Mamelodi Happening Congratulates Artist Of The Week!


…TO RAP, with his booming baritone! Don Dada brought an unusual voice to local Hip hop. Most rappers tend to be high pitched as they spit rhymes, not the laidback Dada, you can call him the Barry White of rappers. His single VIVA MANDELA has on Thursday, 22 February 2018, awarded RISA certified Gold Award for sales achieved from the July 2017 release to September 2017 in 2.5 months! That’s a Massive achievement!

Don Dada had mentioned that his birth names and aka Menelik Nesta Gibbons aka Don Dada destine him for greatness, looking at this facts below: IMG_0138

  • Menelik after King Menelik of Ethiopia direct descended of King Solomon and Queen Sheba
  • Nesta after Bob Nesta Marley who Don Dada’s mother met on the streets of Zimbabwe in 1980 when Bob Marley performed his [Bob] song ‘Zimbabwe’ in celebration of the 1980 Zimbabwe independence.
  • DonBoss of bosses and Dada – Jamaican [Patwa] version of DON. Ironically named after Bob Marley who performed the song Zimbabwe for the 1980 Zimbabwe Independence celebrations and 38 years later on what most consider the next independence, Don Dada’s Zimbabwe Kubatana song that has been officially recognized in Zimbabwe as 1 0f 4 songs released with Zimbabwe Kubatana the only one performed on the night of the 2017 inauguration on the HICC platform.


DSC_0113Don Dada has an eccentric life which translates beauty in his music. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, migrated to South Africa at the age of 5 and grew up in Turffontein south of Johannesburg.

He has never cut his hair and his long dreadlocks, hence you see it running over a metre and some centimetres. He’s found his musical home in rap and not reggae. However, inevitably, reggae seeps into his musical arsenal as he makes hip hop. There’s a lot more achievements coming his way just sit back and watch!

By: Fortunate Machaba


Up To 500 Kids Attended FICP Sport Event

IMG_0123Foundation for Integrated Community projects (FICP) hosted an event on Saturday in Nelmapius. The event was involving sports  including soccer and netball.

“We invited eight schools both in Mamelodi East and Mamelodi West and we had only four schools that have attended. Boys under 13 and 19 participated in soccer and also girls under 13 and 19 participated in netball”, said one of the organisers, Mr Mphaki Sam Mashifane.

IMG_0121He added that they chose school teams according to their academic performance.

According to them, they preferred top eight schools in Mamelodi including Ribane-Laka, Prosperitus, Stanza Bopape and Flakfontein secondary schools and with Primary Schools they chose Tshimollo, Refentse and Shirinda Primary School.

“The event was well planned, exciting, vibrant and successful, even although not all schools participated but those who came through took an effort and played to the best of their abilities”, said Mr Mashifane. IMG_0122

The event was highly appreciated by school children, teachers and sports coordinators and they said that it should be a continuous event to ensure sports participation in schools.

FICP is  an NGO dealing with sports development in communities. After the Easter, the organisation is planning to host another event of the same nature for the kids in the community.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Social Crime Prevention Team Donated Sponge Mattresses; Mamelodi East


Social Crime Prevention Component donated about 10 bed mattresses to Phomolong kids club yesterday. The donation was seen as a gesture of partnership support to upcoming disadvantaged day care centres around Mamelodi East. Day care centre’s manager, Mr Mpho Modzanani, expressed his excitement for the donation. For any enquiries contact Captain Michael Mbewe on 079 694 6362/ 012 815 7102

By: Fortunate Machaba

Modelling Classes Start In February


Mamelodi Models Agency classes will opened on the 3rd  of February 2018. It is not yet confirmed about the venue. The event is expected to start at 11 am until 2pm. IMG-20180130-WA0005 The Agency will be offering classes every Saturday of each week for three months. The classes will focus on pose techniques, walking lessons, model mindset in the industry and general encouragement as well as inspiration. “The registration for the classes will be R50 which will keep them from paying for the first Saturday. Each week they will be charged R 20”, said Motlagomang Malesa, co-founder of the agency. Models, aspiring models are welcome to the event as well as the public. He added that every model is expected to bring their own pair of high heels. Fashion show coming up soon. The date is not yet confirmed. For more information regards to the Agency contact the management on 0747042362.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Ikamva Celebrated Class Of 2017


Ikamva class of 2017 bachelor’s students. Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza

Ikamva Youth Mamelodi Branch celebrated the class of 2017, matric results on Saturday in Mamelodi West, D6. The purpose of the event was to celebrate those who did well and also to encourage those who did not do well in their matric year.


The Branch Coordinator of Ikamva, Neo Rakoma welcomed the parents, students and visitors of the day. “We are here to celebrate the class of 2017, to congratulate them on their achievements and encourage them to do more”, said the Branch Coordinator, Neo Rakoma.


Photo by: Itumeleng Khoza

During the event, two learners, Precious Madonsela and Archibald Letswalo gave testimonials of their journey and experience at Ikamva.

The representative of CCBSA(Coca-Cola Beverage South Africa), Unathi Mbaya, Charles Baloyi from Tateni Community Centre, Patrick Mashanda the program Manager, and Pastor Siya Malinga from Themba Foundation addressed and motivated the students to take studies seriously and as a priority.


Best Ikamva tutor of 2017

The pastor shared the word of God, complementing the students and spreading the principle of working hard. Students were given prizes including certificates based on their attendance, performance and achievements.

“I was overwhelmed when I was called as one of the Bachelor achievers. My proudest moment was when I received a certificate for learners of the year. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity Ikamva gave me”, said Howard Zondo, one of the students.


Nino junior, Artists of the day.



He added that he joined Ikamva Youth Mamelodi Branch in 2003 when he was doing grade 10. He was elected to be the learners representative for 2016. He took second place in June results 2016 and got a certificate.

Ikamva Youth’s mission is to enable disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty and into tertiary education and or employment.



By: Fortunate Machaba

Artist Of The Week Who’s Soon To Go To USA.

Some call him Lucas, others call him Edgar and I call him Marvin but this guy’s name is The MEL!

2018-01-19-PHOTO-00050704Meet The Mamelodi Happenings Artist Of The Week The MEL (Marvin Edgar Lucas) from Mamelodi East, BufferZone. He started singing when he was only 7 years old and fell in love with Hip-pop when he was 10 years old. He started singing with his sister Margaret. He writes his own rhymes and choruses. Nothing ever stopped him from there on. Mamelodi is his first song that he released on SoundCloud in 2015 and is actually the most streamed songs he released until this day. The MEL is working on releasing his first album and planning a tour to America in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and if the DAC agree to fund him and which is yet to be confirmed. “I’m planning to go to America tour and if the right people at the DAC agree to fund the tour it will be an honor and a huge achievement on my side”, said Marvin. He once performed in Washington DC at open mic which inspired him to do more. He also performed at the South African State Theater in Pretoria, Cappelos at Sunny Park, The Village in Mamelodi, Fashion Show in Soshanguve to name few. His late brother, Cecil Lukas is and has always been his inspiration. His brother was a rapper and when Marvin was young, he would guide him and sometimes even battle with him to see if he was growing lyrically. “He was a true inspiration, basically his love for Hip-pop has passed on to me. Recently, The MEL released the following songs, Say My Name, Street Impact and Ceilings.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Six Suspects Arrested In Mamelodi

Six suspect were arrested yesterday due to Corruption at one of the vehicle testing stations in Mamelodi. The six which includes three females and three males were caught when members of the Road Traffic Management Corporations National Anti-Corruption Unit, the South African Police Organised Crime Unit and the Gauteng Traffic Police Compliance Unit raided the privately owned Mamelodi testing station. Simon Zwane, the Road Traffic Management Corporation Spokesperson said that, the station management representative is still being sought to answer allegations that they facilitated the fraudulent issuing of vehicle roadworthiness certificate for vehicles that were not physically presented to the station for examination. Other allegations includes using the identity documents of one individual to generate numerous roadworthy certificate unlawfully. Apparently, The concerned individual, who is known to the investigators, had given permission for his identity document to be used in connection with these transaction. The suspects are expected to appear in court to face charges of fraud and corruption. The date of the court is not yet confirmed.

By: Fortunate Machaba