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“No-show” Makhadzi? By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Popular singer Makhadzi, the “African Queen”, is involved in yet another controversy and is being accused of being a “no-show” at gigs. She was supposed to perform at the Bo die Krans Lodges in Biaba and Mukondeni village on Saturday but never pitched and did not apologise for not honouring her commitment either. Dr Ntavhanyeni Sampie Phaswana, who runs Bo die Krans Lodge, expressed his disappointment after he prepaid Makhadzi R55 000 for the performance. The show was held as part of the official opening of Bo die Krans Lodge in Mukondeni village, and Makhadzi was supposed to arrive and perform at 22:00. Phaswana, who started planning his event well in advance, paid the 50% deposit to Makhadzi on 20 December 2020, when R27 500 was transferred directly into her account. On 24 December, another R7 500 was paid, with the

remainder of the fee paid before 18 September this year. The event, which was well marketed, was scheduled to take place on Saturday (25th), but Makhadzi did not pitch up for her eagerly awaited performance. The event came and passed, and Dr Phaswana, after trying many times to reach the artist on her phones, decided to give the artist enough time, thinking that she would get back to him, which has not happened to this day. So, he decided to pen an open letter, in which he severely reprimands the artist. “I am writing to you because you did not only wrong me but your family and residents of your home-village Mukondeni,” writes Phaswana. “There are many local people who only see you on TV and hear about you on radios. They wanted to walk to Bo die Krans Lodge and support one of their own. You disappointed them.” Phaswana says that, as if that were not enough, Makhadzi has not shown any remorse for what she had done


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to his business and reputation. “You did not call me to apologise,” he says. “At 25 years, you are the same age as my second-born daughter. It is therefore not desirable for me to be fighting with you. I am your father whose business you want [to see] destroyed by angry fans because you think rural Mukondeni people do not matter.” He further states he feels appalled by the fact that when he visits Makhadzi’s mother’s home, he can hear some people say that he used Makhadzi’s name to market his business by indicating that she would be among the 15 artists who came to perform on 25 September. On Heritage Day Makhadzi treated her fans on social media by wearing nine different (Continues on outfits, each depicting a different culture. She posted the pictures of herself dressed in page 2) the traditional outfits and captioned each picture in its native language. Photo: Twitter

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Miss Hangwani pageant aims to keep young girls out of trouble “We want to take young girls from the streets by Well-known businessman involving them in beauty and philanthropist Mr Rich- contests. We hope it will be ard Hangwani of Hangwani an annual event over Heritage Funeral and Trading in Month. If we don’t seriously Thohoyandou has decided to look out for our young girls, launch a brand-new beauty they can end up getting pageant to keep young girls involved in teenage pregnanoff the streets and out of cies, and their future will be trouble. doomed,” said Hangwani. The beauty contest was On Saturday, 25 September, divided into three categories, he staged the Miss Hangwani namely Miss Hangwani FuFuneral 2021 beauty pageant, neral (20-25 years), Miss Teen where 28 young girls, includ- Hangwani (14-19 years) and ing toddlers, participated. Miss Toddle (7-12 years). The glittering event was held After a few turns and beamat the Neluembeni Cultural ing smiles on the catwalk, Restaurant near Ha-Majiga in Dancy Mulaudzi was crowned Lufule II. Miss Hangwani Funeral, DaBy Silas Nduvheni

kalo Manyatsha as Miss Teen Hangwani and Refilwe Madima as Miss Toddle. Dancy also went home with R1 000 in cash, Dakalo with R700 and Refilwe with R300. Miss Hangwani Funeral 2021, Dancy Mulaudzi, was over the moon about winning her title and said she hoped that the title would also inspire other young girls who wished to participate in the beauty pageant in the near future. Lufuno Dau, a motivational speaker for the youth, said that young girls should be proud of their beauty but never forget to take their education seriously.

The Bo die Krans Lodge tourist facility at Mukondeni was officially opened on Saturday by Khosikhulu Toni Peter Mphephu Ramabulana. A number of senior traditional leaders accompanied the leader of the Vhavenda to Mulima Mukondeni village. Photographed at the event are, from left to right, Mr George Magwabeni of PIB and 2 Ten Hotel, Mrs Angie’tjie Phaswana, Dr Ntavhanyeni Sampie Phaswana, Khosikhulu Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, Thovhele vho-Kutama, Thovhele vho-Mulima, Khosi vho-Sinthumule and Thovhele vho-Muila. The budget-accommodation facility employs local youth for permanent and casual services. On Saturday, hawkers from the area sold food and beverages to the fans who came to grace the occasion. Artists such as Zozo and Sengere Beat, Dr Colbert Mukwevho, Mukosi, and Mitchel Jambo entertained fans. “This product will benefit people in this area during weddings, endof-year functions, or a place to stay before funerals,” said Dr Phaswana.

Makhadzi disappoints with absence

From left to right are Tshedza Matumba (host of the Miss Hangwani Funeral 2021 beauty pageant), Lecia Mathelemusa, Shineon Ramudzuli, Mr Richard Hangwani (founder and organizer), Dakalo Manyatsha (Miss Teen) and Dancy Mulaudzi (Miss Hangwani Funeral), with Refilwe Madima (Miss Toddle), in the front, photographed after the event. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

(From page 1) “They see me as this cruel, treacherous, heartless old man without principles,” he stated. He then writes: “Makhadzi, you are famous. You are trending. You are popular, yes; but I cannot pay you R55 000 to be telling the public that you are coming to Bo die Krans Lodge to perform, and [then] you didn’t. This is wrong. This will damage your reputation as an artist. A good name is a result of integrity, character and reputation.” He says that Makhadzi should learn to beautify her tongue with truthfulness and adorn her soul with the orna-

ment of honesty. they are doing this. This is not Meanwhile, Makhadzi was good.” contacted for comment but, unfortunately, she did not bother to respond to a media inquiry sent to her WhatsApp number. Makhadzi’s marketing manager at Open Mic Productions SA, Mr Brenden Maseko, did not answer the media questions that were sent to him. When he was called, he told the journalist to tell the “promoter” (Phaswana) to call him. “Ask Dr Ntavhanyeni Sampie the promoter to call me,” he Phaswana is aggrieved after said. “I mean, everyone is out Makhadzi’s failure to honour there trying to taint Makhadzi’s the performance agreement. name. Lots of people are lying Picture: Tshifhiwa Mukwabout her. I don’t know why evho.

Royal Kruger Baobab route launched By Silas Nduvheni A board member of the Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA), Mr Moss Tseli, has called on the people from Limpopo to travel in their own province and support the tourism industry, especially with the establishment of the Royal Kruger Baobab Route. Tseli, who was joined by some dignitaries, including PhalaPhala FM’s programme manager, Ms Sharon Ravele, and Vhembe LED Manager Mukundi Mushaphi, witnessed the launch of the Royal Kruger

Baobab Route in Thohoyandou on Saturday, 18 September. The 275km route is the brainchild of Royal Hills Lodge and Spa in Thohoyandou, starting from the lodge into the Kruger National Park via Punda Maria gate, through the park, exiting via Pafuri Gate to start the Baobab trail from Masisi village, onto less-travelled roads towards Tshipise-Tsha Sagole, and back to Thohoyandou via the Makonde-Sibasa Road. “The launch of the route is part of our Tourism Month celebrations and comes at a

time when the industry is on the road to recovery. Tourists are tired of the ordinary; they are looking for new and interesting gems. The LTA will do whatever it takes to support the endeavour and market it and create the necessary platform for this product to hit the market running,” Tseli said. The managing director of Royal Hills Lodge and Spa, Dr Azwihangwisi, and his wife, Ms Humbulani Bvumbi, said they were happy to have been graded a four-star lodge and now also got to launch the tourist route.

Photographed during the launch of the Royal Kruger Baobab route in Thohoyandou are, from left to right, Limpopo Tourism Agency Board member Moss Tseli, PhalaPhala FM’s programme manager, Ms Sharon Ravele, and the owners of Royal Hills Lodge and Spa, Dr Azwihangwisi and his wife Humbulani Bvumbi. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Abandoned new-born baby found by workers in bush woman had been up to there, the workers searched around and A new-born baby was found by heard a baby crying in the bush. workers on a farm near Gateway The new-born baby was covered truck stop early on the morning with grass and pieces of cardboard of Tuesday, 28 September. The boxes. The workers immediately abandoned baby girl was hidden called the police, who in turn in the bush, covered with grass informed Clifford. and cardboard boxes. “I immediately called Musina ambulance services and within According to Freek Clifford, five minutes’ time the ambulance, chairperson of the Musina myself and the police were on our Community Forum, some farm way to where the baby was found. workers noticed that a woman The paramedics attended to the was wandering in the bush at baby, who looked healthy,” said around 08:00 that morning. They Clifford. The baby girl was immeapproached her, but she ran away diately taken to Musina Hospital. in a northerly direction, towards “I want to thank the staff at Zimbabwe. Musina Hospital for their swift In trying to find out what the action,” said Clifford. By Bernard Chiguvare

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Baby Eliza’s parents can smile again after surgery on her head that looked like a thumb. The growth started Four-month-old baby Eliza getting bigger, which was very Khosa is in postoperative disconcerting. care at her Matsika home outTension broke out between side Thohoyandou after an the Khoza family and the Limextremely risky tumour-repopo Department of Health moval surgery performed on after doctors initially informed her head. them that baby Eliza’s conThe operation was done on dition was not considered as 21 September by a team of life-threatening, and they were specialist doctors in the Pie­ turned back twice. tersburg Provincial Hospital. The baby’s Mozambican Limpopo Mirror published the parents, Solomon Khoza (32) story on 3 September, titled and Maguta Sithole (19), can “Hope for baby Eliza”. now smile again. The baby’s Baby Eliza was born on 19 mother said: “It was absoluteMay this year in the Donald ly terrifying. It is the scariest Fraser Hospital at Vhufuli. She thing I have ever gone through. was born with a strange growth The tumour grew bigger by the By Godfrey Mandiwana

Baby Eliza before the surgery.

day and sat like a head on top of another head.” Until the surgery, doctors did not know what kind of tumour had grown on the child’s head. “I was always in tears when doctors postponed the date of an operation. But I realised that I was rushing things because of little knowledge. I’m grateful that the doctors decided to wait to see if she truly needed surgery,” Maguta said. After the surgery, the grateful mother went to the doctors and said “obrigada”, meaning Baby Eliza’s parents, Solomon Khoza and Maguta Sithole, proudly showing their daughter, “thank you” in Portuguese. “It Eliza whose tumour was removed by a team of doctors at Polokwane. Photo: Godfrey Mandiis just unfortunate that I can’t wana express myself in English. The child is doing great, and we won’t skip the dates for checkups,” Maguta said. She said that the little girl was recovering from the surgery. The baby’s father, Mr Solomon Khoza, thanked the Limpopo Department of Health for tirelessly taking care of the baby until she was discharged. “I’m over the moon. God Bless the Pietersburg Hospital’s doctors. I say obrigada to the Limpopo Show Foundation, Mirror newspaper, the SABC, and all faith-based organisations for their advice and prayers during difficult times,” Khoza added. The spokesperson for the Limpopo Department of Health, Mr Neil Shikwambana, said “Health care is for everyThe team of Soutpansberg Spar in Louis Trichardt also celebrated Heritage Day by wearone, regardless of their country ing traditional attire. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela. of origin”.


