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Local cartoonist uses his art to express his views

News in brief: 31 July 2021 By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Fhatuwani “Fhatu” Muladi, a cartoonist from Louis Trichardt, has an exceptional way of expressing his views on the current social, economic, and political affairs in South African.

Brand new wheelchair for 116-year-old granny

News in brief: 31 July 2021 By Silas Nduvheni

During the visit of the MEC for Health in Limpopo, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, to two centenarians in January this year for their vaccination jabs, she was dismayed to discover that Granny Nnditsheni Singo (116) of Muledane Block J, just outside Thohoyandou, was struggling to get by in an old and tattered wheelchair.

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Univen's Dr Baloyi off to United States on Fulbright Scholarship

News: 01 August 2021

The Louis Trichardt-based Dr Joseph Baloyi (58), attached to the University of Venda (Univen) as associate professor in animal science, is on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, in the United States.

Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Itani finds her passion in crocheting

News: 01 August 2021 By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Itani Samantha Mulaudzi is a woman with great passions. She works as a full-time, qualified military nurse, but apart from this noble profession, she also loves crocheting. She has created a second job to supplement her income from what initially started out as a curiosity.

Roshini wants to help turn tears into hope

News: 01 August 2021 By Andries van Zyl

On 25 October 2017, Roshini and Mark Pakkiree’s world came crashing down around them with the unexpected death of their only child, the 16-year-old Sanjit, because of illness. Despite their sadness, this Louis Trichardt couple have since decided to turn their tears into hope, by establishing a charity in honour of their son and by motivating and supporting others experiencing similar trauma resulting from the loss of a loved one. Their remarkable story will soon be available in book form.

International documentary made about legendary mbila artist

News: 31 July 2021

“If I die now, I will die a happy man because I have been recognized by my own African people, and my works will be known throughout the world,” said well-known mbila musician Mr Jutas Kanakana Mathoho (83) of Tshiombo village, outside Thohoyandou.

Vhamusanda Raphalalani takes up role to lead Mavhode Village

News: 31 July 2021 By Silas Nduvheni

The newly installed traditional leader of Mavhode village, near Tshamulungwi in the Ha-Rammbuda Tribal Council, Vhamusanda Vho-Dzialwa Raphalalani, declared his readiness to serve the communities under him to the best of his abilities during the installation ceremony as new traditional leader on Saturday, 24 July.

Betty’s legacy lives on through first-for-Africa MRI scanner

News: 31 July 2021 By Andries van Zyl

The Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) has acquired its first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The facility, the first of its kind in Africa, was officially opened during a virtual ceremony on Monday and owes its existence to one of the Soutpansberg’s best-known animal lovers.

Hosi Nxumalo will be remembered as visionary leader

News: 30 July 2021 By Silas Nduvheni

News of the sudden death of Hosi Busa Charles Nxumalo sent shockwaves rippling throughout the region. The former chairperson of the Vhembe House of Traditional Leaders and current chairperson of the Planning Committee in the Limpopo Provincial House of Traditional Leaders passed away on Sunday morning, 25 July, at Letaba Hospital, after a brief illness.

DNA backlog delays funeral

News: 30 July 2021 By Kaizer Nengovhela

The family of a man who was found burnt beyond recognition at Ravele four weeks ago is still waiting for his remains to be released, so that they can bury him.


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SAB League provincial promotional playoffs back on track

Sport: 30 July 2021

The SAB League provincial promotional playoffs will be staged at the Thohoyandou Stadium next Saturday and Sunday (7 and 8 August). The tournament should have been played last month but had to be postponed indefinitely, following the Cabinet’s decision to move the country from lockdown alert level 3 to 4.

Written by: Frank Mavhungu


Denzel wants to teach people about snakes

Video: 10 June 2021

In African cultures, snakes are generally associated with witchcraft – a fact that does not improve the already frayed relationship between mankind and reptiles. However, within a certain African community in Vleifontein lives a man who regards himself as the exception to this cultural belief. In fact, Denzel Ncube’s fondness for these slithering reptiles is no secret. Ncube gives back to his community by educating the local people on the dangers as well as the beauty of snakes and what to do when confronted with them.

Written by: Maanda Bele

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Life after retirement for singing teacher

Entertainment: 31 July 2021

“It is important to plan your retirement carefully and have something to keep yourself busy while at the same time providing some income.” This is an encouraging message of hope from a 69-year-old retired teacher, Tshimangadzo Esther Nevhutamba Sinyegwe of Vhutalu village, outside Thohoyandou.

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