Diamond for English and Life Orientations.

“I’m so grateful like no words can fully explain how grateful I am because I am up to date now with English and and Life Orientation and thanks to Queendom. I really gained a lot through this difficult time of lockdown. I believe I’ll pass with good grades because of their utmost dedication and efforts of helping us”, said Zikhona Mbekwa, one of the learners from Sosebenza S.S.S in Eastern Cape.

Queendom was launched in 2019 April 27, their purpose is to positively impact lives of young women by helping them find their niche on earth and fullness in Christ, harness their inner power unleash their leadership potential.

They have been to schools to motivate young women, hosted few events for young people and also distributed sanitary towels to schools in the community.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Gogo Rosemary Moyaba Volunteers To Run Food Bank For The Needy

Gogo Rosemary Mapula Moyaba volunteered to run a food bank to assist the needy in Mamelodi. The food bank started 2 years ago.

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“I started getting attention during Corona pandemic but I’ve started giving people food 2 years ago” said Rosemary Mapula Moyaba.

Her journey started with a family in far east of Mamelodi of kids with no parents, she usually visited the kids until one day when she found out that they had no food.

She’s working with Pakistani shop owners and local businesses to support the needy.

She also knocks door to door asking for food and clothes for the needy.

“I’ve assisted plus or minus 300 people during the lockdown, areas including Skierlek, Phase 3, 4 and 5 and extension 10. I’m not earning any money except for tenants money that I use on petrol and other needs”, said gogo Rosemary Mapula Moyaba.

Although Gogo Mapula enjoy helping people in the community, she had came across challenges such as people not interested in putting hands in to the project she has started, funds and more people to assist in running the food bank in Mamelodi as she started the project on her own.

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She also received calls from community members who are the beneficiaries of the food bank insulting her and some claiming to have not received food parcels. She also got threatened by a beneficiary who threatened to get her arrested for exposing people that she helps.

“I’m helping because I know what is like to starve, I’m from a disadvantaged background, my childhood wasn’t any easy, I faced so many challenges as a child as well as growing up”, said gogo Rosemary Mapula Moyaba.

She added that the threats and insults didn’t discourage her and she will continue with the project.

According to her, since is Level 3 of lockdown in South Africa, most people are pulling out of the project but she still continues to knock door to door to those who are willing to help. Only her neibour is assisting her with the project at the moment.

Gogo Mapule is also one of Mams Radio presenters and running a slot called Afrika wa Kgalema, wa kgalema ka dipolelo, on Monday (7pm-9pm), Thurday (6pm-9pm) and Sunday (6pm -9pm) where they are tackling issues around culture and the importance of culture.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Liquors and Taverns Re-opens After Level 3 Lockdown

Local taverns and liquor stores re-opened yesterday in Mamelodi and other communities around Tshwane after level 3 of lockdown in South Africa.

This happens after the President of concerned Tshwane Liquor Traders Association, Oupa Mthombeni pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the operation of local liquor and taverns.

” I have requested the government to let the people in communities to sell alcohol, most families rely on selling alcohol to look after their families. We made a promise that we will comply with the rules and regulations to ensure that people are safe”, said Oupa Mthombeni.

Adding on his statement that all registered and with valid license taverns and liquors should sell alcohol to make money and they have to make sure that they all comply with the rules as the government has requested.

The safety procedure that needs to be adhered as per the government rules are following:

  • Social distancing
  • No sit in, only buy for consumption at home
  • Always wear a mask
  • Sanitise frequently

Oupa said the screens are awaited for testing customers coming into the stores purchasing alcohol and the medical teams will also be sent to communities for testing locals with a purpose of assisting the government with testing.

Customers are urged to drink responsibly and not allowed to be seen on the streets drinking as they will be arrested. Also people should use plastic bags to carry the alcohol after purchase.

“Drunk customers must not be served alcohol, as there wont be any order and they cause troubles, they must be asked to come back the next day to purchase alcohol”, said Oupa Mthombeni.

According to Oupa Mthombeni, the re-opening of local liquor and taverns is not only serving as an income purpose to local businesses but also to create a gender base violence and woman abuse awareness.

