Eskom implements stage 3 load shedding

Eskom is currently implementing stage 3 load shedding, as there have been further breakdowns at Kusile, Matla and Tutuka power stations. “Load shedding will be increased to stage 3 from 8am until 10pm on Thursday, after which it will revert to stage 2, as previously communicated,” Eskom said. The power utility noted a slight improvement in generation performance on Wednesday but said load shedding was being implemented because of further breakdowns at its power stations. “This is in order to continue replenishing the emergency generation reserves, which have been depleted.…

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Teacher vaccination 101

Teachers and non-teaching staff above the age of 40 are next in line to be vaccinated. While vaccination is voluntary, the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), together with other teacher unions, has urged all eligible education sector staff to embrace this opportunity to be vaccinated. The long-awaited Johnson & Johnson vaccine suffered some setbacks in the United States after contamination problems at a COVID-19 vaccine plant in Baltimore, which has had a knock-on effect locally. The J&J vaccine became contaminated with part of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine,…

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Training for the unemployed to manufacture cleaning detergents

TSAROGA MoAfrica would be offering young and old unemployed people training in the Cleaning Detergents Manufacturing Training programme. According the programme fascilitator, Mbalenhle Shongwe, the programme was schedule to run last year, but due to COVID 19 lockdown they were forced to cancel. “We have decided to bring the training programme again since the country is open and we have realised that lot of people had lost their jobs and are without income. So we want to assist those people to establish their own businesses by training them how to…

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SA Health Minister’s partners and friends pocket millions for COVID briefings

Daily Maverick (DM) revealed that close associates of Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize and other third parties, pocketed  R90-million in suspicious payments  from a R150-million Covid-19 and National Health Insurance communications contract. In what may turn out to be the most shocking case of alleged Covid-19 looting uncovered to date, contractor Digital Vibes even charged the Department of Health millions  for scheduling Mkhize’s media briefings during the  pandemic. The former personal spokesperson and long-time friend of Dr Zweli Mkhize, Tahera Mather and Mkhize’s former personal assistant, Naadhira Mitha, are at the centre…

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Eskom suspends load shedding until 5pm

Eskom has suspended loadshedding from 4am this morning, until 5pm, due to an improvement in the power system. Over the past 24 hours, Eskom teams have returned seven generation units to service. “This has helped ease the supply constraints, and enabled Eskom to suspend load shedding at this point. However, this is currently insufficient to fully supply the evening peak. Stage 2 load shedding will therefore again be implemented from 5pm until 10pm tonight,” Eskom said on Tuesday. The outlook for the remainder of the week is expected to improve…

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Businesswoman lands prestigious appointment

A WELL-KNOWN international businesswoman and philanthropist had broadened her horizons following her recent appointment to the Timeless Women of Wonder Foundation (TWOW). A jubilant Nolubabalo Babsi Mcinga told NewsHorn that she was honoured to have been headhunted for this position and appreciated the opportunity and faith TWOW and its board showed in her. “It can only be God and His plans of prosperity upon my life and for Africa,” she said. She added that TWOW had ambitious plans for Africa’s economic transformation which meant it rests upon her to create…

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UNDOCUMENTED WOMEN SELL THEIR BODIES TO FEED CHILDREN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane, senior journalist with NewsHorn, addresses these heart-breaking issues which he shares with our readers. BEING a documented citizen, (holder of an ID, passport or visa,) anywhere in the world, opens up opportunities for basic and further education, jobs, healthcare and other avenues across a variety of areas which could lead to a sustainable living situation. In 2011 Omary Mogeri (33) came to South African from Tanzania on a tourism visa 2011. She was in search of a job to fund a planned trip to the UK where…

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Head collision on R544 Road leaves four people dead

A head on collision between a Toyota Corolla sedan and an Isuzu light delivery vehicle (LDV) left four people dead this afternoon around 17h30 on R544 Road between Emalahleni and Verena. Both vehicles caught fire on impact. Three of the deceased were occupants of the sedan and they include the driver, they were burnt beyond recognition. The fourth person was a passenger in the LDV. The driver of the LDV was critically injured and was rushed to a nearby hospital in Emalahleni. The cause of the collision is still being…

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SA’s new debit order system to come into effect 1 May

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will introduce the Authenticated Collections (AC)/DebiCheck project from 1 May 2021 as part of its modernisation of the national payment system (NPS). This project, which is a first of its kind, seeks to address the increasing levels of abuse in the debit order payment system, known as the early debit order (EDO) payment system. According to the SARB, all new and renegotiated EDO mandates will now be originated in the AC/DebiCheck payment system from next month and not in the current EDO payment system.…

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Provincial Easter road fatalities decline compared to carnage of previous years

Mpumalanga had recorded a decline in road fatalities during the recent Easter holidays compared to the same period in 2019. Eighteen fatalities were recorded this year, compared to the more than 30 during the same period in 2019. This year saw 73 people sustaining serious injuries while 132 sustained minor injuries. Of the 18 people killed, nine were pedestrians. Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, said fatalities in Ehlanzeni amounted to nine this year, with that of the Gert Sibande District, totalling five. The Nkangala District…

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