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

Look out for Mams Art Festival on the horizon

Mams Art Festival is soon to bring a blaze in Mamelodi West, Moretele Park on the 7th of December 2019.

This is the 13th annual Mams Arts Festival that will be held in Mamelodi.

This event is brining you a strong lineup of international acts, including Monique Bingham, Harrison Crump, Rocco Rodamaal and Ralf Gum. In addition to music, the festival will also showcase comedians, creatives and entrepreneurs.

“Fans and revelers coming to the festival can expect to be treated to local sounds from the likes of Pretoria’s leading entertainers including multiple Samawinning duo Black Motion, Mo Flava, Lerato Kganyago, Simmy, Dinho, De Josh, Bothlale, Cassper Nyovest and the most-loved lady of house and sensual sounds, Lady Zamar, who is one of the biggest names to come out of Pretoria”.

The festival grant you a multi-disciplinary music and lifestyle approach to arts and entertainment to transform your entertainment lifestyle taste and add up some relish into it.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Do you have any plans for Heritage Day? This might be useful for you

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The provincial government and the City of Tshwane, have organise Heritage Day event celebration to be taking place at Union Buildings.

This event is expected to bring in participants from other parts of Africa together with the Chinese, Peruvians and Argentinians. Over 30 000 participants are expected to take to the streets to showcase the province’s rich cultural heritage through music, dance, fashion and the arts.

Read:Pretoria to come alive with colour this Heritage Day

Residents and visitors of Gauteng should expect to see a blend of cultures into one big spectacle showcasing Africa’s creativeness through floats, 3D costumes, acrobats, enthralling dancers, an eclectic mix of music colourfully parading the capital city.

The walk starts from the Union Buildings and will make its way around Sunnyside before returning to the Union Buildings.

“We are encouraging all residents of Gauteng and South Africa at large to come and witness the true spirit of ubuntu as we showcase our African cultural diversity, while advancing African solidarity and social cohesion,” said MEC for Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe.

There will also be a festival at the end of the day and South African artists including a singer Sho Majozi, as well as Dj Lamiez, Dj Sumbody and legendary singer Mercy Pakela will be part of it to entertain the crowd.

“This day will provide the people of Gauteng with a unique way to learn more about one another’s cultures it allows us to discover all that we have in common,” said Hlophe.

This day will also bring an array of entertainment, fun and laughter with performances by traditional music groups across the cultures, id it free and everyone is allowed to bring families and friends to be part of the display.

By: Fortunate Machaba

TJ Fitness hosting Anti-Drugs Campaign in Pheladi Nakene Primary School

TJ Fitness is currently hosting an Anti-drug abuse campaign at Pheladi -Nakene primary school in Mamelodi West Pretoria.

“We have realised that there is a lot of drugs issues in schools, so it is an awareness to stop it. Kids performance is to show that this is where the should rather spend their time doing rather than waste it with drugs”, said Thabo Lepule, from TJ Fitness.

“I believe that the education we received today as learners from Pheladi they will change us and I feel good about what has happened today at our school”, said one of the learners, Boitumelo Kgaphola.

A social worker and representative from Mental Health, Sophie Monkwe shared the impacts, causes, and consequences of using drugs to the kids. On her statement she mentioned that people who uses drugs approach them for assistance and they do give them assistant they need.

“Do not start smoking drugs and focus on your studies”, said Sophie Monkwe.

Rev Divhani Tshivhula representative from Mamelodi Men’s Forum (MMF) was fist to open an event of the day with a prayer and singing praise and shared a word of God.

Activities such as, gumboots dance, poets, dancing group, as part of the event were performed by the kids.

By: Fortunate Machaba

#ConversationWithYou Event Was Successfully Ran 1MAN

The event on Saturday 31 August 2019, #ConversationWithYou was a success at Pretoria near Bosman.

The event was about bridging the gap between parents and teenagers, under the question of Who failed Who? It has become an inevitable truth that teenagers find parents to be boring due the their custom ways of life and on the other side there are parents who do not understand their children.

The whole purpose of the event was to bring about solutions admits this social illness that are faced by broken families. The audience largely expressed that indeed, they never put themselves in parents shoes and parents did admit they are not willing to relearn.

“I would say, it may not gone according to my plans because what transpired was bigger than my expectations. We had 50 people in attendance and most of them where people l knew”, said Howard Zondo, the event hoster and Founder and Author of Young Black and Powerful.

During the event, Kabelo Mabona, the author of Forgiveness is a journey was a speaker of the day, they had poetry performance by Tshiamo Moyo and Sharon Sindane and Selokela Molamodi, William Baloyi were MC of the day, motivational talk from Oshebeng Mochaka and the New Generation of Eagles did a drama performance.

Howard Zondo said the audiences were very positive and interactive during the event, and some did express they had been carrying pain all along but did not have the platform to do so. That to me speaks of the achievement l yearned to achieve from the event.

