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BY Orapeleng Mashinini

In these tough times, it’s always easier to deal with problems when you have people to lean on. That is why back in the day, groups of both men and women selected themselves in a certain number and opened societies, whereby members and their families would get assistance in times of death and other struggles. Now more than ever, everyone needs help, especially because of the high death rates currently and the financial recession in the country, which find more and more people battling to hold on. A group of women in Iswepe, Mpumalanga saw this struggle in their community and decided to take action. They joined together, and as a result of that, came out Siyaphumelela Society Group. According to Siphiwe Ngwenya, a member of the society, it was created in March 2016 by three women, who realized the strength in numbers, and a year and a half later, the society has grown to 32 members.

Ngwenya (32), who serves as the assistant secretary, says in the beginning it was just Rejoice Mnisi, Sonto Mthembu and Nelisiwe Dladla, but today, it has grown in leaps and bounds in just a little over a year. “I was not a member of any society, so when I saw the good that Siyaphumelela was doing in just that short period of time from the time they started, I realized they were onto something,” Ngwenya says. She adds that the purpose of the society is to help its members when a death occurs in the family, by giving out a certain portion of money to assist with arrangements. Not only that, but they also come on the night before the funeral to help in cooking the food. “In most families, there is conflict, so when a death occurs, most family members fold their arms and refuse to assist. The person who is directly involved then has to face everything alone,” Ngwenya says. That is the case in most black families, unfortunately. That is what the society is trying to avoid, Ngwenya adds. “To avoid all that, as a member of the society, you are covered financially as well as with assistance,” she adds.

And so far, she says, everything they are aiming to do, they are achieving. But like with everything else in life, there society is not with its own problems. Ngwenya says late payment or skipping of payments is a big problem. “Some members skip two or three months, which means we have to remove them from our books. It becomes a problem then when they are faced with death in their families and they are no longer covered with us,” says Ngwenya. She also says there is a fine for late payments. “But so far, there have only been a few hiccups in terms of those types of problems. Our members are deeply committed to Siyaphumelela,” Ngwenya adds. And what about missing cash from the books? Ngwenya says there are three people who are assigned to deposit and withdraw cash from the bank, and those three have to sign for it together. “The bank also updates us every three months, so that minimizes any cash problems within the society,” Ngwenya adds.

On that note, we are reminded that everyone needs a helping hand every now and then. That is the only way to “Phumelela”…


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi


By Mellisa Sithole
It is said that a community is a group of people sharing a common understanding who reveal themselves by using the same language, manners, tradition, and law but in South Africa, we are fortunate enough to have different languages and different beliefs but the same law. It takes a group of people to build a community but it takes few people to harm that community by different kinds of crime. Kaalfontein is one amongst 30% of communities that have been affected by crime recently following the shooting that happened at the Engen garage just across Yarona shopping centre.
In the early hours of the morning four perpetrators left their van outside the garage and walked in the garage shop pretending to be buying something but instead there were robbing the shop, according to Leon, a garage employee, he noticed that something was wrong and called other staff members to run away so that they don’t get hurt but as the perpetrators walked out from the shop they saw some people walking away that’s when they were nervous and started shooting. Two people were shot; a security guard and a man who had come to fill up his tank that morning and they were rushed to the hospital. No arrest was made.
Few weeks after the accident there were armed robbers at Shoprite in Yarona shopping centre, police were called and no arrests was made too, security guards ran away for their lives, which made the members of the community uncertain of the future because now they don’t feel safe.
“We don’t feel safe anymore because even the police who are supposed to be protecting us they are not doing anything to prevent crime in this community,” Leon said. The residence of Kaalfontein says they need the society to unite so that they can protect each other, the government won’t do anything to protect them because the police are failing to do so and they never came back to inform them if they are any arrests made.
The securities of the shopping centre and the garage no longer wear their work uniform because when the perpetrators come they first insult the security guards so that they can have access to the premises. Police officers promise to bring some police to protect the community.


