Take the dollars and run

People and companies in Zimbabwe hold $1.3 billion in foreign currency accounts, central bank governor John Mangudya said on Monday after the finance minister announced that individuals will be allowed to withdraw their U.S. dollars in cash. According to Mangudya, an outstanding amount of 10 million USD will be paid to Eskom, reports Daily Maverick. Just imagine what Eskom can do with that amount.

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Another farm attack

As much as the ANC denies the term farm attacks, another couple had been attacked on their farm in the Free State. According to the police, this will be investigated as a house robbery as various items were taken, also a rifle. The man and his wife were beaten and forced to open their safe. The man has been taken to hospital for further treatment and his wife was treated at home. As usual, no arrests have been made.  

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Sassa – more incidences of fraud

Urgent message to social grant beneficiaries.   SASSA has identified 2800 potential fraud cases from 2200 different banks. Six hundred of these (600) have been committed at the National Post Office. These are nationwide figure. Due to this, beneficiaries may not be able to access their funds and are advised to: 1)    Make an affidavit at nearest police office. 2)    Take your  bar coded or smart card ID together  with the  affidavit to the nearest SASSA office. 3)  The ID should be in your name and 4)    Bring along proof…

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15 lives lost on Mpumalanga roads over the weekend.

Fifteen lives were lost over the weekend in road crashes that occurred in various roads across the province. Most of the deadly crashes happened on Saturday. On the R546 Road between Charl Cilliers and Embalenhle, four lives were lost when two sedans collided head on. The crash happened around 06h00 on Saturday. Three of the victims died at the scene while the fourth person succumbed to the injuries while receiving treatment at the hospital. In a head on collision that also took place on Saturday around 18h30, two drivers were…

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Iconic Desert-Dwelling Elephant Killed By Trophy Hunters in Namibia

An iconic desert-dwelling elephant named Voortrekker, beloved by many in southern Africa, has been killed by a trophy hunter in Namibia, it was confirmed by Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA). There has been an outpouring of absolute heartbreak and outrage at the news by conservationists. He was the last large dominant bull amongst the 120 desert dwelling elephant left in the North West deserts of Namibia. Targeted not for anything but his fame, Johannes Haasbroek who worked at EHRA for many years, said the iconic bull had been “murdered” by…

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Journalists, media practitioners trained in reporting on migration, health.

Dex Sibiya and Tumelo Waga Dibakwane MPUMALANGA journalists and communication practitioners attended a workshop in which they were trained on how to positively report on migration and health issues. The conversational workshop was organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) last week in Nelspruit. “The media play an important role in shaping public perceptions, through the dissemination of information with the power to either enhance understanding and awareness of migration-related issues or contrary to foster stereotypes and pave way for discrimination and xenophobia,” said the national communication and reporting…

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Community builders should come up with innovative, sustainable projects

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane THE prominent community builder, Creseldah Ndlovu, who is fondly known as Bushbuckridge’s Mother Theresa, has urged emerging non-profit organisations (NPOs) to be innovative. Ndlovu said the new NPOs need to come up with sustainable projects, instead of “copying the same thing”. She said she appreciated donations for all sorts of material to destitute families but emphasised that the upcoming community builders needed to come up with innovative ideas that would go beyond donations. “Community builders need to come up with some social innovative and sustainable ideas that…

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Elders take to the roads in 10km Big Fun Walk

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane SENIOR citizens from Bushbuckridge have proven that age is just a number by taking part in a 10km Big Fun Walk event that involved both the youth and elderly. The walk that took place last week was organised by the Youth Development and Survival Organisation (YDSO) to encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle. The founder of the organisation Remember Sambo said they realised that people from the rural areas hardly exercise or visit nearest primary healthcare centres for check-ups, they only go there when they are…

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