COVID-19 death toll reaches 19 111

The number of detected COVID-19 cases is now 719 714 after 1 863 new infections were identified in the last 24 hours. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said 58 patients succumbed the respiratory illness, which pushes the death toll to 19 111. Of the latest deaths, 18 are from the Eastern Cape, 12 from KwaZulu-Natal, 10 from the Western Cape, seven from Limpopo, six from the Northern Cape, three from the Free State and two from Gauteng. “We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank…

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Smart locker sites for safe medicine collection launched in Mpumalanga

Patients with chronic conditions will not queue any longer at clinics to collect their monthly medication, since the province was selected for 11 new Collect & Go smart locker sites Collect & Go is a partnership between Right ePharmacy and the Department of Health. Patients living in and around Mpumalanga have begun collecting their medicine parcels from these smart lockers with numbers increasing steadily, as more people realise the benefits of using this quick, safe, and convenient medicine collection service. Fanie Hendriksz, managing director of Right ePharmacy, says, “Collect &…

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Grant top-up comes to an end this month

All the top-up amounts for the social grants, including Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency, will stop from next month. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) said the grant amounts, as from November, will revert to pre-COVID-19 amounts. “There is no extension to the top-up,” SASSA said Child Support Grant (CSG) beneficiaries received an extra R300 in May and R500 between June and October, while other grant beneficiaries were topped-up with R250 for six months. The top-up grant was government’s temporary relief against…

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Soon to be famous tour descends to Lowveld

BRACE yourself for the most hilarious comedy show to hit the Lowveld. Madness Comedy Festival (MCF) will soon present you with “The soon to be famous tour”, which will take place at Emnotweni Arena on 7 November and is expected to tickle your funny bone. The event organiser, Nkosinathi Dladla – a comedian who goes by the stage name of Bhodloza Madala – said the event, which was hosted for the third time in the region, promised a line-up filled with a plethora of comedians both local and national. He…

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Eleven arrested in UIF COVID-19 benefit probe

Labour and Employment Minister, Thulas Nxesi, says 11 people have been arrested as the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) intensified its probe to nab those accused of benefiting from illegal UIF COVID-19 TERS payments. Making a statement on Tuesday to the National Assembly on the illegal disbursements of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) COVID-19 benefit, Nxesi said following the probe by the Auditor-General, systems are being tightened at the UIF and headway is being made to root out corruption. The AG is auditing a wide-ranging number of irregular payments and allegations…

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Tekwane South community gains a community park

THE Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries (DEFF), the Ehlanzeni District Municipality and the City of Mbombela officially opened and handed over a community park to Tekwane South. According to the MMC of Community Services, Magareth Mlimi, the main objective of this community park was to provide recreational activities to the community. The upgrading of this park and the entrance to Tekwane South were part of the Mombela’s beautification programme. “The park belongs to the people of this community especially our children and we need to make sure that we…

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Court asserts Eskom’s right to cut-off electricity defaulters.

Eskom has welcomed what it deems as a landmark judgment after the High Court affirmed the utility’s right to terminate electricity supply to defaulting, non-paying customers. The South Gauteng High Court handed down the judgement on Tuesday. Eskom said it was now in a position to enhance all its collective efforts from defaulting municipalities that collectively owe the utility more than R31 billion in overdue debt. Pioneer Foods brought the case against Eskom seeking to review and set aside Eskom’s 2018 decision to interrupt electricity supply to the Walter Sisulu…

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NewsHorn talks to local designer about her love for craft and fashion

NEWSHORN caught up with local fashion designer, Phumelele Sibiya, who is the founder and creator behind the women’s clothing and accessory brand, Phumie S Designs, to tell us more about her brand and everything concerning fashion. NewsHorn (NH): Who is Phumie? Phumelele Sibiya (PS): Phumie is shortened from the name Phumelele. I am a 23-year-old from Nelspruit who is a fun-loving, outgoing person and loves meeting new people despite being shy. Even though people seldom assume that I seem like I have a mean personality, but once they get to…

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Environment and everyday objects inspire young artist

“BEING able to create pieces of art from any object around me including using my vision and ideas to create art is my inspiration.” This is according to Nkomazi-born, Thembelenkosini Nyoni, during an interview with the NewsHorn about his works of art. The 28-year-old Nyoni, who is a visual artist, highlighted the fact that his biggest goal is to own a studio or gallery and to export his work globally. Nyoni, who also goes by the name Teekay, said: “Basically Teekay is an upcoming artist from Nkomazi who is residing…

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Young businessman’s desire for success exceeds his fear for failure

“IN ORDER to succeed in life, your desire for success must be far greater than your fear of failure.” This is according to 25-year-old Innocent Msibi, who is the owner of Justwin Cleaning Services, in an interview with NewsHorn. “This kind of business needs an innovative person that has conceptual and innovative skills. This is because you have to know how to deal with complaints from different type of clients in a level headed manner and avoid conflict,” he said. He added that the Pienaar-based business employs eight people of…

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