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This is our final edition for 2021. The next edition will appear on 14 January 2022. We wish all our readers a blessed festive season. May you have an opportunity to relax with friends and family and rejuvenate your spirit. The year ahead holds many promises, but we will have to grab the opportunities.Please drive safely should you travel and exercise caution when in public spaces.

Highly respected owner of MMK passes away He added that his father had worked tirelessly for the develThe well-known owner of MMK opment of the company and his Insurance and Funeral Services, contributions would remain for all Mr Solomon “Missey” Mukwev- to see. “We have really lost a giant ho (62), passed away after a long who was always in the forefront illness at the Mediclinic Midof our struggle for better service stream Hospital last Wednesday to his clients. We will miss him (15 December). dearly.” His son, Mr Munei Mukwevho, The chairperson of the South said the family members were African Funeral Practitioners Assaddened by the loss but had fond sociation in Limpopo, Mr Sam Ntmemories of a remarkable man. shauba, extended his condolences “We will always remember him,” to the bereaved family. He said he said. that the association would miss the good working relationship and the support they had received from the Mukwevho family. “The role he played in fostering unity, discipline, hard work and dedication within the family and the community shall always be cherished,” Ntshauba said. “Our hearts are bleeding as we lost a pillar in our community and a hardworking person. We depended on him for advice, and we learnt a lot from him during his lifetime,” he added. The well-known owner of MMK The burial ceremony was Insurance and Funeral Services, Mr scheduled to take place at Solomon “Missey” Mukwevho (62), Mangilasi on 22 December. has passed away. By Kaizer Nengovhela


Shock at sudden death of former Makhado MM soil had done for people within the area of the Makhado Municipality,” The former Municipal Manager Munyai said mournfully. “I remember (MM) of the Makhado Municipality, him as a jovial man and a workaholMr Freddy Tshivhengwa (45), died ic, who served the government with after a short illness at Polokwane dedication and faithfulness. How can Hospital on Sunday. we forget his light jokes?” According to his wife, Ms Sophy Freddy Tshivhengwa was appointTshivhengwa, the untimely death of ed as MM at Makhado in December her husband did not only shock their 2017. He resigned three years later, in friends, but also his family, relatives November 2020, to take up a senior and even people from outside the position at Coghsta in Limpopo. country. Tshivhengwa was the general “We have received many messagmanager of technical services at the es of condolences from all over the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) country, and as a bereaved family it before he joined Makhado Municipalshows us that Tshivhengwa was a ity. He was also general manager of people’s person and accommodating capital investment and infrastructure to everyone, irrespective of colour, development at the City of Johanrace or religion,” she said. nesburg under Johannesburg Water She described Tshivhengwa as a before that. pillar within the family and the comTshivhengwa was well qualified, munity as a whole. “He played the with a national diploma in engicentral role in unifying his relatives,” neering. He also had a BTech degree she said. in civil engineering and transport, Makhado Mayor Samuel Munyai as well as a BSc honours degree in expressed his condolences and said applied sciences of transportation. that the municipality and the comApart from this, he had a master’s munity at large had lost a great man. degree in business administration. “We take comfort in the good work He will be buried on Thursday and services that this great son of the 23 December at Maniini. By Kaizer Nengovhela

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Hello darkness my old foe ... “If the wind blows or it rains, ty’s offices if the problems were these villages become a dark not addressed. Several families in Tshiozwi city. To our surprise, this hapThe Makhado municipality’s and Ha-Ramantsha are com- pens when the weather is norspokesperson, Mr Louis Bobplaining about regular power mal too. Sometimes it occurs odi, told Limpopo Mirror that outages that they say are twice or thrice a day for many the municipality was working making life almost unbearhours, and sometimes it lasts tirelessly towards addressing able for them. for several days. We have to use the situation. “Right now, our Residents complain about a gas stove to cook and heat up workers are working around being without electricity almost water for bathing and washing the clock in an effort to try and every time the weather, howev- dishes. We spend R390 per restore the power supply to er slightly, deteriorates. Accord- week for gas. This is uncalled the affected community. We ing to one of the residents, who for. We have been suffering,” apologise for the inconvenience is also a local hawker, Ms Ellen said Rambuda. caused,” said Bobodi. Ravhutendele of Tshiozwi, the Mr Squadi Machaba of He said that during the outpower went off about three Ha-Ramantsha complained ages, their call centre received weeks ago but has not been that he had had to rely on an several calls from residents fixed since. “Our municipality unsafe paraffin stove for the wanting to know why their has let us down and has forgot- past three weeks. “I am tired power had been cut off. ten that we voted for it. I had to of living here. Life without “Instead of listening to our throw away a lot of food from electricity is an everyday strug- explanation, people just kept the freezer,” she complained. gle,” said Machaba. He said on swearing and cursing our She said that they were the community members were telephone operators. They continuing to experience power planning to take the rotten food did not want to listen to any disruptions, despite numerous and dump it at the municipali- reason,” Bobodi said. attempts to register their dissatisfaction with the municipality. “We don’t use our fridges anymore. We buy takeaways sometimes,” she said. She said the situation had forced her to buy non-perishable foods because the fridges are not functioning. Another resident, Ms Ndweleni Rambuda, said that living without electricity was an uphill battle. She said they had been left without electricity for months now. She has reported the situation to the mayor, Cllr Samuel Munyai, and she Ellen Ravhutendelw, photographed with the rotten meat and her also sent him Whatsapp stock. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela. messages. By Kaizer Nengovhela

Vhakoma Vho-Phineus Mukhumeni shows one of the poles from where electricity cables were stolen.

Izinyoka create misery in Midoroni By Kaizer Nengovhela Residents of Midoroni in the Kutama area woke up without electricity last Monday (13th), after izinyoka had stolen their electricity cables. Some of the community members said that, since November, thugs had stolen cables in the area. This may mean that residents will have to spend their Christmas in darkness. The thieves, also called izinyoka, have been terrorizing Midoroni, stealing electricity cables leading to houses. “I woke up very early in the morning and tried to switch on the light, but there was no power,” said Ms Livhuwani Madzhie. This happened on 12 November. She said that she only realised that the cables had been cut off when she went out. “I could hardly

For those Vhembe residents who still have no plans for entertainment this December we have some good news. Dambuwo TV, an independent motion-picture production house, is hosting a free Limpopo movie-screening festival. The festival kickstarts at the Makwarela community hall on 22 December. On 23 Decem-

Well-known Ratshisevhe is no more By Kaizer Nengovhela Soccer lovers from around Vhembe are still shocked after the sudden death of well-known former soccer referee and referee selector Mr Shumani Ratshisevhe

Shumani Ratshisevhe is no more. Photo supplied.

(66). He died at his home at Ha-Mashau Bodwe on 10 December and was buried at Bodwe on Sunday. During his heydays, he became involved in the development of young soccer referees. Ratshisevhe worked at the Vuwani Football Association until the soccer associations merged, following the municipal demarcation. He was also a referee in the SAFA Vodacom league, now known as the ABC Motsepe league. In this capacity, he also served as referee selector for the SAFA Vhembe MMK Administrators league. Ratshisevhe was a former principal at the Khwara Secondary school, before he retired in 2020. His daughter, Ms Khuthadzo Ratshisevhe, said the family

members were saddened by his death, but were proud to have produced “one of the most valuable members of the community”. She said that Ratshisevhe had played a big role in uplifting the standard of soccer and education in the local community. The president of SAFA Vhembe, Mr George Kubayi, said the football family had lost one of its pillars, someone who had always been working hard towards the development of the sport. “We used to visit him even during his last days and he could not stop talking about soccer. He was always there when we needed him. Now that he is gone, we are afraid that no one will ever fill his shoes because he is irreplaceable,” he said.

Ntshavheni Nenguda, said that cases of cable theft had of late become a problem around Vhembe. This is a development that continues to affect electricity supply in most parts of Vhembe. Nenguda appealed to members of the community to report any damage or vandalisation of electricity cables to the police. Nenguda could not say when the cables would be replaced and electricity restored to the affected areas. The police spokesperson, Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, made an appeal to members of the community to come forward and furnish them with relevant information that can bring the culprits to book. “We are appealing to anyone who has information regarding cable theft in the area to contact us, so that we can successfully arrest the people who are behind this,” said Mojapelo.

A festival of free movies in Vhembe By Maanda Bele

The house of Ms Tshilidzi Gladys Ambani of Makononi village near Buzhe in Tshififi caught fire on 15 November and she lost most of her possessions. On Monday, the Spar store in Thohoyandou donated more groceries to Ms Ambani. In November, they donated R1 500 worth of groceries and again gave the family another R 1 500 worth of groceries. In the photo, from left to right, are Richard Munyangane, Ms Gladys Ambani, Captain Matangwa and Fhumulani Mphephu. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

believe my eyes, and I kept on looking around, thinking I would see the cables, but they were no more,” she said. Vhakoma Vho-Phineus Mukhumeni confirmed the incident and said that at least 28 houses had been left without electricity. He urged the people of the community to assist the police with any information that could lead to the arrest “of these people who behave like nocturnal animals. They must be removed from the community as soon as possible, before they steal even more,” he said. “Our people are suffering because of ruthless thugs who do not have respect for State property,” he said. He urged members of the community to work with the police in the fight against cable theft in the area. Eskom’s customer service manager in Vhembe, Mr

ber, the movies will be on show at Waterval Full Gospel Church, and on 24 and 31 December, they can be seen at the Thohoyandou Arts Centre. On 27 December, movie buffs can gather at the Tshilamba Community Hall, a day later at the Malamulele Community Hall and on 30 December the Thohoyandou library hall will be the place to be. The following films will be screened: Man in Crisis, Poor

Sam, Tsutsuma, In a Heartbeat, and a preview of Schoolboy/ Heavy Night. Director of the movies Mr Shadrack Mphaphuli says the idea behind the festival is to create a culture in Limpopo where people will be able to go to mobile cinemas and enjoy watching movies. “These movies are original Limpopo stories that have a massive appeal to a local audience as they see themselves in them and places they know, the culture they identify with, and their very own local-born stars on the big screen. What a way to inspire a new generation of filmmakers!” He said the actors would also be interacting with the audience during the screening. “We plan to take the cinema to the people, from big cities to the rural villages,” added Mphaphuli. Some of the wellknown actors that are featured in the movies are Lesley Musina, Millicent Makhado, Mulalo Mudau, Israel Makoe, Mukundi Mphaphuli, Gabriel Temudzani, Mpho Sebeng, Hebron Sigwavhulimu, the late Mutodi Neshehe, Mogau Motlhatswi, Slindile Nodangala, and Fezile Makhanya. Newcomers to the acting world include Amanda Ntlonze, Ntsako Ngobeni and Dakalo Mudau.