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No more empty promises, we want action, say Balethavha communities district keeps making empty promises that they don’t intend One of the traditional leaders to fulfil, and now is time for in Ha-Rammbuda, Vhaaction. We are situated in deep musanda Avhaluvhei Silidi rural areas where water is a told the executive mayor of necessity. We also want better Vhembe District Municipality roads. These services had been (VDM), Cllr Dowelani Nengu- previously promised to us,” said da, that they were tired of the Vhamusanda Silidi. VDM’s endless empty promThe Balethavha Community ises for better water services representative, Mr Doctrine and better roads. Netshikweta, said he appreciThe disgruntled comated the fact that the district munities from around the municipality took the lead in Ha-Rammbuda Tribal Author- visiting rural communities ity, who call themselves the around Ha-Rammbuda, and Balethavha Community, said he hoped that their lives would that water and roads were some soon change for the better major challenges they faced in when the district intervened in their villages. They met with resolving their problems. Nenguda, his councillors and Netshikweta said they had technical teams on Tuesday, written many letters to the 28 September, at Ratshilumela VDM after villagers comSecondary School in Tshixwad- plained about the poor service za village to discuss these delivery around Balethavha. issues. Nenguda said that he and his “We are worried that the team were ready to change life By Silas Nduvheni

One of the long-serving educators at Matangari Primary School, Lufuno Mauda, displays his certificate of recognition, while Lambani Tshivhase, Vhamusanda Mutulagole Nyamande, Vhakoma Thomaninganne Muvhango and Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nocawe Mafu (on the far right) watch. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Matangari celebrates Heritage Day as well as school’s 100th birthday By Silas Nduvheni The Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Ms Nocawe Mafu, called on the community in Matangari village to preserve and promote Heritage Day, so that future generations will not forget their culture and traditions. “The colourful traditional attire that I see today, and the vibrant indigenous music drums playing here are testament to the fact that, as Africans, we are people who are steeped in the culture and heritage that we have inherited from our ancestors,” Mafu said during the annual Heritage Day celebration and 100-year commemoration of Matangari Primary School on Saturday, 25 September, at Matangari Primary’s sports grounds. She said that one of the strategic objectives of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture was to protect, preserve, promote and develop sports, arts, culture and heritage, and advance the

socio-economic inclusivity and contribution of the sector. “The recognition of South Africa’s indigenous knowledge is one of protecting, promoting and preserving our heritage.” Mafu was joined by the executive mayor of Vhembe District Municipality, Cllr Dowelani Nenguda, Matangari village’s traditional leader, Vhamusanda Mutulagole Nyamande, and the chairperson of the Green Development Foundation, Mulalo Thabela. “Our indigenous knowledge, which is our intangible cultural heritage, allows for identity and a sense of belonging for people, as well as an accumulation of intellectual capital for current and future generations in the context of mutual need to transfer skills from generation to generation in order for the young to learn from their elders. We also need to mainstream our indigenous knowledge system into our education curriculum, so that all our youths will be able to drink from the fountain of

elders, even if they don’t have grandparents to teach them our indigenous ways of doing things,” she added. Vhamusanda Nyamande said they were happy to be celebrating Heritage Day and Matangari Primary’s 100 years of existence. “Our school has produced many alumni who comprise teachers, doctors and lawyers, among others. We want former learners of the school to come back and help to develop the school and make it a centre of excellence in maths and science,” said Nyamande. One of the long-serving educators at the school, Lufuno Mauda, who was also awarded a certificate of recognition, was greatly honoured to be recognized for going the extra mile in helping to develop the school for the better. Mauda, who has 32 years of service as language teacher, said that the school aimed to teach learners good morals and encourage them to take education seriously.

Hope for rural schools in Limpopo after court judgement on pit toilets by Section 27. The High Court ordered the On Friday, 17 September, the Department of Basic Education High Court (Limpopo Divi(DBE) and the Limpopo Desion) delivered judgment for partment of Education (LDOE) a second time in the case of to come up with a compreKomape versus the Minister hensive plan to eliminate the of Basic Education, in favour existing pit toilets at schools of the arguments presented in Limpopo with immediate effect and install safe and dignified sanitation facilities. This judgement gave hope to the learners of Bele Primary School in Vuvha village, who is one of the many rural schools in Limpopo that still use pit latrines. The school itself is in very poor condition and the parents fear for their children’s safety at the school. SGB chairperson NndavheSGB chairperson Ndavheleseni Joseph Ne- leseni Joseph Neguyuni said guyuni points at some of the cracks in the building structure at Bele Primary School. the school board had written Photo: Maanda Bele. By Maanda Bele

multiple letters requesting the Department of Education to fix the infrastructure at Bele Primary School. “An assessor visited the school in 2018 and recommended that two of the blocks be demolished and the remaining two classrooms be renovated, but until today the school is still using the old classrooms,” he said. He further stated that the SGB was tired of the old school. “We want a school that will be safe for our children,” he said. Bele Primary School was built in 1958 and was named after the aunt of the then headman of Vuvha village. Bele is a Quintile 2 school with an average of 339 to 346 learners. Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education Ms Tidimalo Chaune confirmed that the school has an infrastructural challenge. “The school is on the district’s priority list. However, it is not yet on the approved projects list due to budget constraints. The district office is currently working on alternative interventions, which will be communicated to the school community first, before being made public,” Chaune said.

for the better for rural communities, especially about delivering water services as they were the water services authority. “We understand that water remains a serious problem for the Balethavha communities. We cannot look on from the side lines while our rural communities are not getting better services. I will make a follow up myself and tell the technical services and councillors that we must put our people first, and nothing else,” said Nenguda. He said that the district municipality took the water challenges in the Balethavha communities seriously and warned his councillors: “Gone are the days when councillors make promises without action.” Nenguda further said that the short-term plan of revitalisation of old boreholes in affected villages in Balethavha would start very soon.

Standing from left to right: Vhamusanda William Netshitandani, Vhamusanda Avhaluvhei Silidi, Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality Dowelani Nenguda, Vhamusanda Nndivheni Siaga and Ms Gloria Nemavhandu, photographed after the VDM’s visit to the Balethavha communities. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Water shortages for Soutpansberg area soon to be resolved - Magadzi By Silas Nduvheni Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation Ms Dikeledi Magadzi said that water challenges in the communities of Kutama-Sinthumule and Louis Trichardt would hopefully soon be a thing of the past after certain problems had finally been resolved regarding the Sinthumule-Kutama Bulk Water Supply Project. The problems that hindered progress include the Vuwani Pipeline, where construction started in October 2014. The project was supposed to be completed in 2017, but still has not produced sufficient water for the communities. Magadzi, joined by the executive mayor of Vhembe District Municipality, Dowelani

Nenguda, Limpopo Provincial Director of the Department of Water and Sanitation Ms Lucy Kobe and the project manager for the Sinthumule-Kutama Bulk Water Supply Project, Mr Ndivhuwo Muthige, went on a fact-finding mission during a visit to the project site along the Thohoyandou-Louis Trichardt Road on Monday, 20 September. “I came here to avail myself with what exactly the issues are here that cause this project to take so long,” Magadzi said. “One of the problems indicated had to do with pipes that had to pass through a certain farm that caused trouble, but that had been resolved. The water license was another issue that took a long time to be resolved, as well as the procurement programme and process at

the Department of Water and Sanitation, in particular the procurement of the jacking of the pipes. Twenty-one (21) days from today (20 September), the bid will be closed, and people will be on site to deal with these issues,” Magadzi said. She expects these problems to be resolved within two months. Another topic for discussion was the fact that the Nandoni Dam’s pump station produces only 60 megalitres of water per day and should be augmented to produce 100 megalitres per day, so that it can provide sufficient clean water to the communities in Kutama-Sinthumule and Louis Trichardt. The initial anticipated time for this project to be completed was by March 2022, but Magadzi said it could now be reduced to December 2021.

From left to right: Limpopo Provincial Director of the Department of Water and Sanitation Ms Lucy Kobe, Vhembe District Councillor Thina Mbedzi, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation Ms Dikeledi Magadzi, Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality Dowelani Nenguda and Vhembe Municipal Manager Sylvia Ndou, photographed next to the water reservoir of the Kutama Water Project during Magadzi’s visit. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.


