#GoRed: Celebrating World Aids Day!

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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!

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Mamelodi Residents Hyped-Up; New Mall Opened Today!

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Photo by: Itshokeng Nkadimeng

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.

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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.

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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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Areyeng Bus Damaged Due To Overload

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Picture cited from: Areyeng site

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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

26 Suspects Held Over The Weekend To Appear In Court Today

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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Suspect To Appear In Court- House Robbery

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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Vusi Rejects Allegations Following Interview On Mams Radio

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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

DD Takes 3 Kenyan Cities By Storm

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.

ic-1314This 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 panellist for Zim Hip-hop summit 2018. Don Dada in the entertainment industry has achieved a great deal as a Hip-Hop artist and social influencer 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. mandela

 

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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

 

 

DJ Crucial Modouva Song Making Waves In Germany Streets

IMG-20180820-WA0050One 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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

‘Mamelodi Sundowns – Best Team In Our Land’

‘Sundowns Are The Best Team In Our Land’

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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.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Residents Supported Gang- Rape March

IMG-20180816-WA0020The 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.

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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.

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“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.

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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’so Foundation-Women’so Day Celebration Supported By Thomas Kwenaite & Eddie Motale

IMG-20180815-WA0003Evah 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. IMG-20180813-WA0020 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.  IMG-20180813-WA0035.jpgSpeakers 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. IMG-20180813-WA0025“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

Bukra Manana Hosted An Event To Honour Women In SA

IMG-20180812-WA0015Bukra Manana hosted a project called First Ladies Lunch. The event took place on the 09th August 2018 at Bukra Manana Events Venue in Sinoville Pretoria. The hoster and some of his visitors are Mamelodians.

The project was aimed at bringing women of diverse backgrounds for an event will be focusing on self-renewal, and fostering women empowerment, inspiration and provoking conversation that matters to all women. It was celebrated with activities that stimulates women, fellowship and food. Phenomenal speakers were invited at the event to engage in a theme “WOMEN YOU CAN”.

IMG-20180812-WA0009“There was full beffet lunch served and musical entertainment by women singers and give away sponsored by Van Loveren Wines and Miss H. Speakers were Dr Mabuza (Dietician) Ms Dikeledi Sello (HIV activist and Chairperson of Tshwane Wome’s Chamber), Mpho Mathebula Radio Presenter of Hope FM and Tshegofatso Maotwe (Image consultant)”, said Mr Jones Mohlalowa, Marketing and Communications Director of Bukra Manana Events Venue.

According to Mr Jones, the event was very successful in light of the fact that the venue Bukra Manana was not known to many women, the event of this nature were celebrated elsewhere and it was more than what we have expected as organisers. He added that, women’s day is basically for recognisisng the participation of women in the struggle of black emancipation. IMG-20180812-WA0011

As the theme of the event was “Women You Can”. I think it is still fair that the plight of women is still supported. In this way it sends out the message out there to many of stereotyped men who still has a perception of discriminating and oppressing women because of their gender. Bukra Manana’s message to women is that they are strong and capable of being who they want to be. We are proud of the women of South Africa and we will always support the plight of women as Bukras Manana’s Events Venue.

By: Fortunate Machaba

MRS Globe Africa & Miss Queen International SA Visited Mamelodi- Celebrated Women’s Month

IMG-20180811-WA0021[1]MRS Globe Africa and an entrepreneur, Kididimetsi Tswai and Miss Queen International South Africa visited Lehlabile Secondary School in Mamelodi East on Friday, 03 August 2018 to motivate girls in celebration of Women’s Month. The school was hosting the House of Labron, which is an NGO that was introduced to the school by one of the learner, Dikeledi Moabelo.

“They are an NGO that deals with poverty alleviation in communities. So Mrs SA was invited by them to motivate the learners, especially the girl child. They also donated sanitary towels to the needy girls”, said the Deputy Principal, Kgoroshi Mashifane.

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He added that he is worried about most people including organisations supporting only the girl child because he believes that most of the times the boy child has got a lot of anger, under performs and struggle to cope with the demand of schooling, According to Mr Mashifane, a boy child needs motivation to succeed and help to deal with his anger due to absence of father figure in his life.

During the programme, the Founder of CEO of House Labron, Deekay Labron introduced the organisation, Miss Queen International South Africa, Lerato Malatjie also motivated the leaners as well as Dibungi Lesuba from Drug Free World   the school choir performed for the visitors. Boston Media House career Guidance, Boitumelo was there to speak to the learners about careers. Female teachers were asked to wear black and doek in celebration of the day.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Today We Celebrate National Women’s Day!

Today, 9th of August 2018 we celebrate National Women’s Day. On this day in 1956 women of different minds, culture and beliefs in South Africa marched to the Union Buildings against the pass that they were forced to carry around all the time. Read how important this day is and how we can celebrate it to honour women in the society.

http://www.msn.com/en-za/news/editorpicks/opinion-how-should-we-celebrate-women%e2%80%99s-day/ar-BBLEB01?li=BBqfP3n&OCID=AVRES007

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Drug Abuse Needs Alarming Solutions; Mamelodi

