NEW TREE HEIGHT RECORDS BROKEN DURING TREE CLIMB IN MAGOEBASKLOOF

An expedition of tree climbers broke two new tree records during a memorable tree climb in Magoebaskloof (Limpopo province) on 8 November 2021. This tree climb took place in a stand of exotic saligna gum trees (Eucalyptus saligna) which were declared as national champion trees more than a decade ago. These trees were planted by forestry pioneer AK Eastwood in 1906. They are located on the Magoebaskloof State Forest, managed for commercial plantation purposes by the forestry company Komatiland Forests (an affiliate of Safcol). The Champion tree project is managed…

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Concern over SA’s ability to reach herd immunity

Deputy President David Mabuza has expressed concern that the country could fail to vaccinate close to 40 million citizens by the end of 2021, as South Africa races to reach herd immunity. “I’m not very sure whether we are going to reach our targets, the 70% that we are yearning for. It looks far-fetched. I’m sure that we are going to revise our targets,” he acknowledge. According to the latest statistics, South Africa has distributed the COVID-19 vaccine to over 13 million or 33.21% of the adult population out of…

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Research cites the severity of the impact of COVID-19 on tourism businesses

University of Mpumalanga Tourism Lecturer Dr Julia Giddy and Professor Jayne Rogerson from the University of Johannesburg recently conducted a study to examine tourism enterprise adaptation in South Africa’s nature tourism destinations. The study, conducted in Bushbuckridge, suggests that tourism in that region has been severely impacted by COVID-19. In the Bushbuckridge area, the debilitating impact of the pandemic was exacerbated by the fact that most businesses are dominated by international tourists rather than the domestic market. One of the most significant problems mentioned by the majority of businesses was…

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Hazyview – a magical stopover on the way to the KNP

KNOWN for its sub-tropical farming, the small town of Hazyview in Mpumalanga, South Africa (SA), offers the ideal stopover with its plethora of beautiful natural wonders and activities. A week is not even enough to enjoy the splendour of the area. It is by and large a farming community with its huge banana and macadamia nut industries, contributing to about 20% of SA’s bananas and 30% of macadamia nut harvests. As gateway to the southern section of the Kruger National Park (KNP) and the Phabeni Gate only 14km away, Sho’t…

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Young people should create own jobs says entrepreneur

NOKULUNGA Shabangu (26) from Swalala said young people should create their own jobs by taking advantage of opportunities in their communities, whereby they can meet a need and get an income. Shabangu, who lost her both parents at the age of 9, was raised by her grandparents and had recently started a poultry farm, a business she learned from her grandparents. “My research shows we have a shortage of food in South Africa and the inflation rate is killing our people. Many are suffering because of job losses due to…

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SANParks Announces Free Access Week Dates For 2021

South African National Parks (SANParks), together with Total Energies and FNB will be hosting the 16th annual SA National Parks Week from 22 to 28 November 2021. The free access will only be valid until Friday 26 November at the following national parks – Addo, Kgalagadi, Kruger and the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park.   SANParks Acting Chief Executive Officer, Luthando Dziba said, “SA National Parks Week is an annual campaign that gives all South African citizens the opportunity to enter most of the parks managed by…

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Stage four load shedding implemented.

State owned power utility, Eskom, has announced that it will implement Stage four load shedding from midday today (Wednesday) until the early hours of Friday morning. Then, load shedding will drop to Stage two until the next morning. The power utility has been battling to keep the lights on as a result of trips and shutdowns at units at five power stations which are costing the grid nearly 15 000MW in power. “Over the past 24 hours a unit each at Medupi, Kusile and Matla power stations tripped while a…

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FRAUDSTER ARRESTED FOR ABSCONDING COURT

The Kwaggafontein Regional Court remanded Aubrey Lepala Tlala (44) in custody on Monday after he was re-arrested for not showing up at an earlier scheduled court appearance. Tlala was initially arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation team based in Middelburg for theft related charges amounting to R3 million allegedly stolen from an Auto Teller Machine on 02 November 2012. Tlala was employed by First National Bank branch in Kwaggafontein as a manager at the time of the offence. He made several court appearances but failed to appear in court on…

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Eskom implements stage two load shedding

Eskom has announced that it will implement stage two load shedding from this morning until Saturday morning. This as the power utility continues to struggle to build up its emergency reserves following rolling blackouts over the weekend and on Monday evening. Eskom said although much work had been done to replenish its capacity, delays hampered the suspension of the rolling blackouts. “While Eskom teams have successfully returned a unit each at the Kusile, Matimba and Arnot power stations during the early hours of this morning, further delays in returning other…

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MPUMALANGA WILL HOST YOUTH AND WOMEN IN TOURISM EMPOWERMENT IMBIZO

Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Fish Mahlalela, and the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mr. Vusumuzi Prince Mkhatshwa will host a youth and women in tourism Imbizo at Ebutsini Cultural Village in the Mpumalanga Province. Themed ‘Unlocking Business Opportunities for Youth and Women Entrepreneurs in Tourism,’ the engagement will shed light on the Department’s SMME programmes, and  Youth Skill Development initiatives that are earmarked to support industrialists and unemployed youth as the sector works towards tourism recovery. The National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) and the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan…

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