About 70 Kids Attended YMCA International Prayer Week

IMG-20171121-WA0009YMCA celebrated their international prayer week on Saturday in Mameldi East. The main purpose was to empower young people about life, leadership and service. 70 kids from the community attended the service that day. “It was a great day to spend in the presence of God and the youth. Every year YMCA has international prayer week, so on the sixth day of prayer, all the YMCA’s come together and pray. Mamelodi YMCA was the host this year”, said Pastor Lesiba Raphokoane. The Soweto and Ga-rankuwa YMCA were also part of the prayer as well as other stakeholders.  YMCA has three locals in Gauteng which assisted in organising the event.

IMG-20171121-WA0015During the event, they had variety of activities on stage. They had dancers, poets, karate kids and drama kids performing. “Mamelodi YMCA is alive and active, we urge young people around Mamelodi to come to Mamelodi YMCA to enjoy themselves as they are preparing for life”, Added Pastor Raphokoane. YMCA have other activities such as Y-Zone, it’s a program aiming at providing after care programs, Y-Justice, an advocacy program that provides awareness and prevention through the communities and giving back positive results in the YMCA, Y-Arts, which is a development of arts and culture through activities in local YMCA’s that include drama and music.

IMG-20171121-WA0013PortianTshepe, Matsepo from Soweto YMCA and Phuthegi banda from Ga-Rankuwa YMCA came to Mamelodi as representatives of their branches. Pastor Raphokoane and Monica Tshabalala were representing Mamelodi YMCA. Pastor Raphokoane asked the parents to release their children to come to YMCA in Mamelodi East and for the parents who would like their children to participate in their programs, they are urged to contact the Chairperson of the board, Mr Thapelo Rantho on 0721923218 or Secretary Pastor Lesiba Raphokoane on 0732734421 or Youth Facilitator, Monica Tshabalala 0733361938.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Traditional Healer Against Killing Of Albinos

Chief Shakuh Blesser, traditional healer from Rustenburg confirmed that it is true that people are killing Albino’s to become rich and it is not the right procedure to follow. “We have a number of different ideas on how to be rich. I don’t encourage you to use that kind of process”, said Chief Shakuh. He added that he have almost 25 free spiritual channels to make someone rich and those channels does need any pay back or human sacrifice. According to his first blog post, all problems can be solved as long as you have faith in your cultural ancestors because they are next to God and only animal sacrifice can be made to help improve the standard of living.

By: Fortunate Machaba  

Pastor Supports Albanism Awareness In Mamelodi

IMG-20171003-WA0002YMCA and Love Foundation hosted an awareness programme at Mamelodi West, YMCA Hall on Saturday to make the community aware of Albanism.

The pastor believes that Sangomas claim, that if you kill albino you will be wealthy.

The team was making the community aware that Albino’s are also human and do not have to be treated unlike human.

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“The purpose was to alert the community about Albinism. The killing of albino’s made YMCA and Hands of Love Foundation to come together and teach people that Albinos are also human beings”, said the Pastor Raphokoane. He added that people believe in different things. Some believe in God and others in ancestors but people need to stop believing that albino are the source of richness.

The event was sponsored by the Social Department and Dischem Pharmacy. The pastor said he’s looking forward to support more events of that nature. The pastor urge the community to treat Albino like ordinary people.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Just Faith Concert At UP Campus; Mamelodi

Just Faith Concert At UP Campus; Mamelodi

Just Faith had a concert on Sunday at the University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus.IMG_0998

Different organisations were invited to the exhibition to share their services with the community.

During the event, the campus Manager, Edwin Smith was called on stage to present his speech about the faculty of Theology to the audiences.

“The event ushered in a new pathway to the University of Pretoria for local residents interested in studying at our University, It also strengthens the University’s offering for the community and our local partners dealing with a number of pressing challenges in our community”, said Mr Smith. He added that he was very excited themselves broadening their involvement in the community through their campus.

IMG_0994Music bands were there to perform on stage as well as poets.

According to their website, the organisation “Feast of the Clowns” was established in 2000 and started as a small street festival and has now grown to the large annual festival in the city.

Their campaign this week will be focusing on substance use and harm reduction, homelessness, mental health and gender justice. Their main focus will be on substance abuse with a sub-focus on homelessness and mental health.

 

IMG_1002All of their workshops will be hosted in Pretoria including Mamelodi.

The exhibition has also given the organisations a platform to make contacts as well as to know about each other’s services that they offer the community.

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Their event in Mamelodi took place for two days in a row (Sunday 13 Aug and Monday 14 Aug). Sunday being used for the exhibition and Monday for the address of the matters including, gender justice and substance use.

 

 

Other events will take place in different venues this week until the 19th of August.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Favours Catheral Church Celebrated Mandela Day; Mamelodi West

Favours Catheral Church Celebrated Mandela Day; Mamelodi West

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The Favours Catheral Church, Mamelodi branch has celebrated Mandela Day, providing soup to members of the community in Mamelodi West on Tuesday morning. The community was waiting to be served that morning at Mamelodi West clinic.

Members of the church stated that it was worth taking part because they provided elders and children with soup in the early hours of the morning to keep them warm while they still waiting to see the doctors.IMG-20170719-WA0005 (1)

 

The group came on behalf of the church, under the leadership of Prophet Maggie Thulare and served the community.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba