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It’s our Cyril Soweto resident, but not that much is known about Newly elected ANC preshis early life in his home ident Mr Cyril Matamela village of Venda. Limpopo Ramaphosa might have Mirror traced the politibeen born in Soweto, but cian’s family at Khalavha his roots are embedded in and found family members the rich soil of Khalavha, in a celebratory mood. an underdeveloped village “We are very humbled as outside Thohoyandou. a family to have one of us When Ramaphosa visited being elected to such a very the area a few weeks ago, high position. We are royals he made sure to visit the from the Tshivhase family people who had influand his upbringing in a enced his life. He was well Christian family will stand received and was endorsed him in good stead to take by traditional leaders and this country forward,” said local churches offering his brother, Ben Ramaphohim prayers. He found the sa, on behalf of the family. much-needed support when Ben said that his brother Vhavenda King Toni Mphe- had shown leadership phu Ramabulana endorsed qualities from a very early him and pledged him all the age. “He was school prefect necessary support. and also the president if the It was not surprising that SCM while doing his Grade residents of Khalavha and 12 at Mphaphuli Secondsurrounding villages were ary,” he said. glued in front of the televiCyril was born on 17 sion the whole of Monday, November 1952 in Newclare awaiting the ANC general in Gauteng. The family conference’s results. As soon later moved to Chiawelo in as the results were made Soweto. He did his primary known the whole commueducation there and moved nity broke into song and to Venda for his high school dance, rejoicing about the tutoring. elevation of one of their own Ben added that he grew to the highest position in up under strict Christian one of the oldest liberation supervision as his mother movements. was a staunch member of Many know Cyril as a the Lutheran Church. “We By Elmon Tshikhudo

Ramaphosa’s brother, Ben, says he was destined to be a leader as he showed leadership skills from an early age.

Dr Tshenuwani Farisani, who saw Ramaphosa growing politically from high school to where he is today.

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have no doubt that this man has the capacity to make a difference in this country.” Another resident of Khalavha and a person who grew up alongside Ramaphosa is Dr Tshenuwani Farisani, the Speaker of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature. Dean Farisani reckons that the people of South Africa have not made a mistake in electing Ramaphosa as leader. “I have known this man since many years ago while he was a student at Mphaphuli, where his political career started as a student activist. He invited me to address students. We worked together at CODESA and we used to visit each other and

his family at Chiawelo,” said Farisani. “I am very happy that South Africans were able to spot leadership that will take this country forward. I believe he will make a big difference and will unify the ANC. There are challenges in the organization, but he is equal to the task. He is a capable leader,” said Farisani. He said former president Mandela had not made a mistake when he wanted him to be his deputy as he saw capacity and capability in him. “Ramaphosa is one of the most decisive leaders. He is a leader who cares, one of the greatest negoti-

ators of our times. This also shows that one does not need to be born in an affluent area to be a leader,” he said. The local traditional leader, Chief Mpfuneni Tshivhase, said Ramaphosa had put their village on the world map. “We are a little-known people and village, but since he was elected we have been mentioned time and again. We are a poor village with no development at all and we hope he will look at this and see what to do to improve the lives of the locals,” he said.

In November several people attended the birthday party of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the FNB Conference Centre in Sandton. Photographed from left to right are: Chief Livhuwani Matsila, Dr Tshepo Motsepe and Mr Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo supplied.




2 22 December 2017

We buy together and save By Elmon Tshikhudo

The Department of Social Development hosted a two-day youth social crime-prevention campaign in Dopeni near Nzhelele. The aim of the event was to encourage young people to stay away from criminal activities. The event was supported by the SAPS and the Department of Correctional Services.

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be crying at the beginning of the year when children go back to school. Some of us end up going to loan sharks, who in return would charge exorbitant interest,” she said. Matsila said they looked at things that could help them prevent problems throughout the year. Each member contributes roughly R380 every month, which then gets used to buy groceries for the whole year and pay for the children’s schooling.

“The groceries we get at the end of the year is enough to last us the whole year,” said Matsila. Club member Ms Cecilia Khomola said she had been with the club for 14 years. “This thing of clubs and stokvels are changing lives. I get my groceries in December and we buy things that we use during the festive period and this sustains us throughout the year. I do not regret joining this club because we buy in bulk and we save a lot as a group,” she said

Realizing the financial difficulties that people come across during the year and especially during the festive season, workers under the Matsila Trust at Hamatsila outside Vuwani have come together and formed a club that enables them to save. The 60 workers have come up with a plan that is paying dividends and their families no longer have problems when it comes to groceries and money for their children’s schooling. The leader of the group, Ms Josephine Matsila, said the idea started a long time ago after they realised the frustrations faced by people after the festive season. “People tend to spend carelessly during the festive season, using all their savings for the whole United as one, workers at Matsila Trust who pooled together money to year in a short space buy groceries and save for their children’s schooling with their leader, of time as if there is no tomorrow. Many of Ms Josephine Matsila (standing third from left) during the sharing of the groceries. our colleagues would

African Bank donates toilet block

our facilities here at the school.” The junior credit analyst at African Bank recently doAfrican Bank’s head office in nated a block of toilets to the Midrand, Ms Tshimangadzo Jonathan Thifulufhelwi SecLigavha, said that the compaondary School in a bid to help ny received a large number of restore the pupils’ dignity. requests for community work. The school’s deputy prinShe said the toilet donation cipal, Mr Alfred Rasikhanya, formed part of the company’s said the contribution of the vision to increase an awareness of basic sanitation and hygiene and promote a healthy lifestyle in schools. “Giving back is when you give and nothing happens, no benefits for you,” she said. “It creates a feeling of gratitude. The biggest and sole reward is the realisation that you’ve made a significant change in someone else’s life.” The local traditional leader, Vhamusanda Ntsundeni Sinthumule, Cllr Mavhimbi Mashamba and the Ward 23 committee members welcomed the donation. “I would Ms Tshimangadzo Ligavha (third from right) hands the toilet keys to like to thank African the deputy principal, Mr Alfred Rasikhanya. The other persons in the Bank for this wonpicture are (from left to right) Doctor Makhitha, Vhamusanda Ntsun- derful initiative of deni Sinthumule, Cllr Mavhimbi Mashamba, Ms Refiloe Maukeng and providing the school Mrs Martha Ndou. The two pupils are Vhulenda Makananise (left) with basic sanitation,” and Pretty Mbasigidi (right). Cllr Mashamba said. By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

toilet block at the school came as a relief as the school had a shortage of toilets. “We want to thank African Bank for a valuable contribution to our school,” he said. “As a school, we always wish not to see pupils peeing on fence poles or by the old toilet side. Now the new toilets will surely add value to

