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Lack of water fuels the fires in Musina By Andries van Zyl Government has another lesson to learn regarding the violent protests in the border town of Musina the past week in reaction to poor service delivery. This time, the constant dry taps sparked the unrest, with

Mr Kenneth Woolf from Texas in the USA and Ms Prudence Bopape from Ha-Masia tied the knot during a traditional wedding ceremony, held on 14 May at Ha-Masia. Kenneth and Prudence met in China and fell in love. When Prudence travelled back to South Africa for her father’s funeral, Kenneth later flew in and proposed. They have a beautiful daughter, named Zoe. The happy family are relocating to Seattle (USA), as Kenneth is currently working there. Photo supplied.

the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) singled out as the culprit. The situation in Musina became increasingly intense from Tuesday, 10 May, when residents first took to the streets, burning tyres and barricading streets, in protest against the town’s chronic

water shortages. In response, the Vhembe District Municipality issued a statement on 11 May, stating that they were trying to restore the water supply to the town. Also on 11 May, Musina Mayor Godfrey Mawela addressed residents, calling for calm. Violence flared up again,

however, on Thursday 12 May, and the police had to call in reinforcements to contain the situation. Carnage followed, with municipal infrastructure being damaged, vehicles being stoned or torched, and shops being looted. (Continues on page 2)

This vehicle and municipal building that were torched on Monday in Nancefield. Images supplied.


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ZCDF accuses Makhado councillors of running ‘jobs-for-pals’ scheme By Kaizer Nengovhela The Makhado Municipality is being accused of running a “jobs-for-pals” scheme, where the family members and friends of councillors, specifically those serving in executive positions, are given preference. The Zoutpansberg Community Development Forum (ZCDF) has launched a scathing attack on the municipality, vowing to not let go of the matter until a thorough investigation is completed. “Allegations of nepotism and cronyism are rife in this municipality, and we want investigations urgently,” said Patrick Sikhutshi, chairperson of the ZCDF. Sikhutshi explained that the municipality had advertised and filled positions of roughly 100 general workers to render

much-needed services to the community. According to the ZCDF, the process of filling the positions was influenced by executive councillors and deserving applicants were side-lined. Friends and family members of the councillors ended up being appointed, Sikhutshi alleged. Sikhutshi said the appointments should have been done last year, but the process was stopped by certain councillors who wanted to wait for the regional conference of the ANC to take place. Only after the conference in November did the process continue. The ZCDF believes that the infighting between the factions in the ANC is also reflective of a toxic culture whereby the “winner” of the “fight” gets to influence the process of appointing workers. “We are fed up with corruption and nepotism in this

municipality. Some people are occupying positions that they don´t even qualify for. Workers must be employed according to their credentials, not according to favours. We are going to fight this, and we want the vacant positions of directors and managers to be filled immediately,” Sikhutshi said. The secretary of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in the Makhado Municipality, Mr Tsanwani Raduvha, said as a union they would investigate the allegations. The spokesperson of the Makhado Municipality, Mr Louis Bobodi, said that the municipality had not received any formal complaint concerning the appointment of the workers. He said that when they received a formal complaint, they would investigate the allegations.

Members of the Magogona family during the funeral of the late Phanuel Magogona. Photo supplied.

Retired educators can join the VREA Magogona family also lose their father after ‘bloody’ Easter robbery members. “Initially, we used to meet once a month in Babylon, The president of the Vhembe near Thohoyandou. We were Retired Educators Associhappy when we were given a ation (VREA), Mr Ronald mutual place to meet freely. We Mutsila, appealed to rewould like to have many retired tired educators to join their educators join us as just sitting association and share their at home after retirement can experiences with others. become a boring situation,” he The association was estabsaid. lished in 2018, so that retired Dr Mathews Tshikovhi, the trip organiser for the association, said that they planned all kinds of excursions for the members to go on, such as visiting different places. They have already visited Mphephu Resort, Eiland and Tshipise Resort, to mention but a few. As it is, he is currently busy organising a trip to the Kruger National Park during Heritage Month. The association also arranges for members to go to the gymnasium at the Royal Some of the embers of the Vhembe Retired Educators AssociaGardens near Nandoni to tion (VREA) after attending a meeting in Thohoyandou. Photo: exercise their bodies. Silas Nduvheni. By Silas Nduvheni

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By Elmon Tshikhudo The Magogona family, who have not yet recovered from the death of their mother, who was brutally killed during an attack and robbery at their house in Phiphidi over the Easter weekend, now they have to deal with losing their father as well. Phanuel Magogona (56), a government employee, his wife Norah (53), and their two grandchildren were asleep in the early hours of Easter Friday, 15 April, when intruders broke into their home. The couple woke up when they heard noises in the house and got up to inspect the situation. They came face

to face with the thugs, who violently attacked them. Norah was brutally killed in the attack, while Phanuel was severely injured. Their 10-year-old grandson, Blessing, thankfully sustained only minor injuries, while sixyear-old Gudani escaped unharmed. Phanuel was rushed to the local hospital but later transferred to the Polokwane MediClinic. No suspects were arrested, and a case of murder and attempted murder was being investigated. However, Phanuel succumbed to his injuries on 5 May, and the family now seems to have issues with the police, claiming that the police are not letting them in on what is happening with the

case. They feel the police are not doing enough to arrest the killers, even though their father provided the police with the names of the suspects before he died. At the time of our going to press, police spokesperson Col Malesela Ledwaba could not provide this newspaper with any information regarding the case either. To, the question whether the initial charges of murder and attempted murder had changed to two murder cases since Phanuel Magogona’s death, he only said that a post-mortem needed to be conducted first to confirm the cause of death. Phanuel was buried at the local Phiphidi Tshandau cemetery on Saturday, 14 May.

Lack of water fuels unrest in Musina and Nancefield

(From page 1) One unconfirmed report indicated that one person had died after being shot during the protests. Who had shot him and where could not be confirmed. To curb the surge in violence, the police had to use rubber bullets to disperse the protesting crowds and try and restore calm. On Friday, the Limpopo police issued a statement announcing that they had arrested four suspects on charges of public violence, arson and malicious damage to property, following the violent protest action. They also stated that the police would remain in the area as the situation remained volatile. In the meantime, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe urged the public to raise their concerns peacefully and desist from resorting to violence. “Blocking roads, looting businesses and damaging properties are serious offences and police will not hesitate to act against the perpetrators,” said Hadebe. As the weekend progressed, sporadic scenes of public violence were reported, and on Sunday, the police released another statement, stating that an additional five suspects had been arrested for public violence, arson, and malicious damage to property. These arrests brought the total number of suspects arrested

to nine. On Monday, the situation in Musina took a turn for the worse once more. Reports indicated that a 16-year-old pupil was allegedly hit in the eye by a rubber bullet after the police had fired on protesting crowds. He was, apparently, on his way to visit his father, who works at the municipal offices in Nancefield. This infuriated residents, which later led to the municipal office in Nancefield being torched and basically burnt to the ground on the same day. At the time of our going to press, the situation in Musina was calm but tense. Several residents the newspaper spoke to indicated that they feared that the violence could flare up again at any time and spill over into Musina’s CBD and

residential areas. Numerous residents also expressed their extreme dismay with the criminal elements within their society who decided to “cash in” on the protest action by looting shops. Several voice notes also circulated on social media of persons calling for more violence and the looting of shops. Rumours also abounded that the continued “call” for more violence was being fuelled by forces within opposing political factions as part of the political infighting within the Musina Municipality. As for the VDM’s plan to address the service delivery protest in Musina, they issued a statement on Tuesday, stating that water was being supplied to Musina residents at that stage, except for Extension 14, which still had no water because

of the low volume of water. “Vhembe District Municipality will drill six boreholes, while Venetia Mine will also drill an additional four. In total, it will be 10 more boreholes,” said VDM spokesperson Mr Matodzi Ralushai in the statement. He added that the contractor was on site and two boreholes had already been drilled. All that was left to do was to equip and electrify the boreholes to augment the water supply. Ralushai said that the town’s water supply would be switched off again at some stage to fill up the reservoirs. “We further humbly request residents to work together with our municipalities and Venetia mine in order to reach our common goal of supplying water to all areas,” Ralushai said.

The N1 next to Musina Mall resembled a battlefield on Thursday, 12 May. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.


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Did cyberbullies contribute to Vele’s resignation? figures to attract more listeners. The station was bombarded with What was supposed to be a pleasant stingy comments. One listener said, surprise for Phalaphala FM’s morn“They made a mistake, the whole show ing drive fans turned out to be a great is now boring.” Another one commentdisappointment. ed, “We feel betrayed as listeners”, while When Phalaphala FM announced another concerned fan commented on their new line-up for the 2022/2023 Phalaphala FM’s listeners Facebook radio year in late March, fans were told group, “Let’s all vote Vele out.” Some to watch out for a “surprise presenter” even went as far as to say that Vele is who was to co-host the morning drive “too forward” and that her voice is “not show, Vhandilani, with Terry “The Big for radio”. Dude” Mudau. Needless to say, Vele’s radio career The surprise presenter was due to be did not last long. In fact, it died after revealed on 1 April 2022 (the start of only two weeks as she was criticised the new radio year), but this took lonand cyberbullied by fans until she ger than expected and only happened announced her resignation on Monday, a month later, fuelling the anticipa16 May. tion. On 2 May, the station finally In a statement she posted on social announced that the well-known actress media, though, she said that the main and TV presenter, Vele Manenje, would reason for her resignation was because be the new co-host for Vhandilani. she had “a lot on her plate”. The station naturally expected exciteHer statement read as follows: “Hi ment from their listeners, as Vele is there fam… it is with great regret that I a celebrity. Instead, her appointment have to deliver the news that Phalaphawas met with hostility and resentment; la FM and myself have parted ways. fans questioning whether Phalaphala For those of you who do not know I FM was trying to copy the Metro FM am a new mom and having to navigate style of appointing well-known public between 3 TV programs and a radio By Maanda Bele

slot was becoming strainous (sic) on me. With that being said I have to bow out of the breakfast show and focus more on my recurring commitment. Phalaphala FM still remains my home and the door is wide open for any further collaborations between the two brands. Thank u for opening your hearts and homes to me every morning… all my love VELE ‘Mukololo wa ha MANENZHE’.” But why did she accept the job in the first place when she knew she had “a lot on her plate”? listeners now want to know. Phalaphala FM released a media statement on Tuesday, 17 May, confirming Vele’s resignation. “Phalaphala FM is saddened by the recent departure of Vele Manenje, who was a co-presenter of the breakfast show, Vhandilani. The station welcomed her at the beginning of May this year. Phalaphala FM thanks Vele Manenje for her time at the station and wishes her well in her future endeavours.” Vhandilani will continue to be presented by Terry ‘The Big Dude’ Mudau.

Phalaphala FM’s surprise presenter, Vele Manenje, resigned after just two weeks on the station’s morning drive show. Photo: Phalaphala FM Facebook page.

Family devastated after their nine-room house at Makononi burns down By Kaizer Nengovhela The Mufamadi family from Makononi village, next to Ha-Tshisele, were left speechless with shock after their nine-bedroom house burnt to ashes on Tuesday evening, 17 May. The owner of the house, Ms Nndanduleni Mufamadi, said she heard the children screaming for help a few minutes after the power came on again at

around 21:00, after load-shedding. When she went to their room, she noticed that the house was on fire. “I rushed there and found that there was a lot of smoke, and the house was on fire. I could not believe my eyes when I saw my house burning. I felt like I was dreaming,” Mufamadi said. “We tried to extinguish the fire, while at the same time trying to call the police and firefighters, but the fire was

very fierce. All seven members of the family scrambled outside to safety. The firefighters arrived and tried to contain the fire, but it had spread to all the rooms by then. People from the village gathered at the homestead but could do nothing. We watched everything inside burn. Yet, we thank God for saving our lives from the fire, for we know that material fortune is not as important as our lives.”

Mufamadi suspects that one of the plugs in the children’s bedroom must have made an electrical short when the power came back on. “The estimated damage is about R400 000, which is a lot of money for someone who is unemployed.” None of the family members are employed. The family are left with nothing except the clothes on their backs and are sending a plea

for help out to the community to help them with food, clothing, furniture and household utensils, as well as building materials, so that they can fix their house. The chairperson of the local SANCO branch, Mr Masala Meregi, urged the family to accept what had happened. “It is a time to be united and continue with our lives. Let us put everything in God’s hands,

because He is the only One who knows what to do,” Meregi said. “It will be very hard for them (the family), as they had accumulated their things over many years, and it will be difficult for them to buy everything all over again. They will need the community’s support,” Meregi said. Anyone who can help the family can contact Mufamadi on 079 076 6038 or Meregi at 072 355 4612.

The Mufamadi family’s nine-bedroom home after it had caught fire because of an electrical fault on Tuesday, 17 May. Photo supplied.

Musina mayor still waiting to hear whether he should step aside By Kaizer Nengovhela The embattled mayor of Musina, Cllr Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela, says he is willing to step aside, but the ANC’s Integrity Commission must first tell him to do so. However, no urgency appears to exist for the setting of a date for such a hearing. Mawela became involved in a pub brawl in February this year and was arrested for assault shortly afterwards. He had to appear in court on

charges that he had assaulted the 25-year-old Carris Munzhelele, a fellow resident of Muswodi-Dipeni village. The case has since been postponed on more than one occasion, and he is out on R3 000 bail. Since the incident, Mawela has dodged the issue and was not willing to relinquish his position in the council voluntary while the matter serves before a court. Mawela reported the matter to the ANC’s provincial integrity commission. This body must now make a decision.

