NELSPRUIT – An intelligence driven operation carried out by an integrated law enforcement team led to the destruction of a large dagga plantation worth millions of rands.

The operation which was carried out yesterday, 09 January 2018, by members of various units of the South African Police Service, viz Provincial Visible Policing, Nelspruit Airwing, Elukwatini Visible Policing, and Ermelo Crime Intelligence as well as members of the South African National Defence Force and the Songimvelo Game Reserve Rangers destroyed a total of 21 910 plants, estimated at R21.9m street value. These plants were at various stages of growth, ranging from juvenile to fully grown plants.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma commended the joint efforts by all role players involved. “Our priority as the SAPS is to keep our communities safe and clean from any kind of danger that threatens the amity of our people. Follow up operations will be executed as and when dagga fields are identified,” said General Zuma.

No arrests have been made yet, and police request anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of responsible suspects to contact the SAPS Crime Stop line on 08600 10111 or visit their nearest police station

Matric 2018 top achievers celebrated

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Devotion, that’s the recipe to become a top matriculant according to one of the 2018 top performing learners, Rowan Crafford.

The blind student from Prinshof School was among the cream of the crop invited to a ministerial breakfast hosted by Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga and Vodacom as a sponsor on Thursday morning.

The breakfast took place ahead of the announcement of the official results by the Minister which is set to take place this evening.

Crafford, who wants to study a Bachelor of Arts in languages and become a lecturer, said being a blind student takes a lot of devotion.

“Being a blind student takes a lot of devotion from teachers and from us as learners. We can’t sit back and expect to get things on a silver platter, instead we must go out and get the platter.

“Being blind should therefore not hold one back but is something within which you can excel,” said an elated Crafford.

Orphaned Muzomuhle Mthembu, who hails from Mpumalanga echoed Crafford’s sentiments, adding that determination and focus is what landed him a seat at the table of the creme de la creme of the class of 2018.

The 17-year-old who has managed to succeed with the support of his aunt and uncle, wants to study chemical engineering at University of the Witwatersrand as a gateway to his future career as a Petroleum Engineer.

Mthembu, who is a product of Ndlela High School, has urged the class of 2019 to approach their studies with the right attitude.

“For me to be here I had to study very hard and neglect the things that will not get me anywhere. For the class of 2019 I would like to say they must have the correct attitude and determination towards their studies because it all started there,” said Mthembu.

Delivering her keynote address at the event, the Minister thanked parents, teachers and caregivers for being a pillar of support to the students.

Motshekga also thanked the stars of the day for their hard work, focus, determination and persistence which she says are consistently highlighted by learners as the keys to success.

“You, as the top achievers are the best of the best and you are going to take us out of underdevelopment, crime and poverty,” said the Minister.

With Vodacom as partners of the breakfast, the 2017 recipient of the Vodacom Bursary, Hlulani Malungani, attended the event and gave the excited matrics advice on how to conquer university.

Malungani, who lost his sight shortly before his matric year, encouraged learners not to give up no matter the circumstances they may face in university.

The third year University of Johannesburg psychology student said the learners must look beyond excelling in their chosen career but aim to make an impact in society.

“We have this mentality that when you finish high school we are going to University to get the degree, be the best in our fields and make a lot of money. It’s not about that anymore. It’s about changing society.

“Use the education that you are going to get to change society to do over and above what your field is in,” said Malungani.

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) released their results this morning, with the IEB matric class bagging 98.92% pass rate.

Learners who sat for examinations with the DBE will receive the results on Friday.

All eyes will now turn to the Minister who will officially announce the overall results at 6pm tonight.

The announcement will be broadcast live on SABC and eNCA. - SAnews.gov.za


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