Daily Archives: June 8, 2016

Police briefs media on meeting with Agri SA

The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), Lieutenant General Phahlane and senior management of the SAPS will be having a meeting with Agri SA on Thursday, 9 June 2016.

Following the engagement, a joint media briefing will be held to brief the media on the outcomes of the meeting.

All media is cordially invited to attend.

 

Source: Government of South Africa.

Gauteng Health hosts public speaking debates for Gauteng schools

As part of Gauteng’s youth month programme, various schools will take part in the provincial public speaking debates competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday this week.

The school debates are a growing phenomenon in schools whose objective is to promote the culture of research, learning and reading among young people. The programme is also aimed at developing and boosting their confidence and raising their level of consciousness on broader socio economic challenges facing the world today.

Says MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko: “It is important to engage the youth in thoughtful activities such as public speaking and frequent usage of libraries. This will not only assist in keeping them away from social ills but in developing better citizens out of them ready to debate and engage peacefully in finding solutions”.

 

 Source: Government of South Africa.

OR Tambo Airport-based cops arrest suspect for drug dealing

A routine search by the Trans-national Investigation Team of the South African Police Service at the OR Tambo International Airport has yesterday resulted in the arrest of a foreign national who was found to have swallowed cocaine bullets weighing 1, 1 kilograms. The value of these drugs is three hundred and twenty five thousand rand (R325, 000, 00).

The 46-year-old man, who was travelling on a Nigerian-issued passport, was arrested early yesterday as he was about to catch a connecting flight to Lagos, Nigeria. He was coming from Sao Paolo, Brazil.  He told the airport police who were performing routine duties that the purpose of his visit to the South American country was to visit one of his friends.  However when he was subjected to the searching processes, including the use of the scanners, it emerged that the suspect had swallowed something, which turned out to be cocaine.

He has since been charged with dealing in drugs and is due to appear in the Kempton park magistrate’s court tomorrow.

 

Source: Government of South Africa.

Treasury on South Africa’s rating on Fitch Ratings

Government notes and welcomes Fitch Ratings’ decision to affirm South Africa’s long-term foreign and local currency debt at ‘BBB-’ and ‘BBB’ respectively, following the downgrade announced in December 2015. The foreign currency bond rating remains one notch above sub-investment grade whereas the domestic currency bond rating remains two notches above sub-investment grade.

According to Fitch, affirming the ‘BBB-’ rating with a stable outlook reflects low GDP growth trends, significant fiscal and external deficits and debt levels balanced by strong policy institutions, deep local capital markets and a favourable government debt structure.

The decision affords South Africa a narrow window to demonstrate further concrete implementation of reforms that are already underway aimed at turning around the growth path and place public finances on a more sustainable path.

Once again, this rating outcome demonstrates that during difficult times, South Africa – government, labour, business and civil society – can work together to achieve a common goal. Government is grateful to all social partners for their efforts towards achieving this positive outcome and urges everyone to continue this close working relationship over the challenging period ahead.

Fitch has highlighted a couple of risks that could lead to the rating being lowered. Government is mindful of these and fully aware that the next several months are critical. We are stepping up the implementation of the 9-point plan and other measures to boost the economy.

Efforts are redoubling our efforts aimed at:

  1. i) Restoring confidence and boosting investment amongst local and international investors;
  2. ii) Unblocking obstacles to faster employment growth in key sectors; and

iii) Undertaking fiscal, State-Owned Company (SOC) and regulatory reforms.

President Jacob Zuma meeting with the Minister of Finance and senior government officials this week was an expression of the government’s commitment to accelerate implementation of growth-inducing measures and strengthen cohesion in government.

Fitch’s decision is testament to the fact that despite the structural constraints we face, South Africa remains an attractive investment destination relative to its peers. We are a country that has very liquid financial markets and a well-capitalised banking sector, complementary monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, massive natural resource base, as well as strong and transparent macro institutions. South Africa continues to play an important role in supporting development in the African continent. These are some of the factors that have enabled the South African economy to demonstrate much greater resilience in the face of exceptionally difficult global and domestic economic conditions.

 

Source: Government of South Africa.

Hawks take down massive drug laboratory worth millions

A joint operation between the Western Cape Hawks and Crime Intelligence has led to the arrest of five suspects including a Detective Warrant Officer for manufacturing and dealing in drugs.

The mandrax drugs worth an estimated R105milion were discovered at a smallholding in De Deur Nigel on the Vaal.

The area had been monitored for few months on suspicion that a syndicate was involved in the alleged drug lab for distribution countrywide.  The suspects aged between 27 and 59 years were arrested on Tuesday evening at a small holding whereas the police officer was arrested at his house in Bassonia on Wednesday morning.

The investigation team  recovered methaquolium, pressers, and other drug manufacturing equipment and mandrax tablets already packed and ready for distribution in De Deur including at one of the police officer’s houses.

The operation is the second major drug bust in the last 24hours where the KwaZulu Natal Hawks members also confiscated R50milion worth of drugs in a sealed container at the Durban harbour in KwaZulu Natal.

The Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (HAWKS) National Head Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has lauded both investigation teams and warned that organised crime was undermining the communities wellbeing.

“We are committed and buoyed to introduce a range of initiatives to target and further disrupt the activities of organised criminal groups and networks. We will never rest on our laurels. By nature, organised crime is challenging to detect and to counter but as the Hawks and with the help of our communities we are committed to work tirelessly to fight this drugs,” he said.

Meanwhile, the suspects are expected to appear before the Vereeniging Magistrates Court tomorrow for manufacturing and dealing in drugs.

 

Source: Government of South Africa.