Daily Archives: February 9, 2017

Introducing the Spider Solution: Total Drone Package for Power Line Stringing

Chinese drone manufacturer MMC has introduced a total drone solution for power line stringing, including services by a team of professional drone operators. SHENZHEN, China, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese drone manufacturer MMC is introducing their one-stop solution for power line stringing in rugged terrain: the Spider. The MMC Spider package is an innovation in […]

UN calls for 50 per cent increase in funding for mine action in 2017

The United Nations has launched a $511 million international appeal for humanitarian mine action in conflict and post-conflict settings for 2017, a 50 per cent increase from last year's $347 million consolidated appeal.

Across the world, the conflicts tearing countries, communities and lives apart cause a tragic increase in the number of casualties due to landmines and other explosive hazards, said the Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), AgnAs Marcaillou, in a press release issued earlier this week.

There is an absolute necessity for a humanitarian mine action response. The knowledge and willingness to help are there � it is adequate funding that is missing, added Ms. Marcaillou, who also chairs the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action.

According to the Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2017, an online resource for information on such projects, there is a sharp increase in the need for humanitarian mine action, including landmine clearance, risk education and victim assistance.

The Portfolio covers over 200 projects and presents a consolidated picture of the needs and strategies of 22 countries and territories contaminated with landmines and other explosive hazards such as unexploded cluster munitions, rockets and improvised explosive devices across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Needs are the greatest in active conflict zones, with Afghanistan requiring $124 million; Iraq $75 million; Syria $52 million; and Yemen $17 million. In addition, countries which have extensive residual contamination also need substantial support, with Cambodia requiring $23 million and the Lao People's Democratic Republic $26 million, according to UNMAS.

Source: UN News Centre

Police arrest man for possession of abalone

Abalone found inside hijacked vehicle � man arrested

The members of the Hawks' Organised Crime Unit in Port Elizabeth, together with the Motherwell Crime Intelligence officers have arrested a 31-year-old for being possession of abalone at Kinkelbos on Wednesday.

Hawks had received a tip-off about a vehicle which was transporting abalone along the N2 route. The vehicle was spotted and pulled over. Upon searching the officers found 6013 units of abalone valued at an estimated amount of R500 000. Investigations further revealed that the same vehicle was hijacked at Mount Road, Port Elizabeth on Friday, 20 January 2017.

The suspect will make his first court appearance at the Paterson Magistrate Court in Port Elizabeth on Monday, 13 February 2017. Investigations to determine the origin and the possible destination of the abalone are underway.

Source: Government of South Africa

SONA red carpet lit!

With just minutes to go before President Jacob Zuma delivers his State of the Nation Address, guests, Members of Parliament and Ministers, among others, strutted their stuff on the red carpet.

Designer clothes, shoes and accessories were trending on the red carpet on Thursday afternoon.

Among the first to arrive was Stats SA Statistician General Pali Lehohla, who donned a dark suit while holding a stylish brown bag.

Next to arrive was Mandla Mandela and his wife Rabia dressed in traditional attire.

Asked who designed their outfits, he said: Beverly Cloete, a friend of the family. She decided to do the outfits for us that are inspired by tradition and culture and where we come from � Mvezo omkhulu.

Several guests arrived in beautiful outfits throughout the duration of the red carpet, including Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and his wife and State Security Minister David Mahlobo and his wife.

Crowd favourite Dali Tambo arrived with his wife and son.

He said: I always dress myself. My wife [was dressed by] Merriam Vesser, my son Paul Smith.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula added some bounce on the red carpet.

My suits are inspired by myself. I dress like this every time I come to Parliament.

I wear darker colours instead of bright colours. You wear bright colours when you go to a wedding and this is the opening of Parliament, he quipped.

Several MPs arrived on the red carpet, including ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu, who was accompanied by his daughter, and NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Investment promotion to receive a boost

Government is to open three provincial investment offices in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape, President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday evening.Government has established InvestSA, an investment One Stop Shop nationally and will open provi...