About 100 People Left Homeless After Red Ants Kicked Out Residents In Flats

61-year-old Shot And Other Wounded During Extension22 Flats Eviction

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The Red Ants and other law enforcement agencies used rubber bullets to disperse residents who were living in Nellmapius, Extension 22 flats on Monday morning. This happened after residents claimed to have held several meetings with previous Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga and housing and settlement MMC Mandla Nkomo. The meetings took place after the local elections and they were assured the flats belonged to them. Residents moved in flats last month.

They said they are fed up with empty promises and  have been on the waiting list for a long time. Most of them said to have no where else to go. During the eviction, a number of people were left sitting on the side of the road with their belongings. According to a source, at the point, Red Ants started shooting at the crowd as well as some of the people who were standing around the apartments.

Many of them said they would not allow voting to take place until this matter is resolved. Although people moved in unfinished flats with no water and electricity installed yet, they said they were prepared to pay rent and finish the units themselves as they were desperate for homes. Community members also said the apartments had been left open and unfinished for around three years. Many refused to leave the area until government intervene in this matter. A 61-year-old woman was reported shot in the leg and several other people were wounded during the eviction.

More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Mamelodians To Celebrate Mandela’s Day

Mamelodi community members are planning to celebrate Mandela’s Day tomorrow by giving back to the community. Tomorrow South Africans will be celebrating the legacy of Father of The Nation, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba, including the former U.S president Barak Obama who gave a lecture on Tata’s legacy.

https://www.sagoodnews.co.za/madibas-legacy-six-bite-sized-chapters-to-celebrate-100-years/

More to follow on Mamelodi Happenings tomorrow!

By: Fortunate Machaba

JJ Tabane Says As old Winnie Story Is Shredded, We Need A New One

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JJ Tabane has published an article on the TimesLive saying that the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has sparked a battle of narratives about the full meaning of her illustrious life.

Read more on: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/opinion-and-analysis/2018-04-14-as-old-winnie-story-is-shredded-we-need-a-new-one/

By: Fortunate Machaba

Watch JJ Tabane paying tribute to Mama Winnie Mandela on Frankly Speaking

One of our own JJ Tabane was speaking frankly to the DA newly elected Federal Deputy Chairperson, Refiloe Ntskhe, last nigh on SABC 3. They were talking about what the DA is doing to celebrate Ma Winnie Mdikizela Mandela. The Frankly Speaking talk show started with a video of Ma Winnie’s funeral as to pay tribute to Mother Of the Nation!

 

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

Termination Of Contract Leads To Tshwane Taking Over Autopax Bus Service In Mamelodi

The city of Tshwane has announced yesterday that from today 1 October 2017, it is to take over the responsibility from Autopax of providing public transport in Mamelodi. “The decision of the Tshwane Mayoral Committee to play a greater role in providing public transport in townships in the city”, said Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi. He added that, they have received confirmation on Friday that the city will progressively assume greater responsibility for the provision of public transport services in communities and will take over Autopax operation on Monday, to ensure that there is continuity of transport services to Mamelodi residents as the Autopax contract with the provincial roads and transport department was terminated on the 30th of September 2017. The city has agreed to provide bus service in Mamelodi as from Monday, 02 October 2017 and has indicated that initially a “core service” will be provided. Mamelodi residents are advised to that bus fares and roads will remain the same as they were when Autopax was operating. Autopax came into operation in 2015, when Putco buses surrender their contract to the department because of their loss in Mamelodi roads. Vadi thanked the Autopax board and management for helping the provincial government and Mamelodi residents during time of need.

By: Fortunate Machaba