Daily Archives: December 9, 2015

Tyrexpo Africa to Deliver a More Holistic Event with New Segments and Side Events for 2016

SINGAPORE, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire — Following a successful Tyrexpo India 2015 in Chennai in July, SingEx Exhibitions turns its attention to the sixth Tyrexpo Africa in Johannesburg next March. For a more holistic approach, Tyrexpo Africa 2016 has introduced three new focused segments – Automotive Repair & Maintenance, Services & Smart Solutions and Sustainability – allowing trade visitors to source from a wider range of product, services and solutions at the exhibition. With the new Smart Solutions and Sustainability profiles, both exhibitors and visitors will be able to find new solutions on tyre recycling, sustainable and smart solutions that can be used to manage or run their business more efficiently.

There will also be new side events including the TechTalk Seminar, Tyrexpo Technical Workshop and certification workshops targeted at the technicians in the tyre industry. Following their success at Tyrexpo India 2015, Elgi Rubber, a strong supporter of the Tyrexpo Series will be demonstrating several Tyre Repair Techniques at the Tyrexpo Technical Workshop. They will also showcase at least four new products, including their Flex Seal System which is easy to fit, has an improved temperature resistance and offers the most comprehensive range of tyre sizes.

“Tyrexpo Africa has been redesigned to offer a more holistic approach for the tyre industry to converge and do business in Africa. It will not just be a product showcase, but will also help participants connect with other players along the value chain, gather intelligence on industry trends, challenges and solutions for their business,” said Ms Eileen Hair, Project Director of Tyrexpo Series.

Recognising the value and importance of making relevant connections, SingEx Exhibitions aims to improve participants’ experience and networking potential with the Tyrexpo Business Matching Service. Ms Hair added, “Business matching is an integral element of the Tyrexpo Series experience and it has been very successful in facilitating meetings for our trade participants, allowing them to maximise their networking opportunities during the event.”

Tyrexpo Africa brings together over 2,000 regional tyre and automotive industry specialists to meet and conduct business in South Africa. With the city of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development and the National Treasury’s new injection of a R34 million project to set up an Automotive Industrial Park near Northern Johannesburg, Tyrexpo Africa is strategically placed to tap into the growing market potential in South Africa.

For more information on the event, visit www.tyrexposeries.com/africa.

About SingEx Exhibitions Pte Ltd

SingEx Exhibitions is a subsidiary of SingEx Holdings, and is wholly owned by Singapore’s investment company, Temasek Holdings. The company harnesses insights and its strategic networks to organise and manage a series of trade exhibitions and conferences in various industries including automotive, environment, education, e-commerce and logistics, technology, healthcare and lifestyle. These events aim to connect businesses in Asia and globally, and facilitate business matching with opportunities and knowledge sharing. www.singex.com

Media contacts:
Joan YU
SingEx Exhibitions

Presidency on Board of Inquiry into National Commissioner of South African Police Service

The Board of Inquiry established by President Jacob Zuma to look into the allegations of misconduct by the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), and/or her capacity to execute official duties efficiently, has become operational.

The board of inquiry is looking into whether:

the National Commissioner acting together with other leadership of the South African Police Service or alone, misled the Commission by concealing that it had made the decision to implement a “tactical option”, taken at the National Management Forum (NMF) meeting on or about 15 August 2012

the National Commissioner, in taking the decision to implement the “tactical option” ought reasonably to have foreseen the tragic and catastrophic consequences which ensued

the remarks by the National Commissioner at the SAPS parade on 17 August 2012 would have been understood to be an unqualified endorsement of the police action and thereby having the consequence of undermining, frustrating or otherwise impeding the work of the Commission

the report prepared by the National Commissioner for the President of the Republic on the 16 August 2012 and the media statement subsequently issued on 17 August 2012, was deliberately amended to conceal the fact that there were two shooting incidents (Scene 1 and Scene 2), resulting in misleading the public that all the deaths had occurred at Scene 1 which arose out of members of SAPS having to defend themselves from an advancing mass

the overall testimony by the National Commissioner at the Commission was in keeping with the office which she holds and the discharge of her duties commensurate therewith.

The members of the Board of Inquiry are the following:

Judge Neels Claasen, Chairperson

Adv BS Khuzwayo, Member

Adv AR Rawjee, Member

The Board has appointed Adv. Liza Tsatsi as Secretary.

