Couple Runs Children Centre In Mamelodi

Couple Runs Children Centre In Mamelodi

A couple runs children centre in Mamelodi East, Extension 5. The centre called House Of Faith and it opens six days a week including Saturdays. The children’s age ranges from three to 14 years old. The organisation is depending on the parent’s contributions and does not have anyone relying upon. They have about 50 kids that they currently assist with homework, food and clothing that another organisation donates to the centre. “The challenge that we are having is that not all the parents contribute and we sometimes don’t have enough to give the kids”, said Lucky Mbatha. They used to cook for them before and their stove broke. They now give the kids biscuits and juice until they get a new cooker. The organisation was registered this year February. They help all the kids who can benefit from the organisation. “We are not only helping children from disadvantaged families any who can benefit from this programs, we believe that all the children need someone to help them with something”, said Khosi Mchunu. The couple sometimes visits schools to motivate children. They are not only helping with school work but they also do parent to children talk, play games, sometimes have a movie day and fun days at the centre. Khosi Mchunu says she plays a mother role to the kids as well where as Lucky plays a father role. They would love to get a sponsor for table and chairs for the kids, reading books, indigenous toys, a day to day food and furniture (shelves for the books). They plan to bring more people or volunteers to assist with teaching differently. Anyone with any help for the kids can directly phone Aus Khosi on 079 740 8403. Sharing is caring.

By: Fortunate Machaba 

Docket Opened After Train Struck Man Near Phase 2

Docket Opened After Train Struck Man Near Phase 2

Mamelodi East police were called to the scene in Phase 2 yesterday afternoon after a 32-year-old man was hit by a goods train. “It is unclear what exactly happened at this stage but deceased known in that area was found lying near the rail line in what appears to be hit by a train”, said the police spokesperson captain Michael Mbewe. Inquest docket is opened for investigation.

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

Interview With Child Molester

Interview With Child Molester

This interview was conducted after a 40 years old man sexually harassed a 10 years old girl. Note that it was conducted in Sepedi and translated into English. The incident took place in Mahube mall, Mamelodi East. I was at the bank and saw about four security guards including SPF dragging a man into Mams FM studio. I followed them, asked what happened, I got the story and interviewed the man…

Some answers he gave didn’t make sense at all..you will be surprised. 

Have you sexually assaulted anyone before?

No, I’ve never done it before is my first time to do it here

When you say “first time to do it here” does that mean you have done it somewhere else before?

No is my time…

Do you have any reason why you did what you did to the girl?

It was just an accident, I didn’t mean to do it.

You didn’t mean to touch her, you were passing by then what happened?

I was going to pay for my account in rail way.

The parents of the daughter and her uncle were outside Pep at the time, so how did you manage to pass near them?

I paid my account and wanted to go to Pick’n Pay to buy food, that’s when it happened. Is not something … I got shocked when people took this seriously because I was playing with the girl and passing by, got to the shop and buying food. They were with her when it happened and I really want to apologise it won’t happen again. I will just come to the mall, pay the bills and you see what I mean.

I have been told that you denied the fact that you touched the girl’s bottom is that true?

No I was just greeting and I get it that they didn’t like how I did it, so that’s how it is, at the moment there is nothing I can do, as we standing, you understand…

So you couldn’t talk to the parents or apologise to them?

I’m one person who likes playing you see…

Why didn’t you tell them before the police were called or get’s this far?

No let me tell you what happened, after that, the guy (father) came and followed me to the shop, I was shocked when people approached me and I was supposed to pay my food and leave the shop and told me what I did, what was terrible and scared me is that the uncle beat me up and fought me and it happened when there were there. I apologise.

Do the parents know how guilty or sorry you are?

No the parents were there and I have asked for forgiveness and that it will never happen again, I made a mistake I’m a human being, I’m so sorry… I came here for what I came for and anyone can play we kids, people differ.

Do you have any children or a wife?

No I don’t have children nor a wife I only have a girlfriend, I ‘m not yet married.

Tell me how you would feel if the other men did the same thing to your child, would you be ok with it?

Yes, Becuase I and the wife will be present and is not a bad thing. I won’t feel terrible. I was just passing by greeting the girl, maybe I offended them you understand.

You just passed by and greeted her? Do you know the girl?

Yes I just greeted her, no Idon’t know her I was just being friendly and they accused me of touching her bottom. I’m really sorry it won’t happen again. Please forgive me it won’t happen again.

by: Fortunate Machaba

 

Angry Residents Demand The Mayor Removes Shacks

Angry Residents Demand The Mayor Removes Shacks

 

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Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga

The angry residents in Mahube Valley extension 1 demanded the Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga today to remove shacks in extension 17, Mamelodi East. This comes after the protest that took place on June 22, 2017. Residents in Mahube had a clash due to the illegal connection of electricity by the residents in the informal settlement.

