Author: Brenda Wentzel

Bless The Nations Returns to its Nautical Roots in PE

When the 29th annual Bless The Nations conference starts aboard the Logos Hope in the Port Elizabeth harbour on June 17 and 18, 2016, it will be a case of returning to the historical roots of the enduring missions mobilising event. A 1987 prayer event in PE aboard the Doulos, the sister ship to the Logos Hope, was a catalyst towards the launch of the first Bless The Nations conference in the city in 1988. The annual event has played a role in inspiring PE people to serve all over the world as missionaries and to promote missions in their...

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SARS WARNS NEW BUSINESSES OF NEW SCAM

The South African Revenue Service has warned small businesses to be on the lookout for a new scam. Sars said on Monday that it has noted incidents of scam artists pretending to be Sars representatives who have approached unsuspecting small business enterprises to demand so-called outstanding payments on undeclared taxes. A few incidents of scammers demanding money to wipe off debts have also been reported to Sars. The tax agency said that taxpayers and traders with outstanding accounts must resolve the matter directly with Sars. People with queries are encouraged to contact the Sars Contact Centre at 0800 00...

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 NEW DRUG TARGETING YOUNG CHILDREN

A new drug called a Jelly Baby is doing its rounds on the streets of Durban, Johannesburg and the Cape Flats. The drug, which resembles a sweet, is amphetamine-based and includes crystal methamphetamine (tik), is being sold to children. Brigadier Ebrahim Kadwa from the Hawks says drug traffickers are constantly diversifying their products to make them more affordable. “The drug problem is a global phenomenon in drug trafficking. Drug dealers are criminal entrepreneurs and they are working towards making drugs more cheap.” Kadwa said they are intensifying awareness campaigns in schools. “Together with the Department of Education we are...

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WESTERN CAPE RESPONDS TO TERROR THREATS

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the United States has strong intelligence and have passed that intelligence onto the South African authorities. This follows information received by the US government over the weekend that terrorists group are planning to carry out attacks against places where American citizens congregate in South Africa. High-end shopping malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town have already been named as potential targets and are now increasing their security. The Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks on the West during the Islamic holy month of Ramadaan. Zille’s spokesperson, Micheal Mpofu said the Premier has...

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