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“I will be glad if Thusanani Centre for the Disabled can open its doors again” By Godfrey Mandiwana

Mr Mavhaga fixes a television set in the dilapidated workshop structure of Thusanani Centre for the Disabled in Nzhelele. Photo: Godfrey Mandiwana. Fed-up residents from Elim in Limpopo marched to protest against the lack of clean water and decent sanitation in front of the Makhado Municipality’s offices in Louis Trichardt last Wednesday. The frustrated residents submitted a memorandum of grievances that lists their problems in having access to, among others, water. They also demanded that the satellite office of the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) be upgraded and that bulk water be supplied from the Nandoni, Albasini and Middle Letaba schemes. The march was organised by the Vumbanani for Peace Building organisation. More than 100 residents, including learners from Elim High School, were protesting while singing songs such as Hilava mati yo hlamba (We want water to bath). The community demanded that the Elim Bulk water supply be included in the current 2021/2022 IDP budget by the end of January next year.

When the Thusanani Centre for the Disabled in Nzhelele collapsed, it influenced many disabled people who relied on the services offered. Many left the area, but some have stayed and are using the skills they had obtained to do piece jobs and put food on the table. The 72-year-old Mr Khorommbi Jack Mavhaga is one of the people who made use of the services offered by the centre. He has now resorted to fixing electrical appliances for people to generate an income. The wheelchair-bound Mavhaga, of Gogogo village near Lake Fundudzi, is known for his skills in fixing anything from broken television sets to radios, DVD players, electrical kettles, electrical stoves and microwave ovens. Mavhaga said he was trained to fix electrical appliances at the Chamdor Training Centre in Krugersdorp. “A doctor based at Siloam hospital, who was known to us as Dr Van der Brook, paid for my training in 1983,” he recalled. “The same Dr Van der Brook found a building stand for us. The late president of the former Venda Homeland, Vho-Patrick Ramaano Mphephu, funded us to the amount of R20 000, while the ZCC’s Moria branch donated R15 000. Siloam hospital management, led by Dr Helms, donated corrugated iron and we erected a workshop structure,” he said. “These donations were like

fuelling the engine as we negotiated and opened tuckshops at Siloam Hospital, Hayani Hospital and Tshilidzini Hospital, so that health workers could buy food from us,” he said. According to Mavhaga, they built houses for the disabled, so that they could stay closer to their workshop. “We opened a business selling vetkoek to school children and a business mending school uniforms. We built three workshop structures in the Vuwani, Tshivhulani and Siloam areas. The Embassy of Japan donated vehicles.” The prosperous era, however, came to a halt. “A politician sneaked in and occupied a big position as administrator, taking advantage of our disabilities. He stole our money until nothing was left and vanished. He (politician) later died with our money,” he said. “More than 50 people living with disabilities were left stranded and later deserted the centre because there were no materials in the workshops. Many of the disabled people who vacated this centre died relying on government grants,” he said. “The little I generate from this new job is making a difference and I don’t completely rely on my disability grant. I have five children, of which one is still in Gr 12, while the other one is in the Vhembe FET College. Education is the future, and this is why I still pay for their education,” Mavhaga added. “I will be glad if our government can resuscitate the Thusanani Centre,” he concluded.


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Khalavha-Gwadzha community devise an own plan to get clean water collect water from the nearby mountain to supply to people’s The community of Khalavha’s houses,” he said. “Before comGwadzha section found a mencing with our groundwork, temporary solution for their we agreed to name it the ‘Gwalong-standing water problems dzha Community Development by constructing a pipeline that Project’.” collects water from a moun“A group of 10 men, encourtain spring and supplies it to aged by the former Limpopo people’s houses. MEC for Transport/AgriculOne of the residents, Mr ture, Dr Tshenuwani Farisani, Edson Ramunisi, said the idea climbed up the mountain, of installing a pipeline came where they discovered two after they realised that women springs,” Ramunisi explained. were risking their lives to travel The team then started building long distances into the bush to a pipe system to channel the fetch water. water to the houses. He said the area was home “Each family contributed to approximately 30 families R1 500 to purchase pipes in and was located near the Thabulk and the installation of the the-Vondo plantation. pipeline was completed within “As residents, we gathered three weeks. Now every houseand began to seek other ways, hold has its own water and can and eventually decided to use as much as they need. The By Godfrey Mandiwana

Mr Reuben Nthatheni and Mr Tshifhiwa Magau, busy installing the pipeline from the mountain to the houses at Khalavha-Gwadzha .

implementation of the water pipeline was a difficult project to carry out, due to the mountainous terrain,” he continued. Prior to the pipeline project, only three households had access to water from their private boreholes. “A reliable supply of water also allowed us as villagers for the first time to grow vegetables, plant fruits and sell them to the nearby markets. Residents of Gwadzha are predicting an even bigger harvest next year, after discovering the water supply is sufficient to irrigate their backyard gardens. Villagers have also planted fruit trees – meaning better nutrition and higher incomes. We have enough water, but the community must use it sparingly,” Ramunisi concluded.

The young Rolivhuwa Ramunisi and Shandukani Mandiwana fetch water from the new taps at Khalavha-Gwadzha.

During his life Khaukanani Lukhwa built many schools and churches Musina News The fruitful life of the late Mr Khaukanani Obed Lukhwa (89) can be likened to a burning candle providing light to the people surrounding it. Lukhwa passed away last week at Donald Fraser Hospital, following a short illness, and was buried at his home village of Mukula

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on Sunday. He was one of the most important role players who contributed immensely to the advancement of modern civilization. During his days as a bricklayer and distinguished businessman, Lukhwa built more than 50 schools and churches across the former Venda homeland. Despite his advanced age, Lukhwa walked unaided, exercised daily and personally worked on his farm every day. He attributed his advanced age to a clean life and the health benefits of the hard, physical labour he used to do during his youth as a bricklayer. In an interview a few years ago, Lukhwa told Limpopo Mirror how it had all started for him. “There were no schools in Venda, and I had to start from scratch. Government officials would show me a bush and I had to clear everything to lay a foundation. There were no tenders by then. Government would send our money to the chiefs, and we would collect it from the Tribal Councils in brown envelopes.” His son, Ernest Lukhwa, sadly said: “My father was the uniting factor within the family. We relied on him for wisdom and advice. We will miss his love, smile and hard work, which contributed to community development initiatives around our area. The schools, churches and houses he built will always remind us of his good work.” On behalf of the family, he thanked everyone for the support they had received since their father’s death. “Judged by the huge influx of condolences, it is very clear that my father was a people’s person. We thank everyone for their support during this difficult time of mourning the passing of our loved one.” Khotsimunene Vho-Rudzani Takalani of the Takalani Royal family said that the people of Mukula had received the news of Lukhwa’s passing with shock. “He was one of the greatest men ever produced in this village, and his role will never be forgotten.”


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Thovhele Gole Mphaphuli (seated on the left) tries to give words of wisdom and encouragement to the newly installed traditional leader of Malavuwe village, Vhamusanda Nndede­ dzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

A new leader for Malavuwe village the new traditional leader, he continued: “You have to rule When the new traditional your village and communities leader of Malavuwe village without taking sides between near Ha-Matsika, Vharich or poor.” musanda Nndededzeni Mphaphuli said that a Mafenya-Mphaphuli, was in- village without a traditionstalled last weekend, he was al leader was doomed, and addressed - as per tradition installing a new traditional - by senior traditional leader leader at Malavuwe village Thovhele Gole Mphaphuli under the Mphaphuli Tradiwith words of encouragetional Authority meant that ment to dedicate himself to communities would have a serving his community for leader to report their grievthe better. ances to without fear. The Malavuwe village The installation ceremony communities in return were took place on Saturday, 25 called upon to respect their September, in the Malavuwe new traditional leader as he chief ’s kraal. “We want the had been granted the power new traditional leader to be at to rule over the village. the forefront of development Shonani Mafenya-Mpin his village, as the commuhaphuli was named khadzi, nities need better roads, elec- while Khuthadzo was named tricity and water,” Thovhele ndumi. Mphaphuli said. Addressing Thovhele Mphaphuli was By Silas Nduvheni

joined by the executive mayor of Vhembe District Municipality, Cllr Dowelani Nenguda, and acting Thulamela mayor Salphina Mulaudzi. Nenguda wished the new traditional leader of Malavuwe village well in his governance over the village and reminded him that the district municipality had joined hands with traditional leaders to ensure that better services could reach the rural communities. In response, Vhamusanda Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli pledged his dedication to serving the community, to seek wisdom from God and rule without taking any sides. Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli succeeded his late father, Vhamusanda Thitovholwi Mafenya-Mphaphuli, who died in 2018.

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The late retired bricklayer, Mr Khaukanani Obed Lukhwa (89), photographed next to the plaque at Matavhela Secondary School, one of the schools he built in 1985.

Some of the khadzis of Ha-Mphaphuli display their happiness by performing traditional dances in traditional minwenda during the ceremony. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.


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Car guard a “hero” for returning bag Ms Khuliso Ndou from Musina was overcome with relief when a car guard returned her handbag, which she had lost at the Makhado Crossing in Louis Trichardt. Ndou and her partner went to the mall on Saturday, 25 September, to do some shopping when they accidentally lost her handbag. “I wanted to go to Clicks to buy necessities for the baby.

My boyfriend and I got out of the car and the baby started crying. We got really frustrated. Then we tried to put the baby’s seat inside a trolley, but it didn’t fit. The baby was very fussy and crying, so we left, forgetting my handbag inside the trolley,” Ndou said. Only when they got to the toll gate on their way back to Musina did they realise her handbag was missing. They had no other option but to turn around and drive all the way back to the mall.

Edward Vele, a car guard at Makhado Crossing, who found the handbag and returned it to its owner.

They asked all the car guards if they had seen the handbag, but no-one had seen it. Then they went to the centre management to see if they could pick something up on the camera footage, but as luck would have it, the cameras were not working that day. “We even looked inside the dustbins, but no handbag. Now we were just sour, thinking we had lost everything.” The handbag contained money, ID books and the baby’s clinic card. Ndou was convinced that all was lost, and the couple returned to Musina with the baby. A day later, she received a phone call that restored her faith in humanity. Edward Vele, a car guard at the mall, phoned Ndou, telling her that he had spotted the handbag inside a trolley on that Saturday afternoon. “I did not know where the owner was, so I later took it home with me,” Vele said. He lives at Mpheni village, near Elim. “On Sunday, I opened the bag to look for a contact number and fortunately found a small clinic book with her cellphone number in it. I called her and we arranged to meet at the mall on Monday,” he said. Ndou had the highest praise for Vele’s honesty. “All my belonging were still there. Nothing was missing, not even the money. I’m so thankful to him and when I’m in Makhado, I’ll never use another parking bay but the one that he guards,” she said.

“They killed my son for someting he didn’t do” By Silas Nduvheni Ms Elelwani Ramavhulela of Maniini Block L harbours great resentment after her 22-yearold son was killed by a group of men because he allegedly “stole someone’s car keys”. The incident occurred on Saturday, 18 September, at about 14:00 in the afternoon. Ramavhulela told the media that she nearly collapsed when the local police in Thohoyandou came to her home and informed her that her son, Mukundi Tshikosi, had died as a result of

assault. Mukundi had apparently been drinking at Jerusalem Eating House in Golgotha, Thohoyandou, on the day of the incident, when he was accused of stealing someone’s car keys. A group of men then allegedly dragged him outside and drove to Phiphidi village, where they viciously assaulted him with rocks and sticks and afterwards left him for dead on the street. Ramavhulela, however, is adamant that her son had been falsely accused. “I was surprised because Mukundi was someone who strived to

From left to right: Tshianeo Mabuda, Dakalo Tshivhase, Thabelao Nekhondela and Lazarus Ndifelani appeared in court on charges of murder. Takalani Tshivhase (not in the photo), who is the owner of the car whose keys had allegedly been stolen by the deceased, was arrested and charged first. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.


The dress that was the most popular on social media and received the most feedback, following the matric farewell function of Louis Trichardt High School, was worn by Isha Shambane. She wanted something different for her matric dance, something that she could look back on 10 years from now and be proud of. She was looking for a dress that not only said ‘Isha’, but rather echoed her name through the Soutpansberg mountains. ‘Being a picky person had me asking my sister for help. After searching for what felt like forever, we finally found picture on Pinterest of a similar outfit and it looked elegant, comfortable and was different.’ Even though she wanted to leave a mark, Isha said all the feedback was a bit unexpected, yet she feels honoured that her outfit is getting this much attention. She said her outfit made her feel more confident and she was able to really enjoy her matric farewell.

get things for himself, rather than steal. That was the reason why he was self-employed. Look, they brutally killed my innocent child for something he didn’t do,” the distraught mother said. “I want the law to take a stand and heavily charge these people who killed my son. I will never forgive them for what they did.” Mukundi had his own photography business, based in the Thavhani Mall. Mukundi was buried in Maniini Block L’s graveyard on Saturday, 25 September. Sergeant Vuledzani Dathi, spokesperson for the police in Thohoyandou, said they were investigating a case of murder. He said that the police had been telephonically notified by community members about a man who had been found lying in the street in Phiphidi village. The unconscious man was heavily bleeding, and rocks and sticks were lying around him. He was taken to hospital for medical treatment, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Five suspects were arrested in connection with the incident and charged with murder. Dathi said he could not rule out the possibility that more suspects could be arrested. The Limpopo spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, confirmed that Tshianeo Mabuda, Dakalo Tshivhase, Thabelao Nekhondela, Lazarus Ndifelani, and Takalani Tshivhase, the owner of the car whose keys had allegedly been stolen by the deceased, had appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on 24 and 27 September respectively. The case was postponed to 6 October for further police investigation and the suspects will remain in custody.

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Mamuhohi explained that a Jonathan David and Dr William revelation was received during Vun. Opportunities were made Pastor Petrus Mamuhohi, who prayer at Agapé Christian Cenavailable for church leaders to only released his debut book, tre, Louis Trichardt, in 2000, attend conferences in Malaysia.” You Are Wired for Success, a where the church was made Mamuhohi said that he had month ago, already has a new aware of the coming revival personally been thoroughbook in the making. that would affect the whole ly equipped to serve God’s The book, called Pastor Sam, a region. “Not knowing any black Kingdom in a way he had never Servant Leader – My Journey of pastor from the rural area at imagined through his relation20 years with him, pays tribute the time, they prayed for God to ship with Pastor Sam. He said to his late friend, Pastor Sam van send them one,” he said. “I am that Pastor Sam’s godly legacy Niekerk from the Agapé Centre the second one who connected would remain with many of in Louis Trichardt, who had with Pastor Sam after Dr Mike those who directly benefited not only impacted on his own Maimele from Chavani village.” from his life and ministry, and he life but also that of many other Kingdom Impact Team (K.I.T) believed that the book would be Christians leaders in the Vhembe was born and the revival of the instrumental in influencing loyal District and beyond. Word and the Spirit began. relationships in God’s church “Just six years into the new Many pastors and church leaders and other spheres of leadership dawn of democracy in South from around Limpopo Provfor great exploits. Africa, when the country was ince flocked to Agapé Christian Pastor Sam, a Servant Leader still gripped by the dark cloud Centre once per month for tre– My Journey of 20 years with of uncertainty, I met a selfless, mendous spiritual impact with him will be available as of 4 Kingdom-minded man, Pastor Pastor Sam. October from Mbuye Christian Sam van Niekerk,” Mamuhohi “This monthly meeting still bookshop in Thohoyandou, Desrecalled. “I had only been in full- continues strong today,” he said. tiny Enterprise for Printing and time ministry for two years and “Then, Pastor Sam generously Training at Mandiwana village in nine months then. I suddenly gave the best he had been given Nzhelele, and the Agapé Chrisrealised that this man had overby God through teaching and tian Centre in Louis Trichardt. come the evil spirit of racial ditraining. He also exposed us to For more information call 083 vision; that skin colour mattered global influential leaders like Dr 656 3892 or 060 664 1317. not for the truly transformed Christian believer.” He felt compelled to share the spiritual journey he undertook with Pastor Sam. “I don’t really know what it will mean to the readers,” he said. “But my takeaways from the book are the importance of loyalty in a relationship, and how much unity of hearts can achieve for the Kingdom of God. Greatness is making others great by serving them with what one has been Pastor Petrus Mamuhohi pays tribute to his late friend, entrusted with, and that’s exactPastor Sam van Niekerk from the Agapé Christrian Centre ly what Pastor Sam did during in Louis Trichardt, in his latest book. Picture supplied. his lifetime with us.” By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

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Radio station for Sereni By Ndivhuwo Musetha The Prince of Sereni, Khakhathi Mawela, has started an online radio station, Mutoli FM. Mawela, the son of Vhamusanda Vho-Mpfariseni Mawela of Sereni village under Chief Cecil Masakona, started the radio station three months ago as another way of providing a voice to the voiceless community of Sereni. The station, with the slogan Zwi-

Khakhathi Mawela, founder of Mutoli FM. Picture supplied.

liwa zwa ndevheni, has already attracted more than 1 200 followers on its Facebook page. Mawela, a well-known music producer, said that he was happy that the station was growing fast and the youth from his village and surrounding areas were benefitting from it. “As a young person who is coming from a royal family, I was concerned that there were many challenges facing our community, especially [the] youth. With this radio station, I know I will be helping to address most challenges facing the youth while my father will be using his knowledge and skills to address challenges facing elderly people,” said Mawela, better known as ‘Deejay Levhulanganda, Rambo la Donngi.’ The station currently has

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Acolly Mandiza's music is riveting By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho The music industry is abuzz with the latest hit single from the evergreen maestro of RnB and Afro pop, Acolly Mandiza. The song is a classic Tshivenda anthem titled Ndivhiseni (Botsotso), which was first recorded in October of 1980 and released in May of 1981 by the Sibasa Pirates, a music group that was led in those years by Acolly’s father, the legendary musician Vho-Elvis Mandiza. “In the remake of the song, I feature my father, who first wrote and released it in 1981,” he said. “We managed to re-do this song in a way that many youths would find relative, as we infused it with new sounds. The rendition is amazing. It’s a good, vibey song that compels listeners to get up and dance.” Many people who have listened to the song have been sending him and his father messages of congratulation and appreciation for this creative new version of the original song. “The original Ndivhiseni had become imbedded into the Tshivenda culture over the years, and it is one of the many

classics in our language which have been receiving massive airplay on PhalaPhala FM and other community radio stations for decades,” he said. “I am glad that my father had succeeded in making history in music and get to celebrate it now during his lifetime.” Acolly, born Nthatheni Ndivhuwo and residing at Ha-Muraga village, has worked with music giants Romeo ThaGreatwhite, Mazwale, Bomo, Vendaboy Poet, RG Ronewa (bass guitarist), Terror (lead guitarist) and Mutshidzi Luvhengo (pianist). He has released three albums so far, namely Ndi vhona mini, Elelwani, and Khokhonya and had won the Limpopo Music Awards (LIMA) in 2019 for Best Tshivenda Single. He further won the Best Afro Pop Award at the Front Seat Recognition Awards in 2019. “In 2020, I was nominated in two categories, namely Best Producer of the Year and Best Afro-soul at the Tshivenda Music Awards (Tshima),” he said. “Even though I didn’t win, I remain happy that I had earned those nominations.” Acolly ascended the enter-

tainment ladder with impressive speed, which is small wonder when one listens to the quality of his music. He and his famous father were both nominated this year at the Limpopo Music Awards for Best Single; Acolly for Mmbengwa, and Vho-Elvis for his song, Tshikangavhiya. “It’s my prayer that either of us wins. It’s not a competition for us, all we need is to bring the award home,” he said. To vote for Acolly, SMS “Lima89” to 47143. To vote for

Vho-Elvis Mandiza’s song, SMS “Lima90” to 47143. Acolly Mandiza is available on Facebook (Acolly Mandiza Music), WhatsApp (079 053 9194), Instagram (acolly_mandiza), Twitter (@acollymandiza), or on Tel 068 175 4335. The legendary musician, Vho-Elvis Mandiza. Picture supplied.

