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March 11, 2009

Wilma Malan of Provost stands beside a garage full of donated clothes that have been stuck at home after a plan to donate them to South Africa ran into a roadblock. Malan and her husband, Stephan, spearheaded the initiative to send them to their home country last fall, but may have to explore other options. ©Provost News Photo.

Donation of Second-hand Clothes to Africa Denied Entry
It’s “Like a bucket of cold water in your face” — Organizer
Last fall Dr. Stephan Malan and his wife Wilma, along with a local group took initiative to send over 500 bags of used clothing to their homeland of South Africa (see The Provost News, October 29, 2008 edition). However, they ran into a major roadblock.

The Malans were told just days before the clothes were to be shipped that South Africa is not accepting donations because of corruption in that country. Some groups have cheated the system by saying they’re bringing in donations to the country, but then selling it for profits once inside the borders.

The South African government believes this new law prohibiting the import of second-hand clothing will put a halt to related corruption. The problem is, legitimate donations aren’t making it through as a result.

The Malans returned on Monday, March 2 after being in South Africa for five weeks and Wilma told The News of their struggle.

“We had a huge hiccup. We’re very upset,” she said.
“(This ban) must’ve happened when we were collecting these clothes,” says Wilma.

The shipment of clothes was supposed to go December 10, “but about a week before we heard from Pretoria (the capital of South Africa) that it would be confiscated.”

Full story and photos in March 11 edition of The Provost News.
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Provost’s Centennial Celebration Tentatively set for June 2010
Provost will be turning 100 years old in 2010 and the town is looking to celebrate — how exactly, is yet to be determined.

Town Councillor Betty Varty was appointed to the centennial committee during last month’s town meeting and says “it depends on budgets and grants.”

But it does look like a weekend is already in mind. That weekend being the third weekend in June.

Full story in March 11 edition of The Provost News.
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RCMP Launch Seatbelt Campaign
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This week we ask : "What do you like best about figure skating?"
. . . and we heard answers from Selena Paulgaard, Bryden Gillies, Hailey Johnstone, Carter barth, and Marissa Ratzlaff. Check out the March 11 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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