By Mellisa Sithole
It takes one person to identify a need in a community and a group of people to know how they can offer their services in order to fulfill that need. There are many communities that didn’t have access to Clinics and some if they do they would spend most of their time in a long queue because of the shortage of doctors. MediCure24 noticed the gape in the community of Ebony Park and decided to expand their clinic to a 24-hour private hospital where they expanded services.
Although it is a private hospital, MediCure 24 runs dedicated community-based services compromising of quality and affordable patient care, they believe in providing a service that is quick, holistic, professional, affordable, individualised and confidential in a clean environment. They decided to expand their clinic to a 24 hours private hospital by rendering services to all pregnant women maternity unit where they have antenatal care, delivery facilities and midwifery.
According to Sister Masitenyane for them to start the maternity unit was because the general practitioners used to get pregnant women who always come to give birth not knowing and at that time they didn’t have maternity wards, the director of the clinic saw a need for the community and thought as much as we are private they must give back to our community by opening this maternity unity, charging reasonable prices.
The community members of Ebony Park had to travel long distance for them to go to the hospital at times it can be an emergency in the middle of the night which made MediCure24 expand the clinic and make accessible to the community members anytime and any day. The centre where the MediCure24 is located has securities who guide the area the entire night, “we made sure that we put securities in our maternity unity” she said.
In this month of August, the MediCure24 have been offering free blood testing of HIV, Hypertension, and Diabetes.
The MediCure 24 has promised to continue their service quick, friendly, private and confidential consultation and the best affordable treatment, they included that all medical aid are accepted.


BY Orapeleng Mashinini

Dance and Music are a part of our heritage, and what truly makes us Africans. This is why even today, we use these forms of art to express our joy, pain, happiness, and grief, as it has always been from the times of our forefathers. This is what a few local women from Zola in Soweto, concluded when they decided to get together and see where the road would lead them when they each combined their talents. What came out of them was the group Omamabegwijikhwebu, which came into existence 7 years ago, and is still standing even today. This was much to the surprise of many, who thought it was another passing cultural group in the community, like so many others. But Omama are standing strong, and look set to be even bigger than they are now.
According to one of the members, Busisiwe Ndaba, the women, who are 15 in number, decided to start their own Scathamiya group in 2010 in celebrating the Soccer World Cup, and it was just a regular thing for them until April 2010, when they decided to go professional. ‘We decided to go professional because we were always together anyway, performing, so there was no other option for us than to turn it into the real deal,’ Ndaba says. She adds that she and the ladies are currently using Thulani Primary School in Zola 1 for rehearsals, as it’s a mutual place for all of them.
She also says that since going professional, they have performed on Isibaya, the popular television show, as well as at the Soweto Theatre. She says they are also ready to perform wherever and whenever, catch the at Soweto Theatre on 3rd September 2017, and they can be booked on the numbers 072 026 6378 or 078 031 2029.


Khululiwe Dlamini
BY Mellisa Sithole
The month of August commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under the population registration Act to carry on an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era. This month also gives us the authority to celebrate the woman who has been working hard in this country and overcoming the challenges they have gone through for them to prosper in the “men’s world”.
Khululiwe Dlamini, 32 years old and a mother of two was born in KwaZulu Natal and grew up in Thembisa. She worked for various companies such as old mutual were she was a financial adviser then worked for a retail and furniture company for few years but that was not what she loved most, according to Khululiwe, her passion is logistics so after working for several companies, she then decided to go into driving trucks where she was delivering goods in difference provinces.
Khululiwe drove brewery trucks for some years, although that was considered as for men that didn’t stop her because she enjoyed every moment she spent driving and delivering goods which made her want a permanent job in driving. On the 1st of August 2016, she started working at Gautrain and started driving buses until now.
Khululiwe’s passengers are always happy to be driven by her; “it is unusually for women to be driving busses but we feel safe around her and she is good at it” said one of her passengers
She faced many challenges because she works with men most, so if she is to complain about a certain matter it’s always considered as a “woman” like to whine about everything or considered to soft for the job. “I had to stay strong and make sure that l work hard in this industry to get the respect l deserve” she said.
According to Khululiwe Dlamini the advise she can give to other women is that, challenges comes for a reason and it matters how you look at them, if you want something go for it, people may discourage you but never allow other people’s opinion hinder your dreams. “Don’t allow people to tell you that you can’t when you know that you can” she added.



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