Mamelodi has seen an increase in reported contact crimes when compared to the 2015/16 statistics. After research, Mamelodi East has increased by 7.6% from 2207 to 2374 from those years. According to Pretoria East Rekord, the Mamelodi East police station reported a murder rate increase of 48.1 % in 2015. The 2017 statistics revealed 113 sexual offences, 554 common assaults, 80 murders, 766 aggravated assault, 722 drugs crime in Mamelodi. Crime, specifically in drug (Nyaope) and aggravated assault seem to be the highest issues that Mamelodi residents face. The drug is mostly abused by young people in Townships. Other townships such as Hammanskraal and Ga-Rankuwa face the same challenges and also other crimes including sexual offence crime. Hamanskraal had witnessed as a 51.3% increase of sexual offences. IOL published an article on the 31st of October, 2017 about community members in  Alaska (East of Mamelodi) who took initiative on a project called Viva Foundation which prevents sexual violence in the community. The foundation was founded by Leon Kriel. After two years of the project’s operation,  Mamelodi residents managed to drastically reduce incidents of rape and domestic violence through a “simple” panic button. The concept behind the project was to eliminate the crimes rather than dealing with them after they had been committed.

What can be done to eliminate the issue of drugs (Nyaope) and aggravated assaults in communities?

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Mamelodians To Celebrate Mandela’s Day

Mamelodi community members are planning to celebrate Mandela’s Day tomorrow by giving back to the community. Tomorrow South Africans will be celebrating the legacy of Father of The Nation, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba, including the former U.S president Barak Obama who gave a lecture on Tata’s legacy.

https://www.sagoodnews.co.za/madibas-legacy-six-bite-sized-chapters-to-celebrate-100-years/

More to follow on Mamelodi Happenings tomorrow!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Bhubesi Pride Keeping Kids Off Street

IMG_2047Bhubezi Pride Foundation Team of 14 volunteers visited Mamelodi to teach the kids about rugby and life skills. The team started their programme with the kids on Monday and today was their last day as well as antournament day for the kids. “We are here to give the kids life skills through sports, so they can live those life skills outside the field, we are coaching from kids aged 10 – 15 years old but other the kids who showed up are from 4 years of age and we are still happy to accommodate them into this programme”, said Sofia Domingos, project manager of the group.

She added that when they started, they started off with 5o kids on Monday and more kids started coming until they reached about 150 kids. She mentioned that South Africa is amazing and being in Mamelodi is a great experience to come as rugby coaches and players, and it is also good for the kids to get different experience, skills and knowledge from different people. Some kids never played rugby before and we encourage them to keep participating in sports.

img_20531.jpgSophia said that doing sports is what she loves, and coming into communities gives her an opportunity to connect with the kids and local rugby coaches, she’s leaning about different cultures and enjoying with the kids. Stanza Bopape Rugby Club founder, Peter Moyo was part of the programme as a representative of local rugby coaches. “It is a great initiative, they are keeping the kids away from the streets, they are getting fed and more knowledge about rugby. He added that South Africa need more foundations like Bhubezi to encourage kids to take part in sports. G4S sponsored the programme for the first time in Mamelodi, although it has partnered with Bhubezi Pride for six years to run the programme in nine countries across east and southern Africa.

img_2049-e1530914111393.jpg“We have seen the power of sports that is bringing the communities together, we are teaching the kids about rugby as well as PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Enjoyment), we do life skills, safety programmes with the kids and local coaches, we use rugby as a platform to communicate with the kids.

We are also hoping to extend this programme into other communities like Soshanguvhe and Thembisa, said Wendy Hardy, the communications consultant for G4S South Africa. The kids will at the end of the programme receive medals. The team is looking forward to run their next programme in Botswana.

By: Fortunate Machaba

#ConversationWithYou

Howard Zondo together with Mams Radio presenter, Devine today bringing you a talk about ‘Giving Birth’. On the show they are hosting a student from J Kekana who’s soon to be going to the U.S featuring Sibusiso on board. The topic of the day: how you getting pregnant, if you are caring a puppy or an elephant, miscarriage of dreams, abortion of your future and giving the final push!

Listen to the podcast below. Don’t miss out on the next! Stay inspired!

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Taxi Driver’s Fight Continues

IMG-20180604-WA0007[1]Mamelodi East Taxi drivers fight is not yet resolved. The NIMNSA (NotInMyName SA) Campaign, Mamelodi Branch intervened on the issue and attended the meeting yesterday at Moretele Park with the taxi owners.

It was concluded that the issue will be resolved soon. This happens after the taxi owners between small taxis and big taxis fight to use Tsamaya Road.

It is not yet know when the matter will be resolved. NIMNSA leaders cleaned the streets after the protest.

Watch the video of the small taxi driver sharing his frustrations about the issue with Sipha from NN7, on Mamelodi Happenings Facebook Page. More updates to follow.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba 

 

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Service Delivery Protest In Progress: Mamelodi East

IMG-20180612-WA0032[1]Residents of ward 16 in Mamelodi East have taken to the street in protest for electricity services in their ward and they have so far burnt down the container at Stanza Bopape Community Library.

“Several streets around the ward have been blocked with burning tyres and the roof tiles and the building near the community hall is also damaged with bricks that were thrown over it”, said Mamelodi East Spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe.

Public order police have been summoned but otherwise the local police officers are monitoring the situation.

By: Fortunate Machaba

NIMNSA Leaders Held A Meeting At Stanza Bopape Community Hall

not-nameMIMNSA (NotInMyName SA) Mamelodi Branch leaders held their meeting today at Stanza Bopape Community Hall in extension 5, Mamelodi East. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a way forward to issues taking place in the community.

