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.
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By: Fortunate Machaba
Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela was appointed Gauteng Police Commissioner this morning in Mamelodi East Police Station.
This happened after Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange resigned last year October 2018.
Premier David Makhura together with the Minister of Police General, Bheki Cele and MEC for community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane announced his appointment.
Mawela held top positions in the South African Police Service (SAPS) such as Divisional Commissioner of the Division: Operational Response Service, as well as head of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS).
General Cele described Mawela as a seasoned police officer and added that he will use his experience to “nail criminals”.
By: Fortunate Machaba
After Almost 20 years Vodacom Still Owe Nkosana?
When I was reading an article this morning about this movement I felt that Nkosana Makate must get a compensation from Vodacom because is the right thing for the company to do. It came to my attention that Vodacom hasn’t paid since Nkosana since 2000 when he invented the ‘Please Call Me’. Reports revealed that Nkasana invented it while still working for Vodacom.
According to patent Act 1977, the employee is not entitled to compensation if his/her invention belongs to the employer, but if the employee’s invention belongs to them and the employer benefits from it, the employee should be awarded compensation by employer. To my understanding, Nkosana was working for Vodacom and invented “Please Call Me’ of which in my opinion the idea is his and yet he’s not compensated for it.
It’s such an exceptional benefit that Nokosana had demonstrated but yet this matter is not yet resolved even after Court. On the other hand, Vodacom offered Nkosana R 49 Million, he did not take the offer as he thought it was an insult and he wants to settle for R 70 billion. My question here is, is this about whether or not he get compensated for his invention or how much he should be compensated for? I read that Vodacom maintains their offer that Nkosana has rejected and they are expected to resolve this matter at 10am today.
I believe the court was supposed to ensure that it secures for Nkosana “a fair share because Vodacom’s benefit from it. I mean is up to them and the Court to decide whether the sum the inventor was entitled to in compensation should be based on the actual amount made by Vodacom to the patent or the hypothetical amount that the company could have made in almost 20 years. I’m not trying to sound like I’m a lawyer but the fact here is Nkosana must be compensated. I believe that invention is of a great success and he deserves better. Although I haven’t concluded whether the R 70 billion is enough or too much for compensation.
By: Fortunate Machaba
Nthabeleng Lesole, Mamelodi West artist well known as Darlianoh is famous for her sizzling guitar skills and sensational voice. The artist is one of the rare talents to come out of Pretoria. For the most part, Nthabeleng works for Afro Live Radio at the same time making her way up to the music and radio industry. She procured her first guitar when she was 13 years-old and that’s when she also started writing her first lyrics. “I recorded my first song when I turned 14 with Dr T SA,” she told Mams Music Gallery. “It was a house song called Mixed Emotions. It was included in Soul Provider’s compilation album.” said Nthabeleng. On her music journey where she started at an early age with so much energy and commitment, she recorded with Hip-Hop group Big Sharks at the age of 17. On her statement, she mentioned that she loves Hip-Hop a lot. “I was happy at the time and that’s where I met Russianoh and Young Slouda although I work independently as an artist.” Darlianoh also worked on Russianoh’s 2018 Feelings Da Mixtape, featuring the talented rapper on the song Feelings alongside the poet Casey.
‘I want people to understand how I feel’ Darlianoh said, she added that her style of writing is different from other artists as she is influenced by a lot of Neo Soul, Jazz, Blues and Hip-Hop. “Watching a lot of musicians you get to have your own unique sound. My sound is un-explainable but very experimental. Whatever sound that is good in my ears and I can make something that I will be proud of, that’s what goes for me. “My sound differs. I don’t have a constant sound. But you can recognize my voice.” Darlianoh released two songs in October of 2018: Love featuring Uni Sighman and Brotha Please featuring the same Uni Sighman.
She explains why she worked with Uni Sighman on these two joints and that the records describe her love life and where she is today. “I met Uni Sighman in 2018. When he played (a guitar) I immediately asked if we could write a song. He played and I sang. I then wrote Love. “After meetings and hang outs, one day we were jamming and that’s when Brotha Please came up. We didn’t put it on paper but only wrote it when we were about to record it. “I can say in 2018 there was a lot of love in my life. I was happy about that. That’s why I released the songs and to also remind people that there is still an artist called Darlianoh. I haven’t recorded anything ever since I started being independent. These are the first songs since I went solo.” The Love singer says she’s working on her EP and promise to release the project later this year 2019.
She’s currently working with a management company Pam Zee that aims to promote the EP. Darlianoh’s other talent is been a radio presenter. In 2018 she was an Afternoon Drive show co-presenter alongside Bennet Gadget at Tshwane Capital Live online radio station based in Mamelodi. Although she isn’t working there anymore, she scored another radio gig set to begin in January 2019. “I started working on radio last year (2018). I always wanted to work on radio. I used to copy what other presenters were doing. I was listening to radio a lot. “I talk a lot when I am alone. It helps to mimic people. I accompanied my friend to the auditions (of Capital Live). I just sat there with them like I was also in the line for auditioning. They asked who wanted to go first and I stood up. I didn’t want to let go of that chance. “I started talking about random things like being an art activist. I acted like I was on radio. After that everyone asked me if I had been on radio before. I had no radio experience at that time. They were impressed. “I worked there from June 2018. I learned a lot. I learned how to present, produce and create content. I was also responsible for the content on the afternoon show.
I came up with everything until I got the co-host (Gadget). We would then help each other with content. She confessed that around first week of November she couldn’t do it anymore as she was a volunteer. “We didn’t get paid as we were volunteering. It was supposed to be for three months. I couldn’t pay back people who gave me money for transport to work everyday. I then looked for work (retail work). “But I got a proposal from another radio station, Afro Live radio. It is new online radio. We are going to start on the 16th of January 2019.
“They want me to be a presenter for the same field: The afternoon drive. This is awesome. I am going to work there. “Retail work is not really for me. I understand that I was made for an entertainment industry. But music is my first lover. I am grateful that I can do other things on the side. My radio career is blossoming as well so I am ready to represent Mamelodi in every area of my career. “I also plan to go to Idols this year. I hope everyone could be able to vote and watch out for me. I am ready,” she concluded.
By: Ronald DK Nchabeleng
Edited by: Fortunate Machaba
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.
By: Fortunate Machaba
Hip-hop artist Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada, a fast growing artist continues to manifest his career in the music industry. Today Mamelodi Happenings is continuing to celebrate his success and achievements. Don Dada had numerous achievements for the year 2018.
Speaking of 2018 achievements, Viva Mandela track – certified Multi-platform with 4 months of release (19th July 2017 -31st December 2017) since the beginning of 2018.
-On the 23rd of April 2018 he launched his Viva Mandela ft The Mahotella Queen on the official Mandela 100 Day on stage at Constitutional Hill.
-He accomplished a tribute track Long Live Mama Winnie Mandela ft Afripella choir and he was privileged to perform it on the first Black Deok memorial service held in Newton.
-His Hip-Hop4life radio segments online FB Live moved from 20k views per episode and that also attracted international attention.
-The international attention open doors for new and great opportunity where Don was invited to a 3 city Kenya concert tour with legendary Award Winning Everton Blender and Reggae Power House Band. The track Jah is good track supported by Bob Marley’s *Tuff Gong International distribution will be available digitally.According to Lyla Gibbons, Don Dada is the first in Africa to be offered such a deal.
-He released his first reggae EP titles 24 hours and had interviews on both local and international countless radio stations. On top of all his experience, he was invited in Zimbabwe Hip-Hop Summit 2018 as a panelist.
This year 2019:
-His Jah Is Good single and music video will be available commercially via Tuff International Distribution on Friday the 4th January 2019.
-He received an official invite from Reggae Power House Band to perform his Jah Is Good Track on the 2019 edition of Bob Marley’s birthday tribute concert in Jamaica.
After so much he has accomplished in 2018 and beginning of 2019, Don Dada is planning a tour for USA/Canada tour within the first quarter of 2019. There’s still more coming from a dedicated and committed fast-growing artist.
We should be inspired by his story.
By: Fortunate Machaba
Editor- Everyone should consider taking HIV/AIDS test at least every year. According to stats, everyone who are at high risk for HIV infection should get tested every 3 to 6 months. I suggest if you have been engaging in a behavior that will put you at risk for contracting HIV infection get tested as often as you can. When talking about risk, I’m referring to having penetrative unprotected sex and using drugs with unsterilised needles.
As we all know that HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Aids- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Of course, we feel okay and not ill at the moment but that does not mean we don’t have the diseases. We are either infected or affected by it. We will never know until HIV attacks the cells and the immune system get weak and not able to fight the disease and when that happens, the HIV infection can lead to Aids and that will be too late.
This is why is important to get tested and seek for medical treatment if you are positive as soon as possible. We don’t want to leave it until late do we?
Today as we celebrate World Aids Day, make sure you get tested and know your status. This is free! Especially in public hospitals or clinics. Some of you have lost hope thinking that you can’t be saved but Hey, although there’s no cure for it, but with proper medical care it can be controlled.
Anyone can become infected with HIV by engaging in unprotected sex (Vaginal, anal or oral) or other types of sexual behavior with HIV positive person. The infection spread through blood and genital fluids including pre-seminal fluids and semen (pre-cum and cum). If you’re having sex it is important to know the risks of all different types of sexual behavior to protect yourself and others from contracting the disease.
We are all in this, we are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Know your status!
By: Fortunate Machaba