While national figures on rhino poaching went down in 2018 it increased in Mpumalanga, according to the deaprtment of environmental affairs.
The icon’s official state funeral will be at the Mbombela stadium.
The date of the funeral is 22 July 2017, next week Saturday.
The Mpumalanga government says a memorial service will be held at the Mbombela stadium on Thursday (20 Jul).
MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affars, Refilwe Mtsweni, who acted on behalf of Premier David Mabuza, visited Phiri’s family in Corocodile Village, east of Mbombela and reached an agreement with them on the arrangements of the memorial service and funeral dates.
She was accompanied by other MECs, including Human Settlement’s Speedy Mashilo, Education’s Reginah Mhaule and Arts and Culture’s Norah Mahlangu-Mabena.
He died on Wednesday morning at the MediClinic in Mbombela of lung cancer at the age of 70.
(edited by MLM)
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