Issues such as Katlego Joja where the movement intervened and police were suspended from the station for turning the family back when they were reporting Katlego missing. Also other issues such as a young lady who her face was left with acid burns after a fight she had with another lady who threw acid on her and her 11 months old baby and a family that has recently reported to NIMNSA about a husband and an abusive father. “The organisation stands up for issues such as gender base, violence and social injustice in the community, dicipline is crucial as well as passion to ensure success of the organisation”, said the National Secretary General, Themba Masango.

He added that they are running this movement out of passion to see the community safe and to send a positive perception into the community for the community to see their hard work. The Chairman of the organisation, Velaphi Mabogoane adressed the leaders that any issues they are coming accross should be reported to the head office as part of following the protocol of the organisation before it goes out to the media. He has also mentioned that he will do a follow-up on the matters that the movement is currently facing.

“We need a mandate to allow us to take over the CPF space in the community, all the police stations need to be aware of this occupation, especially if they are failing to assist the community”, said Themba. He mentioned that issues such as unattended cases by police will cause the movement to intervene. Men abuse in the community will also be considered as well as women and everyone in the community and Nation Wide. According to the leaders, the Mamelodi East and West police have promised to work with the organisation.

“We met with the leaders and in our meeting we discussed the importance of working with together in addessing social issues in the community, by way of awareness, formulating neibourhood watches and joints patrols, it is within the the context of community policing cocept embraced by our consitution”, said Mameloi West Police Spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso.

When the school re-opens, the movement leaders will address and attend issues such as teachers who mollest children and students in relationships with teachers will be attended. During the meeting, a memeber of he organisation suggested the organisation to do activities to engage more with the community memebers. The organisation started in May 20, 2018. The movment is currently facing financial challenges as they do not have a sponsor or funds to assist.  Media briefing to be announed soon.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Prostituting our legal system

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It took our court over 8 years to begin acting harshly against senior government officials who are prepared to litigate to perpetuity using taxpayers monies to defend themselves from their self-inflicted legal problems. When the North Gauteng High Court handed down its unanimous judgment against former state President Jacob Zuma that he be held personally liable for not only his legal costs but also the costs incurred by other parties as well, our country breathed a collective sigh of relief. True to his character, the former President appealed this ruling but thankfully the new President will have none of it. As soon as he assumed office he decided that the state will not be party to funding any of Zuma’s cases.
 
I have observed that recently Zuma’s lieutenants, who have for years benefitted from their controversial relationship with the Gupta family, are following in his footsteps with this strategy of litigating as far as our legal system can permit them even when their cases are hopelessly unwinnable. Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe is on an ongoing journey to appeal his case which many legal pundits have already declared unwinnable. Tom Moyane has followed suit and has enlisted the help of Advocate Dali Mpofu to fight his case. Like his mentor Jacob Zuma, Tom Moyane wants the taxpayers to foot his legal bills. He argues that it is unfair that Cyril Ramaphosa should use taxpayer’s money to prosecute him while he is expected to fend for himself using his hard earned income to defend himself.
 
Even our highest court in the land, the constitutional court is getting tired of this destructive behaviour by individuals who want to abuse taxpayers monies to defend themselves. In the hearing headed by Judge Bernard Ngoepe to decide if Bathabile Dlamini acted in bad faith in her dealings on the Sassa debacle, the judge was scathing in his finding against her calling her a “less than satisfactory witness” who was evasive. It seems likely that she too will follow her former boss and be forced to foot the legal costs of litigation in the Sassa matter. Indeed the writing is on the wall for all those who believe that because they have a state blank cheque, they can use the strategy of appeal and appeal while ordinary people in our country who don’t have endless budgets will never get an opportunity to do so. This is indeed called equality before the law.
 
A new phenomenon has however reared its heard in our country where individuals with endless financial resources are intent on abusing our legal system to pursue their nefarious interests. A case in point is a matter that captures the headlines involving two Turkish businessmen who have investments in the mining industry in South Africa. In late April of this year, 2018, Abubekir Salim and Selim Kaymak woke up to learn from media coverage that an order of the court was granted against them the Pretoria High Court for several allegations of fraud and embezzlement of funds. The effect of this court was that they were removed from the Directorship of their own mining company and their business as well as their personal accounts were frozen with immediate effect. All these happened while the two businessmen were unaware that there were any court proceedings of any kind that involved them or their company even when they are full residents in the country.
 
What caught my eye is what they purport to be the motive why behind this strange turn of events. In a communique to their business stakeholders in the country they say, “After this story was reported in the South African media, their counterparts in Turkey also picked up the story but immediately drew a coincidental parallel tactic that was deployed against prominent business people in that country. This tactic basically involved the manufacturing and concoction of false evidence that includes fraud and other illegal acts against these businesses people. The results of all these acts are that such business people are summarily arrested and by the time the truth is uncovered their reputations are badly damaged in the eyes of the public. We believe in this case that we are the victims of a similar tactic.”
 
Even though their legal team were able to have this order immediately set aside; their directorship restored and accounts unfrozen; if what they are saying is indeed true, it introduces a new worrisome manner in which individuals can literally prostitute our legal system to serve their own interests. It is also testimony that our legal system is so vulnerable that people with ill intent but having the means can exploit and use our system to pursue their own wicked agendas. It is a phenomenon that introduces into our legal system a new form of virus that must not be allowed to spread unattended and be akin to what the likes of Zuma have done to destroy our country. In a country where the majority still live under a dark cloud of poverty and unemployment, we can ill afford for foreign elements to come into our country and use police resources to investigate manufactured cases; arrest people and take them through our legal processes just so that they can achieve a motive that has very little to do with us in this country. It is the kind of strategy that has to be nipped in the bud. It took many years for our country to arrest the bad public waste of our resources by individuals whose interests were only to fill their pockets in the midst of the triple ills of poverty, inequality and unemployment by abusing our legal system. It should not take yet another endless period for this foreign strategy to be recognised and tackled. These people have to be made aware that we are not about to waste our limited resources to finance theirhomegrown political and business rivalries and that these kinds of battles be better waged in their own countries.
 