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Death of nurse leads to picketing outside court By Bernard Chiguvare

“Nearly every week we lose lives. I am really saddened by the passing of Vele. He was my best friend,” said councillor Edward Nkata. He said that Vele had dedicated his life to service in the community. “After graduating as a nurse, Vele got a job in Louis Trichardt, but he sought a transfer to Musina. He is that person who had people at heart,” said Nkata. Several Musina residents picketed outside the court holding placards reading, “Justice for Vele”, “#No Bail” and “Justice must be served.” Vele was buried on 17 December at Dzimauli village.

Musina residents are battling to come to terms with the level of crime in Musina. They claim that several lives were lost in the recent past. The level of crime has caused community members to picket outside the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 15 December, following the death of Malakia Vhutshilo Vele, a nurse at Nancefield clinic. A police report states that Vele’s wife, Clementine Mangena, had called them on 12 December, saying that her husband was locked in a shack in Matswale. On their arrival, the police found Vele lying on his back. He was rushed to Musina hospital for treatment, but passed away at about 17:00 the same day. Sam Itani Ndou (38) was arrested by police on suspicion of murder. He appeared in the Musina court on Wednesday (15th), but his case was postponed to Monday (20 December). He remains in custody. A charge of kidnapping was apparently also added to the case. Wednesday’s hearing was also attended by Cllr Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela, the newly elected mayor of Musina. After the court session, Mawela told the crowd that members of the community were tired of such criminal activities in Musina. “If the law becomes soft on criminals, then we lose our freedom to criminals. We are not going to allow them to give bail to the suspect,” he said. The widow, Clementine Mangena, said she was still in shock and unable to come to terms with the situation. “Something has gone wrong in Musina. This is not the Musina we used to The late Malakia Vhutshilo Vele, who was a nurse at know. The crime rate has gone to unNancefield clinic, passed away at Musina Hospital on precedented levels.” 12 December. Photo supplied.








Sellina Shikuhele says the smell of the raw sewage also affects her health. According to Shikuhele, the blockage seems to be a couple of houses up from her own house. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.

Waterval residents complain about spilling sewers and lack of service Though several houses are experiencing blocked sewage Where are the councillors? lines, Selina Shikuhele claims Where are Makhado Mushe is the most affected in the nicipality’s workers? These area. As one approaches her are some of the questions property, you are welcomed by asked by Ward 2 Waterval the smell of raw sewage. She residents who accuse the claims that she has called the Makhado Municipality ward councillor several times, of failing to offer them but the problems have not basic services, such as the been fixed. maintenance of roads, a “I have been in and out of constant supply of water and hospital due to this smell. attending in time to burst It affects me badly. When it sewerage pipes. flows into my yard at times, Limpopo Mirror visited we pick up used disposable the area on Saturday 18 nappies and throw them December. “A shoddy job was away. We no longer can enjoy done here, and I am sure the our stay at this place,” said contractor was paid,” said Shikuhele. Masheleni Lawrence Shirilele, Shikuhele said that this was a community member, while not a new problem and that pointing at a washed-away she had reported it before. tar road. The sewage started to spill By Bernard Chiguvare

over on 4 December and was reported on 6 December, but the problem has not been attended to. According to Shirilele, residents have at times gone without running water from their taps for weeks. They then have to buy water from residents who own boreholes. “We are pleading with the municipality to fulfil the promises made during the run-up period to the elections. Councillors should regularly visit the area, checking how residents are living and to make sure everything is in order,” said Shirilele. Instead of responding to our media enquiries, councillor Ronald Baloyi invited Limpopo Mirror to visit Ward 2.


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Church in Malavuwe builds a house for struggling Tshilamatanda family By Silas Nduvheni Christmas arrived early for an unemployed man, Mr Christopher Tshilamatanda and his eight family members, after The Living Gospel World Mission Church in Malavuwe village just outside Thohoyandou built and handed them a new house.

Holding the memorandum is the acting head of the magistrate’s court, Mr Bennie Smith. He signed and promised to respond to the memorandum within 14 days. On the right is Adam Manari, chairperson of the Tshikota Anti-crime Group. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.

Tshikota residents march to court to complain about rise in crime By Bernard Chiguvare A group of roughly 100 Tshikota residents marched to the Louis Trichardt Magistrate’s Court last Friday to hand over a memorandum of concerns. The march was organized by the Tshikota Anti-crime Group that was formed a month ago. The group’s members patrol Tshikota township at night and assist the police in apprehending criminals. Residents claim that the crime rate is increasing even though the police are doing their best to bring the perpetrators to book. They claim the courts are not protecting the residents as perpetrators

of various crimes committed in Tshikota are often seen walking free even after several arrests. The protesters sighted an example of a man who pointed a gun at community leaders but was seen walking free, even though the case was investigated by the Makhado SAPS. The perpetrator, according to the residents, targets anyone staying in Tshikota. “We are always awakened by guns shooting in Tshikota. Cases against these gun-wielding guys have been opened, but we do not see any justice in the cases. In some instances, community members withdraw cases against these gunmen, fearing

for their lives. It seems we are a now heading towards a gangster-driven community. We as a community do not tolerate these guys’ behaviour,” said Adam Manari, chairperson of the Tshikota Anti-crime Group. Reverend Joseph Maphosa, a leader of a group of Zimbabweans living in Tshikota, said they had joined hands with the locals in fighting crime. “Crime does not choose whether one is a local or a foreigner,” he said. The memorandum was received by the acting head of the Louis Trichardt Magistrate’s Court, Mr Bennie Smith. He signed the memorandum and promised to respond within 14 days.

Tshilamatanda (57), who was ecstatic about the three-room house that was handed over to him on Sunday, explained that life was difficult for the family, having to cope without decent shelter. Some members of the church identified him and his family, realising that he had to share his two-room house with his children.

“There was no privacy between us as parents and our children, with the old and dilapidated house we used to share. I’m an unemployed man and one of my children is a graduate but has not yet secured employment,” said Tshilamatanda. Tshilamatanda said that he was delighted that some churches around still thought about poor families. He urged other churches to emulate what The Living Gospel World Mission Church was doing. Pastor Ronald Makhadi of the Living Gospel World Mission Church in Malavuwe said they were following in the footsteps of the founder of the church, the late Pastor Maswole Ragimana, who had always taught them that working

for God meant one had to do something for poor, needy and unemployed people. “We have to think about others and help them because they are human beings like us, and they didn’t chose to be in a bad state of life. We have to understand that some people lost their jobs due to the spread of Covid-19 and life became a nightmare for them and their families,” said Pastor Makhadi. The traditional leader of Malavuwe village, Vhamusanda Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli, said he was happy that the church had proved that it cared for poor and needy people by building decent houses for them.

From left to right: Pastor Ronald Makhadi, the leader of The Living Gospel World Mission Church in Malavuwe village, Mr Christopher Tshilamatanda, an unemployed man whom the church built a house for, Pastor Rembuluwani Kharivhe of The Living World Mission Church in Ha-Makhuvha-Tshilivho village, Vhamusanda Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli and Cllr Avhapfani Khangale. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

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Musina Mayor Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela (left) inside Maxwell Netshivhongweni’s house where part of the roof was blown away by strong winds at Tshivhongweni village. Also in the picture is Maxwell Netshivhongweni.

Strong winds in Musina blow off roofs of houses in rural villages visited some of the families the following day. Mawela Several houses in the activated the municipality’s rural areas of Musina were disaster-management team damaged after strong winds to do assessments and make caused havoc last Wednesrecommendations on how day. Fortunately, no life was the victims can speedily be lost during the incidents. assisted. The villages affected were One of the victims, Madimbo, Shakadza, GunMaxwell Netshivhongweni dani, Mataulu, Tshivhonfrom Tshivhongweni village, gweni, Zwigodini and described to the mayor what Makavhini. had happened: “I was fast asleep at around 21:00 when Upon learning about the I heard the sound of strong incidents, Musina Mayor winds outside. At that time, Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela the electricity was still on in Musina News

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Mr Shandukani Tshinetise, a lawyer by profession and son of Vhamusanda Mulindathvha Tshinetise of Dovheni village, got married on Saturday. He tied the knot with his sweetheart, Priscilla Muleya, during a traditional wedding held at the royal kraal in Dovheni. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

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NPA’s Mashudu gets 2021 Communicator Award By Andries van Zyl Ms Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi from the National Prosecuting Authority’s office (Limpopo Division) in Polokwane is the first recipient of the Zoutnet group of newspapers’ Communicator of the Year award. The Limpopo Mirror and Zoutpansberger felt that giving recognition annually to the spokespersons and communicators at various municipalities and government institutions who go out of their way to assist with the free flow of information was fitting. “South Africa, and Limpopo in particular, desperately needs transparent institutions where access to information is not regarded as a luxury but a necessity. For the media to play a meaningful role in protecting our frail democracy, information is vital. The worst scenario for a journalist is to encounter a spokesperson who does not respect the fact that information is a perishable commodity,” said Anton van Zyl, manager of the two newspapers. “Fortunately, there are some absolutely amazing communicators who are a pleasure to work with. These are the women and men who work long hours and go out of their way to assist journalists. They are also extremely competent and at all times professional,” he said. All the journalists and correspondents writing for the local newspapers were asked to submit names of communicators whom they felt deserved to be recognized. Three people were nominated, namely Ms Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi from the NPA, Ms Tidimalo Chenue from the Limpopo Department of Basic Education and Mr Moss Shibambu, the media liaison officer for

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From left to right: The traditional leader of Maniini village, Vhamusanda Ndamulelo Mmbi, the executive mayor of Vhembe District, Cllr Dowelani Nenguda, and the children’s ambassador, Zwothe Ratshilumela, photographed during the Children’s-Rights Awareness Campaign, which was held at the Maniini All Black Sports Grounds on Friday, 10 December. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

Children must report abuse so that the culprits can get arrested to take advantage of the bursary and apply,” Nenguda said. “All children in our country He added that children had have the right to better edthe right to report all forms ucation,” said the executive of abuse, so that the culprits mayor of Vhembe District, could get arrested and face up Cllr Dowelani Nenguda, to their deeds. during the 2021 ChilTebogo Raliphanda, the dren’s-Rights Awareness coordinator of Vhembe Campaign held at the Manii- District’s Special Programme, ni All Black Sports Grounds said they felt launching the on Friday, 10 December. campaign was important as children should know their Nenguda was joined by the rights at home, as well as in traditional leader of Maniini the communities they live. He village, Vhamusanda Ndamsaid they had invited various ulelo Mmbi, representatives relevant departments, such from various departments, as education, social develand the children’s ambassaopment, and justice, among dor, Zwothe Ratshilumela. others, to allow them to speak “There is no reason for to the children about their children not to be in school rights. as the government has made Many cases of rape at provision for children whose Maniini and other surparents cannot afford to pay rounding villages, such as school fees. Our district also Muledane, had been reported has a mayoral bursary fund, at the Thohoyandou Police and we urge Grade 12 learners Station, where some of the By Silas Nduvheni

culprits have been charged. In a recent case, the Sibasa Regional Court sentenced Murendeni Siliga (22) and Omphulusa Ramakuela (27) from Muledane village on Friday, 22 October of this year to life imprisonment for rape, five years for kidnapping and three years for robbery. According to Zwothe Ratshilumela, child abuse can occur in schools, at home or even while playing with other children. She strongly advised abused children to speak up and report it to the police. Vhamusanda Ndamulelo Mmbi said he was worried that his village was also labelled as a crime hot-spot. He encouraged young people in his village to get involved in sports, such as soccer and netball, and participate in cultural dances, such as malende, tshifasi and tshikona, to keep them busy after school.

we all have to start small in order to grow. It is also important to forget about our poor background and work hard in building our future as young people.” The young farmer plants green beans, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants. He indicated that he wanted to share his farming knowledge freely with other young people who also wished to pursue a career in farming. “Many people think successful businesses are only based

in urban areas, but you can be successful in deep rural areas where you live too. My message to my fellow young people is that they must be focussed, dedicated and hardworking. Young people should never wait for [the] government to give them jobs, but wake up and create jobs for themselves.”

