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Mpumalanga Tourism expo aims to revive industry amid COVID-19 pandemic
11 September 2021, 6:28 PM

Mpumalanga Tourism industry players are showcasing their establishments and products at the Mpumalanga tourism expo that is underway in Mbombela this weekend.

The annual expo is aimed at promoting domestic tourism and also encouraging the local communities to visit tourist attractions in the province.

The tourism sector has been hit hard by the COVID- 19 pandemic.

The workers and business people in the tourism sector believe that the expo will help revive their businesses.

“We just got to Zero revenue, we were not making money at all because we were not operating. We had to put our services on hold until domestic travel was allowed to travel again,” says one exhibitor.

Another exhibitor says the expo is doing a lot to revive the industry.

“Programmes like this Tourism Expo are doing a lot to bring back the visibility of tourism because I think tourism is out of people’s minds. This brings back the memory of tourism and gives back the drive to want to go out there,” says the exhibitor.

Mpumalanga court postpones Pampoenkraal farm murder accused bail application
4 June 2021, 7:20 PM

The Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court at Mkhondo in Mpumalanga has adjourned the bail application of the eight men accused of murdering two people at the Pampoenkraal farm.

The defence made an urgent application for the state to give them the case docket. Victims, Sifiso Thwala and Musa Nene, were allegedly beaten to death by the accused, among them farmers, in August last year.

A third victim Sthembiso Thwala survived. The bail application has been postponed until next Thursday and Friday.

The defence team made this application in the middle of the cross-examination to the court compelling the state to furnish them with the case docket, witness statements and the post-mortem report.

This after the investigation officer, Emmanuel Nhlapho told the court that his investigations on the case has been concluded and the matter is ready for trial.

Accused parties in the case are facing two counts of murder, one of attempted murder and three counts of kidnapping.

The investigating officer broke down while giving evidence at the court.

He gave chilling details of how the deceased and survivor Sithembiso Thwala were allegedly assaulted. He says witnesses told him that the three victims were severely assaulted with a sjambok, cattle prodder, knobkerrie and pliers, among others.

[Graphic content warning] Reporter Tumelo Machogo gives more details:

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Mpumalanga High court will ensure transformation to the justice system: Ramaphosa
8 November 2019, 1:21 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Mpumalanga High Court has to set its mark in order to bring back the confidence of the people through the justice system, not only for the people of Mpumalanga, but the whole country.

Ramaphosa made these comments at the official opening of the newly built Mpumalanga High Court in Mbombela on Friday.

Among those who were  in attendance was Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, Minister for Public Works Patricia De Lille and Judge President of the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court Francis Legodi.

The President said the High Court is a land mark to the people and it will ensure transformation to the justice system.

 

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Murdered DUT student laid to rest
28 September 2019, 1:18 PM

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) student who was brutally stabbed earlier this month has been buried at Rocky’s Drift Cemeteries in White River, Mpumalanga.

Sandile Ndlovu, who was a first-year industrial engineering student, was in a coma after being stabbed in a lecture room at the University’s Steve Biko Campus.

Ndlovu’s uncle Tshepo Mokoena says they are sad that his nephew’s killers are yet to be apprehended.

“There has been nothing much coming out of the investigations at this point in time. The only thing we received is that DUT has released the footage. The latest is that the footage was taken in for maintenance. So there are contradicting stories and as result the investigation officers are struggling; and seeing that DUT is not coming to the party and SAPS is not moving with the case, we decided to get services of a private investigator,” explains Mokoena.

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