Let’s Talk About Fake News!

This is one of the most important and interesting topic I’ve ever spoken about. Yesterday I’ve done my first Live Talk on Facebook with the American Embassy Team that I’m proud of and as much as it was my first, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It is important for people to be aware of fake news and how it affects them.

Having to emerge this topic on Facebook, it wasn’t easy at all I’d say. Most people preferred to watch and learn than to watch and engage. I suppose it wasn’t meant for all viewers.

In general, news does play a crucial role in our lives. Imagine the world without news? Pretty much dead. We can all agree that not everyone is well equipped to differentiate between genuine content and fake.

News is not only to inform about our surroundings but also entertains and educate us.

What is fake news?

Taking a closer look at the picture on the right, this was supposed to be an alleged announcement by Minister of Police Bheki Cele about when people will be allowed to purchase alcohol and times that stores are allowed to sell alcohol.

This image was edited to appeal original to the eyes of the public, the headline was attractive, they used SABC logo and attention grabbing picture to look genuine but this was reported fake.

To prove that, usually the sign language translator is on the bottom right of the screen and not next to the speaker.

Impact of fake news in the society?

People in the society are mislead due to fake news that trends on social media. If you remember the post about blue musks and that they are contaminated instead of minimizing risks of catching the covid 19, it mislead a lot of people especially those who were not aware that it wasn’t true and because they used a picture of an influential person to make it look like he was the one warning the public.

The public’s perception around the blue musk changed because they thought it was contaminated. It didn’t look like it was minimizing the chances at all because of what they thought it was said about the musk.

Which in turn causes a lot of distraction to the public. If you were one of those who owned a pair of blue musk you would panic that you have caught it from the musk which is not true, that will also confuse your emotions leading to depression about your status.

How to spot fake news?

Usually fake news is spread on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp either from Friends or even families. Anyone can share fake news on purpose or without the knowledge. Hence it is important to learn how to spot fake news.

Consequences of spreading fake news

This might look like is not a serious issue but it is a serious conviction according to the law. Most people don’t initiate to check before forwarding or posting on social media or even go extra mile and do research about the content before sharing and some people are sharing fake news on purpose.

The guy on the picture was recently in court due to sharing a video that went viral on social media, saying that the government will start testing people using contaminated tools and even illustrated what they will be using to text for Covid 19.

According to the law of South Africa, when you are caught spreading fake news you will either be in prison for six month or get a fine for it. Think about how you will be seen in the public if you spread fake news, think about your reputation and the public not being able to trust information you share after this happened.

My advice to you

If you receive a suspicious content rather double check for confirmation before sharing. Check with reliable sources, watch the news or listen to the radio to be updated on what’s happening around you to avoiding spreading misinformation. The more you are aware of your surrounding the easier it is to spot fake news or to consider the content suspicious.

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By: Fortunate Machaba

Prank: Department of Health Urge Mamelodi Residents to Stop Drama Over Covid-19

The Ministry Health Republic of South Africa has released a statement urging the residents of Pretoria especially Mamelodi to calm down over the attack of Coronavirus (Covid-19) as the matter is under control.

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This happens after a 27 year-old female tested positive. Apparently the female works for the Department of Defence in the CBD at Poyntons building.

According to the statement the women is curently quarantined at one military hospital in Thaba Tshwane.

It was reported that she’s still in a good condition with no threatening signs.

“We urge the residents of Pretoria not to panic as the situation is under control, more especially the residents of Mamelodi. We all know that they love drama and attention”.

News Updates on COVID-19 (Please note this information is not a trick)

On the other news reports, the Department also announced a newly-launched website detailing all COVID-19 related resources. The website contains important contact details, including the emergency support hotline, and up-to-date news and resources.

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According to source, the Department also has put a WhatsApp support group into place where concerned South Africans can join the conversation and stay informed.

“This means that our numbers have increased by 14 from Friday’s confirmed cases of 24,”said Mkhize. The minister had warned on Friday that there would be more infections as the department along with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases awaited laboratory confirmation. 

By: Fortunate Machaba

“ALKEBULAN”! Look Out For Don Dada’s New Album To Be Released Soon

Speaking of Don Dada a humanitarian, RuFF CuTT Studio owner and recording multi-platinum selling Reggae / Hip-Hop artist.

Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada will be officially releasing his highly anticipated album, ALKEBULAN on January 17.  DON DADA is determined to raise and promote his ALKEBULAN album as an important part of black history that must become known as “OurStory”.  

The album’s release coincides with the African continent leaders’ unity conversations, will be available on all digital services worldwide distributed by Tuff Gong International.

“I AM AN AFRICAN BECAUSE MY SPIRIT CRIES FOR THE SOIL” exalts Don Dada.

Alkebulan is The Original name for Africa: ” The Land Of The Blacks”.

According to Don, Alkebulan is the oldest and the only name of indigenous origin. It was used by the Moors, Nubians, Numidian’s, Khart-Haddans (Carthaginians), and Ethiopians. Africa, the current name adopted by almost everyone today, was given to this continent by a European invader by the name of Louis Africanus. Like all methods of manipulation, the Romans sought to completely disconnect the indigenous Africans from their culture, deities, and knowledge.

