Family Demands MEC Dr Bandile Masuku To Fulfill Promises

The Marais family spokesperson Virginia Keppler said on Monday the department had broken promises regarding the after-care of Ms Martha. This happened after the department promised to follow-up with the investigations regarding the ill-treatment that Ms Martha experienced at Mamelodi Hospital.

A 76-year-old Ms Martha Marais of Eersterust, who was found tied to a steel bench at the Mamelodi regional hospital on May 29, is still recovering at home. The Marais family was, said that they were, “disgusted” with the department of health after its public promises to the family failed to fulfill.

“Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku never kept his promise to arrange counselling for Ms Martha at home. She only received one visit by a psychologist, a doctor and nurse and they also brought new crutches for her,” Keppler said in a press statement.

Keppler said Ouma Martha was instead taken to the Eersterust clinic for trauma counselling once.

“She is still very much traumatised. She cries a lot and is still scared of those who were involved in her being tied with her hands behind her back to the legs of a steel bench at the Mamelodi hospital.”

The family has demanded that the MEC step up to the plate and keep his promises. Health department spokesperson Lesemang Matuka confirmed receipt of the press statement from the Marais family. Matuka added that there were no new developments in the case against the three doctors, a nurse and two security guards suspected of involvement in the abuse of Ms Martha.

The MEC is not yet reached for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Pregnant Women Gave Birth Outside Stanza – Bopape Clinic

Stanza Bopape Clinic Nurses allegedly insulted 45-year-old pregnant women saying that she’s too old and “at risk” and refused to help her.

A pregnant women, Elina Maseko, 45, was allegedly turned away on Sunday from Stanza Bopape Clinic in Mamelodi East after nurses told her she was too old to be pregnant and therefore a “high risk”.

As a result, Elina was then forced to give birth outside the clinic’s yard after nurses allegedly refused to help her. “It was just after 6pm when I felt the labour pains. I asked my neighbour to rush me to Mamelodi Hospital and was accompanied by my niece Sibongile Morudu. She added that unfortunately, his car ran out of petrol and they had to wait for his friend. By the time he arrived, the pains had intensified and we had no choice but to go to the nearest clinic.

On Elina’s statement, she said that the nurses at the clinic looked at her clinic card and told her she was old and a high risk, therefore she should go to the hospital without listening to her side of the story. When she approached the gate her water broke and she couldn’t move. During the incident, a security guard brought her a wheelchair, but the baby’s head was already out, so she could not sit on it,” she said. Morudu said she had no choice but to take off her jersey so as to welcome the baby.

District spokesperson, Sydney Mahlo said they had sent quality assurance officers to investigate the matter as he was disappointed over the incident occurred. She said they were very disappointed at the clinic and their next step was to sue the clinic for negligence.

“We are taking action regarding this matter and it’s high time that those nurses who are responsible be removed from the health sector. We will also report them to the nurses council, so that they don’t operate anywhere else. We will ensure that there is accountability,” said Bobby Matimba, chairperson for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Nurses couldn’t be reached out for comment at the time.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Clean-up My Mamelodi Group Visited Stanza Bopape

IMG_1532Fortune Zondo, the founder of Clean-up My Mamelodi Campaign and Black Lives clothing visited Stanza Bopape secondary school and Stanza Bopape Clinic yesterday to clean the areas around them.

The purpose of the visit was to get the school and the clinic clean so students and patience will be in a cleaner and healthy environment. “We see a lot of schools in Mamelodi near dumping site, it is not safe for them since some kids play in these areas. Same in the clinics it is important to keep it clean since people come to the clinic to seek medication”, said Fortune.

Thabang Ngobeni, the founder of Student Motives, added that the idea to run this campaign is to work on motivating young people, realising that we have many ways to realise their potential in using their hands since we talented in many ways. IMG_1517

One of the caretakers said it had been a great thing that the group did, they helped a lot with cleaning and would like to thank them for their love and support. He said that the group came on Wednesday to ask for permission from the SGB (School Governing Body). “I would like to encourage young people to participate in such campaigns to bring back to the community “, said David Motaung.

Clean-up My Mamelodi started this year March and Stanza Bopape High School was their first to clean. Zondo said he’s targeting all the schools and clinics in Mamelodi. He’s looking forward to cleaning other schools in Mamelodi West, one of them being Mamelodi High. Vincent Mampane, a teacher at school said he would like them to come back a week before the school open and thanked them for cleaning the school. IMG_1507

Miss Teen Mamelodi 2017, Ofentse Mathebe, Kagiso Moshimane (Founder of Miss Teen Mamelodi) well known as KG-Perry-Sanny-Gaga, Youth group from Methodist church (WG) Mamelodi East branch, Stanza Popape care-taker and CPF also participated in the campaign. Tateni and Eddie Nguni sponsored the campaign with plastic bags. Fruits, water and sandwiches were from the founder’s (Fortune Zondo) pocket money.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Interview With Tshepo Mashela

Interview with Tshepo Mamashela.

He’s one of the organisers of Acedsports Fun Run that took place in Mamelodi West, Central on Saturday. 

 

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What was the purpose of the Fun Run

AcedSports together with Ditlogolo Tsa Methi wanted to fill the gap, the gap that unprivileged communities are faced with, and the gap of seeing such events take place outside their vicinity. The Hood hardly gets the opportunities like these, as they are always faced with events to promote drugs and alcohol, therefore this was our opportunity to bring change to the hood and make an event that accommodates everyone from young to old.

What were you expecting before and after the event?

