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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Command council details move to lockdown level 3

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) provided detail on South Africa’s move to level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the country finds itself in a grave situation, as COVID-19 infections continue to rise. The Minister’s comments following an address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night, wherein he announced that South Africa has reverted to level 3 of lockdown, up from level 1. The briefing was on developments in relation to the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. “Last night,…

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Three traffic officers held for corruption

Three traffic officers were arrested for alleged corruption and bribery during a joint operation by the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit and the Hawks in Mpumalanga. The officers, who are employed by Emalahleni Municipality, were arrested on Monday morning when they reported for work in Witbank. “It is alleged that the officers – aged 59, 53 and 38 – accepted bribes from motorists instead of charging them for traffic violations. They are expected to appear in court later today,” the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said. The…

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Do not pay for a place in front of queues

The South African Post Office (Sapo) has advised its customers not to pay self-appointed queue marshals a fee for a place in front of the queue when visiting their branches. Customers are advised not to pay the fee demanded by these queue marshals, and to report such incidents to the South African Police and to the Post Office branch in question These remarks come after Sapo become aware of instances where self-appointed queue marshals ask customers who visit their branches a fee for a place in the front of the…

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CORONAVIRUS CASE AT PIENAAR POLICE STATION

All communities serviced by Pienaar police station are advised that the police station has been temporarily closed due to an employee who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Community Service Centre will now be operated at Mpakeni Tribal / Traditional Office, Daantjie which is behind the police station. To access the station, the community can call 076 412 3540, for all emergencies and complaints which will be attended accordingly. The telephone lines at Pienaar Community Service Centre will not be accessible for the duration of the closure. However service…

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Tighter level 1 restrictions this festive season

Government has announced tighter level 1 lockdown restrictions nationwide, with effect from midnight tonight. This as the country enters the festive season amid a second wave of rising COVID-19 infections. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the restrictions on Monday evening, as the country’s cumulative number of cases stands at 866,127, edging closer to the 900 000 mark. “If we do not do things differently this festive season, we will greet the new year not with joy, but with sorrow. Many of our friends, relatives and co-workers will be infected, some will…

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