Youth Day celebrated in style

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

YOUTH DAY was commemorating in style in Soshanguve when Ma-2000 turn an illegal dumping site into a food garden in Block H Soshanguve. The Gauteng MEC for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development, Morakane Mosupye has started working with Botshabelo Black Farmers Development (BBFD) which is leading the farming project to make it a success.

The MEC said the initiative which is again aimed at building the rural and township economy, is part of measures to fight against food insecurity amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With Botshabelo Black Farmer Development we decided that we are going to commemorate June 16 in a different way, in a practical way. In addition to what we were doing by developing backyard farming, there is this group of young people who called themselves Help a Friend Out Organisation.

“This is very exciting, I hope you will have the patient and passion because you will meet lots of challenges and some of the challenges are natural like climate change.

“We have six farming projects started by youth in Gauteng areas like West Rand, Sedibeng, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. I not happy with the number of youth in farming, but it is our responsibility to show them farming is a business that can create jobs. We need more young people into farming,” said Mosupye.

David Thathane of Botshabelo Black Farmer Development said they are bringing farming back to the people.

“We are bringing farming back to the people; we are 8 commercial farmers that we have partnered with them.

“ We have helped more than 80 families to have backyard gardens in their homes which are 60 in Soshanguve, 23 in Mamelodi, 5 in Mabopane and there are 30 which in Ga-Rankuwa which have been identified starting from next month”, said Thathane.

Oreneile Matjene of the Help a Friend Out Organisation an organisation founded and consisting of Ma-2000 said they are happy with the support they are getting from Botshabelo Black Farmer Development and the office of the MEC for Agriculture.

“We are happy with the support we are getting from Help a Friend Out Organisation and the office of the MEC. Our aim is to turn more illegal dumping site into food gardening, at least four for this year alone.

“We need food gardening for a period like this, it will help with food security and to fight poverty,” said Matjene.

Nurses forced teenager to give birth at clinic gate

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

A WINTERVELDT TEENAGE mom is traumatized after giving birth at the gate of the notorious Kgabo Clinic gate because nurses and security refused her entry to the clinic. Kgabo Clinic in Winterveldt is known for its bad service for the past decade.

The baby was born at the clinic gate but nurses wrote contradicting lies …In papers to Home Affairs, they say the baby was born at the clinic but the clinic card says the baby was born at home.

Zodwa Maziya with her Dudu Maziya who gave birth to baby Sphesihle at the gate of Kgabo Clinic …

On the 3 May at around 3 o’clock in the morning, Dudu Maziya (19)  went to Kgabo Clinic in Winterveldt accompanied by her mom Zodwa Maziya after she feels pain in her stomach.

According to her mom Zodwa they found the security guards at the gate and explained to them and one of the guards went inside and returns to tell them that the nurses said she must go to Block BB Clinic in Soshanguve.

“I explained that we hired a car and we don’t have enough money, the security guards went to the nurses about three times but they refused us entry. I explain to them that it is very cold and my daughter is in pain but all these fell on deaf ears. At around 6 am in the morning my daughter feels more pains and we beg the security to open the gate because there water just bust but they refused.

“I was forced to help my daughter gave birth at the gate of the clinic while the security guards were laughing at us. My granddaughter was born at the clinic gate, they only allow us after the baby was born and the wrong message to Home Affairs that the baby was born the clinic but the card claim the baby was born at home,” said Zodwa.

Clinic cards with wrong information stating that the baby was born at home…
Birth certificate with wrong information stating that the baby was born at Kgabo Clinic instead of the clinic gate…

In an interview, Dudu the mother of the baby who is still traumatized after giving birth at the clinic gate said she wants action to be taken against the nurses for failing to do their duty and be compensated for the trauma they have caused to her.

“I don’t deserve to be nurses and I am still hurt the way they have treated us, I can’t forget what they have done to us they must pay for that. They even failed to apologize to us instead they laugh at us when we went to the clinic,” said Dudu.

Mothomone Pitsi the Tshwane Chief Director of health said that would investigate the matter. africa@africakamahamba.co.za

 

South African man claim God spoke to him about Corona vaccine

Willie Gobinca of Soshanguve with tree samples he wants to be tested for the Corona vaccine. Photo by Africa Ka Mahamba

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

A SOUTH AFRICAN man, Willie Gobinca of Soshanguve might be the next Moses to save millions of people from Corona Virus’ death if his vaccine turns to be the real one to heal the pandemic.

