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/ 25 August 2007

Pumas no match for the Cheetahs

Four tries by wing Giscard Pieters helped the Free State Cheetahs to a 52-19 win over the hapless Pumas in a compulsory friendly rugby match played at Nelspruit on Saturday. After leading only 19-7 at half-time, the Cheetahs opened the flood gates in the second with Pieters the obvious hero of the day.

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/ 1 December 2006

SA unveils ambitious new Aids plan

The South African government unveiled plans on Friday to reduce the number of people being infected with HIV by 50% within the next five years. A new action plan launched by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka also contains target pledges to provide care for 80% of the population.

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/ 16 June 2005

Zuma says ANC must ‘maintain unity’

Former deputy president Jacob Zuma pleaded with the youth on Thursday not to divide the African National Congress (ANC) by criticising President Thabo Mbeki for sacking him. ”Phansi ngo Mbeki. Phambili ngo Zuma,” [Down with Mbeki. Up with Zuma] the crowd chanted earlier as Zuma took a lap of honour around Nelspruit’s packed Matsulu stadium.

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/ 6 June 2005

Drivers protest government taxi plan

Traffic was disrupted between Nelspruit and Riverside in Mpumalanga on Monday when thousands of taxi operators marched to the premier’s office to hand over a memorandum outlining grievances, news reports said on Monday. The operators want the government to abandon its planned taxi-recapitalisation programme.

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/ 24 May 2004

Rugby player shoots and kills daughter by mistake

Former Springbok rugby player Rudi ”Vleis” Visagie was arrested on Sunday after his daughter was allegedly mistaken for a car thief and shot dead, Mpumalanga police said on Monday. Visagie and his wife Frieda were asleep at home at their plot in Maggiesdal, outside Nelspruit, when his wife woke up early on Sunday morning shouting that someone was trying to steal their daughter’s car.

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/ 12 December 2003

Stats chief probed for graft

Statistician General Pali Lehohla’s taste for expensive houses, with at least four traced so far, has prompted a high-level corruption investigation into his affairs.
Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel has tasked the Public Service Commission (PSC) with discreetly probing Lehohla’s financial affairs to ensure that his property nest egg is not bankrolled by bribes or other irregular income.

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/ 12 November 2003

Fighter jet crashes into highway

Two Impala MK1 fighter pilots died almost instantly on Wednesday morning when their jet crashed 10m from the N4 highway in Mpumalanga’s notorious Crocodile Gorge. One of the pilots was flung through the roof of a passing truck after an apparent attempt to eject from his burning plane.