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Bloodbath... By Elmon Tshikhudo

as ANC nomination process intensifies As the nomination proccesses for this month’s ANC conference in Limpopo draws to a close, incidents of infighting and intimidation have surfaced in Vhembe. A debate over the preferred candidates for Limpopo nearly ended tragically, when an enraged man allegedly lost his cool and poured beer over another, before stabbing him. Mushoni Tshifhango, a senior Thulamela municipality management committee member, a full-time coun-

cillor and the Thulamela ANC subre-

gional secretary, is said to have been involved in a heated argument over preferred candidates to lead the province after the December conference. The incident happened at Ngwenani ya Ha Mapholi on Saturday. The incident left Mr Nelson Ntsumbedzeni Tshitahe, an ex-Robben Island prisoner, seriously injured and still nursing fresh wounds. Tshitahe (58), who spent 10 years on Robben Island for his involvement in politics, said it was after a Ludzimatshithu ANC branch meeting in the village that their secretary invited them to his house for a political discussion. He said when he arrived there, he realised that representatives of many branches of the ANC were already there. “Everything was going well and I also took part in preparing meat for the braai,” said Tshitahe. “As a senior politician, I like this type of discussion as it help the new politicians to gain insight about our history and it empowers them to mature politically,” he said. He said a selected few of the men, including himself, were invited to a room in the house, where they discussed the current political situation, which also touched the question of who is to lead the province. “I could sense that the whole thing was planned, as Tshifhango started lecturing us on who is to lead the province and not giving us the chance to voice our opinions,” said Tshitahe. He said Tshifhango gave those A bloodied and bandaged Mr Nelson Tshitahe after he was allegedly stabbed for gathered the latest information on the having an opposing political view.

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2 2 December 2011 By Isabel Venter

Musina resident killed in explosion An unidentified man from Musina died instantly town at around 11:00 on Tuesday. The incident occurred near the corner of Ham and Roux Street, when a mortar bomb exploded in his hands. The explosion rocked this normally quiet border a mere stone’s throw away from the Baobab filling station. The police, who were quick to respond, were greeted by a gruesome sight. Human remains were scattered over a large area. They immediately cordoned off the area and started clearing the scene. Eyewitnesses said the scene resembled a war zone. “People came running to tell us what happened – the guy was blown to bits,” said Mr Doors Visser, manager of the Baobab filling station. This was shortly after the loud explosion. Provincial police spokesperson Lt Col Ronel Otto stated afterwards that the man had probably mistaken the mortar bomb for scrap metal. She said he had found the bomb along the road near a local The explosion blew the man clean out of his shoes scrap-metal dealership. (circled). The arrow indicates the direction of According to information available, two unthe mortar shell blast. Several other unexploded identified men in an old bakkie tried to sell several mortar shells (inset) were later recovered on the mortar bombs at the scrap-metal dealership earlier scene and destroyed by the police. that day. An employee at the dealership, however, realised 54 Hlanganani Street Caltex Centre the danger and refused to buy them. The two sellLouis Trichardt ers left and merely dumped the mortar shells next (T) 015 516 2044/5 to the road. (F) 015 516 2050 The man killed in the explosion, together with E-mail: a friend, found one of the discarded shells and took it to a stand some 60m metres away from the Old Town - Opportunity knocks! street corner. Here the victim tried to open the shell, while ATTENTION DEVELOPERS his friend went back to pick up the other shells. 2 x Burger Stands for sale (2855m2). Moments later, the shell exploded in the victim’s R650 000 / R745 000. Hurry... hands. Although the friend escaped unharmed, he was In Town - R645 000 still too shocked to talk to the police by Tuesday Ideal lock up and go Townhouse. Close to Private afternoon. hospital, Primary school and Checkers! Dining, 3 Otto said they were still trying to confirm the Beds, 2 Baths, Kitchen, Garage. Very neat!!!! identity of the man who was killed. In the meantime, the police swept the area for more mortar shells. Otto estimated that between 10 and 20 shells were still to be destroyed. At the time of going to press, the origin of the Andèl Hettie Cornette mortar shells and the identity of the two men who 083 442 0435 082 893 8382 074 464 1392 had dumped them were still unknown.

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“I will not be silenced” - Nelson Tshitahe (From page 1) Tshitahe said he was saved by somebody who came between them and the stabbing stopped. “Blood was oozing and I felt dizzy, but no one in the house helped me to hospital. It was only Rudzani Mbedzi, who was called from far, who made sure I was taken to hospital,” he said. He said the whole incident is meant to silence and victimise him. “I am a ‘76 politician and do not subscribe to most of what the current leadership in Vhembe is doing. I always have opposing views and they dislike me for that,” Tshitahe added. He said he would not be intimidated and the incident had shown him that there was still a lot to


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Lake Fundudzi at Tshiavha outside Thohoyandou, the only inland lake in South Africa and a sacred burial shrine for the Netshiavha Royal family of the Vhatavahatsindi clan of the Vhavenda people, will at last receive formal protection status from the South African Heritage Resources Agency. Royal family spokesperson Victor Netshaivha, the heritage resources manager at Freedom Park in Gauteng, said consultation with all interested and directly affected parties, in particular the Netshiavha Royal family, is at an advanced stage. “The declaration of Fundudzi as a National Heritage Site is the most appropriate decision, as the lake will at last receive the protection it deserves. "The Netshiavha family, has had very painful experiences in fighting for the respect and observation of the indigenous practices that made the lake a venerated landscape for decades and these practices kept the lake sacred and preserved,” he further said. Netshivha also indicated that the family was concerned about reports in the media that some members of the public, in particular among the Vhavenda people, were suspicious

of the move as they thought that the lake would be commodified and commercialised. "Fundudzi is our identity and who we are is more important. No circumstance will push us to commercialize our identity," he added. According to him, Fundudzi will remain sacred and a secret for the Netshiavha Royals and it is "through processes like these that its sacredness can be respected. People should not confuse the declaration of the site with tourism, as the primary objective of such a declaration is to protect a site," he added. “The only challenge we have is that there are many people who claim to know more about the spiritual significance of Funduzi than the Netshiavhas themselves. These people have distorted and misrepresented our heritage, which, for us, is very derogatory. If people want the accurate spiritual significance of this place, they are advised to enquire from the family. Our doors are open,and no one is allowed to talk about us - what do people know about us?” Netshiavha added. A site is declared a national heritage site because of its special signifi-

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By Linda van der Westhuizen

No funds for a new dumping site for Louis Trichardt town The Makhado Municipality has cited a lack of funds as the reason why construction of the town’s planned new municipal dumping site has ground to a halt. Louis Trichardt's existing municipal dumping site is in a shocking state and has been causing concern for the past eight years or so. The development of the new site has been dragging on since at least 2007, when the taxpayers association attended a steering committee meeting. The municipality has already obtained a permit for the new dumping site and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been concluded. Nothing is happening, however. “The funding for the establishment of the site was from Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, and the current balance cannot develop the site. An additional amount of R1,7million is required in order to develop the site. The Vhembe District Municipality has promised to assist with funding of R5million. We are still waiting for the transfer of the funds to the municipal account,” said the municipality’s director of community services, Mr Elias Mugari. The municipality said that the development of the new landfill site would start immediately when funds became available. It was not clear what the total cost of the whole development would be. The landfill will be developed in five phases, consisting of four cells each. Land will have to be cleared, and for one cell, 10 000 cubic meters of

earth will have to be excavated. One cell is roughly With regard to the concern that the site is located 60m X 24m and consists of several layers, includ- in the vicinity of the airstrip, Mugari answered, ing base preparation, a compacted layer, a stone “It is more than 300m away from the airfield as leachate (environmentally compatible) drainage required by law”. layer , a geotextile layer, a composite clay layer or a synthetic clay liner and a stone leachate collection layer. An evaporation pond will be excavated and layered according to specifications. A locality stormwater drain will be constructed around all phases to divert clean stormwater around the site. A potential contaminated stormwater collection drain and cell control berm will be constructed in and around each new cell. The first phase will include the constructing of an office and ablution block, a weigh bridge and control room, a gatehouse with proper signage and an entrance road and fencing. A new 2.4 m high concrete palisade fence will be erected on the corner points of the site. Apparently, the company Bazisa Technical Waste Solutions of Pretoria had been awarded the tender and it will be up to them to appoint a sub-contractor, probably a local one, to work with them. The municipality indicated the locality of the new waste disposal facility to be around 7km from Louis Trichardt on the Vivo road, “about 2km south of the stone crushers and west of Tshikota on the farm Rietvley, which is reserved by the municipality as a cattle grazing paddock.”

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Minister apologises for “shoddy” work at Nandoni Molewa said that she had found out that there were challenges which needed for them to sit down and look at ways and means by which to resolve them. “Our being here shows that you, the people of Vhembe, are important. You deserve all the services, not as favours, because we have an obligation to carry out the mandate you entrusted to us. We apologise profusely for the shoddy work done since 2004. The work that has been done here is something that we are not proud of,” she said. She said the dam was not built to give the communities water. “We know that terrible mistakes have happened here, but we need to move forward. There is a need that what happened must never be Exchanging contacts ... Min Edna Molewa gives Vho Thovhele Gole repeated," she added. Mphaphuli her contact numbers. She urged leaders to contact her directly She said more than half if they feel things are not going as expected. a billion rand had been put Vho Thovhele Gole Mphaphuli, one of the most senior traditional leaders in Vhembe, welcomed the visit by Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to Nandoni last Monday, saying it brought hope to the community. Mphaphuli, whose communities live close to the Nandoni Dam but are still not in a position to utilise the water from the dam seven years

after its completion, was welcoming stakeholders and the Minister during a meeting that was held at the Nandoni purification plant. The minister's visit came as a result of complaints by the local communities, who are complaining that government is doing nothing to expedite the provision of water to the communities, who are suffering despite the dam's being full.

aside for the laying of new pipes, which was enviaged to be completed within 56 weeks. To show her commitment for a speedy completion of the project, Molewa urged leaders to contact her personally if there was anything that they did not understand. She admitted that therewere challenges like compensation, repairs of houses and some recommendations by the public protector which needed to be revisited. Complaints Resolutions Committee chairperson Mr Solomon Baloyi said the visit by the minister left them with hope. "We have waited too long for this visit. We have all along been communicating with junior officials who fed the minister with wrong information. Now that she came and listened herself, we hope things will change and move faster," he said.

Man gets six years in jail for indecent assault A 21-year-old man from Ntunungwe village outside Beit Bridge was sentenced to six years in prison last week after he was found guilty of indecent assault. Trust Shoko, who was employed as a domestic worker by the complainant’s neighbours, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated indecent assault. He was convicted by a local magistrate, Mrs Fadzai Mthombeni. Shoko will, however, serve three years in prison, after three years of the sentence were conditionally suspended. Shoke told the court that evil spirits might have affected him when he committed the offence. The court heard that on 22 November at about 21:00, the victim and her siblings were playing hide and seek, when

Shoko asked to join them in the game. Shoko, when it was his turn and that of the complainant to hide, ordered the other two minors out of the kitchen hut, where he was supposed to hide with the victim. It was testified that Shoko then kissed the girl before lifting and putting her on his lap. He then held the complainant and made her move back and forth as if they were having sexual intercourse. At that moment, one of the complainant’s siblings peeped through the window to check where Shoko and the complainant were hiding. He then saw Shoko kissing the complainant and the boy rushed to inform his father, who later reported the matter to the police, and Shoko was arrested.