As in communities women are abused by men with drinking problems, those who are abusing women after drinking alcohol are urged to be cancelled by the tavern owners.

It is said that women who are abused must report the issue to the tavern owners and the owners must cancel men buying alcohol as they abuse women.

This is done to change the perception of women abuse in communities and bring the community together in fighting women abuse led by alcohol consumption.

Communities are expected to be flooded with pamphlets about Covid-19 as part of raising the awareness.

According to level 3 regulations, taverns must only sell from Monday to Thursday between 9am – 5pm and not before or after times allocated. Those who are caught breaking the rules their licences will be suspended for 6 months.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Teacher Confirms Well and Alive

Chairperson of Mamelodi Local Football Association and a high School English and History teacher, Mr Mashifane confirmed he’s not dead. This happened after Mams Radio sports presenter, coordinator and field reporter, Mphaki Mashifane aka “Mafashun” died of a natural cause on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

The deceased and the teacher shared the same surname ( Mashifane) which caused a shock to most current, former Lehlabile Secondary School Learners including other people who knew Mr Mashifane.

“I’m so sorry people got afflicted by this, student should read carefully when using social media. They must learn to verify the information they get before acting on it. The best place they should have asked for confirmation is the school. Is the school’s responsibility to confirm such and inform the learners Protocol requires that.

The teacher also confirmed that he knew the deceased very well as they were both active in sports, especially football and they used to call each other “bafo” which means brother. He last seen the deceased on the 18th of February 2020 at a sports meeting, the second occasion he invited him to the school reopening as part of the media and Mams Radio representative.

Mamelodi Happenings reporter received calls from former students on Friday 01 May 2020 asking if the teacher had died. Following social media inbox later that day on the same shock.

It was later found out that the teacher had lost his Phone during the period the incident had occurred and he was not reached for immediate comment.

The presenter’s memorial service was broadcasted live on Mams Radio on Wednesday 29 April 2020 due to lockdown.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Let’s Talk About Fake News!

This is one of the most important and interesting topic I’ve ever spoken about. Yesterday I’ve done my first Live Talk on Facebook with the American Embassy Team that I’m proud of and as much as it was my first, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It is important for people to be aware of fake news and how it affects them.

Having to emerge this topic on Facebook, it wasn’t easy at all I’d say. Most people preferred to watch and learn than to watch and engage. I suppose it wasn’t meant for all viewers.

In general, news does play a crucial role in our lives. Imagine the world without news? Pretty much dead. We can all agree that not everyone is well equipped to differentiate between genuine content and fake.

News is not only to inform about our surroundings but also entertains and educate us.

What is fake news?

Taking a closer look at the picture on the right, this was supposed to be an alleged announcement by Minister of Police Bheki Cele about when people will be allowed to purchase alcohol and times that stores are allowed to sell alcohol.

This image was edited to appeal original to the eyes of the public, the headline was attractive, they used SABC logo and attention grabbing picture to look genuine but this was reported fake.

To prove that, usually the sign language translator is on the bottom right of the screen and not next to the speaker.

Impact of fake news in the society?

People in the society are mislead due to fake news that trends on social media. If you remember the post about blue musks and that they are contaminated instead of minimizing risks of catching the covid 19, it mislead a lot of people especially those who were not aware that it wasn’t true and because they used a picture of an influential person to make it look like he was the one warning the public.

The public’s perception around the blue musk changed because they thought it was contaminated. It didn’t look like it was minimizing the chances at all because of what they thought it was said about the musk.

Which in turn causes a lot of distraction to the public. If you were one of those who owned a pair of blue musk you would panic that you have caught it from the musk which is not true, that will also confuse your emotions leading to depression about your status.

How to spot fake news?

Usually fake news is spread on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp either from Friends or even families. Anyone can share fake news on purpose or without the knowledge. Hence it is important to learn how to spot fake news.

Consequences of spreading fake news

This might look like is not a serious issue but it is a serious conviction according to the law. Most people don’t initiate to check before forwarding or posting on social media or even go extra mile and do research about the content before sharing and some people are sharing fake news on purpose.

