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“I won’t fuel the looting” that. Various community strucA Musina councillor, Fistos tures in Musina, including Mafela, vehemently denied security companies, local busirumours this week that he nesspeople, as well as the taxi was plotting to encourage association, joined forces with people to vandalise the Musi- the local police to protect the na Mall. mall and pledged to stay until This comes after fingers were the mall’s management felt pointing at him for stoking vio- confident that the situation was lence and spurring people on to under control. In return, the vandalise the mall. The Musina management provided them Mall was closed for more than with food while they guarded a day while the destructive the mall – inside and around, riots and looting continued day and night. in KwaZulu-Natal and parts During an interview with of Gauteng over the past few Limpopo Mirror, Mafela admitweeks. The looting followed ted that he is an avid supporter shortly after the imprisonment of former president Jacob of former president Jacob Zuma. “I attended Zuma’s court Zuma. hearings and was even there to On Monday, 12 July, an show my support when he was uncomfortable wait-and-see arrested in KwaZulu-Natal.” situation existed in Musina and But, he said, he played no part Louis Trichardt. By late afterin any plots of violence. In fact, noon, Makhado Crossing closed he said that he had also caught its doors to the public for the up with community members rest of the day, but re-opened who had stayed up at night, again the next day. As a safety patrolling the mall to prevent measure, Musina Mall opted any looting and destruction. to rather keep its doors closed Mafela said that the police for the whole of that Tuesday. had already confiscated his Business resumed as usual after cellphone to check if any By Kaizer Nengovhela

communication could be tied to the allegations and had found nothing. “Those who think they have proof can go to the police and report me,” he said. The MEC for Coghsta, Basikopo Makamu, and the respective mayors for all four municipalities - Thulamela, Makhado, Collins Chabane and Musina - visited all the malls on 17 July to promote a No-Looting campaign. Makamu said that they had been met with true patriotism and civil obedience. “These unlawful acts are actually meant to cause disunity, aimed to encourage criminality that only results in the loss of lives, livelihoods, and damage to property and essential infrastructure,” he said. “The people of Vhembe and Limpopo have shown that they are good patriots of their province and their country.” He extended his gratitude to the Vhembe communities for their conduct and for taking a stand to protect buildings, shopping malls and public and private property from acts of looting.

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Cllr Fistos Mafela denies any involvement in plots to vandalise Musina Mall. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

MEC of Coghsta Basikopo Makamu and the respective mayors from all four of Vhembe’s municipalities visited malls on 17 July to promote and encourage the No-Looting campaign. Photo supplied.


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Ravele not a “dumping place for dead bodies” against him. The disappearance and subsequent Residents of Ravele fear for their lives discovery of Ramulongo’s body raised after two bodies – that of a woman fear among villagers about their safety. and the other of a man - were found Since the beginning of the year, several in the space of one month; both seem- people in the Vhembe region had been ingly murdered and burnt beyond reported missing after they had just recognition at different times and in disappeared, and a number of them had different locations within the village. later been found dead. Nine days later, at about 17:00 in The woman, identified through DNA the afternoon of 7 July, two men were tests as Gloria Ramulongo (41), had collecting sand around the village when been missing for two weeks before her they stumbled upon the burnt body burnt body was found in the bushes of a man. Once again, the police were at Ravele on 28 June. Limpopo police notified, and this time a murder case spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo was opened. confirmed the incident and said an inMojapelo dismissed allegations of quest docket had been opened and that the murders’ being muti-related. “The police investigations were underway to post-mortem and police investigations determine the cause of death. will determine the cause of death and Mojapelo warned residents not to what might have really happened,” he assume that the woman had been said. “DNA tests will determine whether murdered and to stop pointing fingers. there had been any foul play, and reveal “Anyone with information regarding the identity of the man.” The results what had happened must call the police. were not available yet at the time of our They don’t need to reveal their names, going to press. just provide us with the information, On Monday, 12 July, four suspects and we will investigate it,” he said. were arrested in connection with the He said that a man had been brought murder. Patrick Selota (51), Thabelo in for questioning but was released Selota (23), Latani Selota (21) and again because of a lack of evidence Emanuel Khangale (22) briefly apBy Kaizer Nengovhela

Gloria Ramulongo’s burnt body was found in the bushes at Ravele village. Photo supplied.

Upgrades at Marude Secondary finally start By Silas Nduvheni

The figures quoted for the project costs differ vastly from what is reflected in the Vhembe District Municipality’s integrated development plan (IDP). In the 2020/21 IDP document, Vhembe budgeted that R26 million will be spent on the renovation project. No budget allocations are made for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial years. The project manager for the Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, Mr Hampton Mabasa, explained that the reason they left the figures out of the 2022-2023 budget was because the

project belongs to the Department of Education and some financial adjustments might still be made to the project. The principal of Marude Secondary School, Mr Alex Muthelo, was very happy about the upgrade of the dilapidated buildings. “It is long overdue. The project was scheduled to start in 2016, but delayed by the Vuwani demarcation strike, which resulted in many rural schools burning down. We now promise to work hard to improve our matric results, without excuses,” Muthelo said.

The R41 million infrastructure development and renovation project of Marude Secondary School in Thohoyandou has finally begun and is scheduled to be complete by the end of March 2023. The project was launched during a sod-turning ceremony, led by the MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure in Limpopo, Namane Dickson Masemola, earlier this year. The school was started in 1999 to cater for maths, science and commerce learners and is housed in the former Venda College of Education buildings, which are now old and dilapidated. Masemola said the massive upgrade of the school formed part of infrastructure upgrade projects at six schools in the district that he and the MEC for Education, Ms Polly Boshielo, had launched on 26 January. The project is expected to have economic spinoffs that include subcontracting to the tune of about R12 million and the creation of roughly 50 job opportunities over a period of 24 months. Masemola warned that shoddy work in building the centre would not be tolerated and encouraged the local municipalities to actively take part in monitoring and evaluating work during the construction phase. The upgrade comprises, among others, the construction of three new combo technical workshops, one nutritional centre, five new classrooms and 18 new waterborne toilets, as The construction and infrastructure upgrade at Marude Secondary well as the renovation of existing classrooms. School has finally begun. Photo: Silas Nduvheni. “We want to see the school progress well after building them better infrastructure, as modern buildings mean nothing if matric results don’t improve,” said Masemola.

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and the matter had been referred to the Hawks for further investigation. “Nemanashi was granted R2000 bail, and his case was postponed to 12 August 2021,” said Maluleke.

The director of Nemanashi Civils, Fhatuwani Rolet Nemanashi, appeared in the Louis Trichardt Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, following his arrest for alleged fraud by the members of the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit early the same day. “Between April 2013 and October 2013, the company, Nemanashi Civils, was awarded a tender by the Department of Water and Sanitation to provide civil works at Albasini dam in Levubu. It is alleged that the company submitted fictitious invoices to the department that resulted in the loss of over R46 000,” said Limpopo Hawks spokesperson Capt Matimba Maluleke in Compnay director, Fhatuwani a media statement. He added that Rolet Nemanashi, being read his these alleged illegal activities had rights when he was arrested. been revealed by an audit report

peared in the Tshilwavhusiku Magistrate’s Court on 16 July, and the case was postponed to 23 July for further investigation. The local community accused the police of not doing enough regarding these deaths. The police had apparently been provided with information, as well as the name of one of the suspects. They claim that this particular suspect might also be responsible for Ramulongo’s death, as he apparently was her boyfriend. Ramulongo’s daughter, Tavhuli Ramulongo, said the discovery of her mother’s body had brought some relief, but naturally also a lot of pain. “We had hoped that she would be found alive. The family is having a hard time coping with this,” she said. They are still waiting for the post-mortem results to confirm the cause of death. “We are afraid for our children’s safety. What if they are killed on their way to school?” a resident asked. “They killed a poor man who never fought with anybody in the village.” “The village should be cleared of all bushes. This place is not a dumping site for dead bodies!” another resident said.

Rape suspect out on bail By Kaizer Nengovhela A 66-year-old man, who stands accused of raping a 12-year-old girl at Ha-Mangilasi Village in June this year, was given R3 000 bail when he appeared in the Vuwani Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 12 July. According to reports, the suspect called the girl over to his house on 24 June, where he allegedly raped her. The girl told her mother, who reported it to the police and a case was opened. When the community started baying for the suspect’s blood and threatened to kill him, he handed himself over to the police on 26 June. The police once again warned

communities against taking the law into their own hands and called for calm in the village. The case has been postponed to 15 September for further investigation. Mr Surprise Nengudza, chairman of The Real Man Foundation, expressed his concern over the incident. “This is the first time something like this has happened in our area. We are shocked and very angry.” Nengudza said the community would never take the law into their own hands. “We are law-abiding citizens and are only waiting for justice to take its course. If found guilty, the suspect deserves to rot in jail because what he did to the child is unacceptable.”

