Applications open for free skills development programme

Masoka Dube    MIDDELBURG– The first 20 welding entrepreneurs, who successfully completed their training, received their diplomas in Middelburg, last week The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI), the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and MERSETA took hands to train young Mpumalanga artisans free of charge. The provincial Informal Welders Recruitment Programme was officially launched last year in Middelburg with the aim of assisting rural- and township- based informal artisans to be in a better position to access the industry and grow their own businesses to create much needed employment in Mpumalanga.…

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SA’s nuclear situation – a call for Necsa to be given new life

Koebrg nuclear plant in the Western Cape, SA

The South African Nuclear Corporation (Necsa), is staffed beyond capacity, waiting for a R9.3-billion nuclear build that is never coming. Quoted in Daily Maverick’s (DM) Monday online publication, it stated:  “It is loss-making, its liabilities probably outweigh its assets and it will run out of cash before its financial year-end.” It calls the nuclear situation in SA the biggest heist seen in post-apartheid South Africa,. Thanks to the efforts of Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute the Constitutional Court  in 2015 set aside the inter-governmental agreement…

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Why the government would rather target Pravin than fixing Eskom – DM

Pravin Gordhan responsible for state owned enterprises in SA government

Fiddling while coal burns “The electricity crisis is entirely the fault of the ANC, no one else. For the moment it appears, there is still no strong enough desire to fix it. If that doesn’t change soonest, life in South Africa will turn dramatically worse.” Stephen Grootes Licking the socket As if the national power crisis gripping Eskom and everything it touches wasn’t bad enough, the ANC’s factions are keen to continue the standard operating procedure: bicker over who’s in control of what. The target is, yet again, Pravin Gordhan.…

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Downed Ukranian plane could become Iran’s Chernobyl

Image of the Ukranian plane shot down by islamic group in Iran

  When a seminal event spectacularly reveals official lies, public trust that has been eroding in a system that for so long has denied obvious truths finally snaps. The flood gates open and all the bottled-up or repressed disaffection pours out in waves of anger, disdain and contempt. The last ounce of legitimacy drains away. It is the beginning of the end for the ruling regime that was able to eke out survival long past its due date. This is what happened in the Soviet Union after the Chernobyl nuclear…

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Repo Rate cut

The South African Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee had unanimously voted to reduce the repo rate from 6.5% to 6.25%. As a result of the cut, the prime rate would fall to 9.75%. The repo rate is the benchmark interest rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to other banks. Before Thursday, the last time the bank changed the rate was in July 2019, when it was cut by 25 basis points to 6.5%. The rate stayed unchanged at 6.5% at the MPC’s two previous meetings in September and…

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SAA in death throes as weekend deadline for its survival looms

SA Airways is dying after years of corruption and incompetence

Although no official announcement has been made, indications are that government could finally jettison the state-owned entity (SOE) which had suffered losses of more than R30-billion over the past 13 years. The formerly very successful and profitable SAA was established in 1934 and would be 86 years old on February 1. It is one of the oldest commercial airlines in the world. The dying airline had put nine of its aeroplanes up for sale, including Airbus passenger planes used on long-haul flights. According to Business Insider, some of the planes…

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Policeman nabbed as possible kingpin in rhino poaching near Rustenburg

Anti rhino poaching drives in SA

The war on rhino poachers continues successfully with another suspected rhino poacher arrested at a game lodge near Rustenburg  . The suspect has been identified as a police constable and has possible links to the rhino poaching incidents which had plagued Pilanesberg. The 33-year-old suspect was arrested during a Crime Intelligence Operation on Tuesday evening, January 14. Four suspects were caught who were allegedly in the process of poaching rhinos at a Game Lodge in Boitekong, near Rustenburg, according to a SAPS statement. Three managed to escape into the surrounding…

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South African Travelers to Pay More for Schengen Visa to Visit Europe

New Schengen visa rules for travelers from SA to Europe

As from next month South Africans will pay a fee of €80 (R1440) instead of €60 when applying for a Schengen Visa from South Africa. (At R18 per Euro) The increase also affects children, who will now have to pay €40 (R720) instead of €35, as it is currently. South Africans will also be subjected to several changes in terms of visa application procedures, rules and benefits, starting from February. Due to the implementation of the Updated Schengen Visa Code, adopted by the EU Council in June 2019, all representative…

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Prayers answered as heavens opened over fire stricken Oz

Although good rainfalls were only predicted to come in March, the heavens have opened and rain is sweeping across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland… bringing water to areas which had been suffering the worst drought in years. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones predicted to hit parts of New South Wales (although not the Greater Sydney area). A similar severe thunderstorm warning for Victoria, has been reduced in the past hour. Despite bringing welcome relief…

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Pumakiti Sportvasvra met die Nelspruit Hervormde Kerk (in Afrikaans)

Toets jou kennis op 1 FEBRUARIE tydens die Hervormde Kerk in Nelspruit (NHKA) se gewilde sportvasvra. Vanjaar is die Pumakiti 2020 Sportvasvra groter en beter met ‘n heerlike ete, genoeg drinkgoed en PUMA SPELERS AAN ELKE TAFEL. Bespreek jul tafel met sitplek vir 10 so gou moontlik. Hierdie gebeurtenis is groot pret. Die vrae sal meesal handel oor rugby, krieket en atletiek en word vanjaar by die  Mbombela Stadion restourant gehou. Vir navrae skakel: Lambert Smith 083 240 7430 of Hannes de Wet 082 852 3129

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