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

Ikamva Celebrated Class Of 2017


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.


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.


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.


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

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.



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.


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

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



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

Clean-up My Mamelodi Group Visited Stanza Bopape

IMG_1532Fortune Zondo, the founder of Clean-up My Mamelodi Campaign and Black Lives clothing visited Stanza Bopape secondary school and Stanza Bopape Clinic yesterday to clean the areas around them.

The purpose of the visit was to get the school and the clinic clean so students and patience will be in a cleaner and healthy environment. “We see a lot of schools in Mamelodi near dumping site, it is not safe for them since some kids play in these areas. Same in the clinics it is important to keep it clean since people come to the clinic to seek medication”, said Fortune.

Thabang Ngobeni, the founder of Student Motives, added that the idea to run this campaign is to work on motivating young people, realising that we have many ways to realise their potential in using their hands since we talented in many ways. IMG_1517

One of the caretakers said it had been a great thing that the group did, they helped a lot with cleaning and would like to thank them for their love and support. He said that the group came on Wednesday to ask for permission from the SGB (School Governing Body). “I would like to encourage young people to participate in such campaigns to bring back to the community “, said David Motaung.

Clean-up My Mamelodi started this year March and Stanza Bopape High School was their first to clean. Zondo said he’s targeting all the schools and clinics in Mamelodi. He’s looking forward to cleaning other schools in Mamelodi West, one of them being Mamelodi High. Vincent Mampane, a teacher at school said he would like them to come back a week before the school open and thanked them for cleaning the school. IMG_1507

Miss Teen Mamelodi 2017, Ofentse Mathebe, Kagiso Moshimane (Founder of Miss Teen Mamelodi) well known as KG-Perry-Sanny-Gaga, Youth group from Methodist church (WG) Mamelodi East branch, Stanza Popape care-taker and CPF also participated in the campaign. Tateni and Eddie Nguni sponsored the campaign with plastic bags. Fruits, water and sandwiches were from the founder’s (Fortune Zondo) pocket money.


By: Fortunate Machaba

SADTU Teachers Marched For Better Wages

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

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

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

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

By: Fortunate Machaba