Medico opens U Save outlet for rural communities
The Village Voice
Collins Chabane Local Municipality mayor Shadrack Maluleke has pleaded with the community to cherish and protect the brand new property, the U Save, against vandalism.
Speaking at the official launch of the new U Save outlet dubbed Mabayeni Stores at Mabayeni under the Madonsi Traditional Council today, Maluleke.
The new property is the vision of Dr Peters Mathebula who is the son of Dr Gulukhulu Mathebula, well known community leader who is the chairperson of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa in the Vhembe district.
The mayor said he does not expect to see U Save close shop because they are tired of theft in the area.
“Let everyone in the community act like police to ensure that this historical property will be there for generations to come, “said the mayor who also praised Hosi Evans Wisani Madonsi who gave land for the project.
The project was officially opened by Hosi Madonsi himself.
Hosi Madonsi said as a traditional leader, his role was to make sure that his people are able to drive the wolf away from their doors.
“I was always coming to this project to see how much progress is being made. A project like this that yield jobs to my people is something dear to my heart and I am grateful to Dr Peters Mathebula,”said Hosi Madonsi.
Speaking at the event Dr Peters Mathebula said he grew up admiring local people who had businesses that supported local communities.
“I have in mind local businesses like Shinyawani, Mashisane, Almina Dumezulu and others who had shops but the shops are no longer there. They are my inspiration and I took a cue from them, “he said.
He added that he was getting into business to also help the government in the challenges it faces such as unemployment, poverty and inequality.
“I realize that if we do not assist the government, the situation will remain the same for a long time, “he said.
Dr Peters also addressed the local U Save regional manager Hitekani Maluleke who was at the event to make sure that the outlet does not fall short when it comes to corporate social responsibility.
Dr Peters Mathebula’s uncle, retired school principal Mr MD Mathebula, praised the medico while reciting the family’s totem.
He said Dr Peters Mathebula is a visionary who has done the family proud.
The programme director was Sydney Baloyi who said he was happy as a local person because when people sent money home from urban areas, they would no longer need extra cash for them to go and but at Malamulele more than 30 km away but can but in the vicinity.
Advocate Musa Baloyi who is also from the area also said he was happy with the new project and assured Hosi Madonsi that more was to come.
Ms Julia Mabasa, the principal of the local Shigombe primary school also expressed appreciation for the project.
Amongst the dignitaries were various headmen other Hosi Madonsi, as well as the Collins Chabane Chief whip Eric Baloyi and ward councilors Lisbeth Mathebula and Cynthia Chabangu.