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Malamulele is located in South Africa
 Malamulele shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 22°58′16″S 30°40′25″E / 22.97111°S 30.67361°E / -22.97111; 30.67361Coordinates: 22°58′16″S 30°40′25″E / 22.97111°S 30.67361°E / -22.97111; 30.67361
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Vhembe
Municipality Thulamela
 • Mayor Grace Mahosi [1]
 • Total 9.57 km2 (3.69 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 13,070
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.3%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Tsonga 93.7%
 • Venda 1.7%
 • English 1.2%
 • Other 3.5%
Area code 015

Malamulele can refer to the town of Malamulele or the area of Malamulele. Both the town (approximately in the center of the area) and area are in the Limpopo province of South Africa and predominantly occupied by Tsonga people. The town itself is located 35 km away from the Punda Maria gate of the Kruger National Park although the borders of it are against the fence of the Kruger. Malamulele is situated between Giyani (former Gazankulu Capital) and Thohoyandou (former Venda capital) on the east and west, respectively. To the south of Malamulele is Elim. To the north is the Kruger National Park. Malamulele is flanked by two rivers, Rivhubye to the west and Nsama to the east, meanwhile Xingwedzi runs through it. It is 243 km away from Polokwane, and 453 km away from Pretoria. Malamulele is contained within the Thulamela Local Municipality.


Parts of Malamulele were part of the Xipilongo Empire. Malamulele was the first town to be built in the former Gazankulu homeland, prior to Giyani. It was named by Chief Risimati Chanyela Mulamula. It is a part of Thulamela Municipality.


Malamulele is situated approximately 40 km away from the Punda Maria gate of the Kruger National Park, and approximately 195 km north-east of Polokwane formerly (Pietersburg). Malamulele is approximately 1551.93 km², 1551925652.81 m², 383489.18 acres, 155192.57 hectares, 16704788751.04 feet², or 451.89 square nautical miles big. It has a perimeter of 178282.865m or 584917.536feet. These estimates were generated using


The town has a very dry subtropical climate, specifically a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cwa), with long hot and rainy summers and short cool and dry winters.


Malamulele (the Area) has a population of ± 500 000 people while Statistics SA of 2011 registered the Town with a population of 13,070. Malamulele has 4 sections. During the festive seasons the area become overcrowded because people enjoy to spend festive time in their home lands.

  • There are two police stations which are Saselamani SAPS and Malamulele SAPS situated 32 km from each other while crime rate is low. Malamulele has rivers and big Dams called Nandoni, Shingwedzi and Makuleke which are having weekly influx for fishing and pleasure.
  • Makuleke Contractual Park, Magona Buffer zone and Nandoni Dam are the main national destinations at Malamulele. At Makuleke contractual Park there is a human heritage site which it is believed to be one million years old.
  • Malamulele is the only old town which is still having an open land to accommodate the modern infrastructure such as Big malls and Big buildings.


The residents of Malamulele and the surrounding villages mostly use taxis,private cars as a mode of transport. Private bus services are also used.


City to City and other bus operators operate a long-distance bus services to Gauteng, especially Pretoria and Johannesburg. Private taxis and buses operates bus services to Giyani and Malamulele and Ntlaveni. Do Light Transport (PTY) Ltd is the major transport service provider from Malamulele to Giyani, Louis Trichardt, Thohoyandou and from Malamulele Centre to Matiyani, Salema / Xikundu also to Makahlule, Mashobye, Nghomunghomu, Nkovani including Giant Reeves, Plaanje, Lomabrd and Merwe as well as Dakari, Mdavula, Gumbani, Phaphazela, Mukhomi and Mahonisi and Jim Jones


The R81 is the major road that runs through Malamulele. It links Malamulele to Giyani and also joins the R524 to Punda Maria gate of the Kruger National Park.

Society and culture[edit]

  • Malamulele is a place where one can find Original xibelani,Tinjovo, Timbila and many xitsonga traditional activities such as Ngoma (initiation school),tikhomba,Tlangu waku humesa n'wana, waku vuyisa mati,wa swigamatsuka,xigubu,Geregere,musevetho and many more.


Main article: Media in Malamulele


People from Malamulele listen to Munghana Lonene FM Capricorn Voice and the newly establish Mala FM Community Radio Station. Students at the nearby University of Venda tune into UniVen Radio for campus news. Likewise, Malamulele students in other universities like the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Limpopo, the University of Pretoria, the University of Cape Town, tend to listen to campus radio when on campus or via audio streaming [4].

Malamulele Community Radio or Mala FM went on air in April 2013.

Print Media[edit]

There is the Nthavele newspaper that's in circulation. Matimu News is now only online. Oher country-wide news resources like Sunday Times, Sowetan, Daily Sun, Mail and Guardian, and others are also consumed by the people of Malamulele. Papers like Xivoni no longer exist, and they have been swallowed up by Mirror.


SABC, eTV and DStv are the order of the day. However, not everyone can afford DStv but SABC and eTV are guaranteed. There has been some Xitsonga programming of late, including the Xitsonga news (Mahungu) on SABC 2 and other talk shows.

Mafenya Brothers have also entered the movie industry and to date they are the only movie-makers that make 100% Xitsonga movies in South Africa. They are a comedy crew from ka Mudavula, in Malamulele.


A number of popular Tsonga artists and musicians are originally from Malamulele. These include Reborna Khosa,Thomas Chauke,The late Matshwa-bemuda, George Maluleke, MASPALA NOEL MALULEKE from Nyavani, Simon Shibambu (Mugubani), Xivhalu, Frisco (political songs), Percy Mfana,Mzamani wa Jack, Esta M, Collins Chabane, Ali Moyana(Gumbi), David Maluleke, General MD Shirinda,MJ Hlungwani(shivavula)MC Mabasa,Wilson Maluleke,Vazaya na Malume,which consists of Solomon Hlungwani (Mj The junior).Evans Mabasa (MC The junior) and Michael Makhubele (Madya swilova)Madyakubomba and Brian Bomba,Robert Shirinda(miyakayaka) Aliminah Dumezulu, Sam Sikiza Chauke, Patson Chauke, Themba Chauke, Connie Chauke, Florah Chauke, Hammy Chauke, Siya Chauke, Gezani Mzamani, Lucia Hlabangwani, Xikundu Sisters,DJ Gami Swaga DJ Khwaya, Prince Rhangani, Marhoya, Alpheus Maluleke & Ntlhaveni Brothers, the late Khatisa Chabalala, Matshika, Mhaka Mhakeni, The late Edward Mabasa,Rose Nkombyani, The late Richard Maceke, Matarosi (kwaito) Famous Gospel groups like NII and Restoration of Praise. The Late Patrick Nkuna,Prince Baloyi,Redboy Mchangana,Mfuyafuthi Mabunda , jerome nhlalala brothers, sam novela na vahlave sister, coffee na cremora, Ximambana and Richard "Nozinja" Hlungwani many others.


Two of the most popular sports in Malamulele are soccer and boxing. Malamulele stadium is sometimes used by Black Leopards for matches. Malamulele Boxing Gym is also a world class gym facility where boxing training is administered by Cassius Baloyi's father. Cassius Baloyi, a boxer who holds six world championship belts originate from Malamulele. Other notable boxers from the area are Isaac Hlatswayo and Jeffrey Mathebula. Soccer players from the area includes Collins Chabalala, former Orlando Pirates player, Tonic Chabalala and Selby Chauke who all traded their skills in the Premier Soccer League.


In addition to stadiums, there are school or community grounds or sports centers, some of which are:

  • Saselamani Super Ground (Xikundu)
  • Dlamani High School Ground
  • Hlengani German Aces Ground (Nsimbhi)
  • Khatisa High School sports ground (soccer and netball)
  • Gumbani Young Stars soccer field
  • Mukhomi Shining Stars soccer field
  • Mulamula All Stars soccer field
  • Phaphazela soccer field
  • Hlalukweni sports field

•Photani High School soccer field •Mulamula Naughty Boys Soccer field

  • Jerome river bank field

It is safe to say every village has at least two sports fields, one for the local high school and another for the village as a whole. Having more than two or less than two are exceptions that cannot be ruled out.

Commerce and Industry[edit]

Malamulele shopping centre, Quick Save shopping complex, Cheapside shopping complex and Malamulele Crossings are some of the main shopping areas around the town of Malamulele. Saselamani Shopping Centre is outside the town of Malamulele but is also quite substantial. Each village has a "shopping center" with a grouping of shops from 2 to maybe 5. There are also many shops in the village and many more spaza shops.

