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Bringing local communities into the mainstream of conservation should continue to be central to anti-rhino poaching strategy.

The South African government believes that bringing local communities into the mainstream of conservation should continue to be central to our anti-rhino poaching strategy.  South Africa joins the world in marking the 9th World Rhino Day – a   day launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2010 under the theme Five Rhino Species Forever. This annual day has since grown to become a global event drawing attention to the impact of poaching on the continued survival of the species. “We will redouble our efforts to make sure that…

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Man arrested for ‘possession’ of 121 firearms denied bail.

A Mpumalanga man arrested after he was allegedly found in possession of an arsenal of firearms and ammunition worth approximately R3 million has been denied bail by the Nelspruit Magistrates Court today. Whitehead-King Bruce will appear again at the same court on October 02 for a formal bail application. The man was arrested on Wednesday at a farm in Mbombela. “Acting on a tip-off, police went to man’s farm where they discovered 121 firearms, of which 109 were not registered in his name,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

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Speak the rugby lingo Boet – tune into NewsHorn website for schedule

Howzit bru, watching the match? The rugby fans’ guide to English With a scrum of rugby fans around the world congregating in stadia, pubs and around any available TV, there’s a chance you could miss out if you don’t know your braai from your barbie or a bevvie from a brewski. To help bewildered fans navigate this Babel, this  dinkum English would go a long way towards explaining the lingo. Arvo: Australian for afternoon. “The Wallabies are playing this arvo.” Braai: South African term for a barbeque. “As soon as…

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Woman in court for assaulting child

Masoka Dube   A Mpumalanga woman accused of assaulting a 13-year-old child is out on R5000 bail, granted by the Ogies Magistrates Court. Matshidiso Mtsweni was not asked to plead and her case was postponed to next month. “The arrest came after a video clip circulated on social media circles and went viral. In the clip, a woman is seen assaulting the victim at Phola, near Ogies,  said Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi. According to Hlaudi, the woman tied the victim’s hands and legs with a rope against a…

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Wage dispute resolved at SANParks

According to a statement by South African National Parks (SANParks), a dispute regarding wages and conditions of employment by three unions representing workers in the Collective Bargaining Council had been resolved.  Rey Thakhuli, SANParks Acting Head of Communications said that SANParks and the various labour unions settled the dispute and the parties immediately formalised the agreement. SANParks and the majority of unions, the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union (HOSPERSA) and National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NUPSAW), signed an agreement that workers will get an…

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Government owes billions to construction companies

Staff Reporter Government currently owes construction and building industry contractors about R5.5 billion and recent business failures and job losses in the sector had been blamed on the non-payment or late payment of contractors. Roy Mnisi, executive director of Master Builders South Africa (MBSA), says this practice by government departments and government entities is the number one challenge facing the industry. Mnisi says there has been no improvement in this area year-on-year, despite government ministers in the building environment and even President Cyril Ramaphosa raising  the issue. “We see no…

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Barriers to achieving financial literacy in South Africa

Staff Reporter South Africans face unique financial challenges daily, including high unemployment, extreme poverty and poor economic growth. Due to low levels of financial literacy and the complexity of financial products, South Africans need to educate themselves to avoid making poor financial decisions which result in high fees and service costs; investing in inappropriate financial products; losing out on benefits including tax deductions on retirement fund contributions or reduced interest payments on outstanding loans by paying more than the minimum monthly required amount. Educate yourself by making use of free…

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Springbok squad for Japan

The SA team: South Africa – 15-Willie le Roux, 14-Cheslin Kolbe, 13-Lukhanyo Am, 12-Damian de Allende, 11-Makazole Mapimpi, 10-Handre Pollard, 9-Faf de Klerk, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Pieter Steph du Toit, 6-Siya Kolisi (captain), 5-Franco Mostert, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Frans Malherbe, 2-Malcom Marx, 1-Steven Kitshoff Replacements: 16-Bongi Mbonambi, 17-Tendai Mtawarira, 18-Trevor Nyakane, 19-RG Snyman, 20-Francois Louw, 21-Herschel Jantjies, 22-Frans Steyn, 23-Jesse Kriel. Source: Daily Maverick  

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Tourist raped near Graskop – KLCBT offers R50k reward

Staff reporter   “Right now, South Africa is presenting as an unsafe country for foreigners, particularly women, and horror stories are making headlines across the world.  This is seriously hampering the tourism industry and investment.  Mpumalanga is no exception. Shortly after the robbery of a well-known hotel in Cape Town and a murder of a tourist at Table Mountain, an Israeli tourist was raped near Graskop.  In context with what was happening in the rest of South-Africa, this story quickly made the international headlines and did serious damage to our…

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