Informal businesses need permit to stay open during lock down

  Informal businesses such as spaza shops and hawkers were urged to obtain the necessary permits to operate during the recent lock down, said Mpumalanga Finance, Economic Development and Tourism MEC, Pat Ngomane. Ngomane made this announcement following confusion from the informal sector, regarding what type of business is allowed to operate during the national lock down period. Hawkers, spaza and local shop owners, especially in Mpumalanga’s townships and rural areas claimed that police do not allow them to operative, even though they sell essential goods. According to item 11(B)(1)(b)…

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Eucalyptus plantations in Mpu- FSA addresses “misconceptions”

Pine plantations in Sabie, South Africa

    Residents of Barberton and Kaapsehoop might find themselves having a serious shortage of water if the forest companies continue with their eucalyptus plantations, said GeaSphere spokesperson, Phillip Owen. Eucalyptus plantations are considered to be one of the plantations that consume a lot of water compared to the pine tree plantations. According to Owen, the plantations companies are converting pine tree plantations into eucalyptus without following proper procedures. “On average, eucalypts use 25% more water than pines, reducing the residual streamflow from 35% of base vegetation flow to 20%,…

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Communities urged to comply with measures to curb Covid-9 spread

Mpumalanga’s MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Gabisile Shabalala, had called on communities in the province to comply with all regulations to curb further spread of Covid 19 virus as laid down by  President Cyril Ramaphosa. The MEC had warned communities that failure to comply would not only bring them into conflict with the law, but would endanger lives as well. Shabalala said  the police would be on high alert to ensure absolute compliance by al.l She called on the police and other law enforcement officers to ensure  that…

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There is no wheelchair distribution backlog – DPSA

MBOMBELA – The organisation for Disabled People South Africa (DPSA) and the Mpumalanga Department of Health denied the allegation by the DA that a wheelchair distribution backlog exists in the province. The DA claimed in a statement that a serious wheelchair distribution backlog existed and that many people need wheelchairs. Talking to NewsHorn last week, the DPSA’s provincial spokesperson, Patrick Mahlakwane, said the organisation believed that the distribution of wheelchairs in the province was on par. “As far as I know there is no wheelchair supply backlog in the province. We have…

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Mpumalanga youth chamber assists SADC countries to start chambers

THE Mpumalanga Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry (YCCISA-MP) is on a mission to assist young Southern Africans to establish business chambers in their countries. YCCISA-MP president, Njabulo Hlophe, said they already assisted Swaziland to start their business chamber and it was launched last month.   Hlophe said local youth who own businesses will benefit a lot from the initiative. “We already have members doing business with the newly launched Swaziland chamber. Our plan is to link all youth in business across the SADC countries,” Hlophe said. “By establishing the chambers,…

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Health department vows to fight TB and hypertension in pregnant women

THE Mpumalanga Department of Health has made it its mission to fight tuberculosis (TB) and hypertension (high blood pressure) in pregnant women. This is according to Thembisile Matsinhe, the department’s Acting Director for Maternal, Child, Women, Youth Health & Nutrition, who spoke to NewsHorn last week. Matisnhe said the department would continue to interact with pregnant women to educate them about the danger of these two diseases. “We started our awareness campaign during the pregnancy week commemorated last month.  Since most of the women only find out about their TB…

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Battlelines drawn in MPU ANC leadership

THE lines are drawn in the ANC’s epic battle for the soul of the ANC as opposing factions openly go for each other’s throats in Mpumalanga while the party is preparing for its upcoming regional and provincial conferences. In a blazing war of words following the death of a party member last week at an ANC rally, Mpumalanga’s acting ANC chairperson, Mandla Ndlovu, urged party members to end the spree of violence between members when addressing political issues. Ndlovu made this plea after Prince Mbazo Manzini, an ANC member in…

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Mami is going places in entertainment industry

THE multi-talented Emalahleni FM presenter, Nomalanga Mabena, who is fondly known as “Mami”  has become a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. After only a short stint of three years in the entertainment industry, the skilfull Mabena launched and succeeded with a number of entertainment projects. Apart from being a radio personality and a voice-over artist, the star is also a resident MC (master of ceremonies) for Cole Social Market, while she is also a performing artist and an ambassador for Miss Mpumalanga. When asked how she…

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Kings School bags best performing school award

WHITE RIVER – King’s School had been named the best performing school in the White River circuit. The teachers recently received their well-deserved awards during a special ceremony. During the event, schools and teachers which displayed outstanding performance were honoured. Nadia du Plooy, a teacher at Kings School, told NewsHorn that they were very proud to be named the best performing school in the White River circuit. “The awards we received will motivate us to continue to do even better,” Du Plooy said. The awards notched up by this top…

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Bushbuckridge cricketers back on pitch following union support

CRICKET players and supporters in Bushbuckridge are ecstatic following the news that their cricket team will start playing again after the Mpumalanga Cricket Union (MCU) promised to reinstate their sponsorship. The decision was taken at a meeting that was held last week in White River. “We are excited that our boys will start playing cricket again. Since last year, I was very worried because the boys were always asking me when they were going to play? Our supporters were also complaining and pleading with me to make a plan so…

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