Back home, I was recently a victim of the utter abuse of the legal systems by officers of the court where a magistrate who is a landlord conspired with a fellow magistrate to fast-track a case where she was an applicant. What chance do ordinary people have when officers of the court are themselves involved in corrupting the system of justice? A lot of the times we heap praises on the judiciary as the last line of defence in restoring the moral compass of or country but this instance that I saw first hand shook my own faith in the system and made me ask who will guard the guardians?
By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi West Police In Jeopardy After Returning Mother Of 10-Year-Old Home

Mamelodi West, A5  police returned Katlego Jola’s Mother and Grandmother home after they reported the child’s missing. The body of a child was found 3 days after she was missing at Morete River. It is not yet revealed what has caused her death.

Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said a number of law enforcement officials have been suspended at the Police Station and disciplinary proceedings is expected to take place soon. This will start with the suspension letters that will be handed to the police on Monday.

The MEC visited the grieving family on Tuesday afternoon. She said they do have a preliminary report of the autopsy, but the details can’t yet be divulged. “Everybody wants to know the cause of death of this young, beautiful soul, so we’re trying to assist in making sure that we find the answers”, said Sizakhele Nkosi-Malobane. She added that the they will be looking at all the officers who were on duty at the time Katlego went missing.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Marchers Hand Over Memorandum -Memorial Service To Follow

IMG-20180510-WA0003Marchers handed over a memorandum to Mamelodi West police this afternoon after the family of a missing girl, Katlego Joja said the police didn’t make an effort to search after they reported their missing child.

Residents took initiative to march to A5 police station and submit their memorandum of demands for “Justice” and participate at the memorial service of Katlego at her home.

Screenshot_20180510-232052[1]The memorandum says the case must be prioritized and speedy investigations must be carried out with outmost diligence, police officers who turned the family back without assisting them must be fired with an immediate effect, urgent feedback is expected on previous cases of this nature, South African Police Services in Mamelodi should provide support, establishment and prevention to what happened to Katlego, Zinhle Ndala and others in Mamelodi and always monitor Moretele River.

The police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso could not be reached for comment. The funeral is expected to take place tomorrow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Resident To March Against Missing Child; Mamelodi West

DciXCE1VwAA0IrqMamelodi residents are going to march this morning to Mamelodi West police station and submit a memorandum of demands. This happens after a 10-year-old, Katlego Joja’s body was found after her family was searching for 4 days. The family says the police did not take action after they reported Katlego missing. They added that they never got a solid answer from the police. Mamelodi police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso could not be reached for comment. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

 

 

Body Found In Moretele River; Mamelodi West

DciXCE1VwAA0IrqPolice reported the body of a missing 10 year-old-girl recovered yesterday at Moretele river in Mamelodi West. Katlego Joja from Mamelodi West was last seen on May 3 at her home. “Community members spotted the “lifeless body” floating in the river yesterday,  we immediately dispatched a team and recovered the body. It has been sent to the government mortuary for an autopsy”, said the police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso.  He added that the police is currently investigating an inquest and that will reveal further information,”. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Commuters Left Stranded After Bus Strike Continues

images (6)Mamelodi residents are left stranded with transport after the national bus strike continues to affect the users. The national bus strike started last Wednesday. It is not yet finalised when the buses will be back on operation. Some of the residents were complaining that they have reloaded their bus tickets for a month and are now forced to use taxis which is off their budget.

Read more on: https://m.news24.com/southafrica/News/bustrike-how-the-national-bus-strike-will-affect-you-20180417

By: Fortunate Machaba 

JJ Tabane Says As old Winnie Story Is Shredded, We Need A New One

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JJ Tabane has published an article on the TimesLive saying that the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has sparked a battle of narratives about the full meaning of her illustrious life.

Read more on: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/opinion-and-analysis/2018-04-14-as-old-winnie-story-is-shredded-we-need-a-new-one/

By: Fortunate Machaba

Watch JJ Tabane paying tribute to Mama Winnie Mandela on Frankly Speaking

One of our own JJ Tabane was speaking frankly to the DA newly elected Federal Deputy Chairperson, Refiloe Ntskhe, last nigh on SABC 3. They were talking about what the DA is doing to celebrate Ma Winnie Mdikizela Mandela. The Frankly Speaking talk show started with a video of Ma Winnie’s funeral as to pay tribute to Mother Of the Nation!

 

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Hamba!

I can’t speak for love anymore,

Your’s was let’s say disappointing my heart breaking

you are forgetting how you said you’d never leave…Hamba! Go

So I can forgive myself for the thinking there was something

you were my everything I was your nothing I won’t blame

myself for your harshness. Who is this? Who is this women I became?

So weak and so afraid…

You make me weak, weak, weak, so weak, that I weep.

You make me weak, I can’t even breath. So weak my soul bleeds.

