TJ Fitness is currently hosting an Anti-drug abuse campaign at Pheladi -Nakene primary school in Mamelodi West Pretoria.
“We have realised that there is a lot of drugs issues in schools, so it is an awareness to stop it. Kids performance is to show that this is where the should rather spend their time doing rather than waste it with drugs”, said Thabo Lepule, from TJ Fitness.
“I believe that the education we received today as learners from Pheladi they will change us and I feel good about what has happened today at our school”, said one of the learners, Boitumelo Kgaphola.
A social worker and representative from Mental Health, Sophie Monkwe shared the impacts, causes, and consequences of using drugs to the kids. On her statement she mentioned that people who uses drugs approach them for assistance and they do give them assistant they need.
“Do not start smoking drugs and focus on your studies”, said Sophie Monkwe.
Rev Divhani Tshivhula representative from Mamelodi Men’s Forum (MMF) was fist to open an event of the day with a prayer and singing praise and shared a word of God.
Activities such as, gumboots dance, poets, dancing group, as part of the event were performed by the kids.
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.
We all know every year in South Africa we celebrate Women’s Month but do we actually know why we do? Here is why…
Every Year in August, our country marks Women’s Month with the aim to pay tribute to over 2000 women who in 1956 August the 9th marched to Union Buildings to protest against the extension of Pass Law to women. The system established to oppress women, control them and even reduce women to passive beings at the mercy of men.
After 24 years of democracy, where all racial and economic discrimination and oppression, sacrifices and resistance of the oppressed people, the struggle itself was terminated, we mark this day, 9th of August as women showed their strength and that they are powerful, that they can lead, fight and challenge situations without fear!
There is a quote I’d like to share with all the women today that says: “A strong woman always knows how to use all her exceptional abilities which no man has: the ability to seem weak and helpless, logic, intuition and emotional connection”.
As a women always have a room for criticism rather embrace it! Of course take it serious but not personal, learn and grow from it. Strong women are fearless they are not afraid of challenges, storms you can name all the hardships, look at the likes of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela she was a strong women herself.
Let’s take the initiative in this day 9th and the month of August and celebrate achievements and the important role that women of all races and religion have played and continues to play in our society and always remember this, Wathinta Abafazi Wathinta Imbokodo, a freedom song that means women’s courage and strength.
Founder and Director, Thabang Ngobeni and Deputy Director, Lebohang Malefane from Mamelodi East formed an NGO called Student Motives in 2015 with the aim to promote reading and also other forms of literature in the community. The organisation is currently running with a team of six members.
“Through our background and how we were raised as well as the struggle we see in the society, we want to tackle challenges and make change, we want to produce free thinkers, promote critical decision makers, we want to create a new forms of fighting drugs and substance abuse”, said Thabang Ngobeni, Director and Founder of the organisation.
He added that they want to enhance young thinking abilities and create a community of believers and innovators.
The NGO has before created programs where they donated clothes and school shoes to Matimba Community Care Centre, Cleaned the community clinic and Stanza Bopape High School, donated books at Ekhaya Lami Le Themba in Soshanguvhea and donated two wheelchairs to Itumeleng Monareng from Mamelodi East RDP.
The Director and Founder says in few years’ time they want to see their NGO as one of the leading NGO’s in the industry with fresh, creative and innovative initiatives. He added they are hoping to receive funds this year 2019, to donate toys and shoes during the festive season.
For any donation please contact Thabang Ngobeni on: 064 695 1555, or email him at: email@example.com
Ranyaka visited Mamelodi East on Saturday the 13th of July to bring the community together and discuss a way forward to current issues that are a stumbing block to their success, as well as collect baseline data to check how they can go about impacting this Community. This Initiative is part of Nedbank’s three year-project under the slogan “Proud of my Town”. Ranyaka is appointed by Nedbank as an implementation agent towards community development, hence this workshop.
“It is our first visit in Mamelodi, we are running a similar initiative in other areas such as Magaliesberg, Kanyamazane, Boitekong, Turfloop, PE and Western Cape. We are looking into empowering people in the community. We wanted to find out what they are busy with and what they are struggling with and what makes it difficult for them to succeed”, said Maggie Tsotetsi, Consulting Urban Planner for Ranyaka and CEO of Motheo Resources.
Maggie added that Ranyaka is an NGO led by qualified urban planners with a heart for community development. They take the community through a professional community-based planning approach in the form of a workshop, this serves as the basis of their planning process for a specific community. She also mentioned that if they get more funds the project can run for more than 3 years. She believes that to impact the community we must plan with them and not just for them, empower them and identify readily available resources in order to ignite their potential.
“We are very happy because we are looking for initiatives of this sort, we also started an NGO for disabilities and so far there has been no changes, we have approached many stakeholders before for funds but we were declined. We now see the light at the end of the tunnel, they will change the community in terms of development, I’m overwhelmed with what just happened”, said Nkosinathi Mzansi, founding member of Under One Shelter One Umbrella and on behalf of Mamelodi East Ward 17 Councillor, Absalom Borotho.
Ranyaka Team is planning to look closely into key issues within Mamelodi East. Their goal is to get as many funders as possible. The Community members listed the following as their main challenges: funds for starting their own businesses and safety in the community. They have mentioned that lack of safety is a threat to their businesses as crime not only diminishes their clientelle but robs them of their daily bread. One member gave an example that he was pursuing Travel and Tourism in Mamelodi, but he can’t bring tourists into the community due to high levels of crime experienced almost daily.
“Ranyaka will continue to be a collaborative platform for the community where issues are discussed and solutions identified for various sectors such as local businesses, ECDs and self-help groups”, said Maggie.
Ranyaka was established as a non-profit, urban planning consultancy in 2013 with a purpose to develop transformative strategies for towns and neighborhoods. They work hand-in-hand with residents, civil society entities, faith-based institutions, business, all levels of government, academic institutions and local change agents to co-create places where people can prosper in every sense of the word. By the end of 2019 they are planning to be at work in eight towns in six provinces across South Africa. Mamelodi has thus become one of the communities they desire to make goodly impact.
The data and information taken during the event is to be analysed and the team will be come back to the community with a strategic plan or community spatial plan as a solution to issues faced by the people of Mamelodi East.
The Marais family spokesperson Virginia Keppler said on Monday the department had broken promises regarding the after-care of Ms Martha. This happened after the department promised to follow-up with the investigations regarding the ill-treatment that Ms Martha experienced at Mamelodi Hospital.
A 76-year-old Ms Martha Marais of Eersterust, who was found tied to a steel bench at the Mamelodi regional hospital on May 29, is still recovering at home. The Marais family was, said that they were, “disgusted” with the department of health after its public promises to the family failed to fulfill.
“Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku never kept his promise to arrange counselling for Ms Martha at home. She only received one visit by a psychologist, a doctor and nurse and they also brought new crutches for her,” Keppler said in a press statement.
Keppler said Ouma Martha was instead taken to the Eersterust clinic for trauma counselling once.
