Man­ganyi was a true uni­fier loved by all

Mavambe royal to be laid to rest

Sowetan - - Obituaries - By Ben­son Ntlemo

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.

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