Limpopo Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba on Wednesday handed an electronic wheelchair to a patient at Tooseng Clinic, Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality.

Electronic wheelchairs are an essential and lifesaving device for people with mobility impairments.

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The wheelchair provides freedom, independence, and mobility in individual daily life and can increase the user’s productivity and lessen the strain and effort required to move from one place to another. It allows the user to access places and activities that might be impossible with a manual wheelchair.


“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our donors, the captains of the industries. Who after we requested them to donate to us with the electronic wheelchair, couldn’t hesitate but to come on board.

“An electronic wheelchair is not for every person with disabilities. Occupational Therapists must first assess the patient and prescribe where their assessments will find it indicated,” said Ramathuba.

“The service provider must work with the occupational therapist to determine the best wheelchair for the patient’s needs. We are happy to be handing over these electronic wheelchairs. Knowing the critical role they will play in the life of a person with mobility impairments.

“This will also provide a huge relief. It is also a beacon of hope to the recipient whose dignity was stripped due to limited mobility, “said MEC Ramathuba.

Police in Lebowakgomo have launched an extensive search for armed suspects who committed a business robbery at Sasko Bakery on Saturday 8 July. The incident happened at about 15:15 at the Lepelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality.

It is reported that the robbers started by firing shots randomly in the yard before they stormed into the premises. They found a female cashier inside an office. The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of money which they put inside a cardboard box.

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The suspects also exchanged gunfire with the Cash-in-transit Security Guards who had come to collect money. This after the third suspect who was waiting outside the yard and hiding inside the vehicle opened fire on the Security guards who were not aware of the robbery.

Thugs rob Sasko Bakery in Lebowakgomo
Box that was used to conceal the stolen money

The suspect abandoned the vehicle and ran on foot when the Security Guards fired back and the other two suspects also managed to escape.


Police were called and on arrival, they started an initial investigation. They found that the suspects dropped the box that was used to conceal the stolen money. But the money was missing.

In addition, one Cellphone was found inside the getaway Nissan NP 200 motor vehicle. It will form part of the investigation as well as the motor vehicle. The Police manhunt continues for the suspects.