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.

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