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Ndivhuho’s heart set on LIMA award

Ndivhuho NL has just received a nomination by the Limpopo Music Awards (LIMA) 2021 in the category of Best Jazz Song. Picture supplied.

By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho “It’s a very heart-warming song that is proving to be a Multi-award-winhit and favourite in many ning jazz musician corners of the country. Ndivhuho NL has I still receive many mesjust received a sages of praise from other nomination for African countries, and this the Limpopo really spurs me on to do Music Awards more.” 2021 (LIMA) for The singer, composer and Best Jazz Song producer hopes to bring the with his track Ndi award home soon. Ndivhuho Dzula Ndi Nae. NL holds an honours degree The song is from in music from the University Ndivhuho NL’s latest of Venda and his name is alalbum, Silent but Mut- ready embedded in southern ed, and was released Africa’s music firmament. in February this year Silent but Muted also as a pre-release to the comprises other hits such album. “The song is all as Midzini Vhutshiloni, about love and dediSilent but Muted, Vhubvoni cated to all the lovers Thohoyandou (ft Naledzani in the world,” he said. Netshirembe), Oh Yes Push

Push, Mme Anga, and Iwe Mbava. Ndivhuho NL expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the SAMRO Foundation for sponsoring the recording of his Silent but Muted project. “I extend my appreciation to everyone who participated in the making of the album, not forgetting the three musicians who put their skills into three of the semi-live songs: Dakalo Nemukula (bassist), Mutshidzi Luvhengo (pianist) and Phuluso Mbedzi (drummer).” The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ananias Begwa, and further given the final mastering touch by Richard Matoro.

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Phalaphala FM broadcasts live from UAAC conference Phalaphala FM had a special broadcast session from the premises of the United African Apostolic Church (UAAC) in Ha-Mavhunga during the church’s 2021 annual conference, which took place over the long weekend. Phalaphala FM presenter Mpho Rathando did the live crossings from the UAAC for the day and interviewed Archbishop David Mureri, leader of the church, and Mr Steven Matshavha, spokesperson for the UAAC. Members in their blue and white regalia from all over Southern Africa attended the conference. Matshavha thanked Phalaphala FM for coming to the conference and making the day a truly memorable one. “This year we felt that it would be great to have the station at the conference, so that people can listen to it on the radio. This allowed us to better adhere to the Covid-19 regulations.” UAAC is a Pentecostal church that has developed from missionary origins with African beliefs, to a syncretic African initiated church. In the main address of the event, Archbishop Mureri urged the church and community to join hands in the fight against the killing of women and children. He also urged members of the church to be wary of false prophets. Mureri said the role of the church in community development could not be overemphasized. “This message is addressed to those who have a heart, to bring hope and healing to the broken communities and believe that the church has an important role to play in this endeavour. Over the past years, the church has played a vital role in community development, both in rural and urban areas. The church and various community structures can also play a major role to alleviate chronic poverty and bring development in the community,” he said. Phalaphala FM’s programme manager, Ms Sharon Ravele, said that her station had a very good working relationship with churches and community structures. “Let us not just open the doors of our church buildings every Sunday morning, but let us open the doors of our hearts to those around us daily, so that they may see the change in us brought about by the abundant love of Jesus Christ in our lives. With the help of the church, community structures and society, we can successfully restore peace, love and harmony in our society,” said Ravele.

A dream come true for Tendani Ragimana Entertainment Those who closely follow the evolution of local reggae music will also know Tendani Ragimana as the talented, sweet-voiced backing vocalist for her husband, Shufflers Ragimana, for the past 30 or more years. What reggae maniacs do not know is that, while Tendani was working with her husband for all those years, she had a dream of releasing her own album one day. Now, having learned all the ins and out of reggae music, Tendani’s dream finally came true when she released her debut album, titled Kondelelani, last week. Although she still works with her husband as backing vocalist, Tendani said the time had come to realize her potential as musician and demonstrate her own talents that she had nurtured over a long time.

“Many people still believe that reggae is popularly sung by men, but this myth should be proven wrong. That is why, as a woman, I have taken this bold move to claim my rightful spot in this genre,” she said. “I am happy that we have other women in the music industry who are moving more into this genre. With the right support, women can also become big names in the reggae music fraternity.” Tendani said that working with her celebrity husband was to her advantage. “Reggae lovers do not usually ask who I am because they have seen and felt my presence in the music industry for many years. It is good that many people have known me even before I released my debut album.” The 10-track album consists of the original reggae songs Zwitshele, Kondelelani Dub, Ndi kho di ni

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Tendani Ragimana has released her debut 10-track reggae album, Kondelelani. Photo supplied.

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Resident abandons building his house to build community bridge instead safety of the whole community. No bridge existed between Itsani Vuledzani Jeremiah Nemutudi and Shayandima village, which from Itsani outside Thohoyandou made commuting between the two turned into the village hero when villages difficult for residents, as he used his savings, which were they were divided by the Tshidumbi meant to build the house he and River. People had to travel many his family had saved for, to build a kilometres around to get from one bridge instead – for the sake and village to the other and back. This By Maanda Bele

Vuledzani Jeremiah Nemutudi abandoned the building of his own house to build a community bridge between the villages of Itsani and Shayandima instead. Photo supplied.

was not the sole concern for residents, he said. anymore,” Nemutudi said. though; a number of people had lost He indicated that the project, which Nemutudi’s good deed attracted their lives in trying to take a shortcut by he began three months ago and comthe attention of Tshisahulu’s senior crossing the river – especially during the pleted a fortnight ago, was not without traditional leader, Chief Thivhulawi rainy season - including children who its challenges. “There were some who Makumbane, who showered him with had to get to school. were against it, but I had to ignore them accolades and gave Nemutudi his full The lack of a bridge was therefore and just continue with it. Now everysupport. “This is a vision we should all not only highly inconvenient, but very body, whether they walk or travel by support. The man sacrificed all for the dangerous too, and so Nemutudi found car, enjoys a safe passage between the benefit of the whole community. This himself faced with a serious decision: to villages using this bridge, and the many is what we as leaders expect from our complete the building of his house, or to children who attend school at Shayansubjects, and we encourage others to build the bridge. dima and Itsani do not have to worry also come up with developmental ideas For the 46-year-old hairdresser, the about missing school on rainy days in this village,” he said. question as to which was more important was never in doubt. “The bridge was not an option, but a must for me. It used to be a nightmare for us whenever the river was in flood, not knowing how to pass. We were forced to venture into the water, and, for me, it was a big challenge as I would develop tonsillitis soon after,” he said. “I spent lots of money on medication and besides, it was not safe for our kids to pass there to school. Even the community was suffering, as lives had been lost in the flooding river. I had no choice but to take the money we saved for the house and channel it into buildMichael Matongoti and his date, Mahlodi Thabelo Mashamba and Anzani Muofhe ing the bridge. This Mabetoa, brought colour to the red carpet stroll down the red carpet during Louis was no easy decision, with Mahlodi wearing a beautiful, bright yelTrichardt High School’s matric farewell but I had to do it for party last week. Thabelo looked dashing in a low dress and Michael sporting a black suit. the sake of myself, blue suit with and red tie to complement his The event was Louis Trichardt High School’s my family and the matric farewell last week. Photo supplied. date’s beautiful red gown. Photo supplied. community at large,”

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SACM probed for “fraudulent” TERS claims of R6,2m The Department of Correctional Services, however, defended the prison by stating that this probe was based on information from “disgruntled” employees.

province having to investigate its own cases. In Limpopo, 196 government officials were identified, including two doctors who led the SIU to the SACMowned prison. The two doctors became of interest to the SIU after they were found to be employed as od, funds the SIU says they did civil servants by the DepartBy Andries van Zyl not qualify for. ment of Health in Limpopo, The Special Investigation Although the SIU does not and they were moonlighting Unit (SIU) is continuing investigate private companies at the prison in their private its probe into the privately or individuals, the national capacity, for which they were owned Kutama-Sinthumule spokesperson for the SIU, Mr getting paid for by SACM. Correctional Centre outside Kaizer Kganyago, explained on Their names popped up among Louis Trichardt in the Limpo- Monday how the unit became the 196 names of government po Province for “fraudulentinvolved with the investigation. officials in Limpopo who had ly” claiming millions from the “We were asked to investigate illegally benefited from the Covid-19 Temporary Employ- the TERS from the Department TERS. er/Employee Relief Scheme of Labour, who runs the UIF. Kganyago stated, however, (TERS). The Department When we investigated that, we that when questioned, the two of Correctional Services, found that there were officials doctors said that by the time however, defended the prison of [the] government who rethe TERS money was paid by stating that this probe was ceived TERS money. Rememto the KSCC, they were not based on information from ber, TERS money was meant working there anymore. At “disgruntled” employees. as a temporary relief for people this point, what is important The government launched who suffered during Covid, to know is that an individual the Unemployment Insurespecially during lockdown. cannot claim TERS money; ance Fund (UIF) Covid-19 We found that there were only a company can claim TERS to assist employers and officials of [the] government TERS money on behalf of an workers negatively affected by who received it and obviously it individual. the Covid-19 pandemic at the would not have been right for The SIU then approached height of the hard lockdown them to receive it because no SACM to explain how they period in April and May last government official was paid came to claim from TERS, year. TERS was specifically less during lockdown. Thereamong others on behalf of the meant for people who had fore, they did not qualify; any two doctors no longer working suffered a loss of income during of them,” said Kganyago. for them. “We asked them the the lockdown period because In total, Kganyago told the question: ‘You did not suffer of, among others, jobs losses or Limpopo Mirror, the SIU any disadvantage as a prispay cuts. South African Cusfound that some 9 293 govern- on. Why did you apply for it todial Management’s (SACM) ment officials nationally had [TERS]?’” said Kganyago. In Kutama-Sinthumule Correcbenefited from TERS, of whom response, Kganyago said, the tional Centre (KSCC) claimed none qualified for the money. prison replied that they had just more than R6,2 million They divided the 9 000 plus been under the impression that from the fund during this peri- cases into provinces, with each they could claim from TERS to

