Posts by Fortunate Machaba

I'm a young journalist, a blogger from Mamelodi happenings. Journalism is my calling and I'm very passionate about talking to people, taking photos, writing and covering stories. Mamelodi Happenings is about stories that are happening in Mamelodi. It could be crime, violence, politics, entertainment, fashion, advertorial, education, environmental, health, opinion and motivation articles. Also to let the public know about what is happening around them or in Mamelodi.

IkamvaYouth-Mamelodi Branch Hosted Youth Dialogue for June 16

CCBSA TO JOIN WITH IKAMVAYOUTH IN COMMEMORATION OF YOUTH DAY

IkamvaYoputh hosted an event on Saturday, 15 June 2016 in commemoration of students who died in 1976 in Soweto. The event was with a joint celebration between IkamvaYouth and CCBSA (Cocacola Beverages South Africa) was titled: The Youth For Change Movement” .

The event took place in Mamelodi West, D6. The event involved a dialogue where young people discussed issues such as teenage pregnancy and drugs abuse. Show case of talents including poets and drama was also done as part of the Youth day commemoration.

“Many times this issue is deemed as a problem for girls only as they are ones carrying the baby and have to look after the baby when its born”, said Neo Rakoma , Branch Coordinator. She added that they want to hear male perspective on the issue of teenage pregnancy. The dialogue also focused on the issue of drug abuse.

During the event, speakers including Thabo Modisane who gave a speech based on his own experience about June 16 and also presented to the youth on Education, skills and ICT.

Johannes Kutumela and Tlotlo Mosadi’s talk from CCBSA was based on the career opportunities and internships available at CCBSA. Sammy Matlebyane Spoke about his 8 years experience as a drug addict, how he changed his life and works as part of the youth in art. Jessica Sithole also from CCBSA gave a talk on how alcohol can prevent one from getting employed, she also mentioned diseases affecting young people such as HIV & AIDS, STI’s and encouraged family planning as part of preventing teenage pregnancy.

According to history shared by the branch on June 16 and a reason to host this event: The June 16, 1976 Uprising changed the history of South Africa forever. A day that was supposed to be a peaceful march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools turned turned out to be a massacre. Although the march took place in Soweto, a lot of students movements were involved in different parts of the country, many young people were killed and some injured throughout the month. On this faithful day, a young man Hector Peterson was killed and this sparked a lot of international media coverage. After the incident, the communities the communities across the country as well as international started putting pressure on the South African Government and it is believed that is how the battle against Afrikaans language to be used as a medium of instruction won. The outstanding factor about the youth of 1976 is their courage and bravery, they wanted change and willing to sacrifice with their lives for change in the country.

“Today as we commemorate those who lost their lives, enjoying freedom of their sacrifices, we honor them, salute them and still look up to them as our role models”, said Dineo Rakama, Branch Cordinator.

“We, therefore wanted to host the first Youth Day to commemoration at the IkamvaYouth Mamelodi Branch, not to only celebrate the significant of the day but also to deal with challenges we encounter on a daily basis as young people”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.

She added that, the gathering was a great success and the aim was to motivate learners and motivate them to out education first, seek change and fight against social ills”, said Neo Rakoma. The branch planning to have this event every year.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Easy Ways To Improve Writing Posts

Writing well is difficult, isn’t it?

I’m sure you have realised how easy it is to make grammar mistakes and sentence construction while putting sentences together to communicate your thoughts.

If you know how to correct there’s and theirsthen and than, and you’re and your. You shouldn’t be too bad.

I have been writing blog posts for almost five years and here is what I’ve learned:

-Develop right writing habit of writing and be passionate with it 

-Never rush to publish an article without double checking correct facts, spelling and grammar mistakes.

-Start writing with a plan and goal in mind.

-Choose a topic of your reader’s interest or that they wants to read.

-Always get the right people to communicate or interview.

-Find out first who are your audiences and what they like to read about.