Family of victim feels let down by justice system guard. Sithada was arrested on 29 June after his employer handed him The family of the TVET student over to the police. who was allegedly kidnapped The girl’s mother, Ms Olga from her room on Sunday, 27 Davhula, said the family was very June, was left speechless after upset about the fact that the susthe two men accused of kidnappects had been released on bail and ping and attempted murder were felt let down by the judicial system. released on bail. “We expected the suspects to be kept behind bars. There was never Murendeni Sithada (25), the vic- even a formal bail hearing to take tim’s ex-boyfriend, and Azwimphour concerns into consideration,” eleli Dzivhani (27), appeared in the she said and referred to threats the Dzanani Magistrate’s Court on 15 family members are facing. “They July, and were each granted R2 000 are indirectly threats aimed at the bail. The case was postponed to 16 whole family,” she said. “How must September for further investigation. we look at them when we meet Sithada and Dzivhani allegedly them on the street? I suspect someshowed up at the girl’s rented room thing did not go right here in the at Makwarela on Sunday, 27 June, court; the family needs an explanaforced her into the boot of their car tion,” she said. and drove off to Mphaila village. “We have come to the conclusion They parked the car in the bushes that the South African justice syswhere she was allegedly raped by tem doesn’t protect the victim. The Sithada and then stabbed with a area has been plagued by violent sharp object. Thinking that their crimes, including killings and rape. victim was dead, they allegedly My child doesn’t want to go back to attempted to dump their victim in college, because she now fears for the bushes. However, a resident of her life,” the victim’s mother said. Mphaila village saw them carrying The chairperson of the Real Man the unconscious girl and alerted Foundation, Mr Suprice Nengudza, other community members, who said that he agreed that the rights cornered and beat the men up. of the perpetrator should not come Sithada managed to escape while before those of the victim. “We are Dzivhani was trapped in the car, not happy that someone with these which the angry residents set on kind of charges can just be granted fire. The police arrived just in time bail of R2 000 in South Africa.” to rescue Dzivhani from the angry Nengudza said, adding that they mob. He was arrested and admitted would continue to give the family to Siloam Hospital, under police their support. By Kaizer Nengovhela


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Cllr Khunwana’s death leaves a huge void in Musina community News from Musina “Mavu a la vhathu.” This is a Tshivenda expression used when a prominent community builder passes away. The expression was on everybody’s lips after hearing of the sudden passing of Cllr Khakhathi Jeremiah Khunwana (49).

Khunwana, who was a ward councillor for Ward 7 in Musina Municipality, died after a short illness early last week. He was also a member of the Musina Municipal Council’s executive committee and Portfolio Head for Technical Services and Economic Development and Planning.

The late Cllr Khakhathi Jeremiah Khunwana in happier times.

Deployed by the African National Congress (ANC), Khunwana joined Musina Municipality in 2016 after the disestablishment of Mutale Municipality, where he had also served as a councillor. As a capable leader, Khunwana had acted as mayor of Musina on several occasions. During his time as a councillor, a total of 119 RDP houses and 77 toilets were built for less privileged community members in his ward. He had also masterminded the construction of a modern community hall at Muswodi Tshisimani. Some of the villages that did not have electricity were electrified under his leadership. He had also assisted more than 200 local community members to get employment in his ward. In resolving the network challenges in his ward, he successfully worked with MTN for the erection of a network tower at Ratshibvumo High School. He also worked with De Beers Venetia Mine to facilitate the construction of an administration block at Folovhodwe Primary School. He was at the forefront to fast track the completion of the Luphephe-Nwanedi Regional Water Scheme that is now supplying water to various villages in his ward. Musina Mayor Mihloti

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Muhlope was devastated by Khunwana’s passing. “We did not expect this, and his passing will have a huge impact on service delivery. In fact, I felt as if the world was crumbling on me when I heard the bad news. Cllr Khunwana was a reliable servant of the people who would put the interests of the community first. We do not have enough words to express our loss because what has happened has seriously crushed our hearts. However, we send sincere condolences to the family, fellow councillors, the whole community of Ward 7 and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. May his soul rest in peace.” Musina Municipality’s Speaker, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu, was equally shocked by Khunwana’s death. “I have asked myself many questions that I could not answer, and I ended up putting everything in God’s hands. Musina Municipality will no longer be the same without this community builder who has made a huge impact on people’s lives. He might be gone, but his good work will live with us for ever.” Khunwana was buried during an emotional service at his home village of Muswodi Tshisimani last Thursday.

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Former radio guru dies By Kaizer Nengovhela Phalaphala FM listeners were saddened by news of the death of radio guru and former head of drama at the station Mr Tshivheaho Albert Mathivha-Seremane (61), who passed away at his home in Thohoyandou on Monday (19 July) after a short illness. Mathivha joined SABC radio as news reader and presenter in 1983 and retired in March this year after 38 years at the state broadcaster. Mr Muthakhi Malange, cousin of the late Mathivha, described him as a light force to the family and community at large. “We are truly devastated. We have lost a pillar within the family; everyone looked up to him for advice,” he said. Mr Freddy Sadiki, SABC regional operational manager, was at a loss for words. “To lose such an iconic personage is always painful. We will remember him for his outstanding drama skills. He was someone we could always rely on during his days at the SABC, and he made a large contribution towards the station’s growth standards over the years,” he said. Ms Sharon Ravele, Phalaphala FM’s programme manager, said that the station’s drama department was at such a high level because of him. “He was such a remarkable commentator who could capture ordinary things in an unusual manner. He did his work diligently and not for the love of monetary rewards. It is

rare to find people of Mathivha’s calibre who has such a passion for his work,” she said. “We must ensure that his aspirations have not been in vain. He worked so hard to make sure that the station’s listeners were served effectively; we must continue where he left off. We will honour him by working hard to reinforce unity among ourselves.” A former colleague, Mr Phuravhathu Mueda, who worked closely with him, said that everyone was deeply affected by Mathiva’s untimely death. “He was a dedicated, disciplined and charismatic person, a truly committed and hardworking radio guru. We will miss him.” Mathivha will be buried in Thohoyandou on Saturday, 24 July.

Former radio guru Tshivheaho Albert Mathivha-Seremane passed away on Monday, 19 July, after a short sickbed. Photo supplied.


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Makhado Council wants to grab the land of sport clubs the agreements if the lessee had failed to comply with any of The Makhado Municipality the conditions of the contract. notified 11 amateur sport Secondly, the contract could be clubs in Louis Trichardt last terminated if the municipality week that it intends to cancel could supply sound reasons to their lease agreements and do so. The Makhado Munictake over their facilities. ipality opted for the latter Council does not appear to option, that of “sound reasons”, have any plans in place at this as Munonde Attorneys & Constage on how to manage the veyancers had already indicated facilities, promote the sportin their legal opinion that they ing codes or even absorb the could find nothing in the agreeadditional expenses, should it ments that could constitute a succeed in ousting the sport breach of contract. clubs. During a Council meeting The plans to strip the sports held on 31 May this year, the clubs of their assets have been plans were set in motion to try simmering for more than two and void the lease agreements. years. In March 2019, an item The motivation for cancelling served before Council where the agreements was because councillors had to approve “these agreements contravene the expense of getting a legal public policy”. In a report opinion on how to terminate compiled by a sub-committhe lease contracts of the town’s tee of Council, the leases are sports clubs. At the time, the described as “a tool ensuring motivation for this decision was that the dream of a democratformulated by Council as such: ic South Africa must never “The whites-only predecessor become a reality”. of the Makhado Municipality, Letters spelling out the terms Louis Trichardt Local Auunder which Council intends thority, has during the period to cancel the lease agreements 1993, 1994 and 1995, just at were hand-delivered to reprethe dawn of the new constitusentatives of the various sports tional dispensation, concluded clubs last week. 99-year lease agreements with the whites-only sporting clubs. Council got it comEver since the establishment pletely wrong of the Makhado Local Municipality, Council has questioned When word got out of Counthese dubious decisions by the former Louis Trichardt Council cil’s intention a few weeks ago, as it smells [of ] racial discrim- a meeting was arranged where representatives of the sports ination.” Council’s legal team, Munon- clubs voiced their concerns over the latest plans. The decision de Attorneys & Conveyancers, to cancel lease agreements with investigated the matter and all the town’s sporting bodies advised that the municipality was described as short-sighted, had two options, should they ill-informed, and insulting to want to terminate the contracts. Firstly, they could cancel the decades-long development By Anton van Zyl

