Former Emalahleni Municipality’s employee arrested for failing to comply with bail conditions

  Masoka Dube   FORMER Emalahleni Municipality employee Linda Potgieter(62) who has been convicted for corruption was recently denied bail for failure to comply with her bail conditions pending an appeal. It is alleged that Potgieter who appeared in the Emalahleni Regional Court violated her bail conditions resulting in a warrant for her arrest being issued culminating in her arrest last Friday. The case has been postponed to July 26 for a formal bail application. It is alleged that between January 2004 and July 2009, Potgieter was a manager of…

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For our farmers – a very important summit reminder

TLU SA Economic Sustainability Summit – 16 July 2019 Commercial farmers have these past few years been under tremendous financial pressure because of circumstances out of their control. This has led to many South African farmers not having the necessary capacity to overcome a crisis on their own. The survival of the agricultural value chain is reliant on sustainable agricultural production and commercial farmers. Obviously, each commodity involved in the production process will have its own unique way of handling the risk. In practice, we have seen that government –…

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Drive responsibly during road construction

Trans African Concessions (TRAC) urges N4 Toll Route users to drive responsibly when in or near construction zones, to ensure their and road workers’ safety. Major upgrades, routine maintenance and road rehabilitation are regularly undertaken as the roads take a heavy beating from trucks. Despite all necessary precautions, these zones are hazardous. Speeding, impatient drivers and traffic congestion  create major risks for road users and workers. With cones, barriers and signage, warnings abound. “As the safety of our road users and contractors is a priority for us, we encourage road…

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Safcol, UNIDO give business equipment to small businesses

Safcol and UNIDO representative with the beneficiaries.

Masoka Dube THE South African Forestry Company (Safcol) says the tools supplying project that they have launched in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will play a vital role in developing black-owned small companies in the province. Six black-owned forestry contractors at Platorand Training Centre (Sabie) received business equipment during the event that was held in Sabie earlier this month (July 04). “The fascinated contractors dream to procure tools for their businesses have come to pass as SAFCOL’s partnership with UNIDO fulfilled this vision. The much-needed tools…

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Mono culture farming not good for bees

As agriculture has expanded over the last few decades, global dependence on pollinator insects has increased. But crop diversity hasn’t increased nearly as much – and this disparity spells trouble for many regions, especially parts of South America, Asia and Africa as farmers plant only one type of crop, according to a new study. Bees and other insects work hard to gather nectar and pollen. Along the way, pollen gets stuck to their bristly bodies, and the insects pollinate flowers. Many crops are at least partially dependent on insect pollination,…

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Suspect wanted for tax fraud arrested

Godfrey Sifiso Tony Lukhele

Godfrey Sifiso Tony Lukhele (33) was arrested by members of the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit Mpumalanga on Tuesday for alleged fraud. Lukhele submitted fraudulent VAT returns to the South African Revenue Services twice in March 2013 for R3 million.  Initially he was arrested and absconded court four times while he was on bail of R70 000, which has since been forfeited to the state. Lukhele criminal deeds started in 2013 and spiralled further to 2014 and 2015 where he committed fraud in Nelspruit targeting the same institution. He appeared…

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More cops die in Mpumalanga vehicle accidents

Two more policemen were killed in a car accident, bringing the death toll of similar deaths in Mpumalanga’s SAPS to five since beginning June this year. Constables Portia Makhosazane Zwane and Mthokozisi Erick Nkosi both 27, died when their vehicle was hit by a truck which was traveling from Ermelo in the direction of Oshoek. The SAPS members were turning onto the N17 when the accident occurred. According to police officials both vehicles were traveling at some speed as the truck and the police vehicle landed in a nearby plantation…

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Schoemanskloof roadworks complete

The rehabilitation of Schoemanskloof – between Crossroads and the Mashishing Intersection – is complete and Stop/Go’s have come to an end. The project took 10 months to complete, cost R80 million and  benefited local communities as the contractor – Tau Pele Construction – subcontracted portions of the initiative to locals. Numerous local labourers were also temporarily employed.  

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Still a lot to do despite peaceful MTPA strike

Some Attractions on Panorama Route closed due to Industrial Action Due to unresolved industrial action by employees of MTPA (Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency), a number of attractions managed by MTPA on the Panorama Route are currently  closed. It is hoped that a prompt resolution will be reached, which will enable these venues to open again fully, as soon as possible. Kruger Lowveld Tourism would like to emphasise in the meantime that any demonstrations connected to the strike are entirely peaceful and there is no disruption on the region’s roads.…

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