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final matric results. Remember that your life is a reflection of what you believe in. You must set yourself achievable and realistic goals and believe in them, while working hard to achieve them. “On behalf of the Council of As Makhado Municipality, we Makhado Municipality I wish evinvite those who require financial eryone a happy and safe Christmas support to further their academic and a prosperous new year. studies, to complete the Makhado As Christmas and the New Bursary Application forms that are Year approach, we ask you to available from councillors and our think about those who are unwell, offices. who have been bereaved, the As Council, we recently launched elderly, the vulnerable, especially our 16 Days of Activism campaign orphaned children and those who against all forms of violence on feel lonely, and to be a good neigh- women and children. We made a bour in this season of goodwill. clarion call that all forms of abuse Let me also take this opportuand violence at home, schools and nity to wish our 2017 matric class communities must stop. We vowed all the best as they wait for their to take action and unite to stop the The mayor of Makhado Municipality, Cllr Shonisani Mildred Sinyosi, has the following Christmas message for residents:

The mayor of Makhado Municipality, Cllr Shonisani Mildred Sinyosi.

spread of HIV and AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse and ritual murders. We call upon the people of Makhado to celebrate our cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. We must never allow culture or language to become a source of conflict and violence. We call on our communities to share, develop and celebrate our common values of solidarity and mutual respect. I wish you and your loved ones, our staff and the hardworking men and women in essential services a truly happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018. Do not drink and drive. Speed and fatigue kill; take regular stops and rest then proceed safely to your holiday destination. Let us all Arrive Alive!”

“Don’t sell liquor to under 18’s”

she grew up in an environment where people do not have a lot The festive season is charof regard for the law or people’s acterized by a more relaxed rights. “They only pay attenatmosphere and celebrations, tion to the customary belief where people are surrounded that children should obey their by friends and family memparents or elders. When a child bers. Often these celebrations gets asked to perform certain go hand in hand with alcohol duties by uncles, grandfathers consumption, and the abuse or fathers, such as going to a thereof by young people caus- liquor store to purchase ‘cold es many problems. Fingers ones’, they are expected to do are also pointing to the liquor so without asking questions,” stores and tavern owners who she said. sell their products to persons The girl said that she had under 18. started drinking when she According to a concerned was only 15 years old. She said parent, Ms Rendani Mulaudzi, that she was never asked for liquor store owners only care her identification documents about making a quick buck. to confirm her age when she “Their main objective is to purchased liquor at the store. make money,” she said. “They “I grew up staying next to a really don’t care about the shebeen, and my uncles would future of our children; all they send me almost every day want is money.” to buy them beers. When I Business owner Nditsheni entered the store, they never Ravele had a different view and asked me for my ID, they just said that it was difficult to tell gave me what I wanted,” she a person’s age by just looking at said. “I started going to the them. “I would never sell alcotavern every weekend to drink hol to minors deliberately,” he when I was 15 and still no-one added. “Most of my customers asked me my age.” are parents and community The SAPS spokesperson leaders, so they assist me in in Limpopo, Lt-Col Moatshe identifying underage customNgoepe, urged taverns owners ers.” Like many others, he felt to comply with the South that parents also had a big African Liquor Act. “Children role to play in preventing their under the age of 18 years are children from hanging out at not allowed in any liquor outlet. taverns. Limpopo Mirror inter- Should we find such young viewed a girl who started drink- children in your liquor outlet, ing at a very young age. Because you are going to be charged in of her age, we cannot disclose terms of the Liquor Act,” he her identity. She described how warned. By Maanda Bele

Problems at Vhembe clinics By Ndivhuwo Musetha The lack of basic equipment at clinics in the Vhembe District is seriously affecting service delivery. The problems also includes dysfunctional maternity wards and a shortage of water. Limpopo Mirror was informed last week ago that the blood-pressure machine at Thengwe Clinic has not been functioning for over a month. Reliable sources confirmed that patients who were visiting the facility could not have their blood pressure measured. The spokesperson for the Department of Health in Limpopo, Thabiso Teffo, confirmed that they had been informed about these and other problems. Teffo said that the problem seemed to be because no one was taking responsibility for maintaining and looking after the important equipment. “Yes, we got that report of a BP machine that was not working, but that problem has been resolved now,” he said. Teffo said that they were in the process of engaging the stakeholders to try and find solutions. “We want to make sure that equipment gets attached to individuals, so that they can account for these machines. This will also help curb the stealing of equipment from our facilities,” said Teffo.

Asked if the situation might not put the lives of patients at risk, Teffo said nurses and doctors knew what to do to help patients whose blood pressure was excessive. On the issue of the lack of a maternity ward at the Mutale Health Centre, Teffo said that the delay had been caused by a lack of finances. The maternity ward at Mutale was destroyed in a storm a few years ago. Teffo added that the department was under pressure because many communities needed new clinics while others needed repairs. “As of now, we are busy engaging with Public Works to see how we can address these challenges,” he said. As far as the lack of water and blankets in different hospitals is concerned, especially at Tshilidzini Hospital, Teffo said that they were busy in-sourcing the laundry function in order to address this problem for good. “Remember, we have started with the in-sourcing of the kitchen; now we are going to address the laundry where our hospitals and clinics will have a centre where their laundry will be cleaned,” he said. Teffo said that they were continuously in discussion with municipalities to make sure that there was no lack of water at health facilities. He added that they used tanks to supply water during emergency periods.

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“I will never be silenced,” says Dr Frank Chikane AFM Shayandima from scratch in a rondavel. ANC veteran Dr Frank Dr Maanzwane, who was Chikane says he will not be being welcomed back to his deterred to speak about lead- local assembly after serving naership problems and rampant tionally and internationally for corruption taking place in the more than 19 years, said it had country. all been made possible through Chikane, who is the Presthe support of people like Dr ident of the Apostolic Faith Chikane and the local leaderMission International, was ship of Pastor Jacob Tshikomba a guest of honour during the and his team. handing over of a R1,8 million During the same function, house to Dr Muvhango Maanz- Maanzwane also donated about wane on Saturday. The house 50 pairs of school shoes to the was built by his local assembly PhalaphalaFM school uniform of Shayandima AFM near campaign. Phalaphala FM’s Thohoyandou. programme manager, Ms ShaHundreds gathered to ron Ravele, received the shoes listen to speaker after speaker on behalf of the SABC. praising the leadership of Dr Dr Maanzwane and his wife, Maanzwane, who started the Evelinah, had spent the better By Elmon Tshikhudo

Well-known local reggae artist Khakhathi Tshisikule of Khakhathi & Friends fame was photographed with some of the people whom he entertained on Reconciliation Day at Veto Garden on Saturday. Picture: Ndivhuwo Musetha.

Boxing bonanza awaits at Sibasa By Kaizer Nengovhela The 2Ten Hotel will be the centre of attention on the evening of 29 December as the Nzhelele Women’s Sports Promotion will stage its Royal Boxing Challenge. According to the presenter, Mr Ephraim Simba, the fights will produce maximum entertainment. He appealed to boxing lovers to attend in large numbers to watch some high-class boxing bouts. The main event will be the featherweight fight between Tshifhiwa “Spider” Munyai and Rofhiwa Maemu. The fight is scheduled over 10 rounds.

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part of his 30 years of ministry work living in a shack and later a rundown house with an old Toyota Cressida as his only vehicle. On Saturday, he also received a R100 000 cheque from the church as a token of appreciation for the good work he did for his people. Speaking during the function, Chikane emphasised that the ANC conference would run smoothly, but the most important thing was the calibre of leadership it would produce. “The whole country is expecting a leadership that will not continue to plunder and loot the country’s resources. That will not be the freedom we fought for so much in our lives,” he said.