-Know the right tags to use on your post.

-Support content with research or experts quote, you have a right to borrow authority.

-Use inviting headlines and sub-titles on your article.

-Write a smooth article so readers glide from sentence to sentence, and from paragraph to paragraph to avoid getting them lost in the way.

-Mostly importantly, make your content memorable by including rich taste that breathe life into your arguments or story.

I did a bit of research on how you can improve your way of writing. Here are few steps how, 

  1. Learn how to write good sentences, a sparkling sentence is the basic ingredient of good writing.
  2. Become more conversational than telling a long story, including few questions in your article. 
  3. Study how to choose words; and learn how to avoid bland phrases that make your writing tasteless and boring. Readers loose interest quickly. 
  4. Try experiment with your voice by reading it out loud to yourself. 
  5. Play with short stories to engage your readers. 

Wishing best of luck with blogging life, it’s so much fun you should try it…

By: Fortunate Machaba 

CCBSA Launched 1st Clean-up Campaign in Mamelodi

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) launched its first clean-up
campaign for 2019 on Saturday 11 May 2019, at Nellmapius Primary School, Mamelodi. The clean-up campaign is in partnership with the City of Tshwane and aims to educate school learners about the
importance of recycling not only in their schools but their communities.
Speaking at the event, CCBSA CSI Specialist, Unathi Mbanya spoke about the impact of waste in our communities and encouraged learners to get into the habit of separating waste.
During the period of the event, Dinah Tshifura, Environmental Officer from the City of Tshwane reiterated the impact recycling has on landfills and explained to the learners that municipalities spend millions on waste management.
“By recycling waste, you will be assisting in reducing landfill waste, the more waste we have, the less land we have, which means communities are robbed of space to build infrastructure that could benefit the development of the community,” Said Dinah Tshifura, Environmental Officer from the City of Tshwane.
Earlier last year, the Coca-Cola Company announced an ambitious goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle and can it sells globally by 2030 through its World Without Waste strategy. The strategy will include making packaging 100% recyclable globally by 2020.

According to Coca-Cola, in South Africa, the company is working to support healthy, debris-free environments and oceans through organisations such as PETCO (PET Recycling Company), to increase collection and recycling of packaging in the most risk-prone areas for marine debris. The world without waste campaign includes schools that are involved in the CCBSA Schools Recycling Programme. Nellmapius Primary School also forms part of the programme. With the money schools make from recycling waste, they are able to improve the infrastructure and/or buy equipment to improve the quality of learning.

Through the first clean-up of the year, the school managed to collect 6 tonnes of recyclable waste, including PET, plastic and paper. CCBSA is committed to work with communities and schools through our partnerships, to create a world without waste.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Gauteng Police Searching For Suspects After Robbery In Lusaka Pre-school

Gauteng police are currently searching for suspects after a robbery that took place at Lusaka pre-school in Mamelodi East on Monday.

Preliminary reports indicate that on Monday after midday, a group of 19 international students and two professors arrived at Viva Foundation School in Mamelodi East for an outreach programme. “It is alleged that a group of not less than five armed suspects accosted the visitors and robbed them of personal belongings including: laptops, cellphones, cameras, passports, plane tickets, bags and US dollars,” police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement on Monday.During the robbery, a school staff member was assaulted by the robbers while one of the public members was struck by a stray bullet by the suspects who allegedly fired shots as they fled the scene. “Police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these suspects are found and brought to book,” said Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela said. Police are appealing to the public to come forward with any information leading to the suspects’ arrest. The wounded or assaulted victims were not immediately available for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

MAMELODI ANC VOTERS CELEBRATES

Mamelodi East residents took initiative to vote on Wednesday. For those who were voting for ANC are currently celebrating with the party. The top five parties in the country are: ANC (61.87%), EFF (18.64%), DA (11.18%), VF+ (4.32%) and UCDP (0.48%). ” I voted already, I feel good about voting and is not my first time casting my vote, I feel that ANC still need a chance to rectify mistakes, have to be acknowledged to continue growing South Africa”, said one of the resident, Amanda Mangadi.