Gobinca claimed that he heard the voice of God telling him that a big tree in which he was passing it on way to work in Sunnyside outside the Pretoria CBD is a medicine that will save lives.

“The voice said to me medicine when I walk passing that tree but I did not take it seriously. It happened twice before the same voice came in my sleep and ordered me to read take a pen and a paper and write the bible verses down. The bible verses were Deuteronomy 9 verse 12, Malachi 2 verse 4, James 2 verse 7, Deuteronomy 9 verse 1, Psalm 112, and James 2 verses 1, I read them all and they link with a message about things that are happening now.

“After the voice of God told me to cut some of the parts of the tree to be tested by scientists to help in the fight against Corona Virus, the voice told me that the tree will heal the pandemic. I cut the barks, stems, and leaves of the tree because the voice was not specifying which parts I must cut for a sample. I wrote several emails to the department asking them to send scientists who will test the parts of tree but I did not receive any response,” said Gobinca.

The national Department of Health failed to respond to our media inquiry about Willie Gobinca’s vaccine at the time of going to press.

President Ramaphosa to speak tonight

President Cyril Ramaphosa is speaking to the nation tonight. Photo by Africa Ka Mahamba

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

THE SOUTH AFRICAN President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation today at 7 pm on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.

The Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address follows recent meetings of Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council, and the President’s Coordinating Council, which considered the prospects for the country’s progression from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown.

“As part of exploring possible prospects and assessing the continuing health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic, President Ramaphosa has also held consultative meetings with the business, labour and community constituencies of the National Economic Development and Labour Council; leaders of political parties represented in Parliament; traditional leaders; leadership of interfaith communities; the South African Council of Churches, and the tourism industry, which is the single largest source of employment in the private sector.

“The President’s address will be broadcast live on television and radio and will be streamed live on a range of online platforms”, said Diko.

Indeed a persistent Black Girl

MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS ARE good for everyone especially the youth who are still building their careers. The Persistent Black Girl a motivational book by Salome M Fenyane gives those from disadvantaged background to have faith because God always provides.

I have been having this book since 27 February 2015, I have read it several times and it keeps on calling me to read. It starts with a cover designed to grab your eyes, the design makes you have a desire to read this book.

This book is not just a motivational book but it is a true story of Sally a black girl in a disadvantaged family that faces serious challenges. The girl’s eyes were on her goals despite challenges she continues to be persistence despite challenges that try to block her from reaching her goal.

Sally’s dream was inspired at the age of 6 years after she encounters a pregnant woman for the first time and she wanted to know what was happening with her. The adult told the girl the same story we used to hear while we’re still young that a baby will be delivered through the window by aeroplane.

That was when The Persistent Black Girl felt in her heart that she needed to be like a pilot flying the aeroplane to make sure babies were safely delivered to pregnant women.

All these became possible and nothing was going to stop her from reaching her dreams. She believes until she started making sense of her own disadvantages, challenges and failures.

Sally believes the world showed her a lot of impossibilities than possibilities. With a shattered dream she continued persisting through the challenges and failures, not knowing that the dream that never made sense would later make a lot of sense. At the age of 37 years, she learns to become a better person notwithstanding the disadvantages, challenges and failures that came on her way.

Now, Sally, The Persistent Black Girl serves as a published book author, public speaker, coach and mentor and she continues to empower the people using the real-life lesson.

To buy the book follow this link  https://groep7-selfpublish-books.co.za/product/the-persistent-black-girl-salome-fenyane/

 

Brandan ready to defend his world title TONIGHT

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA
THE WORLD Ring Conduct Fighting Art Featherweight Professional title holder Brandan Mashele of Soshanguve will be defending his world title for the third time.

He will be facing Yassim Moutacim from Belgium in a 5 round fight at Rockwood Threatre Pretoria East tonight.
Brandan managed to who has been a world champ since 2014 managed to defend his title twice, now he will be defending it for the third time.