Earlier this week, Mawela confirmed that he had received a reply from the provincial integrity commission, informing that he had to appear before the commission. Mawela said that no date had been set for such a hearing. He confirmed once again that he would step aside, should he be ordered to do so. The ANC’s provincial spokesperson, Mr Donald Selamolela, said that any party member facing criminal charges would have to face the integrity commission.

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“Our graveyards should be sacred places - not dumping grounds” Limpopo Mirror correspondent Bernard Chiguvare visited the cemetery in Nancefield earlier this month. He was invited to go there to witness the shocking state of the graveyard. Here is his own account of what he found: By Bernard Chiguvare

The 72-year-old Elvis Sithole burns grass and branches dumped at the Nancefield graveyard, next to Musina High School. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.

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Dean Zwo Nevhutalu, representing the SA National Aids Council (SANAC), called on leaders across the Vhembe District - particularly mayors, Speakers, councillors and traditional leadership - to champion the rollout of the Men’s Parliament across the Vhembe District. He was speaking during the launch of the regional Men’s Sector, held at the Professor Victor Ralushai Main Library Hall on Friday, 6 May. The Men’s Sector commits to a national Men’s Parliament to be held every two years at parliament. This year’s session is scheduled to take place on 17 and 18 November. The event provides a coordinated platform for men to discuss a wide range of matters, such as organisational development, capacity enhancement, leadership and sustainability of men’s civil-society-movement responses and campaigns. It aims to promote cohesion and justice, with a special focus on the prevention of gender-based violence and femicide, and HIV and TB. “We have to address the challenges faced by men in society and try to come up with amicable solutions,” said Nevhutalu. He was joined by, among others, acting Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) Mayor Anderson Mudunungu and the chairperson of the Limpopo-based Munna Ndi Nnyi? (Who is the Real Man?) Men’s Forum, Bardwell Mufunwaini. During the meeting, they discussed men as champions of change in the prevention of HIV/Aids, communication in the family, gender-based violence and femicide, and raising responsive, responsible boys, amongst other things. Nine new members were selected to serve on the Men’s Sector for the next two years. Mudunungu congratulated the new members and said he believed that they would make a meaningful impact on men around the district, holding meetings in communities where men could discuss their challenges openly with other men. “The district municipality will raise funds to allow men to hold different campaigns in an effort to address the challenges men encounter within their families and in society. We support the Men’s Sector fully and believe it will make an impact in our society,” he said.

collapsed wall, and suggested that they make use of EPWP workers. However, Musina Municipality claims that a team has been tirelessly cleaning the graveyard since the Easter holidays. “It is an African custom to clean the graves of their dearly departed and the municipality greatly appreciates those members of the community who follow this practice, as it also assists in keeping the graveyard clean,” said Mr Wilson Dzebu, the municipality’s spokesperson. Regarding criminal activities at the graveyard, the municipality said they took this in a serious light and promised to report it to the police, so that it could be rooted out. On the issue of overgrown bushes, the municipality argued that a part of the graveyard was waterlogged, which meant that the vegetation would grow fast, even if the municipality cleaned the area regularly. Responding to the issue of security guards, Dzebu said the municipality conducted a risk assessment before assigning security guards to any area. “None of our graveyards are guarded by security,” he said.

LGBTQIA in Musina relaunched had relocated to other places because of work commitments On Saturday, 7 May, Musiand could not return to Muna’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, sina for organised LGBTQIA transgender, queer, interactivities. About 70 LGBTQIA sex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) members converged for the movement was relaunched relaunch early in May. at Nancefield Hall after Although the structure had being inactive for almost not previously experienced five years. any challenges, Chauke made This community structure an appeal to the community was launched in 2014 and to try and get to know them was operational until 2018. and what they stood for. “We Yvonne Chauke, the director are normal human beings. of the Musina LGBTQIA, said Being a lesbian does not mean that one of the issues that one cannot be a mother. We had led to the disbandment are also parents. Please take was that many of its members the time to get to know us,” By Bernard Chiguvare

said Chauke. Chauke encouraged LGBTQIA members from all over the Vhembe region to unite as one big family. A member of this group said she was happy to see the relaunch of the LGBTQIA in Musina as this would give them an opportunity to make their voices heard by the community. “It is very difficult to single-handedly deal with the challenges we face in the community, but as a structure, I am sure the community will quickly understand our concerns.”

Musina LGBTQIA members at the movement’s relaunch on Saturday, 7 May 2022. Photo supplied.

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It was around 09:00 on Saturday morning, 7 May, but a thick cloud of smoke already billowed out of what seemed to be a bushy area in Nancefield, Musina. As I came closer to the smoking area, I noticed an old man, clad in black attire from head to toe. The old man was sweating from the heat of the fire. He was burning the grass and dead branches and other rubble found in the graveyard. “Why are you burning the grass here?” I wanted to know. “This is one of the oldest graveyards in Musina,” he said, looking over the site. “I believe the graveyard should be a respected place. It should be kept clean and tidy.” His home stood a couple of metres from the graveyard. Asked why he had taken it upon himself to clean the graveyard, he said: “Twen-

ty-seven years ago I buried my father at this graveyard. This is a sacred place.” The man, Elvis Sithole (72), did not mince his words. He blamed the municipality and residents for the poor state of the graveyard. Sithole was once a councillor of Musina Municipality, around 1994. He said the graveyard used to be cleaned regularly, with security guards manning it. “I was born and bred here in Musina. There are a lot of issues going wrong in Musina, like the graveyard that is now not being looked after. People are turning it into a place for mischief. Sometimes I see people sleeping here at night.” Other residents are also concerned about the state of the graveyard. The area has grown wild and bushy, and for trouble-seekers to gain entry into the graveyard is easy. “There are all kinds of criminal activities going on at the graveyard. The municipality should take note of this,” said Peter Jack, chairperson of an organisation called Musina To The Front. Jack said the community wanted the municipality to clean up and rebuild the

Acting Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality Anderson Mudunungu addresses guest at the launch of the municipality’s Men’s Sector. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

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Wonder Juniper obtains his PhD By Kaizer Nengovhela

Taxi drivers blocked the 10km stretch of gravel road from HaMashau to Ha-Masia in protest of this road’s poor condition. Photo supplied.

Taxi drivers block road to Ha-Masia in protest By Kaizer Nengovhela

Hundreds of workers and learners were left stranded again on Wednesday, 11 May, when taxi drivers blocked the 10km stretch of gravel road from HaMashau to Ha-Masia, protesting against the poor condition of the road. The taxi operators are calling on the Department of Public Works to fix or tar the damaged road. Mashau falls under the jurisdiction of the Collins Chabane Municipality. One of the members of the Vuwani Taxi Association using the Mashau route, Mr Martin Malabi, said they were promised a tarred road by the Department of Public Works long ago. He said that the road was causing damage to their vehicles. “We have spent a lot of money fixing our vehicles because of this bad gravel road. Our government doesn’t care about us. It breaks my heart to see sick people crying from pain caused by the bumpy ride to the

healthcare facilitates.” He said that the taxi association and several community structures had gone to the Department of Public Works on numerous occasions to complain, but that nothing was done about it. A taxi driver from the area, Mr Ndanduleni Mashanyu, told Limpopo Mirror that they could no longer work under these conditions. He said that this issue had first been reported to the Department of Public Works in 2011. “We want the MEC for Public Works, Dickson Masemola, to come here and tell us when they are going to fix our roads. If he doesn’t, we will continue to block the road. We have to fix our taxis every day with the little money we get. We are saying enough is enough,” he said. Spokesperson for the Department of Public Works Mr Joel Seabi said the department was aware of the situation. “Due to the heavy rainfall during the past months, the department has noted a number of roads damaged in different communities.”

Well-known Phalaphala FM presenter and part time media studies lecturer at the University of Venda, Wonder Juniper, obtained his PhD in media studies at the University of Limpopo on 7 May. Juniper hails from the rural village of Ha-Khakhu. He started his education at Madala Primary School and finished matric at Mathede High. In 1997, he started his radio career as presenter and producer of a talk show programme at Univen FM, where he later became the programme manager before he joined the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Limpopo in 2000. From 2001 to 2005, Juniper worked as a producer of different programmes at SABC’s Phalaphala FM, where he was involved in audience research and presented educational radio

programmes, until he joined the University of Limpopo in 2021. He holds BA a qualification in communication science from UNISA, Hons (media studies) from the University of Limpopo and an MA (communication, media and public relations) from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. His experience in higher education includes serving as an online tutor in communication science at Unisa, and at Univen as a part-time lecturer in radio broadcasting studies. He has presented two conference papers for his PhD thesis and has been supervising honours students. Juniper’s study examines the relevance of community radio’s economic empowerment programming at three radio stations in the Limpopo Province, namely Moletjie FM, Sekgosese FM and Univen FM. The study notes that community radio as a technology has the inherent potential to facilitate knowledge and skills transfer for economic empowerment to target communities in South Africa. Notwithstanding the sector’s relevance and positive impact through its diverse programming formats,

it encounters challenges in the programme formulation process, design and implementation. This is largely owed to limited stakeholder involvement, lack of audience research, inadequate funding, lack of relevant skills among programmers and absence of programme evaluation. This has a negative bearing on the quality of economic empowerment programmes offered by the community radio stations in the province. Subsequently, the study has developed a self-designed economic empowerment programming model (EEPM) based on the existing institutional and policy framework to enhance the effectiveness of radio programming in the sector. Juniper said that obtaining his doctorate had not been an easy road. He expressed his appreciation to his family for their support regarding his achievements. “Growing up in a disadvantaged family background was not easy, but I am happy that I made it. Young people, don’t ever use your poor background as an excuse for not going to school and not aiming for a brighter future,” he said.

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Members of the police stationed at the Makhado office celebrated Mother’s Day by dressing in their traditional attire. A special function was also held last Friday (13th) during which various speakers talked about the importance of women in society and why their rights should be protected. Photographed here are, in the front row, from left to right, Col Nyelisani Mabatha (station commissioner at Makhado) and Irene Radzilani (spokesperson). Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

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6 20 MAY 2022

Mopani trees under threat as gangs start stripping Niani area

be our gold mine, with the el- controlling woodcutting,” he in other parts of the country derly people harvesting many said. (like the recent floods in The Vhembe region boasts kilogrammes of the Mopani Mr Zaid Kalla, spokesper- KwaZulu-Natal). This could one of the most beautiful worms on an annual basis. son of the Limpopo Departalso lead to serious soil eroand valuable trees - the They would later sell them ment of Economic Develsion, to the detriment of the Mopani - but experts warn and improve their living opment, Environment and community,” he said. that if people do not start to conditions from the proceeds Tourism, reminded residents “It should be taken into protect it from the hands of of their sales, but today we of the importance of the consideration that cutting careless woodcutters, it will see big trucks, fully loaded environment and that comtrees without a permit is lead to dire consequences with wood, emerging from munities should be actively illegal. As a department, we for the indigenous birds the bushes. Sooner or later involved in its safekeeping. are doing all we can to arrest and animals of the area. this has to stop. We must all “It should be remembered this scourge. We are on conOf late, the Niani area has take part in preserving our that plants and trees play stant patrols in the area, and seen an influx of invaders environment for the future a very critical role in the this has helped subside the from far and near who go generations,” he said. management of climate rampant sale of firewood in there with no better intention Another community change and the environment the area, but we still call on than to cut these treasured member, Mr Eric Mandiwain general. Without plants communities to be actively trees for firewood. Because na, said no more control and and trees, there would be dire involved in safeguarding of this, the tree, which is a order existed in the village. consequences as witnessed their environment,” he said. major food source for the “Our environment is beprotein-rich Mopani worm ing stripped bare under (which most African tribes our watch. The previous rely on for food), might soon government had stricter go extinct, ultimately leading laws that ensured the ento a lack of resources to make vironment stayed intact, its inhabitants self-sufficient. but all this has changed, Mr Adam Mulaudzi, a resi- and people do as they dent in the area, realises how please. That is the readependent the people are on son we are experiencing the Mopani tree. He said they such severe changes in became concerned when they our climate. Our plea to saw the destruction around the government is that them, and at such a fast pace. they deploy environmen“Things were fine when peo- talists to enforce the law ple only took the dead trees in this area. There are The Mopani tree is in danger of extinction in certain areas for firewood. It was regulatso many unemployed as it is carelessly being cut down for firewood. Photo: Elmon ed, not what we are witnessyoung people here who Tshikhudo. ing today. These trees used to can perform the task of By Elmon Tshikhudo

Mulanga Muofhe, the only child of the late Lilian Tendani Muofhe, pays tribute to her mother. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Professor Lilian Tendani Muofhe hailed as a giant hero of the struggle Mphaphuli Secondary, where she finished her matric. While there, Premier Chupu Mathabatha she became an active member of described the late Professor Lil- the Student Christian Movement ian Tendani Muofhe as a great and her political involvement and leader, celebrated academic and engagement started to bloom. “mentor to so many people”. “The democracy and freedom that we are celebrating today did Muofhe, who died on 10 March not come freely. This democracy this year, was granted a special is paved in the blood, sweat and provincial funeral service on toil of many of the combatants Saturday, 14 May, at the Makand leaders, such as the late Prof warela TVET College Hall outside Muofhe. In her honour, we should Thohoyandou. continue the fight in defeating the “This is indeed a befitting coronavirus pandemic, accelertribute to a deserving giant. As we ate the economic recovery, fight mourn, we remember to celepoverty and create jobs, as well as brate the life of a great human fight the scourge of gender-based being, social activist and woman violence,” said Mathabatha. who dedicated her entire life to The premier handed over the the search for knowledge,” said South African flag to the bereaved Mathabatha. family at the Maungani graveyard, The premier was joined where Muofhe’s husband had also by struggle icons such as Dr been laid to rest, as a token of Tshenuwani Farisani and Judge appreciation for producing such a Tshifhiwa Maumela. The MEC for gallant revolutionary academic. Transport and Community Safety, Muofhe’s only child, Mulanga Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya, Muofhe, said she was struggling read the obituary. to come to terms with the loss of Muofhe (69) was the wife of her mother. “To be honest, I still the late Dr Tshifhiwa Muofhe, a cannot find the words and courLutheran lay pastor and activist age to say goodbye. I still cannot who was wrongfully framed and face my life without you. In this brutally killed by the police while cold world, you were the best part in detention for allegedly bombing of my life, which I can’t erase. You the Sibasa police station in Octowere my place of safety in danger, ber 1981. pain and disappointment,” she In 1973, Muofhe attended said. By Silas Nduvheni

Veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu, an old classmate of the late Professor Lilian Tendani Muofhe, also shared his sentiments during the special provincial funeral service held for her. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

VDM kick-starts IDP consultative meetings By Silas Nduvheni With the kick-start of the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM)’s integrated development plan (IDP) and budget consultation meetings, water challenges clearly remain a serious problem many communities would like the district to solve urgently. The VDM started its draft IDP public meetings at the Madimbo Community Hall in the Musina Municipality, which was attended by hundreds of people from all corners of the municipality. Delegates raised issues on water challenges, the poor state of roads and lack of network services in some of the rural villages, which hamper communication. On Tuesday, 10 May, the meeting was held at the Malamulele Town Hall in the Collins Chabane local municipality, and on 11 May, at the Makhado Show Grounds in the Makhado Municipality. A new date for Thulamela will be communicated in due course. A community leader from the Madimbo area, Mr Hulisani Mafuwa, said that, as the district clearly struggled to deliver proper water services to its communities, for the four local municipalities to each be given water licenses might be better, so that they themselves could deal with the water challenges affecting their communities. “We see that water challenges are serious problems and that the district is unable to solve them. This leaves many communities without clean water from their taps. We also suggest that the district establish water steering commit-

tees to help identify water problems we might face and deal with them head on as soon as they happen,” he said. Mafuwa pointed out that the Madimbo communities have been without clean water for almost three months as thugs had stolen the cables supplying electricity to the borehole pumps. This, he said, happened because no one was there to guard them. Another delegate, Ms Salome Gumani of Mpumbuluni village near Tshivhongweni, said the village did not have cellphone coverage at all and that the communities found communicating difficult. She said that, because of this,

unemployed job seekers and aspiring learners who wished to further their studies were negatively affected. The acting executive mayor of the VDM, Advocate Anderson Mudunungu, acknowledged that water was still a serious problem in the district. For that reason they had set aside more than R134 million for water and sanitation and were ready to repair and maintain the ageing water infrastructure. Mudunungu tabled the 2022/23 Vhembe District budget of R2,48 billion. This allocation, he said, had decreased by 2% from the R2,53 billion of the previous financial year.

From left to right: Speaker of the Vhembe District Municipality Freda Nkondo, Vhamusanda Mmbengeni Rammbuda, Thovhele Alone Manenzhe, Acting Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Anderson Mudunungu and Vhamusanda Mulindathavha Tshisudzungwane, photographed after the draft IDP consultative meeting at the Madimbo Community Hall. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Don’t link us to these suspects, says Mabirimisa company By Staff Reporter Mabirimisa Bus Services has lashed out at news media outlets and social-media platforms where no proper fact-checking is done. In the latest incident, the bus company is erroneously linked to a suspect in a ritual murder case that happened in 2006. Last week, four people ap-

peared in the Seshego Magistrate’s Court in connection with the murder of Ronnie Makgato. The 35-year-old Makgato, from Mamehlabe village in Ga-Matlala, Limpopo, went missing in 2006. At the time of his disappearance, he worked in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria. In 2021, Themba Dube was arrested for allegedly killing seven women in Polokwane.

Dube, who was dubbed the Polokwane serial killer, then allegedly also provided the police with information about Makgato’s murder. Makgato was allegedly murdered to sell his body parts for ritual purposes. In April this year, three men and a woman were arrested in connection with Makgato’s murder. They appeared in the Seshego Magistrate’s Court last

Wednesday. The names of the suspects were given as Marcus Makgato, Joshua Hlako, Khumbelo Mabirimisa and Amanda Makgato. In reports that appeared on social media and news aggregator sites such as Opera News, the one suspect, Khumbelo Mabirimisa, is being identified as “of Mabirimisa Bus Services”. “Khumbelo Mabirimisa is not

part of us; we are not related to him in any way, we just share the same surname,” said Mr Robert Mabirimisa, general manager of the bus company, in a statement this week. Mr Mabirimisa said that they were shocked to hear that news outlets had linked the company’s name to such a shocking ritual murder. “We are totally against and distance ourselves

from such intentional, wrongful and unlawful barbaric acts of killing innocent people,” he said. “We trust the laws of this country [and] that there will be a successful investigation and prosecution of the perpetrator and that those who are found to have committed this heinous crime against Ronnie Makgato are put behind bars and removed from the street for the safety of our names and society in particular,” he added.


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Phase 1 of D3715’s rehabilitation done The Sinthumule/Kutama Crisis Committee chairperson, Mr Elijah Liremi, said that the road would make things easier for Kutama residents. He said they were very excited about the government’s commitment to uplifting conditions for people in rural communities, but that more still needed to be done in the second phase of the project. “We are worried about the poor state of the remaining 5km stretch of road, which is filled with potholes too. It is becoming difficult for buses and taxis to ferry commuters as it is,” he said. “It took the government very long to finally answer our pleas, but now we appreciate the good work the contractor has done. They worked at a satisfactory pace too.” Kutama resident Mr Alugumi Muofhe had used the old, potholed road for many years. He said that the bumpy, potholed road had damaged many cars. “I started using this road before it even had a bridge years ago,” he said. “Some

By Kaizer Nengovhela Residents of Sinthumule/Kutama were exuberant when the 3,5 km rehabilitated D3715 road from Madabani to Madodonga reopened for motorists on 7 May. The D3715 road had been the cause of numerous fatal accidents over the past few years. R30 million was set aside to fix it, and the project was divided into two phases. The first phase involved the road between Madabani and Madodonga, and the tender was awarded to Mazaxa Construction and Projects. Work commenced on 17 January this year. This phase, costing R8 million, was supposed to be concluded by the beginning of April this year, but because of rain, construction was delayed and only finished at the end of April. The remaining R22 million now goes into the second phase of the project, which involves the five kilometres from Madodonga to Tshikhodobo.

Phase 1 of the D3715 road was reopened on 7 May. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

people could not go into town to work or arrived late for work because the road was so bad. Cars had to move very slowly on this road.” Taxi driver Mr Shilenda Bazela said that to finally have a proper main road was a true victory for motorists and residents from the area. “Even pupils

had a hard time using this road because the people who ferried them to and from school always complained about the road’s condition. I am very happy now that the community does not have to worry about the road when it rains hard anymore, and bumpy rides will be a thing of the past,” he said.

Thovhele Vho-Vele Kutama said they welcomed the reopening of the road, which gave an indication that the government would render more services to the area in the future. He appealed to the authorities to speed up the appointment of the new contractor responsible for the second phase of the project.

Beware of scammers at ATMs, warn police By Kaizer Nengovhela The police have warned members of the public to be vigilant when using ATMs and hold onto their bank cards while money is being withdrawn, to avoid fraud. This follows a series of recent incidents where residents from the Siloam and Mphephu areas fell victim to ATM fraudsters. According to Limpopo police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, several cases relating to ATM scams are being investigated after the local police received reports about criminals who pretend to be assisting people at ATMs, then rob them of their cash. Other victims reported that their money got stolen directly from their bank accounts after they used the ATMs. One of the victims, Ms Violet Tshimange, lost nearly R4 000 because of ATM fraudsters. She says that, although she did report the matter to the police, it offered no consolation. “It was like I was dreaming when I received the SMS notification that I had just withdrawn money, while

I never did. I save money to ATMs. “Thugs mainly prey Tshindane, urged shoppers build my house, but these on unsuspecting card holders to be more vigilant. He said cruel people robbed me,” she during transactions at ATMs. that the community was so cried. We urge people to not allow happy that they did not have Mr Marcus Mpfariseni anyone to offer to help them to travel long distances to get from Biaba town in the when they withdraw money to banks and shops anymore, Nzhelele area was another from ATMs, as these crimbut now they were being victim of an ATM scam when inals are on a mission and robbed of their money. He he was robbed of his hardhave already scammed several said that anyone who saw earned money a fortnight victims in the area. Don’t the robbers must notify the ago. “I received notifications accept help from strangers; police, security guards or any that my card had been swiped rather ask bank officials for other community strucat shops and that money was assistance.” ture immediately. “Always drawn in Louis Trichardt, The secretary of the South keep a watchful eye out for which is 55 km from Biaba,” Africa National Civic Associ- fraudsters when doing bank he said. Shortly after that, ation in Siloam, Mr Tshume transactions,” he advised. he received another SMS notification of a R2 000 withdrawal from his account at a shop outlet in the same area. “We are no longer safe in this world. The men are always well dressed. They offered to help me, but then changed my bank card without me noticing,” he said. Mojapelo said that the Siloam and Mphephu areas had clearly become targets for criminals, and that the communiThe local police warn communities to be vigilant at ATMs. Photo: ties should be highly Kaizer Nengovhela. cautious when using





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8 20 MAY 2022

Shirley Mudau publishes first book of short stories

Queen Popoo takes another step up the music ladder

published her first Tshivenda book of short stories, titled Naledzi Masase. At age 53, Azwindini Shirley Mudau from The book comprises 16 stories, including Mvuso Park in Thohoyandou is very proud to Naledzi Masase, Mireo, Mukosi wa Thumbuni, have finally Mutobvu, U sa Divha nandi, and Ndivho thukhu iya shengedza. The novellas, which are all focussed on modern-day life, can be enjoyed by readers from all age groups, the author said - whether they be men, women, young children or elderly citizens. “Seeing that I have touched so many spheres of life, I decided to name the book ‘Morning Star’ (Naledzi Masase) to bring light to those who might be in the darkness.” The author said she needed only 30 days to write all 16 stories. The title story, Naledzi Masase, is about a parent who refuses to accept that her daughter was born with learning barriers. Later on, the girl’s future becomes the brightest of all of her siblings. “She was like the morning star in the family.” Mudau made a name for herself when she became one of the writers of the popular Phalaphala FM soapie Ndi yone mini yeneyi in 2015. She is already working on her second book. She believes that people should not hide their talents. “Strike the iron while it is hot. Never hide your talents, because they might be beneficial to someone else,” she said. “We Azwinndini Shirley Mudau finally published were born with different talents. Whatever her first book of short stories, called Naledzi one can do should be done to the best of his Masase. Photo supplied. or her ability.”

This rising star hails from Facebook page (Queen Popoo Vondo village outside ThoSA) or on Youtube (Queen Popular hip-hop singer, hoyandou. She discovered her Popoo). She can also be conFhatuwani Dzhadzhi (27), music talent while she was tacted directly on Tel 082 735 fondly known as Queen still in her primary years and 8269. Popoo, released her third sang at her school assemblies. 14-track album, called Ndo Later, she developed the contshinyani? (What have I fidence to follow her dreams done?), on 5 May. and turn her singing talent Ndo tshinyani is a plea to into a career. women not to abort, or give Her first album, My birth to and then kill their voice is my hero, was new-born babies. “Our youths released in 2019, have turned into killers of followed by her a sorts; they give birth and second album in either kill or throw their 2020, called Ndi new-born babies away. Those munangiwa, meanbabies have the right to live, ing ‘I am chosen’. though they are voiceless. Dzhadzhli composed When I sang these songs, I and sang the songs acted like a baby pleading for alone. To perfect its young mother not to throw her music cait away,” Dzhadzhi said. The reer, she studalbum includes songs like Mu- ied Popular kondeleli, Weh dali, Makhosi Music at the and Besties. South West “I am proudly born and Gauteng bred in the Limpopo province College in Local hip-hop sensation, Queen Popoo, and that’s why my fans call Dobsonhas a strong message for the youth in her me Queen Popoo (Popoo ville. newly released album, titled Ndo tshinfrom the word Limpopo),” she Follow yani? Photo supplied. explained. her on her

By Bernard Chiguvare

By Bernard Chiguvare

High honour for music legend Dr Thomas Chauke Entertainment After six years of travelling, intensive research and interviewing, Sydney Fetsie Maluleke has finally realised his dream to document the life of one of the most respected Xitsonga musicians of our time, Thomas Chauke*. Maluleke, who hails from Muyexe village near Giyani, was ecstatic when his book, Dr Thomas Chauke - Everything is Ximatsatsa, was finally printed. The book, published by Maluleke’s publishing company, Maluks Books, of which he is the managing director, will be distributed to the public within the next two months. Speaking to Limpopo Mirror on Saturday, 14 May, Maluleke said that writing this book was one of the greatest honours he could bestow on Chauke, who is popularly known as ‘Xinyori’. “We are very fortunate to have this great man among us. He is

one of those important figures who need to be recognised while they are still alive. Chauke never compromised his culture and tradition and stands out as one of the greatest and most successful Xitsonga musicians of our time. I am proud to have finally played my role in recognising this larger-than-life character in my lifetime.” Maluleke’s book chronicles Chauke’s life. “It explains how Dr Thomas Chauke emerged in the Xitsonga music fraternity in 1981 with his band, Xikundu Stars (Tinyeleti ta ka Xikundu), which later became known as the Shinyori Sisters, and how they revolutionised the once marginalised Xitsonga music.” The success of Chauke and the Shinyori Sisters prompted Maluleke to document something he considers very special. “With his band, Dr Thomas Chauke recorded 37 successful albums under a series of the Shimatsatsa, of which

most notched [up] gold and multi-platinum status. Until now, Dr Thomas Chauke has won 16 SAMA Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and has acquired two honorary degrees from the University of Venda and the Tshwane University of Technology. He is also a recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga, bestowed upon him by former President Jacob Zuma.” The book also describes how Xitsonga traditional music shaped the culture, language and identity of the Vatsonga people. “The strength of the book lies in the interviews I conducted with Dr Thomas Chauke himself, his late mother, N’wa-Masiya, family members and members of his band. I was impressed by the way he recounts things. His ability to communicate so well is definitely one of the things that contributed towards his success.” Chauke told Limpopo Mirror that he wholeheartedly welcomed the book and he thanked

Maluleke for the high honour. “I am very happy to be the first Xitsonga artist whose life is narrated in a book. This was long overdue. Many people approached me about the idea before, but they never fulfilled their promises. I regard Maluleke as a hero and great man who fulfilled what many people failed over the years. I am very grateful about this initiative, and I lack enough words to express my gratitude towards him and everyone who made this project successful. There is nothing more fulfilling than being honoured by your own people while you are still alive.” Besides this biography, Maluleke has also authored a book on the Mbaqanga musical group the Soul Brothers (Soul Brothers – The life and Times), as well as a book on South African music legend Steve Kekana (The I in me). *Chauke was awarded an honorary doctorate in African languages by Univen in 2010.

Sydney Fetsie Maluleke with a copy of his book, Dr Thomas Chauke - Everything is Ximatsatsa. Photo supplied.

Ronewa Muloshi gives gospel musicians a platform to showcase their talents talent to showcase their skills, and to promote Lwamondo Online Radio, Gospel singer Ronewa Mukheli of which serves as a mouthpiece for the Lwamondo outside Louis Trichardt community of Lwamondo. has travelled a hard road to get where The free show will be taking place he is today. The 30-year-old gospel at the Beginning of Faith and Delivmusician, better known as ‘Muloshi’, erance Centre in Khwekhwe, outside has three successful albums under Louis Trichardt, on 4 June. The list his belt today, but this, he says, did of performers for the day includes not come overnight. He went through Phathutshedzo Ndou, Takalelani Thiba, some real struggles before his music Rofhiwa Surprise Phaswana and Gudani was even heard, so he knows about Avhakundwi. the challenges aspiring musicians are About the show, Mukheli said: “I have faced with. His own hardships to make seen how artists suffer until they get a it in the music industry convinced him break into the music industry. It is very to help others, so they do not have to tough, especially when one is from the go through the same ordeals. villages, where resources are minimal Mukheli, who is a director at Lwaand sometimes non-existent. I am mondo Online Radio, is in the process of not lying when I say I have first-hand putting together a big concert, called the experience of it. I also went through Gospel Promotion Artist Show, with the this myself. I struggled a lot before I aim to create a platform for untapped got a break, and I do not want others to By Elmon Tshikhudo

Gospel singer Ronewa Muloshi Mukheli has created a platform for untapped talent to showcase their skills. He is to host the Gospel Promotion Artist Show, which will be held at the Beginning of Faith and Deliverance Centre in Khwekhwe on 4 June. Photo supplied.

experience what I went through. I am now offering these little-known artists a platform to shine and showcase their talents. We have invited producers, promoters and other role players in the music industry and, who knows, some of the participants might get contracts and gig bookings on the spot.” Another reason for this gospel promotion is that Mukheli will be forming a mass gospel choir soon. “I have the material ready, and it will only be a matter of time before we record a CD and embark on a national tour,” he said. Gospel singer Rofhiwa Surprise Phaswana said she had grabbed the opportunity with both hands when she was approached. “This is the ideal place to market oneself. We do not usually get such opportunities, and this might be the start of a journey to a brighter future in the field of music,” she said.


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Art & Entertainment Kode La Mayor creates unique sound By Thembi Siaga Veteran reggae icon Colbert Mukwevho’s son, Junior Mukwevho, aka Kode La Mayor, is fast becoming a renowned musician in his own right. He is a raw Trap rapper, channelling his experiences into his music that lends a uniqueness to his sound. Despite coming from a long line of musicians and being exposed mostly to reggae, the 18-year-old singer, songwriter and producer from Manini in Thohoyandou grew up with a dream of his own. He recently released his first album, titled Dracos and Choppas, which already seems to be stirring things up on social media and

YouTube. The album contains six tracks, including DC, Rearview and Next flex (featuring his brother, P. Postman). He explained that “Dracos and Choppas” is a term used for hustle and survival. “Many see it as violence, but I see it as fate. My image is unapologetic, but has peace and humanity within,” he said. “As a result of being born into a musical family with a long history of all kinds of genres, I have taken my experiences in the various genres I grew up listening to and fused them to create my own unique sound in hip-hop and trap music,” he said. Kode La Mayor started playing instruments and doing digital music productions at the

tender age of seven. His music talks a lot about pain, rage and struggles. His first stage appearance was in 2012 at the Lion and Son O’ Lion concert in Newtown, Johannesburg, where he played bass. He was just eight years old then. He is signed with Lion Voice Empire, a record label formed by him, his brother, P. Postman and his two sisters, Ali and Rudzi. “What makes my sound so different and complex is mu adopting all the elements that I fell in love with in music. My inspiration comes from the likes of Bob Marley and Young Thug, and I’ve come to realise that I actually get my versatility Veteran reggae icon Colbert Mukwevho’s from my brother,” he said. son, Kode La Mayor, is fast becoming a musician in his own right. Photo supplied.

Netshirembe returns with another hit album ate the khamba fell into the river and was swept “A skilful hunter lived in away; her body was never a deep rural village with recovered.” his three wives. He used This story unfolds to go to the bush to hunt on Khamba Yangu, the khambas (tortoises), title track from traditional which he enjoyed alone Tshivenda music legend without sharing them with Naledzani Rambuda Nethis wives. One day, after shirembe’s latest album, returning from one of his which was released last hunting trips, he found Friday (13 May). that one of his khambas Netshirembe (70) is fahad been stolen and eaten. mous for mixing traditional He confronted all his Tshivenda music with folkwives, who denied eating lore as a way of expressing the khamba, and the man her love for and preserving became very angry. He the Venda culture and trawent to the local river and, ditional practices. over some days, made a The multi-award-winthin bridge out of wood. ning artist shot to stardom He then took his wives in 2010 when she released along to cross the river. As her debut album, Mai Wanthey reached the middle of gu. The album’s success was the river on the makefollowed by Nyangalamshift bridge, the wife who buya in 2012, Ro livha Entertainment

ngafhi in 2014, Mandipo in 2016, and Magaku, released in 2018. When Khamba Yangu enjoyed airplay on the very first day of its release, Netshirembe could not help smiling. She remarked: “This clearly demonstrates that people were eagerly waiting for my music out there, and I am happy that the radio stations also played their part in giving them what they want. Khamba Yangu is the continuation of my endless journey to preserve my culture and traditions through music.” Khamba Yangu consists of eight thrilling tracks, including Mutu wanga, Rambuda, Vho vhuya vha tonga, and Tshandzunguluwe. Besides producing her

unique music, Netshirembe also plays indigenous Tshivenda instruments, such as the tshihwana and the lugube, with great skill. On top of that, she is the founder of Vhutsila Cultural School, where young boys and girls are taught various Tshivenda cultural activities, including traditional dances and indigenous musical

instruments. Young people who would like to attend free lessons at her home in Miluwani Unit C, near Thohoyandou, or who would like to buy her music, can call her on 072 531 5564.

Local music veteran Naledzani Rambuda Netshirembe has just released her sixth album, titled Khamba Yangu. Photo supplied.

Radio stations join forces to celebrate Africa Month Phalaphala FM and Thobela FM will be doing a simulcast of the Devhula ha Vhembe and Afrika ya Dinaledi shows on Saturday, 28 May, as part of their Africa Month celebrations. Devhula ha Vhembe will be presented by seasoned radio veteran Mpho “Jantiby” Nefale on Phalaphala FM and Afrika ya Dinaledi by Augustine Shotholo on Thobela FM. These two music programmes provide listeners with music from different regions around the African continent. Throughout the years, these two SABC Limpopo Combo radio stations have been strategically partnering together to broadcast the two shows simultaneously on predetermined days for the listeners to enjoy, and to express social cohesion and diversity. The last simulcast between the two stations was on 25 September 2021, when the stations celebrated Heritage Day. The partnership between the two SABC brands will further show the power of the SABC Limpopo Combo. Phalaphala FM Programme Manager Sharon Ravele said, “It is important because as Africans and as South Africans we know that showing ubuntu starts by the way we do things, and if we start doing things together, it encourages and fosters social cohesion.” Phalaphala and Thobela FM have been doing simulcasts for a number of years now. “As South Africans, there are many similarities in our cultures and both stations are rooted in Limpopo Province, that is why we saw it fit to continue with the simulcasts,” Ravele said. This one-day event will provide platforms for listeners, while integrating the diverse cultures, African practices, and historical inheritance. Devhula Havhembe presenter Mpho Nefale said the programme gave him an opportunity to interact with bigshots in sporting circles globally. “What I really like about the show is that it is friendly, and we interact with the listeners. It also presents a wider platform for me to express my ideas. I dream of asserting myself as a key player in the media industry,” he said.

Jonah Moyo is now teaching music in Zim Entertainment What happened to Vhembe’s tshingondo (rhumba) megastar, Jonah Moyo? This is the question that music lovers have been asking themselves for the past two years. The answer is that Moyo has been travelling around

the world, making music with his band, the Devera Ngwena Jazz Band. The musician relocated to South Africa from his home country of Zimbabwe in 2004 and settled in Thohoyandou. Since then, he has been as part of the Vhembe region as the

World-renowned tshingondo (rhumba) musician Jonah Moyo is teaching music at the Great Zimbabwe University these days.

locals themselves, where he sells his music to the public. For many years Moyo was an integral part of the local entertainment fraternity, performing at various mega-gigs around Vhembe and beyond. Limpopo Mirror has been tracing Moyo’s whereabouts for the past three weeks, only to find that he had returned to Zimbabwe two years ago. In a telephonic interview with him, the artist said that, although he loved Thohoyandou with all his heart, he had taken on the role of music lecturer at the Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo in March 2020. “I have seen it all in the music industry since I started with my band in 1980. We have travelled around the globe and released 44 successful albums, making us one of the most successful bands in Zimbabwe. Although music is my talent from God, I found it important to study towards it, giving me the advantage of being academically armed. The experience that I have acquired since 1980 to date broadened my musical knowledge, and that is why the Great Zimbabwe University had approached me to come back home and teach music to the students. I turned down this request for several years, but I

finally gave in and went back home on 9 March 2020. Interestingly, I am now teaching music in Masvingo - the place where I launched my music career in 1980,” he said. When asked if he did not miss his energetic dance moves on stage, Moyo replied: “Music is my life, and I can’t live without it. It makes me happy to work with young people because they are the future stars of our entertainment industry. Being a master of various guitars and keyboards, it puts a smile on my face when I see that my students understand what I teach them because most of the knowledge comes from my God-given talent, and not from books. We also perform and record music with my students, which is later played on the university radio station, called Campus Radio.” He admitted that he missed the people from Vhembe and hoped to perform for them again soon. “Thohoyandou has been my home for 16 years, and I was happy to be part of the beautiful landscape and loving people. I miss my beautiful fans there, but I will meet them when the time is right. Watch this space, I will definitely organise a show for them to come and thank them for their warmth and love,” he said.

Phalaphala FM’s Devhula Ha Vhembe presenter Mpho “Jantiby” Nefale. Photo supplied.

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Secondary school principals from the Soutpansberg North circuit held their accountability session on one of the beautiful Henko farms on the Tshipise road last week. Camp Bennie was the ideal place to discuss strategies that will hopefully lead to better results at all eight secondary schools. According to the circuit manager of Soutpansberg North, Dr Ntavhanyeni Sampie Phaswana, they are targeting a 80% pass rate for the 2022 Grade 12 class. “We need quality results and we are working towards that,” he said. Dr Phaswana thanked advocate Hennie Erwee and his wife for the hospitality at Camp Bennie. “The staff was so friendly, making it easier to focus on the work at hand,” he said. In the photo, from left to right, are Dr Phaswana, Mr Gorbachev Ligavha (Musina Secondary’s principal), Mr Koornhof Sithole (Renaissance’s principal), Mr Congo Gomba (Ramabulana Secondary’s principal), Ms Sarina Phiri (Mopane’s principal), Mr Master Netshipise (Masereni’s principal), Mr Roro Ranenyeni (deputy principal of Tshianane), Mr Namadzavho Mabuduga (Mudimeli’s principal) and Eric Louw High School’s departmental head, Mr Wessie van der Westhuizen. Photo supplied.