 

The Mayor addressed the community about feedback for the issues they have raised. During his address, he mentioned that shacks can not be removed in that area according to the court of law. Residents complain that the mayor has promised to remove the shacks but yet he hasn’t fulfilled his promise. “We had many demands before and we came down to one demand which is eviction”, said the community leader Jack Lekgau. He added that the mayor promised them that he was going to remove people who live in the informal settlement to Pinaspoort and other parts of Mamelodi.

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According to occupants, they later heard that the mayor made a commitment to the people who live in the informal settlement that he will not remove them and promised them to get mobile toilets which they have recently received. “The court said that I can not remove these people, the only way that I can is by building them houses which I can not afford”, said the mayor. He further said that by law, people in the informal settlement have to receive services and they are going to get help because most of them are not registered to get houses.

 

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Resident asking questions during the address

Mahube Valley residents believe that the court interdict has nothing to do with what they have asked for. “We have asked you to relocate the people, move them to the place you said you will move them to and the problem will be solved”, said one of the residents. Some said in public that they want to take the mayor to court and let the court decide the action against him.

 

 

The memorandum was read during the address, the mayor was asked to sign the memorandum and occupants were given the opportunity to raise their complaints. One of their complaints was the bill which they believe has risen due to the illegal connection of electricity by residents in the informal settlement.

 

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Msimangs signing the memo

 

 

The mayor said anyone who has a complaint about their bills they should come to the office and their matter will be attended individually. Occupants claimed to take law in their hands if Tshwane fails to take action.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Fascinating Mahube Valley Popup Market

Fascinating Mahube Valley Popup Market

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Atang General Training and Conviction, specialising in cooking,  baking and selling cocktails and shooters.

 

 

Local business owners had a fascinating event yesterday at Mahube Valley, Mamelodi East.

 

 

 

 

Business owners including tavern owners, fashion designers, product sellers and agencies. They were all invited to the event to showcase their work and sell their products.

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Lekaiba’s Design, specialising in beats and accessories

 

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Spit Fire, specialising with sun glasses from London

 

 

 

 

 

The event started in the afternoon and its purpose was to invite the community to support local businesses titled: Hashtag SupportLocalBusiness, Bring Own Chair.

 

 

 

 

Atang General Training and Conviction, specialising in cooking,  baking and selling cocktails and shooters. The owner of this company organised the event.

 

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Inuka, specialising in perfumes and hand lotions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

 

SAPS Visited Stanza Bopape Clinic; Mamelodi East

SAPS Visited Stanza Bopape Clinic; Mamelodi East

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South African Police Service (SAPS) and other stakeholders visited Stanza Bopape Clinic, Mamelodi East today to deliver the message to the community. It was an open day for the clinic and they invited different organisations to convey the message on behalf of their organisations to the community of Mamelodi.

SAPS was there to talk about services that they offer and careers for young people that are available within the SAPS. IMG_0712Other stakeholders such as SYNEXUS from the centre introducing their new vaccine that will help preventing HIV AND AIDS, Old Mutual, Avbob, Law For All, Department Of Home Affairs, Love Life, SASA, National Prosecuting Authority of SA, AIDS FUND, USAID and Department of Social Development attended the event and made people aware of the services they offer.

 

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“We wanted to convey the message about safety, we had to give people information about careers in the SAPS, give them hints on rape and under age drinking”, said Captain Michael Mbewe, Mamelodi East Police spokesperson.

 

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He added that the awareness program was a continuous programme and that they normally host their own in the community but today they were invited to the clinic. Both adults and youth from the community attended the event.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

WSEC And Sage Foundation created Vegetable Garden For MV Primary; Mamelodi East

WSEC And Sage Foundation created Vegetable Garden For MV Primary; Mamelodi East

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Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre and Sage Foundation Visited Mahube Valley Primary School today to create a food gardening for the children. The project was voluntarily and was to replace their 67 minutes for Mandela Day. The garden is done to benefit children who depend on feeding scheme at the school as well as agriculture lessons. IMG_0693France Mamogobo, Walter Sisulu Environmental Center chairperson gave thanks to his team for doing a “wonderful” project for the school. Sage Foundation volunteers were taken to the centre after completing the project to have a tour around the centre. They have never been to Walter Sisulu’s Centre before.”We have a good relationship with them since last year after they helped us with the indigenous plant garden. Today they helped with the food garden and we want to teach the kids agriculture”, said Karel Gulton, the school principal.

IMG_0699He added that the garden will help with bringing more vegetables to the school for feeding scheme use and children will be able to take the vegetables home during school holidays.

 

The school have a youth club that will take care of the garden. IMG_0700The project was supposed to be done on Mandela Day but it was not successful because both teachers and students were on school holidays.

“We are very happy to have them here”, said the principal.

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba