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Bitter feud between Makhadzi and manager By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho The queen of Tshivenda wedding songs, Makhadzi, dropped a bombshell when she started uploading a stream of status updates on her Facebook page, demanding her “monies” from her “abusive” manager, Rita Dee, on Monday. Makhadzi is accusing Rita Dee of Rita Dee Entertainment of exploiting her for years. In January last year, Makhadzi took

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to Instagram where she wrote that she “was ready to leave everything that belongs to my management company and go” after she allegedly realised that she was being ripped off. Following the Instagram post of last year, both Rita Dee and Makhadzi appeared on Vhembe FM, claiming that Makhadzi’s social media account had been hacked and that all things on their side were in order. However, Makhadzi had on Monday revealed in a live telephonic conversation with fellow artist Prifix that she had been coaxed to “protect her relationship” with her manager by those closest to her and her manager. However, this time around she is adamant that she has had enough of both financial and emotional abuse from Rita Dee Entertainment. She wrote: “Ndi tshi zw iposa daledaleni hu pfi ndi sycho... ebooo nne ndi afa nga vhulwadze ha mbilu lini ene muthu o ditakalela. Ngeno nne ndi tshi tea u la tshelede yanga u nga ndi khou tou koloda kha matshonise (When I complain on public platforms about non-payment, I get labelled a psycho. Now I am afraid that I will finally die from a heart attack while the abuser is at peace with herself. I see no reason why I should utilise my money in a way

which suggests that I have borrowed it from a loan shark).” However, she added another status update where she said: “No need to get a new manager; I need [Rita Dee], she needs me [but] she must just change how she manages her things when it comes to finance. They say Facebook doesn’t solve problems but sometimes [it] can heal our hearts because now I am in pain and I have no one to talk to. I am just crying alone because [Rita Dee] has switched off her phones [when I called for payments].” However, Makhadzi’s fans didn’t take kindly to her diplomatic attitude towards the matter; they wanted to help her “get out of the bondage of abuse”. Makhadzi is said to have appeared in 48 gigs in December, and her rates per gig normally range from R35 000 to R50 000, figures which suggest that she had earned more than R1,6 million in revenue for the month. Now the struggle is on for her to get her share from the December gigs’ income. On Tuesday, at 13:02, Makhadzi wrote on her Facebook page: “Hi guys. Thanks for the love and support on #FreeMakhadzi and tweets/Facebook posts etc. I am now legally represented and won’t be doing any media interviews. Hope 2020 is kind to you all.” Rita Dee was not available for comment. A WhatsApp message that was left on her phone remained unanswered even though she had “seen” it.

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Tshikhafoma’s king, queen crowned By Mbulaheni Ridovhona The king and queen of Tshikhafoma were recently crowned during a beauty pageant at George Muri Lodge in Tshikombani. The winners were: Phindulo Tony Khedzi (king), Mulisa Mukhavhuli (1st prince), and Thatoo Lebonye (2nd prince), Ndaedzo Matodzi (queen), Ambani Budeli (1st princess), Thovhedzo Netshimbolimbo (2nd princess), Rofhiwa Matamela (Miss Popularity), Zinzi Rabada

(Miss Enterprise), Fulufhedzani Tshisevhe (Miss Personality), and Amphulusaho Mushadu (best philanthropist). In the junior category, Tondani Murangi was crowned the queen and Lutendo Ndou the junior princess. Speaking to Limpopo Mirror, the queen, Ndaedzo Matodzi, said that she felt happy and blessed “because this was my first time winning such a big title after trying so many times without success”. The 19-year-old said she was very passionate about modelling and she wanted to use her title to help those who were less fortunate and to boost the confidence of young girls who did not believe in themselves. The founder of the pageant, Pfano Witty Mbodi, said that their purpose “is to unleash hidden talents in our youth and to teach humanity, as we have a charity programme which we do yearly. We also aim to teach our youth on how to become entrepreneurs as jobs are scarce”.

Chief Livhuwani Matsila (left) congratulates Tondani Maimela, the second princess in the Miss Africa pageant, while her mother, Polinah and her father Milton Maimela, watch.

Pensioner burns Tondani 2nd princess of Miss Africa to death in house large group of people joined in the celebrations. Tondani Maimela, who Chief Livhuwani Matsila hails from Ha-Muraga just hailed the achievement by outside Thohoyandou, was Maimela as the best example crowned as second princess of how young women from ruduring the 2019 Miss Africa ral areas can perform if given Calabar Beauty Pageant. The the necessary support by their crowning ceremony took parents and communities. place on 27 December at the Matsila further congratulated Calabar International ConTondani’s parents, Mr Milton vention Centre, Cross River and Mrs Polinah Maimela, for State, Nigeria. grooming their daughter and The new Miss Africa is raising her with the discipline Kenya’s Irene Ng’endo, with and character required to Miss Angola, Daniela Lopes, achieve excellence in life. being crowned as the first runThe young beauty queen ner-up. Irene’s prizes included made a passionate plea to $35 000 and an all-expenschief Matsila to assist with her es-paid trip to Malaysia. dream to contribute towards The Maimela family were socio-economic development elated with their daughter’s of the youth in rural areas. achievement and paid a cour- For this purpose, she has tesy visit early this year to the established her own NGO, Matsila Royal Family where a Eunoia SA, that will focus By Kaizer Nengovhela

By Kaizer Nengovhela The Manavhela family of Madabani was left shocked on Sunday after a 65-year-old family member burnt to death inside his house. The house was also severely damaged by the fire. The pensioner, Mr Thema Manavhela, was bedridden after a stroke. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Manavhela was alone when the fire broke out. The rest Ndaedzo Matodzi and Phindulo Tonny Khedzi of the family attended a church service when the were crowned the queen and king of the Tshi- incident took place. khafoma beauty pageant. According to the family spokesperson, Mr Lekgapa Manavhela, the incident happened at around 17:00. People from the village gathered at the homestead but could do nothing. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they doused the flames. Manavhela estimates the damage at approxiPublished by Zoutnet CC, trading as Limpopo Mirror of 16B Joubert mately R500 000. The fire also seriously damStreet, Louis Trichardt. Typographically prepared by the proprietors aged the roof and the walls of all seven rooms. and printed by D Brits, 1 Jeppe Street, Louis Trichardt A plea was made to community members and POSTAL ADDRESS the business sector to assist the family with food, PO Box 1680, Louis Trichardt, 0920 clothes, school uniforms and books. Audited TELEPHONES: “The family wants to repair the house, but it Distribution Figures Louis Trichardt: (015) 516 4996/7 seems as if it will be difficult,” said a commuLouis Trichardt fax: (015) 516 2303 nity member, Mr Sy Mukhuba. He urged E-MAIL: members of the beAdvertising: Editor: reaved family and all Administrative: stakeholders involved Website: in the preparations for the funeral to WORLD YOUNG READER PRIZE 2005 be united and work together to ensure that Manavhela gets a dignified funeral. The deceased will be buried on Saturday at The deceased, Mr Madabani at 06:00. Thema Manavhela. ASSOCIATION OF