The mayor of Musina, Cllr Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela (right), visited senior traditional leader Thovhele Vho-Hanyani Tshikundamalema (left) at his home in Ha-Tshikundamalema on Thursday, 28 April 2022, to express his condolences after the death of Thovhele Tshikundamalema’s wife, Mutanuni Vho-Mmberegeni Elisa Tshikundamalema. Also in the photo are Buthuel Tshikundamalema from the royal family (second from left) and Cllr Caroline Makhani from the Musina municipality. Mutanuni Vho-Tshikundamalema’s funeral was held at Ha-Tshikundamalema’s sacred burial site (zwiendeulu) on Friday, 29 April 2022.

The new principal of Maroi Combined school, Ms Conny “Thuli” Kabota, was officially introduced to the learners and school-management team on Friday (13th). The school is situated on the Maroi Farm, near Musina. The induction of the new principal was handled by the Soutpansberg North Circuit Manager, Dr Ntavhanyeni Sampie Phaswana. Dr Phaswana used the opportunity to also thank the farm management, under leadership of Mr Hannes Nel, for all their support. “Farmers in the Limpopo Valley have been supportive of the education of learners in that region. The establishment of public schools on private land is not an easy thing to do. The core business of these farmers is not education, but crop production or game farming,” he said. In spite of the challenges, the farmers are able to effectively manage farming activities and still cater to the needs of the children, he added. During Friday’s function at the school, Mr Nel re-affirmed his support and commitment to continue assisting the school. Posing for a photo are, from left to right, Mr Nel, Ms Kabota, Dr Phaswana and the school’s Departmental Head, Ms Tshilidzi Ramarada. Photo supplied. RIGHT: In commemorating Freedom Day this year, the Tshakhuma community decided to sacrifice some of their time to assist with the rehabilitation of the road leading to the Tshakhuma Clinic. The community members claim that this road becomes inaccessible on rainy days, making it nearly impossible for ambulances, workers and public vehicles to reach the clinic. On 27 April, community members and volunteers from the area joined hands and collected old pavement bricks from the Tshakhuma Market, while Mr Thaba Takalani of TD New Look Construction offered his truck to transport the bricks to the clinic. Ward 28 councillor Maraga Mbangiseni donated 12 bags of cement towards this project, and youths from the Green Development Foundation volunteered to help pave the road. Photo supplied.

ANC’s factions destroy party unity in Vhembe District By Victor Mukwevho It is a well- known fact in the political sphere that those with the financial powers dictate how political parties are run all over the world. Looking closely at what is happening in the country at large, and the Vhembe District in particular, it has been established that brown envelopes that have allegedly been changing hands in hidden corners among members of the ruling party (ANC) in the Vhembe District have divided the party into two rival factions, threatening party president Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambition to retain his position and secure a second term as the country ‘s president in the coming 2024 national elections. Since the 2017 ANC elective conference, which was held in Midrand, there have been two dominant factions in the ANC, namely the RET, which is alleged to be aligned to former president Jacob Zuma, and the CR17 faction, which is alleged to be aligned to president Cyril Ramaphosa. During exclusive interviews with two former Vhembe District councillors, who belong to the opposing factions, it was clear that talk of unity in the party in the Vhembe District is a pipe dream.

Former councillor blames RET faction

One of the party’s senior leaders, who has been a member of the ANC for more than 40 years, says nearly all the elected ANC structures in Vhembe currently belong to the RET faction. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said that most, if not all, corruption allegations and the VBS scandal are linked to people who have close relationships with RET members throughout the province, and matters are worse in the Vhembe District. “These guys have money and brown envelopes change hands every day. Just look at the cars they drive, the secret parties they organise all the time. They have the financial muscle to influence elections. It is a pity that they are paying big monies to those with voting powers to vote for them.” He also pointed out that there is no way that delegates from the Vhembe District will endorse Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha’s vision for President Ramaphosa to secure a second term in the coming general elections. “The Vhembe District will obviously vote for the RET faction. It is now their final option to avoid going to jail as they are implicated in corruption and some of them are facing the courts because of the VBS scandal. It’s going to be tough at the provincial elective conference.” Meanwhile, an RET member,

who also refuses to be named for fear of being side-lined by the CR17 faction, says if they manage to pull it through, it will be because of their hard work on the ground. “Paying people to vote for you is an international trend. It happens everywhere in the world. Even the CR17 guys are buying votes. We are also campaigning hard to control the Vhembe District,” he said. He added that the RET faction is not dominating because of brown envelopes, but because they work very hard and have also convinced some of the CR17 faction to join them.

Lack of discipline encourages moral decay in the party. It is also noted that discipline in the party is non-existent in the Vhembe District. Party councillors are seen displaying expensive brandy and Scottish whiskey at soccer grounds and taverns. Recently, the mayor of Musina, Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela, was arrested for assault that happened after taking “holy water” in public. To be precise, at a bottle store. Instead of taking action immediately to protect their already dented image in the country, and to also implement the stepaside rule, the party is said to be still investigating the matter, while

the alleged perpetrator is gracing government buildings every day.

Political thieves steal the country’s future Like a contagious disease, factional groups in the party have also infected the ANC Youth League. Its provincial conference to elect the top five members and other additional members collapsed earlier this month because of the continuing differences between three subregions in the Vhembe District. The chairperson and the secretary of the Youth League in the Vhembe District provided two different lists to the provincial congress. It is alleged that some party elders have interfered with the list and secretly selected their blue-eyed boys to have a voice in the running of the provincial conference. As the state-capture commission has laid bare how politicians looted billions from the State coffers, it is important for voters in the country, and Vhembe in particular, to understand the difference between a common thief and a political thief before electing public representatives in elective conferences. It is said that a common thief steals our property, while a political thief steals our future. The biggest problem on everyone’s lips is?

Vic’s Views Who is Vic? This week we revive a column that last appeared in the Mirror in the 1990s. The column was called “Vic’s Views” and ran for a couple of years, mostly focusing on sporting events and was written by a young and very talented reporter, Victor Mukwevho. Vic left Mirror to join the SABC in 1995 and stayed there for six years. He then opted to start his own business, launching the New Vision newspaper. After this paper experienced financial difficulties, he worked as a freelancer for newspapers such as the Daily Sun, Sowetan and Citizen. In 2006, he was appointed managing editor of Vhembe News and then later moved to the city, where he became a news editor for Caxton’s East Rand newspapers. But the Land of Legend kept on calling and, for the past few years, Vic has been back on home soil, keeping himself busy with entrepreneurial activities. He also uses the time to write, among others, a collection of short stories. Vic still follows closely what is happening in the Vhembe District and his many connections give him a privileged insight into the inner dealings of not only sport, but also the political happenings.


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Tshikota’s three “angels” plead for donations to help care for the needy By Bernard Chiguvare

These three big-hearted ladies take care of Tshikota’s needy children by providing them with food and clothes, which they collect by way of donations. From left to right are Hilda Munyai, Grace Mungango and Diale Runganani. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.


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Occupational Medical Operator (Ref: MO 03/2022) REPORTING TO: Occupational Health Nurse REQUIREMENTS • Grade 12. • Basic computer knowledge (MS Office). • Certificate in Spirometry, Audiometry and Vision. • At least 6 months relevant experience in an Occupational environment. • Good Planning and organization skill required. • Resilience and stress tolerance. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE • Ensure quality patient care and customer satisfaction according to Policies & Procedures. • Maintain sound professional relationships with all patients, doctors and other members of the multi- disciplinary team. • Observe protocol to ensure compliance with Data Protection Act and patient confidentiality. DUTIES AND TECHNICAL WORK RESPONSIBILITIES • Perform lung function tests, audiometry and vision screening on patients and reports deviations to OHN. • Collect medical history from patients. • Check the spirometry, audiometry and vision machines and associated equipment to quality assurance. • Assist Occupational Nurse in compiling the monthly statistics. • General health related issues and administrative tasks. • To implement health and safety best practice and monitor trends. PACKAGE & REMUNERATION • Package will be in accordance with the market related.

Occupational Health Nurse (Ref: OHN02/2022) REPORTING TO: Medical Doctor REQUIREMENTS • A four-year Diploma in Nursing, general community health, psychiatric & Midwifery Diploma/ qualification. • Three years proven knowledge and experience of Primary Health Care. • Spirometry, Vision and Audiometry is a pre-requisite. • Valid SANC Registration & Dispensing License. • Occupational Health Diploma or Degree. • Code 08 driving license advantageous.

Hilda Munyai has a passion for helping people in need. She has been feeding disadvantaged people from the Tshikota Township singlehandedly from her own home since 2014 – an initiative she started on her own. Besides this, she has also been working for the Songozwi Victim Empowerment group for the past 17 years, although the organisation is not functional at the moment. Before the outbreak of Covid-19, Hilda used to feed about 90 needy youths but, like everyone else, she was also prevented from doing what she had to do with the restrictions that came with the pandemic. However, when these restrictions were lifted at last, she immediately took up her feeding scheme once more. Although the numbers had initially gone down by then, she says these are gradually picking up again. In 2021, Grace Munganga and Diale Runganani joined

Hilda’s noble initiative. Between the three of them, they currently provide food for around 60 learners. “Every Friday morning at around 11:00 we start cooking so that, when the children come home from school, they have food to eat,” said Hilda. These ladies truly are Godsent servants. Besides providing food to the hungry, they also source clothes and school uniforms for those in need. They recently received about 60 white school shirts from Ackerman’s, which they have already distributed. Some of their other donors also include Premjee and Pick n Pay. “We don’t get donations from these shops every month. Sometimes we have to dig into our own pockets and use the little we have to buy food for these children. What else are we to do? We cannot just leave them without food,” said Munyai. In the past, she used her own home, but then some of the donors insisted that she look for a separate place to

run the feeding scheme from. “There are several donors who are prepared to help, but they advised me to look for a place other than my home to operate from. I went around Tshikota and met Grace, who offered her empty house and then joined me at beginning of last year,” Munyai said. So, for the moment, they use Grace’s vacant house to run the feeding scheme from, but they are concerned that the food and other donations might get stolen when they are not there. “Since there is no-one staying at that house, we do not leave the food there. We have to take it to our homes where we can keep an eye on it,” said Grace, who lives with her husband at another house in Tshikota. The ladies are still looking for a more permanent place to run the feeding scheme from. Anyone who wishes to donate to this initiative, in whatever form, can call Hilda Munyai on 072 636 4386, Grace Munganga on 066 524 1641, or Diale Runganani on 082 621 3115.

Caiphus Mukwevho’s passion is to teach people to care for our earth completed his BSc degree in environmental science and also If South Africans do not obtained a BSc honours degree start to take better care of in ecology. the environment, they will “This is a good career besoon be left with nothing for cause you can become your own future generations. This is the boss once you have completed view of local environmental your studies, like I did myself,” assessment practitioner Mr he says. Caiphus Mukwevho. He registered his own Mukwevho, who grew up in company, called Great Warthog Vleifontein, says that for more Geo-Environmental, in 2017, young people to consider a which has been successfully career in environmental science operating since then. His love had become essential. “I call of this work has now promptupon teachers, community ed him to offer his assistance leaders and parents to encourto aspirant environmental age our young brothers and assessment practitioners to set sisters to follow this exciting up their own companies and career path. If we have more help them grow. “The more advocates for nature conserenvironmental assessment vation, we will have a more practitioners we have, the balanced environment, thereby better chance we have to save reducing the chances of natural the ecosystem, reduce pollution disasters,” he said. and preserve landscapes, culMukwevho is a registered tural heritage and endangered member of the Environmenspecies.” tal Assessment Practitioners’ His daily tasks include Association of South Africa conducting environmental (AEPASA). He attended prima- impact assessments (EIAs) for ry school at Tshilaho and later various projects. “Through the proceeded to Tshiawelo High EIA process, we make sure that School, where he matriculatwe integrate social, economic ed. Obsessed with his passion and environmental factors in to save the environment, he the planning, implementation enrolled at the University of and evaluation of decisions to Venda (Univen), where he ensure that development serves Environmental News

the present and future generations. This helps us to mitigate the impact of new development activities on the environment and health of the people,” he says. He encourages young people who might be interested in following this career to get in touch with him for free assistance. He can be reached on Tel 082 269 4524 or on his Facebook page (Caiphus Mukwevho).

Local environmental assessment practitioner Caiphus Mukwevho wants more young people to follow in his footsteps. Photo supplied.

DUTIES AND TECHNICAL WORK RESPONSIBILITIES • To provide a comprehensive primary health care services including TB/HIV care, mother and child services and general check-ups. • Be able to implement and monitor various programme. • Provide reproductive health exams and education. • Provide pre-natal and post-natal services. • Improve health of the community through health education. • To implement health and safety best practice and monitor trends. • To liaise with healthcare Manager and other healthcare organisations. • Manage employee wellness programme. PACKAGE & REMUNERATION • Package will be in accordance with the market related. APPLICATIONS • Applications must be forwarded to CLOSING DATE • Closing date for all applications is 2 June 2021 Preference will be given to candidates from designated group in line with the provisions of Employment Equity Act, the company’s recruitment policy and employment equity plan. Application without Certified copies of qualifications and incomplete applications will not be considered. In the event that you do not hear from the Human Resources within 15 days after closing date of the applications, kindly consider your application unsuccessful. The CVs of the unsuccessful shall not be returned unless timeously requested by the applicant.

