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WATCH | Energy state of disaster lifted ‘with immediate effect’, Cogta confirms

The state of disaster on the energy crisis, declared by minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) Thembisile Nkadimeng in February, was terminated “with immediate effect” on Wednesday. In a statement, her spokesperson Legadila Leso said: “The state of disaster was a necessary response to the impact of critical levels of load-shedding on the economy and vulnerable sectors such as health and small businesses. “Following the declaration of the state […]

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Thunderstorms, hail and cold front likely for Easter long weekend

The SA Weather Service (SAWS) says the sunny and warm-to-hot weather now dominating the southern African subcontinent is set to change dramatically in the days ahead. A cold front is expected to arrive over the Western Cape at the start of the weekend, introducing cold, windy and showery conditions which will gradually spread eastward and northwards during the long weekend. SAWS said the weekend will also see more thunderstorms in […]

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Pilot makes emergency landing after Cape cobra slithers onto him in midair

Pilot Rudolf Erasmus was on his way to Nelspruit in a Beechraft Baron with four passengers on Monday when he had to make an emergency landing — to drop off an unwelcome passenger, a highly venomous Cape cobra. Erasmus, who obtained his commercial license in 2016 told TimesLIVE it was definitely his first such experience. “This was definitely a first and not something you get trained to handle to be honest,” […]

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Businessman gets four years for trying to bribe investigator to ‘lose’ docket

An Mpumalanga businessman, Mpendulo Sipho Mapalala, has been sentenced to four years in jail by the Mbombela special commercial crimes court for attempting to bribe a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigator. Mapalala wanted the investigator to make a PPE corruption investigation against a Mpumalanga department of public works service provider, Gugu Bulungu, disappear. He will be serving time at the Mbombela correctional services centre. The SIU and National Prosecuting Authority […]

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