MAMELODI-EAST, TSHWANE

GAUTENG

Mother of Melodies

“Mamelodi” is the name derived from the Sepedi word with the prefix being “ma” meaning mother, and the suffix “melodi” meaning melody.

Located 20km east of the Tshwane Central Business District, Mamelodi is home to over 60,160 households. It is the home of the Premier soccer league team, Mamelodi Sundowns football club and just as the name suggests, it is a place rich in culture and “vibe”. Although Mamelodi is a place where many nurture dreams, it is taking strain due to the rapid growth in its population. This results in a heightened demand for resources and furthermore, makes livelihood opportunities infrequent. These challenges have, however, not disheartened Mamelodi dwellers – they continue to strive to find opportunities in sectors less explored.

From idea to impact – Lindiwe’s quest for clean water

From idea to impact – Lindiwe’s quest for clean water

Lindiwe Masango knows what it is like to live without access to clean drinking water. Living in Mamelodi township in the province of Gauteng, this is a reality for many residents. After working in the corporate world for over a decade, Lindiwe Masango was more than...

Co-creating safer communities

Co-creating safer communities

A small group of unarmed women patrol the streets of a neighbourhood where the sound of gunshots rings out at night. A team gathers in the make-shift corrugated iron structure that is home to the ‘boardroom’ where they plan both safety and sports activities for their...

Reliving Mamelodi’s glory days

Reliving Mamelodi’s glory days

“I am 78 years old. Today, I felt 25.” We just love the way in which these words by a distinguished gentleman from Mamelodi, Gauteng, captured the spirit of the very first Van Toeka Af Festival held in the township on Saturday, 11 November 2023. The festival set the...

Creating a safer Mamelodi

Creating a safer Mamelodi

Community safety is a crucial concern in neighbourhoods across South Africa. Tackling the challenge requires a proactive approach – including the training and equipping of residents to actively engage in their own safety initiatives. Empowering individuals not only...

Local NGOs connect and collaborate at Mamelodi Expo

Local NGOs connect and collaborate at Mamelodi Expo

In the heart of Mamelodi, where the spirit of community thrives, NGOs play a vital role in making a positive impact. These organisations are unsung heroes, working tirelessly to uplift and empower the local community.The Mamelodi Expo for NGOs took place on 22...