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WOMAN’s Day has come and gone, and hopefully you celebrated the day on August 9 with pride and joy. The month of August is still long and we encourage you to continue celebrate the achievement of the 1956 women. Apart from being Women’s Month, August is my favou-


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rite month as it is the month I was born and please celebrate my birthday with me on Sunday, the 12th. Good news is that we have extended our area of distribution to places such as Sekhukhune, Burgersfort, Polokwane and Mookgopong areas and we are looking forward to cover most of the

province in the near future. We are saddened by the passing away of Mrs Mavis Mathabatha, the woman whose courage has seen her introduce Moringa Tree, dubbed a miracle tree (read her story on page 3). Let me wrap it here, until we meet in the next editionNakampe Lekwadu


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By Mello Tefo POLICE in Lebowakgomo remain on the alert after five cars were pelted at the Waterberg TVET College in Lebowakgomo earlier this week. Students went on a rampage on

Tuesday, August 7 demanding in what is believed to be an ongoing burning issue concerning fees, vandalising an administration block and students residential area with

stones. Police were called to the scene and they managed to manage the situation while students were driven out of the campus.

It was not known as to how much the damages were worth during the time of going to the press and the school principal, Lizzy Lekoloane said they were still assessing the damages.

Marota School wins the Baswa le meetse competition Ga Motodi

Local school Marota Primary is flying the Limpopo flag high, the school recently won the Baswa le Meetse (youth in water) national competition for 2018, On August 2, dignitaries from the department of water and sanitation visited the school to celebrate the remarkable achievement. The event included the school management team, members of the community, and former teachers as honoured guests. Speakers praised the school for grooming the learners and ensuring they participate at the highest level. Marota won the 2018 competition in the singing and poetry category.

The school took home a trophy and R20 000 winning price. According to the pupils’educator and mentor Dr Kgoshigadi Sekhukhune, Baswa le Meetse is a school based programme aimed at addressing public education with special focus on learners at basic education level. “Expectation is that learners will continue to raise awareness in their families and ultimately encourage a behavioural change for better water use practices in our communities. Learners are the best educators and they are able to change the mind-set of their families and entire community."


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By Thapelo Motseo THE dark cloud is hanging over the Mathabatha family and the entire province of Limpopo after the passing away of the prominent business woman, Mavis Mathabatha Mathabatha came to the country spot light after discovering the Moringa Tree (also known as the Miracle Tree), an African indigenous nutritious plant with healing properties. The awards winning Mathabatha who was reported to have passed away earlier this week came to the spot in 2005 when she gave up her lucrative business interest to establish a community based project, Sediko Sa Lerato, a drop-in Centre for the Orphans and vulrenable children at Tooseng village in Ga-Mphahlele

near Lebowakgomo. At Sediko Sa Lerato, which was feeding 249 orphans in its early days (two means per day per child), Mathabatha managed to alleviate the high levels of poverty and unemployment among most of community members while at the same time providing the local children with a safe place. In a quest to provide the children with better nutrition, Mathabatha investigated a friend’s suggestion that Moringa tree was a powerful source of nutrients as the leaves of the tree provides a high level nutritious supplements that can be harvested and ground into powder and added to meals. She later in 2006 began to plant moringa trees at the Sediko Sa Lerato yard, and the results as effected on children’s physical and mental well-being

prompted motivated her to expand the moringa project which saw her planted 6000 trees and had employed more than 50 staff members. Most of the families around in her communities started to benefit from these trees and today her products are in demand in the country and the neighbouring states. Among other achievements in her life include winning Women of the Year award from the department of Agriculture and Farming, New Entrant Into Commercial Farming by Agriculture Witers South Africa (both in 2010) before she could cap her glorious good works with Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Food Security in 2013. Mathabatha died was expected to be laid to rest in Lebowakgomo on Saturday, August 11.