pay their officials a ‘danger fee’ during the hard lockdown period as officials were forced to look after the prisoners amidst the Covid pandemic. “They [the prison] did not qualify to claim at all – for nobody,” said Kganyago. He reiterated the fact that nobody at the prison had taken a pay cut or pay reduction during this time. “They were working throughout,” said Kganyago. Kganyago said that SACM initially said they would pay back the money. “They volunteered to pay back this money, this R6,2 million. Their intention was to pay, so that this thing can go away. We said ‘No, you pay it, but it is still fraud, what you did’. Now it looks like they do not want to pay it anymore,” said Kganyago. Of the R6,2 million paid to SACM, Kganyago said, only about R2 million was paid over to staff members. The newspaper then wanted to know if private individuals were suspected to have benefited from the remaining R4 million? “We don’t know. The fact is, R6,2 million was paid from TERS to the SACM. The company took some two point something million rand to pay the ‘danger fee’ and kept the rest,” said Kganyago. Although the KSCC is privately owned and managed by SACM, they operate under the auspices of the Department of Correctional Service (DCS). The Limpopo Mirror therefore asked the DCS to comment on

the investigation as their contract with SACM prohibits SACM from speaking to the media. In response, Mr Singabakho Nxumalo, the national spokesperson for the DCS, said that the SIU’s probe was based on information provided by “dismissed and disgruntled employees who were paid the Covid-19 allowance before they were dismissed in April and May 2020 by the contractor, South African Custodial Management (SACM) at the Kutama-Sinthumule Correctional Centre”. “The dismissed duo were paid Covid-19 allowances in April and May 2020 financial year as there was a circular issued ordering that staff members working at correctional centres be paid an additional Special Danger Allowance on top of the allowances which they normally receive,” said Nxumalo. Nxumalo stated that the SACM at Kutama-Sinthumule Correctional Centre was then

informed that they did not qualify to submit the UIF claim because the company had not closed for a period of two weeks. “The contractor is in the process of paying back the money to the UIF. There was an overpayment of about R4,3 million which was paid with that particular claim. SACM then notified the fund [UIF] on two occasions about the overpayment and requested UIF to provide banking details where the money should be paid. Unfortunately, there was no response to the emails sent to the UIF,” said Nxumalo. He concluded by stating that all this information had been provided to the SIU, together with supporting documents.

“The fact is, R6,2 million was paid from TERS to the SACM. The company took some two point something million rand to pay the ‘danger fee’ and kept the rest.” - Kaizer Kganyago (SIU spokesperson)

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12 1 OCTOBER 2021 Advocate Thabelo Manyelen­yele celebrated Heritage Day at Tshinakie Resort in Muhuyu village, just outside Thohoyandou, on 24 September. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Musina residents celebrated Heritage Day at the Skoonplaas stadium on Friday, 24 September. The event was attended by officials from the Musina Municipality, various community structures, and rural and town residents. Several art activities, including poem recitals and dancing, were performed in celebrating the event. Benjamin Mashila, one of the coordinators for Arts and Culture in Musina, encouraged the community members to embrace their culture and traditions, revive what has been lost and make it an important part of their lives again. In the photo, Musina youths are performing cultural activities during the event. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.

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Ms Thifhelimbilu Ravhuanzwo (principal of Matangari Primary), Vhamusanda Dzudzanyani Nemaramzhe, Dovhani Nemaranzhe and Shonisani Netshizivhani celebrated Heritage Day on 24 September at Matangari Sports Grounds. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Some staff members of PIB Insurance Brokers in Thohoyandou celebrated Heritage Day on 24 September. They were photographed at their offices in Thohoyandou. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

The Davhana Royal Council at Mpheni received a brand-new computer and printer from Kingpin Financial Services on Saturday, 18 September, at Mpheni. From left to right are Maluta Ranenyeni, Matodzi Nesengani, Vhamusanda Vho-Frank Davhana, Jone Mulaudzi (donor), Charles Musekwa and Julia Munzhelele. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.




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LEGALS K.N MATHIVHA LOST OR DESTROYED DEED No�ce is hereby given in terms of Regula�on 68 of the Deeds Registries Act,1937, of the inten�on to apply for the issue of cer�fied copy TG824/1997VN passed by THE LIMPOPO DEEDS OFFICE in favour of NERIAS KHOROMMBI MATHIVHA in respect of ERF 3133 SHAYANDIM- A which has been lost/ destroyed. All interested persons having objec�on to the issue of such copy are hereby required to lodge the same in wri�ng with the Registrar of deeds at DEEDS OFFICE 101 DORP STREET, POLOKWANE, 0700 within two weeks from the date of the publica�on of this no�ce.

KNM MBADALIGA ATTORNEYS NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 35 (5) OF ACT 66 OF 1965 Kindly be informed that the First and Final Liquida�on and Distribu�on Account in the Estate of the late TSHIKOTSHI NKHWELELENI LACKSON I.D no: 590612 6105 082 of 4650, Makwarela, LIMPOPO PROVINCE, who died on the 20/06/2021, estate ref: 2541/2021, Master’s office: Thohoyandou will be open for inspec�on for a period of 21 days from date of publica�on at the Master’s offices. Should no objec�on be lodged with the master’s office during the specified period, the executor will proceed to make payments in accordance with the said account.

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LOUISE TONKIN INC. ATTORNEYS NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN TERMS OF SECTION 29 (1) OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT 66 OF 1965 All persons having claims against the undermen�oned estate must lodge it with the Executor concerned within 30 days from date of publica�on hereof. Estate number: 880/2021 Surname: MHLONGO Names: SOLANI CERTIFICATE Date of birth: 1962/05/13 Id No: 620513 5571 080 Last address: 459 Dzumeri Village, Giyani Date of death: 2021/01/21 Master’s Office: Polokwane Names and Surname of surviving Spouse: Dorah Moope Mhlongo Date of birth: 1964/10/19 Id No: 641019 0324 082 Signed at Florida Hills on 07th day of September 2021 Name and Address of Executor or Authorised agent: LOUISE TONKIN INC, 484 Ontdekkers Road, Florida Hills, 1709 Name of Adver�ser: Karabo Zondo, 484 Ontdekkers Road, Florida Hills, 1709 Tel: 011 472 2828 Email: karabo@l� Ref: EST880/2021

LUVHONE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS NOTICE TO INTERESTED AND AFFECTED PARTIES (I&AP) ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION GRANTED FOR THE PROPOSED development of filling sta�on in Ngovhela village on the farm Chibase 213 MT within Thulamela local municipality of Vhembe district No�ce is hereby given in terms of the Na�onal Environmental Management Act (NEMA), 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) as amended, and the Environmental Authoriza�on (EA) received on the/first issued on 20 August 2021 for the proposed ac�vi�es described below. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Mr Raedani Rembuluwani Isaac proposes to establish a filling sta�on at Ngovhela village located at 22° 57’ 23.3” S; 30° 26’ 25.9” E. The filling sta�on will comprise of the following: • Convenient shop with parking; • 2 X 46 000 litres of underground storage tanks for 93 unleaded petrol; • 2 X 46 000 litres of underground storage tanks for 95 unleaded petrol; and • 2 X 46 000 litres of underground storage tanks for diesel (1x50ppm Diesel and

1x500ppm Diesel) The development footprint is 4000 square metre of land and the total capacity of underground tanks to be installed is 276 000 litres. The development triggers ac�vity 14 in GNR 983 of EIA regula�on of 2014. As per EIA Regula�ons, 2014, 4(2): The applicant must, in wri�ng, within [fourteen] 14 days of the date of the decision on the applica�on ensure that – (a)All registered interested and affected par�es are provided with access to the decision and the reasons for such decision; and (b)the a�en�on of all registered interested and affected par�es is drawn to the fact that an appeal may be lodged against the decision in terms of the Na�onal Appeal Regula�ons, if such appeal is available in the circumstances of the decision. The Appeal procedure in terms of the Na�onal Appeals Regula�ons, 2014, 4(1) –An appellant must submit the appeal to the appeal administrator, and a copy of the appeal to the applicant, any registered interested and affected party and any organ of state with interest in the ma�er within 20 days from: (a)The date that the no�fica�on of the decision for an applica�on for an environmental authorisa�on was sent to the registered interested and affected par�es by the applicant; or (b)the date that the no�fica�on of the decision was sent to the applicant by the competent authority, issuing authority or licensing authority, in the case of decisions other than those referred to in paragraph (a). In terms of the Na�onal Appeals Regula�ons, 2014, 4(2): An appeal submission must be(a)Submi�ed in wri�ng in the form obtainable from the appeal administrator; and (b)accompanied by (I). A statement se�ng out the grounds of appeal; (II). Suppor�ng documenta�on which is referred to in the appeal submission; and (III). A statement, including suppor�ng documenta�on, by the appellant to confirm compliance with regula�on 4(1) of these Regula�ons. A copy of the Environmental Authorisa�on will be furnished on request from the Environmental Assessment Prac��oner. For further informa�on with regards to the proposed project and the appeal process, kindly forward your name and contact informa�on to: Luvhengo Charles- EIA Consultant: Luvhone Environmental Consultants P.O. Box 2134,

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MALULEKE B ATTORNEYS. NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN TERMS OF SECTION 29 (1) OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT 66 OF 1965 All persons having claims against or in favour of the under men�oned estate must lodge it with the Executor concerned within 30 days from the date of publica�on hereto. Estate No: 814/2021 Master’s Office: Thohoyandou. Name Of Deceased: MURULANE TSHISHONGA JERRY Iden�ty No: 450511 5126 082 Last Address: THOHOYANDOU Date Of Death: 09/02/2021 Authorised Agent: MALULEKE B ATTORNEYS, 7 Tambo�e Street, Sibasa, White Area Next To Masala Stores, P.O Box 2919, Sibasa, 0970 Ref: Maluleke B/Estate 02/2021



