Mamelodi Learners Want CPF Removed In Schools

cosas (4)Mamelodi school learners together with Congress of South African Student marched to Mamelodi East police station on Wednesday to hand over a memorandum of their concerns.  Saying that they feel unsafe in this society more especially in schools. This happened after the incidents of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl occurred in one of the Mamelodi East schools and another where one learner stabbed another to death last month.

The Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi visited the school in Mamelodi on Monday to met the school management team to investigate the allegations.
It was alleged that the learner with three boys were under the influence of alcohol during the matric dance. It was reported that a teacher  went out to look for the learner after she disappeared, when the teacher found her, she was “indulging in sexual activities” with a 28-year-old patroller who was arrested on Monday.

It was alleged the Mamelodi police had turned away the principal and the girl’s parent who came to report the matter on 10 October. The case against the perpetrator was opened the following day and was transferred to Bronkhorspruit police station.

Regional Secretory for Tshwane, Jabulani Musi said we are unsafe at schools and we need the same protection that the president of this country has, while reading the memorandum before handing it over to the police. “The learners are the future of this country and if they are not protected now what is going to happen to the future of this country,” said Musi. cosas (1)

Cosas and the learners on the memorandum said they are calling for removal of all the CPF in schools because they are unsafe and they are interested in eating their feeding scheme food and having relationships with learners. They want the department of education and police to assure that schools are drug free and weapon free. Learners gave the police 14 working days to respond and concluded that if their demands are not met within 14 working days they will take matter to the highest level.

Police spokesperson Captain Michael Mbewe said they will make sure that the memorandum goes to the relevant people and encouraged the lerarners to go home safely and that their memorandum will be attended as soon as possible.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

 

Children Gets Food Parcels From UK Ladies

IMG_1459Mamelodi East children who are members of Pressbatery Church have received food parcels from Joyce Bell and Caroline Izett from the United Kindom (UK) on Saturday at Presbyterian Church.

The ladies are part of AIDS4AIDS organization that has been helping Mamelodi Presbatery since 2004. They help the kids with food, clothing and donates money for University students who are also their beneficiaries. “It is very humbling coming to South Africa and help, the way we have been treated is lovely, we have met so many people and it’s been 13 years since we have been involved in this projects. We started when Professor Duncan and his wife joined the organization”, said Joyce Bell, one of the committee members from the UK.

IMG_1451The organisation started operating in 2004 and have helped many people in the community of Mamelodi including attridgeville with basing nursing skills for HIV & AIDS people. They taught people in the community how to take care of families and friends who are infected with AIDS. “We have realized that people also needed food and we wanted to help those who are struggling”, said Caroline Izett, chairperson of the organisation. The organsation once helped Tateni Community Centre with donation to the needy and those who are infected.

Mrs Violet Mashao, the lady who’s responsible to take care of the children at church said that Joyce and Caroline are her friends, they both from the village called Alva in Scotland. “I visited them in 2007. They have been assisting me financially to run the project for orphans and needy in our congregation”, said Mrs Violet Mashao. She added that The ladies came to South Africa specifically to come and see how the project was run since she account to them. She made it clear that her passion is with needy and orphans.

By: Fortunate Machaba

SADTU Teachers Marched For Better Wages

Mr Mashifane 20171017_173612South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) marched yesterday into Pretoria for an increase of wages. The protesters handed the memorandum to the Department of Higher Education and Basic Education. Mamelodi teachers also took part in the march.

“We were marching for 0.5 outstanding pay progression, diverting of funds to other projects other than to address educational needs of the country recognition and formalizing of Grade R Practitioners as educators”, said Kgoroshi Mashifane, one of the teachers at Lehlabile Secondary School.

According to the SADTU members whatsapp group message, during labor meeting that took place on 3 October 2017 between the ILC and COASATU affiliated Unions, labor agreed to consolidate their demands. The consolidated wage demand, which was tabled to the employer at the special Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) meeting on 6 October 2017 stated that, the general salary  increase will be 12 % based on different scales, that the house current allowance to be increased to R 2 500, family responsibility leave to be granted and have an additional of three days including religious people and steward or office bearers, children at higher institution to be granted bursaries or be subsidised.

Members were urged to be aware of the majority of their inputs were accommodated in the demand and those which are not will be placed in process.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

CPF Arrested For Rape; Mamelodi East

Mamelodi East CPF patroller was arrested for rape. The suspect handed himself to Mamelodi East police station yesterday morning after the case of rape that took place at Bronkhorstpruit was opened on 2017/10/12. It is alleged that the learner was raped at the school matric dance. According to the source, the learner was vomiting when the CPF took her outside pretending to be helping and ended up raping her without using protection. One of the parents said that there is no way he could leave his three daughters to continue in school of such incidents. The Mamelodi East police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe confirmed the case. The suspect is expected to appear in court soon on the 18 October 2017.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Alleged Hi-jacked Car Turns-Out To Be Stolen From Lynwood

Following the investigation of a car that was allegedly hi-jacked on Thursday at Mamelodi East Setion 16, the car was not hi-jacked from section 16 but rather stolen from Lynwood. The police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso confirmed the statement. He added that the two suspects were arrested on Thursday for stealing a car in Lynwood. The Metro police spotted a car in Mamelodi West near Universal Church. “The car was stolen from Lynwood and brought to Mamelodi, the Metro police spotted it and chased the suspects until they got to Universal church”, said Mamelodi West police spokesperson, Captain Johannes Maheso. The suspects are expected to appear in court, Mamelodi West, A5 today.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Traditional Healer Against Killing Of Albinos

Chief Shakuh Blesser, traditional healer from Rustenburg confirmed that it is true that people are killing Albino’s to become rich and it is not the right procedure to follow. “We have a number of different ideas on how to be rich. I don’t encourage you to use that kind of process”, said Chief Shakuh. He added that he have almost 25 free spiritual channels to make someone rich and those channels does need any pay back or human sacrifice. According to his first blog post, all problems can be solved as long as you have faith in your cultural ancestors because they are next to God and only animal sacrifice can be made to help improve the standard of living.

By: Fortunate Machaba  

Police Arrest Suspects For Car-jacking; Mamelodi West

Police arrested suspects for allegedly hi-jacking a car from Mamelodi East section 16 at Univeral Church near Deneboom yesterday. It is alleged that the suspects hi-jacked a lady in section 16, the lady’s car had a tracker and led the police to find her car at Universal Church. It is not clear how many suspects were involved. The eye witness said he was passing by and saw the police surrounding the stolen car. More information will follow after the investigation has been done.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi East Police In Search Of Missing Person

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Tshepo Mashego, 24 years old of Leeufontein went missing after she went to work on the 1st of October 2017 and never returned. Mamelodi East police are looking for her. “Her dad is reportedly the last person to see her going to work, wearing black jeans, black Pick’n Pay shirt and brown leather jacket”, said Mamelodi East police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that the family has so far contacted almost all known associates without a success. Anyone who knows Thsepo’s whereabouts is kindly asked to contact the police on (012) 815 7080 or 08600 10111

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Pastor Supports Albanism Awareness In Mamelodi

IMG-20171003-WA0002YMCA and Love Foundation hosted an awareness programme at Mamelodi West, YMCA Hall on Saturday to make the community aware of Albanism.

The pastor believes that Sangomas claim, that if you kill albino you will be wealthy.

The team was making the community aware that Albino’s are also human and do not have to be treated unlike human.

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“The purpose was to alert the community about Albinism. The killing of albino’s made YMCA and Hands of Love Foundation to come together and teach people that Albinos are also human beings”, said the Pastor Raphokoane. He added that people believe in different things. Some believe in God and others in ancestors but people need to stop believing that albino are the source of richness.

