Posts by Fortunate Machaba

I'm a young journalist, a blogger from Mamelodi happenings. Journalism is my calling and I'm very passionate about talking to people, taking photos, writing and covering stories. Mamelodi Happenings is about stories that are happening in Mamelodi. It could be crime, violence, politics, entertainment, fashion, advertorial, education, environmental, health, opinion and motivation articles. Also to let the public know about what is happening around them or in Mamelodi.

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