Thovhele Gole Mphaphuli (seated on the left) tries to give words of wisdom and encouragement to the newly installed traditional leader of Malavuwe village, Vhamusanda Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.

New traditional leader for Malavuwe village


When the new traditional leader of Malavuwe village near Ha-Matsika, Vhamusanda Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli, was installed last weekend, he was addressed - as per tradition - by senior traditional leader Thovhele Gole Mphaphuli with words of encouragement to dedicate himself to serving his community for the better.

The installation ceremony took place on Saturday, 25 September, in the Malavuwe chief’s kraal. “We want the new traditional leader to be at the forefront of development in his village, as the communities need better roads, electricity and water,” Thovhele Mphaphuli said. Addressing the new traditional leader, he continued: “You have to rule your village and communities without taking sides between rich or poor.”

Mphaphuli said that a village without a traditional leader was doomed, and installing a new traditional leader at Malavuwe village under the Mphaphuli Traditional Authority meant that communities would have a leader to report their grievances to without fear.

The Malavuwe village communities in return were called upon to respect their new traditional leader as he had been granted the power to rule over the village.

Shonani Mafenya-Mphaphuli was named khadzi, while Khuthadzo was named ndumi.

Thovhele Mphaphuli was joined by the executive mayor of Vhembe District Municipality, Cllr Dowelani Nenguda, and acting Thulamela mayor Salphina Mulaudzi.

Nenguda wished the new traditional leader of Malavuwe village well in his governance over the village and reminded him that the district municipality had joined hands with traditional leaders to ensure that better services could reach the rural communities.

In response, Vhamusanda Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli pledged his dedication to serving the community, to seek wisdom from God and rule without taking any sides.

Nndededzeni Mafenya-Mphaphuli succeeded his late father, Vhamusanda Thitovholwi Mafenya-Mphaphuli, who died in 2018.




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Date:30 September 2021 - By: Silas Nduvheni

Silas Nduvheni



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