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Five-year-old boy spends all his savings on gifts for poor children

For the whole year he saved his money, hoping to treat himself to some toys.Five-year-old Denzhe Ndou from Mossel Bay saved R320 through the year to help the disadvantaged.

But that changed when his mother encouraged him to spend his savings on disadvantaged children instead.Denzhe with the gift bags he bought and prepared himself.

Five-year-old Denzhe Ndou, from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, recently finished grade R at Milkwood Primary School.

“I am a sweet boy and I listen to my teacher,” he told TimesLIVE.

Denzhe said he started saving in December 2018 and had managed to put away R320. “The plan was for me to buy myself a racing car toy, robot toys and other toys,” he said.

“When my mom told me that I need to spend money on disadvantaged kids, I was fine with it and happy to do it.”

So he went off to the local store and bought chips, cookies, juice and sweets for gift bags that he put together himself.

“I made 46 gift packets – but my sister Murangi took one packet,” he said, laughing.

Denzhe’s mother Ndivhuwo described him as a loving boy who is full of energy, curious and outspoken.

“He asks a lot of questions and always has something to say. He is full of love and he loves going to church. His name means ‘light’ and we are happy to see him growing in the light of God.”

Denzhe has two hamsters, named Bebe and Benjamin. His hobbies include swimming and cycling, and he dreams of becoming a doctor one day.

Ndivhuwo explained that the reason behind her decision to encourage the good deed was for her son to understand the importance of giving. “We wanted him to know and understand that not all kids have got what we are able to give him every day.

“We felt that we should teach him to share from the little he has. They [our kids] are always taught that sharing is caring at their schools, but they will have a better understanding of that concept if us as parents introduce them to it, more especially when they are still young.

“As much as he saved up money for his toys, we are glad we challenged him to use it on something very fulfilling.”

Two babies killed in Malamulele bakkie crash

Two babies died after the small bakkie they were travelling in overturned in Malamulele on Christmas Eve. Two babies died after the small bakkie they were travelling in overturned in Malamulele on Christmas Eve.
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Two babies were killed in a car accident in Malamulele outside Giyani, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

One of the children was a month old while the other was five months old, said Brig Motlafela Mojapelo.

The accident happened on a gravel road on Christmas eve.

“A learner driver of a Ford Bantam, transporting 12 passengers including the two babies, with lots of groceries, allegedly lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, instantly killing one of the babies,” said Mojapelo.

“The other one later succumbed to the injuries in hospital.”

The other bakkie occupants, including the driver, were transported to hospital for medical care.

Mojapelo said police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.

Husband mourns death of wife, unborn child while awaiting ambulance


A Limpopo man is distraught after the death of his pregnant wife and unborn baby, allegedly after the Philadelphia hospital in Moutse failed to transfer her to the Polokwane hospital for a caesarean delivery.

Mashego Makhura, eyes brimming with tears, said his wife died after spending more than 24 hours at the hospital waiting for an ambulance that did not arrive.

When Maria Phora, 42, experienced labour pains, she was rushed to Philadelphia hospital more than 10km from their home in Mpheleng village on Sunday afternoon, December 22.The 32-week pregnant woman was taken to a maternity ward where she was examined.

“They told me they are waiting for an ambulance to transfer her to Polokwane hospital where she will be assisted to give birth through caesarean operation. They told me the baby didn’t position properly and she cannot give natural birth. As a result my wife must give birth through operation,” said Makhura, 45,They told me to go home and provided me with the street address of the hospital and told me to visit her (on Monday).

“To my surprise on Monday, I visited the hospital on my way to Polokwane. My wife was still at Philadelphia hospital in pain,” Makhura said.

He was told by a doctor that they were still waiting for an ambulance to transfer her to Polokwane hospital.

In the early hours of Tuesday, he received a call asking him to come to the hospital urgently.

“I was shocked to be told my wife and unborn child passed away.

“I was deeply hurt. They told me their hospital is level two and cannot perform an operation.”

At his house at Mpheleng village, near Groblersdal, with his daughter and two sons, aged seven and 22, Makhura sat folding away the clothes his wife, a domestic worker, had bought for the baby. He is unemployed. The couple married in April this year.

He is devastated and wants answers.

“What happened hurt me so much that, together with my kids, we are struggling to sleep at night.”

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has sent a team to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Phora and her baby.

The department said in a statement, “While the hospital has provided a report on the case, the MEC believes there are still questions which need to be answered. Among other things, the investigations must assist in providing the reasons why the woman died while awaiting an ambulance to Polokwane, meanwhile, her case could have been resolved in the hospital.”