Head bowed my face, in my hands gutless, senseless complex situations that eave me broken

Hard to admit choosing my mistakes these bruises you see are soul deep

I was bartered self-esteem in broken pieces, scattered

I’m past the hatred but my mind is still pretty much wasted. Hamba! Go

By: Kelebogile Salemane

Don Dada Released & Performed Mama Winnie’s ‘Tribute’ Song

IMG-20180410-WA0014Menelik Nesta Gibbons, also known as Don Dada has released Ma Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s song titled ‘Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela’ on Friday, 06 April 2018, and performed at the memorial service in Newtown. The ‘tribute song’ was in respect of celebrating the life of a remarkable women.

“There are more lessons from Mama Winnie left for us, but the ones that are standing out the most for me is never cowering on your beliefs, always stand for what you believe in even if at times it seem impossible. Mama Winnie’s love for the youth, everything that Mama did was dedicated in uplifting the youth and communities and I think that’s something that speaks very deeply  for me because I believe in it so much that the youth is our future”, said Don Dada.

He added that when he was writing the song he felt the sense of pride because there is no many artist in the world that gets the opportunity to write a song about a global icon like Mama Winnie, he also said he felt a tinge of sadness as he was writing it, he hope that people will feel the same way, if the appreciation of what Mama Winnie went through and did for the nation.

Don Dada has achieved  a great deal as a Hip-Pop artist and a social influencer in south Africa. He has a lot of energy, enthusiastic and positive, with this boldness and unwavering passion for his work. He has not only achieved those mentioned but also as someone who wants to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Don Dada’s vision is to encourage the youth to step into their destiny without a fear and continue shining the light through education.

Having called South Africa home during his formative years, Don Dada has grown Hip-pop career, established himself as a social entrepreneur, motivational speaker and an event MC, who realised early in his life that he wanted to pursue a purpose driven life.

Breaking down his achievements over the years:

IMG-20180410-WA0017In April 2016 he released his first registered single called ‘WANT THAT’ and performed on Mandela Day Tribute Concert. From the concert, he completed the full AVANT GARDE Album in less than 3 days, (the album is available in digital platforms worldwide). In 2017 he pushed the boundaries further and promoted his album in Zimbabwe and received an offer through Content Connect Africa to do the 2017 Mandela song. This fueled the birth of his VIVA Mandela song supported by CCA, MTNSA and has relevant Nelson Mandela Foundation permission. He also received an offer to start his own weekly Hip-pop segment called Hip-pop4life #DadaFriday.

By the 2nd week of the show in his true Dada#GameChanger style, Dada convinced the 1912Radio to transform Ruff CuTT Studio to include broadcasting and now claims the title “First Artist with Active Inhouse Broadcasting Capability”. Catch his Hip-pop4Life#DadaFriday 18hoo-20ho.

Don Dada aims at change the statutes for himself and others by defeating limitations such as lack finance through driving education, empowerment and entrepreneurship. Having had the opportunity and blessing to ‘breath life to others’  through music , Don Dada continues to strive for success and give a helping hand to those who struggle to sustain themselves in the industry.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Siyabonga Encourages Model Intrinsic Motivation

27482a9a-46d7-4301-870c-c00a86cc15ddSiyabonga Sofala, a 16 year old model, encourages self motivation and confidence in the modelling environment. She discovered her passion in modelling while she was in forth grade performing her first pageant called love at first site. She later joined Miss Mamelodi Finalist this year, 2018. “I did not win, but I’m happy for the winner”, said Siyabonga Sofala. She added that it was fun, she had a great experience and she got to meet new people. “I’ve always told myself that in life there will always be winners and losers, there’s saying that I always reflect on, saying “quitters will never be winners and winners will never be quitters”, It also helps to have a supporting team including my family and friends who were always there, encouraging me, telling me that I’m a winner no matter what”, said Siyabonga. Siyabonga made it clear that it is not easy to get into the modelling industry, as a model you need to be self motivated, have discipline and confidence with your own body, have to be a hard worker and know that you are not always going to win and be prepared for disappointments and lastly love yourself the way you are and change for no one or anything.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane: Dear Madam Dudu Myeni … Let’s talk frankly

Madam Myeni the situation at SAA would be funny if it was not so tragic. Your job, madam, is governance, not operations. You are destroying the airline with your ego trip.

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, who was thrust into the limelight last week, shielding the Minister of Finance from having to deal with your shenanigans, thinks that focusing on individuals is unhelpful where SAA is concerned. He says that the tendency to focus on individuals undermines “the process”. I guess this means that you are kind of off the hook. No one can now focus on the fact that since you arrived at the airline, many people saw it fit to leave the sinking ship. Or, more appropriately, the nosediving plane. You are now onto your seventh acting-CEO; it will not be an exaggeration to say you are changing CEOs like you change undergarments. In decent democracies that would be enough for the country to see the back of you as an individual at the helm of a multi-billion rand state owned company. But not here, where the country always comes last.

Read more: http://firstthing.dailymaverick.co.za/article?id=72842#.Wq-c6ahuZpl

By: Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Take Charge And Change Your Life!

Tateni is here to help you change your life. It’s never too late!

Tateni Community Care Services would like to invite you to their mini career fair on the 23rd of March 2018, 9:00-12:00 . The fair will be at the University of Pretoria.

The aim is to inform youth from disadvantage backgrounds about careers that are available without paying any fees, and to inform them about the advantages of following them. You won’t regret this!

by: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Happening Congratulates Artist Of The Week!

