Mamelodi Happenings Support #PleaseCallMe Movement

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 

Most Expensive Night – Happy New Year!

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New Year’s Eve has to be one of the most expensive nights of 2018. Mamelodi at this time of the month (December) Zi khipha even more!

People enjoyed Motsepe Foundation, Dhino Cafe’s you can name them… Usually money is spent on alcohol, food, transport etc but tonight a little bit of expense is added which makes the night even more expensive, FIRE WORKS! 

Almost everyone is going or already went to local fire works store to get some for New Year’s celebration. This is the most crucial time that individuals should look after their families, partners, friends and themselves. Happy New Year everyone, may God the good lord keep you save and walk you through the door of 2019. Stay blessed!

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Prostituting our legal system

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It took our court over 8 years to begin acting harshly against senior government officials who are prepared to litigate to perpetuity using taxpayers monies to defend themselves from their self-inflicted legal problems. When the North Gauteng High Court handed down its unanimous judgment against former state President Jacob Zuma that he be held personally liable for not only his legal costs but also the costs incurred by other parties as well, our country breathed a collective sigh of relief. True to his character, the former President appealed this ruling but thankfully the new President will have none of it. As soon as he assumed office he decided that the state will not be party to funding any of Zuma’s cases.
 
I have observed that recently Zuma’s lieutenants, who have for years benefitted from their controversial relationship with the Gupta family, are following in his footsteps with this strategy of litigating as far as our legal system can permit them even when their cases are hopelessly unwinnable. Former Eskom boss Brian Molefe is on an ongoing journey to appeal his case which many legal pundits have already declared unwinnable. Tom Moyane has followed suit and has enlisted the help of Advocate Dali Mpofu to fight his case. Like his mentor Jacob Zuma, Tom Moyane wants the taxpayers to foot his legal bills. He argues that it is unfair that Cyril Ramaphosa should use taxpayer’s money to prosecute him while he is expected to fend for himself using his hard earned income to defend himself.
 
Even our highest court in the land, the constitutional court is getting tired of this destructive behaviour by individuals who want to abuse taxpayers monies to defend themselves. In the hearing headed by Judge Bernard Ngoepe to decide if Bathabile Dlamini acted in bad faith in her dealings on the Sassa debacle, the judge was scathing in his finding against her calling her a “less than satisfactory witness” who was evasive. It seems likely that she too will follow her former boss and be forced to foot the legal costs of litigation in the Sassa matter. Indeed the writing is on the wall for all those who believe that because they have a state blank cheque, they can use the strategy of appeal and appeal while ordinary people in our country who don’t have endless budgets will never get an opportunity to do so. This is indeed called equality before the law.
 
A new phenomenon has however reared its heard in our country where individuals with endless financial resources are intent on abusing our legal system to pursue their nefarious interests. A case in point is a matter that captures the headlines involving two Turkish businessmen who have investments in the mining industry in South Africa. In late April of this year, 2018, Abubekir Salim and Selim Kaymak woke up to learn from media coverage that an order of the court was granted against them the Pretoria High Court for several allegations of fraud and embezzlement of funds. The effect of this court was that they were removed from the Directorship of their own mining company and their business as well as their personal accounts were frozen with immediate effect. All these happened while the two businessmen were unaware that there were any court proceedings of any kind that involved them or their company even when they are full residents in the country.
 
What caught my eye is what they purport to be the motive why behind this strange turn of events. In a communique to their business stakeholders in the country they say, “After this story was reported in the South African media, their counterparts in Turkey also picked up the story but immediately drew a coincidental parallel tactic that was deployed against prominent business people in that country. This tactic basically involved the manufacturing and concoction of false evidence that includes fraud and other illegal acts against these businesses people. The results of all these acts are that such business people are summarily arrested and by the time the truth is uncovered their reputations are badly damaged in the eyes of the public. We believe in this case that we are the victims of a similar tactic.”
 
Even though their legal team were able to have this order immediately set aside; their directorship restored and accounts unfrozen; if what they are saying is indeed true, it introduces a new worrisome manner in which individuals can literally prostitute our legal system to serve their own interests. It is also testimony that our legal system is so vulnerable that people with ill intent but having the means can exploit and use our system to pursue their own wicked agendas. It is a phenomenon that introduces into our legal system a new form of virus that must not be allowed to spread unattended and be akin to what the likes of Zuma have done to destroy our country. In a country where the majority still live under a dark cloud of poverty and unemployment, we can ill afford for foreign elements to come into our country and use police resources to investigate manufactured cases; arrest people and take them through our legal processes just so that they can achieve a motive that has very little to do with us in this country. It is the kind of strategy that has to be nipped in the bud. It took many years for our country to arrest the bad public waste of our resources by individuals whose interests were only to fill their pockets in the midst of the triple ills of poverty, inequality and unemployment by abusing our legal system. It should not take yet another endless period for this foreign strategy to be recognised and tackled. These people have to be made aware that we are not about to waste our limited resources to finance theirhomegrown political and business rivalries and that these kinds of battles be better waged in their own countries.
 
Back home, I was recently a victim of the utter abuse of the legal systems by officers of the court where a magistrate who is a landlord conspired with a fellow magistrate to fast-track a case where she was an applicant. What chance do ordinary people have when officers of the court are themselves involved in corrupting the system of justice? A lot of the times we heap praises on the judiciary as the last line of defence in restoring the moral compass of or country but this instance that I saw first hand shook my own faith in the system and made me ask who will guard the guardians?
By: Fortunate Machaba

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane: Dear Madam Dudu Myeni … Let’s talk frankly

Madam Myeni the situation at SAA would be funny if it was not so tragic. Your job, madam, is governance, not operations. You are destroying the airline with your ego trip.

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jonas, who was thrust into the limelight last week, shielding the Minister of Finance from having to deal with your shenanigans, thinks that focusing on individuals is unhelpful where SAA is concerned. He says that the tendency to focus on individuals undermines “the process”. I guess this means that you are kind of off the hook. No one can now focus on the fact that since you arrived at the airline, many people saw it fit to leave the sinking ship. Or, more appropriately, the nosediving plane. You are now onto your seventh acting-CEO; it will not be an exaggeration to say you are changing CEOs like you change undergarments. In decent democracies that would be enough for the country to see the back of you as an individual at the helm of a multi-billion rand state owned company. But not here, where the country always comes last.

Read more: http://firstthing.dailymaverick.co.za/article?id=72842#.Wq-c6ahuZpl

By: Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Alert For Expected Taxi Strike

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The National Taxi Alliance is expected to be marching to the Union Building tomorrow morning from old Putco depot in Marabastad and it said that they will pass by the Department of transport offices on Struben and Bosman street. Strike is expected to disrupt Pretoria central. For those of you who are using taxi for work tomorrow it will be handy if you use a bus or any other alternative transport because the taxis might not operate at all.

By: Fortunate Machaba

The New Beginning…

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What I’ve been Doing?

I have been working voluntarily for the community centre for three months at the same time volunteered at Mamelodi FM (Mams Radio) since beginning of this year. Not forgetting to mention that God has been with me through out the journey no matter how difficult it was. I have worked before as a young journalist, PA, Administrator and all the doors were at some point closed. There’s a saying that when one door closes the other opens. I prayed to him and had faith that something will come up. It didn’t matter to me whether is big or small opportunity.

Call For the interview

I’m forever on social media. One day when I was going through my whatsapp text messages I got an exciting text to say that I might have an interview and should expect a call anytime soon. I was lying in bed and flew of my bed and the next minute I was on the floor, believe me I had no idea how I got there. Waited for a call….

One morning when I got to work I phoned the organization asking if the interview is still on. I was asked to be patience and will get a call and I did. I never stopped reading about who they are and what they do. That was important because some of the interview questions were based on if I know what they are and what they do.

Talking about the interview

I left Mamelodi in the morning after preparing for the interview a night before. Took a Gautrain to Johannesburg, Sandton. I was 3 hours early and I just hang about where I could get lunch. I was surprised that I was hungry, I couldn’t eat breaky! I told them that I was in Sandton and they told me to come through. Guess who was there?

JJ Onkgopotse Tabane was one of my interviewersImage result for emoji …have a read about this guy, he’s so interesting.. As powerful as he is on Radio, trust me he’s even more in real life. Educated and don’t want to talk about his political views LOL, listen to him yourself on power FM from 9pm to 12am. Its nothing but power!.

When I read about him, he’s was just as many in one. He’s a political activist, CEO at Oresego Holdings, Author of Let’s talk Frankly and Anchor on Power FM, just to name few…. He has a PhD in Media and many more other qualifications, heard that he’s still studying. I’m so inspired. I’m telling you that next year I’ll be studying something…

My expectations…

Until now that I found out that I will be in the same company as powerful, famous and motivational people. I’m so blessed and can’t wait to start tomorrow and work my *** of !.  Let’s say The New BeginningImage result for emoji

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

Why Wait For Tomorrow?

I woke up this morning hoping I will do something better with my life and the day passes, then comes the following morning and same thing happens. That’s what happens when you’re waiting for tomorrow. I guess that’s the short-cut of saying you will wait forever!

Don’t wait for tomorrow rather start today. If you have been saying tomorrow and years have passed it’s never too late you still have a chance to fix it. I have learned that action speaks louder than words, it is not enough to keep on saying I’ll do this or I want to do that, just put it into action. Is the same as someone who has a dream and preaching about it, man once said don’t speak your dreams but show them.

We need to start believing in our selves, knowing that we can make it despite challenges we come across. Through the grace of God and hard work. I have dreams to accomplish and don’t want to continue dreaming without making them come through, otherwise .. I will dream forever and that will not change anything, haha.

How about you start writing your goals down on paper (short term, medium and long term) just so you know what you’re working towards and what you want to achieve. It is never impossible if you really believe in yourself and have confidence in your thoughts, views, ideas or even dreams. Yes everything has its own time and sometimes takes time but if you work hard on it believe me or not it will happen and your life will change forever. By the time it won’t be too early nor late for you but just the right time. Stay positive..

By: Fortunate Machaba