Other voters on the queue felt that ANC has done so much for people including RDP houses and free medications and said that they are really hoping for change in the country. ANC will be continuing to run and govern the country.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Miss South Africa Visited Mamelodi After Queendom Was Lauched In Mamelodi West

The initiative called Queendom was launched on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Naledi Push Us Lifestyle with a purpose to develop young women who are slightly fighting battles, dealing with teen parenting and seeking to be young leaders.

“My event was about helping young people discover their purpose and unleash their potential”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.

She added that her goal is to see young people participating in such event that will elevate their reasoning capacity, and level of intellect and also to see them gaining knowledge and becoming leaders they wish to be.

People across the country including Pearl Nthehi (Miss South Africa), Santram Blair, Daisy Kgopa and Angela Khubheka (Mamelodi Sundowns team representatives).

Daisy was sponsored by the owner of Push us Lifesyle, Miss Traucia. “The turn out was more than what i have expected as I started marketing the event late and people were also not familiar with the place i was hosting the event, I couldn’t have a source of communication with people who were coming as i lost my phone a week before the event took place”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.

More events of this nature are expected to come.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Jan Malombo Lechaba: There’s A Lot Of Talent In Mamelodi!

Masokolare VS Dream Team Mamelodi

Champions of the tournament

Masokolara Team from Attridgeville were declared Champions of 2019 Tournament after beating Dream Teams, Mamelodi 1-0. This happens after B3 and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation hosted an even to honour legend Jan Malombo Lechaba from the 19 April to 22 April 2019.

“I feel that we did a good job as it was our first tournament honoring legend Mr Malombo Lechaba, we are planning to honour many more legends in future, we showed other townships that is it possible to invite teams outside Mamelodi, Mamelodi community responded positively as they came in numbers to support the tournament, everyone looked happy,”, said one of the team Managers, Mr Charles Mawai.

He added saying “We as a foundation we promote football and social responsibility and we are here to help in anyway we can in all sports not only football.

Under 17 also took part in the tournament as well as 2 Netball Teams from both East and West side of Mamelodi and Mamelodi West were declared champions of the tournament.

“For a team outside Mamelodi to come and win the tournament shows that we are transparent and fair to every team, we give a trophy to team that deserves and worked for it, we don’t take sides or do favors”, said Mr Charles Mawai.

Mamelodi West Squad

Mamelodi goalkeeping academy rendered their service to goalkeepers before the games began. Legends such as Godfrey Sapude and Edward Motale were there to support the tournament.

“As a sports person you need to sacrifice a lot, time is essential, you can’t be a good player if you don’t sacrifice your time. There will be challenges in life they will face as young people but as a player You must know what you want and that you are an entertainer and there are a lot of things that you be can’t be part of. Discipline is key, need to look after their body, see what they eat and drink to keep the body going. Being a star we retire at a certain age but most retire early because they don’t practice healthy lifestyle. Football can change lives of these young people if they take it serious”, Said Mr Malomba Lechaba.

Teams Performance:

1st Semi finals, Masokolara 3-1 Seboga, Goal Scorer, Leroy Ntlapo, Solom Mojerola and Ntlantla Mhlanga.

2nd Semi finals, Dream Team 2-0 Limpopo City, Goal scorers: Tshepo Shoutja, Keshiro Zaka and man of the match, Jan Delangu.

Quarter finals, Masokolara won 5-4 penalties and Dream Team vs Chego won 5-4 penalties.

Final Match, Masokolara vs Dream Team 1-0 Goal scorer Thabo Mahlangu, Man of the match Pule Matlokotsi.

Masokolare from Attrigville won R50 000, Dream Team Mamelodi R 25 000, Seboga Team, Mahmelodi and Limpopo City received R 5000 each.

By: Fortunate Machaba