Family members photographed in front of the late Ms Phophi Sidebi's tombstone.
Much-loved granny Vho-Phophi Sidebi passed away at the ripe age of 103 years on 1 December. A well-attended celebratory funeral service was held for her at her home in Tshiozwi on 10 December.
Sidebi was remembered with great fondness. Speaker after speaker described the good things she had done for the community and her family in her lifetime. Vhamusanda Vho-Makhado Sinthumule said the people of Tshiozwi had lost a pillar of their community; someone who had always been there to give advice to the young blood.
“Life nowadays is very short, and people should ask themselves why people are no longer living longer lives. These days we are burying young people who are supposed to be the ones to bury the elderly, and this is a source of much concern. Let us follow in the footsteps of Granny Sidebi, and we will live our lives to the fullest. We send our sincere condolences to the family in this time of loss and remind them that, although she might be gone, her good deeds will live with us forever,” Sinthumule said.
Her son, Mr Calvin Sidebi, said they were grateful for the support they had received from the community since their mother’s death. “The support and family visits have been overwhelming. For so many years, my mother served selflessly and faithfully in parishes throughout the country, and in those dark days she made herself available day and night to all who needed her. Although we are grieving, we console ourselves by the fact that she had contributed immensely to bringing a better life for the people of Tshiozwi,” he said.
Date:16 December 2022
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror in 2000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.