Daily Archives: February 12, 2018

Authentix® Selected by Zambia as Technology & Services Partner to Combat Illicit Fuels

ADDISON, Texas, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Authentix, a leading global authentication and information services company, announces The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) of Zambia has selected, after a public procurement tender process, Authentix as its technology and services partner to combat the illicit trade of refined fuels. The program is scheduled to commence February 15, 2018.

The Authentix covert fuel marking program will support the Zambian government’s fuel integrity program and the government’s commitment to ensure a clean and high quality fuel supply to support local commerce. Illicit fuels smuggled into the country or fuel adulterated with inferior products, do not meet the ERB’s high quality standards for fuels and may also include harmful substances that can pose a threat to public health and the environment.

In addition to the positive environmental and societal impact, the Authentix fuel marking program will return positive economic results. “In our experience operating nine fuel marking programs across Africa, the return-on-investment measured by recovered excise taxes far outweighs the operational costs of the program,” stated Kevin McKenna, Chief Sales and Services Officer, Authentix, Inc. “In twenty years of designing and operating covert fuel marking programs, we estimate to have recovered over USD 1 billion to governments.”

Authentix assisted the ERB in assessing the current supply chain, designing a program to meet their goals –including enforcement, and selecting from Authentix portfolio of covert chemical markers and analyzers, to deliver the most effective program tailored to Zambia’s unique needs.

To learn more about Authentix’s fuel supply integrity offering, visit http://www.authentix.com/offerings/vigilant/.

About Authentix:
Authentix assists customers in combating illicit trade and managing the integrity of their global supply chains.  With comprehensive end-to-end authentication solutions we help safeguard customers in refined fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel, lubes, and LPG) and branded products (e.g., pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and spirits industries) from counterfeiting, product theft, product diversion, and adulteration. In addition, we help protect currencies for many leading central banks.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the US, UK, UAE, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.authentix.com.

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La société Authentix® a été sélectionnée par la Zambie en tant que partenaire de technologie et de services pour lutter contre les carburants illicites

ADDISON, Texas, 12 février 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Authentix, une société mondiale de services d’authentification et d’information de premier plan, annonce que le Conseil de règlementation de l’énergie (Energy Regulation Board (ERB)) de Zambie, a, après un processus de marché public, sélectionné Authentix en tant que partenaire de technologie et de services dans le but de lutter contre le commerce illicite de carburants raffinés. Le programme devrait commencer le 15 février 2018.

Le programme de marquage secret de carburant d’Authentix appuiera le programme d’intégrité du carburant du gouvernement de Zambie et son engagement à assurer un approvisionnement en carburant propre de haute qualité pour soutenir le commerce local. Les carburants illicites qui entrent en contrebande dans le pays ou le carburant adultéré avec des produits inférieurs ne répondent pas aux normes de haute qualité de l’ERB pour les carburants et peuvent également contenir des substances nuisibles mettant en danger la santé du public et de l’environnement.

Outre l’impact positif sur l’environnement et la société, le programme de marquage de carburant d’Authentix génèrera des résultats économiques positifs. « Notre expérience après avoir réalisé neuf programmes de marquage de carburant en Afrique a montré que le retour sur investissement mesuré par les taxes d’accise récupérées l’emporte largement sur les coûts opérationnels du programme », a déclaré Kevin McKenna, directeur des ventes et des services chez Authentix, Inc. « Dans les vingt années que nous avons passées à concevoir et mettre en œuvre des programmes de marquage secret du carburant, nous estimons avoir récupéré plus d’un milliard USD pour les gouvernements. »

Authentix a aidé l’ERB à évaluer la chaîne d’approvisionnement actuelle, concevoir un programme répondant à leurs objectifs – y compris l’application et la sélection parmi le portefeuille de marqueurs et d’analyseurs chimiques secrets d’Authentix, pour fournir le programme le plus efficace personnalisé pour les exigences particulières de la Zambie.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’offre d’intégrité de l’approvisionnement en carburant d’Authentix, visiter http://www.authentix.com/offerings/vigilant/.

À propos d’Authentix :
Authentix aide ses clients à lutter contre le commerce illicite et à gérer l’intégrité de leurs chaines d’approvisionnement globales.  Avec des solutions d’authentification complètes de bout en bout, nous aidons les clients à protéger leurs carburants raffinés (p. ex, essence, diesel, lubrifiants et GPL) et leurs produits de marque (pharmaceutiques, agrochimiques et spiritueux) contre la contrefaçon, le vol de produits, le détournement de produits et leur adultération. Nous protégeons également les devises de nombreuses banques centrales de premier plan.

Authentix Inc., qui a son siège à Addison, Texas, aux États-Unis, compte des bureaux aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni, aux Émirats arabes unis et en Afrique qui servent des clients à l’échelle mondiale. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur http://www.authentix.com.

