May 29, 2017

Blazes leave SANParks with R3.4m bill

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Wildfires in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) region have cost SANParks R3.4 million this year. Since last month there have been 24 fires in the area compared with 11 during the same period last year. SANParks spokesperson Merle Collins said most vegetation fires were started by humans, either deliberately or negligently. “Due to the increase in fires, the cost of fighting the fires with aerial resources also increased drastically, and so far the cost amounts to R3 364 780.” “This figure translates into 13 111 helicopter hours, and 32.1 spotter flying hours. TMNP contract crews were supplemented by the…

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Cynthia Shange’s brutally honest speech at Joe Mafela memorial: We are not happy

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Veteran actress Cynthia Shange (pictured) took to the podium at Joe Mafela’s memorial to pay tribute to a man who she has known for 43 years. She didn’t waste the opportunity and publicly denounced the entertainment and acting business in South Africa. She made reference to the fact that most “talent” are never on permanent contracts but are considered freelancers. “We can’t get a loan. We are not happy. We pose for selfies and sign autographs but we are not happy. We battle. I’ve been on Muvhango for 18 years and I have never been permanent.” Making reference to the…

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Lungisa will resign only by the powers vested within ANC’s NEC

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Nelson Mandela Bay ANC regional chairman Andile Lungisa (pictured) will step down from his position only if that order comes from the National Executive Committee ofthe ruling party. Lungisa, a member of the provincial executive committee, has until the end of Thursday to either resign as the regions’s chair or face disciplinary action following a decision by the party’s top six. Both provincial and national leaders want Lungisa to step down. Speaking to African News Agency (ANA) Lungisa said that he would not comment on internal matters and that due process needed to be followed. A letter, which has been…

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