Letters sent to 11 sport clubs cancelling lease agreements

Council also seems to have no plan in place to either maintain or develop the sports clubs, should they take over these facilities. Council’s spokesperprojects of several of the sport- sent to the clubs were flawed. son, Mr Louis Bobodi, said that ing codes. Council seems to believe that Council had no intention of The sport clubs unanimously all lease agreements were conconcluding new lease agreedecided to contest Council’s cluded at the same time, which ments with the clubs. plans. The clubs indicated that is not correct. Clubs such as the In the legal opinion supplied they would fight the decision Louis Trichardt Rugby Club to Council, Council is informed in their own capacity, as well had their contract renewed that it will have to compensate as combined, should this be some three years ago. the various clubs, should it opt necessary. The absurdity of the Makha- to cancel the lease agreements. The fact that Council condo Municipality’s decision to “The lessor in the event of tersiders all sport clubs in town have a blanket cancellation minating the lease agreement as being “similar” and subject of lease agreements is quite before the expirations date to the same “retribution” evident when looking at the should be ready to compensate mechanism, was criticized. The history of the Louis Trichardt the lessee for the improvements clubs all have a unique history Cricket Club. This is another in the property,” the document and are affiliated to the various of the clubs targeted by the reads. sports’ regulatory bodies. These Council. Council, however, has not sporting bodies regulate everyPrior to 1994, no official budgeted for any of these thing from the competitions cricket field existed in town, expenses and seems to have run and participated in by the apart from fields at the schools. no immediate plans in place. clubs to the development and A group of cricket enthusiasts “Council is yet to discuss (this) transformation programmes. formed a club, but only in 1994 with the lessees,” is all that The various sporting codes also were they allowed to play at Bobodi said on the matter. Fact prescribe that clubs should a field at the show grounds. is, however, that this could be non-racial and cater for all Ironically, the club fought run into several millions of residents, irrespective of race or for an own field because the rands. Clubs such as the squash religion. school-governing bodies at the club, the tennis club and the For the interim, the clubs time were not keen on allowing rugby club have buildings and opted to form a combined players of colour to utilise their specialised courts that took committee, headed up by Andy facilities. The club, at that many years to establish. In the Leach, who is from the Louis stage, had many players of comajority of cases, the funding Trichardt Tennis Club. A local lour and even the first honorary for the infrastructure did not attorney, Dr Suwil Rudolph, member was a player of colour. come from the municipality or is willing to handle the case, In 1997, the club succeeded government but was sourced should it go to court, at a minin convincing the then Greater from the club’s members. imal fee. He also serves as the Louis Trichardt Transitional spokesperson for the clubs. Local Council to make a more This is simply suitable piece of land availrace-baiting Dr Rudolph said that the able for the establishment of a state of affairs was sad when cricket field. During a Council When word got out of Council chose to engage in such meeting held on 29 April 1997, senseless racist battles instead the decision was made to make Council’s intentions to cancel of focusing on service delivery. a portion of Erf 4296 available lease agreements based on In a response earlier this week, for the development of a cricket an assumption of exclusivity, the move was described as he said that the logic of Counfield. race-baiting by some of the club cil’s arguments in the letters A new lease agreement was representatives. Race-baiting is subsequently signed, which when people or organisations stipulated that the club could try and incite racial hatred, lease the field for a period of mostly for political purposes. 99 years, at a starting rental Fingers were pointed at one of R50 per year, which would of the members of the executive escalate annually. The mayor council, who was the self-proat the time was Cllr Patrick claimed driving force behind Sikhutshi. the decision to cancel the lease Cllr Anthony “We are not making agreements, Matumba. In a posting on his enough money out of Facebook page shortly after the decision was taken, Matumba the clubs” states that a certain “white In the letters delivered to the family” controls facilities such sport clubs, Council states that as the rugby stadium. “As EFF we fought daily for “the rental payable by the lessee is not market related … in rela- this contract to be terminated. tion to the value of the property Today I am happy to announce that our Rugby Stadium is leased”. It also states that the coming back to the hands of the lease agreements “did not promote the objects of the local people. No more permission government in general and that from that White family. This of Makhado Local Municipality include Golf Club, Cricket Club and others. We are taking all of in terms of Section 152 of the them from White Family back Constitution”. Ironically, this section of the to full control of the Municipality.” Constitution spells out what Exactly who the “white local government should be family” may be that Matumdoing, which includes ensuring ba was referring to remains the provision of services to unclear. The sport clubs are all communities in a sustainable managed by committees whose manner. Section 152 requires representatives are elected municipalities to promote from the active members of the social and economic develclub. The clubs are all required opment and to encourage the to conduct their business in involvement of communities accordance with their constituand community organisations in matters of local government. tions, which must be on file at the municipality. For many decades, sports Councillor Matumba, howevclubs in towns such as Louis er, is still being investigated by Trichardt had taken over the responsibility of developing and the SA Human Rights Commission after mainstream media maintaining sports facilities. reported that he was the face The Makhado Council, much like its predecessor, has a noto- behind a social media profile riously bad record for either de- that indulged in race-baiting veloping or maintaining sports exercises. Council’s own Ethics Committee was tasked to and recreational facilities. investigate the conduct of Cllr

Matumba, who allegedly used a Twitter profile, @TracyZille, to promote racial stereotyping and hatred. Matumba denied to the newspaper at the time that he was involved in these practices. During the 159th Council Meeting (the same meeting where the decision to cancel the lease agreements was approved), Council resolved that the matter against Matumba be provisionally withdrawn “because the matter is still under investigation”. Council’s spokesperson also vehemently denied that Council is taking part in such practices. “No, it’s not race-baiting and doesn’t stem from a councillor who is being investigated. Council is not participating in any human-rights infringements whatsoever,” said Bobodi.

No, we did not consult with anyone One of the questions posed to Council was whether any consultations with the clubs or the sports’ controlling bodies had taken place prior to Council’s decision to cancel the lease agreements. Bobodi responded by saying that none had taken place, but that Council was yet to enter into discussion with the lessees. Bobodi confirmed that Council has not raised any issues such as a possible lack of transformation with any of the sports’ controlling bodies over the past two decades. Bobodi also responded to another point of critique, namely that Council intends to sell off some of the properties once it succeeds in cancelling the lease agreements. The Makhado Municipality has made the headlines over the past few years because of very dubious property transactions. In one such case, Council opted to dispose of one of the few remaining public parks in town. The park was sold by public auction, but strangely enough, one section of the park was sold off to the lowest bidder and not the highest bidder. The buyer subsequently resold it a year later for a R1 million profit. Council refused to divulge reasons why it had refused the higher offers and even ignored PAIA requests for more information on the matter. Representatives of some sports clubs expressed the fear that Council’s latest move is nothing more than an attempt to get hold of more public land to sell off in dubious transactions. Bobodi responded by saying that this is not true. “Council is not intending to sell any of its sporting facilities,” he said. The matter may drag on for much longer than the six months Council has given clubs to respond. Dr Rudolph reckons the matter may very well end up in court, but this can be a lengthy exercise. Because of the lack of proper reasons supplied for cancelling the agreements and because of all the inconsistencies, Council will probably have to ask a court to try and enforce their wish. This will be contested by the clubs. As usual, the taxpayer will foot the bill on Council’s behalf.


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Poks dreams of producing international music

Art & Entertainment Venda Hustler is moving along with technology By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho When things take a turn for the worse in any industry, not everyone makes it to the other side. Mboswobeni “30 Cent” Mulugana, however, is one of the lucky ones. This highly talented and skilful film maker has incepted and produced many comedy films over the years, including his debut 30 Cent, Asi Muvenda, The Venda Boys, 30-Cent IV - The Mechanic, 30-Cent V - The Venda Boys, and 30-Cent VI - Original Venda Hustler. “With the introduction of DVD, piracy and digital streaming of motion-picture material, many of us film makers and producers felt really challenged to come up with new ways to make our material digitally profitable,” he said. “That was not easy, as we spent a lot of money making

Mboswobeni “30 Cent” Mulugana is a visionary who stops at nothing to be innovative. Picture supplied.

these movies, and to just upload them on the Internet for free access by the public was not going to make sense at all.” Mulugana, who originally hails from Folovhodwe Village, said the biggest challenge had been to educate the consumer, who used to buy their films on DVD, to start doing so via online digital stores instead. “We made a lot of money selling our work on DVD, but DVDs are being phased out, so now we do it digitally,” he explained. “But not everyone knows how buying films via online digital stores works. Many people still think that if they purchase it online, they expose themselves to Internet scammers. That is not the case.” The film maker has already started shooting a few episodes for his ground-breaking upcoming digital show, 30 on HD HD, which will be available online in September. “This is an amazing, laughter-packed show that tackles social issues, current affairs, myths and stereotypes in a light-hearted manner,” he said. “We bring a varied selection of talented artists across the industries, as well as regular people who might not come from that background at all.” Mulugana, who calls himself a “Venda hustler”, was inspired to start his own clothing range after a visit to France. Walking through this foreign country, he was amazed to see fashion designers sewing and designing clothes from the side of the streets. “I came to the conclusion that the kind of clothes they were making could sell in South African stores as well. More importantly, I realised that we delight more in foreign clothes and forget that we can do more on our own.” But the general lack of support for local business in this country, he says, can unfortunately make it hard for anyone. “I think that the lack in motivation for us to succeed started with the education system, which taught people to be buyers instead of makers,” he said. Mulugana can be followed on Facebook (Mboswobeni Mulugana) and Instagram (30centmboswobeni) or contacted on Tel 072 847 8990.

