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.

Building a dream – one brick at a time

It is difficult to imagine anyone starting a business amidst a pandemic and to say that 2020 was filled with numerous twists, turns and uncertainties, would be an understatement. So, imagine starting a business during this time – and not just any business, but a...

It’s not enough to be compassionate, we must build

The unfolding story of Gugu Makhubu "I knew this is who I was going to become. This is me. I love helping people. I want people to become better versions of themselves. I want them to reach greater heights, do more and be more,” says Gugu Makhubu, Founder of Vuguma...

Sugar and spice, pastry and everything nice

Gloria Mashigo's journey as a chef is both unexpected and inspiring - with intriguing highs, agonizing lows and heart-warming in-betweens. But what drives this chef to create cakes of impeccable taste and quality? Walking into her premises and looking at the quality...

“I am an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder”

Guest blogger, Lesego Masethe, shares the story of the second-place winner in this year’s Ranyaka Building Business competition held in Mamelodi, Tshwane.While there is no clear definition for the term entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, what is common in all its...

A social entrepreneur’s quest for rural connectivity

Guest blogger, Lesego Masethe shares the story of the first place winner in the Ranyaka Building Business Social Enterprise competition for 2020.Given Maboela's Flex Internet Café in Stoffel Park, an informal settlement situated in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, is...

The story of the little vegetable factories

An old tyre, a few discarded plastic shopping bags, a two-liter plastic cooldrink bottle and enough soil to fill the tyre to create a little vegetable garden – this is what you need to create what Steven Barnard from NuNet calls the “Garden of Life”, because with...