The event was sponsored by the Social Department and Dischem Pharmacy. The pastor said he’s looking forward to support more events of that nature. The pastor urge the community to treat Albino like ordinary people.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Case Opened After Community Library Break-In

Mamelodi East community library was closed for two days due to a break-in at the library. The incident took place on Monday. “We have closed the library for two days because they broke in, we are waiting for the police to take fingerprints before the library starts to operate”, said one of the library assistants. Only the study hall was been used by the community to study. It is not yet know what items have been stolen.  It was later reported that a computer has been stolen from the library. The police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe confirmed that a  case of Burglary business is opened. No arrest have yet been made.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Police Warn Mamelodi East Community About Carjacking

 Mamelodi East police are are warning Mamelodi East residents and motorists to be careful of criminals who are targeting people who park near the road and stay longer in the road. “This comes after several carjacking incidents reported recently in which criminals allegedly target people who are fond of this behaviour in Mamelodi East”, said The Mamelodi East Police Spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that police are aware of this method by criminals and have repositioned resources to counter this crime around Mahube Valley where most hijacking is taking place. Other places are Extension5,6,11, SNS and 16 Section. The community is urged to take the message seriously and assist in reporting suspicious behaviour to the police. The numbers to dial are 08600 10111 or 012 815 7080.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Termination Of Contract Leads To Tshwane Taking Over Autopax Bus Service In Mamelodi

The city of Tshwane has announced yesterday that from today 1 October 2017, it is to take over the responsibility from Autopax of providing public transport in Mamelodi. “The decision of the Tshwane Mayoral Committee to play a greater role in providing public transport in townships in the city”, said Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi. He added that, they have received confirmation on Friday that the city will progressively assume greater responsibility for the provision of public transport services in communities and will take over Autopax operation on Monday, to ensure that there is continuity of transport services to Mamelodi residents as the Autopax contract with the provincial roads and transport department was terminated on the 30th of September 2017. The city has agreed to provide bus service in Mamelodi as from Monday, 02 October 2017 and has indicated that initially a “core service” will be provided. Mamelodi residents are advised to that bus fares and roads will remain the same as they were when Autopax was operating. Autopax came into operation in 2015, when Putco buses surrender their contract to the department because of their loss in Mamelodi roads. Vadi thanked the Autopax board and management for helping the provincial government and Mamelodi residents during time of need.

By: Fortunate Machaba

About 90 People Turned Up For Surprise Community Party

 

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The team cooking for the community

Takuana Ne Shome threw a surprise party for the community yesterday at Mothunzini park in SNS, Mamelodi East.

The purpose of the party was to celebrate Heritage Day with the community. They prepared a cultural meal for them and served everyone in the community. The meal was including Pap, cabbage, walky-talkies, chicken, beetroot and potatoes.

“We were celebrating Heritage Day, we cooked for the community and about 90 people from the came on board and joined us. I feel grateful that we saw that the community needed this and they even asked if we could have another similar event because they have enjoyed the party”, said Johanna Mashapa, the Manager.

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Mokgadi Moyo giving a health talk

The organization invited a health promoter, Mokgadi Moyo to give the community a health talk. Condoms were also handed out to the members of the community. Most of the youth, as well as elderlies, attended the event. Other local company such as Roots Super Market and Butchery sponsored with vegetables, City Storm Spares with R500 donation, Bafana Liquor Store with R200 donation and Pakistani Bakery donated bread.

 

“I’m happy with what they did for us. I didn’t know what was happening, I thought they were cooking to sell the food in the park but when I got there they were for us and I started inviting others. I have enjoyed the food. If it was possible I will suggest they come every day. Not just me but other people in the community. They must keep it up and continue to serve the community”, said Rubben Mabusela, one of the community member. The team is planning to have another event on World Aids Day.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tateni Took 10 Girls To ZambiBush

Tateni Took 10 Girls To ZambiBush

IMG_1400Tateni Youth Development Team took 10 girls to ZambiBush Resort, in Pretoria on Saturday.

The girls were from Ikamvayouth, who is in partnership with Tateni. They assist the youth with improving their high school marks.

Tateni decided to take them out for a day to celebrate their achievements despite the challenges they face as young people.

“We are here to celebrate their victory as they have managed to pass although they’re from a disadvantaged background”, said Kegomoditswe Mosiane, Youth Development Manager. IMG_1406

 

According to the girls and the staff, they had a very impressive day together, starting from the view of the resort as well as the activities around the area and they are looking forward to have more trips with the youth from Mamelodi to empower and encourage them throughout their studies.

 

“It was a lovely outings. The event was a success and it is great that we put a smile on their face and be able to make a difference in our youth”, said Julia Ratlhogo, Youth Development Coordinator.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

I woke up this morning hoping I will do something better with my life and the day passes, then comes the following morning and same thing happens. That’s what happens when you’re waiting for tomorrow. I guess that’s the short-cut of saying you will wait forever!

Don’t wait for tomorrow rather start today. If you have been saying tomorrow and years have passed it’s never too late you still have a chance to fix it. I have learned that action speaks louder than words, it is not enough to keep on saying I’ll do this or I want to do that, just put it into action. Is the same as someone who has a dream and preaching about it, man once said don’t speak your dreams but show them.

We need to start believing in our selves, knowing that we can make it despite challenges we come across. Through the grace of God and hard work. I have dreams to accomplish and don’t want to continue dreaming without making them come through, otherwise .. I will dream forever and that will not change anything, haha.

How about you start writing your goals down on paper (short term, medium and long term) just so you know what you’re working towards and what you want to achieve. It is never impossible if you really believe in yourself and have confidence in your thoughts, views, ideas or even dreams. Yes everything has its own time and sometimes takes time but if you work hard on it believe me or not it will happen and your life will change forever. By the time it won’t be too early nor late for you but just the right time. Stay positive..

By: Fortunate Machaba

The Story Behind Menelik Gibbons

The Story Behind Menelik Gibbons

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“Sound is a wave, music is sound, there’s a place for everyone……”I AM THAT GAME CHANGER”, said Menelik Dada.

The storyline behind Don Dada is impressive, I think it encourages:

Entrepreneurial thinking and growth to change the African unemployment rate, a change in organisations where brand ambassadors and endorsement are afforded to those who are already successful to a blended approach of supporting entrance with winning attitudes – “we must give hope to our young generation”. Passion, perseverance, dedication and commitment combined with a plan that is executed is really a true story line that ends with success. As Dada correctly puts it, he said that ‘You are what you do”. 

Knowing the difficulties of entering the industry, in a bid to support other up-and-coming artists Dada has taken on a young artist that he is mentoring, Seed_Under a female rapper from PE. Dada debut Seed Under in her hometown on the 16th of December 2016 and went on to have her perform alongside him on an international stage. Dada marvels at the significance of his debut on the MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert and his debuting Under Seed on the MadibazRadio on Reconciliation day the becoming the 2017 Mandela song artist adding ‘Yeah, my grind is validated by The Most High’. 

He’s currently fighting for breakthrough! knowing that his journey will inspire others as an independent artist that has had to continuously reinvent how things are done and push himself to get to this stage. Don Dada feels that he is standing on his own as a people’s champ. “I care about the soul of the next person and I want to make everyone comfortable with my talent,” said Dada. He added that he has been studying the game for a while and now he’s ready to make his move, “this is my year’ declares Dada. His statement rings true as he made his debut on the MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert stirring the crowd with songs that they, and he was hearing for the first time – Good Way to go Don!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Don Dada Shares His Journey With Mamelodi Happenings

Don Dada Shares His Journey With Mamelodi Happenings

Don Dada To Bring A Unique Voice To Local Hip-Hop

As we all know that most rappers tend to be high pitched as they spit rhymes, not the laidback Dada – you can call him the Barry White of rappers.

