COVID-19 death toll reaches 19 111

The number of detected COVID-19 cases is now 719 714 after 1 863 new infections were identified in the last 24 hours. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said 58 patients succumbed the respiratory illness, which pushes the death toll to 19 111. Of the latest deaths, 18 are from the Eastern Cape, 12 from KwaZulu-Natal, 10 from the Western Cape, seven from Limpopo, six from the Northern Cape, three from the Free State and two from Gauteng. “We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank…

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Smart locker sites for safe medicine collection launched in Mpumalanga

Patients with chronic conditions will not queue any longer at clinics to collect their monthly medication, since the province was selected for 11 new Collect & Go smart locker sites Collect & Go is a partnership between Right ePharmacy and the Department of Health. Patients living in and around Mpumalanga have begun collecting their medicine parcels from these smart lockers with numbers increasing steadily, as more people realise the benefits of using this quick, safe, and convenient medicine collection service. Fanie Hendriksz, managing director of Right ePharmacy, says, “Collect &…

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Grant top-up comes to an end this month

All the top-up amounts for the social grants, including Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency, will stop from next month. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) said the grant amounts, as from November, will revert to pre-COVID-19 amounts. “There is no extension to the top-up,” SASSA said Child Support Grant (CSG) beneficiaries received an extra R300 in May and R500 between June and October, while other grant beneficiaries were topped-up with R250 for six months. The top-up grant was government’s temporary relief against…

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Eleven arrested in UIF COVID-19 benefit probe

Labour and Employment Minister, Thulas Nxesi, says 11 people have been arrested as the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) intensified its probe to nab those accused of benefiting from illegal UIF COVID-19 TERS payments. Making a statement on Tuesday to the National Assembly on the illegal disbursements of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) COVID-19 benefit, Nxesi said following the probe by the Auditor-General, systems are being tightened at the UIF and headway is being made to root out corruption. The AG is auditing a wide-ranging number of irregular payments and allegations…

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Notorious criminal charged in prison after links to series of violent crimes

Shane Ngutjane (26) was charged in Nelspruit prison after investigation linked him with eight serious violent crimes on Wednesday 14 October 2020. Police spokesperson in Mpumalanga brigadier Leonard Hlathi said Ngutjane who was initially arrested in July 2020 for car hijacking and shooting at police in Culcutta was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition by the Mpumalanga Tasked team successfully linking him with other violent crimes. “The investigation linked Ngutjane to Possession of suspected stolen vehicle crime committed in April 2014 in Masoyi. House breaking, theft and…

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Traditional leaders condemn funeral shootings.

THE President of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA), Kgoshi Lamek Mokoena, had strongly condemned the firing of gun at funerals and called all leaders to join hands in discouraging such acts. Mokoena told Newshorn that he was shock by the fact that police have to arrest people for firing guns at funerals, especially those taking place on land belonging to traditional leaders. “A funeral needs to be respected at all times since our elders and young people do attend these and once people start playing with…

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Tekwane South community gains a community park

THE Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries (DEFF), the Ehlanzeni District Municipality and the City of Mbombela officially opened and handed over a community park to Tekwane South. According to the MMC of Community Services, Magareth Mlimi, the main objective of this community park was to provide recreational activities to the community. The upgrading of this park and the entrance to Tekwane South were part of the Mombela’s beautification programme. “The park belongs to the people of this community especially our children and we need to make sure that we…

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Court asserts Eskom’s right to cut-off electricity defaulters.

Eskom has welcomed what it deems as a landmark judgment after the High Court affirmed the utility’s right to terminate electricity supply to defaulting, non-paying customers. The South Gauteng High Court handed down the judgement on Tuesday. Eskom said it was now in a position to enhance all its collective efforts from defaulting municipalities that collectively owe the utility more than R31 billion in overdue debt. Pioneer Foods brought the case against Eskom seeking to review and set aside Eskom’s 2018 decision to interrupt electricity supply to the Walter Sisulu…

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Four learners were knocked by a taxi in Mkhuhlu.

The Mpumalanga Department of Education is deeply saddened by an accident involving four grade 12 girl learners from Makhosana Manzini High School under Mkhuhlu Circuit in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality this morning. The four learners were knocked by a taxi combi on their way home after writing their preliminary exams. Two of them sadly passed away while the other two were rushed to hospital. Of the two surviving learners, one was discharged and the other one is still receiving medical attention at Matikwane hospital. It is alleged the taxi driver was…

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Coronavirus case at Kanyamazane police station

All communities serviced by the Kanyamazane Police Station, are advised that this police station will be temporarily closed due to a member who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Community Service Centre will now be operated at Mbombela Municipality Council Chamber, Kanyamazane which is next the police station. To access the station, the community can call 076 060 3351/ 076 060 3353/ 076 060 0273/ 076 060 0277 / 082 923 0677 for all emergencies and complaints which will be attended accordingly. The telephone lines at  Kanyamazane Police  Station…

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