his mind, he was already working behind the scenes, capturing and mixing music into a good product. “I loved capturing audio more than drumming and followed my passion,” he said. “I bought my own beginners’ studio equipment in 2014 and recorded myself. The sound was amazing and from there I knew I had found my happy place - inside the recording studio.” He continued teaching himself the basics of audio capturing, mixing, and mastering. Later he met Rembuluwani Munzhelele of TrimSounds, who helped him to hone his skills. “From there on my confidence was boosted and I started recording upcoming artists, including Ras Man P, P Doktor and Jagas.” Poks’s big break came when he recorded Mukhethwa Madula’s album, The Gospel. The quality of the album was the talk of the town and people started enquiring about the man behind such a great production. “I can honestly say that The

By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho When he was a child, Phindulo Mudzuli never dreamed that by the year 2021 he would be considered one of the most sought-after music producers-cum-engineers in the area. Phindulo, who also goes by the name of “Poks”, is a sound engineer living his dream. He is the man behind many local hits. Poks was only ten years old when he started learning how to play drums, using old pots and empty tins at home. In 2008, at the age of 13, he was afforded the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of playing drums during a live recording of PGC Worship Team. “I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and never looked back,” he said. “My exploits behind the cymbals attracted household names like Ndivhaleni Musetha, Voice Tsilatsila and Itani Vendaboy, whom I also worked with as a drummer and producer.” But while people were being mesmerised by his unique drumming skills, Poks had even greater ideas. In

Phindulo Mudzuli, also known as ‘Poks’, is a self-taught music engineer. Picture supplied.

Gospel opened doors for me because soon after it was released, prominent music promoter Robert Netshiunda got hold of me and we recorded Dzinani la Yehova and U ri fhe namusi by Gundolawe Ramudzuli and Fhatuwani Makungo respectively. These songs further put my name on the map due to their high rotation on radio stations,” he said. The 26-year-old Pile-born producer has his own production studio called POKS Production and says he was inspired by the late Emmanuel Mamphogoro. His dream is to produce international music and win a few awards. Poks can be contacted on Tel 072 408 5164.

Takalani Tharaga re-enters the music scene with a new album By Bernard Chiguvare Takalani Tharaga has made a dramatic re-entrance into the music industry after an eightyear, break with a brand-new album, called Modimo wa bona. With the release of his first album, titled Omohao, in 2013, Tharaga became one of the local ‘darlings’ with his acrobatic dancing skills and smooth voice. The energetic singer, who hails from Ha-Mavhunga village in the Nzhelele area, got bitten by the music bug at a young age, and to this day he still eats and dreams music. “My primary school

teachers realised that I had a talent and encouraged me to take music seriously,” he said. “My love for music grew bigger when I was in high school when the teachers would ask me to take the lead in songs during the morning devotions. This improved my self-confidence and gave me courage to nurture my singing talent.” Modimo wa bona contains 12 hot tracks, including Randalamo ne mulalo, Araba ramasedi, Ndila nia a divha and the title track, Modimo wa bona. Tharaga is very proud of his new album. “The album is a special gift to my fans and I’m happy that it is in great de-

mand. So far, it’s doing extremely well. I will continue to give my fans the best music, because they are the ones who have made me what I am today.” Tharaga believes that music is a powerful tool that can be used to heal people. “It helps us understand that people have problems in life. Some people don’t like to talk about their problems, but by listening to music they find strength from the words.” Tharaga feels that music should not only be used as a source of entertainment, but also as an avenue to bring hope to the hopeless and faith to the faithless.

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Meet Melo, the man behind ‘Anytime’ up with a song, titled ASAP, which has been received well and enjoys Tumelo Kgatla, known as “Meloairplay on a number of local radio producedit” or just “Melo” in the stations in the country. Vhembe and Mopani districts, is a “I saw my world open right before respected producer who has also my eyes, and I was happy about evmade a name for himself as hiperything in it,” he said. “In June, my hop singer. single Anytime, featuring two great Melo started producing his own artists called Emtee and Saudi, was and other artists’ music in 2017, but released. It is still fresh, but it’s a only gained recognition with the re- banger of a track.” lease of his first full-length project, Anytime is currently trending on Preserve the Clones, in 2018. social media platforms and featured He moved to Gauteng earlier this in many South African hip-hop year to pursue his dreams of becom- blogs. “Considering the song’s poping a prominent producer, where ularity, a high-quality music video he met top South African hip-hop for Anytime should be released by star Blxckie. The two of them came the end of July,” he said. “People can By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

expect a treat with this one.” Along his musical journey, Melo has worked with other successful artists such as JAYHood, Kidd969, Blaklez, Logic World, Emtee, Spirit Boyz, Blxckie, Batondy, Saudi, and 25K. He is currently signed to Vhembe-based record label The Plvg Musiq, headed by Hello Hours. His music is available on digital platforms, and he can be followed on Instagram (@Meloproducedit), Twitter (@Meloproducedit), and Facebook (Meloproducedit /Tumelo Kgatla). Reach him on Tel 067 111 2240 or Plvgmag@gmail.com.

Tumelo Kgatla, AKA ‘Melo’. Picture supplied - Xasino.

Kwinda dreams big Mathuga’s second album will not disappoint By Kaizer Nengovhela

When asked what qualities a radio presenter should have, he replied: “Be authentic, because people love to listen to presenters who are genuine. You also have to be creative and know how to manage time. As a radio presenter, you have to leave your bad moods behind before you go on air. And always be proud of who you are and where you come from.” When Kwinda is not working, he loves to read and write. His message to young people is to use education to their advantage. “Go to school, find out what it is you want from life, and go after it by studying hard. Never let anyone tell you that something is impossible; believe in yourself.”

From a very young age, Emmanuel Kwinda always wanted to sit behind a radio microphone. Today, he is a very accomplished newsreader at Choice and Energy FM. Kwinda was born in Ngudza Village and started his education at Ngudza Primary. He passed his matric at Kolokoshani Secondary and registered for a diploma in journalism at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). Kwinda also worked as newsreader for Phalaphala FM and is a freelance journalist for the Northern Media Group. During an exclusive interview, he told Limpopo Mirror that his love of radio started when he was just a schoolboy. A great deal of his inspiration came from Phalaphala FM presenters, such as Fhatuwani Calvin Munyangane and the late Mbulungeni Mafenya Mphaphuli. “I fell in love with radio during my high school years, listening to the newsreaders at Phalaphala FM. That was when I knew what I wanted to do one day, because it is a good career. I have always been passionate about radio,” he said. Kwinda is determined to work hard to realise his dreams. “My goal is to end up working at bigger radio stations and to be the best newsreader on radio. It will take hard work to get there, but dreams come true when you Emmanuel Kwinda, Choice and put more effort in. The sky is the Energy FM’s very accomplished limit!” newsreader. Photo supplied.

By Bernard Chiguvare Being a musician is not for the faint-hearted. Speaking from own experience, Thabelo Mathuga says that this takes real commitment, dedication and a strong will to succeed, and it may take a long time before one eventually gets a break. Mathuga (33) is from Tshiswiswini Village in Tshakuma and fell in love with music when she was only 12 years old. “When I was in primary school, I used to sing at our school assemblies and even in class during free periods,” said Mathuga, fondly known as Lady TH. She was greatly inspired by none other than the late Brenda Fassie, whose music hit South African soil and spread to the rest world in the 1990s. Fans are reminded to be ready for her second album, titled Nisongo Tuwa (do not leave me), which will be released towards the end of July. Mathuga says compiling the album took her a mere 30 days. “The tracks on this album will really soothe the sad. It has meaningful lyrics and inspiring messages on how we as communities can live harmoniously,” she said. Her first album, Vhutsilo Hanga, was released in 2007, but she says it did not perform very well, as she had no support – either financial or in the form of assistance or guidance in marketing the album. However, this did not stop her from dreaming, and today she is happy and optimistic about this second round. Follow Mathuga and her music on Facebook (Thabelo Melicia Mathuga or Lady TH).

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Radio station to donate R67 000 in food hampers to orphanages Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July every year, and South Africans from every corner of the country are called on to devote 67 minutes to community service and doing something for the good of others. The 67-minutes campaign was inspired by the late former president, Nelson Mandela, during his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008, where he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.” This year, Phalaphala FM is playing its part in the initiative by implementing the Phalaphala FM Rina Ndavha (We Care) Campaign, aimed at making a real difference to other lives by donating food hampers worth R67 000 to one or two orphanage homes within the station’s broadcasting area. “July 2021 will leave a memorable experience for our listeners, as well as the various communities. These immortal words by former president Mandela should inspire young people to roll up their sleeves and start getting involved in community projects across the country,” the station’s programme manager, Ms Sharon Ravele, said. The campaign kicked off on-air on 16 July and will continue to run until 25 July 2021. Listeners now have the opportunity to suggest the orphanage homes they think will benefit the most from the food hampers. Messages and/or voice notes can be sent to Phalaphala FM’s WhatsApp line on 072 897 8325. The station will authenticate the existence of the suggestions received from the listeners and select the orphanage home/s from the list. The selected orphanage home/s will be announce soon after the end of the Phalaphala FM - Rina Ndavha campaign. “Communities across the globe have been affected by Covid-19, which continues to cause new social and economic challenges, while old ones are being exacerbated,” Ravele said. “With this campaign, Phalaphala FM aims to be a brand that makes an impact in people’s lives in the spirit of Nelson Mandela, and show that the station cares about its listeners. We share the successes we have achieved and the lessons we have learned as we battle this pandemic and its effect on those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Watch out for Thabelo Mathuga’s soothing new album. Photo supplied.