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15 dangerous suspects arrested for violent crimes on Sunday

Yesterday, police in KwaZulu-Natal arrested 15 suspects for various violent crimes in different parts of the province. All 15 suspects are due to appear at various courts today facing criminal charges. Yesterday at 11.30, police officers from the Umhlali K9 Unit responded to a robbery at a business premises in Nsuze. The suspects fled into the bushes before the police officers arrived at the scene. The victim was able to provide police officers with a description of the suspects and pointed out the direction in which they fled with the cash. Police managed to recover the cash in the bushes and following further investigation, four suspects were traced and arrested. The suspects were positively identified by the victim and they were charged with armed robbery.

Yesterday at 12.30, a group of armed suspects entered a jewellery store at a mall in Phoenix and robbed the business of jewellery, wrist watches and cash before they fled the scene in their two getaway vehicles. Police were alerted and spotted one of the vehicles and gave chase. Whilst on the M25 highway near KwaMashu, it is alleged that the suspects opened fire at police officers. Following a shootout, six suspects were arrested including two who were wounded. The wounded suspects were taken to hospital under police guard. Some of items taken from the business were recovered from the suspects. The suspects were charged for armed robbery and attempted. A manhunt is underway for those suspects that escaped.

In Mountain Rise near Pietermaritzburg at 18:00, police officers from the K9 Unit responded reports of a suspicious vehicle on Lincoln Road. When police officers approached the vehicle, the suspects sped off and a chase ensued. The suspects drove into a cul de sac where they attempted to flee from their vehicle. The suspects opened fire at police officers and in the ensuing gun battle four suspects were shot and wounded. A fifth suspect was caught by a police dog as he attempted to flee. All five suspects were detained and four firearms were seized. All five suspects will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court today.

We are also appealing to members of the community not to open false cases as it is a crime to do so. A lot of police resources are wasted while there are other serious cases that could have been attended to. Yesterday, a man and a women who opened a false robbery case at Tongaat were arrested after an investigation by police. It is alleged that they reported to police that two suspects approached them while they were at work at a bar in Tongaat. They claimed that they were robbed of cash and alcohol at gunpoint. A case of armed robbery was opened and after an initial investigation on the crime scene by police it became apparent that these allegations were false. Cash was seized from the duo and they were charged with defeating the ends of justice.

Source: South African Police Service

Sentence for R100m heist gang welcomed

The Hawks have welcomed the sentencing of the thirteen accused implicated in one of the biggest cash heists ever carried out in South Africa.

The accused include three former police officers, amongst them a former commander of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime unit in Mpumalanga, Bhekane Welcome Gcabashe, and two other ex-officers, Lekele Reckon Lekola and Tamsanqua Gladstone Khubeka.

Others include Petra December Nkosi, Elmond Jackie Malta, Robert John Clack, Lesly Skhumbuzo Khathi, Enock Siphiwe Khumalo, Elkin Sibusiso Shabangu, Nathaniel Zithulele Hlathi, Titus Maila, Teenage Mabogoane and Desmond Moses Abdullah Mohlamonyane, who were sentenced to 20 years prison term each by the Delmas High Court on Friday.

The armed group gained entry into the SBV cash depot in Witbank in 2014, under the false pretence that they were from the head office of SBV and were being accompanied by police officers.

They claimed that they were on the premises to investigate an alleged crime and to question employees at the warehouse.

Upon gaining entry into the premises, staff and securities on site were overpowered.

The convicts then broke into a safe using an industrial drill and got away with approximately R105 million.

The convicts kidnapped some of the victims by forcing them into a motor vehicle and taking them to an unknown location where they attempted to kill the victims by forcibly administering an unknown toxic substance.

Following investigations by the Hawks’ National Bureau for Illegal Firearm Control and Priority Violent Crime (NBIFCPVC) the suspects were rounded in 2016 and charged accordingly.

The accused were granted bail ranging from R500 up to R50 000 except for Robert John Clack who was denied bail and remained in prison.

Acting National Head of the Hawks Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata congratulated the Mpumalanga team for the arrests and securing the sentence.

I want to applaud the impact of all those involved, through good investigative work and an independent judiciary, because on most instances, law enforcement is often blamed by some members of the public when criminals walk free or receive lighter sentences, said Matakata.

Matakata said this sentence augurs very well for law enforcement because it shows that through dedication and relentless pursuit of the case, resulted in hefty sentences. We congratulate and urge them to continue to do more.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Parliament Statement on EFF Request for Rescheduling of Motion of No Confidence

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, on behalf of Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete, has responded to the request from the Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mr Julius Malema to reschedule the EFF’s motion of no confidence in the President to 13 February.

In the letter to Mr Malema and the attorneys of the EFF, Ms Mbete said she was currently consulting on the request to reschedule the motion and would revert after this. The Rules of the National Assembly entailed consultation with relevant structures, including the Chief Whip of the Majority Party and the Leader of Government Business.

Ms Mbete originally scheduled the motion for 22 February. This was after consulting with the Chief Whip of the Majority Party and the Leader of Government Business and obtaining confirmation for the 22 February scheduling from the National Assembly Programme Committee.

In her letter today, Ms Mbete said she was currently consulting on the request and would revert to Mr Malema.

Reports that the Speaker had rejected the EFF’s request to schedule the Motion of No Confidence on 13 February are, therefore, false.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa