TJ Fitness hosting Anti-Drugs Campaign in Pheladi Nakene Primary School

TJ Fitness is currently hosting an Anti-drug abuse campaign at Pheladi -Nakene primary school in Mamelodi West Pretoria.

“We have realised that there is a lot of drugs issues in schools, so it is an awareness to stop it. Kids performance is to show that this is where the should rather spend their time doing rather than waste it with drugs”, said Thabo Lepule, from TJ Fitness.

“I believe that the education we received today as learners from Pheladi they will change us and I feel good about what has happened today at our school”, said one of the learners, Boitumelo Kgaphola.

A social worker and representative from Mental Health, Sophie Monkwe shared the impacts, causes, and consequences of using drugs to the kids. On her statement she mentioned that people who uses drugs approach them for assistance and they do give them assistant they need.

“Do not start smoking drugs and focus on your studies”, said Sophie Monkwe.

Rev Divhani Tshivhula representative from Mamelodi Men’s Forum (MMF) was fist to open an event of the day with a prayer and singing praise and shared a word of God.

Activities such as, gumboots dance, poets, dancing group, as part of the event were performed by the kids.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Anti-drugs campaign to be hosted in Pheladi-Nakene primary school

“Learners against drugs” campaign is expected to take place on the 11th of September in Pheladi-Nakene Primary School, in Mamelodi west.

There will be activities such as drama, poetry, dances and music that will be carried out during the day to entertain while educating the kids.

Report from South African Police Service (SAPS) is expected to be presented on the day. More updates to follow.

By: Fortunate Machaba

#ConversationWithYou Event Was Successfully Ran 1MAN

The event on Saturday 31 August 2019, #ConversationWithYou was a success at Pretoria near Bosman.

The event was about bridging the gap between parents and teenagers, under the question of Who failed Who? It has become an inevitable truth that teenagers find parents to be boring due the their custom ways of life and on the other side there are parents who do not understand their children.

The whole purpose of the event was to bring about solutions admits this social illness that are faced by broken families. The audience largely expressed that indeed, they never put themselves in parents shoes and parents did admit they are not willing to relearn.

“I would say, it may not gone according to my plans because what transpired was bigger than my expectations. We had 50 people in attendance and most of them where people l knew”, said Howard Zondo, the event hoster and Founder and Author of Young Black and Powerful.

During the event, Kabelo Mabona, the author of Forgiveness is a journey was a speaker of the day, they had poetry performance by Tshiamo Moyo and Sharon Sindane and Selokela Molamodi, William Baloyi were MC of the day, motivational talk from Oshebeng Mochaka and the New Generation of Eagles did a drama performance.

Howard Zondo said the audiences were very positive and interactive during the event, and some did express they had been carrying pain all along but did not have the platform to do so. That to me speaks of the achievement l yearned to achieve from the event.

The only challenge Zondo faced was marketing and reaching people.

At the event there was a time were people got emotional, as people were sharing some of their touchy situations they have gone through in their lives. However, there was also a time to laugh!

“I am very happy with how everything unfolded; l would not have done it myself without my selfless team of YBP; Lucky Gira and Tokelo Hlagala. From the responses, people want more of these events, meaning the third #ConversationWithYou happening in November for Boys Indaba will be a success”, said Zondo.

The only thing l did in the morning was to pray and let God take charge.

Picture: Gwendoline Manana

Howard Zondo also used the event as a platform to talk about his books, sharing with other authors who were part of the event and some purchased Lessons from a Domestic Worker and Young Black and Powerful books.

Zondo said he would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made the day a success even in absentia.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Sister’s Seminar Foundation & Family Of Christ Hosted Annual Youth Empowerment Event

Sister’s Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ together hosted an event on Saturday with a purpose to empower young women. The team believes that it is their responsibility to take charge and give back to the community, not only in Mamelodi but in South Africa as a whole. About 250 community members including youth turned up for the event.

“We saw that our youth needs a good motivation in their lives, so that is why we deiced to do a seminar”, said the Founder of Sisters Seminar, Thapelo Makopo.

The seminar was established in 2018 in August, first seminar annual huge amount of people turned up, about 150 and they decided to continue with the seminar. “Our aim for this year, 2019 was to focus on both genders, and the youth, to empower them with a theme Youth Empowerment Seminar Gender Base Violence, Business Session and Motivation since well we have victims of gender base and connections in business, we know people who are doing business in their lives, we know motivational speakers , that is why we decided to come with other angle that will pull many people to the event”, said the Thapelo Makopo.