“I love people, but they don’t love me” Entertainment “Ndo kwata badi. Ndo vhaisala. Ndo vhaisiwa. Ndi a funa vhathu mara a vha mpfuni.” Loosely translated: “I’m annoyed. I’m hurt. I have been hurt. I love people, but they don’t love me.” These are part of the lyrics from Evans Mudau’s new single, titled Ndo vhaisala. Better known as Jah Rubza Vhadau in the local reggae music fraternity, Mudau released his single last week. He explained that he had released the song after learning from his personal life experience that some people did not appreciate what others did for them. “I have seen this in life that most of the time, people take advantage of kind-hearted people who keep on helping them. I have

personally assisted a lot of people, but few of them appreciate what I have done for them. Through this song, I want to encourage people to appreciate the good things that others do for them. In so doing, it will encourage good people to keep on helping those who are less fortunate in life,” said Mudau. The reggae music star, who draws his inspiration from Bob Marley and Colbert Mukwevho, said that he composed his music about things that he personally observed in his home border town of Musina. “Rather than entertainment, I believe that music should serve as a life educational tool to the listeners. Each song should have a theme from which people have to learn something after listening. That is why it is very important for me to educate

people with every song that I compose. I therefore encourage other musicians to use their music as a source of inspiration to build the communities.” Mudau is not a newcomer in the reggae music fraternity. He has released four successful albums and singles in his 20-year music career. He has also previously worked with artists from his hometown such as DJ Godzilla, Recky Moyo, Obi Nkanyane and Robert Ramphabana. He is happy that his fans are impressed with Ndo vhaisala. “The response is massive, and the song is all over Musina, especially on public platforms like taxis and local shops. It is also encouraging to note that the radio stations are giving the song some airplay.”

Phalaphala FM’s programme manager, Ms Sharon Ravele. Photo supplied.

Evans Mudau, better known as Jah Rubza Vhadau, has released a single track titled Ndo vhaisala. Photo supplied.

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New spokesperson for Malamulele police is ready to lead by example By Silas Nduvheni

criminals get arrested and brought to book,” said Khuzwayo. “This position as communications officer offers me the opportunity to expand my experience within the Force and be involved with crime-related matters, such as gender-based violence and bullying, from a different angle. I will commit myself to working with the various media houses to impart knowledge and information to our communities. I will also conduct awareness campaigns among schools and communities on matters that affect our youth today, like bullying, teenage pregnancies, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/Aids and the Covid-19 pandemic,” she

added. Malamulele police’s station commander, Col Kanelani Edison Rikhotso, said that he was very happy to have appointed the first female communicator at the station, as the communications unit had been dominated by males in the past. “Sgt Khuzwayo is a disciplined, dedicated and hardworking officer. She has a good working relationship with local media houses and always updates and alerts communities about crime statistics and other crime-related matters. She is flexible and ready to learn new things and we are ready to give her the necessary support to excel in her new position,” Rikhotso said.

The newly appointed communications officer of Malamulele SAPS, Sgt Busisiwe Khuzwayo, said she was ready to serve the communications unit and community to the best of her ability when she started on 1 July. Her appointment followed the retirement of the former spokesperson for the Malamulele police, W/O Alson Maphindane, from the end of June. Khuzwayo (39) joined the SAPS in 2006. After her training, she was stationed at the Springs police station in Gauteng as a detective, where she served for 12 years. In 2017, she was transferred to Lulekani police station near Phalaborwa in Limpopo. She joined the Malamulele police crew in 2018. “I joined the SAPS early on in my life as a result of growing up in an area where we had been exposed to crime, like family violence, rape, sexual assault and murder, every day. This made me want answer.” By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Malamulele police’s new communications officer, Sgt Busisiwe Khuzto lead by example He had previously worked as a sales assistant wayo. Photo: Silas Nduvheni. in making sure that Unemployment remains a harsh reality for at several clothing stores and still helps here and many young South Africans, and, sadly, the there with stock-taking on a part-time basis. “In BOREHOLE DRILLING Covid-19 pandemic has done nothing to imthis life, we need to grasp any available opportuprove the situation. nity and work hard,” he said. IN THE LIMPOPO PROVINCE Mashudu Alwyn Mathabele, a resident at Mathabele is available on Facebook (Mashudu Phone or Whatsapp: 083 507 2768 / Madombidzha Zone 2, knows from experience Matsuu) and can be reached on 072 969 8574. 083 586 4788 that the simplest thing can sometimes make a world of difference. He worked as a guest house Office: 015 517 7210 / manager in Thohoyandou some three years ago, Fax: 086 513 2756 where he learnt how to fix electrical appliances, E-mail: aquaman@mailus.co.za and today he puts that knowledge to good use in All your the Makhado area. “When an electrical appliance needed businesses DRILLING TRUST repairing, the guest house would call a certain Member of the Borehole Water Association on one page of South Africa electrician. This man saw my interest in his job and taught me the basics. He told me to never underestimate my abilities,” he said. Mathabele has not looked back since. He Your 1 Stop started fixing his own electrical appliances NEXT TO 2TEN HOTEL around the house and soon those of his relatives Paint Shop and close friends too, at no cost. However, when Cnr Rissik & President Street, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world last year Louis Trichardt. TEL: 015 516 2606 and left him unemployed, he realized that he could use this skill to secure an income. “People were not concerned when I started to charge them, because once I fixed their electrical appliances, it lasted them a long time,” he said. “My business is founded on honesty, loyalty and *Valid till end of August 2021 good ethics. I never lie about the problem or (VAT included) overcharge my clients, for I know that my people deserve to be served with honesty.” • 20L WALL & CEILING He fixes anything, from washing machines Mashudu Alwyn Mathabele is an electrician R912-00 (normally R1131-00) and microwaves to stoves and refrigerators. who loves his work. Picture: Tshifhiwa Muk• 20L DURAM ARMATEX “We were always taught that, once a microwave wevho. R793-00 (normally R959-00) has conked out, it is impossible to be fixed, • 20L ROOFKOTE Std Colours * Agri Chemicals * Fertiliser so people just discard * Pipes and Fittings * Animal Feeds R922-00 (normally R1159-00) NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORIZATION (BASIC ASESSMENT PROCESS) it,” he said. “Today, I * Packaging Material (Boxes) AND WATER USE LICENSE APPLICATION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FISH advise people never to • 20L ROOFKOTE Green/White * Generators * Waterpumps and Sprayers FARM AND A MULTIPURPOSE RECREATIONAL FACILITY ON THE REMAINDER OF throw away their broken R972-00 (normally R1203-00) FARM SENDEDZANE 200 MT WITHIN MAKHADO LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, VHEMBE Jaco @ 071 873 7394 / Harry @063 862 7219 electrical appliancDISTRICT MUNICIPALITY, LIMPOPO PROVINCE. es, because I am the Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 24 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998

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Nzhelele entrepreneurs work in fear of Covid

owner of R523 Fast Food, a the situation is not likely schools have all closed for popular local restaurant, said to change soon and that an extended holiday period, More than 400 days have that she was worried about they will have to run their waiting for the third wave of passed since South Africa the increase in Covid-19 cases businesses with the threat of infections to subside. Dzata went into its first lockdown in Nzhelele. “Some of the infections looming. Secondary’s principal, Dr because of the Covid-19 people who have the virus Secondary schools in the Livhalani Sinyosi, said that pandemic and the situamight be our customers, and area such as Dzata Secondary she was glad that all 13 of tion is putting a big strain when I serve them, I will are also affected by the inher educators who had been on economic activities in contract the virus and spread crease in Covid-19 cases. The infected had now recovered. areas such as Siloam in the it to other customers or Nzhelele district. at home to my family. Small-business owners I am really scared, but around the valley say they are I have to go to work working in fear of contracting because, at the end of the virus but have no choice the day, I need money,” because they have to put food she said. on the table. Tshimangadzo MuRofhiwa Manenzhe, who ofhe, who owns a mini owns an eatery in the centre pharmacy in Siloam, of Siloam’s business area, said running a business said the latest statistics were was not easy. “People shocking. “I fear for my life, are hiding indoors, but I have no choice. My and business is kind of kids have got to eat,” he said. slow. This virus thing Manenzhe said working with is killing us financially money was a challenge, beand physically.” Tshimangadzo Muofhe, owner of a mini pharmacy in Siloam, cause he did not know where The small entreprethe money had been. neurs are very realistic says that business has been slow since the lockdown, with the majority of people staying indoors. Photo: Maanda Bele. Dakalo Netshivhodza, the about the fact that By Maanda Bele

Thilivhali Muledane from Vyeboom in Vuwani has started her own mudbrick-making business, and with the income she generates from it, she is able to provide for her family. Photo supplied.

