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8 23 December 2016

Tshakhuma farm gets new lease on life with Univen partnership

Cllr Mavhungu Leruli Ramakhanya, who is the acting Vhembe district mayor, said the reopening of the farm and the partA unique partnership agreement nership between Tshakhuma community between a community-owned farm and Univen was one of the best things to in Tshakhuma and the University of have happened in the district this year. Venda, may save many jobs and may “The partnership that has been forged also turn these troublesome farms into between the university and the comproductive food-producing units again. munity will not only contribute to the The Tshakhuma Community Farms economic development of our district, made the headlines the past year for but would also ease the burden of unthe wrong reasons. These farms, given employment. More so this would ensure back to the community by government food security,” she said. through the land restitution programme, Traditional leader, Chief Mukandanfell in disarray. Most of them collapsed galwo Madzivhandila, said that they have due to lack of finances and what others been battling for some time and their say is a lack of proper management. approaching the University of Venda for Many jobs were lost and workers have assistance was a step in the right direcstopped working and have taken their tion. “We are looking forward to a long employers to the CCMA. lasting and good working relationship One of the farms, the Tshakhuma with the university. As for the other farms Barotta Farm, may have a more positive - we have ambitious plans in the pipeline story to tell. The University of Venda’s that we cannot divulge now. Soon all the business wing, the Univen Innovative farms will be up and operating and all Growth Company, recently signed a part- workers will get their jobs back,” he said. nership agreement with the community UIGC chairperson Patjane Moloisowning this farm. The farm, which proane said they are very excited about the duces bananas and macadamia among partnership. “It does not end here. As a others, was lying idle for some time. company we are looking at other business The partnership was officially launched opportunities like mining. Here we will at the farm on Thursday, 8 December. be happy if we could start processing Among those who witnessed the historic some of our produce,” he said. partnership were Univen principal, Univen principal, Professor Peter Professor Peter Mbati, Chief Mukandan- Mbati called on partners to come on galwo Madzivhandila, Cllr Grace Mahosi board to ensure the success of the who represented Thulamela municipali- venture. He said academics and researchty, Cllr Mavhungu Lerule of Vhembe and ers will be involved in the farm while UICG Chair, Patjane Moloisane. students will also benefit as they will get Speaking during the official opening, practical training there. By Elmon Tshikudo

Some of the dignitaries pose with pupils from the Dimani Agricultural School who came for the official opening.

Barrota staff, the Univen principal, the Vhembe and Thulamela mayors and other officials showing off the produce from the farm.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE MESSAGE TO ALL THE RESIDENTS OF MAKHADO MUNICIPALITY DURING THE 2016 FESTIVE HOLIDAYS BY THE MAYOR OF MAKHADO MUNICIPALITY - CLLR S.M SINYOSI On behalf of the Council of Makhado Municipality, I wish to extend sincere wishes to all the residents of Makhado Municipality and beyond. The festive season is almost upon us again, and it is a time to be merry in the company of loved ones and friends. 2016 was a special year, marking the 3rd chapter of free and fair local government elections in South Africa. The trust bestowed on us by the electorate of Makhado during the past elections, clearly reminds us the leadership collective, of the urgency to act with speed and diligence in providing quality and basic services to all our people. Over the past hundred days (100), the Council has compiled a Strategic Plan for the next Five Years of Service Delivery. We have handed over three (3) completed roads, seven (7) electrification projects , held 3 public participation meetings (Imbizos) and placed 110 interns on workplace and integrated learning programs funded by LGSETA and the Department of Higher Education. We can do better if we work in partnership to advance human and social progress of our people. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff, labour unions, traditional

leaders, civil society organisations, private sector, and members of the community. Our goal is to achieve a Clean Audit by the year 2018. We congratulate, the newly elected members of the Ward Committees, who are charged with the mammoth task of strengthening people centred and participatory governance in our Municipality. As we prepare to unwind, relax and celebrate, it is important to pause for a moment and remind ourselves of the value of life and families that depend on it. Let us not drink and drive. I f you are tired please stop and rest. We appeal to truck drivers, taxi and bus drivers en route to the Beit Bridge border and other destinations to follow all traffic rules and to avoid speeding and overtaking in barrier lines. Let us be safe on the roads, enjoy responsibly, and welcome 2017 with shared enthusiasm.

Arrive Alive and God Bless. Happy holidays, wishing each one of you every happiness this holiday season and throughout 2017.

MAKHADO MUNICIPALITY

Her worship Mayor Cllr SM Sinyosi

Tel: (015) 519 3000 Fax: (015) 516 1195 Private Bag X2596 Louis Trichardt 0920 Mr. M.J Kanwendo (Acting Municipal Manager) File No: 11/4/2 Notice No: 213 of 2016


23 December 2016 - Limpopo Mirror