“A wise person has more than one stream of income in these tough economic times.” This is the point of view of Tshifhiwa Mafua (29) from the deep rural village of Madimbo outside Musina. Mafua is a true example of how young people can be self-sufficient and help to grow He invites young people who the local economy. A qualified want to start their own farms plumber, the young man runs a or nurseries to call him directly successful nursery at his home on 079 293 3081. these days, where he plants a variety of seedlings that he sells to local farmers in his area. “I realized that local farmers were suffering because they had to travel more than 150km to buy seedlings. I did some research on how I could start a nursery in my own backyard. As a young farmer myself, it became easier for me too, as I also had to travel far to buy seedlings. With the little money I saved from my plumbing business, I bought all the relevant materials and equipment and started the nursery four months ago.” Mafua started farming on a piece of land at Nwanedi in 2019. He said he was impressed by the support he received from local farmers, who buy seedlings from him. “Although it is only a small nursery in my backyard, local farmers are happy that they don’t have Tshifhiwa Mafua, a young farmer from Madimbo village to travel so far to buy their seedlings anymore. This should outside Musina, with some habanero pepper seedlings that he plants at his home nursery to sell to the local farmers. teach other young people that

Vhembe SMME Conference aimed at empowering local entrepreneurs By Silas Nduvheni The Vhembe SMME Conference, which was held at the Masili Guest House and Conference Centre near Sibasa on Friday, 10 December, was aimed at bringing local entrepreneurs together to educate, market and network among themselves. “We used to attend business seminars as far as Gauteng, but now we try to bring these kinds of seminars home to discuss business matters under one roof as entrepreneurs from the Vhembe region. We have also invited some funding agencies, government departments, and

surrounding municipalities to try to advise our entrepreneurs on how best they can improve their businesses,” said the chairperson of the Vhembe SMME, Dr Mashudu Silimela. According to Dr Silimela, some 100 entrepreneurs and exhibitors from around the Vhembe region attended the conference. With the negative impact the outbreak of Covid-19 has had on business in the region, where some were forced to close their businesses while others retrenched many workers, they realised that they had to get together to share some useful business ideas. The event featured speakers from, among others, the

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), SEDA, Thu­ lamela Business Forum and Standard Bank. Silimela said they were happy with the day’s turnout and the passion showed by the entrepreneurs. Some had travelled from as far as Gauteng to attend the conference. It was agreed that this kind of conference should be held annually to attract more entrepreneurs, sponsors and funders, which will help upcoming businesspeople to realize their dreams. The SMME is now planning the Vhembe Business Summit, in partnership with the Thulamela Local Municipality, on 25 March 2022.

Top Vodacom awards for Limpopo Mirror investigative reporters Tshifhiwa Mukwevho (left) and Anton van Zyl received their certificates from Vodacom last week for their achievements in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year competition. Limpopo Mirror’s two journalists worked together with Raymond Joseph from GroundUp on a series of articles exposing the rot within the National Lotteries Commission. Their entry won the regional awards (which include the Free State, North-West, Northern Cape and Limpopo) in the Investigative Journalism category and also received a special Commendation Award during the national awards that took place at the end of November.

Some of the business entrepreneurs who attended the Vhembe SMME Conference at Masili Guesthouse and Conference Centre near Sibasa. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.


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Author smiles from ear to ear after winning literature award for his debut book By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Azwindini Lutendo Masuwa is bubbling with excitement and joy after receiving a literature award for his debut financial book, Unshakable. The AfriCAN Honoree Authors’ Awards ceremony was held at the Mozambik Restaurant in Fourways, Johannesburg, on 30 October this year, but Masuwa could not attend the ceremony. On 9 December, he drove to Johannesburg to collect his award, and AfriCAN Honoree Authors’ Awards’ project manager Anthea Thyssen gave him a warm welcome. “She presented the award to me in what seemed like a mini-award ceremony, and I honestly felt so special as an author who still wants to write more books,” he said. “AfriCAN Honoree Authors’ Awards made me feel that I am acknowledged and appreciated as an author. They provided me with an impetus to continue to read, research and write.” Unshakable seeks to assist and equip people, specifically Africans, with financial literacy in a social context. Masuwa believes that all Africans can realise their greatest financial heights, success and stability only if they emancipate themselves through reading books and seeking African solutions from books authored by Africans whom they can relate to. “It is not surprising to find people who won millions through a lottery ticket and then lose everything in

a short space of time,” he said. “This is because they lack financial education. Most African social problems are not perpetuated by the government, but a lack of proper understanding of how the world system has been contrived to keep Africa poor.” A resident of Musholombi village, Masuwa writes his books with the aim to educate readers on investments. “The prime reason I wrote this book was to share insight with regard to financial intelligence and offer the best knowledge and wisdom that assisted ancient people and still do in our generation,” he said. He believes that the education it gives cannot be taught at school and, no matter how educated people are and the extent of the salaries they earn, their money will not last long if they are not financially literate. “Financial problems continue to haunt us because we lack financial management and other avenues of generating finances or monies,



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Meloot Kotas Festival


Musina FM radio station is finally back on air munity which we must protect. The radio station Community radio stashould work as a breedtion Musina FM is back ing ground to groom local on air after being silent talent. We want to see for four months. The young presenters from station closed because this station taking up poof various problems, sitions in national radio such as continuous caand television stations,” ble theft and a missing said Mawela. radio antenna. The mayor said that Selina Phiri, the he was aware of all the former station manager, challenges in the past, previously complained but he encouraged the that no money was community to focus on available to replace all the a new chapter. “Over stolen equipment. Justice the years, we provided Langa, the new station municipal buildings to manager, confirmed last the radio station free of week that the station charge. The station does was back on air. Accordnot pay electricity, water, ing to Langa, the new refuse removal and rates management engaged a because we understand local technician to fix the that it belongs to the transmitter. community,” said Mawela. The station was offiHe urged the interim cially relaunched by Mu- board and the acting sina Mayor Nkhanedzeni station manager to fast Godfrey Mawela on track the station’s annual Friday. “Musina FM is the general meeting (AGM) legacy of the local comwhereby community By Bernard Chiguvare

apart from the 7-5 strategised employment,” he said. “The book will actually allow one to graduate from working for money and begin to make money work for them.” Masuwa holds a bachelors' degree in criminal justice from the University of Venda and an honours degree in criminal justice from the University of Limpopo. He currently runs the African Institute for Training and Consultation, a company that helps to train people how to invest their money on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Unshakable is available directly from the author and he can be contacted on 071 145 5231 or 066 009 1497.

Venda Ladies Picnic Day Garden

Venue: 2010 Centre, Thohoyandou. Tickets: R250 (includes pallet setup, photoshoot, snacks, fruits, glass of wine/gin/juice). Time: 12:00 till late. Cooler box R50. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Line-up: Vhuyie da Deejay, Euphoria da Deejay, Deejay Fistovalley, Deejay Candice, Pushie da Tall, Deejay Gee C, Soweto’s Sexiest Guys, Hilda Mudau, Mawela da Deejay. For more information contact 067 299 4745.

Venue: Meloot Kotas (Ha-Ramadwa, Muduluni village). Line-up: HaaNdi YellowMah, Bocca, Blackmark, King Kusha, Jay Swish, Easy Man, Thomly Mashaba, Black Dollar, Gee Kay, Melow-De-Pro, Lass Thy, and many more! Tickets: R30 (general), and R50 (VIP), cooler-bag/box (free). For tickets WhatsApp 076 785 6499.

Musina Mayor Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela visited Musina FM on Friday to officially relaunch the station. Photo supplied.

village. Time: 09:00 till late. Tickets: R100 (general), R250 (VIP 1), R500 (VIP 2), R1000 (VIP 3). Supporting artists: Rofhiwa Manyaga, Takesure Zamar, Minister Lombard Matshinge, Takie Ndou, Ngudo Praise, Tsiko Mal, Itani Mphaga, Newie, Huli Mbambale, Justic Nema, Tiyani Maluleke, Ndivhaleni Musetha, DerealPlesa, Takie Sikhwivhilu, Phathu and Masana.


members choose a board to look into the affairs of the station. Mawela urged the marketing team to work hard to generate funds, so that presenters could get a monthly stipend to sustain themselves. As a way of monitoring the situation, Mawela said he would be making unannounced visits to the station. Justice Langa promised that changes will be made to the way the station is being run. “Previously, our coverage was not reaching some areas like Masisi and Mutale. This should be a thing of the past. All communities within Musina Municipality should be able to access Musina FM. There will be live broadcasts of funerals, church services, IDP programmes and imbizos,” said Langa.

31 Life Style Gig Venue: Musanda Makonde. Line-up: Dr Colbert Mukwevho, Rude Kid Venda, 24 Swagg, Lil Cairo, Deejay Comfort, MC Mahada, and MC Mudifho. Tickets: R50 (adults) and R30 (kids).

Zion Train 2021

1st Annual Gospel Show. Venue: Thohoyandou Indoor Sports Centre. Tickets: R150 (@ Computicket). Time: 14:00 till late. Lineup: Edwell Ndou, Tau Diarora, Charles, EV Munzhedzi (Tshamulikitwa), Trica Selala, Mama Debaba, Mbavhalelo Triple M, Mercy Rambevha, Arthur Radzilani, Avhatrendi Matumba, Asnath Mulaudzi, and Twice.

Summer Holiday

26 Chillas

Venue: Ishani Lakeview Park, Ngwenani ya Themeli. Entrance: Kids R30, Adults R50. Line-up Humbulani Ramagwedzha, Jininka, Radical Dread, Aweeh, Bashy Jahbless, Rooijah, Eddie Luvhengo, Natty Lions, Mudogwa De Poet, Ras Triple B, Rea’nay Toofab, and Mama’s Boy. Gates opens at 10:00. For more info, contact 071 879 1988.

