Manganyi was a true unifier loved by all
Mavambe royal to be laid to rest
Born: February 9, 1942
Died: December 3
Funeral: Today at Mavanganyi household, Malamulele
Cemetery: Family burial site next to his household
The late George Hasani Manganyi, who led the Mavambe community in the Collins Chabane municipality in Limpopo as acting chief for 23 years, was well loved.
The respected traditional leader, also a farmer, died of natural causes at Malamulele Hospital on Monday.
Following his death, secretary of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa in the Collins Chabane municipality, Chief Bohani Shigamani issued a statement offering condolences to the family.
He described Mavambe as a “very special person”.
“He was highly respected by traditional leaders. During his tenure as chief, he was elected by traditional leaders as chairperson of the Malamulele territorial authority.
“As an acting chief, all the traditional leaders were united under him and that proved that he was a unifier,” said Shigamani.
Manganyi attended Khanani Primary School at Madonsi, reaching standard four level (now grade 6).
He left for Johannesburg to join the South African Railways and and Harbours in 1960.
In 1975, he to join the South African Post Office in charge of installing land line phones.
Manganyi later left the post office following the the death of the incumbent chief in his village and his appointed as the regent, holding the traditional office until the appointment of the rightful heir.
He would, however, act as chief for 23 years until the rightful heir was installed as chief.
As a token of goodwill, the new chief established the George Hasani settlement as a section of Mavambe village and appointed his uncle as its headman.
Manganyi was a hard worker and a farmer who planted mango trees in the area.
A polygamist with five wives, his children spoke fondly of their father whom they will sadly miss.
“He was kind-hearted, loving and wise,” said daughter Rinah Manganyi.
“He always wanted his family to work together. During events like birthdays, he always wanted his wives and children to show unity as we are one big united family. He united all of us and will miss him a lot.”
One of his sons, Goodman Manganyi said: “He was a very wise man and taught us many things we did not learn at school. He was forthright and did not hide his feelings.”
Manganyi is survived by five wives, 29 children and 34 grandchildren.
He will be buried today at Mavambe, Limpopo.
The late George Hasani Manganyi.