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Mpumalanga residents up in arms after Eskom cuts off power
27 December 2017, 6:15 PM

Some Mpumalanga residents are bearing the brunt of outstanding Eskom bills. Many spent Christmas in total darkness, after targeted power disruptions on five municipalities, which owe the power utility millions.

Residents spent Christmas with no lights and nothing has changed.

Six municipalities in Mpumalanga owe Eskom millions. EMalahleni municipality owes the biggest amount of close to a billion rand, the bill keeps escalating.

Eskom implemented power disruption in the five of the municipalities, in a bid to recoup lost revenue. There is no power for up to 6 hours every day.

Some shop owners have been forced to close down, denting their pockets and inconveniencing residents. “It affects residents us badly, because it is from 6am to 9 and on weekend it is even longer from 6 to 11 and again at 3 to 5. You can’t really do anything,” says resident Khutso Mashego.

The power disruptions have hampered several local businesses. One such business is Portia Maboke’s kitchen. She say they are struggling and as a result they now only serving lunch.

“As a small business, it is affecting me. I can’t make food for taxi drivers and people who want chips in the morning anymore,” says Maboke.

In some municipalities around Secunda angered residents took to take to the streets even torching municipal properties.

Eskom has suspended power cuts in some of the municipalities in the province this festive season, but for these municipalities it will take month or even years to settle the debt to the power utility, and residents will have to prepared for even more power outages in the new year.

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Malinga to be laid to rest next Week
27 December 2017, 4:15 PM

The late pop-legend, Robbie Malinga, will be buried next week  in Johannesburg. His funeral is set for next Tuesday at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.

Malinga’s family released funeral arrangement details in a press briefing on Wednesday. Malinga passed away on Christmas day, and will be laid to rest next Tuesday.

Bheki Malinga said although he knew that his brother was seriously ill, his death still caught them by surprise.

“Robbie Malinga had pancreatic cancer right by the time the family find out which was last year June it was in stage four already, so you can imagine.”

Following a family meeting, a press conference was held at Malinga’s Dainfern home. “We will have a memorial at Grace Bible Church and on Tuesday which is the second of January. We will have the funeral at Rhema Bible Church.”

According to reports, the music veteran had collaborated with Dr Malinga on a song just weeks before his death.

Malinga’s close friend and a former record label boss, TK Nciza says South Africa has lost a true musical genius.

“South Africans have lost a genius. One producer who could produce all types of music from hip hop, Tshwara, HHP to gospel traditions to everything. I mean he could move with times he’s really the baby face of South Africa you know.”

His brother, Bheki says, “Robbie Malinga had pancreatic cancer right by the time the family find out which was last year June. It was in stage four already… so you can imagine.”

Kwaito veteran, Doc Shebeleza, is also a close family friend.  “And the good thing that Robbie did on Christmas Day, he invited his wife’s family all of them not the wife and her sister all of them – the grannies and his family as the Malingas and they enjoyed…”

The family thanked the public, including President Jacob Zuma and Malinga’s favourite football team Orlando Pirates, for their messages of condolence. A memorial service will be held this Friday at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto.

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Mpumalanga MEC pays tribute to Malinga
27 December 2017, 3:12 PM

Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Pat Ngomane has paid tribute to the late Afropop sensation, Robbie Malinga who succumbed to an illness on Christmas Day.

Ngomane described Malinga not only as an entertainer and music producer of note, but also as an outstanding community builder such that he even participated in the Department’s compilation of two tracks CD on road safety.

Robbie Malinga was part of the eleven artists who recorded a Mpumalanga road safety CD which was part of the department’s efforts to enhance road safety.

The two songs qaphela and prayer for road safety were part of the collaboration which was meant to go a long way to send messages to curb unnecessary crashes mostly caused by human error. Click below for more on the story : 

Death toll on Gauteng roads increases
27 December 2017, 2:48 PM

Authorities have warned that the death toll for Gauteng’s roads this festive season could be double that of the same time period last year.

Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane revealed on Wednesday that the death toll since the start of the festive season has already surpassed the total number of road users killed in the 2016/2017 festive season.

Nkosi-Malobane called this a crisis. “We’ve got more people who have died before Christmas than last year, meaning this year, end of January. So it means we are faced with a serious challenge. We might double the number or triple the number. Fifty nine pedestrians have died. About 10% of the overall number at the moment is children younger than five years old. Fifty nine is mostly people who are drinking and walking so this is the kind of the crisis we are having in this province.”

Road fatalities decline in Mpumalanga
26 December 2017, 8:00 PM

Mpumalanga Safety MEC, Pat Ngomane says road fatalities and crashes in the province have declined since the beginning of the festive season compared to last year.

Speaking at a road block on the N4 toll road outside Mbombela, Ngomane says drunk driving is a serious challenge. “People who are driving under the influence of alcohol last year same time it was 300 and even this year it is 300 and we are worried about that.”



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