Woman passionate about children opens-up learning centre

Nomsa Dlamini from Kwa-Thema, Marikana is a passionate young woman who is currently studying an ECD course. She recently opened a learning centre called Buhlebemfundo Learning Centre for children in her community. Dlamini revealed that her love for children made her start this initiative as it makes her happy. She also added saying that she used to teach in a Sunday school every Sunday at her church and that’s where some of the children’s parents in her centre encouraged her to start a learning centre. “I’ve always loved kids and…

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Freedom Park cleaned on ‘Mandela day’

Members of the community in Villa Liza (Freedom Park section) combined their strengths to clean up their neighbourhood on ‘Mandela day’ (18th of July). Speaking to Ekurhuleni news the organisers of the event Petrus Lupheane and Thuli Nkosi said this is their way of commemorating the great work done by ‘Madiba’ and as the country is still in a rebuilding and restoration phase, they saw it fit to rise up and take part. “With all that is happening in the country we need to unite and work together,” said Thuli…

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Surviving and thriving as a single parent

A single mom’s parenting duties are not different from those of a married woman, except that you’re parenting alone. Abigail Masuku and simangele Nzimande share how they survived and thrived as single parents, especially, during the pandemic. “Being a parent is tough and being a single parent can be even tougher, but raising your child alone doesn’t mean you can’t be a good parent or that your child won’t grow up to be a wonderful human being,” said Abigail. “With the pandemic and people including me losing their jobs and…

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NPO aiding underprivileged children seeks donations

An NPO based in Kwa-Thema Ext 3 (Marikana), that offers food to underprivileged kids seeks donations. It is founded by Bongekile Zulu, Fikile Shandu, Zweli Myeni (who is also a community leader), Nomsa Dlamini, Nomcebo Methula and Nothando Mdluli. The NPO currently has one sponsor called ‘Kids Haven’ which is based in Benoni. It is a charity organisation that is established to take care of and protect children. Bongekile Zulu, who is the main founder, mentioned how her love for her community made her start this initiative. “I would often…

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Chief whip calls for peace

The Chief Whip of Cllr Jongizizwe Dlabathi held an urgent public meeting at Ndaba Tree in KwaThema on the 15th of July 2021 (Thursday). This came after various areas were looted during the cause of the week, especially in KZN and Gauteng. The meeting was attended by different stakeholders but not limited to faith-based leaders, EMPDS, CPF, Committees, ward councillors and so forth. Dlabathi mentioned how the disruption has affected the township economy, public infrastructure and increased unemployment. The matter extends further as most households cannot access basic necessities such…

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“Modern Makoti” answers marital issues

The second edition of a book titled ‘Modern Makoti’ which has constructive advice that will strengthen ties between in-laws and modern brides, has been dispensed on the book market. The book was written by a young bride (Poppy Bhengu) who indicated that she wrote the book to mitigate the quarrels that often arise between in-laws and brides, caused by conventional cultural habits which are still upheld by most families. “I wrote the book because I want to challenge the society. I want them to change their old habits because they…

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FNB is set to grow local investment by opening 50 new community branches over 3 years

FNB plans to grow its investment in local communities by opening 50 new additional community branches by 2023. The Bank says this is part of its efforts to be accessible to its Retail and Commercial customers across the country. The community branches will be between 70 – 90m2 in size. The design will integrate world-class technologies to heighten customer experience by blending in self-service and face-to-face interactions. Jacques Celliers, FNB CEO says, “In the last 3 years, we’ve opened 14 new branches and revamped over 130 to cater to customer…

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Non-profit company focuses on empowering women

Nontsikelelo Pontshi is a 35-year-old from Daveyton who created a non-profit company called ‘Womenbeyou Mosadi Phila’ which focuses on empowering and motivating local women to believe in themselves in order to improve their lives. The company is currently in the process of getting a car driver that will transport unemployed women to do short skills development courses. “We are all about women empowerment. We have sent a few women to do a five-week manicure course and some of them even have businesses now. As a country, we are facing a…

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A young woman striving to reach her destiny

Itumeleng Thoabala (19) who was born and raised in Windmill Park wants to be a radio jockey in the future. Itumeleng is currently completing her final year at Hillcross Business College in a Radio Production course. Like every child growing up, Itumeleng thought she wanted to pursue a career in medicine or aviation but her passion and desire led her on a different path. “I later realised that I had no passion for those careers when I was twelve years old,” Itumeleng stated. She grew up in an informal settlement…

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Jamjam helps young people in need

The Khanyisile Community Projects that are based in Leondale was established by Pinkie Jamjam who revealed that she grew up without much. Jamjam remembers the time she used her socks as sanitary pads and how she would stay in toxic relationships because of her poor living condition. Jamjam spoke to Ekurhuleni News, saying that “I made a promise to myself that no women would have to experience what I went through. I started donating sanitary towels to teenagers, I’ve managed to rescue a number of girls through my Dignity packs…

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