“She is still very much traumatised. She cries a lot and is still scared of those who were involved in her being tied with her hands behind her back to the legs of a steel bench at the Mamelodi hospital.”
The family has demanded that the MEC step up to the plate and keep his promises. Health department spokesperson Lesemang Matuka confirmed receipt of the press statement from the Marais family. Matuka added that there were no new developments in the case against the three doctors, a nurse and two security guards suspected of involvement in the abuse of Ms Martha.
Provincial Health MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku is expected to visit Ms Martha Marias home today as a follow-up to the unfortunate incident which occurred in Mamelodi Hospital. This happens after the family of 76-year-old Martha Marais who was handcuffed to a bench at Mamelodi Hospital on 30 May 2019.
The family laid assault charges against the hospital leading to four people been placed on special leave last month 02 June 2019 due to pending their suspension over the alleged ill-treatment of Ms Martha. Although, Dr. Bandile Masuku visited the family’s home after the incident had occurred to update them on the investigation and apologise for the treatment, the family said that there are still more questions than answers.
The department provided counselling for Marais and her family for the trauma they went through. The follow-up visit will be conducted as part of commitments made by the Gauteng Department of Health to Ms Marais and her family. It is not yet known how the MEC concluded this matter.
Stanza Bopape Clinic Nurses allegedly insulted 45-year-old pregnant women saying that she’s too old and “at risk”and refused to help her.
A pregnant women, Elina Maseko, 45, was allegedly turned away on Sunday from Stanza Bopape Clinic in Mamelodi East after nurses told her she was too old to be pregnant and therefore a “high risk”.
As a result, Elina was then forced to give birth outside the clinic’s yard after nurses allegedly refused to help her. “It was just after 6pm when I felt the labour pains. I asked my neighbour to rush me to Mamelodi Hospital and was accompanied by my niece Sibongile Morudu. She added that unfortunately, his car ran out of petrol and they had to wait for his friend. By the time he arrived, the pains had intensified and we had no choice but to go to the nearest clinic.
On Elina’s statement, she said that the nurses at the clinic looked at her clinic card and told her she was old and a high risk, therefore she should go to the hospital without listening to her side of the story. When she approached the gate her water broke and she couldn’t move. During the incident, a security guard brought her a wheelchair, but the baby’s head was already out, so she could not sit on it,” she said. Morudu said she had no choice but to take off her jersey so as to welcome the baby.
District spokesperson, Sydney Mahlo said they had sent quality assurance officers to investigate the matter as he was disappointed over the incident occurred. She said they were very disappointed at the clinic and their next step was to sue the clinic for negligence.
“We are taking action regarding this matter and it’s high time that those nurses who are responsible be removed from the health sector. We will also report them to the nurses council, so that they don’t operate anywhere else. We will ensure that there is accountability,” said Bobby Matimba, chairperson for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Nurses couldn’t be reached out for comment at the time.
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.
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.
Gauteng police are currently searching for suspects after a robbery that took place at Lusaka pre-school in Mamelodi East on Monday.
Preliminary reports indicate that on Monday after midday, a group of 19 international students and two professors arrived at Viva Foundation School in Mamelodi East for an outreach programme. “It is alleged that a group of not less than five armed suspects accosted the visitors and robbed them of personal belongings including: laptops, cellphones, cameras, passports, plane tickets, bags and US dollars,” police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement on Monday.During the robbery, a school staff member was assaulted by the robbers while one of the public members was struck by a stray bullet by the suspects who allegedly fired shots as they fled the scene. “Police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these suspects are found and brought to book,” said Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said. Police are appealing to the public to come forward with any information leading to the suspects’ arrest. The wounded or assaulted victims were not immediately available for comment.
Mamelodi East residents took initiative to vote on Wednesday. For those who were voting for ANC are currently celebrating with the party. The top five parties in the country are: ANC (61.87%), EFF (18.64%), DA (11.18%), VF+ (4.32%) and UCDP (0.48%). ” I voted already, I feel good about voting and is not my first time casting my vote, I feel that ANC still need a chance to rectify mistakes, have to be acknowledged to continue growing South Africa”, said one of the resident, Amanda Mangadi.
Other voters on the queue felt that ANC has done so much for people including RDP houses and free medications and said that they are really hoping for change in the country. ANC will be continuing to run and govern the country.
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.
Masokolara Team from Attridgeville were declared Champions of 2019 Tournament after beating Dream Teams, Mamelodi 1-0. This happens after B3 and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation hosted an even to honour legend Jan Malombo Lechaba from the 19 April to 22 April 2019.
“I feel that we did a good job as it was our first tournament honoring legend Mr Malombo Lechaba, we are planning to honour many more legends in future, we showed other townships that is it possible to invite teams outside Mamelodi, Mamelodi community responded positively as they came in numbers to support the tournament, everyone looked happy,”, said one of the team Managers, Mr Charles Mawai.
He added saying “We as a foundation we promote football and social responsibility and we are here to help in anyway we can in all sports not only football.
Under 17 also took part in the tournament as well as 2 Netball Teams from both East and West side of Mamelodi and Mamelodi West were declared champions of the tournament.
“For a team outside Mamelodi to come and win the tournament shows that we are transparent and fair to every team, we give a trophy to team that deserves and worked for it, we don’t take sides or do favors”, said Mr Charles Mawai.
Mamelodi goalkeeping academy rendered their service to goalkeepers before the games began. Legends such as Godfrey Sapude and Edward Motale were there to support the tournament.
“As a sports person you need to sacrifice a lot, time is essential, you can’t be a good player if you don’t sacrifice your time. There will be challenges in life they will face as young people but as a player You must know what you want and that you are an entertainer and there are a lot of things that you be can’t be part of. Discipline is key, need to look after their body, see what they eat and drink to keep the body going. Being a star we retire at a certain age but most retire early because they don’t practice healthy lifestyle. Football can change lives of these young people if they take it serious”, Said Mr Malomba Lechaba.
Mamelodi Community Responded Positively to Tournament
Jan Lechaba Malomba hosted an event from 19 April to 22 April 2019 in Mauklenuek sports grounds, Mamelodi West. This happened after B3 Insurance Brokers and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation joined together to host in celebrating legend Lechaba. This was to encourage kids in Mamelodi to participate in sports. “We starting this initiative to respond to the community of Mamelodi, saying thanks to the people of Mamelodi and promoting football”, said Mr Malomba.
The legend visited Mamelodi with the aim to identify talents and give kids courage that they can make it in sports. “It is not only about Malombo, is giving back to the community and taking kids away from drugs and streets. “We have to expands this initiative, this is the first one in Mamelodi, is the fist year of the initiative and the respond of the people is good since the first day we launched it until finals which is today , I’d like to thank Mamelodi people for supporting the event.
About 100 members in the community turned up to support this event and many of their responds to the game was positive as they came in numbers from day 1 of the tournament. “This is the first event I saw legends in Mamelodi, I’m really pleased for seeing such an event bringing people in the community together”, said one of the community member and sports fan, Tsiamo Matlala. He added that this initiative will make a greater impact into the lives of current and future soccer starts.
“The purpose for us to this event is to promote football, we are not only promoting tournaments, through the Mamelodi all starts foundation we are looking at promoting the games where by we will be identify talents and as footballers after the tournament we are willing to do this tournament every year, we will be doing soccer clinics to motivate this kids”, said Mr Malombo.“If we find people watching football for more than 6-7 hours, then you can say you have done something for the community because they are here watching the game you brought to them, we are keeping them busy of which we are happy about. Seeing people smiling, watching the game, enjoying themselves it makes me happy, It’s something that I am proud of. We wish the Mamelodi stadium to be functional we hope that it will be ok one day to use for everyone to be sited and watch football comfortably and I wish our kids to take sports seriously, to let sports be their lives and live a healthy lifestyle” , said Mr Malombo. During the 3 days tournaments, different teams from different areas and province played against each other from semi finals until they made it to the finals as well as 2 Netball Teams from both Mamelodi East and West.
Mr Malombo also said people including retired legends shouldn’t keep the skills for themselves and they need to plow back. He added that he is open for communication and assist NO’s and other football association in the community, “We are open for NGO’s who wants to grow young kids in sports, but they must have a proper structure of what they do and where we could be of help”, said Mr Maloka. He added saying sponsors need to see where their money is going and how it is going to be used then they will be interested. Donators of the tournament including chairs, tents, David Maboja, Andrew Kambule, Makhura from Don Don. The next tournament is expected to take place the following year, 2020.
Batho Batsho Bakopane (B3) Insurance Brokers, in partnership with Mamelodi All Stars Foundation hosting the inaugural Jan “Malombo” Lechaba Easter 16 tournament at Muckleneuk Grounds, Mamelodi West. The tournament started on 19 April 2019 and will finish tomorrow, 22 April 2019.
This was done to honour football legend Jan Malombo Lechaba who retired 2 decades ago, for his contribution in the football industry to ensure the community of Mamelodi have a platform to showcase their football talent. He started this contribution in the beginning of his professional football career in 1973.
Finals will be taking place tomorrow where we will celebrate the ultimate Trophy champ and the following prices won by the four best teams: 1st- R50 000, 2nd-R 25 000 and 3rd and 4th- R 5000 each.
61-year-old Shot And Other Wounded During Extension22 Flats Eviction
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.
Mamelodi Taxi Association today 10 April 2019, on strike due to the money they are forced to pay to Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela. Residents were burning tyres since 5am this morning on Tsamaya and Solomon Mahlangu Drive. Buses also can’t operate and left commuters stranded. Rumor says the taxi drivers started paying R55 to the association and now the’re forced to pay R200 to Vusi. Bheki Cele on his last meeting with Mamelodi residents said that the taxi drivers should stop paying Vusi until his case is resolved. The association planned to have a meeting with the drivers today. It is not yet known what are the outcomes of the meeting.
When 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.
Junior 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.
As guests gathered for this launch, I’d say it was more than just an afternoon dedicated to Mamelodians
From left to right: Edmond Masemola, Kabelo Mabona, Evelyn Zondo, Tiyiselani Mukhari & Neo Rakoma
Howard Zondo launched his book on Saturday at Blueroon in Pretoria Central. The launch was more about changing from pain and disappointments his mom went through into success of his son.
How he was raised played a crucial role into who he has become.
“I’m grateful for everyone who attended to make the launch an absolute success”, said Howard Zondo.
His supporters, Edmond Masemola, Kabelo Mabona, Evelyn Zondo, Mr Tiyiselani Mukhari and Neo Rakoma were all there to give him their full support for his accomplishment.
Tiyiselani Mukhari, a founder of Rich Learning Mentorship Programme for Boys, prepared a speech for guest to know where and how he met with Zondo and also shared his experience in his journey.
“That was impressive especially when he launched his book without even a sponsor, I wish we had more time after the launch for networking purposes”, said one of the guests Mr Matlhaga.
Not only Mamelodians have attended the event, some people came from Cape Town, Brits, Tembisa, Soshanguvhe and Johannesburg. Howard said that he was happy that his mom’s dream became true because of his gift and hard work. The event saw socialite including poets, singers, a play (drama) on stage and everyone coming together to support and making the launch an absolute success. Three more events are to come.
Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela is currently waiting on judgement after he abandoned bail – Lawyer convinced High Court his arrest was violating his rights.
Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela’s lawyer arrived at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria on Friday after he convinced the high court that Mathibela’s arrest was violating his human rights. In the mean time Vusi is waiting on Judgement of his arrest after he abandoned bail. Mathibela’s co-accused had been given R25000 bail each for being involved in allegedly intimidating Mamelodi business people including taxi operators who were forced to pay protection fee. Annelise van den Heever, who was representing Vusi in court said that he could have obtained his bail if he chose to. However, he chose to challenge his arrest as he believes that his arrest was unlawful. She raised a fact that Vusi’s arrest did not have a warrant of arrest or an affidavit required by law. She also mentioned that her client was taken to Mamelodi by police and added that his house was searched illegally but when he tried to bring the matter of his arrest to the attention of the magistrate’s court, he was told to take his complaint to a civil rights 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.
The alleged No1 Tsotsi Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela will wait until Friday to find out if they grant him a bail at Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Elias Skhosana and Stemmer Monageng appeared in court as they were also accused of intimidating and extorting money from Mamelodi business people for so called “protection fee”. They both submitted affidavits stating that the court did not need to keep them in police custody for justice to be served.
Vusi’s counsel has last week announced that he was temporarily abandoning his bail application and instructed his counsel to lodge an urgent high court application to challenge the legality of his arrest.
Vusi Khekhe handed himself over to the police in Germiston on Tuesday night. This happens after the suspect was accused of allegedly been part of a group “terrorising” Mamelodi community. Police had obtained a warrant for Vusi Reginald Mathibela also known as “Vusi Khekhe” following cases of extortion, intimidation and assault claimed against him.
“The long arm of the law knows no boundaries, and will forever take its course no matter who you are. Residents of Mamelodi have been living in fear for far too long, the authority of the State will be felt and heard in all corners of South Africa” said Cele.
“We shall continue to stay true to our mission as the police to prevent and combat anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community and investigate all crimes and further ensure that offenders are brought to justice.”
Police said three of the suspects, Zwelibanzi Ngubane, Justice Khumalo and Asante Alfred were charged with possession of unlicensed firearms. They all appeared in the Alexander Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were released on R2000 bail each and their case was postponed to April for further investigation. Police further revealed that the fourth and fifth suspects, Elias Skosana and Kompi Stemmer Monageng were charged with extortion, intimidation and assault. While the sixth suspect was released pending further investigations on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm.
“We are confident that Vusi Reginald “Khekhe” Mathibela has cases to answer to”, said National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole.
Khekhe is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon. The date is not yet finalised.