By Peter Muthambi

Pensioner (75) in custody for allegedly raping 12-year-old Tshitunitshantha, a remote rural man forced himself onto her and village in the Nzhelele area, was allegedly raped her. W/O Lazarus rocked by an incident where a Netshizati, the spokesperson for the 75-year-old pensioner allegedly Mphephu police, said Tshinanga was raped a 12-year-old girl. arrested the next day. He pleaded not The incident happened last guilty to a charge of rape when he Wednesday, when a pensioner, Aiden briefly appeared in the Dzanani MagTshinanga, allegedly forced himself istrate Court last Friday. The case was into the girl. According to the police postponed to 20 January next year. report, the victim was at home when Tshinanga, who also stays in the village, called her. He invited the girl to his house. When they arrived at his place, it is said that Tshinanga then ordered the girl to lie on his bed. He allegedly threatened to beat her if she refused, adding that he would give the girl R50. Tshinanga then allegedly started undressing himself and remained in his underpants. He allegedly ordered the girl to undress as well. According to the police, the girl ,who was scared at the time, then The accused, Aiden Tshinanga. undressed herself. The


2 December 2011 5 Mashudu Mudimeli married his sweetheart, Eugene Mudzulahothe-Nemavhola, during a ceremony held at the Christian Worship Centre at Maniini on Saturday. With the couple are family members who came in their numbers to wish them well.

By Mashudu Netsianda

ARV shortage hits Beit Bridge region Beit Bridge District Hospital has been hit by an acute shortage of drugs to administer anti-retroviral therapy (ART) in the district, where nearly 21 000 people are in need of the life-prolonging drugs. A total of 20% of them have been placed on ART, due to limited resources. Since the hospital started offering ART in 2006, a total of 9 584 patients have been placed on the treatment programme. The local chief medical officer, Dr Takaitei Kanongara, said they were working flat out to meet the backlog and they were very fortunate that

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Doctors without Borders had offered to assist with the drugs. He said they had stock which would only last for four months. He also mentioned that they had an acute shortage of CD4 count machines. The machines help determine the stage of infection. They also help with establishing the correct drug choice and monitor the patient’s response to treatment, as well as the progresssion of the disease. Kanongara said the hospital needed two more CD4 count machines to improve on service delivery. “We have a huge backlog for people on ART from the central, eastern and western parts of the district, which, according to the last population census, has 113 000 people. You will realise that 18% of these people are in need of ARVs and, to add to our problems, all these people rely on one referral hospital where we also cater for transit population. Our facilities are under strain and we are appealing for urgent attention. “Furthermore, we have

a high staff turnover. At the moment, we are relying on two medical doctors when we need four to operate at full strength. Our staffing is below strength, to the extent that some nurses have to extend their working hours to clear the backlog. We are also facing challenges with our makeshift opportunistic infections (OI) clinic, which is too small for the around 250 people we attend to per day,” Kanongara said. He said Doctors without Borders had offered US$80 000 for the construction of another OI clinic. “As a border town, we cater for many people who fall ill on their way to and from South Africa. We are appealing to the authorities to assist and also to allow nurses to initiate ART to patients as this will also help to manage HIV and Aids intervention programmes effectively,” he said. At the moment, only a medical doctor is allowed to administer or initiate ART to a patient. The Beit Bridge OI Clinic is currently being manned by two doctors from Doctors without Borders.

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6 2 December 2011 By Elmon Tshikhudo

Home-based carers valuable for vulnerable Four-hundred-and-sixty-five care givers, who received certificates in their chosen fields, have been told to use the skills they got to advance their communities and themselves. They received certificates after attending a 69-day course at the Thohoyandou Health Centre. Addressing hundreds of people at the Thohoyandou Town Hall a fortnight ago, Ms Connie Luvhengo, Vhembe HIV/ Aids programme manager, said the carers had chosen a good career of caring for people who

are living in places where care would not have been possible. She said home-based care was not only meant for people who were HIV positive or had Aids, but for all vulnerable people. She said patients felt at home when they received care in the comfort of their homes, with family members around them. “This is a field which requires you to have love,” she said amid applause. Luvhengo urged them not to be satisfied with their skills, but to continue studying. “The certificates you received today are just a foundation; do

not stop studying, but improve yourselves in order that you be in a better position to empower your communities,” she said. She encouraged them to link up with their clinics for efficient service to their clients. Ms Sylvia Lusunzi, Thulamela municipality’s HIV/Aids and home-based care coordinator, said the programe was making an impact, especially in farflung areas. “Nurses cannot be everywhere; the presence of the home-based carers in villages is of value to communities,” she said.

Pastor George Muhali (second from left) welcomes Given Mukwevho (second from right) back into the community during a ceremony at the Higher Grace Church at Makhado Biaba last Thursday. Looking on are acting Area Commissioner of Correctional Services Ms Anita Moeketsi (right) and the head of Community Corrections, Mr Ndanganeni Muleba (right). By Peter Muthambi

Former offenders incorporated into society

Ms Pauline Moshapo (standing third from left), trainer of the carers, and Ms Sylvia Lusunzi (seated third from left), the Thulamela subdistrict HIV/Aids and Home-based care coordinator pose with some of the successful candidates after the ceremony.

The acting area commissioner of Correctional Services, Ms Anita Moeketsi, has urged members of the community to accept ex-offenders back into their communities. This was during an event to incorporate ex-offenders back into the community, which was held at High Grace Church at Makhado Biaba in the Nzhelele area last Thursday. Moeketsi said that the community had a role to play when it came to incorporating offenders back into their communities. “Reintegration of ex-offenders would not be successful if members of the community were not involved,” she said. She added that even if they had stepped on the toes of the law, “they are still our children and we cannot throw them into a dustbin”. According to her, the department cannot suc-

ceed in its quest for rehabilitation if members of the community are not involved. She said that ex-offenders were monitored and if they were not cooperating, they would be taken back to prison. “Since offenders are from the community, they have to be reintegrated into their communities after serving their sentences. The community therefore has an important role to play in this process,” she added. Members of the community, which included traditional leaders, ex-offenders, parents and relatives of former offenders, participated in the event. Currently, there are 120 parolees in the Nzhelele area only, who are being monitored by correctional services officials on a daily basis. Ex-offenders were afforded

an opportunity to raise some of the challenges facing them in the communities. A former prisoner, Tshifhiwa Mukwevho, said that some members of the community did not treat them with respect. “They often call us names. We want to be part of the community and do something positive again. I know that what we have done was wrong, but people need to understand that we have paid for what we have done. We need to carry on with our lives,” he said. Traditional leaders said that they welcomed ex-offenders back into the community with open arms. Pastor George Muhali said that change was possible and that ex-offenders might have changed. “Let us give them a chance in our communities. They can still contribute positively in the community,” he added.

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By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Mpheni community elects liaison committee The community of Mpheni and the Waterval police cemented their relationship by meeting at the courtyard of the chief’s palace and electing a liaison committee. This committee’s duty is to receive any information relating to crime and the community’s grievances within the Mpheni area and relay it to the Social Crime Prevention section at the Waterval police station. This move comes after Mpheni had spent nearly 13 months without any committee of this nature, since the first liaison committee hadn’t proven to be successful. Vhavenda Vho-Solomon Davhana welcomed all the people and advised them to express their feelings and views without fear

and shyness during the meeting. “We’ve chained all our dogs, and they won’t be biting you,” he said in the chief’s kraal idiom. The sector manager for Mpheni, W/O Risimati Masonto, informed the people about the duties of the community liaison committee. He said people must not associate the committee with spies or people who will betray the community. “Crimes happen within our communities and some of us get to know who the criminals are,” he said. “We are either shy or afraid to come forward with the news. The duty of the liason committee is to see that the relevant information reaches our offices. The elected committee will be trained at the expense of

our offices.” The committee comprises seven members. They are Joel Mashamba (chairperson), Thandi Muila (deputy chairperson), Joseph Nematshema (secretary), Emmanuel Mulaudzi (deputy secretary), Langanani Bilankulu (treasurer) and Maureen Khomola and Raymond Ramapundu (additional members). Chairperson Joel Mashamba said that the residents must show confidence in the elected committee. “We’re here to serve our people,” he added. W/O Masonto also requested that the liason committee should be afforded an opportunity to speak during social gatherings and meetings, such as the funeral services and school functions.

The newly elected executive members of the Mpheni liason group are (back row, from left) Langanani Bilankulu (treasurer), Thandi Muila (deputy chairperson), Joel Mashamba (chairperson), Maureen Khomola (additional member), Joseph Nematshema (secretary), Emmanuel Mulaudzi (deputy secretary) and Raymond Ramapundu (additional member). In front, from left, are W/O MW Sehlabang, W/O Risimati Masonto and the deputy secretary of the Community Policing Forum, Elisa Mushapho. Fixtures

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12 2 December 2011 By Frank Mavhungu

24-Year-old allegedly raped The Mphephu police are investigating a case of rape, following an incident at the Mavhunga RDP settlement, where a 24-year-old woman was allegedly raped. The incident took place a fortnight ago. According to a police statment, the victim was coming from a nearby tavern with her boyfriend when a 25-year-old man started provoking them. He allegedly threatened to stab the boyfriend, who run away. It is alleged that the suspect then dragged the victim to the nearby bushes and raped her. Mphephu police spokesperson W/O Lazarus Netshidzati said that the suspect was arrested the following day and was

charged with rape. “The incident happened shortly before 05:00, and our investigations are still continuing,” said Netshidzati. The suspect briefly appeared in the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court, where the case was postponed. * In a similar incident at the nearby Mavhunga-Gondeni village, a 22-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a 27-year-old man next to the United Apostolic Church. The victim was walking home at night with a friend when the incident happened. The suspect was also arrested and appeared in the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court last Tuesday. The case was postponed for further investigations.

Tshilwavhusiku Razwimisani Special School’s intellectually impaired children are good at woodcraft. They design many things that include tables, television stands, and flower pots. Photographed displaying some of the items they designed are Chester Raphetha, Tshimangadzo Sasa and their woodcraft teacher, Mr Fhulufhelo Ramabulana (right). By Rulani Baloyi

Madobi Primary greets pupils It was a memorable day for pupils at Madobi Primary School last Friday, as the pupils “graduated” to higher grades. During the event, the school also celebrated the departure of its Grade 7 pupils, who are preparing to go to secondary school next year. The event was also a graduation ceremony of the Grade Rs and Grade1s who are pro-

ceeding to the next level in Madobi Primary. In his congratulatory speech, school governing body (SGB) member Mr Nelson Chabalala explained the duties that the SGB had to perform with regard to school management. He said that the graduation and farewell were evident that the governing body had played its part in making sure that teachers were very productive. “As educators, your job, according to the MEC for Education, is to write in the minds of these young graduates, so that they can change the country,” said Chabalala. He urged parents to support the elected SGB to help teachers manage their school according to how they wanted it to be managed. Guest speaker Robert Rivombo said that parents should teach their children to love school and respect their teachers. Pointing out the general problem of teenage pregnancy at school, he urged pupils to focus on their studies to ensure the success of their future. Rivombo also advised young mothers not to misuse their child support grants, but to use themproactively for their children’s school needs. “With that money, please make sure that your child has the necessary requirements when they come to school. They must be clean and have had something to eat when they come to school, because they are receiving grants,” he added. A Grade 7 teacher at the school, Mr Khosa, wished his learners the best of luck when they prepare for secondary school next year. “We have been with these children for eight years. We know their strengths and weaknesses. The guest speaker, Mr Robert However, our children have the will Rivombo, photographed with one to do things they set their minds to,” of the Grade R pupils. said Khosa. The Makuya police are searching for a missing mental patient, Reginah Lalumbe of Domboni in the Makuya area. The 54-yearold Lalumbe went missing on 25 October. She was last seen by her son, with whom she was staying. Lalumbe is described as being of slender build and coffee coloured. She is limping with her right leg. She is usually seen wearing a greyblue skirt and also has a brush hairstyle. After her dissappearance, the police, with the assistance of the local community, went on an intensive search for the missing woman. The search, which also included the use of a police helicopter, dogs and some police members on foot, did not yield any positive results. Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer, W/O Shumani Rambuda at 082 414 5654.


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14 2 December 2011 By Elmon Tshikhudo

Early Christmas for the disadvantaged The word giving has become synonymous with the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Vhembe. Branches, through their Dorcas wing, have reached out to the communities and donated food, clothing and other goods to needy people. A month ago, one of the church’s branches in Sibasa donated tracksuits and other goods to needy children at Tshififi outside Thohoyandou, leaving a big impression on the children and the rural community at large. At the weekend, another of the church’s branches followed their tradition of giving by donating food and clothing to 16 disadHanding over the items are senior members of the church. From left are Mr Simeon Nethonzhe, vanatged families at Khumbe Ms Maria Thanyani, Ms Gladys Munyai (beneficiary), Ms Livhuwani Makhado (Sanco Khumbe) outside Thohoyandou. The famiand Ms Esther Nethonzhe. lies were all smiles when they received food parcels, clothing and school uniforms from the Tshifulanani Seventh Day Adventist Church. The families were identified by the local civic organization.

Ms Maria Thanyani, the head of the Dorcas group at the church, said it was their responsibility as a church to see to it that people, more especially the disadvantaged, saw God through their practical way of living. “We practice what we preach. We put the teachings of the Bible into reality and we know that people will not be able to praise God with empty stomachs and other physical worries. We give them spiritual food and food for the body,” she said. She said giving and contributing to worthy causes had become part of the church. “We have donated and assisted many communities that we have lost count of, and we will continue doing this for the glory of God until Jesus comes back again,” she said. She said they have realized that there was a big need for help in the community. Ms Livhuwani Makhado, the local SANCO leader, said the

village was poverty stricken as many were not working. “We are very humbled by what happened here today. We know of many churches around here which have money but do not live up to what they preach. We just wish other churches will follow what these people have done here today and we will have a better life for all in the village,” she said. One of the recipients, Ms Gladys Munyai, said the church was sent by God to ease the burden they were carrying. “We are not working and the little we got today will make a difference for us and our children,” she said. She commended the leadership of the church for having thought of them. “We did not know that we had relatives in this church. These people have made a lasting impression on us and it is just a matter of time before we also join this church; they preach a living gospel,” she said.

By Silas Nduvheni

Imbizo programme brings hope to people

Beneficiaries show off the clothing and food parcels they received during the function. Also in the picture are some of the church members who made the donation. SPCA

Book boarding for pets in advance Pet owners who wish to board holidays must do so in advance. rence Khodobo during the day their pets (cats and dogs) at Bookings can only be made between 08:00 and 16:00. No the SPCA’s Louis Trichardt with Mrs Bea Reimer between other bookings will be accepted. kennels during the December 18:30 and 19:00 or with Law“Please do not leave a voice message on any phone and presume your bookREPOSSESSION OF VEHICLES ing has been accepted. It AND OTHER ASSETS will not be accepted. We also ask that you do not (BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS) leave a message with The Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff’s primary role is to serve or execute all one of the kennel staff,” documents issued by our courts. This includes summonses, notices, said Reimer. emolument attachment orders, warrants and court orders. All Sheriffs All pets, cats and and Deputy Sheriffs must carry a valid identification card issued and dogs, must be inocurenewable annually by the South African Board for Sheriffs. lated, de-wormed and When executing duties with a legal court order the Sheriff can: • Enter your premises, even when you are not there. bathed or dipped before • Open any door, motor vehicle or piece of furniture on your premises. coming into the kennels. • Attach, remove and sell your motor vehicle, furniture and movable “We will need proof or immovable property to recover your debt. of yearly inoculations, If the person is in possession of the court order and valid as well as rabies inocuidentification card you, as a member of the public, have no lation when you bring alternative but to allow the Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff to remove your goods. your pet in,” said Reimer. Some attorneys are being instructed by financial institutions to institute legal action against members of the public who have Inoculation must take defaulted in their payments, and once judgment and a court order place 10 days before has been granted and obtained, it is given to various debt collectors, the pet is brought to the tracers, representatives or agents who attend the debtors’ residential or employment addresses. kennels. Reimer and • These “agencies” produce the court order and requests the debtor Khodobo must also be to hand over the motor vehicle, goods or personal assets. made aware of pets on • As soon as the debtor consents to handing over of his or her assets, medication while these it is deemed that the debtor consents to the financial institution are at the kennels. repossessing the assets. • The financial institution’s action by instructing these “If you intend leaving “agencies” to recover motor vehicles and other goods with a your pets at home during court order, is unlawful. the holiday, please make • As stated, only a Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff may serve or execute adequate arrangements court orders or judgments. • Members of the public have the right to refuse handing over with a reliable person their motor vehicles, goods or personal assets to the debt collec­ for them. Remember, tors, tracers, representatives or agents of the there will be fireworks financial institutions. while you are away, so If you have a complaint or if you are unsure be prepared,” Reimer of your rights, feel free to contact your local Sheriffs’ office or the South African Board for warned. Sheriffs. The boarding fees are The Executive Manager R30 per dog per day and South African Board for South African Board for Sheriffs R20 per cat per day. PO Box 5454, Cape Town 8000 For more informaTel: 021 462 3209; Fax: 021 462 2099 tion, phone Reimer on Email: Upholding the Dignity of Those We Serve 082 424 5712 or Khodobo at 082 965 5151. 103781


The visit by Vhembe District Municipality’s executive mayor, her entourage and sector departments to the deeply rural village of Malale outside Musina on Friday brought hope to the different communities. Malale and surrounding areas, such as Ha-Rangani, Dombomi and Madimbo, have been associated with a lack of good services, bad access roads and learners traveling long distances to and from schools on foot. The village’s traditional leader, Khosi Wilson Nemalale, expressed his happiness that the district municipality had remembered them in an effort to bring a better life to the rural communities through the public participation programme, formerly named an Imbizo. “We are excited that the Vhembe District Municipality has come to our area to listen

to our grievances. Now we can call the government to visit poor people to get their day-to-day experiences,” said an excited Khosi Nemalale. Vhembe District’s executive mayor, Cllr. Florence Dzhombere, who was joined by Mutale Municipality’s mayor, Cllr. Tshitereke Matibe, the acting mayor of Musina, Simon Madamalala, and several traditional leaders, said her district municipality was determined to change the lives of poor rural communities for the better. “It is for this reason the district municipality held public participation programmes throughout the year to find out from the communities what their prioritised programmes and projects are. We cannot get exact grievances and services delivery experiences if we don’t visit the communities,” said Mayor Dzhombere.

Mutale Mayor Cllr Tshitereke Matibe told the pupils of HaRangani village and surrounding areas that, very soon, the traveling to and from school on foot will be a thing of the past as the municipality is now waiting for a service provider to transport them. “We urge our pupils to take education seriously and further their studies after matric.” One of the villagers in Malale, Ms Rendani Muzhelele, shocked the executive mayor and her entourage by announcing that she was 31 years old and had never had an identity document. “Without an ID, my life is a living hell, because I cannot get government grants and require an identity document to get a job. I hope the Department of Home ffairs will solve my problem speedily ,” said the distraught mother of two children.

The executive mayor of Vhembe District Municipality, Cllr Florence Dzhombere (third from left) poses for a picture with Khosi Wilson Nemalale, Mutale’s mayor, Cllr Tshitereke Matibe, Musina municipality’s Chief Whip, Simon Madamalala, and Cllr Eunice Nekhunguni, Chief Whip of Mutale municipality. Crime

Clinic guards robbed at gunpoint Residents of Ha-Rabali village in the Nzhelele area were left stunned, following an armed robbery at the Rabali Clinic two weeks ago. It all happened shortly after 22:00, while the security guards were busy patrolling the clinic’s surroundings. Two unknown, heavily armed men suddenly emerged and

ordered the security guards who were on duty, Mr Edward Mapholi (42) and Ms Anikie Bologo, to lie on the ground. The suspects then took the guards’ Norinco 9mm service pistol, with eight rounds of ammunition. W/O Lazarus Netsidzati of the Mphephu police confirmed the incident.

“The police are investigating a case of armed robbery, following the incident,” he said. He added that nothing was stolen from the clinic. “The suspects are still at large and we are appealing to members of the community with information to contact the police immediately, so that the culprits can be arrested,” appealed Netshidzati.


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16 2 December 2011 By Elmon Tshikhudo

Former unemployed women improve their lives

Masindi Primary School at Maila village outside Vleifontein held an award-giving ceremony at the school premises last Friday. Hardworking pupils were awarded certificates and trophies during the event. In our photo, the principal, Mr Ernest Makhesa (left), presents a trophy to the best pupil, Monica Ndou, while a teacher, Ms Grace Mathivha, looks on.

Teachers Adelaide Rangani (left) and Sayo Sigadawani (right) present trophies to the best netball players, Mukhethwa Maphau and Livhuwani Makhwara.

A group of formerly unemployed rural women at Khakhu-Makulemi village outside Louis Trichardt who had nothing to do have come up with a better way of using their precious time. They started the Tshanduko Land Care and Cleaning Project. Started with 14 members just a month ago, the project is rapidly making an impact in the village. The project specializes in cleaning the village streets by collecting used bottles, cans, papers and all unwanted objects in the village. They also do cleaning at the local rivers. The leader of the group, Rejoice Vele, said because of unemployment in the village, they used to roam the streets of the village with nothing to do. “Doing nothing tempts people into doing bad things, so that some of us ended up using our precious time for gossip, which sometimes landed others in deep trouble,” she said. She said they had a meeting and the idea to form a project was born. “We could not just sit down as unemployed women waiting for handouts. We decided to start this project as a job-creation tool as we hope to sell our garbage in the future, which will provide us with an income,” she said. She said they were also worried about the environment’s being polluted with no one taking notice. “The whole world is speaking in one voice on climate change and global

warming, which have a negative impact on our lives. We have a role to play in making our immediate surroundings better places to live in and our health will improve,” she added. The group says they have collected a lot of garbage since they started and

they are just waiting for the municipality to collect it. They made an impassioned plea to the government or any company to provide them with machinery or buy the waste from them. Those wishing to help the project can do so by phoning Vele at 083 732 5046 or 079 977 7737.

Tshanduko Landcare and Cleaning Project members.

Project members busy at work.

By Elmon Tshikhudo

Government and private doctors join diabetes fight

Photographed are some of Masindi Primary´s pupils who received certificates for their outstanding performance in various grades.

A diabetes awareness campaign, aimed at supplying information regarding the disease, was held in Thohoyandou a fortnight ago. The campaign was the brainchild of the Vhembe Department of Health, Dr Ndivhuho Rathando in Shayandima, Dr Khathu Hadzhi of Khathumed in Thohoyandou and the Permanent Moving Man-

Masindi´s best athletes were also rewarded during the ceremony. From left are Mr Thomas Mphephu, Mpho Thagwana, Rofhiwa Lukhwareni, Phathutshedzo Lukhwareni and Mr Michael Mudau (SGB chairperson).

agement (PEMMA). The proceedings were preceded by a 4km fun run. Many community members, mostly elderly people, completed the fun run. Group sessions were conducted and members were given the chance to ask questions. A screening and testing session was also held towards the end of the function. Mr Mackson Matodzi of the Vhembe

Department of Health described the occasion as historic, saying that it was the first of its kind where private practioners joined forces with the department to make the community aware of the disease. He said the prevalence of the diabetes pandemic had become a source of concern, which had prompted the campaign. He said there is presently no cure for the dangerous diabetes disease, which is costing so many lives in the community.