The guy on the picture was recently in court due to sharing a video that went viral on social media, saying that the government will start testing people using contaminated tools and even illustrated what they will be using to text for Covid 19.

According to the law of South Africa, when you are caught spreading fake news you will either be in prison for six month or get a fine for it. Think about how you will be seen in the public if you spread fake news, think about your reputation and the public not being able to trust information you share after this happened.

My advice to you

If you receive a suspicious content rather double check for confirmation before sharing. Check with reliable sources, watch the news or listen to the radio to be updated on what’s happening around you to avoiding spreading misinformation. The more you are aware of your surrounding the easier it is to spot fake news or to consider the content suspicious.

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By: Fortunate Machaba

Tributes Pour in Following Mams Radio Sports Presenter’s Shock Death

Mams Radio has announced the passing of their sports presenter, coordinator and field reporter, Mphaki Mashifane aka “Mafashun”. It was confirmed that the presenter died of a natural course on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

“I noticed Mphaki getting sick in December 2019 and in January he started complaining about chest pains and he went to see a doctor and they found nothing. At the beginning of last week, he became worst and we went to the hospital on Monday and the doctors still could not describe his illness and he was admitted home the same day. On Wednesday he said he was not feeling well so we booked for another doctors appointment and it was confirmed that it was respiratory failure and that was the last day we saw him”, said Mpaki’s brother Sello Mabolelong.

Mams Radio has visited his family to send their words of comfort. Mphaki will be buried on Friday 1 May 2020. The service will be held at his home in Mamelodi East, Mahube Extension 1, starting at 8 am- 9 am, followed by a final service at the cemetery in Mamelodi West B3.

Due to lockdown, the family has agreed with the station to broadcast the memorial service live on the radio on Wednesday 29 April 2020 between 14:00-18:00. Only three members from each organisation will be allowed to attend the funeral.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Missing Daughter Returns Home After 11 Days

Member of the family confirms Manana Matemotja’s return home today. The 16 year-old girl was missing since the 8th of April 2020. The case was opened and residents were urged to assist with the search of Manana.

She was later seen in Lusaka, far East of Mamelodi. No one came forth with the information on where Manana was for the past 11 days.

Today Manana returned home “okay” and is it not yet know where she was all along.

At the moment it is not clear if the police are informed about her return.

The family is not reached for a comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Family Plead Search of Missing Daughter in Mamelodi

The family of Manana Matemotja, a 16 year-old missing girl pleads to Mamelodi residents to assist with finding their daughter.

Manana was allegedly last seen at far East of Mamelodi in an area called Lusaka.

It is not yet known whether or not Manana had friends in Lusaka.

According to source, Manana from Mamelodi West D2, went missing on the 8th of April 2020.

The family has opened a case of a missing person.

Anyone with information is asked to call the numbers provided.

By: Fortunate Machaba

COVID-9 Wipes Mamelodi Streets Clean

Mamelodi Streets in the East and the West side are left empty due to self isolation from Covid-9. Residents of Mamelodi took it to Facebook showing how empty the streets are.

This happens after the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa had addressed a 21-day national lockdown to South Africans as the government’s measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown has started on midnight Thursday, 26 March and will last till 16 April.

“The next few days are crucial. Without decisive action the number of actions will increase. This extremely dangerous for a population like ours. Our fundamental task is to contain the spread of the disease. We must therefore do everything to reduce the overall number of infections”, said the President.

On Tuesday 27 March 2020, reports said that only Tsamaya Avenue was seen as a busiest road but police officers and a soldier were inspecting vehicles and turning back those who had no valid reason for travelling.

Other reports also said that there are some people arrested in other areas mostly in Johannesburg due to not staying at their homes as instructed to.

Residents are only permitted to leave their homes for an emergency or if they have a valid reason for travelling.

By: Fortunate Machaba

About 648 Members Joined Mams Radio Shuttering Annual Sports Day

Community broadcast station, Mams Radio held its first annual Sports Day Event to residents of Mamelodi. The event took place at Mams Mall in Mamelodi East.