Photographed during the function to welcome back Dr Maanzwana are, from left to right, Ms Kagiso Chikane, Dr Frank Chikane, Mr Jacob Tshikomba, Ms Evelinah Maanzwane, Dr Muvhango Maanzwane and Advocate Sam Tshabalala.



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Thaluso Malada and Arinavho entered into a matrimonial engagement during an event that was recently held at the Redeeming Showers of Grace Church at Tshitereke village.

The 4x4 Challenge held at Makwatambani at Maniini, just outside Thohoyandou, over the past weekend produced lots of fun. The day formed part of Reconciliation Day celebrations. The challenge also tested the skills of quad drivers. Picture: Ndivhuwo Musetha.

The parents of Ms Mpho Tshipuke (middle), Mr Thomas Tshipuke (right) and Mrs Merriam Tshipuke, presented her with a 21st birthday key at the PnS Lodge at Madombidzha village on Saturday.

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Mpho wins 2017 Miss Beauty in Christ pageant princess received iPhones. The ceremony was organMpho Mabushe received an ised by Takalani Muthige and early Christmas gift when Selokela Lekoloana. Takalani she was crowned the winner said the Miss Beauty in Christ of the Miss Beauty in Christ pageant was started because 2017 competition. The glitthere were no Christian pagtering ceremony took place at eants in South Africa. “Many the Avkhom Hotel in Thohoy- young girls love pageants, but andou on Friday. can’t enter because they are not Mpho walked away with a comfortable showing off their R10 000 cash prize and an skin. We decided that the best iPhone. The other winners way to resolve this issue, would were Ronewa Muremela (first be to create a beauty pageant princess), Tshifhiwa Ramutum- that will accommodate young, bu (second princess), Ayanda beautiful Christian girls,” Ndzalama (Miss Personality) Muthige added. and Charlyn Muleya (Miss PopThe pageant’s main objective ularity). The first and second is to interact with different By Mbulaheni Ridovhona

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churches on various programs, become educational platforms and serve as an empowering tool to young African women in a Christian way. “It plays a role in uniting people of different churches by addressing oneness in the things of Lord. We also aim to assist in integrating young African women into Biblical teachings and the mainstream economy,” Muthige said. The event was sponsored by Choice FM, Tumi-b concepts, RA Motors, Nineteen76 Travel and Conferences, Majo Almost Famous, Thavhani guest house, Elsie’s Deco and Codesa sound.

More frustration in car hi-jack case By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho In an unexpected turn of events, the case against a suspect in a car hi-jacking case, who was pointed out during an identity parade, did not continue in court. The two victims are now left disappointed and unsure of what to expect. A hawker from Louis Trichardt, Mr John Madavhu, was driving a white Nissan bakkie when he stopped to give a lift to two hitchhikers at the Muromani crossroad in Madombidzha on 25 December 2015. The two men then hijacked the car at gunpoint. Winners photographed during the ceremony. From left to right are: Charlyn Muleya (Miss Madavhu ran for his life and the burntPopularity), Tshifhiwa Ramutumbu (second princess), Mpho Mabushe (queen), Ronewa out car was only found in ploughing fields in Muremela (first princess), Ayanda Ndzalama (Miss Personality). Photo supplied . Tshikhwani in January 2016. No suspects were arrested at the time. Months later, the SAPS in Louis Trichardt contacted Madavhu with fresh news of an arrest, and he was asked to identify the suspect(s) they requested the court to during an identity parade. By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho deny the suspect bail. “I recognised one of the two men among the A 25-year-old murder susIn an incident that shocked 10 individuals in the line-up, and the police said pect, Tshimangadzo Rasiluma the whole of Vhembe District, that he would go to court on Monday,” he said. Tambani, appeared in the Rasiluma allegedly approached The suspect, however, did not appear in court. Tshilwavhusiku Magistrate’s his girlfriend, Glenda RadziThe spokesperson for the Makhado police, Court last Monday. lani, on her way to work and as- Const Irene Radzilane, said that the case was The suspect was expected to saulted her on 31 July. He then neither enrolled nor struck off the roll. “There lodge a bail application, but his dragged her to her home, where were some technicalities and the police’s investicase was simply postponed to he is alleged to have assaulted gations into the matter continue,” she said. 19 January next year for further and stabbed her multiple times. Madavhu said that he was losing hope in the investigation. Meanwhile, the Two minors and Glenda’s sister police’s ability to deal with the case. “I identified residents of Madombidzha had were in the house, hiding and the suspect and still they released him,” he said. since handed a memo to the fearing for their lives. Tshimangadzo Rasiluma “I swear it is him – I remember him clearly.” acting court manager, wherein Tambani. The stolen car apparently belonged to Ma-

davhu’s older brother, Mr Thomas Madavhu. “I am really disappointed, because we hoped to see the police treating this case with the utmost seriousness,” he said.

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John Madavhu says he is losing hope.

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Thomas Madavhu lost his vehicle after it was hijacked and torched.

Bail for accused in stokvel case By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho A 41-year-old female suspect, Ms Tshifhiwa Mudau, was granted R1 000 bail after appearing in the Tshitale Magistrate’s Court last Thursday. The court appearance followed after she was arrested in connection with a robbery. She is alleged to have arranged with two unknown men to rob an undisclosed amount from the stokvel of which she was a member. The robbery took place when stokvel members were distributing the stokvel’s savings among themselves at Mailaskop village. According to a statement, Mudau stood up and walked outside, where she made a phone call. When she came in again, the two unknown men entered and robbed the stokvel. The police in Makhado had since warned robbers to refrain from acts of terrorising stokvel groups. Mudau will appear in court again on 12 February next year.


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8 22 December 2017

Manthakha releases his second book

Mazwale in action

By Mbulaheni Ridovhona

also launched her new album, Usivhone bere ukhanya. Mazwale was born at Lwamondo-Mapate and started singing as a little girl in the primary school choir. She later became the lead vocalist in the local church. Her first album, Ndinne uno, was released in 2014, with the hit praise song Ndwinwana wanga and the title track, Ndinne uno popular among the fans. In 2015 she released her second album, Usapfa hutunya mavhudzi. She felt, however, that her talent was not being recognized. “I have been wandering around and saw many things in life, but there was one thing that I was missing in life, and that was God. Everything has changed, and my life has to bear testimony that I have changed. That is where the new album came into being,” Mazwale said. She encourages young people to realize the importance of education and to put their education first. She is currently in her second year at Damelin College, studying for a for a diploma in sound engineering. She thanks her supporters who voted for her and dedicated her award to these fans. According to her manager, Ms Merriam Thinadzanga the main aim of the new album was not to make a profit, but “to celebrate our Vhembe region and show our talent.” Some of the artists who performed during the event include Jah Lady, Cornerstone, Jaycon, Tshigomboza, Frezzy, Cashflow, Miskay, Prifix and Shufflers Ragimana.


