Mpumalanga water shortage getting worse

MPUMALANGA is facing a serious water shortage. Dam and river levels are dropping and the situation is fast deteriorating. Dr Tendai Sawunyama, a senior employee at the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) told  NewsHorn recently. “The situation is getting worse as we are not expecting serious rainfall any time soon. That is why we are calling the public to use water wisely. There was no enough rainfall last month,” Sawunyama said. He said the water situation in the Crocodile and Sabie-Sand catchment area was still below normal, in comparison to…

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Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starts this month

CULTURE, Sport and Recreation MEC, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, has called on the people of Mpumalanga to support the annual Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starting on November 22 at the Emnotweni Arena. “This festival continues to be popular for its high impact performances for social cohesion,” Ntshalintshali said during the official launch of the fourth edition of the Xperience, which was held at Emnotweni Sun on October 31. “South Africans need to support this initiative for its intended purpose of promoting social cohesion and nation building through culture and giving young and…

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Amazing gospel festival draws big names

SOME of South Africa’s most popular gospel singers will be on stage at the Shachah worshiping event in White River next month. Award winning and much-loved gospel star, Takie Ndou, will be among the artists that will be dazzling the crowd on 7 December. Other big names include local artists, Mpumalanga songbird Phindile Mashaba and Zakes Mahlangu. Zanele Mathebula, Mtho Mtshali, Mangaliso Goje, ReshenMusic, Tebello Khanye and Pastor Ndabenhle Khoza will also spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. “Mpumalanga gospel music lovers, who will be attending the event, can expect…

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Communities warned to be aware of flooding – do not cross rivers and dams

The Mpumalanga Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) had warned communities about possible flooding. The department’s warning follows a flood warning issued by the South African Weather Service (SAWS). Although the Lowveld is not considered a risk area by the SAWS, especially rural communities should be careful of rivers and dams which could overflow. “Between November and January is a season for heavy rains. Our roads will be slippery and bridges are likely to be submerged under water. Our rivers and dams are likely to overflow if the…

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Magazine launched to celebrate woman leaders and entrepreneurs across Africa

To mark the 5th anniversary of its high-profile annual conference, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has recently launched a prestigious publication, AWIEF Insights, celebrating and acknowledging the contribution made by women leaders, businesswomen, and entrepreneurs across the Pan-African continent. AWIEF Insights is a glossy, magazine-style publication where leading women in Africa share their journeys, provide insight into their challenges and give advice to young women at the start of their careers. The women who are involved  in this initiative include H.E. Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of…

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Beautiful Bontle aiming for Miss Teen Tourism Globe crown

SHE is only 14 years old, but Bontle Ndlovu from Graskop is adamant that she could win the Miss Teen Tourism Globe 2020 competition. This finalist is in Grade 8 learner at Sybrand van Niekerk High School in Sabie. She started her modelling career at a young age and had already bagged numerous titles. This includes Miss Teen Graskop 2017, Miss Mpumalanga Show 2017 (Ambassador), Miss Teen SA Universal 2017 (first princess) and Miss Mini-Teen Mpumalanga SA 2018. “The reason I should win the Miss SA Tourism Globe is because…

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Welder recruitment programme launched in Middelburg

The Mpumalanga Stainless Steel Initiative (MSI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) had launched the Mpumalanga Informal Welders Recruitment Programme. The aim of the programme is to assist rural and township based informal welders to access the market and grow their businesses to create employment. “We are happy that we had finally launched this much anticipated programme.  As a direct response to the President’s call, MSI decided to come up with this initiative,” said MSI Chief Executive Officer, Victor Mashego. “Our strategy includes to create a Mpumalanga welders and…

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Ndlovu’s digital radio station sets standards in Pretoria

MPUMALANGA-born entrepreneur, Sibusiso Ndlovu, had started a highly successful digital radio station in Pretoria. The station is 100% youth-owned. It is based in Mamelodi, on the outskirts of Tshwane. Capital Live SA was founded in 2017. Starting out as a podcast and music station, it fitted perfectly into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) niche. Today it provides employment for 28 young presenters. “In 2018 we started operating live with 28 creative presenters. The station is also a youth development project. We offer in-service training for media graduates and create opportunities…

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Good News story-Residents clean up filthy river-BBR sets an example

Masoka Dube The filty Bhondweni River in Bushbuckridge (BBR), had been cleaned up by the community. Thank you to Daniel Mathebula for initiating the project. The Cottondale community in Bushbuckridge regularly cleans the river. Many unemployed volunteers signed up for the early morning project.  Mathebula also educates the public on the dangers of destroying natural resources. Loads of garbage end up in Mpumalanga’s rivers. The Bhondweni is one of the biggest in the region. “This is not a once-off thing. We are going to continue to clean this river to…

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Union bowls out Bushbuckridge cricket project

BUSHBUCKRIDGE Cricket Club’s(BCC) cricket team has been bowled out for a duck due to a lack of funding and sponsorships. BBC founder, Vincent Mokoena, said the team could not play a single game in this season, after the Mpumalanga Cricket Union (MCU) “failed to fund” them. This caused a stir among local cricket fans who want their team back on the pitch. The union is responsible for cricket development in the province. “Yes, it is true that currently, our team is not playing because we are no longer getting support…

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