Musina passenger train hits the rails again

Grace Tou (third from left) pictured with Daisy Daniel (left), Cllr Nkele Milanzi and Cllr Siyaphi Shirilele. This was shortly before Tlou boarded the train to Gauteng on Sunday.  Grace Tou (third from left) pictured with Daisy Daniel (left), Cllr Nkele Milanzi and Cllr Siyaphi Shirilele. This was shortly before Tlou boarded the train to Gauteng on Sunday.

“The journey was very pleasant and I have arrived safely. The sitting arrangements, setting in the mobile restaurant and security features are of a very high standard.   I’m still going to use the same mode of transport when I go back home in a few days’ time.” These are the words of Grace Tlou from Musina. Tlou is one of the first people to board the first passenger train from Musina to Gauteng after the service was discontinued four years ago.

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Mudau appointed new Corporate Services General Manager

Mr Pandelani Midas Mudau is the new Corporate Services General Manager of Musina Municipality.   Mr Pandelani Midas Mudau is the new Corporate Services General Manager of Musina Municipality.

One of the resolutions of the strategic planning session of Musina Municipality is to fill vacant management positions as a matter of urgency. Indeed, the resolution is unfolding into reality following the appointment of a highly experienced administrator, Mr Pandelani Midas Mudau as the new General Manager, Corporate Services.

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Musina Municipality engages with rural community members

Captured during the mayoral imbizo at Gumela village are from left to right: Cllr Jeremia Khunwana, Thovhele Ratshibvumo II Rambuda, Thovhele Mmbangiseni Manenzhe and Musanda Solomon Nduvheni of Ngalavhani villageCaptured during the mayoral imbizo at Gumela village are from left to right: Cllr Jeremia Khunwana, Thovhele Ratshibvumo II Rambuda, Thovhele Mmbangiseni Manenzhe and Musanda Solomon Nduvheni of Ngalavhani village

Ordinary community members from Gumela and the surrounding villages were filled with joy upon direct interaction with their political representatives and traditional leaders. This was during the Musina Municipality mayoral imbizo held at the local soccer field. Gumela falls under Ward 7 of Musina Municipality and is one of the more than 50 villages which were incorporated into Musina following the disestablishment of the then Mutale Municipality. 

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Sanitary pads for rural learners

One of the girls from Tshikundamalema High School, Fhatuwani Gumbu receives sanitary pads from MEC Jerry Ndou and Mayor Mihloti MuhlopeOne of the girls from Tshikundamalema High School, Fhatuwani Gumbu receives sanitary pads from MEC Jerry Ndou and Mayor Mihloti Muhlope

More than 500 girls from Tshikundamalema High School, outside Masisi received boxes of sanitary pads enough to supply them for the next six months from the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Mr Jerry Ndou and Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope.

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New De Beers Venetia Mine General Manager introduced to the media

The newly appointed General Manager of De Beers Venetia Mine, Gerrie Nortje (left) pictured with the Communications Manager of Musina Municipality Wilson Dzebu and the editor of the Limpopo Mirror, Wikus Lee (right) during the media breakfast sessionThe newly appointed General Manager of De Beers Venetia Mine, Gerrie Nortje (left) pictured with the Communications Manager of Musina Municipality Wilson Dzebu and the editor of the Limpopo Mirror, Wikus Lee (right) during the media breakfast session

The newly appointed General Manager of De Beers Venetia Mine, Gerrie Nortje said he is committed to the continued development of the mine and the communities in which they operate. Nortje was addressing members of the media during the breakfast session which was recently held at Venetia Guesthouse in Musina. The session was meant to introduce Nortje to members of the media. Nortje replaces Benford Mokoatle who left the mine for greener pastures after serving for eleven months.

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“Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers…”

Pastor Joseph Salani leads a thanksgiving prayer on the N1 roadPastor Joseph Salani leads a thanksgiving prayer on the N1 road

Earlier in December last year, pastors from various denominations and representatives from Musina Municipality converged on the N1 road to pray against the high number of road accidents during the festive seasons.