Minister Lufuno

28 Dagada’s Annual

Birthday Picnic & Concert

Venue: Tshinaki Family Resort, Muhuyu

Let us know of the GIGs you are planning for 2022 by forwarding your information to Tshifhiwa Mukwevho at 078 503 1804


Art &

Thidziambi De Poet. Picture supplied. By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Phuluso Dave Netshavhakololo (known in music circles as ‘Thidziambi De Poet’) who hails from Tshaulu Khunguni village in

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“Enjoy the Entertainment festive season, Thidziambi De Poet releases but be his much-awaited EP responsible” Thengwe, released his latest poetry album, Vhuhwi hanga. Thidziambi De Poet said that he had finally managed to record and release the much-awaited album, even though he had to halt its release several times because of financial constraints. “I am so happy that people are sending me WhatsApp messages and SMSs congratulating me on a job well done,” he said. “To say I feel honoured would be an understatement.” Vhuhwi hanga comprises nine poems with mellifluous sounds, namely Mmawe, Lithubwa La Lufuno, Kha N'thembe (ft Acolly Mandiza), Ndi Muvenda, Lobola (ft Gloft), Muvheregi (ft Gloft and Zee Bhoi), Muvheregi Remix (ft Gloft, Zee Bhoi and Copper), and Better Days Are Gone (ft Feat Gloft). “On this EP, each poem carries a unique message,” said the singing poet. “Lithubwa La Lufuno is an emotional song that affirms that all people are capable of loving, while Mmawe

is a dedication to all mothers out there.” His music is rooted in his culture, and he wants to reach more people with his songs, so that they can get to learn more about African culture. “I am taking the lead in promoting the culture, traditions, and norms of the Vhavenda people through my God-given talent,” he said. Thidziambi De Poet started writing songs, with the focus on hip-hop lyrics, in 2014. Many people noticed his work after his poetic song, Ndi Muvenda, started receiving airplay on many local radio stations. “Some of the artists liked it and complemented me, including Vendaboy Poet, who approached me for a collaboration,” he said. “I worked with Vendaboy Poet on my latest album, titled Ndavhuko.” For more information, visit his Facebook page (Thidziambi De Poet). He can also be emailed at or called at Tel 071 192 6494 or 079 859 0800.

The Together We Can Grow Fun Run-Walk brings excitement to rural area By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho The Together We Can Grow Fun Run-Walk will take place once again on 29 December this year, after a break in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fun-run walk is held every December and involves running and walking from Tshixwadza’s old grounds to Bvulabadzhi, and it entails motivational speeches, a prize-giving function and live entertainment. The event is the brainchild of Dovhani Mudzielwana, Tendamudzimu Mabirimisa and Rendani “Pastor” KP and was started by individuals and organisations from and around Tshixwadza, Mapuloni-Luheni, Dzamba-Mabulo, Gogogo and Sheshe. “Part of the initiative includes raising funds to donate wheelchairs, masks and other livelihood necessities,” Mudzielwana said. “We have proposed the date of the 29th of December and this year’s programme will include a community prayer, a Covid-19 vaccination point, business awareness and running or walking of interested people,” said the event co-ordinator, Mr Dovhani Mudzielwana. Mudzielwana said that, after a one-year hia-

tus, they had decided to re-convene to also play part in promoting awareness of the Covid-19 disease and to encourage people to get vaccinated. “We have invited the Department of Health to come and vaccinate people,” he said. “Our event has attracted people from as far Ha-Tshivhasa, Lephalale and many other distant parts of the country,” he said. “This is becoming an event of national interest. We have sparked interest in places such as Durban and Botswana, where people asked us for our concept. This really makes us keep going despite the few resources we have. We will continue to be humble and work together with our lovely communities to show one another the positivity of lives and promote togetherness.” Mudzielwana said that strict compliance to the Covid-19 regulations would be the rule of the day. “We will limit unnecessary activities to ensure that we manage compliance to the

Covid-19 regulations,” he said. For more details, interested persons can contact Dovhani Mudzielwana on Tel 072 214 4575 or Tendamudzimu on 072 694 3043 and email

“As we are approaching the festive season, the station would like to wish you a happy and safe festive season,” said Phalaphala FM’s station manager, Ms Sharon Ravele. “We know these are happy days characterised by a lot of fun events, and we would like to advise our listeners to be responsible during these days. Do not drink and drive and, most importantly, do not spend more than what you have and be in debt in January,” she said. Ravele said that 2021 was a good year to the radio station. “We received a good response from our listeners as we turned 56, and we also became one of the most-listened-to stations, according to BRCSA stats,” she said. Ravele urged people to take care of the frail and aged, the orphans and vulnerable children during the festive season. “Christmas is also a time to be looking forward to the year that is about to unfold - a time of hope and of anticipation. Hope that we will have good health and that we will continue to enjoy the love of our family and friends,” she said. She urged motorists to adhere to the speed limit, to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to avoid use of cellphones while driving. She added that Limpopo had a number of tourism destination points that attracted many tourists nationally and internationally. She mentioned favourite tourist destinations such as the Kruger National Park and the Mapungubwe world heritage site. Ravele added that Vhembe was the gateway to most of the African states and the SADC region in particular. Vhembe is home of Beitbridge, the busiest border post south of the Sahara. “On behalf of the station, I wish each and every listener a peaceful and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Let us be safe on the roads, enjoy responsibly, and welcome 2022 with shared enthusiasm,” she said. Phalaphala FM’s station manager, Ms Sharon Ravele. Photo supplied.

Predicate is writing his future in music industry By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho Tshifularo “Predicate” Fhulufhedzani (19) from Tshivhulani village in the Thulamela area is quickly climbing the music ladder with his new tracks that are becoming more popular in music circles. For a youngster who started writing sonnets and belting out verses when he was still in primary school to be composing and creating the kind of music that keeps music lovers on their feet and has them calling for “encore” whenever any of his songs come to an end is no small feat. “I came to learn that most singers who started out as poets are likely to make it in the music industry,” Predicate said. “Poetry provides an artist with a solid artistic foundation because poetry requires discipline. Even when I was at primary school, I would write poems as a

way of expressing my feelings in relation to what was happening around, but that changed in 2015 when I joined the music industry.” His musical journey took an upward trajectory when he met Tshimangadzo “Se’Temm” Segari, and together they recorded a gem of a song, Funanani, which instantly gained popularity in the Vhembe District. “We also became known as ‘these two developing singers’ and we appreciated the fame and love that came from our fans,” he said. “Meanwhile, Tshimangadzo liked our collaboration and offered me to come and record at his studio, because he saw how dedicated I am and the effort I put in my work. Ever since then, I've been releasing singles nonstop,” he said. His recent singles are Ndo neta, Thaidzo dza vhutshilo, Funanani, Ndo no zwidowela and Dear family. He stated that Dear family was his favourite song as it summed up love

among family members. “Love is the cradle of human life; without love we are nothing – we are a society built on quicksand. The sand can bury us at any given time.” Predicate, who was inspired by the likes of Colbert Mukwevho and Mutendas, said that he also understood that music was timeless, or else he would not have been enjoying the music of his role models in the industry. Predicate’s EP, titled Elevating, is due for release early next year. “The project is all about my life as I motivate fellow youths,” he said. “I am doing music as a way of passing the message to all people out there, though. This festive season I've prepared a message to our people on a track called Ndila, which will be

released on the 31st of December.” For bookings, interested people can call Predicate on Tel 079 791 2848 or email predicatef@gmail. com. Tshifularo “Predicate” Fhulufhedzani climbs the musical ladder. Picture supplied.

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2021’s top news stories In the final edition for the year, we can look back and see what dominated the local news headlines in 2021. To simplify matters, we use the statistics of the Limpopo Mirror’s website to see which articles caught the attention of most of the readers. The top stories for 2021 are:


Kidnapping of Shyam Premjee

The violent abduction of well-known Louis Trichardt businessman Shyam Premjee (36) made national (and probably also international) headlines. He was kidnapped not far from his home early in April this year. He was only released in mid-May. His abduction was one of many in the country the past year, presumably by syndicates specialising in these types of crimes.


Girl killed by speeding car

Two Grade 9 pupils of Sinthumule High were knocked down by a vehicle early in June at Ramantsha. Zwavhudi Mudau (14) of Gogobole died at Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital a few hours after the incident. The other girl, the 13-year-old Thikhedzoi Mavhunga, was transferred to the Polokwane Provincial Hospital.

Thohoyandou businessman assassinated

The bullet-ridden body of a well-known local businessman, Mr Naledzani Munyai (44), was discovered on 9 June at Tshidzivhe Mountain. His body was wrapped in plastic, and he is believed to have been assassinated.


Tshirolwe traditional leader shot dead

Bystanders look at the wreck of the BMW that hit two learners before crashing into an electricity pole. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

An innocent son killed?

Ms Elelwani Ramavhulela of Maniini Block L believes that her 22-year-old son, Mukundi Tshikosi, was killed by a group of men because he allegedly “stole someone’s car keys”. The incident occurred on Saturday, 18 September, at Jerusalem Eating House in Golgotha, Thohoyandou. A group of men allegedly dragged him outside and drove to Phiphidi village, where they viciously assaulted him with rocks and sticks and afterwards left him for dead on the street. Mukundi had his own photography business, based in the Thavhani Mall.


Daring cash-in-transit heist

A violent shootout occurred between cash-in-transit (CIT) robbers and security guards on the N1 north between Louis Trichardt and Musina near the Waterpoort turn-off on 21 May. A group of heavily armed men ambushed and robbed the CIT vehicle. Explosives were used to blow up the CIT vehicle.


Mr Shyam Premjee.


Mukundi Tshikosi (22) of Maniini Block L was viciously assaulted and killed by a group of men after they accused him of “stealing someone’s car keys”. Photo supplied.

Vhamusanda Vho-Mulatedzi Sinthumule (47), the traditional leader of Tshirolwe, was shot dead on Tuesday, 31 August. Sinthumule’s white Mercedes Benz was reportedly seen parked next to the golf course at Tembisa, with two passengers inside. Another car with three to four passengers stopped next to the Mercedes Benz. They allegedly jumped out, approached the Mercedes Benz and dragged Sinthumule out of his vehicle. During the struggle, he was shot in his lower body and died at the scene.


“Razz Matazz” returns to the airways

Legendary retired king of the airwaves Ntshavheni Russel ‘Razz Matazz’ Mashige celebrated his 70th birthday in style. After being “off air” for years, Mashige mesmerised radio lovers when he hosted a two-hour programme on community radio station Vhembe FM as part of his birthday celebration.


Univen student stabbed to death in taxi

A first-year biochemistry student at Univen was stabbed to death while travelling home by taxi from Sibasa-Tshakhuma on Friday, 10 September. Kone Nevondo (20) from Lwamondo-Tshishushuru was allegedly stabbed by an unknown passenger, who fled when the taxi stopped.

