Good News story-Residents clean up filthy river-BBR sets an example

Masoka Dube The filty Bhondweni River in Bushbuckridge (BBR), had been cleaned up by the community. Thank you to Daniel Mathebula for initiating the project. The Cottondale community in Bushbuckridge regularly cleans the river. Many unemployed volunteers signed up for the early morning project.  Mathebula also educates the public on the dangers of destroying natural resources. Loads of garbage end up in Mpumalanga’s rivers. The Bhondweni is one of the biggest in the region. “This is not a once-off thing. We are going to continue to clean this river to…

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Only two provinces in SA able to cater properly for their residents

Gauteng and the Western Cape are the only provinces in South Africa with an above-average rating in terms of being able to cater for the social and environmental needs of the people who live there. this is according to the Social Progress Index in Africa by IQbusiness. It is also the opinion of  international non-profit Social Progress Imperative, which focuses on SA’s nine provinces. The index measures a country’s performance on three dimensions: basic human needs, well being and opportunities. Other questions the organisations ask are  whether residents feel safe,…

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Is SA’s HIV statements merely PR?

A leaked report revealed shocking  details about the quality of HIV testing services in many parts of South Africa (SA. This included one clinic which had been using three-year expired materials.  The document is the result of a national Aids council-commissioned study to evaluate the quality of HIV-testing services. International donor, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, requested this test. Researchers visited countrywide facilities as patients. According to researcher, Tian Johnson, it is “a tale of two worlds”.Some clinics – particularly in prisons – performed particularly well. But…

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Mpumalanga Youth Choir on way to Belgium

Main photo: Front row:  Head boy, Goitsemang Mahlangu and head girl, Lerato Ramaijane Back row:  Deputy head boy Lowveld: Unathi Sedibe (showing off his acting skills), Deputy head boy Highveld, Welcome Nkosi, deputy head girl Highveld, Thami Kolerni and Vida Strydom. (Photo supplied.)   The Mpumalanga Youth Choir (MPYC) hosted their annual initiation and auditions at the end of last month.  Hopeful youths from across the province not only exercised their voices, but their bodies were put through a rigorous obstacle course. Choir master and director, André Oosthuizen and his…

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Fewer Grade 12 learners to write Maths and Science papers

The number of Mpumalanga learners registered to write Mathematics and Physical Science in the upcoming grade 12 examinations, had declined by more than 10 000. That is according to  Mpumalanga Education Department MEC, Bonakele Majuba. When addressing the media about the department’s state of readiness to manage the upcoming grade 12 final examinations, Majuba said he was worried about the learners’ lack of interest in math and science. Last year, 34 643 candidates registered to write mathematics, while this year only 28 177 registered. Last year 28 131 candidates registered…

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Ramaphosa “could turn Mpu into the envy of the world”

In a nation that’s become used to operating in the shadows, sometimes even the mention of sunlight can be met with disbelief. But sunlight is what President Cyril Ramaphosa offered in his pledge to UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres during the climate summit in New York — R160-billion worth, for a plan that could turn Mpumalanga’s coalfields into one of the largest renewable energy generators on Earth. On 24 September 2019, Ramaphosa sent a statement to United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres that may have been the best news of the year.…

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More female abuse-teen raped in BBR

With female abuse a high priority crime in South Africa, a teenager from Bushbuckridge (BBR) had been raped by a member of her church community. A 28-year old man had been taken in custody. Police spokesman, Leonard Hlati,said the girl received a message from the man, requesting a meeting to discuss church practice issues, as they both attend the same church. “She then reportedly invited him to her residence, whereupon arrival, the suspect found her preparing to go to the shopping complex and offered to transport her there and back.…

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SA teens win big in two international contests

An unemployed teenager from Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga beat 4000 other international photo entries. His photo, Desperate Measures, showing rhino dehorning won Photographer of the Year by international Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). On learning that he’d won, the unemployed teenager from Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, said: “Winning this competition means a lot, because I love photography. But I don’t just want to win, I want to make a difference. It is not easy to watch such an iconic animal being dehorned. I hope this picture will make a lot…

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Social Development Dept tackles social ills

In an effort to tackle the various social ills in society which are thought to be at the root of crime, alcohol misuse, drug abuse and violence, the Mpumalanga Department of Social Development (DSD) planned various awareness campaigns. With MEC Thandi Shongwe at the helm, a Victim’s Rights and Social Crime Prevention Month had been launched in Mbombela. These events would also incorporate a marriage week celebration and would be held at Numbi Alliance Church and Nutting Hill House outside the city. starting on September 27. News editor for NewsHorn,…

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