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

David Makhura Says Illegal Occupation Is Out Of Order

David Makhura Says Illegal Occupation Is Out Of Order

 

 

IMG_1169Gauteng Premier, David Makhura said illegal occupation in Mamelodi is out of control. The premier, as well as other leaders, visited Mamelodi West last Friday at A5 community Hall.

David Makhura, Gauteng Premier, Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor, Paul Mashatile, MEC for Gauteng Department of Education, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa , MEC for Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, MEC for Social Development, Nandi Khoza, MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi, MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile and Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi.

They were all in the house to present their reports to residents of Mamelodi. Solutions were presented to issues raised by people in the previous meeting. During the meeting, the Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga announced some residents had received their title deeds. It is not known when they applied for the RDP houses.

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Residents who had more issues were asked to fill in forms and were promised to get feedback. An opportunity for people to raise their concerns or questions based on the leaders’ reports were given.

Most of the people were not happy about the conditions at Moretele Park, they were complaining that the shelter needed renovation since it is Spring going to Summer and rain is expected. They gave a positive response to the stadium that is going to be rebuilt (Pitje) in Mamelodi West. More renovation is expected to happen in Mamelodi both East and West. The event started at 4pm and residents didn’t leave until 9pm.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Provincial Government Submitted Reports To Mamelodi Community

Provincial Government Submitted Reports To Mamelodi Community; Mamelodi West

IMG_1169The provincial government together with Tshwane leaders visited Mamelodi West, A5 on Thursday to give the residents a report about solutions to previous meeting (November 2015) on issues raised by community members. “Today was a day they are giving report about municipality solutions, where we listen to the problems faced by the community. To let know the public on what the government is doing to improve the communities”, said David Makhura, Gauteng Premier.

Issues including pensioners who can’t afford and forced to pay rent , illegal invaders, development in the communities of Mamelodi, residents who haven’t received RDP houses, opportunities for the youth, water and electricity shortages in some areas in far east of Mamelodi.

The leaders were including David Makhura, Gauteng Premier, Solly Msimanga, Tshwane Mayor, Paul Mashatile, MEC for Gauteng Department of Education, Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa , MEC for health, Gwen Ramokgopa, MEC for social development, Nandi Khoza, MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi, MEC for Economic Development, Lebogang Maile and the community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi were there to attend the meeting with the community memebers.

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During the meeting, other residents who were not able to join the meeting due to unavailability of space, were outside complaining about the community hall. They demanded a bigger venue when the leaders call for the community meetings. More details to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Mamelodi Taxi Drivers And Owners Demand Answers From MMC

Mamelodi Taxi Drivers And Owners Demand Answers From MMC

 

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Mamelodi this morning

The city of Tshwane MMC for Trasport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge has received a memorandum today at Pretoria’s Tshwane House from taxi drivers and owners of different areas. This happened after local taxi drivers and owners from Mamelodi, Soshanguvhe, Mabopane and Marabastard protested today in Pretoria to Tshwane House.

Mamelodi police monitored the situation to prevent the protest in Mamelodi, taxi’s were operating in the morning. The deputy chairperson of Mamelodi Local Taxi Association (MALTA), Monageng Stuurnan said that they do not support the protest by the taxi drivers and owners of Mamelodi.

 

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Pretoria near Tshwane House

Reports say Soshanguvhe, Mabopane and Marabastad areas were affected by the protest and taxis were not operating in those areas including the railway station causing the train to stop operating as well.

 

Taxi drivers and owners from those areas came together to hand their memorandums to the Tshwane MMC and asked for the MMC to sign the Memorandum to acknowledge that she has received it.

“I have received the memorandum from the taxi drivers and taking the matter to the province to negotiate, I told them that I will give them feedback within 14 days”, said the MMC.

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Tshwane MMC for Transport, Sheila Lynn Senkubuge

She described the matter as long term process because the taxi drivers and owners haven’t paid the money that they owe Tshwane which causes them not to be able to get their licence renewed, permits and allowance to use the roads. This issue, in turn, causes the Metro police to give them tickets for not having the right documents with them while driving passengers.
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During the protest, the drivers had boxes written “Tickets must fall”, in their hands. The complaint was also mentioned in the memorandum.

According to the taxi drivers from Mamelodi, not many from the area have joined the protest to Pretoria CBD.

The taxi drivers and owners are currently waiting for 2 weeks to pass in order for them to get their answers from the MMC. The matter remains the subject to Sheila Lynn Senkubuge.

By: Fortunate Machaba