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“The aim of the sports day was to promote general fitness and healthy lifestyle in the community of Mamelodi”, said

The day started with a fun walk in the early hours of the morning about 6am.

According to the team, about 648 people participated in the walk. The first 100 to arrive were given Mams radio T-shirts and a calendar.

The walk commenced at at entrance 3 of Mams Mall to the street of Mahube Valley and the surrounding areas and finished at Mams Mall where it started. All participants were given medals.

Stakeholders were invited to the walk so to interact with community members. After the walk network session took place between stakeholders of different businesses and the community members.

Other activities such as netball, football, games, aerobics joined by teams of different parties including a team from Cullinan, Moretele FM and Mams Radio. Culliana Warra’s won a trophy on a football tournament that took place after the walk.

Mams Radio Operation Manager, Sipho de Gift Motau on hos comment said he was overwhelmed to see participants already queuing up for the fun walk as early as 4am.

“This scenario made me realise that the sports day event is real and that it was really happening. Even disabled people took part in the fun walk”, said Sipho de Gift.

Adding on his statement that the turn-out by participants was impressing and made him realise that the community is in need of such health and fitness activities.

Sipho thanked all the supporters of the event including the Gauteng Sports and Recreation Department, K.S Dinaka Attorney, Aeon Skin Solution, Synexus and Local Taxi Association.

Another event is expected to kick start in September.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Missing Baby Found Outside UP Mamelodi Campus

Mamelodi police announced that three months old child, Tshegofatso Nyambiri was found outside the University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus.

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This happened after Tshegofatso was stolen at one of the Clinics in Mamelodi on Friday, 13 March 2020.

According to the statement “It is alleged that the child was picked up by a couple next to University of Pretoria in Mamelodi East about 23:00. The child was found next to the dumping side and the robots.

The alleged couple took Tshegofatso to Mamelodi East police station, where the police took him to Mamelodi West police station to report the case of a missing child.

After the case was opened the parents were contacted to identify the child.

It was reported that the child protection unit was called for intervention to take Tshegofatso for medical check up before given back to the parents and the child was found healthy.

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The police said they are still looking for the suspect and anyone with the information is advice to contact the investigating officer Warrant officer Mhlanga on cell: 0798907955.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Prank: Department of Health Urge Mamelodi Residents to Stop Drama Over Covid-19

The Ministry Health Republic of South Africa has released a statement urging the residents of Pretoria especially Mamelodi to calm down over the attack of Coronavirus (Covid-19) as the matter is under control.

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This happens after a 27 year-old female tested positive. Apparently the female works for the Department of Defence in the CBD at Poyntons building.

According to the statement the women is curently quarantined at one military hospital in Thaba Tshwane.

It was reported that she’s still in a good condition with no threatening signs.

“We urge the residents of Pretoria not to panic as the situation is under control, more especially the residents of Mamelodi. We all know that they love drama and attention”.

News Updates on COVID-19 (Please note this information is not a trick)

On the other news reports, the Department also announced a newly-launched website detailing all COVID-19 related resources. The website contains important contact details, including the emergency support hotline, and up-to-date news and resources.

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According to source, the Department also has put a WhatsApp support group into place where concerned South Africans can join the conversation and stay informed.

“This means that our numbers have increased by 14 from Friday’s confirmed cases of 24,”said Mkhize. The minister had warned on Friday that there would be more infections as the department along with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases awaited laboratory confirmation. 

By: Fortunate Machaba

President Ramaphosa Announces National State Disaster with Strict Measures to Reduce Covid-19 in SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the country.

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This happens after 61 confirmed cases of people infected with the virus in South Africa.

According to the president, this number is expected to rise in the coming days and weeks.

During his announcement, Ramaphosa listed restrictions with means to minimise the spread of the virus and with the aim to ensure all those who have contracted the virus get proper treatment.

“As of now, South Africa has 61 confirmed cases of people infected with the virus, and this number is expected to rise in the coming days and weeks”, said Ramaphosa.