In an interview, while he was training to prepare for the fight Brandan said he is well prepared for the fight, said as a fighter he trained hard to make sure his opponent get heavy punches and fast fly kicks.
“I have never lost a fight since I became a world champ that is why many fighters don’t have guts to challenge me in the ring. I take every fight seriously because no opponent is an easy target. I know my opponent is also preparing for the fight but in the ring, there is only one winner.
“I respect my opponent as a good fighter who is holding the European continental title which proved that he is a good fighter but I am prepared and ready for him,” said Brandan.
Brandan’s father and trainer veteran kickboxer Shihan Rip Mashele said his son is ready for the fight with Yassim Moutacim from Belgium, he is confident he will win it.
“I have prepared him for this fight because we know that it is not going to be easy but we have to make sure that the title is defended and we continue to fly our South African flag high.
“His opponent is also a good fighter that is why I have to make sure that Brandan is prepared for the whole fight from start to finish. I have no doubt that he is ready for the tournament and world tittle will remain in Mzansi and continue to make South Africa proud,” said Mashele.

The veteran singer wants to pass the baton

 

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

ONE OF THE oldest jazz musicians in the country the legendary Abbey Cindi (82 years old) wants to pass the baton to the younger generation before he died.

Cindi of Mamelodi who was part of the famous 60’s jazz band Malombo with Philip Tabane and Julian Bahula said he is worried about today’s’ musicians that is why he wants to bring back the old jazz of the ’50s and mid 60’s such as Kwela, Blues, Swing including isicathamiya back to the scene.

Cindi released his latest 9 track album United States of Afrika is loved by jazz fans around the country.  

United States of Afrika is about the African Renaissance concept and dedicated the album to all South Africans who participated in the struggle.

Special guest featured on the album produced by Abbey Cindi is McCoy Mrubatha on soprano and tenor saxophones, and Bheki Khoza on guitar.

“We have talented youth in the music industry that is why I want to use this talent to bring back the old vibe back to life.I want to pass the baton to the younger generation and I have started with some young who are learning from me at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

“I have performed around the world for the past 5 decades, I have been to London in England, New York, Chicago and Washington in the United States, Milan in Italy Brazil, Sweden, Germany, Australia and other countries and everywhere they loved our music.

“I want to fix this before I die. I don’t want to leave this earth without passing the baton to the young generation that is why I have started my company Africa Musical International to revive 1950 to 1965 jazz back to the scene,” said Cindi.

Cindi started another band in 1975 and called Afrika which use poetry and music to conciatise the youth in schools and universities to support the Black Consciousness Movement of Steve Biko in the fight against apartheid.

“In 1982 I got an offer to perform at the Royal Academy international Jazz Festival in London, I return back to London in 1983 to perform at the Brecknell Jazz Festival. In 1985 I recorded an album about the mines migration workers titled January to December Emgodini, it was soon banned after three weeks of airplay by SABC.

“I have been arrested with BCMA activists like Strini Moodley, Aubrey Mokoape, Saths Cooper Bridget Mabandla and others because we use music protest music to educate people to know their rights. Now it is time for the youth to use music to fight gender-based violence, drug abuse and educate the nation. I am disappointed to hear music with vulgar words, music should entertain and built our nation,” added Cindi.

Cindi is expected to launch album United States of Afrika and his company Africa Musical International soon. For bookings call 076 477 4870.

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Grooming future fashion designers

 

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

ONE OF THE leading fashion design school in Tshwane, Shumisanani Dressmaking School wants groom youngsters from school into fashion design.

The school which has branches in Soshanguve, Mabopane and Hammanskraal has produced more than a thousand graduates people from Soshanguve, Mabopane, Winterveldt, Mamelodi, Hammanskraal, Ga-Rankuwa, Polokwane, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe has graduated from the school.

Last year alone 67 graduated at the school. All fashion designing certificates are accredited by Fpm Sita (Fabre processing and manufacturing Sector Education Training Authority).  

The founder and principal of the school Agnes Mathivha said because the youth understand fashion trend they are aiming to groom more of them into the school.

“Our aim is not only to teach our learners about fashion designing but to turn Tshwane into fashion capital like Milan in Italy, New York in the United States of America, London in England and Paris in France.

“The youth understand fashion better and we need them to show the world that we have youth that understands fashion but they have to enrol in our school to learn these skills. We need more David Tlale, Dion Chang, Nkhensani Manganyi and Paledi Segapo of tomorrow.

“We invite those youngsters from around Tshwane both male and females to enrol at our school of fashion design. We also invite everyone because our aim is to groom more designers from youth to pensioners. We have also helped to empower the youth from disadvantaged families with bursaries provided by Fpm Sita,” said Mathivha.