PTM_8627Menelik Nesta Gibbons, 30 has an eclectic if not eccentric life which translates beautifully in his music. He was brought up by a Rastafarian father and Christian mother and was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, migrated to South Africa at the age of 5 and grew up in Turffontein south of Johannesburg. He’s found his musical home in rap and not reggae. However, inevitably, reggae seeps into his musical arsenal as he makes hip hop.

In 2016 after well over a decade of making unofficial tracks and working in the background, Dada decided it was his turn to shine! Together with his dad RasMoe the registered a company RuFF CuTT Studio and with the basic of equipment working from his bedroom, he set the wheels in motion.

 Don Dada released his first registered single WANT THAT on April 2016 and while busy with his promo tours he applied to perform on the MTN Mandala Day Tribute Concert. He was approved and allocated a six minutes but the problem was that he only had a  three minutes song. That did not faze him! He accepted then got into action to complete the second song to fill that time slot. In two weeks the second song was registered with RICA / SAMRO and available for download on MTN Network.

Don Dada made his debut on the 2016 MTN Mandela Day Tribute Concert, dropping the new song PHESHE PHAYA on stage and received a positive response from the crowd.  From the MTN Mandela Concert stage Dada worked with SuperProducerRapz they completed the full AVANT GARDE Album is less than 3 days! This album is available on all digital platforms worldwide.

In 2017, Don Dada decided to pushing the boundaries further heading to Zimbabwe to promote his album. Within 7 days his album was playing on the 3 mainstream national stations and Don Dada was featuring on the front page of the top selling paper on a Sunday and the middle spread of another paper!

PTM_8899Dada was still basking in the success of the Zimbabwe tour when he received an offer from Content Connect Africa to do the 2017 Mandela song! Dada accepted as he felt that the man who gave his life to freedom for others needed to be celebrated – this fuelled the birth of his VIVA Mandela song supported by CCA, MTN and has relevant Nelson Mandela Foundation permissions. Unlike his usual speed to produce Dada took a few days starting by reading Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ and using extracts of that journey to create a song that can be used to tell that story.

The VIVA Mandela song quickly gained momentum and Dada was invited by the ANC Johannesburg Region 1912Radio to spend Mandela Day and join their team 60min Mandala initiative. His AVANT Garde album also gained momentum in Zimbabwe, leading to an invite to perform on the Shooting Stars Concert stage opening for a Jamaican artist Darmaco aka Kon Kong on 26th August 2017.

The concert in Zimbabwe industry communicated ‘An Historic Event’ of two major Jamaican Artists performing on different stages on the same night. Post performing to an estimated 6300, Dada’s popularity increased as he captured the Zimbabwe audience and while still in Zimbabwe, he received the offer to start his own weekly Hip – Hop segment on the 1912Radio. Dada as usual full of confidence agreed to the opportunity even though the mandate was a launch date of the 1st of September 2017 leaving him with four days to put a program together that included having guests to interview.

Dada managed to pull off a very successful launch of this segment which he named HipHop4Life #DadaFriday. To differentiate form traditional radio programs Dada added a facebook live footage and a youtube video of the full 2hr audio/visual show.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tateni Looking Forward To Celebrate Heritage

Tateni Looking Forward To Celebrate Heritage

Tateni Community Centre is looking forward to celebrate Heritage Day. They chose to celebrate it on the 29th of September with children at the Drop-In centres. They are expecting less than nine children out of  10 Drop – In centres that they have in Mamelodi. both in East and the West side. Teachers are expected to wear clothes of their culture that day. The event is going to take place at Sediba Sa Thuto Primary School in Mamelodi East. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

First Day At Entrepreneurs And Life Skills Class

Today has been an amazing day!

I woke up lazy and didn’t want to do anything for the entire day. Have you ever felt that way?

Well that was me today. Having in mind that I have goals to achieve for the day kept me going. If I haven’t had goals planned I would have spent my day at home of which doesn’t help. Zine Nkukwana once said “you can do this, you got this!” and I can see that no matter how hard it is I can do this and I’ve got this. I take these words everywhere I go. I have joined the entrepreneur and life skills class at Impendulo Foundation in Nelmapius.

During my lessons today, my tutor spoke about maturity…that age doesn’t make you young or old but it depends on whether you’re matured or not. Self talk is very important. I totally agree with her. I never liked seeing adults behaving like 12 year olds! Imagine you’re walking on the street or in a taxi heading to your important meeting, someone approach you pretending to be looking for time and only to find out that he’s trying to chat you up? What a f***. It’s a different story when I’m bored and want to laugh. haha

Are we not getting better of doing things? Think about this, we have 20 days excluding weekends a month, if we learn one thing everyday, imagine how much knowledge we can gain everyday. It’s a lot right?

Time is precious and no one has ever learnt to replace it. Make sure you make use of time you get. Like myself, I am a very busy lady and when ever I get time I read my novels, spend time with family and have fun because I know that if I won’t make use of this time I have, I will never get another time soon to do all this. By the way…my life skills class made me aware of this. Not that I wasn’t aware but because sometimes is not that you don’t know something but you just never take it into consideration and that is important to consider important things in your life.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Does It Worth To Miss Work For Nothing?

Does It Worth Missing Work For Nothing?

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I woke up this morning, as clueless as I was. Prepared for work. I had no idea what was going on. I put the radio on just so I catch up with news before work. As I was listening, I heard them talking about taxi strike that was also going to affect Mamelodi. In my mind, I’m like.. dude I’m ready for work and you telling me about taxi’s strike, really?

I continued anyway. When I got ready I heard the same news about taxi drivers going to match at the Union Buildings to hand in their memorandum. I just ignored it and packed my lunch and waited outside for the taxi. It took me 20 minutes but I told myself that I’m going to work no matter what happens.

When I got in the taxi I just laughed and asked myself, what strike is it on?. I got to work ok and I asked one of my journalist friend if the strike is still on. I was surprised to hear that it was cancelled!

Imagine if I missed a good time at work. It’s so much fun here. I love voluntary work, getting to help other people with growth, ideas and all that, it’s amazing. Looking forward to grow myself as well. I just like being busy..if I live a busy life then I will have no time to worry much about other things. And not forgetting that hard work pays!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Interview With Tshepo Mashela

Interview with Tshepo Mamashela.

He’s one of the organisers of Acedsports Fun Run that took place in Mamelodi West, Central on Saturday. 

 

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What was the purpose of the Fun Run

AcedSports together with Ditlogolo Tsa Methi wanted to fill the gap, the gap that unprivileged communities are faced with, and the gap of seeing such events take place outside their vicinity. The Hood hardly gets the opportunities like these, as they are always faced with events to promote drugs and alcohol, therefore this was our opportunity to bring change to the hood and make an event that accommodates everyone from young to old.

What were you expecting before and after the event?

We did our market research and the results gave us direction as to whether we are going forward with the initiative or are we going back to the drawing board. The need for this fresh idea was there and we were not expecting to see the turnout we saw on the day, the turnout was amazing. IMG_1203

When the next event and what is it about?

The next Colour My Mamelodi will happen next year around the same time. We are planning to make it an annual event. Otherwise, AcedSports hosts Boot Camp Saturdays, this happens every Saturday at Rethabile Sports Grounds at 07:00 – 09:30 for only R10.00 per session.

How do you feel about the fun run?