The management and staff of the Zoutpansberg Private Hospital welcomed registered nurse Majha de Lange as the hospital’s new nursing manager on 12 May during a special ceremony. Her appointment as nursing manager (matron) is effective from 1 May this year. Pictured during the ceremony are (from left to right) registered nurse Ester Mudau (unit manager), Lindie Janse van Vuuren (nursing secretary), registered nurse Majha de Lange (new nursing manager), Dr Anton Stroebel (clinical director) and registered nurse Rhoda Tshivenga (unit manager). Photo supplied.


Nsovo now earns her living by making other people beautiful She enrolled for a make-up course at Kohl Makeup Academy in Pretoria in 2019, after Upcoming make-up artist Nsovo Valoyi from completing high school. Her love of make-up Bungeni has grown her passion for make-up was sparked a few years earlier after attending into a viable business. She realised that, to a wedding ceremony. “I couldn’t believe how find success in life, you should use what you beautiful the bride and bridesmaids looked. have at your disposal and run with it. With They looked like dolls! From there on I became this perspective, she has figured out how to interested in learning how to acquire the skills make ends meet as a beautician. to make people look like that,” she said. Nsovo (25) is slowly but surely making Nsovo is currently a final-year LLB student a name for herself in fashion circles. “I am at Unisa. She ventured into a make-up busirecognised as one of the skilled make-up artists ness, named Glorious Glamour, with the little around my area now. It is easy for me to get start-up money she had and began her career clients and make a living from my work and by watching YouTube tutorials to enhance her the long hours I put into improving myself,” she skills. said. “I started watching YouTube videos, then bought the make-up and tried to copy from the tutorials but was unsuccessful at first. I was very bad, and it made me give up for six months. I then came back and started practising hard this time, and it worked,” she said. She unpacked some of the challenges she came across, as things did not come easy for her. “I would be learning new skills and techniques at 02:00 to 03:00 in the morning, then be up again at 05:30 to get ready to go to work. That was very tough. Plus, some customers did not respect my time at first,” she said. Inspired by well-known, self-taught beautician Mantharetso Masiea from Mapoteng in the Berea district of Lesotho, Nsovo’s creativity and determination earned her positive responses from her clients. “Mantharetso inspired my work. When I started my journey, she was the person I discovered on Facebook. Her work immediately caught my eye. My clients love my work. I see it because they refer other people to me and always come Nsovo Valoyi from Bungeni transformed her love of back for more,” she said. make-up into a business. Photo supplied. By Thembi Siaga

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Musina’s bikers for a good cause distances together. “In 2018, gatherings. “Some invite us to we rode our motorcycles to their wedding ceremonies, parFor most motorcyclists, Masvingo, Zimbabwe, to pay ties and even funerals of their riding is for fun, but for the a visit to our fellow-riders at loved ones. The presence of Beitbridge Motorcycle Club, the Zimbabwe Riders Club. We the motorcycles at these events far more is involved. The have also ridden to Johannessomehow makes it more memclub was established with burg in Gauteng, Mbombela orable to people. The little that one common aim among its in Mpumalanga and nearer we get from these invitations 25 members: to help disadplaces, like Louis Trichardt, supplement the money we then vantaged people within their Polokwane, Tzaneen, Giyani contribute towards helping the community. The members do- and Mokopane. The club also community.” nate and collect money, which offers social cohesion as we Mashudu Mphaphuli is is used to buy food, clothing meet regularly, especially over the newest member of the and other basic needs for long holidays, to deliberate on Beitbridge Motorcycle Club. He those who cannot sustain matters affecting the growth of said: “I am happy to be a part themselves. the club.” of this nation-building initiaWhat is remarkable is how He felt encouraged to see tive and it was an honour to this noble cause inspires others that people have an interest in receive my motorcycle pullover in such a way that the club their club. They receive many jacket with my riding name, keeps growing every year with invitations to grace community ‘King M’, embroidered on it.” new members who wish to be a part of this community-development initiative. According to the president of the Beitbridge Motorcycle Club, Evans Rubza Mudau of Musina, the club was established in 2016 with only three members. “We agreed then to come up with something that would uplift our community. When we started distributing food and clothing to several shelters in Musina, other bikers joined us, and that led to the formalisation of the club. Our members are from Musina, Louis Trichardt, Mokopane and Johannesburg. Each one has a riding name printed on his jacket upon joining the club.” Mudau, who’s riding name is ‘Die Hard’, said that, besides helping the local communities in need, the club also did their The newest member of the Beitbridge Motorcycle Club, share in promoting the tourism Mashudu Mphaphuli (left), receives his jacket from the club’s industry as they often rode long president, Evans Rubza Mudau. Photo supplied. Musina News


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“We are satisfied with the team’s performance” - VFA VFA were among the top three teams on the log standings for the Although the team did not manbetter part of the season and only age to gain automatic promotion dropped to the fifth position toto the DStv Premiership Division wards the end. During an interview and could not manage to qualify with the chairman of VFA, Mr Itani for the promotional playoffs this Munzhelele, he said that he was satseason, the management of Venda isfied with the team’s performance. Football Academy FC (VFA) are Munzhelele said that this had satisfied with the team’s perforbeen their debut season in the mance. league, and they had reason to The team have completed the celebrate their achievements. The season’s league programme in the expectations were raised that the fifth position with 44 points, 10 team would qualify for the promobehind the league champions, Rich- tional playoffs or gain automatic ards Bay FC. promotion at the end of the season, Richards Bay are now preparing but this unfortunately did not for a new life in the DStv Premierhappen. ship Division, while the secondWhen asked when and where and third-placed sides, University things had gone wrong, Munzhelele of Pretoria FC and Cape Town said that the players had become All Stars, are gearing up for the complacent along the way and ulpromotional playoffs. They will be timately lost their original fighting joined by the team from the DStv spirit. The team then lost several Premiership Division that finishes matches that they could have won in the 15th spot. convincingly. “Look, we have lost three home matches against Cape Town Spurs, Platinum City Rovers and TS Sporting,” he said. According to him, the team would have finished on top of the log or qualified for promotional playoffs, had they managed to win those matches. Vhanzheli, as he is affectionately called, partially blames some of the experienced players who he said had not delivered according to his expectations. “We are generally satisfied with the team’s performance in the season under review,” he said. By Frank Mavhungu

Fighters and elders from surrounding villages during the first elimination matches of the Musangwe Wa Makonde bareknuckle fist-fighting tournament this coming Youth Day. Also in the picture is the organiser of the tournament, Vho-Khotsimunene Nnyadzeni Ravhura. Photo: Elmon Tshikhudo.

Good start for local Musangwe tournament By Elmon Tshikhudo The Musangwe Wa Makonde bareknuckle fist-fighting tournament had a good start over the weekend, with hundreds of spec-

tators and fighters converging at the Jim Masindi Sports Field in Makonde on Saturday, 14 May. Weekly matches will take place in preparation of the finals on Youth Day (16 June 2022).

VFA let Free State Stars off the hook with draw unleashed a half volley. The ball missed the target by inches. Venda Football Academy (VFA) Stars were the first to blow the shared the spoils with Free State trumpet. Abby Seseane went loose Stars, with whom they played from the right corner before beatto a 1-1 draw in their GladAfrica ing the keeper with ground cutter Championship League match in the 24th minute. Stars were still that was played at the Tholeading when the referee blew the hoyandou Stadium on Sunday half-time whistle. afternoon. VFA effected three changes to their starting 11 early in the last The game was highly contested, half. They replaced Lufuno Mudespite the fact that both sides had laudzi, Sedzani Mudau and Thifonly pride at stake in the match. helimbilu Magalela with Ranga Realising that containing the strik- Chivaviro, Tshepo Mofokeng and ers of VFA was difficult for them, Lutendo Mavhona respectively. the visitors from Bethlehem tried Lutendo Mavhona was brought to frustrate their opponents with down within the box in the 68th dangerous tackles. The referee, Mr minute. That was a clear penalty Abraham Mashala, did not allow for VFA, and Ranga Chivaviro any of the culprits to go unpunmade no mistake from the white ished. He flashed the first yellow spot. card nine minutes into the game Stars were reduced to 10 men when Sello Jaftha was booked for three minutes later. Katlego tackling Lufuno Mulaudzi from Mkhabela was given his marchbehind. ing orders after tackling Lutendo VFA squandered numerous Mavhona in a dangerous way. VFA scoring chances within the first 20 failed to capitalise on the setback. minutes of the game. Their dimin- Instead, they played entertaining utive striker, Sedzani Mudau, football from behind, with their received a neat pass from Lerato strikers fumbling at the goal finish Mofokeng just outside the box and from time to time. By Frank Mavhungu

Moeketsi Sekola of Free State Stars hinders Tshepo Mofokeng of VFA from reaching the ball. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

The organiser and sponsor of the tournament, Vho Khotsimunene Nyadzeni Ravhura, was very pleased with the first preparatory tournament, which surpassed their expectations in terms of turnout and discipline. “Having been out of action for the past two years as result of the Covid pandemic, we did not expect such a turnout of participants and spectators. We had fighters from local and surrounding villages in numbers. This was beyond our dreams. The spectators included elders from local and surrounding villages, which is a triumph for us as we are able to bring people together, thus encouraging social cohesion,” he said. Ravhura said that they were giving out incentives to encourage the youth to participate “The finalists will take home lucrative prizes, and we will make an announcement on this in due course,” Ravhura said. Mr Simon Mashavha, who is also one of the organisers, said that things were going according to plan and that they were looking forward to an entertaining final. For more information about the tournament, contact Wilson Mudogwa on 079 744 0618 or Simon Mashavha on 079 941 8541.

Mr Itani “Vhanzheli” Munzhelele. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

The last two teams on the log standings, Jomo Cosmos and TS Sporting, have been relegated to the ABC Motsepe League.

Black Leopards teach Rovers a soccer lesson By Frank Mavhungu

continued with Black Leopards on the on the log standings. They completed attack. their league programme in the ninth City Rovers effected two changes position with 39 points. to their original line-up as the game progressed. That did not change the complexion of the game as the Rovers’ defenders continued to commit some suicidal blunders within their own half. The wheel of fortune turned against the home side again in the 74th minute when Noko Malekana found the net after receiving a square pass from Thutlwa. Realising that victory was almost cerBlack Leopards’ tain, Black Leopards tried to frustrate three-goal hero, the home side with their dribbling skills. Tiklas Thutlwa. Thutlwa completed his hat-trick with a Photo: Frank half volley towards the end of the game. Mavhungu. Black Leopards have moved a step up

Black Leopards wrapped up their league programme with a bang when they brutally walloped Platinum City Rovers 5-0 in their GladAfrica Championship League match that was played at the Olën Park Stadium in Potchefstroom on Sunday. Lidoda duvha took 18 minutes to open their account. The team’s top goal scorer, Tiklas “Castro” Thutlwa, made his presence felt by beating the keeper with a ground-cutter from close range. Thutlwa eventually scored a hat trick in the game. The Thohoyandou side enjoyed their 1-0 lead until proceedings for the first half came to an end. The visitors approached the last stanza with renewed self-confidence. As if they were hypnotised, the defenders of City Rovers were chasing the action for the better part of the second half. Black Leopards increased the margin in the 59th minute. Thutlwa tried his luck with a grass cutter from the edge of the box. The Rovers’ keeper watched helplessly as the ball went beyond his reach. Their third goal came via Noko Malekana. He hooked in the ball after a scramble within Black Leopards Football Club. Photo: Frank Mavhungu. the box. The struggle




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NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN TERMS OF SECTION 29 (1) OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT 66 OF 1965 INOTICE TO CREDITORS IN DECEASED ESTATES All persons having claims against the undermen�oned estate must lodge it with the Executor concerned within 30 days (or as indicated) from date of publica�on hereof. ESTATE LATE: KHAKHU AVHAPFANI SAMSON ID NO: 570607 6142 089 Estate No: 1199/2021 Master’s Office Thohoyandou Date of Death: 04/01/2021 Last known address: HAKHAKHU MPHAGANE B041 LIMPOPO PROVINCE Chris�an names and surnames of surviving spouse SONGANI RACHEL KHAKHU Date of Birth: 15/05/1966 ID No: 660515 1105 087 Name and (only one) address of Executor or authorized agent ADVOCATE MAELE JACKSON MUSHASHA (authorized agent): 2010 Centre Office No. 11 Box 1652 Thohoyandou 0950 ADVOCATE M.J. MUSHASHA Box 1652, Thohoyandou CELL: 0832908585 Email: mushashamaele@

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hereof. Estate No: 594/2021 Master’s Office: Thohoyandou, Surname: RASENGANI, Names: ALETA JOHANNES, Date of birth: 1924-06-21 Id No. 240621 5081 081 Names of the Executor: Tuwani Adel Rasengani Last address: Davhana Date of death: 2021/01/05 Name and Address of Executor or Authorised agent: Name and Address of Executor or Authorised agent: ADV NJ THEMELI, 405 Mulala Street,Thohoyandou –C,Thohoyandou, 0950 CEL: 0727847045, EMAIL: themenj@icloud. com

