The roof of the Ratshilavhi home collapsed after the house caught fire on Monday. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

Family homeless after fire destroys their nine-room house


Members of the Ratshilavhi family from Tshiozwi were left devastated after their nine-room luxury house and everything in it went up in flames on Monday, 30 October.

The incident happened at around 14:00. The owner of the house, Mr Takalani Ratshilavhi, said he could not believe his eyes when he saw his house burning. “My neighbours called me while I was at work and informed me that my house was on fire. I rushed home and, on arrival, the neighbours told me that they had heard an explosion, followed by a fire. They had already called the Makhado Fire Brigade, who responded very quickly, but the fire had unfortunately already caused severe damage. I felt like I was dreaming as I watched helplessly. This is the type of disaster that we see on television, far from us, but this time it was happening to our family! Luckily, no one was injured in the fire, and we have only God to thank for protecting us,” he said.

An electrical fault is suspected to have caused the fire.

Ratshilavhi said the roof and walls of the house were severely damaged, and everything inside was reduced to ashes. The damage to his property is estimated to be more than R1 million.

Ward Councillor Cedrick Malange said the municipality was going to assist the family through the disaster management unit. “Our disaster-management team has already assessed the damage, and I have asked community members to donate useful materials and food to the affected family,” he said.

The Makhado SAPS spokesperson, Sgt Tshifhiwa Radzilani, confirmed the incident and said the police had opened an inquest to determine how the fire had started.


News in brief - Date: 03 November 2023

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Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror in 2000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.

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