Colour My Mamelodi was a success and the turnout was amazing as I have said, but this was our first event and I believe that there be more participants with the coming event.

How many people participated?

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Approximately 500- 600 people participated

What would you like to say about the number

The turnout was great, we were not expecting such a great number.

Who Sponsored the Event

DTM ran and planned the event and along the way, we got a few sponsors

  • Vodacom
  • DataOpt
  • Nkhukhu Box
  • Curro
  • City of Tshwane
  • Sanlam

Why did you choose Central as the Venue for your event?

It is in the name itself, “Central” it is the central place for Mamelodi and transport is accessible as well. This is one of the facilities that is not utilized, so we also tried to bring life to this historic venue.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Impendulo Trained About 17 Entreprenurs

Impendulo Trained About 17 Entrepreneurs

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Impendulo Foundation trained about 17 students who became entrepreneurs. Yesterday was their graduation ceremony and it took place at Nelmapius community hall.

Students attended a month course (Basic Entrepreneur and Life Skills Level 1), on the day of their graduation they had to present their business ideas to the funders and sponsors. They are including NYDA, Nemapius customer care office, SNS Group SA, Kholokoane Farming and Department of Labour.  “They will be placed in relevant sectors where they are going to get opportunities, they already have investors to help with their businesses”, said Wendy Mpendulo, Founder and Chairperson of Impendulo Foundation.

 

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Judges of the day

The ward councillor sent a representative to be one of the judges. There were five groups presenting their ideas and the judges chose only number one and two who won, having their business registered and got business cards from the funders and sponsors.

 

 

 

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Students presenting their business idea

Group one being a recycling team and number two being Fashion Modelling Agency in Nelmapius.  “The criteria we used to choose is about the group who were the best on the day, not that others didn’t do well”, said  Sammy Maringa, NYDA facilitator. He invited the youth to come to his office to pitch their business ideas.

 

 

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Zine Nkukwane

During the graduation ceremony, they had Zine Nkhukwana who was the guest speaker of the day. She was motivating the young entrepreneurs and sharing her personal experience as a businesswoman. She gave the youth an invitation to study online for free and recommended that it would take anyone who studies far.

“I came here as an entrepreneur but Impendulo has helped me grow, bring ideas, I have learned a lot, what they did for me it was much more than what I would have done at home”, said Carlton Mhlanga, one of the students.

Impendulo Foundation (IF) is a non-profit organisation that creates and implement diverse strategies to advance positive change in the lives of other people. Wendy said that anyone who wants to be part of the course can join the next lessons. The sponsors were Loreal SA, Mokalapa helped with decorations, Lefifi family with catering.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Youth Speak Their Dreams To Tateni

Mamelodi Youth Speak Their Dreams To Tateni

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Tateni Community Centre hosted two days programme at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus. The workshop started yesterday and the purpose of it was to find issues hindering the youth and get to see where they can help the youth to achieve their dreams.

Most of the youth who have attended the programme was looking forward to get jobs opportunities, further their studies and become entrepreneurs. “We are here because we want to do work to break the circle of poverty and see how we can help the youth, we created groups so it is convenient for them as leaders to travel and attend the meetings”, said Kegomoditswe Mosiane, Tateni Youth Development manager.

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Erik Buiten, on Tateni’s Board, invited people from other organisations to help the youth understand what it requires of them to get opportunities.

They had Dr Rossouw from KFC who was a motivational speaker, Department of Labor Asnathi Mayayise who explained about how the organisation operates and what the employees are looking for when they employ people, Kagiso Monyatsi from Harambee who was at the workshop to present what they are looking for at the workplace when they recruit employees, Ian Sherry from RMI to share about working together (who, why and how), he said that these idea have been developed through working with communities in Africa.

Most of the issues that Tateni picked up is funding issues for local businesses, access to information, knowledge about their specialties or careers, mentors or support through out their journey.

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During the program the groups were divided into three, first one being Unemployment or job seekers, furthering studies and the last one being entrepreneurs. The groups were given opportunities to gather according to their interests, goals and dreams. They had to present their ideas on what they want to do, how they are going to do it and why they want to do it.

Tateni Youth Development Team confirmed that they are looking forward to have a meeting and engage more with the youth in time they are waiting for solutions to assist the youth. “It has been fantastic seeing you all and seeing the talents and looking forward to help you grow yourselves”, said Ian Sherry, chairman of RMI.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Saw Many Talents In Mamelodi Youth

Saw Many Talents In Mamelodi Youth

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Today was the best day ever.. I have attended a 2 days workshop organized by Tateni. The program’s purpose was to gather with the youth of Mamelodi and have a discussion with them to find out where they can help.

The youth were given a chance during the program to group themselves according to their goals, dreams and interest. It happened that three groups formed (job seekers, education seekers/ furthering studies and entrepreneurs). The interesting part was when they had to present their ideas to everyone.

That’s where I have realized that Mamelodi’s got talent. A lot of people had amazing business ideas, good way of marketing themselves, good strategies they have to help themselves perceive their dreams, good way o working together although they just met. I have realized that working together can help achieve a common goal. As they always say that two minds are better than one. IMG_1273

I’ve seen a lot of them supporting and help each other brainstorming ideas. To me it was like they have been running this businesses, been at the university and working already because their presentation showed a lot of potential, commitment, dedication and hard work. That was amazing and I’m definitely sure that that’s what Tateni is looking for.

These are the kind of people the organization want to work with. I’m looking forward in attending more programs with them and to see if they are going to implement those ideas. This is so exciting!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Panyaza Lesufi Promise To Develop Mamelodi Schools

Panyaza Lesufi Promise To Develop Mamelodi Schools

img_1189.jpgGauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi says 2018 is the final year that residents can start taking children to any school they wish for. He said that on Friday when he was presenting his report to the community in Mamelodi West, A5. ” I have realized that the problem is not that children go to school hungry but the quality of food they get in schools”, said Panyaza Lesufi. He added that students need to get a quality of food in schools. The MEC mentioned that Ribane Laka, one of the secondary schools in Mamelodi East, get’s 100 % almost every year and such schools need to be developed. He said that every school that improves, they are going to develop it into a good quality of school, he promised that he’s going spend about 75 million to improve the quality of education in those schools and make sure that top three student of any school in Mamelodi will get a bursary from the government for four years at the university of their choice. More students are expected to pass this year.

By: Fortunate Machaba

David Makhura Says Illegal Occupation Is Out Of Order

David Makhura Says Illegal Occupation Is Out Of Order

 

 

IMG_1169Gauteng Premier, David Makhura said illegal occupation in Mamelodi is out of control. The premier, as well as other leaders, visited Mamelodi West last Friday at A5 community Hall.

David Makhura, Gauteng Premier, Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor, Paul Mashatile, MEC for Gauteng Department of Education, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa , MEC for Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, MEC for Social Development, Nandi Khoza, MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi, MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile and Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi.

They were all in the house to present their reports to residents of Mamelodi. Solutions were presented to issues raised by people in the previous meeting. During the meeting, the Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga announced some residents had received their title deeds. It is not known when they applied for the RDP houses.

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Residents who had more issues were asked to fill in forms and were promised to get feedback. An opportunity for people to raise their concerns or questions based on the leaders’ reports were given.