NUMBER: 461003 5196 080 WHO USED TO RESIDE AT ERF NO: 310A HATSHIKONELO, LIMPOPO PROVINCE WHO DIED ON THE 18TH JULY 2021 AND WAS MARRIED TO MAKHEDA THIDZIAMBI NYAMUKAMADI OF IDENTITY NUMBER: 530202 0311 085. ESTATE NUMBER: 0001731/2021 AT MASTER OF THE HIGH COURT THOHOYANDOU WILL BE OPEN FOR INSPECTION FOR A PERIOD OF 21 DAYS FROM DATE OF PUBLICATION AT THE MASTER’S OFFICES. Should no objec�on be lodged with the Master’s office during the specified period, the executor will proceed to make payments in accordance with the said account. SIGNED AT THOHOYANDOU ON THIS THE 22ND DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2021. Meriri NL OFFICE N0: 203, SECOND FLOOR VENDA OFFICE PARK P O BOX 917 THOHOYANDOU, 0950 TEL: 015 962 2735 / 083 940 8170 FAX: 086 737 1859 EMAIL: pbnmawila. a� REF: PBN/EST09/2021






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Nesengani to continue sponsorship By Kaizer Nengovhela

Former Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi (left) hands over a trophy to the top goal scorer, Lucky Buasi. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

The managing director of Singo Mining and Plant Hire, Mr Robert Nesengani, said he would continue to sponsor local soccer events such as the Mabena Soccer Tournament. He addressed players and community members during the prize-giving event on Saturday at the Mashamba Grounds of to honour the late Joseph “Mabena” Mashamba. Mashamba played for different teams in Vhembe, including Black Leopards and Venda Squad. Nesengani said that they would continue sponsoring the tournament as this formed part of the company’s development mission. “As a company,

it is our obligation to ensure that the society in which we are living is healthy, and sponsoring football is a step in the right direction.” He said that the aim of his company in funding sport was that they wanted to develop rural young people, keep the youth off the streets and prevent them from abusing alcohol. “I am very proud that we have nurtured young people of real quality,” he said. According to him, soccer is an important vehicle for harmonious interaction between people. The organiser of the tournament, Ms Mercy Rambau, praised the sponsors. She said that she was convinced that the tournament would produce stars who would receive international recognition.

She further said that the organisers appreciated the selfless contribution by the sponsors, who were at the forefront of developing the local youth. “Despite the difficult economic conditions, we still find companies that are prepared to share their takings and support us.” The champions, Mashamba Soccer Academy, went home with R25 000, a new soccer kit, 10 soccer balls, gold medals and a floating trophy. The runners-up, Masakona Young Tigers, received R15 000, silver medals, 10 soccer balls and a soccer kit. The two teams knocked out in the semi-finals, Mukondeni Shooting Stars and Magau United, received R7 000 and R4000 and 10 balls each.

Andani and Ruben third in Magoeba Trek and the fourth-place finishers, which views and an overall great atmomeant they still had a chance at a great sphere. “It was definitely something to Two weeks ago, one of Louis Tri­ overall finish and performance. On remember and definitely something chardt’s most promising young day three, the pair gave it their all and that we will be doing next year,” said mountain bikers, Andani Raphalala- managed to scoop a third place again. Andani. ni (16) of Ridgeway College, took on This placed a serious challenge in Tzaneen. them third The challenge was the Magoeba Trek overall in the Mountain Bike 40km Stage Race from general classifi17 to 19 September, with cyclists havcation, securing ing to complete some 40km of intense them an overall mountain biking every day with a daily third place over elevation gain of more than 1 000m. the three days Before Andani and his teammate, for this difficult 16-year-old Ruben van Tonder from and challenging Mokopane, took on the cold, tough race. terrain and other challenging teams, The event they had to do some serious preparawas hosted by tion. The two had to prepare to handle Insect Science, the climbing, distance and fast pace of one of South racing to finish the race strongly over Africa’s leading the period of three days. sponsors of On the first day, Andani and Ruben mountain bikTeammates Andani Raphalalani (left) finished third overall, with a sizeable ing, including and Ruben van Tonder (right) at the gap between them and the fourthyouth cycling. Magoeba Trek Mountian Bike 40m place finishers. On day two, the duo The race feaStage Race. Photo supplied. crossed the line in fifth place, with tured amazing only a few minutes between them trails, stunning By Karla van Zyl

Eight teams in Vhako soccer tournament

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on Saturday. The final will be played on Sunday at the Bale Grounds. Mr Hedrick Mavhetha, coordinator of the tournament, expressed his appreciation towards the sponsors. “Despite the difficult economic climate, we still find companies that are prepared to share their takings and support sport,” he added. He said that identifying future stars at grassroots level was important. He appealed to the club officials and players not to involve themselves in wrongdoings, such as bribery and assault on referees, saying that such actions would not only bring the tournament into dis-

repute, but it would also dent the image of the sponsor. He appealed to the local teams who are playing in the higher leagues to come and scout for players. The winner of the competition will receive R3 500, while the runners-up will receive R2 000. The teams that will finish in the third and fourth place will go home with R500 each. The teams that will participate in tournament are Bale United, Mapakoni Via Kinga, Matshena Hungry Lions, Manenzhe Liverpool, Lwathudwa Black Movers, Sigonde Young Stars, Gumbu Peace Makers and Rangani Stars.

Mpheni Home Defenders, who play under the Safa Limpopo ABC Motsepe league's banner, received a donation of two soccer kits, 50 tracksuits and 20 balls from Hollywoodbets on 15 September at Louis Trichardt. Standing at the back, from left to right, are: Thabelo Tshikweta, Robert Baloyi, Nunthuko Sithole, Lodwick Mkhatshwa and David Malesela. Sitting in front are: Lufuno Mudau, Khathutshelo Rumani and Ndivhaleni Manenzhe. Photo supplied.


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Lacoste Morning Stars too strong for Tshandama Young Stars By Frank Mavhungu In their Sasol Women’s League match that was played at the Tshandama Grounds on Saturday, Lacoste Morning Stars were too strong for Tshandama Young Stars, whom they brutally walloped 4-0. Young Stars managed to match the visitors from Shayandima pound for pound in the first half, but the wheel of fortune turned against them in the last stanza. The hosts took the game to Morning Stars from the first whistle, but their strikers fumbled at the goal finish. At that stage, Morning Stars were playing with their backs against the wall. The

Young Stars’ original stamina faded towards the end of the first half. Morning Stars capitalised on the setback and scored the opening goal in the 38th minute. Rofhiwa Tshivhase hooked in the ball, following a square pass from Omphulusa Ratshihule to bring the half-time score to 1-0. The only player who was reprimanded with a card in the game was Fhulufhelo Nekuvule of Young Stars. She tackled Lufuno Gedeje from behind three minutes into the last half. Morning Stars increased the tally in the 58th minute. Asiashu Mudau headed home after a scramble within the box. Morning Stars were the first to effect

change to their starting line-up. They introduced Nsovo Mkansi at the expense of Khomotso Mokgokong. Young Stars played the last 20 minutes of the game with 10 players. Their midfielder, Ronewa Rambau, left the pitch with an injury to the knee. They could not replace her as they had nobody on their substitution bench. Morning Stars found this a blessing in disguise. They scored two more goals in the last 10 minutes of the game. Mususumeli Mankga scored with a ground cutter in the 80th minute, while Rofhiwa Tshisevhe completed her brace in the dying minutes of the game. Morning Stars are still leading the pack with 30 points with this victory.

Omphulusa Ratshihule of Morning Stars (left) and Zwivhuya Mbedzi of Young Stars wrestle to win the loose ball. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Ravies scrape through after hardearned victory against All Nations

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fans had invaded the pitch towards the end of the game. Ravies FC will be campaignAt that stage, Ravies were ing under the banner of the leading 1-0. SAFA Vhembe SAB League Last Friday’s game was a when the activities for the see-saw battle as both sides new season start later this managed to create their own month. They beat All Nations scoring chances and wasted FC 6-5 in their Thulamela them. Fhulufhelo Mukwevho, Local Football Association Ravies’ captain, was down and (Thulfa) promotional play-off out from the start. Although match at the Thohoyandou P Mukwevho fumbled to control East Grounds last Friday. the ball on numerous occaThis was a replay game after sions, the team’s technical the initial game that was played staff only replaced him later in at the same venue two weeks the last half. The first player ago was not completed after to go into the referee’s book

fourth spot. Teams that will be booted out of the competiTeams affiliated to the Thu- tion in the quarterfinal stage lamela Local Football Asso- will each receive a consolation ciation (Thulfa) are gearing prize of R1 000 and a soccer up for the Mpho Mathoho ball. Electrical KO Competition. Mr Singo said that teams The opening matches will be that were recently promoted played at various venues on to the SAB League would not Sunday afternoon. take part in this prestigious According to the chairman competition. They are: Maof the league, Mr Ephraim konde Home Defenders, MatSingo, 108 teams will battle sika Shooting Stars, Tshaulu partake in the championHungry Lions, Mukumbani ship. According to Singo, the Shooting Stars, Tshithuthuni champions will walk away Remember My Promise, with a cash prize of R15 000, Lwamondo Mighty Brothers, a floating trophy, gold medals Madzivhanani FC, Matovha and a soccer kit. The runDevoted Vultures, Mukula ners-up will receive R10 000, Fast XI, Ravies FC and MD silver medals and a soccer kit. United Stars. MD United The team that will finish in Stars were the last side to the third place will take home gain promotion to the SAB a cash prize of R7 000 and League. They beat Mapuloni bronze medals, while a cash Highlanders 3-0 in their prize amounting to R5 000 promotional play-off match at and a soccer kit are awaiting the Tshandama Grounds last the team that will finish in the Sunday.