Police arrested two men for allegedly extorting and intimidating Mamelodi residents including business people appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday. This happens after Minister Bheki Cele and MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane recently launched a specialised unit of officers in Mamelodi, following complaints of extortion and intimidation. The two suspects are believed to be working for Vusi “Khekhe” Mathibela. Elias Skhosana, 41, and Stemer Monageng, 51, appeared in connection with their alleged involvement in the extortion and intimidation. Four other suspects whom also suspected to be involved in the same case, appeared at the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court for alleged possession of illegal firearms. police said they will check if this firearms are not linked to any crime. Bheki Cele, announced on Saturday morning at the funeral service of slain Matwetwe actor Sibusiso Khwinana that the police had arrested the suspects on Friday. on his statement, he said that no taxi boss would be allowed to walk around with heavily armed security guards in the township. Although, Mathibela and Skhosana have always denied being involved in extortion and intimidation of Mamelodi business people. Skhosana and Monageng are expected to appear in court on Friday for bail applications.
Minister of Police, Bheki Cele declared that he need 3 weeks to deal with Mamelodi’s Number 1 Tsotsi. This happens after Minister Cele and General Leutenant Mawela engaged with the community of Mamelodi East on issues of safety and security yesterday at International Assemblies of God Church.
“It’s time we show him who the real boss is. We are not going to be ruled by gangsters here. If needs be we will die in Mamelodi,” said Cele.
The Minister said they would establish a permanent special police unit in Mamelodi if needed to deal with the alleged criminal. The unit is expected to start an operation in Mamelodi. “His senders must go tell him that I said so. We are not going to be run by a thug. We want no blood, but if needs be, then let it,” said Cele.
The alleged criminal is said to be terrorising the community. one of the resident raised an issue that he is extorting businesses in the community, monopolizing drugs sales, ruling taxis owners and collecting R 200 form them. It was also claimed that shop owners pay between R250 and R600 a month for “protecting fee”.
Mr Cele issued an instruction to the police saying that they should make sure the allegedly criminal doesn’t die. Most of the residents who were there to speak for themselves fear that they were digging their own graves. Rumor in Mamelodi says anyone speaking about or against him will normally be taken care of violently by the allegedly criminal gang or people who work for him. Premier David Makhura also promised to deal with the man a week ago.
Howard Zondo, Mamelodi based young author will be publishing his second book titled “Lessons From A Domestic Worker”.
The book will be released on the 30th of March 2019. When Mamelodi Happenings approached the author and asked what this book is about, his answer was “The book is birthed with an idea that our struggles are the symbols of hope.
We are connected by hardship because without them there would be no communal goal to seek better lives”. This includes issues of employment, fatherless, recession in the economy and children becoming parents.
Background Information By Howard Zondo
I am raised by bottles she used to pick up in a club. I grew up unprivileged and never had a place called home. I am sharing lessons that I believe children and parents can implement to change their circumstances.
The Tricky Part
The challenges were having to share the pain he gone through and struggles that were deeply connected to him and his fear that it might be too soon to share. This is the part of his life that he lived and he’s hoping that with his story shared many will be liberated.
Lesson one is the most favorable chapter because it incorporate all the struggles and also motivation that pushed him to fight hard and shift from the hardship. He was emotional when sharing the story as he kept this from himself.
Why You Should Buy This Book
Howard Zondo made it clear that we all face crisis in life and at times we wonder what purpose they serve into our lives.
This lessons are given to you as a blessing and will surely benefit you no matter where you coming from.
I’m excited to let you know that you are also recommended to write your own book but Zondo’s advice is research first before starting the process and have a unique content. “Great books are not defined by the length of pages but rather the fulfillment of ideas and original intent of it”, said Howard Zondo.
Sonto Makhafula, Gatang LRC President encourages students to stay at school and study. This happens after the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) National Shutdown takes place. Makhafula as a student, she’s concerned that the school never received 100% pass rate and feels that they as students should fight for 100% pass rate at the end of the year. She reported live to SABC News this morning. Teachers are not yet reached for comment. COSATU says it has resorted to Wednesday’s nationwide strike against job losses because government has been refusing to sign the minimum service delivery agreement. This lead to student being stranded as teachers are going to join the march and leaving schools early. Other schools in Mamelodi are also expected to cut school short.
Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela was appointed Gauteng Police Commissioner this morning in Mamelodi East Police Station.
This happened after Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange resigned last year October 2018.
Premier David Makhura together with the Minister of Police General, Bheki Cele and MEC for community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane announced his appointment.
Mawela held top positions in the South African Police Service (SAPS) such as Divisional Commissioner of the Division: Operational Response Service, as well as head of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS).
General Cele described Mawela as a seasoned police officer and added that he will use his experience to “nail criminals”.
When I was reading an article this morning about this movement I felt that Nkosana Makate must get a compensation from Vodacom because is the right thing for the company to do. It came to my attention that Vodacom hasn’t paid since Nkosana since 2000 when he invented the ‘Please Call Me’. Reports revealed that Nkasana invented it while still working for Vodacom.
According to patent Act 1977, the employee is not entitled to compensation if his/her invention belongs to the employer, but if the employee’s invention belongs to them and the employer benefits from it, the employee should be awarded compensation by employer. To my understanding, Nkosana was working for Vodacom and invented “Please Call Me’ of which in my opinion the idea is his and yet he’s not compensated for it.
It’s such an exceptional benefit that Nokosana had demonstrated but yet this matter is not yet resolved even after Court. On the other hand, Vodacom offered Nkosana R 49 Million, he did not take the offer as he thought it was an insult and he wants to settle for R 70 billion. My question here is, is this about whether or not he get compensated for his invention or how much he should be compensated for? I read that Vodacom maintains their offer that Nkosana has rejected and they are expected to resolve this matter at 10am today.
I believe the court was supposed to ensure that it secures for Nkosana “a fair share because Vodacom’s benefit from it. I mean is up to them and the Court to decide whether the sum the inventor was entitled to in compensation should be based on the actual amount made by Vodacom to the patent or the hypothetical amount that the company could have made in almost 20 years. I’m not trying to sound like I’m a lawyer but the fact here is Nkosana must be compensated. I believe that invention is of a great success and he deserves better. Although I haven’t concluded whether the R 70 billion is enough or too much for compensation.
Nthabeleng 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.
She’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.
Rachel Tsetsewa, a student from Ribane-laka Secondary School in Mamelodi East, could not contain her excitement after she obtained 7 distinctions and got 96% -Life Orientation, Accounting-90% and Life Sciences-89%. Others were disappointed when they found out their unanticipated results.
“I’m really excited and also surprised that I got all 7 distinctions. I wasn’t expecting this because I didn’t do well in June, my marks we really low and I started working hard to be able to pass”.
She added that she’ll be studying Accounting Sciences at University Of Pretoria. According to Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, the 2018 matric results has improved by 3.1 percent from the 75.1 % achieved in 2017. Motshekga announced on Thursday, 03 January 2019, the 2018 overall pass rate including progressed pupils stands 78.2%.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been congratulated for his contribution to the province’s 87.9% matric pass rate. Gauteng has the highest matric pass rate in the country.