“Think about your Alkebu-lan consciousness, your culture, your names, your homeland, your past, your civilizations, your heritage, your ancestors, and your Mind. Today we have a false identity of self, self-hatred, hatred for your brother, and a deep hatred for Alkebu-lan our origin” A quote from Ghana Chief, Nana Nasi.

Don Dada is bringing you a ALKEBULAN as a phenomenal physical interpretation of the power of Afrkans coming together at home and abroad, to deliver a common purpose.

This track is born to transform the narrative of the negative events that affect our beloved Afrika, addressing social issues while bringing messages of self-pride, love, hope, peace, reconciliation and celebration yet still capturing the essence and vibrancy of Africa, the eight track album “ALKEBULAN“ was birthed.

Dada has already won the hearts of many people with his multi-platinum hit “Viva Mandela,” and newer releases “Heal Mama AfriKa” and “WAR” an apocalyptic song showing that not much of the social ethos has changed across the globe.  

ALKEBULAN is expected to show the whole world that peace and love changes everything. There is still more hits to come to keep the sparkle going!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sister’s Seminar Foundation & Family Of Christ Hosted Annual Youth Empowerment Event

Sister’s Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ together hosted an event on Saturday with a purpose to empower young women. The team believes that it is their responsibility to take charge and give back to the community, not only in Mamelodi but in South Africa as a whole. About 250 community members including youth turned up for the event.

“We saw that our youth needs a good motivation in their lives, so that is why we deiced to do a seminar”, said the Founder of Sisters Seminar, Thapelo Makopo.

The seminar was established in 2018 in August, first seminar annual huge amount of people turned up, about 150 and they decided to continue with the seminar. “Our aim for this year, 2019 was to focus on both genders, and the youth, to empower them with a theme Youth Empowerment Seminar Gender Base Violence, Business Session and Motivation since well we have victims of gender base and connections in business, we know people who are doing business in their lives, we know motivational speakers , that is why we decided to come with other angle that will pull many people to the event”, said the Thapelo Makopo.

He added that the Seminars that are hosted in August are to empower youth to show them that is it possible, doesn’t matter where they are coming from but what matters the most is where you’re going with your life.

Speakers from various places came to support as well as to participate at the seminar. Speakers such as Thulani Mphahlele, Sfiso, Happy Simelane, Nontlantla V, Thato Nyathi, Pear Miss Africa 2019, Glen Lee-Jones, Mangi, Aobakwe, Mangi, Letlotlo, Prof Bishop Dipuo, Howard Zondo, Mr Mbelengwa, Oratilwe Mashigo, as well as poets including: Sharon Sindane, Katheliah, Mpendulo, Tumisho Rabalao, Banetse, Promise, Sister Hlogs, Mpendulo Skhosana and Buhle. Some of the speakers touched on the issue of gender base, some were there to motivate the youth and some to entertain them. Vukani Mawethu Choir participated in the event as well as Clique Crew, Ekzotic music group took initiative to perform on stage. Other participants such us Charity Masha, Future Miss SA Ambassador, Thando Chabalala, Miss Mamelodi 2019 and Khutso Matlala, Miss Teen SA Finalist & Miss Damelin were there to support the Sisters Seminar event.

“You were born with a purpose that the wold cannot do without” said Glen Leece-Jones, one of the motivational speakers of the day.

“When I got on stage, with my Empress sash, everyone wondered what does she have in store for us, and I had everything positive and my level of confidence spoke volumes. They were amused and they gave me an impression that we depend on you Annikie, you are a future leader, not only on the impression but the comments I got after that. I was asked to speak on the spur of the moment and still without worrying about preparations I owed it!”, said Annikie Rabohlale, Empress SA Finalist.

She added and said that she felt proud of the Seminar because the township like Mamelodi didn’t really have such as empowerment sessions like seminars, the only thing that Mamelodi is known for is turning up at Clubs or Tarvens and such things so seeing different women from different dimension of lives, backgrounds from different cultures and beliefs coming together to empower one another, to encourage success, and where we are headed as a country we know that haven’t accumulated everything that we are yearning for, that I saw on Saturday is promising one can affirm that indeed the future looks bright because we are in an era where women believe in themselves, where they believe is not enough until they stand up to themselves so I personally felt proud and empowered by sisters standing together and planning on how to take each other through to the bright future.

Pastor in his statement said that the event was educational and encourages to go fetch that dream, “As Sisters Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ host this kind of seminar every year, we think of hosting very often so we can empower young people and we are thinking that it should be a national road show where people can be educated about self-worth”, said Pastor Raphokoane.

The founder, Thapelo Makopo and his team of 15 members organised the event with their own money and with help from Street VIP, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mamz Grill bar with T-shirts. He said they are planning to have another seminar next year, 15 August 2020.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Miss South Africa Visited Mamelodi After Queendom Was Lauched In Mamelodi West

The initiative called Queendom was launched on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Naledi Push Us Lifestyle with a purpose to develop young women who are slightly fighting battles, dealing with teen parenting and seeking to be young leaders.