Most of the people were not happy about the conditions at Moretele Park, they were complaining that the shelter needed renovation since it is Spring going to Summer and rain is expected. They gave a positive response to the stadium that is going to be rebuilt (Pitje) in Mamelodi West. More renovation is expected to happen in Mamelodi both East and West. The event started at 4pm and residents didn’t leave until 9pm.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Man Caught Stealing in Mahube Complex

Man Caught Stealing In Mahube Complex

Man, 25 was caught today at Mahube complex in Ackermans allegedly stealing a pair of trousers. According to the securities and CPF, the man was trying to escape from the shop after one of the staff members at the shop hit a panic button.  “He stole the trousers and wore it underneath, the staff member said he was trying to escape from the security in the shops. One staff member saw him going to the fitting room and when he came out he wanted to walk out of the shop”, said France Pipsheg, the security from Nights Protection. The security said they won’t call the police for help but they will give him punishment “he will never forget”. He will be responsible for cleaning the towers, Mams FM, Feed the security dogs before he they will release him.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Provincial Government Submitted Reports To Mamelodi Community

Provincial Government Submitted Reports To Mamelodi Community; Mamelodi West

IMG_1169The provincial government together with Tshwane leaders visited Mamelodi West, A5 on Thursday to give the residents a report about solutions to previous meeting (November 2015) on issues raised by community members. “Today was a day they are giving report about municipality solutions, where we listen to the problems faced by the community. To let know the public on what the government is doing to improve the communities”, said David Makhura, Gauteng Premier.

Issues including pensioners who can’t afford and forced to pay rent , illegal invaders, development in the communities of Mamelodi, residents who haven’t received RDP houses, opportunities for the youth, water and electricity shortages in some areas in far east of Mamelodi.

The leaders were including David Makhura, Gauteng Premier, Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor, Paul Mashatile, MEC for Gauteng Department of Education, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa , MEC for health, Gwen Ramokgopa, MEC for social development, Nandi Khoza, MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi, MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile and the community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi were there to attend the meeting with the community memebers.

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During the meeting, other residents who were not able to join the meeting due to unavailability of space, were outside complaining about the community hall. They demanded a bigger venue when the leaders call for the community meetings. More details to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Boys High Visited St Francis Drop-In Centre

Boys High Visited St Francis Drop In Centre

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Boys High visited St Francis drop in centre yesterday afternoon in Mamelodi West.

 

They came to play with the kids and also to gave them gifts. The gifts were including soccer balls, toys and snacks.

 

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Drop in centre kids have gumboots dance team and girls choir. “It’s been valuable for the boys, bringing them out of their comfort zone. They will give back feedback to the school about their experiences. We also raise money for the needy”, said the school MIC and RCL for Pretoria Boys High.

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The boys confirmed that they came to the drop in centre to play a role of bringing back to the community and enjoying to see the children happy for the gifts they have received and the boys playing with them.

 

“It is great to see the joy of the children”, said J.H Dreyer, grade 11 student from Boys High. One of the boys also added that he was amazed by the dance.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Late Night Protest By Youngsters

Late Night Protest By Youngsters In Mamelodi East

Residents in Mamelodi East Phase 1 are currently protesting (Tuessday; 10:00) blocking the road with rocks and burned tires in Tsamaya. According to the observers, the protest have just started and it is not yet know how long it will last. At the moment, taxis and vehicles are not allowed to use the road. Most of the people in the protest are the youth. Reasons for the protest are not yet known.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

SPUU Program Wish To Develop Mamelodi East

SPUU Program Wish To Develop Mamelodi East

275 Stakeholder Planning Workshop ParticipantsDifferent stakeholders gathered together at the City of Tshwane on Friday to discuss the safety, promotion and development of Mamelodi East.

Safety Programm through the Urban Upgrading (SPUU) programme aims to improve the resilience of communities against violence and to strengthen social cohesion, unhealthy environment, unsafe public spaces, unemployment, lack of opportunities to participate in community life, family disintegration and substance abuse.

SPUU programme focuses on the potential and opportunities to increase safety through preventative strategies by investing in people and improving the quality of public space in Mamelodi East. They are aiming at improving infrastructure, safer schools and youth empowerment.

IMG_1131The program is part of the German-South Africa cooperation in the focal area of Local Government Development. Their target is neglect of children, domestic violence, unemployment and drugs and alcohol abuse.

During the programme audiences were given a platform to raise questions and discuss possible solutions to the problems. Some of the questions will be addressed later. The stakeholders were asked to put down on paper matters raised in the programme that relate to them and write down their contributions to assist with resolving the matters. More information will be update as soon as the next programme occurs and when solutions will be discussed.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Professor van Onselen Awarded with 2nd Annual HSRC Medal in Pretoria

 

Professor van Onselen Awarded with 2nd Annual HSRC Medal in Pretoria

Professor van Onselen, HSRC CEO Professor Soudien, HSRC Board Chair Nasima Badsha

Professor Charles van Onselen, Research Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria was on Friday honoured with the Human Science Research Council’s Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities at its second awards ceremony.

These Awards recognise the role of the social sciences and humanities in transforming society. Professor van Onselen is an internationally renowned historian and is one of only a few A-rated scholars in South Africa. His work straddles a number of disciplinary domains and has a bearing on the fields of historical studies, sociology, criminology and cultural studies.

“It has become more important than ever that we in the social sciences understand what drives human behaviour so that we are able to implement meaningful and sustainable solutions to increasingly severe challenges. Despite all our knowledge the human condition is severely affected by deepening conditions of poverty and inequality. The answers we need to resolve these conditions lie in the social sciences and humanities”, said the CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council Professor Crain Soudien.

Professor van Onselen delivering acceptance speechProfessor van Onselen said that in accepting the Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities and in contextualising the value of the social sciences to South Africa, “Unlike the natural sciences there simply are no ‘iron laws’ in our disciplines that determine the myriad ways in which class and colour, culture and gender, ethnic and racial identity, modernity and tradition, honour and shame, the law and social justice, or poverty and wealth can either help bind or divide us as we yearn to reduce the appalling levels of conflicts and violence that wrack society, the key to understanding most of these formidable and elusive interactions lies not so much in the natural or biological sciences, in engineering, medicine or technological innovation but in the core disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences”, added the professor.

During the award ceremony, Professor Charles van O also gave speech to the audiences. Professor Njabulo Ndebele was also awarded the 2016 Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Takuana Ne Shome Hope To Get Sponsor

Takuana Ne Shome Hope To Get Sponsor

 

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A group of nine team is running Takuana Ne Shome and hoping to get a sponsor for their services that they offer to the community. The organization has been running for four years and been registered since June 2016. They are in partnership with Holani and Stanza Bopape clinic. They are dealing patients who are living with HIV and Aids and making sure that the community understand HIV risks, know their status and have access to appropriate and quality service. At the moment they visiting their patients who can’t come to the centre at their homes and those who can visit them at their work place. They have been borrowed a place to work in temporarily and they are not sure when their term will come to the end. During their visit they bath them, clean and cook for them. The group need a stable place to work in, equipment such us gloves, hand washer, towels, adults nappies, refuse bags, disinfection for patients, linen safer, computers of admin and data capturing for reports, furniture, food to give their patients when they visit them and parcels if possible and transport allowance for home visits. “Some of us are not working and we take food from our homes to cook for our patients, said Reginah Mahlangu, one of the team members. Mrs Johanna Mashapa, the project manager said anyone with help and anything will help the organization grow and render their services to the community can contact her on 072-505-8161. Your help will be appreciated.

My experience at Tateni Community Centre So Far.

My experience at Tateni Community Centre So Far

I started volunteering at the centre past three weeks ago, it has been amazing so far. I got to learn a lot about caring, sharing with other people and not undermining those who are not educated. At the youth Development Programs from Tateni, I’ve seen so many young people who are enthusiastic and career driven but unfortunately haven’t got the opportunities to prove themselves. I’ve met a lot of people at the centre who are nice and willing to work with me. Although I’m still new. I can’t wait to go for Home visits and write a report about it. I’ve always enjoyed helping many people, I’ve helped a lot already and still will help more of them. It is interesting to work with people who are willing to help others. I mean there are not a lot of people who are passionate with helping others, especially this day and age. I’m looking forward in working with them. They awesome!!!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Absence Of Magistrate Leads To Case Postponed

Absence Of Magistrate Leads To Case Postponed

The case of Phineas Mampane was postponed this morning at Mamelodi West, A5 Magistrate court after the magistrate was absent. Reasons for his absence are not yet known. The case is postponed to 6 September 2017. Phineas was accused of murder and he’s still on trial. He’s currently in custody until the postponed date.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tateni Throws Farewell For German Friends

Tateni Throws Farewell For German Friends

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Tateni Community Centre had a farewell function this morning for their German friends. The two young men  Ole Ostermann and Benedikt Eichner from Germany came to South Africa for a year to do their voluntary work at Tateni. They decided to take a gap year after their matric before they start their Engineering course at the university. They have now finished their term at Tateni and going back home.

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On behalf of the directors and the staff, RED. Mokgokong, the executive director of Tateni gave a speech during the function to thank for their commitment and help to the centre.

“We thank you for having selected Tateni for your volunteer gap year, we thank you for your service and good working spirit. We wish everything of the best in your university studies and invite to South Africa to render your engineering skills on completion of your studies. Be blessed in all your future”, said Mrs Mokgokong.

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She added that she thank them for always willing to be of help to all and for making themselves available and spend time with the vulnerable children at the drop in centres especially the English reading program.

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One of the staff members, Sello Motabeng said that it was really nice having them at the organization, and he would like to wish them all the best and to have a lovely journey home, him and the children at the drop in centre going to miss them.

 

More people like Benedikt and Ole are wished to come to the cetre.  “It fells weird, I have been staying  here for too long and it came down that I have to go home after I have adapted to the environment  and a way of living here, is more difficult to leave SA now than it was to leave Germany, at least when I left Germany I knew that I was coming back home after a year where as now  I know that I’m not coming back to SA anytime soon”, said Ole Osternmann.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Medal Parade Ceremony Honours Police; Mamelodi East

Medal Parade Ceremony Honours Police; Mamelodi East

About 49 Police Received Medal Parade Yesterday

IMG_1071Mamelodi East Police held a ceremony yesterday morning at Mamelodi East police station to commemorate service and loyalty by the members of the police in Tshwane cluster.

The police who have been serving the community and country for 10 years, 20 years and 30 years received their medals. Senior commanders, CPF chair person and recipients were there to attend the ceremony. “We gathered here today because we are handing out medals

“We gathered here today because we are handing out medals for 10 years, 20 years and 30 years of loyal service and to commemorate unselfish of service to fight crime in the community and country”, said General Andre’ Wiese. He added that the members were given the awards as an achievement and accomplishment in the SAPS.

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General Andre’ Wiese

He gave a speech during the ceremony and also thanked for those who came to support the members and those on parade who dedicated their whole life in the SAPS.

 

He also encouraged the members to wear their ribbons and medals they were given to wear them with pride. Mamelodi West station commander, Brigadier Tshayana was there to witness the awarding giving of the recipients.

“I would like to thank people for coming and spending an amount of time, the award is given to people who have been loyal for 10 years, 20 years and 30 years of service displayed continuously, wear them with pride knowing that it came with a price, go and shine and no amount of money can pay the service you have rendered”, said Brigadier Tshayana, station commander.

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Station commander, Brigadier Tshayana

 

“I’m very happy for all the hard work, it was not easy there are a lot of police who wished to be here but couldn’t, I’m very honoured to be at the ceremony and I’m hoping to receive 20 years and 30 years”, said Sargent Mando Kau.

Captain Duduzile  Mkhonza who has worked for the SAPS for 20 years and received a medal said that at times it was not easy, sometimes you will get emotional and firm but through God, they managed to do their job. She was very happy to get a silver medal and hoping to get 30 years medal.

Captain Lydia Mokgotho said that the journey is very hard and need dedication and she felt that she was there to serve the community. She was honoured to receive the medal and she said that the medal gave her confidence to continue because she believes that loyalty doesn’t start by looking at the person but dedication.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mams Grannies Use Tateni For Their Projects

Mams Grannies Use Tateni For Their Projects

20170822_092456Mamelodi Grannies are using Tateni Community Centre for their hand work projects and for doing their exercises. The ladies visit the centre twice a month. Most of them say that they don’t want to stay home and do nothing. On Tuesday, as part of their knitting lessons, they were taught to knit a yoyo that can be put on jerseys and hair bands. The ladies once sold their blankets that they knitted to Canada and it said that many people bought it as they loved it. The challenge that the centre is facing is that they have no enough sponsors or funds to keep the ladies at the centre every day. 20170822_103537The grannies haven’t got a sponsor for the projects that they are running. “They only come twice a week because the centre does not have enough food for every day and can only afford to have them twice a month, we give them breakfast and lunch every time they come at the centre and they use the centre for exercising and doing their hand work”, said Johanna Ramasehla, one of the Gogo’s assistant. The centre is also going to get a sponsorship from one of the agriculture companies, who will be assisting them with vegetables for them to grow and sell to get income. 20170822_093236 (1)“Most of the grannies are looking after orphans and vulnerable children that Tateni is currently taking care of”, added Johanna. She mentioned that Pick’n Pay comes to the centre every Tuesday and they share food with the ladies as well as kids at the drop-in centres. Johanna encourages the grannies and children who are not aware of Tateni that they are there to help with family matters or any issue they have and they are more than welcome to come forth and join Tateni.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Give Them Hope Hosts Fun Run In Mamelodi; Nelmapius

Give Them Hope Hosts Fun Run In Mamelodi; Nelmapius

IMG-20170821-WA0006Pinky Mothiba, Founder of Give Them Hope had organized a fun run on Saturday at Nelmapius Multipurpose centre in Lesedi Road. The event’s purpose was to rise awareness of the challenges were faced by people in the community especially those who live with orphans and neglected children. “The purpose of the event is to make aware of the challenges were faced on daily basis bringing up the orphans and neglected children of our community. It is the responsibility of the community to make difference in these children’s lives”, said the founder.

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The founder added that most of the people just think orphans are put in the orphanage because they have lost their parents and not considering the fact that these children go through a lot of challenges, some of them were raped and some abused in so many ways and they need to be loved.

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The event received support from Big Save, Master Copy, Distri Liquor, Spar Willow Way, House of Grace Worship Centre, Debonairs, Coke and the community were also part of the event.

The founder also mentioned that Mphaki Mashifane from Mams FM and Raymond also contributed to the event, IBA (coke) send them a truck with the system so it was easy for them to speak to the people at their event. The organisation also managed to make soccer tournament for the small clubs for the community.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Alleged Wife Killer Denied Bail

Alleged Wife Killer Denied Bail

Phineus Mampane appeared in court this afternoon after a case of murder was opened against him. He was accused of murdering his girlfriend on June 24 2017. His case was taken to the high court for partial bail application before it was brought to Mamelodi West Magistrate court today. He pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend. ” I did not kill her deliberately I was trying to defend myself”, said Phenius Mampane. The prosecutor Miss Mbelengwe asked the accused to describe the fight between them and he replied that they were never in a physical fight but in a verbal fight. A protection order was opened against him a day before he murdered his girlfriend by the deceased and he confirmed to the court that he knew what the protection order was about but he did not understand and no one explained it to him until he went to where the protection order was made. He told the court that he wanted bail because he claimed to be taking care of the kids. Whilst on the protection order, the deceased said he did not help her or the kids with anything. The accused said they had fought in their relationship but he said that he never threatened her. The prosecutor read the statement where the deceased said she was no longer feeling safe as well her children because he threatened to kill her including the children. He denied all the facts raised by the deceased on the protection order saying that he doesn’t know anything about it. The court denied him bail and the case was postponed to 29 August 2017.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Spending My Weekend Babysitting Lara

Spending My Weekend Babysitting Lara

 

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This is amazing and it always is. She’s seven months old and believes me is just like looking after a baby. In the morning when we wake up (7 am) we make sure we take her out so she pees outside. It’s amazing that she doesn’t pee or poo in the house unless she’s doing it deliberately, haha I know that’s silly but that’s what she does.

IMG_7575From there we go for a walk except for this morning, Gosh! it was so cold that I didn’t wish to stay out of bed. But guess what? Lara wanted to play outside as cold as it was. Don’t think when you let her play and get her tired she will easily get tired and sleep, no that’s not her she will play all day, we will try to take her out for a walk just to get her tired…well it doesn’t work until she decides to sleep herself.

That’s when I get my breath back. Looking at her during her sleep it the most beautiful thing ever! She’s adorable…

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She reminds me of when she was a baby, her first day at home. She was struggling.

We all thought that she must have been missing her mum and brothers. We all felt bad about it but she eventually got over it. After that, it was always fun. You won’t believe how much I miss her all the time when I’m in Mamelodi. Funny enough my parents think Lara get’s all the attention than everyone else “we know our place”, they always say.

Freaky part of babysitting 

When we have to go to bed, we have to put the alarm on and if we don’t get the instructions right the alarm will go off. Monitor net (security) guys get at the house as quickly as possible and Lara doesn’t like seeing those guys in the garden with their touch on. I’m not sure if it freaks her out or she just becomes over protective. She won’t go to bed immediately. We freak out too when the alarm is off. Because they will come after we reset if they will set the alarm off and we would think is somebody else and not them.

The interesting part 

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The interesting part is that she has her own bed in my parent’s bedroom but she never uses it haha! she always sleeps right at our feet and she enjoys it. She does the same thing with my parents. I always miss these moments. When she’s about to eat and when we play fetch, the excitement and energy…I love seeing that. I can watch that all day.

The sad part

When I have to leave home to come back to Mamelodi. Leaving my family and Lara it is always sad. For some reason, I feel like I’m not coming back even although I am. Every time I come back even after a week or so it feels like a year and I always tell them how long it feels and it turns out to be a joke. I always look forward to the next time when I come back home. It is true that “there’s no place like home”.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sitting At Court This morning Made Me Wonder…

Sitting At Court This Morning Made Me Wonder…

I woke up this morning, got ready, had a cup of tea and went to Mamelodi West Magistrate court. I got there an hour early. As I was looking at the list at the hall way I saw the name I was looking for and waited in court. Well, first I had to make sure I was at the right court. It was just a few of us to start with, then more people started coming in.

30 minutes before the court started prisoners started coming in and out of the cells with the police and I wondered what was going on. I went out and asked the security where they were going and he said “oh them? they going to court, they are different courts around here and not just one you are from”, and I went oh gosh! isn’t that obvious? and laughed. That’s curiosity!

We were supposed to start at 9 am they called people I was not there for but it was interesting, sitting there listing to what they were arrested for and the charges against them by the magistrate. Others were on bail and most were postponed for further investigations. When they got to the name I was waiting for and not just I, they said he’s delaying we have to wait till 11:00. We waited…

There were many court cases attended and I began to wonder how many cases are reported every day, how many they are currently dealing with at court and what mostly these people are arrested for? It got me worried when I saw a lot of young faces arrested for theft, robbery attempted murder…

When they got to the name I was waiting for and not just I, they said he’s delaying we have to wait till 11:00. We waited… As there were many court cases attended that day I began to wonder how many cases are reported every day, how many they are currently dealing with at court and what mostly these people are arrested for?

11:00 when the magistrate came back for other cases he was never called and they said we have to come back at 11:30, it happened again and again until 2 pm, the last case of the day. He appeared by then I left the court for family matters.

According to the source, he appeared to court and started denying the allegations. He claimed that he did not kill his wife and later admitted it and said he did not kill her deliberately. This matter was postponed to Monday. From last time when I was following this case, they said that he was applying for bail. I don’t know what I’m expecting from the court. I’m still wondering…

I can’t wait to write more about this.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Taxi Drivers And Owners Demand Answers From MMC

Mamelodi Taxi Drivers And Owners Demand Answers From MMC

 

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Mamelodi this morning

The city of Tshwane MMC for Trasport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge has received a memorandum today at Pretoria’s Tshwane House from taxi drivers and owners of different areas. This happened after local taxi drivers and owners from Mamelodi, Soshanguvhe, Mabopane and Marabastard protested today in Pretoria to Tshwane House.

Mamelodi police monitored the situation to prevent the protest in Mamelodi, taxi’s were operating in the morning. The deputy chairperson of Mamelodi Local Taxi Association (MALTA), Monageng Stuurnan said that they do not support the protest by the taxi drivers and owners of Mamelodi.

 

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Pretoria near Tshwane House

Reports say Soshanguvhe, Mabopane and Marabastad areas were affected by the protest and taxis were not operating in those areas including the railway station causing the train to stop operating as well.

 

Taxi drivers and owners from those areas came together to hand their memorandums to the Tshwane MMC and asked for the MMC to sign the Memorandum to acknowledge that she has received it.

“I have received the memorandum from the taxi drivers and taking the matter to the province to negotiate, I told them that I will give them feedback within 14 days”, said the MMC.

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Tshwane MMC for Transport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge

She described the matter as long term process because the taxi drivers and owners haven’t paid the money that they owe Tshwane which causes them not to be able to get their licence renewed, permits and allowance to use the roads. This issue, in turn, causes the Metro police to give them tickets for not having the right documents with them while driving passengers.
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During the protest, the drivers had boxes written “Tickets must fall”, in their hands. The complaint was also mentioned in the memorandum.

According to the taxi drivers from Mamelodi, not many from the area have joined the protest to Pretoria CBD.

The taxi drivers and owners are currently waiting for 2 weeks to pass in order for them to get their answers from the MMC. The matter remains the subject to Sheila Lynn Senkubuge.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Just Faith Concert At UP Campus; Mamelodi

Just Faith Concert At UP Campus; Mamelodi

Just Faith had a concert on Sunday at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus.IMG_0998

Different organisations were invited to the exhibition to share their services with the community.

During the event, the campus Manager, Edwin Smith was called on stage to present his speech about the faculty of Theology to the audiences.

“The event ushered in a new pathway to the University of Pretoria for local residents interested in studying at our University, It also strengthens the University’s offering for the community and our local partners dealing with a number of pressing challenges in our community”, said Mr Smith. He added that he was very excited themselves broadening their involvement in the community through their campus.

IMG_0994Music bands were there to perform on stage as well as poets.

According to their website, the organisation “Feast of the Clowns” was established in 2000 and started as a small street festival and has now grown to the large annual festival in the city.

Their campaign this week will be focusing on substance use and harm reduction, homelessness, mental health and gender justice. Their main focus will be on substance abuse with a sub-focus on homelessness and mental health.

 

IMG_1002All of their workshops will be hosted in Pretoria including Mamelodi.

The exhibition has also given the organisations a platform to make contacts as well as to know about each other’s services that they offer the community.

