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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
Gogo Rosemary Mapula Moyaba volunteered to run a food bank to assist the needy in Mamelodi. The food bank started 2 years ago.
“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.
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.
The City of Tshwane mayor, Stephen Mokgalapa is calling to Tshwane residents including stakeholders cutting across a spectrum of communities in universities, corporate, government and civil society organisations to join the night vigil which is initiated to fight against Gender Base Violence (GBV).
On Tuesday, the City Council lit up candles inside the Chambers in support of victims and survivors of gender based violence. According to Stevens Mokgalapa, lighting of candles was a symbolic action they carried out that day.
Mokgalapa is expected to lead the City’s Night Vigil against Gender Based Violence taking place on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at Tshwane House. The night vigil is initiated to be the first response to ensure the City responds to the murdering of women and children in a comprehensive manner.
On the statement released, Mayor Mokgalapa said it was important for the Capital City to lead not only by example, but with the intention to encourage other cities and sectors of society to highlight this challenge filling both personal and professional space.
“Today we say to them that they are not alone, their voices have been heard, their pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. Today we say to South Africa that no more will it be business as usual while our women and children suffer at the hands of unscrupulous men,” said Mayor Mokgalapa.
Mayor Mokgalapa emphasised the significant moment in South Africa’s democracy, making special mention of the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the City’s Gender Unit and the Chairperson on the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus, Cllr Rose Maake, who are integral in planning the night vigil.
Tshwane residents are all encouraged to join the vigil and lend their voices to end the issue of GBV in communities.