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Municipality’s head of youth dies By Kaizer Nengovhela The head of the youth of the Makhado Municipality, Mr Terrence Kuaho (38), died in the Polokwane Netcare Hospital last Friday after a long illness. He also served two terms as the president of the Univen SRC. According to members of the Vleifontein and Vhembe communities, Kuaho was a mentor, a role model and a true leader. He was a visionary, a manager, an organizer and a trustworthy human being whose desire to serve his com-

By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho A 62-year old woman, Sophie Maringa Kubayi, and her two sons, Musa Loverboy Hlungwani (43) and Sergie Hlungwani (35) appeared in the Tiyani District Court on a murder charge on Tuesday. The three were arrested in connection with the killing of Mrs Kubayi’s husband at Tiyani village on 31 December. The suspects had allegedly accused Kubayi of practicing witchcraft. An argument started at about 08:00 on that day, after which the victim was apparently strangled to death inside one of the rooms. One of the sons allegedly complained that his father had bewitched him, as every time he married a woman, she would not stay long. The police reacted to a report about the incident and, on arrival at the scene, the deceased was found with bruises, lying motionless in one of the rooms. The provincial commissioner of Limpopo, Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba, has condemned this incident and has warned community members to desist from accusing other people of practicing witchcraft and then killing them. The three will appear in court again on 6 February. They all remain in custody.

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Patrick Ramaano learner is Limpopo’s top matriculant By Kaizer Nengovhela Mutshidzi Ganyane (17) of Patrick Ramaano Secondary School in Nzhelele is the top pupil in Limpopo. This was announced by Education MEC Polly Boshielo during a ceremony at the Ranch Motel outside Polokwane on Wednesday. She obtained seven distinctions, namely in mathematics, physical science, life science, geography, Tshivenda, life orientation and English first additional language. Asked about the secret behind her outstanding performance, Ganyane said that time management, discipline and hard work were the most important things that had helped her to achieve good results. She said that her success was due to the grace of God. She added that, had it not been for the support she had received from her teachers and parents, she would have not made it. “It was not that easy. Success only comes after hard work,” she said. Ganyane encouraged other pupils who had not made it to work very hard and not give up. “Your knock-down is not your knockout,” she said. She encouraged

other learners to study rather than fool around. “They must just cut the time of going out to parties. Watching TV also does not help, especially watching programmes that are not educational,” said the soft-spoken Ganyane. Mutshidzi Ganyane plans on studying computer engineering at the University of Pretoria this year. Asked if she had already secured a bursary, Ganyane said that many companies had offered to finance her studies and she was expected to choose one. During Wednesday’s function, MEC Boshielo said that the province’s pass rate had increased by 3,8%, but she believed that some schools had not performed as well as they should have. “Last year we worked very hard to improve our matric results,” said Boshielo. “We organised massive winter classes and went into partnership with SABC radio and community radio stations to help us with revision for the Grade 12 learners.” Boshielo expressed her gratitude towards the parents and guardians who had given their children the necessary support and encouragement during this time. “The importance of the

role of parents should never be underestimated, as it is critical in sustaining and bolstering the teaching and learning process. The results achieved by the teachers did not happen by accident or luck. It is a result of hard work and dedication. Teachers in this province committed themselves in ways that should be an example to the rest of their profession and we truly appreciate their selfless contribution,” said the MEC. Boshielo said Mbilwi Secondary School in Sibasa had once again occupied the number one spot as best-performing school. The Limpopo Premier, Mr Stan Mathabatha, said that the Department of Education had adopted altruism, honesty, compassion, professionalism, fairness, excellence, teamwork and empathy as important values to guide their vision and actions. “We are prepared to unlearn laziness and adopt hard work. We will learn from our past and improve our present reality. Your success and achievement today signify our commitment to advancing the values of education that are central to our liberation as individuals and as a nation,” he Above: Mutshidzi Ganyane of Patrick Raadded. maano “flying” after she received her results. Right: The top pupil in a disabled school, Tiyane Mbendzani of Rivoni School for the Blind is congratulated by Makhado Municipality Mayor, Cllr Samuel Munyai.

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Rovha Kharivhe (front in the middle) with the group of South Africans and some guides who tackled Mount Kilimanjaro during December.

Rovha Kharivhe becomes Africa’s “highest” dentist By Anton van Zyl Thohoyandou-based dentist Rovha Kharivhe entered the new decade on an exceptionally high note. He

scaled Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, and for a short while he probably stood tall as the highest dentist in the world, at an altitude of 5 895 metres above sea level.

Rovha Kharivhe, Zaid Khumalo and Anton van Zyl at Lava Tower camp, 4 600 metres above sea level.

Rovha Kharivhe (front left) at Uhuru peak, Kilimanjaro’s highest point. Next to him is Gary Murphy. At the back, from left to right, are Ryan Sandwith, Elardus van Zyl, Jaco van Zyl and Anton van Zyl.

Rovha formed part of a team of 11 South Africans who set off on 27 December from Moshi town in Tanzania to scale Africa’s highest mountain. The plan was to start scaling the summit on 31 December and view the dawn of a new year and decade the following morning from Uhuru, Mt Kilimanjaro’s highest peak. The team of climbers included Anton van Zyl, publisher of the Limpopo Mirror, and his friend from Vosloorus, Zaid Khumalo. Zaid is the co-owner of the Kathorus Mail, a newspaper distributed in Gauteng’s East Rand. The team started off at Machame gate, at 1 800 metres above sea level. At that point, the weather is warm and humid as can be expected from a country situated on the equator. The first day’s walking stretches through the stunningly beautiful rain forest. The forest lived up to expectations and within a few kilometres the climbers had to get out their raincoats as the rain started to belt down. The group opted for the seven-day Machame route, which allows time for the climbers to acclimatize and become used to the altitude. One of the greatest dangers of such a mountain is altitude sickness. Above 3 500 metres the air starts to get “thin”, making it difficult for the lungs to collect enough oxygen. The first overnight stop was at Machame camp, at 2 835 metres above sea level. Fortunately, the group did not have to carry all their own luggage. Mt Kilimanjaro has turned into a major employer for Tanzania, generating thousands of jobs for the local people. Each group of climbers is accompanied by guides, porters, chefs and even a “porta potty” is carried along to assist when nature calls. The second day of climbing was shorter but much steeper. The lush forest changed into rocky bush terrain, and when the group reached Shira Cave camp, the elevation was already at 3 750 metres. The jackets started coming out as the wind brought in icy weather from the mountain. Day three saw the group walking all the way up to Lava Tower camp, situated at 4 600 metres above sea level. The strategy is to “walk high and sleep low”, to help climbers acclimatize. Mt Kilimanjaro’s three peaks were formed after volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. One volcanic cone, Shira, is now extinct and eroded,

