Daily Archives: November 6, 2015

Government is working hard to eradicate crime in our communities

Government is satisfied about the number of positive developments since President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Eersterust on 21 August 2015. President Zuma and several other Ministers visited the area during a Presidential Imbizo where the community raised their concern over the issue of drugs and crime in the area.

Following the Imbizo, a three month anti-crime operation under the banner of Operation Fiela was launched to tackle issues of crime and criminality and to ensure peace, stability, security and harmony within the community. There were over 48 operations which are were conducted in close cooperation with the SAPS Crime Intelligence Division.

These interventions have resulted in increased police visibility, patrols, roadblocks and searches. Police have conducted targeted raids on suspects and there have been several arrests and convictions. At the same time several outreach and awareness programmes were also undertaken in the community.

There have also been several visits to schools to educate learners about the dangers of drugs and gangsterism. Police have also worked collaboratively with the Drug Action Committee to identify children addicted to drugs who require help.

The support we have received from the Eersterust Community Policing Forum and concerned residents has been instrumental in the success of our operations.

These successes are indeed encouraging, but we must work harder to ensure safer communities throughout South Africa. We also know that we cannot win the fight on crime without the active support of communities and individuals.

Government will therefore continue to partner with communities to ensure a safer country, and calls on all South Africans to join the fight against crime and drugs.

Enquiries:
Phumla Williams (Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Migration spokesperson)
Cell: 083 501 0139

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Media statements
Year: 2015

Justice Department meets its target of establishing Small Claims Court in Limpopo

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery launched a Small Claims Court at Tiyani Magistrate Court, Limpopo, today, 6 November 2015. The launch of the Small Claims Court is the department’s effort to bring access to justice closer to the people.

In his address, the Deputy Minister affirmed the department’s commitment to make access to justice a reality. “Access to justice is not necessarily the ability to walk to and reach the building where justice is administered. It only becomes complete when one`s dispute is settled speedily, in an unbiased manner and when one feels he or she has had access to qualitative justice,” Said Deputy Minister.

Small Claims Courts enable even the indigent to access justice without requiring to source a legal representative at the cost. These courts are used to settle minor civil disputes and claims between parties in an informal manner. The highest amount for which an individual dispute can be settled is up to R15 000. If the amount under dispute is more than R15 000, the person claiming can lessen his/her claim to R15 000. The newly launched Small Claims Courts in Tiyani Magistrate’s Court serves more than 185,000 community members.

The Deputy Minister indicated that in 1994 the Small Claims Courts were mostly in white and urban areas. Today, Smalls Claims Court are all over the country, and most of these courts have been established in black or rural areas.

Thus far the department has established 365 Small Claim courts in the country. Out of these, 36 Small Claims Courts were established in all Magistrates’ courts in Limpopo. The Deputy Minister also acknowledged the role played by the commissioners who continue to serve for free at these Small Claims Courts as presiding officers. “This evening we will be handing out 33 long services awards to deserving commissioners in this province. The hearings in a small claim court are conducted in a more informal manner by appointed commissioners.” said Deputy Minister.

The commissioners who preside in these courts are drawn from a pool of experienced legal professionals and academics, who offer their services and their time free of charge.

Deputy Minister concluded his address by encouraging traditional and community leaders to urge people to use the small claims courts to settle dispute and reiterated the department’s commitment to broaden access to justice.

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Enquiries: Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional services
083 641 8141 / Mediaenquiries@justice.gov.za

Remarks by Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the media briefing on the Second FOCAC Summit, 6 November 2015, OR Tambo Building, Rietondale, Pretoria

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the media,

We have just concluded a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on South Africa’s hosting of the Second Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

The summit will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 4 to 5 December 2015 under the theme: “Africa-China Progressing Together: Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development”.

The Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC will be the first FOCAC Summit to be held in Africa, and only the second one in the 15 years since FOCAC’s inception; the first being the historic 2006 Beijing Summit.

South Africa assumed the role as co-chair of FOCAC at the conclusion of the Fifth FOCAC Ministerial Conference in 2012, taking over from Egypt. Our role as co-chair is for the period 2012 to 2018.

It is expected that African heads of state and government, representatives from the African Union (AU), heads of regional organisations and multilateral organisations will participate in the summit.

It is envisaged that the Johannesburg Summit will elevate the Africa-China relationship to a new level that would have a beneficial impact and give impetus to Africa’s developmental agenda. Africa and China have forged strong economic relations, particularly since 2009 when China became the continent’s largest trading partner.

It is expected that the summit will adopt the Johannesburg Declaration and Action Plan, which will outline specific measures aimed at consolidating the growing mutual partnership between Africa and China.

