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Joe Matsila Guest House gutted by fire

News - Date: 07 September 2018

Written by: Elmon Tshikhudo / Viewed: 7099


 A mysterious fire, of which the origin is being investigated by police, completely razed the Joe Matsila Guest House at Matsila outside Vuwani.

The twenty-roomed multimillion rand luxurious lodge was destroyed on Thursday afternoon.

Chief Livhuwani Matsila, the founder of Matsila Development Trust that owns the lodge, said the fire started at around 13:00. He said the cause of the fire is not known so far.

Many members of the community from Matsila and neighbouring villages gave their all in trying to extinguish the flames, but the fire was too strong. The fire consumed the whole building before firefighters could arrive.

Shortly after news of the fire was known, messages of sympathy and support started pouring in. Premier Stan Chupu Mathabatha also sympathised with Chief Matsila and his community for their loss.

A comprehensive report will be published in our next edition.



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    makhosini makhubele 11 months ago

    Thatch roofs are also vulnerable to lightning strikes, that's why it is very expensive to insure a thatched house, the insurance premiums are almost double the price of a normal house with concrete tiles, police investigation will only reveal either natural causes of the fire or electrical faulty cables, again Vho Khosi Livhuwani Matsila should install fire sensors, they are the best for any business, one feel sorry for workers who may not be able to feed their families until the business resume again, that may take months, but what will they and their children eat? This is a very sad state of affairs

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    makhosini makhubele 11 months ago

    That's very bad for a successful business like this one, thatch roofs are prone to natural fires and I guess the fires were triggered by natural causes, vho Khosi Matsila should consider installing fire sensors so that when natural fires occurs in future, the fires will automatically be extinguished

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The burnt out shell of the Joe Matsila Guest House at Matsila outside Vuwani. Photo: Limpopo SAPS



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 has since been a familiar name among the newspaper's readers.


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