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Phase 1 near Putco

Mamelodi East residents protested today in phase 2 blocking Tsamaya road. The protest was caused by Phase 2, New Town residents. Residents say people who live in New Town have been given the land 2-3 weeks ago and some of them extended the piece that they had been given. The owner of the area called the police and some of the shacks were removed.

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Phase 2

The community is still protesting against the shacks being removed from the area. The protest started at Tsamaya road in Phase 1. During the protest residents burned tyres, blocked Tsamaya and New Town road and 2 brewery waggon were attacked during the protest. The police came during the protest and dispersed  the crowd.  The protest continued until this evening. The police were still shooting at residents who were trying to block the road from the top of the bridge. It is allegedly that 6 people were arrested during the protest. No injuries were reported during the protest. The matter remains the subject to the police.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Sabelo Mnina-tau Marishane, the ward councilor is involved in a project of installing a row of electric pylons to improve the electricity system in Mamelodi. The pylons are situated in Mamelodi East Phomolong, University of Pretoria Mamelodi Campus and extension 22 Nelmapius. New RDP’s and rental houses in Nelmapus extension 22 are also going to benefit from the new pylons since they are also going to have electricity in their new homes. The project is still on going and it is not yet know when is going to be complete. “We are working on a substation development to improve the electricity system in Mamelodi”, said the ward councilor. He also said that he’s looking forward to complete the project considering the fact that now is winter and it is vital to have electricity and the want to solve the issue of power cut in the community.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Mamelodi East residents , the informal settlement near Mahube were attacked this morning due to fighting over a cable, leading to many people injured and some losing their homes. The attackers burned down shacks, tires and blocked the road during the protest. One of the community member said the community members from the informal settlement had an argument with those who lives in “bond” houses earlier before the strike about the cable that they allegedly use to steal the electricity from them and resulted to the protest and the attack. The reason being that the attackers complains that they pay rent including water and electricity yet they still have shortage of electricity. The victim said they were attacked this morning (12am) while they were sleeping in their homes. There were people in the community who were going door to door to make them aware of the attack and telling them to run away from their homes. Many people in that area evaded to the mall, some where on the street not knowing where to go and others were reported injured.”I didn’t know what to do to help those who were injured, they are in hospital as we speak, some were injured from running away from rubber bullets where as some were injured from running away from the attack”, said the community member. It is not yet know how many people were injured and where they were taken.IMG_0528 Apparently it is said that informal settlement residents were given 3 hours to move from the area. The statement is not yet confirmed. Members of the community says the police later arrived at the scene and started shooting (rubber bullets). It is believed that the attackers had guns during the protest. Few people in the area had moved out with their belongings this evening to avoid the conflict where as many of them are currently in their homes. It is not yet known when the issue will be resolved. The police spokespersons, Captain Michel Mbewe (Mamelodi East police) together with Captain Johannes Maheso (Mamelodi West) are attending the matter at the moment. The police who are currently in the area are expecting the protest to take place. The police have been operating in the area since this morning, 5am.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Community members together with Tshwane government and initiation school owners around Mamelodi had a meeting on Saturday at Mamelodi East Extension 6, Africa Church. All the stakeholders were called including the councilor, priests, COPTA members, CONTRALESA and the SAPS member Mr Chivukadi from Mamelodi East police station. The meeting was concerning some of the owners of initiation schools who pays druggies R50 for bringing more kids to the schools. It is believed that is more than one school but not specified was recently paying druggies to take kids without their parent’s permission to the schools. It is said that most of the kids were taken from the streets playing with friends. The owners who attended the meeting said they will no longer take kids who are not taken in by their parent’s and from now on parents have to sign while bring their kids to school as well as giving them the doctor’s conformation letter to confirm that the child can go to the initiation school. “Those who were in the meeting, they said they will not take any child without their parent signatures. Even if the child is without a parent and decide to give the principal their parent’s phone numbers the principal will take the initiative and visit their homes for confirmation”, said Dina Sibanyoni, Team Leader ward 40 and one of the parent whose child is currently at the school. It is confirmed that any school that take children without their parents concern they would be charged and could end up sentenced to 12 years in prison. Ward 40 Team leader said most of the parents complains were that when children return home from from these schools, they are becoming disrespectful, get involved into drugs, suffer from health issues and they believe that initiation schools are loosing dignity this days, it is not more about culture but rather business. Some kids don’t even return they die in the schools. More investigations still in process. It is still going to be discussed when and where the next meeting will take place. The Team is currently looking for a bigger venue where everyone in Mamelodi is expected or invited to attend the meeting.

By: Fortunate Machaba

This is the Media Release from The Public Servants Association Of South Africa:

The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) won the battle against Department of Home Affairs regarding the new working hours which expected members to work on Saturdays without getting paid.

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Department of Home Affairs’ application for an urgent interdict to stop the PSA from starting the national strike was struck of the roll by Labour Court last Thursday 15 June. An urgent intervention by Ministers of Home Affairs, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize and Public Service and Administration, Faith Muthambi was called with affected labour parties to try and find a friendly solution and stop strike from today 19 June 2017.

“The PSA represents about 75% of workers in home affairs and the strike would have seen a total shut down of Home Affairs offices across the country”, said PSA General Manager, Ivan Fredericks. At the PSCBC on Thursday night, the ministers withdrew the circular that unilaterally introduced a new shift system for weekend work. In light of that, organised labour also agreed to withdraw their strike notice and suspend any intended strike action.

All parties have agreed to continue to engage in a process of negotiation on working hours in the Departmental Chamber of the GPSSBC. “The PSA will address it’s members of the outcome at major affected areas on Monday, 19 June 2016. The positive outcome of the dispute is a powerful message to employers that the PSA will stop at nothing within the law to protect the rights of it’s members”, said Mr Fredericks.

The workers are going back to work tomorrow and expected to work normal working hours.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Home affairs workers are on strike. Apparently the strike is Nationwide and not only Mamelodi East, Mahube Valley office is closed. The workers including the department of Home Affairs in Mamelodi East started their strike today. Rumors says the workers works over time including weekends without getting paid. EWN reported that the trade union representing home affairs front office workers have called for a Nationwide strike due to the department’s withdrawal of a circular aimed at forcing its staff to work overtime including Saturday without paying them overtime. It is not yet know when the issue will be resolved.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Touch line was re-opened last night 16 June at Mamelodi East Extension 5. The club was closed for two months due to financial problems. “We are entertaining people and bringing friends and colleagues together to have fun. We are doing this to save people from going too far to enjoy themselves but rather come to a place convenient to them”, said one of the owners, Lehlogonolo Molahlegi.

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The event started at 6 and finished later that night. The club is running by three young men including Immanuel Mahasha  and Mongezi Thabethe. They said that people in the community were complaining about the club being closed down since they had no anywhere else close to go and enjoy. They all three thought of re-opening the club. The club is currently running and they plan to grow it together as partners. “I expect touch Line to grow, the club has been running for two years and what I want to see is growth, said one of the owners.

By: Fortunate Machaba