while the other two, Mawenzi and Kibo, “melted” together after subsequent eruptions. The climbers had the opportunity to cross this vast terrain that almost resembles a moon landscape. After spending some time at Lava Tower, the group went down to sleep at Barranco Camp, still high at 3 985 metres. Day four saw the climbers tackling the arduous Barranco Wall. The route seems to go almost straight up the cliffs and one section of the path is so narrow that only one climber at a time can shuffle past the rock face. This section is aptly called the “kissing rock” as climbers literally hug the rock to ensure that they do not tumble down hundreds of metres. After spending some time at the high altitude, the group “dropped” down to Karanga camp at an altitude of 4 041. Considering that the Soutpansberg mountain range is just over 1 700 metres above sea level (at its highest point), this is still a considerable height. The dreaded day five started early on 31 December with a hike to Barafu Camp, which is situated at 4 681 metres above sea level. The distance between the camps is less than nine kilometres, but the team still took about five hours to reach what is also called “base camp”. After lunch, the climbers immediately went to sleep in preparation of the summit attempt, which started at just after 23:00. The big test started that night with groups of climbers, armed with tiny headlights, making their way up the mountain peak. The weather was exceptionally nasty, with temperatures far below zero. To make things worse, a strong wind made life even more uncomfortable. After a couple of hours, some climbers started turning back, realising that the mountain might take much more from them than they were prepared to offer. For the ones such as Rovha and Anton, who battled on, a surprise waited. With the sun appearing way below on the far horizon, conditions started to improve. At the top the mountain was clad in a white jacket and Kilimanjaro almost appeared to have decided to embrace the adventurers. When they reached Stella Point, the second-highest peak, the mood changed from almost desperate to optimistic. Stella Point is roughly another 400 metres from Uhuru peak, but this journey takes the better part of an hour to

complete. The dawn of the new decade saw dozens of climbers shuffling along the snowy path to the sign that says: “Congratulations, you are now at Uhuru peak, Tanzania, Africa’s highest peak.” For the climbers from Limpopo, this moment was especially emotional. Anton was joined by his two sons, Jaco and Elardus, bringing the total of the “Limpopo boys” to four. “When I reached the summit, I don’t even think I had the right words to describe the experience. It was awesome, unbelievable, exhilarating with a feeling of contentment. It still feels like a dream even today,” said Rovha. For Rovha, the most challenging part was the weather. “Coming from Limpopo, I’d never experienced anything below freezing point. To cope under such extreme conditions was very daunting, especially on summit night,” he said. After summiting, the climbers had to make their way down the mountain, dropping down to Barafu Camp for a quick lunch. The weary group then had to tackle another four-hour walk to Mweka Camp, which meant a drop of close to 3 000 metres. The following morning, they made their way down to Mweka Gate, where the trip ended. “I have always enjoyed adventure, but this was quite different. It’s tough, it does test one’s faith, physique as well as mental strength,” said Rovha. Rovha had another reason why he wanted to reach Kilimanjaro’s highest peak. “I have a delinquent child who is very intelligent but lacks motivation. All the while going up, I was praying that when he sees the difficulties I went through to get to the top, somehow he’ll get fired up again,” he explained. Rovha had only praise for the guides and assistants in Tanzania, as well as his fellow climbers. “I left home a lone adventurer but ended up with a group of fellow South Africans who I met for the first time at Nairobi’s airport in Kenya. The camaraderie that prevailed within the group helped a lot; there was motivation, love, laughter, tears and fun. The expedition team (guides, cooks, waiters and porters) were fantastic. One can’t help but admire their work ethic. If our communities were as motivated as those guys are, South Africa would be an even better place to live in, especially economically,” he said.


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Justice Nemaah releases new album By Mbulaheni Ridovhona Justice Nemaah recently released his fourth album, At the feet of Jesus. The album is made up of 17 songs. Some of the songs are Ngelekanyo dzawe, Ramakole, You are my life, Muphulusi, Ro tanzwiwa, Muya mukhethwa, Igama lakho, and Siyabonga. Nemaah said that the song Ro tanzwiwa spoke about God's love. "It also speaks about how He died on the cross for us and also of our being freed from sin and that we are now called his," he said. He released his first album, Idani kha Yeso, in 2011, and it was followed by A huna munwe in 2013. In 2015, he released Ramakole. "I am committed to spreading the word of God through my music, and I want to

Justice Nemaah. Photo: Peace Visuals Media.

use this album to connect people with God. I was born in a musical family and inherited the musical abilities from my grandparents. I have been a churchgoer since I was a kid, so gospel music is the only thing that I know. I have never liked any other music besides Godly music,” he said. The 30-year-old Justice Nemaah was born Justice Nematswerani and he hails from Maraxwe village. He was introduced to music at the age of 15. "I started singing in Sunday school at Christ Faith Fellowship Centre and later joined the church choir at the age of 17. The choir conductor saw potential in me and eventually moved me to the worship team when I was 18," he said. He was inspired by artists such as Rofhiwa Manyaga and Pastor Benjamin Dube. For bookings he can be reached on 072 073 1847.

“Give me a microphone and I’ll show you flames” By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho A resident of Ha-Mandiwana village in the Nzhelele area, Vhushaka “King Piny” Matika, is taking his music to another level and aims to achieve great things in 2020. King Piny is an upcoming hip hop artist whose music has reached many people via airplay on some community radio stations and his frequent appearances in public gigs. “I am a storyteller who uses the VenRap genre, and as such I have become popular with my new way of reaching people's hearts with my verses,” he said. “Give me a microphone and I'll show you flames.” He discovered his singing talent in 2015 at the age of 12. “My friend and I used to write lyrics that were more poetry, and as this is a fact, there's a great relationship between poetry and hip-hop,” he said. “We used to record such material on our phones and share it around with our friends and other contacts, who all showed interest in what we were doing.” King Piny has since written and

recorded many singles that have all made a name for him in the local music industry. “Music means the world to me, and through music I get to talk about my feelings about the world,” he said. “I rap from the bottom of my heart.” He is known for singles such as Ghetto-life ( ft AdroitBeatz), Hard life telling story ( ft Suppreme hela), Hardlife ( ft Batondy), and Vhutshilo ( ft Eto). “To me, music is a vital tool to also fight crime and create a space for entertainment and socialising among youths,” he said. “I am saying all that from experience, since I spend most of my time either writing or listening to music.” King Piny coordinates a monthly poetry and music event called Ghettofest in his village, where all young artists and upcoming artists are invited to showcase their raw talents. “The event aims to give local artists a chance to perform their music because that's where growth starts,” he said. He is one youth who aims to help build his community through music and other youth-orientated activities.

Before you say “I do” By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Mr Xikhongelo Shihundla has published his second book, entitled Before you say, 'I do' and it is already hailed as one of the best books on the topic of pre-marriage and marriage to come out in this decade. Shihundla was excited about the publication of his book and said that he had given himself enough time to research and write the book. “Before you say, 'I do' is a guide to help singles prepare for marriage as it is designed by God,” he said. “Relationships are the greatest target in the kingdom of darkness; therefore, this book is a tool to help you discover principles from God’s word.” He stated that marriage contained a unique and interesting potential to last if the two persons who were getting into it were first prepared to do so through reading the relevant literature. He had authored the book to help decrease the risky elements of divorce and discontentment that lead to unnecessary separation.

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“The principles I share in the book have made my marriage last and be a blessing to many other people,” he said. “This book is aimed at building queens and kings in relationships and marriage.” He is a preacher who grew up with a mission to improve his life and the lives of those around him. He acknowledged the presence of his parents in his life, Mr Dumisani Shihundla and Ms Tsakani Shihundla. His wife, Vonani Shihundla, and siblings Tinyiko, Miyelani and Muhluri have all played a pivotal role in supporting him through thick and thin. His debut book was Seven revelations of tongues. “Literature has shaped our society and words have built who we are today,” he said. “That is one reason why we continue to write so that we can educate, inspire and motivate.” Before you say, 'I do' is the best instrument you can use to build yourself and your marriage or relationship. It is available at 062 181 8921 (calls), 081 740 4178 (WhatsApp) or

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Art & Entertainment Timmy Blanks proves he’s a star By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Timmy Blanks has proved through his talent and hard work that he is not an average artist but a full-fledged singer, producer, director, composer, instrumentalist and sound engineer. A resident of Ha-Mandiwana village in Nzhelele, he was born Livhuwani Timothy Tshiguvhu into a very academic family, but he happened to be the one blessed with artistic capabilities. “My interest in music started at the age of 11 when I was the smallest bass player at a local church, whose pastor was also a guitarist and a singer,” he said. “He also was the one who taught me how to play acoustic guitar.”

He was more active as a singer in an R&B group, Soul Mates, at Mphephu High School in 2000. He wanted to pursue a musical career via a music degree upon completing his Grade 12, but he was dissuaded that music could not be taken as a career. “Then I decided that I must do music as a hobby and not a career,” he said. “I moved to stay with my elder sister in Thohoyandou, who was a lecturer in the University of Venda where I was doing bridging courses. By then I used to sneak into music classes in the music school with no registration … that was where I learned to play music by the book.” He moved to Pretoria to pursue his studies in 2003 and that was the time when he met his

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musician friends Abby Tshinada and Michael Manenzhe, who were working for a recording studio. “In the company of Abby and Michael, I learned sound engineering at Faceoff Music Studies, owned by Prince Nyadzawela Mamphitha,” he said. “I started working on my original material, which resulted in my first album, Dakalo.” In 2008, he produced the controversial hit Marry Me by Ambani Bee Gee, and he also acted as a main character in the song's video.

He went on to produce artists such as Sandani Singo (gospel) and Talifhani Matshakatini (reggae). He has sung with Colbert Mukwevho and shared the stage with the late Oliver Mutukuzi, Lira, Thomas Chauke, and Tshepo Tshola. Timmy Blanks can be reached on 076 702 7571.

Thora Thora Majiga releases I’m Inn album Thora Thora Majiga. Photo supplied by Romeo Maboko.

By Mbulaheni Ridovhona A talented Kwaito artist in Limpopo, Thora Thora Majiga, has just released his second studio album, I'm Inn. The album comprises 15 songs. Some of the songs are Mom and dad, Bad company, Lufuno lwa kale, Growing up, Arilindeli, Thambulo, Funi mali, My chocolate and Masindi. On the album he collaborated with local artists such as Ras Canly, Romeo, Meskay, Commando, Batondy, Fizzy, Zwonaka Yapie, TM-Matika, Monster, YB, and Facebreezy. Born Khaukanani Matho-

ra, Thora Thora Majiga hails from Thohoyandou. In 2014, Thora Thora started making his own music and he released his first album, Why, in 2015, which was followed by his EP, One foot in. He drew inspiration from South African kwaito legends such as the late Brown Dash, Mandoza, and Zola, and he aspires to collaborate with almost all kwaito artists involved in making good kwaito music back in the 90s. In 2018, he collaborated with Batondy and released a single, My Chocolate, produced by Pat Mesh at Via records studio. The single was one of his biggest since the

beginning of his music career, including a successful music video of the song. It was directed by Romeo Maboko, shot in Johannesburg and released on YouTube in August 2018. He has shared the stage with local artists such as Vigy M, Dupa AKA Masuvhelele, Khathu and Friends, which opened more doors of opportunities to his musical career. The album is available now on digital stores. For bookings, Thora Thora Majiga can be reached via his manager, Romeo Maboko, on, or visit www.directormaboko.

Ras Willie awarded Best Traditional Artist Achievement Just two months after its release, Wilson Dzebu’s Tshivenda traditional reggae album, Vhulunga Zwau, surprised many when it scooped the 2019 Best Traditional Artist of the Year Award during the Front Seat Recognition Awards that were recently held at Thohoyandou Indoor Sports Centre. The annual awards are the brainchild of well-known comedian Livhuwani Madadzhe. Known as Ras Willie, Dzebu said it was also a surprise for him to have been nominated and then winning the award. “I know that the album is doing very well, but I did not expect it to win an award so soon. I was surprised by the huge support from music lovers, and many people told me that my music is unique because it is a new reggae beat that is deeply rooted in African culture and tradition.” He said the fact that he was competing with some of the heavyweights in the music industry and came out tops was a clear indication that the future looked very bright. “Truly speaking, I never thought I would make it as some of

the nominees have big names and have been in the music industry for decades. I nearly froze when my name was called out to ascend the stage to take the award. This was indeed the greatest moment of my life.” Ras Willie said nothing was more fulfilling than being honoured by his own people. “When it starts

here at home, there is hope that more is still to come soon. It would have been not fair for me if I first get an honour far away before I get a recognition from my own people. If I die now, I will die a happy man because my people have given me the happiness that I will never forget until my last day on earth.” Awards organizer Livhuwani

Madadzhe said the main aim of the initiative was to uplift local artists and encourage them to take their art seriously. “We have many gifted artists, but they are being ignored by the so-called big institutions. Our duty is to make sure that these artists are promoted and given the opportunity to shine through their God-given talents.”

