Drug Abuse Needs Alarming Solutions; Mamelodi

Mamelodi has seen an increase in reported contact crimes when compared to the 2015/16 statistics. After research, Mamelodi East has increased by 7.6% from 2207 to 2374 from those years. According to Pretoria East Rekord, the Mamelodi East police station reported a murder rate increase of 48.1 % in 2015. The 2017 statistics revealed 113 sexual offences, 554 common assaults, 80 murders, 766 aggravated assault, 722 drugs crime in Mamelodi. Crime, specifically in drug (Nyaope) and aggravated assault seem to be the highest issues that Mamelodi residents face. The drug is mostly abused by young people in Townships. Other townships such as Hammanskraal and Ga-Rankuwa face the same challenges and also other crimes including sexual offence crime. Hamanskraal had witnessed as a 51.3% increase of sexual offences. IOL published an article on the 31st of October, 2017 about community members in  Alaska (East of Mamelodi) who took initiative on a project called Viva Foundation which prevents sexual violence in the community. The foundation was founded by Leon Kriel. After two years of the project’s operation,  Mamelodi residents managed to drastically reduce incidents of rape and domestic violence through a “simple” panic button. The concept behind the project was to eliminate the crimes rather than dealing with them after they had been committed.

What can be done to eliminate the issue of drugs (Nyaope) and aggravated assaults in communities?

By: Fortunate Machaba

 

 

Service Delivery Protest In Progress: Mamelodi East

IMG-20180612-WA0032[1]Residents of ward 16 in Mamelodi East have taken to the street in protest for electricity services in their ward and they have so far burnt down the container at Stanza Bopape Community Library.

“Several streets around the ward have been blocked with burning tyres and the roof tiles and the building near the community hall is also damaged with bricks that were thrown over it”, said Mamelodi East Spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe.

Public order police have been summoned but otherwise the local police officers are monitoring the situation.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Brxken Nation Clothing Top-Up About 250+ Local Brands; Mamelodi West

IMG_0189Mamelodi Local Brands Award announced Brxken Nation Clothing co as an award winner on Friday at Tshwane PlayHouse in Mamelodi West. The top brand was against about 250+ other local brands. The brand is owned by Kagiso Sunnyboy Moshimane who is known as A.K.A KG-PERRY SANNY-GAGA. “It was quite a remarkable event, I feel so happy and blessed, that people recognized my brand and voted for my brand. This brand has been through a lot of challenges but yet it made it through the awards”, said the brand owner, Kagiso Moshimane. The brand is regarded as unique because it is made to tackle social economic issues through fashion, it has a meaningful impact on the community, they keep up with trends, make customers happy, meet customers needs and delivered on time. The host of the event said that the event was great and they managed to get everything together and it also went well as it was planned. “The purpose of the event is to support and promote local brands to show the appreciation of their hard work! We had 250 and more brands participated for the 2017 awards, which was 2nd annual awards”, said Mr Lloyd Lekoala, the CEO of Mamelodi Local Brands. Espaza sum, Blue label and Mozo Events (Local businesses) sponsored the event .The next awards is expected to take place next year.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Give Them Hope Hosts Fun Run In Mamelodi; Nelmapius

Give Them Hope Hosts Fun Run In Mamelodi; Nelmapius

IMG-20170821-WA0006Pinky Mothiba, Founder of Give Them Hope had organized a fun run on Saturday at Nelmapius Multipurpose centre in Lesedi Road. The event’s purpose was to rise awareness of the challenges were faced by people in the community especially those who live with orphans and neglected children. “The purpose of the event is to make aware of the challenges were faced on daily basis bringing up the orphans and neglected children of our community. It is the responsibility of the community to make difference in these children’s lives”, said the founder.

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The founder added that most of the people just think orphans are put in the orphanage because they have lost their parents and not considering the fact that these children go through a lot of challenges, some of them were raped and some abused in so many ways and they need to be loved.

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The event received support from Big Save, Master Copy, Distri Liquor, Spar Willow Way, House of Grace Worship Centre, Debonairs, Coke and the community were also part of the event.

The founder also mentioned that Mphaki Mashifane from Mams FM and Raymond also contributed to the event, IBA (coke) send them a truck with the system so it was easy for them to speak to the people at their event. The organisation also managed to make soccer tournament for the small clubs for the community.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

Prof.Phaswana-Mafuya Visits Mamelodi To Motivate Students

Prof. Phaswana-Mafuya Visits Mamelodi To Motivate Students

 

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Prof.Nancy (Refilwe) Phaswana-Mafuya, Research Director in the HIV/AIDS/STI/TB (HAST) Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Honorary Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University visited Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre (WSEC) today to motivate students to take Maths and sciences as a career.

IMG_0963“We invited girls from schools who do maths and sciences and encouraged them to take them as a career. We had a speaker, women of science award from Port Elizabeth. She won a national award for science by NSTF. She addressed the students and we did this for Women’s Day, we also invited mothers to be part of the event”, said Christa Van Schalkwyk, the Centre’s Manager.

The main purpose of the event was to encourage the kids to take the scientific field as their career.IMG_0971 “I have learned a lot from the programme, it taught me so many things including that even if you are from a poor background you can still make it. If you don’t have money to further your studies, we were encouraged to study hard to get bursaries to further our studies”, said Lerato Thlako from Bonang Lesedi Secondary School.

Students were from Lehlabile, Bonang Lesedi, Solomon Mahlangu, Stanza Bopape, Mamelodi High School and Phateng Secondary Schools.

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Most of them are maths higher grade students and the idea behind this event was to encourage and motivate them. The subject adviser for maths, Mosima Bokhosi was also invited to take part as a speaker at the programme.

 

By: Fortunate Machaba

SABC Interviews Mamelodi Students; UP

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SABC journalist, Obuseng Maluti interviewed student from Lehlabile secondary school about the Tjo!StoryFest program that took place at University of Pretoria, Mamelodi Campus on Saturday. Students showed more interest in the program and took part in community talks especially with SA Depression & Anxiety Group. The group brought one of their “service users” to share his story with the audience. The group discussed with the audience about drug abuse. The ex-drug user, 29 with a diploma had been using drugs for more than 10 years and he said that he want to change his life and start focusing on the future, making the right choices and doing good to the community. He added that students have to go to school with a purpose, knowing what they want to do with their lives and not just to attend school. “I’ve  learned a lot from the program, it helped me to grow. I didn’t know what we young people are going through in the community. I’m encouraged about what he’s doing, it is a good thing and he has to improve. For the fact that he has a diploma he should focus on the future”, said Katlego Boikanyo, a grade 11 student. Students were also able to share their thoughts about the topics that came up during the program. The topics were mostly about personal stories that are happening in the community. “Substance abuse is a hard thing to quit, but at the end of the day is the decision that we make, we just have to stay positive and not let peer pressure to take over us because it destroys us”, said the student, Koketso Moerane. He added that he’s going to take the message back to the community and make sure others does’t go through the same issue. He believes that the program helps them to help others. Most of the audiences believe that people who uses drugs started at an early age where they didn’t have enough education and guidance. It is believed that if children get education about drugs and get reasons why it’s not the right choice to use drugs it will help the issue to stop in future rather than to preach “SAY NO TO DRUGS” to children without explaining to them why.

By: Fortunate Machaba

MMA Open Opportunities For Young People In Mamelodi

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Motlagomang Malesa known as DJ Bum Jive, co-founder of Mamelodi Models Agency made his start with 25 models and still has bigger plans for the Agency. Mamelodi Model Agency started running in June 2016.

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Most of his models are based in Mamelodi but some are from Soshanguve, Soweto and Johannesburg. “I want to help prevent young people from going on streets, drugs, blessers and keep them busy while they are earning”, said Motlagomang.

 

 

model 3The best innovative Mams young man takes his models for business lecturers where they gain skills that will benefit his other businesses apart from the agency. “I don’t want them to just be models but business men and women to gain skills, be innovating and make a living out of it”, said Dj Bum Jive.

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Malesa said he want his company to get as far as it can “in space” he said, he wants to see his company helping others to get opportunities as well as being in partnership with 100 companies in the next few years. I call this dreaming tremendously!

 

 

 

 

 

By: Fortunate Machaba