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…TO RAP, with his booming baritone! Don Dada brought an unusual voice to local Hip hop. Most rappers tend to be high pitched as they spit rhymes, not the laidback Dada, you can call him the Barry White of rappers. His single VIVA MANDELA has on Thursday, 22 February 2018, awarded RISA certified Gold Award for sales achieved from the July 2017 release to September 2017 in 2.5 months! That’s a Massive achievement!

Don Dada had mentioned that his birth names and aka Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada destine him for greatness, looking at this facts below: IMG_0138

  • Menelik after King Menelik of Ethiopia direct descended of King Solomon and Queen Sheba
  • Nesta after Bob Nesta Marley who Don Dada’s mother met on the streets of Zimbabwe in 1980 when Bob Marley performed his [Bob] song ‘Zimbabwe’ in celebration of the 1980 Zimbabwe independence.
  • DonBoss of bosses and Dada – Jamaican [Patwa] version of DON. Ironically named after Bob Marley who performed the song Zimbabwe for the 1980 Zimbabwe Independence celebrations and 38 years later on what most consider the next independence, Don Dada’s Zimbabwe Kubatana song that has been officially recognized in Zimbabwe as 1 0f 4 songs released with Zimbabwe Kubatana the only one performed on the night of the 2017 inauguration on the HICC platform.

 

DSC_0113Don Dada has an eccentric life which translates beauty in his music. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, migrated to South Africa at the age of 5 and grew up in Turffontein south of Johannesburg.

He has never cut his hair and his long dreadlocks, hence you see it running over a metre and some centimetres. He’s found his musical home in rap and not reggae. However, inevitably, reggae seeps into his musical arsenal as he makes hip hop. There’s a lot more achievements coming his way just sit back and watch!

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Up To 500 Kids Attended FICP Sport Event

IMG_0123Foundation for Integrated Community projects (FICP) hosted an event on Saturday in Nelmapius. The event was involving sports  including soccer and netball.

“We invited eight schools both in Mamelodi East and Mamelodi West and we had only four schools that have attended. Boys under 13 and 19 participated in soccer and also girls under 13 and 19 participated in netball”, said one of the organisers, Mr Mphaki Sam Mashifane.

IMG_0121He added that they chose school teams according to their academic performance.

According to them, they preferred top eight schools in Mamelodi including Ribane-Laka, Prosperitus, Stanza Bopape and Flakfontein secondary schools and with Primary Schools they chose Tshimollo, Refentse and Shirinda Primary School.

“The event was well planned, exciting, vibrant and successful, even although not all schools participated but those who came through took an effort and played to the best of their abilities”, said Mr Mashifane. IMG_0122

The event was highly appreciated by school children, teachers and sports coordinators and they said that it should be a continuous event to ensure sports participation in schools.

FICP is  an NGO dealing with sports development in communities. After the Easter, the organisation is planning to host another event of the same nature for the kids in the community.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Social Crime Prevention Team Donated Sponge Mattresses; Mamelodi East

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Social Crime Prevention Component donated about 10 bed mattresses to Phomolong kids club yesterday. The donation was seen as a gesture of partnership support to upcoming disadvantaged day care centres around Mamelodi East. Day care centre’s manager, Mr Mpho Modzanani, expressed his excitement for the donation. For any enquiries contact Captain Michael Mbewe on 079 694 6362/ 012 815 7102

By: Fortunate Machaba

Modelling Classes Start In February

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Mamelodi Models Agency classes will opened on the 3rd  of February 2018. It is not yet confirmed about the venue. The event is expected to start at 11 am until 2pm. IMG-20180130-WA0005 The Agency will be offering classes every Saturday of each week for three months. The classes will focus on pose techniques, walking lessons, model mindset in the industry and general encouragement as well as inspiration. “The registration for the classes will be R50 which will keep them from paying for the first Saturday. Each week they will be charged R 20”, said Motlagomang Malesa, co-founder of the agency. Models, aspiring models are welcome to the event as well as the public. He added that every model is expected to bring their own pair of high heels. Fashion show coming up soon. The date is not yet confirmed. For more information regards to the Agency contact the management on 0747042362.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Ikamva Celebrated Class Of 2017

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Best Ikamva tutor of 2017

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

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

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Nino junior, Artists of the day.

 

 

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

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

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Artist Of The Week Who’s Soon To Go To USA.

Some call him Lucas, others call him Edgar and I call him Marvin but this guy’s name is The MEL!

2018-01-19-PHOTO-00050704Meet The Mamelodi Happenings Artist Of The Week The MEL (Marvin Edgar Lucas) from Mamelodi East, BufferZone. He started singing when he was only 7 years old and fell in love with Hip-pop when he was 10 years old. He started singing with his sister Margaret. He writes his own rhymes and choruses. Nothing ever stopped him from there on. Mamelodi is his first song that he released on SoundCloud in 2015 and is actually the most streamed songs he released until this day. The MEL is working on releasing his first album and planning a tour to America in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and if the DAC agree to fund him and which is yet to be confirmed. “I’m planning to go to America tour and if the right people at the DAC agree to fund the tour it will be an honor and a huge achievement on my side”, said Marvin. He once performed in Washington DC at open mic which inspired him to do more. He also performed at the South African State Theater in Pretoria, Cappelos at Sunny Park, The Village in Mamelodi, Fashion Show in Soshanguve to name few. His late brother, Cecil Lukas is and has always been his inspiration. His brother was a rapper and when Marvin was young, he would guide him and sometimes even battle with him to see if he was growing lyrically. “He was a true inspiration, basically his love for Hip-pop has passed on to me. Recently, The MEL released the following songs, Say My Name, Street Impact and Ceilings.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Six Suspects Arrested In Mamelodi