Reaction on matric results The events coordinator of Phalaphala FM, Mr Lufuno Munonde, has wished the Grade 12 pupils who passed their examinations the best of luck for the future. For those who failed, Munonde advised them to go back to school and to rectify their mistakes. Munonde urged all the pupils in local schools to study hard from the first day of the new school year as it is up to an individual to make it or fail in life. He said the scholars should know what they wanted to be in life and should also take decisions that they would not regret later. He said as the station was pleased with the commitment shown by pupils and teachers in different schools. He urged them to work extra hard in order to improve the results of the province. “It is up to you to make us proud. Only hard work will make you achieve the best in life,” he said. He further said no muti could help any pupil to achieve better results. “Pupils and teachers had to sweat it out in order to reap the rewards at the end of the year,” he added. Asked how he felt about schools that had not performed very well, those with a lower pass rate, Munonde said that the affected schools must address their challenges and problems, so that the department of education, together with the station, could assist them. “Work like a slave today and live like a master in future,” said Munonde. He urged parents and teachers to give their children all the necessary support and make sure that they remained focused all the way. “We must continue to help our children realise and comprehend the fact that education is the key to the prospects of South Africa. The more educated we are, the brighter the future of the country is in going forward. Through education we shall triumph against the challenges facing our country, such as unemployment, poverty and inequality.” He congratulated teachers and pupils on their hard work and dedication throughout the year, adding that this was the time for all those who had worked hard to reap the benefits. “Educators have a very challenging job, and despite the hardships that they come across year in and year out, they continue to do a sterling job.”

Ras Willie (Wilson Dzebu) joyously displays his 2019 Best Traditional Artist of the Year award for his Tshivenda traditional reggae album, Vhulunga Zwau.

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17-year-old the new leader of Makonde News from Makonde

Thovhele Vho-Midiyavhathu Kennedy Tshivhase introduces the 17-year-old traditional leader of Makonde village, Vho-Tshinetise Tshedza Ravhura (right) to his subjects during the historic event at Makonde Musanda.

Curvaceous Matodzi takes the Miss Venda Plus Size 2019/20 crown believe that women should not be boxed in one type of beauty. The 21-year-old Mpho Gift MaEntering this competition has todzi was crowned Miss Venda definitely changed someone’s Plus Size 2019/20 during a mind who already thinks she’s not beauty pageant held at the Tho- beautiful enough.” hoyandou Indoor Sports Centre Matodzi hails from Makonde a fortnight ago. village and she is currently studyMatodzi said she felt ecstatic ing for a BA in Media Studies at about being crowned the queen. the University of Venda. Ungedza“I am happy to be the face of Miss ni Begwa is the first princess, Venda Plus Size. It is overwhelm- Thikho Khakhu second princess, ing and I feel like a conqueror.” Thendo Daniella Nemudzivhadi She was also crowned Miss Venda Miss Entrepreneur, Gundo MugaPlus Size Public Choice. ga Miss Personality, and Elelwani “I felt that it is time I stop social Mpho Mphego Miss Ambassador. comments from society about The pageant was started in body shaming,” Matodzi said. “As 2017 with the aim of developing I was growing, I have experienced and improving plus-size models’ bullying and it is hard and very self-esteem and public speakemotional to open up about what ing, said the founder, Nadney is depressing now. I think it is Mulaudzi. “We want to empower, time I change the stereotype that encourage and give opportunity beautiful women are only petite to plus-size women to showcase or slim. Plus-size women are also their beauty. We believe that size beautiful with different amazing has nothing to do with beauty; talents that a lot of people have everyone is beautiful,” he said. not yet realized. That is why I By Mbulaheni Ridovhona

Musanda Vho-Tshinetise Tshedza Ravhura of Makonde village is only 17 years old and is in Grade 11 at Thengwe High School, but he said he would seek wisdom from God to rule his subjects diligently. He said this immediately after officially assuming power to ascend to his throne during a high-profile event that was held at Makonde Musanda last week. Local villagers, traditional leaders, politicians, representatives of community structures and churches attended the occasion. Vho-Tshedza was installed as Makonde village’s traditional leader by Thovhele Vho-Midiyavhathu Kennedy Tshivhase in 2014 when he was only 12 years old. Because he was still a minor, a regent and the royal council oversaw the village affairs. After consultation with family members, agreement was reached that Vho-Tshedza was now old enough to ascend the throne. He takes over from his late father, Musanda Vho-Azwianewi David Mutshinyalo Ravhura, who passed away in 2012. When handing over the baton to the

young man, Thovhele Tshivhase said as a young traditional leader, Vho-Tshedza should follow in the footsteps of his predecessors who had ruled their subjects with love and wisdom. “Starting from your great-grandfathers Vele La Mbeu, Tshisevhe, Malise, Masindi, and Tshinetise, to your late father, Azwianewi - all these people were great traditional leaders whose kingdoms were respected by everyone. We have no doubt that the royal blood in your veins will guide you to steer this ship in the right direction.” Tshivhase urged the new traditional leader to take education seriously. “I’m happy that we are giving you the power to rule this land while you are still at school. There are dangerous people on this earth who will take advantage of you if you are not educated. Nobody will take away your land because you will be able to read even the smallest print on an official document. When you are educated, you can wisely use your knowledge to bring development to your village. We wish you well in your new role as a leader of the people of this village.” Tshivhase ordered that all the stamps that were being used in the village prior to the big day be abolished. “I’m

handing over a new official stamp to Vho-Tshedza that will be used in all official correspondence of the village. Anyone who is found using an old stamp will be subjected to the strongest legal disciplinary action. I will inform the municipality, banks, all departments and various stakeholders not to accept any stamp besides this one that I’m handing over now.” He said this to the applause of jubilant villagers. When accepting his responsibility, Musanda Vho-Tshedza said he would not disappoint his family and subjects in his official duties. “As Vhavenda, we have the saying that shango la shaya thovhele ndi mulano (everybody does as he pleases in the area where there is no traditional leader). This is now coming to an end as I will be leading my village into a transformed area where everybody would like to stay and invest. I will work closely with other traditional leaders, the royal family, community stakeholders, my royal council, the municipality, government departments and all other structures to bring development in my village while, at the same time, giving myself enough time to do my school work.”

Mukhomi boy gets a motorised wheelchair “The donation of this wheelchair has disabilities and the office of the mayor helped uplift the child’s confidence of the Collins Chabane Local MunicipalThe Mukhomi Community Forum and his health condition will improve. ity, Mr SG Maluleke, for their words of from Malamulele handed over a The Mukhomi Community Forum encouragement and support.” motorised wheelchair to a local Grade wishes him well 4 pupil, Tebogo Baloyi, in December with his new life last year. Tebogo was born with a and believe this disability that has left him unable to donation will help walk or move without assistance. him achieve much The motorised wheelchair was donat- better grades at ed to the young man by the Rotary Club school as he is a of Northcliff, Johannesburg. The forum brilliant young asked the club for assistance on behalf man,” said Mhof his mother, Audrey Baloyi. langa. According to the secretary of the “The forum forum, Mr Rhulani Mhlanga, they first would also like to arranged for the child to be medicalthank all comly examined. The recommendation munity structures was that Tebogo needed an electric for their support, wheelchair because of his condition, as including Chief opposed to a manual wheelchair that Mukhomi, the demands his strength to move around. ward councillor, The forum then wrote to various Ms Vhukeya, Mr stakeholders requesting assistance. Hlabangwani RonThe Rotary Club of Northcliff came ald from an orto the rescue and arranged for such a ganisation dealing Tebogo Baloyi in his new motorised wheelchair. specialised wheelchair to be delivered. with people with Community upliftment

