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Public alerted about COVID-19 and GBV

Members from the office of the South African Police Minister, the Department of Safety and Security, the Mpumalanga SAPS, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Health, Bushbuckridge Local Municipality mayor Ms Sylvia Nxumalo, Local Chief Mr Mashego, councillors and the CPF and youth desk members recently held an awareness campaign at Bushbuckridge Shopping Complex.

The honourable mayor, Ms Nxumalo addressed the community about COVID-19 and the station commander of Bushbuckridge SAPS, Brigadier Riah Thembisile Mkhabela appealed to members of the public to report any incident of crime and GBV. People at the complex were sanitized and had their temperature checked.

The team then moved from the complex to Poliana Taxi Rank were people were advised to stop abusing women and children. From there, they moved to Dwarsloop Mall, here, members of the public were also sanitized and had their temperature taken. The team also sensitised the issue of GBV and domestic violence were sensitized and people were also advised to follow the instructions on how to prevent being infected with COVID-19

Members of the SAPS

Members of the SAPS parading at the Mpumalanga SOPA


Two members of the SAPS have appeared in the Acornhoek Magistrate’s Court on charges of corruption.

Sergeant Kgothatso Alex Maile, 36 and Constable Jabulani Hanley Sebulelo aged 38 are both stationed at Bushbuckridge SAPS.

The two suspects are alleged to have colluded in a corrupt manner where they are said to have demanded as well as received cash on Friday, 26 June 2020, from two separate liquor outlets in Bushbuckridge, after they falsely stated to the owners that they were operating on a day which was prohibited due to the Lockdown Regulations.

The police were notified about the two incidents and an investigation was conducted where members of the Anti-Corruption Unit followed up on the allegations. The two; Maile and Sebulelo were granted bail of R1000 each and are expected to appear at the same court again on 25 August 2020.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has condemned the alleged involvement of members in corrupt activities.

Lieutenant General Zuma has also commended the police officials who bravely arrested their own members.

General Zuma further said that no one is above the law,

“Any member who commits crime must feel the full wrath of the law despite your social status,” said General Zuma.

An internal investigation process against the members is underway.

As reported previously, PSETA left their head offices in Gauteng to visit the Vusheni Learning Academy in Mbombela earlier today as part of their monitoring following complaints from learners under the Public Administration learnership about outstanding stipend payments for about 50 learners from around Bushbuckridge. 
It has been confirmed that PSETA paid the academy fully in advance after awarding them a grant as a certified Skills Development service providers, however, the worried learners say they haven’t been paid for between 2-3 months, with the leader, Colly Shilubani, nowhere to be found. The learnership beneficiaries say they’re also worried about whether they’ll receive their certificates for the course or not. 
Vusheni has been reluctant in their efforts to communicate their side of the story with Bushbuckridge News.
PSETA say they will take further steps to rectify the situation.
It is believed that VLA relocated from their offices at the Promenade shopping centre due to rental issues.

Bushbuckridge News has received a number of complaints about Vusheni Learning Academy’s failure to pay stipends to students placed under the Public Administration learnership, funded for by Public Service Sector Education & Training Authority (PSETA).
VLA were awarded a grant by PSETA to facilitate 50 public administration learnerships as a service provider to the youth around Bushbuckridge in September last year, and placed under different schools and municipal offices as part of their practical lessons.
The learners say VLA hasn’t paid them an amount of R2000 each for the past 2-3 months, and have been nowhere to be found for comment. It is believed that they have relocated from their offices in Nelspruit due to rental issues.
PSETA say they will visit Vusheni offices in Mbombela tomorrow as part of their monitoring sessions and also to find out why the learners have not been paid.

The Mhala police have confirmed that the young Tshepiso Sinhle Malele has been found alive and safe at her friend’s place.
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Sanibonani Dry Cleaners has, since 1988, grown to one of the biggest dry cleaning operations in the Lowveld with state of the art equipment. From humble beginnings in 1988 in a very small shop in Nelspruit, Sanibonani has become a favourite in the community.  You will agree, with 11 distribution points in the Lowveld, Sanibonani is truly the leader in the local dry cleaning industry.

“We strive to provide our customers with excellent service and quality dry cleaning,” says owner, Ms Linda Pieters.   From delicate suits and wedding dresses to greasy overalls, from stained carpets to dusty curtains, Sanibonani Dry Cleaners provides all kinds of laundry services to residents.

We are excited to announce the opening of our twelve depot, which are located on the R40 in Bushbuckridge.  We pride ourselves in service excellence and turning new clients into regular ones. You will find Sanibonani Bushbuckridge inside Trellidor’s shop which is in the business complex next to the Shell Garage on the R40. 

Sanibonani Dry Cleaners do deliveries and pick-ups conveniently three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a two-day turnaround time. Services include quality dry cleaning of garments, curtains and carpets, as well as laundry bundles by weight.

Sanibonani Dry Cleaners not only specialise in dry cleaning but also have a chemical cleaning product range to offer.  They also manufacture cleaning supplies which is available at all their outlets for use at your home, in your office or even in your workshop.  They have a full range of chemicals from engine cleaner to car wash and shine, from dishwashing liquid to bleach in 5 to 25 liter quantities.

Our Sanibonani Bushbuckridge depot may be new, but you might recognize our friendly depot manager, Ms Pretty Sambo.  She is looking forward to meeting you.  The company offers a 10% discount till the end of July and we hereby invite all new customers to take this opportunity to try our service. We hope you’ll stop by and see us soon!

Taekwondo Mpumalanga Province was having its first Development Championship which was held at Shonalanga sports hall in Mbombela on the 4th May 2019, whereby 62 competitors from Thulamahashe, Acornhoek, Mangweni, Nelspruit and Middelburg participated in Taekwondo sparring and demonstrations.
In the competition, the team from Bushbuckridge came out in 1st place, Nelspruit took 2nd place and Mangweni took 3rd place.
“The aim of the championship was to prepare our competitors to the Arnold classic sports festival which will be in Sandton, Gauteng from the 16th to the 18th of this month, and we’re very happy to have won the competition today,” said Job Magagula from the Taekwondo Mpumalanga.
Taekwondo Mpumalanga Province is a member of Martial arts South Africa, South African Korean Martial art Association, Taekwondo International in England under the leadership of Grand Master Dave Oliver, 9th degree black belt of Taekwondo. Taekwondo Mpumalanga Province is headed by Master Job Magagula 4th degree black belt of Taekwondo and 5th degree black belt of American Iron Dragon Organization.
“The competitors were competing in fighting and patterns. Conwel Mkhonto, the instructor of Bushbuckridge team did well by developing the Taekwondo in Bushbuckridge,” Magagula said of the winning team.
On the 16-17 May 2019 the team will be in competing at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Arnold classic sports festival, whereby American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be there.

giving motivations to pupils

R&T Agency is a youth organisation based in Mkhuhlu, Bushbuckridge. It aims to assist in building the future for the youth in the area by creating opportunities for them and supporting them and helping them nurture their talents, especially in education, sports and arts & culture.

The organisation was started by Rodney Mokoena, and Trinity Khosa. The purpose of it was was to keep the youth away from bad stuff likes substance abuse, crime and gangsterism. Mokoena told Bushbuckridge News that they teach these youth about the importance of education and that they also groom young entrepreneurs.

“We are working on launching our first entrepreneurship digital school in Africa which will be called, the Business Academy of Africa, Place of Hope.  We appeal to the members of the public to help us by donating school uniforms, sanitary towels, food parcels and to donate study material to grade learners. This will help improve the pass rate in the area and in the province,” said Mokoena.

Mokoena added by saying that their organisation also helps Grade 12 learners with tertiary applications and bursary applications in their different fields of study. He also said that they do motivational talks in schools. And that they are aiming at eradicating the ever-rising unemployment rate and to ensure that young people get to see the importance of education.

According to Mokoena, their organisation wants to see growth in education and want to also play a role in making a positive impact on the entrepreneurial space. He also said that the organisation wants to help young people succeed in their careers and to contribute in building schools, clinics and community halls for the youth.

The organisation now faces challenges like lack of resources and not having money to cover travelling costs and they have to play a role with the little things they have. He also added that they are also experiencing problems when it comes to rescuing young addicts and enrolling them back into high schools as there are a lot of things needed and they don’t have anything. He also said that they don’t have printing machines to print study materials for grade 12 learners.

“We overcome these challenges by selling Red Cruz Clothing t-shirts which help us to generate funds, especially those which cover our travelling costs. We also ask for donations and sometimes we sacrifice by walking long distances in order to cut these travelling costs and we also ask those who have printing machines to help us by printing study material for Grade 12 learners” he said.

Mokoena said so far R&T Agency has helped more than 10 learners to get bursaries and 95% of the learners who they helped previously with their tertiary applications are now studying at various institutions.

Mokoena called on people to assist and work with them so that they can overcome their challenges. Members of the public can help by donating sanitary towels, school uniforms, study materials and cash as well.

For more information on how to donate or get in touch with R&T you can like their Facebook page R&T Agency or call Rodney on 072 895 7234, Trinity at 071 135 5497 or Rhulani Sibuyi at 079 595 4262 or get in touch with them via Whatsapp at 060 879 8509. 

kids playing soccer

The excitement around the Bushbuckridge News Sports Tournament is growing by the day as we count down to the 20th of April 2019 whereby the tournament will officially kick-off.

Residents from near and far can brace themselves for the most exciting, demanding and jaw-dropping sporting tournament to have ever taken place in Bushbuckridge.

According to the coaches, the tournament is not mainly about the overall grand prize of R10 000, but about the excitement and building relations, while also encouraging the spirit of teamwork and keeping the young players actively involved in sports.

Each of the participating teams will receive a new ball as acknowledgement for competing. The first round of matches will play on the 20th, while the final will take place on the 28th in the following weekend for both sports.

As part of celebrating 10 years in the news-making industry; Bushbuckridge News will host a series of events, promotions and competitions throughout the year, starting off with the mentioned tournament, Bushbuckridge News sports tournament.

We have invited eight teams each for under-15 football and netball teams to come and participate in the BBR News Sports Festival tournament that would be hosted at the College View sports ground.

The participating football teams are as follows; Codesa FC, Sundowns FC, Mkhuhlu City, Baroka FC, Zoeknog Young Tigers, Cosmos FC, College View Stars and Hot Zebras. The netball teams will also be confirmed very soon due to last-minute changes.

If you believe your team has got what it takes to become the champions and walk away with the main prize; come through to cheer them and enjoy loads of entertainment with the Bushbuckridge News staff and the community of Maviljan in College View, Bushbuckridge.

Alex Ndlovu giving motivational talk to learners of Masingitana High Schoo

A group of students from various universities are making education fashionable for others. ACORNHOEK EDUCATION FORUM ensures that all Grade 12 learners around Acornhoek and other surrounding areas have applied for university intake in time and also provide them with necessary information.

One of the members of the group told Bushbuckridge News that, “We started small but we knew where we are going, we started last year February with the aim of changing lives of our brothers and sisters in the community. We visited few schools to introduce ourselves and we were well received. Our aim as Acornhoek Education Forum is to see young people go to universities further their studies so that they can their situation.

We help pupils with their Applications, we apply for them for free no charge, we use our own gadgets and data bundles, we just need their particulars from them. We started this because we have seen lot of people passing matric well but just because they didn’t apply at the university, they end up roaming around the streets; end up losing their lives to substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

From the class of 2018 we applied for more than 200 pupils and on top of that 70% passed well, as we speak they are enrolled in different institutions across the country which makes us happy, 30% went back to school because they were not satisfied with their results and to add on that we teach, motivate,  do applications”.” Said Alex Ndlovu

Ndlovu also told Bushbuckridge News that they don’t have sponsors, they use their own pocket money to visit schools to provide their assistance, “We don’t have sponsors, we are a None Profit Organisation (NPO), we transport ourselves to the schools and not that I’m complaining but clarifying because people tend to think when you do something you expect something in return but us we are just helping our fellow brothers and sisters and we doing all this with the love of the education. We are open to anyone who needs help; donations can be made to us because the success of our children depends on us,”

For enquiries you can contact 073 6934 702 Alex Ndlovu and Brian Nhlungwane 078 3664 635.

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