MZAMANI DAVID MAKONDO BORN: September 13 1975 DIED: July 16 2016 FUNERAL: July 23 2016 BURIAL: Greenfarm, Malamulele

- Benson Ntlemo

THE communitie­s of Jerome and Greenfarm in Malamulele, Limpopo, have been dealt a blow with the death of David Makondo, one of the most respected political leaders in the areas.

Mzamani David Makondo, known as MD, was born on September 13 1975.

He was the second of 10 children of Samuel and Beatrice Makondo.

He started his schooling at Tsundukani Primary School in Greenfarm in 1982, and did his high school education at Nkatini and Madonsi high schools.

He later completed his public management studies at Tshwane University of Technology, then Technikon Northern Gauteng.

He joined the Department of Home Affairs in Giyani where he went on to become head of the office, until 2008.

In 2008 he joined the Department of Water Affairs and later, in 2009, he joined the Vhembe District Municipali­ty, where he still worked at the time of his death.

At Vhembe District Municipali­ty he worked in the newly establishe­d unit called the Strategic Management Office of the municipal manager dealing with institutio­nal performanc­e management.

He also had the added responsibi­lities of inter-government­al relations and employee performanc­e management.

He performed those duties with excellence.

His younger brother Tinyiko said: “He was a sociable and outgoing person who made many friends during his life. He loved his African music – particular­ly Xitsonga traditiona­l music and Xigubu (Tsonga drums).”

He was also a member of the Harry Gwala branch of the ANC that covers Shigalo, Greenfarm and Shibangwa and held many leadership positions.

ANC spokesman in Vhembe, Joe Chauke, offered the ANC’s condolence­s to the Harry Gwala branch.

He said Makondo held different positions in the party, Sanco and the SACP having graduated from the ANC Youth League.

“We salute him for the sterling role he played in serving his people and we thank his parents who allowed him to participat­e selflessly to the community and the ANC,” Chauke said.

He is survived by his wife, five children, his parents and nine siblings.

He will be buried at Greenfarm Village tomorrow at 6am.

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