By Kaizer Nengovhela Local music lovers celebrated the achievements of Tshanduko Maano, better known as Mazwale, during a concert at the Masana Resort a fortnight ago. The talented musician was the winner of the best Tshivenda award during the 2016/7 South African Traditional Awards (Satma) ceremony. She also won a Tshivenda Music Awards (Thima). During the event at the Masana Resort, she

An author, Ndanduleni Jeffrey Manthakha from Lwamondo-Tshifulanani has recently released another book, Bomepome. He said that the book focuses on the life of a young girl who lives to have fun. “The teenage girl loves pleasure and shun her parents’ advice. She ends up not achieving university entrance and falls pregnant,” he added. He encouraged young people to focus on their dreams irrespective of the adversities. “I've seen many young people throwing away their dreams,

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By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho The Vleifontein, Mailaskop and Muzhedzi area will come to life when the cream of the music industry descend on Koyas in Vleifontein for an arts and cultural exhibition and music festival on 31 December. The event is the second Zwithu Zwi Ntha Annual Show, which is hosted by Zwithu Zwi Ntha Media and Projects in association with Grisle SA. The exhibition stalls and tables will run between 12:00 and17:00, while the music festival starts at 19:00 on 31 December. Local brands, from arts, food and beverages to clothes and traditional and modern dance groups will be there in abundance. “We are offering a free exhibition platform to all brands or projects as a way of creating a space for marketing and promoting their

products,” said the manager of Zwithu Zwi Ntha Media and Projects, Thendo Nkuna. She said that she had noticed with dismay the inflow of artists from other provinces at local shows which excluded local artists who should have been getting considerate exposure and access to their fans. “All the time people are disappointed with shows that do not include their favourite artists in the line-ups, so we are bringing more and more artists from different parts of Vhembe district into one place for a unique musical experience,” Thendo said. Ampfarisaho “Pule” Mudanalo, the director at Grisle SA, a project partner who is also a music promoter, said that the event would also help more artists to link up with them, so that Grisle SA could also secure more performance spaces for them, even outside Limpopo Prov-

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ince. “We believe in giving our talented youths a chance to shine,” Pule said. “If their talents demand attention, they deserve to get that platform to make a living out of their art.” The line-up includes, among others, Batondy, Fizzy, Meskay, Flomatic click, OWI, CJ, Prifix, Vendaboy the Poet, Candy, Romeo DzedzeMoney, Tygaboy-Mukoni, MPI, Natty Lio, Tarryshigz, Bad, Not Guilty, Thora Thora, Man, Kanakana, Nelcy de Rapper, Wizkills, Komz, CRJ, Team Sengenedza, Mateville, Given DJ Riddic Alu, Dj Agree Fiasco, Dj Multimix, Dj Small, and Dj Meldee. Entry fee is R50 (general) or R200 (VIP, which comes with either Zwithu Zwi Ntha's T-shirt or Grisle SA’s), and they will be available at the door or directly from Thendo on 071 153 9535.

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inspired by reading the literary works of the late Dr TN Maumela. He is a graduate from University of Limpopo (Turfloop campus), and obtained a BA in Languages in 2008. He is by profession a Tshivenda language practitioner, who conducts a literature workshop, but is also a translator, interpreter and editor who works with mostly Tshivenda authors. The book is available in bookshops in Johannesburg and Thohoyandou and was published by Lesedi Publishers.

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because of temporary pleasures of life. I want the youth to learn from Tshenuwani, the main character,” he added. Prior to Bomepome, he wrote a drama, Ndi Vha Magaweni and it was very popular with its readers. He also published a short story, Mbebo Dzashu and a drama, Vivho Ndi Mavhulaise. The drama received the first prize in a literacy competition (Tshivenda category) by the Limpopo Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. “I also wrote a serial drama entitled Hu Na Gombakomba which was aired by Phalaphala FM in 2008,” he added. He added that he was

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Wild experience with Vanessa

and offering to be part of this event of great magnitude.” The award-winning Vanessa Vanessa has two albums, entitled Mphanama mesmerised hunUntold Story (2013) and Ebenezer dreds of fans as part of celebrat(2016). ing her gift of life and the journey She won a best female award for of living in this world from a Untold Story in the Tshivenda Muspiritual point of view. The event sic Awards (TSHIMA) and instantly was termed the Wild Worship cemented her name as a singer Experience with Vanessa Concert. whose talent knows no boundaries. During the event that was held A resident of Ngwenani ya ha at Christ Vision in Mukula on 2 Mapholi, Vanessa said that she December, she belted out songs loved music so much that she from her previous albums as well as lived on it. She was inspired by her unreleased material. grandmother, Vho-Nyamutshagole “There were a lot of supporting Pharamela, who had an immeasursingers who also joined me on able love for music. stage. I also want to thank each one of them for accepting the invitation

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Vanessa mesmerised fans in her Wild Worship Experience with Vanessa Concert at Mukula.

More awards for Thabelo By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Thabelo Netshiunda celebrates her awards with husband Robert Netshiunda.

Hardly a month after winning the Best Gospel Artist and the Best Female Artist awards at the Tshivenda Music Awards (TSHIMA), local gospel sensation Thabelo Netshiunda has been awarded three more accolades. Thabelo won the Best Worship Album, Best Female Artistt and Best Gospel Artist of the Year at the Gauteng Gospel Music Awards (GGMA), which were held at the Market Theatre Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, last Saturday night. The Wa vhuthu O ri tondaho hit maker has won a total of six awards in just four months, following the release of her live recorded album entitled His Glory. In August this year, she won her very first award for the Best Gospel Album of the Year at the Independent National Gospel Music Awards (INGOMA). She stated that she had achieved all her success because of the strength that God gave her, as well as dedication and hard work. “I gave it my all when we recorded His Glory,” she said. “I had many critics and that motivated me to strive for the best. I did not have a point to prove, but I wanted to challenge myself and be an example that no one should despise the days of small beginnings. I am now the happiest woman alive, and I thank God for keeping me and choosing me to minister to his people through a song.” Meanwhile, Thabelo runs her own foundation, the Thabelo Netshiunda Foundation, which strives to restore humanity and dignity to youths by training upcoming gospel artists and through mentorship programmes.

Phalaphala FM Station manager Freddy Sadiki wishes the Grade 12 pupils who wrote their final exams the best of luck and advises them to be patient and wait for their results. He appealed to the youngsters to work even harder throughout the examination process, despite challenges that might threaten their success on the road ahead. He urged parents and teachers to give their children all the necessary support and make sure that they remain focused all the way. “We must continue to help our children realise and comprehend the fact that education is the key to the future prospects of South Africa. The more educated we are, the brighter the future of the country going forward. Through education we shall triumph against the challenges facing our country, such as unemployment, poverty and inequality.” He congratulated teachers and pupils on their hard work and dedication throughout the year, adding that this was the time for all those who had worked hard to reap the benefits. “Educators have a very challenging job, and despite the hardships that they come across year in and year out, they continue to do a sterling job.” Sadiki said with all stakeholders working together with traditional

leaders and government to improve the level of education in this country, the ultimate objective of a high standard of education for the country would be realised. He said studying was a process that required dedication, concentration and effective time management. “Learning is a structural process that involves surveying, reading, revising and consolidation of knowledge. Give yourself enough time to study because you will never succeed if you start studying only during examination time.” One of the Grade 12 pupils from the Vuwani area, Masala Mudzweda, promised that, with all the necessary support, they would be passing with flying colours and they would make the school proud. “We know that results were not forthcoming at the school in the past, but the class of 2017 has vowed to make sure that this will change and we will bring home the bacon,” he said. Vhavenda King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana acknowledged the fact that there are many distractions that lure the youngsters away, such as clubs and parties where they consume liquor when they should be studying. “Stay away from all those things,” he said. “Such a lifestyle might seem enjoyable and feel good, but I am telling you the truth, it only lasts for a short moment.”


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Zwarine Day reverberates throughout Vhembe region By Elmon Tshikhudo

Second-placed Vhutavhatsindi perform during the competition.

The Khubvi Sports Grounds was reverberating with the great sounds of the big cowhide drums, accompanied by the whistling sweet sounds of the Tshikona pipe during the Zwarine Cultural Festival on Saturday, The event, dubbed Bepha la Tshikona, is part of a yearlong regular cultural festival aimed at promoting cultural performances. The organisers encourage communities to form cultural groups that will participate in such festivals. Speaking before the start of Saturday’s performances, Zwarine Cultural Promotion NPC chairperson Mr Aifheli Tshivhase said that he was very happy to see groups arriving from all corners of Vhembe District just to be part of the monumental festival. “As an organization that was

formed with the sole purpose of promoting our neglected cultural performances in Vhembe, we are delighted to see such a large number of spectators and performers. It lays bare the thirst in communities where they are given a platform for cultural expression,” he said. He said the event was in line with the main theme of exploring the ethnic diversity of the three main groups in Limpopo who are all found in Vhembe District. “Our wish is to provide a platform where culture is appreciated and also to stimulate excellence, hence a competition format,” said Tshifhiwa Tshiswaise, the organizing secretary of Zwarine. “We appreciate the support we received from the National Lotteries Commission as we continue to gather cultural enthusiasts to perform in celebrating our cultural heritage,” he added.

After awarding the prizes, Mr Aifheli Tshivhase said that they were going to host another festival on Human Rights Day. “This time around we will be staging this festival for another ethnic group in Vhembe,” he promised. The local traditional leader, Chief Thinawanga Randima, praised the organisers for their contribution towards the preservation of culture. “This is a step in the right direction. Our culture is being side-lined, and it is through such competitions that it can be revived. We say thumbs up to the organisers,” he said. Makhuvha group took the honours and walked away with R15 000. The runners-up, Vhutavhatsindi, took home R12 000, Makwarani ended in third spot and took away R10 000. Sheshe won themselves R8 000, with Tshifudi taking home R6 000.

Chief Thinawanga Randima, sandwiched by Zwarine officials Mr Tshifhiwa Tshiswaise (left) and Mr Aifheli Tshivhase with a token of appreciation from the organization.

The cream of the crop, Makhuvha Tshikona’s dancers in action.

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Five-star treatment for Tshimbupfe’s seniors others.” The guest speaker, Pastor Emmanuel Nemagovhani of the Abba’s House Worship Centre at Tshivhulana Vuwani called on communities not to write off the elderly. “We are what we are because of these forgotten people. People are now showing off by giving their parents the best of funerals, while they neglected them when they were still alive.” Local traditional leader, Vhavenda Vho Mphephu Mulaudzi Netshimbupfe praised the church, saying it is making a big impact in his community.

It is official: the Lim 345 local municipality in Malamulele is now called the Collins Chabane Local Municipality. A jovial mood reigned when the mayor, councillors and some traditional leaders in and around Malamulele gathered at the offices of the municipality on Wednesday, holding the new logo of the municipality. From left to right are Cllrs Molly Mutele, Azwihangwisi Mukhaha (Collins Chabane local mayor), Tintswalo Bila, Hosi Njhakanjhaka, Percy Mashimbye and the Speaker, Cllr Matome Lebea.

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Pastors, traditional leaders, other community leaders and the winning elderly persons in the beauty contest during the event to celebrate the elderly at Tshimbupfe.

I want to solve the world’s problems Thendo Given Mafanedza, a Grade 11 learner at Gumani Technical High, appealed to members of the public to fund his innovative science projects. “I love solving problems through technology. I have solved many problems in the area where I live by using my innovative mind,” said the 18-year-old from Khubvi. “I want my projects to be registered and go on to solve the problems that the world is facing. I believe that we can solve everything through technology and make the world a better place to live in,” he said. According to Thendo, his science projects are making life much easier at his church and school. “At my school we had a bell ringer problem. The bell switch was at the

principal’s office, so the bell ringer had to travel all the way to the office to ring the bell, meaning that he would miss some part of the lessons. I came up with a solution by inventing a system that controls the bell, using a remote switch,” Thendo explained. “I have also invented a people counter at my church, which helps to count people who are entering and leaving the church.” He said he was currently busy building a telescope at his home, so that community members can see and learn about the solar system. His inspiration is Ndivhuwo Makondo, a researcher in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the CSIR in Pretoria. Thendo can be contacted at: Thendomaftech@gmail. Young scientist Thendo Given com. Mafanedza.

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There is hope that learning conditions will improve drastically at the Schuitdrift farm school, which falls under the Musina Municipality’s area. 2 SAI Battalion in Musina has adopted the school and is urging the business sector and community members to join them in various fundraising initiatives. The school’s roof was blown away by strong winds some years ago. The dedicated members of the South African National Defence Force also want to buy building material for the school, stationery, uniforms and sanitary towels for the girls. They are also raising

funds to purchase a wheelchair for a disabled learner at the same school. A fortnight ago, they organized a 10km fun walk where all the entry proceeds were channelled to the school’s fundraising project. The project gained momentum when more than 100 participants took part in the aerobics session to raise funds for the school at the parking lot of Musina Mall last Saturday. All the proceeds were again channelled to the same initiative. The mayor of Musina, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope commended SANDF members for coming up with such an impressive initiative. “This is what we call real community building. We

all know that the focus of the SANDF is to defend our country, but they have stretched their arms to make a positive contribution in the communities they serve. As local government, we are very supportive of the initiative because it helps in the development of our communities.” She urges the business sector and community members to support the initiative. “We all know how difficult life is on the farms. Those kids deserve better education and want to enjoy life like all the kids who are staying elsewhere. We would like to see this initiative achieving its goals with the involvement of all parties, including us as local government.”

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contest. Experts from different The Tshimbupfe Assembly of departments also taught them the Apostolic Faith Mission about their grants, their diet of South Africa in Vuwani has and importance of taking its way of doing good things chronic medication. for the senior citizens. The church leader, Pastor Owen Mphephu said that they On Saturday, 2 December, felt the elderly were being the elderly from all villages marginalized and are easily forunder the umbrella of Tshimgotten in the community. “We bupfe were treated to a five-star felt we should do something treatment during an event to for them to acknowledge their honour them. It started with a contributions in the family fun walk in the morning before and the community. This has a formal programme was held become an annual event and is at the church. The elderly bearing fruits. When we host performed traditional dances them, they forget all about their and participated in a beauty problems and enjoy being with By Elmon Tshikhudo

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Mphaphuli’s girls off to argue law in Netherlands By Silas Nduvheni

Some of the children who celebrated Reconciliation Day at Veto Garden in Tswinga on Saturday. Picture: Ndivhuwo Musetha.

Two Grade 11 learners from Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa are on their way to the Netherlands after winning a national law competition. Adivhaho Mudanalwo (16) and Mashudu Mandaha (16) will fly to The Hague in the Netherlands early in 2018. They won the National Moot Court Competition, in which they were given a case and had to write an essay wherein they represented their imaginary client as either a respondent or an applicant before the judge. One of the learners,

Adivhaho Mandaha, said both of them now had an interest in studying law after passing matric. “We read about the competition on a website. We proceeded to the provincial round, which was held at the Thohoyandou High Court,” said Mudanalwo. “The competition proceeded to Pretoria and we competed with 32 schools. The teams were eliminated down to four schools, who competed between 4 and 8 October. The finals were held in the Constitutional Court on the 8th and we

were selected with the Kwazulu Natal group to represent South Africa early next year,” added Mudanalwo. The Grade 11 English subject educator at Mphaphuli High, Ms Livhuwani Luvhengo, said she was overwhelmed when she heard that her learners had won and would represent South Africa. “We wish them all the best when they will be flying to the Netherlands, because they did not only put our school on the map, but also the province and the entire South Africa,” said Luvhengo.

A brand new house for three struggling girls The destitute girls were raised by a single mother until last year when Three disadvantaged girls at Tshaulu, she was killed in an accident. They whose lives had been an uphill strughave been staying in two dilapidated gle thus far, received a welcome boost thatched rondavels, which leaked when in the form of a new house. it rained. The three, Azwinndini, Ndaedzo and When handing over the house, church Ndamulelo Khomola, received an early leader Dr George Mutambedzo said the Christmas gift when The Living World girls were members of their church, but Gospel Mission at Tshifudi handed were living under trying circumstances. them the keys to a new house on Sunday “After learning of the plight of these afternoon. girls, we were very touched as a church The handing-over ceremony was and we decided to intervene and build witnessed by the local traditional leader, them proper shelter. This is the first Chief Ntsedzeni Bohwana, local pastors, house project we have undertaken, and the ward councillor, community memwe feel God has unfolded a vision which bers and Thulamela municipality’s actwe should carry forward. This should ing mayor, Cllr Matodzi Netshifhefhe. be a continuous thing as there are many

poor families,” he said. Mutambedzo said that they would identify such families from time to time and, depending on their coffers, the church would build houses and create a better life for the less fortunate. “We cannot only look at the spiritual side of the human being and ignoring the physical, which has its own needs. We have to care for the whole being. We are doing this in line with the command from God that to serve God is to serve people, and this is what we are doing,” he said. Mashudu Mandaha (left) and Adivhaho Mudanalwo (right), the two Thulamela municipality’s acting Grade 11 learners who will represent South Africa in the Netherlands. mayor, Cllr Matodzi Netshifhefhe, They flank their English subject teacher, Ms Livhuwani Luvhengo. thanked the church for partnering with the government in easing the housing backlog. “We are very appreciative of the contribution the church is making. We always encourage public and private partnerships and together as a community, including the church, we can do So, please, stop killing yourmore for our people,” he said. By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho selves!” Netshifhefhe encouraged the girls to The issues of gender-based vioThe councillor for Ward 35 in focus on their education, saying it would lence and suicides came under Thulamela, Cllr Nnditsheni Muchange their situation for the better. discussion during a multi-stake- laudzi, said that the victim-emOn behalf of the children, Ms Azwinholder, gender-based vicpowerment programmes were ndini Khomola said they were humbled tim-empowerment campaign doing a good job in educating by the church’s gesture. “We have been held at Itsani village a fortnight people about their rights and how through difficult times since our mother ago. to live in love and peace in compassed on, and we never thought someAt least five victim empowermunities. “Our people have learnt thing this good could happen to our ment programmes were involved a lot of positive messages today,” lives. We are very grateful to our father, in the project, namely Munna she said. “They will also go home Dr Mutambedzo, and his wife who have Ndi Nnyi, Far North, Thanduand share the information with taken us under their care and we are lulo, Victorious, and Thivhulawi other people.” like a family.” Substance Abuse. Munna Ndi Nnyi’s director, Chief Ntsedzeni Bohwana (second from left), Thulamela acting mayor Cllr “The house is everything that we “It pains us as a community Dr Bardwell Mufunwaini, said Matodzi Netshifhefhe (third from left), Dr George Mutambedzo (fourth from could wish for this Christmas and we when a man or woman takes his that they had moved from the left), together with Cllr Rudzani Mathambo, cut the ribbon to signify the official shall always be grateful to the church,” or her life because of the kind of methods of addressing people hand over of the house. Looking on is Ms Azwinndini Khomola (left). she said. abuse from the partner,” said the on issues of domestic violence to deputy chairperson of Tshasahustakeholders’ dialogues, where all lu Sanco, Mr Michael Gumula. individuals actively participated “Many suicides are a direct result in social debates. “In many cases, of emotional and psychological partners or families are fighting abuse. We encourage all partners or involved in domestic violence to lead a socially healthy lifestyle because of lack of communication where love and understanding and understanding among themform the basis of the relationship. selves,” he said. By Elmon Tshikhudo

Ecstatic beneficiaries, church leaders, traditional leader and other guests rejoice in front of the new house. In the picture (fourth from right) are the vision holder, Dr George Mutambedzo, Cllr Matodzi Netshifhefhe (fifth from right) and Chief Ntsedzeni Bohwana (sixth from right).

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By Kaizer Nengovhela Dedicated players of Madombidzha Try Again, a team competing in the Makhado Limpopo Dairy league, received awards for their achievements the past season during an event at Madombidzha on Sunday. According to the chairperson of the team, Mr Chester Malotsha, the main purpose of the function was to motivate the players to work hard in the new season. He applauded those who received the awards as the team regarded them as role models for other young people. The players who received trophies, medals or certificates for their achievements agreed that the league was a rocky road for them. In spite of setbacks, they managed to reach the finals of the Adicom soccer tournament. Malotsha attributed all the accolades the team received to discipline and dedication by the players and the manner in which the team was being managed. The guest speaker, former Black Leopards player Nana Masase, applauded those who received the awards. “You are the ambassadors of the team,” Masase said. He emphasised the importance of sport and education for the future of the youth.

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Madombidzha Try Again the Adicon champs By Kaizer Nengovhela Madombidzha Try Again were crowned as the champions of the Adicon Investment U/17 soccer challenge when they beat Benny’s Care 2-0 in the final match played at Tshiozwi on Sunday. Benny’s took the game to their opponents from the onset, giving the defenders of Try Again no time to breathe.

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Festive tournament to help unearth new talent By Kaizer Nengovhela The Sinthumule /Kutama annual soccer challenge, in partnership with Premjee and Sons, was launched during a ceremony at Benny’s Care on Saturday.