He added that the Seminars that are hosted in August are to empower youth to show them that is it possible, doesn’t matter where they are coming from but what matters the most is where you’re going with your life.

Speakers from various places came to support as well as to participate at the seminar. Speakers such as Thulani Mphahlele, Sfiso, Happy Simelane, Nontlantla V, Thato Nyathi, Pear Miss Africa 2019, Glen Lee-Jones, Mangi, Aobakwe, Mangi, Letlotlo, Prof Bishop Dipuo, Howard Zondo, Mr Mbelengwa, Oratilwe Mashigo, as well as poets including: Sharon Sindane, Katheliah, Mpendulo, Tumisho Rabalao, Banetse, Promise, Sister Hlogs, Mpendulo Skhosana and Buhle. Some of the speakers touched on the issue of gender base, some were there to motivate the youth and some to entertain them. Vukani Mawethu Choir participated in the event as well as Clique Crew, Ekzotic music group took initiative to perform on stage. Other participants such us Charity Masha, Future Miss SA Ambassador, Thando Chabalala, Miss Mamelodi 2019 and Khutso Matlala, Miss Teen SA Finalist & Miss Damelin were there to support the Sisters Seminar event.

“You were born with a purpose that the wold cannot do without” said Glen Leece-Jones, one of the motivational speakers of the day.

“When I got on stage, with my Empress sash, everyone wondered what does she have in store for us, and I had everything positive and my level of confidence spoke volumes. They were amused and they gave me an impression that we depend on you Annikie, you are a future leader, not only on the impression but the comments I got after that. I was asked to speak on the spur of the moment and still without worrying about preparations I owed it!”, said Annikie Rabohlale, Empress SA Finalist.

She added and said that she felt proud of the Seminar because the township like Mamelodi didn’t really have such as empowerment sessions like seminars, the only thing that Mamelodi is known for is turning up at Clubs or Tarvens and such things so seeing different women from different dimension of lives, backgrounds from different cultures and beliefs coming together to empower one another, to encourage success, and where we are headed as a country we know that haven’t accumulated everything that we are yearning for, that I saw on Saturday is promising one can affirm that indeed the future looks bright because we are in an era where women believe in themselves, where they believe is not enough until they stand up to themselves so I personally felt proud and empowered by sisters standing together and planning on how to take each other through to the bright future.

Pastor in his statement said that the event was educational and encourages to go fetch that dream, “As Sisters Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ host this kind of seminar every year, we think of hosting very often so we can empower young people and we are thinking that it should be a national road show where people can be educated about self-worth”, said Pastor Raphokoane.

The founder, Thapelo Makopo and his team of 15 members organised the event with their own money and with help from Street VIP, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mamz Grill bar with T-shirts. He said they are planning to have another seminar next year, 15 August 2020.

By: Fortunate Machaba

The Importance Of Celebrating Women’s Month

The importance of celebrating Womens Month Know why you should celebrate Women’s Month, Knowledge is power! 😉

We all know every year in South Africa we celebrate Women’s Month but do we actually know why we do? Here is why…

Every Year in August, our country marks Women’s Month with the aim to pay tribute to over 2000 women who in 1956 August the 9th marched to Union Buildings to protest against the extension of Pass Law to women. The system established to oppress women, control them and even reduce women to passive beings at the mercy of men.

After 24 years of democracy, where all racial and economic discrimination and oppression, sacrifices and resistance of the oppressed people, the struggle itself was terminated, we mark this day, 9th of August as women showed their strength and that they are powerful, that they can lead, fight and challenge situations without fear!

There is a quote I’d like to share with all the women today that says: “A strong woman always knows how to use all her exceptional abilities which no man has: the ability to seem weak and helpless, logic, intuition and emotional connection”.

As a women always have a room for criticism rather embrace it! Of course take it serious but not personal, learn and grow from it. Strong women are fearless they are not afraid of challenges, storms you can name all the hardships, look at the likes of Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela she was a strong women herself.

