Seated from left to right are Harmony executives Ms Edzisani Nemakonde, Mr Peter Vhutshilo Tshivhase, Ms Tshifhiwa Masakona and Ms Khumbelo Desiree Mamburu. With them in the picture are some of the guests, including speakers of the day. Photo: Elmon Tshikhudo.

Local NGO wants to address problem of teen suicides


The recent spate of suicides by youths at Shayandima Township has become a source for concern.

The township has been burying young people for some time, and in many cases, depression and the use of drugs have been identified as contributing factors.

In trying to address the scourge, a recently formed non-governmental organisation, Harmony Legends Exit Cemetery, hosted an event to create awareness of mental disorders. The event was held at the Efesa Apostolic Church in Zion on Friday, 16 December.

The central theme of the day was “Let’s Tackle Depression”, and a number of speakers were lined up to discuss the effects and dangers of depression.

Ms Khumbelo Desiree Mammburu, the organisation’s CEO, explained that suicides have become more and more common in the area. “Here at Shayandima, we have buried quite a number [of young people] and this is also prevalent in some other Vhembe areas. The country is losing future leaders, and we cannot keep quiet,” she said.

Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme's assessor, Reverend Jabulane Monegi, said that depression was very prevalent in communities around Thohoyandou and that young people were affected the worst.

“We are dealing with many cases each month, and we urge parents to be on the lookout for signs like withdrawal, where youths isolate themselves, neglecting themselves, are no longer interested in their schoolwork and are feeling rejected. Help is readily available as there are psychologists and other experts who can assist,” he said.

Those wishing to invite the organisation to speak to them or to assist them in coping with problems can call Ms Desiree Mammburu at 071 200 7397 or Mr Peter Tshivhase at 079 193 4374.



Date:21 December 2022

By: Elmon Tshikhudo

Elmon Tshikhudo started off as a photographer. He developed an interest in writing and started submitting articles to local as well as national publications. He became part of the Limpopo Mirror family in 2005 and was a permanent part of the news team until 2019.

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