R200 mill of drought relief monies intended for KwaZulu Natal gone missing – South Africa’s farmers find themselves in a crisis and as a result, our country’s food security and economy are also in crisis

The FF Plus is shocked and disgusted by the news that nearly R220 million, which was earmarked for drought relief in KwaZulu Natal, went missing. It is unclear how the money went missing and the FF Plus demands an urgent investigation into the matter so that the guilty parties can be called to account.

The drought has already taken its toll on the agricultural sector with livestock deaths and poor harvests being at the order of the day. There have been enormous livestock losses in the Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape in particular and some of these parts have not had any rain since November 2017.

The government must urgently prioritise drought relief for commercial as well as emerging farmers. The government must also ensure that the process is managed properly so that the money allocated to drought relief is not stolen, as is the case in KwaZulu Natal.

There are cases where service providers were appointed by means of a tender process
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Hijackings skyrocket in KZN along with scary new trend where victims are now being abducted by attackers

One Durban hijacking reported every day over the past week.Blue Security has warned motorists to be on high alert following a spike in Durban hijackings, and a new trend of hijackers attempting to abduct drivers in their vehicles.

Blue Security operations director Brian Jackson said the company had received reports of five hijackings and two attempted hijackings across Durban over the past week alone.

“When considered as an average that is at least one hijacking being reported to our company every day, and this excludes any additional incidents that we don’t hear of, which may be reported to other local security firms and directly to the police,” Jackson said. “What has most concerned us about this latest wave of hijackings in the city, is that a trend has emerged in which hijackers are now attempting to abduct motorists in their vehicles.”

Jackson said in at least two of the recent incidents, hijackers had succeeded in abducting their
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KZN meat producers affected by panic over foot-and-mouth disease – Neighbouring countries have banned the import of SA’s red meat until they get proof the outbreak is contained

KwaZulu-Natal meat producers are concerned about the effect of the ban on the export of South African red meat after a strain of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was discovered in Limpopo last week.

SA’s FMD-free status was suspended after the disease was confirmed by the FMD laboratory and the matter was reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, eSwatini and Mozambique have announced a complete ban on importing South African meat until they have proof that the disease has been contained.

Sandy le Marque, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu), told Business Day that farmers in the province are deeply affected by the ban and the ensuing panic about the disease. “The impact of a serious disease such as FMD is really serious for agriculture as a whole. What remains critical is for livestock producers in KwaZulu-Natal to tighten up their bio-security protocols, remain vigilant an
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More borrowing, Eskom secures R1.5 billion loan from French Development Agency, they are so deep in trouble, how on earth will they pay it back?

The utility’s Group Chief Executive, Phakamani Hadebe, said the multi-tranche loan facility will contribute to Eskom’s plans to strengthen and refurbish the transmission infrastructure.

Eskom and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed a R1.5 billion (EUR 90 million) loan agreement to support the electricity utility’s investments in extending and strengthening its power transmission grid along the west coast of South Africa.

This loan constitutes the first tranche of a R 6.5 billion (EUR 400 million) multi-tranche loan facility signed between the two institutions in March 2017.

“This first tranche will be dedicated to financing of the Namaqualand Strengthening Phase 2: Juno Gromis Project, which aims to strengthen the power network in the Northern Cape Province, integrate renewable energy sources, and ultimately facilitate cross border transmission,” said the power utility.

Eskom plans to refurbish tran
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Durban beachfront still in disrepair ahead of holiday rush

With Durban preparing to receive millions of visitors over the festive season, many of its beachfront showers are not working.

Njabulo Zondi, who works along the promenade as a sand sculptor, said they had not been operational for a few months.

“It’s the festive now and these showers must be working,” he said.

Zondi said he went to the beach at least three times a week and used water from the showers for his sculptures and after taking a swim.

Pensioner Robert Sinner, who also frequents the beachfront, said of the two sets of showers at North Beach, only two showers from one set were working.

“Those showers haven’t been working for nine months, and three months ago they started leaking water. When I enquire, I am told the spares to fix them are imported from overseas,” Sinner said, adding that the beachfront was in a bad state.

“At least three times this year salt water made its way into the freshwater taps. Lo
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Musiek en vermaak vir die hele gesin:- Super Naweek!!

Super Naweek is ’n splinternuwe Afrikaanse-musiekfees vir die hele familie aan die Noordkus van Suid-Afrika.

Die fees, wat plaasvind by Blythedale Event Bowl op die asemrowende Blythedale Kus- en Eco-landgoed aan die Noordkus van die sonnige KwaZulu–Natal beloof om ’n naweek soos min te wees.

Datum:- 22 Junie – 24 Junie
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Durbanville : Blue Tuesday’s @ Die Boer

The LAST Tuesday of every month is Blue Tuesday!… a night dedicated to the true blue-blooded blues lover …and the music is the kind of stuff you will find in the back-streets of Chicago and New Orleans.

South Africa is blessed with an almost unbelievable crop of world-class blues musicians.

Dates:-
20 & 27 February 2018

Time:-
From 18:30 until Late
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Apple Finally Delivers On Limited But Useful Podcast Data.

While the bulk of podcast listening—70%, by some estimates—occurs on the Apple podcasting app, up to now, Apple provided only the number of downloads and no additional numbers. But podcasters have finally received the word from Apple they’ve long been waiting for: The tech giant will dole out at least some hard data on podcast […]
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As Social Media Grows, So Must Methods To Reach All Demos.

For years social media has been very much the playground for Millennials and Generations X and Z. But as Baby Boomers have adapted to the various social platforms, radio stations that target the 25-54 money demo (and older) have had to adapt as well. The social media explosion can be traced back at least ten […]
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We’re only human, after all, and radio connects us

Hundreds of broadcasters and music executives from around the world recently united at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood, California. I was invited to speak with peers on the complicated relationship between science and art. The panel included key industry leaders including Kurt Johnson, senior VP of programming at Townsquare Media; Michael Martin, senior VP […]
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Traffic a major driver in powering drive time radio

The latest BRC Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) numbers, which were for the first full year of research, continue to reflect longer listening times and a listening curve that no longer has sharp peaks that stand out during the drive time periods. But this does not mean that drive time radio is any less important. MICHAEL […]
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Primedia Broadcasting rolls out strategy with more line-up changes

Primedia Broadcasting has continued to roll out strategic changes to its station line-ups with new announcements for KFM and 947. In a statement, company CEO Omar Essack explained the reasons for the changes. “We acknowledge that there have been multiple changes across Primedia Broadcasting stations since the beginning of the year, and we want to […]
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