Together we can do more ... Private medical practitioners Drs Ndivhuho Rathando (left) and Khathutshelo Hadzhi (middle) and Mr Mackson Matodzi from the Vhembe Department of Health joined hands with PEMMA for an awareness campaign.


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By Andries van Zyl

Legendary educationist and animal lover, Aunt Betty Noakes (98) passes away One of the Soutpansberg’s oldest residents and a legend in her own right, Miss Betty Muriel Noakes, passed away at the age of 98 on Sunday. Betty was born on 29 August 1913 in Portsmouth, England, and her parents moved to South Africa in 1917 where her father, Cyril, started his South African career as a photographer. During the war, Cyril enrolled for military service and rose to the rank of naval commander, based in Simonstown. In recognition of the contribution he made as commander, he received the honorary MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from the Queen herself. There is a photograph of this festive occasion, with Betty walking hand in hand with her parents at the entrance to Buckingham Palace. The Noakes family moved to Louis Trichardt in 1924. Here, the young Betty attended primary school and enrolled for senior school at Roedean Girls High School in Johannesburg where she excelled at academics and horse riding. She also completed her tertiary education in Johannesburg, where she was a keen participant in literary, art and cultural activities. Betty then taught English and history for many years on the East Rand before retiring to her beautiful farm that extended from Louis Trichardt town up to the crest of the Soutpansberg. Her red-roofed house, Stonehenge, stands as a proud

landmark upon the mountain platform above the golf course. The house itself was declared a National Heritage Site. Education and literature remained Betty’s passion throughout her life. Upon retirement, she soon established Thanganezwa Farm School on the crest of the Soutpansberg where her farm borders Songozwi Village. Not only has the school provided basic education for decades, but pupils will always remember the annual highlights, such as the bus excursions to memorable places such as Thulamela and Mapungubwe, and the Christmas celebrations, where Betty was not only the sponsor, but also guest of honour. “We thank Betty’s friend, Mr Mahane, who has served as principal for many years, for his dedication to the school,” write Betty’s friends in a tribute to her. Betty inspired and encouraged many people during her life. Her pupils will recall school plays and readings from, among others, Shakespeare and Dickens, in which fields of literature she was a recognised specialist. Betty also encouraged her friends and supported the people who lived around her. “We also want to thank them, and especially Mashudu Mudau, Robert, Samuel and Thakelani Kkodobo and Johannes Jantjie for their caring,” the tribute further states. Betty sponsored the children

of the families who lived on her farm in schooling and tertiary education. The family of Jim Chitango should be mentioned in particular. Jim accompanied Betty on her daily walk to school every day of her primary school career. Jim’s granddaughter, Mashudu Mudau, should also be particularly thanked for loyally caring for Betty for many many years, right to the end. Betty also provided for the schooling and post-school education of Mashudu’s children and Mpho has, accordingly, found employment, Tshikidze is making good progress at university, and Given and Thabelo are passing their grades with success. The children of Johannes Khodobo, whom many people will remember as Betty’s chauffeur, were also sponsored by Betty. His son Robert accompanied Betty on her regular visits to town and always delivered mealie meal and vegetables to Betty’s Thanganezwa School in the truck that Betty bought for the school. Johannes’s other children also received Betty’s financial support and encouragement for their schooling and studies. Lindiwe is at university, while Samuel and Thakelani are both nurses and have found employment through Betty’s support; Lawrence works at the SPCA, Edwin is at technicon, Victor is in training as a panelbeater, Tshanei is a hairdresser, and Langelani

By Andries van Zyl

Ridgeway College students visit newspaper As part of Ridgeway College’s annual “Work Week Placement Programme”, two students, Kalpesh Dave and Andani Mabunda, spent a couple of days at the office of the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in Louis Trichardt. The programme, aimed at Grade 10 students who have completed their IGCSE exams, helps students to get a feel for what it would be like to work in a career or in a field of expertise a student may be thinking of pursuing. More often than not, students go running the other way because their experience was “not what they thought it would be”. According to Kalpesh and Andani, their experience at the newspaper was, in a word, “dif-

ferent”. “Working at the newspaper was a little out of the norm for me as I usually work in a salon,” said Kalpesh, explaining that he wanted to get a feel of how the newspaper is laid out on computer before it is printed. “I thought it would be amazing to see how it was brought to life by nothing but a computer, text and a couple of pixelated images … It was amazing, no doubt, but I obviously couldn’t help with this as it requires training to learn how to do and, after all, I was only there for a week.” On their first day, Kalpesh and Andani spent some time in the lay-out department to see how advertisements are compiled. They saw how Solly’s Discount World’s advert was done and

gave some of their input, as well as what they thought looked good in terms of colour and which picture was best for certain products. At about 15:45, they were told to write an article with a 40-minute deadline. “Needless to say, our article didn’t make it into the newspaper, but I think we both learned how to work in high-pressure situations. This experience will help us in future” said Andani. “I learned a thing or two in my week here at the newspaper; one of the most important things being to proofread articles. I felt very chuffed with myself when I found mistakes in our very own honours evening captions. After all, we are all human in the end and all make mistakes. I also found the printing press where the newspapers are printed to be a very elaborate set-up. It was just a pity that one of the machines was down. It looked like a real sight to see,” said Kalpesh. Kalpesh and Andani realised that Tuesdays and Wednesdays are extremely high-pressure days for the staff because those are the printing days, so people are trying to get their work done. “We found waking up to be at work by 07:30 extremely difficult as it was basically school all As part of Ridgeway College’s annual “Work Week Placement over again,” said both Programme” for students, Kalpesh Dave (left) and Andani Mabunda Kalpesh and Andani. (right), spent a couple of days at the office of Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Both thanked the newsMirror. paper for hosting them.

is still at school. These families Queen Elizabeth, and the flight contribution and generosity,” express their sincere gratitude for on the Concorde from New they added and invited all to the finances Betty provided for York,” her friends write in the join them in remembering and celebrating Betty’s life at the Anthe education of their children. tribute. “The friends who aren’t men- glican Church in Munnik Street, Many will remember Betty as a loyal, supportive, encouraging tioned by name know that Betty Louis Trichardt on Thursday, 1 and fun friend with a great sense appreciated their love and at- December, from 10:00. Refreshof humour and a love for animals. tention. We thank you for your ments will be served. They will remember her caring, honesty and generous heartedness, and the generous and untiring way in which she supported initiatives such as the SPCA. She was one of the founding members of the Louis Trichardt SPCA in 1986. It is therefore not surprising that she has left the bulk of her estate to animal charities. “Most of all, Betty will be remember as a spirited and adventurous friend. It was this spirit that also took her too many local places that she loved and to remote parts of the world. We will remember the stories she related upon the return from her annual visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon where she attended the Shakespeare festival, and her stories about the Trans-Siberian train trip from St Petersberg to Moscow, and about cruises on ships such A legend in her own right, Miss Betty Noakes, who passed away on as the Queen Mary and Sunday at the age of 98.

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Economic development

Economic Development Forum launched The economy of Musina received a boost early last month, when more than 100 businesspeople gathered to launch the Musina Local Economic Development (LED) Forum. The main aim of the LED Forum is to advise the municipality on business-related issues and law enforcement, to make sure that the economy continues to grow in the border town. This comes after the government declared Musina as one of the growth points in the province. Mayor Carol Phiri said it was encouraging to see that the municipality and the business sector were working collectively in growing the local economy. She said Musina needed a new, creative vision to make the local economy grow, so that it can be part of the global economy. “Our key role as government is basically to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive and to provide platforms for constructive engagement. We are proud that our partnership will speedily assist us to realise this dream.” She said Musina Municipality viewed local economic

development as one of the most important ways of decreasing poverty. “Local economic development aims to create jobs by making the local economy grow. This means that more businesses and factories should be started in the municipal area. As part of the IDP, key stakeholders in a municipality must come together to reach agreement and take decisions to make the economy grow and create income opportunities for more people, especially the poor.” She finally assured the LED Forum that they would get full support from the municipality. “Through our LED office, we encourage you to engage with us in order to contribute to the economic development of our municipality.” The newly elected chairperson of the LED Forum, Mr Otto Gerner, said businesspeople had been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. He said Mayor Carol Phiri (middle seated) with the newly elected LED Forum and councillors. they would work closely with the municipality to make sure that Musina became one of the leadBy Elmon Tshikhudo ing economic hubs in the country.

Mayor Carol Phiri congratulates Mr Otto Gerner, the newly elected chairperson of Musina LED Forum. Crime

Uncle in custody for rape A 53-year-old man was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly raping his 14-year-old niece. The incident occurred at Ha-Musekwa Pfumembe village in the Nzhelele area. W/O Lazarus Netshidzati, spokesperson for the Mphephu police, confirmed the incident. “The victim was sleeping when the man started touching her. She realised that the

person who was touching her was her uncle. He then asked if the girl had a boyfriend, which she admitted,” he said. Netshidzati added that the man then allegedly raped the girl. He appeared in the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday and the case was postponed to 1 February, 2012 for further investigation. He remains in custody.

Hardworking community members honoured

Hardworking community members Those who work above the rest need to be held annually and exceptional indifrom Shayandima and Tshisahulu, be acknowledged. We have to thank them viduals will be identified and awarded. who laboured selflessly for the im- for being available all the time that the Rhumba star Shinabya and gospel provement of their fellow human be- community needed them,” he said. singer Asthnath Mulaudzi entertained ings, were all smiles when they were He said they had decided that it would the guests. received certificates for their efforts. This was during the Matieni Sanco Achievers Awards ceremony, held at Dzindi Primary School last Saturday. More than 60 people received awards. Among them were Cllrs Esther Mandiwana and Ernest Mulaudzi. The speakers, including the local traditional leader, Chief Norman Makumbane, motivated the commu- Some of the hardworking community members who were honoured, showing off their certificates nity to work in unity during the ceremony. to make their village a better place for all. The coordinator, Mr Michael Gumula, said they felt that those who assisted in the development of their village should be acknowledged. The awards are meant to motivate others and show them that hard work has its own payday, he added. “Some among us here went beyond the call of duty and made sure that even the dis- Well-known rhumba star Shinabya and gospel singer Asnath Mulaudzi performed live during advantaged benefitted. the event. By Elmon Tshikhudo

Major windfall for employees

The best performers in soccer at Eltivillas Primary received certificates for their performances a fortnight ago. They are Mutshidzi Masakona (best girl) and Angel Munengiwa (best boy), with Sports Master Mr SA Kutama.

Wholesale and retail shops employees in the Malamulele area in Thulamela received an early Christmas. The employees will benefit from the R50 000 recouped from employers as underpayment of wages by the labour inspectorate. This was during a three-day inspection of the area last week. The inspection commenced on Tuesday and ended on Thursday. The inspection, which is named Operation Tiveka, saw a Labour Inspectorate team up with SAPS members in inspecting all shops. They were checking the level of compliance with, among other things, minimum wages, regulation of working time and written particulars of employment, while the SAPS kept track of any form of criminal activity. The department’s spokesperson,

Mr Johannes Mokou, said compared to other areas, the level of compliance in Malamulele is quite good, particularly with regards to the provisions and conditions of Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) the Unemployment Insurance Contribution Act (UICA) and Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). “It is just a handful of shop owners who are deliberately flouting labour legislation, and this is why we have collected this big amount of money for non-adherence to the minimum wage requirement as per the Sectoral Determination Act,”said Mr. Lacton Ramulongo, the department’s regional manager. Ramulongo further indicated that, according to his assessment, the level of compliance in the area was 70%, “but we will stop at nothing to bring it to 100%,” he said.

