POLICE WARN PUBLIC TO REFRAIN FROM CROSSING OR BAPTISING PEOPLE / PERFORMING RITUALS IN FLOODED RIVERS AND DAMS

Police in Mpumalanga are sending a warning to the public to refrain from crossing, baptising people or performing rituals in flooded rivers or dams. The warning comes after several people lost their lives recently, including a Sangoma aged 24 and his trainee aged 22. The two disappeared in the Mkhondo River on Monday, 18 January 2021. Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said  on the sad day, the Sangoma together with his five trainees and one member of the public, went to the river to perform some rituals. It is…

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TWO SUSPECTS IN COURT FOR COUNTERFEIT FUEL CARDS

Kenneth Maoto(35) and Reginaldo Nuvunga(34) appeared in the eMalahleni District Court on following a charge of fraud. Mpumalanga HAWKS spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said the duo were arrested in Witbank by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team on Friday, 22 January 2021 for the alleged fraudulent transactions with counterfeit fleet fuel cards. “The pair were initially arrested  by the Vaalbank Detective Services after presenting two counterfeit fleet cards for fuel payment at the local Puma garage. Investigations by the Hawks further linked the duo to additional similar fraudulent…

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Plans in place for Tropical Cyclone Eloise impact

Image of tropical storm Eloise heading for Mozambique

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says plans are in place for the imminent impact of Tropical Cyclone Eloise. “Tropical Cyclone Eloise has been in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region for a while and has mainly been over the island States, with the possibility of hitting Mozambique, with initial indications being that it would impact primarily Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana, with very little impact on South Africa, if any,” the department said. The department said the reality unfolding is that there will be impact in the provinces…

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How do I know I have recovered from COVID-19?

Vaccine roll out in SA stopped

It is important to note that there is a difference between being fully recovered and being ready to come out of isolation. The following criteria are specified for de-isolation of a person who tests positive for COVID-19: Symptomatic patients with mild disease (not requiring hospitalisation for Covid-19) can be de-isolated 10 days after the onset of their symptoms, provided their fever has resolved and their other symptoms are improving. Hospitalised patients with moderate-severe disease (who require hospitalisation due to COVID-19) can be de-isolated 10 days after achievement of clinical stability (i.e. from…

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Load shedding suspended

Eskom has suspended loadshedding as the generation capacity has improved following the return of some generators to service. “Over the past 24 hours, Eskom teams have successfully returned two generation units each at Kusile, Kriel, and one at Tutuka Power Stations to service,” Eskom said . The loadshedding was suspended on Monday evening at 11pm. “Another two generation units are expected to return to service [on Tuesday], while emergency generation reserves have also adequately recovered. “Eskom would like to thank the people of South Africa for their patience and understanding…

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Illegal traders back in business as alcohol ban gets underway

ALCOHOL traders in Mpumalanga’s rural areas are back in business the ban on alcohol sales came into effect in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The public tried to buy as much alcohol as they could even before President Cyril Ramaphosa slapped a second ban on the liquor industry. Charging exorbitant prizes traders are once again capitalising on the ban with the price of a beer jumping from R17 to R35 minutes after the President’s speech. It however did not stop the public to fork out money to…

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Home affairs suspend applications of smart ID

Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the suspension of several services rendered by the Department of Home Affairs under level 3 of the lockdown. This as the number of death certificates issued by the department has been on the increase. Motsoaledi revealed that since December the department, has been issuing a high number of death certificates. The figures, he cautioned, are set to spiral further by the end of January. To remedy the situation, Home Affairs offices have extended their operating hours until 7pm. “We will be extending…

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Spend and borrow wisely this 2021

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) has urged the public to start 2021 on a good note by spending and borrowing wisely. The NCR said some consumers are currently finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations such as school fees, school uniform, transport and rent, among others. “It is that time of the year where some consumers will feel like ‘Januworry’ is three months long because of their financial situation. Consumers who might need to borrow money or take out credit should read and understand their credit agreements before signing,”…

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COVID-19 vaccine “not only weapon to end pandemi

Leading experts in South Africa’s vaccine procurement strategy say while securing a COVID-19 vaccine is top of the country’s agenda, it is not a magic bullet that will end the pandemic. “There is a general misunderstanding and we need to clarify that once the vaccines arrive on our doorstep, that is not the end of the epidemic. “The first branches will go to protect healthcare workers and will have no effect on the population as such. “Then there will be immunisation of the population and that is going to take…

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MPUMALANGA’S NATURE RESERVES AND TOURISM ATTRACTIONS TO ENFORCE COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON

MTPA CEO Johannes Nobunga said they  will also ensure that other nature reserves and tourist attractions also implement these protocols during the busy festive season. This follows the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa for tourism attractions to ensure that all health and safety protocols are enforced during the busy festive season in order to avoid the resurgence of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. “All MTPA’s nature reserves will ensure that all tourism attractions are ready to welcome the large number of visitors during the festive season. All nature reserves…

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