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About 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.

Spending My Weekend Babysitting Lara

 

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

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

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

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

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

Freaky part of babysitting 

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

The interesting part 

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

The sad part

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sitting At Court This Morning Made Me Wonder…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I can’t wait to write more about this.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Taxi Drivers And Owners Demand Answers From MMC

 

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Mamelodi this morning

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

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

 

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Pretoria near Tshwane House

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

 

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

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

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Tshwane MMC for Transport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Just Faith Concert At UP Campus; Mamelodi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Are You Young And Unemployed?

Tateni is here for you!!!

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Tateni Want To Transform Lives Of Young People; Mamelodi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba

Prof. Phaswana-Mafuya Visits Mamelodi To Motivate Students

 

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Prof. Phaswana-Mafuya

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

By: Fortunate Machaba