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Sanlam sponsors Inter-Municipal Employee Tournament

Sanlam’s Key Account Specialist in Limpopo, Janine Smith shakes hands with Cllr Prince Sakala while the chairperson of Musina Municipality Sports Committee, Bennie Tlou looks on. This was during the launch of the Inter-Municipal Employee Tournament (IMET) sponsored by Sanlam.    Sanlam’s Key Account Specialist in Limpopo, Janine Smith shakes hands with Cllr Prince Sakala while the chairperson of Musina Municipality Sports Committee, Bennie Tlou looks on. This was during the launch of the Inter-Municipal Employee Tournament (IMET) sponsored by Sanlam.

Sanlam’s Key Account Specialist in Limpopo, Janine Smith said promoting healthy lifestyle, fostering active community involvement and creating a social platform for various stakeholders are key issues of their social responsibility plans. Smith was addressing members of the Musina Municipality Sports Committee during the launch of the Inter-Municipal Employee Tournament (IMET). The two parties also signed the memorandum of understanding during the meeting.

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Strategic planning meeting focusses on progress, challenges and future plans of the municipality

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope addressing councilors, traditional leaders, members of the management team of Musina Municipality and representatives from sector departments during the municipality’s strategic planning meetingMayor Mihloti Muhlope addressing councilors, traditional leaders, members of the management team of Musina Municipality and representatives from sector departments during the municipality’s strategic planning meeting

“The challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in our society are the basis through which our thinking should be centered as we undertake this strategic planning session.” These were the words of Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope when addressing councilors, traditional leaders, members of the management team of Musina Municipality and representatives from sector departments during the municipality’s three-day strategic planning meeting. The meeting discussed service delivery progress, challenges and future plans of the municipality. 

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Mayor hosts bursary recipients

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope photographed with the new beneficiaries of the mayoral bursary.  They are from left to right: Ronewa Matamela, Fhumulani Malovhele, Monica Mwanza, Mosiwa Makane and Brain Liwani. Thuso Nenweli was not available when the photo was takenMayor Mihloti Muhlope photographed with the new beneficiaries of the mayoral bursary. They are from left to right: Ronewa Matamela, Fhumulani Malovhele, Monica Mwanza, Mosiwa Makane and Brain Liwani. Thuso Nenweli was not available when the photo was taken

“After completing my Grade 12 with flying colours, I never thought it would be possible for me to realize my dream of going to university due to shortage of funds. Thanks to Musina Municipality for affording me the opportunity to further my studies through the mayoral bursary. I promise that they will not spend their money in vain as I will work hard to attain my degree upon completion of my studies.” These are the words of Ronewa Matamela from Bale village in the Ha-Manenzhe area.   He is one of the six new successful students from poor families who qualified to be funded by Musina Municipality mayoral bursary this year.   Matamela is doing a degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Venda. The bursary covers tuition fees, books, food and accommodation.

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First network tower for Bennde Mutale area

Contractors pictured with the Communications Manager of Musina Municipality, Wilson Dzebu (fourth from left) and local ward councillor Phillip Mbedzi (fifth from right) at the construction site of the network tower at Bennde Mutale villageContractors pictured with the Communications Manager of Musina Municipality, Wilson Dzebu (fourth from left) and local ward councillor Phillip Mbedzi (fifth from right) at the construction site of the network tower at Bennde Mutale village

Community members from the deep rural village of Bennde Mutale outside Masisi will now be able to connect with the rest of the world after many years of isolation. This comes after a service provider kicked off the project to construct a network tower in their village. For many years, the village made headlines on regional, provincial and national media platforms for not being able to get in touch with the rest of the world.  Bennde Mutale is one of the villages that were incorporated into Musina after the disestablishment of Mutale Municipality.

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Traditional leaders commend Musina Municipality for effective stakeholder engagement

A delegation from Musina Municipality and De Beers Venetia Mine captured with traditional leaders and representatives of various traditional councils during the meeting at Malale village.  A delegation from Musina Municipality and De Beers Venetia Mine captured with traditional leaders and representatives of various traditional councils during the meeting at Malale village.