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Police dangle R300 000 carrots for information

Police in Limpopo are offering a reward of up to R300 000 for any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction in court of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of former police spokesperson Colonel Mohlabi Lazarus Tlomatsana (pictured). The charred remains of the deceased were found in his completely burnt out Mercedes Benz that was parked in the bushes adjacent to the R37 road between Lebowakgomo

and Burgersfort This gruesome discovery was made by a passing motorist on Saturday morning the 3rd of February 2018. Anyone with reliable information is requested to contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 0798945501 or Captain Matsobane Chuene at 0824143345. Any information received will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Police launch a search for a missing teen girl LEBOWAKGOMO Police have launched a massive search operation after the disappearance of a 14 year old teenager, Lizzette Kgopotso from Mang le Mang village outside Lebowakgomo policing area. Kgopotso is a learner at Boikhutsong Secondary School and was last seen by her mother on 2018/08/05. Numerous attempts to locate her by the police and family were not

successful. Nobody knows what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance. Anyone with information should contact Mr Baloyi on 0722947385 or Investigating Officer Lt Col Mohlala on 0825658234. Crime Stop Number 08600 10111. Crime Line sms 32211 or the nearest police station

Pupils receive much needed donations at Leolo. The event was attended by the pupils, parents, educators, SGB members and Mr Selepe Malope who was deployed by the Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality.

PRAKTISEER Leolo Technical School learners were on cloud nine when they received school uniforms, sanitary towels and toilet rolls. The gifts were donated last Friday as part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations at the school.

Malope, who was a keynote speaker, urged the learners to study hard to become better people. Twenty needy pupils were given a full set of school uniform, sanitary pads and toilet rolls. Speaking to the Lepelle Re-

view, member of the fundraising committee Mr Osilias Ndala Mosoma said they aim at improving Leolo into one of the best technical colleges in Limpopo. “This is an ongoing programme as the committee intends to approach the business community to assist in building workshops, laboratories and studios following the declaration of the school as a technical school.” The learners applauded the committee for ensuring they come to school in proper uniforms,

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The “Lion and the Hunter” nominated for a Jozi Film Festival By Mohlapa Kgope LIMPOPO Tourism Agency (LTA) is thrilled to announce that “The Lion and The Hunter” a short documentary filmed and commissioned by the Agency, produced by Neil Johnson has been selected as a finalist for Jozi Film Festival (JFF) Don’t Stop Wondering award at the Jozi Film Festival 2018. The longest-running multigenre film festival in the City of Johannesburg is now in its seventh year! Submissions for

the seventh annual JFF opened 19 February 2018 and closed 28 May 2018. JFF called for feature films, short fiction films, documentaries (both short and long) as well as student films, from South Africa and internationally.

his team Travel Massive visited Limpopo Province during February 2018 to shoot a Youtube series of various tourism attractions and events, “The Lion and The Hunter” emerged as a final product of the efforts.

The Festival has for the second year partnered with Discovery Channel to bring you the “Don’t Stop Wondering Award” – a call for 2-5 minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery’s ethos of sparking curiosity.

“We are really excited about the great news which to us is vote of confidence in our province as a film destination of note. The wealth of heritage and culture in the Province is clear sign that the province has much more to offer than just tourism that it leads with. We wish to make a clarion call to all film makers in the country and beyond to come forward for more films in the Province given its potential”, said Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu, CEO of Limpopo Tourism Agency.

The commissioning of the short documentary was one of LTA’s efforts to showcase the diverse tourism offerings that the Province has as a destination on the digital space. Neil Johnson and

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By Agreement Ntjana 24 years down the line into democracy, yet the residents of Nkotokwane village near Ga-Nkwane are still cut from the outside world. The majority of residents in that village are working and schooling at Apel, but the problem is they have to negotiate their way through by crossing the mighty Lepelle River. With no access road nor a bridge to go and meet their obligations across the river, residents told Lepelle Review that it is disturbing that they always have to get into the water to cross to Apel on a daily basis. “This is very bad, even worse during the raining seasons because we must cross the river to schools and work places.

Most of the times the water level is too high and we are unable to go to works and schools,” said one resident who spoke on anonymity. Another resident who did not want to be named said: “We have severally ask local municipality to construct an access bridge, but our plea is seemed to have fallen on deaf ears as we never received any respond from them.” Another resident said accessing health facilities is a mission as well. “There is a mobile clinic that comes a few times in a week and sometimes because of the overflowing river we are unable to go to clinic when the mobile clinic did not come. We are pleading with the government to please hear us out on this matter."