It may be a man’s job, but it puts food on her table By Maanda Bele When you are stripped of your only source of income, you have to come up with new plans and ideas in order to eat, and being particular or proud is not an option. Like many others whose lives had been shattered by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Thilivhali Muledane too was forced out of business, and like many others, this lovely lady came up with an alternative way to defy poverty, by making mudbricks. The 29-year-old mother of two from Vyeboom in Vuwani used to sell food to learners at a local school, and thus was able to put food on the table. Then the pandemic struck, and she was forced out of business. At the same time, her husband’s mudbrick-making business came crumbling down, leaving the family with no income and in a state of utter despair. “We were suffering as a family and our lives seemed to have reached a cul-de-sac. We were trying to figure out how to come by without money to buy the necessities like bread, sugar and other stuff. This troubled me a lot,” she said. “And then, one day, at the beginning of this year while I was sitting at home, the idea to reopen my husband’s brick-making business came to me. I believed it was the answer. My husband did not believe me, but I was determined to turn things around.” So, Muledane took over her husband’s mudbrick-making business. “A few months down the

line, three boys from the village came looking for a job. I gave them space, but I continued to do the work myself,” she said and proudly announced that she can mould more than 500 bricks a day by herself! “Sometimes my husband helps with mixing the soil, which makes the moulding easier for me and also saves some time.” Mixing the soil, she says, is the biggest challenge in the brick-making business if you do not have mixing machines, but Muledane is up for this challenge and has no intention of ever doing anything else than making bricks for as long as she lives. “Even if it takes me years of hard work to get machines to make things easier, I won’t stop because jobs are scarce in this country,” she said. Her bricks are sold to nearby communities and the money she makes from doing so enables her to take care of her family. “I had to swallow my pride and take this menial job that is despised by many. One thing I have learned is that no job is better than the other. I hate hunger and begging, and that is why I will accept any job as long as I can make money from it,” Muledane said. Her advice to other women is to stand up and create jobs for themselves. “Do whatever you have to do. Money is the same; no one will ask you whether you got it from making bricks. After I’ve made money from my business, I put some makeup on and make myself look beautiful and go to town to do shopping,” she said.

Dakalo Netshivhodza, a restaurant owner in Nzhelele, says she is concerned that one of her customers might be infected with the virus, but she has to continue running her restaurant to earn a living. Photo: Maanda Bele.

Rofhiwa Manezhe owns an eatery at Siloam CBD and says that he fears for his life every day but still has to make money in order to feed his children. In the photo, from left to right, are Akonaho Mamphaga, Mulanga Siobo and Rofhiwa Manenzhe. Photo: Maanda Bele.

Ever-friendly Annie from Ayob Motors dies In memoriam One of Louis Trichardt’s “friendliest faces”, Annie Muthan (born Moodley), died on Tuesday. Many residents will remember Annie as the always-helpful assistant at Ayob Motors, where she worked for the past 23 years. Annie was born in Dundee in Kwa-Zulu Natal on 11 December 1964. She finished her education at Dundee High School. During her earlier years, she stayed with her mother and siblings in Dannhauser. In 1985, she married Ken-

ny and the family moved to Durnacol in KwaZulu-Natal. During that time Annie also had two children, Nicolene and Brandon. The family moved to Louis Trichardt in 1998, and that same year she began working at Ayob Motors, where she continued to work up until her death. During her numerous years at Ayob Motors, she made a lot of acquaintances, many of which bloomed into long-lasting friendships. “Annie was a very compassionate and kind person who loved people and had a heart for her family, friends and

the less fortunate,” a family member said. In August 2017, Annie’s world was shattered by the death of her son, which left a huge void in her life. In November 2020, her mum also passed away. Annie died on Tuesday (20th) after a short illness. She is survived by her husband Kenny Muthan, daughter Nicolene, sonin-law Calvin and her two grandchildren and the absolute apples of her eye, Tristan and Isabella. She also leaves behind her two brothers and two sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and

nephews. “Annie will be dearly missed by every heart that she touched,” the family said.

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Obie Moseboa is no more By Kaizer Nengovhela The chairperson of Makhado Municipality’s Sports Council and educator at Sinthumule High, Mr Oberd “Obie Maobler” Moseboa (61), died peacefully at his home in Newtown, Louis Trichardt, on Thursday, 15 July, after a short illness. Moseboa was a teacher known for his efforts in helping to develop young soccer players. During his heydays, he coached Gogobole Bucs. He was chairperson of the Zoutpansberg Soccer Association until it merged when the new

The late Oberd “Obie Maobler” Moseboa. Photo supplied.

municipal demarcations came into place. Until his death, he was the chairperson of Makhado Municipality’s Sports Council. Moseboa’s sister, Ms Violet Moseboa, said the family was proud of everything he had accomplished in his life and within the community. “Obie had played an important role in raising the standards of soccer and education in the local community. We are deeply saddened by his death, but we will have to accept it, because God’s will has been done. May his soul rest in peace.” The former secretary of the Venda Football Association and Great Northeast region, Mr Ronald Makhadi, conveyed his sincere condolences to the family in their time of grief. “It is a very sad tiding indeed. His knowledge of the sport will be greatly missed,” said Makhadi. The secretary of Makhado Municipality’s Sports Council, Mr Mashudu Nengudza, said that the sport fraternity had lost one of its pillars, someone who had always worked hard towards the development of the sport in the area of Makhado. “The whole region was shocked when we heard of his death. We have been with him for many years,” he said, and described Moseboa as a community builder who was “larger than life” during his term as soccer administrator. “He was always there when we needed him. Now that he is gone, we are afraid that no one will ever be able to fill his shoes. We visited him during his last days and he could not stop talking about soccer,” Nengudza said. “We are greatly saddened.” Mr Khathutshelo Badugela, principal of Sinthumule High, said that they too had lost a valuable member of their school. “Moseboa was a very dedicated and disciplined educator, and always committed to his work. Our school is poorer for losing him and we shall miss him very much,” he said. Moseboa’s funeral is this Friday (23 July). The service starts at 06:30 at Gogobole, whereafter he will be buried at Louis Trichardt Cemetery.

Well-known and beloved pastor of Musina dies after short illness Musina.” ue to lose community builders Musina Mayor Mihloti like him because this leaves The community of Musina Muhlope sent sincere condoour municipality poorer. woke up to the sad news lences to the Maila family and However, we thank God for last Monday that a wellthe community of Musina. giving us an opportunity of known man of the cloth, “Pastor Maila participated in sharing life experiences with Pastor Petrus Maila, the various programmes of the great men like Pastor Maila.” founder of Musina Christian municipality, and he supportPastor Maila was laid to Salvation Centre, had died. ed government initiatives rest at Musina last week Maila, who was the deputy through thick and thin. We Thursday. chairperson of the Musina feel very sad when we continCouncil of Churches, passed away after a short illness. “It is true that our family member had sadly passed on. It also came as a surprise to us because we never expected it. We are still reeling in shock and disbelief because he was the pillar of strength in our family,” said the deceased’s younger brother, Thanyani Joe Maila. He said although the family was in deep mourning, they comforted themselves with the fact that Pastor Maila had touched many lives during his lifetime. “His love for the community came first before anything else. He was loved by many, and he has created a very long chain of friends who loved his frank way of life. His departure is a terrible The founder of Musina Christian Salvation Centre and Deputy loss to the family, church Chairperson of Musina Council of Churches, Pastor Petrus and the community of Maila, was laid to rest at Musina last Thursday. News from Musina

