Mamelodi East streets are set to be gun free – declared SAPS

Mamelodi East police arrested a 29 year-old man for possession of unlicensed firearm yesterday in Extension 4 near Bajabulile Primary School. The suspect is believed to be terrorising community members.

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“Mamelodi East police were busy with their routine of crime prevention duties and patrols, they received a complaint from a community member that a man is carrying firearm, the police responded quickly and and the suspect was searched and the firearm was recovered”, said Constable Mashiloane.

Mr Mashiloane said the firearm will be sent to ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used for crimes or any violence before.

Mamelodi East Station Commander, Brigadier Terrence Naidoo applauded the members for the good job they have done to prevent criminals from terrorising community members.

At the moment the investigations is underway and the suspect will be profiles for possible linkage to previous crimes.

The suspect will soon appear in Mamelodi Magistrate Court for possession of unlicensed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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Six year-old undergo surgery after raped by neighbour

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A grade1 pupil, who is believed to be six years-old had gone for surgery after she was raped by a 26 year old neighbour in Mamelodi East on Saturday.

The pupil is currently recovering in Mamelodi Hospital.

According to reports, the pupil came home crying and explained to her mother what the neighbour had done to her and came home with a tub of yoghurt, a lollypop and a pack of snack. The mother was shocked after she had checked and found out that he daughter’s panties was full of blood.

Read: Girl (6) undergoes surgery after rape

The suspect was arrested and to appear in court today.

“The suspect is arrested and I wish him to be sentenced to life to teach others who are thinking of committing the same offence”, said Constable Mashiloane.

This matter remains a subject to the judges.

A Day Boot Camp To Burn Body Fat

Boot camp Foundation was launched on Saturday in Mams Mall, Mamelodi East. This was done with a purpose to get donation from the community for Primary School Kids.

Boot-camps are becoming the fasters way of burning fat in a healthy fun way, these exercises are usually done in groups and have a higher intensity compared to the other exercises usually done individually, the team dynamic helps in creating an atmosphere of motivation and encouragement for those who might not be particular fans of the gym or even exercise for that matter.

The idea of boot camps has even branched out in making not just individuals lose weight and feel good about themselves, they have taken it a step further and introduced The Aerobics Foundation “Boot Camp” which was launched on Saturday with a purpose to donate clothes and stationery for Primary School kids.

“It’s a foundation we wanted to start by means of giving back to the community, with a struggle to that our black kids are facing, especially in schools. So we thought with a little help from communities, we can make a difference and in return, we give our services “aerobics” for free to the communities that need it”, said Buyi Mnyakeni.

A professional trainer, Floyd Mashego from Planet Fitness who was there to support the aerobics boot camp said, “We would like to see everyone in the world being physically fit, fitness is life, the world needs to realise we need to keep fit for the rest of our lives, I have personally been in the industry for 15 years and been active since I was 13/14 and I believe if you’re fit you will be able to understand a healthy lifestyle”.

Buyi said he felt happy that the launch was a success, people showed up in numbers and they are hoping to receive more donations from community members.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Discover your own purpose; Discussion with Daisy Tlailana

Discover your purpose session titled “POWER OF PURPOSE” took place on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Pretoria with a local radio presenter Daisy Diamond Tlailana, Kakgiso Monyemonwa with an assistant from Kutlwano Zimu.

“It was a educative session where we were talking about purpose, how to align your passion with purpose and how to orchestrate ways of living a purpose driven life”, said Daisy Tlailana.

Young people from the community including local speakers, Howard Zondo (Author of Young Black and Powerful book), Edmond Masemola, and Nkosinathi gathered for the discussion and concluded that purpose it is within each and everyone one of them, everyone who attended seemed to have their own desires and had own definitions of purpose. Everyone needed to leave a mark in their lives for future purposes.

During her speech Daisy said, “Purpose is unique to each one of us, we can only learn from each other but can’t adopt the purposes of others, we must all discover our own”.

The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.

“I’m glad young people were participating and were very interested and I feel that such events are very relevant to us as young people and I’m glad we are making progress as the youth of Mamelodi and finally drifting away from all the negativity around our region”, said Kgakgiso Monyemonwa.

