IkamvaYouth-Mamelodi Branch Hosted Youth Dialogue for June 16

CCBSA TO JOIN WITH IKAMVAYOUTH IN COMMEMORATION OF YOUTH DAY

IkamvaYoputh hosted an event on Saturday, 15 June 2016 in commemoration of students who died in 1976 in Soweto. The event was with a joint celebration between IkamvaYouth and CCBSA (Cocacola Beverages South Africa) was titled: The Youth For Change Movement” .

The event took place in Mamelodi West, D6. The event involved a dialogue where young people discussed issues such as teenage pregnancy and drugs abuse. Show case of talents including poets and drama was also done as part of the Youth day commemoration.

“Many times this issue is deemed as a problem for girls only as they are ones carrying the baby and have to look after the baby when its born”, said Neo Rakoma , Branch Coordinator. She added that they want to hear male perspective on the issue of teenage pregnancy. The dialogue also focused on the issue of drug abuse.

During the event, speakers including Thabo Modisane who gave a speech based on his own experience about June 16 and also presented to the youth on Education, skills and ICT.

Johannes Kutumela and Tlotlo Mosadi’s talk from CCBSA was based on the career opportunities and internships available at CCBSA. Sammy Matlebyane Spoke about his 8 years experience as a drug addict, how he changed his life and works as part of the youth in art. Jessica Sithole also from CCBSA gave a talk on how alcohol can prevent one from getting employed, she also mentioned diseases affecting young people such as HIV & AIDS, STI’s and encouraged family planning as part of preventing teenage pregnancy.

According to history shared by the branch on June 16 and a reason to host this event: The June 16, 1976 Uprising changed the history of South Africa forever. A day that was supposed to be a peaceful march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools turned turned out to be a massacre. Although the march took place in Soweto, a lot of students movements were involved in different parts of the country, many young people were killed and some injured throughout the month. On this faithful day, a young man Hector Peterson was killed and this sparked a lot of international media coverage. After the incident, the communities the communities across the country as well as international started putting pressure on the South African Government and it is believed that is how the battle against Afrikaans language to be used as a medium of instruction won. The outstanding factor about the youth of 1976 is their courage and bravery, they wanted change and willing to sacrifice with their lives for change in the country.

“Today as we commemorate those who lost their lives, enjoying freedom of their sacrifices, we honor them, salute them and still look up to them as our role models”, said Dineo Rakama, Branch Cordinator.

“We, therefore wanted to host the first Youth Day to commemoration at the IkamvaYouth Mamelodi Branch, not to only celebrate the significant of the day but also to deal with challenges we encounter on a daily basis as young people”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.

She added that, the gathering was a great success and the aim was to motivate learners and motivate them to out education first, seek change and fight against social ills”, said Neo Rakoma. The branch planning to have this event every year.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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CCBSA Launched 1st Clean-up Campaign in Mamelodi

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) launched its first clean-up
campaign for 2019 on Saturday 11 May 2019, at Nellmapius Primary School, Mamelodi. The clean-up campaign is in partnership with the City of Tshwane and aims to educate school learners about the
importance of recycling not only in their schools but their communities.
Speaking at the event, CCBSA CSI Specialist, Unathi Mbanya spoke about the impact of waste in our communities and encouraged learners to get into the habit of separating waste.
During the period of the event, Dinah Tshifura, Environmental Officer from the City of Tshwane reiterated the impact recycling has on landfills and explained to the learners that municipalities spend millions on waste management.
“By recycling waste, you will be assisting in reducing landfill waste, the more waste we have, the less land we have, which means communities are robbed of space to build infrastructure that could benefit the development of the community,” Said Dinah Tshifura, Environmental Officer from the City of Tshwane.
Earlier last year, the Coca-Cola Company announced an ambitious goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle and can it sells globally by 2030 through its World Without Waste strategy. The strategy will include making packaging 100% recyclable globally by 2020.

According to Coca-Cola, in South Africa, the company is working to support healthy, debris-free environments and oceans through organisations such as PETCO (PET Recycling Company), to increase collection and recycling of packaging in the most risk-prone areas for marine debris. The world without waste campaign includes schools that are involved in the CCBSA Schools Recycling Programme. Nellmapius Primary School also forms part of the programme. With the money schools make from recycling waste, they are able to improve the infrastructure and/or buy equipment to improve the quality of learning.

Through the first clean-up of the year, the school managed to collect 6 tonnes of recyclable waste, including PET, plastic and paper. CCBSA is committed to work with communities and schools through our partnerships, to create a world without waste.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Ikamva Celebrated Class Of 2017

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Ikamva class of 2017 bachelor’s students. Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza

Ikamva Youth Mamelodi Branch celebrated the class of 2017, matric results on Saturday in Mamelodi West, D6. The purpose of the event was to celebrate those who did well and also to encourage those who did not do well in their matric year.

 

The Branch Coordinator of Ikamva, Neo Rakoma welcomed the parents, students and visitors of the day. “We are here to celebrate the class of 2017, to congratulate them on their achievements and encourage them to do more”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.

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Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza

During the event, two learners, Precious Madonsela and Archibald Letswalo gave testimonials of their journey and experience at Ikamva.

The representative of CCBSA(Coca-Cola Beverage South Africa), Unathi Mbaya, Charles Baloyi from Tateni Community Centre, Patrick Mashanda the program Manager, and Pastor Siya Malinga from Themba Foundation addressed and motivated the students to take studies seriously and as a priority.

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Best Ikamva tutor of 2017

The pastor shared the word of God, complementing the students and spreading the principle of working hard. Students were given prizes including certificates based on their attendance, performance and achievements.

“I was overwhelmed when I was called as one of the Bachelor achievers. My proudest moment was when I received a certificate for learners of the year. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity Ikamva gave me”, said Howard Zondo, one of the students.

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Nino junior, Artists of the day.

 

 

He added that he joined Ikamva Youth Mamelodi Branch in 2003 when he was doing grade 10. He was elected to be the learners representative for 2016. He took second place in June results 2016 and got a certificate.

Ikamva Youth’s mission is to enable disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty and into tertiary education and or employment.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba