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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Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza

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.

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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

 

It’s About Time!

Christmas is just around the corner and it will be so exciting to know what other people do for Xmas.

 

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I’ll tell you about what my family and I do. We just putted up the Christmas tree, as lovely as it is from the photograph believe me it’s even better looking in reality. Although I wasn’t really there when they put this tree up. Well most of the times, things at home just happens when I’m at work and I mean good things!

Going back to the Christmas time, today when I was at the Christmas shop where I work for my holidays, the customer came in and asked for wraps to use for presents that she bought for street kids. Gosh! I missed a good story because I was on duty. Anyway, later this evening when I was reading a newspaper, I read an article about a group of senior citizens from Atteridgeville who gave elders early Chrismas presents yesterday. Like a lot of people out there are doing the same for the people in the community. That is called bringing back to the community.

You know there is a saying that “There is no place like home”, I know you recall that saying right?. To me home doesn’t necessarily mean your home where you grew up with your family, at some point I see the community as home as well. Putting a smile on someone’s face wont hurt. Sometimes we do what we do because we want to impress other people but have you really considered what impress you?I would if I were you .

We are approaching Christmas and a New year. It gets really busy this time of the year and dangerous too, please be careful out there. What ever you do think about your life, future as well as others. I’m wishing you a marry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

By: Fortunate Machaba 

 

BlackLives & Matemba Celebrated World Aids Day

 

IMG-20171203-WA0005There is so much to do in the community for children including orphans and vulnerable. Reverting to do more for the community, BlackLive (local clothing brand) together with Matemba (drop in centre) have gathered for children’s Christmas party and also celebrated Worlds Aids Day. The event took place in Mamelodi extension 4 near the community library on the 1st of December. The organization have organized the party and BlackLives joined in and donated clothes for the children.

IMG-20171203-WA0003On that day the children were performing drama, dance and the best performers won prizes. “The event was to encourage children to dream big despite their backgrounds and to make them feel loved and secure. There is no worst feeling than seeing children with no proper clothes, I really feel touched when giving them a word of motivation. It felt like they needed those words in order for them to start believing in themselves”, said Fortune Mduduzi Zondo, founder of BlackLives . He added that the feeling of helping the kids was great, seeing those humble and innocent souls happy and his aim was to add hope. He thanked his business partner Mbongeni Habile for helping him making this happen. About 70 kids attended the event tat day. City of Tshwane sponsored the event and the event started at 10 am.

By: Fortunate Machaba

ALLEGED MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

A 26 year old man handed himself to the Police on the 22th of November 2017 in the morning at Mamelodi East after allegedly stabbing and killing his girlfriend with a sharp object in extension 20.

The suspect approached the police early that day to confess. The 22 year old deceased was a tenant who was renting in the backrooms in extension 20 and a sharp object was found to have killed her.

A case of murder is opened and the suspect will appear in Mamelodi Court.

By: Itshokeng Nkadimeng

About 70 Kids Attended YMCA International Prayer Week

IMG-20171121-WA0009YMCA celebrated their international prayer week on Saturday in Mameldi East. The main purpose was to empower young people about life, leadership and service. 70 kids from the community attended the service that day. “It was a great day to spend in the presence of God and the youth. Every year YMCA has international prayer week, so on the sixth day of prayer, all the YMCA’s come together and pray. Mamelodi YMCA was the host this year”, said Pastor Lesiba Raphokoane. The Soweto and Ga-rankuwa YMCA were also part of the prayer as well as other stakeholders.  YMCA has three locals in Gauteng which assisted in organising the event.

IMG-20171121-WA0015During the event, they had variety of activities on stage. They had dancers, poets, karate kids and drama kids performing. “Mamelodi YMCA is alive and active, we urge young people around Mamelodi to come to Mamelodi YMCA to enjoy themselves as they are preparing for life”, Added Pastor Raphokoane. YMCA have other activities such as Y-Zone, it’s a program aiming at providing after care programs, Y-Justice, an advocacy program that provides awareness and prevention through the communities and giving back positive results in the YMCA, Y-Arts, which is a development of arts and culture through activities in local YMCA’s that include drama and music.

IMG-20171121-WA0013PortianTshepe, Matsepo from Soweto YMCA and Phuthegi banda from Ga-Rankuwa YMCA came to Mamelodi as representatives of their branches. Pastor Raphokoane and Monica Tshabalala were representing Mamelodi YMCA. Pastor Raphokoane asked the parents to release their children to come to YMCA in Mamelodi East and for the parents who would like their children to participate in their programs, they are urged to contact the Chairperson of the board, Mr Thapelo Rantho on 0721923218 or Secretary Pastor Lesiba Raphokoane on 0732734421 or Youth Facilitator, Monica Tshabalala 0733361938.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Library Offers Community With More Resource

IMG-20171116-WA0010IkamvaYouth opened their library on Thursday in Mamelodi West D6, to promote literacy and a culture of reading to students in the community. “We decided to open the library because we wanted to promote literacy and also promote the culture of reading. Our library is also stocked with books for different schools subjects so that our learners can have different references to help them in their academic development”, said Neo Rakoma.

The establishment of the library was facilitated by Progress SA Foundation who help disadvantaged schools with establishing their libraries including science laboratories, after school programs, arts and crafts, sports & sports field and renovation of schools. They donated shelves, facilitated  books donations to Ikamva and books were sourced are from Protea Book Shop, family & friends. Ikamva Youth managed to source books from Credo Book Shop. Coca Cola Beverages South Africa assisted with ensuring that the library was secured and Micasa Tours donated paint for the library.

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The speaker of the day was author Zama Gamede. Zama writes Life Skills books that are targeting high school learners. One of her books, “Minding the Gap Hitchhikers Guide to the Working World”, takes graduates through the journey of the human resources process. The books gives “job seekers” ideas of what to expect when they enter the world of work.

 

 

According to Neo Rakoma, they feel proud about having the library because they believe that it’s an investment to the future of children.

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IkamvaYouth is an NPO (Non-profit Organisation) that is aimed at developing young people through education.

They offer a variety of lessons including tutoring sessions from Grade 9-12 in all subjects 3 times a week, also offer computer literacy classes, career guidance, mentorship for all grades but focusing more on the grade 9’s since they help them choose subjects for the next Grade.

With the Grade 12 students, they assist them with choosing the right career paths. The school also do Life Skills sessions to create an awareness on the social ills that affect the youth. They also offer Media Image Expression which allows students to express themselves through arts and media.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Artist Of The Week!

PTM_8899Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada, a fast rising independent Artist and have been in the industry since he was a teen. Don Dada pushes boundaries to move from strength to strength and well known as a GameChanger.

He is currently promoting his EP that he dropped on 1912OnlineRadio as already has the first few radio interviews scheduled even though it is still in the process of making it available for downloads on digital platforms.

One of his FB pages https://www.facebook.com/DonDaDaMusic01 is the evidence of his journey.

Top Six Facts, under title: Dada claims the hashtags: #Game Changer:

  1. First artist ever [globally] to have an in-house broadcasting station – Dada runs his segment HipHop4Life #DadaFriday from his studio . 1912Radio set up the branch to accommodate him  http://iono.fm/p/370. This segment is also the first full Facebook Live show that is fast gaining popularity from across the globe on Friday nights – attached a compliment received from the UK. The 20th October episode has over 10k views and 30 shares even though this show is 8 weeks old and not broadly advertised. This shows has alreal attracted established artists, to date we have interview the likes of Bongani Fassie, DaLES and his full F2D camp, Benny Afro and Mutherland/GettoRuff HipHop artist to name a few
  2. Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada an independent artist, debut on the 2016 Mandela Day Concert stage.
  3. Released the Official 2017 Mandela Song supported by Content Connect Africa,  MTN and approved by the Nelson Mandela Foundation
  4. Don Dada was the only male artist interviewed on 2017 woman’s day dedicating his track ‘We Appreciate You’ to woman. He was interviewed on 2 stations on woman’s day [1912Radio and Kofifi].
  5. Best performing [stats related] 2016 MTN Tweet guest and was invited back as the 1st 2017 Tweet Guest – reports attached
  6. Was invited to and captured the Zimbabwean market including opening act on their Shooting Stars Reggae Concert – This concert was a milestone reached in Zimbabwean Music History as the first time that 2 major Jamaican artists [Beenie and Demarco] performed on different stages at the same time. This takes his reach outside of SA.

Download the link below, it contains his AVANT GARDE album and VIVA Mandela single:

His EP is available for you on digital platforms from now on and from the 25th November in Zimbabwe and finally on every digital platform globally thereafter.

Have a look at the latest articles written about Don Dada :

http://northcliffmelvilletimes.co.za/259124/don-of-the-airwaves/  Don Dada had a successful launch on Friday 1st September.

The VIVA Mandela music video https://youtu.be/ljkVA2Pv_No

The 3 AVANT Garde music videos are on YouTube:

V8 COUPE: https://youtu.be/ATm8jHtBokA 14k views

A- TEAM: https://youtu.be/mGTBDpk0HxU 19k views

PRISOM: https://youtu.be/asmyhNrIksQ 11k views

His personal Facebook page is testimony of his journey https://www.facebook.com/DonDaDaMusic01

His social media handle on Twitter, Instagram and FB fan page @dondadamusic

His journey is inspirational as it talks to commitment, dedication and action to make any dream a reality.  A shining STAR

Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada would be the suitable candidate as his journey inspires others to follow.

For more information contact Layla Gibbons +27832126426 /  +27833834016

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Fraudsters Targeting SASSA Beneficiaries

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is raising concerns about beneficiaries who have received fake SMS’s from people claiming to be SASSA officials. They claim that there is a Christmas competition which beneficiaries should enter so they win a prize. In order for them to enter the competition the fraudsters asked beneficiaries for their ID Numbers, Pins and SASSA card number.

The SMS’s read as follow “Dear SASSA client, you are selected in our Christmas draw 10 out of 100 clients can win 1500 that will be in your account the 1st of December 2017. Please urgently reply/ sms to enter in draw your ID no, last 4 digits of card no & your pin. Lucky Christmas draw… Sassa Head Office”

Beneficiaries are warned that if they get this sms is a scam and urged to ignore it. It is said that SASSA will never ask for your pin or card number. The Agency does nit have Christmas competition. Clients are reminded to keep their pin as secret . “Beneficiaries of social grants need to be extra vigilant during this time of the year, as they are many fraudsters who will target the innocent and vulnerable”, said Perl Bhengu, SASSA CEO. Beneficiaries are urged to call SASSA  on 0800601011 for confirmation if offers.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Another Group Achieves At Impendulo

IMG-20171114-WA0003Impendulo Foundation had students graduation party on Friday at Nelmapius, extension 2 community hall. Students attended their month entrepreneur and life skills course.

“This graduation was at a better level in terms of the learners. They were more committed, focused and stuck through it till the end which is a very important trait of an entrepreneur, stakeholder engagement- more stakeholders and partnerships came on board as a result resources to celebrate the achievement were not much of a challenge”, said Wendy Mpendulo, the founder. She added that the most exciting part about the course was the entrepreneural capabilities of the learners.

The event was organised by the students from beginning till the end.  They have organized from décor to catering. The community leader, councillor, Mr T. Ntlaleng gave the organisation a great support and sponsored the event.  Wendy said their support made their work much easier.

Students had to pitch their business ideas on the day of graduation and this time’s pitch was more about  quality. Wendy mentioned that the learners are ready to take on the world and create sustainable jobs and they are looking forward to the learners enrolling for the Advanced Course of Leather Manufacturing and Mixed Farming so that they can acquire more tangible skills they can use and ensure that they run a sustainable business. IMG-20171114-WA0006

According to Wendy Mpendulo, it is a great achievement for the NPO especially during this GEW (Global Entrepreneurship Week) and month. They are very happy to have contributed in poverty alleviation and job creation in our country. We are sure that Nellmapius will never remain the same ever. “I truly thank God for this wonderful opportunity to contribute to the divine fullfillment of humankind”, added Wendy.

During the occassion there were feedbacks from parents in attendance, appreciating the work of the foundation and ensuring that their kids are equiped and offered skills that parents would not normally afford to pay for. Also that they are kept away from loittering and involved in drug and criminal activities. “Impendulo classes have been fruitful, most of us never thought of working for ourselves but with a bit of help from Impendulo we have developed the entrepreneur skills and going to be our own bosses”, said Itumeleng Khoza, one of the students.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Taxi Strike Left Mamelodi Commuters Stranded

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one of the busiest roads in Mamelodi, Phase 3 is quiet.

The National Taxi strike left Mamelodi residents stranded this morning. Most of the passengers were not aware of the strike and were awaiting as they were going to work. Tsamaya road was also blocked this morning. The taxi drivers marched to the Union Buildings this morning and handed over the memorandum of grievances to the Department of transport. It is said that the Department is given up to 21 days to respond.

 

It is not yet known what are their demands yet. “we can’t go to work for our kids today but I have reported at work. It is good for them that they are striking, it is for their own benefit, because at least they will be able to replace it tomorrow and we wont be able to replace ours so it affects us badly”, said one of the resident who wish not to be named or appear on Mamelodi Happenings. One of the grade 11 student who lives in Nelmapius and attends school at Lehlabile Secondary School had to walk to school this morning to make it to class for her Geography exam. No arrest have yet been made.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Alert For Expected Taxi Strike

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The National Taxi Alliance is expected to be marching to the Union Building tomorrow morning from old Putco depot in Marabastad and it said that they will pass by the Department of transport offices on Struben and Bosman street. Strike is expected to disrupt Pretoria central. For those of you who are using taxi for work tomorrow it will be handy if you use a bus or any other alternative transport because the taxis might not operate at all.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Resident Volunteers To Clean Dumping Site In Mamelodi East

IMG_1539Nombeko Mashele, a resident from Mamelodi East, Phase 3 volunteered to clean the dumping site. She said that her husband used to use the space for his recycling project and after he died some people in the community took advantage and started dumping in the area. “After we buried my husband I decided to start cleaning the area since people were dumping rubbish, it didn’t sit well with me when I saw people keeping on dumping and I decided to do something about it.

Mrs Mashele said she wants to turn the dumping area into a vegetable garden which will help the community with healthy food and will also encourage people in the community to practice a healthy lifestyle. She mentioned that the municipality comes sometimes to clean the dumping site around her area and when they stop coming people look for spaces that they can use for dumping.

IMG_1546“It took me more than two weeks and people kept on throwing rubbish, I’ll clean today and the next day there will be more. I’ve realized that when I’ve cleaned people dump during the night when no one sees them. I’m using material from my home to clean the area, some of the rubbish I can’t use my hands I have to burn them and some I’ll dig a whole for compost purposes”, said Mrs Mashele.

The lady said she tried putting a “NO DUMPING SIGN” board to make the community aware but it didn’t help enough to stop some of them from throwing rubbish. She added that she spoke to the street committee in the community to speak to people about what she want to do with the space.

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When she was cleaning, she realised that there are rats already living near where she want to start her project. She said that she might face a greater challenge of dispersing all of them to prevent them from destroying her project.

 

 

IMG_1542Mrs Nombeko is looking forward to meet with the Department of Agriculture to approach them and ask for help with plantation and seeds. She also needs equipment such as pipes for water transportation from car wash from the community, fertilizers, poison to kill rats, fence. She said she would like to give back to the community and help elder people and keep them busy and fit as they will be helping with the garden project.

By: Fortunate Machaba

One Of The Most Fun Videos You Don’t Want To Miss!

At Mae Jemison, The US Embassy

This is when the Scientist from the US, Dr. Tyler DeWitt talking to children about how amazing science is and gave them a little task using chemicals to test their hypothesis. All the kids were amazed by his science tricks and magic he performed to them. On the video below see him performing magic. The student on the video he’s the most observant student I’ve ever met, he ended up showing how the tricks have been done!

By: Fortunate Machaba

Police In Search Of Stranded, Mentally & Violent Woman

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Mamelodi East Police are looking for relatives of the unknown woman who was found loitering in extension 5 on Tuesday afternoon. The woman was described to be wearing black tights with yellow, red and blue striped t-shirt. “The woman may be above 30 years old and has violent behavior”, said Mamelodi East police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe. He added that the woman was booked for mental observation at Mamelodi Hospital yesterday. Anyone who knows this woman or her relatives and associates is asked to contact the police at (012) 815 7102/7080 other alternative number is 08600 10111.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

The New Beginning…

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What I’ve been Doing?

I have been working voluntarily for the community centre for three months at the same time volunteered at Mamelodi FM (Mams Radio) since beginning of this year. Not forgetting to mention that God has been with me through out the journey no matter how difficult it was. I have worked before as a young journalist, PA, Administrator and all the doors were at some point closed. There’s a saying that when one door closes the other opens. I prayed to him and had faith that something will come up. It didn’t matter to me whether is big or small opportunity.

Call For the interview

I’m forever on social media. One day when I was going through my whatsapp text messages I got an exciting text to say that I might have an interview and should expect a call anytime soon. I was lying in bed and flew of my bed and the next minute I was on the floor, believe me I had no idea how I got there. Waited for a call….

One morning when I got to work I phoned the organization asking if the interview is still on. I was asked to be patience and will get a call and I did. I never stopped reading about who they are and what they do. That was important because some of the interview questions were based on if I know what they are and what they do.

Talking about the interview

I left Mamelodi in the morning after preparing for the interview a night before. Took a Gautrain to Johannesburg, Sandton. I was 3 hours early and I just hang about where I could get lunch. I was surprised that I was hungry, I couldn’t eat breaky! I told them that I was in Sandton and they told me to come through. Guess who was there?

JJ Onkgopotse Tabane was one of my interviewersImage result for emoji …have a read about this guy, he’s so interesting.. As powerful as he is on Radio, trust me he’s even more in real life. Educated and don’t want to talk about his political views LOL, listen to him yourself on power FM from 9pm to 12am. Its nothing but power!.

When I read about him, he’s was just as many in one. He’s a political activist, CEO at Oresego Holdings, Author of Let’s talk Frankly and Anchor on Power FM, just to name few…. He has a PhD in Media and many more other qualifications, heard that he’s still studying. I’m so inspired. I’m telling you that next year I’ll be studying something…

My expectations…

Until now that I found out that I will be in the same company as powerful, famous and motivational people. I’m so blessed and can’t wait to start tomorrow and work my *** of !.  Let’s say The New BeginningImage result for emoji

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Mamelodi East Steering Committee Had Business Meeting With Community Members

Mamelodi East Steering Committee had a business meeting with the community members last night at Emasangweni Primary School in Phase 4. The purpose of the meeting was for the committee to talk to the business owners from the community and see how they going to fit in the project of building a new mall in Mahube. One of the steering committee member, Siza Mthethwa said they want to give people from the community an opportunity to run their businesses in the new mall.

During the meeting, people were asked to put their names down and business names on the list so they know business they have from the community people. As one of the requirements, the member of the community raised a fact that he has a problem with health and safety file that he need to have in order to qualify to run his business in the mall.

“It is not compulsory to have a health and safety file, it will depend on the job you have, we are only helping to prepare you so you wont have a problem when contractors get there, we are not going to close any doors for anyone”, said Mthethwa. He added that they will still have to meet with the contractors first and the contractors will confirm the criteria.

Members of the committee together with the community agreed that they cannot hire anyone who have qualifications and not the experience to assist with building the mall. Some of the community members said they want to choose their own CLO and not the councilor to choose for they. They said they feel that the councilor will choose someone who has never worked or served the community.

The committee group said they will leave the issue to the councilor’s hands. “The meeting did not go how I’ve expected it to be, I thought it was going to be a business meeting and not a political one, some people are here to ruin the opportunity for us where some of us are here for this opportunity and want to work”, said one of the members of the community. It is not yet confirmed when the next meeting is going to take place.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Tender Has Been Awarded For Mahube New Mall

Siza Mthethwa from the steering committee in Mahube visited the studio on monday to announce that the tender has been awarded for the new mall that is going to be built in Mahube. Rumors said the group of people who are involved in this project were threatened to stop the project, Mthethwa said they want to focus on the positive and the continuation of the project and let the past stay with the past. “Tender has been awarded, and excited that contract has been handed in and still waiting for the appointment letter from  the counselor”, said Siza Mthethwa. He urged people to take this seriously because “is happening”. The committee had a meeting last week including business people. He added that he encourages youth especially young women to attend the meetings. More jobs opportunities are expected to come from Mamelodi. The next meeting is on Wednesday at Emasangweni Primary School at 6pm.

By: Fortunate Machaba

#ConversationWithYou by Howard Zondo with Devine on Mams Radio 92.9

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Devine on Mams Radio 92.9 every Wednesday.

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By: Fortunate Machaba