The only challenge Zondo faced was marketing and reaching people.

At the event there was a time were people got emotional, as people were sharing some of their touchy situations they have gone through in their lives. However, there was also a time to laugh!

“I am very happy with how everything unfolded; l would not have done it myself without my selfless team of YBP; Lucky Gira and Tokelo Hlagala. From the responses, people want more of these events, meaning the third #ConversationWithYou happening in November for Boys Indaba will be a success”, said Zondo.

The only thing l did in the morning was to pray and let God take charge.

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Howard Zondo also used the event as a platform to talk about his books, sharing with other authors who were part of the event and some purchased Lessons from a Domestic Worker and Young Black and Powerful books.

Zondo said he would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the day a success even in absentia.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Student Motives Org Is Formed To Improve Reading In Communities

Founder and Director, Thabang Ngobeni and Deputy Director, Lebohang Malefane from Mamelodi East formed an NGO called Student Motives in 2015 with the aim to promote reading and also other forms of literature in the community. The organisation is currently running with a team of six members.

“Through our background and how we were raised as well as the struggle we see in the society, we want to tackle challenges and make change, we want to produce free thinkers, promote critical decision makers, we want to create a new forms of fighting drugs and substance abuse”, said Thabang Ngobeni, Director and Founder of the organisation.

He added that they want to enhance young thinking abilities and create a community of believers and innovators.

The NGO has before created programs where they donated clothes and school shoes to Matimba Community Care Centre, Cleaned the community clinic and Stanza Bopape High School, donated books at Ekhaya Lami Le Themba in Soshanguvhea and donated two wheelchairs to Itumeleng Monareng from Mamelodi East RDP.

The Director and Founder says in few years’ time they want to see their NGO as one of the leading NGO’s in the industry with fresh, creative and innovative initiatives. He added they are hoping to receive funds this year 2019, to donate toys and shoes during the festive season.

For any donation please contact Thabang Ngobeni on: 064 695 1555, or email him at: tillythabzz@gmail.com

By: Fortunate Machaba

RANYAKA Plans To Transform Lives In Mamelodi

Ranyaka visited Mamelodi East on Saturday the 13th of July to bring the community together and discuss a way forward to current issues that are a stumbing block to their success, as well as collect baseline data to check how they can go about impacting this Community. This Initiative is part of Nedbank’s three year-project under the slogan “Proud of my Town”. Ranyaka is appointed by Nedbank as an implementation agent towards community development, hence this workshop.

“It is our first visit in Mamelodi, we are running a similar initiative in other areas such as Magaliesberg,  Kanyamazane, Boitekong, Turfloop, PE and Western Cape. We are looking into empowering people in the community. We wanted to find out what they are busy with and what they are struggling with and what makes it difficult for them to succeed”, said Maggie Tsotetsi, Consulting Urban Planner for Ranyaka and CEO of Motheo Resources.

Maggie added that Ranyaka is an NGO led by qualified urban planners with a heart for community development. They take the community through a professional community-based planning approach in the form of a workshop, this serves as the basis of their planning process for a specific community. She also mentioned that if they get more funds the project can run for more than 3 years. She believes that to impact the community we must plan with them and not just for them, empower them and identify readily available resources in order to ignite their potential. 

“We are very happy because we are looking for initiatives of this sort, we also started an NGO for disabilities and so far there has been no changes, we have approached many stakeholders before for funds but we were declined. We now see the light at the end of the tunnel, they will change the community in terms of development, I’m overwhelmed with what just happened”, said Nkosinathi Mzansi, founding member of Under One Shelter One Umbrella and on behalf of Mamelodi East Ward 17 Councillor, Absalom Borotho.

Ranyaka Team is planning to look closely into key issues within Mamelodi East. Their goal is to get as many funders as possible. The Community members listed the following as their main challenges: funds for starting their own businesses and safety in the community. They have mentioned that lack of safety is a threat to their businesses as crime not only diminishes their clientelle but robs them of their daily bread. One member gave an example that he was pursuing Travel and Tourism in Mamelodi, but he can’t bring tourists into the community due to high levels of crime experienced almost daily.

“Ranyaka will continue to be a collaborative platform for the community where issues are discussed and solutions identified for various sectors such as local businesses, ECDs and self-help groups”, said Maggie.

Ranyaka was established as a non-profit, urban planning consultancy in 2013 with a purpose to develop transformative strategies for towns and neighborhoods. They work hand-in-hand with residents, civil society entities, faith-based institutions, business, all levels of government, academic institutions and local change agents to co-create places where people can prosper in every sense of the word. By the end of 2019 they are planning to be at work in eight towns in six provinces across South Africa. Mamelodi has thus become one of the communities they desire to make goodly impact.

The data and information taken during the event is to be analysed and the team will be come back to the community with a strategic plan or community spatial plan as a solution to issues faced by the people of Mamelodi East.

By: Fortunate Machaba