He added in his statement that “This situation calls for an extraordinary response; there can be no half-measures,said Ramaphosa, adding that a national state of disaster has been implemented in the country.

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On the news earlier today, it was also reported that President Ramaphosa said people who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa, schools closes on 18 March till Easter weekend, self isolation and testing on citizens returning from international countries, all international travel forms will be reframed, strengthen screening at airports will be considered, among 72 South Africa’s ports of entries 35 will be shut down effectively on Monday, visits to correctional services are suspended for 30 days, all businesses are urged to intensify hygiene control, gathering of more than 100 people is prohibited and Government will cancel all mass celebrations planned for the upcoming national public holidays, including Human Rights Day.

President Ramaphosa also thanked those who came forward to test for covid-19.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Annikie Rabohlale visited Limpopo Schools to Super-charge Confidence of Village Pupils

Annikie Rabohlale, a young women who was recently crowned Supreme Majesty Empress South Africa 2020 has visited 2 schools in Limpopo, at her home village. The purpose of her visit was to donate sanitary towels to the village pupils.

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“I have donated sanitary towels with a great aim to destroy the mental barrier wall of hindrance that enslave rural villagers into thinking and believing that success is foreign and their purpose is to forever witness it on Television and congratulate others”, said Annikie Rabohlale.

Annikie tackled this projects with an inspiration from her campaign #undefiable which means “the limits you are ever going to experience in life are those that you set yourself”.

With a help from his brother, Alphy Rabohlale, Annikie was able to manage the project successfully.

“I felt a strong need to come back home in Limpopo with my beautiful crown to inspire and encourage students that no matter how lavish success looks, you need not to be lavish to attain it”, said Annikie.

Adding that only ambitious, enthusiastic and hardworking is needed to attain success.

“We are twice as capable, all we need to do is to tap into our uniqueness and greatness, embrace it, acknowledge who we are, our strength and weaknesses. Let go of what we can not change or in control of and focus on what we can control, is never our background, life experiernce and circumstances that defines us but our mindset”, said Annikie.

Annikie said that the learners were very happy and excited to see her as one of them and to be represented in such a pride.

During her visit, she was pleased to hear the kids thanking her for visiting them and reminding them that they matter and also fueling their confidence to keep them going.

Mr Somo, a teacher from Motlishi Secondary School welcomed them and and he was also happy and proud to see Annikie motivating the kids.

Another teacher, Mr Masebe from Mmamolope Secondary School was filled with happiness and amazed by how young Annikie Rabohlale is but yet managed to achieve so much in her life.

Annikie said she’s hoping to go back to Limpopo as the schools had asked her to pay them another visit.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

This is how difficult it can be:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stop waiting for change

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

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

Know your worth

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

It took me a while to realise this…

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

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

Accept it won’t be easy

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

Cry it out if you can

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

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

Be in control of your happiness

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

Believe in yourself and know that you deserve better!

By: Fortunate Machaba

eNCA Crew Robbed in Mamelodi East

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

What you should know about February month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

This Is Why World Cancer Day Exist

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

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

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

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

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

Read: Nobody’s Child launches GirlvsCancer collection

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East Flats Illegal Occupants Removed By Red Ants

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

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

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

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

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

No violence occurred during the incident.

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Busisiwe Mkhwebane Leave Words for 2020 To Lehlabile Learners

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

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

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

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

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

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

The school is not yet reached for a comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Residents Welcomes New black-owned Private Clinic

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

“ALKEBULAN”! Look Out For Don Dada’s New Album To Be Released Soon

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

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

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

“I AM AN AFRICAN BECAUSE MY SPIRIT CRIES FOR THE SOIL” exalts Don Dada.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Only this facts will prove you are a journalist

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

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

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

Report truthfully

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

Loyalty matters

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

You need to be disciplined

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

Don’t take bribes

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

Spell check before publish

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Disappointed about matric results? Here is what to do

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Vlakfontein Tops Mamelodi Schools With Matric Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

About 700 Families In Mamelodi Remains Homeless

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

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

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

Read: MAMELODI RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY FLOODS TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN SHELTERS

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

How to make your travel easy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba