Bulawayo City Council ordered to stop mining activities

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THE Government has ordered Bulawayo City Council to immediately cease mining activities at its Aisleby and Good Hope Farms as individuals and companies carrying out mining activities at the two farms do not meet the legal requirements. The local authority resolved to lease out mining claims to 15 individuals and companies in November last year at Aisleby and Good Hope Farms. The Director of Housing and Community Services, in the latest council report, revealed that the department was in receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Mines and Mining…

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R470 000 worth of salad cream intercepted at border

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Border authorities have intercepted 21 tonnes of salad cream worth R470 000 which were being smuggled from South Africa en route to Harare via Beitbridge border post. The Hash Logistics Truck was intercepted by the Ferret Squad on Thursday night at the last check point when it was about to leave for Harare. It is reported that the owner of the consignment  and their customs clearing agent who are still under investigations wanted to ship their consignment without any documents except the gate pas and the driver’s passport. The driver,…

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Fury in Joburg as blackouts follow load-shedding (then there’s the rain)

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Johannesburg City Power expects that it will take at least two to three days to clear all its outstanding calls from residents about continued electricity outages after this week’s load-shedding by Eskom. “I am furious about the power outages‚ because at my home I haven’t had electricity since Wednesday‚” Lucienne Croci said on Friday. Croci‚ owner of Kulanga Cottages Bed and Breakfast in Linden‚ said she had been forced to turn away four potential customers due to the power outages and load-shedding. “They said they would get back to me‚…

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Girl missing in river wasn’t at school because she didn’t have nice clothes‚ says granny

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The grief-stricken granny of a nine-year-old girl who was swept away while swimming with four friends in the Umlazi River in Durban on Friday was not at school because she didn’t have decent civvies. Thandiswa Mvuyo said the grade 3 pupil‚ Amahle‚ had not gone to school because it was “civvies day” (when pupils don’t wear their uniforms) and she did not have good clothes to wear. “I went to visit a neighbour and told her to not go anywhere. I don’t know why I said that. But she looked…

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Police seek help to identify burnt bodies

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POLICE in Matabeleland South Province have appealed for assistance from members of the public in identification of five bodies that were burnt beyond recognition in two separate incidents and are being held at the United Bulawayo Hospitals. In a statement Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele said three of the bodies were passengers burnt to death after a Brooklyn Bus they were travelling in caught fire at West Nicholson area in November. The other two, he said, were burnt beyond recognition when a vehicle caught fire in…

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2 teenage cousins, who engaged in a relationship resulting in a pregnancy, have been each been sentenced to 18 months in prison

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TWO teenage cousins, who engaged in an incestuous relationship resulting in a pregnancy, have been each been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The cousins, who cannot be named to protect their identity, aged 16 (boy) and 15 (girl) appeared before Gweru magistrate Ms Beaulity Dube each facing a count of having sexual intercourse within the prohibited degree of relationship (incest). As a result of the incest by the first cousins, the girl is now five months pregnant. The cousins from a village in Chiwundura area outside Gweru pleaded guilty…

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Witbank mom accused of killing her children still under observation

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The case against the 24-year-old woman from Klarinet in Witbank accused of killing her four children in December was on Thursday postponed in the Witbank Magistrate’s Court. Zinhle Maditla was scheduled to return to court on March 12‚ when she was expected to have seen yet another psychiatrist. The court last month ordered that she see three different psychiatrists to establish her mental state. This after her lawyer had pleaded for his client to be sent for mental observation. Jabulani Maphete submitted that Maditla could not have been in her…

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Boity Thulo shakes up SA hip hop fraternity

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Boity Thulo is not letting up on her new found career as a music artiste, releasing a new single last week that she said was partly inspired by the late Motswako rapper HHP. After the runaway success of her first ever single Wuz Dat late last year, the TV star announced this week that she was dropping a second single this weekend named Bakae. Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Boity said she wanted to do something different with Bakae. Bakae, a Ganja Beatz produced track is a tongue-in-cheek response to all those that have come at the…

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Zimbabwe needs 173 million condoms annually

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ZIMBABWE on Wednesday joined the international community in marking World Condom Day with reports that the HIV burdened country needs 173 million condoms a year. International Condom Day is observed every February 13 preceding Valentine’s Day which falls on the 14th in order to remind people to use condoms and to promote safer sexual awareness. Condoms are one of the seven tried and tested HIV prevention methods recommended and so far the only method that provides dual protection even from unwanted pregnancies. In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry of…

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Econet launches community solar programme in Matabeleland

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MOBILE telephone operator Econet has launched an ambitious rural electrification programme under the name Ugesi Energy that will see the company building ‘solar mini grids’ at 100 sites across rural Zimbabwe as part of transforming rural enterprises and create employment. Ugesi is the second Econet energy business following the successful launch two years ago of Distributed Power Africa (DPA), the group’s commercial solar business with a focus on building large solar energy systems for commercial and industrial clients. Speaking at a launch of the programme in Bulawayo on Wednesday, Econet…

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