South African/UK-based nurses donate 95 masks to their counterparts in Mpumalanga hospital

A small group of South African female nurses based in the United Kingdom have donated more than R20 000 worth of N95 face masks to their colleagues in Tonga Hospital. Having witnessed a number of their colleagues abroad getting infected and others succumbing to COVID-19, the nurses wanted to show their appreciation for their lives by extending their least support to other frontline health workers especially those from the rural areas. Their generous donation was handed over by senior provincial government officials from the Office of the Premier, after the nurses…

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Police in Mpumalanga are looking for rapist.

The Police in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt after a 27 year old woman was raped yesterday, 01 July 2020, at the cemetery in Masoyi. The incident occurred whilst the woman was walking alone to a bus stop on her way to work. She told police that it was still dark when she saw someone walking in front of her and she thought it was another woman apparently also going to work. However when she got closer, she realised that it was a male person and suddenly, the suspect produced…

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Woman fined R500 or 12 months imprisonment for false rape

Police in Mpumalanga have welcomed the sentence meted against 20 year old, Thembekile Verlina Sigwili who was sentenced for perjury on Friday, 26 June 2020, by the Emalahleni Periodical Court residing at Vosman. Mpumalanga spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said they believe that the sentence will definitely serve as a deterrent to others who often open false cases. Sigwili was given a R500-00 fine or twelve months imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years for opening a false case on 25 November 2019, claiming she was raped. “Her lies came on the spotlight…

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COVID-19 deaths rare in children, NICD confirms

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that children are less likely to die of COVID-19, while the disease is usually mild among school-going kids, aged between five and 18. Even though Coronavirus may be less severe in children compared to adults, the newly published NICD report has stressed the importance of implementing and strengthening non-pharmaceutical interventions. These include wearing masks, physical distancing and hand washing or sanitising within schools to prevent children from contracting SARS-CoV2. “The number of deaths in this population is small but any severe…

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Over 4 000 parolees released to make social distancing possible

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says 4 138 low risk offenders have been released on parole to ease prison population figures to minimise the risk of Coronavirus spreading in correctional centres. Lamola said this when Ministers in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster fielded questions in the National Council of Provinces. “Yes, minimum progress has been made due to the processes to be followed when releasing sentenced offenders on parole. On 11 May 2020, the department began with the process to release selected low risk offenders and initial…

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Post Office experiences delays due to lockdown.

If you’ve been waiting a long time for a parcel from the Post Office, the State-owned postal service says it is experiencing hold-ups due to COVID-19 restrictions. “The SA Post Office would like to advise its customers that mail processing does not take place at the normal rate under lockdown 3 regulations, leading to delays, particularly in international items,” spokesperson Johan Kruger said. Kruger said they currently have a third of their workforce owing to regulations governing social distancing on their sorting floor at mail processing facilities. “As a result,…

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CONTRACTORS ADHERE TO SAFETY MEASURES

Sequel to the return of contractors to sites, the Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlement’s weekly Covid-19 compliance assessment exercise continued at Emthonjeni Extension 4, Emakhazeni Local Municipality recently. The delegation visited 470 housing units’ project set to be completed by the end of the second quarter (July – September 2020). The visit aimed at checking adherence to measures put in place by government for contractors to adhere to. To enforce compliance, contractors are expected to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), masks, sanitizers as well as conducting daily screening of workers.…

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COVID-19 cases shoot up, Gauteng to emerge as epicentre

South Africa’s COVID-19 cases are on a sharp and steady increase with 6 130 new cases reported on Monday, bringing the total number to 144 264. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported, bringing the total to 2 529. Of the 73 new deaths reported, 1 was from Mpumalanga, 5 from Limpopo, 2 from North West, 6 from Gauteng, 10 from the Eastern Cape, 6 from KwaZulu-Natal and 43 from the Western Cape. “The numbers are picking up and the surge is on the way. Particularly in Gauteng, the numbers are…

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A call by taxi body results in riots

In an effort to heed the call by the South African National Taxi Council yesterday (June 28) to operate at full capacity saw certain parts of the lockdown regulations being ignored by taxi operators. The move resulted in certain parts of Mbombela being barricaded with burning tyres, petrol tankers including bricks after law enforcement officers conducted operations to try and prevent taxi operators from doing so. Upon the arrival of the NewsHorn team at the Nelspruit rank, taxi operators had also barricaded both entrances leading to the rank. According to…

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Mpumalanga’s nature reserves open for business.

THE Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) is in the process of opening up its nature reserves to the public for self-drive, hiking, fishing and hunting activities. This follows the latest announcement made by national government that such activities can now be offered to the public under strict health safety protocols. A selected few of our provincial nature reserves around the province offering game viewing and other social distancing compliant activities, including those on the popular Panorama route such as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Three…

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