Hip-hop artist Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada, a fast growing artist continues to manifest his career in the music industry. Today Mamelodi Happenings is continuing to celebrate his success and achievements. Don Dada had numerous achievements for the year 2018.
Speaking of 2018 achievements, Viva Mandela track – certified Multi-platform with 4 months of release (19th July 2017 -31st December 2017) since the beginning of 2018.
-On the 23rd of April 2018 he launched his Viva Mandela ft The Mahotella Queen on the official Mandela 100 Day on stage at Constitutional Hill.
-He accomplished a tribute track Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela ft Afripella choir and he was privileged to perform it on the first Black Deok memorial service held in Newton.
-His Hip-Hop4life radio segments online FB Live moved from 20k views per episode and that also attracted international attention.
-The international attention open doors for new and great opportunity where Don was invited to a 3 city Kenya concert tour with legendary Award Winning Everton Blender and Reggae Power House Band. The track Jah is good track supported by Bob Marley’s *Tuff Gong International distribution will be available digitally.According to Lyla Gibbons, Don Dada is the first in Africa to be offered such a deal.
-He released his first reggae EP titles 24 hours and had interviews on both local and international countless radio stations. On top of all his experience, he was invited in Zimbabwe Hip-Hop Summit 2018 as a panelist.
This year 2019:
-His Jah Is Good single and music video will be available commercially via Tuff International Distribution on Friday the 4th January 2019.
-He received an official invite from Reggae Power House Band to perform his Jah Is Good Track on the 2019 edition of Bob Marley’s birthday tribute concert in Jamaica.
After so much he has accomplished in 2018 and beginning of 2019, Don Dada is planning a tour for USA/Canada tour within the first quarter of 2019. There’s still more coming from a dedicated and committed fast-growing artist.
New Year’s Eve has to be one of the most expensive nights of 2018. Mamelodi at this time of the month (December) Zi khipha even more!
People enjoyed Motsepe Foundation, Dhino Cafe’s you can name them… Usually money is spent on alcohol, food, transport etc but tonight a little bit of expense is added which makes the night even more expensive, FIRE WORKS!
Almost everyone is going or already went to local fire works store to get some for New Year’s celebration. This is the most crucial time that individuals should look after their families, partners, friends and themselves. Happy New Year everyone, may God the good lord keep you save and walk you through the door of 2019. Stay blessed!
Editor- Everyone should consider taking HIV/AIDS test at least every year. According to stats, everyone who are at high risk for HIV infection should get tested every 3 to 6 months. I suggest if you have been engaging in a behavior that will put you at risk for contracting HIV infection get tested as often as you can. When talking about risk, I’m referring to having penetrative unprotected sex and using drugs with unsterilised needles.
As we all know that HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Aids- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Of course, we feel okay and not ill at the moment but that does not mean we don’t have the diseases. We are either infected or affected by it. We will never know until HIV attacks the cells and the immune system get weak and not able to fight the disease and when that happens, the HIV infection can lead to Aids and that will be too late.
This is why is important to get tested and seek for medical treatment if you are positive as soon as possible. We don’t want to leave it until late do we?
Today as we celebrate World Aids Day, make sure you get tested and know your status. This is free! Especially in public hospitals or clinics. Some of you have lost hope thinking that you can’t be saved but Hey, although there’s no cure for it, but with proper medical care it can be controlled.
Anyone can become infected with HIV by engaging in unprotected sex (Vaginal, anal or oral) or other types of sexual behavior with HIV positive person. The infection spread through blood and genital fluids including pre-seminal fluids and semen (pre-cum and cum). If you’re having sex it is important to know the risks of all different types of sexual behavior to protect yourself and others from contracting the disease.
We are all in this, we are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Know your status!
Mams Mall was officially opened today in Mahube, Mamelodi East. Workers started preparing for the opening and operation of the shops on Tuesday.
“It was hard but exciting when we started preparing on Tuesday, we had a lot of stock to take in and pack and we managed”, said Patience Bethula, one of the workers in Mr Price.
Most of the shoppers around the area looked very happy to be in the mall, lot of them were there to shop, some in the restaurants, and some were even there for movies. There was also entertainment for the kids at the play area includes face painting, free balloons, free hats, music and a magician to entertain the crowd. Free hats were mostly given to shoppers who spent R 200 and more.
Photo: Itshokeng Nkadimeng
I’m really happy about the mall, they brought us everything we needed, we are not struggling with transport it’s just a walking distance to get here”, said Jane Magoshi from Lusaka.
Her friend who was there to shop also said that they have seen most of the shops and they have everything anyone would want to buy” said Maria Mahlobogoane.
Photo by: Itshokeng Nkadimeng
“I’ve started working today, it’s exciting, the crowd is ok and it doesn’t bother me at all”, said one of the security guards in the mall, Ntsako Hlongwane.
She added that it was challenging to get a job but she managed to get thought as she took a lot of effort to it.
The security confirmed at the time, that there was no crime or violence reported during the busy time of the mall, except for the protest outside the mall which did not affect anyone inside the mall. It is not yet known how many stores are built, how many people are expected to work and how many jobs opportunities available for more people to apply.
Areyeng buses were not operating this morning due to the bus that was damaged at Denlyn in Mamelodi on Thursday. The bus driver confirmed that the company will be addressing them today. “We had a meeting last Thursday with the CEO of the company, we listed a number of issues we are facing as workers, one of them being the issue of overload which is putting passengers and drivers lives at risk, I was not happy about the response from the CEO”, said one of the bus drivers who does not wish to be named. He added that he was expecting the CEO to say that there will be new buses to resolve the matter instead they were told to stop carrying beyond their legal and safe capacity. Many commuters were left due to bus overload which lead to anger and damage to one of the buses. “I’m going to use a taxi as an alternative because the buses are not operating, I’m not happy the bus is cheaper and going to the taxi is causing me more money”, said a bus commuter, Lindiwe Masombuka. The other user Nini Mampye, added that the company does not care about them because they know how many buses are needed seeing from the number of bus cards that are being sold. Areyeng can’t be reached out for comment at the moment. More updates to follow.
Twenty six suspects have been arrested around Tshwane East Cluster over a period of 24 hours in various police operations. According to the statement given by the police, the police are set to intensify these actions heading to the upcoming holidays as more criminals are more likely to target the public during that period. The South African Police Service (SAPS) urged the public to comply and cooperate with the rule of law. “Largely, Monday is the day on which many of these suspects start appearing in court for crimes they have committed over the weekend”, said the police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that these crimes include, murder, rape, house-breaking, attempted theft, malicious damage to property, drinking and driving, shoplifting, violation of protection order, selling liquor without license, assault and dealing with drugs.
A suspect who’s associated with house robbery in Midrand was recovered in Mamelodi East on Thursday night. This happened after the arrest of a 32 year-old suspect for alleged seizure of drugs. According to the statement given on behalf of the station commander, the police were attending a domestic altercation in extension 18 where the suspect lived which has led them to intervene the matter. When the police arrived, a bullet was spotted on the table and later the same day they found drugs that a resolver had stolen four years ago in Midrand during house robbery. “The suspect is going to be charged for dealing with drugs, possession of unlicensed firearm and possibly charges for domestic violence”, said the Mamelodi East police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that the suspect will appear in Mamelodi court. The date of the court is not yet confirmed.
