Monthly Archives: January 2016

Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams addresses IIC Telecommunication and Media Forum, 9 Dec

The Deputy Minister of Communications, Hon. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (MP) will participate in the conference on the 8th and deliver a key note address on the 9th Dec 2015 at the International Institute of Communications (IIC) Telecommunications and Media Forum to be hosted by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on 8-9 December 2015 in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

The IIC Telecommunications and Media Forum (TMF) programme serves to enhance the telecommunications, media and technology sector’s knowledge and understanding of emerging policy and technologies on a fast-track basis. It is the policymaking world’s only continuous programme of its kind.

Details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Time: 8h30

Venue: Radisson Blue Hotel, Sandton


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Minister Mbalula welcomes Cricket SA decision

Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed Cricket South Africa’s decision to ban Gulam Bodi for 20 years following reports of him attempting to fix matches.

“Minister Mbalula welcomes the swift response and strong action taken by Cricket South Africa as a sequel to allegations of match fixing levelled against Gulam Bodi and other suspected sportspersons.

“The disdain Cricket South Africa has shown against those self-seeking elements within the code, whose motives are to exploit the most vulnerable athletes and thereby corrupting this beautiful game, is commendable,” said the Department of Sport and Recreation in a statement on Tuesday.

The Minister said CSA must continue with its custodial duties of safeguarding sport by leaving no stone unturned in its investigation of match fixing.

“CSA must proactively install preventative measures to protect our athletes from these parasites and vultures.”

The Minister said South African cricket is gradually regaining its original grandeur. He said it was impressive to watch young players like Kagiso Rabada and Temba Bavuma coming through the ranks.

Minister Mbalula is set to hold a meeting with the leadership of CSA today where he will receive a comprehensive report on the magnitude of match fixing and to deliberate on what is to be done to safeguard cricket.


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


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

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.


Mafikizolo perform at WEF gala dinner

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has congratulated Mafikizolo on their invitation to perform at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos, Switzerland.

The band performed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 gala dinner on Saturday.

The performance showcased South African culture and heritage through a musical journey infusing musical sounds and rhythms.

“I wish to congratulate Mafikizolo on this invitation to perform on this world stage. Their music and style crosses boundaries on the African continent and abroad.

“While the forum focuses largely on the state of the world economy in order to shape the global and local developmental agenda, it also showcases arts and culture in the world,” said the Minister.

The group was invited by Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, after he admired their performance during the World Economic Forum Africa Regional Meeting in June 2015 in Cape Town.

The Minister hoped this would open many other doors and present platforms for South African artists in the global arena.

The performance was supported by the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) Touring Ventures open call fund of the Department of Arts and Culture.

This aims to raise the profile of arts, culture and heritage sector within the country and abroad in an effort to share South African arts and culture with others, open up new markets and build sustainable livelihoods for those in the creative industries.

The recent cultural seasons between South Africa and the United Kingdom as well as between South Africa and China, have been initiatives supported through the Touring Venture.