Illegal abalone trade costs SA billions

The illegal trade of abalone has cost South Africa 96 million individual abalones, worth R10 billion, in just sixteen years! A Cape Town resident, Karl Visser, is demanding that the South African government take all necessary measures to ensure that affected fishing communities are no longer subjected to the hardship resulting from the illegal abalone trade with the Far East. He wants government to deal with  corrupt public servants who benefit from the status quo as a first step in achieving this… and YOU can amplify his call for action to…

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73-year old man has a brand new house

Tumelo waga Dibakwane   A 73-year-old man finally got a brand-new, furnished house in Amersfoort  in Mpumalanga. Solomon Maduna said that living in a mud house was the same as “being buried alive, but now he can live as others in his community.” The house was handed over by Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC,  Gabisile Shabalala. Maduna had been identified during the ANC’s election campaign.  in the area. At the time, he had been living in a dilapidated, unsafe mud house. The mud hut in the background Shabalala…

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Ace calling whites “foreigners” – hate speech and racial attacks – TLU responds

Hate speech against whites during xenophobic attacks unacceptable and concerning to TLU SA The racial hatred incited against whites during xenophobic attacks in South Africa is not only unacceptable to the TLU SA, but should also be of grave concern to all minority groups. “Even though the exact motives of groups like the BLF and EFF are uncertain, it is clear that they are spreading racial hatred against whites and even goes as far as them saying violence against white people is justifiable,” says Louis Meintjes, the President of TLU…

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Half a million taxpayer money spent on gifts

Photo:  We would rather waste the money than assist our SA talent – the gravy train. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement that the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) spent close to half a million rand on gifts but fails to assist aspiring sports, arts and cultural talent to compete on the international stage. According to the annual report for this financial year, the money had been spent on condolence items for the bereaved families of employees and stakeholders who passed away  or were…

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Too few doctors in state hospital

Doctor shortage in Kwa-Zulu reaches crisis levels – DA In what could have been an article about the health situation in many governmental hospitals in the country, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) spokesperson for Health, Dr Rishigen Viranna, told media that the doctor shortage had now reached crisis levels in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Members of the party were not allowed to carry out an inspection at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Phoenix after numerous complaints were received from patients and staff regarding the situation. Especially the out-patients and casualty departments were…

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Peet Swanepoel’s alleged murderers in court

Tumelo waga Dibakwane Two men, Kholofelo Makhudu (19) and Gift Mbola (22), re-appeared in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court after they were remanded in custody for the murder of 51-year-old Peet Swanepoel. They allegedly shot Swanepoel, assaulting his wife, stealing firearms from the house and fleeing in one of the family’s vehicles. The two men, and an accomplice, Negus Simelane, allegedly stormed into the deceased’s premises in Witbank, fatally shot him and proceeded to the house where they demanded money from his wife and  threatened to put her grandson in the…

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Carmen le Grange to turn Denel around

South Africa’s former pride of the nation’s defense firm, Denel, named Carmen le Grange, a private chartered accountant as new chief financial officer (CFO) to improve corporate governance and return it to profitability. Denel recorded a 1.76 billion rand loss  last year and is among several state-owned enterprises (SEO’s) relying on regular government bailouts. The state of this SEO became so dire that staff could not be paid. Denel’s chief executive officer, Danie du Toit, said it was expected that Le Grange would turn around the financial situation and restored…

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Super Rugby 2020 makes lots of ball sense

For the rugby lovers in the Lowveld, go ahead, plan your trips and book your seats for 2020’s Super Rugby season starting on January 31 with the Blues against the Chiefs in Auckland. For the taxed-to-death rugby lovers who find the SA Rand negatively impacting their pockets, plan the fishing trips around those dates, start saving up for extra Klippies and Coke and find someone else to mow the lawn. Super Rugby’s  matches will be played in six countries across the 18-week regular season, in Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand,…

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VW new electric cars

The VW brand’s battery-powered ID.3, the first model in an unprecedented $33 billion push to make electric vehicles for the masses, was shown at the Frankfurt motor show and already deposits had been paid on 10 000 models! Volkswagen is taking on Tesla to become the world’s electric-car leader just four years after the diesel-cheating scandal plunged it into the worst crisis in its history. The carmaker aims for the ID.3 hatchback to become a trendsetter and take on similar status as its iconic Beetle. It is planning to launch…

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