2 23 December 2016
Electricity provided for 134 houses at Maelula village By Thendo Savhasa
In our picture, from left to right, are the councillor of Ward 9, Dominic Mahlangu, Anna Sithole (mother of the deceased), Joao Sithole (father of the deceased) and the Mayor of Lim 345, Joyce Bila handing over the groceries to the Sithole family.
Rather complain to ward councillor By Mbulaheni Ridovhona The Mayor of Lim 345, Joyce Bila, has urged community members to inform their ward councillors whenever there is a crisis in their communities, before they run to seek help elsewhere. She was speaking last week Friday during her visit to a family of a slain 17-year-old who was found dead and naked on the 10th of December in the Nkuzana RDP houses area. The family had been struggling to cover the burial costs, as there is no one working.
According to mayor Bila, the municipality is there to help whenever there are social problems and people should utilise it. “People should stop running to radio stations and other places seeking for help whenever there is a crisis, but they should first inform their ward councillors and ward committee members, because as the municipality we are there to help with service delivery and the social needs of our people,” she said. “As a municipality we have taken a decision to help the family with a tent, chairs and food that will be used during
the funeral,” she said. Elia Sithole (17) was found dead in the Njhakanjhaka area and it is believed that he was killed by local criminals who wanted his money and clothes. Joao Sithole (54), the father of the slain boy, applauded the mayor for the donations and indicated that she has helped him. “I would like to thank the mayor for donating food, a tent and chairs as I didn’t know where to start or what to do as I didn’t have money to buy and hire those things. May the Lord bless her and protect her in all she does,” said a teary father.
Zondimafumo’s project manager, Mr Mpfuno Mutshabi, tests the electricity at one of the houses.
The completion of another electricity project saw 134 houses being provided with an electricity connection at Ha-Maelula village a fortnight ago. According to the project manager of Zondimafumo (contractor), Mr Mpfuno Mutshabi, the co-operation and support from members of the community, ward councillor and traditional leaders made it easier for the project to be successfully completed before the given term expired. Eskom’s project manager, Mr Azwinndini Nelukalo, commended the contractor for implementing and maintaining Eskom’s safety standards. Nemukula furthermore congratulated the contractor for ensuring the safety of all the employees and maintaining “zero harm” throughout the duration of the project. The last transformer was switched on in the presence of Eskom representatives, ward committee members, the ward councillor, Head of Technical Services at Makhado municipality and the contractor’s representatives. Head of Technical Services at Makhado municipality, Mr Tshifhiwa Mamafha said: “As Makhado Municipality we are glad to have fulfilled one of the promises we had made to this community.” He further urged the community members to safeguard the public property and refrain from acts of vandalism.
No mercy for road traffic offenders that the district was leading in terms of the high number Motorists who break the of accidents recorded for the traffic rules will face the full period September to October, might of the law during this with 116 accidents. Lerule said festive season. it was up to every citizen to This was the warning from make sure that everyone is safe different law-enforcement on the road. agencies during the official Pastor Mukondeleli Nevhutalaunch of their festive sealu from the Vhembe Bus son operations held at the Association urged commuters Department of Education’s to make use of legal bus stops Saselemane circuit office on 19 to avoid accidents. December. Shonisani Mphuma, from Cllr Mavhungu Lerule, who Vhembe’s fire brigade, said that delivered the keynote address they will be working around the on behalf of Vhembe’s executive clock until early January this mayor, Cllr Florence Radzifestive season. lani, said that it was worrying Ndivhuwo Mashige from
Vhembe’s traffic department advised drivers to adhere to traffic rules to avoid accidents. She added that stray animals cause lots of accidents and advised pedestrians to be cautious when crossing the roads. From the South African Police Service, Nndanganeni Likhanya warned that they have allocated holding cells for any traffic offender on the road this December. Tshilidzi Nthambeleni from Vhembe District Management added to this by saying that they were ready to respond to any emergency call from all their stations.
Phillip Mudau, the dead woman’s uncle who also arrived at the scene was overwhelmed with grief. “This is a sad day indeed. It is happening at a time when people are solving and reconciling their differences. After all there is nothing that could not be solved in life. I am very touched as an uncle. Had I known maybe I could have done something to avoid this situation. We are very saddened as a family. If he did not love her anymore, he should have just let her go without killing her,” he said. Human Rights champion, Bardwell Mufunwaini of Mmunna Ndi Nnyi Men’s Forum (Who is the Real Man) condemned the killing. “This is a very sad day for all the people. We are here talking of reconciliation, but here is a man who
goes all out to kill his wife in the most gruesome way. It gives a bad name to all men and this is surprising that with so many campaigns by government and non-governmental organizations taking place, men are still the perpetrators of violence against women and children,” he said. Thohoyandou police spokesperson, Lt Col Mashudu Malelo confirmed the incident and advised people with differences to seek professional help and also confide in people who are close to them if they have challenges. “We have opened a murder case against the boyfriend. He is to face charges as soon as he recovers from hospital,” he said. Tshivhula will be buried on Saturday at Lwamondo-Lukau, her home village.
By Ndivhuwo Musetha
Husband kills wife in cold blood - Continues from p1 “The guy phoned a neighbour and found out that the woman was alone at home and he sneaked there where he committed the ghastly murder. It looks like this guy knew there were no people around here and sneaked in unnoticed and killed her in cold blood,” he said. Budeli said it seemed as if the fight started inside the house as he found a bloodied knife under a sofa in the house. “It seems as if he stabbed her in the house, but she managed to run outside. She fell and that is when he took the knife she was using to cut the meat with and finished her up. We are so saddened as a family, and the children are traumatized as they have seen it all happening,” he said.
Photographed after witnessing the successful testing of lights at Mudau’s house are, from left to right, Mr Nehemiah Madzhiga (Ward 30 councillor), one of the beneficiaries, Mr Mpfuno Mutshabi (Zondimafumo), Mr Tshifhiwa Mamafha (Head of Technical Services at Makhado municipality) and Eskom’s project manager, Mr Azwinndini Nelukalo.
VBS Mutual holds party for orphans a day with the children of the Thohoyandou Children’s The VBS Mutual Bank in Home, because some of these Thohoyandou has orgachildren have been abandoned nized a Christmas Party by their parents, while others for orphans and vulnerable were from poor and vulnerachildren of the Thohoyanble families.“We want to give dou Children’s Home on them hope so that they can Thursday. realise their dreams and (we The General Manager of want to) encourage them to Sales at VBS Mutual Bank, Mr regard education as a powerNtendeni Nemabubuni said ful tool to be used to defeat as a local bank they realise poverty and unemployment,” that there is a need to spend said Nemabubuni. By Silas Nduvheni
According to Nemabubuni, they handed over bags with educational materials like stationary, pencils and rubbers. The children also participated in games and there was a jumping castle. The senior administration officer of the Thohoyandou Children’s Home, Mr Tshifaro Ntsandeni said that they are thankful for VBS Mutual Bank for the support, which will go a long way in helping the children.
Staff members of VBS Mutual Bank in Thohoyandou and the Thohoyandou Children’s Home photographed after the Chrismas Party, which was organized by VBS Mutual Bank.