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.

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

#ConversationWithYou by Howard Zondo with Devine on Mams Radio 92.9

IMG-20180606-WA0000[1]Catch the Conversation With You by Howard Zondo with

Devine on Mams Radio 92.9 every Wednesday.

Topic of the day: I choose education over school, a conversation dedicated to give a broader view beyond the classroom. Find the full meaning of this context on the podcast.

You don’t want to miss out!

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Mamelodi Happenings Celebrates DON DADA’s Achievements – VIVA Mandela song reaching DOUBLE Platinum within a short 4 months of release!!

 

DADA2 (1)Menelik Nesta Gibbons, known as Don Dada celebrated his VIVA Mandela song reaching DOUBLE Platinum within a short 4 months of release. That is amazing!

An achievement that must not be undermined as there is speculation that it is a possible ‘industry first’ as it is unheard of for an indie artist to achieve double platinum within four [4] months of releasing a track.

BREATHING LIFE THROUGH MUSIC

Over the years Don Dada has added quite a list of accolades to his professional portfolio, notable including after decades of unofficial songs and working on others productions, in April 2016 Don Dada decided to step into his next phase and released his first registered singles WANT THAT and Pheshe Phaya which he performed on the Mandala Day Tribute Concert. From the Mandela Concert stage Dada went straight into his studio and completed the full AVANT GARDE Album is less than 3 days (the album is available on digital platforms worldwide).

In 2017 he pushed the boundaries further and promoted his album in Zimbabwe. It was during this tour that he received an offer through Content Connect Africa to do the 2017 Mandela song. This fuelled the birth of his VIVA Mandela song supported by CCA, MTNSA and has relevant Nelson Mandela Foundation permissions.

Don Dada feels that he was again destined to link with the 1912Radio where is spent 2017 Mandela day on air chatting about his track and together with the 1912Radio spending the 60minutes cleaning the streets and serving snacks to the public this forming a strong bond and decision to join the 1912Radio starting his own weekly Hip-Hop segment called HipHop4Life #DadaFriday in September 2017. 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 In-house Broadcasting Capability’ You should catch his HipHop4Life #DadaFriday 18h00 – 20h00, this show currently boosts an average of 15k views per session. 

He released the remix of his platinum ‘VIVA Mandela’ ft the legendary Mahotella Queens. He debuts this remix on the prestige Mandela Day 2018 launch stage held in Constitutional Hill. This is Don Dada’s thoughts on making VIVA Mandela and working with the Queens. VIVA Mandela Don Dada thoughts:

https://youtu.be/KYUggyk9uhsHumbled: https://youtu.be/xFsgW77BVmI

 

Don Dada has an amazing and inspiring narrative with achievements that are a rarity and are extraordinary for an independent artist, it gives hope and encourages commitment, dedication and perseverance. Don Dada interacts with schools and communities and is putting all efforts into becoming a self-made success as his  #ActionAgainstPoverty making him an opportune candidate to inspire the youth target market. Don Dada this is a narrative of tolerance, generations working together and that talks to Tata Nelson Mandela ideals and legacy.

The ‘VIVA Mandela’ remix choice of featuring the legendary Mahotella Queens is the symbol of, generations can work together to achieve the same goal, like the late Tata Nelson Mandela our Mahotella Queens are South Africans yet global icons and a song that will appeal to multiple generations.

The track ‘Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela’ featuring Afripella is a tribute to a fierce legendary freedom fighter and Mother of our nation. Mama Winnie is our history, I really wanted to be a part of that history and like Mama, I wanted to expand that opportunity to others by taking them along on that journey, I wanted people to experience the journey while I  break the notion of ‘each man for his own’ in this industry”, said Don Dada. He added that the selection of a big choir very talented choir fulfilled this desire, Afripella are young committed, dedicated, hardworking musicians that deserve to be heard. He also mentioned that he is really thankful that they shared his sentiments and realised the dream. Thank you Mama, your work continues.

Don’s music is available on all digital platforms globally. Find him on social media @dondadamusic!

By: Fortunate Machaba