Vusi Khekhe rejected all allegations that he is allegedly involved in. This was known after the interview on Mams Radio on Wednesday. According to the interview, the allegations were reported by the community members at the station which has lead to the station calling out for an interview with Vusi. Some of the allegations involve people torturing, threatening and taking money from residents “using Vusi’s name”. “I want to be more active to the community as there are a lot of speculations around my private life. I want to make things right for people’s sake”, said Vusi Khekhe. During the interview, Vusi mentioned that he is running a family business which is transport, construction and security. He added that he is an active member of Mata taxi’s Association. When he was asked how he felt about these allegations from the community, he said that he is heart broken and his family is not happy to hear all that. “I know nothing about all these allegation this is why I’m here today and accompanied by the SAPS. There is a program that we are running collectively with the SAPS to clear my name”, said Vusi. He suggested that people must come to the station, report and leave their numbers, especially those who lost their money in Vusi’s name. The Mamelodi East Police Spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe was invited as a guest to the show. “We came here with this rumours, there’s a say that where there’s smoke there’s fire and vise versa. As the SAPS we won’t sit back and fold our arms. We are happy that we have this platform today and as the SAPS we ask listeners who have any case to come forth. When Mamelodi Happenings contacted the spokesperson to confirm about the program, he said that he was not aware of it, it hasn’t started yet. Captain Mbewe confirmed that there is no case opened against Vusi Keke at the moment. Captain Mbewe and the show hoster declined to comment on other statements discussed on the interview. Vusi Khekhe could not be reached out for comment at this stage.
Don Dada was invited to take a 3 city Kenya Concert tour with Jamaican crew- Everton Blender, an award winning Jamaican artist.
Lyla Gibbons confirmed that the tour was successful.
This happened after a HipHop4Life #DADAFriday was LIVE on Facebook, Don Dada received and accepted an interview on a Montreal Canada radio – Wadadli Vybz that broadcasts in New York. Jamaica was listening in and that lead to an invite and inclusion of Don Dada and his artist Somalia Mejane aka Seed Under on a very successful 3 city Kenya concert tour with legendary Award winning Jamaican Artist Everton Blender and the Reggae PowerHouse Band.
He Continued To Concur
From his tour in Kenya he went to Nombasa on the 15th of September, Nairobi on the 18th of September, Kimusu on the 22nd. He then went to Zimbabwe where he was a panelist for Zim Hip-hop summit 2018. Don Dada in the entertainment industry has achieved a great deal as a Hip-Hop artist and social influence in South Africa since he made his debut on the 2016 Mandela Day Concert stage.
His Radio segment HipHop4Life #DADAFriday on the 1912OnlineRadio recently celebrated its 1 year anniversary. The Facebook LIVE broadcast has become so popular, it currently has a weekly average of 30k views and attracted viewers in Canada, New York and Jamaica.
His original VIVA Mandela song reaching Multi-Platinum within a short 4 months of release.
“My names, Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada are a true reflection that I am destined for greatness. The name Menelik is derived from King Menelik of Ethiopia direct descended of King Solomon and Queen Sheba.
Don Dada had the privilege of meeting Tata Madiba’s granddaughter
Ndileka Mandela and he managed to give her the 3 singles – Viva Mandela, Viva
Mandela remix ft Mahotella Queens and Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela.
Don Dada has an amazing and inspiring narrative with achievements that are a rarity and are extraordinary for an independent artist, it gives hope and encourages commitment, dedication and perseverance.
One of our own Tomic Sibiya, Mamelodi artist known as DJ Crucial fighting his way through to the top!
One his track called Modouva, Mamelodi Lingo and Pitori Taal rocks in Germany Central Town. “Music is an international language, we just touched in Germany, it’s good to see a song rise from the dusty streets of Mamelodi East and take a stroll in Germany Central Town”, said DJ Crucial.
His friend, Jabu Mdaka (Jabu The Celeb), who went to Germany for a sport (football freestyler) competition assisted in getting the track on the streets of Germany. According to Jabu The Celeb, most people liked the track, especially his international friends which got the track popular.
“I was playing the song on the background while I was with my friends and they liked it, I haved shared and exchanged the track with some of them digitally. I personally liked the track and took intiative to share with Germany and international friends”, said Jabu.
DJ Crucial wish to motivate others. On his statement he encouraged them to stay focused and humble and he that knows will always make a way. He also thanked for the public’s support and critics on the track and mention that their post and shares means a future to them. The team is looking forward to distribute the track internationally and ensure its availability on the online store.
Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy was full of praise for his charges after they saw off Mamelodi Sundowns, who he feels is the best team in the land. Soccer Laduma shared this article online.
This happens after Cape Town city head coach told Supersport that Sundowns is the best team in our land. He added that the team has got best players and can make it difficult for you as a player.
“When you have a game of this magnitude and you keep clean-sheet you have to praise your players. The effort the players gave, they gave everything. It was only a matter of time until that goal was going to come because we piled on the pressure,” insisted the former Bafana Bafana marksman.
He concluded that the set-piece is what they are good at. He mentioned that they practiced it so it’s good to see that one of them came off. He was happy for the boys although it was only 45 minutes. The team is hoping to make it to the finals.
The march against the gang rape of a Mamelodi woman known as Jeanette was held on Thursday 16 August 2018 and the organizers are happy with the results. The march started at Maseko all the way to Mamelodi West police station and it attracted a number of local residents, school children. The organizers were happy that the residents of Mamelodi came in numbers and supported the deliverance of the Memorandum that was received by acting police commander Mr Choeke.
Jabulani Musi who is a member of a Civil Organization #NotInMyName that organized the march says that they are giving the police fourteen days to respond to the memorandum.
He also added that they will be organizing more programs to make sure Mamelodi becomes the safest place for its residents.
“The march was a success because we managed to make it here even though the police intimidated and sabotaged some of the people who wanted to join the march,” Jabulani told Mams Media.
“They were pushing the message that this is a violent march hence they sent through their cars to intimidate people. But it was a successful march and we are still going to host more successful programs as #NotInMyName.” Jabulani added that they expect to receive a response from the police in a given period of fourteen days and if not received by that time they will take action.
“If they don’t come back to us we will come back to them,” he continued. “We will show them that we are here for the people. If they (police) are afraid to arrest people, we will arrest those people and bring them to the police station.
“We will show them. We will do the job on their behalf. We will make that whoever (SAPS members) is responsible for overlooking the criminality gets fired at work.
“We are tired of seeing the police in their uniforms lazy to do their work. We are only giving them fourteen working days. Otherwise we will be coming here seeking answers and taking over the station.” It is alleged that the rape case of Jeanette was first reported at the Mamelodi West police station but it was turned away by the officers. The case was since moved to Mamelodi East police station as the incident happened in the east side of Mamelodi.
