“Report any abuse to the relevant authorities…”

Seated from left to right: Senior citizens Robert Mocheke, T.M. Gundane and Mayor Mihloti Muhlope. Standing are: George Molea, Evelyn Mopai, Joseph Salani, Evangelist Mabore Ravhuhali and Dudu Makhubele. They were captured shortly after the meeting with the MayorSeated from left to right: Senior citizens Robert Mocheke, T.M. Gundane and Mayor Mihloti Muhlope. Standing are: George Molea, Evelyn Mopai, Joseph Salani, Evangelist Mabore Ravhuhali and Dudu Makhubele. They were captured shortly after the meeting with the Mayor

The Mayor of Musina Municipality, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope says senior citizens play a very significant role in the social life of our society because they have an immense ocean of life experience. Muhlope was addressing representatives of Musina Senior Citizens Forum who met her at the municipality’s Council Chambers.  She said: “Elderly does not mean grey hairs, stiff joints and slurred speech. The nation and society need their guidance for a strategic and stronger future. They can actively participate in administration though indirectly commenting on government policies and suggest amendatory measures.”

Muhlope said she is very proud of the local elders who have shaken the wreckage of age to become masters of their destiny. “It is very difficult these days where age takes a back seat when elders set an inspirational example that they can still contribute more to the development of our community. They are playing a significant role in making the youth understand the cultural values and help them to live up to our traditions. Indeed, they are the custodians of our rich cultural heritage.”

She said the simple things that elders do in our families are very important in life. “Bringing up children, babysitting to storytelling, cooking and feeding kids provide a unique kind of love and instill the sense of love which is a strong foundation of culture and social fabric. That is why we view social security, food security programmes and healthy living for the aged as top of government's agenda.”

She encourages elders to report any form of abuse to the relevant authorities. “In some instances, elders are often seen as surplus and are treated in an impolite and abusive way by certain sections of our society. This can never be tolerated and we warm those who are engaged in those activities to refrain as a matter of urgency.”

One of the senior citizens who attended the meeting is Evangelist Mabore Ravhuhali who said: “Growing old, is good and pleasant thing. Only positive outlook is the key to happy life in old age. We are happy that through this meeting, we have come up with programmes that will make us busy for the rest of the year. We thank the Mayor for putting everything aside to be with us today.”

New traditional leader vows to work with Musina Municipality to develop his village

The newly installed headman of Masea village, Jeremiah Ntikedzeni Nemasea (left) captured with Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema and Musina Municipality Chief Whip, Cllr Fistos Mafela (right) shortly after the inauguration ceremonyThe newly installed headman of Masea village, Jeremiah Ntikedzeni Nemasea (left) captured with Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema and Musina Municipality Chief Whip, Cllr Fistos Mafela (right) shortly after the inauguration ceremony

The newly installed traditional leader of Masea village, Jeremiah Ntikedzeni Nemasea has vowed to work hand in hand with Musina Municipality to bring development in his village. Nemasea was inaugurated by senior traditional leader, Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema of Tshikundamalema dynasty at a glittering traditional and well attended ceremony at Masea village, near Madimbo.

Nemasea takes over from his late father, headman Ntodeni Michel Nemasea who passed away in 2007. Vho-Makhadzi Florence Nemasea was leading the village on acting basis since 2007 until the heir to the throne, Ntikedzeni was installed on Saturday.

When installing headman Ntikedzeni, Thovhele Tshikundamalema said the new leader should work hard to fight challenges in relation to unemployment, poverty and crime in his village. “You must also respect your subjects and treat them equally without discrimination. The way you conduct yourself will determine your respect by your community. Make sure that you put the community’s interests before yours.”

Tshikundamelema advised the new headman to stay away from corrupt activities. “Money is the root of all evils and make sure that you acquire it in transparent ways. If you become corrupt, it means that the whole village will be corrupt because they look upon you as their role model. Leadership is all about faithfulness and you must always remain faithful at all times.”

He told the headman to solve village matters with consultation of his council. “You have a very good and supportive team of makhotsimunene and dzikhadzi who are prepared to stand by you until the end. You only have to come to me if there are complex issues that you cannot resolve in your village.”

Representing Musina Municipality, Chief Whip Fistos Mafela said the installation of the new leader in the village will assist to speed up service delivery. “As Musina Municipality, we value traditional leaders very highly and they are an important stakeholder to us. We welcome the new traditional leader and we will work with him to bring a better life to his subjects as required by legislation. We will always visit him and invite him to attend service delivery meetings of the municipality.”

In response, Headman Ntikedzeni acknowledged the advice from Thovhele Tshikundamalema and committed that he will work with Musina Municipality to develop his village.  

Royal welcome for Mayor Muhlope

Headman Thivhilaeli Gilbert Mukununde joyfully welcomes Mayor Mihloti Muhlope upon her arrival at Mukununde villageHeadman Thivhilaeli Gilbert Mukununde joyfully welcomes Mayor Mihloti Muhlope upon her arrival at Mukununde village

After concluding her visits to the senior traditional leaders within Musina Municipality, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope has unfolded another programme of visiting village headmen to engage them on issues relating to service delivery.  The initiative kick started with the visit to headman Thivhilaeli Gilbert Mukununde at Mukununde village, outside Masisi. The Mayor was accompanied by councilors Rabelani Gadabeni and Titus Netshipale. Mukununde falls under ward 10 of Musina Municipality and it is one of the more than 50 villages that were incorporated into Musina following the new municipal dermcation. 

The Mayor told headman Mukununde that it is the aim of Musina Municipality to build a good working relationship with traditional leaders. She said it is important for politicians to visit their constituencies for fact finding missions rather than to be summoned by communities when there is something wrong. “I didn’t want to wait for the letter of invitation to be brought to my office to come and solve issues here. It is best for me to come here and familiarize myself with issues that concern the local communities and how those issues can be resolved.”

Muhlope said the municipality will continue to work with traditional leaders because politicians do not have land. “Most of the land here in Musina are under the authority of the traditional leaders and ours is to deliver services. It is very important that these two institutions should have a good working relationship to be able to deliver efficient services to the local communities.”

In response, headman Mukununde said he was humbled to receive the mayor at his royal palace. “We have observed a tendency in other areas where political leaders do not visit their constituencies. This is not happening in Musina and we thank God for giving us a visionary leader who cares about community development. I never thought throughout my life that I will one day host the Mayor here but it has happened very easily. We are also very happy to fall under Musina Municipality as we have been fighting to be there for many years.”

Mukununde urged the municipality to support the local community to promote their tourism potential. “My village is a major tourist attraction but we need knowledgeable people who will be able to turn things around. People from as far as the United States of America and Britain come here to see natural caves, wells and ancient archeological facilities and we want this village to be marketed throughout the world.”

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