Nelspruit -based aviation company excels

Nelspruit-based aircraft manufacturer Micro Aviation SA (MASA) is developing a wide-body and amphibious version of its Bat Hawk surveillance and conservation units. Building these low-cost observation light sport aircraft since 2013, MASA has to date built 200 bantams and 172 Bat Hawks. The Bat Hawk is manufactured in Nelspruit and an order takes just eight weeks from start to completion and components are sourced locally and built for African conditions. This magnificent little flying machine is widely used across the continent, especially in the conservation arena with Botswana top of…

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What a boytjie!!!

South Africa’s Brad Binder earned himself the best birthday present ever today – with his first Moto2 victory of the year, at the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, in Austria. The crowds went crazy for the popular South African – handing his team KTM victory at home, and gave him a standing ovation!! Happy 24th Birthday Brad!  

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Cops lose millions of rounds of ammunition and thousands of guns

According to Freedom Front Plus,  The South African Police Service (SAPS) had lost more than 9,5 million rounds of ammunition and 4 357 firearms over the last six years. The figures were revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele in response to a parliamentary question posed by Groenewald. “It is incomprehensible that more than 3 million rounds of ammunition can go missing in a province during a single year and nobody knows how it happened. No wonder violent crime is out of control. The police service seems to be the biggest…

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Emfuleni residents suffer as ANC cadres loot the public purse – DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) had seen the draft forensic report into corruption in the Emfuleni Municipality in Gauteng, showing at least R1 billion of looting by ANC officials. Former and current officials are implicated in the report for a litany of allegations, mainly subverting tender processes and side-stepping Supply Chain Management protocol. For years, the DA warned that the embattled municipality was on the verge of collapse due to nefarious activities of officials, low collection rates and huge debts to both Rand Water and Eskom. This came to a head…

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Brexit – good for SA?

UK High Commissioner Nigel Casey, ( above left), says that post-Brexit, South Africa and the SADC-Mozambique bloc will be able to negotiate one-on-one trade deals with the UK, and not be tied to European Union restrictions. South Africans need not fear Brexit as it will be good for this country, UK High Commissioner to South Africa, residing in Pretoria,  Nigel Casey insists. Britain’s departure from the European Union on 31 October, will bring increased trade and development between the UK and South Africa. What’s in it for South Africa? According…

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Same old, same old – PRASA murky deal

The acting chief executive of SA’s cash-strapped train operator Prasa, Nkosinathi Sishi, is on the verge of signing an agreement that not only flouts all statutes governing the utility, but will also expose the firm to almost R5-billion of unauthorised and irregular expenditure. Nkosinathi Sishi, who was seconded from the department of transport to take over the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) from yet another departed interim chief executive, Sibusiso Sithole, in February 2019, immediately hit the ground running. He unilaterally and secretly negotiated an agreement that allows the…

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