Six suspect were arrested yesterday due to Corruption at one of the vehicle testing stations in Mamelodi. The six which includes three females and three males were caught when members of the Road Traffic Management Corporations National Anti-Corruption Unit, the South African Police Organised Crime Unit and the Gauteng Traffic Police Compliance Unit raided the privately owned Mamelodi testing station. Simon Zwane, the Road Traffic Management Corporation Spokesperson said that, the station management representative is still being sought to answer allegations that they facilitated the fraudulent issuing of vehicle roadworthiness certificate for vehicles that were not physically presented to the station for examination. Other allegations includes using the identity documents of one individual to generate numerous roadworthy certificate unlawfully. Apparently, The concerned individual, who is known to the investigators, had given permission for his identity document to be used in connection with these transaction. The suspects are expected to appear in court to face charges of fraud and corruption. The date of the court is not yet confirmed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Artist Of The Week

Meet Thabiso Edwin Sejane, stage name goes by T-Sencer.

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Thabiso Sejane is a 20 years old Hip-hop, RNB, House singer, a producer and an entrepreneur owning his own company called Tilda Entertainment.  He was born and brought up in Palmridge extension 4, Gauteng and once lived in Free State. “I discovered that I’m good at what I do in 2010 after I released a song called Tonny Montane in 2009”, said Thabiso Sejane. T-Sencer has already met with famous artist such as Kwesta, Nathi, Reason and also did few tracks with some them. He once featured Sjova and Sky Tunes before he released a track called ‘I won’t let them get over me’. He mentioned that Zola 7 is has been his inspiration throughout his journey. IMG-20180113-WA0016“At the moment a song that is at the top of my list is ‘Need no stress by Emtee, he added. He won a car at one of the Feleb’s competition in Mpumalanga and regarded that as one of his best achievements. “All I can say is that don’t give up on what you like, don’t do something to impress other people but yourself because people will always talk”, said T-Sencer. That is the best advice he would like to give to young people, especially those who want to pursue their dreams in singing. No matter what you do, how difficult it is just hang in there, people will talk whether you do good or bad. Keep that in mind.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Interview With Angela Motsepe

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Angela Motesepe, a 24 year old young women who’s currently running her own fantastic online magazine called The Art’Logue, artloaguemagazine.wixsite.com. The magazine have been running since February 2017. If you are an artist or love art this is for you to follow!

When did you start with your  online magazine?

I started the magazine last year and our very own first issue was published in February.

What is your magazine about? How did you come up with the name “The Art’Logue”?

The whole aim and purpose of the magazine was to showcase different forms of art, name Art’Logue is short for Art ‘Catalogue.

Why did you decide to have an online magazine? Have you ever thought of moving into print?

Print is the ultimate goal for Art’Logue we were testing the waters online and we wish to venture into print someday.

What has inspired you to start your own magazine, do you have anyone who ispired you or a role models?

Starting my own magazine has always been a dream to me since I stepped into in to varsity I knew I wanted a publication of my own. The joy and fulfilment of writing about what you love and what you’re passionate about. Honestly, I do not have motive or role models, I am just a dreamer who isn’t afraid to chase after her dreams because I believe we owe our dreams, our courage.

How  would you describe your journey as an entrepreneur?

It is full of bumps and grinds, the journey of entrepreneurship is quiet draining and challenging it requires one to be mentally prepared.

What are the interesting things you came across in the journey, that you regard as best moment of your life?

Meeting other passion fueled young entrepreneurs, exchanging and sharing and sharing ideas and advises. Those moment and priceless.

Do you/can you make a living off your magazine?

I believe the magazine will one day sustain itself and become lucrative.

What do you think is best between working for yourself, working for someone or both? Please elaborate.

Working for yourself is best. Working for yourself unlocks creativity, it gives a feeling that is almost close to freedom. While working for someone else there are certain rules you have to adhere to it almost make one feel caged .

What have you achieved so far?

Turning my dream into reality, into something tangible.

How many people are currently following your magazine?

We have about 1200 people following us on Facebook

What message would  you like to spread to young people, especially young entrepreneurs regardless of what they do for a living.

 

You owe your dreams your courage no matter how insignificant you think they are.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Ikamva Youth Achieves 76% In Matric Results

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The five year old operating after school care group in Mamelodi West has achieved 76% in their matric results. The results were announced this morning. “Normally what we do with matric students, in April we help them with applications for universities and in June we have tutoring for all the subjects including life skills, we help them with exam preparations, give them previous question papers and help them with different subjects”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.

She added that it has been a challenge for their classes to continue since they were clashing with Saturday/SIP classes from the learners schools and also students had to attend both their school classes and ikanva programs. “We didn’t want to compete with the schools because they have their own Mandate but when they attend SIP then it takes a bit of our program’s time, so we then do sessions during the week or winter holidays and exam period because that’s when we get most of their time, so we do more catch up of work”, Neo Rakoma.

The school expected more although they have received 76% that made them proud for the student’s hard work. They plan to have the structure changed for the class of 2018, to have more time with the matric students so it won’t clash with their extra classes at school and make a structure that suit them.

20180105_115954“My year was very hard, I’ve lost few people that I loved but I got over it and the only thing in mind was to study and passing my matric. It was the only way I could pass. It’s different from what I’ve expected but God knows why and I’m planning to upgrade. I’m proud of my self because not a lot of people I know made it”, said one of the students, Dimpho Mokwena. She added that there’s no way they can all make it at once, the fact that others didn’t make it doesn’t mean they are failures and it only means that they made a mistake that they can fix.

