Former Black Leopards and Baroka coach Dylan Kerr has been appointed as the new head coach of Swallows FC.

This comes after Swallows parted ways with coach Brandon Truter and his support technical staff following a streak of poor results in the DStv Premiership.

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The decision came after the 3-1 defeat in a Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs this past Sunday. The result meant Swallows sit bottom of the log.

Dylan Kerr appointed new Swallows coach
Dylan Kerr


The Dube Birds are tied on eight points with Marumo Gallants and Baroka. Kerr’s first task will be a tough encounter against Maritzburg United on Saturday, 4 December.

Three people were killed and four others were seriously injured in a crash involving a Mercedes Benz and a mini bus. The crash took place on the N1 South, Limpopo on Tuesday.

It is alleged that the mini bus had a tyre burst. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

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Three people including the driver were killed instantly while four were reported to be in a critical state.


Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC is urging Public Transport Operators to check the condition of their vehicles before every trip.

The MEC says this will go a long way in ensuring that we save lives. Also assist in reducing the number of road carnage this festive season.

The results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey shows South Africa’s unemployment rate employed persons decreased for the third quarter of 2021. It has decreased by 660 000 in the third quarter of 2021 to 14,3 million. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 183,000 to 7,6 million compared to the second quarter of 2021.

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The number of discouraged work seekers increased by 545,000 (16,4%) as released by Stats SA. The number of people who were not economically active for reasons other than discouragement increased by 443 000 (3,3%) between the two quarters resulting in a net increase of 988 000 in the not economically active population.

These changes resulted in the official unemployment rate increasing by 0,5% of a percentage point from 34,4% in the second quarter of 2021 to 34,9% in the third quarter of 2021. The highest since the start of the QLFS in 2008. The unemployment rate according to the expanded definition of unemployment increased by 2,2 percentage points to 46,6% in quarter 3 2021 compared to quarter 2 2021.


The results indicate that the South African labour market is more favourable to men than it is to women. The proportion of men in employment is higher than that of women; more men than women are participating in the labour market as the labour force participation rate of men is higher than that of women; and the unemployment rate among men is lower than among women.

The unemployment rate among women was 37,3% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to 32,9% among men according to the official definition of unemployment. The official unemployment rate among black African women was 41,5% during this period compared to 9,9% among white women, 25,2% among Indian/ Asian women and 29,1 among coloured women.

Employment decreased by 571 000 (5,6%) in the Formal sector, by 65 000 (5,4%) in Private households and by 32 000 (3,8%) in Agriculture in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2021. Informal sector employment increased by 9 000 (0,3%) in the same period.

All industries experienced job losses between the second and third quarters of 2021 except the Finance industry which gained 138 000 jobs.

The Polokwane Municipality’s maintenance team is currently conducting emergency repairs on the power supply. This is for fallen utility poles that supply to customers on the plots and areas along the game reserve.

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As a result, the supply areas including Polokwane Game Reserve, Palmietfontein and Weltevrede plot and surrounding areas are off within the Capricorn district.

There is no estimated electricity restoration time but it might take longer until repairs are completed.


All affected users are advised to treat all electrical wiring as live and to switch off all appliances during the outage to avoid injury and damage once the power supply is restored.

Polokwane Municipality apologizes for the inconvenience. Municipal Helpline: 015 023 5000 / 5001 / 5458. Electrical Call Centre: 015 023 5490 / 5705. Electrical WhatsApp line: 083 824 9886

Limpopo Tourism Agency [LTA] is deeply concerned about the rushed decision by some international destinations to put South Africa back on the red list. This is due to the newly detected Omicron variant of COVID-19.

These countries include the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Malaysia, Seychelles, Japan, European Union states, United States of America (USA), Australia, Egypt and Rwanda.

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This denotes that South Africans are barred from travelling to these countries while there will not be any flight. Other five countries from the SADC region that have also been red-listed are Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

LTA is concerned as this decision by the UK will cause serious disruptions. With so many cancellations of bookings from these countries including the UK.


The Acting CEO of LTA, Mr. Moses Ngobeni said: “What worries us even more is that this has a direct bearing on the economy as flights and accommodation of many prospective visitors to the province have been cancelled.

