SATMA Awards in partnership with the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga hosted another successful announcement of Nominees for the year 2022 on Saturday, 30 July at Emalahleni, Witbank.

The event was attended by the public and prestigious guests. The different artists and musicians came out in their numbers to show their love and support. All those in attendance, took this opportunity to wear their traditional attire and heritage with pride. The red carpet was full of colour and reflected the rainbow nation.

SATMA AWARDS NOMINEES EVENT

Fashion Kulture dazzled the red carpet with their elegant designs and a touch of Africa. The audience were kept on their feet as the performing artist gave stunning performances. Singer Nomfundo Moh, Karabo Mogane and Rockzie gave a breath taking performance.

SATMA Awards
Red Carpet

While the different cultural dance groups, inspired the audience to continue celebrating their heritage and culture.

The 17th SATMA Awards released the list of successful Nominees, in total there were 125 Nominees and 26 Categories. Voting was officially declared open and the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite Nominee.

SATMA Awards nominees revealed
Performance of the night

FULL LIST of Nominees:

BEST AFRO SOUL SONG

Daniel Brothers: We Dance Again

Royalson: Ubuhle Bomuntu

Amanda Mankayi: Ndawo Yam

BEST AFRICAN JAZZ ARTIST AND GROUP

Fanie Dick

Dzivha Fundudzi

Mthobisi Mthalane

BEST REGGAE ARTIST AND GROUP

Burning Fire

Lutendo CJ Munyai

Jeremiah Fyah Ises

BEST PRAISE SINGER ARTIST AND GROUP

Venda Boy

Malume Tau

Mayibuy’Afrika

BEST INDIGENOUS POET ARTIST AND GROUP

Lucy Impondokazi

Mudogwa

Nqobile Msawenkosi Duma

Ntombi Ya Mutsonga

BEST UPCOMING ARTIST AND GROUP

Mkoti Ogwaqa

Ma’onas the melodian

Mjolisi

BEST MBHAQANGA ARTIST AND GROUP

Ababekezeli

Trevor TMV

BEST TRADITIONAL ACAPELLA ARTIST/GROUP

Inkululeko

Nombika Black Boyz

Afrika Mamas

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC COMMUNITY RADIO PRESENTER

DJ Ma-Osh: OR Tambo FM

DJ Masindi: 7441 FM

Majozi and Vezy: Alex FM

Lunga Mgamle: Zimbonele FM

Leswikwa La Radio: Radio turf

Skhumb’esimnyama: Forte FM

Daniel Nkosi: Barberton Community Radio

Mr Shosho: Inanda FM

Ngelosi Myeni: Nongoma FM

Phumzile Mhlangeni: Kasie FM

Xolani Magaqa: HIP 97.7 FM

Jikijwa: Kouga FM

Yandisa Zizele: Khanya FM

Sutata: Lekoa FM

Ishmael Morota: SKFM Community Radio

Sakhile Mphumeleli Madonsela: Maputlaland Community Radio

Thapelino Medupe: Mahikeng FM

BEST DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & CULTURE

Eastern Cape

North West

Free State

Northern Cape

BEST DEPARTMENT CULTURAL AFFAIRS CHIEF DIRECTOR

KwaZulu-Natal

Gauteng

Eastern Cape

Limpopo

Northern Cape

BEST TRADITIONAL OUTFIT

Bornwise Khoza

Davi Maimela

Frank Ramatsetse

Nomsa Mkhonza

Thabang Baakwalanga

BEST TRADITIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER

Brightonth Thembalethu

Zamamboe Mkhize

Neliswe Faith Sibiya

Bafana Mthembu

Audrey Skhosana

Tinyiko Khoza

Faith Mgobhozi

Yenkosinabadala Makhoba

Thando Mahlangu

Thato Angel

Nomalizwi MC Mhlongo

BEST SEPEDI ARTIST GROUP

Seremi Crew

Mpatli Rakgabale

Katalina

BEST VENDA ARTIST GROUP

Vho Musenwa

Thifhelimbilu Rumba Boys

Vha Venda Cultural Group

BEST XITSONGA ARTIST GROUP

CIIVE-S

Nurse Matlatla

Henny C

Prince Rhangani

BEST NDEBELE ARTIST GROUP

Allentjie

Paulos Ngwabo Lakwatutu

Sikabopha

BEST ISIXHOSA ARTIST GROUP

Nelisa

Xhensakumisiwe

Sivuyile

BEST SETSWANA ARTIST GROUP

Dikwena Tsa Matlosana

Tswelelang Cultural Dancers

Diragammu Cultural Group

Mamakie Motlogelwa

BEST SISWATI ARTIST GROUP

Sam Ndlovu

Msa Lomshiyo

Snothemba Cultural Group

BEST INDIAN ARTIST GROUP

Pritisha M

Omesh Mohanpursad

Imran Qamar (IQ)