Farmer injured when generator catches fire when I decided to go and check my generator, which was pump“My quick thinking saved me ing irrigation water from the from certain death. Seeing local river. When I arrived there, that my whole body was going the generator was producing a to catch fire, I immediately funny sound and I moved closer jumped into the river to save to find out what was happening. myself from the angry flames.” I squatted next to the generator These were the words of Elmon and before I could lay my hand Tshikhudo, former Limpopo on it, there was a huge bang. Mirror journalist and now a That was when the fire came out full-time farmer. of the generator and caught my He was speaking after being right leg.” discharged from hospital after Tshikhudo said he realized that sustaining burn wounds when he was in danger and no one was the generator he was using to there to help him at the time. pump water on his farm at Itsani, “The generator was on the riveroutside Thohoyandou, mysteribank, and my only option was to ously caught fire. jump into the river to save myself Tshikhudo said he went to the from the fire. By that time, my farm as usual on the morning of leg was already on fire and it was the incident and started working. clear that the fire would catch my “I had a funny feeling and felt whole body. I then lifted my head very tired before I even started from the water and screamed for working. I could feel that somehelp. The nearby farmers heard thing bad would happen, and the my screams and rushed to the bad feeling continued to depress river. They took me out of the me.” water and later extinguished He said he had received an the generator fire. I was then order the day before to deliver taken to hospital, where I spent a bakkie load of vegetables to a a week.” chain store in Thohoyandou. “I “I was born to serve people and decided to water the vegetables I will go back to farming immedibefore I harvested them, so that ate when fully recovered. I thank they would keep their freshness. God because He has given me a I was watering the vegetables second chance to live.” By our Musina correspondent

Mpho Gift Matodzi was also crowned Miss Venda Plus Size Public Choice. Photo supplied by Nadney Mulaudzi.

Former Limpopo Mirror journalist and now a full-time farmer, Elmon Tshikhudo, shows his badly burnt right leg.


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Mukula Santos win Mphathele Soccer Tournament By Silas Nduvheni On New Years’ Day, hundreds of people convened at the Mukula Santos soccer field at Mukula for the Mphathele Mukula Soccer Tournament. One of the organizers of the tournament, Mr Rudzani Takalani, said the tournament had been founded in 2009 by the late Chief Nkhwathiseni Takalani in remembrance of the late Chief Joel Takalani Mphathele-Tshivhase. The nine teams that participated in the tournament are based around Mukula village

and they are playing in different leagues under Thulamela and SAFA-Vhembe. He said part of the tournament was to keep young people busy during the festive season and it could also serve to scout players with good soccer skills.

The event was also supported by ABSA Thohoyandou and Jackson City. Mukula Santos were crowned the winners of Mphathele Mukula Soccer Tournament by beating Mukula Young Brothers 3-2 and they received a big trophy and R6 000.

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Victory for Mpheni Mpheni Home Defenders scored a 1- 0 victory over the on-form Magau United in their MMK Administrator Stream E league match at Magau on Sunday. Home Defenders’ coach, Mr Vhutshilo Phuravhathu, was full of praise for his players. “Finally, we got it right. I think credit must go the players, because they fought back hard. We conceded four goals in the first round against United and this was sweet revenge,” said Phuravhathu. “I hope the level of concentration will be high and we will keep on working hard. The only way we can do that is to keep everybody together, so that we can move forward,” he said. Magau United’s coach, Mr Bishop Musiamo, said that no need existed for panic at this stage. He said that their focus was on their next league clash on weekend. “We knew that we were going to lose at some time. I will only be worried if my players are not fighting,” Musiamo told Limpopo Mirror. “Defenders are a strong side. We just need to prepare and forget about this defeat. To fight with the big boys, you need more than talent. It’s tough,” he said. Defenders’ goal was scored by Tshepiso Kgamedi.


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“War Child” the Royal Boxing champion By Kaizer Nengovhela

Tshifhiwa Ndou (left) and Prince Ndlovu in action.

Thovhele Vho-Gole Mphaphuli hands over a trophy to the champion, Rofhiwa "Warchild" Maemu.

A South African Junior lightweight non-title fight was won by Rofhiwa “War Child” Maemu when he defeated Thembani Hobyane on points during the Royal Boxing Challenge held at the Sibasa 2Ten Hotel last Friday. The third annual tournament was staged by Nzhelele Women Sports Promoters. Thovhele Vho-Gole Mphaphuli, who attend the tournament, said to the boxers that they should train hard to excel in the sport. He praised the promoter, Ms Mashudu Nekokwane, who came up with the idea of producing young boxers. Ms Nekokwane, chairperson of the promoting body, said her aim was to develop rural young people, keep the youth off the streets and prevent them from abusing alcohol. “I saw huge talent around Vhembe and came up with the idea of developing boxers.” Maemu said that although he was nervous at first, he enjoyed his career. “It also put my name in the spotlight, because I was unknown and a dwarf among the giants in the boxing fraternity. I was frustrated when many boxing promoters’ businesses collapsed around the province.” In the main supporting bout for the vacant provincial lightweight title, Tshifhiwa “Timer” Munyai lost to Prince Ndlovu on points. Tshifhiwa “Spider” Munyai won on points against Kabelo Bititsha from Gauteng in the lightweight non-title fight over eight rounds. Dion Mmbubane was beaten on a technical knockout by Gerald Titus in the featherweight division. Gregory Mello emerged as the champion in the bantamweight division when he beat Khayalethu Mbhedje. Takalani Ramuedi was beaten by TKO by Lindokuhle Dlamini in the lightweight division. In the flyweight division, Rofhiwa Maphupha overpowered Jenson Mudzanani.