Kone Nevondo (20), a first-year biochemistry student at the University of Venda, was stabbed to death inside the taxi he was travelling in, on his way home.


Tshikovha-Mulaudzi (84) dies

A well-known traditional healer and farmer, Joseph Tshikovha-Mulaudzi, died on 13 January in a private medical centre in Thohoyandou after a long illness. Tshikovha-Mulaudzi (84) was described as a selfless, caring person who spent most of his time taking care of ill people.

A photo of Naledzani Munyai (44). Photo supplied


ConCourt rules in princess Masindi’s favour

One of the most-talkedabout stories of the year concerned the Vhavenda royalty. On Friday, 12 November, the acting king of the Vhavenda, Khosikulu Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, suffered a devastating defeat in the Constitutional Court. The court not only dismissed his application to set aside a previous ruling of the Supreme Court of Appeal (that his previous appointment as king was illegal), but also effectively stripped him of all his powers.

Legendary retired king of the airwaves Ntshavheni Russel ‘Razz Matazz’ Mashige celebrated his 70th birthday behind the microphone.

The late and well-known tradtional healer, Joseph Tshikovha-Mulaudzi, was laid to rest on Sunday, 17 January. Photo: supplied. (continues on p11)


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Policeman kills wife, turns gun om himself

A 42-year-old police sergeant, stationed at Vuwani Police Station, allegedly shot and killed his 28-year-old wife before turning his gun on himself on Sunday, 22 August. Sgt Walter Shumani Munyai was alone in the house when his wife, Ndivhuwo Mercy Sendedza, arrived. Shortly after she entered the house, shots were heard by neighbours. When the police arrived at the scene, the two bodies were found inside the house, lying in a pool of blood.



The late Ndivhuwo Mercy Sendedza (left) and the Sgt Walter Shumani Munyai (right) from Vuwani SAPS. Photos supplied.

Suspect killed in Sunday morning shootout

A man was shot dead and three others arrested in a violent shootout between suspects and police in Louis Trichardt on Sunday, 30 May. The shootout is said to have taken place around 11:00 when police apparently confronted a highly sought-after suspect. The situation quickly escalated, however, and a shoutout ensued during which the suspect was killed.


Woman’s burnt body found at Thohoyandou

On 10 July, the decomposed and burnt body of Vhuhulu Sheila Rambani was found at a dumping site at Thohoyandou Unit D. The Rambani family from Muhuyu village outside Thohoyandou searched for two weeks for their daughter, praying and hoping for her safe return. The 21-year-old victim was described as someone who loved education and her dream was to become a teacher.


R5,7 million security tender to protect Toni

The Department of Co-operative Government, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) remained tight-lipped about a R5,7 million security contract awarded to protect Toni Mphephu Ramabulana. The former acting king of the Vhavenda is to have 24-hour protection by armed guards at his two homes. The tender was awarded on 30 July to “Vhunene Security Services”.

Vhuhulu Sheila Rambani.

A ‘no-show” Makhadzi

Popular singer and talented artist Makhadzi made the headlines on several occasions the past year and not always for the right reasons. In September, she was involved in a tiff with well-known academic Dr Ntavhanyeni Phaswana. She did not arrive at a scheduled event for which she was paid in advance and then was reluctant to pay back the money.

A security guard from Vhunene Security Services.


Man told to “marry” goat he had raped

A man who had allegedly had sex with a goat was forced by local villagers to “marry” the animal as punishment. The animal was even dressed up for the occasion. The incident only came to the fore on Monday (26 April) when the Louis Trichardt SPCA’s Senior Inspector LawWoman taxi driver gunned rence Khodobo was called out the investigate a report of a man who had allegedly had sex with down a goat at a village not far from Elim. Rather than A local female taxi driver and mothreport the matter to the police immediately after er of five, Ms Azwianewi Thelma Ramuntshi, it happened, the villagers and local headman dewas gunned down while parking her taxi at her cided to exact their own punishment by dressing house on 11 June. An unknown suspect appeared up the goat, taking it to the man and allegedly at around 19:20 that fateful night and started trying to force him to marry the goat. shooting at the deceased. Ramuntshi worked a route between Sibasa and Musina and was awarded Driver of the Year in 2016 by the Johannesburg-Venda Long-Distance Taxi Association.


The suspect that was shot dead by police in Louis Trichardt on Sunday morning. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.


Prophet Shane dies in car crash

Shane Shane Nelufule, better known as Prophet Shane, died in a car accident just a few hours before he was to host an Easter Revival Crusade. The 25-year-old prophet, also known as the “spiritual son of Major 1 Bushiri”, was killed when the car he was traveling in collided head-on with another vehicle on the R524 Road between Louis Trichardt and Tshakhuma on 1 April.


Father accused of killing daughter with hammer

A 36-year-old father from the rural village of Matavhela near Mafukani, outside Thohoyandou, appeared in the Mutale Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 6 September, on charges of murder after he had allegedly brutally murdered his three-year-old daughter with a hammer. Mulalo Mathegu reportedly went berserk after a disagreement regarding the child between himself and the child’s mother.

The late Azwianewi Ramuntshi, known as ‘Newi Mageza wa Musadzi’ (woman taxi driver) from Itsani village, Photo from family album.


Prophet Shane, born Shane Nelufule, of the SSB Ministry in Shayandima died in a car accident just a few hours before he was to host Mulalo Mathegu after his arrest by the Mutale an Easter Revival Crusade. Photo: Facebook. police. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

New house for Colbert Mukwevho

Legendary Tshivenda reggae artist Colbert Mukwevho and his family experienced a joyous day when they received a brand-new house, built and donated by the Collen Mashawana Foundation and Afribiz Invest. The house was handed to him on Saturday, 29 May. “As many other artists, my career and income too have suffered a terrible blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our music industry is not reliable enough to survive such hard times. The house is a lot like being honoured while still alive,” said Mukwevho when thanking the sponsors.

Villagers dressed up the goat and tried to force the man to marry it in an effort to shame and punish him. Photo supplied.


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Festive messages from our mayors Promote peace and Covid made life difficult, but by safety and fight GBV God’s grace we survived 2021 Mayor’s Message The festive season is upon us. Families and friends are going to gather and club together to celebrate this eventful year and the year ahead. We must do so responsibly. We would like to appeal to motorists and pedestrians to take extra care on the roads. Let us all obey the traffic rules to enable us to arrive alive, and importantly, let us not drink and drive. The scourge of the Covid pandemic is still rife. This virus does not take a holiday. Let us continue to adhere

to the prescribed health protocols by wearing masks, washing our hands regularly, sanitising and keeping a social distance of 1.5m. We are also urging those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. During this festive season, we must promote peace and safety within our living environments, and work in partnership with law-enforcement agencies in our societies in combating gender-based violence and femicide. We will continue with our quest to bring and deliver quality services to our communities. On behalf of Makhado Municipality, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous

new year. - Cllr Ntavhanyeni Samuel Munyai, mayor of Makhado Local Municipality.

Mayor’s Message It has been a very long and difficult year, but by God’s grace we have made it. Many have lost their loved ones and family members after having succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic and other situations. May they all be comforted and God be with them. We are at that time again, the festive season. This is when we spend time with family, friends and loved

ones. I would like to remind our people to continue following Covid-19 protocols, so that we can minimize the risk of spreading of Covid-19. I encourage our people to use this time well and be with family, loved ones and friends because we are living in an era where tomorrow is promised to no one. We urge motorists and pedestrians that they should observe road signs and traffic regulations at all times to avoid road accidents. From the office of the executive mayor, and all protocol observed, we would like to wish you blessed festive season, Merry Christmas and blessed New Year. Executive mayor of the Vhembe District Municipality Dowelani Nenguda.

We are prepared to welcome all Share your blessings with those less fortunate

Mayor’s Message Our municipality is very different from all other municipalities in Vhembe. This is because we are strategically located along the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. This puts us under extreme pressure of receiving thousands of people and vehicles passing through our town during festive seasons. Despite the huge influx, we are fully prepared to receive everyone, and we will be working with various law-enforcement agencies to make sure that everyone who is in transit or staying in Musina should be safe this festive season. We all know that the festive season is the time to come

together with family and friends. We must also keep in mind that our country is now officially in the fourth wave of the Covid 19 pandemic. When celebrating with family members and friends, we all have to adapt to the new normal by observing all the health protocols to curb the spread of the coronavirus. We should try by all means to avoid large gatherings, which have been identified as one of the super spreaders of this pandemic. A very big warning to those who think that Musina is a playing ground for criminals! Our law-enforcement agencies are already out in full force to make sure that those who break the law are subjected to the strongest legal disciplinary action. We call upon our people to report any criminal offence to the police. We humbly request those who drink alcohol to do so responsibly. Our law-enforcement agencies will never tolerate drunken driving and public drinking. Even pedestrians are warned not to drink and walk aimlessly

in the streets because this contributes to high number of accidents in our roads. Those who are travelling should make sure that their vehicles are roadworthy at all times. If you are driving for a long distance, take a rest every two hours to refresh your mind and body. Finally, let us spend wisely this festive season because we still need the cash to sustain our lives at the beginning of the new year. Wishing you merry Christmas and a prosperous 2022. - Cllr Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Mawela, mayor of Musina Municipality

Mayor’s Message On behalf of the Thulamela Local Municipal council, I am honoured to share our festive message with you. We are sharing this message in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in which we have lost family members and friends. This year we also draw strength from the life of Charlotte Maxeke. Throughout her life, Maxeke championed the potential of African people, especially women, to stand up and take control of their

affairs. I urge you all to go for vaccinations as we continue to sanitise, maintain social distancing and wear masks. Working together, we have lifted millions of people out of poverty and provided houses, electricity, and sanitation to impoverished households. As a society, we are also faced with the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV), which has resulted in the loss of precious lives of our women. We therefore call on men to play a leading part to stop this pandemic by speaking out and reporting GBV, in raising awareness and peer education. In the spirit of this festive season, I urge all of you to remember those who are less fortunate and practice giving and sharing with those in need. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate the class of 2021 as they anticipate their final matric results. We are convinced that you

will make us proud. We are also calling on all drivers to be safe on the roads this festive season. Don’t drink and drive, and please Arrive Alive! Let us work together with our law-enforcement agencies to ensure we are all safe during this festive We wish you all a Merry Christmas and joyous festivities with your family and friends. - Mayor of Thulamela Municipality - Cllr AS Rambuda