BGES PTY LTD NOTICE APPLICATION FOR A PROSPECTING RIGHT DMR REF: LP30/50/1/1/2/14473PR No�ce is hereby given in terms of NEMA EIA 2014 Regula�ons for an applica�on for a Prospec�ng Right. Nature of Ac�vity Proact Mining Pty Ltd is in a process of acquiring a prospec�ng right in terms of sec�on 16 of the MPRDA to prospect for Gold, Iron Ore, and Aluminium at Segalo 286 MT, Morgan 283 MT, Roodhuis 285 MT, Vredeburg 266 MT, Graham 276 MT, Lock 270 MT, Viljoen 284 MT, Baker 264 MT and Ross 265 MT within the jurisdic�on of Vhembe District Municipality, Limpopo Province. As part of the applica�on process, any person who is interested or affected by the proposed opera�on, are hereby invited to register as I&AP’s and comment in wri�ng and submit their comments within 30 days from the date of this no�ce. AVAILABILITY OF THE BAR AND EMPR FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT The Dra� BAR and EMPr is available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from the adver�sement date of this no�ce. I&AP are encouraged to request an electronic copy of BAR/EMP from BGES Pty Ltd or visit our website as per details below. A public mee�ng is scheduled as follows: date 23 May 2022 09am at Malavuwe Church, Tshikonelo & Mavambe Tribal Council (@11:30 & 14:00 respec�vely). For more details on mee�ng schedule contact: Ripfumelo Macevele, BGES Pty Ltd, Tel: 01200 6593/ 0791789655

BGES PTY LTD NOTICE APPLICATION FOR A PROSPECTING RIGHT DMR REF: LP30/50/1/1/2/14474PR No�ce is hereby given in terms of NEMA EIA 2014 Regula�ons for an applica�on for a Prospec�ng Right. Nature of Ac�vity Proact Mining Pty Ltd is in a process of acquiring a prospec�ng right in terms of sec�on 16 of the MPRDA to prospect for Various Minerals Over Pagelee 274 Mt; Briggs 289 Mt; Green 290 Mt; Kluster 293 Mt; Bannatyne 271; Johnston 272, in the Vhembe Districts. As part of the applica�on process, any

person who is interested or affected by the proposed opera�on, are hereby invited to register as I&AP’s and comment in wri�ng and submit their comments within 30 days from the date of this no�ce. AVAILABILITY OF THE BAR AND EMPR FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT The Dra� BAR and EMPr is available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from the adver�sement date of this no�ce. I&AP are encouraged to request an electronic copy of BAR/EMP from BGES Pty Ltd or visit our website as per details below. A public mee�ng is scheduled as follows: date 24/05/2022 @09am at Xigalo, Xikundu & Madonsi Tribal Council (@11:30 & 14:30 respec�vely). For more details on mee�ng schedule contact: Ripfumelo Macevele, BGES Pty Ltd, Tel: 01200 6593/ 0791789655

BGES PTY LTD NOTICE APPLICATION FOR A PROSPECTING RIGHT DMR REF: LP30/50/1/1/2/14491PR No�ce is hereby given in terms of NEMA EIA 2014 Regula�ons for an applica�on for a Prospec�ng Right. Nature of Ac�vity Mbokoto Mining Group Pty Ltd is in a process of acquiring a prospec�ng right in terms of sec�on 16 of the MPRDA to prospect for Iron Ore, Manganese, Titanium, gold, and graphite on parts of Khaku 195 MT within the jurisdic�on of Vhembe District Municipality, Limpopo Province. As part of the applica�on process, any person who is interested or affected by the proposed opera�on, are hereby invited to register as I&AP’s and comment in wri�ng and submit their comments within 30 days from the date of this no�ce. AVAILABILITY OF THE BAR AND EMPR FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT The Dra� BAR and EMPr is available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from the adver�sement date of this no�ce. I&AP are encouraged to request an electronic copy of BAR/EMP from BGES Pty Ltd or visit our website as per details below. A public mee�ng is scheduled as follows: date 25 May 2022 9:00-10:30am, at Khakhu Tribal Authority. For more details on mee�ng schedule contact: Ripfumelo Macevele, BGES Pty Ltd, Tel: 01200 6593/ 0721728374

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prospect for Various Minerals Over Farm Ramputas 196 MT, Musina Local Municipality, in the Vhembe Districts. As part of the applica�on process, any person who is interested or affected by the proposed opera�on, are hereby invited to register as I&AP’s and comment in wri�ng and submit their comments within 30 days from the date of this no�ce. AVAILABILITY OF THE BAR AND EMPR FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT The Dra� BAR and EMPr is available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from the adver�sement date of this no�ce. I&AP are encouraged to request an electronic copy of BAR/EMP from BGES Pty Ltd or visit our website as per details below. A public mee�ng is scheduled as follows: date 25/05/2022 @11:30am-12:30pm, at Rammbuda Tribal Council. For more details on mee�ng schedule contact: Ripfumelo Macevele, BGES Pty Ltd, Tel: 01200 6593/ 0721728374

MAFANELA GEO-ENVIRO NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION APPLICATION BY: VANWANATI CONSTRUCTION PTY LTD No�ce is hereby given in terms of EIA Regula�on 41(2)(c) of the Regula�ons, under the Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) Vanwana� Construc�on Pty Ltd applied for Mining permit for sand in terms of Sec�on 27 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002. The applica�ons cover the following farm: Mooimeisjesfontein 141 LT DMRE REFERENCE: LP 30/5/1/3/2/11655 MP. Located in the magisterial district of Ephraim Mogale. You can be involved in the Public Par�cipa�on Process by: - sending a fax, email or mail with your name, contact details and concerns/ques�ons rela�ng to the project. - Providing us with the names of addi�onal people that can be contacted. All correspondence, should be received within 30 days from receipt of these no�ce will be submi�ed to the Department of Mineral Resources & Energy (DMRE). All issues raised during the public par�cipa�on process will responded to in wri�ng to the Interested and Affected Par�es (I&APs). I&AP include all par�es concerned, who will be affected by the project and interested in the prospec�ng/explora�on project. CORRESPONDANCE MAY BE DIRECTED TO: MICHAEL MAFANELE EMAIL: mafanelevm@ OR Postnet Suite 210, Private Bag x 5981, Polokwane North 0750

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NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 35(5) OF ACT 66 OF 1965 ESTATE OF THE LATE LUKHWA MBULAHENI STEVEN, ESTATE NO: 1174/2020 ID NO: 700125 6216 087. LAST ADDRESS: POLOKWANE THE SECOND AND FINAL Liquida�on and Distribu�on Account in this estate will be open for inspec�on for A period of 21 days from date of the publica�on hereof at the office of the Master of the High Court THOHOYANDOU and at the magistrate’s Office THOHOYANDOU. MATHOBO, RAMBAU & SIGOGO INC. 28 Mphephu Drive Next To JJ Motors Thohoyandou Po Box 775 Sibasa, 0970 Tel: 015 962 0712 E-mail:

MAVUNA AND NETSHIMBUPFE INC. NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN TERMS OF SECTION 29 (1) OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT 66 OF 1965 INOTICE TO CREDITORS IN DECEASED ESTATES All persons having claims against the undermen�oned estate must lodge it with the Executor concerned within 30 days (or as indicated) from date of publica�on hereof. Estate No: 924/2021 Master’s Office: Thohoyandou Surname: BEKWA Names: DONALD KHENSANI Date of birth: 1953/03/18 ID No: 530318 5253 088 Last address: Gumbani Mukhomi, Malamulele. Limpopo Province Date of death: 2021/03/23 Name and Address of Executor or Authorised agent: MAVUNA AND NETSHIMBUPFE INC. 28A Bodenstein Street, Polokwane 0700.



FROM PUNDA MARIA INTERSECTION TO BOXAHUKU (QAZA) 6.6 KM PHASE 1 (BORROW PIT) REF: RAL/T1076/2021 Please be informed that Road Agency Limpopo has applied for mining permit from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. The proposed ac�vity entails mining of Gravel mineral. Please register either as a Stakeholder, Landowner, Lawful occupier or interested and Affected Party (I&AP) to be informed with details of mee�ng arrangements, provided with comments and registra�on form and all the related correspondences. Kindly submit your registra�on, comments in rela�on to this no�ce in wri�ng via post, fax or email to: Applicant: Road Agency Limpopo Contact Person: Shonisani Tshivhase Address: 26 Rabe St, Polokwane 0699, Cell: 082 441 5330 Fax: 086 567 3080, Email: TshivhaseSP@ral. Consultant: Mulondi SHEQ Solu�ons (Pty) Ltd. Contact Person: Molepo Lebogang Address: 371 De Wet Drive, Polokwane, 0699 Cell: 082 6455 185 Tel: 015 880 0240 Fax: 087 220 4046 Email: mining@

MUNZHELELE K ATTORNEYS INC. LIQUIDATION AND DISTRIBUTION ACCOUNTS IN DECEASED ESTATES LYING FOR INSPECTION In terms of sec�on 35(5) of the Administra�on of Estates Act, No. 66 of 1965, no�ce is hereby given that copies of the first and final liquida�on and distribu�on accounts in the estate specified below will be open for the inspec�on of all persons with an interested therein for a period of 21 days from the 20 May 2022, and at the offices of the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court. Should no objec�on thereto be lodged during the specified period, the executor will proceed to make payments in accordance with the accounts. Estate late: RENDANI NETSHIVHALE Estate No: 005142/2021 Id no: 821114 5448 085 Magistrates Office: Bronkhorstspruit Surviving Spouse: Ndinanwi Netshivhale (Executrix) Id No:8505040759086 Authorised Agent of the Executrix: Munzhelele K A�orneys Inc. Office 311, Elephant House, 107 Alber�na Sisulu Rd, Johannesburg Tel: 081 211 8550 Email: khulisom@ kmpa�


NOTICE Sec�on 34 of Musina Local Municipality Spa�al Planning and Land Use Management By-Laws, 2016 Read together with the Provinsion of Clause 20 of Musina Land Use

Management Scheme, 2010 and Regula�on 14 of the Spa�al Planning and Land Use Management Regula�on: Land Use Management and General Ma�ers, 2015 Under (Act 16 Of 2013) No�ce is hereby given that in terms of the above-men�oned by-law, I, Dzunisani Maswanganyi, the undersigned of the Siphila Sonke Property Holding (Pty) Ltd, intend applying to the Musina Local Municipality for Special consent to use REMAINDER OF THE FARM TSHIKUNDAMALEMA NO.440-MT for the purpose(s) of construc�ng a Telecommunica�on mast on the property. Plans and/or par�culars rela�ng to the applica�on may be inspected during normal office hours at, The Manager, Department of Economic Development and Planning, town planning unit, Musina Local Municipality, Civic Centre, Irwin Street, Musina, 0900. Any person having any objec�on to the gran�ng of this applica�on, must lodge such objec�ons together with the grounds thereof in wri�ng, with The Manager, Planning and Land Use Management, Musina Local Municipality, P.O. Box X611, Musina 0900 within 30 days from the first date of publica�on: 20 May 2022. First date of adver�sement: 20 May 2022 Second date of adver�sement: 27 May 2022 Objec�on expiry date: 20 June 2022 Applicant: Siphila Sonke Property Holding (Pty) Ltd, 3rd Block, 86 Skilpad RD, Monument Park, Pretoria, 0181, Tel: (012) 346 4255, e-mail: dzunisani@ site ref: NER9289 NER_ Masisi


NDIVHADZO Sec�on 34 of Musina Local Municipality Spa�al Planning and Land Use Management By-Laws, 2016 Read together with the Provinsion of Clause 20 of Musina Land Use Management Scheme, 2010 and Regula�on 14 of the Spa�al Planning and Land Use Management Regula�on: Land Use Management and General Ma�ers, 2015 Under (Act 16 Of 2013) Ndivhadzo �asi ha mulayo wo buliwaho a�o ntha, nne, Dzunisani Maswanganyi, �asi ha tshiimiswa tsho tendelwaho tshinopfi Siphila Sonke Property Holding (Pty) Ltd, ndo ita khumbelo kha masipala wa Musina ya u humbelo thendelo ya u �ata thawara ya dzi thingo khwalwa kha bulasi I divheyaho sa REMAINDER OF THE FARM TSHIKUNDAMALEMA NO.440-MT.