Let’s take the initiative in this day 9th and the month of August and celebrate achievements and the important role that women of all races and religion have played and continues to play in our society and always remember this, Wathinta Abafazi Wathinta Imbokodo, a freedom song that means women’s courage and strength.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Student Motives Org Is Formed To Improve Reading In Communities

Founder and Director, Thabang Ngobeni and Deputy Director, Lebohang Malefane from Mamelodi East formed an NGO called Student Motives in 2015 with the aim to promote reading and also other forms of literature in the community. The organisation is currently running with a team of six members.

“Through our background and how we were raised as well as the struggle we see in the society, we want to tackle challenges and make change, we want to produce free thinkers, promote critical decision makers, we want to create a new forms of fighting drugs and substance abuse”, said Thabang Ngobeni, Director and Founder of the organisation.

He added that they want to enhance young thinking abilities and create a community of believers and innovators.

The NGO has before created programs where they donated clothes and school shoes to Matimba Community Care Centre, Cleaned the community clinic and Stanza Bopape High School, donated books at Ekhaya Lami Le Themba in Soshanguvhea and donated two wheelchairs to Itumeleng Monareng from Mamelodi East RDP.

The Director and Founder says in few years’ time they want to see their NGO as one of the leading NGO’s in the industry with fresh, creative and innovative initiatives. He added they are hoping to receive funds this year 2019, to donate toys and shoes during the festive season.

For any donation please contact Thabang Ngobeni on: 064 695 1555, or email him at: tillythabzz@gmail.com

By: Fortunate Machaba

RANYAKA Plans To Transform Lives In Mamelodi

Ranyaka visited Mamelodi East on Saturday the 13th of July to bring the community together and discuss a way forward to current issues that are a stumbing block to their success, as well as collect baseline data to check how they can go about impacting this Community. This Initiative is part of Nedbank’s three year-project under the slogan “Proud of my Town”. Ranyaka is appointed by Nedbank as an implementation agent towards community development, hence this workshop.

“It is our first visit in Mamelodi, we are running a similar initiative in other areas such as Magaliesberg,  Kanyamazane, Boitekong, Turfloop, PE and Western Cape. We are looking into empowering people in the community. We wanted to find out what they are busy with and what they are struggling with and what makes it difficult for them to succeed”, said Maggie Tsotetsi, Consulting Urban Planner for Ranyaka and CEO of Motheo Resources.

Maggie added that Ranyaka is an NGO led by qualified urban planners with a heart for community development. They take the community through a professional community-based planning approach in the form of a workshop, this serves as the basis of their planning process for a specific community. She also mentioned that if they get more funds the project can run for more than 3 years. She believes that to impact the community we must plan with them and not just for them, empower them and identify readily available resources in order to ignite their potential. 

“We are very happy because we are looking for initiatives of this sort, we also started an NGO for disabilities and so far there has been no changes, we have approached many stakeholders before for funds but we were declined. We now see the light at the end of the tunnel, they will change the community in terms of development, I’m overwhelmed with what just happened”, said Nkosinathi Mzansi, founding member of Under One Shelter One Umbrella and on behalf of Mamelodi East Ward 17 Councillor, Absalom Borotho.

Ranyaka Team is planning to look closely into key issues within Mamelodi East. Their goal is to get as many funders as possible. The Community members listed the following as their main challenges: funds for starting their own businesses and safety in the community. They have mentioned that lack of safety is a threat to their businesses as crime not only diminishes their clientelle but robs them of their daily bread. One member gave an example that he was pursuing Travel and Tourism in Mamelodi, but he can’t bring tourists into the community due to high levels of crime experienced almost daily.

“Ranyaka will continue to be a collaborative platform for the community where issues are discussed and solutions identified for various sectors such as local businesses, ECDs and self-help groups”, said Maggie.

Ranyaka was established as a non-profit, urban planning consultancy in 2013 with a purpose to develop transformative strategies for towns and neighborhoods. They work hand-in-hand with residents, civil society entities, faith-based institutions, business, all levels of government, academic institutions and local change agents to co-create places where people can prosper in every sense of the word. By the end of 2019 they are planning to be at work in eight towns in six provinces across South Africa. Mamelodi has thus become one of the communities they desire to make goodly impact.

The data and information taken during the event is to be analysed and the team will be come back to the community with a strategic plan or community spatial plan as a solution to issues faced by the people of Mamelodi East.

By: Fortunate Machaba