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.
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.
When Junior Stephen Baloyi, an entrepreneur from Pretoria, Mamelodi launched SJAY ARTWORKS with a slogan titled “BRINGING VISION TO LIFE” in 2016, he wanted to create a niche business which was to make posters for local businesses around Mamelodi. He did not make money in the first place and wanted his work to be seen by his potential customers. He then started running events with a team around Mamelodi.
“We used to host events at one of the pubs in Mamelodi west but I then thought is not really what I want to do, we all had different ideas and visions and goals and people don’t know what you actually looking for. We later formed an event company management called divergence and collaborated with few others around Mamelodi but I later left the group, said Junior Baloyi.
If we were to sell different ideas in Mamelodi we would all be successful entrepreneurs. The problem with being an entrepreneur especially in Mamelodi, is that we do not support each other financially although you learn what to do and what not to do in business in the end. I’ve learned to have my own code of conduct for my company to avoid people taking advantage especially when coming to payments. He mentioned that he has gained a lot of exposure in the industry and even learned how to be a DJ, events marketing, Own HR and branding. That has helped him to find himself of a massive brand and poster making that has been growing far beyond his original vision. He’s rolling with it adapting right alongside his one-man company.
Junior has been in the industry for 3 years. He still pursue doing more to develop others in Mamelodi and to get his business abroad. “My work motivates me, I believe more in putting words into a picture and seeing my work out there inspire me to do more”, said Junior. He had people who mentored him throughout his journey, although he has done most of the work to get himself at a peak and some of those people were very inspirational to him, one of them being Ron Epidemic who is a producer and produced for popular artists. He influenced him positively in the journey and that tough Junior perseverance and humbleness.
“My sense of focus helped me to be where I am today, responsibilities made me want to be in this business and work for someone at the same time, I always thought it wasn’t enough to live off. I invest more time and money in myself and company to generate more income”, said Junior.
Junior says for those who pursue being in the same business, grasp your skill, everyone has their own way of designing things, use your own designing skills, get your skills right and don’t be in it for money! In few months time, he said he will want to see himself having his own space of work and have a team to work with.
Howard Zondo, Mamelodi based young author will be publishing his second book titled “Lessons From A Domestic Worker”.
The book will be released on the 30th of March 2019. When Mamelodi Happenings approached the author and asked what this book is about, his answer was “The book is birthed with an idea that our struggles are the symbols of hope.
We are connected by hardship because without them there would be no communal goal to seek better lives”. This includes issues of employment, fatherless, recession in the economy and children becoming parents.
Background Information By Howard Zondo
I am raised by bottles she used to pick up in a club. I grew up unprivileged and never had a place called home. I am sharing lessons that I believe children and parents can implement to change their circumstances.
The Tricky Part
The challenges were having to share the pain he gone through and struggles that were deeply connected to him and his fear that it might be too soon to share. This is the part of his life that he lived and he’s hoping that with his story shared many will be liberated.
Lesson one is the most favorable chapter because it incorporate all the struggles and also motivation that pushed him to fight hard and shift from the hardship. He was emotional when sharing the story as he kept this from himself.
Why You Should Buy This Book
Howard Zondo made it clear that we all face crisis in life and at times we wonder what purpose they serve into our lives.
This lessons are given to you as a blessing and will surely benefit you no matter where you coming from.
I’m excited to let you know that you are also recommended to write your own book but Zondo’s advice is research first before starting the process and have a unique content. “Great books are not defined by the length of pages but rather the fulfillment of ideas and original intent of it”, said Howard Zondo.
Sonto Makhafula, Gatang LRC President encourages students to stay at school and study. This happens after the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) National Shutdown takes place. Makhafula as a student, she’s concerned that the school never received 100% pass rate and feels that they as students should fight for 100% pass rate at the end of the year. She reported live to SABC News this morning. Teachers are not yet reached for comment. COSATU says it has resorted to Wednesday’s nationwide strike against job losses because government has been refusing to sign the minimum service delivery agreement. This lead to student being stranded as teachers are going to join the march and leaving schools early. Other schools in Mamelodi are also expected to cut school short.
Rachel Tsetsewa, a student from Ribane-laka Secondary School in Mamelodi East, could not contain her excitement after she obtained 7 distinctions and got 96% -Life Orientation, Accounting-90% and Life Sciences-89%. Others were disappointed when they found out their unanticipated results.
“I’m really excited and also surprised that I got all 7 distinctions. I wasn’t expecting this because I didn’t do well in June, my marks we really low and I started working hard to be able to pass”.
She added that she’ll be studying Accounting Sciences at University Of Pretoria. According to Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, the 2018 matric results has improved by 3.1 percent from the 75.1 % achieved in 2017. Motshekga announced on Thursday, 03 January 2019, the 2018 overall pass rate including progressed pupils stands 78.2%.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been congratulated for his contribution to the province’s 87.9% matric pass rate. Gauteng has the highest matric pass rate in the country.