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Government to build houses for 12 evicted families in the North West
19 June 2021, 12:10 PM

The North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements has committed to building houses for the 12 families who were evicted from a farm near Ventersdorp in the North West.

The group comprising of 51 members, including 20 children with all their belongings were evicted almost two months ago and were forced to spend two nights on the street.

They are currently being accommodated in a community hall at Tshing township in Ventersdorp.

The department’s commitment comes after the Department of Land Reform succeeded in purchasing a 205 hectare farm in Hartebeesfontein near Klerksdorp worth R1.4 million.

Chief Director for Human Settlements, Tshepo Phetlho, says they have already appointed service providers.

“We looked at our programme and we said let us assist the 12 families that are evicted through a programme called the emergency housing programme. To that end, we then appointed service providers to do the same, which as we speak the service providers are on site. They started to construct houses and we are hoping that they will conclude soon.”

Ward councillor in the Matlosana Local Municipality Mathapelo Seitisho says her municipality will also provide basic services to those evicted.

“We will just provide our community with water, sanitation and also electricity because we are still using the temporary structures. Where there is a need for permanent structures, we will also be there.”

Eastern Cape government concerned about low turnout for vaccinations in rural areas
19 June 2021, 11:32 AM

The Eastern Cape government is concerned about the low turnout of the elderly for vaccinations in remote rural areas. Ngqeleni area in the Nyandeni municipality has a low rate of registration.

Although government launched a massive awareness campaign in rural and urban areas, the elderly say difficulties in the registration process have put them off.

The third wave has not hit the Eastern Cape yet, but numbers are rising.

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In spite of the struggle to register, the elderly in the Ngqeleni area want to be vaccinated.

Some of the elderly say: “We wish they would fast-track this vaccination because we know people who died from the virus. As elders, we at risk and want them to come and vaccinate us here. We hope they will come before the end of next month.”

“I hope they will quickly vaccinate us because we don’t know where we stand. We want to be vaccinated and be done with it.”

“Everyone knows about the virus, we wear masks at church and funerals, we were registered but no one has come to vaccinated us.”

The Provincial Health Department has 3000 community health workers assisting with the registration process. They’ve also roped in workers from the expanded public works project to assist.

Spokesperson Sizwe Khuphelo says they are trying their best.

“We are trying our level best to get to the rural areas, we started with fewer vaccination sites. We have since increased the vaccination sites in the public sector to 83 from 23. Our intention is to establish 1800 vaccination sites across the province, we are working with NGOs that going to deep areas for both registration and vaccination.”

People who are struggling to register are now allowed to access vaccination sites and do not need to wait for the registration confirmation.

Luvo Manyonga handed four-year ban after failing to meet whereabouts criteria
19 June 2021, 10:27 AM

South African long jumper, Luvo Manyonga, has been handed a four-year ban after failing to meet whereabouts criteria, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit.

Manyonga, who took silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016, will now likely miss next month’s Tokyo Games.

In January, Manyonga was temporarily banned for failing to notify anti-doping authorities of his location.

The 30-year-old can appeal the ban at the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Athletes must let authorities know their intended whereabouts to allow anti-doping officials to find them.

If they fail to show or give wrong information three times in a year they can be punished.

SAN-Parks shocked at the killing of suspected rhino poaching kingpin
19 June 2021, 10:01 AM

South African National Parks (SAN-Parks) says it’s in shock following the killing of suspected rhino poaching kingpin, Sydney Mabuza. He was gunned down execution-style in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on Thursday.

Mabuza was due to stand trial soon on his alleged involvement in rhino poaching.

He was out on R200 000 bail.

Sydney Mabuza’s SUV was found riddled with 17 bullet holes. Mabuza, who was commonly known as Mr. Big in the community, was facing a number of charges, including that of rhino poaching and murder.

Spokesperson for the Kruger National Park Ike Phaahla says, “SAN-parks is shocked by the brazen killing of the suspected rhino poaching kingpin who was due to go on trial soon to face numerous poaching charges.”

The Hawks say their investigation will continue and they are pursuing other suspects.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, a rhino poacher was on Friday sentenced to 23 years in prison by the Skukuza Regional Court.

A manhunt has been launched following the murder of an alleged rhino poaching kingpin: 

UNHCR urges world leaders to step up efforts to foster world peace
19 June 2021, 9:04 AM

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged world leaders to step up their efforts to foster peace, stability, and cooperation in order to halt and begin reversing nearly a decade-long trend of surging displacement driven by violence and persecution.

This comes as countries prepare to mark World Refugee Day on Sunday.

According to the agency’s report, the number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution, and human rights violations in 2020 rose to nearly 82.4 million people.

UNHCR spokesperson Kate Pond says prior the day was marked as Africa Refugee Day.

“World Refugee Day is marked on the 20th of June every year. The first-ever World Refugee Day was held in 2001 and that was to mark the 50th anniversary of the refugee convention, which was signed in 1951, in the aftermath of the second world war. Prior to this, the 20th of June was marked as Africa Refugee Day, which is why we chose the day.”

 

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