Hard times lie ahead for the unscrupulous employers who are not adhering to labour laws, warns the regional manager of the department, Mr Lacton Ramulongo.


22 2 December 2011 By Peter Muthambi

Security certificates for local students Hardworking students from the Ramazwi Security & Training Agency’s received their hard-earned security certificates at an event that was held at Louis Trichardt Rugby Grounds last Saturday. The students who received the certificates had been offered a 12-month learnership opportunity to prepare for the future. They received their certificates in four categories: general security practice, security specialist, national key point NQF level 4 and call centre support NQF level 2.

During the event, 143 students, including people with disabilities, received their hard-earned certificates. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it. We have a great education here, which makes it far more than a step between the college and the real world, but rather a stepping stone to the future,” said the CEO of Ramazwi Security & Training Agency, Mr Victor Ramambila. He said that his agency existed to guide, train and fulfill every

citizen’s dream, which is education. “Education is the most powerful weapon which one can use to change the world,” he added. He added that Ramazwi did not belongs to the directors, but to the people. “The agency has passed the test of time to be where it is today as one of the recognized training service providers of choice. People do not come to us because we are smart or they know us, but they come to us because they trust and believe in us,” added Ramambila.

In our photo are students of the Ramazwi Security & Training Agency, who received security specialist certificates at a certificate-giving ceremony that was held at the grounds of the Louis Trichardt Rugby Club last Saturday.

Photographed are some of the students who received security specialist certificates. By Mashudu Netsianda

Woman injured by marauding baboon A woman from a village outside Beit Bridge is battling for her life, after she was attacked by a marauding baboon. The incident occurred on Thursday last week at around 20:00 at Tokwana, a village located in a rocky terrain. Villagers said baboons were rarely seen in the area. According to local villagers who Some of Ramazwi Security & Training Agency´s students who received national key points NQF witnessed the incident, the woman was allegedly attacked by the baboon, which had visited her level 4 certificates.

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homestead. The woman was seriously injured and is now fighting for her life at a local traditional healer’s homestead. “We are shocked that a baboon came to the village and had the guts to get into the woman’s home to beat up her. We now strongly suspect that it could be an act of witchcraft,” said a local woman, who witnessed the incident. “It would appear as if the baboon lay in ambush for her and when she left the toilet for her bedroom hut, it emerged from its hiding place and chased after her before it caught up with her and beat her up,” another witness, Ms Linnet Ndlovu said. The whole family reportedly watched helplessly because every time a member of the family tried to rescue her, the baboon paused with a threatening gesture to attack the family member. “Even neighbours came out of their houses to watch and they could not do anything because they were also afraid,” Ndlovu added. The matter was reported to the local parks and wildlife authorities


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By Elmon Tshikhudo

Farmers ask for assistance to operate new R9m Vhembe fresh produce market More than a thousand farmers in the Vhembe district received a major boost when a freshproduce market to market their products was officially opened at Tshakhuma. Farmers who attended the event hailed the opening of the Vhembe Fresh Produce Market, saying it will work to their advantage. They hinted, however, that it will soon be a white elephant if government does not assist them. The R9million fresh-produce market, partly funded by the European Union and the Vhembe District Municipality, was officially opened by Vhembe Executive Mayor Florence Dzhombere last Wednesday. Farmer representative Mr Madambi Muvhulawa said the land question had not been adequately dealt with and many black farmers still did not have appropriate land. He said to be

a farmer, one needed land and without ownership of the land, farmers did not have access to funding. “We have enough committed farmers in Vhembe who are working under trying circumstances. They lack funds to make farming a business, and if government does not change laws and make it easy for farmers to get funding, the building will not be of much help,” he said. “Do not do anything without us, as it will not be ours and will lead to the collapse of the market,” he said. Representing the local traditional leadership, Chief Tshifovhedze Madzivhandila urged farmers to make use of the market as they gave land for the sake of development in the area. He urged politicians to deliberate on the land question that more and more land be brought back

to the people. “We will always be behind you and it will be futile if farmers do not work hard to support the market as it will collapse,” he added. He also promised the municipality more land if the space at the market became too small. Vhembe District Municipality Manager Thomas Mukumule said the facility was the first of its kind in the district and it was started after requests from farmers who had no marketing Vhembe Mayor Florence Dzhombere cuts a ribbon marking the official opening of the market. facilities. With her in the photo are local leaders. He said that the municipality believed the market was a worthwhile investment and they had already signed memorandums of understanding with the Johannesburg and Tshwane fresh-produce markets. “This will work towards the advantage of our farmers, but it was not easy to reach where we are today,” he said.

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Electricity cuts cripple photography shop Well-known photographic bringing their work for process- times and also wrote many emails to that effect. Each time business owner Sheth Babu, ing,” he said. He said he lost thousands of he was told that his complaint of Camera House, one of the oldest photographic shops in rands worth of business as many would be attended to, but this Thohoyandou, came out spit- had to go to other shops when never happened. they found the shop in darkness. “We are tired of having to deal ting fire last week. He said he started experienc- with unprofessional people. The This comes after what he claims to be sabotage to his ing problems in 2010 when company should put its house business by the electricity utility, the company started estimating in order, or otherwise we will Market chief Ndiafhi Kwinda (left) explains to Vhembe Mayor Florence Dzhombere and other Eskom, which he claims shut off their electricity consumption in always be on the losing end,” said guests show the machinery works. his electricity for no apparent a wrong way. “All along they a fuming Babu. Eskom Thohoyandou spokesreason. Babu (51) of Sibasa has were doing their job properly been running his photographic and all these years I have been person Mr Thiofhi Ratshitanga business for the last 16 years in made to believe that they know said it was difficult to say what Thohoyandou and has been in a the monthly consumption in our had happened, as he had not good working relationship with business. Sometimes it goes up visited the office. He invited the and sometimes goes very low, businessman to visit their office, the electricity giant. Babu said he was away on a even though we are using the where he will get clarity. He encouraged all who have business trip in Johannesburg same machinery and the same problems with their accounts about two weeks ago, when he hours and days,” he said. PROGRAMMES Tel: 015 962 8336/8405 & Fax: 015 962 8494 He said it was costing him a to visit their offices and find received a call from his employees that his electricity had been lot of money and affecting his out their account history, which MONDAY - FRIDAY will shed light on how they are suspended for non-payment. He business negatively. TIME NAME OF PROGRAMMES PRESENTER He had complained several charged. stressed that he was aware that he 05H00-06H00 The Early Riser Uzziboy was up to date with his 06h00-09H00 Morning Rush Rofhiwa Ligege payments. To add salt to injury, he was forced 09H00-12H00 The Zone Samantha Hlayisi to pay an extra R600 12H00-15H00 Lunch Time Experience Deluka Mashaba to have his electricity 15H00-18H00 Big Rush Oscar Mudau reconnected. 18H00-19H00 The World of Sports Divhambele & Asi Makhale “I have been a loyal customer and have had Justice Masekane & 19H00-20H00 Current Matters Gavhi Mboniseni a good working relationship with Eskom since 20H00-21H00 Vhone Vhari Mini?: Monday Godfrey Mavhasa 1996. I never experi20h00-21h00 Bridging The Gap: Tuesday Rapson Rambuwani enced problems with 21H00-22h00 Tshisima tsha dzilafho: Tuesday Godfrey Mavhasa the company. They were 20H00-21H00 Kha Ri ambe: Wednesday Humbelani Netshandama always reasonable. The suspension of the elec20H00-21H00 People & Law: Thursday Godfrey Mavhasa tricity has affected me 20H00-00H00 Top 40 Local Hits: Friday Tshitetete Fhatuwani a lot in a business sense. 21H00-00H00 Night Shift: Monday-Thursday DJ Creature It was suspended during Mr Doctor Mabasa, an employee of the company, checks the meter SATURDAY peak hours of the busi- reading at their business. The shop suffered losses because of what they 05H00-08H00 Weekend Breakfast Mudalo Tshifularo ness when people were term an “unlawful suspension” of their electricity.

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Large car qualities in a compact package The strikingly attractive new sedan range of Hyundai that has taken the brand to a new, higher level, is completed with the addition of the 2011 Accent - a conventional four-door car that offers large-vehicle qualities and an extensive list of comfort features in a compact, easy-to-handle package. Now making its appearance as the seventh-generation Accent, it is bound to maintain its reputation with a refined new modern design and an emphasis on high quality, while delivering improved fuel efficiency and performance. With a coupé-like profile found in the company’s latest models such as the new Sonata and Elantra, the Accent’s outer design is highlighted by dynamic and sophisticated graphic elements, including eagle-eye twotone bezel halogen headlamps, unique L-shaped fog lamps and a large hexagonal front grill. Inside the cabin where the character lines flow continuously, a Y-shaped centre console showing bilateral symmetry gives a sense of stability. High-gloss black and metallic colours used in the centre fascia add a futuristic and high-tech look to the

interior of the Accent. The 2011 Accent will be powered by the new-generation 1,6 litre Gamma engine that is constructed on a cast aluminium block. This in-line four-cylinder petrol engine features double overhead camshafts and multiport fuel injection with Constant Variable Valve Timing (CVVT). The lightweight, fuel-efficient and durable 1.6 Gamma delivers its peak power output of 91 kW at 6 300 r/min., and its torque output tops the graph at 156Nm, delivered at 4 200 r/min. The powerful 1.6 Gamma engine is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission or a standard 5-speed manual gearbox. The new Accent’s underlying structure is also engineered to protect occupants using a Collision Load Dispersion mechanism that distributes the force of a frontal impact in three ways to minimize floor deformation and maintain the integrity of the cabin, while a ring-type structure in the centre pillar area provides more strength and protection against side impact. In addition, Hyundai has equipped the Accent with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), airbags for the driver and front

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Don’t take it for granted that the trailer is roadworthy Most caravans, boats and trailers don’t see much action during the year. In fact, it’s often only around holiday time that they are rolled off their patch of grass and hooked up to go – but after standing so long, chances are their wheels are no longer in good shape.

trailers stand in one place for an extended period and their tyres can develop a ‘flat spot’ from the prolonged slight pressure. “Ideally, one should remove the wheel and tyre and put the caravans and trailers on stands while they’re not being used. If it’s ‘too late now’, I would strongly advise owners to have According to Lize Hayward, their tyres’ condition checked at Goodyear’s Group Public Re- a reputable service centre,” said lations Manager, caravans and Hayward.

“Wheel bearings, particularly those on boat trailers which are exposed to salt water, should be checked for corrosion. Tyres need to be checked for cracks and penetrations, and the technician will check that there is still sufficient tread depth on the tyres. Don’t forget to get the spare tyre checked too!” Make sure your tyres’ pressure is correct. This will save on fuel and ensure a safe, com-

fortable ride. All wheel elements should be tightened and, while you’re at it, make sure you have the relevant jack and wheel spanner for your trailer or caravan. They may require different tools from those of your car tyres. By law, all trailers require the correct chevron tape to be wrapped all the way around the body for better visibility.