The school recruit students from Grade 11 and continues with them to Grade 12. Last year, 2016, they had about 55 Grade 11 meaning that they already expecting more matric students in the class of 2018 and they are hoping for 98% pass rate next year. “We encouraging more students to come and attend at Ikamva Youth Centre, I believe that most of the learners does not get enough lessons and that causes average pass rates that we can’t be happy about” said Neo Rakoma .

Students were offered free counselling, mostly those who didn’t make it and those who need guidance as well. Mpokeng Modise, a trainee Psychologist from UNISA volunteered to assist the students and she’s said that she’s available for everyone and everywhere in Mamelodi. The school facilities is sponsored by Coca-Cola South Africa.

By: Fortunate Machaba

“love Defined

What Is love, But An Emotion, So Strong And So Pure,

That Nurtured And Shared With Another

All Test It Will Endure?

What Is Love, But A Force To Bring The Mighty Low,

With The Strength To Shame Ther Mountains

And Halt Time?s Ceaseless Flow?

What Is Love, But A Triumph, A Glorious Goal Attained,

The Union Of Two Souls, Two Hearts

A Bond The Angels Have Ordained?

What Is Love, But A Champion, To Cast The Tyrant From His

Throne, And Raise The Flag Of Truth And Peace,

And Fear Of Death O?verthrow?

What Is Love, But A Beacon, To Guide The Wayward Heart,

A Blazing Light Upon The Shoals That Dash Cherished Dreams

Dreams Apart?

And What Is Love, But Forever, Eternal And Sincere, A Flame

That Through Wax And Wane

Will Outlive Life?s Brief Years?

So I’ll Tell It On The Mountaintops,

In All Places High And Low,

That Love For You Is My Reason To Be,

And Will Never Break Or Bow.

By: Tshepo Prince Lekalakala

Brxken Nation Clothing Top-Up About 250+ Local Brands; Mamelodi West

IMG_0189Mamelodi Local Brands Award announced Brxken Nation Clothing co as an award winner on Friday at Tshwane PlayHouse in Mamelodi West. The top brand was against about 250+ other local brands. The brand is owned by Kagiso Sunnyboy Moshimane who is known as A.K.A KG-PERRY SANNY-GAGA. “It was quite a remarkable event, I feel so happy and blessed, that people recognized my brand and voted for my brand. This brand has been through a lot of challenges but yet it made it through the awards”, said the brand owner, Kagiso Moshimane. The brand is regarded as unique because it is made to tackle social economic issues through fashion, it has a meaningful impact on the community, they keep up with trends, make customers happy, meet customers needs and delivered on time. The host of the event said that the event was great and they managed to get everything together and it also went well as it was planned. “The purpose of the event is to support and promote local brands to show the appreciation of their hard work! We had 250 and more brands participated for the 2017 awards, which was 2nd annual awards”, said Mr Lloyd Lekoala, the CEO of Mamelodi Local Brands. Espaza sum, Blue label and Mozo Events (Local businesses) sponsored the event .The next awards is expected to take place next year.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Staff Complains About Illegal Working Hours

The staff from Mamelodi working for the party shop and pop-up Christmas shop in Pretoria is complaining about long unpaid working hours. The owner of the two shops force her staff to work from 9am to 7pm. ” We only get 30 minutes lunch and is not enough, we don’t have tea breaks but just when we go to the bathroom”, said one of the staff members. The staff says other employees were sacked for complaining about their working hours and little money. According to the staff two people were sacked and one left within a period of two weeks and the other got a job somewhere else. One of the workers took the owner to court. It is not yet know what were the results. Others are planning to leave the shop by the end of the month. “I’m staying because I have no where else to work, I need money and I need to live. She’s always shouting at us and her words are hurtful, we don’t get pay slips when we get paid, we don’t get paid for working over time and we suspect that the shop is not registered. The customers also complained to her about how she’s treating us but she never stopped”, said one of the other staff members. The owner when she was shouting at one of the staff member mentioned that she doesn’t care about what other shops do, if the don’t do their work they are wasting their time and life. She said that her shop is not just a shop and workers shouldn’t just work for money they need to take their job seriously.

Opinion

I don’t understand how someone let her employees to work 13 days without a day off because “is December and it get’s to busy” so she says. I mean according to the law, you should work 45 hours a week and I believe that working over times they should be paid for. The staff should at least get an hour break or lunch, 30 minutes is nothing. Something really has to be done about this shops. We can let other people get away with exploiting their stuff and reason being that they pay them. I can’t even call this a pay.

The staff works for 10 hours a day for 13 days and earn R 2500 and on December they get plus or minus R 500 bonus of which I believe it should be their pay. I wonder why we have a lot of young people siting at home with no jobs some of them are avoiding such things, a lot of crime in the country and even corruption because we let people like this to get away with it. This is not how people should be treated. Not only shops but also restaurants who doesn’t pay their staff wages and expect them to live off tips I mean really, how much will you be making out of a tip! Personally I’m disgusted of what is happening around us and unfortunately I come across this things when I work for my holidays. It pains me more because I don’t know what to do about it and I hate seeing it!

I suggest we don’t support such businesses reason being that the more we support them the more they don’t see anything wrong about it. For some of them who are ignorant they will keep on doing it.

By: Fortunate Machaba