The FOCAC platform is based on the principles of South-South cooperation and mutual and equal benefit, with a view to addressing various areas of concern for Africa’s socio-economic development and integration. These include deepening cooperation in the areas of infrastructure development, debt relief, industrialisation, investment promotion, market access expansion, agriculture, science and technology, health, education, and people-to-people cultural exchanges, among others.

The FOCAC platform provides an opportunity to further stimulate growth and unlock new opportunities between China and Africa on trade and other matters.

South Africa’s overall medium to long-term strategic objective with regard to the FOCAC, as co-chair, is to work closely with China to ensure that future FOCAC declarations and action plans are effectively implemented in line with the AU’s Agenda for Regional and Continental Integration and Development, through its flagship programmes: New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Agenda 2063, including the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063.

Agenda 2063 envisions that in 50 years, Africa will be a world leader, setting the standard for inclusive economic development, democratic governance and a humane and just social order. Some of the projects identified in the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063 include the following:

an integrated high-speed train network

the Great Inga Dam

a single African aviation market

free movement of persons and the African Passport

the creation of a continental free trade area

Silencing the Guns by 2020.
President Jacob Zuma is the Chairperson of the NEPAD Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI), through which he champions the North-South Road and Rail Development Corridor. In this regard, South Africa will continue to work closely with the Chinese side in ensuring that these infrastructure development initiatives are successfully realised, as they will enhance intra-regional trade and attract trade and investments towards Africa.

As co-Chair of FOCAC, South Africa will endeavour to ensure that the African Agenda is realised through the FOCAC Partnership. The specific aim would be to infuse Agenda 2063’s First Ten-Year Implementation Plan into the objectives of the FOCAC, specifically in supporting relevant African programmes aimed at:

eradicating poverty

addressing inequalities of income and opportunity

job creation, especially addressing youth unemployment

improvement of habitats and access to water, sanitation and electricity

providing social security and protection

strengthening mechanisms for peace and reconciliation

developing Africa‘s human and social capital

transforming Africa‘s economies through beneficiation, industrialisation and value-addition

exploiting the vast potential of Africa‘s blue economy.
In our preparations for the summit, we are consulting with the co-host, the Chinese Government, as well as the African member states through diplomatic channels. Preparations are at an advanced stage, and we are confident that the summit will succeed in its objective to elevate Africa-China relations and ensure mutual benefit and growth, which will result in the betterment of the lives of the peoples of Africa and China.

Thank you.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to brief the media on preparations for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will brief the media on preparations for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, which is scheduled for 04-05 December 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

The Minister’s briefing will take place following a meeting of the FOCAC Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC).

Media are invited as follows:

Date: Today, Friday, 06 November 2015

Time: 13h00

Venue: Media Room, DIRCO, OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria, 0084

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

RSVP: Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria
0084

Hikvision ouvre ses bureaux en Afrique du Sud

Après la réussite de l’enregistrement du bureau sud-africain de Hikvision il y a deux ans, les installations de la société sont aujourd’hui prêtes à soutenir la croissance rapide de Hikvision dans la région et à fournir une assistance et une formation locales.

JOHANNESBURG, 6 novembre 2015 / PRNewswire — Hikvision, le premier fournisseur mondial de produits et de solutions de vidéosurveillance, a annoncé que son bureau local de Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud, est aujourd’hui prêt à servir le marché africain.

« Hikvision a connu une adhésion massive sur le marché, une position qui s’est renforcée avec le temps, la société détenant 16,3 % du marché mondial de la vidéosurveillance », explique James Dong, administrateur délégué de Hikvision South Africa. « Notre croissance rapide nous oblige à accorder une plus grande attention à la localisation et à pouvoir fournir une assistance locale immédiate ».

Le bureau est doté d’une zone de démonstration où les clients peuvent voir et essayer les derniers produits Hikvision, ainsi que d’une salle de séminaire où les clients peuvent découvrir les technologies de pointe proposées par Hikvision.

« Nous remercions nos partenaires pour nous avoir soutenus et compris pendant toutes ces années, et aujourd’hui le moment est venu d’ouvrir un bureau en Afrique du Sud qui nous permettra de collaborer de façon plus étroite », ajoute Dong. « Grâce à ce bureau, Hikvision pourra offrir un soutien de très haut niveau à ses partenaires locaux. Nous nous réjouissons à la perspective d’un brillant avenir dans la région africaine ».

A propos de Hikvision

Hikvision est le premier fournisseur mondial de produits et de solutions de vidéosurveillance. La société se spécialise dans la technologie innovante de vidéosurveillance, ainsi que dans la conception et la fabrication d’une gamme complète de produits CCTV et de vidéosurveillance innovants. Hikvision possède la plus grande équipe de recherche et développement et les meilleures installations de production au monde, grâce à quoi les clients de Hikvision peuvent bénéficier de produits de classe mondiale dotés de la toute dernière technologie. Pour de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur le site Internet de Hikvision : www.hikvision.com .