“We are confident that our government will engage with these countries. To have this impasse resolved so that travel is made possible to sustain our already ailing economy.

“This will also save several jobs in the tourism sector, which was hard hit by the pandemic. Most of our tourism facilities in the province already had bookings from some of these countries and this decision will undoubtedly scare other visitors away”.

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The entity will continue with its drive of the Summer Campaign to encourage the citizens of South Africa and Limpopo. To travel destination Limpopo to help resuscitate the economy and also grow domestic tourism.

“Limpopo will this weekend be abuzz with motorcycles from all parts of the country and beyond the borders. As the province will host another rally of Sapa Yopa on the 4th of December 2021.

“The bikers will descend the province from the 2nd November 2021. We really welcome this continued gesture by the leadership of Sapa Yopa. To make this province the home of their annual rally. As this boosts the economy while growing tourism in the province,” reiterated Ngobeni.

Ngobeni further said, “LTA will also send an activation team to North West Province, Sun City, at Gary Player Country Club from 2-5 December 2021 for the SA Open Championship.

LTA has partnered with Sunshine Tour for this event. We will use this as an opportunity to create awareness about destination Limpopo and what it has on offer to the golfers and non-golfers attending the event. We are confident that this will boost the numbers of domestic trips to our province”.

Multi-award-winning praise singer Masingita Shibambu, well known as Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga won a SATMA Award for Best Traditional Praise Singer on Saturday in Mbombela.

Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga from Matiyani village in Malamulele in Limpopo is known for SONA2020 Imbongi, the first Tsonga poet to usher the President of South Africa.

She is the founder of NYM Arts Academy, an arts institution aimed at building and nurturing creatives in rural areas.

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She thanked all the people who had taken their precious time and spent airtime voting for her. “I extend my gratitude to all people who utilized their time just to take part in supporting me,” she said. She said she was nominated as best praise singer, and by the grace she won the award.

“As a poet, I drive all my movement to promote arts and cultural identity. It is very important that people start to follow the culture and I want to stand in the gap and inspire especially the young people so that we don’t have to forget where we come from. This award says to me the world is looking at me as the youngest praise singer, and my hard work didn’t vanish into the air. People are really supportive.

“The moment I learnt that I was nominated for the award, I embraced it, and encourage people to vote for me. I never waited for someone to push it, but I did myself. Throughout the journey it was challenging but interesting as well. I have learnt that I have got a family on social media platforms and people who are ready to support each and everything I do,” said Ntombi ya Motsonga.


She further said that her book is finally done and focuses on Xitsonga culture.

“I am a praise poet who drives all movements to promote arts and culture identity. The book is all about that. I am also going back to the studio to give my people more content because that’s the best I can do. This made me engage in each and every activity at Sunday school, from drama to music, poetry and storytelling.

“This is where I discovered my gift of poetry. In 2014, my first time being on stage in a competition that had more than 500 people. Particularly when I was on stage. I experienced a deep intense feeling and the ancient poetry gushed out words that I never thought resided in me. I obtained the first position and till this day I never looked back. This helped me build my confidence and made me fall more in love with poetry,” she said.

“For me is that wherever you put your mind into the universe is listening. God will give you surely the desire of your heart. I can’t begin to explain how that experience was. But it was really a good one because it opens more doors of opportunity. I believe I am where I am because it played a huge role in me as poet,” she explains.

The City of Polokwane will come to a standstill when the biggest motorbike club in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region Sapa Yopa Motorcycle Club hosts the annual rally on Saturday at Sun Meropa Casino and Entertainment.

Residents will be treated to the incredible sight of more than 2,000 bikers riding from Sun Meropa Casino and Entertainment to Seshego Circle Centre.

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Sapa Yopa is the largest motorcycle club in the SADC region and the weekend’s various activities will kick off with a gala dinner on Thursday. This will be followed by the Sapa Yopa pre-party, and the main event over the weekend. A Soul Session on Sunday.

Sapa Yopa Rally season fever hits Polokwane
SAPA Yopa in Polokwane


According to Sapa Yopa president, Pico Santana, this year Sapa Yopa expects only 2 000 bikers.

“We expect this year’s rally to be even bigger and better. We are living our dreams of cultural diversity with a membership that includes black people, Indians, coloured and white people. This year will also be remembering our fellow bikers who died on the road,” said Santana.

He also urges motorists to be vigilant and share the road with bikers. “They should get to know bikers better and remember bikers are motorists too,” he said.


The 16th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievement, SATMA Awards took place on Saturday night in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

The Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture also walked away with the best department award. 

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KwaZulu Natal group Qtwins were one of the big winners after scooping the Best Female Artist/Group and Best Traditional Collaboration Song awards:


Best Male Artist/Group       

100% Ncobela 

Best Female Artist/Group       

Qtwins Gift of Love

Best Afro Soul Song

Mc Records       

Best African Jazz Song


Best Reggae Album


Best Traditional Praise Singer

Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga (main picture)

Best Indigenous Poet

Kwazi Nsele uMthandazo WoMfelokazi

Best Upcoming Artist/Group

Menzi Mabizela   

Best Traditional Accapella Music Song

Ka Shima

Best Traditional Music Community Radio Presenter

Silulami Dumza Dumezweni Nkqubela FM 

Best Department of Art & Culture       



Best Department Cultural Affairs Chief Director

Bokone Bophirima

Best Traditional Producer

Deejay Avesh  

 Best Traditional House Music Song      

NKR Feat.Thokozani Langa  

Best SePedi Artist/Group

Tau Sebata

Best Tshivenda Artist/Group


Best Xitsonga Artist/Group


Best Ndebele Artist/Group


Best IsiXhosa Artist/Group

Us’hlangu Semfene    

Best SeTswana Artist/Group

Legora la Mmino

Best Siswati Artist/Group

Licathazi Lika Mamzomba 

Best Indian Artist/Group

Preven Moodley

Best Sesotho Artist/Group 


Best Boeremusiek Artist/Group

Die Teelepeltjies

Best Maskandi Artist/Group (Traditional/Digital)

Sgwebo Sethambo    

Best Traditional Collaboration Song

Qtwins ft Dj Tira & Ntencane 

Best Traditional Music Artist/Group of the Year

Nomtiti 8       

Founder Award 

khuzani and Qhuzulini Sithole

Musicians and dignitaries arriving at the Red carpet for the 16th SATMA [ South African Traditional Music Achievement] awards at the Premier Hotel in Mbombela.

PICTURES: SATMA Awards Red Carpet
Motlanalo and partner

Motlanalo has been nominated for the best SePedi Artist/Group and Best Afro Soul Song for her latest offering Rato Laka.

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PICTURES: SATMA Awards Red Carpet
Candy Tsamandebele

Candy has been nominated for Best female Artist/Group, Best traditional music artist/Group of the year and Best collaboration for her Song Still Here ft Henny C.

Nominated for Best Traditional Praise Singer for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) praise from her Dr Mike Nkuna poem album.


The Limpopo department has been nominated for Best Department of Art and Culture alongside Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Free State.

PICTURES: SATMA Awards Red Carpet
Tau Sebata [right] and partner

Sebata has been nominated in the Best SePedi Artist/Group.

Nominated for the best traditional music Artist/Group of the year. The SATMAs are currently underway in Mbombela.

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba will receive equipment worth R2 million from Northam Zoidereide Community Trust. This is towards the success of the Rural healthcare matters project in Thabazimbi Hospital.

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The equipment is aimed at offering support to a team of medical specialists rendering services at the hospitals in the Waterberg District. It started on the 22nd to 28th November 2021.

Health department receive Equipment from community
equipment worth R2 million from Northam Zoidereide Community Trust.


“A total of 180 cases have been operated in our 8 hospitals in Waterberg as we countdown towards our 400.

“These include amongst others Urology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Obstetricians & Gynecologists, etc.

“We really appreciate the token and further express our gratitude to the Northam Zoidereide community trust for the kindness and noble sacrifices in helping us to improve healthcare services,” said MEC Ramathuba.