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Entertainment - Date: 21 October 2018
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 3366
Community radio stations are some of the non-profit organisations that are always facing hardships and challenges when it comes to operational resources and it comes as a relief when a donation comes their way.
Archbishop Peter Rabali of the New African Apostolic Church was moved when he was notified about the lack of resources at Nzhelele FM and decided to help. He told Limpopo Mirror that he was a regular visitor at the community radio station and that he knew most of the station's challenges. He then decided to donate a second-hand Suzuki SX4 sedan to the station.
“We are glad about the work that these young people are doing at the community radio station,” he said. “They have started a very good project and it needs the support of all people here in our area, so that they can feel supported and appreciated.”
He added that people always spoke about a need for change and development in the rural areas, but they were reluctant to lend a hand when it was necessary to do so. “No one will come all the way from a far-away place and help us do better,” Rabali said. “Let's continue to help one another develop our communities, mostly in projects that concern the youth.”
The station manager, Mr Khathutshelo Ramugondo, said: “We thank the archbishop and the church for allowing God to use them as a vessel of blessings, which then flowed into our radio station,” Ramugondo said. “We highly appreciate the donation and we promise to look after this car, so that it can last us in our community outreach programmes and other projects.”
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The station manager, Mr Khathutshelo Ramugondo (left), and Mr Eddie Masakona (right) receive the key of the vehicle from Archbishop Peter Rabala.
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.