Former radio presenter and producer admitted as advocate

News: 20 July 2024 By Kaizer Nengovhela

A former Phalaphala FM presenter and producer, Ms Lutendo Tshisikule, was recently admitted as advocate to the High Court. Tshisikule, who worked for 19 years in the broadcasting industry, left the station in January 2023. She completed her LLB degree in 2021 and began focusing on her career as a legal expert.

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Poet Sheila Mathevula’s son dies before initiation school closes

News: 19 July 2024

“Instead of celebrating the return of my two boys from initiation school like other parents, I have to prepare for a funeral for one of them, which doubles the pain for me.” These were the words expressed by local poet Sheila Mathevula from Bungeni village after her 16-year-old son, Pfano Khomola, passed away on Saturday, 7 July.

VBS kingpin was a ‘star learner’ at school

News: 19 July 2024 By Elmon Tshikhudo

The past week's headlines were dominated by one story – the sentencing of one of the kingpins behind the looting of VBS Bank, Tshifhiwa Matodzi. The former flamboyant banking boss pleaded guilty to 33 charges of theft and fraud and was sentenced to serve an effective 15 years in prison.

Is Musina a gravy train for officials and councillors?

News: 19 July 2024 By Anton van Zyl

Musina Municipality, the smallest municipality in Vhembe, has some of the best-paid officials and councillors in the country. The budgeted remuneration for the municipal manager and the chief financial officer is roughly R1.9-million each per year. Many residents believe this is one of the reasons for poor service delivery, because after salaries and perks have been paid, not much is left to spend on maintenance and to expand services to all residents.

Boys return home safely from initiation school

News: 18 July 2024 By Kaizer Nengovhela

More than 800 boys who attended initiation school in Magondweni returned home safely last Saturday. The owner of the initiation school, Mr Azwitamisi Munarini, thanked all those responsible for ensuring that the young ones had a casualty-free experience. He ascribed this to the cooperation between traditional surgeons like himself and the provincial health department, which had made sure that all participants were in good health before they were admitted to the initiation school.

Young woman stabbed to death at Dzimauli

News: 18 July 2024 By Silas Nduvheni

The traditional leader of Dzimauli Haramuvhundu and Muledane villages in Harambuda, Vhamusanda Vho Matshidze Ndondeni Ramuvhundu, has strongly condemned all forms of violence, especially against women and children. This follows the stabbing of a young woman from the area in what appears to be another incident of domestic violence.

Fuel company remains closed after SARS raid

News: 18 July 2024 By Andries van Zyl

More than a week after the South African Revenue Service (SARS) raided the offices of the well-known Louis Trichardt-based fuel company Alliance Fuel, the company’s offices and all of its depots remain closed. The exact reason for the closure also remains unknown, but with SARS involved, the problem will definitely be one of taxation.

Young paver murdered at Tshaulu

News: 18 July 2024 By Elmon Tshikhudo

Members of the Tshinakaho family from Tshaulu are still in shock, following the brutal murder of the 23-year-old Mr Norman Tshinakaho, a well-known stone paver. His body, with multiple shot wounds, was discovered on the road near a bridge.

Joyce's soaps become a house brand

News: 14 July 2024 By Maanda Bele

Joyce Mureri, a young entrepreneur from Ha-Rabali outside Makhado, has embarked on a mission to revolutionise the household-products industry with her startup company, Safely Impeccable (Pty) Ltd. Joyce’s business specialises in manufacturing and distributing essential household products, including dishwashing liquid, foam baths, pine gel, thick bleach, and all-purpose cleaners.

Death of popular Venda soapie Muvhango comes as a shock

News: 13 July 2024 By Victor Mukwevho

The end of an era has arrived with the last episode of the popular television soapie, Muvhango, airing last Thursday. For 27 years, this beloved series was a staple in hundreds of thousands of households, with fans following the lives of their favourite characters as if they were real. Now that the series has ended, many local actors who were part of Muvhango from its inception can only reminisce about the “good old days”.

'I have no enemies, so why try and burn down my house?'

News: 12 July 2024 By Elmon Tshikhudo

The community of Itsani Thivhulawi, and the Mbumi family in particular, are left with many unanswered questions after an arson incident that razed part of a four-room house owned by Mr Khathutshelo Mbumi.

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