We did our market research and the results gave us direction as to whether we are going forward with the initiative or are we going back to the drawing board. The need for this fresh idea was there and we were not expecting to see the turnout we saw on the day, the turnout was amazing. IMG_1203

When the next event and what is it about?

The next Colour My Mamelodi will happen next year around the same time. We are planning to make it an annual event. Otherwise, AcedSports hosts Boot Camp Saturdays, this happens every Saturday at Rethabile Sports Grounds at 07:00 – 09:30 for only R10.00 per session.

How do you feel about the fun run?

Colour My Mamelodi was a success and the turnout was amazing as I have said, but this was our first event and I believe that there be more participants with the coming event.

How many people participated?

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Approximately 500- 600 people participated

What would you like to say about the number

The turnout was great, we were not expecting such a great number.

Who Sponsored the Event

DTM ran and planned the event and along the way, we got a few sponsors

  • Vodacom
  • DataOpt
  • Nkhukhu Box
  • Curro
  • City of Tshwane
  • Sanlam

Why did you choose Central as the Venue for your event?

It is in the name itself, “Central” it is the central place for Mamelodi and transport is accessible as well. This is one of the facilities that is not utilized, so we also tried to bring life to this historic venue.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mams Grannies Use Tateni For Their Projects

Mams Grannies Use Tateni For Their Projects

20170822_092456Mamelodi Grannies are using Tateni Community Centre for their hand work projects and for doing their exercises. The ladies visit the centre twice a month. Most of them say that they don’t want to stay home and do nothing. On Tuesday, as part of their knitting lessons, they were taught to knit a yoyo that can be put on jerseys and hair bands. The ladies once sold their blankets that they knitted to Canada and it said that many people bought it as they loved it. The challenge that the centre is facing is that they have no enough sponsors or funds to keep the ladies at the centre every day. 20170822_103537The grannies haven’t got a sponsor for the projects that they are running. “They only come twice a week because the centre does not have enough food for every day and can only afford to have them twice a month, we give them breakfast and lunch every time they come at the centre and they use the centre for exercising and doing their hand work”, said Johanna Ramasehla, one of the Gogo’s assistant. The centre is also going to get a sponsorship from one of the agriculture companies, who will be assisting them with vegetables for them to grow and sell to get income. 20170822_093236 (1)“Most of the grannies are looking after orphans and vulnerable children that Tateni is currently taking care of”, added Johanna. She mentioned that Pick’n Pay comes to the centre every Tuesday and they share food with the ladies as well as kids at the drop-in centres. Johanna encourages the grannies and children who are not aware of Tateni that they are there to help with family matters or any issue they have and they are more than welcome to come forth and join Tateni.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

SAPS Visited Stanza Bopape Clinic; Mamelodi East

SAPS Visited Stanza Bopape Clinic; Mamelodi East

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South African Police Service (SAPS) and other stakeholders visited Stanza Bopape Clinic, Mamelodi East today to deliver the message to the community. It was an open day for the clinic and they invited different organisations to convey the message on behalf of their organisations to the community of Mamelodi.

SAPS was there to talk about services that they offer and careers for young people that are available within the SAPS. IMG_0712Other stakeholders such as SYNEXUS from the centre introducing their new vaccine that will help preventing HIV AND AIDS, Old Mutual, Avbob, Law For All, Department Of Home Affairs, Love Life, SASA, National Prosecuting Authority of SA, AIDS FUND, USAID and Department of Social Development attended the event and made people aware of the services they offer.

 

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“We wanted to convey the message about safety, we had to give people information about careers in the SAPS, give them hints on rape and under age drinking”, said Captain Michael Mbewe, Mamelodi East Police spokesperson.

 

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He added that the awareness program was a continuous programme and that they normally host their own in the community but today they were invited to the clinic. Both adults and youth from the community attended the event.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

No Action Against Illegal Dumping; Mamelodi East

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Mamelodi Phase 2

Mamelodi East residents are facing challenges of illegal dumping. Still no action taken against those who still dump in public places. Residents blame each other for dumping the rubbish. Permanent residents blame the informal settlement residents, saying that the bin man does not enter the informal settlement areas to collect the rubbish instead they collect outside of the permanent residents.

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Rubbish left unattended outside the informal settlement

The informal settlement residents see the space as an opportunity to use for dumping. “Most of the people who dump the rubbish here are from the informal settlement because the bin man does not go into the informal settlement areas to collect the rubbish but they pass outside our homes to collect ours”, said the resident who live in permanent houses. Although the area was clean on Fridays there’s some people who still dump in the clean areas. The issue being that rubbish is not collected from all areas where people live.

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Mamelodi Phase 3 rubbish near the train track

 

“We put our rubbish in the bags and put them at the corner so the bin man can collect all of them at one place since they don’t enter in our area and they don’t collect them all the time that is why you find rubbish lying about everywhere”, said the resident from the informal settlement.

 

The other issue is that in most areas when children see rubbish bags unattended they start playing with them and the place looks messy! what do we do about those who actually play in the dumping site. Children’s health is at a high risk of catching diseases.

On the other hand attraction of rat issue will not end until the community start sorting out the illegal dumping issue.

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Mamelodi Phase 2 rubbish next to the main road

 

 

People need to start thinking about children’s health and their safe place to play. Not only kids will suffer from diseases but everyone who’s part of the community.

 

 

 

For as long as the bin man does not enter all the areas where people live and people keeping on dumping the rubbish everywhere this matter will not come to an end.

By: Fortunate Machaba