Daily Archives: May 23, 2016

South Africa: Suspect Arrested for Unlicensed Firearms

Nkandla SAPS and Public Order Policing members arrested a 38-year-old suspect for possession of unlicensed firearms at Nkonisa area, Nkandla. The members were doing their crime prevention duties when they followed up information about unlicensed firearms in the area. The members proceeded to the said place and they recovered a R5 rifle with 30 live rounds of ammunition and a shotgun with five live rounds. The suspect could not produce a license to possess these firearms and ammunitions and was arrested. A case was opened at Nkandla police station for further investigation and the arrested suspect will appear in the Nkandla Magistrates’ Court today 23 May 2016. The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic test to check whether they were used in any other crimes in the country.

Source: South African Police Service

Public consultation on the proposed Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas Regulations

Residents of Kenhardt, Vanwyksvlei, Carnarvon and Williston have been urged to submit their written representations or objections to the proposed Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas (KCAAAs) Regulations before 20 June.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosted workshops with these communities from 16 to19 May to inform them about the proposed Regulations and the impact of the initiative.

The workshops provided an opportunity to the communities and farmers to raise their concerns with senior officials from the DST and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa Project Office. The workshops were divided into two sessions, namely, a DST-session on the proposed KCAAAs Regulations, and a SKA-South Africa information session on land acquisition for the SKA construction activities.

The Regulations, which restrict the use of certain radio frequency spectra and certain activities in the Karoo, give details of financial compensation procedures for those affected.

During the workshops, members of the public actively expressed views on the restriction of radio frequencies in the area, saying that it could compromise their businesses. They indicated that restricting television and cellphone signal wavelengths would affect their day-to-day activities and will make it difficult for them to communicate with each other and their workers.

It was important to get the inputs of the communities, as the region is home to the site where the SKA is being constructed. The project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The SKA is therefore of great strategic importance to South Africa, and it is important to get the communities on board.

The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research and development, and it will lead to a significant transformational increase in science capability when operational.

Minister Pandor extended the period for public consultation on the proposed Regulations by 60 days. After the closing date, the Minister will analyse the submissions and announce the date(s) for oral presentations.

Source: Department: Science and Technology

Mobile computer lab for Pretoria school

A Pretoria school has received a mobile computer lab which will be used to access educational content, provide connectivity to the internet and assist with facilitating training for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills.

“This lab has been equipped with 21 laptops, an interactive white board, projector, a printer, speakers and four desktop workstations for educators,” said Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

The computer lab was launched on Friday as a part of Telkom’s “Connected Schools” programme at the DA Mokoma High School, in Mabopane.

Minister Cwele said Telkom has committed to provide 50 GB of data for the next coming two years to connect the laptops and enable Wi-Fi for use by learners and educators on the school premises.

Telkom will also provide training for educators and learners on how to use the technology and how it can also be incorporated into classroom teaching and learning.

“Our government is investing in the future of our young people because we believe they are an important resource that will enable our development as a nation through their innovation and energy. “I would like to encourage our learners to use these ICT technologies to better their lives,” Minister Cwele said.

He said government wanted learners to study and become systems developers, engineers to design and manufacture affordable ICT hardware such as tablets.

“I hope that the connectivity and tools Telkom has provided to the DA Mokoma Secondary will enable our learners to explore means through which they can make a lasting social impact and they will explore ideas that may help them to start small businesses and become active participants in the economy,” Minister Cwele said.

He said the mobile ICT lab will contribute directly to the vision of a connected South Africa where all citizens participate in the vibrant knowledge economy and an inclusive information society.

Source: Government Communication and information System