Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

Jibu Announces Completion of $7 Million Series B Financing

Funds raised through impact investments will accelerate Jibu’s growth and drive social and financial returns DENVER, Feb. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jibu, a social enterprise that has reinvented the traditional franchise model to equip emerging market entrepreneurs to build solutions that close infrastructure gaps and ensure access to basic human necessities, announces the completion of […]

XCMG ouvre son premier centre de pièces détachées en gestion directe en Afrique, renforçant l’appui local

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Criminal underworld under attack

South Africa's law enforcement agencies have adopted an approach called the Organised Crime Threat Assessment (OCTA) - devised to target the actual kingpins who bankroll organised crime.

The aim of the OCTA is to analyse the modus operandi of the so-called untouchables of the criminal underworld - the dark syndicates who are the actual root of serious crime.

This is about tracking and dealing a blow to the source of crime � the kingpins, crime financiers and planners. These are the people who drive luxury cars and behave as though they are ordinary hard working people.

We are targeting these masqueraders head on � one by one. Their crimes are massive and through their criminality, hundreds of other crimes get committed, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday.

The Minister, National Commissioner General Khehla Sitole, the Acting Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata and SARS Commissioner Tom Monyane briefed the media on what they called a significant breakthrough in the criminal underworld.

The breakthrough relates to the arrest of nine members of a syndicate suspected of operating a large scale value-added tax (VAT) fraud scam, with a potential loss to the fiscus of more than R99 million.

The nine suspects � eight men and a woman between the ages of 35 and 70 years � were arrested by the Hawks at their homes in upmarket residential areas in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

The operation was planned with the assistance of the Hawks' Cyber Crime, Commercial Crime and the South African Police Service (SAPS) Tactical Response Units, following an investigation by SARS criminal investigators which started in 2014.

The SARS investigation revealed that the syndicate, which included a bookkeeper in Durban and Benoni, respectively, claimed R99 million fraudulent refunds through 15 registered, but fictitious VAT vendors.

False VAT vendor details, with fraudulent supporting documents, were used to register the vendors.

Monyane said SARS had paid out approximately R30.6 million before the scam was uncovered and further payments stopped.

The proceeds of the scam were deposited in bank accounts from where the money was allegedly laundered through at least 35 so-called suppliers, Monyane said.

During the search, the Hawks seized an AK47 and a pistol, of which the serial number had been filed off, approximately, R250 000 in cash and several gold bars, as well as Kruger Rands worth millions of Rands and bags full of possibly incriminating documents.

Documents seized include identity documents and bank cards of the people who had been registered as VAT vendors, as well as luxury cars.

The suspects appeared in the commercial crime courts in Durban and Pretoria on Thursday and are currently out on bail.

Minister Mbalula congratulated the officials for a job well done in this case saying it is one of the ways that law enforcement are stamping the authority of the state.

However, he advised that the criminals are getting extremely sophisticated and police have to be miles ahead.

Our work is going on at times quietly. This includes all matters currently under intense public discourse � there will be action. Our fight against corruption and organized crime is a quiet revolution. It is not going to be televised but it will bite steadily and steadfastly without any fear or favour given � there are no holy cows in these secret projects.

The Minister went on to warn the syndicates involved in anything criminal from, human trafficking, drugs manufacturing and trafficking, car highjacking, assets in transit trafficking, luxury goods fake goods manufacturing and importing, wildlife trafficking and poaching, financing of illegal shebeens and taverns, taxi and bus wars, uber attacks, counterfeit currency printing and public sector corruption that the might of the law is coming for them.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Eye testing services brought closer to Soweto community

Travelling long distances for eye screening and management of eye problems will be a thing of the past for the community of Dlamini in Soweto and surrounding areas.

This follows a public-private partnership between the Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH), Brien Holden Vision Institute and Standard Chartered Bank.

The three partners are supporting the Seeing is Believing campaign and Vision Service Plan Global (VSP Global), which has resulted in the successful delivery of three projects and a significant contribution to the development of eye health services in primary health care centres.

Through these projects, 72 709 adults and 16 886 children were examined by optometrists since the beginning of the partnership.

A total of 25 130 adults and 6 583 children received spectacles and a total of 190 low vision assistive devices were dispensed, amongst others.

Chief Director in the Johannesburg Health District, Mogeru Morewane, said clinics are equipped to assist patients with eye problems.

I can certainly inform you that our facilities are readily available for the community to access these services.

Historically, eye health services and professionals were only available at tertiary levels of care due late diagnosis, which resulted in eye health disease complications and admissions, Morewane said.

Vision 2020

Vision 2020 is an initiative by the World Health Organisation which was launched in 1999 to eliminate the causes of preventable blindness by the year 2020. This is in order to give all people in the world, particularly the millions of needlessly blind, the right to sight.

The number of people blind due to avoidable causes of blindness like cataract, refractive error and glaucoma is increasing every year. To enable GDOH to achieve the prescripts of Vision 2020, it is imperative that people are educated on the importance of eye health and screening to avoid complications in later stages, Morewane said.

Early detection of eye conditions leads to early intervention and it is a powerful strategy to avoid complications and or even unnecessary blindness. It is less expensive to treat minor causes of vision loss than to wait until one is totally blind and then try to restore vision because by then the service is very expensive � if it is even possible at all.

We are delighted to contribute sustainably to the eradication of treatable and avoidable blindness in South Africa's poorest communities through our 'Seeing is Believing' project, Morewane said.

Eye care tips

Always wear sunglasses or tinted lenses when you are in the sun.

Ensure good antenatal care to avoid congenital eye problems.

Ensure children receive all vaccinations, as per immunization schedules.

Ensure that any eye trauma is attended to urgently.

Ensure that children are examined by an optometrist before entering primary school and high school.

Don't use eye drops that may have been prescribed for someone else.

Source: South African Government News Agency