Pulane na manwalo a yelanaho na khumbelo iyi zwi wanala kha ofisi ya minidzhere muhulwane wa: u langula kushumisele kwa mavu , kha masipala wa Musina Local Municipality, Civic Centre, Irwin Street, Musina, 0900, lwa tshi�inga tshi edanaho maduvha a Furaru (30) u bva nga duvha la 20 Shundunthule 2022. Vha na mbilaelo malugana na iyi khumbelo vha nwalele minidzhere wa masipala wa Musina hu sa athu u �ela maduvha a furaru (30) kha diresi itevhelaho: , Musina Local Municipality, P.O. Box X611, Musina 0900. Duvha la u thoma la nyandadzo: 20 Shundunthule 2022 Duvha La vhuvili la nyamdadzo: 27 Shundunthule 2022 Duvha la u �edza u tanganedza mbilahelo: 20 Fulwi 2022 Diresi ya dzhendedzi lire mulayoni malugana na khumbelo iyi: Siphila Sonke Property Holding (Pty) Ltd, 3° Block, 86 Skilpad Rd, Monument Park, Pretoria, 0181, Tel: (012) 346 4255, e-mail: Dzunisani@ site ref: NER9289 NER_ Masisi

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Training session was life-changing event for visually impaired children them. To find the courage to just throw caution to the wind and run as fast as the wind with a One of the country’s Tokyo 2020 Paralymguide, even when you cannot see where you are pic silver and bronze medallists, Louzanne going!” said Sandy. Coetzee, visited Louis Trichardt the past Sandy thanked all the schools for receiving weekend, courtesy of the IsAbility Sports Club them so well. They also thanked all the volLimpopo. unteers: Emmanuel School for their staff and Louzanne is a visually impaired athlete (total- learners who assisted on Saturday and Laerskool ly blind) and currently on the SASCOC commis- Louis Trichardt for making their facilities availsion as the SASCOC athletes’ representative. The able to them for the practical part on Saturday. purpose of her visit was to enhance awareness of “We also appreciate the Vhembe Department the opportunities for visually impaired athletes, of Sport Art and Culture for catering for the as well as able-bodied athletes who can train to children and officials. Louzanne and Claus were become guide runners. so expressive of their awe for this lovely area that Louzanne and her running guide Claus we are privileged to live in and for the friendly Kempen spent three days in the region visiting people in Vhembe and Limpopo. They are defithe Rivoni School for the Blind, the Tshilidzini nitely coming back for another visit. They laid a Special School and Emmanuel Christian School foundation for development of visually impaired for talks and presentations. Then, on Saturday, athletes that we believe is certainly going to be they held an amazing development session at fruitful in the future,” said Sandy. Laerskool Louis Trichardt, which was attended by about 70 visually impaired children from, among others, Rivoni, Tshilidzini, Siloe School for the Blind, Setotolwane School and Bosele School for the Blind. By Kaizer Nengovhela “It is not often a school has a visit from three Paralympians in one shot. Claus was the guide Mates Greenway Academy beat Tshiozwi runner who ran for silver with Louzanne in Dynamos 2-0 in their Makhado Football Asthe marathon in Tokyo,” said Sandy James of sociation league match played at the Tshiozwi the IsAbility Sports Club. Also present the day Grounds on Sunday. was Sheryl James, Tokyo Paralympics bronze That Greenway were going to collect full medallist. points was evident from the start as the hosts Several district athletics officials were also were outclassed in all departments. Greenway present at the sessions to appreciate Louzanne’s took only two minutes to knock on Dynamos’ visit. “But the most wonderful part was the door. Their slender left flank, Phomolelo Malapreception and enthusiasm of the children. Saturane, was brought down inside the penalty area day was a life-changing experience for many of and the referee pointed to the white spot. Vhutshilo Ndou scored, giving Greenway a 1-0 lead. Dynamos should have equalised five minutes later when Zane Mulaudzi dished a pre-cooked pass to Mabongi Tshidada, who moved three steps forward before unleashing his volley that missed the pole by an inch. Published by Zoutnet CC, trading as Limpopo Mirror of 16B Joubert Greenway abused countless scoring opportuStreet, Louis Trichardt. Typographically prepared by the proprietors nities, as did Dynamos. and printed by D Brits, 1 Jeppe Street, Louis Trichardt Dynamos made two replacements in the POSTAL ADDRESS second half. They introduced Theron MutanPO Box 1680, Louis Trichardt, 0920 dari and Khathutshelo Matamela for Maligana Audited TELEPHONES: Distribution Tshivhenga and Tebogo Gededzha respectively. Figures Louis Trichardt: (015) 516 4996/7 The replacements changed the complexion of Louis Trichardt fax: (015) 516 2303 the game as the hosts continued to fight like a E-MAIL: possessed team. Advertising: The second goal of Greenway came in the 79th Editor: minute. They were awarded a free kick that was Administrative: taken by Lafonang Bapela. Killers Mahlaule Website: found the net after a rebound. After the goal, Greenway played entertaining WORLD YOUNG READER PRIZE 2005 football, but their strikers fumbled at the goal finish. Domenic Mafuleni of Dynamos obstructed his opponent, Potega Maruma, and the referee cautioned Mafuleni with a yellow card. Staff Reporter

The Vhembe region and Louis Trichardt in particular hosted three Paralympians the past weekend as part of a special school visit organised by the IsAbility Sports Club. Pictured from left to right are Paralympians Claus Kempen (running guide), Louzanne Coetzee and Sheryl James. Photo supplied.

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Highlanders hold Gogobole Safa Vhembe play-offs will Defenders to goalless draw provide fireworks this weekend The killer striker Lutendo Phadziri was the first player to Gogobole Home Defenders go into the referee’s book. He failed to impress their fans ignored the referee’s whistle when they played to a goalless and kicked the ball away long draw with Ravele Highafter the whistle had been landers in their Makhado blown. Highlanders threatened Football Association league to score in the 16th minute match played at the Gogobole when Hulisani NetshiendeuGrounds. lu received a neat pass from The score was not a true Musiwa Masia, but he fumbled reflection of the match, as at the goal finish. Defenders missed countless Phungela Ndadza, Defendchances. Defenders were supe- ers’ midfielder, was a marvel rior in terms of ball possession, to watch. He was everywhere, but their strikers seemed to be distributing promising balls shy when they approached their from the middle of the park, opponents’ danger area. while also playing as a striker.

Defenders’ technical team was forced to replace Lutendo Phadziri with Mulalo Lethole. He left the pitch on a stretcher after sustaining a knee injury. The referee flashed another yellow card in the 57th minute. Takalani Ndadza of Defenders tackled Ronewa Vhulondo from behind and the referee was quick to flash yellow. Defenders realised that they would have difficulty to find the net if they continued volleying from behind and then started to cool the ball down in the middle of the park. Their attempt hit the back of the net, but the referee ruled the player offside. The second half started at a snail’s pace, with both teams struggling to penetrate each other’s defence. Defenders pressed hard in their search for a goal. Highlanders gained momentum as the game progressed. In the 66th minute, their lethal striker, Onelani Mphephu, missed a fortune. Defenders’ last scoring chance came in the 84th minute when Ndivhuwo Maphakela faced the keeper and pushed the ball forward to Pfananani Tseisi, instead of takPhungela Ndadza of Defenders (left) and Melton Rathumbu fight for ing the responsibility ball possession. Photo: Kaizer Nnegovhela. himself. By Kaizer Nengovhela

By Frank Mavhungu The much-awaited group winners’ playoffs for the Safa Vhembe Regional Association will be played this weekend. The matches will be played at three different venues on Saturday and Sunday. The first group will play their matches at the Salema Stadium outside Malamulele on Saturday. United Artists will test their strength against Marhavi FC in the opening fixture, which is scheduled to start at 10:00. United Artists finished their league programme on top of Stream A1, while Marhavi are their counterparts from Stream A2. A quick glance at the track record of the two teams shows that Marhavi will be lucky if they concede fewer than three goals in the game. United Artists did not lose any match this season. Their worst result was a goalless draw. On the other hand, Marhavi have been blowing hot and cold throughout the season. Tshivhazwaulu Peace Makers and Manamani City will follow suit shortly after midday. Peace Makers will be representing Stream D1 and

D2 respectively. Mukula Fast XI and SMSA FC will wrap up the day’s programme later in the afternoon. The second group will play their matches at the Rabali Stadium, also on Saturday. Berea FC will rub shoulders with Sambandou United Professionals in the opening match, followed by the match between Tshiungani Young Chiefs and Igwe FC. The game that is expected to be the final before the actual final will be between Madridtas FC and Tshimuthe FC. Just like United Artists, Madridtas have not known the taste of defeat this season. Three matches will be staged at the Makhado Show Grounds, but due to the unavailability of the venue on Saturday, the matches will take place on Sunday. Maelula United Brothers and Rabali Pull Together will meet in the opening fixture at Makhado. Makhitha Oscar Stars will have a date with Tshikhwani Stone Breakers in the second fixture that is scheduled to start at 12:00. The last fixture will be between Bungeni Young Tigers and Mashamba Soccer Academy.

One of the dark horses, SMSA FC. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

The Safa Vhembe MMK Administrator’s promotional playoffs will kick off this weekend, with the finals to be played on 28 May. Tshikhwani Stone Breakers (picture) will come up against Makhitha Oscar Stars at the Makhado show grounds on Saturday. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00.Photo supplied.

One of the hot favourites to win the playoffs, Berea FC. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Will Two for Joy stop Morning Stars on Saturday? By Frank Mavhungu For the teams affiliated to the Limpopo Stream of the Sasol Women’s League, this weekend will be business as usual. All matches will be played throughout the province on Saturday afternoon. All eyes will be on the match between Two for Joy and Lacoste Morning Stars that will be played at the Tshirenzheni Grounds in the Nzhelele Valley. Two for Joy and Morning Stars are closely contesting for the league championship. Both are still to lose a league match. The Stars from Shayandima are currently leading the pack with 12 points accumulated from four matches. Two for Joy are

in the second position with ten points, with the same number of matches. Morning Stars are in the right frame of mind after crushing Sealane Ladies 3-1 at the Shayandima School Grounds last Saturday. On the other hand, Two for Joy are still in a celebratory mood after they narrowly beat Real Mighty Girls 1-0 at the Xikukwani Grounds outside Giyani. Two for Joy must closely monitor Stars’ goal poachers, Felicia Rikhotso, Mususumeli Mankga and Nompilo Nkuna, or else they will not know what has eaten them at the end of the game. Merwe United will visit Tshandama Young Stars at

the Tshandama grounds. Real Mighty Girls must beat Sisters FC when they meet at the Nwamitwa Grounds outside Tzaneen if they are serious about promotion to the Hollywoodbets Super League. They are currently perched in the fifth spot on the log standings with three points. Rodadau FC will travel all the way from Vuwani to Polokwane. Their match against University of Limpopo Ladies will be played at the Oscar Mphetha Stadium in Turfloop. The other fixtures are Kanatla Ladies vs Copper Belts, Capricorn Sport Development vs Marumo Gallants, Seven Stars Ladies vs FC Morning Stars’ scoring machines, Nompilo 50 Stars United and Skimzozo Nkuna and Mususumeli Mankga (right). PhoFC vs Schoonord Ladies. to: Frank Mavhungu.


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“The wrong address” - say Tshandama and quit match The Sasol Women’s League match between Rodadau FC and Tshandama Young Stars, which was scheduled for last Saturday at the Tshitungulwane Muziafera Grounds, did not take place. A dispute as to what the correct venue was could not be resolved and the match was abandoned. Rodadau, together with the referee, Mr Tendo Makhavhu, were on the field of play 15 minutes before the scheduled 15:00 kick-off time. The managing director of Young Stars, Ms Norah Mudzielwana, entered the field of play shortly after 15:00 and went straight to the referee. At that stage, the referee had already verified the players of Rodadau. The referee was prompted to summon an official from the home side before he would allow Ms Mudzielwana to tell her story. She told the referee and the official from the home side that her team was waiting at the grounds within the premises of Ratshikwekwete High School. She repeatedly said that the Muziafera Ground was the one within the school premises, adding that her team would not play the game at any venue other than the one that Rodadau The referee, Mr Thendo had registered as the Makhavhu, poses for team’s home ground. a photo before leaving Mudzielwana the pitch. Photo: Frank maintained her Mavhungu. stance, despite an

explanation from an official of Rodadau. Realising that the debate was taking too long and that Ms Mudzielwana was not prepared to budge, the referee decided to blow the final whistle. The head coach of Rodadau, Mr Admire Nyathi, could not hide his disappointment during an interview with him shortly thereafter. He said that he had trained the team throughout the week in preparation for the match. He said that keeping the players in the training camp for the whole week had been an expensive exercise. Nyathi felt that the league must declare the match a walk-over in their favour. The clubs were still to submit their match reports to the league at the time of our going to press.

The officials and players of Rodadau FC waited in vain for the arrival of Tshandama Young Stars. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Maindis Ladies are ready to demolish UJ students By Frank Mavhungu After collecting the maximum points in their last two matches, Maindis Ladies FC are now geared to deposit more points into their league account this weekend. They will host the University of Johannesburg Ladies FC in their Hollywoodbets Super League match at the Giyani Stadium on Saturday. Maindis are still fresh from their 3-2 victory over the newcomers, Vasco da

Gama FC, at the Parow Park Stadium outside Cape Town last Sunday. Should they manage to beat the UJ students, Maindis have the possibility to jump from the 11th position to the eighth spot on the log standings. Whether the strikers for the visiting side will have enough strength to penetrate the defence of Maindis, which is marshalled by Kelebone Mnisi, Xiluva Tshabalala and Molatelo Thabana, remains to be seen. Things did not go ac-

cording to plan for the UJ squad last weekend. They were unexpectedly held to a 1-1 draw by Richmond United at their home ground. Durban Ladies will test their strength against Coal City Wizards at the Chatsworth Stadium in Durban. Bloemfontein Celtic will be on the road this weekend. They will travel to Johannesburg, where they will lock horns with Thunderbirds Ladies at the Tsakane Stadium. Tsunami Queens will visit Richmond United

at the Galeshewe Stadium at the Loftus Stadium in in Kimberley. Queens are Pretoria, while JVW FC still to win a league match will host the University of this season. They managed the Western Cape FC. to collect only one point in the five matches they have played to date. Golden Ladies will entertain Vasco da Gama at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. First Touch Academy must beat City Lads FC to restore their lost pride. They were beaten 1-2 by Durban Ladies last Sunday. The pace setters, Maindis’ right back, Mamelodi Sundowns, will Kelebone Mnisi. Photo: meet TUT Football Club Frank Mavhungu.

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