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Who is the rightful heir to the Vhavenda Kingship? hu instructed them to go find Makhado. The VhaVenda Kingship throne Makhado later went to collect has been a hotly debated topic an important traditional instruamong the Vhavenda nation and ment Zwitungulo from Davhana. the Mphephu royal family in History tells us that they had to particular. fight for Zwitungulo, MakhaIn recent times two hopefuls do won and gave Zwitungulo Toni Mphephu and Masindi to Vho- Nyakhuhu so that she Mphephu have been frequent can officially hand them over to visitors to the courts contesting him during inauguration. King the throne. So far no determinaMakhado’s reign was successful tion has been made by the courts and even today he is still regarded and the question remains who is as a hero by his people because his the rightful heir to the throne? inauguration was done tradiDifferent theories have been put tionally. Tshilwavhusiku tsha ha forward and maybe the best way Ramabulana King Makhado ruled is to revisit the family tree and its from 1864- 1895. tradition. According to the Venda As per tradition after the death Luonde website, King Makhado of a King, diviners were sumwas succeeded by his son Alilali moned to determine the cause of Tshilamulela Mphephu, the first death and it was also Important who was instructed by Makhadzi for Vho-Makhadzi to give the Vho-Ndalambi to go find Zwitunrightful person the traditional gulo because Zwitungulo chose instruments (Zwitungulo) which him over his brother Maemu, She are very important to traditional then inaugurated him and handleadership. ed him Zwitungulo traditionally. As it stands now the Vhavenda In 1913 the Boers forced kingship throne is in crisis. The Alilali King Mphephu the First questions that come to mind is to relocate from the Ramabulana that: were the right protocols Royal Palace to the ancient capital followed? In trying to answer this of Dzata (Dzanani). King Alilali the family tree can be a viable Mphephu the First died in 1924. solution to this problem. Before With all that being said, it shows the Vhavenda warrior King the importance of zwitungulo and Makhado ascended to his throne, Makhadzi in a Royal family and there was a dispute between him in choosing a King. There is no and his brother Davhana, who recorded proof that such practice were both Ramabulana’s children. is still followed these days in Ramabulana had 11 sons of choosing a king. which only two were fighting for Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu the throne. The other brothers was also instructed by Makhadzi who wanted Davhana to be King to go and find zwitungulo went to consult Vho-Makhadzi because he was chosen to be the Vho-Nyakhuhu on who should successor. He then become king, Vho-Nyakhucame back with them and Advertorial

Makhadzi handed him back zwitungulo. On the day of inauguration of Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu, Makhadzi who was entrusted to unveil the blanket to show the community their new leader, accidentally unveiled the Ndumi, Patrick Ramaano Mphephu and Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu immediately stood up and challenged the process and left the scene. Then the ceremony was later that day done behind closed doors in private. Even today no one knows who was PatrickRamaano Mphephu’s Ndumi. Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu was not there when Patrick Mphephu was inaugurated. One of Mr Nkhanedzeni Ramabulana’s children said during the succession battle of Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu and Partick Mphephu there was some undisclosed conflict. Nkhanedzeni was supposed to be a king and Patrick Ramaano was supposed to be a ndumi, but not the rightful heir. Maria also stated that the succession battle between Patrick Mphephu and Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu divided Vhavenda traditional leaders into two groups, Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu was supported by the majority whilst Patrick Ramaano Mphephu was supported by very few. It is for that reason many people left the scene because it was a, turmoil that was brewing. Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu was not there when Patrick Mphephu was inaugurated. Maria was the first-born daughter of the late Mr Nkhanedzeni Freddy Mphephu, who died before he could ascend to his throne in the

early 70s. She said she was shocked to see people fighting for the throne when they know “exactly who it belongs to.” Before passing on Maria asked questions to the Mphephu Royal family as to why people from the Mphephu royal family are fighting for the throne when they know that the throne belongs to her late father. “Everyone in the royal family knows about him, I am surprised why people who are not even close to the kingdom are fighting for the throne,” said Maria . According to Maria the royal family knows who is the current rightful holder of zwitungulo. Surprisingly he is not the one in power. Nkhanedzeni is the last person who was handed zwitungulo and even Patrick Ramaano Mphephu did not have them . That’s why the Royal Kingdom is in crisis because it is in the wrong hands. “I have it on record that they know, I have confronted them.” she said


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A helping hand to the homeless By Bernard Chiguvare In rural communities, when young children’s parents die, they are often left destitute and alone to fend for themselves through life. Theirs becomes a daily struggle for food and shelter, but also for proper education. Two weeks ago, Limpopo Mirror brushed shoulders with someone who grew up under such circumstances. Her name is Debra Ramunenyiwa. She is 33 years old, and because of her background, she has great compassion for orphans and people living on the streets of Musina. “In 2003, my parents passed away and I was placed in my grandmother’s care. She was not employed, so we lived only on social grants. But that was not enough,” Debra said. She got married at the age of 15,

thinking that she would be able to overcome life’s challenges, but this was far from it. After 19 years of marriage, she decided that raising her 13- and 6-year-old children on her own was better after all. Last year, Debra, Finance Mendes and Tovhowani Muleya successfully registered a non-government organisation (NGO) with the Department of Social Development that enables them to look after homeless people. The organisation is called Share with us as orphans, and at the moment they have 13 homeless people and 68 orphans in their care. Richard* (16), one of the orphans, told this newspaper that he did not know where his parents were. “All I know is my father is a long-distance truck driver. I can’t remember when I last spoke to him,” he said. He lives with his aunt at the moment, who is also

unemployed, and they seldom have food in the house. Selina Muofhe was faced with the same struggles and said that they had been living as orphans since 2016. “We live on social grants and at times we get some donations from the municipality,” Muofhe said. She is the eldest of the eight orphans who now live in one house. But Debra says that convincing some of these people that the organisation will provide them with food and shelter is not always easy. “We are still trying to convince them that they should not stay on the streets, as living on the streets is very tough,” she said. However, the organisation is set on expanding at a national level and this, they say, is something they look forward to. * Not his real name

67 Minutes devoted to cleaning up Vleifontein cleaned the inside and outside of one of the local crèches. Thusa Lushaka Paralegal and Advice, Pfano Rambau, chairperson of Thusa a non-profit organisation in VleiLushaka Paralegal Advice, said that, fontein, devoted their 67 minutes of although teaching people not to litter charity on Mandela Day (18 July) to overnight was impossible, he believed cleaning up the Vleifontein area. that the initiative had raised some sense of awareness about it among the Several young people volunteered to community. join the organisation in their endeavour, Besides cleaning the environment, and the party spread out to pick up litter the organisation also used part of the in and around Vleifontein. They even 67 Minutes to educate the youth on the By Bernard Chiguvare

Debra Ramunenyiwa (standing far right) and co-founders Finance Mendes and Tovhowani Muleya of Share with us as orphans. In front are some of the people they help with food and shelter. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.

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CALL FOR NOMINATION OF PERSONS TO BE APPOINTED AS MEMBERS OF THULAMELA; I. MUNICIPAL PLANNING TRIBUNAL II. MUNICIPAL PLANNING APPEAL AUTHORITY Thulamela Local Municipality hereby call for nominations of persons to be appointed as members of the Thulamela Municipal Planning Tribunal and as well as Municipal Planning Appeal Authority to consider land development and land use applications in terms of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 ( Act 16 of 2013). Attributes: Nominees must be persons with leadership qualities and must have knowledge and experience of spatial planning and land use management and land development or any other law related thereto. Fields/areas of interest: Town Planning, Legal Practitioner, Civil Engineering, Land Development Economist, Environmental Management, Geotechnical etc. Term of office: The term of office of members of a Municipal Planning Tribunal will be three years calculated from the date of appointment of such member by the municipal Council. Nomination Particulars: Each nomination must be in writing and not by pencil or free hand and must contain the following details: 1) The full names and address of the nominator, who must be a natural person, a person may nominate himself or herself or organization nominating the candidate. 2) The name, address and identity number of the nominee. 3) Motivation by the nominator for the appointment of the nominee to the Thulamela Municipal Planning Tribunal (not exceeding one page). 4) A detailed curriculum vitae of the nominee which must include, full names, identity number and gender, contact address, telephone, fax and mobile numbers, e-mail address and at least two names and contact details of references. 5) Certified copies of qualifications and valid registration certificate indicating registration with the relevant professional body or voluntary association. 6) Letter of acceptance of the nomination from the nominee (see schedule 2 of the regulation in terms of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 16 of 2013) 7) 10 years or more experience in your respective field 8) Referral and appointment letter on the official letterhead from the previous Municipal Planning Tribunal and/or Appeal served Disqualification: Interested persons are encouraged to read section 38 of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (Act, 16 of 2013), and failure to comply with the section and above mentioned requirements may result in the disqualification of the nomination. Remuneration: a) The successful candidate will be remunerated for expenses incurred in accordance with the National Treasury that regulates the remuneration of commissions and committees of inquiry. b) The remuneration will be considered taking into account the tariffs as determined by the institute that regulates the profession that the member belongs to. Nominations must be posted to The Municipal Manager, Thulamela Local Municipality, Private Bag X5066, Thohoyandou, 0950, or hand delivered to Thulamela Municipality Offices, Old Agriven Building, Civic Centre, next to Gym for you, Thohoyandou. No applications/nominations by email or by facsimile will not be considered and correspondence will be limited to successful nominees. All enquiries in this regard can be directed to The Senior Manager of Planning and Development Mr. Makumule M.T. on 015 962 7743 Closing date: 23 August 2021

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Thusa Lushaka Paralegal and Advice, a non-profit organisation, teamed up with some of Vleifontein’s young people on Mandela Day (18 July) to clean up their environment. Photo supplied.