Members of the organising committee are, from left to right, Messrs Madambini Maswime, Lawrence Makhale, Nndanduleni Munyai, Phumudzo Mukoma and Khathutshelo Matambila.

Darkies and High Aims in MTG clash By Frank Mavhungu The quarterfinal and semifinal matches for the MTG Makonde Annual Soccer Tournament matches will be played at the Makonde Home Defenders grounds this weekend. The quarterfinal matches will be played tomorrow (Saturday), while the semis will be staged on Sunday. The first quarterfinal match will be between Tshilulu Young Tigers and Matangari Rising Stars. Matangari beat Khubvi Feedas All Stars 1-0 in their last-16 stage match of the tournament. The game is scheduled to kick off at 10:00. Makonde FC and Musasen-

da Big V will meet in the next match soon afterwards. Makonde’s way to the quarterfinal stage went via Khubvi Peace Makers, whom they narrowly beat 1-0 in their opening match. Khubvi Dangerous Darkies will lock horns with Matangari High Aims in what promises to be a humdinger, scheduled to start at 14:00. Shadani Dangerous Scorpions and Mudaswali United Brothers will wrap up the day’s programme. According to the chairman of the organising committee, Mr Madambini Maswime, the toss for the semifinal matches will be conducted at the grounds after the last game tomorrow

afternoon. The champions will take home a cash prize of R4 500 and a soccer kit. The runners-up will be presented with a cash prize of R2 500 and a soccer kit. The thirdand fourth-placed teams will receive cash prizes amounting to R1 550 and R1 150 respectively. Teams booted out of the tournament in the quarterfinal stage will each take home R700. The final will be staged at the same venue on Tuesday, December 26. Sixteen teams from Makonde and the surrounding areas are taking part in this year’s edition of the annual tournament.






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stars be identified at grassroots level. He appealed to the club officials and players not to involve themselves in wrongdoings such as bribery and assault on referees, saying that such actions would not only bring the tournament into disrepute, but it would also dent the image of the sponsor. The president of the Makhado Local Football Association, Mr Joseph Maphaha, said that residents were very grateful for a tournament of this magnitude. “We believe it came at the right moment as it will keep people occupied during this period of the year,” he said. He also mentioned

that Vhembe is a region rich in talent and that “we have, over the years, seen some talented South African soccer players being unearthed from this area.” Councillor Elisa Tambani appealed to the business community to follow in the footsteps of the sponsor of the tournament, saying that sports had become a major employment provider of late. The champions in the soccer tournament will collect R15 000, a trophy and a soccer kit. The runners-up will get R10 000, a soccer kit and silver medals. The team that ends up in the third spot will get R5 000 and bronze medals.

Tournament manager Master Mathoma.

Big prizes in Masawe tournament Teams that will battle it out for the championship are: VhuEight teams from Vhufuli and fuli Pull Together, Tshitereke the surrounding areas will Citizen Stars, Gooldville Young be engaged in the Masawe Tigers, Mapholi Kill Them Soccer Tournament this All, Tshitereke Young Masweekend. ters, Tshilapfene Arsenal and Vondwe United Brothers. The tournament was officialThe quarterfinal matches ly launched during a ceremony will be played at the Vhufuli at the Masawe Car Wash in Tigers’ grounds today (Friday) Matatshe last Sunday. During while the semifinal and final the ceremony, a local ward will be staged at the same vencouncillor, Cllr NP Netangahe- ue tomorrow. ni, praised the sponsor, Mr MaDuring the ceremony, it was sala Ramaphosa, of the Masawe announced that the champions Car Wash for channelling a will take home a cash prize fraction of his business’ profits of R3 000, soccer kit, gold towards the development of medals, a floating trophy and a football at grassroots level. soccer ball. The runners-up will By Frank Mavhungu

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Leopards donate points to Richards Bay Minnaert steered Leopards to two victories and a draw before last SatBlack Leopards wrapped up their urday’s loss. Lidoda duvha dropped first-round league programme to the 10th position on the log after by donating some significant the defeat. league points to Richards Bay FC, Witbank Spurs kept their title following their 1-2 defeat at the hopes alive by beating Stellenbosch Umhlatuze Sports Complex in FC 3-1 at the Puma Rugby Stadium Richards Bay on Saturday. in Emalahleni. Stellenbosch were the first to find the net through Khulekani Madondo and Gregory Igraam Reyners. Khethukuthula Roelf scored for the home side, scored the equalizer for Spurs while Mwape Musonda scored towards the end of the first half. Leopards’ solitary goal. Gislam Deboutu and Peter MubayIt was the first defeat for Black iwa scored the last two later in the Leopards under the guidance of the game. new head coach, Mr Ivan Minnaert. It was a feast of goals at the By Frank Mavhungu

Thohoyandou Stadium when Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila shared the spoils with Super Eagles. They played to a 3-3 draw. David Mathebula, Teboho Kalake and Themba Ndlovu scored TTM’s goals, while Molebedu Mokoena and Thapelo Selepe (2) were the goal scorers for the Eagles. TTM dropped from the sixth to the eighth spot on the log, following the unimpressive home result. University of Pretoria lost 2-3 to Real Kings at the Absa Tuks Stadium in Pretoria. Nkosingiphiwe Phewa scored a brace while the third one came via Phumelela Bhengu.

The new Royal Eagles’ head coach, Mr Kostadin Papic, steered his side to a second successive victory when they beat Ubuntu Cape Town 4-2 at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg. Jomo Cosmos reduced the gap between them and the log leaders, Highlands Park, when they crushed Mthatha Bucks 2-1 at the Vosloorus Stadium. Cosmos are now two points behind Highlands Park, who drew 0-0 with Cape Town All Stars. Mbombela United played to a goalless draw with Uthongathi FC at the Kanyamazane Stadium in Nelspruit.

Leopards’ head coach, Mr Ivan Minnaert.

Mixed fortunes for Duthuni’s Happy Boys By Frank Mavhungu

Unarine Nengovhela of Happy Boys protects the ball, while Ntsieni Makhado attacks.

The past weekend was characterized by mixed fortunes for Duthuni Happy Boys. They managed to collect full points at the expense of Voweto Maximum Force, but they also had to share the spoils with Tshivhazwaulu Peace Makers the following day. Happy Boys beat Voweto Maximum Force 2-1 in their MMK Administrators League match at the Duthuni grounds on Saturday. The following day’s clash, at the Tshivhazwaulu grounds, ended in a goalless draw. On Sunday, Happy Boys played defensive football from the onset to the bitter end. Peace Makers created numerous scoring chances in the first 20 minutes, but their strikers disappointed the fans by shooting aimlessly at the goal finish. Their right winger, Fhatuwani Mathivha, caused an upset in the ninth minute. He received a pre-

cooked pass from Takalani Mamavhi and unleashed a half volley from the edge of the box. The ball missed the target by inches, much to the fans’ disappointment. Peace Makers’ technical staff were forced to effect an early change to their starting 11. Their left winger, Tshifhango Mulaudzi, sustained an injury to the knee and he was replaced with Thivhulawi Rammese. Khathutshelo Nemusumani of Happy Boys was the first player to be reprimanded with a card. He tackled Thingahangwi Khadziandi from behind and he was lucky not to see red. The struggle continued, with Peace Makers creating and wasting scoring chances. Nyadzani Makhado of Happy Boys was also booked early in the last half. He entered into the field of play without the knowledge of the match officials after leaving the pitch to receive medical treatment.