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By MOHLPA KGOPE THE emerging Maandagsoek diva artist, Mavis Lekwadu has been dreaming to see herself sharing the stage with one of the country’s top artists one good day, and that dream is about to be realised. With Women’s Month in full swing and activities on process across the country as part of commemorating the August 1956 when 20 000 women staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act,

the 34 year-old musician from Mandaagsoek outside Burgersfort will have her dream come true on August 11 when she share the stage with the award winning Lady Zamar (real name, Yamikani Banda) during the Doek on Fleek All White Party. The event which has been organised by Charcoal Event and our sister newspaper, Sekhukhune Times is scheduled for Thaba Moshate Casino and will start at 2pm till late. “It has been my dream to

perform as one of the curtain raisers for an established artist, and this event comes in handy as we all know that Lady Zamar is big in the industry,” said the excited Mavis who discovered her singing talent in 2014 before she could release her first 7 tracked album titled Good Life in 2015. In an exclusive interview with Lepelle Review, the selfclaimed Burgersfort Queen of Diva said among the songs she will be performing at the event will be her new hit single, Vipe where she has featured Tracy Boy. “Thaba Moshate is my home backyard, therefore I must be at my best performance and I intend to take an advantage of this event to show my follows what I am made off,” added Mavis who said her music career was inspired by the late Brenda Fassie’ song Vulin’dlela. Back to the Doek ON Fleek All White Party event, fans can expect a day full of fun as organisers have lined-up a variety of acts ranging from local DJs and artists such among them include DJ Lesgee, DJ Lady with motivational speaker, Dineo Morakile adding flair to the event that will see Nolee from the Fetakgomo Local Municipality as the MC of the day. It is no doubt that the day shall not be complete without the performance of the main act, Lady Zamar who is expected to keep fans on their toes with her hits such as Love is Blind, My Babe and many more. Entrance fee is R150 general and R400 VIP and tickets are available at Tubatse Crossing, Thaba Moshate and Postnet. Interested parties can contact 078 823 0878 or 083 883 0636 for more information.


YOUNG Movement Modeling Agency (YMMA) in partnership with Paradise Resort at Bothashoek village near Burgersfort will host its inaugural annual Miss Paradise Resort 2018 To cap their intended glorious event, both the two parties conducted an official Photo-Shoot on August 5 were nine contestants who were shortlisted got an opportunity to

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By Nakampe Lekwadu IN a night that was full of glitz and glamour that filled the atmosphere at the Sun Meropa Casino and Entertainment, Lesego Matheba could believe her ears when she was announce as the inaugural Miss Baroka FC 2018. As her name suggest, Lesego which means luck, showed some character with her moves beating 12 other contestant to cap her glorious night with the crown. Born and bred at the dusty village of Malogeng, Ga-Nkwana in the Sekhukhune area, Lesego told Lepelle Review in an exclusive interview that it has been her dream to work with organisations which has interest of empowering women. “It has been my dream to promote women empowerment, and I am grateful after being crowned as Miss Baroka FC as this will help me achieve that dream,” said Lesego who now resides with her parents in Polokwane. The 19 year-old beauty queen with the brains told Lepelle Review that her ambition to persuade modelling was first realised four years ago at the age of 16. “It started as a dream, but could showcase what they are made off in front of the event's official roving photographer, ernestdephotographer Dressed by Juice Too Much Sauce and North Side Brains Local Clothing Brand, the models were on their best as they exchanged poses, coupled with million dollar smiles in front of cameraman. The event will take place on September 1 at the Paradise Resorts, Bothashoek in Burgersfort.

believe my luck when I won my first title, Miss Chrystal Beauty which was held in Polokwane in 2015,” remises Lesego who is a Bachelor degree student at University of Limpopo. As winning Miss Chrystal was not enough, Lesego went on to be crowned Miss Gorgeous Limpopo in 2016 before she could score triple in 2017 when she became Miss Photogenic and Miss Teen Limpopo. “The highlight of my modelling career before I became Miss Baroka however was winning Miss Signature in Johannesburg where I was competing with some other models from the African continent,” added Lesego who is also a radio presenter at Reality Waves has regarded her mother as a source of inspiration. She has regarded former Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Oprah Winfrey as her role models. From here where to…:”I am looking forward to use my position as Miss Baroka to promote the club’s brand here in the province and nationally. Moreover I want to work very hard in order to achieve my dream to become Miss South one day,” concluded Lesego. Gates will be opened at 11 am and entrance fee is R30. The public choice kick-start today (August 6) and interested parties can visit Paradise Resort's facebook page to vote by clicking "Like" on their favourite contestant's picture. Organisers have also appealed to the would be sponsors to come forward with any kind of sponsorship For more information, organisres can be contacted by email on

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Mathabatha urges women to speak out on abuse By Maredi Lebogang

THE premier of Limpopo, Stan Mathabatha has encouraged women to report the incidents of abuse to their church pastors and traditional leaders. Addressing the masses at Tibane Sports Stadium in the Matlala area outside Polokwane on Women’s Day (Thursday, May 9), Mathabatha warned police officers not to turn away women who report cases of abuse.