When asked about the matter, Mamelodi West police station Mr Johannes Maheso only promised that the case is still under investigation.
“What I can say now for record purpose is that the investigations pertaining the whole case are at an advanced stage.
“The outcome of this investigation will be communicated in due course by the relevant authorities.
Mr Maheso also said that the police are always ready to arrest whoever breaks the law.
“The police are always there to receive the reports and investigate. It is within our mandate to bring these criminal to book. It is not something that we need to plan; it is always there in our capacity as the police.”
The march was attended by different political parties including African National Congress, Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters. By: Ronald Nchabeleng
Evah Mokwape’a Foundation hosted ladies soccers, netball games and aerobics on the 9th of August 2018 at University of Pretoria. The teams were under 13 Mpendulo, three from Meetse a bophelo, one Senior Happy Hearts, one Mams ladies and four under 17 Tuks. Mams ladies won on pernalty 4.2. Sponsors of the event were Park Shop from Mamelodi, Tbo café, Mamelodi Cintinental, Jab Jabu, Aquelle, Thabang Malaza, Leonard Malapane, Life Avenue, City of Tshwane, Buti Lefyane, Fran Hilton Smith, Esphazasam, Big Save and University of Pretoria. Speakers were invited to motivate and inspire kids on regarding sports. Speakers including Gloria Hlalele, Sibongile Khumalo, Fikile Sithole, Natalie Matlou and Gae Lepalo who’s also heading women football for Gauteng Province played a role in motivating the kids. “I want to make sure that women engage themselves into sports, stay healthy and away from trouble”, said former captain of Mamelodi Sundowns, ladies vice captain of Banyana, Evah Mokwape. According to her, women must stand up and do things for themselves, she believes that good things won’t always come to you but you have to go out there and get them. “The event was astonishing, I feel so good and important for the fact that it was cold however, my girls came in numbers to participate and celebrate with me. I want this to grow to more than six teams, I started with two teams and they participate in last year’s game. My goal is to see these ladies representing South Africa by playing or administrating”, said Evah Mokwape. Sports legends and supporters including Thomas Kwenaite, Super Sports presenter and Eddie Motale were there to support the event. By: Fortunate Machaba
Sister Seminar as well as Family of Christ hosted a colour march on Saturday, 14 September 2019. The colour run took place in Mamelodi East, Pretoria.
“I’m trying to keep young people busy especially with this kind of initiative to reduce a risk of being in the streets, find them in drugs abuse or things not benefiting the community”, said Sibusiso Mashifane.
Looking at things that are happening around us, women abuse, child abuse in our communities, in the end kids won’t know where else to go. This days we teaching kids that when they see someone asking for directions they must run away, this is how bad it is, said Sibusiso.
The team said they want to bring a spirit that a child is raised by a community.
Kids from primary school age 7 years old and above joined the run, and they were encouraged to make it part of their lives.
During their march, the kids were chanting “stop women abuse, stop child abuse” on their way to the primary school where the march ended.
“As men this is affecting us, I go to schools and try motivate kids about the issue of women abuse and child abuse, I can’t find transport for my daughter because of what is happening around us, will rather drive her to school everyday”, said Sibusiso.
“This is my first time at a colour march, I’m so excited about it, I’m confident about it and I’m going to make it to the destination”, said Thobeka Sithole.
The community members were out of their homes watching the kids march and most looked positive about what they see, some even joined the march songs and dances.
“It is painful to see other women in pain, experiencing abuse in their daily lives, I wish the community can also take part donation as well to this kind of initiative, kids in the community should take part especially on weekends and stop doing alcohol and drugs, Siphiwe Skhosana, one of the community member.
At their destination, they went to the school where they were motivated by speakers including teachers from the schools around the area, giving them educational motivation on what they want to be in future. Entertainment was brought as part of the initiative for the kids.
Sibusiso said they are planning to do this kind of initiative every month and urge the community to support it and take part in sports, music and support activities that their kids are interested in.
Hezekiel Nkambule from Mamelodi West C1, invented his own home automation device and an app called smart key in 2015.
Hezkiel said it took him a year to design the home automation device and figured how to make it work. In December 201, that’s when he put the device together and made it work.
So far “I’ve managed to invent a home automation module that is installed inside the electric gate and electric garage which can be used to open electric gate/garage and is working 100%. The device can also switch lights on and off as well as the Television, you can also download the app into your smart TV and open your gate or garage from the TV. The same principle is expected to work on the fridge to open your gate or garage as well as a smart watch as long as they are enable to connect to the Wifi”, said Hezekiel.
The device uses codes, everyone uses their ID to log into the app and open the house or the gate, the app can also track who last opened the gate or house for security purposes.
Hezekiel studied ISS (Industrial Intelligent System) at TUT and he dropped out half way through due to financial constraints, he then worked for Ford as a general worker and he was lucky enough to get a learnership from work on Mechatronics Engineering for three years and that’s when he got exposed to Electrical Engineering and how it works.
“My passion started at varsity, I had this burning idea that had to do with home automations because I have strong software and hardware skills and I’ve always loved hardware and software programming since primary school 6th grade when I got my first computer and learned computer programming which lead him to design his own product”, said Hezekiel.
Hezekiel started his business using his own stipend income although it was little but he kept going despite the odds and he built his business.
Product design has always been his passion in his business. He enjoys doing Software design and Hardware design, since when I was young I love building staff and I love building things from software to hardware to finish product.
When he was asked what inspires him and keeps him going, this was his reply: “I look up to software and hardware companies like google and Intel in Silicon Valley in the United States of America and I believe I will grow to be a big software and hardware enterprise”.
The challenges he said he was facing currently is hat he’s got hallenge I’ve got slight growth because I lack proper marketing which is expensive. I’ve managed to do marketing using social media. The stumbling block is funding, because currently I’m running my business using my salary which is strainers.
At the moment, 5 people have bought the device and one of them has been using the device for three years and recommends it for other to use.
“I’m happy that I’m owning it, I have been using for three years and it still works okay, is a back up for me if I don’t have my remote I use it in the house, I wish I can also use it for my tenants”, said Papie Mothwa, one of the customers.
The Smart Key app is free to download on app store and the automation, its got 12 months call out fee, warranty for 2 years and the module is patent said Hezekiel.
In 5 years time he would love to have a manufacturing warehouse and deep foot print in South Africa.
“Quitting” does not exist in my world, Declares Empress SA 2019 warrior princess finalist!
Annikie Rabohlale, a 20 years-old Empress South Africa 2019, Warrior Princess, finalist from Mamelodi west, D5 urge young South Africans to stand a take a lead. She grew up in a village in Limpopo called Ga-Matlala Mmathongoana.
Annikie describes herself as an extrovert loving, amiable, persuasive, adores challenge and curious. She is a contending for Empress South Africa 2019 as a Worrior Princess, finalist, studying a BA in journalism degree and do radio presenting part -time with DeepGroove Radio.