There also used to be gold mining activities at Menele (Madonsi) and it is not known what has been happening since the mine was acquitted by Giyani Gold. There is Fumani Gold Mine at Mitititi . The Makuleke village owns a luxury lodge inside Kruger National Park and employed workers. A booming industry is that of collecting wood, sand, bricks, water, etc., by truck or van. There are also many local builders that can build huts or town houses. You get architects and welders, cobblers and barbers. Most of these are self-started businesses and they run relatively well. Another job that mostly women take on is that of vending in schools or the village market. This job does not pay well except when they work in town.

ACCOMMODATIONS there a new Hotel in between Mphambo and Xithlelani villages called NOZINJA HOTEL.

Other people from Malamulele are employed in Malamulele Town, Thohoyandou or even Giyani, although this is seldom as transport to Giyani is hard to come by. They work as casheirs or do administrative jobs, among many other semi-skilled jobs. There are also many teachers.

Also, there is a Big church, Known as AFM Auditorium, it is built by its church members, Under the leadership of the well known Pastor G.F Maluleke in the area of Malamulele. This Church is mostly used for hire to the Biggest events because of its nature and comfort.

Other people depend on government projects to tar or maintain roads, maintain water facilities or install pipelines, and also build houses like the RDP project of yesterday. One project of this type was called or dubbed Macela-k'omile, meaning "you dig even when the ground is dry".

Everyone in Malamulele is a subsistence farmer at their own backyard, with a few having actual farming plots between villages. Milling machines have also become commonplace as there are many subsistence farmers as grinding a lot of maize could be difficult.


Tertiary education[edit]

Shingwedzi College of Education has been dissolved by the ANC government.

Secondary education[edit]

High schools in the Malamulele area include the following:

  1. Adolf Mhinga High (Josefa)
  2. Basopa High School (Maphophe)
  3. Dlamani High School (Nyavani)
  4. E.P.P. Mhinga High School (Malamulele Town)
  5. France Sombhani High (Muswane)
  6. George Sonto Secondary School (Mahonisi)
  7. Gidjana High School (Magona)
  8. Govhu high School (Govhu)
  9. Hlaluko High School (Gandlanani)
  10. Hlalukweni High School (Mdavula Salani)
  11. Humula High School (Phaphazela)
  12. Julius Secondary School (Hasani Dakari)
  13. Jilongo Secondary School (Jilongo)
  14. Jim Chavani High School ( Shikundu)
  15. Jim Yingwani High School (Bulwini)
  16. John Mbhedlhe Secondary (Mdavula)
  17. Khatisa High School (Gumbani)
  18. Madonsi High School (Gidja-mhandeni)
  19. Mahlahle Combined School (Malamulele Town)
  20. Mahutsi High School (Shitlhelani)
  21. Malamulele High School (Malamulele Town)
  22. Matimba Junior Secondary School (Nkavele)
  23. Mbhanyele High School (Mapapila)
  24. Mphambo Secondary School (Mphambo)
  25. Mtititi High School (Plange)
  26. N'wanati High School (Makuleke)
  27. New Era College (Malamulele Town)
  28. Nghezimani High School (Nghezimani)
  29. Ngula Secondary School (Nsimbhi)
  30. Nkatini High School (Xigalo)
  31. Ntlhabeni High School (Makhuvele)
  32. Ntsako Secondary School ( Matsakali)
  33. Okani Commercial College (Malamulele Town)
  34. Thambhisa Secondary School (Xigalo Ndlhazini)
  35. P.P. Hlungwani High school (Green Farm)
  36. Peninghotsa High School(Peninghotsa)
  37. Photani High School ( Mulamula)
  38. Rhabela Secondary School (Nhombelani)
  39. Ripambeta High School (Mhinga)
  40. Shigamani High School (Xigamani)
  41. Shikundu Senior Secondary School (Xikundu)
  42. Shingwedzi High School (Madonsi Boltman B)
  43. Shirilele secondary School (Mavambe)
  44. Shitlhangoma High School (Merwe)
  45. Ximun'wani High School (Phaphazela)

Primary education[edit]

Primary schools in the Malamulele area include the following:

  1. Boxahuku Primary School (Mabiligwe)
  2. Chanyela Primary School (Mulamula)
  3. Fumani Primary School (Altein)
  4. George Hasani Primary School (Mavambe)
  5. Gonani Primary School (Xikundu)
  6. Guwela Primary School (Phaphazela)
  7. Hangalakani Primary School (Nkavele)
  8. Hasani Higher Primary School (Hasani Dakari)
  9. Hasani Lawrence Primary School (Mukhomi)
  10. Hlawulekani Primary School (GumbanI
  11. Hlengani Primary School (Nsimbhi)
  12. Hoji Primary School (Magona)
  13. Joas Phahlela Primary School (Makuleke)
  14. Khanani Primary School (Madonsi Boltman B)
  15. Khodobi Primary School (Peninghotsa)
  16. Khupukani Primary school (Matsakale)
  17. Langutani High Primary School (Xitlhelani)
  18. Mabayeni Primary School (Mabayeni)
  19. Machele Primary School (Mdavula)
  20. Magangeni Primary School (Malamulele Town)
  21. Magoda Primary School (Jerome)
  22. Magomani Primary School (Xikundu)
  23. Magona Primary School (Magona)
  24. Mahlahle Primary School (Malamulele)
  25. Mahlepfunye Primary School (Mulamula)
  26. Mahlohlwani Primary School (Saselamani)
  27. Makahlule Primary School (Ntlhaveni Block H)
  28. Makhapule Primary School (Muchipisi)
  29. Makhasa Primary School (Makhasa)
  30. Makuleke Primary School (Makuleke)
  31. Makumeke Primary School (Makumeke)
  32. Manavele Primary School (Roodhuis)
  33. Mapapila High School (Mapapila)
  34. Maphophe Primary School (Maphophe)
  35. Mavambe Primary School (M,avambe)
  36. Mayeke Higher Primary School (Xikundu)
  37. Mbhalati Primary School (Hasani Mbhalati)
  38. Mdanisi Primary School
  39. Mdavula Primary School (Mdavula)
  40. Merwe Primary School (Merwe)
  41. Mheho Primary School (Mphambo)
  42. Mphakati Primary School(Mphakati)
  43. Mulamula Primary School (Bulwini)
  44. Nkandziyi Primary School (Bevhula)
  45. Nxanguyintshwa Primary School (Ntlhaveni Block C)
  46. Nyavani Primary school (Nyavani)
  47. Phaphazela Primary School (Phaphazela)
  48. Phatima Primary School (Plange )
  49. Phaweni Primary School (Phaweni)
  50. Pfunekani Primary School (Hasani Dakari)
  51. Ripindzi Primary School (Gandlanani)
  52. Shikatsa Primary School (Halahala)
  53. Shitlhelani Lower Primary School (Xitlhelani)
  54. Tinyiko Primary School (Lombard)
  55. Titirheleni Primary School
  56. Tivanani School (Jim Jones)
  57. Tivoneleni Primary School (Nkovani)
  58. Tiyiselani Primary School (Gandlanani)
  59. Tlhelani Primary School (Maringa)
  60. Tshamiseka Primary School (Shigamani)
  61. Tshikiwani Primary School (Gidja-mhandeni)
  62. Tsundzukani Primary School
  63. Twananani Primary School (Tlangelani/Mdavula)
  64. Vongani Primary School (Saselamani)
  65. Xigalo Primary School. (Xigalo)
  66. Xigombe Primary School (Jilongo)
  67. Xihlovo Primary School (Malamulele B)
  68. Ximixoni Primary School (Ximixoni)

s Shilume Primary School [Phugwani]


Malamulele Town is surrounded by a number of areas belonging to tihosi (chiefs). Each chief has a number of villages under his ownership. Each of his matiko (villages), except for the one he resides at, has a ndhuna (headman). As a result of population growth, almost all of these villages have expanded, creating what is called miganga (sections). These sections are so big, they may sometimes be referred to as villages.

Since apartheid times, when the Gazankulu homeland was divided into districts, each district had its paramount chief. In the case of the Malamulele district of Gazankulu, the paramount chief was chief Mhinga. Some headmen tend to claim to be chiefs, while some chiefs have been robbed of their chieftaincies.

  1. Bevhula
  2. Madonsi
  3. Magona
  4. Makuleke
  5. Mavambe
  6. Mhinga
  7. Mphambo
  8. Mtititi
  9. Mudavula
  10. Mukhomi
  11. Mulamula
  12. Muswane
  13. Piet Booi
  14. Xigalo
  15. Xikundu

The town itself, affectionately called Maltown, has 6 locations, 2 informal (Rhulani, Xipurapura) and 4 formal (Sections A-D). It then has a shopping district with shopping complexes and other amenities.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Malamulele". Census 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • [2]- Thulamela Municipality
  • [3]— Gazankulu facts
  • [4] - South African Student Radio Network
  • [5] - Matimu News