“Police must act accordingly when cases of women and child abuse are reported. We must call on law enforcement officers to improve their response time to incidents of domestic violence, and this include child and women abuse,” said Mathabatha who added that it is the responsibility of the courts to adjudicate on the cases. He added that: “Police should stop their tendency of turning back victims of alleged abuses

just because they assume that there is no sufficient evidence in such cases or sometimes they simply say there is no case here.” Mathabatha has also encouraged women to report the incidents of abuse to their church pastors and traditional leaders. To be feature on this newspaper please contact 071 562 1847/071 561 0422 or Email:




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Leopards and Baroka lead the way in Limpopo as Polokwane City fumbles

By Nakampe Lekwadu BLACK Leopards are leading the way in terms of some early results ahead of Baroka and Polokwane City in the Absa Premiership. The three clubs are representing Limpopo in the top flight league with Leopards still new in the top flight league after they returned through the recent Promotional/Relegation Play-Offs. With the first two matches played so far, Lidoda Duvha have collected four points out of the possible six. This after they won their first match at home at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, beating cross-town rivals, Polokwane City 1-0 in the Limpopo Derby before they could played to a 2-2 draw away to

fellow rookies mid-week, Highlands Park away in Thembisa to comfortably occupy the 6th position on the log with four points. Following on Leopards’ footsteps is Baroka who started their first match on a sour note, losing 1-0 away to AmaZulu but only to regroup and beat the hard to predict side, Cape Town City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium mid-week. Bakgaga are on position 7th with three points. On the other hand, Polokwane City remain at the bottom rock on the log after they failed to impress in their first two matches. Rise and Shine who replaced Bernard Molekwa with Josef Vukusic as their new head coach before the new season kick off lost their first match to Leopards, then went on to go down 2-0 at home to the visiting league defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns. Leopards’s next league match will be away to Chippa United on August 18 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London, but before that, the province will witness a big match when Baroka welcoming Kaizer Chiefs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on August 14. Football flair will continued four days later when another Limpopo Derby take place, and this time when Polokwane City

take on Baroka FC on August 18. Throughout most past season, clubs from Limpopo campaigning in the elite league always find themselves fighting off relegation and it remain to be seen if they can manage to avoid that this season. The forthcoming fixtures for the reminder of August are: Orlando Pirates v BidBVest Wits (Orlando, August 15), Maritzburg United v Kaizer Chiefs (Harry Gwala, August 17), Cape Town City v Golden Arrows (Cape Town Stadium, BidVest Wits v SuperSport United (BidVest, August 18), AmaZulu v Free State Stars (King Zwelithini, August 19), Bloemfontein Celtic v orlando Pirates (Free State, August 19), Mamelodi Sundowns v Highlands Park (Loftus, August 22), Black Leopards v Orlando Pirates (Peter Mokaba, August 28) SuperSport United v Chippa United (Lucas Moripe, August 28), Free State Stars v Cape Town City (Goble Park, August 29), BidVest Wits v AmaZulu (BidVest, August 29), Golden Arrows v Polokwane City (Princess Magogo, August 29), Baroka v Highland Park (Peter Mokaba, August 29) and Kaizer Chiefs v Bloemfontein Celtic (FNB, August 29)

Limpopo host Indigenous Games

By Mello Tefo

THE department of Sport, Arts and Culture in Limpopo will host its annual Provincial Indigenous Games, following the districts competitions that were held in all the five districts across the province. The provincial games which will be held on Saturday, August 11 at the Polokwane Rugby Club from 8am are held

in preparation of Team Limpopo that is expected to represent the province during the national indigenous games competitions to take place in this province from the September 23-28. The revival of Indigenous Games in the country evolved as a response to the national call to embrace African Renaissance in the quest for celebrat-

ing and offering recognition to emerging cultural identity Sport and recreation South Africa took an initiative Indigenous Games. The main purpose of indigenous games is to revive and popularise cultural activities that have a particular appeal to vast sectors of South African communities, particular traditional rural people. The Depart-

ment utilises the games to preserve heritage; promote social cohesion, cultural diversity and nation building. The games impact positively on socio-economic issues such as African identity; cultural diversity; education and training. Furthermore, the games encourage healthy lifestyles, and discourage unwanted social behaviour

by keeping the youth engaged. The sporting codes include the rich indigenous heritage games such as, Morabaraba, Jukskei, Dibeke, Ncuva, Khokho, Diketo, Kgati, Intonga


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