Annikie believes that women can lead, they have a lot of power and influence. “As a daughter, sister and future mother, I believe that as women we have the power and influence we need, thus I’d urge us to take a responsibility to nuture and grow our sons to become dignified, to behave and protect women”.
According to the website, Empress South Africa is the first and largest online based beauty contest in the world. Empess SA is a powerful influencer network in SA using the Beauty with Brains & Purpose platform.
Annikie mentioned that although she has always been enthusiastic and driven, Empress South Africa has thoroughly refined her into a women she is today, by granting her an opportunity to empower and be empowered. “It has instilled me with an “Eagle” nature. I stand and deal! I’m no longer fearful, rejection and criticism are my best friends because if you never fail you will never win. Quiting does not exixt in my world”, said Annikie.
Annikie is own inspirator and her mother is her role model. On her statement she said: “seeing her pulling the stunts she’s pulling to secure our basic needs at home and playing a the father role simultaneously has made her believe that a woman is the full circle and within them there is power to create, nurture and transform.
Words of motivation from Annikie “Young girl stand up and deal, the world owes you nothing, look within and give yourself anything your soul is yawning for and make yourself a priority and it does not matter where you are coming from, you are not a product of your circumstances but of your decision”.
RuFF CuTT Studio owner and recording multi-platinum selling South African Reggae / Hip-Hop artist Menelik Nesta Gibbons, aka DON DADA and have achieved performing recently in Jamaica yet another milestone in his career on an international stage.
Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka DON DADA continuously pushing boundaries, changing the norm, quickly moving beyond static thinking by reinventing the game. He is fast becoming an industry thought leader by breaking tradition and creating ground-breaking possibilities for growth for himself as well as others in the music industry.
Dada has a profound insight to how certain music processes come together by simply being able to understand the context of situations that may arise in and around him allowing him to establish a foundation for him to build upon, all for the purpose of show casing his talents and the attributes that his music is able to portray.
Don Dada in the entertainment industry has achieved a great deal as a Reggae/Hip-Hop artist and social influencer since he made his debut on the prestige 2016 Mandela Day Concert stage in Johannesburg South Africa and now making history as the FIRST African artist to perform on the prestigeBob Marley Tribute Concert Stage, during Reggae month and in Reggae’s 50th year at a time that reggae is declared a protected culture. He is now the first international artist to perform on Jamaica LIVE. What an achievement!
The artist manager, Lyla Gibbons says in collaborating with Reggae Powerhouse Bank producer Leroy Scarlett, Don Dada has released three (3) singles that have quickly become popular at home and abroad:
1. Jah Is Good, produced by Leroy Scarlet and distributed through the legendary Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong International was released in January 2019
2. Message from AfriKa featuring Reggae Powerhouse Band and produced byLeroy Scarlet and distributed through the legendary Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong International was released in May 2019
3. LION featuring the legendary Grammy-winning dynamic duo, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare of the Taxi Gang who produce for the likes of The Rolling Stoned, Grace Jones, The Beatles & Shaggy amongst others. Released July 2019. A powerful lyrically charged track which Don Dada’s translation is that LION is an audio representation of the visuals with Emperor Hallie Selassie-I the first, sitting on the throne with his lions sitting at the foot of the throne. So the song is basically declaring that ‘I AM A LION” of Selassie and no matter whatever shall come before us we shall conquer it. It also sings back to the indomitable spirit of us as Africans that no matter what hardships we may be going through you know people that be coming from out of whichever area KZN and coming to the concrete jungle of Johannesburg they are lions roaring in the jungle and their call will be heard – So it’s a declaration of power and pride. It’s a very spiritual song, it’s also a prayer that we stand tall and our giants fall, we will always be favoured by God – we are the David’s we don’t fear Goliath. ROOOOAAAR!
6 months down the line, it is a massive privilege and honour that to announce that the Bob Marley tribute concert he took part in, he received a 2nd invite from Jamaica Live concerts founder David White to perform in Kingston.
Don Dada and Seed Under where well received and through a sterling performance now grace the front page of the Jamaican Gleaner – the most popular newspaper in Jamaica.
Don Dada visit was filled with success stories as Tuff Gong International extended an invitation to the album launch of Third World by Damien Marley.
This lead to Don Dada and Seed Under spending time with Damien Marley mother- Cindy Breakspeare and with Legendary Jamaican artist JC Lodge, Charlene Davis, Nadine Sutherland, Stephen (CAT) from Third World Band and Bongo Herman amongst others.
Leroy Scarlett of Reggae Powerhouse Band had played a major role in Don Dada and Seed Under’s careers. Their relationship was formed after a Radio Host M C Cool-I based in Montreal Canada, broadcasting out of New York interviewed Don Dada and that interview was heard by Leroy Scarlett in Jamaica.
Don Dada other accolades:
His original VIVA Mandela song reaching Multi-Platinum within a short 4 months of release 19th July 2017 – 31st December 2017
2. Only artist with 3 official Mandela tracks [From the Mandela tracks Don dada donates 10% of digital sales and 10% of royalties to The Nelson Mandela Foundation] :
a. [Original] VIVA Mandela track released 19th July 2017
b. VIVA Mandela remixft Mahotella Queens released on the Mandela100 2018 Launch stage in Constitutional Hill
The event on Saturday 31 August 2019, #ConversationWithYou was a success at Pretoria near Bosman.
The event was about bridging the gap between parents and teenagers, under the question of Who failed Who? It has become an inevitable truth that teenagers find parents to be boring due the their custom ways of life and on the other side there are parents who do not understand their children.
The whole purpose of the event was to bring about solutions admits this social illness that are faced by broken families. The audience largely expressed that indeed, they never put themselves in parents shoes and parents did admit they are not willing to relearn.
“I would say, it may not gone according to my plans because what transpired was bigger than my expectations. We had 50 people in attendance and most of them where people l knew”, said Howard Zondo, the event hoster and Founder and Author of Young Black and Powerful.
During the event, Kabelo Mabona, the author of Forgiveness is a journey was a speaker of the day, they had poetry performance by Tshiamo Moyo and Sharon Sindane and Selokela Molamodi, William Baloyi were MC of the day, motivational talk from Oshebeng Mochaka and the New Generation of Eagles did a drama performance.
Howard Zondo said the audiences were very positive and interactive during the event, and some did express they had been carrying pain all along but did not have the platform to do so. That to me speaks of the achievement l yearned to achieve from the event.
The only challenge Zondo faced was marketing and reaching people.
At the event there was a time were people got emotional, as people were sharing some of their touchy situations they have gone through in their lives. However, there was also a time to laugh!
“I am very happy with how everything unfolded; l would not have done it myself without my selfless team of YBP; Lucky Gira and Tokelo Hlagala. From the responses, people want more of these events, meaning the third #ConversationWithYou happening in November for Boys Indaba will be a success”, said Zondo.
The only thing l did in the morning was to pray and let God take charge.
Howard Zondo also used the event as a platform to talk about his books, sharing with other authors who were part of the event and some purchased Lessons from a Domestic Worker and Young Black and Powerful books.
Zondo said he would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the day a success even in absentia.