Mr Freddy Tshivhengwa (45) died after a short illness at Polokwane Hospital on Sunday.

Shock at sudden death of former Makhado MM


The former Municipal Manager (MM) of the Makhado Municipality, Mr Freddy Tshivhengwa (45), died after a short illness at Polokwane Hospital on Sunday.

According to his wife, Ms Sophy Tshivhengwa, the untimely death of her husband did not only shock their friends, but also his family, relatives and even people from outside the country. “We have received many messages of condolences from all over the country, and as a bereaved family it shows us that Tshivhengwa was a people’s person and accommodating to everyone, irrespective of colour, race or religion,” she said.

She described Tshivhengwa as a pillar within the family and the community as a whole. “He played the central role in unifying his relatives,” she said.

Makhado Mayor Samuel Munyai expressed his condolences and said that the municipality and the community at large had lost a great man. “We take comfort in the good work and services that this great son of the soil had done for people within the area of the Makhado Municipality,” Munyai said mournfully. “I remember him as a jovial man and a workaholic, who served the government with dedication and faithfulness. How can we forget his light jokes?”

Freddy Tshivhengwa was appointed as MM at Makhado in December 2017. He resigned three years later, in November 2020, to take up a senior position at Coghsta in Limpopo.

Tshivhengwa was the general manager of technical services at the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) before he joined Makhado Municipality. He was also general manager of capital investment and infrastructure development at the City of Johannesburg under Johannesburg Water before that.

Tshivhengwa was well qualified, with a national diploma in engineering. He also had a BTech degree in civil engineering and transport, as well as a BSc honours degree in applied sciences of transportation. Apart from this, he had a master’s degree in business administration.

He will be buried on Thursday 23 December at Maniini.



Date:22 December 2021 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.

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