Mpho Khadziandi of Peace Makers controls the high ball.

Frans gets an opportunity to try out at Wits Frans was welcomed at the Midrand head office of Hollywoodbets, For thousands of young people, where he received words of support the festive season means endless from this sponsor. The general partying and excessive drinking, secretary of Mamu Community Debut not for the 18-year-old soccer velopment, Mr Jafter Mamugudubi, star, Frans Nemakonde. Starting said that despite the fact that there from 27 December, he will be do- were still some incidents of crimes ing trials with the PSL team, Wits reportedly committed by youths in University Development Academy the district, they took comfort in in Gauteng. the fact that they were contributThe opportunity to showcase his ing towards annihilating all those soccer talents was made possible by negative traits. “We strive towards Mamu Community Development, creating crime-free communities by whose activities’ impact is starting catapulting our youths to positions to be felt throughout the district that are then conducive for them to and country. succeed in life,” he said. Locally, Frans, a resident of Mamu Community Development Tshaulu village, plays for Begwa thanked The Players’ Club’s world United Brothers. “I would like to soccer agent, Mr Glyn Blinkin, for get myself up there on international his continued support. “We would level and see myself playing for also like to thank Hollywoodbets Bafana Bafana as well,” he said. who continues to ensure that our “I thank Mamu for giving me this boy has his trip fees sorted out, acgreat opportunity to showcase my commodation, food, sport material talent and for continuing to open and other miscellaneous necessidoors for me.” ties,” Mamugudubi said. By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

The general secretary of Mamu Community Development, Mr Jafter Mamugudubi, welcomes Frans Nemakonde (left) at Midrand, Johannesburg.

Can Chillyboy FC defend their Taki trophy? By Frank Mavhungu It remains to be seen whether Chilliboy FC will be able to successfully defend the Taki Challenge trophy this year. The registration window for the annual event closed on Wednesday this week and the toss for the last 32 matches was conducted at the Nzhelele Hamasotsha Hall on Thursday (21st). The opening matches will be played at the Rabali Stadium on Saturday. According to one of the organizers of the tournament, Mr Takalani Prince Rabali, this year’s champions will take home a cash prize

amounting to R15 000, a floating trophy and a soccer kit. According to the rules of the tournament, the champions must donate R2 000 of their prize money to a charity of their choice. The runners-up will receive R8000 and a soccer kit. Teams that will finish in the third and fourth places will each receive a cash prize of R3 500. Teams booted out of the tournament in the quarterfinal stage will each receive a cash prize of R1500. Chilliboy FC are the defending champions. They beat Johannesburg Pull Together in the final last year.

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Albert Muthupa (left) of Baroka and Dean Furman fight for possession of the ball.

Baroka FC bounce back to fight collectively, with their midfielders dishing out some Baroka FC came back from telling passes to the goal poachers their two previous defeats to time after time. beat the much-feared SuperUnited player Grant Kekana sport United 3-1 in their Absa was a marvel to watch as he Premier league match played at continued to test Baroka’s strikers. the Peter Mokaba sport complex Bradley Grobler of United should on Sunday. have scored the equalizer, but his Although United lost cohesion shot hit the crossbar and bounced in the middle of the park at some outside the pitch. Baroka enjoyed point, their dribbling wizard, their 1-0 lead until the referee Dean Furman, remained a thorn blew the half-time whistle. in the flesh of the defenders of United equalized through Baroka. Thuso Phala of United the tall man, Azubuike Egwuecame close to scoring in the 14th kwe, with a brilliant goal. Their minute when he tried his luck celebration was cut short when from the edge of the box. The ball Letladi Mabubanya headed home missed the goal mouth by inches. after he finished off a good pass Baroka took the lead in the from Richardt Matloga. 24th minute. Lucky Nguzana Mduduzi Mdantsane was on beat the offside trap and showed target to put his side into the lead. the keeper the wrong way. The He beat the keeper with a volley visiting side (United) did not give and scored his team’s third goal in without a fight. They continued late in the match. By Frank Mavhungu


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this and scored two goals before the teams adjourned for half time. The home side displayed entertaining football in the middle of the park, but they lacked the fighting power at the goal finish. It took Super Eagles 24 minutes to open their account. Modibedi Mokoena blasted in a rocket after receiving a square pass from Bongani Mbuli. TTM Lost cohesion at the far back after the Eagles’ opening goal. They were severely punished for that. Super Eagles increased the margin in the 29th minute via Njabulo Mahori. He gave the ball a final touch, following a heart-breaking scramble within the box. TTM effected two changes to their starting 11 soon afterwards. They replaced Takalani Ratshilima and Thabang Malatjie with Frank Motebejane and Themba Ndlovu respectively. TTM approached the last half with more self-confidence, with their midfielders distributing some dangerous passes to the goal poachers. They pulled one back through David Mathebula in the 56th minute. TTM completed their substitution chances by introducing Teboho Kalake for Tsepo Makgopa. Kalake made his presence felt four minutes after his introduction. He beat the keeper with a half volley to level matters. TTM’s equalizing goal seemed to be an insult to the Eagles. They reclaimed the lead, following Thapelo Selepe’s header. TTM did not throw in the towel, despite the fact that time was fast running out for them. They found the equalizer through Themba Ndlovu six minutes before the final whistle blew.

Safa suspend three match officials By Frank Mavhungu During its sitting last week, the disciplinary committee of the South African Football Association (SAFA) have shown three match officials, Messrs Rudzani Mulaudzi, Thabo Thinane and Linos Hobyane, red cards for wrongdoings. Mulaudzi, who worked as a match commissioner, was charged with providing false information in a Premier Soccer League matter between Amazulu FC and Baroka FC. Mulaudzi was found guilty as charged and the committee suspended him until the end of the current soccer season. Hobyane was a referee in the same match that Mulaudzi was suspended for. He was charged with providing false information relating to the match and the committee found him guilty as charged. Honyane was the hardest hit as he was suspended for two soccer seasons.

Thinane was found guilty of using another official’s medical certificate and he was suspended for three months. “Our zero tolerance of corrupt activities, especially among officials, is well documented, and this is a reminder that anyone who is caught in corrupt matters will face the full wrath of the law,” said the chairperson of the SAFA technical committee, Ms Natasha Tsichlas.

One of the suspended officials, Mr Rudzani Mulaudzi. After only one month in the hot seat as coach of Black Leopards, Ivan Minnaert received his “marching orders”. Minnaert was on the bench for five matches. During this period, Leopards won two matches, drew two and lost one league and one Nedbank Cup match. On Tuesday, Minnaert confirmed that he had received an email stating that his threeyear contract with the team had been terminated. It was uncertain whether the coach was being blamed for the team’s lacklustre performance.

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