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

President Ramaphosa Announces National State Disaster with Strict Measures to Reduce Covid-19 in SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the country.

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This happens after 61 confirmed cases of people infected with the virus in South Africa.

According to the president, this number is expected to rise in the coming days and weeks.

During his announcement, Ramaphosa listed restrictions with means to minimise the spread of the virus and with the aim to ensure all those who have contracted the virus get proper treatment.

“As of now, South Africa has 61 confirmed cases of people infected with the virus, and this number is expected to rise in the coming days and weeks”, said Ramaphosa.

He added in his statement that “This situation calls for an extraordinary response; there can be no half-measures,said Ramaphosa, adding that a national state of disaster has been implemented in the country.

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On the news earlier today, it was also reported that President Ramaphosa said people who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa, schools closes on 18 March till Easter weekend, self isolation and testing on citizens returning from international countries, all international travel forms will be reframed, strengthen screening at airports will be considered, among 72 South Africa’s ports of entries 35 will be shut down effectively on Monday, visits to correctional services are suspended for 30 days, all businesses are urged to intensify hygiene control, gathering of more than 100 people is prohibited and Government will cancel all mass celebrations planned for the upcoming national public holidays, including Human Rights Day.

President Ramaphosa also thanked those who came forward to test for covid-19.

By: Fortunate Machaba

What you should know about February month

We are all excited for this month of “LOVE” (Valentines Day) and probably have plans with our partners, but is February only a month of love?

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There is a lot that has been going on this month, a lot that we were not aware of and there is still more to happen this month.

We all have different definitions to what love is. Love is sometimes defined according to our expectations, experience, association, wish or how it is revealed to us and knowledge. There’s even a popular saying “Love is Blind”… Some love is about money.

Most people believe that love is a strong feeling of affection while others means different when the term love is said or mentioned. We can all agree that we don’t have one definition of love.

Doctor Adam Sheck, a Phsychologist, couple counsilor, sex therapist and relationship coach one said on one of his posts on social media “Life is fragile, even for those who are wealthy, successful, talented, beautiful and extraodinary. Be loving now. Be kind now. Connect with those you love now”.

According to Dr. Antonio Borrello, love is doing for another without need for recognition.

February is not only a month of love but also Health Awareness Month!

When talking about health is not only about diet or excising but also eating clean and looking after your body #SelfLove. It is very important you look after your mental, emotional and physical well-being self!

Read: 27 Health and Nutrition Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based

Also this month according to Health Calendar 2020 expect, Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Month, Reproductive Health Month, Environmental Health Awareness Month.
National Epilepsy Week (10-16 February)
Pregnancy Awareness Week (10-16 February)
10-16 STI / Condom Week (10-16 February)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination first round (11-20 March)
Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day (21 February)

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Residents Welcomes New black-owned Private Clinic

Residents in Mamelodi have welcomed a newly launched private Clinic called Wellness Today at Mamelodi East, Gardens.

The clinic is owned by three nurse who have passion with their profession and want to play a role in the community.

“Its a good thing for our community and shows that our community is developing because things like this were only available for white people only back in the days and now we are they coming to our community so it is a good initiative and for black women to own this clinic it shows that the stigma of racial and gender equality is changing”, said one of the community member, Teboho Marothodi.

Another young community member said “The clinic is a great idea because there will be no more long queues and it will create more jobs opportunities for people in Mamelodi and maybe their service will be the best” said Nthabiseng Mbonani.

According to source, One of the founders, Paulinah Mafatshe, said she and co-founders Mabu Sekhaolelo and Veronica Mogashoa decided to open the private clinic because they were about to retire but still have a passion to help the sickly.

Adding that they loved helping the community and they realised there was a need for such clinic in Mamelodi and they were encouraged by the doctors they worked with who realised they loved their jobs. Their service prices ranges from R30 to R150.

By: Fortunate Machaba

These healthy foods can make you fat

They might look healthy at first glance but they can make you gain weight in a short period of time.

It has been proven that most people who want to gain weight quickly eat these foods especially for those who want to put on muscles.

Dried fruits

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These are just as normal as fruits but the only issue is that water has been taken out of them and they have more sugar which makes them be rich in calories which can make you fat.

Cereal bar

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We all think this is a great idea of snacking and getting through the day, they are a quick breakfast for a busy day but not so good for your health. most have high sugar and salt, whereas others have high calories which can affect your weight.

Fruit juice

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For the fact that it sounds fruity or has fruits in it doesn’t mean is healthy, it is as good as a smoothie. The number of calories you will consume from a fruit juice are drastically high, try have more water instead.

Avocado

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This fruit is healthy but eating too much of it can make you fat. It has got a lot of calories as well as fats, although they are good kinds of fats. If you eat less of it can add up a good health into your body. It has nutrients that the body needs but if you overeat it your body will consume more calories than it should which can make you fat. Tags: Food and drinks

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