Daisy said she has realised many young people are busy doing something with their lives, yet half of the work they do is not aligned with their purpose, such events are a wake up call to people who are not living to their fullest potential. She urged that events of this nature should be done to help others discover their purpose.

By: Fortunate Machaba

City of Tshwane mayor to call for unity GBV

The City of Tshwane mayor, Stephen Mokgalapa is calling to Tshwane residents including stakeholders cutting across a spectrum of communities in universities, corporate, government and civil society organisations to join the night vigil which is initiated to fight against Gender Base Violence (GBV).


On Tuesday, the City Council lit up candles inside the Chambers in support of victims and survivors of gender based violence.
According to Stevens Mokgalapa, lighting of candles was a symbolic action they carried out that day.


Mokgalapa is expected to lead the City’s Night Vigil against Gender Based Violence taking place on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at Tshwane House.
The night vigil is initiated to be the first response to ensure the City responds to the murdering of women and children in a comprehensive manner.


On the statement released, Mayor Mokgalapa said it was important for the Capital City to lead not only by example, but with the intention to encourage other cities and sectors of society to highlight this challenge filling both personal and professional space.


“Today we say to them that they are not alone, their voices have been heard, their pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. Today we say to South Africa that no more will it be business as usual while our women and children suffer at the hands of unscrupulous men,” said Mayor Mokgalapa.


Mayor Mokgalapa emphasised the significant moment in South Africa’s democracy, making special mention of the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the City’s Gender Unit and the Chairperson on the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus, Cllr Rose Maake, who are integral in planning the night vigil.


Tshwane residents are all encouraged to join the vigil and lend their voices to end the issue of GBV in communities.

By: Fortunate Machaba

The significance of celebrating Heritage Day

This day 24 September was proclaimed a national holiday during Nelson Mandela term of his presidency to ensure the nation is built, not only in government but also between families and friends.

Each year people across the nation get together, do family or friends braai, eat together, drink to celebrate what makes us all uniquely South Africans (Culture).

Culture link us to our ancestors

Culture is important to us because it defines our evolutionary identity most importantly. It helps us to understand our ancestral values and gives us the very meaning of life, link us with our ancestors, which is valuable and should not be lost and shapes our lives in becoming who we are today. The traditional bond just stays forever!

King Mswati

The is a culture I’d like to use as an example, the Zulu culture. History shows us that they respected this day, to them is a day which commemorates the legendary King Shaka Zulu who played a crucial role in uniting different Zulu clans into one cohesive Zulu nation in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Each year, thousands of people would gather at King Shaka’s grave to pay tribute to his and to honour his memory.

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It is a day we get to wear our traditional attire, lucky if we see different dances, braai with friends and families and enjoy our traditional meals. So be part of the national heritage by joining and understand why culture is important to us and why we should celebrate it.

It is important that we appreciate this day and celebrate it well. We all have cultures, let’s all embrace it!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Do you have any plans for Heritage Day? This might be useful for you

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The provincial government and the City of Tshwane, have organise Heritage Day event celebration to be taking place at Union Buildings.

This event is expected to bring in participants from other parts of Africa together with the Chinese, Peruvians and Argentinians. Over 30 000 participants are expected to take to the streets to showcase the province’s rich cultural heritage through music, dance, fashion and the arts.

Read:Pretoria to come alive with colour this Heritage Day

Residents and visitors of Gauteng should expect to see a blend of cultures into one big spectacle showcasing Africa’s creativeness through floats, 3D costumes, acrobats, enthralling dancers, an eclectic mix of music colourfully parading the capital city.

The walk starts from the Union Buildings and will make its way around Sunnyside before returning to the Union Buildings.

“We are encouraging all residents of Gauteng and South Africa at large to come and witness the true spirit of ubuntu as we showcase our African cultural diversity, while advancing African solidarity and social cohesion,” said MEC for Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe.

There will also be a festival at the end of the day and South African artists including a singer Sho Majozi, as well as Dj Lamiez, Dj Sumbody and legendary singer Mercy Pakela will be part of it to entertain the crowd.

“This day will provide the people of Gauteng with a unique way to learn more about one another’s cultures it allows us to discover all that we have in common,” said Hlophe.

This day will also bring an array of entertainment, fun and laughter with performances by traditional music groups across the cultures, id it free and everyone is allowed to bring families and friends to be part of the display.

By: Fortunate Machaba