“My event was about helping young people discover their purpose and unleash their potential”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.

She added that her goal is to see young people participating in such event that will elevate their reasoning capacity, and level of intellect and also to see them gaining knowledge and becoming leaders they wish to be.

People across the country including Pearl Nthehi (Miss South Africa), Santram Blair, Daisy Kgopa and Angela Khubheka (Mamelodi Sundowns team representatives).

Daisy was sponsored by the owner of Push us Lifesyle, Miss Traucia. “The turn out was more than what i have expected as I started marketing the event late and people were also not familiar with the place i was hosting the event, I couldn’t have a source of communication with people who were coming as i lost my phone a week before the event took place”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.

More events of this nature are expected to come.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi based guitarist and singer Darlianoh Manisfet Victory On her music and radio career

blog picture 2Nthabeleng Lesole, Mamelodi West artist well known as Darlianoh is famous for her sizzling guitar skills and sensational voice. The artist is one of the rare talents to come out of Pretoria. For the most part, Nthabeleng works for Afro Live Radio at the same time making her way up to the music and radio industry. She procured her first guitar when she was 13 years-old and that’s when she also started writing her first lyrics. “I recorded my first song when I turned 14 with Dr T SA,” she told Mams Music Gallery. “It was a house song called Mixed Emotions. It was included in Soul Provider’s compilation album.” said Nthabeleng. On her music journey where she started at an early age with so much energy and commitment, she recorded with Hip-Hop group Big Sharks at the age of 17. On her statement, she mentioned that she loves Hip-Hop a lot. “I was happy at the time and that’s where I met Russianoh and Young Slouda although I work independently as an artist.” Darlianoh also worked on Russianoh’s 2018 Feelings Da Mixtape, featuring the talented rapper on the song Feelings alongside the poet Casey.

‘I want people to understand how I feel’ Darlianoh said, she added that her style of writing is different from other artists as she is influenced by a lot of Neo Soul, Jazz, Blues and Hip-Hop. “Watching a lot of musicians you get to have your own unique sound. My sound is un-explainable but very experimental. Whatever sound that is good in my ears and I can make something that I will be proud of, that’s what goes for me. “My sound differs. I don’t have a constant sound. But you can recognize my voice.” Darlianoh released two songs in October of 2018: Love featuring Uni Sighman and Brotha Please featuring the same Uni Sighman.

She explains why she worked with Uni Sighman on these two joints and that the records describe her love life and where she is today. “I met Uni Sighman in 2018. When he played (a guitar) I immediately asked if we could write a song. He played and I sang. I then wrote Love. “After meetings and hang outs, one day we were jamming and that’s when Brotha Please came up. We didn’t put it on paper but only wrote it when we were about to record it. “I can say in 2018 there was a lot of love in my life. I was happy about that. That’s why I released the songs and to also remind people that there is still an artist called Darlianoh. I haven’t recorded anything ever since I started being independent. These are the first songs since I went solo.” The Love singer says she’s working on her EP and promise to release the project later this year 2019.

blog pictureShe’s currently working with a management company Pam Zee that aims to promote the EP. Darlianoh’s other talent is been a radio presenter. In 2018 she was an Afternoon Drive show co-presenter alongside Bennet Gadget at Tshwane Capital Live online radio station based in Mamelodi. Although she isn’t working there anymore, she scored another radio gig set to begin in January 2019. “I started working on radio last year (2018). I always wanted to work on radio. I used to copy what other presenters were doing. I was listening to radio a lot. “I talk a lot when I am alone. It helps to mimic people. I accompanied my friend to the auditions (of Capital Live). I just sat there with them like I was also in the line for auditioning. They asked who wanted to go first and I stood up. I didn’t want to let go of that chance. “I started talking about random things like being an art activist. I acted like I was on radio. After that everyone asked me if I had been on radio before. I had no radio experience at that time. They were impressed. “I worked there from June 2018. I learned a lot. I learned how to present, produce and create content. I was also responsible for the content on the afternoon show.

I came up with everything until I got the co-host (Gadget). We would then help each other with content. She confessed that around first week of November she couldn’t do it anymore as she was a volunteer. “We didn’t get paid as we were volunteering. It was supposed to be for three months. I couldn’t pay back people who gave me money for transport to work everyday. I then looked for work (retail work). “But I got a proposal from another radio station, Afro Live radio. It is new online radio. We are going to start on the 16th of January 2019.

“They want me to be a presenter for the same field: The afternoon drive. This is awesome. I am going to work there. “Retail work is not really for me. I understand that I was made for an entertainment industry. But music is my first lover. I am grateful that I can do other things on the side. My radio career is blossoming as well so I am ready to represent Mamelodi in every area of my career. “I also plan to go to Idols this year. I hope everyone could be able to vote and watch out for me. I am ready,” she concluded.

By: Ronald DK Nchabeleng                                                                                                   

Edited by: Fortunate Machaba