We need everyone back in 2022, with new ideas so that we increase our productive capacity in the economy, On behalf of the council of and place the municipality at Collins Chabane, I wish you a the centre of job creation and Merry Christmas and a prospoverty alleviation. perous New Year in 2022. We all need renewed energies I wish to remind you that in order to improve our creativiwhat we celebrate during this ty and innovation in our thought time is peace, love and redempprocesses. tion. As a growing area, we shall It’s been quite a busy year, and focus more on the infrastructureveryone will be taking time to al development programmes, so re-join their families to reset and that our local economic developget new energies that must help ment becomes a beneficiary and us to confront the mammoth makes everyone economically challenges of the future. active and participates in the As we come back in 2022, economy of our area. we need to re-engineer our I wish you all the best with thoughts, practices, and choices your loved ones. as a developmental nodal zone, As you drive to various holiday Mayor’s Message

destinations during this time, please behave and learn to tolerate others as we need everyone to come back in 2022 alive, to bring new ideas in building a cohesive and a united society in Collins Chabane Municipal Area. Thank you so much for your positive contribution during this year, and may you have a blessed holiday, filled with hope and enthusiasm. Always remember to follow the Covid-19 protocols and save lives. Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. - Cllr Moses Maluleke, Mayor of Collins Chabane Municipality


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firearms in public. 4 Conduc�ng of unlawful searches of houses at Tswera village; 5 Issuing unlawful instruc�ons for closure of businesses at Tswera village; 6 Spreading unfounded and inflammatory allega�ons that Ms Jane Ntshauba was a vic�m of ritual murder; 7 Unlawful allo�ng of stands and/or residen�al sites in any area under the jurisdic�on of Tswera tradi�onal leadership 8 Encouraging employees and/or agent and/or erec�ng any shelters, building structures, shacks or tents in any area under the jurisdic�on of Tswera tradi�onal leadership. 9 Contravening any laws of the land, including municipal by-laws applicable. 10 Performing any act which may detrimentally affect the health of any residents and/or visitors, including crea�ng burial sites not approved by the Tswera tradi�onal leadership and municipality. 11 Performing any act which may detrimentally affect the environment; 12 Blocking and/or preven�ng access, including access to the park valley area at Mashishi allo�ed to Mr Tshitangano; 13 Driving vehicles without registra�on numbers in and around Tswera village 14 Installing and/or appoin�ng a mukoma for the Mashishi area or any other area under the jurisdic�on of Tswera tradi�onal authority. Second Interdict per case number 1755/2021 Nyadzeni Peter Ravhura and other respondents are hereby interdicted and restrained from engaging in the below listed acts in and/or around Mashishi Valley Park: 1. entering or being within Mashishi Valley Park for the purpose of unlawfully invading the property and/or debushing and/ or demarca�ng the sites/ stands and/or in�mida�ng and/or harassing the Applicant and/or his employees and customers. 2. In�mida�ng, harassing, assaul�ng the Applicant and/or the employees of the Applicant and customers or in any way interfere with the opera�ons at Mashishi Valley Park. 3. Inci�ng or encouraging other persons to buy stands and/or sites for within Mashishi Valley Park property and/or demarcate the property into small stands and/or se�le or erect structures for the purpose of unlawfully occupying or invading the Mashishi Valley Park property. LEGAL COSTS Nyadzeni Peter Ravura opposed the interdicts and will pay the costs for the two interdicts


Prof Maluleke reaches a milestone at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship. Tinyiko Maluleke, a Gauteng professor He holds a doctoral degree from the Uniwith ties to the Vhembe region, has been versity of South Africa and regularly appears appointed the new vice-chancellor and prin- in the national media. He also has strong cipal of the Tshwane University of Technolnetworks in government and major research ogy (TUT). and funding organisations. Maluleke, who grew up between Meadow“I am thrilled to be taking on this exciting lands in Soweto, Valdezia, Bungeni, Nkowanrole at a crucial time for the university,” said kowa and Tzaneen, joins the TUT with effect Maluleke. “Although the backdrop for univerfrom 1 February 2022 from the University of sities is challenging, the Tshwane University Pretoria, where he currently holds the position of Technology is very well positioned to take of senior research fellow and deputy director up the role of one of the top universities in the world.” He is a prominent and internationally recognised researcher in his field, specialising in religion and politics, as well as black and African theologies. Tilson Manyoni, the chairperson of the council at TUT, lauded Prof Maluleke and wished him well in his new position within the university. “I am delighted to congratulate Professor Maluleke on his appointment,” Manyoni said. “This was a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, and the standard was exceptionally high. Professor Maluleke has an impressive track record of leadership in higher education. He brings a combination of clear strategic vision, a collegiate leadership style, intellectual Prof Tinyiko Maluleke achieved a milestone in his credibility, a depth and breadth of academic career when he was appointed the new academic understanding, and genuine vice-chancellor and principal of the Tshwane Uniglobal influence to TUT.” versity of Technology. Picture supplied. By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

MUNICIPALITY Amendment Scheme 444 No�ce is hereby given that I, Rabelani Tshiswaise, being the authorised agent of the owner of Erf 952, Messina Extension 4, hereby giving no�ces for the rezoning applica�ons lodged to Musina Local Municipality in terms of Sec�on 36 of the Musina Spa�al Planning and Land Use Management ByLaws 2016 read together with Regula�on 14 of the Spa�al Planning and Land Use Management Regula�on: Land Use Management and General Ma�ers, 2015 Under (Act 16 of 2013) for the amendment of the Musina Land Use Management Scheme, 2010 by rezoning of the property described above, from “Residen�al 1” to “Residen�al 2 with annexure 149” for a purpose of a Guest house and related uses. Par�culars rela�ng to the applica�on will lie for inspec�on during normal office hours at the office of the Town Planning office, 21 Irwin Street, Musina Local municipality for the period of 28 working days from 17 December 2017. Objec�ons and/ or comments or representa�ons in respect of the above applica�on must be lodged in wri�ng to the Municipal Manager at the above address or at Private Bag X 611, Musina, 0900 within the 28 days from the 17 of December 2021. Address of authorised agent: Tshiswaise R, 32A 6th Avenue, Thabazimbi, 0387, or P O Box 349, Shayandima, 0945, Contact No: (083) 276-4339, e-mail:

TSHISWAISE R MUSINA GRONDGEBRUIK BESTUURSKEMA, 2010 KENNISGEWINGS VIR HERSONERING AANSOEKE BY MUSINA PLAASLIKE MUNISIPALITEIT Wysigingskema 444 Kennis geskied hiermee dat Ek, Rabelani Tshiswaise, gee hiermee kennisgewings vir die hersoneringsaansoeke wat by Musina Plaaslike Munisipaliteit ingedien is ingevolge Ar�kel 36 van die Musina Ruimtelike Beplanning en Grondgebruik bestuursverordeninge 2016 saamgelees met Regulasie 14 van die Ruimtelike Beplanning en Grondgebruik bestuursregulasie: Grondgebruikbestuur en Algemene Aangeleenthede, 2015 Kragtens (Wet 16 van 2013). deur die hersonering van die eiendom hierbo beskryf, vanaf “Residensieel 1” na “Residensieel 2 met ‘n aanhangsel 149” vir ‘n Gastehuis en verwante gebruike. Die relevante dokumente en planne met betrekking tot bogenoemde aansoeke, lê ter insae gedurende

kantoorure by die Stadsbeplanningskantoor, Irwinstraat 21, Musina Plaaslike Munisipaliteit vir ‘n tydperk van 28 werksdae vanaf 17 Desember 2021. Besware en/of kommentaar of vertoë ten opsigte van bogenoemde aansoek moet binne 28 dae vanaf die 17 Desember 2021 skri�elik by die Munisipale Bestuurder by bogenoemde adres of by Privaatsak X 611, Musina, 0900 ingedien word Adres van gemag�gde agent: Tshiswaise R, 32A 6de laan, Thabazimbi, 0387,of Posbus 349, Shayandima, 0945 Kontak No: (083) 276 4339, epos:

MALULEKE B ATTORNEYS. NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 35 (5) OF ACT 66 OF 1965 The First and Final Liquida�on and Distribu�on in respect of the Estate of the late: NDIDZULAFHI MARIA NEPHAWE ID No: 660527 0757 081 who resided at Makonde Village, Thulamela District, Limpopo Province who died on the 06 January 2021 Ref No: 1099/2021, Master’s Office Thohoyandou, will be open for inspec�on for all persons interested therein for a period of twenty one (21) days from the date of publica�on hereto at the offices of the master. Should no objec�on thereto be lodged with master concerned the specified period, the executor/s will procced to make payment in accordance with the account. Dated at SIBASA on the 16th day of December 2021. MALULEKE B ATTORNEYS, 7 Tambo�e Street, Sibasa, White Area Next To Masala Stores, PO Box 2919, Sibasa, 0970 TEL: 0159631476 FAX: 0865564060 CELL: 0833610896 / 0792889392 Email: Ref: Maluleke B/Estate 01/2021

DANIE VAN RYNEVELD ATTORNEYS IN THE MAGISTRATE’S COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF THULAMELA HELD AT THOHOYANDOU Case No : 831/2019 AVHEANI NEMADANDILA Execu�on Creditor, and EUGENE FHEDZISANI NEMADANDILA Execu�on Debtor No�ce of Sale in Execu�on PURSUANT to a judgment by the Magistrate Court Thohoyandou given on the 16th day of March 2020 the undermen�oned goods will be sold by public auc�on on the 14th day of January 2022 at 11h00 by public auc�on to be held at Shayandima Sheriff ’s Ware House by the Sheriff of the Magistrate’s Court of Thohoyandou to the highest bidder for cash, namely;

1 X 3P LOUNGE SUITE 1 X 1 COFFEE TABLE 1 X 1 FREE STAND FRIDGE 1 X 1 T V SET 1X 1 OPEL CADET REG NO.: MFX 935 GP Dated at Thohoyandou on this the 1st day of December 2021 DANIE VAN RYNEVELD ATTORNEYS, A�orney For Execu�on Creditor, 2nd Floor Room No 213 & 214, Venda Office Park Building, Mphephu Drive, Thohoyandou, P.O. Box 2697, Thohoyandou, 0950 Cell: 082 873 8210 Tel: 015 962 0003 Email: dvra� REF: DVR/ct/N374

MADALA PHILLIP ATTORNEYS NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 35 (5) OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT 66 OF 1965 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN DECEASED ESTATES In the estate of the late DAVHANA TSHIVUMA EDWARD Estate Number: 3348/2021 Iden�ty Number: 370807 5185 087 Last Address: Dzwerani, Limpopo Lwamondo Date of Death: 2021/11/09 All person having claims against the above men�oned are called upon to lodge their claim with the undersigned within thirty (30) days as from date of this publica�on hereof MADALA PHILLIP ATTORNEYS Inc, House No.801 A, Block P-East Pfunzo Street, Thohoyandou, 0950 Ref: MAD/DAVHANA/ EST049/21

LIGEGE AND ASSOCIATES INC. NOTICE IN TERMS SECTION 35 (5) OF ACT 66 OF 1965 The First and Final Liquida�on and Distribu�on Account in the Estate of the late MUDAU NDANGANENI NICHOLAS of ID

