About 150 Community Members Marched Against Violence & Women Abuse

Seventh Day Adventist Church with Fire Revival Community Church members Marched on Saturday, 31 August 2019 with a purpose to stop violence against women and children and handed over the memorandum to Mamelodi East police station.

“The March is an END IT NOW Campaign that seeks to raise awareness and advocate for the end of Violence against women and children. It aims to mobilize Men, Women and children in the community with local organizations and law enforcement to join hands to resolve this worldwide issue”, said the campaign Manager, Beulah Mkhize

She added that what we wanted to achieve was to show the community that they are taking a stand against Abuse and Violence, at the same time creating an awareness to those who may be victims or perpetrators of violence and Abuse that there is a help available to those who are in need.

The march started at 10am in Mamelodi East Extension 5 and then marched to the community hall, Police station to handover a Memorandum then back to the Fire Revival Church. The group have marched on the streets to interact with people, address them bout various challenges that they are currently experiencing because they feel that the community is in need of such Campaigns, not just for creating awareness but to also provide counselling, support and rehabilitation.

During the march, the “Book of Hope” that we distributed to the community members. The book is about Mental Health Issues. Beulah in her statement mentioned that they have realized that Abuse and Violence can cause mental health issues on victims and perpetrators, which needed to be addressed and the book serves as giving people hope, even in those circumstances there is hope in God the Great Physician.

This initiative is planned to extends to more than 200 countries and territories and it was launched in October 2009 in partnership between Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)- a prominent humanitarian organization and the Department of Women Ministries of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

“The increase of women and child abuse has called for a large change especially in our communities, we felt that the silence needs to be broken.  You read the news paper, you go onto social media, you watch the news a child is adbucted, a woman is kidnapped, a girl is raped, assaulted and killed. The Likes of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Jesse Hess, Janika Mallo the list is long”, said the Beaulah Mkhize.

“I am very passionate about Women and girls and issues we go through, Campaigns like these make me feel like I have a purpose in life, to touch someone and give them hope that they are not alone and that there is help available for them. It also gives us an opportunity to respond to the needs of our fellow sisters and brothers by standing up in favor of human rights, tolerance, the wellbeing of children, freedom of expression and conscience and the protection and integrity of families. We ran a Health Expo before where the community received free consultation, Breast Cancer Awareness, Dental Issues, lifestyle disease”, said Beulah Mkhize.

The campaign see to increase personal awareness, responsibility and involvement effectively help end violence in every family and community. It might not happen over night. The church is also do youth programms, family ministries and social services.

At the End of the March we gathered together and had speakers addressing us on the types of Abuse like Financial, Emotional, physical, Verbal abuse. We also spoke on how its important to bring up the boy child in a way that makes him value women and girls. We had Men that took a stand that they pledge to support the “END IT NOW” campaign.

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

Family Demands MEC Dr Bandile Masuku To Fulfill Promises

The Marais family spokesperson Virginia Keppler said on Monday the department had broken promises regarding the after-care of Ms Martha. This happened after the department promised to follow-up with the investigations regarding the ill-treatment that Ms Martha experienced at Mamelodi Hospital.

A 76-year-old Ms Martha Marais of Eersterust, who was found tied to a steel bench at the Mamelodi regional hospital on May 29, is still recovering at home. The Marais family was, said that they were, “disgusted” with the department of health after its public promises to the family failed to fulfill.

“Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku never kept his promise to arrange counselling for Ms Martha at home. She only received one visit by a psychologist, a doctor and nurse and they also brought new crutches for her,” Keppler said in a press statement.

Keppler said Ouma Martha was instead taken to the Eersterust clinic for trauma counselling once.

“She is still very much traumatised. She cries a lot and is still scared of those who were involved in her being tied with her hands behind her back to the legs of a steel bench at the Mamelodi hospital.”

The family has demanded that the MEC step up to the plate and keep his promises. Health department spokesperson Lesemang Matuka confirmed receipt of the press statement from the Marais family. Matuka added that there were no new developments in the case against the three doctors, a nurse and two security guards suspected of involvement in the abuse of Ms Martha.

The MEC is not yet reached for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku To Do Follow-Up After Mamelodi Hospital Handcuffed Patient

Provincial Health MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku is expected to visit Ms Martha Marias home today as a follow-up to the unfortunate incident which occurred in Mamelodi Hospital. This happens after the family of 76-year-old Martha Marais who was handcuffed to a bench at Mamelodi Hospital on 30 May 2019.

The family laid assault charges against the hospital leading to four people been placed on special leave last month 02 June 2019 due to pending their suspension over the alleged ill-treatment of Ms Martha. Although, Dr. Bandile Masuku visited the family’s home after the incident had occurred to update them on the investigation and apologise for the treatment, the family said that there are still more questions than answers.

The department provided counselling for Marais and her family for the trauma they went through. The follow-up visit will be conducted as part of commitments made by the Gauteng Department of Health to Ms Marais and her family. It is not yet known how the MEC concluded this matter.

More updates to follow

By: Fortunate Machaba