PHALABORWA-Kgoshi Makatikele Andries Malatji’s funeral service took place at Makhushane village outside Ba-Phalaborwa.
Chief Malatji passed away on May 01 after a short illness.
Kgoshi Makhushane iii reigned as senior Traditional leader of Ba-Phalaborwa Ba-Makhushane from 1998 until his untimely death.
Chairperson of Limpopo House of Traditional leaders Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale whilst paying his tribute on behalf of CONTRALESA and Limpopo House of Traditional leaders described the late Kgoshi Makatikele Andries as a selfless leader who was dedicated to changing people’s lives.
Meanwhile, the Mopani District Municipality Executive Mayor, Pule Shayi, also hailed the late Kgoshi Makhushane iii as a unifier and he said that Kgoshi’s works preceded him.
Mopani District Executive Mayor Cllr Pule Shayi paying tribute.
Shai further mentioned that the late Kgoshi Malatji played an instrumental role in strengthening the working relationship between the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality and the Ba-Phalaborwa Traditional leaders.
COGHSTA’s MEC Basikop Makamu said that the legacy of the late Kgoshi Makatikele Andries Malatji was that of an agent of development that would live long after his departure in the projects he was involved in.
Makamu mentioned that the late Kgoshi Malatji was actively involved in many economic development projects, which alleviated poverty and upgraded the standard of living of the community of Makhushane.
Among the community development legacy projects that Kgoshi Malatji Makatikela and the Traditional Council were involved in are the following; eighteen (18) Day-Care Centres, Four (4) Drop-In Centres, Two (2) Disability Centres, and Two (2) Old-Age Disability Centres. He was also involved in some community projects such as a Community Crèche, Community Bakery. Plenty of Irrigation Schemes and ten clinics. Plenty of RDP Houses.
He also provided food parcels to 1 000 households at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. The late Chief Malatji hosted annual awards in the form of cash for the best performing schools during Heritage Day. Another development project that he was involved in is the establishment of the two villages, Boelang and Makhushane Camp. “Kgoshi Malatji leaves a great legacy that is there for all to see, and to emulate,” he concluded.