Monthly Archives: December 2016

5,000 VEHICLES BANNED FROM SOUTH AFRICAN ROADS THIS MONTH

Since the start of the festive season on Dec 1, traffic law enforcement officers have suspended 5,349 vehicles from South Africa’s roads, while another 2133 were impounded.

Over the Christmas long weekend alone, from Dec 23 to 27, they suspended 871 motor vehicles and impounded 154, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said here Thursday, adding that the vehicles were discontinued or suspended for being not roadworthy until all the identified defects had been fixed.

RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said that for the vehicle to use public roads again, it must be taken to a testing station to be examined and passed as roadworthy before it can be operated.

Zwane advised motorists to avoid inconvenience by ensuring that their vehicles are in a roadworthy state before embarking on their journeys at the end of the holidays.

Tyres, wipers, brakes and steering column must be in a proper and functioning state. Windscreens must be free of major cracks and the car should not emit excessive smoke, said Zwane.

Motorists are further advised to avoid excessive overloading of goods as this may lead to the impoundment of motor vehicles.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

REMAINS OF SOUTH AFRICAN SOLIDER KILLED IN DRC BROUGHT HOME

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it is preparing to receive Friday the remains of the late rifleman who died in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week.

Moalosi Albert Mokhothu, 27, died during a gun fight with rebels while serving as a member of the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Congo (MONSCO) which is responsible of ensuring peace and stability in the eastern part of the DRC.

The SANDF will receive and hand over his mortal remains to his family on Friday during a ceremonial parade that will be held at Air Force Base Waterkloof (near Pretoria). The acting Chief of the SANDF, Lieutenant-General Zimpande Msimang, accompanied by the Chief of the South African Army, Lieutenant-General Lindile Yam, will officiate as the main functionaries during the ceremonial parade, SANDF Spokesperson Brigadier-General Xolani Mabanga said Wednesday.

Mabanga added that the SANDF would inscribe his name on the Wall of Remembrance and acknowledge him as a hero who paid the ultimate price while contributing towards peace, stability and prosperity in the continent.

This gallant soldier performed duties not only for the benefit of the people of the Republic of South Africa but for the entire African continent. Therefore, his death was definitely not in vain.

Affectionately known as “Bushi” by his colleagues and friends, Mokhothu always wanted to become a successful paratrooper and to fulfil his childhood aspiration of becoming a Presidential close-protector in future.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICAN BLOOD SERVICE MAKES URGENT APPEAL FOR DONATIONS

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal has made an urgent appeal for blood donations, saying its stocks of blood are running very low and it has only enough blood left to last two days.

It has appealed to eligible donors to donate blood this week. “The blood we have can only last us for the next 48 hours,” SANBS spokesperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Sfiso Khoza, said here Wednesday.

“So we are kindly appealing to everyone out there to please visit their nearest donor centre or visit us when they see us at their nearest shopping mall.”

Khoza said the province needs to have a reserve of 3,000 units of blood every day of the year but added: “Unfortunately we hardly ever make this target.

“So during this busy period over the festive season, due to the problem that people are involved in accidents and then we have to take the limited resources that we have to assist them so it’s not that we need more just at this time of the year. We need blood every single day of the year.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

UN and Africa Special: Sub-Saharan Africa

In this week’s special programme during the holiday season: the International Monetary Fund or IMF, looks at what a drought, earthquake or pandemic can do to economies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Natural disasters hold back a country’s ability to produce, leading to an economic slowdown according to two top economists from the IMF.

Sub Saharan Africa has been especially prone and natural disasters have adversely impacted the overall economic performance of the region.

The IMF argues that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the 2016 droughts induced by El NiAo in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, have cost economies and societies dear.

Here’s Bruce Edwards’ conversation with IMF economists Marshall Mills and Vimal Thakoor.

Source: United Nations Radio

DTT hits Rapotokwane village

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says government has ensured that residents of Rapotokwane in Bela-Bela, Limpopo, will be migrated from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

We are here to deliver to the people of Rapotokwane, with the full backing of the President, the message that you the people need improved broadcasting facilities so that you have access to quality information in the country.

The Minister said the residents were entitled to benefits from every technological development so that they can determine their own destiny.

I feel honoured to announce that government is targeting five million indigent citizens throughout South Africa to be beneficiaries of the government subsidised Set Top Boxes (STB). That is why we are here because we do not want Rapotokwane to be left out in these benefits from a caring government, she said.

Minister Muthambi was speaking to residents of Rapotokwane, a Limpopo rural village, bordering Mpumalanga, during her nation-wide digital migration campaign on Tuesday.

South Africa is changing the way it transmits terrestrial television � by moving from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT).This process is known as digital migration.

The Minister said offering citizens’ access to state-held information is “one of the most effective ways of upholding the constitutional values of transparency, openness, participation and accountability.

Government should not have a monopoly of the dissemination of information. Access to information is not only fundamental to a properly-functioning participatory democracy, but a Constitutional right, she said.

Some of the benefits accompanying the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting are:

free access to more channels � with SABC now having up to 18 channels;

new free-to-air broadcasters will be licensed;

abundant choices and diversity of what to watch;

better picture and sound quality;

electronic TV guide that enables you to plan what to watch at a touch of a button;

multi-lingual tracks;

descriptive video for the visually impaired people;

closed captioning facilities for hearing impaired; and

you can listen to radio via your television set.

Minister Muthambi also appealed to the community of Rapotokwane to go out and register for free STBs.

Poor households are urged to visit their nearest Post Office with the following documents:

South African Identity Document

Proof of Residence

Proof of possessing a TV set.

Proof of household income below R3 200 per month.

Representing the Mahlangu Royal house, Prince Barney Mahlangu said: We heard about digital migration for the first time when the Minister visited our area earlier this year. As traditional leaders, we like working with leaders like Minister Muthambi who go around promising something which they will deliver. We are so excited that what the Minister promised us in August is now a reality.it is indeed refreshing that in our village, we have poor people who are already enjoying the benefits of digital migration. With this digital migration programme, the village of Rapotokwane will never be the same again.

Source: South African Government News Agency