Liquors and Taverns Re-opens After Level 3 Lockdown

Local taverns and liquor stores re-opened yesterday in Mamelodi and other communities around Tshwane after level 3 of lockdown in South Africa.

This happens after the President of concerned Tshwane Liquor Traders Association, Oupa Mthombeni pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow the operation of local liquor and taverns.

” I have requested the government to let the people in communities to sell alcohol, most families rely on selling alcohol to look after their families. We made a promise that we will comply with the rules and regulations to ensure that people are safe”, said Oupa Mthombeni.

Adding on his statement that all registered and with valid license taverns and liquors should sell alcohol to make money and they have to make sure that they all comply with the rules as the government has requested.

The safety procedure that needs to be adhered as per the government rules are following:

  • Social distancing
  • No sit in, only buy for consumption at home
  • Always wear a mask
  • Sanitise frequently

Oupa said the screens are awaited for testing customers coming into the stores purchasing alcohol and the medical teams will also be sent to communities for testing locals with a purpose of assisting the government with testing.

Customers are urged to drink responsibly and not allowed to be seen on the streets drinking as they will be arrested. Also people should use plastic bags to carry the alcohol after purchase.

“Drunk customers must not be served alcohol, as there wont be any order and they cause troubles, they must be asked to come back the next day to purchase alcohol”, said Oupa Mthombeni.

According to Oupa Mthombeni, the re-opening of local liquor and taverns is not only serving as an income purpose to local businesses but also to create a gender base violence and woman abuse awareness.

As in communities women are abused by men with drinking problems, those who are abusing women after drinking alcohol are urged to be cancelled by the tavern owners.

It is said that women who are abused must report the issue to the tavern owners and the owners must cancel men buying alcohol as they abuse women.

This is done to change the perception of women abuse in communities and bring the community together in fighting women abuse led by alcohol consumption.

Communities are expected to be flooded with pamphlets about Covid-19 as part of raising the awareness.

According to level 3 regulations, taverns must only sell from Monday to Thursday between 9am – 5pm and not before or after times allocated. Those who are caught breaking the rules their licences will be suspended for 6 months.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Family Plead Search of Missing Daughter in Mamelodi

The family of Manana Matemotja, a 16 year-old missing girl pleads to Mamelodi residents to assist with finding their daughter.

Manana was allegedly last seen at far East of Mamelodi in an area called Lusaka.

It is not yet known whether or not Manana had friends in Lusaka.

According to source, Manana from Mamelodi West D2, went missing on the 8th of April 2020.

The family has opened a case of a missing person.

Anyone with information is asked to call the numbers provided.

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

Makhura Responds After 700 Shacks Destroyed In Mamelodi

The Gauteng Premier, David Mahura said that residents who lost their homes over the past few days after floods hit Eerste Fabriek will be relocated.

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According to news24, some of the people are temporarily placed at community Methodist church until a place of relocation is found.

Residents were worn by the premier to not go back to  Eerste Fabriek as the area is not safe especially during the heavy rain period.

“We will not rest until we have resettled the people in appropriate places, but one of the key things includes urging the people not to go back to where people have built on flood plains, said David Makhura.

It is not yet known when the committee will release a report to state when people will be relocated.

According to a sources, people have been living on that area for quiet some time and that was not the first time the floods hit the area and leaving people homeless.

By: Fortunate Machaba  

About 100 People Left Homeless After Red Ants Kicked Out Residents In Flats

61-year-old Shot And Other Wounded During Extension22 Flats Eviction

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The Red Ants and other law enforcement agencies used rubber bullets to disperse residents who were living in Nellmapius, Extension 22 flats on Monday morning. This happened after residents claimed to have held several meetings with previous Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga and housing and settlement MMC Mandla Nkomo. The meetings took place after the local elections and they were assured the flats belonged to them. Residents moved in flats last month.

They said they are fed up with empty promises and  have been on the waiting list for a long time. Most of them said to have no where else to go. During the eviction, a number of people were left sitting on the side of the road with their belongings. According to a source, at the point, Red Ants started shooting at the crowd as well as some of the people who were standing around the apartments.

