Daily Archives: December 21, 2016

Fake goods worth R60m seized in Joburg

Law enforcement agencies have seized counterfeit goods with an estimated value of R60 million at shops in Johannesburg’s central business district.

During a joint operation conducted by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime unit, South African Police Service, Department of Home Affairs, customs and SARS on Tuesday, authorities searched 120 shops at the Quebec Building.

“they confiscated clothes, bags, cosmetics, accessories, and jewellery of the protected brand names including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Adidas, Nike, Puma, Soviet, Converse, and Guess with an estimated value of R60 million,” Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said.

A man was arrested for trying to bribe authorities while they were searching the shops and another seven others were arrested for not having the necessary legal documents.

Malumu said the operation was targeted at trading in counterfeit goods, tax evasion, money laundering and human trafficking.

The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, commended the members who played part in the success of the operation.

“We warn those engaged in the distribution of counterfeit goods that we will seize and bring them to book. This campaign serves to ensure that the jobs of ordinary South Africans in the textile and retail industry are protected,” said Ntlemeza.

Meanwhile, Hawks and customs officials at OR Tambo International Airport nabbed a 60 year-old Pakistan man after he allegedly tried to smuggle R10 million in cash to Dubai on Tuesday.

A routine search was conducted at a departure check-in point and authorities recovered US Dollars equivalent to R10 million concealed in foil inside the suspect’s travelling luggage.

The suspect will appear before the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

This is a second incident in two months. In October this year Madiha Rafiq was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on the same charges.

Rafiq is currently out on a R40 000 bail and his case was postponed to February for further investigation.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Medupi inching towards commercial operation

Unit 5 at Eskom’s Medupi Power Station is slowly inching towards commercial operation.

“Eskom is pleased to announce that the second unit of its new power station, Medupi Unit 5, was loaded to full load, 796MW generated on Saturday, 17 December 2016.

“This is a significant achievement since its successful synchronisation on 8 September 2016 and indicates that Unit 5 is closer to commercial operation,” Eskom’s Interim Chief Executive Matshela Koko said.

Eskom said full load is a major milestone in the process of commissioning and optimisation of the unit on route to commercial operation.

“We are pleased with this significant milestone and believe that power from this unit will go a long way in strengthening the power supply to the country.

“We commend the project team for their hard work and level of commitment in delivering the project and this achievement confirms our quest to ease the pressure on the national power grid,” Koko said on Tuesday.

Medupi Unit 5 is being progressively commissioned and optimised to ensure that the power it delivers is stable, consistent and reliable.

During this final optimisation and testing phase, the unit is not expected to stay on load for long periods of time and will deliver power intermittently.

Medupi is a green field coal-fired dry-cooled base load station comprising of six units rated at 4800MW installed capacity.

Once completed, the power station, which is located in Limpopo will be the fourth largest coal-fired plant and the largest dry-cooled power station in the world.

Unit 5 will progressively be tested and fine-tuned until the project is satisfied that the systems are fully operable and reliable for final handover. This is also to ensure that the unit is safe to operate, and will perform exactly as designed for the next 50 years.

Source: South African Government News Agency


South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has approved the rezoning of the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the country’s southeastern coast to allow limited fishing by members of local communities.

The Tsitsikamma National Park Marine Protected Area Declaration Notice has been published in a Government Gazette while the regulations were published in another gazette notification on Monday. The publications were made under provisions of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003.

The regulations grant permission for local communities to fish 20 per cent of the coastline in three areas of the MPA.

“The rezoning follows an extensive public participation process, including extended engagements with local communities,” the Department of Environmental Affairs said.

The public participation process included consideration of the socio-economic circumstances of the area concerned as well as the biological resources of the area The objectives of the rezoning included marine biodiversity conservation and direct and indirect community benefits.

“Whilst no-take MPAs are effective in achieving protection of marine resources and biodiversity, by definition they exclude reasonable access for the local communities to marine resources,” the department said.

Members of the local communities around the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area had been excluded from fishing in the protected area to increasing degrees since 1975 and the new regulations seek to provide equitable access to marine resources for local communities.