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Public Servant wins an Award at the SATMA

By Thembi Siweya

Ms Selepe Julia Aphane popularly known by her stage name Pheladi has done the province proud again. The well-known writer of prescribed Sepedi books recently received an award from the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) under the category of Best Sepedi Album.


The event took place from the 17th to the 18th of October 2014 in the Eastern Cape Province at the University of Fort Hare. In her own remarks Julia said “ I am humbled by the support I continue to receive from my province”. The popular Sepedi singer is a committed artist with an interest of empowering and giving back to the community. She owns a band with dancers from Mphacheu high school in Lebowakgomo. This endeavour of involving young people continuous to assist the community and enhances skills training. It also creates a platform to teach young people about the Sepedi Tradition and music.

Ms Aphane is a public servant assigned to the Office of the Premier, she epitomises ‘a good public servant’. She is what is needed in the province, women of strength and courage. Julia is never afraid to follow her dreams and pursue them. Just like many others who continue to do their daily work and still strike a balance with their talent and skills, she has worked hard to receive this award. In his response Mr Kenny Mathivha, Premier’s spokesperson congratulated her and said ‘the Limpopo Provincial Government led by Premier Stanley Mathabatha is very proud of her’.