BEST SESOTHO ARTIST/GROUP

Thabang Mosouenyana

Khopolo Khuluoe

Linare tsa Mafube

BEST BOEREMUSIEK ARTIST/GROUP

Vatvas Dansorkes

Kosie Beukes

Die Teelpeltjies

BEST MASKANDI (T&D) ARTIST/GROUP

Masinga (Sgqoko Sembengolo

Udamakahle

Gatsheni

MOST VOTED SONG OF THE YEAR

Tau Sebata: Mamadi

Gatsheni: Inhlupheko

Retsosangwao Cultural Group: Dikgwetlo tsa Botshelo

Henny C: Driver ya Marato

Die Ventertjies: Ratkas Vastrap

Venda Boy: Lwendo

Malimo a Tselakhopo: Leska la Thole

Bholoja: Swazi Soul

Sivuyile: Bambo Lwam

Tsokotsane Tsa Lihlala: Mohau oa hau

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC SABC RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR

Willem Viljoen: RSG

Bheka Mchunu: Ukhozi FM

Zakia Ahmed: Lotus FM

Augustine Shotholo: Thobela FM

Solly Makamu and Mafosi: Munghana Lonene FM

Humbulani Nengovhela: Phlaphala FM

Riano Nduve: X-K FM

Gudl’abatshakaza (Gudla): Umhlobo Wenene FM

Tom Perez: Motsweding FM

Ntsoaki Motloung and Phakisi Mokoena: Lesedi FM

Piet Shabangu (Vum Vum): Ikwekwezi FM

Sifiso Lubisi: Ligwalagwala FM

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Fannie Masemola has directed the Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe to mobilise maximum resources to apprehend those responsible for the killing of the Mayor of the Collins Chabane Local Municipality in Limpopo.

56-year-old Moses ‘Big Moss’ Maluleke was shot and killed on Thursday evening at his home, and his 18-year-old son wounded.

COLLINS CHABANE MAYOR KILLING

According to reports, three unknown suspects entered the Mayor’s home in Saselamani village at 19:00 where they demanded money from the deceased mayor and his son. When the pair could not comply with the suspects’ instructions, they were allegedly shot at by the trio.

THE SON SURVIVES HORRIFIC SCENE

The mayor succumbed to his injuries on scene and his son survived. The son was was transported to a nearby hospital where he is receiving further medical care. A case of murder and attempted murder has been registered. Police have since launched a manhunt for the group of suspects.

Members of the public who know or may have witnessed what transpired are encouraged to report to the Saselamani Police station. Crime Stop Hotline number on 0860010111 to assist police investigations.

A Police Constable allegedly shot a man and a woman and later turned the gun on himself at Seshego Zone 3, outside Polokwane on Wednesday 20 July 2022 at about 13h00. Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has urged Police members to seek professional assistance when faced with relationship challenges following and incident in which a

A 27 year old Constable attached to Roedtan police station allegedly went to a rental apartment. He reportedly found a woman believed to be his girlfriend in the company of another man. He then confronted them and shot them dead before turning the gun on himself.

POLICE CONSTABLE COMMITS SUICIDE  

All three persons were certified dead on the scene. The Policeman’s service pistol was found on the scene. It is not clear at this stage what prompted the incident but domestic related challenges cannot be ruled out.

POLICE CONDEMN INCIDENT 

“Our members are urged to make use of available internal helping professionals whose responsibility is to look after the employees health and wellness issues and desist from resorting to extreme violence when dealing with challenges,” concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The Police have opened cases of two counts of murder and one count of inquest. Investigations are continuing.

The vehicle dealership salesperson aged 41 and his 26 year-old accomplice have been arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members for alleged fraud on Saturday, 16 July 2022.

It is alleged that during April this year, a vehicle dealership salesperson based in Makhado facilitated the process of vehicle finance application for the client who is an accomplice.

VEHICLE DEALERSHIP FRAUD

It is further alleged that the client did not meet the requirements. But he was assisted by the salesperson to get the deal on a Toyota Avanza. It was worth R573 759-56 approved through ABSA bank.

After the deal was successfully approved and the vehicle was delivered to the client. The bank realized that the documents were fraudulent.

CASE OPENED AGAINST CULPRIT

The case was opened and referred to the Hawks for further Investigation.