Young Eagles tops in development games

phy. The runners-up, Matanda Rockers, All 48 teams received money, from went home with R8 000, a new soccer R1 400 to R400, depending on their Mauluma Young Eagles were kit and silver medals. position. crowned the new champions of the The third prize of R5 000 and bronze Magau Netball Club were the chamSinthumule/Kutama Community medals was collected by Wiseman FC. pions and received R2 500, a floating Development soccer and netball chal- Muduluni Rising Stars finished the trophy, netball kit and gold medals. lenge when they beat Matanda Rock- tournament in the fourth position and Ravele Netball Club (second) received ers 1-0 in the final match at Ravele on received R4 000. R1 500, silver medals and a netball kit. New Years’ Day. The sponsor, Chief Livhuwani Matsila, said that identifying future stars at grassroots level was important. Matsila revealed that the company will continue to sponsor the rural soccer tournament next season. According to him, when he decided to sponsor the event, it clearly indicated that he wanted to serve members of the community by bringing the development of sport in the area. The champions, Mauluma Young Eagles FC, received R20 000, a new socPhotographed during the prize-giving ceremony are, from left to right, Matodzi Makananisa, cer kit, gold medals Chief Livhuwani Matsila, Khuthadzo Thovhakale (captain of Magau Netball Club), Elvis Phaand a floating trothela, Cllr David Davhana, Cllr Elisa Tambani and Tshifhungu Mushasha. By Kaizer Nengovhela

Rirothe to participate in trials at Bidvest Wits By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Mamu Community Development continues to write a beautiful story on the page of community upliftment and development in the Sinthumule and Kutama areas. This was evident when they secured a space for a local soccer star to participate in trials at Bidvest Wits Football Academy in Gauteng. Rirothe Junior Manentjie (10), who was selected during Hollywoodbets' Masters Cup that was recently held at Mabaleng Sports Grounds, will go to Gauteng on Sunday and the trials will be held from next Monday (13th) to Friday. “We are very happy that we had managed to secure Rirothe a space for trials with Bidvest Wits Football Academy,” said Mamu Community Development's general secretary, Mr Jafter Mamugudubi. “Our mission and goals include paving the way for local soccer talent, so that they get to compete with their contemporaries at the national level and manage to get what is best for them.” He said that they had been identifying soccer talent with a mission to taking them to football academies, so that Pictured are (from left to right) Mr Jafter they got to realise their soccer dreams. Mamugudubi, Rirothe Junior Manentjie “We therefore would and Mr Mashudu “Mayoyo” Manentjie.

Victory for Stone Breakers By Kaizer Nengovhela Tshikhwani Stone Breakers collected maximum points when they beat Western Stars 1-0 in a local derby of the Safa Vhembe MMK Administrators League match at the Tshikhwani grounds on Sunday. Western Stars’ coach, Mr Jack Machaba, believes that his players lacked confidence in front of the goalbox. He believes they should have come away with at least a point from the game. “I thought we had a good second part of the first half. We looked quite convincing and settled. We were playing in a way that was showing that what we were doing

Tricky hurdle for struggling Diski Leopards SuperSport United are lying in the sixth spot on the log with 28 points After a month-long break for the accumulated from 18 matches. While festive season, the affiliates of the United will be fighting it with the aim of Multichoice Diski Challenge League finishing their league programme withwill be back in action again this week- in the top-eight bracket, the situation end. Black Leopards will resume their is totally different for the Thohoyandou programme with an away fixture. side. They will undertake a journey to Black Leopards are currently lying at Johannesburg, where they will test their the bottom of the log. They are still to strength against SuperSport United at win a league match this season. They the Tsakane Stadium tomorrow mornhave managed to deposit six points into ing (Saturday) at 10:00. their league account to date. A quick look at the log standings Whether the Leopards’ strikers, shows that Lidoda Duvha will be lucky Selby Rapatsa and Amukelani Chauke, if they manage to come back home with will have enough strength to penetrate a point in hand. through the defence of United remains By Frank Mavhungu

to be seen. At the same venue tomorrow, Orlando Pirates will lock horns with Mamelodi Sundowns, starting at 12:00. Sundowns are currently leading the pack, while Pirates are in the third position. Bloemfontein Celtic will entertain Amazulu at the Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein. In one of the four matches that will be played on Sunday, Lamontville Golden Arrows will host Chippa United at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban. The other three Sunday fixtures are: Cape Town City vs Maritzburg United, Polokwane City vs Baroka FC and Highlands Park vs Kaizer Chiefs.

like to extend our gratitude to Bidvest Wits for trusting us with the responsibility of bringing the best players into their kraal,” Mamugudubi said. Rirothe's father, Mr Mashudu “Mayoyo” Manentjie, said that he was excited about the selection and that he was looking forwarding to the best results for his son. “My son is a soccer star and I have been giving him all my support since when he was only five years of age, for that was when I discovered that he was good at soccer,” he said. Rirothe's trip and stay in Gauteng is made possible by generous sponsorship from Hollywoodbets, Premjee & Son Cash and Carry, KFC, Collins Sebola Group, Talisman Hire, and Phadziri Bus Services and Coaches.

Pfananani Ratshilingana of Breakers and Maanda Magoro attack the ball.

at training was starting to become visible,” Machaba said. “Congratulations to Breakers! It was quite a nice match, but sometimes very tactical.” The head coach of Tshikhwani Stone Beakers, Mr Masia Mulaudzi, said that his players wanted to win the league. “We played with a good competitive team with a desire to win.” Mulaudzi explained that his substitutions late in the game had turned the match on its head. “We played with three behind in defence, and then we put one in the middle of the park, because the opponents had four attackers. We needed to minimise that threat.” The only goal of the day was scored by Mushubi Mushukwa.


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Easy victory for Peace Makers Nevondwe was on target with a close-range ground cutter. Tshivhazwaulu Peace Makers The visitors from Lwamondo made no peace with LwaMurahuhathavha lost shape mondo Pull Together when in the middle of the park soon they overpowered them 4-2 after the Peace Makers’ goal. in their MMK AdministraThey were severely punished tors League match at the for that. Nevondwe completTshivhazwaulu grounds on ed his brace with a header, Sunday. following a corner kick by The home side made their Thivhulawi Ramese. intentions clear from the The referee, Mr Fhulufhelo onset. They scored their first Masindi, flashed the first yeltwo goals within the first 20 low card in the 39th minute. minutes of the game. Ndivhuwo Mushiane of Peace Their opening goal came in Makers was lucky to escape the fourth minute. Khodani with a yellow card after tack-

ling Aluwani Muvhali from behind. The score was 2-0 at half time. Pull Together were awarded a penalty in the 48th minute after a defender of Peace Makers handled the ball within the box. Dakalo Matombo made no mistake from the white spot. Jeffrey Tshigoba of Pull Together was reprimanded with a card, following a continued argument with the referee. Tshigoba scored his team’s second goal with a header after a scramble within the box. Peace Makers effected two changes to their starting lineup soon afterwards. Adivhaho Ramathuba and Humbulani Mauvhelwana came on for Tshamano Maladzhi and Khodani Nevondwe respectively. Peace Makers were awarded a free kick in the 25-meter area after Fhatuwani Mathivha was brought down by Uhone Nkhumeleni. Ronewa Rabumbulu beat the keeper with a half volley from the free kick. Thivhulawi Ramese scored the Peace Makers’ fourth goal 14 minutes before the end of the match. Peace Makers squandered three clear chances in the Uhone Nkhumeleni of Pull Together (left) and Humbulani Mauvhel- dying minutes of the game. wana of Peace Makers wrestle to win the ball. By Frank Mavhungu

