Daily Archives: December 6, 2016

Police holds awareness march as part of 16 Days of Activism

Police holds awareness march as part of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children

Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa forward

As part of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) programme of action for the 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children, members of the SAPS will hold an awareness march from the Union Buildings to Church Square in Pretoria on Wednesday, 7 December 2016.

Members will be addressed by senior management of the SAPS at the Union Buildings before their departure to Church Square where formal proceedings will follow on their arrival.

The aim of the day is to advocate and raise awareness against the negative impact of violence against women and children on members of the community and to educate the community at large.

Source: Government of South Africa

Eastern Cape on summer initiation season

Traditional initiation monitoring teams saving lives

The Eastern Cape Province enters the third week of the summer initiation season with its Traditional Initiation Monitoring Teams firmly on the ground throughout the Province. The monitoring teams are mitigating risks during this period to ensure the safe passage of abakhwetha to manhood.

So far the monitoring teams have visited more than 5 000 abakhwetha in both legal and illegal amabhoma in the Province. Those abakhwetha in illegal amabhoma have been integrated to the legal ones and discharged the necessary medical attention.

The teams observed the following challenges during the visits;

Dehydration due to non-provision of water.


Boys who circumcise themselves, and

Illegal circumcisions.

So far the Province mourns the death of abakhwetha from the following areas;

1 x death in OR Tambo in the KSD area on 29 November 2016. The department still awaits more details in this regard.

2 x deaths in Chris Hani District Municipality in Enoch Mgijima in Ilinge on 01 December 2016 and another one in Intsikayethu on 03 December 2016. The death in Intsikayethu happened in a legal initiation school in Hage Location in Tsomo. A case has been opened in the local police station.

2 x deaths in Alfred Nzo District Municipality in Mbizana on 3 December 2016 in an illegal ibhuma.

1 x death in Xhorha last night from a legal school. Details will follow by today.

The ages of the deceased range between 16 and 20 years of age. No amputations have been reported thus far.

No arrests have been made and the police are still making follow up on these cases. In Buffalo City Metro, however, one ingcibi has been arrested for illegal circumcision after parents reported the matter to the local police station. Three other ingcibi are still at large.

The department sends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and their relatives for the loss of their loved ones.

COGTA and the House of Traditional Leaders calls on parents, families and communities, once again to remain vigilant during this period by visiting the initiation schools timeously to guard against drug abuse, assault and ill-treatment of abakhwetha.

In the same vein, parents should also use the services of registered iingcibi and amakhankatha to promote legal schools and ensure the safety of abakhwetha.

The department applauds the work of the monitoring teams including traditional leaders and the SAPS for being proactive to save lives.

Source: Government of South Africa

Transport hosts Aviation Youth Summit

South Africa to commemorate International Civil Aviation Day in Margate, KZN

The Department of Transport will host the country’s first Aviation Youth Summit as a build up to the International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) celebrations on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 at the Dube Trade Port in La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal.

The aim of the summit is to open dialogue between Government and the youth regarding meaningful participation of young South Africans in the aviation and aerospace industry. The dialogue will focus on how young entrepreneurs can overcome challenges, especially those relating to access to skills development as well as career and business opportunities in the aviation and aerospace sector.

This will be followed by the main commemoration of ICAD event which will take place in a form of an air show on Saturday, 10 December 2016 at the Margate Airport.

On this day, spectators will be treated to sensational aerobatics and get to witness true art in the sky when military, civilian, and police pilots push various types of aircraft to the pinnacles of their performances. In addition, over 600 school learners will be introduced to various careers in aviation when they interact with aviators and exhibitors.

The Deputy Minister of Transport Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga will deliver the keynote address during the ICAD celebrations. ICAD is officially recognised by the United Nations and is observed annually on 07 December to raise awareness regarding the importance of international civil aviation as well as the role that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) plays in international air transport. ICAO is a United Nations body responsible for developing global standards for aviation safety and security.

The Deputy Minister will be joined by the leadership of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, aviation stakeholders, members of the community and school learners.

Source: Government of South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal on investment into Colenso

BRICS results in R85 billion investment into Colenso in KZN

Shortly after his visit to China, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu is confident that being part of BRICS will usher in a new era characterised by employment and prosperity. Premier was speaking during a sod-turning ceremony marking the beginning of a construction of a CS Smelter Park in Ladysmith.

Today, the premier was joined by the Leader of Government Business Sihle Zikalala and management of CS Smelter Park and investors from China during this historic occasion. The CS Smelter Park will have a privately owned Coal fired power station which will be developed in three phases of 300MW each.

Buoyed by this investment Mchunu remarked: As the provincial government we are excited that the Phase 1 of this project will attract foreign direct investment of about R39, 1 billion.

What is even more encouraging is that there is an estimated R30 billion annual contribution towards the province’s Gross Domestic Products. This will ensure that we maintain our position as the second contributor towards the national GDP behind Gauteng.

We pay tribute to the President of the Republic His Excellency J.G Zuma who remain steadfast in his resolve to use BRICS to ensure economic liberation of our people, especially those in previously neglected communities.

This sod-turning ceremony marks an important milestone in our struggle against poverty and underdevelopment. More than 8000 direct jobs will be created for the local community during the construction and more than 12 000 indirect jobs will be created over a five-year period.

This mammoth project gives this province a strategic asset and challenges us all to ensure that as a nation we derive the maximum benefits from it. This project fits very well with our provincial plans as we want to ensure that energy becomes a tool for the eradication of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

In addition, we want the electricity supply sector to play a pivotal role in the provincial energy economy. The importance of energy supply sector lie both in improving the quality of life for the previously disadvantaged majority as well as supporting large-scale industrial development.

It is interesting to note that the assessment which was made in relation to the Millennium Development Goals indicated that the most of the countries which did not meet the MDGs are those with less energy access.

Power supply has a bearing on the socio-economic development as it allows citizens to use different life enhancement domestic and educational gargets whilst assisting in addressing health related challenges such as maternal, neonatal and child mortalities.

Indeed, without adequate energy, it would be impossible to achieve socio-economic development as all sectors of the economic require adequate energy supply.

Source: Government of South Africa

Police arrest suspect for defrauding municipality

Corly van Rooyen (41) appeared before the Elliot Magistrate court on Monday for fraud, theft and money laundering to the value of R600 000. This occurred after she was arrested during the same day by the Serious Commercial Crime unit of the Hawks.

Rooyen is the second suspect who has been arrested for this crime. The first suspect, Gabriel Naude (63) was arrested by the same unit on 29 September 2016. These two former employees of the Technical Services Department of the Joe Gqabi municipality, allegedly between the years 2004 and 2010, fraudulently claimed funds from the municipality to the total amount of R600 000. They are also accused of transferring this amount to their personal accounts.

Van Rooyen was granted R3000 bail and their case has been remanded to 29 and 30 June 2017 for trial. While in court, the Sherriff and the Curator served the two accused with a preservation order from the Asset Forfeiture unit to have their assets to the value of R600 000 frozen.

Source: Government of South Africa