November 22, 2017

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Activist young leaders aim to serve

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Free State youth and the disabled in particular, can now approach special programmes coordinators (SOCs) in their respective areas to improve their access to valuable government information and assistance. This announcement was made by the assistant director for youth and disabled matters in the office of Premier Ace Magashule, Lebogang Mongane, during the TNA Media Breakfast Briefing held at the Emoya estate on Tuesday last week. Mongane who hails from Polokwane in Limpopo province is an ex-board member of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). The visually impaired leader is also an outspoken activist in the ANC youth league in…

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One person dead after trains collide in Elandsfontein

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One person died and about 50 others were injured when two Metrorail trains collided in Elandsfontein early on Thursday morning. Metrorail Gauteng confirmed that it had halted operations in east Johannesburg after the collision although it was not immediately able to confirm the number of dead or injured. However, paramedic services ER24 said a man, believed to be a driver of one of the trains, had died and around 50 people injured in the accident which saw a number of carriages leaning to the side. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said: “A man was killed and approximately 50 others injured this…

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Relief for residents as council cancels debts

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Residents of Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality who owe council for rates and services heaved a sigh of relief after executive mayor Vusi Tshabalala’s announcement on Tuesday to write off their debts as of August 1, 2017. The residents owe the council about R602 million for various services. Tshabalala made this announcement which was received with applause when he tabled the municipality’s R1.5 billion budget for the 2017/2018 financial year. He however, emphasised that the cancellation applies to households only, not businesses. He noted the municipality had discovered that its books have carried along old information regarding residents’ debts and as a…

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