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Rather let the professionals have a look at it Motorists should have their vehicles and caravans inspected at professional tyre and service outlets. Hi-Q, which has an extensive national footprint in both big cities and small towns, offers a free 10-point safety check on vehicles and caravans. This entails checking all tyres plus the spares for tread depth and pressure, the front and rear shock absorbers, the brake pads, discs and fluid, as well as the battery, exhaust and wiper blades. Should any of the checks highlight a warning or faulty part, the technician will recommend the correct course of action. “We strongly encourage South African motorists to have their vehicles, caravans, trailers and tyres checked before taking off on their journeys. They can put their trust in Hi-Q’s free

safety check as one way of enhancing their vehicle safety,” said Hi-Q General Manager Andrew Bowren. A safe, enjoyable camping trip begins with a car and caravan that are properly serviced and ready for the journey. Only choose a car and caravan that are compatible, use the best towing equipment and practice some of the skills that are needed to cope with any situation that might arise. “Drivers need to be aware that driving a car and caravan combination still requires practice and skill. A wellprepared driver, car and caravan are a precondition for a safe and enjoyable trip,” added Bowren, who offers the following road safety advice. “Before setting off use a towing checklist to ensure the caravan is fit to travel and you haven’t forgotten

anything. Is everything connected and working properly? Pay close attention to the lights, brakes, tyres, hitches and safety ropes,” he said. According to Bowren motorists should remember to tow responsibly. “One of the most important towing tips: take it easy! Anyone towing a caravan should be calm and relaxed. Be aware of the surrounding traffic conditions and limit your cruising speed to 80km/h or 100 km/h, depending on what your caravan is legally limited to,” said Bowren. Keeping a safe following distance to anticipate traffic ahead is also of the utmost importance. Only overtake other vehicles, particularly trucks, when you are certain ample space and time exist to do so. Remember to be aware of the “pull effect” when overtaking large vehicles like trucks or buses. Aerodynamics will pull you towards the truck when overtaking, and after finishing the manoeuvre, your vehicle will be pulled in the opposite direction. “If your caravan begins to sway, remain calm. Do not brake, but remove your foot from the accelerator to reduce speed. When the swaying has stopped, gradually increase the speed again. Remember, a swaying caravan is always caused by an unlucky combination of overloading, poor load distribution, excessive speed and strong winds,” Bowren said.

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Pack your luggage the safe way Whether you’re taking a short trip to the seaside, simply going from the airport to the hotel or are about to set off on your annual summer holiday, getting the car packed right is paramount to your safety on the road. Setting off with the entire family and a lot of baggage implies certain risks, not only for those in the car, but also for other road users. Goodyear advises motorists to follow a few simple rules to ensure the car is packed securely and doesn’t endanger your family or other road users. Passenger safety and comfort come above all else. Don’t risk carrying passengers unrestrained due to large or awkward items that are in the way. Install child seats first before loading the car, as it may prove difficult to do once the car is fully loaded. Last in, first out … This saying provides a handy hint to packing that ensures you keep the items you may need during the journey close at hand and easy to retrieve. Be mindful of “must haves.” Take enough food, drinks, nappies, medicine, and entertainment for your children and other essential items to last you until your reach your destination. Make sure everything is secure. A few simple rules can make all the difference: Keep the area around the driver’s

feet clear. Loose items rolling around are distracting and potentially dangerous if they get caught under the driver’s feet or the pedals – particularly in emergency braking situations. Always pack large, heavier items at the bottom of the boot to ensure the centre of gravity stays as low as possible. Storing heavy items as far forward as possible and packing these tightly against the back of the boot ensures a better weight distribution. Avoid using the inside of the passenger area of the car for storing your luggage. Items can fly forward unexpectedly, hurting passengers. If you own a station wagon, avoid packing above the line of the back seats. Not only does this significantly hamper your view, it also heightens the possibility of items flying forward in case of an emergency-braking manoeuvre. Consider using a roof rack or trailer if the car’s boot is fully loaded. If you have to use the full height of your station wagon’s boot, make sure you use a net or other built-in protection to avoid having items flying forward. If your car is not equipped with a special safety device and tyres, such as RunOnFlat tyres, consider the possibility of a puncture when packing the car. It’s annoying and dangerous having to empty the entire boot of the car next to a busy road to get to the spare tyre.


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You’ve ticked all the right boxes when it comes to making sure that everything is seamlessly in place for that end-of-year holiday, but can you say the same for your tyres? Tyre safety may not be as exciting as splashing out on your 100th pair of designer shoes, but it is well worth the time and money. After all, failing to make sure your car has the right “shoes” can turn your dream holiday into a roadside disaster. Here are some tyre safety basics to look out for, thanks to Tiger Wheel & Tyre: We all have a favourite pair of shoes that we wear until the heels have eroded beyond recognition of their former glory. Just like the heels of your shoes, tyres have tread that wears down with driving. The more worn your tyres, the less traction and grip you will have on the road, meaning your braking distance will increase and you are more likely to skid when driving in the rain. In fact, the legal tread-depth limit in South Africa is a minimum of 1mm across the entire circumference of the tyre. If you are not sure whether your tyres are legal, ask a wheel and tyre professional to point out the tread wear indicators on your tyres. Wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose can be fashion suicide or just plain unpleasant. The right tyre pressure can also be the difference between life and death. Don’t assume the pressure is two bars, which a lot of ladies do when we chant “two please” to the friendly petrol attendant. Each car comes with recommended pres-

Keeping your family safe on the journey to your holiday destination is of the highest priority and making sure all passengers wear their seatbelt at all times and checking that children are seated securely in an appropriate child seat, will help ensure you have a safe and relaxed start to your holiday. The importance of your children’s safety and comfort during the oftenlong summer journey goes above anything else. Always using and correctly fitting a restraint most appropriate to your child’s size is crucial and significantly reduces their risk of injury in a crash. Children smaller than 1,5 meter should be transported in an approved, ap-

sures which you will find in the sill of the driver’s door or inside the fuel cap. Rather take the time to check these and make sure the pressure is just right. Over-inflated tyres erode quickly at their centre, while under-inflated tyres wear on the outsides more quickly. Under-inflated tyres overheat easily and can cause tyre bursts - notorious for road fatalities. Every fashionista knows to keep a spare pair of shoes in the boot of their car in case of a mishap. Before you get on your way, also check that you have a spare tyre and that it is inflated to the right pressure, and has the right amount of tread – at least 1mm – for a safe journey. Staying in your lane is a basic rule, but neglecting the balancing and alignment of your wheels can make you lose your step. If your car is shaking or pulling to one side while you are driving, you need to get your wheels balanced and aligned. Sometimes it’s very subtle, so make sure you check your wheel balancing and alignment every 10 000km or before every major trip. This not only improves the handling of your car but also extends the tread life of your tyres. The more care you take to look after your tyres, the longer they will last, which means you have more money to spend on your summer wardrobe. These are just some of the basics for keeping your tyres in check and staying safe on the roads. Remember, it’s better to be a fashion victim than it is to be a road accident statistic. (Source:

propriate child seat – herewith some guidelines: * Children weighing less than 13kg - baby seat * Children weighing between 9 and 18kg - child car seat * Children weighing from 15kg - booster seat Ensure that your child understands the importance of being safely strapped in for every journey. You should teach your child how to open the safety belt as late as possible, since you can never be sure that they don’t do this while you’re driving. Before you depart, double-check the child safety or booster seat to ensure it is installed properly. If it wasn’t bought recently, make sure

it is still the correct model for your child’s height and weight. When planning long journeys with children, consider travelling in the cooler hours of the day and taking a long break over the hot hours. Take the time to stop every two hours, so all passengers have an opportunity to move freely for a few minutes. If you don’t already have sunshades on the car’s windows, summer is a good time to consider purchasing some. If your children are going to be spending quality time in the car, you want them to be comfortable. You also want to protect them from the sun. Make sure everybody drinks enough during the drive. Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a few minutes. During a typical summer’s day, the temperatures inside a parked car could mount up to 30 to 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature – easily reaching 60 or more degrees. Remember to cover the child seat when parking on hot days to avoid burning the child on hot metal fittings when you return. Keep in mind that children should also be dressed appropriately for long-distance travel, in clothing that is comfortable and promotes airflow.

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You don’t have to be big to be a hero Dynamite comes in small packages. This is true even in the motor industry. How many local car collectors can boast with a model that broke 22 world records when it was presented to the international press? Even more, how many local car collectors can stand proudly next to one of their cars and say: “You know, Elvis Presley drove one of these ...”? The Messerschmitt KR200 of Anton van Zyl is such a car. He has several of these very scarce little three-wheelers, all boasting high-revving 200cc singlecylinder two-stroke motors. For him, the history of the little cars makes them unique. “They were built shortly after the World War Two ended,” he explains. This was a time when Germany was trying to pick itself up out of the remnants of a devastating war. There was no money available for luxuries and people had to make ends meet with the bare minimum. This affected the motor manufacturing industry and, for almost a decade, very few affordable vehicles rolled from the production lines. The solution for this transport problem did not come from the

big manufacturers; instead, it came via small entrepreneurs throughout Europe. One such person was Fritz Fend, an aeronautical engineer who worked at the Messerschmitt aeroplane factory during the war. After the war, back in his home town of Rosenheim in Germany, he started to build tricycles for the handicapped. He realised that people needed more protection from the elements than the motorcycles offered. His tricycles, which were pedal driven, quickly became very popular and he built different versions to accommodate people with a variety of handicaps. In the early 1950s he added small engines to the vehicles and the first Flitzers, as they were known, appeared on the streets. He approached the Messerschmitt aeroplane factory in Regensburg shortly afterwards for permission to build his little kabinenrollers on their production lines. His proposals were initially met with some resistance, but it was then agreed that he could utilize the plants, on condition that the cars would carry the Messerschmitt name and also that it would cater for at

least two people. In 1953, the Messerschmitt KR175 was introduced, a small threewheeler with a

cockpit that resembled that of an aeroplane. Instead of putting the seats next to each other, Fritz Fend opted to put the one seat behind the other, like in an aeroplane. The KR200, boasting a 200cc Fichtel & Sachs engine, was introduced in 1955 to replace the KR175. This time, Fend decided to make more of a show of it and invited the international press to the launch at the Hockenheimring racing course in Germany. In a 24-hour period, Fend set 22 world records in the three-

wheeler class for vehicles under 250cc. His average speed over this period was an astonishing 103 km/h. The little three-wheeler proved to be a hit all over Europe and almost 40 000 of these were sold worldwide. A large number of them were exported to countries like the USA and also South Africa. Famous people who owned a “Schmitt” include the rock legend, Elvis Presley, who bought one in 1956. He drove it for about a year before giving it to his tailor in exchange for clothes. Unfortunately for Fritz Fend and his company, the market for

The king of rock ´n roll, Elvis Presley, photographed in his burgundy Messerschmitt KR200 in 1956.


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small cars evaporated in the early 1960s. Bigger and cheaper cars such as the Volkswagen Beatle and Leyland’s Mini appeared. Suddenly, families could choose between a variety of mass-produced cars and the microcars became just too expensive. These little gems carried the industry for almost a decade, but their time was over forever. For Anton this is a period of motoring history that should be preserved. He has several of these microcars in his collection,

which include a BMW Isetta and a Goggomobil 300 coupé. Most of these he had restored from scratch. “Some of them were literally basket cases, with the parts in dozens of boxes when I collected them,” he explains. “To restore them takes a very long time and a lot of patience is needed, not to mention the costs involved in getting parts.” It’s a labour of love and a very rewarding hobby. “… and perhaps it will help to show a future generation of petrolheads the importance of the little ones,” he adds.

