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Clergyman discloses his HIV status “to save the nation”

News: 10 December 2018 By Ndivhuwo Musetha

By disclosing his HIV status, Hendrick Vele risks being scorned by the community within which he functions. Vele (54), an evangelist at the Apostolic Faith Mission at Dzimauli, revealed his status to the congregation in Maniini last Sunday as part of the acknowledgment and celebration of World Aids Day.

Another account slip-up for Makhado

News: 10 December 2018 By Andries van Zyl

All is obviously not well within the Makhado Municipality’s financial department. Following hard on the heels of their recent property rates blunder, where thousands of municipal account holders were not charged property rates for a number of months, what came to light this week is that local taxpayers have been paying a little bit more than they should as a result of a calculation error on their monthly accounts.

“Let's stop corruption and emulate Phophi”

News: 09 December 2018 By Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

“Educated comrades can differentiate between good and acceptable morals and bad morals. It is out of these reasons that disciplined communists who emulate the late Samson Phophi lead a noble and corruption-free life.”

To hit or not to hit your child?

News: 09 December 2018 By Jo Robinson

The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) of South Africa reserved judgement last week in an appeal that challenges a Johannesburg High Court ruling in 2017 that it violates the rights of children for their parents to spank them, and that such physical discipline is therefore illegal.

“Do not rely on government tenders”

News: 08 December 2018 By Silas Nduvheni

An official in the office of Premier Stanley Mathabatha urged entrepreneurs and people living with disabilities not to rely on government tenders, but also to tender for work in the private sector.

Water crisis reaches boiling point at Muledane

News: 08 December 2018 By Elmon Tshikhudo

The water crisis at Muledane has reached boiling point, with residents threatening to boycott the elections next year. For two weeks now, residents of Muledane Block N have not had a drop of water in their taps even though they have their water coupons showing that they have bought the water at the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM).

Vodacom and EFF shake hands

News: 07 December 2018 By Jo Robinson

An uproar erupted, following the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards Ceremony on 29 November 2018 that culminated in the vandalising of the Vodacom shop at Checkers in Louis Trichardt last Friday, as well as the one in the Mall of the North. The shop remained closed on Monday but opened its doors again on Tuesday.

Collins Chabane residents hard hit by raging storms

News: 07 December 2018 By Elmon Tshikhudo

The Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) geographical area has had no rain for some time now. Coupled with its financial woes, following its investment of more than R300 million with VBS, the municipality is failing to supply water to most of the villages in its four municipalities.

Soutpansberg se Suster Marie oorlede

News: 07 December 2018 By Andries van Zyl

‘n Roudiens sal eerskomende Vrydag gehou word vir die welbekende me. Marie Malan van Louis Trichardt wat op Woensdag, 28 November, in die ouderdom van 77 jaar in Ons Tuiste Ouetehuis se siekeboeg oorlede is.

Big wait starts for SCA to decide

News: 07 December 2018 By Anton van Zyl

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will now decide which way the Masindi Clementine Mphephu case will continue. This is the case where the daughter of the late Paramount Chief Tshimangadzo Mphephu is contesting the Vhavenda kingship/queenship. She opposes the decision to appoint Toni Mphephu Ramabulana as king of the Vhavenda and reckons she was discriminated against because of her gender.

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Not so perfect break-in at Perfect Water

Video: 18 October 2018

On Sunday, 14 October at 23:05, two burglars broke into the Perfect Water shop at 33 Songozwi Street, Louis Trichardt. The shop is owned by Johan and Leana van Rooyen. Johan said that the burglars knew exactly what they were looking for and where to get it. While the alarm apparently did not register at the security company, it did go off at the shop, and the thieves, including one with a very distinctive tattoo, were caught on the shop’s closed-circuit television cameras.