Daily Archives: January 25, 2016

TRACE And PYXERA Global Host Anti-Bribery Workshop In Ghana: High Level Of Attendance Demonstrates Strong Commitment To Commercial Transparency

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Jan. 25, 2016 / PRNewswire — On Thursday, January 21, TRACE International and PYXERA Global hosted an anti-bribery training workshop in Accra, Ghana as part of a pilot outreach program aimed at advancing commercial transparency through TRACEcertification. The event brought together over 170 companies and included a keynote address from the honorable Chief Justice of Ghana. The speech highlighted the important role played by TRACE in improving integrity in the marketplace.

As part of the pilot program, TRACE offered 100 companies in Ghana the opportunity to obtain TRACEcertification, a comprehensive due diligence review and compliance credential, at no cost for one year. Nearly 40 companies have already completed the process.

“TRACEcertification boosts our confidence level in dealing with multinational companies, enhances our credibility and provides us with a competitive business advantage,” said Philip Buckman, Managing Director of Stresster Engineering and Construction Ltd.

TRACE Certified companies are pre-vetted business partners for multinational companies seeking to do business with suppliers, agents and consultants who share their commitment to commercial transparency. “TRACE is pleased to support the compliance efforts of SMEs in Ghana,” said Alexandra Wrage, President and Founder of TRACE. “The response from Accra’s business community to the pilot program and workshop has been overwhelming and demonstrates a serious commitment to transparency.”

“Providing Ghanaian firms with access to an international compliance credential and training has greatly enhanced the impact of our USAID Supply Chain Development Program,” said Harry Pastuszek, Vice President of PYXERA Global. “We are delighted to be working with TRACE on this initiative and look forward to expanding the pilot program to other countries.”

To learn more about this event and initiative, please contact Virna Di Palma at dipalma@traceinternational.org.

About TRACE

TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated are two distinct entities with a common mission to advance commercial transparency worldwide by supporting the compliance efforts of multinational companies and their third party intermediaries. TRACE International is a non-profit business association that pools resources to provide members with anti-bribery compliance support while TRACE Incorporated offers both members and non-members customizable risk-based due diligence, anti-bribery training and advisory services.  Working alongside one another, TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated offer an end-to-end, cost-effective and innovative solution for anti-bribery and third party compliance. For more information, visit www.TRACEinternational.org.

Police units swoop on drug dens

The South African Police Service (SAPS) says it has managed to target a number of drug dens throughout the country through Operation Zonke.

The operation involves several divisions of the SAPS, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Department of Home Affairs, traffic police and the fire brigade.

Targeted hotspots were in Eldorado Park in Gauteng, Gelvandale in the Eastern Cape, Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, Kuilsriver and Kraaifontein in the Western Cape, Giyani in Limpopo, Kwamhlanga in Mpumalanga, Thabong in Free State, Lethlabile in North West and Galeshewe in Northern Cape.

Properties that were searched include several blocks of flats, residential houses, hostels, informal settlements, nightclubs and taxi ranks, where successful raids constantly prove to be a challenge, SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said on Monday.

Naidoo said over 364 drug outlets have been targeted in the nine provinces; 252 cases have been registered and over 302 suspects have been arrested, including a total of five undocumented immigrants.

A variety of drugs including nyaope (whoonga), dagga, methcathinone (cat), crystal meth (tik), crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and mandrax were seized. Various dagga trees were destroyed in Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Limpopo. The estimated total street value of drugs seized is R2.6 million.

During the operation, cell phones, firearms and ammunition to the value of R46 580 and R200 970 in cash were also seized. Other goods such as motor vehicles, firearms and a block of gold, with a value of R1. 7 million, were seized.

Naidoo said a significant success of this operation includes the arrest of one of the main drug kingpins in Eldorado Park.

“The career criminal, who has criminal convictions ranging from murder, possession of unlicensed firearms to assaults, was a key role player in the supply of drugs in Eldorado Park.”

Another highlight of the operation was the seizure of chemicals used in the manufacturing of mandrax at a premises in Germiston, Gauteng. Investigations into who may have been involved in the manufacturing of the drugs are still underway.

Working with the Department of Basic Education, the operation also visited some schools in Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape.

“�This is a very sensitive area and we must exercise the utmost caution in the manner in which we approach the drug problem at these educational institutions. I want to assure our communities that we just cannot allow for drug problems or any other forms of criminality to plague our schools,” said Naidoo.

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT NEWS AGENCY