Tough times for Black Leopards Limpopo derby at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in one of the three matches that will be played The going is quickly getting tough for Black tomorrow. Leopards FC. They are expected to play three Highlands Park and Stellenbosch FC will meet league matches within the space of seven days. at the Makhulong Stadium in Thembisa. The They lost 1-2 to Highlands Park at the match between Chippa United and Maritzburg Makhulong Stadium in Thembisa last Sunday United will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay afternoon. Lidoda Duvha came back home to Stadium in Port Elizabeth. entertain Chippa United at the Thohoyandou Next Wednesday’s (15 January) fixtures are Stadium on Wednesday evening. Bidvest Wits vs Bloemfontein Celtics and OrlanTheir next stop will be in Bloemfontein, where do Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns. they will meet Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Asked about the team’s level of readiness for their Sunday match against Bloemfontein Celtic, the team’s head coach, Mr Kevin Johnson, was quick to indicate that the spirit was high in the camp. He further indicated, however, that he was still battling to find a winning combination. Sunday’s match will be the third for Mr Johnson as the team’s head coach. He sat on the team’s technical bench for the first time in their game against Highlands Park after his appointment last week. Khuliso Mudau, Karabo Tshepe and Lifa Hlongwane, the Leopards’ crowd pullers, are expected to be in the team’s starting 11 after watching their teammates do the job from the grandstand for several weeks. In the other Absa Premiership League matches that will also be played on Sunday, Amazulu will have a date with SuperSport United in Durban. Amazulu are fighting for survival as they are currently lying at the bottom of the log. Kaizer Chiefs will host Cape Town City and Leopards’ crowd puller, Lifa Hlongwane. Baroka FC and Polokwane City will meet in a By Frank Mavhungu

Photographed after the event are, from left to right, Chief Mahandana Mabidi, Lufuno "Checkers" Gethe, Chief Livhuwani Matsila (sponsor), Khodani "Cena" Nephalama (champion), Chief Mianzwi Netshimbupfe and Mr Tshilidzi "Poision" Ndevana.

Cena the new musangwe champ By Kaizer Nengovhela Khodani “Cena” Nephalama was crowned as the new champion of the musangwe tournament after he beat Lufuno "Checkers" Gethe in the final of the Radzambo Cultural Foundation Musangwe tournament a fortnight ago. More than 20 bouts took place during the tournament that was attended by many chiefs around Vhembe. The sponsor of the tournament, Chief Livhuwani Matsila of Radzambo Cultural Foundation, pledged his undivided support for the sport. He stated that he was committed to preserving the Venda culture and felt bound to lend a helping hand to musangwe as it formed

part of the Venda culture. The musangwe boss, Mr Tshilidzi “Poison” Ndevana, said they had decided to conduct weekly tournaments after realizing that people were still thirsty for more action after the festive musangwe tournament. "The tournament at Tshifudi Stadium thrilled people in such a way that they needed more action, even after it was declared closed. We then invited different stakeholders to a meeting where we agreed to start with the Saturday tournaments." Ndevana further invites men who are interested in musangwe to come and join them. "We are planning to make this sport a big event and we want everyone to participate. If we get sponsors in the future,

we will reward the fighters to strengthen their fighting spirit. Maybe one day, the government will make this sport legal." Nephalama said that he would not give up the sport because it was the one he enjoyed most. "Some say it is a primitive game, but I don’t agree with them, because it is like other games. It is meant to promote friendship, because we bear no grudges after the fight, even if one is defeated. This is the game of our forefathers and we will never stop following in their footsteps.” Nephalama went home with R6 000 cash, while Gethe received R5 000. The two who lost in the semi-finals, Solo Munyai and Tshinandala Mukundamagwa, received R3 000 and R2 000 respectively.

TTM signs Masibusane Zongo By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) have just signed the skilful SA midfielder, Masibusane Zongo. TTM's president, Mr Masala Mulaudzi, hailed Zongo's signing as a great move that took place during the January transfer window. “Zongo is one of the most talented players in South Africa and one thing I like about the boy is that he is a crowd puller,” Mulaudzi said. “His presence in the team will bring back our supporters to the stadium.” A soccer star who grew up in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, Zongo was discovered in 2000 when he was 12 years old and was promoted to the SuperSport senior team in 2008. “I would like to thank the president of

TTM, Mr Masala Mulaudzi, for believing in me,” Zongo said. He added that he was ready to help the team win games and gain promotion. He urged TTM supporters to support the team and attend the matches. “We cannot play well if they don’t come to the stadium and support us,” he said. “We need all the vibrant noises from our fans.” TTM's communication and marketing manager, Tshidino

Ndou, told Eyethu FM listeners in a radio interview that the team’s management was aware of Zongo’s lifestyle. “Zongo’s off-the-field (behaviour) is no longer a major concern as he has taken a decision to take charge of his life,” Ndou said. “With our guidance, he will become the great player that he was a few years ago. He has until the end of the 2019/20 season to regain his form.”

Berea FC lift the Vhanasi Tournament cup By Frank Mavhungu Berea FC won the annual Vhanasi Soccer Tournament at the Sambandou grounds last Tuesday. They beat Gondeni Big Cat 4-0. Berea took home R12 000, a soccer kit, gold medals and a soccer ball. The runners-up, Gondeni Big Cat, received R6 000, a soccer kit, silver medals and a

soccer ball. Sambandou United Professionals, who finished in the third spot, received R3 000, bronze medals and a soccer ball, while the fourth-placed side, Mavunde FC, went home with R15 00 and a soccer ball. Mavunde lost 0-2 to Berea in the semi-final stage of the tournament earlier that day, while Sambandou were

beaten 3-4 by Gondeni Big Cat. Teams that were booted out in the quarter-final stage each received a soccer ball. The individual awards were presented to Dakalo Ratshitanga (best player in the tournament), Pfariso Mukoma (top goal scorer) and Mr Rofhiwa Muligwe (best coach). TTM's president, Mr Masala Mulaudzi, welcomes Masibusane Zongo All the individual award recipients into the team. Picture supplied. are from Berea FC.


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Can the Eagles beat Vhadau? By Frank Mavhungu Royal Eagles beat TS Sporting 1-0 in their GladAfrica Championship League match at the Kabokweni Stadium outside Nelspruit last Saturday, but the question remains whether they will manage to do it again when they meet Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) at the Thohoyandou Stadium tomorrow afternoon. TTM must win the match at all cost to keep their title hopes alive. The Tshakhuma side are lying in the eighth position on the log standings with 23 points, following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Real Kings. The fact that TTM are only two points behind the


third-placed University of Pretoria is a clear indication that TTM’s promotion hopes are within their reach. While the victory will enhance TTM’s promotion chances, it will be a matter of life and death for Royal Eagles. The Durban side are currently in the second-last position on the log standings with 13 points, one above Jomo Cosmos. The Royal Eagles’ head coach, Mr Momcilo Medic, will have a point to prove to his former employers tomorrow. Medic, a Serbian national, was the head coach for TTM until his relationship with the club ended abruptly four months ago. The fact that TTM appointed another

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