Ward councillor praised for building a house for a destitute family

Mavikane was touched by the intense family in the family

Benson Ntlemo

Limpopo councillor Simon Mavikane has received plaudits after he built a house for a destitute family and handed it over on Reconciliation Day.

Mavikane, ward 16 councillor at the Collins Chabane Local Municipality in Vhembe has built a four roomed house for the family of Simon Makamu who stays at Xihosana village with his wife. They are both disabled.

The event was attended by ANC MP Joe Maswanganyi, Vhembe District Municipality Executive mayor Dowelani Nenguda and traditional leaders from the four villages that comprise the ward.

The event organised by Mavikane also involved a four team soccer tournament won by Muswani Manchester and the handing over of food parcels to five households from each of the four villages- Dumela, Muswane, Xihosana and Nhombelani.

Mavikane also gave a bicycle to each of the headmen of the four villages.

Collins Chabane Local Municipality mayor Moses Maluleke officiated in the handing over of food parcels.

Hosana Dumela, whose names are Mzamani Thomas Maluleke who talked on behalf of the traditional leaders in the four villages said they all appreciated the role played by the councillor in uniting the communities.

“We all devoted the day to the activities initiated by our councillor and we appreciate all what he has done,” said hosanna Dumela.

Executive mayor Nenguda said he appreciated the role the councillor did to unite the communities as well as assisting the impoverished  family.

When he addressed the people at the handing over of the house, Maswanganyi said: “I wat to commend Mr Mavikane for building a beautiful house for the family of Mr Makamu who were living in a dilapidated rondavel. The councillor also hosted a thrilling soccer tournament. This is a clear indication that he is in touch with the community. He is an epitome of a politician who knows that he does not have to keep a social distance from the people he leads.”

Maswanganyi added that he wished sponsors would keep supporting the events at the ward.

In the soccer tournament Muswane Manchester brought the bacon home after they defeated Hosana Santos 3-2 on penalties after the two teams were in a goalless draw in fulltime.

In the semi-finals Manchester had defeated Nhombelani Gunners and Manchester beat Bulwini Hotbeans.

For their efforts Manchester received a Addidas Soccer kit, gold medals, a floating trophy and a soccer ball.

Santos, for their efforts, received Campion soccer kit, silver medals and a soccer ball. The two losing semi finalists also received soccer balls.

In a masters’ game that was played as a curtain raiser to the final, Shihosana Masters beat Malamulele Masters -2-0 to pocket R1 000 price money.

 Mavikane said he had the business community to thank for.

“We did not carry money but requested assistance from the local business people and we gave them quotations,” he said.

The aim was to unite people in his ward, he added.

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