Bringing local communities into the mainstream of conservation should continue to be central to anti-rhino poaching strategy.

The South African government believes that bringing local communities into the mainstream of conservation should continue to be central to our anti-rhino poaching strategy.  South Africa joins the world in marking the 9th World Rhino Day – a   day launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2010 under the theme Five Rhino Species Forever. This annual day has since grown to become a global event drawing attention to the impact of poaching on the continued survival of the species. “We will redouble our efforts to make sure that…

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Man arrested for false bomb threat.

Police in Gauteng have arrested a man after he made an alleged bomb threat at Menlyn Maine Shopping Centre in the East of Pretoria. In a brief statement, Brooklyn police station spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said at around 11.15am, an unknown man in his fifties entered a bank at the shopping centre and handed a note to a bank teller who was assisting him. “The note contained a threat to say that there is a bomb planted inside the bank,” said Weilbach. She said centre security immediately reacted and evacuated…

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More than 100 000 South Africans entered SA Parks free of charge

Uploaded by Tumelo waga Dibakwane, senior journalist at NewsHorn Media South African National Park (SANParks) saw 113 032 visitors to the parks during South African National Parks Week from 8 September to 15 September 2019. This was a 52.6% increase from last year’s 74 086. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ allowed locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.  According to SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni the objective of the week is to…

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Delmas in Mpumalanga identified as commercial truck hijacking capital of SA.

Tumelo waga Dibakwane According to crime statistics reports released this week by the national Police Ministry, out of the 30 South African Police precincts which recorded high cases of commercial truck hijacking, Delmas is at number 1 with 33 truck hijacking cases recorded within the 2018/2019 financial year. At least 23 trucks were hijacked in the area in the previous financial year. After Delmas, the Heidelberg Police Precinct in Gauteng Province had recorded 31 cases of truck hijacking during the same period – down from the 43 cases recorded in…

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Young fashion designer is all Charged Up

A YOUNG fashion designer and founder of a clothing outlet named Charged Up, Ntsako Mhlaule, will be opening her first shop at the deep rural area of Bushbuckridge in Agincourt. Mhlaule said she decided to open the shop in the village where she lived, to inspire young people from the rural areas that they could be successful without going to the big cities. “Young people must take advantage of available opportunities in the rural areas to start businesses, make a living and create jobs,” she said. “The aim is to…

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Swazisoul donates shoes to destitute learners

LOCAL musician, Xolani Mashabane, also known as Swazisoul, last week donated school shoes to destitute learners at Shatleng Primary School in Marite, Bushbuckridge. Mashabane said he felt obliged to give back to the community that raised him. The singer, who lost his parents when he was still young, said when he was a student at the school, he used to attend classes wearing old torn up clothes as a school uniform. “Growing up in Marite, I did not have much as a child and knew I was not the only…

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SADC countries sign a new trade deal with UK

South Africa, along with five other countries in the Southern African region, has concluded a new trade agreement with the United Kingdom. The new agreement will govern the bilateral trading relationship between countries, which include South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique and the UK in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without an Agreement between the UK and the EU (or what is called a ‘no-deal Brexit’). At the moment, trade between the UK and involved countries is facilitated under the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement…

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MEC Manzini strongly condemn incompetence in health sector.

The MEC for Health in Mpumalanga Sasekani Manzini met with Nkangala district Health Workers which included Senior Management,Unions,and Staff from Nkangala District Office.The gathering was held at Witbank /Emalahleni Local Municipality. The primary motive of the convergent,was to engage health workers in Nkangala district, with a purpose of encouraging them to continue to strive for excellence, in the provision of adequate health care services. When addressing the meeting MEC Manzini, went on to strongly condemn incompetence in health sector, and strongly emphasize that health workers are there to give hope…

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German tourist rescued after she allegedly fell from a cliff at Lisbon waterfall in Graskop

SAPS’ Search and Rescue team came to the aid of a 31 year old German national , after she allegedly fell of a cliff while on a sight seeing excursion with her partner at Lisbon Water falls in Graskop. According to Mpumalanga SAPs spokesperson indicates that she lost her balance and fell off the cliff onto an overhanging tree, where she was trapped for some time. “The search and rescue team were alerted and responded swiftly thus managing to pull her back to safety, before she slid further down” said…

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