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Former TTM player Jean Munganga desperately looking for a team By Frank Mavhungu The former player for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM), Dunga Jean Munganga, is a desperate man. The Congolese national last played competitive football at the end of the 2019/20 soccer season. At the time he was playing for the now-defunct TTM. When the president of TTM, Mr Masala Mulaudzi, bought the DStv Premiership franchise from Bidvest Wits FC at the beginning of last season, Munganga was offered a position to scout for young talent by the then pride of Tshakhuma. Although he accepted the offer, Munganga parted ways with Vhadau Vha Damani before he could start doing the work relating his new position. Claiming that the club had treated him harshly, the 31-year-old player reported the matter to the players’ union. The matter ended up at the league Dispute Resolution Chamber, where TTM was ordered to pay Munganga the outstanding salary for the months during which he was contracted to the club. Born on 5 June 1990, Munganga tried his luck with several DStv Premiership and GladAfrica clubs at the beginning of last season, without success. When Pretoria Callies offered him an employment contract at the beginning of this year, Munganga thought his days of suffering were at an end, but that was not the case. Pretoria Callies offered him a short contract that expired on 30 June. Although the contract had an option for an extension of 12 months, the club showed no interest in keeping the former Black Leopards centre back. Even though Munganga joined Pretoria Callies at the beginning of this year, he did not play a single game for the team, something that had probably convinced the club owner not to extend his contract when it expired. For now, the former Black Leopards star player makes sure that his cell phone is always on as he is desperately waiting for clubs to call him with job offers. He stays in a rented flat in Polokwane. He revealed that his savings will soon get depleted if he cannot manage to find

a new job in the next few months. Munganga joined Black Leopards from the DRC side, St Eloi Lupopo FC, way back in 2012. At that stage, Lidoda duvha were campaigning in the National First Division. He assisted the Thohoyandou side in gaining promotion to the DStv Premiership Division in the 2017/18 soccer season. His contract with Leopards expired on 30 June 2019. He featured in 166 games and scored three goals during his stay with Black Leopards.

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Maindis Ladies hit hard by lockdown By Frank Mavhungu

Desperate for work: Jean Munganga. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

The decision of the South African Football Associations (SAFA) to suspend the Hollywoodbets Super League programme for a month is doing one of the affiliates for the league, Maindis Ladies FC, more harm than good. The league programme was put on hold from the 6th of this month. According to the circular that was issued by the league, the league programme will resume on Saturday, 07 August. According to the chairman of Maindis Ladies, Mr Falaza Mdaka, they were forced to release the players who reside within the borders of the Limpopo Province upon receipt of the circular. He revealed that the players who reside outside this province remained in the clubhouse when the rest were released. He stated that their reason to let only local players go, was to minimize costs. Mdaka said that maintaining the players who remained in the clubhouse was difficult for him when the others had gone to their respective homes about three weeks ago, as the team did not have a sponsor. A total of 23 players were in the clubhouse. Mdaka added that indications were that they would receive some funds from the league to

Registration for Sydney Mafanya tournament now open By Frank Mavhungu Teams interested in partaking in this year’s edition of the Sydney Mafanya Soccer Tournament have until Sunday, 15 August, to pay their registration fees. According to one of the organisers of the tournament, Mr Rawl Nelamvi, they will accommodate 32 teams in the tournament this year. Mr Nelamvi said that only teams from within the Vhembe District would be eligible to take part in the annual event and registration would be done on a first-come-first-served basis. Mr Nelamvi appealed to the people who wished to register for the tournament to declare their interest by paying an affiliation fee of R600. This year’s champions will receive a cash

prize of R15 000 and a floating trophy. The runners-up will take home an amount of R9 000. Teams booted out of the tournament in the semi-final stage will each receive R4 000. Teams that reach the quarterfinal stage will each receive R1 200. Just like last year, all matches will be played at the Tshanzhe grounds in the Mutale area. Berea FC are the defending champions. They beat Folovhodwe Stone Breakers 1-0 in the final to lift the trophy last year. A local businessman, Mr Sydney Mafanya, after whom the tournament is named, will sponsor the event to the tune of R25 000. For registration, Mr Nelamvi can be contacted on 060-6649073 or Mr Dakalo Ratshitanga on 071-3432780.

16 teams. According to him, the decision to divide the Teams affiliated to the Limteams into two streams last popo Stream of the ABC Mo- season was reached after tsepe League should start they realised that for them with their preparations for to complete their league prothe new season. According gramme within the stipulated to the chairman of the board time frame would have been of governors, Mr Mighty impossible. Tjale, the opening league Last season’s league matches for the new season programme commenced in are scheduled for the first March this year and ended in weekend of September. the second week of May. Each Unlike last season, where stream comprised nine teams. the Limpopo Province had According to Mr Tjale, the last two streams of the ABC two teams on the log standMotsepe League, Mr Tjale had ings from each stream had confirmed that they would been relegated to the lower have a single stream when the division. activities for the new season Terrors FC and Berachah started. Valley were the teams affected Mr Tjale further revealed in Stream B, while Ollesdal that the stream will comprise FC and Makotopong Brazil-

ians were the last two teams in Stream A. Terrors had campaigned in the ABC Motsepe League for only one season. They were promoted from the SAB League two years ago. Magezi FC finished the league programme on top of the log in Stream B while The Dolphins were shining on top of the Stream A log standings when the league programme came to an end. Magezi and The Dolphins played against each other to determine the team to represent the province in the national promotional playoffs. Magezi lost 0-1. The Dolphins FC managed to deposit only one point into their league account during the playoffs and the team was not promoted.

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cover their travelling and accommodation expenses when the league programme was brought to a halt. “Everything came to a standstill due to the lockdown” he said. Indion, as he was called during his days as a soccer player, said that he was worried about the fact that regaining their fitness level when they returned to the training field would be difficult for the players. He said that although the technical staff had instructed the local players to train on their own while at home, monitoring the players from afar was difficult for them. He reckoned that the situation would affect their ambitions to lift the league trophy at end of the season negatively. Maindis’ next match will be against University of Western Cape FC at the Giyani Stadium on Saturday, 7 August.

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Lidoda duvha are ready for the new season The relationship between Black Leopards FC and the team’s left back, Sibusiso Khumalo, is something of the past. According to the club’s general manager, Mr Elijah Mulaudzi, the decision to release Khumalo was reached after they realized that his departure was in the interest of both parties. Mulaudzi said that Khumalo’s employment contract with the club had expired on 30 June. The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United defender joined Lidoda duvha on a two-year contract at the beginning of last season.

One of the Leopards’ U/23 players, Amukelani Chauke. Photo: Frank Mavhungu

Asked how they were going to replace the players who had recently parted ways with the club, Mr Mulaudzi said that they would soon make an announcement regarding their new signees. He indicated that a number of seasoned players were training with the team. He said that the technical team was still assessing the players who were training with the team and that a decision on the players who would be offered employment contracts would be reached soon. The Thohoyandou outfit parted ways with several players, including Rodrick Kabwe, Ovidy Karuru and the Ghanaian defender, Edwin Gyimah, early this month. Asked whether they had enough U/23 players in their showroom, Mr Mulaudzi was quick to mention that they had not released any of the young players who had been part of their squad for last season. He cited the likes of Tiklas Thutwa, Tsepo Matsimbi, Emmanuel Makinita, Leso Maphuthi and Amukelani Chauke as some of the U/23 players who were capable enough to display their skills at both national and international level. He again stated that they were assessing some of the U/23 players who were training with the team. (In terms of the league’s rules and regulations, GladAfrica teams must have at least five U/23 players on the team sheet, at least two of which must be on the field of play for the duration of the game). Black Leopards had appointed the Nigerian national, Mr Lawrence Okwara, to the position of Team Manager. Mr Okwara is not a new face in the Leopards camp. He served in the same position for the team in the 2017/18 soccer season, but left for Baroka FC the following year. As for the preparations for the new season, Mr Mulaudzi said that they were hard at work. He revealed that they will play a rehearsal game against Pretoria Callies at The Ranch Hotel grounds outside Polokwane today (Friday).

Coach “King Mchichwa” joins Black Leopards By Frank Mavhungu As a way to strengthen the team’s technical department, Black Leopards FC announced the appointment of Mr Lucky Nelukau as one of the team’s assistant coaches. According to the club’s general manager, Mr Elijah Mulaudzi, Nelukau’s appointment became effective on Monday this week. Mr Nelukau will be working with the current assistant coaches of the team, Mr Morgan Shivambu and Mr Mongezi Bobe. Shivambu and Bobe were in charge of the team in their last four league matches last season. “King Mchichwa”, as he was known during his heydays as a soccer player, is not a new name in the Leopards books. He played for Lidoda duvha between 2000 and 2004. After hanging up his soccer boots, Nelukau decided to pursue a career in football coaching. He is currently equipped with a D and C Coaching License from the South African Football Association (SAFA). His coaching career started at the SAB League side, Maweja Football Club. Maweja made history when they finished the season without tasting the pain of suffering a defeat under Nelukau’s guidance. He later moved to Tshakhuma RO FC, a team he coached for several years before migrating to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC. When Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC

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