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Their event in Mamelodi took place for two days in a row (Sunday 13 Aug and Monday 14 Aug). Sunday being used for the exhibition and Monday for the address of the matters including, gender justice and substance use.

 

 

Other events will take place in different venues this week until the 19th of August.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tateni Want To Transform Lives Of Young People; Mamelodi

 

Tateni Want To Transform Lives Of Young People; Mamelodi

IMG_0991Tateni Community Care Service want to change lives of young people in the community. The centre has introduced their new program “break the circle of poverty” where they assist young people in the community with getting job opportunity and those who have matric and want to further their studies to get opportunities to go to university.

IMG_0988They are currently running a three days program (Monday 14 August- Wed the 16 August) at Vista University for the youth. On Friday they had a workshop at Rephafugile Secondary School for young people and also invited Kedibone Kekana from German Government which is in partnership with the City Of Tshwane to have a discussion with the youth.

The purpose of the workshop was to give the youth the opportunity to bring their ideas forth that they want to resolve because it matters to them.

IMG_0980During the workshop, they discussed things needed to be done to make the community safe which resulted to young people mentioning that there has to be patrolling in the areas of Mamelodi, young people have to get involved in various activities or form any part of a group in the community to educate each other and illegal dumping issues causing health issues.

IMG_0983Forms were given to the students to assist completing the survey.

“I’m here today talking to the youth because their ideas are important to us”, said Kedibone Kekana from German Government. She added that their program is focusing on the youth as well as the infrastructure that is going to be changed in the next four years.

Students from Rephafogile said in the next 10 years, they want to see themselves studying teaching, educating men about fatherhood, building a community centre for activities, helping vulnerable children with basic needs, creating jobs opportunities for the youth and creating youth forums to address challenges faced by young people.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Prof.Phaswana-Mafuya Visits Mamelodi To Motivate Students

Prof. Phaswana-Mafuya Visits Mamelodi To Motivate Students

 

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Prof. Phaswana-Mafuya

 

Prof.Nancy (Refilwe) Phaswana-Mafuya, Research Director in the HIV/AIDS/STI/TB (HAST) Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University visited Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC) today to motivate students to take Maths and sciences as a career.

IMG_0963“We invited girls from schools who do maths and sciences and encouraged them to take them as a career. We had a speaker, women of science award from Port Elizabeth. She won a national award for science by NSTF. She addressed the students and we did this for Women’s Day, we also invited mothers to be part of the event”, said Christa Van Schalkwyk, the Centre’s Manager.

The main purpose of the event was to encourage the kids to take the scientific field as their career.IMG_0971 “I have learned a lot from the programme, it taught me so many things including that even if you are from a poor background you can still make it. If you don’t have money to further your studies, we were encouraged to study hard to get bursaries to further our studies”, said Lerato Thlako from Bonang Lesedi Secondary School.

Students were from Lehlabile, Bonang Lesedi, Solomon Mahlangu, Stanza Bopape, Mamelodi High School and Phateng Secondary Schools.

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Most of them are maths higher grade students and the idea behind this event was to encourage and motivate them. The subject adviser for maths, Mosima Bokhosi was also invited to take part as a speaker at the programme.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Evah Celebrated Women’s Day Supporting Women’s Soccer In Mamelodi

Evah Celebrated Women’s Day Supporting Women’s Soccer In Mamelodi

IMG_0959Evah Mokwape, the former vice captain for South African National team Banyana-Banyana and an organiser for the event, celebrated Women’s Day yesterday at the University Of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus. The event was involving netball and soccer for both female and male. “The event went well, I did what I did because I wanted to see the girls enjoying sports, as a supervisor captain, I played to the professional level, I wanted to plot that to the community and motivate girls that they can do it well”, said Evah Mokwape. She added that the event was women’s day celebration and she also invited legends to support at the event.

 

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Evah Mokwape motivating the crowd

 

According to her, the event was beyond her expectation as it was her first and she’s expecting more events to come and also getting more sponsors. The legends were including Go Mabusela, Magents Motale, Trott Moloto and Thomas Kwenaite.

Teams played were, from Netball, Lovers Girls, Church New Apostolic and Mamelodi West. And from soccer (female), Tukkies Mamelodi Ladies, Mamelodi Ladies and Aqualle, (male), Golden Legends and Liverpool.  Mams Ladies played VS Mams Tuks and scored 3-0, Liverpool VS Golden Legends 7-5.7D1_7298 (2)

Best player No 4 Tuks and Mamelodi ladies goal keeper received a trophy for their excellent performance during the match. The games were featured Magents Motale from Bafana-Bafana, Orlando Pirates, Jappie Motale from Supersports, Darkie Morudi from Sundowns, the youngest of our players were 35 years old and older, they played against under 19’s coached by the ex-Sundowns legend, Alpheus “Go” Mabusela.

7D1_7380“They have the energy, we have the experience though it was not good enough today. At least we showed them how the game is played. Not giving up even when is tough. Adjusting our game plan as per the requirements of the game.

“In the end to us is about having fun enjoying what we love and sharing with them. Inspiring and motivating the youth”, said Sam Mphaki Mashifane from Golden Legends.   IMG-20170812-WA0006                                                                                                                                        The sponsors for the event were, Curro Mamelodi School, Thibo Cafe, Spaza Sam, City Of Tshwane MMC, Gauteng Province MEC, Buti Molefyane, Aquelle for water and UP for the venue.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Couple Runs Children Centre In Mamelodi

Couple Runs Children Centre In Mamelodi

A couple runs children centre in Mamelodi East, Extension 5. The centre called House Of Faith and it opens six days a week including Saturdays. The children’s age ranges from three to 14 years old. The organisation is depending on the parent’s contributions and does not have anyone relying upon. They have about 50 kids that they currently assist with homework, food and clothing that another organisation donates to the centre. “The challenge that we are having is that not all the parents contribute and we sometimes don’t have enough to give the kids”, said Lucky Mbatha. They used to cook for them before and their stove broke. They now give the kids biscuits and juice until they get a new cooker. The organisation was registered this year February. They help all the kids who can benefit from the organisation. “We are not only helping children from disadvantaged families any who can benefit from this programs, we believe that all the children need someone to help them with something”, said Khosi Mchunu. The couple sometimes visits schools to motivate children. They are not only helping with school work but they also do parent to children talk, play games, sometimes have a movie day and fun days at the centre. Khosi Mchunu says she plays a mother role to the kids as well where as Lucky plays a father role. They would love to get a sponsor for table and chairs for the kids, reading books, indigenous toys, a day to day food and furniture (shelves for the books). They plan to bring more people or volunteers to assist with teaching differently. Anyone with any help for the kids can directly phone Aus Khosi on 079 740 8403. Sharing is caring.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Docket Opened After Train Struck Man Near Phase 2

Docket Opened After Train Struck Man Near Phase 2

Mamelodi East police were called to the scene in Phase 2 yesterday afternoon after a 32-year-old man was hit by a goods train. “It is unclear what exactly happened at this stage but deceased known in that area was found lying near the rail line in what appears to be hit by a train”, said the police spokesperson captain Michael Mbewe. Inquest docket is opened for investigation.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Panyaza Lesufi Met With School Managements

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The MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi met with school managements yesterday at Mahube Valley Secondary School in Mamelodi East. The MEC was at school to investigate issues surrounding allegation of sexual assault against a Scholar Patroller involving a Grade 12 learner. Following the investigation of the MEC, it is alleged that the suspect took advantage of the learner who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol that was brought by three boys at school. It was reported that the learner went missing and was found by the teacher indulging in sexual activities. The department will provide support and counselling to all learners affected by the issue.

By: Fortunate Machaba