was Mutshidzi Mabushe of All Nations. He tackled Zwivhuya Tshisaphungo from behind towards the end of the first half, and the referee was lenient enough not to give him his marching orders. Unfortunately for Mabushe, he committed a similar offence four minutes into the last half. This time around, the referee was quick to flash red. All Nations did not give in without a fight after they were reduced to 10 men. Instead, they continued to play as a collective, initiating some promising moves from the middle of the park. Ravies replaced their captain, Fhulufhelo Mukwevho, with Takalani Mphaphuli in the 65th minute. The scoreboard was still blank when the referee blew the final whistle, and the winner was determined through penalty shootout. Ravies converted all six their chances through Zwivhuya Tshisaphungo, Funanani Nefale, Rotondwa Netshivhodza, Gudani Munyamela, Mpho Mphephu and Takalani Mphaphuli, Unarine Matambela of All Nations in action after heading the ball while All Nations away, while Muano Maloba of Ravies pulls him back from behind. scored five from the Photo: Frank Mavhungu. white spot. By Frank Mavhungu

Mixed fortunes for local GladAfrica teams in past weekend’s clashes Lidoda duvha jumped to the 11th position on the log with The three Vhembe-based seven points after the draw. teams campaigning under Venda Football Academy the banner of the GladAfrica managed to hold Richards Championship League had Bay FC to a 1-1 draw, despite mixed fortunes over the past playing away from home. weekend. The positive spinThe match was played at the off is that none of them had Umhlatuze Sports Complex in lost their weekend matches. Richards Bay. Black Leopards and Venda Tshakhuma Tsha Football Academy (VFA) Madzivhandila, or Vhadau Vha shared the spoils with their Damani as they are affecopponents, while Tshakhuma tionately called, came back Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) home with full points. They had managed to grab the three beat Jomo Cosmos 1-0 at the points that were at stake. Tsakane Stadium in JohannesBlack Leopards played to a burg on Saturday. TTM took 52 goalless draw with University minutes to score the goal that of Pretoria in a game that was earned them three significant characterised by wasted scoring points. TTM are now lying in opportunities at the Old Peter the ninth spot on the log standMokaba Stadium in Polokwane. ings with eight points accumuBy Frank Mavhungu

lated from six outings. Pretoria Callies managed to register their first victory this season. They rose to the occasion and beat the pace setters, Platinum City Rovers, 2-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. City Rovers are still shining on top of the log, despite the defeat. They are leading the pack with 13 points, two ahead of Polokwane City and Free State Stars. Polokwane City beat JDR Stars 3-2 at the Soshanguve Giant Stadium outside Pretoria. TS Sporting and Uthongathi FC played to a 1-1 draw at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, while Free State Stars played to a goalless draw with Cape Town Spurs at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem.

By Frank Mavhungu

According to the rules and regulations for the competition, all matches will be played at neutral venues. All games will be played for 90 minutes, and no extra time will be added at the end of the regulation time. The teams will proceed straight to penalty kicks in case the teams play to a draw at the end of regulation time.

The chairman of Thulfa, Mr Ephraim Singo. Photo supplied.

Mashamba Soccer Academy crowned as the new champions By Kaizer Nengovhela

dished a pre-cooked pass to Vincent Ramunana, who easily beat the stranded keeper with a volley. Tigers did not sit back and relax after the Academy goal. Their leading goal scorer, Fhulufhelo Mudau, continued to knock on the opponents’ door, with no success. Tigers replaced Lufuno Ramadzhadzha and Thabo Rapau with Pfarelo Ndou and Mulisa

Rambau respectively. Although the replacements managed to change the complexion of the game, Tigers found making their way through the defence of Academy impossible. The last 20 minutes of the game was war in the true sense of the word. Tigers were threatening to find the net, but the solid defence of their opponents denied them a goal.

Masakona Young Tigers could not absorb the pressure and effectively gave away the trophy of the Mabena Soccer Challenge to Mashamba Soccer Academy at the Mashamba Grounds on Saturday. Mashamba Academy won the final 1-0. Academy’s killer striker, Vincent Ramunana, was a thorn in the flesh of Tigers’ defenders. Tigers’ keeper, Tapelo Motau, denied the opponents numerous sure goals in the first 20 minutes. In the first instance, Khumbudzo Muvhango could not believe his eyes after Motau stretched to the limit to execute a brilliant save. Lufuno Mulaudzi missed a fortune a little later. He received a beautiful pass from Daniel Madobane outside the box. Instead of returning the pass to Mulaudzi, who was in a perfect scoring position, Mulaudzi chose to try his luck by unleashing a volley that made the Tigers keeper, Motau, perform overtime. He palmed the ball out for a corner kick. In the 34th minute, Academy Emmanuel Rambau of Mashamba Academy with the ball, took the lead. Pontso Ramasowith Ndifelani Mashau running for cover. Photo: Kaizer Nenbana initiated a solo move from the centre of the park and govhela.


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MD United Stars through to Safa Vhembe SAB League sevhe caused an upset. He received a neat pass from Gudani MD United Stars were the last club from Nemukula and unleashed a half volley from the the Thulamela Local Football Association 20-metre area. The ball missed the target by (Thulfa) to secure a place in the Safa Vhembe inches. SAB League. They brutally crushed Mapuloni Their overlapping midfielder, Ndaedzi Highlanders 3-0 in their promotional play-off Munyai, was unlucky moments thereafter. He match at the Tshandama Grounds on Sunday. suffered the pain of watching his ground cutter Highlanders looked stronger on the attack in going astray. the first 10 minutes of the game. They threatUnited Stars gained momentum as the game ened to score twice in quick succession. In the progressed. They got their first chance in the first instance, their right winger Thendo Tshi18th minute when Ndivhuwo Tshirundu capitalised on Uhone Mukwevho’s clearing error and beat the keeper with a ground cutter. Highlanders lost cohesion after Stars’ opening goal. The keeper of Highlanders, Pfarelo Mbulaheni, mishandled the ball in the 28th minute. Mutendwa Ramabulana, who was waiting close by, blasted in a rocket to bring the score to 2-0. Highlanders started to demonstrate their rough skills to vent their frustration. The situation came back to normal after the referee warned two of their players, Ndaedzo Munyai and Thendo Sinyengwe, with yellow cards. United Stars scored the third goal six minutes before the referee blew the half-time whistle. Ndivhuwo Tshirundu completed his brace after beating the offside trap. The last half was characterised by wasted scoring opportunities. Highlanders replaced their keeper with Mutshidzi Sinyegwe in the 55th minute. They tried every trick possible in their Unarine Mukwevho of Highlanders hooks the ball, search for goals, but the Stars kept their while Ndivhuwo Tshirundu of United is on his heels. wall strong for the remaining part of the Photo: Frank Mavhungu. game. By Frank Mavhungu

with eight points, five behind the pace setters, Platinum City After collecting the maximum Rovers. Richards Bay will have points away from home last the mammoth task to stop Saturday, Tshakhuma Tsha TTM’s strikers in Rhulani ManMadzivhandila (TTM) will zini, Lucky Setelele and Naeem be on the road again this Amoojee. Setelele scored the weekend. They will undertake only goal in their game against a journey to Richards Bay, Jomo Cosmos. where they will play against Tomorrow’s match will be Richards Bay FC in their the second for Richards Bay at GladAfrica Championship home in a row. This after they League match at the Umplayed to a 1-1 draw with Venda hlatuze Sports Complex on Football Academy at the same Saturday afternoon. venue last Saturday. TTM are still fresh from a Venda Football Academy 1-0 victory over Jomo Cosmos. (VFA) will enjoy the homeShould they manage to collect ground advantage in their the full points at stake tomorgame against Uthongathi FC. row, TTM will be on course for The match will be played at the league title. Vhadau Vha the Thohoyandou Stadium Damani are currently lying in tomorrow. Should they win the ninth position on the log tomorrow’s match, VFA are By Frank Mavhungu

likely to jump from the 12th position to the fifth spot on the log standings. Black Leopards will fly to Cape Town, where they will meet Cape Town Spurs at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday. Hungry Lions will host Free State Stars at the Kimberly Stadium in the Northern Cape. JDR Stars will have a date with TS Sporting at the Soshanguve Giant Stadium outside Pretoria. University of Pretoria FC will entertain Platinum City Rovers at the Absa Tuks Stadium in Pretoria. Polokwane City will play host to Cape Town All Stars at the Polokwane’s Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, while Jomo Cosmos will play against Pretoria Callies at the Tsakane Stadium in Johannesburg.

Maindis Ladies ready to destroy Richmond United in Super League the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria. Sundowns are still to lose a league match this season. They had won 13 of the 14 matches which they had played to date. Their worst result was a 2-2 draw with JVW Ladies at the Tsakane Stadium in Johannesburg about three months ago. Golden Ladies will host Tsunami Queens at the Mahikeng Stadium in Northwest.

By Frank Mavhungu

The Giyani Stadium will be the best place to be on Sunday afternoon. That is where the much-awaited Hollywood Bets Super League match between Maindis Ladies and Richmond United will take place. A quick glance at Maindis’ track records shows United will be lucky if by chance they manage to go back to De Aar in the Northern Cape with a point in hand. Maindis collected four points in their last two matches. They held University of Johannesburg FC to a 1-1 draw at the Giyani Stadium two weeks ago. They are still celebrating their 2-0 victory over Tsunami Queens at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium in the Free State last Sunday. The team’s captain, Xiluva Tshabalala, and Tswarelo Digkauta scored for Maindis. Maindis are now lying in the ninth position on the log standings, following the victory. Asked what the team’s victory meant to them, the team’s assistant coach, Mr Rhulani Mathebula, said that the win would inject a spirit of self-confidence into the players. She further stated that Maindis had been playing entertaining football in the previous games and that their strikers had been unlucky at the goal finish. All Maindis’ players will be available for selection on Sunday. United must keep an eye on Xiluva Tshabalala, Molepo Rapatsa and Dolly Mnisi or else they will never know what had eaten them at the end of the game. Two matches will be played on Saturday Maindis’ goal poachers, Molepo Rapatsa and afternoon. The pace setters, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, will host Bloemfontein Celtic at Xiluva Tshabalala. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

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Dzudzanani Ramabulana of United (right) and Thendo Tshisevhe of Highlanders are focused on the high ball. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

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