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Free transport for job seekers in the Western Cape 

Job seekers in the Western Cape will now be able to travel to seek work for free in the Province. This after the Western Cape government launched a free transport voucher initiative for job seekers. The Getting You to Work initiative was launched by Premier Alan Winde and MEC for Mobility, Ricardo Mackenzie, to allow job seekers free travel on Golden Arrow buses on their way to interviews. MEC Mackenzie says the initiative will help job seekers who don’t have money for transport.

Swine flu outbreak spreads in parts of the Western Cape 

They say when it rains it pours, we have barely gone through the avian flu outbreak which saw chicken and egg prices sky rocketing, and now the Western Cape Agriculture Department is warning that a new African swine fever outbreak is spreading in parts of the province. The current outbreak is slow in its spread as the disease had been spreading along the Garden Route area since 2022, with figures showing that 45 pigs had died so far, with around 250 remaining in the district. The area has been placed under quarantine and residents had been urged not to remove any pigs or pork products from the Garden route.

Armed Forces Day cancelled this year because of financial constraints 

The SANDF will not host the annual Armed Forces Day this year because of financial challenges.
The event commemorates the country’s greatest wartime maritime disaster, the sinking of the SS Mendi during World War 1.
Armed Forces Day was inaugurated by former president, Jacob Zuma in 2012 and has been held in different provinces each year since then.
News24 reports that the event will not take place this year due to ongoing budget cuts

SA to struggle with loadshedding till 2030 -IRP

South Africa will struggle with loadshedding until at least 2030.
This is according to the government’s draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s climate advisors have warned that the IRP does not deal with energy security for the country.
The draft plan is out for public comment and the deadline for submissions has been extended to March 23.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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