No.600404 6453 086 of Makhado, Limpopo Province, who died on the 10-07-2021, Ref No.2536/2021, Master’s Office: Thohoyandou will be open for inspec�on for a period of 21 days from date of publica�on at the Master’s offices. Should no objec�on be lodged with the master’s office during the specified period, the executor will proceed to make payments in accordance with the said account. Signed at Thohoyandou on this the 15th day of December 2021 LIGEGE AND ASSOCIATES, P.O Box 1381, Phangami, 0950 Tel:015 962 0509 Email:info@ligegeand

MADALA PHILLIP ATTORNEYS NOTICE IN TERMS OF SECTION 35 (5) OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT 66 OF 1965 Kindly be informed that the First and Final account in respect of the late TSHISAMPHIRI JUSTICE SALANI Estate Number: 653/2019 ID No: 720606 7753 083 shall lie for inspec�on at the Master of the Limpopo High Court Thohoyandou for a period of 30 days calculated from the date of this publica�on. Dated at Thohoyandou on this the 17th day of December 2021 MADALA PHILLIP ATTORNEYS, Executrix A�orneys, House no 801 A, Block P-East, Pfunzo Street, Thohoyandou, 0950 CELL:081 269 4329 Ref: MAD/SALANI / EST/050/2021

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14 24 DECEMBER 2021

Magau United victorious in Tshikota tourney

is healthy, and sponsoring positively to the development produce big stars. The champarticipation in sport is a of our country,” she said. pions, Magau United, went The youth must make step in the right direction.” Tshidavhu praised Mukhome with R5 000, gold informed decisions, said He said that the aim of his wevho for his involvement medals and a floating trophy. the managing director of company in funding sport in development football. He The runners-up, MadombidMukwevho Holdings, Mr was to develop rural young stated that he was convinced zha Try Again, won R2 500 Morgan Mukwevho, during people, keep the youth off the that the sponsorship would and silver medals. the prize-giving ceremony streets and prevent them of the Tshikota Festive from abusing alcohol. Soccer Tournament held at He appealed to the Tshikota on Thursday, 16 youth to take their eduDecember. cation seriously if they Magau United emerged as wanted to get somewhere the champions of the tourna- in life. He said study was ment after beating Madoma process that required bidzha Try Again 2-1 in the dedication, concentration final. The teams played to and effective time mangoalless draw and the winner agement. was determined via penalty According to Cllr shoot-out. Skenkie Tshidavhu, a Mukwevho stated that they nation without education would continue to sponsor is doomed and will not sports and that it formed part develop. “Let us help Zwanga Mashau, the captain of the winning team, Maguau of their mission. “It is our prepare our youth to be United, receives the trophy from Cllr Skenkie Tshidavhu. obligation to ensure that the responsible members of society in which we are living society who can contribute Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela. By Kaizer Nengovhela

Dzwerani United Brothers beat Citizens FC 3-2 in the losers’ final of the Mpho Mathoho Electrical KO last Thursday. Mukhethwa Muloiwa (left) scored twice for his team and Olugaho “Pelembe” Mudau once. For Citizens, Mulweli Mushiana and Mulweli Mushiana scored. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Manenzhe Top 8 matches under way Madombidzha no longer champs Four matches were played on Sunday at Madombidzha. The excitement is building Magau United beat Congo XI in the Phumudzo Manenzhe 1-0. Tshikhwani Stone Breakers Foundation Western Top 8 then played to a 2-all draw with Soccer Challenge. The tourna- Madombidzha Western Stars ment started on 16 December and the winners were deterwhen Madombidzha Arsenal mined by penalty shootout. eliminated Madombidzha Breakers won this contest 5-4. Chris United by winning 3-1. Madombidzha Arsenal were too

strong for Magau Mighty Green when they gave them a 3-0 hiding. Madombidzha Try Again then hammered Sinthumule Dangerous Stars 8-0. Mr Trinity Tshivhula, secretary of the organising team, applauded the sponsor, Manenzhe, for helping to identify the talent of the region's youth and added that the region should be proud of their young talent. Manenzhe said he was a proud supporter of local football development. He said that Vhembe was a region in the game. They introduced By Frank Mavhungu rich in talent and “I Andani Mufamadi and sacrificed have over the years Mbahe Freedom Rebels beat Pfunzo Magadidzha. The replaceseen some talented Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer ment marked a turning point Limpopo soccer players Academy 8-7 to lift the Mpho for the game as Stars started to being unearthed from Mathoho Electrical KO Comdictate terms in all departments this province”. petition trophy at the Tshifudi soon afterwards. They pulled one The fixtures for Stadium last Thursday. back through Mulisa Sevhugwana the next matches, on The game was one of two in the 74th minute. He scored 26 December, are: halves. Freedom Rebels were with a fine header after a corner Madombidzha Arsenal unstoppable in the first half, while kick that was taken by Tshimanvs Tshikhwani Stone Silver Stars were in the driver’s gadzo Mukwevho. Tshimangadzo Breakers at 09:30; seat throughout the last stanza. Mukwevho scored the equalizer Madombidzha Arsenal Freedom Rebels were a goal up towards the end of the game. vs Magau United at when the teams adjourned for the The score was 2-2 at the end 13:30. half-time break. Alushavhiwi Bele of the regulation time and the The winners will beat the keeper with a header winner was determined through meet in the final, which after a well-executed square pass penalty shootout. Freedom Rebels is scheduled to start at from Uhone Magadze. converted six from the white 15:00. Freedom Rebels increased the spot via Vhutali Nengwenani, lead two minutes into the last Tshiphiri Netshidzati, Zwavhudi half. Halatedzi Mphadi forced his Nkhumeleni, Tendani Ramphedeway through the defence of Stars li, Dzulo Ralulimi and Rudzani and beat the keeper, Ronewa Makondelela, while Silver Stars By Frank Mavhungu Sebola, with a ground-cutter. managed to score only five from Silver Stars effected one change the penalty spot. Mbahe Freedom Rebels By Kaizer Nengovhela

Hard-earned victory for Mbahe Freedom Rebels

By Kaizer Nengovhela Magau United were crowned as the new champions of the Tshikota Festive Soccer Tournament, after they beat the defending champions, Madombidzha Try Again, 2-1 in the final at Tshikota on Thursday (16 December). Both sides played attacking football in the first half, making the match entertaining to watch. United had their first regret in the seventh minute when Maemu Musiamo missed a golden chance and shot wide. Rotshidzwa Phathela and Warren Senatla of Try Again were booked for different infringements. Not long after that, the speedy striker of Try Again, Hulisani Mbodi, beat all the defenders and passed the ball to Muladelo Ndou, who did not waste any time to head the ball into the net. The wheel of fortune turned against Try Again in the 34th minute. Their defender, Funzani Tshianeo, failed to stop a cross-ball from Thabelo Nemakanga, and Aluwani Mathelemusa

equalised. Realising that their chances of winning were slim, Try Again abandoned their positions and packed themselves at the far back. United brought on Lawrence Bilankulu for Pfano Silika, who was looking tired. The introduction of Bilankulu changed the complexion of the match as he distributed good passes to the strikers. Lucky Buasi of United scored

his team’s second goal after receiving a pre-cooked pass from Ernest Munyadziwa. Try Again took the game to United in the last 15 minutes. Their speedy forward, Tshepiso Kgamedi, let them down by shooting aimlessly at the goalposts. Their diminutive kingpin, Rotakala Makwarela, beat the offside trap but lost possession with only the keeper at his mercy.

Lucky Buasi of United with the ball, with Rotakala Makwarela ready to intercept. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

Freedom Rebels lift Mpho Mathoho trophy

Left: Ntwanano Govani of Silver Stars (left) and Zwavhudi Nkhumeleni of Freedom Rebels chase the ball. Photo: Frank Mavhungu. Bottom: Ndidofelavhone Mphadi of Freedom Rebels has lost sight of the high ball. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

final whistle. Freedom Rebels’ way to the final went via Dzwerani United Brothers, whom they beat 2-1 at the same venue two weeks ago. Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer Academy took home R10 000, silver medals and a soccer kit. Silver Stars beat Citizens FC 5-3 in their semi-final match at the same venue a fortnight ago. Dzwerani United Brothers obtained the third place. They took home R7 000, a soccer kit and bronze medals. Dzwerani United Brothers beat Citizens FC 3-2 in their losers’ final match, Ms Gladys Mathoho (left) from the sponsors hands over a cheque to which was also the captain of Freedom Rebels, Ndidofelavhone Mphadi (second from played at the right), while Mr Ephraim Singo (right) and the children from the same venue Mathoho family look on. earlier that day. This after they beat Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer Academy 8-7 in the final. are still in celebratory Freedom Rebels were mood. They were crowned presented with cash prize of the 2021 Mpho Mathoho R15 000, a floating trophy, Electrical KO Competition gold medals and soccer kit champions at the Tshifudi during a ceremony held at Stadium last Thursday. the stadium shortly after the

Citizens FC received R5 000 and a soccer kit during the ceremony. Teams booted out of the competition in the quarterfinal stage, Bashasha Terror Masters, Bashasha Hungry Lions, Makonde FC and Mutale Vikings, were each presented with a consolation prize of R1 000 and a soccer ball. During the ceremony, the chairman of the Thulamela Local Football Association (Thulfa), Mr Ephraim Singo, thanked the Mpho Mathoho family for sponsoring the association to the tune of R80 000. He criticised the conduct of one of the teams, Ngovhela Backside FC, who fielded a number of improperly registered players in their quarter-final match against Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer Academy at the Makhuvha Stadium last month. Ngovhela Backside FC were dismissed from the competition as a consequence.


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Aces and United in goalless draw back of the net, but the referee striker, Tovhowani Rabulanyaruled the player offside. na, could not finish things off. Manavhela Black Aces and The second half started at a He received a square pass from Muraleni United Brothers snail's pace, with both teams Matodzi Ratapa and caught played to a goalless draw in struggling to penetrate each United’s keeper, Khodani their MMK Administrators other’s defence. United gained Machaba, off guard but shot League match played at the momentum as the game prowide. Manavhela Grounds. gressed, but in United had nobody but the 66th minute, themselves to blame for the de- their lethal feat. They squandered numerstriker, Talent ous scoring opportunities. Unit- Mamathuntsha, ed had their first taste of bad missed a fortune. luck in the sixth minute, when He shot wide Ndivhuwo Khangale shot into with the keeper, the hands of the opponents’ Mbavhalelo Mufkeeper, Mbavhalelo Mufhadi, hadi, well beaten. from the penalty area. Aces displayed Ipfi Ramuedzisi of United be- entertaining came the first player to receive football in the last a yellow card. Aces realised that 10 minutes, with finding the net would be diffiUnited running cult if they continued volleying for cover. Aces from behind and then started threatened to Fhumulani Mulibana of United (left) and to cool the ball down in the score in the final Adivhaho Sadiki run for the ball. Photo: middle of the park. They hit the minutes, but their Kaizer Nengovhela. By Kaizer Nengovhela

Mighty Brothers silence Happy Boys By Frank Mavhungu In their MMK Administrators League match played at the Miluwani Grounds on Saturday, Lwamondo Mighty Brothers collected the maximum at the expense of Miluwani Happy Boys. Mighty Brothers could have scored a dozen goals in the first half, but their strikers seemed to have forgotten their scoring boots at home. The visitors from Lwamondo village squandered numerous scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes of the game. Their scoring machine, Jeffrey Tshigoba, was the first player to waste an obvious scoring opportunity. He received a neat pass from Khumbudzo Mulondo and tried his luck with a ground-cutter from the edge of the box. Tshigoba suffered the pain of watching the ball go a little wide.