Further inquiries with regards to the functioning of the Board should be channelled to the Board directly.


Bongani Majola

Cell: 082 339 1993

E-mail: bonganim@presidency.gov.za


3 000 safe paraffin stoves distributed in Vusimuzi

Pretoria: Safe paraffin stoves have been distributed to households in the Vusimuzi informal settlement in Tembisa as part of the Safer Stoves Campaign, says the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

A total of 3 000 households in the area were found to be using stoves that were not safe. These were confiscated and replaced with safe stoves.

Speaking at the handover ceremony on Tuesday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the import and sale of deadly non-compliant paraffin stoves is prohibited in the country.

“The reason we are against the use of the illegal stoves is that in the event that it is tipped over, the flame continues burning, the paraffin spills out and the stove causes fire, devastating communities in the process. The compliant stove when tipped over, the flame goes out and the paraffin does not spill therefore averting a catastrophe,” said Minister Davies.

The Minister said they discovered that nine houses out of 10 make use of the illegal stoves because they are sold cheaper than the safe compliant ones that are approved by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS).

“Every year 200 000 people are affected by fires caused by unsafe paraffin stoves. This causes hardship on communities, government and municipalities. We are saying that through this campaign, this has got to stop. We went through the docks in Durban and we discovered these stoves were shipped in via cargo.

“We were confiscating and destroying them but the perpetrators involved in this trade have resorted to importing these stoves in bits and pieces and setting-up illegal factories to assemble and distribute them locally,” said the Minister.

“We also had a South African Police Service and NRCS driven operation that found four informal and two formal shops selling illegal stoves. The operation confiscated 44 illegal stoves and six arrests were made. Those people are going to be prosecuted in court.

“Today our campaign has reached a new level in that we have brought the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on board,” said Minister Davies.

The Safer Stoves Campaign involves the dti, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, NRCS, National Consumer Commission (NCC) and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.

The partnership follows a winter campaign that was kick-started in June 2015 by the NRCS and NCC, aimed at educating consumers about the importance of using approved appliances such as paraffin stoves and heaters to prevent shack fires that often result in loss of lives and property.

Minister Davies said 700 people in the community were trained to promote the importance of safe stoves and the importance of getting rid of unsafe stoves.


Kano refutes plans to lay off workers

ABUJA: THE Kano State government has denied reports it intended to reduce the federal minimum wage or downsize its work force because of the current economic crunch facing the country. The wage is set at 18 000 but some states have reported they were struggling to pay. However, Kano State Commissioner for Finance, Prof. Kabiru Isa Dandago, speaking at an event to inaugurated the state task force committee to monitor the biometric data capturing system for state civil servants, denied the state would reduce the wage.

“We don’t have problem with paying minimum wages in Kano and as a matter of fact, the government is not complaining of incapacitation to meet its demand in that regard,” Dandago said. He allayed palpable fears of workers and growing agitation by workers unions. Dandago said the state government never complained of any hindrance to paying workers their salaries.

He insisted that government had no known challenges that might prevent the state from meeting its monthly recurrent expenditure. “We are working hard to remain self-reliant despite the dwindling federal allocation,” said Dandago.


Road Traffic Management Corporation awards new cadre of Traffic Officers, 9 Dec

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in its endeavor to develop a new cadre of traffic officers who are skilled and equipped to address an array of road safety matters on our roads, will host a certification ceremony for those who completed the further education and development training.

The Corporation believes that; the up-skilled traffic officers will be one of the important and effective tools to fight the carnage on our roads going into the festive season. Consequently the RTMC hopes to enhance service delivery in the traffic law enforcement fraternity and bring about safer roads by facilitating and coordinating high quality training for all road traffic officers.

The skills traffic officers will possess after completing the four months programme will be in the the following aspects:

National Road Traffic Act

Legal Modules

AARTO ( Administration, Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences) and;

Examining of Motor Vehicles

Details of the certification ceremony are as follows:

Date: 9 December 2015

Venue: Heidelberg Army Gymnasium

Time: 10h00

Members of the media attending the event are requested to confirm their attendance with Luthando Ngilana (071) 680 3445 / Luthandon@rtmc.co.za

Further information:

Simon Zwane

Cell: 083 554 7730