Both suspects are expected to appear in the Makhado Magistrate’s court on Monday, 18 July 2022. They face charges of fraud and forgery.

The effects of loadshedding are still felt on water supply in areas within Polokwane Municipality, Capricorn District.

Challenges experienced by Lepelle Northern Water on both Olifantspoort and Ebenezer plants are taking part on the situation.

POLOKWANE MUNICIPALITY WATER ISSUE

Ebenezer Plant is currently not pumping water to Municipality due to, according to Lepelle Northern Water, “pump station 3 (ps3) failure”. The water utility said Eskom is aware of the challenge.

Polokwane Municipality Monday water supply status
Polokwane

AREAS AFFECTED

Most areas of Polokwane are experiencing water shortage. Those include, amongst others, upper areas of Flora Park, Sterpark and Moregloed. Madiba Park, Legae la Batho, Zones 2, 3, 7 and 8 in Seshego and Extensions 71, 73, 75, and 76.

Areas not mentioned here but experiencing water supply challenges are advised to report promptly to Water and Sanitation helpline so that the municipality can come to their aid.

Two more suspects aged 28 and 43 have been arrested by the Hawks‘ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members in Johannesburg on Saturday in relation to theft of over R36 million belonging to the First National Bank (FNB) deceased client.

The suspects who are a couple allegedly received R6 million from one of the suspects in this case. The couple started to fight over the money when the sender requested it back.

SUSPECTS ARRESTED OVER DECEASED BANK CLIENT

When the girlfriend went to the police in Johannesburg to open a case of assault against her boyfriend, the police discovered that the money they were fighting for was actually stolen and Limpopo Hawks were investigating the matter. The Hawks were alerted. They found that R5.5 million of the R6 million that they had received was already returned back to the sender.

On 10 June 2022, the FNB employee, Thabiso Matenda (Malawian) based in Makhado was arrested by the same team. He allegedly stole R36 989 051-67 belonging to the bank client.

It is alleged that on 25 April 2022 Matenda opened a profile of the client who had just died in a vehicle accident a day before (24 April 2022) without authorization.

SPENDING MONEY BELONGING TO THE LATE

It is further alleged that the accused connived with his accomplice to open a new bank account, linked it to the deceased’s account and started spending all the money from the deceased’s account.

The bank discovered the shenanigans and reported the matter to the Hawks. Some of the stolen money was allegedly donated to a certain church. Matenda is still in police custody after his bail was successfully opposed.

The couple is expected to appear in the Makhado Magistrate’s court on 18 July 2022. The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.

Founder and leader of In His Presence Ministries Church, Pastor Walter Mashalane (46) has been given a five years jail term by the Senwabarwana Regional court for theft of firearms, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The sentence was handed down by the Limpopo court on Friday 15 July 2022.

The trial court found that accused approached one of his congregants and requested that she brings two firearms which were belonging to her husband with the intention of praying for them because he said he had a negative premonitions about them in 2019.

PASTOR HANDED 5 YEAR JAIL TERM

The woman complied and handed the two firearms to Pastor Mashalane without the knowledge of the lawful owner. Afterwards, the lawful owner approached the Pastor and asked him to hand them back but he refused.

A case of theft of firearms was subsequently opened and was later transferred to the Provincial Detectives for investigation.

TASK TEAM TO INVESTIGATE

The case was assigned to Sergeant Mashitisho for further investigations. Assisted by members of the Provincial Tracking Team, the Pastor was apprehended on 10 September 2019 at Mokhuromela village.

During the arrest, police found one firearm with ammunition concealed inside a ceiling after a thorough probe in the house. The other firearm was never recovered. The accused was later granted a free bail with a warning until his five year imprisonment on the said day and also declared to unfit to possess a firearm.

Three teenagers, two boys and a girl were confirmed dead in an accident on the R81 road next to Xikukwani village, Mopani.

This is after the bakkie they were traveling in lost control due to suspected reckless driving.

Also read: Accused convicted for swindling department of education tender bidder

The only survivor has been transported to Nkhensani Hospital for medical attention.

THREE TEENAGERS DIE IN AN ACCIDENT

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC, Polly Boshielo shas sent condolences to the bereaved families.

“This is a second accident in Mopani District that has claimed lives over this weekend. It is a cause for concern.

“We continue to plead with motorists to obey the rules of the road, for them to arrive alive at their respective destinations” said MEC Boshielo.

Eight people were confirmed dead, while others are seriously injured during a multi vehicle accident in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. The accident involved a stuck Nissan bakkie carrying thirteen people. It was hit by an Isuzu heavy motor vehicle and a Toyota Quantum minibus traveling in the opposite direction along the D3260 road towards Seloane on Friday night.

PHALABORWA MULTI VEHICLE ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIVES 

Seven people died on the spot, and one also died on the way to the hospital. Other injured people were also taken to Maphutha Malatji Hospital in Namakgale.

Speeding and reckless driving are cited as possible causes of the accident.

MEC BOSHIELO SEND HER CONDOLENCES 

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC, Polly Boshielo has sent messages of condolences to the families of the deceased.

“We are saddened by these fatalities and send our deepest condolences to the families that are affected in this tragic incident. We plead with motorists to obey the rules of the road, for them to arrive at their respective destinations alive and sound.

It cannot be right that motorists become impatient to the point where lives are also lost in this manner. We have to at all times, obey and follow rules to the latter. It’s the only way to arrive alive and also save lives,” said MEC Boshielo.

After a two-year hiatus, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of the state of disaster, several sectors were severely affected including the Limpopo tourism sector, which was the most affected after several months without operation. 

The country made great strides and efforts to fight the pandemic and now gradually moving back to normality.

The relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions has also seen the return of tourism business in the first quarter of 2022. This saw Limpopo Province come back with a bang. South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) in partnership with South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) and Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) present the much-anticipated CPD (Continuous Professional Development) accredited Biennial Symposium 2022. 

LIMPOPO TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGE 

The event will be held from the 21st to 23rd September, at Fairview Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Tzaneen.

“We look forward to hosting all SAIAE members at the Fairview Hotel for a long-awaited in person multi-day CPD event. We have established that agricultural and all engineers practicing in the agricultural industry are generating world class solutions in government departments (nationally and provincially). Private sector and in research organizations”, emphasized President of SAIAE, Mr. Thabo Mavundza.

This event has over the years housed over 200 local and international engineers and scientists. They have shared knowledge and insight on local and international case studies. Cutting-edge technology in the agricultural sector, and new, exciting, and innovative solutions in the agricultural industry. 

“This year, we expect nothing less and the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers Council calls on all interested parties, active in the agricultural sector to attend this world class event”, concluded, Mavundza.

ENGINEERING AGRICULTURE

The theme of the symposium this year is: “The Rise of Engineering Agriculture” – welcome to the future, today, it arrived yesterday!

Issues to be addressed by the symposium will include but not limited to the following: Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, Food Processing and Preservation, Water Resource Management, Drought Impact Mitigation, Agricultural Structures, Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization, Environmental Engineering, Covid-19 Impact on Agricultural Operations and System, Impact of Flood on Agricultural Infrastructure, Engineering Solutions for Rural Farmers and 4thIndustrial Revolution in Agricultural Engineering.

“Alongside making this momentous announcement and successful bidding as the ideal host destination for the symposium. This then gives us as an opportunity to grow Agrotourism in the province, something we have not taken advantage of. We would then like to take this opportunity to urge our tour operators to take advantage of this opportunity. Engage with the production facility owners to develop Agrotourism related packages”, said Mr. Moses Ngobeni Acting CEO of LTA.

Limpopo Province has a great story to tell when it comes to Agrotourism, especially in Tzaneen. The following are some of them:

WESTFALIA FRUIT

Westfalia Fruit is a leading multinational supplier of fresh fruit and related products to international markets. Through our vertically-integrated supply chain we grow, source, and ripen, pack, process and market quality avocados and other produce. Across the year and across the globe.

ZZ2 GROUP OF COMPANIES

The ZZ2 brand is a well-known icon in South Africa with a proud history backed by a great customer value offering and superior economic value for their stakeholders. The ZZ2 farms mainly in the Limpopo Province where the sought-after tomatoes and avocados are cultivated. They also grow mangoes, onions, dates, cherries, apples, pears, stone fruit, almonds, and blueberries.

PEPPADEW INTERNATIONAL

What started as a modest production facility in the hills of Limpopo has grown into a global food brand. Years of ingenuity has not only led to unprecedented culinary experiences along the way. But also to the development of manufacturing operations of the highest standards. It’s because of these standards that they are proud to supply PEPPADEW® products to some of the world’s largest retailers and food manufacturers. Also in over 25 countries around the world.

SETŠONG TEA CRAFTERS

Setšong Tea Crafters is a 100% black-owned Company comprising of youth and women. The company stimulates the economy in a collaboration with rural cooperatives from Limpopo developed by a community development organization; Siyaphila Youth Support Services.