Several satisfied voices are emerging on how Musina Municipality gets in touch with its stakeholders. One of the satisfied voices is that of the traditional leaders in rural villages who commended the municipality for continuously working together with them.

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Food hampers for senior citizens

Amos Masete (78) receives his food hamper from Musina Chief Whip Cllr Fistos Mafela, Headman Mikosi Nefolovhodwe, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Hendrik Matjila from De Beers Venetia Mine and the Speaker of Musina Municipality, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu. Amos Masete (78) receives his food hamper from Musina Chief Whip Cllr Fistos Mafela, Headman Mikosi Nefolovhodwe, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Hendrik Matjila from De Beers Venetia Mine and the Speaker of Musina Municipality, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu.

Amos Masete is a 78-year-old pensioner who stays at Bale village under Musina Municipality. He is one of the 200 senior citizens whose 2018 Christmas came earlier than anticipated. This is simply because they recently received food hampers from De Beers Venetia Mine and Musina Municipality at Malale community hall.

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Mayor engages with Domboni traditional leader

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope listens attentively as Headman Shandukani Malise illustrates a point. Mayor Mihloti Muhlope listens attentively as Headman Shandukani Malise illustrates a point.

“We don’t wait for traditional leaders to voice out their service delivery concerns during the mayoral imbozos or municipal public participation programmes. Instead, we visit them and engage with them on how we can improve service delivery in their villages.” These are the words of Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Mihlope during her visit to the headman of Domboni La Folovhodwe village, Musanda Vho-Shandukani Malise.

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Dzimauli High School – a shining example of hard work!

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope delivers a motivational talk to learners of Dzimauli High School.  Mayor Mihloti Muhlope delivers a motivational talk to learners of Dzimauli High School.

Situated in the rural village of Folovhodwe, Dzimauli High School has a reason to celebrate. This is the only school that obtained 100% pass rate during the 2017 Grade 12 results in the Niani Circuit. One may ask: “How does a rural school without a library, laboratory and modern educational facilities achieve this?”

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King Mphephu leads back to school campaign

From left to right: Thovhele Ratshibvumo II Rambuda, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana and Musanda Solomon Nduvheni on their arrival at Ratshibvumo High School, Gumela village.   From left to right: Thovhele Ratshibvumo II Rambuda, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana and Musanda Solomon Nduvheni on their arrival at Ratshibvumo High School, Gumela village.

Gumela village was uplifted to a royal palace status when King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana and his huge entourage arrived. Gumela, which was inherited from the defunct Mutale, now falls under Ward 7 of Musina Municipality.

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Services brought closer to the people

The Speaker of Musina Municipality, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu, headman Vhulahani Netanda of Tanda village and Mayor Mihloti Muhlope captured during the event.The Speaker of Musina Municipality, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu, headman Vhulahani Netanda of Tanda village and Mayor Mihloti Muhlope captured during the event.

“I was supposed to catch a taxi to Musina and pay a R100 return fee next week. As a parent who survives on child support grant, I have saved that money because my service delivery problems have been resolved.” These were the words of Mususumeli Munyai of Tanda village. She was speaking gladly after the Musina Municipality Mayoral Imbizo that recently took place at her village.

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Musina Municipality strengthens relationship with traditional leaders

Chief Mmbangiseni Manenzhe welcomes Mayor Mihloti Muhlope at Manenzhe Tribal Council offices.  Chief Mmbangiseni Manenzhe welcomes Mayor Mihloti Muhlope at Manenzhe Tribal Council offices.

Chief Mmbangiseni Manenzhe said he is satisfied by the level of service delivery implemented by Musina Municipality in the villages under his kingdom. He was speaking at Manenzhe Tribal Council Office during the visit by Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope. Manenzhe is one of the five senior traditional leaders who have been allocated seats in the Council of Musina Municipality.

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