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COP17 will also offer a sneak peek of the highly acclaimed Nissan LEAF, named World Car of the Year 2011. (Photo: Motoring News (Source:

Put it on the roof, but beware of the danger Packing items on the roof requires a few extra considerations: extra height, extra weight and extra resistance. Roof loads increase the drag on the car. The airflow will try to lift the front of a load. In the event of emergency braking, the load will tend to slide forward. Ideally, all items on the roof should only be stored in a securely attached roof

box – respecting the weight restrictions of the car. Pets should never be allowed to move freely through a moving car. Not only could the animal get hurt in case of an unexpected manoeuvre or an emergency braking situation, but the other passengers may also get hurt. Always secure them by using a safety harness or transport them in well-ventilated

crates. Don’t forget that driving with a fully loaded vehicle impacts its manoeuvrability and takes getting used to. Additionally, travelling with the entire family and loads of baggage means that you have more distractions, less visibility and a fully loaded vehicle that will require longer stopping distance. (Source:

For the first time ever, a fleet of mass-produced, zeroemission vehicles will take to the streets of Africa. A dozen electric cars from the Renault-Nissan Alliance will highlight the benefits of green transportation and will provide zero-emission shuttle services for delegates at the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, until 28 December. The 17th annual Conference of Parties (better known as COP17) aims to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.” Electric vehicles, which can be charged from purely renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, will play a critical role in achieving COP17’s goals and reducing the impact of climate change. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the world leader in electricvehicle technology and the only car group worldwide offering a range of vehicles that consume no gasoline whatsoever. The Renault-Nissan Alliance plans to sell 1.5 million zero-

emission cars by 2016. COP17 will also offer a sneak peek of the highly acclaimed Nissan LEAF, named World Car of the Year 2011, and Renault Fluence Z.E., a luxury sedan. Both cars will be on the streets as shuttles for COP17 delegates. They will also be available for test drives. Nissan has already sold more than 20 000 LEAFs on three continents, making it the most popular EV in the world. Renault just began selling Kangoo Z.E., a light commercial vehicle. The Fluence Z.E. family sedan will go on sale shortly, followed by Twizy, an urban two-seater, and ZOE, a compact hatchback, next year. At COP17, the Alliance will offer test drives in the Renault Twizy, a fun-to-drive commuter vehicle that can be plugged into many conventional wall sockets. COP17 marks one of the first public test-drive opportunities for the Twizy, an antidote to the air and noise pollution plaguing some of the world’s biggest cities. Twizy test drives will take place at South Africa’s landmark Moses Mabhida Stadium throughout

the conference. Anyone can sign up for test rides throughout the duration of the conference at the Alliance’s booth in the Climate Change Response Expo near Durban’s International Convention Center. South Africa aims to become the continent’s leader in clean-energy generation. The country hopes to build one of the world’s biggest solar power plants – an ambitious effort that would increase access to electricity while simultaneously reducing the region’s dependence on fossil fuels. Giant mirrors and solar panels would dot the Northern Cape province, which ranks in the sunniest 3% of regions worldwide. Nissan has announced plans to launch Nissan LEAF to South Africa in 2013, subject to the successful conclusion of discussions between the government and the motoring industry on the establishment of a charging infrastructure and the introduction of customer incentives (Source: www.quickpic.


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Proposal Call No. 10: Health and Safety Consultant The University requires the services of a suitably qualified and registered professional Occupational Health and Safety consulting firm with a proven track record. The Occupational Health and Safety Consultant will be required ensure that all contracts for the University are in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Construction Regulations. The Occupational Health and Safety Consultant will represent the client in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The submission must include the following: • A comprehensive company profile • Certified copies of Directors/Shareholders ID • A company registration document (e.g. CK) • A company registration document with the relevant Council for Built Environment bodies that regulates the industries • An original and valid Tax Clearance Certificate • A certified copy of valid UIF Registration • A BEE Certificate • Permanent established office in Limpopo. 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INVITATION FOR EXTERNAL RISK COMMITTEE MEMBER Makhado Local Municipality hereby in terms of Chapter 13, Section 24(2) (a-c) of the Public Sector Risk Management Framework, invites suitably qualified persons to submit curriculum vitae for consideration to become a Risk Committee Member of Makhado Municipality. Criteria • A relevant Bachelor’s degree/diploma or equivalent qualification. • A thorough knowledge of risk management principles and their application. • An intimate understanding of the Institution’s mandate and operations; • The ability to act independently and objectively in the interest of the Institution; • Experience in local, provincial or national government. • Availability to attend risk committee meetings which are held at least quarterly. • Independence from Makhado Municipal Council and members of senior management. • Strict confidentiality in respect of any information of a confidential nature to which he/she may become privy at meetings of the Committee. Remuneration and duration of appointment The successful applicant will be remunerated for preparation and attendance of meetings according to National Treasury Regulations that regulate the remuneration of commissions and committees and will also be reimbursed for expenses incurred for attending risk committee meetings. Successful applicants will be appointed for a period between 12 to 36 months. CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 15 December 2011, Time 12:00 Applications should be accompanied by a recent updated comprehensive curriculum vitae as well as certified copies of qualifications and identity document to the following mentioned address, clearly marked “Application for Risk Committee Member: Notice No. 154 of 2011”. Enquiries must be directed to Ms T S Ndou, Director Corporate Support and Shared Services at the above-mentioned telephone number.


By Elmon Tshikhudo

Local women say enough is enough In a show of force, more than 500 women from all walks of life in Limpopo braved the cold and rainy weather and marched 2km in Thohoyandou. The march was led by the MEC for Transport, Ms Pinkie Kekana, who was in the company of the mayors from Vhembe and Thulamela. The march started at the Thohoyandou Town Hall. At the police station, Kekana handed over a memorandum detailing their demands to the acting station commissioner, Col Livhuwani Lukoto. From the police station, they walked back to the town hall, where a formal function was held. The event, which took place last Thursday, coincided with the official launch of the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children. Just before the start of the march, it started to rain, but the heavy rain could not dampen the spirits of the women. The march was characterised by the singing of slogans denouncing rapists. Among the demands by the women was that police intensify the fight against the abuse of women ESKREC2065/E

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Not even the heavy rain could stop the women as MEC Kekana led a rain-soaked march through the streets of Thohoyandou.

and children. The women also demanded that police revisit all the outstanding unresolved cases involving women and childen in the area. Addressing the crowd, Kekana said many of the atrocities in the province were perpetuated against women and children. She said cases of ritual murder, which were always reported in this area, mostly had women and children as the victims. She commended organisations that had taken it upon themselves and were fighting to end this scourge. She singled out organisations like the Progressive Women’s Movement and the Thohoyandou Victims Empowerment Programme, which are championing the fight against abuse against women and children . Kekana urged the community not to keep quiet and to report cases of violence against women and children, saying that if they kept quiet it bred grounds enough for those cases to be swept under the carpet. She said the war against the abuse of women and children would never be won if everyone did not stand up and help each other in the fight. She also urged the police to speed up cases that involved women and children. The convener of the Progressive Women’s Movement in Vhembe, Avhapfani Mamedzi, said women should stand up against abuse and report cases whenever they came across them. Acting station commissioner Livhuwani Lukoto said the police would look at the memorandum and deal with the issues raised.

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MEC Kekana reads out the memorandum before handing it over to Col Livhuwani Lukoto at the Thohoyandou police station. With her in the photo are the mayor of Thulamela, Grace Mahosi, and Vhembe Executive Mayor Florence Dzhombere.

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The new spokesperson of Black Leopards, Mr Tendani Thidiela, recently replaced his brother, Tshifhiwa, in this daunting position. In future, Tshifhiwa will concentrate on his job as brand manager.


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By Peter Muthambi

By Rulani Baloyi

Important information for local rural farmers In an effort to promote farming in the district, the Vhembe District Municipality held a two-day information-sharing summit at the Makhado municipal show grounds last week. Farmers from various parts of the district, including Mutale, Thulamela, Musina and Makhado, flocked in numbers to attend the event. It was held in partnership with Eskom, LIBSA and Vhembe's Department of

Agriculture. According to Vhembe's Local Economic Development Agricultural Head, Mr Nkhangweni Makhavhu, the purpose of the event was to empower farmers, while at the same time furnishing them with relevant agricultural information. "The event is also aimed at providing information on programmes and services that various stakeholders are providing to farmers. This gives them an opportunity to

take advantage of such services," he said. Makhavhu said that the event is held annually in the district and has achieved a lot since its inception in 2005. "The event has brought about the establishment of the fresh produce market in the district. It has also played a big role in establishing the district's agricultural strategic documents and the district agricultural forum. This is were the young farmers competition was born," he said. Farmers were also afforded the opportunity to raise concerns and problems facing them in the sector. A lack of electricity on the farms is one of the challenges facing most farmers in Vhembe. This challenge will soon be a thing of the past, after Eskom's area manager, Mr Ntshavheni Nenguda, urged farmers to forward applications to his office, so that they can connect Some of the farmers who attended a two-day summit at the Makhado Municipal Show Grounds electricity to their farms. last week. By Frank Mavhungu

Justice Mtileni ready to bring glory for Basel to ensure that the team completed the league programme within the top five positions on the log. He indicated that the target was achievable, taking into account the fact that they managed to collect nine points in three matches. The 34-year-old mentor is equipped with a number of internationally recognized qualifications, includ-

ing a SAFA level 1 certificate, Caf B License and Youth Coaching License. Mtileni worked at Chipea Sports Academy in Johannesburg as an assistant coach from 2000 to 2001 before joining Maindis. Maindis won the league championship three times during his time as the team’s head coach.

Mentally challenged people are human beings too and must be taken good care of, said Khosikhulu Vho-Toni Mphephu Ramabulana during a mental health awareness day celebration event. It was recently held at the Dzanani Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Nzhelele. Mphephu urged the community not to push these people away. “We have this kind of event because we want to show mentally challenged people that we love and accept them in our houses and community. What we can do is to take them to schools, where they can get an education,” says Mphephu One of the people staying with a mentally challenged person urged

parents to stop abusing these people and to stop using them as sources of income. She said the disability grants should be used in the way they were intended. The event was sponsored by Masana and Skills Development. According to the Masana CEO, Mr Muladi, Masana was there to support the event and give something back to the community. He explained that they have a social responsibility and would like to empower the community with important skills. According to the portfolio head of corporate and shared services at the Makhado Municipality, Cllr Shonisani Sinyosi, they want to create an awareness about the situation of mentally challenged persons and the people who take care of them. She reminded the community that Pres Jacob Zuma regards job creation as an important priority for the government. During the event, special awards were given to organisations and individuals working with the disabled. Ms Suzan Musekwa received an award as the the best operational manager, the award for the best clinic went to Straighthardt Clinic and AP Maanda reAfro Jazz singer Malondolo, perfoming during ceived the best mental health care award. the event. ESKREC2070/E

The former head coach of Maindis Ladies Football Club, Mr Justice Mtileni, is now the head coach for the Vodacom Promotional League side, FC Basel. Mtileni joined the club as assistant coach early this season. At that stage, Mr Mzwakhe Nyathi was the team’s head coach. After losing the first four league matches in a row, the management of the team decided to relieve Nyathi from his post. Mtileni was subsequently given the full responsibility for the team. According to the team manager, Mr Vhutshilo Makhado, they did not part ways with Nyathi but offered him another strategic post within the club. Makhado revealed that they were still waiting for Nyathi to come back to them and accept the offer if he was interested in the new role. FC Basel had worked wonders under the guidance of Mtileni so far. They won all three matches they played under his watchful eye. Their first victory under his guidance was against Super Eagles, whom they beat 2-1 at the Seshego Stadium three weeks ago. That was followed by a 1-0 win over Mighty FC at the Malamulele Stadium a fortnight ago. As if that was not enough to convince the management that they had made the right decision to appoint him, Basel beat Rospa United 2-1 at the Tshifulanani Stadium last Sunday. Mtileni said that he had been given the mandate

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By Frank Mavhungu

Jafta Mabosho destroys Rospa United

Meshack Maphangule of United in full flight in a bid to win the high ball, while Thomas Mabasa of Basel pulls him from behind.

