Dr Mbavhalelo Manenzhe died at the age of 40 on 22 April, after a short illness. Picture supplied. 

Popular doctor “Mbavha” will be sorely missed


Dr Mbavhalelo Manenzhe (40), a well-known and respected local physician, passed away on 22 April after a short illness.

Manenzhe was born on 29 June 1980 at Tshiozwi village, Ha-Sinthumule. “Mbavha”, as he was affectionately known, was the son of the late Vho-Matamba Wilson Manenzhe and Vho-Ndweleni Agnes Rambuda.

He was a graduate from the Sefako Makgatho Health Science University, formerly known as MEDUNSA, and served the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health at several hospitals over the years, such as Lebowakgomo, Siloam, Evuxakeni, and Elim.

Manenzhe furthered his studies when he acquired special knowledge and skills in dealing with vaccinations, travel medicine, TB, HIV/Aids, occupational medicine, advanced cardiac life support and public health.

Between 2012 and 2013, Manenzhe practiced as an occupational medical officer at Anglo Gold Ashanti in North West, after which he decided to open his own private medical practice (surgery). He served the community at Magoro, Elim, Eltivillas (Makhado Crossing) and Matoks. At the time of his untimely death, he was practicing at the TGM Clinic in Thohoyandou. 

He worked as the team doctor for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila Football Club and was also renowned for contributing information on health on Phalaphala FM, as well as on social-media platforms.

“Even though he had his own practice, Mbavhalelo continued to assist at government hospitals, like the Memorial Hospital in Louis Trichardt,” said the family spokesperson, Mr Peter Mbelengwa. Manenzhe will be remembered for the role he played in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Manenzhe family is comforted by the knowledge that they are not alone in their hour of sorrow. “The family would like to thank everyone for their messages of condolences,” said Mbelengwa.

The memorial service was held at the Manenzhe residence at Tshiozwi village. The funeral service, which will be conducted under strict adherence to the Covid-19 regulations, will be held on Thursday (28 April) at 06:30. Those who might not be able to attend the service physically can still attend it via the Facebook virtual link: Rambuda innovatives.

A eḓele zwavhuḓi muthu wa ha Manenzhe musina nḓevhe a tshi vhona. Ane a tshivhala o tou vhea mano.




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Date:30 April 2021 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.

Email: givenmukwevho@yahoo.com


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