Mathivha said their graduates have started their own businesses and some are employed as clothing designers in different companies around South Africa.

“We invite those who passed matric and did not get space at universities even those who failed matric and want to further their studies with skills,” concluded Mathivha.

Those who are interested in enrolling with Shumisanani Dressmaking School can follow them on Facebook or call 079 751 9975.

 

 

 

 

Winterveldt youth cycle tour on climate change

By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA

THE WINTERVELDT BASED youth club the Golden Youth Club will be embarking on a campaign called ClimateCycleTour to make awareness about climate change.

From 10 February until 20 February ten young people will be touring all Tshwane Township with ten bicycles as part of the awareness.

They will start in Winterveldt on the 10 February finish their tour at Ga-Rankuwa on the 20 February. For more about the tours see schedule on the bottom of this story.

Nomatlou Mahlangu of the Golden Youth Club said they are working in partnership with Peer-Leader International consists of South Africa Germany, Ukraine, Malawi and Bosnia to give awareness about Climate Change using the novel Ark of Noah.

“Ten young people will embark on the tour routes with bicycles for 10 days sharing the information around Tshwane. It is high time to act against Climate Change. The rising of the global temperature is a threat to humankind. But besides a better policy, better laws and more energy of the governments it is obvious that the people have to involve.

“Governments have a lot of national and international conferences; the last one was in December COP25 in Chile. But it seems it needs more pressure to change climate policy and make bigger steps to protect.

“With our project ClimateCycleTour, we want to educate and form a bigger lobby against climate change. We want residents of Tshwane to know about climate change and to help save our planet,” said Mahlangu.

She concluded by saying they want to motivate young people as influencers to create ideas and to realize practical steps but also to include decision-makers, politicians, business people to contribute to stopping climate change.

“This will be done locally, on a national level but also on COP25 where we will present results of young people,” concluded Mahlangu.

 

Date Area
10 February 2020 Winterveldt
11 February 2020 Mabopane
12 February 2020 Soshanguve
13 February 2020 Hammanskraal
14 February 2020 Mamelodi
15 February 2020 Bronkhorstspruit
16 February 2020 Pretoria Central
17 February 2020 Atteridgeville
18 February 2020 Olievenhoutbosch
19 February 2020 Akasia
20 February 2020  Garankuwa

 

 

 

 

Che Guevara our hero…

I HAVE read lots of revolutionary books in my life because the previous apartheid government forced us at gunpoint to empower my mind with umrhabulo.

The book Che Guevara by David Sandison is about Ernesto Che Guevara de la Serna well known as Che Guevara an Argentinean Revolutionary born on 14 June 1928.

Che can be compared to African revolutionaries like Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma, Robert Mugabe, Sam Nujoma, Samora Machel, Fidel Castro, Muammar Gaddafi because he was not just an intellectual but he went to trenches fight the enemy of the revolution which is the west.

“A man of profound ideals, a man in whose mind stirred the dream of struggle…” Fidel Castro in 1967

He was regarded as a hero by Fidel Castro after he helped him to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Che did not only helped to liberate people of Cuba but he guerillas also helped to liberate people of Bolivia, Peruvia, Brazil, Peru and other South America countries from the US-backed oppressive government.

Che had always maintained close links with the active revolutionary movements of other nations, encouraging the formation of guerilla training facilities in Cuba for the world to be in insurgents which could also be used by Cuban military personnel.

“It is then, at the end, that we see the profound tragedy which circumscribes the life of the proletariat the world over”, Che Guevara in 1952

He worked with revolutionary movements such as the ANC, PAC of Azania, Swapo, Frelimo, Zanu PF, Zapu, MPLA and others helped to train South African liberation movements military wings like Umkhonto We Sizwe, Azanian People Liberation Army, and Azanian National Liberation Army.

Our sacrifice is a conscious one, it is in payment for the freedom we are building,” Che Guevara in 1954.

 Che was not afraid of the US administration; he was hated by the US but regarded as a hero by the people on the ground.

In 1997 a body was discovered and the test proved to be Che. It was a tragic and shoddy end to a relatively short life of a revolutionary filled with remarkable, often historically important incidents.

Che continues and still continue to be a seminal figure in the revolutionary circle. If you are into revolutionary books, this is a book to read. If you are a writer you want your book to be review sent email to africa@africakamahamba.co.za or Whatsapp message to 083 402 4743.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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