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