Many of them said they would not allow voting to take place until this matter is resolved. Although people moved in unfinished flats with no water and electricity installed yet, they said they were prepared to pay rent and finish the units themselves as they were desperate for homes. Community members also said the apartments had been left open and unfinished for around three years. Many refused to leave the area until government intervene in this matter. A 61-year-old woman was reported shot in the leg and several other people were wounded during the eviction.

More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

SJAY ARTWORK Grew From Local Events Making To Global Brand Making

IMG-20190409-WA0000When Junior Stephen Baloyi, an entrepreneur from Pretoria, Mamelodi launched SJAY ARTWORKS with a slogan titled “BRINGING VISION TO LIFE” in 2016, he wanted to create a niche business which was to make posters for local businesses around Mamelodi. He did not make money in the first place and wanted his work to be seen by his potential customers. He then started running events with a team around Mamelodi.

“We used to host events at one of the pubs in Mamelodi west but I then thought is not really what I want to do, we all had different ideas and visions and goals and people don’t know what you actually looking for. We later formed an event company management called divergence and collaborated with few others around Mamelodi but I later left the group, said Junior Baloyi.

If we were to sell different ideas in Mamelodi we would all be successful entrepreneurs. The problem with being an entrepreneur especially in Mamelodi, is that we do not support each other financially although you learn what to do and what not to do in business in the end. I’ve learned to have my own code of conduct for my company to avoid people taking advantage especially when coming to payments. He mentioned that he has gained a lot of exposure in the industry and even learned how to be a DJ, events marketing, Own HR and branding. That has helped him to find himself of a massive brand and poster making that has been growing far beyond his original vision. He’s rolling with it adapting right alongside his one-man company.

IMG-20190408-WA0025Junior has been in the industry for 3 years. He still pursue doing more to develop others in Mamelodi and to get his business abroad. “My work motivates me, I believe more in putting words into a picture and seeing my work out there inspire me to do more”, said Junior. He had people who mentored him throughout his journey, although he has done most of the work to get himself at a peak and some of those people were very inspirational to him, one of them being Ron Epidemic who is a producer and produced for popular artists. He influenced him positively in the journey and that tough Junior perseverance and humbleness.

“My sense of focus helped me to be where I am today, responsibilities made me want to be in this business and work for someone at the same time, I always thought it wasn’t enough to live off. I invest more time and money in myself and company to generate more income”, said Junior.

Junior says for those who pursue being in the same business, grasp your skill, everyone has their own way of designing things, use your own designing skills, get your skills right and don’t be in it for money! In few months time, he said he will want to see himself having his own space of work and have a team to work with.

by: Fortunate Machaba 

Khekhe On Bail After Declaring Unlawful Arrest To High Court

Vusi ‘Khekhe’ Mathibela was granted bail after immediate application declaring his arrest was unlawful.

Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela and his co-accused, Elias Skhosana and Stemer Monageng’s Attorney yesterday said the charges laid against them must be dropped as what they were accused of was declared inconsistent.  They appeared in Pretoria Magistrate Court on Friday, 22 March for an ongoing bail hearing and his application was accepted by the court. They are accused of extorting money and intimidating businesses and taxi owners in Mamelodi.  According to the charge sheet, read by the state prosecutor earlier this week, the three of them are facing schedule five charges as the amount they allegedly extorted was just over R600 000. On the other hand, the investigation officer, testified on the same day that the accused actually demanded millions in exchange to protect the development of Denneboom Mall in Mamelodi West.

“I’d say millions. They were demanding R2 million a month for protecting the project. They also wanted another 30% [of the contract] which we haven’t calculated yet”, said the investigative officer, Vongani Shihangule.

He added that witnesses have also accused Monageng of getting contracts for his security company through intimidation. It is suspected that more money than the allocated amount will be lost on the project due to such circumstances. More people are expected to come forth with evidence against the other suspect, Skhosana. He was urged not to go anywhere near malls or people at the moment until further notice. Officer Shihangule opposed bail of the two accused, stating that witnesses still felt intimidated while the extorted deals were still standing. However Mathibela, known as “Number 1 Tsotsi”, had abandoned bail, as an urgent application to regard his arrest unlawful was accepted by the High Court in Pretoria yesterday. According to his defense, his arrest was unlawful as the arrest warrant against him was not presented when he handed himself over. The court was to decide on a date for the urgent application. Mathibela is now on bail.

By: Fortunate Machaba