Another tornado hits Natal Midlands

A second tornado touched down in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal this (Thursday) afternoon. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) confirmed it.According to Storm Report SA a witness said the funnel had touched the ground multiple times. The province was still counting the cost of the first tornado which wreaked havoc in areas north of the provincial capital, Pietermaritzburg two days ago. SAWS issued a warning for severe storms, with damaging wind, hail and heavy falls. The area around Bergville is highly prone to thunderstorms. The province is on storm alert and schools…

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Mpumalanga water shortage getting worse

MPUMALANGA is facing a serious water shortage. Dam and river levels are dropping and the situation is fast deteriorating. Dr Tendai Sawunyama, a senior employee at the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) told  NewsHorn recently. “The situation is getting worse as we are not expecting serious rainfall any time soon. That is why we are calling the public to use water wisely. There was no enough rainfall last month,” Sawunyama said. He said the water situation in the Crocodile and Sabie-Sand catchment area was still below normal, in comparison to…

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Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starts this month

CULTURE, Sport and Recreation MEC, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, has called on the people of Mpumalanga to support the annual Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience festival starting on November 22 at the Emnotweni Arena. “This festival continues to be popular for its high impact performances for social cohesion,” Ntshalintshali said during the official launch of the fourth edition of the Xperience, which was held at Emnotweni Sun on October 31. “South Africans need to support this initiative for its intended purpose of promoting social cohesion and nation building through culture and giving young and…

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Sifiso’s death a great loss to Lowveld cricket

Sfiso Mahima, much loved cricket coach had died suddenly. Nelspruit High School, the Johan Rudolph Cricket Academy and the wider cricket fraternity had reacted with shock and sadness to the tragic news. Nellies High said in a statement that Sfiso’s motto of “it does not matter if you win or lose, as long as you give your best everytime”, would always be remembered. His passion for cricket, children and coaching set him apart, as did his hard working characteristic, his joviality and his patience. To the many of the learners…

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Breakthrough archeological find in Mpumalanga

A routine excursion in the mountains of Mpumalanga led to an unexpected discovery for a a team of South African and international scientists and researchers. According to a media statement it “shone a light on an unimaginable and turbulent past in prehistoric South Africa (SA)”. Fossilised body parts of humanoids and other creatures were found. The SA Antiquities Research Institute (SAARI) said it could turn out to be one of the mostly critical archaeological finds ever in SA. The ribs, hearts and legs have been found to date back 100…

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3 Lilizela Tourism Awards for Mpumalanga

The seventh annual Lilizela Tourism Awards once again honoured South Africa’s tourism accommodation establishments. It also celebrated excellence with regards to visitor experiences, tour operators and guides. Emerging entrepreneurs were awarded alongside several industry luminaries. The Western Cape walked away with most of the prizes and Limpopo beat Mpumalanga this year in the categories for lodges and safari products. However, three of the province’s establishments won in their respective categories. Jackalberry Ridge in Marloth Park won in the category for Glamping Camping and Caravan. Jackalberry Ridge Welgelegen Manor in Balfour…

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Malalane resident hijacked at gunpoint in town

A Malalane resident was hijacked at gunpoint in town yesterday in the vicinity of the busy Air and Impala streets crossing. Two men told the victim to drive to the R570 crossing and robbed him of his personal effects and phone. The men could not succeed in taking his vehicle and fled on foot. The brave man was unharmed. Please be aware of your surroundings and take note of vagrants and loiterers. Source: Mel Preddy of Malalane Against Crime (MAC).

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Accident in KNP – visitors injured and giraffe killed

VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES FOUR PEOPLE AND CLAIMS GIRAFFE’S LIFE A vehicle with 13 day visitors on their way to Letaba was involved in an accident North of Mopani in the Kruger National Park (KNP).  Preliminary reports indicate that a giraffe stepped into the road and the combi hitting. The giraffe fell on top of a  rented safari vehicle with two occupants. The driver of the rental vehicle, a Swiss national was seriously injured and the passenger suffered minor injuries. Medical personnel rushed to the scene of the accident where the…

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More rain for Mpumalanga

According to the SA Weather Bureau, rain and thundershowers are still expected in the province today. From Wednesday, the sun would shine on and off with more rain predicted for the next five days. Very little wind is expected and the humidity would remain high. Rain is pounding KwaZulu-Natal and heavy downfalls in the Cape had been predicted. Heavy storms and flooding in KZN had already claimed lives and more thunderstorms are on their way in the province. Rain also started falling in Johannesburg and scattered downpours would continue for…

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