Mighty Brothers finally keeper with a ground-cutbroke the deadlock in the ter from a free kick. Mighty 28th minute when the team’s Brothers played defensive captain, Uhone Nkhumelefootball in the last 10 minutes ni, went loose and beat the of the game. keeper with a half volley. The score remained 1-0 until the end of the first half. The home side found the equalizer in the 68th minute. Ndivhuwo Ramagoma, who came in as a substitute, finished off a rebound after the keeper mishandled the ball. Mighty Brothers squandered more scoring opportunities before they scored the winning goal later in Thivhaisali Tshamano of Mighty Broththe game. Jeffery ers hooks the high ball. Photo: Frank Tshigoba beat the Mavhungu.

Limpopo Silver Stars Academy are the Globe Finance KO champions Madombidzha Try Again wallop Stars increased the lead through Solly Tebeila two minutes Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer thereafter. He went loose from Academy were crowned as the left corner and beat the the champions of the Globe keeper with a ground-cutter. Finance KO Competition Tebeila was on target again at the Tshifudi Stadium on in the 78th minute. The Sunday. They beat Bashasha Masters keeper advanced out Terror Masters 3-1 in the of his penalty area and Tebeila final. beat him with a long-range Silver Stars’ way to the final half volley. went via Makonde FC, whom Silver Stars replaced Mulisa they brutally crushed 6-2, in Sivhugwana and Riengedze their semi-final match at the Tshikovhi with Phathutshedzo same venue earlier that day. Tshifura and Andani MufaTheir game against Terror madi respectively. Rendani Masters was characterised by Nethathe scored the only goal yellow cards. Rinae Nethfor Masters towards the end of the game. Silver Stars were presented with R5 000 and gold medals during a ceremony held at the stadium shortly after the final whistle. Terror Masters received R3 000 and silver medals. Teams booted out of the competition in the semi-final stage, Bashasha Hungry Lions and Makonde FC, were each preThe Globe Finance KO Competition champions, Limpopo Silver sented with R1 500 Stars Soccer Academy. Photo: Frank Mavhungu. during the ceremony. By Frank Mavhungu

ononda of Masters was the first player to see yellow. He obstructed the Stars’ keeper, Gundo Sididzha, in the ninth minute. Silver Stars took the lead in the 24th minute. Mulisa Sivhugwana blasted in a rocket, following a scramble within the box. The score remained unchanged until proceedings for the first half came to an end. Rendani Nethathe of Terror Masters and Pfunzo Magadidzha of Stars were booked for dangerous tackles three minutes into the last stanza. Stars

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By Kaizer Nengovhela Madombidzha Try Again crushed Sinthumule Dangerous Stars 8-0 in the quarter-final match of the Phumudzo Manenzhe Western Top-8 tournament played at Madombidzha on Sunday. Try Again meant business from the start and their drib-

bling wizard, Thato Senetla, was a marvel to watch. He scored five goals in the game. His first goal came in the ninth minute when he received a neat pass from Karabo Malatjie and beat the keeper with a ground-cutter. Stars lost shape in the middle of the park after the goal and were severely punished for

Karabo Malatjie of Try Again with the ball, with Hulisani Sadiki trying to cover.

Who will be the new Vhanasi tournament champions? By Frank Mavhungu All roads will be leading to the Sambandou United Professionals (Supro) grounds from next Monday, 27 to 31 December, where the annual Vhanasi Soccer Tournament will take place. As usual, 16 teams from around Vhembe will take part in this year’s tournament. Teams which gearing up for the annual event are: Sambandou Seven Hunters, Mashamba Soccer Academy, Tswera Hot Chillies, Mahunguwi Green Mambas, Tshilavulu Elite FC, Mavunde Hungry Vultures, United Artists, Dipeni FC, Madridtas FC, Musasenda Big Five, Khubvi Dangerous Darkies, Sambandou United Professionals, Makuya Try Again FC, Phaphama FC, Anel Real Vikings and the defending champions, Berea FC. According to one of the organisers of the tournament, Mr Mmbi Munasi, this year’s champions will take home a cash prize of R15 000, a floating trophy, gold medals, a soccer ball and a soccer kit. The

runners-up will be presented with Abel Shongwe. zivhe, Mulondo Sikhwivhilu, Dzux R7 000, silver medals, a soccer kit Some of the players who are Mundalamo, Magic Ratshivhadeand a soccer ball. Mr Munasi is the expected to be part of Vhanasi’s lo, Ntodeni Mulovhedzi, Chita sole sponsor of the tournament. Friends’ starting line-up include the Netshikweta, Muguyo Mudau, The opening matches will be former Black Leopards’ dribbling Ntsunda Ndanduleni and Demure played on Monday, while the final wizard, Christopher NetshidMudzanani. is scheduled for Friday, 31 December. According to Mr Munasi, the final game will be preceded by the curtain-raiser game between the Premier Soccer League legends and Vhanasi’s friends. Some of the PSL legends who are expected to be part of the squad include Frank Makua, Steve Lekoelea, Jerry Sikhosana, Doctor Khumalo, Edward Motale, Cyril Nzama, Thapelo Liau and The defending champions, Berea FC. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

that. Tshianeo Funzani forced his way through the defence of Stars and showed the keeper the wrong way in the 24th minute to score his team’s second goal. Try Again continued to enjoy ball possession, with Stars playing defensive football. Tshianeo Funzani, Try Again’s skilful defender, was brought down within the box and a penalty was awarded. Thato Senetla converted from the white spot to make it 3-0. A clearing error in the 37th minute gave rise to the fourth goal for Try Again. Rotshidzwa Phathela intercepted a back pass and blasted in a rocket. Shortly after the start of the second half, Senetla scored from a free kick with a volley to bring his team’s score to 5-0. Try Again were awarded another penalty in the 57th minute after Adivhaho Ligavha was brought down within the box and Senetla scored from the penalty spot. Tshianeo Funzani scored his team’s seventh goal after receiving a well-timed pass from Dakalo Mulaudzi. Senetla scored again late in the match, following a scramble within the box.


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More significant points for VFA and TTM survive while VFA in GladAfrica league Leopards bow out of Nedbank Cup By Frank Mavhungu Venda Football Academy (VFA) proved once again that they really mean to be campaigning in the DStv Premiership League next season. They beat Hungry Lions 1-0 in their GladAfrica Championship League match at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday. VFA took 65 solid minutes to score the goal that separated the boys from the men. The former Black Leopards and Polokwane City midfielder, Eden Nene, scored the all-important goal with a half volley after a corner kick that was taken by Sedzani Mudau. The Thohoyandou side moved two steps up on the log standings with the victory. VFA are now lying in the fifth spot with 28 points, four behind the pace setters, Richards Bay FC. They are tied with Polokwane City and Uthongathi FC with the same number of points. Although they had appointed Mr Joel Masutha to the position of the team’s head coach three weeks ago, Black Leopards’ woes seem to be far from over. Lidoda duvha continued to donate vital league points to their opponents. They lost 0-1 to JDR Stars at the Soshanguve Giant Stadium outside Pretoria on Saturday and now have reason to press the panic button. They are perched in the second-last position on the log standings with 14 points, accumulated from 17 outings. They are only a point above Jomo Cosmos, who shared the spoils with Cape Town All Stars. They played to a 1-1 draw at the

Vosloorus Stadium in Johannesburg. Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) closed the year on a sad note. Vhadau Vha Damani, as they are also known, were narrowly beaten 0-1 by Cape Town Spurs at the Parow Park Stadium in Cape Town in one of the two matches played on Sunday. TTM are now lying in the 12th position on the log standings with 19 points.

By Frank Mavhungu Venda Football Academy (VFA) and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) have every reason to rejoice. They made Vhembe proud by securing places in the last-32 round of the Nedbank Cup KO Competition. VFA crushed Pretoria Callies 3-1 at the Thohoyandou Stadium last Wednesday, 15 December, to ensure that they proceed to the next round of the prestigious competition. VFA took the lead in the 38th minute when their diminutive striker, Thifhelimbilu “Junior” Magalela, blasted in a rocket from the 25-metre area. The Thohoyandou side enjoyed the 1-0 lead until the end of the first

half. The visitors from the capital city demonstrated a sense of commitment in the first 10 minutes of the last half. Their efforts paid dividends in the 58th minute. Lonwabo Balfour caught the VFA keeper napping with a long-range half volley. The Callies’ goal seemed to be an insult to the VFA strikers. They reclaimed the lead five minutes thereafter. The 16-year-old Magalela completed his brace with a ground-cutter after forcing his way through Callies’ defence. VFA put the matter beyond doubt in the 89th minute when Sedzani Mudau scored with a fine header. TTM beat Cape Town All Stars 2-1

at the same venue last Thursday, 16 December. Kgosi Dolamo and the team’s captain, Rhulani Manzini, scored for TTM, while Cape Town All Stars pulled one back via Musa Dlamini later in the game. Black Leopards were booted out of the competition by Free State Stars, who beat them 2-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Polokwane City will also not take part in the next round of the competition. They lost 0-1 to Richards Bay FC. The other GladAfrica Championship League clubs that had secured places in the last-32 stage are TS Sporting, Uthongathi FC, University of Pretoria and Platinum City

VFA’s third-goal scorer, Sedzani Mudau. Photo supplied.

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the defenders of Arsenal. Maumela came close to scoring in the 14th Madombidzha Arsenal beat Magau minute when he tried his luck from Mighty Green 3-0 in their Phuthe edge of the box. The ball missed mudzo Manenzhe Western Top-8 the goal mouth by inches. match played at the Madombidzha Arsenal increased the lead in the Grounds on Sunday. 24th minute. Fhatuwani “Khanyeza” No one was surprised when Arsenal Thovhakale beat the offside trap and took the lead in the 11th minute. showed the keeper the wrong way. Their diminutive striker, Dalton The Magau side did not give in Khakhu, was on target after receiving without a fight. They continued to a neat pass from Koketso Machaba. fight collectively, with their midfieldGreen lost cohesion in the middle ers dishing out some telling passes to of the park at one point, but their the goal poachers time after time. dribbling wizard, Shonisani MaumeArsenal enjoyed their 2-0 lead until la, remained a thorn in the flesh of the referee, Mr Vhutshilo Mafunisa, By Kaizer Nengovhela

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