Counselling available for anxious matrics

The results are out, but due to the high level of anxiety experienced by Grade 12 students, the Department of Social Development’s Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) made counseling services available to learners. According to the GBVCC, suicides and depression tend to increase during this time – before and after results. Matriculants and their parents are urged to make use of the available support from trained social workers free of charge. The Department of Education and the GBVCC also appealed to parents to look out for any signs of depression…

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UMP warns prospective students of bogus scams.

“The University of Mpumalanga Management would like to warn potential students of a scam doing the rounds about payment for admission,” a statement from the university reads. According to the statement; there’s apparently a man who claims to be working for the university’s service centre eho is fraudulently demanding money (R2 500) to unsuspecting students. It further reads that the unknown man lures students and demands that they deposit money into PEP Money Market or E-Wallet for them to be admitted into the university. “The University of Mpumalanga does not…

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No load shedding expected on Friday.

Despite a constrained and vulnerable system, Eskom is not expecting to implement load shedding on Friday. “There is no load shedding expected today, as a result of a drop in demand during the holiday period and a return of some generating units to service. Eskom will continue to use emergency reserves to supplement capacity if necessary over this period,” said the power utility. The utility’s comments come as the load shedding hashtag was trending on Twitter with nuances that the utility is currently implementing load shedding. Meanwhile, Eskom reminded customers…

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No load shedding in four consecutive days.

With a drop in demand during the holiday period and a return of some generating units to service, Eskom is not expecting to implement load shedding today. “Eskom will continue to use emergency reserves to supplement capacity if necessary over this period,” said the power utility on Wednesday. Eskom has not load shed in four consecutive days. However, it reminded customers that the system continues to be vulnerable and unpredictable, with the possibility of load shedding remaining. “Our technical teams will continue to work over the holiday period to monitor…

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Golden Stars awards aim to take Mpumalanga entertainment industry to the top

Image of Golden Stars Awards in Mpumalanga, SA

  The Golden Stars Awards (GStars) is intending to move Bushbuckridge communities andthe entire Mpumalanga music and entertainment industry to  new heights. According to  GStar’s Executive Chairman, Sipho Dzimba, this year’s award ceremony would set trends and inspire confidence for many to take the regional entertainment industry seriously. These award to recognise, celebrate and honour top performing entertainers across wide range of industries. This include television films, artistry, media and entertainment in general. This year’s awards ceremony would among others see SABC 2’s Giyani: Land of Blood drama actress Nyeleti…

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Ten suspects arrested for over r600 million tender fraud

In a continuous effort to root out malfeasance in Government, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has arrested ten suspects aged between 34 and 60 in the early hours of today. The simultaneous intelligence driven raids took place in Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal by a multi-disciplinary team which included Crime Intelligence and SAPS detectives. The operation follows a complaint by the National Treasury after it transpired that the suspects allegedly colluded in accessing the Amathole District Municipality funds through flaunting of procurement processes afterwards they were awarded…

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Storm demolishes houses in Makoko

A rain storm had demolished 40 houses and two schools in Makoko, outside White River on Friday. According to the City of Mbombela spokesperson, Joseph Ngala, houses had their roofs blown away or been completely destroyed. 9 It was expected that the damage to the schools would affect learners who are currently writing final exams. “We appeal to all  to please assist those affected families with shelter. Immediate relief will be provided such as foodstuffs and clothing. A shelter for Friday night had been provided with rain continuing to pelt…

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BBR primary school chooses its annual most beautiful girls

She is small in stature, but huge in personality, Thandolwethu Mabuza walked away with the her school’s most beautiful girl award in Marite, Bushbuckridge. The 14-year old primary school learner was crowned with the local community in attendance. Event organiser, Rachael Moloto, said she started the pageant two years ag, with the aim to teach and nurture future models. She told NewsHorn that it had a huge positive effect on the lives of these girls and  it provided a platform to them to give back to their communities. “To be…

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Stokvel members targeted as festive season draws near.

WITH the festive season drawing closer, incidents in which stokvel members are being attacked are speedily increasing in the province. In a recent incident, Amelia Khoza (45) from Cunningmore B in Bushbuckridge was attacked by three men near her home late in the afternoon. They robbed her of the money she collected from the stokvel. “Just a few metres from my house, I was approached by three men who were travelling in a black VW Golf. They demanded the money that I collected from the stokvel. I told them I…

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A bunny chow a day keeps poverty at bay.

DESPITE having grown up in dire circumstances, Qhawe Marule (21) from Marite in Bushbuckridge has opened Mabrayas Kota & Chips, supplying bunny chows to many happy clients daily. Urging unemployed young people, especially those in rural areas, to start their own businesses and create jobs, Marule said if he could do it, anybody could. He said youngsters should rather be innovative and start their own businesses instead of relocating to the big cities searching for greener pastures. Marule said he started the kota business (bunny chow), after realising that it…

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