Thomas Makhubelele of United protects the ball from Khumbudzo Muvhango of Basel.

FC Basel registered their third victory in a row, when they BEAT Rospa United 2-1 in their Vodacom Promotional League match at the packed Tshifulanani Stadium on Sunday. Basel’s former Black Leopards striker, Jafta Mabosho, was a marvel to watch. He scored both his team’s goals. Rospa United came close to scoring in the 18th minute. Their fast forward, Happy Mahuntsi, lost possession inside the box, much to the disappointment of the fans. Basel took the lead in the 28th minute. Enock Chauke executed a beautiful cross from the left corner and Jafta Mabosho, who was in the perfect scoring position, headed home. Another player who was reprimanded with a card in the first half was Thomas Mabasa of Basel. He tackled Bongani Mthombeni the rough way and the referee was quick to produce yellow. Basel enjoyed their 1-0 leadership until the end of the first half. Basel were the first to effect change to their starting lineup. They replaced Khongotela Mahlaule with Khumbudzo Muvhango four minutes into the last stanza. Rospa United responded by introducing Mashudu Mashapha for Mighty Mabaso. Rospa United retaliated in the 68th minute. Shandukani Mukoma headed home, following a free kick that was taken by Meshack Maphangule. Enock Chauke of Basel missed a sitter moments thereafter. He miskicked the ball, with the keeper already beaten. Jafta Mabosho scored with a ground cutter three minutes before the final whistle.

Mpheni Home Defenders in Top 8 of KO Mpheni Home Defenders proceeded to the next stage of the Tornando Mulaudzi Soccer Challenge, after beating Tshikhwani Stone Breakers 3-0 at Tshiozwi on Sunday. The game started at a blistering pace, with Breakers being the superiors as far as ball possession is concerned. Breakers should have scored in the seventh minute, but their demon-striker, Prince Hlongwane, shot wide with an empty net in front of him.

Breakers then changed their original pattern and started to initiate moves from behind. They did not reap anything from their efforts, as it was not easy to find a way through the rock-solid defence of Defenders. Aluwani Tshotel of Defenders sent the ball to Musa Baloyi, who was in a perfect scoring position. He gave it the final touch. The centre half of Breakers, Morethe Letlalo, was reprimanded with a card for an illegal tackle on Mpho Makushu.

Defenders were leading 1-0 at half time. Early in the second half, Aluwani Tshotheli scored the second goal for his team. He unleashed a powerful volley from the 25m area and beat the keeper of Breakers, Ricardo Mathibela. Morethe Letlalo and keeper Ricardo Mathibela were their given marching orders for second bookable offences towards the end of the game.The last goal of the day was scored by Fhulufhelo Mauda.

Tshililo Ramakifolo dribbles the ball towards Aubrey Demana By Frank Mavhungu

Stars ready to shine over Giyani Spurs

Lewis Chauke of FC Basel.

The fight for league points will continue among the affiliates of the Vodacom Promotional League in the Limpopo Stream this weekend. All the league matches will be played tomorrow afternoon. Phungo All Stars have reason to believe that they will collect maximum points this weekend. They will host Giyani Hotspurs at the Tshifulanani Stadium. The coach of All Stars, Mr Moses Muthelo, proved that he had found a winning combination, when his team convincingly crushed Nobela All Stars 3-0 at the Makwarela Stadium two weeks ago. FC Basel will play in front of their home crowd. They will host The Dolphins FC at the Malamulele Stadium. Basel are still fresh from a 2-1 victory over Rospa United at the Tshifulanani Stadium last Sunday. Basel will pin their hopes on Jafta Mabosho and Lewis Chauke for goals. Magezi FC will play against Blue Rocks at the Seshego Stadium. Rospa United will undertake a journey to Fanang Diatla FC. They will fight it out at the Lebowakgomo Stadium. The match not to be missed will be between Nobela All Stars and Winners Park FC. It will be a home fixture for Winners Park as it will be staged at the Mookgopong Stadium. Nobela remain the favourites for the match when taking into account the fact that they have a good record away from home. Lephalale Young Killers will play against Mighty FC at the Mogol Stadium in Lephalale. Modimolle Aces will meet Maroka FC at the Ephraim Mohale Stadium in Modimolle.

By Kaizer Nengovhela

Easy victory for Tshiozwi Dynamos

Shonisani Leaka of United kicks the ball, while Jafta Mabosho of Basel is blocking the way.

Tshiozwi Dynamos restored their pride by crushing the much-feared Zoutpansberg Powerline 2-0 in a Top 16 match of the Tornado Mulaudzi Soccer Challenge at Tshiozwi on Sunday. Powerline started the match purposefully and their first attack came as early as the sixth minute, when the dangerous Aubrey Munyai headed a narrow miss after a cross from Rudzani Nebulu. A minute later, Munyai brought the best out of the Dynamos’ goalkeeper, Marvel Mauda, with a superb overhead kick. Munyai was the culprit in the 15th minute, when he headed a clear cut cross from Thomas Machaba over the bar.

Dynamos took the lead in the 39th minute when Aluwani Nedzanani received a throughpass from Nyathi Netshiendeulu. Powerline should have equalised, but a freekick from the boot of Simuka Netshivhangani hit the woodwork and bounced back into the field of play. Tsumbedzo Ramunenyiwa of Dynamos was cautioned with a yellow card for an illegal tackle on Rudzani Nebulu five minutes before the break. The technical staff of Dynamos revealed their wisdom when they replaced Alugumi Mamugudubi with Mashudu Nengovhela late in the second half. Nengovhela combined well with Mpho Mavhandu and Alu-

wani Nedzamba at the forefront. Dynamos put matters beyond doubt when a shot from Patson Mahanelo was missed by keeper Ludwick Nesthiendeulu in the 80th minute. Marvel Mauda, Dynamos’ goalie and skipper, palmed Khaukani Makhavhu’s volley back into the field of play a minute later. The home side should have scored their third goal in the referee’s optional time, but Mashudu Nengovhela shot wide when he had only Ludwick Nesthiendeulu to beat. Dynamos captain, Mashudu Mafunisa, was red-carded in the dying minutes for a second bookable offence.


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The draw for the National First Division teams that will participate in the preliminary stage of the Nedbank Cup was conducted at the Premier Soccer League offices on Monday morning. The matches will be played on December 14. A match that is expected to draw a lot of spectators will be between Dynamos and University of Pretoria in Giyani. The keeper of Dynamos, Mashudu Mamphitha, said that the mood is high in the camp after they recently beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1. Mamphitha said that their aim is to reach the quarterfinals of the competition. The other match that will be a crowd puller will be between the title chasers, Thanda Royal Zulu, Photographed during the launch were, from left, Messrs Abel Rakoma (Safa Capricorn President) and Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn Rovers will enand Lazarus Thokwane (Safa Sekhukhune President), Ms Desiree Pooe (MTN Senior Manager joy the home-ground advantage. The match will be Sponsorship and Events) and Mr George Kubayi (Safa Vhembe President), Vhamusanda Vho- played at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London. Elvis Khorommbi Nemavhola (Safa Limpopo) and Mr James Mathonsi (Department of Sport Arts & Culture).

R100 000 for development tournament Thidiela, this year the tournament will feature 30 teams from all the Safa regions throughout the province. Two invitation teams will also participate. The MTN LIBA games tournament will start on 5 December and end on 16 December at the Seshego Stadium. The champions will go home with R50 000, a floating trophy, gold medals and new soccer kit. The runners-up will bank R20 000, silver medals and a new soccer kit. Ms Desiree Pooe, senior manager of MTN Sponsorship and Events, said MTN was a proud supporter of local football development “and we undertook this sponsorship primarily to showcase our support for the sport and

because it would help us engage with the people of Limpopo.” She said that Limpopo was a province rich in talent and “we have over the years seen some talented South African soccer players being unearthed from this province”. She said MTN was committed to local football development. Vhamusanda Vho-Elvis Khorommbi Nemavhola of Safa Limpopo stated that the government could not curb the high rate of unemployment alone. He appealed to the business community to follow in the footsteps of MTN, saying sports had become a major employment provider of late. He defined football as a good vehicle to fight unemployment and poverty.

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By Kaizer Nengovhela

Black Leopards, in partnership with MTN, launched the second edition of the Limpopo Baobab Games (LIBA) during an event at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Monday. The games will cater for development teams around the province. An amount of R100 000 was set aside to sponsor the tournament. It was hosted last year by Vhembe at Black Leopards’ training grounds and catered for 32 teams. The champion of last year, Zamenkomste United Brothers, received R50 000, a floating trophy, a new soccer kit and gold medals. According to the brand manager of Black Leopards, Tshifhiwa

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More points for the pride of Giyani? Dynamos must collect the maximum league points this weekend in order to remain hopeful of winning the league championship come the end of the season. They will host Carara Kicks in their NFD League match at the Giyani Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Although the pride of Giyani are currently nine points behind the pacesetters, they stand an outside chance of taking the league title to Giyani. Carara Kicks must contain the Dynamos strikers, Rud-

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Last-minute goal breaks Black Leopards’ hearts Black Leopards scored an early goal, but finally shared the spoils with Jomo Cosmos, when they played to a 1-1 draw in their Absa Premiership League match at the Giyani Stadium on Tuesday evening. Leopards were without their right back, Moses Kwena, who was still serving his Lebogang Pila of Jomo Cosmos is fouled by Joshua Obaje of Black suspension after accumulating three yelLeopards. Obaje scored Leopards´ goal. © Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix.

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low cards in previous matches. His place was taken by their new signee, Kleinbooi Taaibos. The home side took the game to their opponents from the onset, with their midfielders, Khethowakhe Masuku and Tiyani Mabunda, pushing forward and forcing the Cosmos defence to commit careless mistakes. Thabo Mongalo of Leopards

was warned with a card for a late tackle on Bamuza Sono in the eighth minute. Lidoda Duvha took the lead in the 16th minute. Their Nigerian international, Joshua Obaje, capitalised on a defensive error by Cosmos and beat the keeper with a half volley. Lebogang Pila of Cosmos went into the referee’s book for obstructing Kleinbooi Taaibos in the 28th minute. Leopards nearly increased the margin in the 38th minute. Their slender midfielder, Tiyani Mabunda, missed a sitter with the Cosmos keeper, Avril Phadi, already beaten. In the second half, Cosmos introduced Alton Meiring for Katlekgo Loke. Meiring formed a deadly combination with Siyabonga Nontshingila at the forefront. Leopards’ keeper, Postnet Omony, denied Bamuza Sono a sure goal in the 67th minute. Omony stretched to the limit to execute a brilliant save and palmed the ball away for a corner kick. Realising that victory was almost certain, Leopards started to apply delaying tactics by relaxing on the ball. Their midfielder, Khethowakhe Masuku, was reprimanded with a card for wasting time. Cosmos snatched an equaliser on the stroke of full time via Alton Meiring. Bamuza Sono of Jomo Cosmos is challenged by Khethowakhe Masuku of Black He received a neat pass from Thabiso Leopards. © Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix. Hlalele and made no mistake.

Limpopo Mirror 02 December 2011  

Community newspaper bringing you the news, sport and more from the Northern areas of the Limpopo province, South Africa.

Limpopo Mirror 02 December 2011  

Community newspaper bringing you the news, sport and more from the Northern areas of the Limpopo province, South Africa.