Tag Archives: Mamelodi East

I was one night out for a jog and met this guy Buyi Mnyakeni one of the owners of Voiceofkasikats. I was jogging for about 2k and I stopped for a stretch and he approached me so I listen to him and gave him attention. For that I got an invitation for attending a poetry session that took place today in Mamelodi East, Makuwe Chisanyama just opposite Putco. Him and his team of 3 have been running these sessions for 10 years. 20170618_173721 (1)Believe me or not if you one day take your time and listen to these young voices I swear you would want to do poetry. Either that or nothing. It was my first time and it rocked my world!. I thought I was going to write about it like I always do with any event I attend. Guess what? I ran outa words and don’t know yet the right words to describe what I saw today. It was flipping stunning. I still can’t get the right words as I speak! It was like a film, you know one of those movies where your attention is fully caught, that makes you feel like there is nothing you could do for that moment but just to watch it and give it even more time to. That moment when a young lady or men enter the stage and you don’t know what to expect and what you get is like “truth in its Sunday clothes”? That is poetry…I still admire Joseph Roux for his words. 20170618_165719When they entered the stage I felt my toe nail twinkled, I immediately fell in love with poetry and I’m like where is all that coming from? I wish I could ask if it took them a life time to bring that on stage in a day. Some of them made me feel like I’m lost and alone in the unknown world. We used to see many druggies, beggars, hijackers or criminals and all that in Mamelodi that people discourage this township about but today…today proved that Mamelodi have amazing and talented young people. Listening to them expressing their feelings, telling a story in a way made me realise I’m a poetry fan. So why don’t you try and see it for yourself. It’s worth it!!!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Attack Over Girl Leads To Young Man’s Death

Young man on his early 20’s allegedly died because of a fight about a girl. The incident happened on Saturday midnight in Mamelodi East Extension 5. The eye witness said the victim was assaulted before he was beaten to death. “The guy who was beaten up on the street in front of my house . After midnight on Saturday died from his injuries and even more shocking is that its someone I know and went to school with”, said the witness who wish to remain unnamed. The family reported a case of murder at Mamelodi East police station on Wednesday morning. It is not yet know what lead to the fight. One of the family member said the funeral will take place this Sunday. The police are still investigating the cause of his death. No arrest has yet been made.

 

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

Broke Tshwane Lead To Water And Electricity Issues In Mamelodi

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Broke Tshwane caused Mamelodi East residents to face issues of water and electricity. The power cut issue has affected areas such as Extension 4, 5, 6, and 12 while Mahube extension 10, phase 3 and 4 were facing water issues. Mmina-tau Sabelo Marishane, the ward councilor mentioned that there are challenges that they are currently facing but they are currently working on resolving the issue. Residents had to move from one place to another to collect or seek water. “We have a very serious challenge but we are working on fixing water and electricity issue. The challenge we are facing is that we have no materials to fix the issue and that’s what takes more time to fix the situation, we also have the issue of paying the workers to do their jobs”, said the councilor. IMG_0380Residents have been experiencing this situation since Sunday morning. Rumors said they heard that the water issue will be resolved on Thursday but residents were fortunate enough to get water back on Wednesday morning despite in some areas they’re still experiencing power blackout. “We had electricity on Wednesday night but this morning when I woke up it was gone and I had to go to my friend’s house who lives in Phase 3 to get my uniform ironed and have a bath for school. We had the same problem on Sunday”, said a student from Extension 5. Although the local government is working on resolving the issue it is not yet known when the issue will come to an end.

By: Fortunate Machaba